Liz A. Vogel won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Windy van Hooten’s Was Never Like This.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Vogel won a membership at Windycon, room night, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Richard Chwedyk.
Actor Paul Mantee (b. 1931) died on November 7. Mantee was in the film Robinson Crusoe on Mars and appeared on episodes of Batman, The Time Tunnel, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Six Million Dollar Man, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and Logan’s Run. After retiring from acting, Mantee wrote two semi-autobiographical novels, Bruno of Hollywood and In Search of the Perfect Ravioli.
The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held the Metropole Hotel in Brighton in conjunction with the World Fantasy Con on October 31.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for the cover of Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
2013 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Malice, by John Gwynne
2013 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
Neil Gaiman has been appointed to the faculty of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he will be part of the Theater and Performance faculty. Gaiman will begin teaching during the Spring 2014 semester, with his first class being an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today. Gaiman’s classes will be taught across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature.
Bob Silverberg suffered an heart attack while in London on October 29 for the World Fantasy Con. Silverberg was taken to hospital, from which he was expected to be released on the afternoon of October 31. Pat Cadigan and Chris Fowler provided support for Silverberg and his wife Karen Haber. According to Silverberg, “Was a nasty event but I have been nicely repaired and feel fine now. Pity to have to miss the con but I hope to see you all in London next summer.”
Author and screenwriter William Harrison (b. 1933) died on October 22. Harrison wrote 9 novels and more than 50 short stories. Many of his science fiction short stories appeared in the slicks and he was best known for the story “Roller Ball Murder,” which first appeared in Esquire. Harrison twice adapted the short story for film, both times under the title Rollerball. He also wrote the film Mountains of the Moon about the Speke-Burton African expedition.
The Missouri State House is running an internet poll for inductees into the Missouri Hall of Fame. Science fiction author Robert A. Heinlein is one of the ten names up for consideration. The list includes politicians, artists, golfers, musicians, doctors, and suffragettes. The Missouri Hall of Fame was begun in 1982 with the induction of Mark Twain. In 2012, three individuals were inducted into the Hall. Inductees are represented by a bust in the Missouri Capitol.
The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Good Hunting,” by Ken Liu. The story was published in Strange Horizons and edited by Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, and Julia Rios.
Author Richard Kearns (b.1951) died on January 12, 2012. Kearns was a member of the Clarion class of 1978 and published a handful of stories, beginning in 1980 with “From Bach to Broccoli” in 1980 through “Raven, Jade and Light” in 1994. His best known story may have been “The Power of the Press.” He was briefly the editor of the SFWA Bulletin in the 1970s. Kearns was diagnosed HIV positive in 1987, the same year his story “Grave Angels” was nominated for the Sturgeon Award.
Author and screenwriter Philip Nutman (b.1963) died on October 7. Nutman’s only novel, the zombie novel Wet Work, was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel. His short fiction appeared in numerous anthologies and he wrote the screenplay to the film The Girl Next Door, which he also produced. Nutman appeared as an actor in several low budget films, including Death Collector. Nutman also worked on numerous comics during his career.