Singer Slim Whitman (b.1924 as Ottis Dewey Whitman Jr.) died on June 19. Best known as a country singer, his music appeared in the film Close Encounters of the Second King and Whitman portrayed himself in Mars Attacks after it was discovered that his voice was a secret weapon against the aliens.
Los Angeles fan Patrick Fahey (b.1956) died on June 18. Fahey was an active member of LASFS, helping the organization acquire a propane grill to replace its charcoal one. He also helped run Loscon and has served as Production Assistant for Hour 25 at a variety of conventions. Earlier this year, Fahey underwent surgery for cancer.
The nominations for the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at World Fantasy Con in Brighton on 3 November 2013.
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
- Blood and Feathers, by Lou Morgan
- The Brides of Rollrock Island, by Margo Lanagan
- Railsea, by China Miéville
- Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
- Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
- The Drowning Girl, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- The Kind Folk, by Ramsey Campbell
- Last Days, by Adam Nevill
- Silent Voices, by Gary McMahon
- Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce
- Curaré, by Michael Moorcock
- Eyepennies, by Mike O’Driscoll
- The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, by John Llewellyn Probert
- The Respectable Face of Tyranny, by Gary Fry
Best Short Story
- “Our Island,” by Ralph Robert Moore
- “Shark! Shark!” by Ray Cluley
- “Sunshine,” by Nina Allan
- “Wish for a Gun,” by Sam Sykes
- From Hell to Eternity, by Thana Niveau
- Remember Why You Fear Me, by Robert Shearman
- Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
- The Woman Who Married a Cloud, by Jonathan Carroll
- A Town Called Pandemonium, edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin
- Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- The Mammoth Book of Ghost Stories by Women, edited by Marie O’Regan
- Terror Tales of the Cotswolds, edited by Paul Finch
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award)
- ChiZine Publications
- Gray Friar Press
- Spectral Press
- TTA Press
- Ansible, by David Langford
- The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
- Coffinmaker’s Blues, by Stephen Volk
- Fantasy Faction, edited by Marc Aplin
- Pornokitsch, edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin
- Reflections: On the Magic of Writing, by Diana Wynne Jones
- Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
- Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
- SFX, edited by David Bradley
- Shadows and Tall Trees, edited by Michael Kelly
- Ben Baldwin
- David Rix
- Les Edwards
- Sean Phillips
- Vincent Chong
Best Comic/Graphic Novel
- Dial H, China Miéville, Mateus Santolouco, David Lapham, and Riccardo Burchielli
- Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
- The Unwritten, by Mike Carey, Peter Gross, Gary Erskine, Gabriel Hernández Walta, M.K. Perker, Vince Locke, and Rufus Dayglo
- The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
- Avengers Assemble, by Joss Whedon
- Sightseers, by Alice Lowe, Steve Oram and Amy Jump
- The Cabin in the Woods, by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
- The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
- Alison Moore, for The Lighthouse
- Anne Lyle, for The Alchemist of Souls
- E.C. Myers, for Fair Coin
- Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side
- Kim Curran, for Shift
- Lou Morgan, for Blood and Feathers
- Molly Tanzer, for A Pretty Mouth
- Saladin Ahmed, for Throne of the Crescent Moon
- Stephen Bacon, for Peel Back the Sky
- Stephen Blackmoore, for City of the Lost
Louisiana fan Dennis Dolbear died on June 17 from pneumonia and septicemia. Dolbear and Peter Bezbek took over as editors of NOSFAn after Guy Lillian stepped down as editor. Active in convention running, Dolbear was on the NOLAcon II staff in 1988. When not participating in fanac, Dolbear worked as an attorney.
The Horror Writers of America announced the winners of the Bram Stoker Awards at the Stoker Weekend in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 15.
- Superior Achievement in a Novel: The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Life Rage, by L.L. Soares
- Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Flesh & Bone, by Jonathan Maberry
- Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times, by Rocky Wood and Lisa Morton
- Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: The Blue Heron, by Gene O’Neill
- Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Magdala Amygdala,” by Lucy Snyder
- Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The Cabin in the Woods, by Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
- Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Shadow Show, edited by Mort Castle and Sam Weller
- Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: New Moon on the Water, by Mort Castle; Black Dahlia and White Rose: Stories, by Joyce Carol Oates
- Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Trick or Treat: A History of Halloween, by Lisa Morton
- Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Vampires, Zombies & Wanton Souls, by Marge Simon
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert R McCammon and Clive Barker
- The Specialty Press Award: Jerad Walters of Centipede Press.
- The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA: Charles Day
- The President’s Richard Laymon Service Award: James Chambers.
Bill Wright won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Clare McDonald-Sims. In a close race, Wright received 66 votes to McDonald-Sims’s 64. A total of 133 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference” and “Hold Over.” Wright will travel to North America to attend LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon.
The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 14 at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.
- John W. Campbell Award: Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts
- Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Grinnell Method,” by Molly Gloos
The winner of the first Lifeboat to the Stars was announced on June 14 as part of the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, KS. Kevin J. Anderson and Steve Savile won the award, which is presented for the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel, for their book Tau Ceti. The award was
created by Robert J. Sawyer suggested by SFWA Grandmasters James Gunn and Frederik Pohl, and created by Eric Klien of the Lifeboat Foundation. Robert J. Sawyer served as coordinating judge.
Edited: To correct the final statement per Rob Sawyer’s remarks in the comments.
After many years of fighting with the bureaucracy over the official story regarding the death of Yuri Gagarin in 1968, Alexei Leonov has been given permission to discuss the formerly classified findings surrounding Gargarin’s death. The official story was that Gagarin, the first man in space, went into a tailspin while trying to avoid a foreign object during a training flight. According to Leonov, another pilot flew too close to Gagarin’s plane and Gagarin responded to avoid hitting the other pilot, which caused the fatal crash which killed Gagarin and flight instructor Vladimir Seryogi. Under the agreement Leonov has made to reveal what he has, he is not permitted to release the name of the other pilot, who is still alive.
Czech SF magazine XB-1 has announced that it will cease publication with their June issue. XB-1 was founded in 2010 following the demise of Ikarie, however, it has fallen afoul of the current economic crisis, along with a lack of advertisers. The magazine published original stories as well as translations of English language stories.