World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in San Diego, California on October 30. This year’s judges included Andrew Hook, Sascha Mamczak, Mark Rich, Sean Wallace, and Kim Wilkins.

  • Life Achievement: Peter S. Beagle and Angélica Gorodischer
  • Novel: Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Novella: “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • Short Story: “Fossil—Figures,” by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Anthology: My Mother She Killed Me, My Father He Ate Me, edited by Kate Bernheimer
  • Collection: What I Didn’t See and Other Stories, by Karen Joy Fowler
  • Artist: Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Special Award—Professional: Marc Gascoigne, for Angry Robot
  • Special Award—Non-professional: Alisa Krasnostein, for Twelfth Planet Press

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Spectrum/IMC Scholarship

Spectrum Fantastic Art has announced that will be offering a scholarship to send an artist to the Illustration Master Class at Amherst College in Massachusetts from June 9th-15th. Organized by Rebecca Guay, the week includes faculty including Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Donato Giancola, Dan Dos Santos, Irene Gallo,
James Gurney, and Brom.

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GUFF Race Underway

Kylie Ding and Grant Watson are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Olympus 2012, next year’s Eastercon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote. The voting deadline is January 22, 2012.

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Amazing Editorial Board

Steve Davidson, who was recently awarded the lapses Amazing Stories trademark, has announced the formation of an advisory board which consists of four former editors of the magazine: Barry Malzberg, Patrick L. Price, Ted White, and Joseph Wrzos. Davidson has also commissioned a cover for the first electronic issue, from artist Frank Wu.

Pegasus Award Winners

The Pegasus Awards were presented this weekend at Ohio Valley Filk Fest. The winners, selected by popular vote of filk fandom include the following.

  • Best Romantic Song: “As I Am,” by Heather Dale
  • Best Bad-Ass Song: “Evil Laugh,” by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Writer/Composer: S. J. Tucker
  • Best Performer: Amy McNally
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “The Phoenix,” by Julia Ecklar
  • Best Filk Song: “Wicked Girls,” by Seanan McGuire

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Suzette Haden Elgin Ailing

Author Suzette Haden Elgin, who wrote the Native Tongue trilogy and the Ozark trilogy, among other works, and has been blogging recently, has become disabled and, through Stephen Marsh, has announced that she “just can’t focus on things well enough to even answer an email, let alone talk to anyone.” Rose Fox infers that Elgin may not be able to finish the novel she announced she was working on several months ago.

Stephen Marsh’s notice…
Rose Fox’s comments…

Call for Submissions

Mslexia Magazine will be running an sf-themed issue in March and are looking for short stories (up to 2,200 words) and poems (up to 40 lines) by women based on the concept “In the year 2212.” The deadline for submissions is November 22.

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Icon Award: June Foray

June Foray has been announced as the winner of this year’s Icon Award by Comic-Con. The Icon Award is presented to individuals who have been instrumental in bringing comics and/or the popular arts to a wider audience. Foray is a voice artist who has long worked in the field and may be best known for providing the voices of Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Granny, and Witch Hazel, among many others. Beginning in the Tex Avery short Wacky Wildlife in 1940, Foray still works, currently voicing characters on The Garfield Show and The Looney Toons Show. She published her autobiography in 2009.

Obituary: Frank Harwood

Las Vegas fan Frank Harwood (b.1952) died on October 2. Harwood was a founding member of Las Vegas Fandom in 1990 and throughout the 1990s was a regular attendee at meetings of SNAFFU and social events.

Obituary: Amy Paul

Baltimore area fan Amy Paul (b.1957) died on October 4 from lymphoma. Paul lived at the slanshack Fandom Republic in Baltimore in the mid-1980s when she became active in fandom. Paul was active in Balticon and helped run their Short (Amateur) Film contest. She went by the name Revered Blessing Bird.