Wu Creates Legal Fund

Game Designer Brianna Wu, who was forced from her home earlier this month after threats related to GamerGate, has announced that she is forming a legal fund for women targeted by Gamergate. Wu is currently looking for legal advice to ensure that the fund meets all legal and tax requirements.

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SpaceShipTwo Crashes

Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo crashed in the Mojave Desert after reporting an in-flight anomaly during a test flight. Two pilots were on-board and witnesses reported seeing at least one parachute., but the fate of the pilots is currently unknown. One of the two pilots on board was killed and the other injured. Virgin Galactic had hoped that SpaceShipTwo would have made its first extra-atmospheric flight by the end of the year.

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Edited to add fates of the two pilots.

SF in Translation Ceases

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) has announced the organization’s dissolution. The ARESFFT has been presenting awards for SF&F in translation since its inception, but has determined that it is too difficult to run the organization on a volunteer basis and several of the Directors have found it difficult to devote the necessary time to the endeavor. The bulk of the money held by the corporation has been returned to the most recent donors. A small amount has been held back to cover the administrative costs of winding up the Association. No awards were presented in 2014.

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Antares Rocket Explodes on Pad

An Antares rocket exploded during launch at 6:22 EDT at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The unmanned rocket was meant to carry supplies to the International Space Station. Its launch was postponed from October 27 because a sailboat had entered the restricted area down range of the launchpad. Initial reports indicate that damage only occurred to the rocket and launchpad.

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Harris Collection Awards

George R. R. Martin and Tom Doherty received the first Harris Collection Literary Awards on October 23 at Brown University in Providence, RI. The award was inspired by the love of the arts demonstrated by Caleb Fiske Harris, who graduated from Brown in 1838, and celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.

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Deutscher Phantastik Preis Winners

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced October 12 at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich, Germany.

  • Best Novel in German: Phoenix – Tochter der Asche, by Ann-Kathrin Karschnick
  • Best Debut Novel in German: Eldorin – Das verborgene Land, by Gaby Wohlrab
  • Best International Novel: Dunkle Halunken, by Terry Pratchett (Dodger)
  • Best German Short Story: “Claire,” by Miriam Schäfer
  • Best Anthology/Collection: Eis und Dampf, edited by Christian Vogt
  • Best Book Series; DSA – Das schwarze Auge
  • Best Graphic Artist: Mia Steingräber
  • Best Work on Secondary Literature: Geek! magazine
  • Best Website: www.phantastik-couch.de

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Obituary: Marcia Strassman

Actress Marcia Strassman (b.1948) died on October 26 from breast cancer. Strassman was best known for her role as Julie Kotter on Welcome Back, Kotter, but also had numerous genre credits including the film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and sequels, and the television show Tremors. She also had appearances in episodes of Highlander, Time Express, and Amazing Stories.

Pegasus Winners

The winners of the 2014 Pegasus Awards were announced at Ohio Valley Filk Fest the weekend of October 24. The winners, selected by popular vote of filk fandom include the following.

  • Best Filk Song: (tie) “Paper Worlds,” by Talis Kimberley; “Snow White, Red Road,” by Cheshire Moon
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Grandfather,” by Gary Hanak
  • Best Performer: Cheshire Moon
  • Best Writer/Composer: Tim Griffin
  • Best Adapted Song: “Midichlorian Rhapsody,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • Best Song of Passage: “Outward Bound,” by Cat Faber

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“New” Asimov Essay

The MIT Technology Review has published a previously un-published essay written by Isaac Asimov from 1959 in which Asimov discusses creativity. The essay was originally published when Asimov was briefly working on an ARPA project, but left because he didn’t want to have access to confidential material.

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SMOFCon Scholarships from CANSMOF

CANSMOF has announced that Jean-Louis Trudel (Québec City, Canada) and Jared Dashoff (Washington, DC) are the recipients of this year’s SMOFCon scholarships. Both recipients will receive aid to attend this year’s SMOFCon in Manhattan Beach, CA and are required to write a report about the event for CANSMOF.