Obituary: George Lindsey

Actor George Lindsey (b.1935) died on May 6. Although best known for his role as Goober Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show he also provided voice work for several animated films, including Disney’s Robin Hood and The Aristocats as well as the Starzinger films. He also appeared in episodes of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Twilight Zone.

Obituary: Richard Simak

Richard Simak (b.1947) died on January 24. Simak was the son of sf author Clifford D. Simak and collaborated with his father on the short story “Unsilent Spring,” which was published in 1976. He worked as a chemical engineer at the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Grounds for more than 30 years.

Clarke Award Winner

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during the opening ceremonies of Sci-Fi-London 8: The Eighth Annual International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. This year, the award included a prize of £2012. The winner is Jane Rogers for the novel The Testament of Jessie Lamb.

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Heinlein Award Winner

Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog has been named the winner of the 2012 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The Heinlein Award was established to recognize outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. The award will be presented on Friday, May 25, 2012 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 46.

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Seiun Translation Nominations

The nominations for the Seiun Awards have been announced. The translation categories are presented below. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan-voted awards and winners will be announced at Varicon, the Japanese National Convention. The translation awards will be presented at Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon.

TRANSLATED LONG STORY

  • The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Kazue Tanaka & Hiroshi Kaneko
  • The City & the City, by China Tom Mieville, translated by Masamichi Higurashi
  • The Chronoliths, by Robert Charles Wilson, translated by Takeshi Mogi
  • Dhalgren, by Samuel Delany, translated by Yuzuru Okubo
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, translated by Hiroshi Kaneko
  • Millennium People, by J. G. Ballard, translated by Mamoru Masuda

TRANSLATED SHORT STORY

  • “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler, translated by Wataru Ishigame
  • “The Lifecycle of Software Objects,” by Ted Chiang, translated by Nozomi Ohmori
  • “The Gambler,” by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
  • “The People of Sand and Slag,” by Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “Troika,” by Alastair Reynolds, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “The Little Goddess,” by Ian McDonald, translated by Hitomi Nakamura

Now We Are Ten: Old News

Ten years ago today, on May 2, 2002, SF Site news began publishing. The news from that first day:

3SF
British SF publisher Big Engine has announced that it will begin publishing a new bimonthly science fiction magazine, 3SF, in October of 2002. The editor will be Liz Holliday, former editor of Odyssey. Regular features will include book reviews by Gwyneth Jones and SF Site’s own Rich Horton, Media coverage by Alex Stewart, a writing column by Christy Hardin Smith, and a series of reader’s guide to various sub-genres. An annual subscription will run either £20 (Britain) or $42 (Overseas). They will be offering discounts to members of the Glasgow Worldcon. 3SF’s website can be found at http://www.3sfmag.co.uk/.

Bookstore Reopens
In February, the Andromeda Bookstore in Birmingham (UK) closed its doors after 30 years in business. Ownership of the store has changed, and a change of address is likely in the near future. Andromeda Bookstore has an on-line presence at http://www.andromedabook.co.uk/acatalog/index.html.

SFWA Bulletin Editor Resigns
David Truesdale, the Hugo Award-nominated editor of Tangent, announced that he would be stepping down as the editor of the SFWA Bulletin effective immediately. Mr. Truesdale served as the editor from 1999-2002 and oversaw the publication of sixteen issues. Prior to serving as editor, he spent a year as associate editor. Although no successor has been named, Mr. Truesdale will work with his eventual successor to ensure the continuation of the Bulletin.

SFWA Elections
The results of the SFWA officer elections were announced on April 27 at the SFWA Business Meeting in Kansas City, MO. Sharon Lee defeated incumbent Norman Spinrad for the Presidency. Two other authors received write-in votes. Catherine Asaro defeated Lee Martindale for the Vice-Presidency, again with two other (different) authors receiving write-in votes. Chuck Rothman (treasurer) and ElizaBeth Gilligan (Secretary) both ran unopposed. Because of the closeness of the race for Eastern Regional Director, the election committee has decided re-balloting will take place in that race.

Nebula Awards
Only hours after being named Vice President of SFWA, Catherine Asaro was honored with a Nebula for her novel The Quantum Rose (Tor). Jack Williamson’s novella “The Ultimate Earth,” (Analog, 12/00) won a Nebula to go along with the Hugo it was awarded last year. Kelly Link received a Nebula for her novelette “Louise’s Ghost” (Stranger Things Happen, Small Beer Press). Severna Park’s “The Cure For Everything” (Sci Fiction, 6/22/00) received the short story Nebula. The script award (which goes for actual script, not what appears on the screen) was given to James Schamus, Kuo Jung Tsai and Hui-Ling Wang for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which also won a Hugo Award last year for Best Dramatic Presentation. A President’s Award was given to Betty Ballantine.

April Obituaries

  • Henry Slesar, April 2
  • Jon Gustafson, April 13
  • Damon Knight, April 14
  • Joan Harrison, April 21
  • George Alec Effinger, April 27
  • Richard Cowper, April 29

Henry Slesar (b1927) had a writing career which spanned six decades. Several of his short stories were written in collaboration with Harlan Ellison, and he also published solo novels. Slesar, who also used the pseudonym O.H. Leslie, also wrote mysteries and won an Edgar Award for the novel The Grey Flannel Shroud. He was a writer for the soap opera “The Edge of Night” and also contributed scripts to “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”

Jon Gustafson was an art historian who wrote columns about SF art for a variety of publications, including Pulphouse, Figment, and Science Fiction Review. He published several biographies in the first edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia (1979) and the biography Chroma: The Art of Alex Schomberg (1986). A member of the so-called Moscow Moffia, he had several short stories published.

Damon Knight (b1922) was an author, reviewer, editor and historian of science fiction, whose contributions not only included his fiction, but his early history of fandom, The Futurians (1977) and the foundation of both the Clarion Writer’s Workshop (1968) and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, 1965). Prior to Clarion, Knight founded the Milford Writer’s Workshop (1956), which continues to thrive in England. Knight began working as a reviewer with a deconstruction of A.E. van Vogt’s serialized version of The World of Â, which appeared in Destiny’s Child. His early reviews were collected in In Search of Wonder (1956), for which he received a Hugo Award. In 1975, the Science Fiction Research Association honored Knight with a Pilgrim Award. His best known short story was, perhaps, “To Serve Man,” which was also made into an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” In the 1960s, Knight began issuing reprint anthologies, which led, in 1966, to his creation of Orbit, an original anthology that ran for 21 issues. Knight was married to SF and mystery author Kate Wilhelm.

Joan Harrison was the wife of author Harry Harrison. They had been married for 48 years.

George Alex Effinger (b1948) was a part of the Clarion class of 1970 and had three stories in the first Clarion anthology. His first published story was “The Eight- Thirty to Nine Slot” in Fantastic in 1971. During his early period, he also published under a variety of pseudonyms. His first novel, What Entropy Means to Me (1972) was nominated for the Nebula Award. He achieved his greatest success, perhaps, with the trilogy of Marid Audran novels set in a 21st century Middle East, with cybernetic implants and modules allowing individuals to change their personalities or bodies. The novels are in fact set in a thinly veiled New Orleans, telling the fictionalized stories of the transvestites and other people Effinger knew in the slums of that city. The three published novels were When Gravity Fails (1987), A Fire in the Sun (1989) and The Exile Kiss (1991). He apparently wrote a fourth book. However, legal issues prevented its publication. His novelette, “Schrödinger’s Kitten” (1988) received both the Hugo and Nebula Award. Other stories were the series of Maureen (Muffy) Birnbaum parodies which placed a preppy into a variety of science fictional, fantasy, and horror scenarios. Throughout his life, Effinger suffered from health problems. These resulted in enormous medical bills which he was unable to pay. A lawsuit by the hospital tied up the rights to all of his books and characters, causing a dearth of Effinger material. Eventually the suit was dropped and Effinger regained the rights to all his intellectual property. Effinger was married, for a few years, to fellow science fiction author Barbara Hambly.

Richard Cowper (b1926) was the pseudonym for John Middleton Murry, Jr. He began using the name Richard Cowper in 1967 for the publication of the novel Breakthrough. He followed this with several other fantasy and science fiction novels, eventually achieving his greatest success with the Corlay Trilogy, comprised of The Road to Corlay (1978), A Dream of Kinship (1981) and A Tapestry in Time (1982). TheRoad to Corlay was nominated for a Nebula Award in 1979. Cowper attended the Milford Writer’s Workshop in England.

SLF Extends Application Period

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it will be extending the application period for its Older Writers’ Grant a second time due to an e-mail glitch that caused most of the e-mail received during the original application period to be lost. They are accepting applications through May 31 and invite anyone who previously submitted to resubmit. The winner is expected to be announced on July 15.

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Eurocon Award Winners

The Eurocon Awards were presented in Zagreb at Kontakt, this year’s Eurocon, on April 29.

Hall of Fame:

  • Best Author: Ian McDonald (UK)
  • Best Publisher: Ailleurs et Demain (France)
  • Best Artist: Nela Dunato (Croatia)
  • Best Promoter of Science Fiction: The Science Fiction Encyclopedia Online team (UK)
  • Best Magazine: Galaxies (France)
  • Best Translator: Pavel Weigel (Czech Republic)
  • Best Website: Concatenation (UK)
  • Grand Master: Brian Aldiss (UK)
  • Honorary Award: Jean Giraud / Moebius (France)

Spirit of Dedication

  • Best Artist: Zdenko Basic (Croatia)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Divadelni spolek Kaspar (Czech Republic) for its adaptation of Daniel Keyes’s novella Flowers for Algernon
  • Best Fanzine: Eridan (Croatia)

Encouragement Awards:

  • Oliviu Crâznic (Romania)
  • Alexander Ruda (Ukraine)
  • Marki Istvan (Hungary)
  • Ilya Tyo (Russia)
  • Katarina Brbora (Croatia)
  • Rod Rees (UK)
  • Lucia Droppova (Slovakia)
  • January “Johnak” Kotouc (Czech Republic)

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Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame will be part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum when it opens on June 9.

  • Joe Haldeman
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • James Cameron
  • Virgil Finlay

Locus Award Nominees

Locus has announced the top five finalists in each category for the Locus Awards. The awards, voted on by the readership of Locus and Locus Online, will be presented on the weekend of June 15-17 in Seattle, Washington. Connie Willis will MC the ceremony and judge the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest on Saturday, June 16.

Science Fiction Novel

  • Leviathan Wakes, by James S. A. Corey
  • 11/22/63, by Stephen King
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Rule 34, by Charles Stross
  • The Children of the Sky, by Vernor Vinge

Fantasy Novel

  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
  • Snuff, by Terry Pratchett
  • The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Deathless, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton

First Novel

  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  • God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
  • Soft Apocalypse, by Will McIntosh
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine

Young Adult Book

  • Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald
  • Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Goliath, by Scott Westerfeld

Novella

  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, by James P. Blaylock
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
  • “Kiss Me Twice,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “The Ants of Flanders,” by Robert Reed
  • Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente

Novelette

  • “Underbridge,” by Peter S. Beagle
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation,” by Paul Cornell
  • “The Summer People,” by Kelly Link
  • “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman
  • “White Lines on a Green Field,” by Catherynne M. Valente

Short Story

  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

Magazine

  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Tor.com

Publisher

  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor

Anthology

  • Welcome to Bordertown, edited by Holly Black & Ellen Kushner
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Steampunk!, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Eclipse Four, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Collection

  • Sleight of Hand, by Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
  • The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1, by Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
  • Two Worlds and In Between, by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • After the Apocalypse, by Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, by Tim Powers (Tachyon)

Editor

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder

Artist

  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-fiction

  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, by Margaret Atwood
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, by Jonathan R. Eller
  • Musings and Meditations, by Robert Silverberg
  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, by Gary K. Wolfe
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, by Gary K. Wolfe

Art Books

  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, edited by Mike Ashley
  • A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings, by Cor Blok
  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, edited by Karen Haber
  • Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art, by Jeffrey Jones

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