Joanna Russ in Hospice

Samuel R. Delany via Ron Drummond reports that Joanna Russ, the author of The Female Man and What Are We Fighting For?: Sex, Race, Class, and the Future of Feminism, among many other works of science fiction and scholarship, has been admitted to hospice after suffering a series of strokes. According to Drummond, Delany says that Russ is “slipping away” and has long had a “Do Not Resuscitate” on file.

TAFF Winner: John Coxon

John Coxon was declared the winner of a four-way TAFF race the day after the deadline. Coxon won with 27 European votes and 11 North American votes. A minimum of 27 European votes and 10 North American votes were required for victory. Graham Charnock received 20 North American votes, but only 20 European votes, Liam Proven received 75 European votes, but fell short of the North American vote requirement by one, and Paul Treadway received 10 European and 9 North American votes. A total of 189 votes were cast. Coxon will travel to the US to attend Renovation as this year’s TAFF delegate and will take over Steve Green’s administrative duties.
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Changes at Tangent Online

Dave Truesdale has announced that both on-line fiction Managing Editor Kevin Tipple and Assistant Managing Editor Steve Fahnestalk have stepped down from their positions at Tangent Online, which reviews short SF/F. Joseph Giddings has been named the new Assistant Managing Editor. Fahnestalk has stepped down to focus on his writing career and Tipple is stepping down for health reasons. Both editors stayed in their positions until Truesdale returned to the on-line world to ensure the smooth continuation of Tangent Online.

Change at SFWA

SFWA President John Scalzi has announced that Executive Director Jane Jewell will step down after nine years in her position. Jewell will continue to act as a Special Advisor to the 2011 Nebula Award weekend next month. Kate Baker has been hired as Interim Office Manager and will handle administrative tasks, including membership services following Jewell’s departure.

Hugo Nominees

The 2011 Hugo nominees were announced on April 24. This year’s winners will be announced at this year’s Worldcon, Renovation in Reno, Nevada the weekend of August 17-21

Best Novel

  • Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Feed, by Mira Grant
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis

Best Novella

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Troika,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky

Best Novelette

  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Plus or Minus,” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Eight Miles,” by Sean McMullen
  • “The Emperor of Mars,” by Allen M. Steele
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” by Eric James Stone

Best Short Story
Only four short stories received more than 5% of the nominating votes, which is why there is no fifth nomination in this category, per section 3.8.5 of the WSFS Constitution.

  • “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
  • “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Amaryllis,” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “The Things,” by Peter Watts

Best Related Work

  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick & Barry N. Malzberg
  • Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells
  • Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Tara O’Shea
  • Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe

Best Graphic Story

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross
  • Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, by Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio
  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot
  • Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, by Howard Tayler
  • Fables: Witches, by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Toy Story 3

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short

  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”
  • Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang”
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”
  • Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
  • The Lost Thing

Best Professional Editor: Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Moshe Feder
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Beth Meacham
  • Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Editor: Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine

  • Clarkesworld
  • Interzone
  • Lightspeed
  • Locus
  • Weird Tales

Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings
  • Challenger
  • The Drink Tank
  • File 770
  • StarShipSofa

Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Randall Munroe
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo Award)
All nominees are in their second year of eligibility

  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Larry Correia
  • Lev Grossman
  • Dan Wells

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BSFA Winners

The winners of the BSFA Awards were announced at Illustrious 2011, this year’s Eastercon, in Birmingham. The winners were selected by the con’s membership and announced at a banquet.

  • Best Novel: The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Best Short Fiction: “The Shipmaker,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • Best Art: Cover for Zoo City, by Joey Hi-Fi
  • Best Non-Fiction: “Blogging the Hugos,” by Paul Kincaid

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Dick Award Winner

Mark Hodder’s novel The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack won this year’s Philip K. Dick Award, presented at Norwescon. The Philip K. Dick Award honors books published originally in paperback (mass market or trade), and is selected by a panel of judges which included William Barton, Andy Duncan, Bruce McAllister, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and David Walton. The judges also gave a special citation award to Project Itoh for the book Harmony, translated by Alexander O. Smith . Next year’s judges have been announced as Scott Baker, Mark Budz, Roby James, Darrell Schweitzer, and Alice K. Turner.

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Obituary: Kevin Jarre

Screenwriter Kevin Jarre (b.1954) died on April 3 of heart failure. Jarre wrote the screenplay to the 1999 version of The Mummy. Other, non-genre films he wrote include The Devil’s Own, Tombstone, Glory, and Rambo: First Blood, Part II, the last of which won him a Golden Raspberry Award.

Obituary: Sol Saks

Screenwriter Sol Saks (b.1910) died on April 16. Saks is best known for creating the television show Bewitched, for which he wrote the pilot episode. He also wrote the made-for-tv SF film Out of the Blue.

Alt.Fiction Spring Writing Weekend

Alt.Fiction will be sponsoring a writing workshop the weekend of May 20-22 in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. Simon Clark and Tony Ballantyne will attend as guest lecturers. The weekend costs £180, including two nights’ accommodation, all meals and hot drinks, plus a full programme of writing activities throughout Saturday and Sunday featuring the guest authors. Registration is due by May 3.

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