Obituary: Rebecca Neason

Author Rebecca Neason (b.1954) died on August 31 following a long illness. Neason wrote the novels The Oak and the Cross, The Thirteenth Scroll, and The Truest Power. She also published novelizations for Star Trek: The Next Generation and Highlander.

Worlds of Wonder Sale

Jane Frank has announced her annual Worlds of Wonder art sale, running through January 2. Frank is offering most art featured on her website or in catalogs 22-25 at a 15% discount. Art featured in catalog 26 or sale items by Jim Burns are not included in the sale.

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Abdalati Named Chief NASA Scientist

Waleed Abdalati has been named Chief Scientist at NASA by NASA Administrator Charles Borden. Abdalati will assume his new position on January 3, 2011. Currently the director of the Earth Science and Observation Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Abdalati will serve as the principal adviser to the NASA administrator on agency science programs, strategic planning and the evaluation of related investments. Previously, Abdalati was head of the Cryospheric Sciences Branch at the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.

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Voyager Nears the Heliopause

The Voyager 1 space probe has entered the Heliosheath, an area where the solar wind drops to zero velocity. The heliosheath is the final region of our solar system and scientists believe that Voyager is within five years of crossing the heliopause, the edge of the solar system, and entering interstellar space. Scientists had previously thought Voyager was preparing to make the jump to interstellar space in 2005, but since the probe is in unknown territory, it is still sending back data which is changing astronomers’ models of the solar system. Launched in 1977, Voyager completed its mission to study the Jovian planets in 1989 when it passed Neptune. It is now located about 17.4 billion miles from Earth and is still sending back data.

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Infinity Plus E-Books

Infinity Plus has announced the launch of an e-book imprint, which will go live with six titles, a collection of stories by Eric Brown and a five-volume collection fiction of Keith Brooke. The books, with more to follow, will be available in Kindle format for £2.18 or $3.44. Future books are scheduled by Molly Brown, Garry Kilworth, Anna Tambour, and John Grant.

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Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe nominations were announced on December 14. The Golden Globes are given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The awards will be presented on January 16, 2011. Categories with works of genre interest are listed below.

Motion Picture Categories
Best Motion Picture, Drama

  • Black Swan
  • The Fighter
  • Inception
  • The King’s Speech
  • The Social Network

Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Burlesque
  • Kids Are All Right
  • Red
  • The Tourist

Best Director

  • Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
  • David Fincher, The Social Network
  • Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David O. Russell, The Fighter

Best Actor, Comedy or Musical

  • Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
  • Johnny Depp, The Tourist
  • Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
  • Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

Animated Film

  • Despicable Me
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • The Illusionist
  • Tangled
  • Toy Story 3

Screenplay

  • Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
  • Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
  • Christopher Nolan, Inception
  • David Seidler, The King’s Speech
  • Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

Original Score

  • Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
  • Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
  • A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
  • Hans Zimmer, Inception

Song

  • “Bound to You” (music by Samuel Dixon, lyrics by Christina Aguilera and Sia Furler), from Burlesque
  • “Coming Home” (music and lyrics by Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey and Troy Verges), from Country Strong
  • “I See the Light” (music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater), from Tangled
  • “There’s a Place for Us” (music and lyrics by Carrie Underwood, David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey), from The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” (music and lyrics by Diane Warren), from Burlesque

Television Categories
TV Series, Musical or Comedy

  • 30 Rock
  • Big Bang Theory
  • The Big C
  • Glee
  • Modern Family
  • Nurse Jackie

Best Actor, TV Musical or Comedy

  • Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
  • Steve Carell, The Office
  • Thomas Jane, Hung
  • Matthew Morrison, Glee
  • Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Robert DeNiro

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Clarke Award Discussion

Clarke Award Director Tom Hunter has posted an open letter to fans regarding the future of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and is looking for input into what changes, if any, the award should undertake. The Clarke Award was founded in 1986 and is presented to recognize the best science fiction novels published in the UK and to honor Arthur C. Clarke’s career and memory.

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SFWA Puts Dorchester on Probation

Following complaints by authors about Dorchester Publishing’ practices and discussions between SFWA and Dorchester to correct their mistakes, SFWA has placed Dorchester on a one-year probation as a qualifying market for SFWA Membership. During that time, fiction contracted by Dorchester will not be considered qualifying (although it may be retroactively if Dorchester completes the terms of its probation).

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Fantasy Author Arrested

Fantasy author Joel Rosenberg was arrested and charged with felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court on December 8. The charges stem from an incident on November 5 when Rosenberg visited the courthouse to make a request for documents. Minneapolis Sgt. William Palmer noticed Rosenberg was armed and tried to disarm him.

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And news from Joel Rosenberg’s site

Black Quill Nominations

The nominations for the fourth annual Black Quill Awards, presented by Dark Scribe, have been announced. Voting runs through January 21, 2011, with the winners announced on February 1.

Dark Genre Novel of the Year

  • The Caretaker of Lorne Field, by David Zeltserman
  • A Dark Matter, by Peter Straub
  • Kraken, by China Miéville
  • The Passage, by Justin Cronin
  • Sparrow Rock, by Nate Kenyon
  • Under the Dome, by Stephen King

Best Small Press Chill

  • A Book of Tongues, by Gemma Files
  • The Castle of Los Angeles, by Lisa Morton
  • Dreams in Black and White, by John R. Little
  • Invisible Fences, by Norman Prentiss
  • The Wolf at the Door, by Jameson Currier

Best Dark Genre Fiction Collection

  • Blood and Gristle, by Michael Louis
  • In the Mean Time, by Paul Tremblay
  • Little Things, by John R. Little
  • Occultation, by Laird Barron
  • Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse, by Otsuichi

Best Dark Genre Anthology

  • Dark Faith, edited by Maurice Broaddus and Jerry Gordon
  • Dead Set: A Zombie Anthology, edited by Michelle McCrary and Joe McKinney
  • Haunted Legends, edited by Ellen Datlow and Nick Mamatas
  • Horror Library IV, edited by RJ Cavender and Boyd E. Harris
  • When The Night Comes Down, edited by Bill Breedlove

Best Dark Genre Book of Non-Fiction

  • The Conspiracy Against the Human Race, by Thomas Ligotti
  • Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, by Rocky Wood
  • I Am Providence: The Life and Times of HP Lovecraft, by S.T. Joshi
  • Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes of the Most Terrifying Zombie Movie Ever, by Joe Kane
  • Thrillers: 100 Must Reads, edited by David Morrell and Hank Wagner

Best Dark Scribble

  • “Bully,” by Jack Ketchum
  • “Goblin Boy,” by Rick Hautula
  • “Secretario,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Things,” by Peter Watts
  • “We,” by Bentley Little

Best Dark Genre Book Trailer

  • Neverland, produced by Circle of Seven Productions
  • Radiant Shadows, produced by Circle of Seven Productions
  • Specters in the Coal Dust, produced by Michael Knost & Black Water Films
  • Under the Dome, produced by Scribner Marketing
  • Unhappy Endings, produced by Delirium Books

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