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Tom Howard has announced the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Short Story Contest. The contest is open to any type of short story up to 8,000 words and carries prizes of $1,000, $500, $25, plus four Publication Royalty Awards of $150 and three Encouragement Awards of $75 each. The contest has a $10 entry fee. For more information, go to http://www.winningwriters.com/tomstory.htm.
Tsunami Touches Genre Actors
Actor Richard Attenborough, who appeared in "Jurassic Park" and "Doctor Doolittle," lost his 14 year old daughter, Jane Holland, in the disaster. The tsunami is believed to have killed more than 140,000 people around the Indian Ocean rim.
Arthur C. Clarke has reported that he is fine in the wake of the tsunami that struck Sri Lanka and other coastal areas along the Indian Ocean. The tsunami was caused by a 9.0 earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and has resulted in an estimated 20,000 deaths.
Fountain Award Nominees Solicited
The magazine that would not die, Amazing Stories, will be going on hiatus following the 608th issue in February 2005 (street date: January 4). According to editor-in-chief Jeff Berkwits, the hiatus is in part the result the successful reception the magazine has received, which has provided it with opportunities to potentially expand. During the hiatus, the publisher will be determining how to best approach these opportunities.
Guy Lillian has announced that the nominating window for DUFF 2005 is now open. DUFF (The Down Under Fan Fund) will send a North American fan to the Australian National SF Convention June 10-13 in Hobart, Tasmania. Nominees need three American nominators and two Australian/New Zealand nominators. The deadline for nominations is February 15. More information at http://DUFF2005.blogspot.com.
Potter Release Date
The nominations for the Australian Aurealis Awards, run by Fantastic Queensland, have been announced. The awards will be presented on January 22 at Ian Hanger Recital Hall, Queensland Conservatorium of Music, South Bank, Brisbane. Two new awards will be presented this year, the Golden Aurealis for novel and for short story. The Golden Aurealis will be presented to one work in each category among the Aurealis winners.
Science Fiction Short Story
Science Fiction Novel
Fantasy Short Story
Horror Short Story
Young Adult Short Story
Young Adult Novel
Children Short Story
Author Jack Chalker went into the hospital on December 7 with congestive heart failure. Chalker's condition has been relatively stable and he may require surgery for a "trach" and gastric bypass surgery.
Ministry of Whimsy Hiatus
Baltimore Science Fiction Society Case Dismissed
Space Elevator Contest
Critics Choice Nominations
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Animated Feature:
Best Young Actor:
Best Young Actress:
Best Popular Movie:
Best Family Film (live action):
Sean O'Keefe has announced his resignation as administrator of NASA following three years in the position. O'Keefe was the head of NASA at the time of the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia on February 1, 2003. O'Keefe is the leading contender for the position of Chancellor of Louisiana State University.
Return of the King: Extended Edition on Big Screen
Construction in KC
Golden Globe Nominations Announced
Best Motion Picture Drama:
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture Drama
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama
Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture -Musical Or Comedy
Best Performance By An Actress In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Best Performance By An Actor In A Supporting Role In A Motion Picture
Best Director - Motion Picture
Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Best Original Song - Motion Picture
The Clarion Writers Workshop, which lost funding, is holding an on-line auction from Midnight January 27 through Midnight January 29. Their goal is to raise $1,000, although they are currently $17,000 short of their 2005 budget needs. Details can be found at www.msu.edu/~clarion/newsletter/nl23/auction.html.
The Annie nominations for animated work have been announced. The awards, given by ASIFA-Hollywood, will be presented on January 30, 2005.
Best Animated Feature
Best Home Entertainment Production
Best Animated Short Subject
Best Animated Television Commercial
Best Animated Television Production
Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Character Design in an Animated Television Production
Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Directing in an Animated Television Production
Music in an Animated Feature Production
Music in an Animated Television Production
Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Production Design in an Animated Television Production
Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production
Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production
Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Writing in an Animated Television Production
June Foray Award - Significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation:
Winsor McCay Award - Recognition of lifetime or career contributions to the art of animation:
Ub Iwerks Award:
Certificate of Merit:
Director/Producer Larry Buchanan (b.1923) died on December 2 following complications from a collapsed lung. Perhaps best known for his low-budget conspiracy films such as "The Trial of Lee Harvey Oswald," and "Goodbye, Norma Jean," he also made several genre films, including "Mars Needs Woman," "Curse of the Swamp Creature," and "Zontar, the Thing from Venus." At the time of his death, he was in post-production on the film "The Copper Scroll of Mary Magdelene."
Author Jack Chalker is reported to have been hospitalized and diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He is in fair condition and is expected to make a full recovery. Chalker's family is noting his health condition on his website at http://www.jackchalker.com.
Nova Awards Announced
Portland, Oregon will host the 2005 SMOFcon, led by David Schaber. This year marked the first time in several years that there was a disputed election for the location of the next year's SMOFcon.
Horvat Collection to University of Oregon
Locus Returns to Westercon
We Burned So Bright
Kansas City fan Michael Smalley died on the night of December 4/5. Smalley was active in Kansas City fandom, frequently working as a con security guard at local conventions, although he did not attend many cons outside of the Kansas City area. He was actived in KaSFF.
Fan Michael Brocha died on December 5. Brocha has been battling cancer. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Norwescon program books. A grave-side service will be held for family and close-friends on December 7 with a more traditional memorial
The National Board of Review, an organization of film professionals, educators, students and historians, has announced its film awards for 2004. "The Incredibles" was named Best Animated Feature and the J.M. Barrie-inspired "Finding Neverland" was named Best Film.
Endeavor Award Announced
Brian Aldiss has cancelled his plans to attend Philcon in Philadelphia this weekend due to illness.
Return of the King
Canadian author and broadcaster Pierre Berton (b.1920) died on November 30 of congestive heart failure and diabetes. Berton is best known for writing histories, but also wrote the fantasy novel The Secret World of Og, which was illustrated by his daughter. An award for Canadian history has been named in Berton's honor.
Sawyer Wins UPC Award
Tolkien's House Protected
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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