Obituary: andrew j. offutt

Author andrew j. offutt (b.1934) died on April 30. Many of his early works were fantasies in the Robert E. Howard style, including the Cormac mac Art series, the War of the Gods on Earth trilogy, and the War of the Wizards trilogy. He also created the character Hanse Shadowspawn for the Thieves’ World shared universe and wrote three novels about the character. In addition to writing Conan novels, he also wrote numerous science fiction novels under his own name and the house name John Cleve and edited the Swords Against Darkness anthology series. He served two terms as President of SFWA. His son is author Christopher Offutt.

Obituary: Jack Shea

Actor Jack Shea (b.1928) died on April 28. Shea is best known for directing television sit coms and was the president of the Directors Guild of America for five years from 1997-2002. His one foray into science fiction was the 1969 comedy The Monitors.

Aurora Ballot-English Released

The 2013 Aurora award ballot for work done in 2012 by Canadians has been announced. Any member of CSFFA can vote for the awards between May 6 and Sept. 13. The awards will be presented at Can-Con the weekend of Oct 4 – 6.

Best Novel – English

  • Destiny’s Fall, by Marie Bilodeau
  • Food for the Gods, by Karen Dudley
  • Healer’s Sword: Part 7 of the Okal Rel Saga, by Lynda Williams
  • The Silvered, by Tanya Huff
  • Thunder Road, by Chadwick Ginther
  • Triggers, by Robert J. Sawyer

Best YA Novel – English

  • Above, by Leah Bobet
  • The Calling, by Kelley Armstrong
  • Dissolve, by Neil Godbout
  • Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero, by Michell Plested
  • Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
  • Under My Skin: Wildlings Series, by Charles de Lint,

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “Delta Pi,” by Matt Moore
  • “Happily Ever After,” by Marie Bilodeau,
  • “Knights Exemplar,” by Al Onia
  • “Synch Me, Kiss Me, Drop,” by Suzanne Church
  • “The Walker of the Shifting Borderland,” by Douglas Smith

Best Poem/Song – English

  • “A sea monster tells his story,” by David Clink
  • “The Ghosts of Birds,” by Helen Marshall
  • “Hold Fast,” by Leah Bobet
  • “Roc,” by Sandra Kasturi
  • “Zombie Descartes Writes a Personal Ad,” by Carolyn Clink

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Goblins, by Tarol Hunt
  • Looking for Group, by Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza
  • Raygun Gothic, by GMB Chomichuk
  • Weregeek, by Alina Pete
  • West of Bathurst, by Kari Maaren

Best Related Work – English

  • Shanghai Steam, edited by Ace Jordyn, Calvin D. Jim, and Renée

  • Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas
  • Hair Side, Flesh Side, by Helen Marshall
  • Blood and Water, edited by Hayden Trenholm
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society

Best Artist

  • Richard Bartrop, illustrations for fiction on Reality Skimming blog
  • GMB Chomichuk, Raygun Gothic
  • Costi Gurgu, cover art for Inner Diverse
  • Michelle Milburn, cover art for Gathering Storm and Healer’s Sword
  • Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications

Best Fan Publication

  • BCSFAzine, edited by Felicity Walker
  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • In Places Between: The Robyn Herrington Short Story Contest, edited by Renée Bennett
  • Reality Skimming blog, content coordinator Michelle Carraway
  • Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Speculating Canada blog, edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Filk

  • Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Concert at FilKONtario 22
  • Debs & Errol(Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), Songs in the Key of Geek CD
  • Brooke Lunderville, International Guest of Honour Concert at Consonance
  • Kari Maaren, Body of Work
  • Peggi Warner-Lalonde, Concert at NEFilk 22 ConCertino 2012

Best Fan Organizational

  • Andrew Gurudata, Organizing the Constellation Awards, Toronto
  • Evelyn Baker, Amy De Ruyte, and Peter Halasz, Executive Committee of WFC Toronto, 2012
  • Sandra Kasturi, Helen Marshall, and, James Bambury, Co-Chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series, Toronto
  • Sandra Kasturi and Laura Marshall. Co-Chairs, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium: Beyond the Human
  • Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary

Best Fan Related Work

  • Ron Friedman, conception and delivery of the Aurora Awards voter package
  • Helen Marshall, “The Book is Dead; Long Live the Book!”: Some Thoughts on the Coming of eBooks, lecture at Toronto SpecFic Colloquium
  • Michael Matheson, compilation and maintenance of the Can Spec Fic List
  • Lloyd Penney, for fanwriting and letter and article writing for fanzines and e-fanzines
  • Peter Watts, “Hive Minds, Mind Hives” lecture at Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

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Star Wars Auditions

Auditions will be held on May 3 and 4 at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizonia for a project to dub Star Wars into Navajo. Additionally, casting will take place in Burbank on April 29. Five Navajo speakers worked to translate the script into their language with the approval of LucasFilm. The film is set to debut over July 4 weekend at Window Rock, following which it will tour the reservation and cities with large Navajo populations.

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Kramer Denied Bail

Ed Kramer was denied bail by an Atlanta judge who noted that his past actions indicated that he was a flight risk. Kramer, who founded Dragon*Con, was arrested in 2000 on charges of child molestation. Kramer was previously free on bond, but Judge Karen E. Beyers noted that he had not abided by the rules of his bond, including staying away from children and checking in on a traceable landline weekly.

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Inkwell Nominees

The Inkwell Awards have announced the nominees for this year’s awards to honor inkers in Comic books. Voting is open to everyone, whether fans or professional peers. The winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC June 7-9.

Favorite Inker: favorite ink artist over the pencil work of another artist from 2012 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Klaus Janson (Captain America, Amazing Spider-man)
  • Art Thibert (Savage Hawkman, Deathstroke)
  • Brian Thies (Winter Soldier)
  • Scott Williams (Justice League)

Most-adaptable: showing exceptional ink style versatility over other pencil artists in 2012 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Sal Buscema (G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Forgotten Realms)
  • Wayne Faucher (Frankenstein: Agent of S.H.A.D.E, Green Arrow, Mr. Terrific)
  • Jonathan Glapion (Batman, Aquaman, JLA)
  • Scott Hanna (A vs. X, Avengers, Avengers Academy, Green Lantern Corp, Suicide Squad)
  • Scott Koblish (World’s Finest, OMAC, Deadpool)
  • Jay Leisten (Avenging Spider-man, Captain America, Uncanny X-men, Captain America & Iron Man, X-factor)
  • Tom Palmer (Hitgirl, Daredevil)

Props award: ink artist deserving of more attention for their work over other pencilers from ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • Eber Ferreira (Nightwing, Aquaman, Detective Comics, Superman, Stormwatch)
  • Cory Hamscher (Avengers Academy, Supreme)
  • Scott Hanna (A vs. X, Avengers)
  • Gary Martin (New Crusaders, Megaman)
  • Joe Rivera (Daredevil)
  • Brian Thies (Winter Soldier)

The S.P.A.M.I: for favorite Small Press And Mainstream-Independent ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book ink work over another pencil artist (Non-Marvel or DC work).

  • Sal Buscema (G.I. Joe, Dungeons & Dragons, Forgotten Realms)
  • Gary Erskine (G.I. Joe)
  • Stefano Gaudiano (X-O Manowar)

All-in-one award: for favorite artist known for inking his/ her own pencil work in ’12 cover-dated interior American comic book material.

  • David Aja (Hawkeye)
  • Francis Manapul (Flash, 7 Warriors)
  • Moritat AKA Justin Norman (All-Star Western)
  • Chris Samnee (Daredevil)
  • Dave Sim (Glamourpuss)
  • James Stokoe (Godzilla)
  • Skottie Young (Road to Oz, Dorothy & The Wizard in Oz)

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DUFF Race 2013

Clare McDonald-Sims and Bill Wright have been announced as the nominees for this year’s DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) race. The winner of the race will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3 and also tour North America. Anyone who were active in fandom before January 1, 2013 may vote. The voting deadline is June 10.

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Obituary: Allan Arbus

Actor Allan Arbus (b.1918) died on April 19. Arbus is best known for his portrayal of Major Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H, but also appeared in episodes of Wonder Woman, Salvage 1, and the animated series The Amazing Spider-Man. He also appeared in the horror film Damien: Omen II. Prior to acting, Arbus has a successful career as a photographer and served during World War II.

Found Fan: Nick Vanover

Denver fan Nick Vanover, who had been missing since Friday, April 19, when he was last seen at the Starfest convention in Denver, has been found. Nick was instrumental in working on Denver Comic Con in 2012.

Denver fan Nick Vanover has been missing since Friday, April 19, when he was last seen at the Starfest convention in Denver. Nick was instrumental in working on Denver Comic Con in 2012.

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SF in WV

Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbriar) has introduced a bill to the West Virginia state house which would require teaching of science fiction novels in schools in an attempt to stimulate interest in the fields of math and science. The bill, HR 2983 would amend current West Virginia educational standards. Introduced on March 19, it has been referred to committee.

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