Chesley 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 LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Worldcon, in San Antonio, Texas the weekend of August 29-September 2.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Deshong He for Lance of Earth and Sky, by Erin Hoffman
  • Todd Lockwood for The Dusk Watchman, by Tom Lloyd
  • John Jude Palencar for The Palencar Project, edited by David G. Hartwell
  • John Picacio for The Creative Fire, by Brenda Cooper
  • Elena Vizerskaya for Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille, by James van Pelt

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • J. K. Drummond for Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson
  • Bob Eggleton for Gods of Opar, by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey
  • Donato Giancola for Range of Ghosts, by Elizabeth Bear
  • Todd Lockwood for The Wild Road, by Jennifer Roberson
  • John Picacio for Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
  • Sam Weber for Quantum Coin, by E. C. Myers

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Ken Barthelmey for Clarkesworld #74, November 2012
  • Julie Dillon for Clarkesworld #73, October 2012
  • Bob Eggleton for Famous Monsters of Filmland #262, July/August 2012
  • Martin Faragasso for Clarkesworld #71, August 2012
  • David Palumbo for Creepy #9, July 2012
  • Crag J. Spearling for Dragon #418, December 2012

Best Interior Illustration

  • Brom for Krampus, by Brom
  • Sam Burley for “Brother. Prince. Snake.,” by Cecil Castellucci
  • J. K. Drummond for Deadhouse Gates, by Steven Erikson
  • Bob Eggleton for Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • William O’Connor for Dracopedia The Great Dragons: An Artist’s Field Guide and Drawing Journal , by William O’Connor

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Larry Elmore for “By the River,” oil
  • Travis Lewis for “Deep,” oil & mixed Media
  • Joāo Ruas for “Sides,” graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
  • Raoul Vitale for “Last of His Kind,” pencil
  • Allen Williams for “Faun,” graphite

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Julie Bell for “A Passion for the Future,” oil
  • Donato Giancola for “Joan of Arc,” oil
  • Lucas Graciano for “Guardianship,” oil
  • Michael C. Hayesfor “Procession,” oil
  • Mark Poole for “Waiting on a Memory,” oil
  • Soutchay Sougpradith for “Peacock Prophecy,” oil
  • Raoul Vitale for “Safe,” oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski for “Gus Gets a Jetpack,” mixed
  • Michael Defeo for “Octopu,” resin
  • David Meng for “Sashimi,” mixed
  • Michael Parkes for “Startled Sky Nymph,” half life-size bronze
  • James Shoop for “Ramataur,” bronze
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Spaceman on the Verge,” bronze
  • Cindy Wynn for “Alien Chair,” steel

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano for “Dragon Swarm”
  • D. Alexander Gregoryfor “Chandra the Firebrand”
  • David Palumbo for “Ereshkigal, Death Mistress”
  • James Ryman for “Princess of the Underworld”
  • Sverlin Velinov for “Thundermaw Kellkite”

Best Product Illustration

  • Jim Burns for The Wanderers, (IlluXCon 5 promotional art)
  • Dan dos Santos for The Dragon Empress, (Dragon*Con promotional poster)
  • John Harris for The Search, (Illuxcon 5 promotional art)
  • Iain McCaig for concept and character design for John Carter
  • John Picacio for La Sirena, (Lotera card)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders for Pyr Books
  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books
  • William Schafer for Subterranean Books
  • Jon Schindehette for WotC

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Gerald Brom
  • Larry Elmore
  • David Hardy
  • John Harris
  • Gary Lippincott

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Valente Resignation

Catherynne Valente announced her resignation as the SFWA Eastern Regional Director on July 5. Valente explained that “personal circumstances have brought [her] to the realization that [she] cannot serve out the remainder of [her] term effectively.” New President Steven Gould has appointed E.C. Myers to complete Valente’s term in office. Valente has stated that she intends to remain active in the organization.

SF in Translation Nominees

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) has announced the finalists for the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. Each winning author and translator will receive a cash prize of US$350.

Long Form

  • Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City, by Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author
  • Belka, Why Don’t You Bark?, by Hideo Furukawa, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich
  • Kaytek the Wizard, by Janusz Korczak, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones
  • Roadside Picni,c by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated from the Russian by Olena Bormashenko
  • Seven Terrors, by Selvedin Avdi , translated from the Bosnian by Coral Petkovich
  • Three Science Fiction Novellas, by J.-H. Rosny aîné, translated from the French by Danièle Chatelain & George Slusser
  • The Whispering Muse, by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb

Short Form

  • “Augusta Prime,” by Karin Tidbeck translated from the Swedish by the author
  • “Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Cloud,” by Tobi Hirokata, translated from the Japanese by Jim Hubbert
  • “Every Time We Say Goodbye,” by Zoran Vlahovi, translated from the Croatian by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvićni, and the author
  • “The Flower of Shazui,” by Chen Qiufan, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu
  • “A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight,” by Xia Jia, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu
  • “A Single Year,” by Csilla Kleinheincz, translated from the Hungarian by the author

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Obituary: David Rogers

Playwright David Rogers (b.1927) died on June 5. Rogers wrote a play based on Aldous Huxler’s Brave New World and musicals based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. His musical, Charlie and Algernon, based on Daniel Keyes’s Flowers for Algernon, which ran for two weeks on Broadway and garnered a Tony nomination for Best Score.

Westercon to San Diego

Westercon 68 will take place in San Diego the weekend of July 2-5, 2015 at the Town and Country. San Diego ran unopposed and received 92 votes out of the 110 cast (including 5 for no preference). The guests of honor will be Author: Spider Robinson; Artist: John Picacio; Fan: Seanan McGuire; and Special Guest: William F. Nolan.

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Dragon*Con Reorganizes

The Board of Directors and Shareholders of Dragon Con / ACE, Inc.have announced that company will merge into Dragon Con, Inc. (Dragon Con) in a cash-out merger. The new organization is led by five of Dragon*Con’s six founders. The sixth founder, Ed Kramer, who was arrested in 2000 and has not been part of the operational structure of Dragon*Con for several years, was offered a cash buyout. Kramer’s attorney has stated that Kramer may sue over the new organization and his share.

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Obituary: Leonard P. Leone, Sr.

Art director Leonard P. Leone, Sr. (b.1921) died on July 1. Leone served as art director for Bantam Books from 1955 through 1984. During his tenure there, he hired artist James Bama to create a new look for the classic character Doc Savage, which resulted in Savage’s now-iconic widow’s peak. Leone took an active role in his work with artists who included, in addition to Bama, Boris Vallejo, John Berkely, and Vincent DiFate.

Obituary: Bob Carter

Actor Bob Carter (b.1929) died on June 30. Carter was better known by his screen name, Sammy Terry, under which he hosted Nightmare Theater in Indiana in the 1960s and 1970s. Terry would air two horror films back to back, providing camp entertainment during the commercial breaks and talking to a rubber spider named George.

Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the 2013 Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction were announced at DucKon in Wheeling, Illinois the weekend of June 28. Although the winners were announced at DucKon, the presentation of awards will take place in August at LoneStarCon 3.

  • Picture Book: Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade), by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades: Alien on a Rampage, by Clete Smith
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adults: tie Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

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Sidewise Award Nominees

The Sidewise Award nominees have been announced. Presented to recognize excellence in alternate history and named for Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” the winners will be announced at LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, in San Antonio.

Short Form:

  • “Great White Ship,” by Lou Antonelli
  • “Steamgothic,” by Sean McMullen
  • “Adrift on the Sea of Rains,” by Ian Sales
  • “Fade to White,” by Catherynne Valente
  • “Something Real,” by Rick Wilber

Long Form:

  • Doktor Glass, by Thomas Brennan
  • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon, by Mark Hodder
  • The Cassandra Project, by Jack McDevitt & Mike Resnick
  • The Mirage, by Matt Ruff
  • Dominion, by C.J. Sansom

For more information…