Obituary: Robert Fuest

British director Robert Fuest (b.1927) died on March 21. Fuest directed The Final Programme, based on Michael Moorcock’s novel, the movie The Abominable Dr. Phibes, and the television film Revenge of the Stepford Wives. He also did work as a production designer for the show Out of This World. His movie The Devil’s Rain was widely seen as a flop and after its release, he stopped making feature films and focused on television.

Obituary: Noboru Ishiguro

Japanese anime director Noboru Ishiguro (b.1938) died on March 20 from a lung infection. Ishiguro directed Space Battleship Yamato, The Super Dimension Fortress Macross, The Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Legend of the Galactic Heroes, among others.

Obituary: Gene DeWeese

Author Gene DeWeese (b.1931 as Thomas Eugene DeWeese) died on March 19. DeWeese, who also published using the pseudonym Jean DeWeese and the collaborative names Thomas Stratton and Victoria Thomas, had been suffering Lewy body dementia. active in fandom, he broke into writing with Man from U.N.C.L.E. novelizations co-written with Buck Coulson. He has written novels set in the Star Trek, Lost in Space, and Ravenloft universes as well as many original works, including The Adventures of a Two-Minute Werewolf and Charles Fort Never Mentioned Wombats, the latter with Coulson. His last story may have been “The World of Null-T,” published in 2010.

Mandelo Joins Strange Horizons

Niall Harrison has announced that Brit Mandelo will be joining Strange Horizons and Senior Fiction Editor Jed Hartman in their fiction department. Mandelo is an editor and critic whose work has appeared in, Ideomancer, and Clarkesworld. Despite this appointment, Strange Horizons is still looking to add additional fiction editors to the team.

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Philip K. Dick Judges Announced

The judges for this year’s Philip K. Dick Awards have been announced. The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually at Norwescon for the best paperback original publication. The Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society. The awards for 2011 publications will be announced at Norwescon 35 on April 6, 2012. The 2012 judges include:

  • Bruce Bethke
  • Sydney Duncan
  • Daryl Gregory
  • Bridget McKenna
  • Paul Witcover

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Aurealis Nominations

Fantasy Novel

  • The Undivided, by Jennifer Fallon
  • Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman
  • Stormlord’s Exile, by Glenda Larke
  • Debris, by Jo Anderton
  • The Shattered City, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Fantasy Short Story

  • “Fruit of the Pipal Tree,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “The Proving of Smollett Standforth,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Into the Clouds on High,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Reading Coffee,” by Anthony Panegyris
  • “The Dark Night of Anton Weiss,” by D.C. White

Science Fiction Novel

  • Machine Man, by Max Barry
  • Children of Scarabaeus, by Sara Creasy
  • The Waterboys, by Peter Docker
  • Black Glass, by Meg Mundell
  • The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood

Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Flowers in the Shadow of the Garden,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Desert Madonna,” by Robert Hood
  • “SIBO,” by Penelope Love
  • “Dead Low,” by Cat Sparks
  • “Rains of la Strange,” by Robert N Stephenson

Horror Novel

    No award will be presented in this category, but there are two honorable mentions.

  • The Broken Ones, by Stephen M. Irwin
  • The Business of Death, by Trent Jamieson

Horror Short Story

  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines
  • “The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds,” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • “Mulberry Boys,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “The Coffin Maker’s Daughter,” by Angela Slatter

Young Adult Novel

  • Shift, by Em Bailey
  • Secrets of Carrick: Tantony, by Ananda Braxton-Smith
  • The Shattering, by Karen Healey
  • Black Glass, by Meg Mundell
  • Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon

Young Adult Short Story

  • “Nation of the Night,” by Sue Isle
  • “Finishing School,” by Kathleen Jennings
  • “Seventy-Two Derwents,” by Cate Kennedy
  • “One Window,” by Martine Murray
  • “The Patrician,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)

  • The Outcasts, by John Flanagan
  • The Paradise Trap, by Catherine Jinks
  • “It Began with a Tingle,” by Thalia Kalkapsakis
  • The Coming of the Whirlpool, by Andrew McGahan
  • City of Lies, by Lian Tanner

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

  • The Ghost of Annabel Spoon, by Aaron Blabey (author and illustrator)
  • Sounds Spooky, by Christopher Cheng (author) and Sarah Davis (illustrator)
  • The Last Viking, by Norman Jorgensen (author) and James Foley (illustrator)
  • The Deep: Here be Dragons, by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator)
  • Vampyre, by Margaret Wild (author) and Andrew Yeo (illustrator)

Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Hidden, by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator)
  • Torn, by Andrew Constant (author) and Joh James (illustrator), additional illustrators Nicola Scott, Emily Smith
  • Salsa Invertebraxa, by Mozchops (author and illustrator)
  • The Eldritch Kid: Whiskey and Hate, by Christian Read (author) and Michael Maier (illustrator)
  • The Deep: Here be Dragons, by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator)


  • Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Ishtar, edited by Amanda Pillar and KV Taylor
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 5, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Life on Mars, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • Bad Power, by Deborah Biancotti
  • Last Days of Kali Yuga, by Paul Haines
  • Bluegrass Symphony, by Lisa Hannett
  • Nightsiders, by Sue Isle
  • Love and Romanpunk, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

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Obituary: M.A.R. Barker

Linguist, author, and game-designer M.A.R. Barker (b.1926 as Philip Barker) died on March 16. Barker created the role playing game Empire of the Petal Throne, which was published by TSR in 1975. Additional games and novels based on his world of Tekumel followed, including the games Swords and Glory, Gardásiyal, and Tékumel: Empire of the Petal Throne. As with Tolkien, Barker was a linguist who used his knowledge of languages to sculpt a complex world.

Ursa Major Nominees

The nominees for the 11th annual Ursa Major Awards, for the best in anthropomorphic/”funny animal” literature and art first published during 2011 have been announced. Voting will run from March 15-May 4 with the awards presented at CaliFur VIII in Irvine, CA the weekend of June 1 – 3, 2012.

Best Motion Picture

  • Bitter Lake
  • Kung Fu Panda 2
  • Puss in Boots
  • Rango
  • Rio

Best Dramatic Series or Short Work

  • Mongrels
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Regular Show
  • Simon’s Cat
  • ThunderCats

Best Novel

  • Black Dogs, Part 2, by Ursula Vernon
  • Death Drop, by Sean Allen
  • Isolation Play, by Kyell Gold
  • Red Sails in the Fallout, by Paul Kidd
  • Smiley and the Hero, by Ryan Campbell

Best Short Fiction

  • “A Safety Weasel Christmas,” by Gene Breshears
  • “Argo,” by Rick Griffin
  • “Fetching Asteroids,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • “How to Get Through the Day,” by Kyell Gold
  • “Let’s Play Musical Chairs,” by K. M. Hirosaki
  • “Shreddy and the Zomb-Dogs,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • “Where the Heart Is,” by Mary E. Lowd and Daniel Lowd

Best Other Literary Work

  • Dragon’s Hoard #1, by various
  • Fur-Piled #5, by Leo Magna
  • In the Doghouse of Justice, by Kyell Gold
  • Nordguard, Book One, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet
  • Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe, Omnibus 1, by various

Best Graphic Story

  • Endtown, by Aaron Neathery
  • Fur-Piled, by Leo Magna
  • Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake
  • Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler
  • Red Lantern, by Rukis and Alector Fencor

Best Comic Strip

  • Ballerina Mafia, by Immelmann
  • Doc Rat, by Jenner
  • Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken
  • Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
  • Sandra and Woo, by Powree and Oliver Knörzer

Best Magazine

  • Alasso
  • Anthro
  • Flayrah
  • South Fur Lands
  • Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe

Best Website

  • Equestria Daily
  • Fur Affinity
  • Furry Writers’ Guild
  • Inkbunny
  • WikiFur

Best Published Illustration

  • Blotch, cover of Isolation Play
  • Blotch, cover of Nordguard, Book One
  • Jason Chan, cover of Red Sails in the Fallout
  • Sara Palmer, cover of Weasel Presents
  • Rosenthal, “FBA 2012 season opener” painting
  • C. D. Woodbury, cover of Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe #48

Best Game

  • O-kamiden
  • Pokemon: Black and White
  • Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
  • Sonic Generations
  • Star Fox 64 3D

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Ender’s Game Complaint

A teacher at Schofield Middle School in Aiken County, South Carolina has been placed on administrative leave after a 14-year old student and his parents complained that the teacher read pornographic material to them. According to the student’s complaint, the teacher read from three works which the student found in appropriate, including Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. After learning that the school was going to handle the matter internally, the family filed a complaint with the police department, when the school failed to notify under a South Carolina law requiring police notification whenever there is a possibility of criminal activity.

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Obituary: Alicia Johnson

Australian fan Alicia Johnson died on March 11. Johnson was the wife of Robin Johnson, who was the fan guest of honor at Aussiecon IV. Johnson had been suffering from cancer and entered palliative care a couple of days before her death.