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The William L. Crawford Award and the Distinguished Scholarship Award were presented at the International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts.
William L. Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist to K.J. Bishop, author of The Etched City
Distinguished Scholarship Award to Spanish translator and editor Marcial Souto
Actress Jan Sterling (b.1921) died on March 26. Sterling got her start in the film Tycoon in 1947. Nine years later, she portrayed Julia in the original film version of George Orwell's "1984." She received an Academy Award nomination in 1955 for her role in "The High and the Mighty."
British actor Hubert Gregg (b.1914) died on March 29 at his home. Gregg portrayed Prince John in the 1952 film "The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men" and went on the reprise the role in the 1955 television series "The Adventures of Robin Hood." In 2002, he received an MBE and in his later years worked as a radio announcer for BBC Radio 2 on the show "Thanks for the Memory" since 1972. He composed several songs and published two novels.
A tribute to Ray Bradbury will be held at the California ScienCenter in Los Angeles on April 3. Guests include Buzz Aldrin, Harlan Ellison and William Shatner. The event, which is open to the public, will include dinner, cocktails, and both live and silent auctions. Ticket prices begin at $300, but if you mention Locus, you can receive a 50% discount. Call (866) 976-8776 to make reservations.
NASA Sets Speed Record
The finalists for the 2003-4 James White Award have been announced. The award is presented to a non-professional writer and is named in honor of the late James White. The award ceremony will be taking place at Concourse, the 2004 Eastercon, in Blackpool, on the weekend of the 9th to 12th April. This year's judges include Lois McMaster Bujold, Michael Carroll, Peter F Hamilton, Chris Priest, and David Pringle.
"One Sick Vampire," by Tim .P. Keating
"Growing Pains," by Brenden Whelan
"Lost Things Saved in Boxes," by Deirdre Ruane
"The Big Dave Special," by Matthew G Nelson
"The Tale of Pol Krage," by John Garrison
Phobos Award Winners
The Faan Awards were presented at Corflu during the weekend of March 19. In addition to the Faan Awards, the Guest of Honor for the convention was selected and next year's location was set as San Francisco in February.
Best Fanzine: Trapdoor
Best Fanwriter: Gordon Eklund
Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
Best Fan Humorist: Andy Hooper
Best New Fan: Pete Young
Special Fan Achievement: Bill Burns for efanzines.com
Corflu GoH: Ted White
The DUFF Race to bring a fan from Australia or New Zealand to North America is underway with three candidates: Norman Cates, Erika Maria Lacey, and Danny Oz (neé Heap). Anyone who was involved in fandom prior to January 1, 2003 may vote by paying the US$4 or A$6 voting fee. Ballots must be received by May 1, 2004. For ballots or more information, go to http://www.duff2004.com.
Ordover to Phobos
EPPIE and Quasar Awards
New Russian Spacecraft
Return of the Doctor
A New Resurrection
SCA member Maggie Warner has died. Warner, known as Gwendolyn of the Copper Beaches, was from the Oklahoma City area.
A 100-foot asteroid will pass within 26,500 miles of the Earth tonight (March 18), marking the closest approach ever recorded. The asteroid was first spotted on March 15 and poses no danger to the planet. The approach of 2004 FH will occur at 1708 EST (GMT-5) and should be visible to southern observers through binoculars as it streaks over the South Atlantic.
The 2004 Ditmar Nominations have been announced. The Ditmars will be presented at Conflux in Canberra the weekend of April 23-26. The Ditmars recognize excellence in Australian science fiction and fantasy. They were founded in 1969.
Novella or Novelette - Any work of science fiction, fantasy or horror of 7,500 to 40,000 words
Short Story - Any work of science fiction, fantasy or horror less than 7,500 words
Collected Work - Any collection of science fiction, fantasy or horror (anthology, magazine, journal, ezine or webzine) which must pay contributors in other than contributor copies and incidentals, or is sponsored by an institution other than a fan club, or the editors of which declare the work to be professional
Best Artwork - An artwork is a single work or a series of related works of art in any medium other than text
Fan Artist - For a work or body of work. The artist must have not received payment other than contributor copies or incidentals
Fan Production - For work in any medium. The author or artist must not have received payment other than contributor copies or incidentals
Fanzine - For work in any medium. The writer or artist must not have received payment other than contributor copies or incidentals. Eligible works include, but are not limited to, a periodical, journal, ezine or webzine
Special Award Categories
Best New Talent - For excellence of professional achievement in any field of the genre by an individual who has not been nominated for a professional award three or more years before the year the award is held. An individual is only eligible for two consecutive years
Paizo Publishing has announced that beginning in July, they will relaunch Amazing Stories. Amazing Stories was founded in 1926 by Hugo Gernsback and is widely considered to be the first science fiction magazine. Amazing has died and been brought back to life several times, most recently in an incarnation by Wizards of the Coast which attempted to appeal to media fans as well as its more traditional audience. Paizo is offering a special charter subscription rate at their website, www.paizo.com.
And the Bookstore That Would
Computer programmer John W. Seybold (b.1915) died on March 14. Seybold was a pioneer in computerized typesetting and is credited with firs applying the term "What You See Is What You Get," later WYSIWYG to computerized layouts. Before Seybold's work, page and line breaks, as well as other typesetting features, needed to be added manually.
Russian President Vladimir Putin appointed Col. Gen. Anatoly Perminov to head the Russian Space Agency in a surprise move on the eve of the Russian elections. When Yuriy Koptev announced his retirement last year, Nikolay Moiseyev was tagged as the favorite to replace him. This appointment may indicate a move by the Russians to strengthen the military aspect of their space program. Until the United States begins flying shuttles in 2005, NASA relies on the Russian Space Agency to launch personnel and supplies to the International Space Station.
New Planetoid Announced
The 2004 TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) race has begun. The fund, established in 1953 to bring North American fans to Europe and European fans to North America, will be bringing European fans to the US for Noreascon this year. This year's race is between Swedish fan Anders Holmström and Irish fan James Bacon. The voting deadline is June 5. Ballots and platforms can be found at:
Stephenson Named Toastmaster
Robot Race Finishes Early
Marc Abrahams has been named Science Guest of Honor for CascadiaCon, the 2005 North America Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC). Abrahams is the editor and founder of the Annals of Improbable Science, which presents the annual Ig Nobel Award.
Charles L. Grant Diagnosed
Spectrum Awards Announced
Actor Paul Winfield (b.1941) died of an heart attack on March 7. Winfield appeared in the film "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan," "The Terminator," and "Mars Attacks!" and did voice work for the television series "Spider-Man" and "Gargoyles."
Fan Dee Willis died on March 8. Willis chaired the 2003 World Horror Convention in Kansas City. During her time as chair, she suffered from a massive coronary and hospital stays.
The theatrical release of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" on DVD and video has been announced for May 25. The extended version will be released later in the year, although an exact date has not yet been announced.
Atmosphere May Have Caused Beagle Loss
Hobbit May Or May Not Be Made
Jarrold to Freelance Edit
High Hallack, Andre Norton's library for writers, will be closing. The contents of the library are currently being sold off to private collectors. On March 6 and 7, from 10-4, the remaining contents will be sold to the public for $2 for hardcovers or .50c for paperbacks. The proceeds of the sale will help found a scholarship for young writers. High Hallack is at 114 Eventide Drive, Murfreesboro, TN 37130
NASA scientists announced on March 2 that the rover Opportunity has landed in a region of the planet which at one time "liquid water once drenched the surface." This discovery means that the planet had a "good, habitable environment," although not necessarily life of any sort. The rover had detected evidence of sulfates and other minerals that form in the presence of water.
Comet Chaser Launches, Finally
Narnia On Film
Academy Award winner Howard Shore, who won Oscars for Best Score and Best for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and Best Score for "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowshop of the Ring," has announced that he will conduct a Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a performance of excerpts from the films. The piece will be scored for a 100 piece orchestra and 100 member choir. The piece will be performed at the Hollywood Bowl.
Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" won Academy Awards in all eleven categories in which it was nominated, including Best Director and Best Picture. It is the first time a genre film has won Best Picture. With the film's eleven wins, it tied "Titanic" and "Ben-Hur" for the most Oscars won. Below are the results in all categories which had genre films nominated:
Best Picture: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Actor: Sean Penn
Best Director: Peter Jackson: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Original Screenplay: Sophia Coppola: "Lost in Translation"
Best Adapted Screenplay: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Film Editing: James Selkirk: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Score: Howard Shore: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Sound Editing: Richard King: "Master & Commander: The Far Side of the World"
Best Sound Mixing: Christopher Boyes, Michael Semanick, Michael Hedges and Hammond Peek: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Make-Up: Richard Taylor & Peter King: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Visual Effects: Jim Rygiel, Joe Letteri, Randall William Cook and Alex Funke: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Song: "Into the West," by Fran Walsh and Howard Shore and Annie Lennox "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Animated Short Film: "Harvie Krumpett"
Best Costume Design: Ngila Dixon & Richard Taylor: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Best Animated Feature: "Finding Nemo"
Best Art Direction: Grant Major, Dan Hennah & Alan Lee: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"
Laurie Marks Injured
SF Hall of Fame Inductees
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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