A memorial ceremony will be held in memory of Frank Robinson on August 8 at 7pm PT at the SF Women’s Building Auditorium, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco. Robinson, who died on June 30, was the author of numerous thrillers and science fiction novels, including The Glass Inferno, The Dark Beyond the Stars, and Science Fiction of the 20th Century. Robinson also spent three years writing the Playboy Advisor column and served as a speechwriter to Harvey Milk.
The nominees for the Endeavour Award have been announced. The award is annually given to a novel or single-author collection written by an author with ties to the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the award are Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson. The winner will be announced on November 7, 2014 at OryCon36 in Portland OR.
- King of Swords, by Dave Duncan
- Meaning of Luff, by Matthew Hughes
- Nexus, by Ramez Naam
- Protector, by C.J. Cherryh
- Requiem, by Ken Scholes
The winners of the 2014 Seiun Awards were announced this past weekend at Nutscon, the 53rd Japanese National SF convention, in Tsukuba, Japan. The Seiun is selected by a vote of the membership of the Japanese National convention.
- Best Japanese Long Story: From Mt.Kororogi, From Jupiter Trojan, by issui ogawa
- Best Japanese Short Story: “Ima Shuugouteki Muishikio,” by Kosyu Tani
- Best Translated Long Story: Blindsight, by Peter Watts, translated by Yoichi Shimada
- Best Translated Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu, translated by Furusawa Yoshimi-dori
- Best Dramatic Presentation: Pacific Rim, director by Guillermo del Toro
- Best Comic: The World of Narue by Marukawa Tomohiro, edited by Kadokawa Shoten
- Best Artist: Naoyuki Katoh
- Best Nonfiction: DIY Liquid Fuel Rocket by the Summer Rocket team, Asari Yoshitoh
- Other Works: Nova SF, edited by Nozomi Ohmori
Beth Gwinn is trying to raise funds to publish Dreamers of Wonder, a collection of science fiction author photos she has taken over the past thirty-four years. This book would be a follow-up to her 2000 book Dark Dreamers. Gwinn has created a Kickstarter to try to finance the project.
The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation announced the winner of the first Manly Wade Wellman Award at ConGregate on July 12. The award recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors and is voted on by members of North Carolina SF cons. This year’s winner is Mur Lafferty for her novel The Shambling Guide to New York City.
Wiscon has announced that former Tor editor Jim Frenkel will not be permitted to attend the convention for a period of not less than four years. At that time, should Frenkel elect to do so, he may petition to be allowed to attend and the board will review his case. The decision comes following an investigation into charges of harassment stemming from an incident at Wiscon 37 in 2013.
The special awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade SF were presented on July 19 at Detcon1 during the half-time show of the Masquerade. All members of Detcon1 were invited to vote for the awards.
- Young Adult: The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater
- Middle Grade: Handbook for Dragon Slayers, by Merrie Haskell
A variety of Finnish science fiction awards were presented at Finncon 2014. The Atorox Award is presented for best Finnish story of the previous year, the Tähtifantasia Award is for best book translated into Finnish, the Nova Award is for writers who haven’t published a book, and the Kosmoskynä award is for achievement in advancing Finnish science fiction.
- Atorox Award: “Mare Nostrum,” by Jussie Katajala (“The Winds Get Stronger Tomorrow”)
- Tähtifantasia Award: Kanelipuodit ja muita kertomuksia, by Bruno Schulz
- Nova Award: Ugrilainen tapaus, Tuukka Tenhunen
- Kosmoskynä Award: Pasi Karppanen
Loncon 3 has announced that Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will co-host this year’s Hugo Awards ceremony. The retro Hugo Awards will be presented by Mary Robinette Kowal and Robert Shearman as has previously been announced. Robson and Ryman replace Jonathan Ross, who resigned following outcry over his appointment.
The administrators for Corflu 50, Rich Coad and Rob Jackson, have announced that they have offered Geri Sullivan a free membership to next year’s convention in Newcastle, UK. In addition to the membership, Corflu 50 is trying to raise the funds to fly Sullivan over to the UK for the convention. Members and non-members are invited to donate to help cover the costs. In the US, checks can be made out to Rich Coad, at 2132 Berkeley Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; or PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the UK, cheques can be made out to Rob Jackson, at Chinthay, Nightingale Lane, Hambrook, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 8UH, or by PayPal to email@example.com.