Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Winner

The winner of the 2016 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, have been announced. The contest looks for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2016 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

  • Grand Prize: “Dear Ammi,” by Aimee Ogden
  • 2nd Place: “To Lose the Stars,” by Jennifer Brozek
  • 3rd Place: “Cylinders,” by Ronald D. Ferguson

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DUFF Race Announced

Lucy Huntzinger, Julian Warner, and Justin Ackroyd, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner will travel to MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City from August 17-21. This year’s race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until May 16, 2016.

The candidate is:

  • Clare McDonald-Sims

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)
Voting may be done on-line at this link.

Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at AuContraire 2016.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Ardus, by Jean Gilbert
  • Mariah’s Dream, by Grace Bridges
  • Vestiges of Flames, by Lyn McConchie
  • Currents of Change, by Darian Smith
  • Shards of Ice, by Catherine Mede
  • Sun Touched, by J.C. Hart

Best Youth Novel

  • The Caretaker of Imagination, by Z. R. Southcombe
  • Dragons Realm, by Eileen Mueller
  • Brave’s Journey, by Jan Goldie
  • Lucy’s Story: The End of the World, by Z. R. Southcombe
  • Deadline Delivery, by Peter Friend

Best Novella / Novelette

  • Pocket Wife, by I. K. Paterson-Harkness
  • The Way the Sky Curves, by J. C. Hart
  • The Molenstraat Music Festival, by Sean Monaghan
  • The Last, by Grant Stone
  • The Ghost of Matter, by Octavia Cade
  • Burn, by J. C. Hart
  • Bree’s Dinosaur, by A. C. Buchanan

Best Short Story

  • “The Thief’s Tale,” by Lee Murray
  • “Pride,” by Jean Gilbert
  • “Floodgate,” by Dan Rabarts
  • “The Shelver,” by Piper Mejia
  • “The Harpsicord Elf,” by Sean Monoghan
  • “Drag Marks,” by Darian Smith

Best Collected Work

  • Shifting Worlds: a collection of short stories, by Darian Smith
  • Shortcuts: Track 1, edited by Marie Hodgkinson
  • The Survivors: Heroic Edition, by V. L. Dreyer
  • Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, by Jean Gilbert, edited by Chad Dick
  • SpecFicNZ Shorts
  • Beyond the Veil: A collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Lauren Haddock/Jessica Harvey

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover of The Earth We Knew: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover for Shortcuts – Track 1, by K.C. Bailey
  • Cover for Pisces of Fate, by Henry Christian-Sloane
  • Cover for Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, by Imojen Faith Hancock

Best Professional Production/Publication

  • “Ahead of her time and lost in time: on feminism, gender, and bisexuality,” by AJ Fitzwater
  • The Face of Oblivion, A LARP, written by Catherine Pegg
  • White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, edited by Paul Tobin

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Phoenixine, edited by John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Writing

  • John Toon
  • June Young
  • Terri Doyle

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

  • Jean Gilbert
  • Octavia Cade
  • Y. K. Willemse
  • Eileen Mueller

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Marie Hodgkinson

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Millennicon Ends Its Run

Millennicon has announced that this year’s event, its 30th, would be the final Millennicon. The Cincinnati convention began in 1986 with Millennicon -15, with a numbering scheme counting up to the Millennium. Once that goal was reached, they picked up with Millennicon 16. Con chair Christy Johnson explained that decreasing memberships and hotel nights caused the committee to decide to close out the convention.
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Obituary: Peggy Ranson

New Orleans fan Peggy Ranson (b.1948) died on March 19 after fighting cancer. Ranson was a 9 time Hugo nominee for Best Fan Artist, winning in 1993. She was the guest of honor at numerous conventions including DeepSouthCon 34. Ranson began her fannish career in 1988 working on the NolaCon II Program book.

Obituary: Sherry Waitsman

Chicago area fan Sherry Waitsman (b.Sherry Katz, 1953) died on March 19. Waitsman, previously Sherry Karp, was a frequent attendee at Chicago conventions. She was married to Chicago fan Lanny Waitsman.

Obituary: Larry Drake

Actor Larry Drake (b.1950) died on March 17. Drake became known for his portrayal of Benny Stulwicz on L.A. Law. He went on to play the role of Sir Warwick Harrow on Firefly, as well as roles in the Darkman, Tales of the Crypt, Star Trek: Voyager, The Outer Limits, and voice work for Green Lantern, Superman, and Batman Beyond.

Wu on The Internet Ruined My Life

SyFy’s The Internet Ruined My Life will feature a look at Brianna and Frank Wu’s experiences with Gamergate, including interviews with the couple and a dramatic recreation of her experiences. Wu, who founded Giant SpaceKat, has received more than 200 death threats since 2014.
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Amazing Stories Licensing Deal

Steve Davidson has announced that the Experimenter Publishing Company has signed a licensing deal for the title Amazing Stories with NBC/Universal Studios. A previous licensing deal for the title Amazing Stories led to a two season television series and a feature film.

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Liu Speaks in Washington

Ken Liu will speak at the Library of Congress Pickford Theatre on April 8 from Noon to 1:00 on “Chinese Science Fiction: Conformance, Estrangement, and Translation.” Liu has won the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was also the translator for the Hugo Award-winning novel The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu.