Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.
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ConJosé co-chairman Tom Whitmore and Kevin Standlee were in the middle of a radio interview on KFJC when they received an on-air call from Events Deputy Division Manager Randy Smith informing them that actor Patrick Stewart would be appearing at ConJosé. Stewart, who has appeared as Jean-Luc Picard in various "Star Trek: The Next Generation" projects and Professor X in "X-Men, will be speaking on Friday, August 30 at 7:30. His speech will be open to all attending and one-day members of the convention up to the limit of the hall (approximately 3000). In addition to his high profile roles, Stewart was in the David Lynch version of "Dune" and played Leonderance in "Excalibur."
On August 12, Charles Sheffield, author of Dark as Day and The Amazing Dr. Darwin, announced that he had been diagnosed with several brain tumors. He underwent surgery on August 14 and returned home on August 22. According to his wife, author Nancy Kress, Sheffield is about to begin chemotherapy and physical therapy. He is resting comfortably with no pain, although his speech is slightly impaired.
Dave van Arnam (b.1935) began publishing science fiction with the novelization Lost in Space in 1957 with "Ron Archer." Van Arnam went on to write a number of science fiction and fantasy novels in the 1960s.
Norman Jolley (b.1916) portrayed villain "Agent X" in the television series "Space Patrol" before becoming the show's head writer. Over the course of the series, Jolley would create numerous gadgets which would be mirrored by later science fiction films.
John Ordover, editor of Pocket Books Star Trek Line, and his wife, Carol, became the parents of a son, Arren Isaac Ordover, at 5:18 AM (EDT) on August 20, 2002.
The L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards were presented on Saturday August 17 at the L. Ron Hubbard Gallery in Hollywood, California. This year's Writers of the Future Award was presented to Dylan Otto Krider and the Illustrators of the Future Award was given to Yankova Dimitrova. The L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards were founded 18 years ago as part of the Writers of the Future Contest to promote new authors and artists.
Canvention, the Canadian National Convention, will be hosted next year by Torcon III, the World Science Fiction Convention, to be held from August 28-September 1, 2003 in Toronto. Canvention is a traveling con which rotates between conventions in eastern and western Canada. Held at any time of the year, its primary function is to administer the Aurora Awards and hold the CSFFA business meeting.
The Moon Race, Part II
Shuttle Troubles Continue
Rock band Jefferson Starship will perform for 2½ hours at Dragon*Con in Atlanta on Sunday, September 1, 2002. Founded by Paul Kantner as Jefferson Airplane, the band, known for such hit songs as "White Rabbit," and "Somebody to Love," produced the only Hugo-Nominated rock album, "Blows Against the Empire," in 1970.
World Fantasy Nominations
SPECIAL AWARD, PROFESSIONAL
SPECIAL AWARD, NON-PROFESSIONAL
Charlton Heston May Have Alzheimer's Disease
The Aurora Awards for Canadian science fiction were announced on Friday, August 9 at Canversion in Calgary. This year's winners include Alex von Thorn, SF Site's convention listing editor.
Best Long-Form Work in English: In the Company of Others, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW, June/2001)
Although "Harry Potter and the Philsopher's Stone" beat out "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" in their opening theatrical weekends ($90.3m-$66.1m), the first episode of the Tolkien classic outsold Harry Potter on their first day of DVD release, with Fellowship selling a record 1.27 million DVDs and Potter "only" selling 1.25 million. This surprised many analysts because New Line Cinema has already announced that a longer special edition of "The Fellowship of the Ring" will be released on November 12 with additional special features not available on its initial release. Many purchasers have said that they also plan to purchase the special edition.
On August 5, Shawn Rounds, partner to author Lyda Morehouse, gave birth to a baby girl, Ella Durene Mae Morehouse Rounds. Unfortunately, the baby died shortly after her birth. The baby was born a full week after her due date. A private funeral for family members will be held on either August 12 or 13 at Lakewood Cemetery.
TV screenwriter Phyllis White (b.1923), who wrote for the 1963-66 television series "My Favorite Martian," died of a stroke on July 7 in Venice, California. (She is not the same Phyllis White who was married to Anthony Boucher. That Phyllis White died in 2000.)
The European Science Fiction Society announced its annual awards at Eurocon 2002, held in Chotebor, Czech Republic.
Best Author: Valerio Evangelisti (Italy)
In addition, Encouragement Awards were given to Alexander Karapanchev (Bulgaria), Vitali Kaplan (Russia), Alexandra Pavelkova (Slovakia) and Miroslav Zamboch (Czech Republic)
British Fantasy Nominations
Best Novel (August Derleth Fantasy Award)
Best Short Fiction
Best Small Press
Celebrity Auctions Comics
Frank Liltz was an artist and a fan, the husband of Barbara Fister-Liltz, with whom he had created many works of science fictional art over the past twenty-five years. Litz served in the Navy during Viet Nam. He died in Chicago from advanced metastatic cancer at age 55.
NASA has announced that the space shuttle Atlantis will begin to undergo repair work for cracks discovered in the fuel lines which resulted in the cancellation of all shuttle launches. If everything goes according to schedule, Atlantis could resume flying as early as September 28, with Endeavor and Columbia scheduled to return to active status in November. The cracks were discovered by David Strait during a visual inspection in June. Discovery is undergoing a major overhaul and is not scheduled to fly again until 2004.
Voyage of the Space Beagle
Australian author Ian Hails, who wrote the conspiracy thriller Back Door Man and the story "Crowd Control," lost a long battle with a congenital heart condition. He was in his late forties.
Galaxy Press Announced
Franco Lucentini (August 4)
Italian science fiction and mystery author Franco Lucentini (b.1920) committed suicide by jumping from the stairwell of his house in Turin, Italy following a lengthy battle with lung cancer. Perhaps best known for his completion of Charles Dickens's unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lucentini published science fiction in collaboration with Carlo Fruttero.
This year's Mythopoeic Awards were announced at Mythcon XXXIII in Boulder Colorado. The winners were:
Adult Literature: Lois McMaster Bujold, The Curse of Chalion
Children's Literature: Peter Dickinson, The Ropemaker
Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies: Verlyn Flieger & Carl F. Hofstetter, Tolkien's Lengendarium: Essays on the History of Middle Earth
Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies: G. Ronald Murphy, The Owl, the Raven and the Dove: The Religious Meaning of Grimm's Magic Fairy Tales.
Canadian SF Collector William Gibson (not to be confused with the author), has left his collection of more than 35,000 volumes of science fiction dating back to the nineteenth century to the University of Calgary. The university estimates that it will cost at least C$500,000 to clean, preserve and catalogue the collection. The collection includes Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and a nearly complete run of Astounding/Analog. Mr. Gibson died in 2001 at the age of 92.
SCSFFS (St. Charles Science Fiction and Fantasy Society) has announced that after fifteen years, the St. Louis based Name That Con has come to an end. Instead, they are going to begin a new convention, ShowMeCon (http://www.showmecon.com). The first ShowMeCon will be held from July 11-13, 2003 at the Four Points Sheraton, Earth City, Missouri.
See an Asteroid
Star Wars II on DVD
Artist Ron Walotsky (b.1943) died of kidney failure near midnight on July 29 following a month-long hospitalization. Walotsky, whose art has graced hundreds of book and magazine covers beginning with The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, had just returned from a trip to Africa. In addition to his traditional science fiction art, Walotsky has also illustrated the covers for several albums and has worked on music videos for Billy Joel and the Romantics. In 1996, Walotsky was the artist guest of honor at World Fantasy Con. In 1993, his October/November cover for Fantasy and Science Fiction was nominated for a Hugo for Best Original Artwork.
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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