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27 September 2002
Obituary
Ivor A. Rogers (September 25)

Ivor A. Rogers (b.1930), one of the founding members of the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) and the organization's first treasurer, died on September 25 of an heart attack. Rogers's health had been failing for some years and he leaves behind a wife and two daughters. A memorial service will be held at an as yet unannounced time in Des Moines, Iowa.

26 September 2002
Crichton Robbed
Author Michael Crichton, whose novels Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain and Sphere have been made into successful films, was robbed at gunpoint at his home in Santa Monica shortly before 5 AM on September 23. The burglars took some articles from the house, but their value has not been disclosed. Earlier this month, Crichton's wife of thirteen years, Anne Marie Martin Crichton filed for divorce.

Burton Set to Direct New Batman. . . Musical
Tim Burton, who directed the two Michael Keaton "Batman" films, has agreed to direct a live musical version of Batman for Broadway. The show, which will feature Batman, Robin, Joker and Catwoman, is scheduled to open off-Broadway sometime in 2004 and move to Broadway in 2005. The music is being written by Jim Steinman, who has also worked with Meat Loaf, and the lyrics and book are by David Ives.

25 September 2002
Sheffield Back In Hospital
Nancy Kress reports that her husband, author Charles Sheffield is back in the hospital. Sheffield was hospitalized last month for a brain tumor. Following its removal, he was allowed to go home. Unfortunately, the tumor has grown again and doctors are planning on operating again on September 27 in an attempt to reduce pressure on his brain.

Wynne Whiteford Hospitalized
Australian fan Wynne Whiteford has been hospitalized at Bundoora Intensive Care in Bundoora, Victoria, Australia. If he is allowed to leave the hospital, it is almost certain that he will need living assistance

MacArthur Genius Grants Announced
The MacArthur Genius Fellowship awards, which include a $500,000 prize for each recipient, have been announced. This year's winners include Karen Hesse, author of the juvenile science fiction novel Phoenix Rising and Music of the Dolphins and other books with a science fiction or fantasy theme, and Colson Whitehead, whose debut novel, The Intuitionist, creates a fantastic world of elevator repairmen. Several scientists also received the grant, including astronomer Charles Steidel, anthropologists Lee Ann Newsom and Erik Mueggler, linguist Daniel Jurafsky, and historian Ann Blair. The award is presented annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The money can be used for anything the recipient chooses.

The Two Towers Trailer Premiere
The trailer for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" will premiere on AOL on Monday, September 30. AOL users will be able to access it by going to AOL keyword Lord of the Rings. The trailer will not be released to the rest of the world until a day later, on October 1, 2002.

Galileo to Visit Amalthea
The Galileo probe, in orbit around Jupiter since December 1995, will do a fly-by of inner moon Amalthea on November 5. Amalthea, which is about 260 kilometers (162 miles) long, emits more heat than it receives from the sun. The spacecraft will approach within 134 kilometers (83 miles) of the moon. The Galileo mission was currently scheduled to end in 1997, but has been extended twice. It is now scheduled to intercept Jupiter in September, 2003.

Nova Awards Eligibility Deadline Looms
The deadline for eligibility for the 2002 Nova Awards, presented by British SF Convention Novacon is coming up on September 30. Established in 1973, the Nova Awards were created to recognize excellence in fanzines, fan writers and fan artists. Voters must have received at least six different fanzines during the year for which the awards are being given.

24 September 2002
DAW Books Warns Against Electronic Piracy
DAW Books has announced that beginning in January 2003, all its books will contain a notice on the copyright page that states, "The scanning, uploading and distribution of this book via the Internet or via any other means without the permission of the publisher is illegal, and punishable by law. Please purchase only authorized electronic editions, and do not participate in or encourage the electronic piracy of copyrighted materials. Your support of the author's rights is appreciated." This is similar to notices currently appearing in paperback books stating that a book without a cover may have been reported destroyed and should not be purchased.

Premiere of SF Radio Play
Mark Shanahan's radioplay of Paul Levinson's "The Chronology Protection Case" will be taped in front of a live audience at New York's Museum of Television and Radio on Friday, September 27 at 7:00 PM. Doors for the production, which will eventually be broadcast on radio with music and sound effects, will open at 5:00 at 25 W. 52nd Street. For more information, call 212-604-4612

Fan Art for Sale
Hugo Award-winning fan artist Stu Shiffman has announced that he is now selling T-shirts with his art on them. The shirts, which reflect some of Shiffman's many interests, are available through his website at http://www.drizzle.com/~roscoe/tshirts.html.

Jennifer Roberson Hospitalized
Doranna Durgin has reported that Jennifer Roberson, the author of Lady of Sherwood and Sword-Sworn, was taken to the hospital on September 24 with appendicitis. Surgery was scheduled the evening. At the time of this writing, she is still in surgery, but should be brought to a recovery room this evening. Roberson had planned to attend Roc*Kon this weekend in Little Rock, Arkansas, but will be unable to do so.

23 September 2002
Midwest Construction Site
The site of Midwest Construction 2, a convention runners con in the Midwest, was selected at the first Midwest Construction on Saturday night. Next year's convention, which will take place during an as yet unannounced weekend in September, will be held in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Outgoing Midfan President Tammy Coxen will be chairing Midwest Construction 2. On October 1, Tammy Coxen will be succeeded as President of Midfan, Midwest Construction's parent organization, by Joseph "Uncle Vlad" Stockman. Anne K.G. Murphy has been appointed as editor of Midfan's magazine, Midfanzine, and has announced that the first issue should be ready to be distributed to members by early November.

Aldrin Free and Clear
The Los Angeles district attorney's office has announced that it would not charge former astronaut Buzz Aldrin with a misdemeanor battery count after the 72-year old Aldrin punched filmmaker and conspiracy theorist Bart Sibrel in the face after Sibrel tried to get Aldirn to swear on a Bible that he had walked on the moon. Sibrel called Aldrin a "coward, a liar, and a thief" during the altercation. Sibrel calls the decision unfair.

British Fantasy Awards
The British Fantasy Awards for 2002 were announced on September 21 at Fantasycon in London.

The winners include:
August Derleth Award (best novel): The Night of the Triffids, by Simon Clark
Anthology: The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror:: Volume 12, Stephen Jones, ed.
Collection: Aftershocks, by Paul Finch
Short Fiction: "Goblin City Lights," by Simon Clark
Small Press: PS Publishing
Artist: Jim Burns

Zagat Ranks Films
Zagat Guides, known for publishing city guides to restaurants, has released its first guide to films. Three genre films appear in the guide's top ten movies, including "Star Wars: A New Hope" at number 3, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" at number 7, and "Raiders of the Lost Ark" as number 10.

Obituary
Robert L. Forward, September 21

Robert L. Forward (b.1932), who built and operated the first bar antenna for the detection of gravitational radiation astronomy, died at his home from brain cancer. In addition to spending 31 years working at the Hughes Aircraft Company Corporate Research Laboratory, Forward published eleven science fiction novels, numerous science fiction stories, as well as more than 200 papers and articles on science. His books include Dragon's Egg, Rocheworld, and Saturn Rukh.

20 September 2002
TAFF Nominations Open
Victor Gonzalez has announced that he is now accepting nominations for the 2003 TAFF delegate to travel from North America to a European convention. The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund was established in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across the Atlantic. Since that time TAFF has regularly brought North American fans to European conventions and European fans to North American conventions. TAFF exists solely through the support of fandom. The candidates are voted on by interested fans all over the world, and each vote is accompanied by a donation of not less than $3 or £2. These votes, and the continued generosity of fandom, are what make TAFF possible. Candidates will need nominations by three North American fans and two European fans. All nominations must be received by November 1. For more information, see http://home.attbi.com/~vmgonzalez/taff.html.

SF on Canadian Radio
Faster Than Light, a new science fiction anthology series, will begin airing on CBC Radio on Sunday, September 22 at 10:05 EST. The pilot episode will feature a full cast dramatization of Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations," the first part of an original serial, "Captain's Away," written by Joe Mahoney, an interview with author Nalo Hopkinson, poetry by Carolyn Clink and a commentary by Rob Sawyer. The first episode will be rebroadcast in stereo at 9:05 AM on September 23. Non-Canadians can listen to the broadcast at www.cbc.ca/audio.html.

J.K. Rowling Suit Dismissed
A U.S. District Court judge has dismissed claims by author Nancy Stouffer that Hugo-Award winning author J.K. Rowling plagiarized her characters and the term "muggles" from a series of books Stouffer wrote in the 1980s about her characters Larry and Lily Potter. In addition to dismissing Stouffer's case, the judge cited her for a "pattern of intentional bad faith conduct" for lying to the court and doctoring evidence. Stouffer was fined $50,000 and ordered to pay a portion of the attorney's fees incurred by Rowling, Scholastic Books, and Warner Brothers Studios.

Rowling Set to Deliver
J.K. Rowling, the author of the popular Harry Potter novels, has announced that she is pregnant. Rowling married Neil Murray last year and the two are expecting their first child, although Rowling is also the mother of a 9-year-old daughter, Jessica, from a previous marriage. The new baby is due in the Spring of 2003. Still no word when the fifth Harry Potter book will be published.

New First Day Record
The film "Monsters, Inc." has set a new record for single day sales by selling 5 million copies of video and DVD on September 17, its first day of release. The previous record holder was "The Lion King," which sold 4.5 million copies. This record is for combined video and DVD sales and "Monster's, Inc." did not surpass the 1.27 million DVD record set by "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone"

14 September 2002
How to Commit Fraud, by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is somewhat bemused that an enterprising thief in Winnipeg has apparently lifted a scam from his recent Hugo Award-winning novel, American Gods. Winnipeg police are wondering if the thief, who posed as an armored car guard, got the idea from a similar con Gaiman's Mr. Wednesday pulled off in the fantasy novel. The thief managed to get away with the day's receipts from 48 different businesses.

13 September 2002
Infinite Matrix Fundraiser
The on-line 'zine Infinite Matrix, which looked like it was going to close last year but was saved by an anonymous donation, is trying new forms of fund raising. The webzine, edited by Eileen Gunn, has asked several of its supporters to create unique works of art for people who donate between $500 and $1500 to the 'zine. Works available include a lunch tote hand-embroidered by Ursula K. Le Guin, a sculpture by Howard Waldrop, Beaded sea creatures created by Vonda McIntyre, and a collaged box and hanging ornaments by Jessica Amanda Salmonson. Infinite Matrix has published stories by Le Guin, Avram Davidson, Michael Swanwick, and others. In addition, it is now hosting a 'blog run by Bruce Sterling.

Obituary
Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (September 12)

Science fiction author Lloyd Biggle, Jr. (b.1923) died on September 12 following a twenty-year long battle with leukemia and cancer. Biggle, who held a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, where he also taught, was the founder of the Science Fiction Oral History Association. Biggle began writing science fiction in 1955 and became a full-time writer in 1963. In addition, he wrote mysteries, with the popular Grandfather Rastin stories appearing in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. Biggle was the founding treasurer of the SFWA and served as the Chairman of its trustees. Biggle's family is asking that contributions be made to either The Leukemia Society of White Plains, NY or Arbor Hospice of Ann Arbor, MI.

12 September 2002
Authors Wed
Authors Yvonne Navarro and Weston Ochse were married on July 29, 2002. The couple was married in a Deadwood South Dakota cemetery, but was forced to relocate after the town was evacuated due to a forest fire.

Author's Bill of Rights Drafted
Spurred on by the Romance Writers of America, four author groups have drafted an Author's Bill of Rights. Although only in its rough form, the article, which includes twelve rights ranging from the right of copyright ownership and rights reversion to approval over covers and cover copy. In addition to the RWA, the proposal is endorsed by the SFWA, Novelists, Inc., and the Western Writers of America (WWA). The full text can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/news/authbill.htm.

Ackermansion at an End
In order to pay for his mounting medical bills, Forrest J. Ackerman has moved out of the Ackermansion, where he has lived and entertained fans for several years. Following his hospitalization earlier this year, he announced that he would be auctioning off portions of his collection. It now appears that he was unable to raise enough and is now selling the house and living in an apartment.

Rhysling Award
This year's Rhysling Award for Best Long Poem was given to Lawrence Schimel for the poem "How to Make a Human." The award for Best Short Poem (under 50 lines) was presented to William John Watkins for "We Die as Angels." The Rhysling is presented annually since 1978 by the Science Fiction Poetry Association to recognize outstanding poetry with speculative fiction content.

Farscape Cancelled, Outcry Surprising
With word that the television show "Farscape" would be cancelled, its fans rallied to its defense, a common occurrence. However, executives have been astounded by the speed at which the campaign was organized. Several websites appeared within hours of the announcement calling for the show's continuation and several science fiction authors, including Caítlin R. Kiernan and Julie E. Czerneda, have voiced their support of the show.

New Moon May be Artificial
A recently discovered satellite of the Earth, which has created a minor uproar as a third moon (in addition to the Earth's moon, there is a small natural satellite in orbit called Cuirle) may turn out to be the shell of a Saturn V booster that was recently caught by the Earth's gravitational pull. Computer models give the object a 20% chance of striking the moon some time in 2003.Paul Chodas of JPL believes it is a third stage from the Apollo 12 mission, which took Charles"Pete" Conrad, Alan Bean and Richard F. Gordon, Jr. to the moon in 1969. The object, known as J002E3 and discovered by Bill Yeung is significant in being the first time the Earth has captured an interplanetary mass.

Michael Shea Arrested
Author Michael Shea, best known for the World Fantasy Award-winning Nifft the Lean, was arrested on July 29, 2002 on charges of molestation and attempting to kidnap and 11-year-old boy. Shea spent nine days before being able to post bond and denies all charges. Shea has posted his defense and has started a legal defense fund at http://www.MichaelSheaAuthor.com.

Astronaut in Altercation
Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, was involved in an altercation with conspiracy theorist filmmaker Bart Sibrel. Sibrel, who maintains that the moon landing was an hoax, cornered Aldrin in a hotel and, with cameras running, tried to get Aldrin to swear on a Bible that the moon landing had in fact occurred. Witnesses and videotape show Sibrel poking the Bible at Aldrin and Aldrin asking for police to be called. Aldrin, who punched Sibrel in the jaw, claims self defense for his actions.

Obituary
Kim Hunter (September 11)

Actress Kim Hunter (b.1922) died of an heart attack in her home in New York at age 79. Hunter, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role of Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire," portrayed Dr. Zira in "Planet of the Apes," "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" and "Escape from the Planet of the Apes." In the 1950s, she was blacklisted after reports that she was a communist sympathizer.

10 September 2002
Star Wars in IMAX
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, which has already been released to theaters in film and digital formats, will conquer a new format. On November 1, an IMAX version of the film will be released in a limited number of theaters (obviously, all will have IMAX projectors). This is the second live action feature film to be re-released in the IMAX format. The first will be Apollo 13, scheduled for an IMAX release on September 20.

Gaylactic Awards
The Gaylactic Awards, which were created to recognize excellence in discussion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual themes in science fiction have been announced by the Gaylactic Network.

Best Novel
The Song of the Earth by Hugh Nissenson

Best Short Fiction
"Kindred" by Alexis Glynn Latner

Best Other Work
Bending the Landscape: Horror, Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel, eds.

Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Hall of Fame
Alpha Flight, issue No. 106, by Marvel Comics
Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
Was by Geoff Ryman

5 September 2002
Obituary
Marion K. "Doc" Smith (September 3)

Marion K. Smith, a professor at Brigham Young University who helped mentor BYU's science fiction community, died following a protracted fight with cancer. His students included future authors M. Shayne Bell and Dave Wolverton. He helped found the Science Fiction and Fantasy symposium Life, the Universe and Everything and also helped found the Leading Edge magazine.

4 September 2002
TTA Moves
The United States offices of TTA Press, which represents magazines The 3rd Alternative, Crimewave, and The Fix, has moved to Wayne Edwards, TTA Press USA, 360 W. 76th Ave., #H, Anchorage, AK 99518. Mr. Edward can be reached via e-mail at we21011@earthlink.net.

Ignotus Award Nominations
The Ignotus Award is presented by the Spanish Association of Fantasy and Science Fiction (Asociación Española de Fantasía y Ciencia Ficción AEFCF). This year's award will be given out at Spanish SF Convention 2002 in Barcelona during the weekend of October 31-November 3.

SPANISH NOVEL
Demonios en el cielo (Bermúdez, Gabriel) Aroz Editor
Vacío imperfecto (Juan A. Fernández) Aroz Editor
Ciclo de sueños (Juan A. Fdez Madrigal) Aroz Editor
Asedro (Gallego, E. y Sánchez, G.) Silente
El despertar (Suárez, José Antonio) Equipo Sirius

SPANISH NOVELLA
Contra el tiempo (Aguilera, J.M. y Marín, R.) Artifex Estelar
Salir de fase (Cotrina, José Antonio) Premios UPC - Ed. B
Signos de guerra (Hernández, Vladimir) Premios UPC - Ed. B
Buscador de sombras (Negrete, Javier)Premios UPC - Ed. B
Del cielo profundo y abismo (Zárate, José Luis) Premios UPC - Ed. B

SPANISH SHORT STORY
El hombrecito de la maceta (Carneiro, Alejandro) Artifex 2ª Epoca 5
Fortaleza de invicta castidad (Gallego, E. y Sánchez, G.) Pulp Magazine extra 2001
Bajando (Muñoz, Ramón) Artifex 2ª Epoca 5
Los desprendidos (Palma, Félix J.) Artifex 2ª Epoca 6

SPANISH NON-FICTION BOOK
Luchadores del espacio (Canalda, José Carlos) Pulp Ediciones
Cine fantástico y terror japonés (VVAA) Semana cine Fantástico de Donostia
La novela popular en España II (VVAA) Robel
Las 100 mejores novela CF s.XX (VVAA) La Factoría de Ideas

ESSAY
El erotismo en novelas de a duro (Canalda, José CarloS) Pulp Magazine extra 2001
La versión cinematográfica de Dune (Fernández, Miguel Ángel) Stalker 15
Usos de la locura en Cervantes y Dick (Krabbenhof, Kenneth) Gigamesh 29
El universo Birthright (Peña, Ramón) Gigamesh 30
Como estrellas en el cielo (Pérez-Castejón, Cristobal) Mundos Cris / Bibliópolis

ILUSTRACIÓN
Portada de "Demonios en el cielo" (Campo, Koldo) Espiral CF 23
Portada de "Vacío imperfecto" (Campo, Koldo) Espiral CF 21
Portada de "El beso de Milena" (Koveck) La Factoría de Ideas
Portada de "Muero por dentro" (Koveck) La Factoría de Ideas
Portada de Gigamesh 29 (Teixidor, David) Gigamesh 29

SPANISH AUDIOVISUAL WORK
Los otros (Amenabar, Alejandro)Largometraje
Intacto (Fresnadillo, J.C. - Sogedasa) Largometraje
Los 4 fantásticos (Marín, R. y Pacheco, C.) Cómic
Los inhumanos (Marín R.,Pacheco C.,Ladron J.) Cómic
El espinazo del diablo (Toro del,Guillermo - El deseo,SA) Largometraje

SPANISH POEM
Soledad en el espacio (Fuentes, José Angel) Pulsar 4

SPANISH MAGAZINE
ARTIFEX 2ª EPOCA (Prado, L.Gª y Díez, J.)
GIGAMESH (Díez J. y Cuervo, A.)
PULP MAGAZINE (Moreno, M y Goicoechea, R.)
SOLARIS (La Factoría de Ideas)
VALIS (Gonzálvez del Aguila, R.D.)

FOREIGN NOVEL
La radio de Darwin (Darwin's Radio, Bear, Greg) Ediciones B
El beso de Milena (Fairyland, McAuley, Paul) La Factoría de Ideas
Las máquinas de dios (The Engines of God, McDevitt, Jack) La Factoría de Ideas
La estación de la calle Perdido (Perdido Street Station, Mieville, China) La Factoría de Ideas
Stalker, pícnic junto al camino (Strugatsky, A. y B.) Ediciones B

FOREIGN SHORT STORY
La mina de gravedad (The Gravity Mine, Baxter, Stephen) Solaris 10
El asesino infinito (The Infinite Assassin, Egan, Greg) 2001 nº 1
El niño muerto en tu ventana (The Dead Boy at the Window, Rogers, Bruce Holland) Solaris 8
Flores de invernadero (Hothouse Flowers, Resnick, Mike) Gigamesh 30
Las 43 dinastías de Antares (The 43 Antarean Dynasties, Resnick, Mike) Gigamesh 30

WEB SITE
BEM (IGE) http://www.bemmag.com/
Bibliópolis (Luis G. Prado) http://www.bibliopolis.org/
Sitio de CF (Francisco José Súñer) http://www.ciencia-ficcion.com/
Stardust (Javier Romero) http://www.stardustcf.com/

2 September 2002
Hugo Award Winners
The Hugo Awards were presented at ConJosé on Sunday, September 1. The Hugos, which are voted on by the membership of the Worldcon, are given to science fiction or fantasy. This year included a surprise winner in the editor category, which Gardner Dozois has won every year since 1995, was awarded to Ellen Datlow in her first nomination since 1996. Another surprise was the acceptance of the Best Dramatic Presentation Hugo by actor Sean Astin, who portrayed Samwise Gamgee and Sala Baker, who portrayed Sauron in "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring." Following the ceremony, Astin signed autographs for fans.

Novel: American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Novella: Fast Times at Fairmont High, by Vernor Vinge (The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge)
Novelette: Hell is the Absence of God, by Ted Chiang (Starlight 3)
Short Story: The Dog Said Bow-Wow, by Michael Swanwick (Asimov's 10-11/01)
Related Book: The Art of Chesley Bonestell, by Ron Miller & Frederick C. Durant III, with Melvin H. Schuetz (Paper Tiger)
Dramatic Presentation: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema)
Professional Editor: Ellen Datlow
Professional Artist: Michael Whelan
Semiprozine: Locus, edited by Charles N. Brown
Fanzine: Ansible, edited by David Langford
Best Fan Writer: David Langford
Best Fan Artist: Teddy Harvia
Best Web Site: Locus Online, editor Mark Kelly
John W. Campbell Award: Jo Walton (not a Hugo, but included on the Hugo voting form).

The Best Web Site Hugo was a one-time award given out at ConJosé. SF Site was a nominee and finished third in the voting. SF Site news editor Steven H Silver was a nominee for Best Fan Writer and also finished third in the voting.

Other Awards at the Hugo Ceremony
In addtion to the Hugos, a few other awards are traditionally presented at the Hugo Ceremony. These include the Seiun Award, which were previously announced. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese science fiction achievement awards. The Big Heart Award recognizes fans who have done much for fandom. The First Fandom Awards are presented to members of Fandom active in the 1930s. Finally, the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was inaugurated at MilPhil in 2001.

Seiun:
Best Translated Novel: There and Back Again, by Pat Murphy
Best Translated Short Story (tie): Story of Your Life, by Ted Chiang and Reasons to Be Cheerful, by Greg Egan.

Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award: R.A. Lafferty

Big Heart Award: Pat Sims

First Fandom:
Hall of Fame: Arthur C. Clarke
Posthumous Hall of Fame: Martha Beck
Sam Moskowitz Archive Award: Robert A. Madle

Worldcon in 2010
A fan group in Melbourne, Australia has announced a bid for the 2010 Worldcon. Currently, there are bids for 2006 (Kansas City and Los Angeles), 2007 (Columbus and Japan), and 2010 (Melbourne). The voting for the 2010 Worldcon will take place in 2007.

NASFiC Bids
With the 2005 Worldcon awarded to Glasgow, Torcon III will administer voting for a 2005 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). To date, two groups have announced bids for 2005, Charlotte, North Carolina and Seattle, Washington.

1 September 2002
Prometheus Awards
The Prometheus Awards for Libertarian Science Fiction were presented on Friday at ConJosé. This year's Best Novel was named Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis (Tor) and the Hall of Fame Award for The Prisoner, written and produced by Patrick McGoohan.

Chesley Awards
The Chesley Awards were presented by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) at ConJosé. The winners included:
Cover Illustration, hardcover: Ashling, Donato Giancola
Cover Illustration, paperback: The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic, Donato Giancola
Cover Illustration, magazine: The Leading Edge #41 (April 2001), James C. Christensen
Interior Illustration: The War of the Worlds: Tom Kidd
Color Work: Unpublished: The Snow Tree, Anne Sudworth
Monochrome Work: Unpublished: The Faeries of Spellcaster, Tom Kidd
Three Dimensional: Hall of the Mountain King, Johnna Klukas
Artistic Achievement: Donato Giancola
Art Director: Paul Barnett, Paper Tiger Books
Gaming Related Illustration: Shivan Dragon, Donato Giancola
Product Illustration: Die Walküre, Kinuko Y. Craft
Contribution to ASFA: Geoffrey Surette

2005 Worldcon Site Announced
Glasgow, Scotland, which ran unopposed, has been award the 2005 Worldcon. It will be named Interaction. The Glasgow Worldcon will be held from August 4-8, 2005. Their guests of honor include Christopher Priest, Robert Sheckley, Jane Yolen, Greg Pickersgill and Lars Olov Strandberg. The early date was chosen in part to allow members to take advantage of the Edinburgh Festival and Military Tattoo. The convention will be held at the Scottish Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Sidewise Award
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented at ConJosé on August 30. This years awards were presented to Ken MacLeod for Best Short Form for the novella The Human Front (PS Publishing) and to J.N. Stroyar for Best Long Form for the novel The Children's War (Pocket). No Special Achievement Award was presented this year. The Sidewise Awards have been presented since 1995 to recognize excellence in Alternate History.

Hugo Eligibility Extension
The WSFS Business Meeting at ConJosé has ratified an amendment to the constitution which will make it easier for the Business Meeting to extend the eligibility of works published outside the United States for an additional year. With a ¾ vote of the Business meetings, works published outside the US will be eligible for a one-year extension if they are published in the US the next year and if they haven't already received enough votes to place them on the Hugo ballot.

New Hugo Awards Created
The WSFS Business Meeting at ConJosé has ratified the split of the Dramatic Presentation Hugo. Beginning at Torcon III (2003), two Best Dramatic Presentation will be presented, one for Long Form, the other for Short Form. The dividing line between the two awards is 90 minutes. Obituary

Obituary
Tom Ölander (August 26)

Finnish SF fan Tom Ölander died, most likely of a ruptured aorta. For many years, he was the only Finnish fan to travel to conventions outside of Finland. In 1981, Ölander helped start the first Finnish semiprozine, Aikakone and the following year organize the first Finnish National Convention. The typical Finncon now attracts nearly 2000 members. Ölander worked to promote fandom outside of Finland to Finnish fans and worked to arrange to translate authors' work into Finnish.

Copyright © 2002 Steven H Silver

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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