A piece of the Earth’s crust dated as 4.4 billion years old, has been discovered on a ranch in Jack Hills, Australia, just north of Perth. The zircon crystal, which only measures 400 micrometers long, is a translucent red that appears blue when bombarded with electrons. The dating of the crystal indicates that the Earth cooled much more rapidly than previously thought and may have had water at a much earlier age.
Bhob Stewart (b.1937) died on February 24. Stewart published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. Corcoran also wrote comics for several different publishers, developed the Wacky Pack line of trading cards, and co-authored Scream Queens.
Philadelphia fan Gary Dockter (b.1963) died on February 8. Dockter collected comic books. Dockter was also a fan of steampunk.
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the nominees for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards. Voting is open to all members of HWA until March 31. The winners will be announced at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR on May 10, 2014.
Superior Achievement in a Novel
- NOS4A2, by Joe Hill
- Doctor Sleep, by Stephen King
- Malediction, by Lisa Morton
- A Necessary End, by Sarah Pinborough and F. Paul Wilson
- The Heavens Rise, by Christopher Rice
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
- Candy House, by Kate Jonez
- The Year of the Storm, by John Mantooth
- The Evolutionist, by Rena Mason
- Redheads, by Jonathan Moore
- Stoker’s Manuscript, by Royce Prouty
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
- Special Dead, by Patrick Freivald
- Unbreakable, by Kami Garcia
- Project Cain, by Geoffrey Girard
- Dog Days, by Joe McKinney
- In the Shadow of Blackbirds, by Cat Winters
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
- Fatale Book Three: West of Hell, by Ed Brubaker
- Alabaster: Wolves, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Witch Doctor, Vol. 2: Mal Practice, by Brandon Seifert
- Sin Titulo, by Cameron Stewart
- Colder, by Paul Tobin
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
- “The Bluehole,” by Dale Bailey
- “The Great Pity,” by Gary Braunbeck
- “The Slaughter,” by Benjamin K. Ethridge
- “No Others Are Genuine,” by Gregory Frost
- House of Rain, by Greg F. Gifune
- East End Girls, by Rena Mason
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
- “Primal Tongue,” by Michael Bailey
- “Snapshot,” by Patrick Freivald
- “Night Train to Paris,” by David Gerrold
- “The Hunger Artist,” by Lisa Mannetti
- “The Geminis,” by John Palisano
- “Code 666,” by Michael Reaves
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
- The Returned: “The Horde,” by Fabien Adda and Fabrice Gobert
- American Horror Story: Asylum: “Spilt Milk,” by Brad Falchuk
- Hannibal: “Apéritif,” by Bryan Fuller
- Dracula: “A Whiff of Sulfur,” by Daniel Knauf
- The Walking Dead: “Welcome to the Tombs,” by Glen Mazzara
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
- Horror Library: Volume 5, edited by R.J. Cavender and Boyd E. Harris
- After Death…, edited by Eric J. Guignard
- Barbers & Beauties, edited by Michael Knost and Nancy Eden Siegel
- The Grimscribe’s Puppets, edited by Joseph S. Pulver, Sr.
- Dark Visions: A Collection of Modern Horror, Volume One, edited by Anthony Rivera and Sharon Lawson
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
- North American Lake Monsters: Stories, by Nathan Ballingrud
- The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
- The Tears of Isis, by James Dorr
- The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Dance of the Blue Lady, by Gene O’Neill
- Bible Stories for Secular Humanists, by S. P. Somtow
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
- Images of the Modern Vampire: The Hip and the Atavistic, edited by Barbara Brodman and James E. Doan
- Ramsey Campbell: Critical Essays on the Modern Master of Horror, edited by Gary William Crawford
- Nolan on Bradbury: Sixty Years of Writing about the Master of Science Fiction, by William F. Nolan
- The Intermedial Experience of Horror: Suspended Failures, by Jarkko Toikkanen
- Lovecraft and Influence: His Predecessors and Successors, edited by Robert H. Waugh
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
- Dark Roads: Selected Long Poems 1971-2012, by Bruce Boston
- The Sex Lives of Monsters, by Helen Marshall
- Dangerous Dreams, by Marge Simon and Sandy DeLuca
- Four Elements, by Marge Simon, Rain Graves, Charlee Jacob, and Linda Addison
- Hysteria: A Collection of Madness, by Stephanie M. Wytovich
Director and actor Harold Ramis (b.1944) died on February 24. Ramis got his start with Second City and went on to write, direct, and act in numerous comedies, including Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, Animal House, and Bedazzled.
Astronaut Dale Gardner (b.1948) died on February 19. Gardner joined NASA in 1978 and made his first flight aboard Challenger flight STS-8. Gardner made a second flight on Discovery mission STS-51-A. He was scheduled to be on the first shuttle launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base before the use of that launch site was cancelled following the Challenger disaster. In 1986, he left NASA to return to the Navy.
Actress Margery Mason (b.1913) died on January 25. Mason portrayed the old lady who booed Buttercup in The Princess Bride and also appeared in Quatermass and the Pit and a bit role in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Other appearances included Pink Floyd’s The Wall and the live action version of 101 Dalmatians.
Detcon1 has announced an extension for nominating works for the Detcon1 Young Adult Speculative Fiction Awards until March 7. Nominations will be accepted from anyone, although only members of Detcon1 will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.
Actor Malcolm Tierney (b.1938) died on February 18. Tierney portrayed Doland in four episodes of the Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord” and had an uncredited role in Star Wars as a guard on the detention block who was shot by Luke Skywalker. He also appeared in an episode of Out of the Unknown and the films Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister and The Medusa Touch.
The judges for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2014 with the award presented at Norwescon on April 18, 2015. Paperback originals published in 2014 should be sent to all of the judges on the list. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.
- Jon Armstrong
- Ritch Calvin
- Ellen Klages
- Laura J. Mixon (M. J. Locke)
- Michaela Roessner-Herman