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
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Tom Lombardo will be holding a three day workshop entitled “Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future” from September 19-21 in Grand Rapids, MI. The workshop will look at the history of science fiction in a variety of different aspects. The cost for the workshop is $395.
The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA the weekend of November 6-9, 2014. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.
- Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, by Richard Bowes
- A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
- A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
- The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
- The Land Across, by Gene Wolfe
- “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
- Black Helicopters, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- “The Sun and I,” by KJ Parker
- “Burning Girls,” by Veronica Schanoes
- Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
- “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
- “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- “Effigy Nights,” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
- “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
- xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer
- Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
- Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013, edited by Stephen Jones
- Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Short Stories, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- North American Lake Monsters: Stories, by Nathan Ballingrud
- The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
- The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Flowers of the Sea, by Reggie Oliver
- How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future, by Rachel Swirsky
- Galen Dara
- Zelda Devon
- Julie Dillon
- John Picacio
- Charles Vess
- John Joseph Adams, for magazine and anthology editing
- Ginjer Buchanan, for editing at Ace Books
- Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com
- William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
- Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss, for Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
- Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
- Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
- Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
- Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
- Mieneke van der Salm, for A Fantastical Librarian
Edited to add Mieneke van der Salm and to move Jerard Walters from Non-Professional to Professional category.
MineORama, an unofficial Minecraft convention scheduled to be held in Manhattan on July 12-13, has been cancelled because of lack of financing. Event organizers claim that the event will be rescheduled for a later date and tickets purchased for the original dates will be considered valid. They have not provided information about refunds
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) has announced a bid to host the 2018 Worldcon in San Jose, CA. SFCFC has previously hosted worldcons in San Francisco (1993) and San Jose (2002). Should they win, the convention will be held at the McEnery Convention Center from August 16-20, 2018. The bid is being chaired by Andrew Trembley.
Portland, OR has been selected to host Westercon 69 after running an uncontested bid. The convention will take place the weekend of July 1-4, 2016 and be run by OSCFCI. Chair Lea Rush announced their guests of honor will include Writer GoH John Scalzi, Special Guest Charles Stross, and Fan GoH David R. Levine.