Prometheus Award Winners

The winners of the Prometheus Award, given for libertarian science fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at LoneStarCon 3, this year’s worldcon, in San Antonio the weekend of August 29-September 2.

  • Best Novel: Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow.
  • Hall of Fame Award: Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson (1999)

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Obituary: Dominick Corrado

Fan Dominick Corrado has died. Corrado first became active in fandom in the 1960s. In the late 1980s, he began to attend Lunacon as a chaperone for Bronx Science, joining the Lunarians in 1998. He served as the organizations Treasurer and President. In 2010, Corrado was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon.

Obituary: Mel Smith

British comedian Mel Smith (b.1952) died on July 19. Smith is known for his work on Alas Smith and Jones with Griff Rhys-Jones. He also worked as the director of the film Bean and on the show Not the Nine O’Clock News. His genre roles include The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Morons from Outer Space, and the albino in The Princess Bride.

Apollo 11 Engines Confirmed

Jeff Bezos has confirmed that the engines his team discovered on the ocean floor in March are in fact the engines which launched the Apollo XI to the Moon in 1969. His announcement, based on the discovery of part numbers at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, comes one day before the 44th anniversary of the first lunar landing, accomplished by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin using the engines Bezos has recovered.

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Sunburst Nominations

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2013 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Rebecca Bradley, Tony Burgess, Shari Lapeña, Barbara Roden, and Leon Rooke.

Adult Category

  • Finton Moon, by Gerard Collins
  • Maleficium, by Martine Desjardins; translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel
  • Over the Darkened Landscape, by Derryl Murphy
  • The Blondes, by Emily Schultz
  • Westlake Soul, by Rio Youers

Young Adult

  • Bright’s Light, by Susan Juby
  • Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow
  • The Green Man, by Michael Bedard
  • Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
  • Rebel Heart, by Moira Young

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Obituary: Marty Gear

Fan Marty Gear (b.1940) died on July 18. Gear began attending Worldcons in 1953. Gear became a costumer and helped build up the Masquerade at Balticon and chaired CostumeCon 3. He also chaired Balticon 21 and was a Guest of Honor at Genericon 2, Arisia 9, and Balticon 30. Gear sat on the BSFS Board of Directors. He founded what would become the first International Costumers’ Guild chapter and in 1991, Gear received the ICG Lifetime Achievement Award.

Lovecraft Square

The city of Providence has renamed the intersection of Prospect and Angell Streets “H. P. Lovecraft Square” in honor of the local author who created the Cthulhu mythos. Lovecraft lived on Angell Street, as well as on Prospect Street, for a time. The square is located one block away from his home on Prospect.

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ENnie Nominations

Founded in 2001, the ENnie Awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing. This year’s awards will be presented at Gen Con on Friday, August 16, in the Union Station Grand Hall at 8 pm.

Best Adventure

  • Achtung! Cthulhu – Three Kings
  • Deadlands Reloaded: The Last Sons
  • Enemy Within
  • Pathfinder: Rise of the Runelords Anniversary Edition
  • The Zalozhniy Quartet

Best Aid/Accessory

  • All We Have Forgotten—Music for Ashen Stars
  • Night’s Watch
  • The One Ring Loremaster’s Screen & Lake-town Sourcebook
  • Protodimension Magazine Issue 13
  • The Unspeakable Oath

Best Art, Cover

  • Champions Complete
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • The Magnificent Joop van Ooms
  • NPC Codex
  • The Whole Hole Volume 01: Keister Island

Best Art, Interior

  • Ed Greenwood Presents Elminster’s Forgotten Realms
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • Night’s Watch
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1
  • The Whole Hole Volume 01: Keister Island

Best Blog

  • Gnome Stew
  • The Illuminerdy
  • Nerd Trek
  • Triumph and Despair
  • The Rogue Warden

Best Cartography

  • Ancient Temple Interior
  • Deep Blues: Nautilus
  • Drake Starship Map
  • The Lands of Ice and Fire
  • Sprawl Sites: High Society and Low Life

Best Electronic Book

  • Curse the Darkness
  • Deadlands Reloaded: The Last Sons
  • The Deadly Seven
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Hobomancer

Best Family Game

  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space—11th Doctor Edition
  • Hero Kids—Fantasy RPG
  • Mermaid Adventures
  • Project Ninja Panda Taco
  • Wandering Monsters High School

Best Free Game

  • Mazes and Perils RPG
  • Phantasm
  • Nights of the Crusades
  • Silent Memories
  • Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System

Best Free Product

  • Battletech: A Time of War Quick-Start Rules/Shadowrun Quick-Start Rules
  • EPOCH: Road Trip
  • Fools Rush In
  • Night in the Seyvoth Manor
  • Wayfinder #8

Best Game

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Broken Rooms
  • Champions Complete
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Night’s Black Agents

Best Miniature

  • Dungeon Command: Blood of Gruumsh
  • Freeblades: Black Rose Bandits
  • Pathfinder Battles: Shattered Star Gargantuan Blue Dragon
  • Pathfinder Bestiary Box
  • Spot of Bother Set One: Royal Highland Guards

Best Monster/Adversary

  • Champions Villains Vol. 3: Solo Villains
  • DC Adventures Heroes & Villains Vol. 2
  • Inner Sea Bestiary
  • Mutants and Masterminds Threat Report
  • NPC Codex

Best Podcast

  • Atomic Array
  • Indie Talks
  • Haste: The Official Obsidian Portal Podcast
  • TableTop: Dragon Age
  • Transmissions from the Ninth World

Best Production Values

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Doctor Who: Adventures in Time & Space—11th Doctor Edition
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Rimward
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1

Best RPG Related Product

  • Edition Wars
  • Eighth Day Genesis: A Worldbuilding Codex for Writers and Creatives
  • The Express Diaries
  • Kobold Guide to Wordbuilding
  • The Lands of Ice and Fire

Best Rules

  • Champions Complete
  • Dungeon World
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Night’s Black Agents

Best Setting

  • Broken Rooms
  • Magnimar: City of Monuments
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Midgard Campaign Setting
  • Mythic Iceland

Best Software

  • The Crawler’s Companion
  • Cthulhu Mythos Encyclopedia
  • Dice & Dragons – 3D Dice Roller
  • PCGen
  • Roll20

Best Supplement

  • Dark Roads & Golden Hells
  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Night’s Watch
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Shadowrun 2050

Best Website

  • Adventure-A-Week
  • The Escapist
  • Gnome Stew
  • Modus Operandi
  • See Page XX

Best Writing

  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Kobold Guide to Worldbuilding
  • Never Unprepared: Guide to Session Prep
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • Wolsung Steam Pulp Fantasy

Product of the Year

  • Astonishing Swordsmen and Sorcerers of Hyperborea
  • Broken Rooms
  • Champions Complete
  • Doctor Who: The Time Traveler’s Companion
  • Experimental Paradigm of Cinematic Horror
  • Iron Kingdoms
  • Menzoberranzen: City of Intrigue
  • Night’s Black Agents
  • NPC Codex
  • Shadows of Esteren Book 1

Judges’ Spotlight Winners

  • Leviathans, by Hooper
  • School Daze, by Matthew Muth
  • Deniable Asset, by Jakud Nowosad
  • Killshot: Director’s Cut, by Megan Robertson
  • Eldritch Skies, by Kurt Wiegel

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Neptunian Moon Discovered

Astronomer Mark Showalter has discovered a fourteenth moon of Neptune while examining old imagery of the planet taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The new moon, currently called S/2004 N 1, is believed to be twelve miles in diameter and orbiting Neptune at a distance of 65,400 miles, between the orbits of the moons Larissa and Proteus. This is the sixth moon Showalter has been involved in discovering, including the two recently named Plutonian moons, Styx and Kerberos.

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Obituary: George Inzer

Fan George Inzer (b.1948) died on July 12. Inzer was active in the Southern Fandom Press Alliance in the 70s and 80s, publishing the APAzine Heavy as well as several one-offs with various other fans. He was often referred to as GInzer and served as OE for SFPA.