Klages Named Nebula Toastmaster

Ellen Klages has been named Toastmaster for this year’s Nebula Awards. Klages, who previously won the Nebula in 2005 for her novelette “Basement Magic” has long demonstrated her ability to hold a room’s attention at Wiscon. This year’s Nebula Awards will take place in San Jose, CA on May 17.

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Obituary: Richard Coogan

Actor Richard Coogan (b.1914) died on March 12, less than a month before his 100th birthday. In 1949, Coogan was cast in the lead role for Captain Video and His Video Rangers, which shot live in New York while Coogan was appearing on Broadway in Diamond Lil during the evenings. Coogan left the show in 1950, citing low budgets and poor scripts, and was replaced by Al Hodge. Coogan also appeared on the Westerns The Californians and Laramie.

Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2014 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award i presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 48 on the weekend of May 23-26, 2013. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • Glyphbinder, by T. Eric Bakutis
  • In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods, by Matt Bell
  • The Enchanted Skean, by Vonnie Winslow Crist
  • City of a Thousand Dolls, by Miriam Forster
  • Fire with Fire, by Charles E. Gannon
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Shh! It’s a Secret: A Novel about Aliens, Hollywood, and the Bartenders Guide, by Daniel M. Kimmel
  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie

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MTV Movie Nominees

The nominees for this year’s MTV Movie Awards have been announced. Winners are selected by votes of fans on the MTV website and the winners will be announced on April 13 by Conan O’Brien on a televised broadcast. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Movie of the Year

  • 12 Years a Slave
  • American Hustle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Female Performance

  • Amy Adams for American Hustle
  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Lupita Nyong’o for 12 Years a Slave

Best Male Performance

  • Bradley Cooper for American Hustle
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave
  • Josh Hutcherson for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Fight

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, Will Ferrell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Steve Carell vs. James Marsden vs. Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Kanye West vs. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler vs. Jim Carrey and Marion Cotillard vs. Will Smith vs. Liam Neeson and John C. Reilly vs. Greg Kinnear
  • Identity Thief, Jason Bateman vs. Melissa McCarthy
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs. Orcs
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Sam Claflin vs. Mutant Monkeys
  • This is the End, Jonah Hill vs. James Franco and Seth Rogen

Best Scared-as-S**t Performance

  • Rose Byrne for Insidious: Chapter 2
  • Jessica Chastain for Mama
  • Vera Farmiga for The Conjuring
  • Ethan Hawke for The Purge
  • Brad Pitt for World War Z

Best Shirtless Performance

  • Jennifer Aniston for We’re the Millers
  • Sam Claflin for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Leonardo DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Zac Efron for That Awkward Moment
  • Chris Hemsworth for Thor: The Dark World

Best Villain

  • Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips
  • Benedict Cumberbatch for Star Trek into Darkness
  • Michael Fassbender for 12 Years a Slave
  • Mila Kunis for Oz The Great and Powerful
  • Donald Sutherland for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Best On-Screen Transformation

  • Christian Bale for American Hustle
  • Elizabeth Banks for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Orlando Bloom for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Jared Leto for Dallas Buyers Club
  • Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club

Best Cameo Performance

  • Robert De Niro for American Hustle
  • Amy Poehler and Tina Fey for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Kanye West for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
  • Joan Rivers for Iron Man 3
  • Rihanna for This is the End

Best Hero

  • Henry Cavill as Clark Kent for Man of Steel
  • Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man for Iron Man 3
  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor for Thor: The Dark World
  • Channing Tatum as John Cale for White House Down

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Steamcon VI Cancelled

The board of directors for Steamcon has announced their decision to cancel the series of Seattle Steampunk convention due to financial difficulties. The convention is currently more than $40,000 in debt and may face additional debt from the IRS or from hotel penalties. In addition to cancelling the convention, the board of directors has voted to dissolve the corporation.

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Obituary: Alan Rodgers

Author Alan Rodgers (b.1959) died on March 8. Rodgers began publishing with his story “The Boy who Came Back from the Dead.” His first novel, Blood of the Children, appeared in 1989. Rodgers served as Associate Editor for Rod Serling’s Twilight Zone magazine from 1984-1987 as well as editor of Night Cry from 1985-1987.

Obituary: Fred Brammer

Virginia fan Fred Brammer (b.1940) died on August 18, 2013. Brammer was a member of First Fandom and worked to get the pilot episode of Star Trek into the Smithsonian Institute. Brammer worked as a government geologist and was a frequent Worldcon attendee.

Lambda Award Nominations

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for this year’s Lambda Awards, given out for writing which celebrates achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The winners will be announced on June 2 in New York. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Bisexual Fiction

  • Corona, by Bushra Rehman
  • Hild: A Novel, Edited by Nicola Griffith
  • In His Secret Life, by Mel Bossa
  • My Education, by Susan Choi
  • The Two Hotel Francforts: A Novel, by David Leavitt

LGBT Anthology

  • An Archive of Hope: Harvey Milk’s Speeches and Writings, by Harvey Milk, edited by Jason Edward Black, Charles E. Morris
  • The Feminist Porn Book, edited by Tristan Taormino, Constance Penley, Celine Parrenas Shimizu & Mireille Miller-Young
  • Flicker and Spark: A Contemporary Queer Anthology of Spoken Word and Poetry, edited by Brittany Fonte and Regie Cabico
  • Ghosts in Gaslight. Monsters in Steam. Gay City: Volume 5, edited by Evan J Peterson & Vincent Kovar
  • Queer Africa: New and Collected Fiction, edited by
  • Queer in Aztlan: Chicano Male Recollections of Consciousness and Coming Out, edited by Karen Martin and Makhosazana Xaba
  • This Assignment Is So Gay: LGBTIQ Poets on the Art of Teaching, edited by Megan Volpert
  • Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, edited by T.C. Tolbert and Tim Trace Peterson
  • What I LOVE about being QUEER, edited by Vivek Shraya
  • Who’s Yer Daddy?: Gay Writers Celebrate Their Mentors and Forerunners, edited by Jim Elledge and David Groff

LGBT Graphic Novel

  • Artifice, by Alex Woolfson, illustrated by Winona Nelson
  • Calling Dr. Laura: A Graphic Memoir, by Nicole J. Georges
  • Duck! Second Chances, by Tana Ford
  • The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew C. Robinson, Kyle Baker, Steve Dutro

LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror

  • Collaborators, by Deborah Wheeler
  • Death by Silver, by Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold
  • Deprivation; or, Benedetto furioso: an oneiromancy, by Alex Jeffers
  • Dragon Slayer, by Isabella Carter
  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, by Richard Bowes
  • Hell’s Belle, by Marie Castle
  • Invisible Soft Return :\, by Roberta Degnore
  • Light, by Nathan Burgoryne
  • Like Light for Flies, by Lee Thomas
  • The Stars Change, by Mary Anne Mohanraj

LGBT Children’s/Young Adult

  • Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle
  • Boy In Box, by Christopher R. Michael
  • Girls I’ve Run Away With, by Rhiannon Argo
  • If You Could Be Mine, by Sara Farizan
  • Openly Straight, by Bill Konigsberg
  • Rapture Practice, by Aaron Hartzler
  • Secret City, by Julia Watts
  • The Secret Ingredient, by Stewart Lewis
  • The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Two Boys Kissing, by David Levithan
  • What Makes a Baby, by Molly Beth Griffin

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Spectrum Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Spectrum Awards for art have been announced. The gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO the weekend of May 9-11.

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  • “Little Monsters,” by Anita Kunz
  • “A Tiger Beer Chinese New Year,” by Victo Ngai
  • “Hiversaires”, Gabriel Verdon
  • “The Criterion Collection Lord of the Flies,” by Kent Williams
  • “Go Into the Gate,” by Shu Yan

Book

  • The End of the Road, by Nicolas Delort
  • Little Sambha and the Tiger with the Beautiful Purple Shoes with Crimson Soles, by Scott Gustafson
  • Fire: the Road Beside the Wall, by John Harris
  • The Golden Apple Tree 1, by Petar Meseldzija
  • Dreamboats, Lilies, Koi and Chang Kuo-lao, by Kirsti Wakelin

Comics

  • The Red Door, by Thomas Campi
  • All Corners of the Country: The Lost Buildings #4, by He Jie Mona
  • Clive Barker’s Next Testament #6, by Goni Montes
  • Seasons, page 1, by Mark A. Nelson
  • Aliens #1, cover by David Palumbo

Concept Art

  • “Ackzero Interior,” by Jamie Jones
  • “John Carter Punches a Thark,” by Vance Kovacs
  • “Messenger Girl,” by Brian Matyas
  • “Kite City 2,” by Theo Prins
  • “Refugees,” by Theo Prins

Dimensional

  • “Don’t Mind Me,” by Jessica Dalvo
  • “Hot Diggety Dog,” by Colin & Kristine Poole
  • “Goblin Spider,” by Forest Rogers
  • “Vertical Man-Tank, 1892,” by The Shiflett Bros.
  • “Grimm Tales: Thousandfurs,” by Shaun Tan

Editorial

  • “Rumor of Angels,” by Nicolas Delort
  • “Fragile Planet,” by Bill Mayer
  • “The Insects of Love,” by Tran Nguyen
  • “Hair Tree,” by Yuko Shimizu
  • “Recall,” by Luo Xin

Institutional

  • “The Hag Griselle Pays a Visit,” by Ed Binkley
  • “Shared Eyewear,” by Bill Carman
  • “Huor and Hurin Approach Gondolin,” by Donato Giancola
  • “Blacksea,” by Justin Sweet
  • “Ascent of Man,” by Rebecca Yanovskaya

Unpublished

  • “Lady of Light,” by Audrey Benjaminsen
  • “Riding Horse on the Freezing Day,” by Yukari Masuike
  • “Ode to the Moon,” by Jean-Baptiste Monge
  • “The Long Walk Home,” by Omar Rayyan
  • “Lilaia the Naiad,” by Annie Stegg

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Obituary: William Pogue

Astronaut and author William Pogue (b.1930) died on March 4. Pogue joined NASA in 1966 and served on the support crews for three Apollo missions. He was scheduled to serve as Command Module Pilot for Apollo 19 before the mission was cancelled, instead serving as pilot for Skylab 4, the last Skylab mission. After he left the astronaut corps, Pogue wrote the book How Do You Go to the Bathroom in Space? and co-authored the science fiction novel The Trikon Deception with Ben Bova.