DeepSouthCon Awards

Two awards were presented at DeepSouthCon 50 on June 17. The Rebel Award is presented to a fan who has done things for Southern fandom and the Phoenix Award is for an SF professional who has done things for Southern fandom.

  • Rebel Award: John Ringo
  • Phoenix Award: Shelby Vick; and The Zielke Clan: Robert & Becky Zielke and Bill & Linda Zielke

In addition, the Rubble Award was presented to a fan for doing things to Southern fandom. This year’s Rubble Award was presented to Bob Jennings for his work as OE on SFPA.

Obituary: Victor Spinetti

Actor Victor Spinetti (b.1933) died on June 18 after a battle with cancer. Spinetti may be best known for his roles in the first three Beatles films, A Hard Day’s Night, Help, and Magical Mystery Tour. He also provided the voice of Mr. Tumnus in the animated The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and played the Historian in The Little Prince. On television, he provided the voice of Texas Pete on SuperTed and appeared in a multiple episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Obituary: Susan Tyrrell

Actress Susan Tyrrell (b.1945) died on June 17. Tyrrell provided the voice of the narrator in Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards and also appeared in genre films Night Warning, Fire and Ice, and The Offspring. Tyrrell received an Oscar nomination for her role in the film Fat City. In 2000, she lost both legs due to thrombocythemia.

Gemmell Award Winners

The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held in London at the Magic Circle headquarters on June 15. Nest year’s awards will be presented at World Fantasy Con in Brighton, which means the organization will be shifting its nomination and voting timeline next year.

  • Legend Award (Best Novel): The Wise Man’s Fear, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Morningstar Award (Best Debut): The Heir of Night, Helen Lowe
  • Ravenheart Award (Best Cover Art): Cover for Warhammer: Blood of Aenarion, by Raymond Swanland

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Locus Poll Winners

The winners of the 2012 Locus Awards were announced on June 16 in Seattle, Washington.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Fantasy Novel: A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
  • First Novel: The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  • Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Novella: Silently and Very Fast, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Novelette: “White Lines on a Green Field,” by Catherynne M.
  • Short Story: “The Case of Death and Honey,” Neil Gaiman
  • Anthology: The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, by Tim Powers
  • Non-fiction: Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, by Gary K. Wolfe
  • Art Books: Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
  • Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Magazine: Asimov’s
  • Publisher: Tor

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Chelsey Nominations

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has announced this year’s nominees for the Chesley Awards. The awards will be presented at Chicon 7, the 70th Worldcon, in Chicago the weekend of August 30-September 3.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Mitchell D. Bentley for The Alamo and Zombies, by Jean A. Stuntz
  • Dan Dos Santos for My Life as a White Trash Zombie, by Diana Rowland
  • Justin Gerard for Heart of Smoke & Steam, by Andrew P. Mayer
  • Lucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps, by Ari Marmell
  • David Palumbo for God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
  • Matthew Stewart for The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells
  • Jon Sullivan for The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, by Mark Holder
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow, by Alex & Hal Malchow

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Tom Kidd for Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison
  • Stephan Martiniere for Prospero Regained, by L. Jagi Lamplighter
  • Lee Moyer for Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kieran
  • Cliff Nielsen for The Tempering of Men, by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Facundo Diaz for Clarkesworld #57, July 2011
  • Laura Diehl for Fantasy #53, August 2011
  • Lee Moyer for Weird Tales #357, Winter 2010/2011
  • Carly B. Sorge for Apex Magazine #28, September 2011
  • Dariusz Zawadski for Fantasy #50, May 2011

Best Interior Illustration

  • Julie Dillon for “The Dala Horse,” by Michael Swanwick
  • Scott Gustafson for Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe, by Scott Gustafson
  • Ryohei Hase for “Narco Americano,” by T. J. English
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow, by Alex & Hal Malchow

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Justin Gerard for “St. George and the Dragon,” pencil
  • Stephen Hickman for “Siegfried,” ink on toned paper
  • Joāo Ruas for “Migration,” graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
  • Raoul Vitale for “The Yeti,” pencil
  • Allen Williams for “Wood Nymph,” pencil

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Stephen Hickman for “The Hero of the Apotheosis,” acrylic
  • David Palumbo for “Through a Blood Red Veil,” oil
  • Omar Rayyan for “The Dragon and the Nightingale,” watercolor
  • Eric Velhagen for “Fantasy Feast,” oil
  • Raoul Vitale for “Turin and Glaurang,” oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Gil Bruvel for “Dichotomy,” cupro nickel
  • Thomas S. Kuebler for “Baba Yaga,” mixed
  • Michael Parkes for “Moonstruck,” bronze
  • Virginie Ropars for “Autumnnalis Venenata,” mixed
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Robobike,” bronze

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • E.M. Gist for “Wandering Elf”
  • Lucas Graciano for Pathfinder Player Companion: The Humans of Golarian
  • Michael C. Hayes for “Distress”
  • Chris Rahn for “Glissa, the Traitor”
  • Matt Stewart for “Creepy Doll”

Best Product Illustration

  • Stuart Craig for production design for the Harry Potter films
  • Lee Moyer for Check These Out, 2012 Literary Pin-up calendar
  • John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012 Calendar
  • William Stout for Zombies 2012, calendar
  • Michael Whelan for Gift from the Sea, Dragon*Con 2011 promo art & program book
  • Michael Zug for IlluXCon 2011 promo poster

Best Art Director

  • Matt Adelsperger for WotC
  • Lou Anders for Pyr Books
  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • David Palumbo for Night Shade Books
  • Jon Schindehette for WotC

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Jim Burns
  • Jean Giraud (“Moebius”)
  • Charles Vess

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Bill Finger Award Recipients

Frank Doyle and Steve Skeates will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Doyle began writing for Archie Comics in 1951 and continued to write until his death in 1996, producing possibly 10,000 stories. Skeates began working as Stan Lee’s assistant and went on to write for numerous Marvel, DC, Atlas, and other titles.

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Obituary: Jim Young

Minneapolis author and fan Jim Young (b.1951) died on June 12, about a week after being admitted to hospital for a brain tumor. Young wrote the novels The Face of the Deep and Armed Memory, as well as an handful of short stories. Young was active in Minneapolis fandom, chairing the actual Minneapolis in ’73 Worldcon bid, and wrote about early Minicons for Locus. His most recent short story, “The Whirlwind,” appeared in 2011 in F&SF.

Sidewise Award Nominees

The nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The winners will be announced and awards presented at Chicon 7, this year’s Worldcon. The award, named for Murray Leinster’s short story, “Sidewise in Time,” was founded in 1995. This year’s judges include Stephen Baxter, Evelyn Leeper, Jim Rittenhouse, Stu Shiffman, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Short Form

  • “The Iron Shirts,” by Michael F. Flynn
  • “Paradise Is a Walled Garden,” by Lisa Goldstein
  • “Orion Rising,” by Jason Stoddard
  • “Lee at the Alamo,” by Harry Turtledove

Long Form

  • Castro’s Bomb, by Robert Conroy
  • Himmler’s War, by Robert Conroy
  • Then Everything Changed, by Jeff Greenfield
  • Wake Up and Dream, by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Planesrunner, by Ian McDonald
  • Heart of Iron, by Ekaterina Sedia
  • Camera Obscura, by Lavie Tidhar

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Ditmar Winners

The Ditmar Awards were presented on June 10 at Continuum 8 – the 51st Australian National SF convention. The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Best Novella or Novelette: “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines
  • Best Short Story: “The Patrician,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Best Collected Work: The Last Days of Kali Yuga, by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis
  • Best Artwork: Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for The Freedom Maze
  • Best Fan Writer: Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
  • Best Fan Artist: Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry including “The Dalek Game”
  • Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: The Writer and the Critic, by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
  • Best New Talent: Joanne Anderton
  • William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex

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