Obituary: Gary Dockter

Philadelphia fan Gary Dockter (b.1963) died on February 8. Dockter collected comic books. Dockter was also a fan of steampunk.

Obituary: William Tienken

Kansas City fan William Tienken (b. 1960) died on February 17. For ten years beginning in 1987, he published the fanzine Pulsar, which included more than 2500 book reviews over the course of its run. In 1997, he moved his reviewing on-line to Bookview, where he continued publishing reviews of non-fiction books. Tienken was also active in the Kansas City convention scene and was a con photographer.

Obituary: Blue Petal

Minneapolis fan Blue Petal (b.Louis Fallert 1950) died on February 16. Blue Petal suffered a stroke in December, following which he was diagnosed with central nervous system lymphoma. He began publishing Lou’s Apa in 1968, changing the name to Blue’s Apa when he took his nom de fan. In the 1970s, he joined Minneapa. He chaired Minicon 5 and co-chaired Minicon 7. He wa also an avid gamer, creating a gaming system called Castle Keep in the 70s.

Skylark Award

At Boskone 51, the weekend of February 14-16, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Robert J. Sawyer.

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DUFF Race Announced

John Hertz and Bill Wright, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum X in Melbourne, Australia from June 6-9. Juanita Coulson ran in the truncated 2012 race, which went to Hold Over Funds. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2014.

The candidates are:

  • Aurora Celeste
  • Juanita Coulson

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)

Libertarian Hall of Fame Nominees

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)

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TAFF Is Underway

Brad and Cindy Foster, Curt Phillips, and Randy Smith have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to London for Loncon 3 in 2014.

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Obituary: Nancy Kemp

Fan Nancy Kemp (b.1923) died on December 22 of uterine cancer. Nancy had been married to fan Earl Kemp for several years, although the two divorced more than 40 years ago. She worked with Earl on his one-shot HUgo Award winning fanzine Who Killed Science Fiction? in 1960 and also produced children with Earl. She was active in conventions and fannish gatherings in the Midwest into the early 70s.

Obituary: Ruth Speer

Fan Ruth Speer (b.1923) died on December 11. Ruth married fan Jack Speer, the author of Up to Now, one of the first histories of SF fandom, in 1951.

Barker Wins Rotsler

Scottish fan Jim Barker has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Barker has previously been nominated for the Hugo Award and won the Checkpoint newszine poll for Best Fanartist. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300.