Charles E. Gannon won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for his book Fire with Fire. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque will be presented to Cole at Balticon at 8:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.
Author and Hugo nominee William H. Patterson, Jr. (b.1951) died on April 22. Patterson was nominated for the Hugo for his 2010 biography Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve. He had recently finished corrections on the second volume, Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue With His Century, Vol. 2: The Man Who Learned Better , which is scheduled for publication in June of this year.
The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced June 13, 2014 in a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- The Daylight War, by Peter V Brett
- Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
- A Memory of Light, by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan
- War Master’s Gate, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
- The Garden of Stones, by Mark T Barnes
- Headtaker, by David Guymer
- Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
- The Path of Anger, by Antoine Rouaud
- The Grim Company, by Luke Scull
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:
- Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
- Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik, by Guy Haley
- Gene Mollica & Michael Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood, by Brian McClellan
- Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits, by Daniel Polansky
The winners of the grand prizes for the Writers/Illustrators of the Future Award were announced in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The contests were founded by L. Ron Hubbard to promote science fiction
- Writers of the Future: Randy Henderson for “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask”
- Illustrators of the Future: Trevor Smith
Author Alexander Malec (b.1929) died on January 20. Malec began publishing with “Project Inhumane” in 1964, wihch appeared in Colorado Quarterly and was picked up by Judith Merril for The 11th Annual of the Year’s Best S-F. He published twelve additional stories over the next couple of years, many of which appeared for the first time in his collection Extrapolasis. After collecting his stories, Malec ceased to publish science fiction.
Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez (b.1927) died on April 17. García Márquez helped popularize the magic realism school of literature with novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude. García Márquez, who started as a journalist, also wrote Love in the Time of Cholera, Chronicle of a Death Foretold, and The General in His Labyrinth. In 1982, García Márquez received the Nobel Prize in Literature for “his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and the realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”
Jane and Howard Frank have announced that they are donating their collection of papers by William Hope Hodgson to the Eaton Collection at University of Riverside. The collection once belonged to Sam Moskowitz and includes letters, photographs, and unpublished stories. An events supporting the donation will take place on April 16 and will include talks on Hodgson’s life and career.
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Elizabeth Anne Hull has announced that a memorial service for Frederik Pohl will be held at Harper Rainey College on August 2, 2014. Frederik Pohl, who worked as an author, agent, and editor in his long career, died on September 2, 2013. In addition to publishing the award winning novels Gateway and Man Plus, Pohl edited the magazines If and Galaxy and the anthology series Star Science Fiction.