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26 February 2003
Spidey v. Sony
Marvel Entertainment has filed a lawsuit against Sony Pictures Entertainment over the use of the Spider-Man character, although the filing has been sealed and no details about the case have been announced. According to Marvel, the lawsuit involves licensing rights and will have no impact on "The Amazing Spider-Man," scheduled for release in 2004. Marvel notes that the suit was placed under seal because of a contractual provision.

Pioneer 10 1972-2003
The Pioneer 10 spacecraft, initially launched on May 2, 1972 and slated to operate for 21 months is believed to have finally ceased operations, nearly 31 years after its launch. Pioneer 10 was the first man-made object to pass through the asteroid belt and obtain close up photographs of Jupiter. In 1983, it became the first man-made object to pass beyond the orbit of Pluto. Officially retired in 1997, the probe continued to transmit telemetry until April 27, 2002. It most recent signal was picked up on January 22 by JPL's Deep Space Networks. Subsequent attempts to retrieve a signal have failed.

Buffy-less Buffy
Actress Sarah Michelle Geller has confirmed long-standing rumors that the current season will be her last in the role of Buffy on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Although UPN has not made any decisions concerning the fate of the show, many believe that this will be the final season, although a second spin-off may eventually appear. The current show "Angel" in a spin-off of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and WB Entertainment President Jordan Levin says he is hopeful, but not certain, the show will return next season.

Rowling on Simpsons
"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling has agreed to appear as herself on a forthcoming episode of the animated series "The Simpsons." The episode, which will be set in England, will also include an appearance by actor Sir Ian McKellen, who has appeared in "The Lord of the Rings" and "X-Men."

25 February 2003
Columbia Elementary School
A new elementary school in Las Cruces, New Mexico has elected to name itself for the space shuttle Columbia. According to principal Jennifer Terrazas, the name was selected from more than 200 submissions. Other popular choices included Robledo, Lincoln, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Elks. Columbia broke up on February 1 shortly before it was scheduled to land at Cape Canaveral.

Harry Potter Ignites Fire
Filming on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was temporarily suspended when the Hogwarts Express ignited a fire in the Scottish countryside. The fire, which spread across more than 100 acres of moorland, was quickly controlled when helicopters dropped water on the blaze. The crew had been warned that the train might start a fire because of the dryness of the heather in the region but chose to film anyway. After a one day break, filming continued

50 Year Old Impact Crater Found
On November 15, 1953, amateur astronomer Leon Stuart photographed a flash on the moon that he believed was the impact of a meteorite on the lunar surface, making him the only human in history to see and document such an occurrence. Over the next fifty years, nobody was able to prove or disprove his theory until recently when Bonnie J. Buratti from JPL and Lane Johnson of Ponoma College managed to find a fresh crater in the vicinity where Stuart's photo indicated the impact.

24 February 2003
Skylark Award Winners
The Skylark Award, presented annually at Boskone to recognize significant contributions to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late "Doc" Smith well-loved by those who knew him, was given to Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden. Officially known as the Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, the Skylark has been presented since 1966 when it was presented to Frederik Pohl. Other winners have included Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, and Tom Doherty.

SFWA Overseas Regional Director Resigns
Sam J. Lundwall, the Overseas Regional Director for the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) since 1996, has announced his resignation from the post in protest of US foreign policy despite attempts by the board and colleagues to change his mind. The SFWA is looking for a member to fill the role.

"The Two Towers" Nearly Sweeps Visual Effects Awards: Technical Division
Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers," the second film in his epic trilogy, won eight of the nine Visual Effects Awards for which it was nominated, losing only to "Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones" for Matte Painting in a Motion Picture. "The Two Towers" won for Special Effects, Effects Art Direction, Visual Effects Photography, Models And Miniatures, Performance by an Actor in an Effects Film, Character Animation in a Live-Action Motion Picture, Compositing, and Visual Effects in an Effects-Driven Motion Picture. This year's ceremony was the first awards ceremony for the six-year old Visual Effects Society.

BAFTA Awards Presented
"The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" received two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards, repeating the success of the first film in the trilogy. "The Two Towers" won in the costume design and special visual effects categories. In addition, it was voted Orange Film of the year, an non-BAFTA award voted by the public and presented at the BAFTAs based on the a listing of the top ten grossing movies of the year. Other genre nominees "Spider-Man" and "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" were shut out.

"Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones": The Cartoon
Lucasfilm has announced that Genndy Tartakovsky, creator of "Samurai Jack" and "Dexter's Laboratory," has been signed to direct twenty two- to three-minute animated shorts for the Cartoon Network based on the film "Attack of the Clones." The series is expected to run later this year at regularly scheduled times.

17 February 2003
Astronauts Identified
NASA has confirmed that remains from all seven astronauts aboard the ill-fated Columbia have been retrieved and identified. A previous statement to that effect was made prematurely, when remains of only three astronauts had been identified. Remains of Israeli Astronaut Ilan Ramon have already been buried in Israel, and the remains of the other astronauts will be sent to their survivors for burial. Private memorial services for the six American astronauts are scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

12 February 2003
TAFF Winner Announced
TAFF Administrators Tobes Valois and Victor Gonzalez has announced that Randy Byers has won this year's TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) contest to send a North American Fan to Europe. Byers will attend Seacon '03, the 54th Annual British National Science Fiction Convention, in Hinckley, Leicestershire, April 18-21, 2003. Byers defeated Colin Hinz, Mike Lowrey, and Curt Phillips in a spectacular four way race.

Universe Baby Picture Taken
Astronomers have released the results of the Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which reveal an image of the universe when it was approximately 380,000 years old. The new image allows scientists to make more precise calculations about the universe, including noting its age at 13.7 billion years, with the first stars appearing within 200 million years, much later than the image they've constructed. They've also determined that only four percent of the matter in the universe is composed of atoms, with 23 percent made from cold, dark matter and the remaining 73 percent from exotic dark energy.

Final Flight of the Ariane 4
The final flight of the Ariane 4 rocket by the European Space Agency has been delayed because of high winds near the launch site in Guiana. The Ariane 4 model has flown 115 missions in 14 years of service, placing 166 payloads into orbit. With only three failures in its history, the Ariane 4 has developed a reputation for reliability. With the increased size of payloads, however, its main selling point, being able to launch two satellites on a single mission, has decreased. Its replacement, the Ariane 5 has a lower level of reliability.

11 February 2003
Oscar Nominations
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the 2003 Academy Award nominees on February 11. The Oscars are presented to recognize excellence in film and are voted on by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The Oscars will be presented at the Kodak Theater on March 23, 2003. Only categories with genre films are listed below. A complete list of nominees can be found at http://www.oscars.com/nominees/nomineelist.html.

Best Picture
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

Animated Feature Film
Ice Age
Lilo & Stitch
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Spirited Away
Treasure Planet

Art Direction
Chicago
Frida
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition

Film Editing
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Hours
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

Makeup
Frida
The Time Machine

Short Film (Animated)
The Cathedral
The Chubbchubbs!
Das Rad
Mike's New Car
Mt. Head

Sound
Chicago
Gangs of New York
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Road to Perdition
Spider-Man

Sound Editing
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Spider-Man
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones

10 February 2003
Nebula Ballot Released
The SFWA has announced the final Nebula Award ballot. The Nebula Award is decided by the active membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. This year's award will be presented during the Nebula Weekend, April 18-20, in Philadelphia, PA at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel.

Novels
Eskridge, Kelley: Solitaire (Eos, Sep02)
Gaiman, Neil: American Gods (William Morrow & Co., Jul01)
Le Guin, Ursula K.: The Other Wind (Harcourt Brace, Sep01)
Metzger, Robert A.: Picoverse (Ace, Mar02)
Miéville, China: Perdido Street Station (Del Rey, Mar01)
Swanwick, Michael: Bones of the Earth (Avon Eos, Mar02)

Novella
Castro, Adam-Troy: Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's (Analog, Jun01)
Chwedyk, Richard: Bronte's Egg (F&SF, Aug02)
Duncan, Andy: The Chief Designer (Asimov's, Jun01)
Finlay, Charles Coleman: The Political Officer (F&SF, Apr02)
Sparhawk, Bud: Magic's Price (Analog, Mar01)

Novelette
Bell, M. Shayne: The Pagodas of Ciboure (The Green Man: Tales From the Mythic Forest, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling Ed., Viking, May 2002)
Bowes, Richard: The Ferryman's Wife (F&SF, May01)
Chiang, Ted: Hell is the Absence of God (Starlight 3, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ed., Tor, Jul01)
Frost, Gregory: Madonna of the Maquiladora (Asimov's, May02)
Steele, Allen: The Days Between (Asimov's, Mar01)
Stross, Charles: Lobsters (Asimov's, Jun01)

Short Story
Emshwiller, Carol: Creature (F&SF, Nov01)
Ford, Jeffrey: Creation (F&SF, May02)
Lindholm, Megan: Cut (Asimov's, May01)
McDevitt, Jack: Nothing Ever Happens in Rock City (Artemis Magazine, Ian Randal Strock, Ed., LRC Publications, Aug01)
Pratt, Tim: Little Gods (Strange Horizons, Feb02)
Swanwick, Michael: The Dog Said Bow-Wow (Asimov's, Nov01)

Scripts
Elliott, Ted and Rossio, Terry : Shrek (Dreamworks, May01)
Taylor, Michael: Unreasonable Doubt (The Dead Zone, Jul02 [07/02/02. "The Dead Zone" created for TV by Michael Piller and Shawn Piller, based on characters from the Stephen King novel])
Walsh, Fran & Boyens, Philippa & Jackson, Peter: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema, Dec01)
Whedon, Joss: The Musical: Once More With Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nov01)

Razzie Nominations Announced
The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation has announced the nominees for the twenty-third annual Razzie Awards to recognize the worst films of the year. The nominations are announced the day before the Academy Award nominations are announced and the winners are announced the night before the Academy Awards.

Worst Picture
Crossroads
Pinocchio
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Swept Away

Worst Director
Roberto Benigni (Pinocchio)
Ramra Davis (Crossroads)
George Lucas (Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Guy Ritchie (Swept Away)
Ron Underwood (The Adventures of Pluto Nash)

Worst Actor
Roberto Benigni (Pinocchio)
Adriano Giannini (Swept Away)
Eddie Murphy (I Spy, The Adventures of Pluto Nash, and Showtime)
Adam Sandler (Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights & Mr. Deeds)
Steven Segal (Half Past Dead)

Worst Actress
Angelina Jolie (Life or Something Like It)
Jennifer Lopez (Maid in Manhatten & Enough)
Madonna (Swept Away)
Wynonna Ryder (Mr. Deeds)
Brittany Spears (Crossroads)

Worst Supporting Actor
Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Tom Green (Stealing Harvard)
Freddie Prinze, Jr. (Scooby-Doo)
Christopher Walken (The Country Bears)
Robin Williams (Death to Smoochy)

Worst Supporting Actress
Lara Flynn Boyle (Men in Black II)
Bo Derek (Master of Disguise)
Madonna (Die Another Day)
Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Rebecca Romijn-Stamos (RollerBall)

Worst Screen Couple
Roberto Benigni & Nicoletta Braschi (Pinocchio)
Hayden Christensen & Natalie Portman (Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones)
Madonna & Adriano Giannini (Swept Away)
Eddie Murphy and either Robert DeNiro (Showtime), Owen Wilson (I Spy) or Himself (The Adventures of Pluto Nash)
Brittany Spears & Whatever-His-Name-Was (Crossroads)

Worst Screenplay
The Adventures of Pluto Nash
Crossroads
Pinocchio
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Swept Away

Worst Remake or Sequel
I Spy
Mr. Deeds
Pinocchio
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Swept Away

Worst Original Song
"Die Another Day" (Die Another Day)
"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" (Crossroads)
"Overprotected" (Crossroads)

Most Flatulent Teen-targeted Movie
Adam Sandler's 8 Crazy Nights
Crossroads
Jackass: The Movie
Scooby-Doo
XXX

7 February 2003
Edgar Nominees Announced
The Mystery Writers of America have announced the nominees for the Edgar Allan Poe Awards 2003, which honor the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction, television, film and theatre published or produced in 2002. The Edgar Awards will be presented to the winners at our 57th Gala Banquet, May 1, 2003 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Listed below are the categories which include SF-related work. A full list of nominees may be found at http://www.mysterywriters.org/2003_Edgar_noms.htm.

Best Play
Easy by Philip DePoy (Horizon Theatre)
The West End Horror by Anthony Dodge & Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Bay Street Theatre)
The Chronology Protection Case by Mark Shanahan, Paul Levinson and Jay Kensinger, from the story by Paul Levinson (Stage Shadows Productions, Inc.)
Monster by Derek Nguyen (East-West Players)

Grand Master: Ira Levin

Ellery Queen Award: Ed Gorman

Shuttle May Be Hangered
In the wake of the loss of the Columbia last weekend, NASA has announced that it may have to hanger one of the three remaining shuttles in the fleet in order to have enough spare parts to keep the other two remaining shuttles flying. Although NASA does have a supply of backup parts, many of the companies which originally produced the parts have gone out of business. Even if the decision is made to keep all three shuttles flying, NASA will have to drastically reduce the number and frequency of flights.

6 February 2003
DUFF Winners Announced
The DUFF (Down Under Fan Fund) administrators, Pat Molloy, Naomi Fisher, and Julian Warner, have announced the winners of this year's DUFF race to send fans from North America to the Australian National Convention. Guy H. Lillian III and Rosy Lillian will be traveling to Australia. They received 101 first place votes out of 170 ballots cast. Mike & Linda McInerney received 58 first place votes. The remainder of votes were cast for No Preference (12), Hold Over Funds (1), and one write in for Harry Warner, Jr.

3 February 2003
Investigation Team Appointed
NASA has announced the creation of an internal team to investigate the causes of the destruction of the shuttle Columbia. The team will be headed by Harold Gehman, who also headed the investigation into the terrorist attack on the U.S.S Cole. In the first two days after the Columbia disaster, attention has already begun to shift from a piece of foam that struck the left wing shortly after launch to a problem in the left side wheel well, where a sixty-degree temperature spike was noticed a few minutes before NASA lost contact with the shuttle. In the Bush Administration budget to be revealed this week, NASA is scheduled for a half-billion dollar budgetary increase for the next year. The shuttle program has been put on hold for pending the conclusion of the investigation. This is the second time the shuttle fleet has been grounded in the last six months. The fleet was grounded in July 2002 after hairline cracks were discovered in Endeavor and subsequently in the other shuttles of the fleet.

FAAN Award Ballot Available
The ballot for the 2002 FAAN Awards, to presented at Corflu Badger in Madison, the weekend of April 25-27, are available at www.corflu20.shorturl.com. Anyone interested in nominating/voting can download an acrobat file of the ballot to send in. Submitting the ballot by the deadline of April 26 is the only criterion for voting eligibility.

BSFA Nominees Announced
The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year's BSFA Awards, the winners to be announced at Seacon 03 in Hinckley, Leicestershire over the weekend of April 18-21.

Novels:
Castles Made of Sand, Gwyneth Jones
Effendi: The Second Arabesk, Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Light, M. John Harrison
The Scar, China Miéville
The Separation, Christopher Priest
The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson

Short Fiction:
Coraline, Neil Gaiman
Five British Dinosaurs, Michael Swanwick
If Lions Could Speak, Paul Park
Router, Charles Stross
Singleton, Greg Egan
Voice of Steel, Sean McMullen

Artwork
Dominic Harman, Cover of Interzone #179 May 2002
Peter Gric, Cover of The 3rd Alternative #31 Jul 2002
Fraser Irving, Judge Death: My Name Is Death (page 1) 2000AD Prog 1289 1 May 2002
Richard Marchand, Cover of The 3rd Alternative #32 Aut 2002
Joachim Luetke, interior illustration for "The Routine"

Non-Fiction:
"The Interrogation," Nick Gevers & Christopher Priest
"Introduction" David Langford (Maps: The Uncollected John Sladek) Mapping Mars, Oliver Morton
"Once There Was a Magazine," Fred Smith
"The Time Machine," Lucius Shepard

SFRA Announces Pilgrim Award
The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced that Gary Wetsfahl will receive this year's Pilgrim Award to honor a lifetime of contributions to science fiction and fantasy scholarship. The award will be presented at the annual SFRA Conference to be held this year at the University of Guelph in Toronto, Canada the weekend of June 26-29.

Lambda Nominees
The Lambda Literary Awards Nominees were announced with genre writing appearing in the following categories. The Lambda Awards are presented annually by the Lambda Literary Foundation to recognize and promote gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual writing. This year's awards will be announced at BookExpo America in Los Angeles on May 29.

Gay Men's Fiction
Avoidance, Michael Lowenthal, Graywolf Press
At Swim Two Boys, Jamie O'Neill, Scribner
Boulevard, Jim Grimsley, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Letters to Montgomery Clift, NoŽl Alumit, MacAdam/Cage Publishing
The Martian Child, David Gerrold, Forge

Lesbian Fiction
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters, Riverhead Books
Lucky in the Corner, Carol Anshaw, Houghton Mifflin Company
Godspeed, Lynn Breedlove, St. Martin's Press
Stay, Nicola Griffith, Doubleday
This Place Called Absence, Lydia Kwa, Kensington Publishing

Fiction Anthology
Bend SinisteróThe Gay Times Book of Disturbing Stories, Peter Burton, ed., Millivres
Black Like Us, Devon Carbado, Dwight McBride and Don Weise, eds., Cleis Press
Queer Fear II, Michael Rowe, ed., Arsenal Pulp Press
Rebel Yell 2, Jay Quinn, ed., Southern Tier Editions/Harrington Park Press
Summer Share, Chris Kenry, William J. Mann, Andy Schell and Ben Tyler, Kensington Publishing

Non-Fiction Anthology
Found Tribe, Lawrence Schimel, ed., Sherman Asher Publishing
From ACT UP to the WTO, Benjamin Shepard and Ronald Hayduk, eds., Verso
GenderQueer, Joan Nestle, Riki Wilchins and Claire Howell, eds., Alyson Publications
The Man I Might Become, Bruce Shenitz, ed., Marlowe & Company
This Bridge We Call Home, Analouise Keating and Gloria Anzaldķa, eds., Routledge

SF/Fantasy/Horror
Daughters of an Amber Noon, Katherine V. Forrest, Alyson Publications
Queer Fear II, Michael Rowe, ed., Arsenal Pulp Press
Seeds of Fire, Karin Kallmaker writing as Laura Adams, Bella Books
The Devil Inside, Randy Boyd, West Beach Books
Wired Hard 3, Cecilia Tan, ed., Circlet Press

Spirituality
Courage to Love, Geoffrey Duncan, The Pilgrim Press
Found Tribe, Lawrence Schimel, ed., Sherman Asher Publishing
Lovers' Legends: The Gay Greek Myths, Andrew Calimach, Haiduk Press
Queer Jews, David Schneer and Caryn Aviv, eds., Routledge
Queering Christ, Robert E. Goss, The Pilgrim Press

Obituary
Leslie Fielder (b.1918) died on January 29 in Buffalo, NY. Fiedler was known as a literary critic, although he also published several anthologies, including the SF anthology In Dreams Awake (1975), which provided an historical look at the works of H.G. Wells, H.P. Lovecraft, Harlan Ellison and other authors. In 1983, he published a biography of Olaf Stapledon.

2 February 2003
Columbia Disaster
On Saturday, February 1, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart while reentering the Earth's atmosphere. The disaster occurred sixteen minutes before scheduled touchdown at Cape Canaveral while the shuttle was traveling 200,000 feet above Texas at a speed of 12,000 miles/hour. There were no survivors. There was a sixty-degree spike in temperature shortly before the shuttle was destroyed. Debris from the shuttle fell over several states, beginning in Palestine, Texas and Nacogdoches, Texas. Obituaries for the crew appear below.

Obituaries
Columbia (April 12, 1981) was the first orbiting shuttle in the American shuttle fleet. On its first launch, it was commanded by veteran astronauts Commander John Young and Pilot Robert Crippen. The first mission lasted 2 days, 6 hours, 20 minutes and 53 seconds beginning at 6:00 AM. The final 16-day mission which ended on Saturday, February 1 was the 113th overall shuttle mission and the 28th mission for the Columbia. Columbia had flown more missions than any other shuttle. In 1999, it underwent a major overhaul and NASA considered retiring the shuttle in 2001.

Rick Husband (b.1958) served as Commander for the final flight of the Columbia. It was his second flight into space. His first flight occurred in 1999 on board the Discovery. Husband joined the air force upon graduating from Texas Tech in 1980 and became a test pilot and demonstration pilot.

William McCool (b.1963) was the pilot of the Columbia. A U.S. Navy commander, it was his first flight into space. McCool graduated second in his class of more than 1,000 at the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 and went on the achieve degrees in computer science and aeronautical engineering. He worked as a test pilot and served on board the U.S.S. Coral Sea and the U.S.S. Enterprise.

Michael Anderson (b.1961) was the payload commander on board the Columbia. A lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, Anderson was aboard the shuttle in 1998 during a docking mission with the Mir space station. His job aboard the Columbia was to coordinate all the science missions. Anderson was an African-American physicist.

Kalpana Chawla (b.1961) was born in Karnal, India and moved to the United States after earning a degree at Punjab Engineering College in 1982. In the US, she earned a Masters and Doctorate in aerospace engineering. When Chawla joined NASA in 1994, she was the first India-born woman to join the program and became the first Indian woman in space on her first shuttle flight in 1997. She was seen as a hero in India, which is planning to launch a satellite into lunar orbit before the end of the decade. Serving as a mission specialist on the Columbia, she was responsible for maneuvering the shuttle's robotic arm.

David Brown (b.1957) was a mission specialist on the Columbia. An aviator and flight surgeon, he was making his first flight into space aboard the shuttle. Previously, Brown working in the circus and was able to ride a 7 foot tall unicycle. He received medical training at Eastern Virginia Medical School and the Medical University of South Carolina before enlisting in the Navy in 1984. He joined NASA in 1996.

Laurel Clark (b.1962) was a mission specialist making her first flight into space. Born in Iowa and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, Clark wais both a medical doctor and a commander in the U.S. Navy. In addition to a medical degree, she also held a degree in zoology.

Ilan Ramon (b.1956) was a payload specialist and Israel's first astronaut. Ramon, whose mother was a concentration camp survivor and father was a resistance fighter, served in both the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and the Lebanon War in 1982. In 1981, he piloted the Israeli mission that destroyed a nuclear plant in Iraq. Just as India took great pleasure in having Kalpana Chawla, Israel stood behind Ilan Ramon. As part of his personal effects, he carried a drawing of the universe made by an 8-year old Holocaust victim and a Torah which survived the Holocaust.

1 February 2003
Eidolon Ceases Publication
Australian magazine Eidolon has announced that it has ceased publication. Having published 30 issues between 1990 and 2000, the magazine was declared on hiatus following issue 29/30 in April 2000. An attempted expansion of the editorial committee in February, 2002 failed to restart publication and on January 24, the publisher announced that the magazine would cease publication. Eidolon will continue to run the eidolon.net website.

Free Magazine
In an effort to build subscribers, The 3rd Alternative is offering a free copy of issue 32 to anyone who sends a statement of interest and postal address to editor Andy Cox. This offer lasts as long as there are copies of the issue available. When requesting your copy, please mentioned that you heard about the deal through SF Site.

Wooden Rocket Award Created
SF portal site and e-zine SF Crowsnest has announced the creation of an on-line award, the Wooden Rocket, to be presented in June. Anyone registered at SF Crowsnest who receives two issues of their free e-zine may nominate in the seventeen categories. The categories are:
Best Online Magazine
Best Print-to-Web Magazine
Best Author Site
Best Artist Site
Best Gallery Site
Best Print Publisher Site
Best E-book Publisher Site
Best E-book Site
Best Official Movie Site
Best Fan Movie Site
Best Official TV Site
Best Fan TV Site
Best Online SFF store
Best Fan Site Home Page
Best Directory Site
Best Convention/Society Site
Best Foreign Language Site

Farmer Wins Newbery Honor
Nancy Farmer's The House of the Scorpion, which previously won the National Book Award, was named a Newbery Honor Book, effectively named one of the runners up to the winner, Avi's Crispin: The Cross of Lead.

Katherine MacLean Named Author Emeritus
SFWA President Sharon Lee has announced that Katherine MacLean we been named the SFWA Author Emeritus during the Nebula Awards Weekend, April 18-20. Ms. MacLean began writing science fiction in the 1940s and won the Nebula Award in 1971 for her story "The Missing Man," later expanded into the novel Missing Man. The Author Emeritus program was created in 1995 as a means of recognizing senior writers who have made significant contributions to the field.

Copyright © 2003 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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