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.

Kramer Pleads Guilty

Ed Kramer pleaded guilty to three of the six counts in the original indictment filed against him and has received a 20 year sentence of four five year terms to run concurrently with credit for time already served. Kramer will serve the remaining 36 months of his sentence under house arrest, has been ordered to pay $100,000 to each of his victims by July 2014, and is prohibited from interacting with anyone under the age of 16. Kramer was originally arrested in August 2000 on charges of child molestation.

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GUFF Candidates Announced

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.

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Obituary: Mike Jelenski

Fan Mike Jelenski (b.1980) died on November 22. Jelenski was involved in running Capricon, in Chicago, where he has run the con suite and was currently working in the Events division. He also served as the #2 for Chicon 7′s Union Liaison.

Obituary: Graham Stone

Australian fan Graham Stone (b.1926) died on November 16. Stone won an A. Bertram Chandler Award in 1999 for Outstanding Achievement in Australian Science Fiction. In the 1960ws, Stone published Australian Science Fiction Index: 1939-1962 and Australian Science Fiction Index: 1925-1967. His fanzine, Notes on Australian Science Fiction served as the basis for a book of the same title, and he published other fanzines and bibliographies as well. Several of his works, such as A History of Australian Science Fiction Fandom, 1935-1963, were published pseudonymously.

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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Obituary: Greg “Clash” Mate

Chicago fan Greg Mate, known to many as Clash, died on November 2. Clash DJed many Windycon dances over the years and was scheduled to DJ at Windycon 40.

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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Obituary: Andrea Dubnick

Fan and editor Andrea Dubnick (b. 1950) died on October 21. Dubnick was active in the SCA as Sonya of Prague and helped coordinate the Twilight Tales reading series at Chicago’s Red Lion pub for several years, including editing at least on collection of stories by readers, Tales from the Red Lion. In 2000, she shared a Bram Stoker nomination with Tina Jens for their work on Twilight Tales.

Obituary: Frank Dietz

Fan and editor Frank Dietz died in mid-October. Dietz was one of the founding members (and President) of the Lunarians in 1956. Over the years, he published the fanzines Luna, Luna Monthly, and Science, Fantasy, and Science Fiction. He published the daily newsletter for the Cinvention. He served on the concom for Lunacon from 1957 through 1971 and in 2007, he was the Fan Guest of Honor at Lunacon 50. Dietz was also an esteemed member of the Order of St. Fantony. In 1958, he and George Nims Raybin filed a lawsuit against Dave Kyle over funds from the 1956 NYCon.