The Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee has announced a bid to host the 2015 Worldcon in Spokane, Washington. Bobbie DuFault and Sally Woehrle are slated to be the co-chairs of the convention should the bid be successful. Fans can support the bid with presupports at $20 or “Friend of the Bid” memberships at $120. Presupports can be obtained online on the bid website or by mail.
Neil Gaiman will be discussing the tenth anniversary edition of American Gods at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on June 23 at 6:30. The ticketed event costs $5. Copies of American Gods may be purchased at the time of registration, with proceeds going to support the Eric Friedheim National Journalism Library. No outside books will be permitted.
Mark Hodder’s novel The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack won this year’s Philip K. Dick Award, presented at Norwescon. The Philip K. Dick Award honors books published originally in paperback (mass market or trade), and is selected by a panel of judges which included William Barton, Andy Duncan, Bruce McAllister, Melinda M. Snodgrass, and David Walton. The judges also gave a special citation award to Project Itoh for the book Harmony, translated by Alexander O. Smith . Next year’s judges have been announced as Scott Baker, Mark Budz, Roby James, Darrell Schweitzer, and Alice K. Turner.
The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for best paperback original book by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, have been announced. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 22 at Norwescon 34 in Seatac, WA.
- Yarn, by Jon Armstrong
- Chill, by Elizabeth Bear
- The Reapers Are the Angels, by Alden Bell
- Song of Scarabaeus, by Sara Creasy
- The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, by Mark Hodder
- Harmony, by Project Itoh, translated by Alexander O. Smith
- State of Decay, by James Knapp
The Washington Shakespeare Company will be performing excerpts from the Shex’pir plays Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing in the original Klingon. Actors will be speaking lines in both Klingon and English for the company’s annual benefit on September 25 at the Rosslyn Spectrum in Arlington, Virginia. George Takei is scheduled to make a guest appearance at the event. Tickets begin at $150.