Order of Canada Honours

Author Guy Gavriel Kay and astronaut Chris Hadfield are among those listed as recipients of the Order of Canada Honour. Kay is being named a Member of the Order of Canada and Hadfield is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Director David Cronenberg, already a member, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary and is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

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Obituary: Jory Sherman

Author Jory Sherman (b.1932) died on June 28. Although best known for writing Westerns, Sherman also wrote seven novels in the Chill series of horror novels, beginning in 1978 with Satan’s Seed and continuing through Shadows, published in 1980. During that time, he also published the horror novel The Reincarnation of Jenny James.

Obituary: Frank M. Robinson

Author Frank M. Robinson (b.1926) died on June 30. Robinson wrote several novels with Tom Scortia, including The Glass Inferno, which was the basis for the film The Towering Inferno. They also wrote The Prometheus Crisis, The Nightmare Factor, and Blow-Out!. Robinson also wrote the solo novels The Dark Beyond the Stars, Waiting, and The Donor. In 1999, he published Science Fiction of the 20th Century: An Illustrated History and recently finished his autobiography. In addition to his genre work, Robinson was a speechwriter for San Francisco politician Harvey Milk in the 1970s and appeared in a cameo role in the film Milk.

Obituary: Meshach Taylor

Actor Meshach Taylor (b.1947) died on June 28. Taylor was best known for his role on Designing Women, but also had several genre credits to his name, including appearances on ALF, The Incredible Hulk, the films Ultra Warrior, The Howling, Double, Double, Toil and Trouble, Mannequin and its sequel,

Locus Award Winners

The winners for this year Locus Poll were announced on June 28 (Tau Day) in Seattle, Washington.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Abaddon’s Gate, by James S.A. Corey
  • Fantasy Novel: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
  • Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • First Novel: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Novella: Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Novelette: “The Sleeper and the Spindle,” by Neil Gaiman
  • Short Story: “The Road of Needles,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Old Mars, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Best of Connie Willis, by Connie Willis
  • Magazine: Asimov’s
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Artist: Michael Whelan
  • Non-Fiction: Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Art Book: Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner

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Saturn Award Winners

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film were presented on July 26 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.

Film Awards

  • Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture : Iron Man 3
  • Best Science Fiction Film: Gravity
  • Best Fantasy Film: Her
  • Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Conjuring
  • Best Action/Adventure Film: Fast and Furious 6
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man 3
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley for Iron Man 3
  • Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson for Her
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz for Carrie
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuáron for Gravity
  • Best Writing: Spike Jonze for Her
  • Best Music: Frank Ilfman for Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuáron and Mark Sanger for Gravity
  • Best Production Design: Dan Hennah for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Best Costume: Trish Summerville for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Best Make-Up: Donald Mowat for Prisoners
  • Best Special Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, and Neil Corbould for Gravity
  • Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Animated Film: Frozen

Television Awards

  • Best Network Television Series: (tie) Hannibal and Revolution
  • Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
  • Best Television Presentation of a Limited Series: Breaking Bad
  • Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf
  • Best Actor on Television: Mads Mikkelsen for Hannibal
  • Best Actress on Television: Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Melissa McBride for The Walking Dead
  • Best Younger Actor on Television: Chandler Riggs for The Walking Dead
  • Best Guest Star on Television: Robert Forster for Breaking Bad

Home Entertainment Awards

  • Best DVD/BD Release: Big Ass Spider
  • Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Chucky: The Complete Collection
  • Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3,4,5

Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

  • The Life Career Award: Malcolm mcDowell
  • The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Bryan Fuller
  • The George Pal Memorial Award: Greg Nicotero
  • The Special Achievement Award: Marc Cushman

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Obituary: Mary Rodgers

Author and composer Mary Rodgers (b.1931) died on June 26. Rodgers was the daughter of composer Richard Rodgers and was also a composer in her own right, having written the music for the Broadway show Once Upon a Mattress. In addition to her work on and off Broadway, Rodgers also wrote children’s books, including the novel Freaky Friday.

2014 Hall of Fame Class

This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame is now part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum.

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

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Obituary: Kathleen Conat

Michigan fan Kathleen Conat (b.c.1950) died on June 25. Conat was active in Michigan fandom, as were her sons, and she wrote numerous reviews over the years.

Obituary: Eli Wallach

Actor Eli Wallach (b.1915) died on June 24. Wallach had a long and storied career, portraying Calvera in The Magnificent Seven, Tuco in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Don Altobello in The Godfather, Part III. He only had a few roles of genre interest, perhaps most notably Mr. Freeze in the 1960s Batman television series (he replaced Otto Preminger).