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29 May 2003
Frodo: The Musical
Saul Zaentz and Kevin Wallace have announced that they will produce a musical stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, set to premiere in London West End in 2005 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the King. The play will be directed by Matthew Warchus. Shaun McKenna will write the lyrics and music will be by Stephen Keeling and Bernd Stromberger. Co-producer Zaentz has previously produced the 1978 animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings.

Sri Lanka's Other SF Author
Sri Lankan foreign minister Tyronne Fernando has published a science fiction novel, To the Edge of Doom. The novel was published by Athena Press in Britain and contains a preface by Sri Lanka's most famous SF author, Arthur C. Clarke.

27 May 2003
2003 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Board of Directors for the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have announced this year's inductees. The honorees include Wilson Tucker and Kate Wilhelm, with posthumous induction for Edgar Rice Burroughs and Damon Knight. The induction into the Hall, which was founded in 1996, will occur in Lawrence, Kansas on July 11, to coincide with the awarding of the John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards. The Directors have also recently met with the Science Fiction Experience in Seattle about the possibility of participating in the museum.

Obituary
Leeds fan Dave Mooring (b.1961) died on May 21 at St. Gemma's Hospice. Earlier in the day, Mooring married his partner of 21 years, Sarah Dibbs. At the beginning of May, Mooring, who has won four Nova Awards for fan art, was diagnosed with an inoperable cancer. In addition to his artwork, Mooring was also known for his music.

25 May 2003
Aurora Nominations Announced (Mostly)
The Aurora Award nominations have been announced with the exception of two of the three fan categories, which will be announced at a later date. The Auroras, the Canadian SF Achievement Awards, will be presented at Torcon and can be voted on by Canadian members of Torcon. In addition to the two categories not yet announced, no award will be presented in the Best Work in French (Other) category.

Best Long-Form Work in English/Meilleur livre en anglais:
To Trade the Stars, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW, June/2002)
Warchild, Karin Lowachee (Warner Aspect, Apr/2002)
Hominids, Robert J. Sawyer (Tor, May/2002; serialized in Analog, Jan-Apr/2002)
Permanence, Karl Schroeder (Tor, 2002)
Martyrs, Edo van Belkom (Design Image Group, 2002)

Meilleur livre en français/Best Long-Form Work in French:
Les Sources de la magie, Joël Champetier (Alire, 2002)
Piège pour le Jules-Verne, Michèle Laframboise (Médiaspaul, 2002)
L'Aigle des profondeurs, Esther Rochon (Alire, 2002)
Horizons blancs, Guy Sirois (Médiaspaul, 2002)
Le Revenant de Fomalhaut, Jean-Louis Trudel (Médiaspaul, 2002)

Best Short-Form Work in English/Meilleure nouvelle en anglais:
"Just Like Being There", Eric Choi (Orbiter: Tales from the Wonder Zone, Trifolium Books)
"Prism", Julie E. Czerneda (30th Anniversary DAW: Science Fiction, DAW)
"Rain, Ice, Steam", James Alan Gardner (Explorer: Tales from the Wonder Zone, Trifolium Books)
"Ineluctable", Robert J. Sawyer (Analog Nov/2002)
"By Its Cover", Isaac Szpindel (Explorer: Tales from the Wonder Zone, Trifolium Books)

Meilleure nouvelle en français/Best Short-Form Work in French:
«La Guerre sans temps», Sylvie Bérard (Solaris 143)
«Fractures», Mehdi Bouhalassa (Solaris 140)
«Les Femmes viennent de Mars et les hommes de Vénus», Michèle Laframboise (Solaris 140)
«La Trajectoire du poisson», Yves Meynard (Solaris 141)
«Les Navires de Saint-Elme», Jean Pettigrew (Solaris 143)
«Un Port dans la Tempête», Mark A. Rayner (Science-Fiction Magazine, Fév/2002) [traduction: Marc Bailly]

Best Work in English (Other)/Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre):
"Bat's Life", Isaac Szpindel (Rescue Heroes Cycle III -- Episode 33b, Warner Bros./Nelvana) [TV screenplay]
Explorer: Tales from the Wonder Zone, Julie E. Czerneda, ed. (Trifolium Books) [anthology]
"Faster Than Light", Joe Mahoney, Robert J. Sawyer, Barbara Worthy (CBC Radio) [Drama pilot, first aired 22 Sept/2002]
Stardust: Tales from the Wonder Zone, Julie E. Czerneda, ed. (Trifolium Books) [anthology]
Edo van Belkom, editing Be VERY Afraid! horror anthology (Tundra Books)

Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)/Best Work in French (Other):
Due to insufficient nominations, no award will be presented for this category.

Artistic Achievement / Accomplissement artistique:
Andrew Barr
James Beveridge
Lar deSouza
Michèle Laframboise
Jean-Pierre Normand
Ronn Sutton
Mel Vavaroutsos

Fan Achievement (Publication)/Accomplissement fanique (publication):
To Be Announced

Fan Achievement (Organizational)/Accomplissement fanique (Organisation):
To Be Announced

Fan Achievement (Other)/Accomplissement fanique (autre):
Eric Layman, fan writing / écriture fanique
Lloyd Penney, fan writing / écriture fanique
Gord Rose, masquerade MC at Toronto Trek & Ad Astra
Larry Stewart, entertainer / personnalité: amuseur
Jason Taniguchi, one-man SF parody shows / presentations individuelles de parodies SF
Alex von Thorn, fan writing / écriture fanique

Obituary
Roy Tackett (b.1925) died on Friday, March 23. Tackett was a long time fan who never recovered from a series of strokes, but remained active in fandom until a couple of weeks before his death. In 1975, Tackett stood for TAFF, in a race which ended in a tie. Although the decision was made to send both Tackett and Bill Bowers to Britain, although Bowers wound up declining the trip. Following his trip, he published the trip report Tackett's Travels in Taffland. Roy published one hundred issues of Dynatron, which included fan writing by such luminaries as Jerry Pournelle and Roger Ebert, and helped introduce Western fandom to Japan. In 1997, Tackett was the Fan Guest of Honor at Worldcon, LoneStarCon 2, in San Antonio, Texas. A memorial will be held at Bubonicon.

24 May 2003
First Pictures of Earth from Mars First Pictures of Earth from Mars
NASA has released the first photographs of the Earth taken from Mars. The images clearly show South America, North America and the terminator, along with the moon.

Torcon Asks You to Bring a Friend
Torcon has announced that now until May 31, 2003, when one person purchases an attending membership, and they sign up a second, or more, persons for attending memberships at the same time, all of those people will receive a US$20 or Cdn$30 discount off of the price of their memberships.

Intersection Announced Payment Plan
Intersection, the 2005 Worldcon to be held in Scotland, has announced the institution of an installment plan, allowing people to purchase memberships over time. Under the plan, fans can buy a supporting membership and then pay off to a full attending membership in quarterly payments. The total cost of the membership will be frozen at the time that the supporting membership is purchased.

PARSEC/Confluence Short Story Contest Winners
Timon Esaias has announced the winners of the 2003 PARSEC/Confluence Short Story Contest Winners. First prize includes publication in the Confluence program book and $200. This year's winner is R. Lee Smith for the story "Inter-Species Relations"

Saturn Awards Presented
The 29th Annual Saturn Awards were presented on May 18 in Hollywood. Founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed, the awards, given out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, recognize excellence in film and television production within the SF genre.
Best Science Fiction Film: Minority Report
Best Fantasy Film: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Horror Film: The Ring
Best Action Adventure/Thriller Film: Road to Perdition
Best Animated Film: Spirited Away
Best Actor (Film): Robin Williams, One Hour Photo
Best Actress (Film): Naomi Watts, The Ring
Best Supporting Actor (Film): Andy Serkis, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Best Supporting Actress: Samantha Morton, Minority Report
Best Performance by a Young Actor (Film): Tyler Hoechlin, Road to Perdition
Best Direction (Film): Steven Spielberg, Minority Report
Best Special Effects (Film): Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Best Network Television Series: Alias
Best Syndicated Television Series: Farscape
Best Single Program Presentation: Taken
Best TV Actor: David Boreanaz, Angel
Best TV Actress: Jennifer Garner, Alias
Best TV Supporting Actor: Victor Garber, Alias
Best TV Supporting Actress: Alyson Hannigan, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Best DVD Release: Dog Soldiers
Best DVD Special Edition Release: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best DVD Classic Film Release: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
Best DVD TV Programming Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Seasons 1-7
Cinescapes's Faces of the Future Award: Emma Caulfield and Nathan Fillion
Filmmakers' Showcase Award: Bill Paxton
Donald A. Reed Award: James Cameron
Life Career Award: Sid and Marty Krofft and Kurt Russell
Special Award: Bob Weinstein & Harvey Weinstein

Mythopoeic Award Nominations Released
Adult Literature
The Fall of the Kings, Ellen Kushner & Delia Sherman (Bantam Spectra)
A Fistful of Sky, Nina Kiriki Hoffman (Ace)
Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
Stories of Your Life and Others, Ted Chiang (Tor)

Children's Literature
Coraline, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
Heir Apparent, Vivian Vande Velde (Harcourt)
The House of the Scorpion, Nancy Farmer (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
Summerland, Michael Chabon (Miramax Books/Hyperion Books for Children)
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)

Inklings Studies
Beowulf and the Critics, J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Michael D. C. Drout (Medieval & Renaissance Texts & Studies)
C.S. Lewis, Poet: The Legacy of His Poetic Impulse, Don W. King (Kent State University Press)
Imagination and the Arts in C. S. Lewis: Journeying to Narnia and Other Worlds, Peter J. Schakel (University of Missouri Press)
J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances, George Makana Clark & Daniel Timmons, eds. (Greenwood Press)

Myth and Fantasy Studies
A Charmed Life: The Spirituality of Potterworld, Francis Bridger (Image Books)
The Christian Imagination: G.K. Chesterton on the Arts, Thomas C. Peters (Ignatius Press)
Fairytale in the Ancient World, Graham Anderson (Routledge)
Vast Alchemies: The Life and Work of Mervyn Peake, G. Peter Winnington (Dufour Editions)

International Horror Awards
The 2003 International Horror Awards were announced on May 23. Charles L. Grant was previously announced as the winner of the Living Legend Award.
Living Legend: Charles L. Grant
Novel: A Winter Haunting, by Dan Simmons
First Novel: A Scattering of Jades by Alexander C. Irvine
Long Form: "My Work Is Not Yet Done," by Thomas Ligotti
Intermediate Form: (tie) "Death and Suffrage," by Dale Bailey and "Pavane for a Prince of the Air," by Elizabeth Hand
Short Form: "Prospect Cards," by Don Tumasonis
Collection: Figures in Rain, by Chet Williamson
Anthology: Dark Terrors 6, by Stephen Jones and David Sutton
Nonfiction: Ramsey Campbell, Probably: Essays on Horror and Sundry Fantasies, by Ramsey Campbell
Graphic Narrative: Abarat, by Clive Barker
Periodical, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Art: Jason van Hollander
Film: Frailty
Television: Six Feet Under

19 May 2003
Seasons on Neptune
A six-year study seems to reveal that the planet Neptune undergoes seasonal change similar to Earth's. Neptune has an axial tilt of 29° (compared to Earth's 23.5°) and takes 165 Earth-years to orbit the sun, giving it seasons lasting about 41 Earth-years. The findings, which are based on a widening of cloud bands in the atmosphere, is consistent with observations made in the early 1980s.

The Matrix Reloaded Second Biggest Opening
Although "The Matrix Reloaded" managed to become the biggest opening R-rated film of all time, surpassing 1984's "Beverly Hills Cop," it could not catch 2002's "Spider-Man" for the biggest opening weekend. "The Matrix Reloaded" took in $93.3 million over its first weekend, compared to "Spider-Man"'s $114.7 million and "Beverly Hills Cop"'s $58 million. However, "The Matrix Reloaded" opened mid-week and, if the Wednesday night and Thursday box office totals are included, it has a four-day opening total of $135.8 million, a four-day record, and equal to what "The Matrix" took in over its first five weeks.

Pre-Mayan Civilization Discovered
Archaeologists working in Nicaragua have discovered the remnants of a pre-Mayan civilization which flourished from around 700 BCE until 300 CE. The site, located at El Cascal de Flor de Pino, revealed monuments, petroglyphs, pottery, and an area where many huge columns were formed out of rock. Archaeoologists speculate the columns may have been used as burial sites.

18 May 2003
Arthur C. Clarke Award Announced
The winner of this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced in London on May 17 at the Science Museum of London. This year's winner is Christopher Priest's alternative history novel, The Separation. The award is accompanied by a cheque for £2003.

Fan Injuried
SF Fan Orange Mike Lowrey, who earlier this year ran for TAFF, has announced that he has fallen down an eighty foot hill and broken his humerus. He reports that his arm will be immobilized for three weeks and then he will begin physical therapy. Lowrey notes that the injury makes it difficult to write.

Editor Injured
David Kopaska-Merkel, editor of Dreams and Nightmares, was injured in an auto accident on May 14 during a business trip to Mobile, Alabama. He broke three vertebrae and is paralyzed from the neck down. Surgery is scheduled for Tueday, May 20. He can breathe on his own and has limited use of his hands, although he will likely spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. The police believe that Kopaska-Merkel's car was forced off the road by another vehicle, although he has no recollection of the accident and the police do not know who the other driver may have been. Cards may be sent to David Kopaska-Merkel c/o Mike Thompson, Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6400 New Watermelon Road, Tuscaloosa AL 35406.

16 May 2003
SFWA Fall Business Meeting Homeless, Again
After learning that the SFWA business meeting had to be held in the United States, and therefore could not be held at Worldcon in Toronto this year, the SFWA announced that the fall business meeting would be held at World Fantasy Con. However, Mike Walsh, Chair of the 2003 World Fantasy Con in Washington, D.C. has recently informed the SFWA board that the WFC policy does not permit "any competition to the WFC programming," leaving the SFWA meeting an orphan again.

Oak Park, Illinois Announces Diagon Alley
Oak Park, Illinois, former home to literary luminaries Ernest Hemingway and Edgar Rice Burroughs, has announced that to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth novel in the series by J.K. Rowling, a stretch of shops will be transformed into Diagon Alley from the novels. Stores will be decorated to resemble Flourish & Blott's, the Leaky Cauldron, and Quality Quidditch Supplies. Actors in costume will stroll around and the local branch of US Bank will be redecorated as Gringott's Wizarding Bank and provide tours of its vaults.

Obituary
Fan Ben Jason, who chaired the 1966 Worldcon, Tricon, in Cleveland died on May 13. Jason has been credited with helping design the Hugo Award, working from the 1953 design by Jack McKnight.

14 May 2003
Italia Awards Presented
The 2003 Italia Awards for Best SF published in Italy were presented on 3 May 2003 at ITALCON 29/Saga 2003 in the Republic of San Marino, Italy. The winners were selected by a jury of fans and members of World SF Italia. The awards were delivered by Ernesto Vegetti, chairman of World SF Italia at the end of the annual Banquet.
Best Novel: Nessuna giustificazione, by Enrica Zunic' (Solid)
Best International Novel: Komarr, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Nord)
Best Artist: Giuseppe Festino
Best Editor: Giuseppe Lippi
Best Translator: Vittorio Curtoni
Best Short Story: "La musica è finite," by Vittorio Catani (Perseo)
Best Essay: "Enciclopedia della Fantascienza in TV 1," by Aleksandar Mickovic, Marcello Rossi, Nicola Vianello (Fanucci)
Best Short Essay: "La fantascienza italiana alla ricerca della sua identità," by Vittorio Catani (Solid)
Best Book Collection: Urania (Mondadori) Best Magazine: NOVA SF (Perseo)
Best Fanzine: Avatar
Best Fan-Written Short Story: "L'obelisco di sangue," by Vittorio Catani (Continuum)
Best Fan-Written Short Essay: "La fantascienza e il vecchio continente," by A. Jarok and L. Kremo (Avatar)

Klingon Position Not Available
Multnomah County, Oregon has announced that they are not looking for a Klingon interpreter, despite earlier reports. Although the language was listed as one of 55 languages that could be spoken by incoming patients, the county chair has stated that to date none of their patients have required a Klingon interpreter, although the county would pay for one should such a move become necessary.

11 May 2003
Klingon Interpreter Needed
The county of Multnomah, Oregon is looking to hire and interpreter who is fluent in Klingon. According to the Department of Human Services, the county must provide information in all languages spoken by its clients, who include 60,000 mental health patients. Franna Hathaway, the county purchasing administrator, states "There are some cases where we've had mental health patients where this was all they would speak."

A Birth
Author Jack Womack and his wife Valeria, gave birth to a baby girl, Lillian.

9 May 2003
Potter Suspects Caught
Four British men are in custody, charged with stealing copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix from the printworks which is printing the book. Two copies of the book, sans cover, were found in a field near the printworks earlier this week. The four men include Donald Parfitt, a 44-year old man who worked for the printing house, an 18-year old and two 16-year olds.

Benford on Deep Time
Author Gregory Benford will be speaking at the University of California at Riverside about his 1999 non-fiction book Deep Time: How Humanity Communicates Across Millennia. The free public lecture will take place on May 21 at 3:00 in the fourth floor Special Collections reading room of the Tomás Rivera Library. UC Riverside is home to the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Utopian Literature, the largest such collection in the world.

Play Reading in New York
The first public reading of "The Bone Chandelier," a work in progress by Ellen Kushner, Delia Sherman, Ben Moore, and Sara Berg, will be held in New York on May 12 at 6:00 at the Broadway Theatre Institute, 210 West 50th Street, 2nd floor. The public is welcome, but should be warned that the play will only be read (and sung), not acted. The dramatists' intentions are to read through act one and a portion (if not all) of act two. There is a suggested donation of $5.

Panel Series in London
A series of panels on "Children of the Revolution: New British Science Fiction" will be held in London, sponsored by the ICA, on May 14 and 15, preceding the presentation of the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Topics will include "Fresh Blood," "Generic Modification: Is Genre the New Mainstream," and a conversation between Kim Newman and Nigel Kneale, the author of Quartermass, including a screening of "Quartermass and the Pit." Other authors in attendance will include Paul J. McAuley, China Miéville, Gwyneth Jones, Justina Robson, and more. For more information, call 020 7930 3647.

Matrix Symposium at Temple
Temple University in Philadelphia, PA will be hosting a free symposium on "Mapping the Matrix" on May 17. The event will include a multimedia critique of the imagery of the film "The Matrix." The event is free and open to the public.

Rare Rowling Reading
Reculsive Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling will be performing a reading from the fifth Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, at the Albert Hall on June 26, five days after the novel is released. Although Rowling does not enjoy appearing in public, she has agreed to the reading, which will also include an interview by Sidewise Award-winning author and comedian Stephen Fry, to be held in front of 4,000 British schoolchildren selected by lots. Fry performed the Harry Potter books on audio taped readings. Tickets to the event will cost £5 and requests must be received by May 16. An online application is available at http://www.bloomsbury.com/harrypotter/alberthall/. Scholastic Books, Rowling's American publisher will also be flying ten children and their families to London to attend the event.

New Shuttle Tested
The Japanese Space Agency has announced plans to test an unmanned reusable space shuttle between in late May or June at Kiruna, Sweden. This will be the second set of tests for the shuttle, which successfully completed a ten minute flight in October at Christmas Island. On Friday, May 9, the Japanese launched an unmanned Muses-C rocket for a mission to retrieve the first samples of asteroid and return them to earth. The mission will visit 1998 SF36, about 186 million miles from Earth.

New NASA Program Manager
NASA has named William W. Parsons as the new Manager of the Space Shuttle program. Parsons takes over after the resignation by Ronald Dittemore. Since August 2002, Parsons has been the director of the Stennis Center. His appointment comes as Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) called for the shuttle to either be replaced by a safer means of space travel, or altered to allow it to fly unmanned missions.

8 May 2003
Indiana Jones and the DVD
A release date has been set for the Indiana Jones trilogy. The three films will be released on November 4 as a four disc set with the fourth disc including bonus material produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg. No commentary tracks are planned for the three films.

Muppets Back in the Family
German media conglomerate EM.TV, which purchased the rights to the Muppets in 2000 for $680 million has announced that rather than auctioning the property, it would sell the rights to the Muppets and the Jim Henson Company outright to Henson's children for $89 million.

Return of the King in New Zealand
After New Line Cinemas threatened to hold the premiere of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" in Hollywood because of the dilapidated state of the Embassy Theatre in Wellington, New Zealand, the Wellington town council has approved a $2.4 million refurbishment to the theatre, ensuring that the premiere will take place in the Kiwi capital.

Vampires on Broadway
Elton John and Bernie Taupin have announced that they are working on an adaptation of Anne Rice's The Vampire Lestat for the Broadway stage. The songwriters hope to have the musical, which has been written by Linda Woolverton, who adapted The Lion King for Disney, on the stage by 2005.

Kramer Warrant Declared Unconstitutional
A Georgia State Court of Appeals has affirmed a previous ruling that the warrant served on Ed Kramer by Gwinnett County Police in 2000 was constitutionally inadequate, open-ended, and a general warrant in violation of both the Georgia and US Constitutions. Kramer was arrested in August 2000 on charges of child molestation. His court date has been repeatedly pushed back and he has not been brought to trial yet.

6 May 2003
Australian SF Magazine to Debut
Borderlands, a new science fiction magazine, was launched at Swancon, the Australian National Convention, on April 20. The magazine has an editorial committee of eight members which oversees all production aspects. The committee plans to publish three issues of Borderlands each year for A$12 per issue of A$30 for an annual subscription. More information can be found at http://www.borderlands.com.au.

Harry Potter Found in Field
Two copies of the not yet released fifth installment in the Harry Potter series were found in a field about a quarter mile from the company which is printing the book. A walker came across the two copies of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and contacted the Sun, a British magazine. Another unidentified man contacted the newspaper offering to sell them the first three chapters of the book, which leads the paper to believe that at least one more copy of the book was found. The book is scheduled to go on sale on June 21 and is already the best selling book in history.

Europe Visits Mars
The First European mission to Mars will launch on May 12 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Mars Express and the Beagle 2 Lander will take about six months to arrive at Mars due to the proximity of the red planet and earth. The first European probe to the Moon, the Smart 1, is scheduled to launch from Baikonur in August.

5 May 2003
Soyuz Lost and Found
The Russian Soyuz spacecraft returning two astronauts and a cosmonaut from the International Space Station was lost on Sunday, May 4 raising fears of another space disaster so soon after the Columbia was lost in February. Landing crews were unable to locate the spacecraft, which makes a hard landing assisted by parachute, near the landing site, leading to a search by fixed wing aircraft. Eventually, two hours after loss of signal, the spacecraft was located 287 miles southwest of the target site in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft's guidance system failed to function properly in the landing.

FAAN Awards Presented
The FAAN Awards were presented at Corflu Badger. Dan Steffan was selected as the Corflu Badger Guest of Honor. The Best Letterhack FAAN Award has apparently been renamed in The Harry Warner, Jr. Memorial Award.
Best Fanzine: Chunga
Best Fanwriter: Randy Byers
Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
Best Letterhack (Harry Warner Jr. Memorial Award): Joseph Nicholas
Best New Fan: John Teehan
Number One Fan Face: Randy Byers

Hugo Ballot FAQ Posted
Michael Nelson, the Torcon 3 Hugo Administrator, has posted some answers to frequently asked questions about this year's Hugo ballot on the Torcon 3 website at http://www.torcon3.on.ca/ballots/hugonomineesfaq.html. This FAQ includes information on John L. Flynn's disqualified short story, Ted Chiang's decision to decline a nomination for novelette, David D. Levine's eligibility for the Campbell Award, Coraline's appearance in the novella category, the absence of "Lilo and Stitch" from the ballot and the appearance of "Harry Potter and the Camber of Secrets" on the ballot.

Corflu 21 Site Selected
Corflu 21 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2004. To be known as Corflu Blackjack, the location and dates of the convention focusing on fanzine fandom will be announced in the near future. Tracy Benton, who chaired Corflu 20 in Madison, Wisconsin, has also announced that she will soon be starting a Corflu website at http://www.corflu.org.

Doc Weir Winner Announced
Bill Burns was announced as the winner of the Doc Weir Award at Eastercon. The Doc Weir Award was established in 1963 in memory of Arthur Rose Weir, who died in 1961. Although a newcomer to fandom, Weir quickly became active in a variety of areas and the award, voted on by the membership of the British National Convention, is given to fannish volunteers. The Award takes the form of a silver cup (which the winner is responsible for having his or her name engraved upon) and a certificate. Each year, the cup is passed along to the next winner.

2 May 2003
Thieves Hit Potter Set
Several props being used for "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" have been taken or vandalized. The set of the film, being made near Glencoe, Scotland, has become a tourist attraction, causing security to be increased on the set.

Columbia Survivors Found
Search crews have found containers holding an experiment from the space shuttle Columbia which contains hundreds of worms. Only opened this week, the worms survived the explosion which destroyed the shuttle on February 1. The worms, C. elegens, were being used as part of an experiment on a new synthetic nutrient solution.

Columbia Couldn't Have Been Saved
According to a report which will be published next week by the Columbia Accident Investigation Board, even if NASA had realized the extent of damage on Columbia prior to its February 1 break up, nothing could have been done to save the shuttle or the crew. Some of the ideas included jettisoning some of the payload to change the flight trajectory, but indications are that doing so would not have saved the shuttle or crew.

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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