Obituary: Dick Beals

Voice actor Dick Beals (b.1927) died on May 29. Beals suffered from a glandular condition which resulted in having a very young sounding voice, allowing him to provide voice work as a child well into his 70s. His most famous character may be Speedy, the Alka-Seltzer mascot, but he also voiced Baby-Faced Moonbeam in Duck Dodgers, the title character on Gumby, and various voices on Roger Ramjet, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, and other cartoons.

Obituary: Hilary Rubinstein

Literary agent Hilary Rubinstein (b.1926) died on May 22. Rubinstein began working for his uncle, Victor Gollancz, in 1950, bringing his friend, Kingsley Amis, to the publisher. He also founded Gollancz’s science fiction line, but left the first in 1963 which caused a rift with his uncle. In 1965, he began a career at A.P. Watt Literary Agency, which lasted until 1992, where he represented the estates of H.G. Wells, Rudyard Kipling, and G. K. Chesterton, as well as living authors like P. G. Wodehouse.

Obituary: Leo Dillon

Artist Leo Dillon (b.1933) died on May 26. Dillon, along with his wife and collaborator, Diane, won Caldecott medals, Coretta Scott King Awards, Society of Illustrators medals, and many other awards over the course of their career. The Dillons work included covers for the Ace Specials series as well as works from the New Wave in the 60s and 70s. In 1981, their work was collected in The Art of Leo & Diane Dillon. In 1971, the Dillons shared a Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.

Compton Crook Winner

T. C. McCarthy won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for his book Germline. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons.

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Theodore Sturgeon Nominees

The nominations for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Award have been announced. The awards will be presented at the Campbell Conference, scheduled for the weekend of July 5-8 in Lawrence, KS.

  • “Six Months, Three Days,” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation,” by Paul Cornell
  • “Ghostweight,” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “The Old Equations,” by Jake Kerr
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Choice,” by Paul McAuley
  • Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente

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Mythopoeic Nominees

The nominees for the Mythopoeic Awards have been announced. In addition to fiction awards for adult and children’s literature, the awards also recognize scholarship in fantasy literature and Inkling studies. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon XLIII, during the weekend of August 3-6, in Berkeley, California.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • The Uncertain Places, by Lisa Goldstein
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Heavenly Fox, by Richard Parks
  • Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Théâtre Illuminata series, consisting of Eyes Like Stars, Perchance to Dream, and So Silver Bright, by Lisa Mantchev
  • Beka Cooper trilogy, consisting of Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff, by Tamora Pierce
  • The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
  • The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays, edited by Jason Fisher
  • The Art of the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, by Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull
  • Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity, by Carl Phelpstead
  • C.S. Lewis on the Final Frontier: Science and the Supernatural in the Space Trilogy, Sanford Schwartz
  • The Power of Tolkien’s Prose: Middle-earth’s Magical Style, by Steve Walker

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Fairy Tales: A New History, by Ruth B. Bottigheimer
  • The Christian Goddess: Archetype and Theology in the Fantasies of George MacDonald, by Bonnie Gaarden
  • Cheek by Jowl, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Fantastic Horizon: Essays and Reviews, by Darrell Schweitzer
  • The Enchanted Screen: The Unknown History of Fairy-Tale Films, by Jack Zipes

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Dell Magazine Awards

The two Dell magazines, Asimov’s and Analog announced the winners of the annual awards at breakfast on Saturday May 19 during the Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, VA. Both editors, Sheila Williams and Stanley Schmidt, attended.

Analog‘s Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards:

  • Best Novella: “With Unclean Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro (11/11)
  • Best Novelette (Tie): “Jak and the Beanstalk,” by Richard A. Lovett (7-8/11); “Betty Knox and Dictionary Jones in the Mystery of the Missing Teenage Anachronisms,” by John G. Hemry (3/11)
  • Best Short Story: “Julie is Three,” by Craig DeLancey (3/11)
  • Best Fact: “Smart SETI,” by Gregory and James Benford (4/11)
  • Best Cover: December 2011 (for “Ray of Light”) by Bob Eggleton

The winners of Asimov’s Readers’ Awards are:

  • Best Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson(10-11/11)
  • Best Novelette: “All About Emily,” by Connie Willis(12/11)
  • Best Short Story: “Movement,” by Nancy Fulda(3/11)
  • Best Poem: “Five Pounds of Sunlight,” byGeoffrey A. Landis(1/11)
  • Best Cover Artist: October/November, by Paul Youll (for “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”)


SFWA Board Elected

The results of the SFWA Election of board members were announced at the Nebula Award Weekend. The winners will serve a one year term.

  • President: John Scalzi
  • Vice President: Rachel Swirsky
  • Secretary: Ann Leckie
  • Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk
  • West Coast Representative: Jim Fiscus
  • Canadian Representative: Matthew Johnson

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Spectrum Award Winners

The winners of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual were announced on May 19 at an awards ceremony at Spectrum Live, a weekend-long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City.

  • Advertising: Gold Winner: Tyler Jacobson: Talon of Umberlee
  • Advertising: Silver Winner: Android Jones: Boom Festival
  • Book: Gold Winner: Edward Kinsella: Wooden Bones
  • Book: Silver Winner: Jean-Baptiste Monge: Ragnarok
  • Comics: Gold Winner: Alex Alice: Sigfried III
  • Comics: Silver Winner: Jim Murray: DOTA 2: Tales from the Secret Shop
  • Concept Art: Gold Winner: Justin Sweet: Jack the Giant Killer
  • Concept Art: Silver Winner: Daniel Dociu: Hangar
  • Dimensional: Gold Winner: Virginie Ropars: Jack
  • Dimensional: Silver Winner: Thomas S. Kuebler: I am Providence
  • Editorial: Gold Winner: Jean-Baptiste Monge: Mic Mac Cormac
  • Editorial: Silver Winner: James Gurney: Kosmocertatops
  • Institutional: Gold Winner: Raoul Vitale: Turin and the Glaurung
  • Institutional: Silver Winner: Android Jones: Water Dragon 2012 (top of post)
  • Unpublished: Gold Winner: Michael Whelan: CK Unmasked
  • Unpublished: Silver Winner: Justin Gerard: Portrait of a Monster #3

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SF&F Translation Awards

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) is announced the finalists for the 2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. The winning works will be announced at the 2012 Finncon on the weekend of July 21-22. Each winning author and translator will receive a cash prize of US$350.

Long Form

  • Good Luck, Yukikaze, by Chohei Kambayashi, translated from the Japanese by Neil Nadelman
  • Utopia, by Ahmed Khaled Towfik, translated from the Arabic by Chip Rossetti
  • The Dragon Arcana, by Pierre Pevel, translated from the French by Tom Clegg
  • Midnight Palace, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón, translated from the Spanish by Lucia Graves
  • Zero, by Huang Fan, translated from the Chinese by John Balcom

Short Form

  • “The Fish of Lijiang,” by Chen Qiufan, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu
  • “Spellmaker,” by Andrzej Sapkowski, translated from the Polish by Michael Kandel
  • “Paradiso,” by Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud, translated from the French by Edward Gauvin
  • “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated from the Dutch by Laura Vroomen
  • “The Short Arm of History,” by Kenneth Krabat, translated from the Danish by Niels Dalgaard
  • “The Green Jacket,” by Gudrun Östergaard, self-translated from the Danish
  • “Stanlemian,” by Wojciech Orliński, translated from the Polish by Danusia Stok

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