Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.
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Two categories have more than five nominees due to ties in the voting. The winners will be announced at the British Fantasy Convention on 23 November 2003 at the Tillington Hall Hotel, Stafford. The Karl Edward Wagner Award (Special Award) will be awarded by the BFS Committee and announced at the awards ceremony.
Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)
Best Short Fiction
Best Small Press
Heinlein Prize Formed
Prism Awards Announced
David Truesdale has announced his intention to close Tangent after a decade of publishing the short fiction review 'zine, first in a paper format and more recently on-line. Truesdale is considering finding a new managing editor for the webzine, but if he can not find someone he feels will do a good job by the end of the year, he will shut down the venture. Website management will be taken over by Jeniffer Johnson until that time.
NASA Safety Panel Resigns
Additional Emmy Award Announcement
Two science fiction shows won technical Emmys as part of the 55th Annual Emmy Awards.
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Mini-Series, Movie or Special: Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Series: "Serenity" (Firefly)
While the English language winners of the Seiun Awards were announced several months ago, the Japanese winners of the award were only recently announced.
Japanese Long Stories: Taiyou no Sandassha [Sun Usurper], by Nojiri Housuke (Hayakawa Books)
Japanese Short Stories: "Ore wa Misairu" ("I Am a Missile"), by Akiyama Mizuhito (SF Magazine February, May, 2002)
Foreign Long Stories: Illegal Alien by Robert J. Sawyer, translator: Uchida Masayuki (Hayakawa Books)
Foreign Short Stories: "Luminous" by Greg Egan, translator: Yamagichi Makoto (Best of 90s SF)
Media: Hoshi no Koe (Other Voices), Shinkai Asahi (Comics Wave)
Comics: Chrono Eyes, Okasaki Jiro (Kodansha)
Artwork: Shinkai Makoto
Non-Fiction: Uchu e Pasupoto [Passport to Space], Sasamoto Yuichi (Asahi Sonorama)
Free: Dezain no Ningen Robotto HRP-2 Saishu Seika [Final Robotic Platform HRP-2 (Promet)], Izubuchi Yutaka
King Receives National Book Foundation Medal
Animator Jules Engel (b.1909), who worked choreographed the dance sequences for Walt Disney's "Fantasia" died on September 6 in Beverly Hills. Engel also collaborated with Ray Bradbury on the short "Icarus Montgolfier Wright," Dr. Seuss to create "Gerald McBoing-Boing," and worked on "Alvin and the Chipmunks." Engel founded UPA Studios, where he developed the character Mr. Magoo. Engel was born in Budapest.
Actor John Ritter (b.1948) died on September 11 following a major aorta in his heart rupturing. Although Ritter was best known for his work as Jack Tripper in the sitcom "Three's Company," he also appeared in numerous science fiction, fantasy, and horror based films including "Stay Tuned," "Bride of Chucky," and "Steven King's It." In 1990, he portrayed L. Frank Baum in "The Dreamer of Oz." His father was singer Tex Ritter and he was married to actress Amy Yasbeck.
Agent Marilyn Marlow (b.1928) who worked at Curtis Brown since 1959 and represented children's authors including Jane Yolen, Robert Cormier, and S.E. Hinton, died.
Russian SF author Kir Bulychev (b.1934) died on September 5. Bulychev was perhaps best known for his stories about a young girl named Alice Selezneva, which were collected and published in English as Alice: The Girl from Earth. Bulychev was born in Moscow as Igor Vsevolodovich Mozheiko. He first began to write science fiction in 1965 and also wrote screenplays for films.
The 2003 Europa Awards were delivered at FinnCon X/EuroCon 2003 on August 3rd in Turku, Finland.
Best Author: Sergei Lukianenko
Best Artist: Maurizio Manzieri
Best Publisher: (tied) NOWA and Kuasar
Best Promoter: Ivan Krumov
Best Translator: (tied) Michel Jakuszewski and Rafael Marin
Best Journal: Galaxia
Best Fanzine: Fenternet
Encouragement Awards for Best Young Writer: Viktor Tochinov and Georgi Malinov.
Black Gate Suffers Computer Crash
The Chesley Awards were incorrectly listed as giving the Best Cover Illustrations - Hardback Books Award to Todd Lockwood for "Resurgence." Lockwood actually won the award for his cover to R.A. Salvatore's novel "The Thousand Orcs." "Resurgence," one of the other nominees, was created by Bob Eggleton.
Shea Files False Arrest Charges
Shuttle Return to Space
Due to potential changes in the site selection process, the Chicago is bidding to hold the worldcon in 2008, not 2009 as previously noted.
GUFF Candidates Announced
Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
Rhysling Awards Announced
Short Poem category:
Long Poem category:
First Heinlein Awards Presented
Winners: Virginia Heinlein & Michael Flynn
Torcon Masquerade Awards
According to the Sunday Evening Dam Write Daily, the Torcon III At Con Newsletter, the attendance at Torcon III was 3646 Warm Bodies On Site, 4018 Attending Members, and 4735 Members.
LACon IV Guests of Honor
CascadiaCon Guests of Honor
Two Year Site Selection
Torcon Art Show Awards
Fan Taken Ill
2005 NASFiC & 2006 Worldcon Selected
Chicago Announces Worldcon Bid
Worst Year for Space-Related Fatalities
2003 E. Everett Evans Big Heart Award
First Fandom Hall of Fame Award
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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