Obituary: Bill Justice

Animator Bill Justice (b.1914) died February 10. Justice joined Walt Disney Studios in 1937 and worked on Fantasia, Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan. He was the primary animator for the character Thumper in Bambi. In 1965, he moved over to Disney Imagineering and helped create animated figures for The Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion rides at Disneyland.

Obituary: Don Peterman

Cinematographer Don Peterman (b.1931) died February 5. Peterman began working as a cinematographer in 1972 and has had a hand in several genre films, including Splash, Men in Black, Cocoon, Addams Family Values, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Peterman was twice nominated for an Oscar, including one nod for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

Obituary: Nicholas Courtney

Actor Nicholas Courtney (b.1929) died February 22. Courtney is best known for his portrayal of Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart on Doctor Who, appearing opposite every actor who portrayed the Doctor from William Hartnell through Paul McGann. Courtney was also the honorary president of the Doctor Who Appreciation Society. He reprised his role as the Brigadier on The Sarah Jane Adventures. Other genre work includes Journey to the Far Side of the Sun and The Brides of Fu Manchu.

Obituary: Dwayne McDuffie

Producer Dwayne McDuffie (b.1962) died February 22. McDuffie joined Marvel in the late 1980s, and by 1993 had founded Milestone Media, with the goal of expanding the role of minorities in comics. McDuffie served as story editor for the animated series Justice League Unlimited, wrote for Fantastic Four and Justice League of America, and wrote the script for the animated All Star Superman.

Skylark Award Presented

At Boskone 48, the weekend of February 18-20, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. The Gaughan Award is presented to an emerging artist and no winner was announced this year. In addition, a new Fellow of NESFA was named.

Skylark Award: Lois McMaster Bujold
Gaughan Award: no winner announced
Fellow of NESFA: Peter Weston

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Nebula Nominations

SFWA has announced this year’s nominees for the Nebula Awards. The Nebulas are selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This year’s winners will be announced during the Nebula Award Weekend in Washington, D.C, the weekend of May 19-22.

Short Story

  • “Arvies,” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “How Interesting: A Tiny Man,” by Harlan Ellison®
  • “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
  • “I’m Alive, I Love You, I’ll See You in Reno,” by Vylar Kaftan
  • “The Green Book,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Ghosts of New York,” by Jennifer Pelland
  • “Conditional Love,” by Felicity Shoulders

Novelette

  • “Map of Seventeen,” by Christopher Barzak
  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Fortuitous Meeting of Gerard van Oost and Oludara,” by Christopher Kastensmidt
  • “Plus or Minus,” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Pishaach,” by Shweta Narayan
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” by Eric James Stone
  • “Stone Wall Truth,” by Caroline M. Yoachim

Novella

  • The Alchemist, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “Iron Shoes,” by J. Kathleen Cheney
  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance,” by Paul Park
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky

Novel

  • The Native Star, by M.K. Hobson
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Shades of Milk and Honey, by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Echo, by Jack McDevitt
  • Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis

Ray Bradbury Award

  • Despicable Me, directed by Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud, screenplay by Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul, story by Sergio Pablos
  • Doctor Who: ‘‘Vincent and the Doctor,” by Richard Curtis
  • How to Train Your Dragon, directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois, & Chris Sanders
  • Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, screenplay by Christopher Nolan
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, directed by Edgar Wright, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright
  • Toy Story 3, directed by Lee Unkrich, screenplay by Michael Arndt, story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, & Lee Unkrich

Andre Norton Award

  • Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • White Cat, by Holly Black
  • Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
  • Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword, by Barry Deutsch
  • I Shall Wear Midnight, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Boy from Ilysies, by Pearl North
  • A Conspiracy of Kings, by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Behemoth, by Scott Westerfield

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Con or Bust Auction Opens

The Con or Bust Auction to provide assistance for Fans of Color to attend Wiscon has opened. Bids are being taken on donated items through March 6, 2011. Items include original works of art, autographed books, and more. Originally founded in 2009, the auction was taken over by the Carl Brandon Society in 2010 when it raised more than $6,000. This year, Con or Bust hope to raise at least $7,000.

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Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women

Stephanie Dray is holding the Cleopatra Literary Contest for Young Women. Young women between the ages of 13 and 22 are invited to submit short stories, essays, poems on a variety of themes in two age categories (13-18, 19-22). The winner in each category will receive $100 cash or a new e-reader, in addition to an award certificate, a month-long writing mentorship with Ms. Dray, a feature article in her blog and newsletter, and a critique from NY literary agent, Jennifer Schober of Spencerhill Associates. The submission deadline is March 1.

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Obituary: Walter Seltzer

Producer Walter Seltzer (b.1914) died February 18 of pneumonia at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Home. Seltzer was the producer for the Saturn and Nebula Award winning film Soylent Green and The Omega Man.

Obutuary: Peggy Rea

Actress Peggy Rea (b.1921) died of congestive heart failure on February 5. Rea is best known for her work on The Waltons and The Dukes of Hazzard, but also appeared in episodes of The Wild Wild West, Monsters, and The Immortal, as well as the film The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao.