Nova Award Winners

The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 10 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.

  • Fanzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Fanwriter: Mike Meara
  • Fanartist: D West

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ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

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.

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World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con in Brighton, UK on November 3. The winners are listed below.

  • Novel: Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
  • Novella: “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
  • Short Story: “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
  • Anthology: Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
  • Collection: Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
  • Artist: Vincent Chong
  • Special Award—Professional: Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Special Award—Non-professional: S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
  • LIfetime Achievement: Susan Cooper & Tanith Lee

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SMOFCon Scholarships

CanSMOF has announced the award of this year’s two scholarships to attend SMOFCon 31 in Toronto, Canada the weekend of December 6-8. Each winner will receive C$500 to help defray the cost of attending the convention. Jenni Merrifield of Port Moody, BC will receive the award for a Canadian attendee and Pablo M.A Vazquez III of Austin, TX will receive the award available to any con-runner throughout the world.

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Helsinki Rising

Helsinki has announced that it will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017. Helsinki finished second in the voting for the 2015 Worldcon (losing to Spokane). Helsinki will once again be in a race with multiple other bids as Japan and Montreal have previously announced bids for 2017.

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Obituary: Bob Booth

Fan Bob Booth (b.1957) died on September 6. Booth founded Necon and published The Big Book of Necon in 2009. In 1975, he was one of the founders of World Fantasy Con ans sat on the board of directors until 1990. Booth also published some short fiction, including the stories “Still Life,” “The Play’s the Thing,” and “Old Friends Never Die.”

LoneStarCon 3 Film Festival

Nat Saenz coordinated the film festival at LoneStarCon 3. The following films received awards at the film festival.

  • Best SF&F Short Film: Ray Bradbury’s Kaleidoscope, directed by Eric Tozzi
  • Best Horror Short Film: CARGOLS! (Snails), directed by Geoffrey Cowper
  • Best Animation Short Film: Oh Super, directed by Mike Roberts
  • Best Fan Film: Star Trek Continues; Pilot – Pilgrim of Eternity, directed by Vic Mignogna
  • Best Feature Film: Chill – Horror, directed by Noelle Bye and Meredith Holland

Worldcon Masquerade Winners

The LoneStarCon 3 Masquerade was held on August 31 at the Worldcon in San Antonio, TX. There were twenty-nine entries. The Workmanship Judges were John Hertz and Michele Weinstein. The Presentation Judges were John O’Halloran, Pierre Pettinger, and Sandy Pettinger.

Workmanship Awards

    Young Fan Division

    • Best Leatherwork: Lady Lattitude and Wingnut, by Steward Facile (their Dad)
    • Best Sewing and Applique: Kirby Picachu, by Candace Pohle

    Novice Division

    • Construction of Fur Suit Heads: Project F-Zero-X, by Jay Brandt
    • Most Ingenious Use of Mundane Substance: AirProof, by Don Clary
    • Best Entry Made on Site: AirProof, by Don Clary
    • Additions and Alterations: Emmaleen and her Flying Machine, by Sharon Bass and Barb Galler-Smith
    • Best Use of Found Objects: Her Majesty Jadis, Empress of Charm and Queen of Narnia, by S. Kay Nash

    Journeyman Division

    • Arrangement of Transformation: A Crack in Time and Space, by Sabine Furlong
    • Best Engineering: Stinza Nickerson, Half-Horse, by Wendy Snyder
    • Best in Class, Journeyman Workmanship: Beren and Luthien, by Lorretta Morgan

    Master Division

    • Hand Painting: Tardis in vortex, by Steward Facile
    • Best in Class, Master Division: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”

Presentation Awards

    Young Fan Division

    • Most Royal: Medieval Princesses, by Emma Jackson and Hope Jackson
    • Best Story: Ni No Kuni, by Niki Hyatt, Micah Joel Hyatt, Tori Hyatt, and Malachi Hyatt
    • Best Recreation: Kirby Picachu, by Candace Pohler
    • Most Beautiful: Lady Lattitude, by Robyn Facile
    • Best in Class: Wingnut, by Lillian Facile

    Novice Division

    • Honorable Mention for Presentation: Emmaleen and her Flying Machine, by Sharon Bass and Barb Galler-Smith
    • Honorable Mention for Chaos: Randomly Generated Character, by Tamisan
    • Dr. Moreau Award: Project F-Zero-X, by Jay Brandt and Victoria Brandt
    • Deep in the Heart of Texas: Airproof, by Don Clary and James Cossaboon
    • Great Balloons of Fire: Airproof, by Don Clary and James Cossaboon
    • Best in Class: Daenerys Targaryen, by Andrea Morrison

    Journeyman Division

    • Best Transformation: A Crack in Time and Space, by Sabine Furlong
    • Most Beautiful: The Dragon Lady, by April Korbel
    • Best in Class, Journeyman Division: Beren and Luthien, by Tim Morgan and Lorretta Morgan

    Master Division

    • Most Humorous: Public Service Announcement, by Rebecca Hewett, Kevin Hewett, Serge Mailloux, and Janice Gelb
    • Close Encounters of the Texas Kind: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”
    • Best in Class, Master Division: Saucer Country, by Kevin Roche, Andrew Trembley, Julie Zetterberg, Greg Sardo, Jerry Majors Patterson, Ken Patterson, Chuck Serface, and Nova Mellow as “Daisy”

    Out of Class Awards

    • Judge’s Choice: Stinza Nickerson, Half-Horse, by Wendy Snyder
    • Best of Show: Otilia, by Aurora Celeste

Sasquan: 73rd Worldcon

Spokane has announced that the 2015 Wordlcon will take place the weekend of August 19-23, 2015 at the Spokane Convention Center. Guests of Honor include David Gerrold, Leslie Turek, Tom Smith, Vonda McIntyre, and Brad W. Foster.

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Detcon 1

Detroit has announced that next year’s NASFIC (North American Science Fiction Convention) will take place the weekend of July 17-20 at the Detroit Renaissance Center Marriott. Tammy Coxen will chair along with ConChairs Emeritus Roger Sims and Fred Prophet, who chaired Detention, the Seventeenth Worldcon in 1959. Guests of Honor include Steven Barnes, John Picacio, Bernadette Bosky, Arthur Hlavaty, and Kevin Maroney, Bil and BRenda Sutton, and Helen Greiner.

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