Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the John Newbery Medal, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award, given each year since 1922 is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors in children’s literature.
Sofia Samatar’s novel A Stranger in Olondria has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.
Jay Lake has been accepted into a trial by the National Institutes of Health which may help extend his life in his battle against cancer. Unfortunately, the NIH does not cover all costs and Jay needs to raise $15,000 to cover his expenses, including travel, hotel, support, and others costs. With 27 days to go in the fundraiser, just under half the money has been raised.
SF author and SFWA Grandmaster Samuel R. Delany will be presenting two lectures at the University of Chicago, the first will be a reading of his recent fiction on Friday, January 17 at 4:30 PM at Harper Hall 140. Two weeks later on January 31, he’ll return at the same time and room for a talk on “The Mirror and the Maze: Reflections on the Complexity of Writing.”
Canadian YA author Leslie Carmichael (b.1960) died on January 9 following a battle with cancer. Carmichael wrote the novel The Amulet of Amon-Ra and the short story “Something Plucked This Way Comes.”
Author Janrae Frank (b.1954) died on January 12. Frank’s first published story was “Wolves of Nakesht,” which appeared in the 1980 anthology Amazons!. She published several additional stories as well as co-edited the anthology New Eves with Jean Marie Stine and Forrest J. Ackerman. In 2004, her short fiction was collected in In the Darkness, Hunting.
Norwegian author Jon Bing (b.1944) died on January 14. Bing has published numerous stories, plays, and novels co-written with Tor Åge Bringsværd as well as solo fiction. His works span the range from adult novels to children’s books and a few of them have been translated into English, including “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” “A Meeting in Georgestown,” and “The Owl of Bear Island.”
Scientist and science fiction author Geoffrey A. Landis will receive the 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award recognizes outstanding works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. In addition to publishing numerous short stories and novels, Landis works for NASA and has been involved with the Martian rover project. The award will be presented on May 23, 2014 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 48.
Author Neal Barrett, Jr. (b.1929) died on January 12. Barrett began publishing science fiction in 1960 with “To Tell the Truth” in Galaxy. He continued to publish short fiction throughout his career, but most of his work was at the novel length, with early works such as Kelwin or The Leaves of Time giving way to more complexly created worlds and narratives in the late 70s with his Aldair sequence and Through Darkest America. In addition to his science fiction, Barrett published a lot of work for hire, including volumes in the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift series, often under pseudonyms and house names. Barrett was name Author Emeritus by SFWA in 2009.
Nora Crook, a professor emerita at Anglia Ruskin University, has discovered a trove of 13 previously unknown letter written by Mary Shelley between 1831 and 1849. During that time, Shelley, who wrote Frankenstein in 1818, was suffering from a brain tumor near the end of that period, which is demonstrated by the change in her handwriting and the concerns voiced in the letters. The letters were written to Horace and Eliza Smith, who had been friends with Shelley’s husband, Percy Bysshe Shelley, prior to his death.