Lathe of Heaven Premieres

The Untitled Theatre Company, which previously debuted an adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep will present an all new stage adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Lathe of Heaven at the 3LD Art and Technology Center in New York from June 6 through June 30. The play is adapted and directed by Edward Einhorn.

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SFRA Winners

The winners of the SFRA Awards, presented annually by the Science Fiction Research Association, have been announced. The presentation of the awards will be at this year’s SFRA conference, 28 June-1 July, in Detroit, Michigan.

  • Pilgrim Award (for life time contributions to SF/F studies): Pamela Sargent
  • Pioneer Award (for outstanding essay-length work of the year): “Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction,” by David M. Higgins
  • Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service: Art Evans
  • Mary Kay Bray Award (for the best essay, interview, or extended review in the past year’s SFRA Review): “Review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” by T.S. Miller
  • Student Essay Award (for best student paper presented at the previous year’s SFRA conference): “Fantastic Voices: Octavia Butler’s First-Person Narrators and ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night’,” by Florian Bast

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Shirley Jackson Nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. This year’s judges include Laird Barron, Matthew Cheney, Maura McHugh, Kaaron Warren, and Gary K. Wolfe. The winners will be announced on July 15th at Readercon 23 in Burlington, Massachusetts.

Novel:

  • The Devil All the Time, by Donald Ray Pollock
  • The Dracula Papers, by Reggie Oliver
  • The Great Lover, by Michael Cisco
  • Knock Knock, by S.P. Miskowski
  • The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
  • Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman

Novella:

  • “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “A Child’s Problem,” by Reggie Oliver
  • “Displacement,” by Michael Marano
  • The Men Upstairs, by Tim Waggoner
  • “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “Rose Street Attractors,” by Lucius Shepard

Novelette:

  • “The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine,” by Peter Straub
  • “Ditch Witch,” by Lucius Shepard
  • “The Last Triangle,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “Omphalos,” by Livia Llewellyn
  • “The Summer People,” by Kelly Link

Short Fiction:

  • “Absolute Zero,” by Nadia Bulkin
  • “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” by M. Rickert
  • “Hair,” by Joan Aiken
  • “Max,” by Jason Ockert
  • “Sunbleached,” by Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Things to Know About Being Dead,” by Genevieve Valentine

Single-Author Collection:

  • After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Corn Maiden and Other Nightmares, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Engines of Desire: Tales of Love & Other Horrors, by Livia Llewellyn
  • The Janus Tree, by Glen Hirshberg
  • Red Gloves, by Christopher Fowler
  • What Wolves Know, by Kit Reed

Edited Anthology:

  • Blood and Other Cravings, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
  • Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Supernatural Noir, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Teeth, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

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FAAN Awards

The FAAN Awards were announced on April 22 at Corflu Glitter, held from April 20-22 in Las Vegas, NV.

  • Best Website: eFanzines.com, hosted by Bill Burns
  • Harry Warner Jr. Memorial Award Best Letterhack: Robert Lichtman
  • Best Perzine: A Meara for Observers, edited by Mike Meara
  • Best Single Issue or Anthology: Alternative Pants, edited by Randy Byers
  • Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
  • Best Fan Writer: Mark Plummer
  • Best Genzine or Collaboration: Banana Wings, edited by Mark Plummer and Claire Brialey
  • #1 Fan Face: Mark Plummer

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Obituary: Richard Harter

Fan Richard Harter (b.1935) died of pneumonia on April 20. Harter discovered fandom through MITSFS and wrote fannish articles and attended conventions. Harter described himself as a “compleat fan, a collector who prizes his mint copy of Dick and Jane meet Robby Robot, a club fan who is not just a club fan but also a diamond fan and a spade fan, a fanzine fan whose multitudinous publications, if not always award winning, certainly ought to be, and a convention fan noted for attending conventions that no one else attended.”

Infinity Plus Goes Old School

Keith Brooke has announced that Infinity Plus, known for its e-books, will be releasing Eric Brown’s Ghostwriting, Kaitlin Queen’s One More Unfortunate, and Iain Rowan’s One of Us as their first venture into print publishing. They will also be publishing e-book versions.

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Ness Joins Kitschies

Patrick Ness, the winner of the 2011 Red Tentacle for his novel A Monster Calls will join the panel of judges of the Kitschies. Ness replaces outgoing judge Lauren Beukes, who had previously won the award. Ness joins editor Rebecca Levene and the award’s co-founders, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin who will will select the Red Tentacle and Golden Tentacle, for the novel and debut categories.

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Sage Hill Writing Workshop

Sage Hill has announced a Writing Workshop for up to six participants to be held from July 23-August 2. The workshop will be taught by Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Spider Robinson. The workshop is targeted at authors who have acquired and moved beyond basic skills in science fiction and speculative writing.The application deadline is April 30.

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Obituary: William Finley

Actor William Finley (b.1942) died on April 14. Finley appeared in Silent Rage, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Simon, Night Terrors, and The Fury. His earliest films were made as a student with Brian dePalma.

Obituary: Jonathan Frid

Actor Jonathan Frid (b.1924) died on April 14. Frid was best known for his role as Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows. He also appeared in the horror films The Devil’s Daughter and Seizure. He was scheduled to have a cameo in the forthcoming Dark Shadows film.