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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The Science Fiction & Mystery Bookstore, an Atlanta establishment for 20 years, will be closing on May 29. They will be holding a close-out sale that day with refreshments from 11 AM until everything's gone.
Tolkien House for Sale
Young Planet Discovered
Author Laurie Marks, who was injured when her porch collapsed, has returned home from the hospital. This past weekend, on May 22, Marks married her longtime companion Deb Mensinger under Massachusetts's newly established right of same-sex marriages. Marks and Mensinger have been together for 18 years.
Heinlein Award to Clarke
2004 Mythopoeic Award Finalists
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Adult Literature
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Children's Literature
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies
More Records for Shrek 2
The inquiry into the failure of the British Beagle 2 spacecraft to Mars is expected to indicate that the failure of the spacecraft upon reaching the surface was the result of rushing the mission and inadequate funding.
Sid Hoff (b.1913), the author of the child's classic Danny and the Dinosaur, died on May 12. Hoff also was an illustrator for the New Yorker and published more than 60 children's books.
A small piece of the moon given to Malta by Richard Nixon, has been stolen from the Museum of Natural History in Mdina on the island nation. The rock, no larger than a raisin, is believed to be worth 5 million dollars. It was recovered from the Taurus-Littrow region by Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt on the last lunar mission in 1972.
Star Wars Rumor Title
Shrek Sets Record
The Libertarian Society has announced the finalists for the 2004 Prometheus Awards, given to science fiction which promotes the libertarian mindset. The awards will be presented at Noreascon 4, this year's Worldcon.
Hall of Fame finalist 2003-2004 award year
Private Rockets to Space
China Doesn't Aim for the Moon
Lord Ruthven Assembly Award
Mexican UFOs Explained
Fiction Workshop at Black to the Future
Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver has been named the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
UFOs Over Mexico
2 Taikonauts To Orbit
Great Die Off Crater Possibly Found
Norman Cates has won the three-way race for DUFF in a close contest with Danny Oz and Erika Lacey. According to out-going DUFF administrator Julian Warner, the voting came down to preferences in the Australian rules ballot. Cates will travel to Noreascon 4 and around the United States later this year.
David to Phobos
Burstein Elected to Library Board
Abyss and Apex Summer Fund Drive Announced
Eastern Regional Director Resigns
Fan Ken Uhland died in the afternoon of Saturday, May 8, 2004. Ken has been fighting cancer for a while and entered hospice about a month ago. In addition to being a volunteer on the convention scene for many years, Uhland also was active in coordinating MENSA events in the San Francisco bay area.
Comedian Alan King (b.1927) died of lung cancer on May 9 in Manhattan. King, who served as the Abbot of the New York Friar's Club, is best known for his stand-up comedy, but has also appeared in numerous films, in both comedic and straight roles. He provided the voice for the Supreme Commander in the animated film "The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars," based on the characters of Thomas M. Disch.
The 2003 Aurealis Awards for Australian speculative fiction were announced during Swancon in Perth. The Awards are sponsored by Chimaera Publications and Aurealis Magazine.
Division A: Science Fiction
Division B: Fantasy
Division C: Horror
Division D: Young Adult
Division E: Children's (8-12 years)
Lord of the Rings CD Specials
Author Basil Wells (b.1912) died on December 23, 2003. Wells began publishing SF in 1940 with the story "Rebirth of Man" in Super Science Stories. His short stories were collected in two volumes, Planets of Adventure and Doorways to Space. He published a few tales under the pseudonym Gene Ellerman and stopped publishing in 1957.
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, which will move to Seattle to become part of the Science Fiction Museum, has announced this year's inductees. The celebration will take place for the last time at the Kansas University campus in Lawrence, Kansas during the weekend of July 8-11. This year's inductees will include Brian Aldiss, Harry Harrison, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and Mary Shelley. Aldiss and Harrison plan to attend the event.
Interaction Installment Plan
Orbital to Launch
Fan Tammy Coxen gave birth to her first child, Liam Benjamin McGlohan, on April 26.
Norwegian fan Johannes H. Berg (b.1956) died of cancer on April 29. Berg was diagnosed with cancer in November last year. He entered fandom in the early 1970s and became a conrunner and fanzine editor. He helped found the Oslo science fiction club Aniara in the 70s. From 1991, he published the monthly fanzine Kretsen. In 1998, he was the fan guest of honor at InterContact. Berg was serving as the Norwegian agent for Interaction.
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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