Obituary: Shirlene Annanayo

Fan Shirlene Annanayo (b. 1967) died on June 30 after suffering two major strokes two weeks earlier. Annanayo was active in the South Florida Science Fiction Society and helped run several Tropicons, including chairing the 2001 convention. Annanayo was also active in Mercedes Lackey fandom.

Strangeways Launched

James Patrick Kelly has announced the launch of Strangeways, an e-zine available for Nook and Kindle for .99c per issue. Each issue will include reprints of two short stories, two essays, and bonus materials. The first issue, currently available, includes “Plus or Minus” and “The Propagation of Light in a Vacuum.”

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Squeecast Launch

SF Squeecast, a monthly podcast, is scheduled to launch on June 30, 2011. Featuring Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, and Catherynne M. Valente, the podcast will focus on works of science fiction that make the contributors happy.

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British Fantasy Award Nominees

The nominees for the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. All current members of the BFS are eligible to vote, as are attendees of both last year’s and this year’s FantasyCon. This year’s FantasyCon will be held in Brighton, from September 30 to October 2.

Best Novel (August Derleth Fantasy Award)

  • Apartment 16, by Adam Nevill
  • Demon Dance, by Sam Stone
  • The Leaping, by Tom Fletcher
  • Pretty Little Dead Things, by Gary McMahon
  • The Silent Land, by Graham Joyce

Best Novella

  • “1922,” by Stephen King
  • “Humpty’s Bones,” by Simon Clark
  • “Ponthe Oldenguine,” by Andrew Hook
  • “Sparrowhawk,” by Paul Finch
  • “The Thief of Broken Toys,” by Tim Lebbon

Best Short Story

  • “The Beautiful Room,” by R B Russell
  • “Fool’s Gold,” by Sam Stone
  • “The Lure,” by Nicholas Royle
  • “Otterburn,” by Jan Edwards
  • “Something For Nothing,” by Joe Essid

Best Collection

  • Full Dark, No Stars, by Stephen King
  • The Gravedigger’s Tale: Fables of Fear, by Simon Clark
  • Last Exit for the Lost, by Tim Lebbon
  • One Monster Is Not Enough, by Paul Finch
  • Walkers in the Dark, by Paul Finch

Best Anthology

  • Back From the Dead: The Legacy of the Pan Book of Horror Stories, edited by Johnny Mains
  • The End of the Line, edited by Jonathan Oliver
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror Volume 21, edited by Stephen Jones
  • Never Again, edited by Allyson Bird & Joel Lane
  • Zombie Apocalypse!, edited by Stephen Jones

Best Non-Fiction

  • Altered Visions: The Art of Vincent Chong, by Vincent Chong
  • Cinema Futura, edited by Mark Morris
  • Fantastic TV: 50 Years of Cult Fantasy and Science Fiction, by Steven Savile
  • M P Shiel: The Middle Years 1897-1923, by Harold Billings
  • The Shrieking Sixties, by Darrel Buxton

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Daniele Serra
  • Les Edwards
  • Paul Mudie
  • Vincent Chong

Best Small Press

  • Atomic Fez, Ian Alexander Martin
  • Gray Friar Press, Gary Fry
  • Pendragon Press, Christopher Teague
  • Telos Publishing, David J Howe and Stephen James Walker
  • TTA Press, Andy Cox

Best Magazine/Periodical

  • Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
  • Cemetery Dance, edited by Rich Chizmar
  • Murky Depths, edited by Terry Martin
  • Shadows and Tall Trees, edited by Michael Kelly
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Susan Marie Groppi

Best Graphic Novel

  • Clint, by Mark Millar
  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot
  • Neonomicon, by Alan Moore & Jacen Burrows
  • The Mountains of Madness, by Ian Culbard
  • The Unwritten Vols 1 & 2, by Mike Carey & Peter Gross

Best Film

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Inception
  • Kick-Ass
  • Monsters
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World

Best Television

  • A History of Horror With Mark Gatiss
  • Being Human
  • Doctor Who
  • Sherlock
  • True Blood

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If You Lived Here

Jeff VanderMeer has announced that he will be publishing If You Lived Here, a look at the top 50 science fiction and fantasy worlds. He is looking for input from fans as to which worlds should be included. And fans can nominate worlds from literature , along with an explanation for why the world would fit into the project.

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Golden Cob Winners

The winners of the 2011 Golden Cob Awards, presented for excellence in B movies at the annual B Movie Celebration in Franklin, Indiana, have been announced. The awards will be presented at the event, running from September 23-25.

  • Best Scream Queen: Debbie Rochon for Alien Vengeance
  • Best Leading Man: Jeffrey Combs for American Bandits
  • Best Rising B Actress: Bianca Barnett for In a Spiral State
  • Best Rising B Movie Actor: Gerald Webb for Battle of Los Angeles
  • Best B Movie Director: Fred Olen Ray for American Bandits
  • Best Efx In a B Movie: Greg Nicotero for Piranha 3D
  • Best Cinematography in a B Movie: Greig Fraser for Let Me In
  • Best Original Screenplay: Fred Olen Ray for American Bandits
  • Best Editing in a B Movie: Tony Randel for Monster Cruise
  • Best B Movie Adapatation: Scott Kosar andRay Wright for The Crazies
  • Best B Movie Release: Piranha 3D
  • Best B Movie Documentary: Daniel Griffith for The Bloodiest Show on Earth:Making Vampire Circus
  • Best B Movie Soundtrack: Midnight Syndicate for The Dead Matter
  • Best Sound Design in a B Movie: Patrick Giraudi for DinoCroc Vs. Supergator
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: George A.Romero
  • Bill Cothron Best Emerging Filmmaker Award: Joshua Hull and Beverly Lane
  • SuperFan Award: Brian Shirley and Geek Tyrant
  • The B Movie Hall Of Fame: The Chiodo Brothers, Vincent Price, and Albert Pyun
  • The Bob Wilkins Best Horror Host Award: Sammy Terry

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Sunburst Nominations

The jury for the tenth annual Sunburst Awards has announced the short-lists for 2011. The awards will be presented on September 14, 2011 at the Harbourfront Reading Series. Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion which incorporates the “Sunburst” logo, designed by Marcel Gagné. This year’s jury includes Kate Freiman, Mark Leslie, Christopher Roden, and Alison Sinclair.

Adult Category:

  • Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • WWW: Wake, by Robert J. Sawyer
  • Chimerascope, by Douglas Smith
  • A Taint in the Blood, by S.M. Stirling
  • Stealing Home, by Hayden Trenholm

Young Adult Category:

  • Shapeshifter, by Holly Bennett
  • Plain Kate, by Erin Bow
  • The Painted Boy, by Charles De Lint
  • Bookweirder, by Paul Glennon
  • Dust City, by Robert Paul Weston

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Pegasus Nominations Open

The form to nominate for this year’s Pegasus Awards for filk is now on-line. Nominations close on July 25. People can nominate up to five works/people in five categories. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest.

To nominate, or for more information…

For the results of the brainstorming poll…

Obituary: Alice Playten

Actress Alice Playten (b.1947) died on June 25 of heart failure. She created the role of Ermengarde in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. She went on to appear on the Krofft television show The Lost Saucer, and the films Legend and Amityville II: The Possession.

Saturn Award Winners

The 37th annual Saturn Awards were presented on June 23 in Los Angeles.


  • Best Science Fiction Film: Inception
  • Best Fantasy Film: Alice in Wonderland
  • Best Horror/Thriller Film: Let Me In
  • Best Action/Adventure Film: Salt
  • Best Actor: Jeff Bridges (Tron: Legacy)
  • Best Actress: Natalie Portman (Black Swan)
  • Best Supporting Actor: Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Mila Kunis (Black Swan)
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Moretz (Let Me In)
  • Best Director: Christopher Nolan (Inception)
  • Best Writing: Christopher Nolan (Inception)
  • Best Music: Hans Zimmer (Inception)
  • Best Costume: Colleen Atwood (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Best Make-Up: The Wolfman
  • Best Production Design: Darren Gilford (Tron: Legacy)
  • Best Special Effects: Inception
  • Best International Film: Monsters
  • Best Animated Film: Toy Story 3


  • Best Network Series: Fringe
  • Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Breaking Bad
  • Best Television Presentation: The Walking Dead
  • Best Actor in Television: Stephen Moyer (True Blood)
  • Best Actress on Television: Anna Torv (Fringe)
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: John Noble (Fringe)
  • Best Supporting Actress in Television: Lucy Lawless (Spartacus: Blood and Sand)
  • Best Guest Starring Role in Television: Joe Manganiello (True Blood)


  • Best DVD Release: Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
  • Best DVD Television Release: The Twilight Zone (Season 1 & 2) (Blu Ray)
  • Best DVD Special Edition: Avatar (Extended Collector’s Edition)
  • Best Classic Film Release: The Complete Metropolis
  • Best DVD Movie Collection: Alien Anthology

Stage Presentation:

  • Best Local Stage Production: Musical: Young Frankenstein (Pantages Theatre)
  • Best Local Stage Production: Drama or Comedy: The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Mark Taper Forum)
  • Best Local Stage Production: Small Theater: Watson (Sacred Fools Theatre)

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