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.
Did you miss something? Have a look at last month's news page.
Steven H Silver will be having a Book Launch Party for the anthology Wondrous Beginnings on Saturday, January 18 from 4:00-6:00 at "The Stars Our Destination" Bookstore at 705 Main Street in Evanston, IL. At least one of the anthology's authors, Gene Wolfe, is expected to attend.
Director George Roy Hill (b.1922), who directed the Hugo Award-winning "Slaugherhouse-Five" based on Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s novel of the same name, died from complications with Parkinson's Disease in Manhattan. Hill won an Oscar in 1973 for directing the Paul Newman-Robert Redford film "The Sting" and was also nominated for "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."
The first annual Southeastern SF Achievement Awards, sponsored by SciFi Dimensions, have been announced. The awards recognize accomplishment in the fields of science fiction, fantasy and horror by authors with a tie to the Southeastern United States.
Life Achievement: Andre Norton
Aurealis Award Nominations
SF SHORT STORY
FANTASY SHORT STORY
HORROR SHORT STORY
YOUNG ADULT NOVEL
YOUNG ADULT SHORT STORY
CHILDREN'S LONG FICTION
CHILDREN'S SHORT FICTION
David and Sharon Weber gave birth to a son, Michael Paul Alexander Rice-Weber on Saturday, December 21 in Greensboro, SC.
In London for the premiere of a Star Trek Exhibit, Next Generation cast members Brent Spiner, Marina Sirtis, and Patrick Stewart spoke in defense of Star Trek fans noting that they weren't "weirdos." Stewart pointed out that he knows Star Trek fans who are university chancellors, members of the Bush cabinet and classical musicians. Spiner opined that only a tiny percentage of attendees at a Star Trek convention wear costumes and "they are not anywhere so peculiar as football fans."
"Lord of the Ring: The Two Towers" Gets Golden Globe Nomination
Films Added to Preservation Registry
Star Wars Stamps
Voice of a Pioneer
A card with random words from the as yet unreleased fifth Harry Potter novel was auctioned off to an unidentified American collector for more than $45,000 on December 12. The card contained ninety-three words hand written by Rowling and the proceeds will be used to buy more than 18,000 books for schools in Africa.
Harris Possible Replacement for Harris
Realms of Fantasy, which began published in 1994 has finally launched a website at http://www.rofmagazine.com. Currently containing contact information, submission guidelines and a summary of the current issue's contents, the website is expected to grow.
Spectrum SF Scaling Back
Walt Cole (b.1933) died the first week of December. Cole was a member of First Fandom and the author of Checklist of Science Fiction Anthologies (1964). In addition, Cole was a member of the Lunarians and served as the organization's secretary for twenty years beginning in the 1950s. No cause of death has been announced, but he had been in ill health for some time.
Correction: Le Guin Delivers Anti-War Petition
Ursula K. Le Guin, leading a group of 50 war protesters, delivered a petition signed by more than 250 authors protesting the possibility of war against Iraq to Oregon congressman David Wu. In delivering the petition, Le Guin commented that people often question how the Nazis could come to power and noted that we are seeing how it was done in the blind acceptance of the government's actions. The petition was begun by author Douglas Lain.
No Hobbit for Jackson
X-Files Star to Wed
Probe Launched in Actor's Death
Smofcon 21, a con-runners convention, will be held the first weekend of December, 2003 in the Chicago area. Smofcon 21 will be run by Midfan and chaired by Erik Olson. More details will soon be available at the Midfan website, http://www.midfan.org.
New Editor at RevolutionSF
Wincanton and Ankh-Morpork twin
Fan to Escape from Experiment Island
Belgian publisher Charles DuPuis (b.1918) died on November 14. DuPuis published the French-language comics magazine Spirou. He is best known for publishing the Smurfs beginning in 1958. His company currently sells more than 10 million comics a year, a third of the French comics market. He published his first comic in 1938 for the printing company his father founded in 1898. In 1985, upon his retirement, DuPuis sold his company to the Groupe Bruxelles Lambert.
Maryland fan Hal Haag was scheduled to have a stent in his heart artery checked. Doctors found a 60% blockage in two additional arteries. Haag underwent triple bypass surgery at University Hospital on December 6 and is expected to remain in the hospital for at least four days.
Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards Nominations
William "Tex" Henson (b.1924) died of head injuries at Parkland Memorial Hospital after being struck by a pickup truck in Dallas, Texas. Henson was an animator who championed the characters of Chip and Dale at Disney and was the supervisor for the team that animated Rocky & Bullwinkle as well as Underdog and the Trix rabbit.
Actor Glenn Quinn (b.1970), who portrayed the half-Brachen demon Doyle on the television show "Angel," died on December 3 of undisclosed causes. Quinn was born in Ireland and moved to the United states in 1989. In addition to appearing on "Angel," he starred in the short-lived Medieval sitcom "Covington Cross."
Claude Lalumière has announced a call for submissions to two anthologies he is editing. Both books are only open to authors who a Canadian residents or were born in Canada. Open Space: New Canadian Science Fiction will be published by Bakka and be launched at Torcon, the World Science Fiction Convention. The deadline for Open Space is April 30, 2003 and guidelines can be found at http://lostpages.net/openspace.html. The second book, Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic, will be published by Véhicule Press and has a deadline of April 13, 2003. Guidelines for Island Dreams may be found at http://lostpages.net/islanddreams.html.
DUFF Race Begins
Kara and Richard Chizmar became parents of Noah Thomas Chizmar on November 5.
The Swedish National Convention, Swecon, has announced two author guests of honor and a fan guest of honor for next year's convention, to be held in Uppsala from August 15-17. The authors are British SF authors Ken MacLeod and Alastair Reynolds and the fan is Norwegian fan Per Christian Jørgenson.
Fox to Make "I, Robot"
Victor Gonzalez has announced that there are four candidates currently standing for TAFF, the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund. In 2003, TAFF will send a North American Fan to Eastercon, Seacon '03, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, from April 18-21. This year's candidates are Randy Byers, Colin Hinz, Mike Lowrey, and Curt Phillips. For the first time, electronic balloting will be accepted. A ballot, the candidates' platforms and full rules are available at http://home.attbi.com/~vmgonzalez/taff.html. The voting deadline is February 10, 2003.
Regina Book Award Presented to Fantasy Novel
A Visit to Hobbiton
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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