Lucas Leaves Chicago

George Lucas has announced that he will not build the George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in Chicago, but rather will build the museum in California. Lucas’s plans ran up against the Friends of the Park, a group which supports the 1836 decree that Chicago’s lake shore should be a “Common to Remain Forever Open, Clear, and Free of Any Buildings, or Other Obstruction Whatever.”
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Saturn Award Winners

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film were presented on July 22 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.
Film Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture: Ant-Man
  • Best Fantasy Film: Cinderella
  • Best Horror Film: Crimson Peak
  • Best Action / Adventure Film: Furious 7
  • Best Thriller Film: Bridge of Spies
  • Best Actor in a Film: Harrison Ford for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Actress in a Film: Charlize Theron for Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Film: Adam Driver for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Film: Jessica Chastain for Crimson Peak
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ty Simpkins for Jurassic World
  • Best Director: Ridley Scott for The Martian
  • Best Writing: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Production Design: Thomas E. Sanders for Crimson Peak
  • Best Editing: Maryann Brandon, Mary Jo Markey for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Music: John Williams for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Costume: Alexandra Byrne for Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Best Make-Up: Neal Scanlan for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Special Effects: Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Neal Scanlan, Chris Corbould for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
  • Best Independent Film Release: Room
  • Best International Film Release: Turbo Kid
  • Best Animated Film: Inside Out

Television Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Television Series: Continuum
  • Best Fantasy Television Series: Outlander
  • Best Horror Television Series: The Walking Dead
  • Best Action / Thriller Television Series: Hannibal
  • Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series: The Flash
  • Best New Media Television Series: Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Best Television Presentation: Doctor Who: “The Husbands of River Song”
  • Best Actor on Television: Bruce Campbell for Ash vs. Evil Dead
  • Best Actress on Television: Caitriona Balfe for Outlander
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Richard Armitage for Hannibal
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Danai Gurira for The Walking Dead
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chandler Riggs for The Walking Dead
  • Best Guest Star on Television: William Shatner for Haven

Home Entertainment Awards

  • Best DVD / BD Release: Burying The Ex
  • Best DVD / BD Classic Film Release: Miracle Mile
  • Best DVD / BD Collection Release: The Frank Darabont Collection
  • Best DVD / BD Television Series Release: The X-Files: Collector’s Set
  • Best DVD / BD Special Edition Release: X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut)
  • Best Local Live Stage Production: Tarzan for 3D Theatricals

Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award: Nichelle Nichols
  • The George Pal Memorial Award: Simon Kinberg
  • The President’s Award: Television’s Haven
  • The Spotlight Award: Better Call Saul
  • The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Eric Kripke
  • The Special Recognition Award: Brannon Braga
  • The Breakthrough Performance Award: Melissa Benoist

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Eugie Foster Nominees

The nominees for the first Eugie Foster Award have been announced. The award is presented for a story that is irreplaceable, that inspires, enlightens, and entertains. It is named for Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster and the winner will be announced at Dragon Con, which Foster worked on.

  • “The Deepwater Bride” by Tamsyn Muir
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong
  • “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Pocosin” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette De Bodard

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Obituary: Willis Pyle

Animator Willis Pyle (b.1914) died on June 2. Pyle got his start as an office boy at Disney before working on Pinocchio, Fantasia, and Bambi. After Bambi, he left Disney he worked for Walter Lantz, where he animated Gerald McBoing-Boing. He also helped develop Mr. Magoo. Pyle’s brother was actor Denver Pyle, who portrayed Uncle Jesse on The Dukes of Hazzard.

Julius Vogel Awards

The winners of 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 were presented at Au Contraire 2016.

  • Best Novel:
  • Ardus, by Jean Gilbert
  • Best Youth Novel: Dragons Realm, by Eileen Mueller
  • Best Novella / Novelette: The Ghost of Matter, by Octavia Cade
  • Best Short Story: “The Thief’s Tale,” by Lee Murray
  • Best Collected Work: Write Off Line 2015: The Earth We Knew, by Jean Gilbert, edited by Chad Dick
  • Best Professional Artwork: Cover for Shortcuts – Track 1, by K.C. Bailey
  • Best Professional Production/Publication: White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, edited by Paul Tobin
  • Best Fan Production/ Publication: Phoenixine, edited by John & Lynelle Howell
  • Best Fan Writing: John Toon
  • Best Fan Artwork: Keith Smith, for contributions to Novazine
  • Best New Talent: Jean Gilbert
  • Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror: Marie Hodgkinson
  • Services to Fandom: Glenn Young

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Manly Wade Wellman Nominees

The nominees for the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award have been announced. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and recognizes excellence in SFF written by North Carolina authors. Any member of illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, or ConGregate are eligible to vote.

  • Raising Hell, by John G. Hartness
  • The Mussorgsky Riddle, by Darin Kennedy
  • Iron and Blood, by Gail Z. Martin & Larry N. Martin
  • Vendetta, by Gail Z. Martin
  • War of Shadows, by Gail Z. Martin
  • Castle Hangnail, by Ursula Vernon

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Rhysling Winners

The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented for speculative poetry by the SFPA, have been announced.

  • Short Poem: “Time Travel Vocabulary Problems,” by Ruth Berman
  • Long Poem: “It Begins with a Haunting,” by Krysada Panusith Phounsiri

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Geek.Kon Hosts FanFic Contest

Geek.Kon, scheduled to be held in Madison, WI from August 26-28 is holding a fan fiction contest, with the winners being read at a panel at the con, published for the panel’s attendees, and published on the con’s website, with awards presented at the panel. Works should be between 1,000 and 5,000 words in length and the deadline for submission in July 31. All entrants must be members of Geek.Kon.
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Obituary: Anton Yelchin

Actor Anton Yelchin (b.1989) died on June 16 when his car accidentally rolled backwards, crushing him against a brick piller. Yelchin is best known for portraying Chekov in the recent Star Trek movies. He also appeared in the movie Terminator Salvation and the miniseries Taken. He provided the voice of Clumsy Smurf in The Smurfs movies.

Retro Hugo Ballot Change

The Hugo Administrators have determined that Jack Williamson’s story “Darker Than You Think” is properly a Novella, not a novelette. It did not receive enough votes to appear on the ballot in the Novella category. It is being dropped from the Best Novelette category and will be replaced by A.E. van Vogt’s “Vault of the Beast.” The new Novelette category is listed below. Anyone who has already filled out the Retro-ballot is advised to re-submit their ballot, ranking the current list of finalists.

Best Novelette

  • “Blowups Happen,” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Farewell to the Master,” by Harry Bates
  • “It!” by Theodore Sturgeon
  • “The Roads Must Roll,” by Robert A. Heinlein
  • “Vault of the Beast” by A.E. van Vogt

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