NASA has provided Armadillo Aerospace and Masten Space Systems a total of $475,000 to help fund test flights of suborbital vehicles. The funding, part of NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research program, will help pay for three flights by Armadillo’s Super-Mod vehicle and four flights by Masten’s Xaero. Flights are expected to reach between 3 and 25 miles in altitude.
Hal Hall, who has served as curator of the Science Fiction and Fanzine collection at Texas A&M since 1978 retired on August 30. Hall built the collection to more than 46,000 items. He will be succeeded by Catherine Coke, who is also an SF fan.
The Washington Shakespeare Company will be performing excerpts from the Shex’pir plays Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in the original Klingon. Actors will be speaking lines in both Klingon and English for the company’s annual benefit on September 25 at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, Virginia. George Takei is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the event. Tickets begin at $150.
Orbit Books is looking to hire a Deputy Publisher and Editorial Assistant. The Deputy Publisher will be responsible for implementing publishing plans, have excellent judgement, be a great communicator, and embrace change in the publishing industry and market-place. The Editorial Assistant will support the editorial department. Both jobs are London-based and the deadline for application for the WA position is September 6.
Tor Books is looking for two editorial interns to work for the Fall 2010 semester. The internships will require either two full days or three half days each week and will be paid positions that have the interns proofreading, evaluating manuscripts and writing reader reports, and performing various administrative tasks.
Scott Nicholson has announced that he will be giving away at least two Kindles, A Kindle DX for readers of his blogs and twitter posts, and a Kindle 3 to readers of his newsletter. In addition, if any of his books hit the Amazon top 100 during his 90 day book blog tour, Nicholson will give away an additional Kindle.
The winners of the Julius Vogel Awards were announce at Au Contraire in Wellington on August 29. The award is given to citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand and voted on by members of the New Zealand National Convention.
- Best Novel: Beyond The Wall Of Time, by Russell Kirkpatrick
- Best YA Novel: Brainjack, by Brian Falkner
- Best Novella / Novellete: Wives, by Paul Haines
- Best Short Story (tie): “Corrigan’s Exchange,” by Ripley Patton and “The Living Dead Boy,” by Grant Stone
- Best Collected Work: Voyagers: Science Fiction Poetry from New Zealand, edited by Mark Pirie and Tim Jones
- Best Artwork: The Test, by Serena Kearns
- Best Dramatic Presentation: Under The Mountain
- Best Professional Publication: Semaphore Magazine, edited by Marie Hodgkinson
- Best New Talent: Simon Petrie
- Best Fan Writing: Simon Litten for SJV Watch and SFFANZ Reviews
- Best Fan Production: Coals to Newcastle (Short Film), by Yvonne Harrison
- Fan Publication (tie): Phoenixine, edited by John & Lynelle Howell; Time Space Visualiser, edited by Adam McGechen
- Services to Fandom: David Lee Smith, the founder of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club
- Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror: Philip Mann
The winners of the Harvey Awards, given for excellence in comics and named for Harvey Kurtzman, were announced over the weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con.
- Best Writer: Robert Kirkman for The Walking Dead
- Best Artist: Robert Crumb for Book of Genesis
- Best Cartoonist: Darwyn Cooke for Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter
- Best Letterer: David Mazzucchelli for Asterios Polyp
- Best Inker: Klaus Janson for The Amazing Spider-Man
- Best Colorist: Laura Martin for The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
- Best Cover Artist: Mike Mignola for Hellboy: The Bride of Hell
- Best New Talent: Rob Guillory for Chew
- Best New Series: Chew
- Best Continuing or Limited Series: The Walking Dead
- Best Original Graphic Publication For Younger Readers: The Muppet Show Comic Book
- Best Anthology: Wednesday Comics
- Best Original Graphic Album: Asterios Polyp
- Best Previously Published Graphic Album: Mutts, by Patrick McDonnell
- Best Domestic Reprint Projects: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
- Best American Edition of Foreign Material: The Art of Osamu Tezuma: God of Manga, by Helen McCarthy
- Best Online Comics Work: PVP, by Scott Kurtz
- Special Award for Humor in Comics: Scott Pilgrim #5, by Bryan Lee O’Malley
- Special Award for Excellence in Presentation: The Rocketeer: The Complete Adventures
- Best Biographical, Historical, or Journalistic Presentation: Art of Harvey Kurtzman: The MAD Genius of Comics, by Denis Kitchen and Paul Buhle
- Best Single Issue of Story: Asterios Polyp
Animator Satoshi Kon (b. 1963) died on August 24. Kon began drawing manga for Young magazine and eventually became an animator, working on films including Rojin Z and Memories. In 1998, he directed Perfect Blue. He was currently working on The Dream Machine.
Following a spate of $20 bills thrown in his direction, Norm Cates has announced a New Zealand bid for the 2020 Worldcon. Despite being organized only a week before Aussiecon 4, New Zealand in 2020 is planning on having a bid table, party, and t-shirts at this year’s Worldcon.