Galactica Suburbia Award

The winner of the first Galactica Suburbia Award, presented by the Galactica Suburbia podcast for activism and/ or communication that advances the feminist conversation in the field of speculative fiction has been announced. In addition to the winner, an honors list was also released.

  • Nicola Griffith for the Russ Pledge, and associated blogging

Honors List

  • Carrie Goldman and her daughter Katie, for sharing their story about how Katie was bullied at school for liking Star Wars, and opening up a massive worldwide conversation about gender binaries and gender-related bullying among very young children.
  • Cheryl Morgan for Female Invisibility Bingo, associated blogging, and podcasting, and basically fighting the good fight
  • Helen Merrick, for the Feminism article on the SF Encyclopedia
  • Jim C Hines for “Jane C Hines” and associated blogging, raising awareness of feminist issues in the SF/Fantasy publishing field.
  • Julia Rios, Kirstyn McDermott, and Ian Mond for Episode 11 of the Outer Alliance podcast
  • L. Timmel Duchamp for continuing to raise issues of importance on the Ambling Down the Aqueduct blog and various Aqueduct Press projects
  • Michelle Lee for the blog post “A 7-year-old girl responds to DC Comics’ sexed-up reboot of Starfire”

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Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

The Screen Actors Guild announced the winners of the annual SAG Awards on January 29. Genre works took three awards during the evening.

  • Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story.
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Television Series: Game of Thrones

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Obituary: John Rich

Director John Rich (b.1925) died on January 29. Although best known for his work on The Dick van Dyke Show and All in the Family, Rich’s genre credits included two episodes of The Twilight Zone several episodes of the ghostly comedy Nearly Departed. He also worked on MacGyver.

Obituary: Ian Abercrombie

Actor Ian Abercrombie (b.1934) died on January 26. Abercombie was known best to recent audiences as Elaine’s boss on Seinfeld, but he has a long history of genre roles, including providing the voice of the Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious on The Clone Wars. He has appeared on The Wizards of Waverly Place, Star Trek: Voyager, played Alfred Pennyworth on Birds of Prey, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Flash, and was in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. His other voice work includes Green Lantern, Rango, and The Batman.

Obituary: Dimitra Arliss

Actress Dimitra Arliss (b.1932) died on January 26. Arliss provided voice work for both the Iron Man and Spider-Man animated television series in the 1990s. She also appeared in the science fiction film Firefox and the fantasy film Xanadu. She may have been best know for her brief role as Salino, the hired killer, in The Sting.

Obituary: Eiko Ishioka

Costume designer Eiko Ishioka (b.1939) died on January 21 from pancreatic cancer. Ishioka won an Academy Award for her work on Bram Stoker’s Dracula and also designed costumes for The Cell, The Fall, Immortals, and the upcoming Mirror, Mirror. She recently helped design costumes for teh Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Ishioka also won a Grammy Award for the cover design of the Miles Davis album, Tutu.

BSFA Nominations

The British Science Fiction Awards nominees have been announced. The awards will be presented at Eastercon in April.

Best Novel

  • Cyber Circus, by Kim Lakin-Smith
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • The Islanders, by Christopher Priest
  • By Light Alone, by Adam Roberts
  • Osama, by Lavie Tidhar

Best Short Fiction

  • “The Silver Wind,” by Nina Allan
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation,” by Paul Cornell
  • “Afterbirth,” by Kameron Hurley
  • “Covehithe,” by China Miéville
  • “Of Dawn,” by Al Robertson

Best Non-Fiction

  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not as We Know It, by Mike Ashley
  • The SF Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition, edited by John Clute, Peter Nicholls, & David Langford
  • Review of Arslan, by M.J. Engh & Abigail Nussbaum
  • SF Mistressworks, edited by Ian Sales
  • Pornokitsch, edited by Jared Shurin & Anne Perry,
  • The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the New Doctor Who, by Graham Sleight, Tony Keen, & Simon Bradshaw

Best Art

  • cover for The Noise Revealed, by Dominic Harman
  • cover for A Monster Calls, by Jim Kay
  • cover for Osama, by Pedro Marques
  • cover for A Glass of Shadow, by Anne Sudworth

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Crawford Winner Announced

Genevieve Valentine’s debut novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.

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Obituary: Nicol Williamson

Actor Nicol Williamson (b.1938) died on December 16. Williamson, who hasn’t appeared on film since 1997, is best known for his role as Merlin in John Boorman’s 1981 film Excalibur, has appeared in numerous genre films over the years, including Venom, Spawn, Return to Oz, and The Exorcist III. Williamson also took great pride in a recording of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. He also played Little John in Robin and Marion and Sherlock Holmes in The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

Obituary: James Farentino

Actor James Farentino (b.1938) died on January 24. Farentino appeared in two episodes of Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, the film The Final Countdown, and horror films Dead & Buried, The Possessed.