Loncon 3 announced British presenter Jonathan Ross would be emceeing the Hugo Ceremony this year. Immediately following the announcement, one committee members announced her resignation, citing Ross’s form of humor as sexist. Following a storm on social media, Ross announced his offer to withdraw and the Loncon chairs accepted his offer.
J. K. Rowling has announced plans to produce a stage play based on her Harry Potter series. The play will focus on Harry’s life as an orphan growing up with the Dursley’s in the years before he was brought to Hogwarts. Rowling’s co-producers are Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and although she says she’ll collaborate with the as yet unnamed author, she has said she will not be the play’s author.
Bob Silverberg suffered an heart attack while in London on October 29 for the World Fantasy Con. Silverberg was taken to hospital, from which he was expected to be released on the afternoon of October 31. Pat Cadigan and Chris Fowler provided support for Silverberg and his wife Karen Haber. According to Silverberg, “Was a nasty event but I have been nicely repaired and feel fine now. Pity to have to miss the con but I hope to see you all in London next summer.”
A walk in memory of Iain M. Banks is scheduled for June 29. The walk will take place in London and will follow the chapter titles used by Banks in the Graham Park portion of Banks’s second novel, Walking on Glass. Participants will meet up at the corner of Southampton Row and Theobald’s Road at 1:00 PM on June 29, the day after the thirtieth anniversary of the walk that occurs in the book.
The London Worldcon bid easily won site selection at Chicon 7, receiving 864 of 932 votes cast in an uncontested election. The convention will take place from August 14-18, 2014 at the ExCeL London. Alice Lawson and Steve Cooper will serve as the convention’s co-chairs. The Guests of Honor will be Iain M. Banks, John Clute, Malcolm Edwards, Chris Foss, Jeanne Gomoll, Robin Hobb, and Bryan Talbot. Previous Loncons were held in 1957 and 1965.
Warren Ellis will appear for a question and answer session before the London debut of the documentary Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts, which is part of the London International Comics Festival. The screening will take place at 7:00 GT at Bishopsgate Institute’s Great Hall, in London. The London debut will take place one day after the world debut for the film occurs at the Napa Valley Film Festival in California.
The British Library will host its first ever exhibit of science fiction literature from 20 May to 25 September. The exhibit, which will be called “Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It,” will include works by Mary Shelley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Francis Godwin, Cory Doctorow, and China Miéville, among others as it tracing the evolution of the genre.
Orbit Books is looking to hire a Deputy Publisher and Editorial Assistant. The Deputy Publisher will be responsible for implementing publishing plans, have excellent judgement, be a great communicator, and embrace change in the publishing industry and market-place. The Editorial Assistant will support the editorial department. Both jobs are London-based and the deadline for application for the WA position is September 6.