The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation announced the winner of the first Manly Wade Wellman Award at ConGregate on July 12. The award recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors and is voted on by members of North Carolina SF cons. This year’s winner is Mur Lafferty for her novel The Shambling Guide to New York City.
The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors, is voted on by members of North Carolina SF cons. The winner will be announced at ConGregate on July 12, 2014 in Winston-Salem NC.
- The Heretic, by Tony Daniel & David Drake
- Vaporware, by Richard Dansky
- Monsters of the Earth, by David Drake
- Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, by A.J. Hartley
- The Shambling Guide to New York City, by Mur Lafferty
- Ice Forged, by Gail Z. Martin
David Waddell, a city councilman in Indian Trail, N.C. (pop. 33,518) announced his resignation from the town council with a four line letter written in Klingon, ending with the Klingon phrase for “Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.” Waddell, who is midway through his first term on the council, has said that he can be more effective as a citizen attendee and also needs more time mount a write-in campaign on the Constitution Party’s platform for Kay Hagan’s U.S. Senate seat. His resignation becomes effective on January 31, 2014.
Science fiction author Orson Scott Card has been appointed to serve a two-year term as a trustee for UNC-TV public broadcasting network by the North Carolina state legislature. The 22-member Board of Trustees, which meets quarterly, serves as an advisory council to the Board of Governors, which holds UNC-TV’s broadcast licenses and is responsible for the organization. UNC-TV produces many hours of original broadcasting each year.
UNCG’s Science Fiction Fantasy Federation has announced that they will not hold StellarCon in 2014. The convention, the longest running con in North Carolina, has decided to use the 2013-2014 academic year as a time to restructure and reorganize in an attempt to attracts new people. They further decided that a labor intensive convention would get in the way of their long term goals. The current plan is to hold StellarCon 38 during the 2014-2015 academic year. StellarCon is sponsored by the University of North Carolina, Greenboro.
The Singularity Effect has announced the winner of its first Cornerstone Award, presented by a group of fans from the Carolinas to honor and acknowledge the achievements and contributions of other Carolina fans. The first award is presented to Jeff Smith, founder and organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Convention Expo (MACE). Smith has also worked on StellarCon, and running other conventions including Roc of Ages and BabTrek. The award will be presented at ConCarolinas in Charlotte during the weekend of June 3-5.
The Singularity Effect consists of Everette Beach, Paul Cory, James & Tera Fulbright, Laura Haywood Cory, Mill Mann, and Ron and Stephanie McClung.