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.
Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3′s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.
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Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced a photography contest, open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographers can enter their works in three different categories: Alien Earth, Future Cities Today, or a Junior category open to anyone under 16. The junior category has a £2 entry fee and the other categories have a £10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with winners who are not members of Loncon 3 receiving a day pass to the convention as well. Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.
Chi-Fi, a Chicago science fiction convention that had scheduled its first occurrence for March 2014, announced that the event would be cancelled. Chi-Fi blamed the cancellation on the hotel, claiming the hotel demonstrated disrespect for the convention and its participants and “disapproval of [their] anti-harassment policy.” The hotel has responded claiming that Chi-Fi was making “false claims” and was let out of their contract “when it became clear that mutual needs could not be met.”
ETA: Steve Davidson’s Amazing Stories article on the cancellation.
Detcon1, this year’s NASFiC, has announced the creation of an Award for YA and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction. Presented in conjunction with the Gold Duck Awards, given each year by SuperConDuckTivity, the Detcon1 Award is accepting nominations from the general public through February 28. The final ballot will be provided to members of Detcon1, who will select the winner, who will be announced at Detcon1 in July.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees. Voting for both the Hall of Fame will take place in July. The award will be presented at Loncon 3.
- “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
- “Sam Hall,” a short story by Ben Bova (1953)
- “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” a short story by Harlan Ellison (1965)
- Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
- Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
Following the announcement that Dragoncon had reorganized and bought out Ed Kramer’s share, Kramer’s attorney threatened to sue Dragoncon, claiming that Kramer never agreed to the buyout. The Dragoncon board filed the first lawsuit and on November 25, Kramer settled for an undisclosed sum, although it is stated to be a small amount over what was offered in the summer. This settlement finally ends Kramer’s association with the convention he founded. Kramer is scheduled to go on trial for child molestation charges on December 2. He was arrested in 2000.
Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack, and Shay Telfer are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Loncon 3, next year’s Worldcon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.