Battle of the Toronto Cons

Hobby Star is suing Wizard World over the use of the name Toronto Comicon. Hobby Star has run the Toronto Comicon for several years and claims that the newer Wizard World Toronto Comic Con is infringing on its name and misrepresenting itself as being related. Hobby Star is also claiming Wizard World is defaming Hobby Star by claiming that company is threatening reprisals against vendors who exhibit at both events.

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Obituary: K. D. Wentworth

Author K. D. Wentworth (b.1951) died on April 18. Wentworth died from complications related to cancer and pneumonia. She was the author of the novels Black on Black, Moonspeaker, and The Imperium Game, as well as several others, including two collaborations with Eric Flint. Wentworth entered the field with a win in the Writers of the Future contest and later went on to become the editor of their book series. She was a multiple Nebula Award nominee and also helped run conventions.

Yeung Wins CUFF

Debra Yeung has been selected as this year’s CUFF delegate. She will travel westward to attend thie year’s Canvention, “When Worlds Collide,” in Calgary the weekend of August 10-12. Yeung defeated Jane Garthson, 29-12-1 to win this year’s Canadian United Fan Fund.

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Tananarive Due Named Cosby Chair

Author Tananarive Due has been named Cosby Chair for the Humanities at Spelman College for the 2012-13 academic year. The Cosby Chair was endowed by Drs. William and Camille Cosby in 1987 and supports professorships in the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences at the historically African-American college. Candidates are expected to have achieved the pinnacle of success in their careers.

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Rhysling Nominees

The Rhysling nominations have been been announced the the Science Fiction Poetry Association. The Rhyslings are presented to recognize excellence in speculative verse.

Short Poems First Published in 2011

  • Mary Alexandra Agner, “Venus to Her Terraformers”
  • Camille Alexa, “Young Miss Frankenstein Regrets”
  • Erik Amundsen, “The Lend”
  • Elizabeth Barrette, “The Shipwright’s Song”
  • Robert Borski, “Abel”
  • Bruce Boston, “The Music of Robots”
  • Rich Boucher, “Response to Botticelli”
  • G. O. Clark, “Peter and Alice”
  • P. S. Cottier, “Fingernails”
  • Becca De La Rosa, “World’s End”
  • James S. Dorr, “Monkey See”
  • Denise Dumars, “Folding Money”
  • Martin Elster, “My Unicorn”
  • Timons Esaias, “Dark Matter”
  • Kendall Evans, “Dragon”
  • Angel Favazza, “Clothes of Yesterday”
  • Janis Freegard, “Yayoi Kusama goes to Iceland”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “In Translation”
  • T. M. Göttl, “Bridges”
  • Neile Graham, “The Bean-Sidhe Calls in Owl-Light”
  • Neile Graham, “The Ones Outside Your Door”
  • John Grey, “Mr. and Mrs. Goodnight”
  • Sandra Kasturi, “Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm”
  • Roz Kaveney, “Fembot”
  • Keith Kennedy, “First Loves for the First Time”
  • Nicole Kornher-Stace, “The Witch’s Heart”
  • B. J. Lee, “The Tortoise’s Encounter”
  • Greg Leunig, “Love in the Quantum Era”
  • Shira Lipkin, “The Library, After”
  • C. S. MacCath, “When I Arrived, This Is What She Said.”
  • Elizabeth R. McClellan, “Down Cycles”
  • Dawn McDuffie, “Thank God for Proust”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Love in the Time of Alien Invasion”
  • Kurt Newton, “Nuclear Stockpile Janitor”
  • Scott Nickell, “Response to Poe’s ‘Sonnet—To Science’”
  • Juan Manuel Perez, “Vanity”
  • Tim Pratt, “Lion Heart”
  • Sofía Rhei, translated by Lawrence Schimel, “The Magic Walnut”
  • Matthew Richards, “Ravel: An Etymology”
  • Andrew Rihn, “The Physics Major Agrees to Take the English Major Stargazing”
  • Ty Russell, “The Seas of Time”
  • R. Paul Sardanas and Tisha Garcia, “Luna Satyricon”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “the more space”
  • Ann K. Schwader, “Past Human”
  • Alexandra Seidel, “Lanterns”
  • John W. Sexton, “slit sea cucumber”
  • Marge Simon, “The Human Guest”
  • Marge Simon, “Visitors”
  • Robin Spriggs, “The Elusive Language of Purple Birds”
  • Heidy Steidlmayer, “Grendel’s Mother”
  • W. Gregory Stewart, “idiointerventionist (or, ‘but I interrupt myself’)”
  • Anna Sykora, “Dead Hotels”
  • Sonya Taaffe, “Taking the Auspices”
  • James E. Tolan, “Red Grown”
  • Mary Turzillo, “Graffiti Tree”
  • Mary Turzillo, “Moving to Enceladus”
  • Anna Waite, “To the ancients, the sea was a dangerous place”
  • Kyla Lee Ward, “The Kite”
  • Gerald Warfield, “A Greater Moon”
  • Jacqueline West, “Escaping the Dawn”
  • Neal Wilgus, “A Modest Suggestion”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “Angel’s Den”
  • Stephen M. Wilson, “Christogenesis”
  • Greer Woodward, “Closure”

Long Poems First Published in 2011

  • Mike Allen, Sonya Taaffe, and Nicole Kornher-Stace, “The King of Cats, the Queen of Wolves”
  • Erik Amundsen, “Desfixion”
  • Megan Arkenberg, “The Curator Speaks in the Department of Dead Languages”
  • Elizabeth Barrette, “The Cathedral of the Michaelangelines”
  • Dana Bell, “Welcomed Cast Outs”
  • Robert Borski, “Gavage”
  • Bruce Boston, “Surreal Fortune”
  • g. sutton breiding, “Letter from the Golden Age”
  • Benjamin Cartwright, “Terraforming Mars”
  • G. O. Clark and Kendall Evans, “The 25-Cent Rocket: One-Quarter of the Way to the Stars”
  • C. S. E. Cooney, “Postcards from Mars”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “The Chant of the Black Cats”
  • Lyn C. A. Gardner, “The Witch Girl”
  • Albert Goldbarth, “Summary: Kinetic vs. Potential”
  • April Grant, “Wallpaper”
  • Sally Rosen Kindred, “Wendy Darling Has Bad Dreams”
  • Rose Lemberg, “In the Third Cycle”
  • Shira Lipkin, “The Changeling’s Lament”
  • Elissa Malcohn, “The Last Dragon Slayer”
  • Helen Marshall, “Beautiful Monster”
  • Helen Marshall, *Skeleton Leaves: A Collection*
  • Elizabeth R. McClellan, “The Walking Man Goes Looking for the Sons of John: Six Cantos”
  • Joanne Merriam, “Tender Aliens”
  • Mari Ness, “Snowmelt”
  • Paul Park, “Ragnarok”
  • Sofia Samatar, “Girl Hours”
  • Alexandra Seidel, “A Masquerade in Four Voices”
  • Nancy Sheng, “Guan Yin in the Garden”
  • Michael Shorb, “Ahura Mazda”
  • J. E. Stanley, “Speaking to the Hangman Is Not Permitted”
  • Mary Turzillo, “The Legend of the Emperor’s Space Suit (A Tale of Consensus Reality)”
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Melancholy of Mechagirl”
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Secret of Being a Cowboy”
  • JoSelle Vanderhooft, “Blood, Snow, Birch and Underworld”
  • Caitlin Meredith Walsh, “Initiation”
  • Kyla Lee Ward, “The Soldier’s Return”
  • Shannon Connor Winward, “All Souls’ Day”
  • Greer Woodward, “Ribbons of the Sun”
  • Xanadu (Ofnguyenfame), “Mood of Mind (I)—*Tu Bi Hi Xa*”

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Aurora Nominations

The English language nominations for the Prix Aurora have been announced by the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association. Voting for the awards will begin on April 16.

Professional Award Nominations

Best Novel – English

  • Enter Night, by Michael Rowe
  • Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism, by David Nickle
  • Napier’s Bones, by Derryl Murphy
  • The Pattern Scars, by Caitlin Sweet
  • Technicolor Ultra Mall, by Ryan Oakley
  • WWW: Wonder, by Robert J. Sawyer

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “The Legend of Gluck,” by Marie Bilodeau
  • “The Needle’s Eye,” by Suzanne Church
  • “One Horrible Day,” by Randy McCharles
  • “Turning It Off,” by Susan Forest
  • “To Live and Die in Gibbontown,” by Derek Künsken

Best Poem / Song – English

  • “A Good Catch,” by Colleen Anderson
  • “Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm,” by Sandra Kasturi
  • “Skeleton Leaves,” by Helen Marshall
  • “Skeleton Woman,” by Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps
  • “Zombie Bees of Winnipeg,” by Carolyn Clink

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Goblins, webcomic, created by Tarol Hunt
  • Imagination Manifesto, Book 2, by GMB Chomichuk, James Rewucki, and John Toone
  • Weregeek, webcomic, created by Alina Pete

Best Related Work – English

  • Fairytale, CD by Heather Dale
  • The First Circle: Volume One of the Tenth Circle Project, edited by Eileen Bell and Ryan McFadden
  • Neo-Opsis, edited by Karl Johanson
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, edited by Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor

Best Artist (Professional and Amateur Nominations)

  • Janice Blaine, “Cat in Space,” Cover art for Neo-Opsis, Issue 20
  • Costi Gurgu, cover art for Outer Diverse
  • Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
  • Dan O’Driscoll, “Deep Blue Seven,” cover art for On Spec magazine, Summer issue
  • Martin Springett, Interior art for The Pattern Scars

Fan/Volunteer Award Nominations

Best Fan Publication

  • BCSFAzine,edited by Felicity Walker
  • Bourbon and Eggnog, by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland, and Randy McCharles
  • In Places Between: The Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest Book, edited by Reneé Bennett
  • Sol Rising newsmagazine, edited by Michael Matheson
  • Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron

Best Fan Filk

  • Stone Dragons (Tom and Sue Jeffers), concert at FilKONtario
  • Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90
  • Cindy Turner, Interfilk concert at OVFF

Best Fan Organizationa

  • Andrew Gurudata, chair of the Constellation Awards committee
  • Peter Halasz, administrator of the Sunburst Awards
  • Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (Toronto)
  • Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide (Calgary)
  • Alex von Thorn, chair of SFContario 2 (Toronto)
  • Rose Wilson, for organizing the Art Show at V-Con (Vancouver)

Best Fan Other

  • Lloyd Penney, letters of comment
  • Peter Watts, “Reality: The Ultimate Mythology” lecture, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
  • Taral Wayne, Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards art

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Obituary: Grant Tilly

New Zealand actor Grant Tilly (b.1937) died on April 11. Tilly appeared in episodes of The Ray Bradbury Theatre, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Mirror, Mirror as well as the films 30 Days of Night and The Returning.

Ferguson Wins Collecting Prize

University of Virginia graduate student Andrew Ferguson has won the top prize in the Bibliographical Society of the University of Virginia’s 49th Book Collecting Contest. Ferguson’s collection focuses on the works of R. A. Lafferty and includes 200 items including out-of-print novels, obscure magazines that featured his short stories, and books Lafferty once owned. The prize includes $300 and a fellowship to Rare Book School.

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Yolen Wins Medal

Jane Yolen received the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion, also known as the de Grummond Medal, at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Children’s Book Festival. The award was founded in 1969 and is given in recognition of an author’s dedication and influence on the field of children’s literature.

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Obituary: Andy Vinton

Michigan fan Andy Vinton (b.1963) died on April 6 from complications with cancer. Vinton was a member of the Stilyagi Air Corps and was active in gaming and helped run Michigan science fiction conventions. Over the next week, Michigan fans have scheduled a series of gatherings to remember Vinton and help each other with their loss.