Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future

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.

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World Fantasy Award Nominations

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.

Novel

  • 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

Novella

  • “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

Short Story

  • “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

Anthology

  • 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

Collection

  • 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

Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Zelda Devon
  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess

Special Award—Professional

  • 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

Special Award—Non-professional

  • 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

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Edited to add Mieneke van der Salm and to move Jerard Walters from Non-Professional to Professional category.

MineORama Canceled

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

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Zettel Cancels Detcon1 Appearance

Sarah Zettel, who was scheduled to be one of three emcees at next weekend’s Detcon1, this year’s NASFIC, has had to cancel her appearance. Zettel’s co-emcees, Jim C. Hines and Tom Smith, will handle the duties during the convention.

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San Jose Worldcon Bid

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.

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Portland Hosts Westercon

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.

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Pratchett Cancels Appearance

Terry Pratchett has cancelled his appearance at this summer’s International Discworld Convention in Manchester. Pratchett blames his cancellation on “the Embuggerance,” his diagnosis with Alzheimer’s Disease. According to Pratchett, “this is the first time ever that I have been unable to attend a UK convention and I really am very sorry.” His business manager, Rob Wilkins, will be bringing Pratchett’s trademark black hat to represent him at the con.

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Rebel and Phoenix Awards

The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, and the Rubble Award, all presented at Contrails/DeepSouthCon 52 in Bristol, VA. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom.

  • Rebel Award: Judy Bemis
  • Phoenix Award: Steve Jackson
  • Rubble Award: Gary Robe, for screwing up the SFPA ego boo poll

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FAAN Award Winners

The FAAN Awards were presented at Corflu 31 in Richmond, VA on May 4. Tynecon 3: The Corflu, is scheduled to take place in Newcastle, UK the weekend of March 27-29, 2015.

  • Best Genzine: Banana Wings, edited by Mark Plummer & Claire Brialey
  • Best Personal Fanzine:Flag, edited by Andy Hooper
  • Best Single Issue: Trap Door #30, edited by Robert Lichtman
  • Best Web­site: efanzines.com
  • Best Fanzine Cover: Inca 9 cover by Harry Bell
    Best Fan Artist or Cartoonist: Steve Stiles

  • Best Fan Writer: Andy Hooper
  • Harry Warner Jr. Memorial Award for Best Letterhack: Robert Lichtman
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Ray Nelson
  • Corflu 31 GoH: Gregg Trend
  • Past President of fwa: John Nielsen-Hall (Unc. Johnny)

Phillips Wins TAFF

Curt Phillips has been declared the winner of the Eastbound TAFF Race this year and will attend Loncon 3 as the North American delegate. Phillips won with an outright majority in a field that included Brad & Cindy Foster and Randy Smith.

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