Obituary: Joe Bethancourt

Musician Joe Bethancourt (b.1946) died on August 28. A professional musician, he worked as a session man in LA during the 1960s before moving to Arizona, where he had a lengthy career. He helped found the Arizona chapter of the SCA and performed under the name “Master Ioseph of Locksley.” Bethancourt was a musical guest of honor at Fencon VIII and was inducted into the Arizona Music & Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2013.

Call for Ælfwine Papers

The Spanish Tolkien Society (Sociedad Tolkien Españiola) has issued a call for papers for the 2014 Ælfwine Award, to be presented for excellence in an essay or paper about J.R.R. Tolkien or his writing. All essays should be original and less than 10000 words and may be in Spanish or English. The deadline for submission is October 1, 2014 with the winners announced on November 1. First prize includes €150 and a certificate.

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Ignotus Award Nominees

The ballot for this year’s Ignotus Awards has been announced. Founded in 1991, the Ignotus Awards are voted on by the members of the annual Hispacon, which will be held this year in Montcada i Reixac, a suburb of Barcelona from December 6 to 8.

Spanish Novel

  • Esta noche arderá el cielo, by Emilio Bueso
  • Gente muerta, by J.G. Mesa
  • La canción secreta del mundo, by José Antonio Cotrina
  • Los nombres muertos, by Jesús Cañadas
  • Memoria de tinieblas, by Eduardo Vaquerizo

Foreign Novel

  • 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Evolutionary Void, by Peter F. Hamilton
  • Embassytown, by China Mieville
  • House of Leaves, by Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Quantum Thief, by Mannu Rajaniemi
  • The Shining Girls, by Lauren Beukes
  • Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie


  • Detective,” by Rodolfo Martínez
  • En el filo,” by Ramón Muñoz
  • La montaña,” by Juan González Mesa
  • La penúltima danza del Griwll,” by Ramón Merino Collado
  • Rafentshalf,” by Jesús Fernández Lozano

Spanish Short Story

  • Dariya,” by Nieves Delgado
  • El aeropuerto del fin del mundo,” by Tamara Romero
  • El enemigo en casa,” by Concepción Regueiro
  • Mecaderes de tiempo,” by Victor Conde
  • La última huella,” by Miguel Santander
  • Los orcos no comen golosinas,” by Carlos López Hernando
  • Wendy de los gatos,” by Jesús Fernández Lozano

Foreign Short Story

  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss,” by Kij Johnson
  • “Spider, the Artist,” by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “The Man Who Ended History,” by Ken Liu
  • “Her Husband´s Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Scattered along the Rivers of Heaven,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Impossible Dreams,” by Tim Pratt


  • Cuentos para Algernon Año I,edited by Marcheto
  • Hic sunt dracones. Cuentos imposibles, edited by Tim Pratt
  • La bomba número seis, edited by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Reyes de aire y agua, edited by Jesús Fernández Lozano
  • Terra Nova Vol. 2, edited by Mariano Villarreal y Luis Pestarini

Non Fiction Book

  • Cómo escribir ciencia-ficción y fantasía, by Orson Scott Card
  • El poder de la sangre, by Pedro L. López
  • Jack Kirby. El cuarto demiurgo, by José Manuel Uría
  • Japón sobrenatural, by Daniel Aguilar
  • La biblia steampunk, edited by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers
  • La 100cia ficción de Rescepto, by Sergio Mars
  • La literatura fantástica argentina en el siglo XIX, by Carlos Abraham
  • Silencios de pánico, by Diego López y David Pizarro
  • Steampunk Cinema, by Varios autores


  • Howard Koch, el guionista tras la magia de La guerra de los mundos de Orson Welles,” by Luis Alfonso Gámez
  • La ciencia ficción española,” by Mariano Villarreal
  • Literatura Fantástica en cifras. Estadística de producción editorial de género fantástico en España durante el año 2013,” by Mariano Villarreal
  • Sobre la fantasía feérica,” by Sergio Mars
  • Ucronía,” by Asociación Cultural ALT+64


  • Cover of De monstruos y trincheras, by Koldo Campo
  • Cover of El mejor de los mundos posibles, by Alejandro Colucci
  • Cover of Memoria de tinieblas, by Eduardo Vaquerizo
  • Cover of Reyes de aire y agua, by Olga Esther
  • Cover of Terra Nova Vol. 2, by Ángel Benito Gastañaga
  • Cover of Zaibatsu / La edad del vuelo, by Koldo Campo

AV Production

  • El cosmonauta, by Nicolás Alcalá
  • Fallo de Sistema, by Santiago Bustamante
  • Los últimos días, by Álex Pastor and David Pastor
  • Luces en el Horizonte, by Luis Martínez and Pablo Uría
  • Los VerdHugos, by Miquel Codony, Pedro Román, Elías F. Combarro, and Joseph María Oriol


  • Alfa Eridiani, edited by la Asociación Cultural Alfa Eridiani
  • Barsoom, edited by La Hermandad del Enmascarado
  • Delirio, edited by La Biblioteca del Laberinto
  • miNatura, edited by Asociación Cultural miNatura Soterrània
  • Planetas Prohibidos, edited by el Grupo Planetas Prohibidos
  • Scifiworld, edited by Inquidanzas Ediciones

Web Site

  • Alt+64-Wiki
  • Cuentos para Algernon
  • La tercera fundación
  • Literatura Fantástica
  • Sense of Wonder

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Baen Fantasy Adventure Winner

The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. This is the first year the contest has been held and the fantasy contest compliments the science fiction contest Baen has run for several years. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.

  • Grand Price: “The Golden Knight,” by K. D. Julicher
  • First Runner-Up: “Phoenix for the Amateur Chef,” by Scott Huggins
  • Second Runner-Up: “The Girl with No Name,” by Travis Heermann

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Emmy Award Winners

The Primetime Emmy Awards were presented on August 25. On August 16, the Creative Emmy Awards were presented in a non-televised ceremony. Below is a list of categories with winners of genre interest.

  • Outstanding Animated Program: Bob’s Burgers
  • Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program: Disney Mickey Mouse, “‘O Sole Minnie”
  • Outstanding Art Direction for a Contemporary or Fantasy Series (Single-Camera): Game of Thrones, Deborah Riley, Production Designer; Paul Ghirardani, Art Director; Rob Cameron, Set Decorator
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Series: Game of Thrones, Michele Clapton, Costume Designer; Sheena Wichary, Costume Supervisor; Alexander Fordham, Assistant Costume Designer; Nina Ayres, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: American Horror Story: Coven, Lou Eyrich, Costume Designer; Elizabeth Macey, Costume Supervisor; Ken Van Duyne, Assistant Costume Designer
  • Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series: The Big Bang Theory, “The Cooper Extraction,” Peter Chalkos
  • Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie: American Horror Story: Coven, Monte C. Haught, Michelle Ceglia, Yolanda Mercadel, and Daina Daigle
  • Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Game of Thrones, “The Children,” Jane Walker and Barrie Gower
  • Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score): COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, “Standing Up in the Milky Way, Alan Silvestri
  • Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music: COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, Alan Silvestri
  • Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Jim Parsons and “Sheldon Cooper” in The Big Bang Theory
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries, or a Movie: Jessica Lange as “Fiona Goode” in American Horror Story: Coven
  • Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries, or a Movie: Kathy Bates as “Madame Delphine LaLaurie” in American Horror Story: Coven
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series: Black Sails, Benjamin Cook, Iain Eyre, Sue Cahill, Jeffrey A. Pitts, Tim Tuchrello, Brett Voss, Michael Baber, Jeffrey Wilhoit, and James “Jimmy” Moriana
  • Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera): COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey, “Standing Up In The Milky Way,” Christopher Harvengt, Richard S. Steele, Kevin Meltcher, Jeff Carson, Bob Costanza, Lisa Varetakis, Bill Bell, Tim Chilton, and Jill Sanders
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects: Game of Thrones, “The Children,” Joe Bauer, Joern Grosshans, Steve Kullback, Adam Chazen, Eric Carney, Sabrina Gerhardt, Matthew Rouleau, Thomas H. Schelesny, and Robert Simon
  • Outstanding Special and Visual Effects in a Supporting Role: Black Sails, “I.,” Erik Henry, Paul Graff, George Murphy, Annemarie Griggs, Mitch Claspy, Hattingh, Doug Hardy, Nick Hsieh, and Steve Messing
  • Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Dramatic Special: American Horror Story: Coven, “Bitchcraft,” written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk

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ESFS Awards Presented

The winners of the 2014 European Science Fiction Society Awards were announced August 24 at Shamrokon, the 36th Eurocon, in Dublin. The Hall of Fame awards are awarded to people who have had an impact both inside and outside their native country. The Spirit of Dedication awards are presented for works and performances produced since the previous Eurocon.

European Grand Master: Jim Fitzpatrick – Ireland

Hall of Fame

  • Best Author: Wolfgang Jeschke – Germany
  • Best Artist: Jim Fitzpatrick – Ireland
  • Best Publisher: Angry Robot – United Kingdom
  • Best Magazine: Cosmoport – Belarus
  • Best Translator: Ms. Kersti Juva – Finland
  • Best Promoter of Science Fiction: Dave Lally – Ireland

Spirit of Dedication:

  • Artist: Alexander Prodan – Ukraine
  • Best Performance: Adaption of Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog – Croatia
  • Best SF Website: Geek Ireland – Ireland
  • Best Fanzine: Darker – Russia
  • Best Creator of Children’s Science Fiction or Fantasy Books: (tie) Oisín McGann – Ireland; Vladimir Arenev – Ukraine

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Obituary: Richard Attenborough

Actor Richard Attenborough (b.1923) died on August 24. Attenborough is best known in science fiction circles for his portrayal of John Hammond in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. He also portrayed Kris Kringle in the remake of Miracle on 34th Street and Albert Blossom in the original Doctor Dolittle. Attenborough also played Bartlett in The Great Escape and directed the films Shadowlands about C. S. Lewis, Chaplin, and the Academy Award winning Gandhi.

Obituary: Preston Saul

Costumer Preston Saul (b.1947) died on August 22 due to complications from diabetes. Saul was a regular attendee of Lunacon and Costume-Con.

John Hinde Award Call for Entries

The John Hinde Award is an Australian Award presented for exceptional Science Fiction Scripts – Produced and Unproduced by the Australian Writers’ Guild. The prize includes a $10,000 cash prize and a meeting with producers. To apply for the John Hinde Award, please submit the 2014 John Hinde Award Application Form. Submissions close 9am Monday 22nd September 2014.

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Obituary: Bari Greenberg

Filker Bari Greenberg died on August 17. Greenberg was a St. Louis songwriter and a performer who reached out to many newcomers, introducing them to filk and mentoring younger filkers. He was active in the band The Unusual Suspects and served as co-chair for Archon’s filk program. Greenberg was married to author and filker Cat Greenberg.