Atlanta Nights Optioned

Atlanta Nights, by Travis Tea, has been optioned for a film. The book was created in 2004 as part of a sting operation by members of SFWA against the publisher PublishAmerica. After the book was accepted the the hoax revealed, PublishAmerica canceled the contract. Each chapter of the work was written by a different author with no regard for plot, continuity, spelling, or grammar. According to one of the authors, the film would take the form of a joint documentary and partial dramatic presentation. As with the money raised through past sales of the book, the option money will be used for the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund. The project is being crowdfunded.

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SFWA Puts Dorchester on Probation

Following complaints by authors about Dorchester Publishing’ practices and discussions between SFWA and Dorchester to correct their mistakes, SFWA has placed Dorchester on a one-year probation as a qualifying market for SFWA Membership. During that time, fiction contracted by Dorchester will not be considered qualifying (although it may be retroactively if Dorchester completes the terms of its probation).

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SFWA Appoints Ombudsman

John Scalzi, the President of SFWA, has announced the appointment of Cynthia Felice as the organization’s ombudsman. The ombudsman serves as the members’ advocate to the board of directors, on any issue of concern to the organization or its individual members. The position was created in 2008 by Russell Davis and was previously filled by Lee Martindale.

SFWA Puts Night Shade on Probation

Following complaints by authors about Night Shade Books’ practices and an apology from Night Shade with promises to correct their mistakes, SFWA has placed Night Shade on a one-year probation as a qualifying market for SFWA Membership. During that time, fiction contracted by Night Shade will not be considered qualifying (although it may be retroactively if Night Shade completes the terms of its probation).

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Night Shade Books’ apology…

SFWA Board Elections

The results of the SFWA Board elections were announced at the SFWA Business meeting in Cocoa Beach, Florida on May 16. The new board will officially take office on July 1.

President: John Scalzi
Vice-President: Mary Robinette Kowal
Secretary: Robert Howe
Treasurer: Amy Sterling Casil
South Central Regional Director: Lee Martindale
Overseas Regional Director: Sean Williams (Australia)

Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday May 15 in Cocoa Beach. The weekend was scheduled to coincide with the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis and many of the attendees watched the launch from the Causeway, with many of the nominees watching from NASA’s Banana River Viewing Area. Winners (including previously announced honorees) are listed below.

Solstice Awards: Tom Doherty, Terri Windling, Donald A. Wollheim
Service to SFWA: Vonda McIntyre, Keith Stokes
Author Emeritus: Neal Barrett, Jr.
Damon Knight Grand Master: Joe W. Haldeman
Andre Norton Award: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente
Ray Bradbury Award: Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell for District 9
Short Story: “Spar,” by Kij Johnson
Novelette: “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,” by Eugie Foster
Novella: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker
Novel: The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Streaming Nebulas

For the first time, this year’s Nebula Awards will be streamed live on the web. The webcast will begin at 7:00 Eastern Time, to coincide with the start of the Nebula banquet. The Awards ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8:15 Eastern Time.

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SFWA Names Author Emeritus

SFWA has named Neil Barrett, Jr. as this year’s Author Emeritus. Barrett is the author of more than 50 novels, including The Hereafter Gang, Through Darkest America and The Prince of Christler-Coke. He has published nearly 70 short stories, many of which are collected in A Different Vintage and Perpetuity Blues. Barrett will be honored at this year’s Nebula Award weekend in Cocoa Beach, Florida on the weekend of May 14-15.

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Service to SFWA Awards

Two recipients for this year’s Service to SFWA Awards have been announced. Vonda N. McIntyre will receive a service award for her years maintaining various SFWA member websites. Keith Stokes will be honored for his service on multiple committees and management of SFWA news alerts. The presentations will be made during the Nebula Awards weekend in Cocoa Beach, Florida the weekend of May 14-16.

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SFWA Board Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the ballot for this year’s Board of Directors. Members will be receiving ballots in the mail soon and all ballots must be received by April 23. The winners will be announced at the Nebula Awards Weekend in Cocoa Beach, FL and will serve out a term from this year’s Nebula Weekend until Nebula Weekend 2011.

President: John Scalzi (unopposed)
Vice-President: Mary Robinette Kowal (unopposed)
Secretary: Isamu Fukui and Robert J. Howe
Treasurer: Amy Sterling Casil and Eric Fullilove
Overseas Regional Director: Sean Williams (unopposed)
Canadian Regional Director: No candidates declared
South/Central Regional Director: Lee Martindale and Diana Rowland