Eight authors, including Cory Doctorow, Mercedes Lackey, Paolo Bacigalupi, Lauren Beukes, Kelly Link, John Scalzi, Neil Gaiman, and Dave McKean, are offering up a bundle of e-books. The books are available in DRM-Free versions for a donation which will go to the authors and a variety of charities. Six books by the first five authors are available to anyone making a donation. Two additional books by Scalzi and Gaiman & McKean are available to anyone who donates more than the average donation at the time of purchase. The titles included are Doctorow’s Pirate Cinema, Lackey’s Invasion, Bacigalupi’s Pump Six, Beukes’s Zoo City, and Link’s Stranger Things Happen and Magic for Beginners. The addition books are Scalzi’s Old Man’s War and Gaiman & McKean’s Signal to Noise. The charities being helped include the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and Child’s Play Charity.
The Utah in 2014 bid won the right to host Westercon 67 in an unopposed election. The event will take place at the Marriott Downtown at City Creek in Salt Lake City, Utah from July 3-6, 2014. Guests of honor include Cory Doctorow and the team behind the Writing Excuses podcast (Mary Robinette Kowal, Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells). The chair will be Dave Doering.
The winners for the Premoetheus Award, which recognizes libertarian science fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Anticipation, this year’s Worldcon, in Montreal.
- Novel: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- Hall of Fame: The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
This year will see multiple science fiction and fantasy plays in Chicago. Currently, a stage adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s Hugo-nominated novel Little Brother is being performed at the Athenaeum Theatre. The production opened on June 14 (during Duckon) and will run through July 19.
Late this year, a musical, “The Addams Family,” will open in Chicago on November 13 (during Windycon) and will run through January 10, 2010. Starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, the musical will be staged at the Ford Center/Oriental Theatre.