Author Mary Stewart (b.1916) died on May 10. Stewart was best known for her Arthurian fantasies, such as The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment, but also wrote many other novels, including children’s books. Her novel The Moon-Spinners was made into a film by Disney.
Eion Colfer has been named Laureate na nOg of Ireland. The title is the highest honor given children’s writer or illustrator in Ireland. Colfer is the third person awarded the title, which he will hold until 2016. Colfer is best known for publishing the Artemis Fowl series.
Vernor Vinge will receive a Lifetime Achievement Prometheus Award from the Libertarian Futurist Society. This is only the second Lifetime Achievement Award the organization has presented. Vinge has won the Prometheus Awards on four separate occasions, for his novels Marooned in Realtime and A Deepness in the Sky and the Hall of Fame award for his stories “The Ungoverned” and “True Names.” He will receive the award during Marcon 50, where he will be one of the guests of honor, the weekend of May 8-10.
Author Tess Gerritsen, perhaps best known for her Rizzoli and Isles novels, has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Alfonso Cuarón film Gravity was based on her novel of the same title. Gerritsen’s work was purchased by New Line in 1999, although work ceased on the project by 2002. New Line is currently owned by Warner Brothers, which produced the Cuarón film. Gerritsen is suing for $10 million.
Two early stories by Octavia Butler, “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder,” have been located and will be published as an e-book on June 24. Unexpected Stories will be published by Open Road Integrated Media with an introduction by Walter Mosley. The stories were discovered by Marilee Heifetz, Butler’s agent, while looking through Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
Author George C. Willick (b. circa 1939) died on April 26. Willick published four short stories in 1969 and 1970, appearing in Galaxy and Worlds of If. In the 1990s, he published the Spacelight website, which included obituaries of several science fiction authors. Willick took the website, along with two other research websites, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Author and Hugo nominee Hilbert Schenck (b.1926) died on December 2, 2013. Schenck began publishing science fiction in the April 1953 of Fantasy and Science Fiction with his story “Tomorrow’s Weather.” He went on to publish several more stories and novels into the 1990s, being nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Awards for his short fiction (his stories “The Battle of the Abaco Reefs” and “The Geometry of Narrative” appeared on both ballots for the years they came out). Schenck worked as an engineer and taught at the University of Rhode Island.
Michael Armstrong has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award for his work on numerous committees since the 1980s, including the Contracts Committee, the Bylaws Committee, and the Grievance Committee. Armstrong has also served on Nebula Juries and multiple terms as Western Regional Director.The presentation will be made during the Nebula Awards weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 15-18.
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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 21. 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.