SLF Diversity Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winners of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. The Diverse Writers Grant was given to Gabriel Thibodeau and the Diverse Worlds Grant went to Eden Royce. Each grant is for $500. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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Obituary: Cornel Robu

Romanian critic Cornel Robu (b.1938) died on October 27. Robu edited the first reprint and critical edition of Victor Anestin’s În anul 4000 sau O cǎlǎtorie la Venus. Robu also edited multiple critical anthologies of Romanian science fiction. Robu was also a university lecturer and wrote the entry on Romanian science fiction for the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

Obituary: David Delamare

Artist David Delamare (b.1951) died on September 19. Delamare illustrated numerous children’s books and also created his own picture books and art books, including Cinderella and Mermaids & Magic Shows. His Animerotics: A Forbidden Cabaret in 26 Acts was more adult in nature.

World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on October 30 at World Fantasy Con in Columbus, OH. This year’s judges included Laird Barron, Rani Graff, Elaine Isaak, Kay Kenyon, and Konrad Walewski.

  • Novel: The Chimes, by Anna Smaill
  • Novella: The Unlicensed Magician, by Kelly Barnhill
  • Short Fiction: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • Anthology: She Walks in Shadows, edited by Silvia Moreno-Garcia & Paula R. Stiles
  • Collection: Bone Swans, by C.S.E. Cooney
  • Artist: Galen Dara
  • Special Award – Professional: Stephen Jones, for The Art of Horror
  • Special Award – Nonprofessional: John O’Neill, for Black Gate
  • Life Achievement Winners: David G. Hartwell and Andrzej Sapkowski.

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Obituary: Norman F. Stanley

Fan Norman F. Stanley (b.1916) died on October 22. Stanley was a fan from Maine who was a member of the Stranger Club and attended Noreascon 3 as a Fan GoH as part of the club. He was active in fandom throughout the 1940s, attending Philcons, Boskones, and other Eastern conventions. From 1942-1952, he published 19 issues of Fan-Tod. In 2013, he was elected to the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Obituary: John Zacherle

Actor John Zacherle (b.1918) died on October 27. Zacherle hosted several television horror shows, beginning with Shock Theatre on WCAU in Philadelphia in 1958. His most notable show was Chiller Theatre, in the 1960s. He also had bit roles in camp horror films, such as Frankenhooker and Niagaravation.

Obituary: Michael Massee

Actor Michael Massee (b.1955) died on October 20. Massie has appeared in several genre television series, including Flashforward, The X-Files, and Fringe. He had a bit role in the Amazing Spider-Man films portraying Gustav Fiers. While filming his second movie, The Crow, he accidentally shot and killed Brandon Lee when the gun he was using discharged after being improperly prepared.

Obituary: Sheri S. Tepper

Author Sheri S. Tepper (b.Sheri Stewart Douglas, 1929) died on October 22. Tepper began publishing fiction in 1980 with King’s Blood Four, the first in her “Books of the True Game” series. Over the years, Tepper acquired a reputation as a feminist author with publication of “The Awakeners” duology, The Gate to Women’s Country, and The Companions, among others. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Fantasy Con.

Obituary: Kevin Meaney

Actor Kevin Meaney (b.1957) died on October 21. Best known as a comedian, Meaney appeared in Blood Ransom, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue, and Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

Obituary: Dennis Cummins

Horror author Dennis Cummins (b.1951) died on October 18 from lung cancer. Cummins has published horror short stories and was a member of the Horror Writers of America. In addition Cummins played in the Beatles cover band Beatles for Sale.