Rebel and Phoenix Awards

The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, and the Rubble Award, all presented at JordanCon/DeepSouthCon 54 in Atlanta, GA. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom.

  • Rebel Award: Bill Harrison and Pat Henry
  • Phoenix Award: Eugie Foster and Jana Oliver
  • Rubble Award: Governor Pat McCrory, for signing North Carolina House Bill 2 into law

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Walker Stalker Convention Postponed

Fanfest has announced plans to postpone Walker Stalker Convention in Charlotte, NC from its original dates of June 25-26 until December 17-18. The reason for the postponement is the passage of NC HB2 and the hope that the bill is repealed or overturned by the new dates. Members who can’t attend the new dates will be eligible for a full refund. NC HB2 nullifies local ordinances around the state that would have expanded protections for the LGBT community and in general makes it more difficult to sue for discrimination.

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Obituary: Ed Dravecky

Texas fan Ed Dravecky (b.1968) died on April 23 while working at Whofest in Irvine, TX. Dravecky was also instrumental in Fencon and was part of the committee that ran SMOFCon in Fort Worth in 2015. He ran social media for LoneStarCon 3 and served as president of ORAC. He worked publications for several Worldcons and ReConStruction. He began publishing the fanzine, Eligible! in 2103.

Obituary: Philip Kaldon

Author Philip Kaldon (b.1958) died on April 20. Kaldon taught physics at Western Michigan University and was a frequent attendee at Michigan conventions. Kaldon began publishing in CrossTIME Anthology in 2004, and published several more short stories over his career.

Link Pulitzer Finalist

Although once again science fiction and fantasy failed to win any Pulitzer Prizes, SF/F was represented on the list of finalists. Author Kelly Link’s collection Get in Trouble Stories was one of the three finalists in the Fiction category, losing out to Viet Thanh Nguyen’s The Sympathizer. Link missed out on winning a Pulitzer in the 100th presentation of the award.
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Jeter Returns to US

Author K.W. Jeter, who coined the term “Steampunk,” has announced that he will be moving back to the United States after living in Ecuador for several years. Jeter is returning to the US because of health concerns.

The Dark Goes Monthly

Sean Wallace has announced the the dark fantasy magazine The Dark will shift to a monthly schedule beginning with the May 2016 issue.
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Julia Elliott Wins Shared World Residency

Julia Elliott has won the Shared World 2016 Amazon Writers-in-Residence. She will attend the Shared World Writers Workshop for teens at Wofford College in South Carolina, where she will meet with the aspiring authors and help teach and guide them in conjunction with the workshop’s other authors.
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Pournelle Wins Heinlein

Jerry Pournelle has been announced as the winner of the 2016 Robert A. Heinlein Memorial Award, presented by the National Space Society at the International Space Development Conference. The award recognizes Pournelle’s activities in the L5 Society, the early years of the NSS (including chairing the first ISDC), and as Chair of the Citizen’s Advisory Council on National Space Policy. The award will be presented at this year’s ISDC in San Juan, Puerto Rico the weekend of May 18-22, 2016.
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Sturgeon Award Finalists

The nominees for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Sturgeon is presented for a short story. Both awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in conjunction with MidAmeriCon II, this year’s Worldcon, in Kansas City.

  • “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
  • “Emergence,” by Gwyneth Jones
  • “Damages,” by David D. Levine
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery,” by Kelly Link
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” by Ian McDonald
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Gypsy,” by Carter Scholz
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City,” by Jeff Somers

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