Chicon 7 Adds Special Guest

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the addition of Sy Liebergot as a special guest. Liebergot served as EECOM for NASA from Apollo 8 to Apollo 15 and was on duty when an explosion rocked Apollo 13. He continued to work at NASA and served as controller for the Skylab and Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission.

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Obituary: Rusty Hevelin

Fan James “Rusty” Hevelin (b.1922) died on December 27. Hevelin became active in fandom in the 1930s, publishing the apazine H-1661. He attended Denvention 1 before joining the army and serving in the South Pacific during World War II. Returning to fandom, Hevelin became a huckster and frequent con attendee, serving as a guest of honor at numerous cons, including Denvention 2, the 1981 Worldcon. He received the First Fandom Sam Mosckowitz Archive Award for collections and the Big Heart Award. Hevelin was a founder of Pulpcon.

7 Days of Chicon Sale

Chicon 7 has announced a 7 Days of Chicon sale to run from December 20 to 26 inclusive. During this time, full adult attending memberships will be discounted $15 to $180 and Young Adult Memberships will be discounted $10 to $90. Family memberships will also be discounted during this time. Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Chicago from August 30 – September 3, 2012.

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Chicon 7 One Day Membership Sale

Chicon 7 has announced a one-day sale on memberships for Cyber Monday, November 28. On that day, adult attending memberships purchased on line will be on sale for $15 off the current membership price. Family memberships will be on sale for $30 off the current membership price. The deal only applies to new memberships and is only good on November 28.

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Obituary: Sakyo Komatsu

Japanese author Sakyo Komatsu (b.1931) died on July 26. Komatsu is considered to have been one of the big three Japanese science fiction authors. His novel Nihon Chinbotsu was published in the United States as Japan Sinks. Komatsu was honored as one of the Guests of Honor at Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention.

WOOF Call for ‘Zines

Seattle fan Randy Byers has been announced as the editor of this year’s WOOF, (World Organization Of Faneditors). Any fanzine editors (including rookies) who would like to contribute ‘zines for inclusion, should contact Randy and give him a title and page count for the table of contents. As Renovation is the 69th Worldcon, each editor should supply 69 copies.

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Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, presented for excellence in SF/F illustration and artwork. The winners will be announced at Renovation, this year’s Worldcon, in Reno, Nevada.

Paperback

  • Volkan Baga, for The Zombies of Oz, by Christian Endres
  • Jason Chan, for Geist, by Phillipa Ballantine
  • Jon Foster, for Dreadnought, by Cherie Priest
  • Todd Lockwood, for The Ragged Man, by Tom Lloyd
  • Stephan Martiniere, for Ares Express, by Ian McDonald
  • Anthony Palumbo, for Yarn, by Jon Armstrong
  • John Picacio, for Elric: Swords and Roses, by Michael Moorcock
  • Dan Dos Santos, for Alien Tango, by Gini Koch

Hardcover

  • Kinuko Y. Craft, for Midsummer Night, by Freda Warrington
  • Don Maitz, for Blasphemy, by Mike Resnick
  • Gregory Manchess, for Spectrum 17, edited by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner
  • John Picacio, for The Waters Rising, by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Michael Whelan, for The Way of the Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

Magazine

  • Julie Dillon, for Clarkesworld #48
  • Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #17
  • David A. Hardy, for Analog, April 2010
  • Audrey Lazarev, for Clarkesworld #50
  • Sergio Rebolledo, for Clarkesworld #40
  • James Ryman, for Heavy Metal, January 2010

Three-Dimensional

  • Thomas S. Kuebler, Scream Queen; mixed media
  • David Meng, Amphibiana; mixed media
  • Mark Newman, Eel Walker; bronze
  • Michael Parkes, The Letter; bronze
  • Jordu Schell, Ixana; mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, The Dogs of War; bronze

Interior Illustration

  • Jason Chan, Vilcabamba, by Harry Turtledove
  • Jon Foster, Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure, by Richard Parks
  • Donato Giancola, Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth, by Donato Giancola
  • John Picacio, Elric: Swords and Roses, by Michael Moorcock
  • Keith Thompson, Behemoth, by Scott Westerfeld

Unpublished Color

  • Daren Bader, Isis; oil
  • Julie Dillon, Planetary Alignment; digital
  • David A. Hardy, Portals to Infinity; acrylic
  • Omar Rayyan, The Favorite; oil
  • Matthew Stewart, Waterfall Dragons; oil
  • Raoul Vitale, Torin’s Quest; oil

Unpublished Monochrome

  • Eric Braddock, Highborne; graphite & white charcoal on toned paper
  • Anthony Francisco, Tikbalang; digital
  • Ed Ko, Drawing for Beautiful Grim; pencil
  • Petar Meseldžija, UNK!; pencil
  • Ian Miller, Triptych; ink
  • David Palumbo, Zombie Girl; acrylic

Product

  • Bob Eggleton, Dragon’s Domain: The Ultimate Dragon Painting Workshop; Impact, September 2010
  • Donato Giancola, St. George and the Dragon, promo art for Dragon*Con 2010
  • Lars Grant-West, Pact of the Blind, promo art for IlluXCon 3
  • David Palumbo, Transcend (aka Judgment), Heavy Metal tarot card; 2010
  • Sam Weber, Shadow Rising, by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook

Gaming

  • Daarken, Harbor Serpent (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set)
  • Lucas Graciano, Amorphous Drake (Legends of Norrath)
  • Kekai Kotaki, Gaea’s Revenge (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set)
  • Howard Lyon, Eel Umbra (Magic card, “Rise of the Eldrazi” set)
  • Matthew Stewart, Bloodshot Trainee (Magic card, “Scars of Mirrodin” set)
  • L. A. Williams, Maritime Guard (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set)

Art Director

  • Lou Anders — Pyr Books
  • Irene Gallo — Tor
  • William Schafer — Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette — Wizards of the Coast
  • David Stevenson — Ballantine / Del Rey

Lifetime Artistic Acheivement

  • Brom
  • Jeffrey / Catherine Jones
  • Ian Miller
  • Moebius/Jean Giraud
  • Darrell K. Sweet
  • Boris Vallejo

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Spokane Bid Announced for 2015

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.

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Renovation Memorial Day Sale

Renovation, the 2011 World Science Fiction Convention, is having an online 24 hour sale on Adult Attending Memberships on Memorial Day, May 30! Adult Attending rates will be reduced to $180, a discount of $15, plus a discount on family memberships. Renovation will also be offering the discount throughout the weekend at BayCon, ConQuest, WisCon, Marcon and Balticon.

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Hugo Nominees

The 2011 Hugo nominees were announced on April 24. This year’s winners will be announced at this year’s Worldcon, Renovation in Reno, Nevada the weekend of August 17-21

Best Novel

  • Cryoburn, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Feed, by Mira Grant
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald
  • Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis

Best Novella

  • The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
  • “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “The Sultan of the Clouds,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Troika,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window,” by Rachel Swirsky

Best Novelette

  • “The Jaguar House, in Shadow,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Plus or Minus,” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Eight Miles,” by Sean McMullen
  • “The Emperor of Mars,” by Allen M. Steele
  • “That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made,” by Eric James Stone

Best Short Story
Only four short stories received more than 5% of the nominating votes, which is why there is no fifth nomination in this category, per section 3.8.5 of the WSFS Constitution.

  • “Ponies,” by Kij Johnson
  • “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Amaryllis,” by Carrie Vaughn
  • “The Things,” by Peter Watts

Best Related Work

  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick & Barry N. Malzberg
  • Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, and Dan Wells
  • Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Tara O’Shea
  • Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe

Best Graphic Story

  • The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man, by Mike Carey; art by Peter Gross
  • Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, by Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio
  • Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot
  • Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, by Howard Tayler
  • Fables: Witches, by Bill Willingham; art by Mark Buckingham

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long

  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Inception
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • Toy Story 3

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short

  • Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol”
  • Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang”
  • Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor”
  • Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury
  • The Lost Thing

Best Professional Editor: Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Moshe Feder
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Nick Mamatas
  • Beth Meacham
  • Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Editor: Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

  • Daniel Dos Santos
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Stephan Martiniere
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine

  • Clarkesworld
  • Interzone
  • Lightspeed
  • Locus
  • Weird Tales

Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings
  • Challenger
  • The Drink Tank
  • File 770
  • StarShipSofa

Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Claire Brialey
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • James Nicoll
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Randall Munroe
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles
  • Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo Award)
All nominees are in their second year of eligibility

  • Saladin Ahmed
  • Lauren Beukes
  • Larry Correia
  • Lev Grossman
  • Dan Wells

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