Obituary: Howard Anderson

Special effects artist Howard Anderson (b.1920) died on September 27. Anderson created special effects for the original Star Trek series as well as the 1960 The Time Machine and Phantom from Space. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the non-genre Tobruk.

Obituary: Yal Ayerdahl

French author Yal Ayerdahl (b.1959) died on October 27 after a battle with cancer. In addition to writing science fiction, Ayerdahl began publishing in 1990 and in addition to science fiction wrote more mainstream thrillers. Ayerdahl has twice received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the first time in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis, and again in 2004 for Transparences. In 1999, he and Jean-Claude Dunyach received the Prix Tour Eiffel for Etoiles mourantes.

Obituary: Noriyoshi Ohrai

Japanese artist Noriyoshi Ohrai (b.1935) died on October 27. Ohrai created the Japanese posters for the original Star Wars trilogy as well as poster art for Godzilla films and other movies. He was an artist for the Metal Gear video game series as well.

San Jose in 2018 Invites GoH Input

The committee trying to bring the 2018 Worldcon to San Jose has announced that they are taking suggestions for Guests of Honor in several categories, including Writing, Editing, Art, Music, Science, and Fandom. Generally Worldcon GoHs should have a career spanning at least 30 years and still be relevant to the community. It is rare that a previous Guest of Honor is honored a second time. Recommendations, along with an explanation for why they should be honored, may be sent to

Ned Brooks Memorial

A memorial gathering for fan Ned Brooks, who died on August 31, will be held at the Athens Pizza House in Decatur, GA on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. Friends and fans who would like to make a donation in Ned’s name should consider the charities Amnesty International and the ACLU.

Tiptree Symposium

The University of Oregon Libraries will host a free two day symposium on James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) on December 4-5 on the Eugene campus. Oregon has recently acquired Tiptree’s literary papers. Hugo Award-winning author Julie Phillips will speak, as will Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold, all of whom carried out correspondence with Tiptree.

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Obituary: Nancy Nutt

Kansas City fan Nancy Nutt (b.c.1955) died on October 22. Nutt was a fan guest of honor at ConQuesT in 1982, Archon 11, and Conjuration 1999. In 1998, she co-chaired ConQuest and in 2008, she served on the logistics team for Denvention. In addition to working on various ConQuests over the years, Nutt served as a director for KaCSFFS in the late 1980s.

British Fantasy Award Winners

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2015 British Fantasy Awards at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham on October 25, 2015. The winners are:

  • Best Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
  • Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): No One Gets Out Alive, by Adam Nevill
  • Best Novella: Newspaper Heart, by Stephen Volk
  • Best Short Story: “A Woman’s Place,” by Emma Newman
  • Best Collection: Nick Nightmare Investigates, by Adrian Cole
  • Best Anthology: Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, edited by Christie Yant
  • Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award): Fox Spirit Books
  • Best Non-Fiction: Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, edited by S.T. Joshi
  • Best Magazine/Periodical: Holdfast Magazine, edited by Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee
  • Best Artist: Karla Ortiz
  • Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll
  • Best Film/Television episode: Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Sarah Lotz for The Three
  • The British Fantasy Society Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award): Juliet E. McKenna

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Neffy Awards

The Neffy Awards are presented by the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). The first Neffy was presented in 1949 to Ray Bradbury and they have been given out annually since 2005. This year, two awards were presented:

  • Best Editor: Toni Weisskopf: Mindful that editors are judged on their extended record, not a single work in a single year, and that other editors may in future years be honored for their work in the same time period, the nomination for 2015 for Best Editor is to Toni Weisskopf, Baen Books
  • Heroic Commendation: All of Hugo Fandom for reviving the most ancient and honorable of all fannish customs, the all-hobby fan feud.

Pegasus Award Winners

The winners for the 2015 Pegasus Award were announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival on October 24.

  • Best Filk Song: “My Story Is Not Done,” by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Captain Jack & the Mermaid,” by Meg Davis
  • Best Performer: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • Best Writer/Composer: Cat Faber
  • Best Adapted Song: “Grabthar’s Silver Hammer,” by Steve Macdonald
  • Best Time-Related Song: “Precious Moments,” by Phil Allcock

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