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Tammy Coxen would like to announce the formation of Midwest Fannish Conventions, Inc. (MFCI or MidFan), an organization devoted to building fannish links throughout the Midwest (including Midwestern Canada) and promoting and fine tuning the art of running science fiction and fantasy conventions. The organization's first project is Midwest Construction, a traveling con- running convention. The first Midwest Construction will take place September 20-22 in Rosemont, IL (http://www.sfsite.com/~silverag/Midwest_Construction.html). MidFan's permanent website can be found at http://www.midfan.org.
...And a Birthday
Polemicist and reviewer Gabrial Chouinard has announced that he is launching a new webzine to spotlight his reviews and essays. Dead Cities is located at http://deadcities.crimsonzine.com and was launched on July 26. In addition to essays, Dead Cities also will containa forum for discussion of the science fiction field and related topics..
Sharon Lee, the new President of the SFWA, has announced that Mark Kreighbaum will take over as the new editor of the SFWA Bulletin, replacing outgoing editor David Truesdale. Mr. Kreighbaum has worked as a freelance editor for Bantam and DAW. The Bulletin has also hired a new production manager, John Teehan.
Andy Porter Leaves SFC
The inaugural annual Sir Julius Vogel Awards were presented to recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders during the New Zealand National Convention in Wellington New Zealand.
Best Novel: First Hunter by Dale Elvy
Best Short Story: "The Good Earth" by Peter Friend
Dramatic Presentation—Long Form: The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
Best New Talent: Dale Elvy
Best Fan Writing: Alan Robson
Best Fanzine: Phoenixine
Best Fan Art: Nick Kim
Services to Fandom: Norman Cates & the SFFANZ Discussion Group
Services to SF &F: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Phillipa Boyens
Prix Tour Eiffel
Robert Randolph Medcalf, Jr. (b.1949), the founder of Quixsilver Press, died at his home in Biglerville, PA. Beginning in 1976, he published short stories and poems in various magazines, most recently the March issue of the on-line magazine Strange Horizons. He also founded the on-line magazine Science Fiction Poetry Review.
The Winners of the 2002 Prism Awards for science fiction and fantasy romance novels were announced at the Romance Writers of America conference in Denver during the week of July 17-20. The Prism Awards are given out by the Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal Chapter of the RWA.
Best of the Best: Across a Moonswept Moor by Julie Moffett
Time Travel: Across a Moonswept Moor by Julie Moffett
Futuristic: Scouts Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Fantasy: Goddess by Mistake by P.C. Cast
Dark Paranormal: Danegeld by Susan Squires
Light Paranormal: Just West of Heaven by Kathleen Kane
Forrest Ackerman Auction
Donald Franson (b.1916) died of heart failure. Franson served several terms of the N3F President and also participated in the organization in a variety of other roles. He was a member of First Fandom and SFWA. Franson was active in welcoming new fans into science fiction and bringing fans together through the New Fanzine Appreciation Society and published the fanzine Trash Barrel.
Harry Potter's birthday is July 31, and to commemorate it, Random House/Listening Library, the publishers of the unabridged Harry Potter audiobooks, are arranging for a portion of the books to be read to people who dial a toll-free number. Anyone who calls 866-855-6708 after July 26 will be able to hear Jim Dale, who won a Grammy for his reading of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, read the birthday sequence from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The segments available with change every two weeks beginning in late August.
Kathleen Massie-Ferch, July 15
Kathleen Massie-Ferch (b.1955) was the editor of two fantasy anthologies, Ancient Enchantresses and Warrior Enchantresses. She also wrote several short stories and had recently completed the first draft of a novel. She had been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago, and succumbed after a period in hospice care.
The panel of judges for this year's James White Award have been named. This year's judges include Orson Scott Card, Michael Carroll, Christopher Fowler, Graham Joyce and David Pringle. The Award will be presented at Novacon in Birmingham, UK. All submissions must be received by August 20. The James White Award was first presented in 2000 and are given to non-professional writers. For more information, see http://www.jameswhiteaward.com.
Terry Pratchett has won his first mainstream literary award, the Carnegie Medal, for his novel _The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents_. Pratchett expressed surprise at winning the award, which is given each year by a panel of judges to the best book of the year for children and young people. According to this year's chair, Karen Usher, the selection of Pratchett's book for the award was unanimous.
Best Short Fiction
Best Other Work
Contest Eligibility Expanded
Tom Vander Neut, editor and publisher of Future Orbits has announced that the e-magazine has not received as much of a response as he had hoped. There will not be an August/September issue of the magazine and no date has been set for any future issues. If you are a subscriber and did not receive an e-mail about the cessation, please contact email@example.com for refund information.
Laurence M. Janifer (b.1933) was an editor at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency in the 1950s who began publishing war stories in 1952 and broke into science fiction with "Expatriate" in Cosmos under his birth name "Larry Mark Harris." In the late 50s and early 60s, he collaborated with Randall Garrett on books and short stories, the two using the psuedonym "Mark Phillips." In 1963, he began using the name by which he was generally known. His last book was published in 1987, although he continued to write short stories, with the most recent, "Vibes" being published in Analog in 2001.
Nebula Weekend 2003
Fifth Harry Potter Available, sort of
Shuttle Fleet Grounded
Wizards of the Coast has announced that they have reached an exclusive publishing agreement with Paizo Publishing to produce Dungeon, Dragon, and Star Wars Insider magazines. In addition, Paizo will take over the management of the Star Wars Fan Club. Johnny Wilson, the President of Paizo, is a former WotC publisher. Lisa Stevens, the CEO of Paizo helped start both WotC and White Wolf. She will become the new president of the Star Wars Fan Club.
Ward Kimball (b.1914) was one of the "Nine Old Men" of Disney Animation. He began working as an animator for Disney on the 1936 film "Elmer Elephant" and went on to direct animation on Pinocchio, Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland and other Disney films. His most notable achievement was the creation of the character Jiminy Cricket for Pinocchio, although he also worked on the redesign of Mickey Mouse. He won an Oscar for his short "It's Tough to Be a Bird" in 1969.
Rod Steiger (b.1925) acted in numerous films and television series, most notably, for genre interest in the 1969 adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "The Illustrated Man," as Father Delaney in "Amityville Horror" and as General Decker in the 1996 spoof "Mars Attacks!." Steiger, who won an Oscar in 1967 for his role in "In the Heat of the Night," died of pneumonia and kidney failure.
On July 1, the new SFWA officers began their terms. The new administration includes
President, Sharon Lee
Vice President, Catherine Asaro
Treasurer, Chuck Rothman
Secretary, ElizaBeth Gilligan
Eastern Regional Director, Catherine Mintz
All officers serve a one year term except for regional directors, who serve for three years.
Campbell, Sturgeon Winners
Locus Award Winners
New Line Cinema has announced that playwright Tom Stoppard, who has also worked on the scripts for "Brazil," and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," has been hired to adapt Philip Pullman's "His Dark Mateirals" trilogy for the big screen. The three books, which have won Pullman the Whitbread Award, will be made into at least two films.
Genre Films Account for 3 of the Worst Ten
Stan Lee to Auction Collection
DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) Administrators Naomi Fisher, Pat Molloy and Cathy Cupitt, have announced the results of the 2002 DUFF Race which will bring an Australian fan to visit North America for ConJose and other travel. This year's winner is Julian Warner. Candidate team David Cake and Sarah Locksley Xu) placed second and there were write-in votes for two additional candidates. In addition to visiting North America, Warner's duties will include writing a trip report and taking over Australian administrative duties from Ms. Cupitt. More information and, eventually, full voting statistics, can be found at http://home.pacbell.net/jgelb/duff2k.html.
New Awards Announced
The McNamara Achievement Award has been announced to recognize outstanding achievement by an individual or group in the area of speculative fiction within Australia or overseas. The award is named after Peter McNamara, the publisher of the short lived magazine Aphelion and SF radio interviewer. The first winner is Paul Collins, who published the first professional SF magazine in Australia, Void Magazine. Collins was also a book publisher and author who wrote 10 novels and more than 100 short stories. His novels include Old Bones (1997), and Cyberskin (2000). He has also edited several anthologies, including Metaworlds (1994). His 1997 non-fiction work The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian Science Fiction & Fantasy just missed making the Hugo ballot.
Noreascon 4 Names Division Heads
Noreascon Four has also announced that attending membership rates will increase from $120 to $140 on August 1, 2002.
New Line Home Entertainment and Kia have announced a joint marketing deal. In addition to the new Kia Sorento being featured in advertising for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring initial DVD release, individuals who test-drive the new Kia Sorento or any Kia model between August and October, 2002 will receive by mail a free copy of the "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" home video or DVD courtesy of Kia. This is the initial August 6 DVD release which does not include all the special features which will be included on the November 12 Special Edition Release.
Steven H Silver is a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings (DAW Books, January, February and March, 2003). In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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