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.
NBC has announced the creation of the Quill Awards to be given out to books in fifteen categories including science fiction/fantasy/horror and graphic novel. The Quill nominees will be selected by bookseller and librarian subscribers to Publishers Weekly and the slate drawn from books reviewed in Publishers Weekly over the course of a year. The nominees will be announced in August and the public will be able to vote on their favorites from August 15 to September 15. The awards will be presented in a televised show in October.
The nominations for the 2005 Academy Awards were announced on January 25. Only categories with films of genre interest are listed below. The awards will be presented on February 27 in a telecast hosted by Chris Rock.
Actor in a Leading Role
Actress In A Leading Role
Animated Feature Film
Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Writing (Original Screenplay)
Lambda Literary Awards Finalists
Worst Screen Couple
Worst Supporting Actress
Worst Supporting Actor
Worst Remake or Sequel
Special "Worst Of Our First 25 Years" Awards
Worst Razzie Loser Of Our First 25 Years
Worst 'Drama' Of Our First 25 Years
Worst 'Comedy' Of Our First 25 Years
Worst 'Musical' Of Our First 25 Years
The Aurealis Awards were presented in Brisbane, Australia on January 22. The awards recognize achievement by Australians in speculative fiction.
BSFA Awards Nominations
Best Short Fiction:
National Book Critics Award Finalists
New News Editor at Chronicle
Sci-Fi Overdrive Changes Channel
Neil Gaiman will be the toastmaster at the 2005 Nebula Awards to be held in Chicago from April 28-May 1. The weekend will include a one day seminar on legal issues in conjunction with the Illinois State Bar Association, an SFWA in the City reception focusing on science fiction in Chicago, a tour of Argonne and Fermilab, the Nebula banquet and awards, and two mass autographing sessions. For more information, see http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2005.
Stan Lee Wins
Changes at Wildside
Magazine Publication Suspended
Martian Meteorite Discovery
Outgoing Tangent Online editor Chris Markwyn has announced that Eugie Foster has agreed to become Tangent's next editor. As Ms. Foster takes the reins, the site is scheduled to move to a new server and undergo a update to provide an improved user interface.
Call for Papers
Actress Virginia Mayo (b.1920) died on January 17 of pneumonia and heart failure. Best known for her roles as Danny Kaye's love interest in his MGM films, she eventually appeared in a few minor genre movies including "The Haunted" and "Evil Spirits."
Anthony Sterling Rodgers (b.2004) died in an accident on January 11. Anthony was the new-born son of Alan Rodgers and Amy Sterling Casil. Alan was injured in the same incident and is in the hospital, although the doctors do not know how long he will be staying there. All projects Alan has been working on for Wildside Press should be considered to be on hold.
The Huygens space probe safely landed on Titan on January 14 and began transmitting images of the moon, Saturn's largest and the only moon in the solar system with an atmosphere.
NASA launched the Deep Impact probe on January 12. The probe is expected to make rendezvous and impact with Comet Tempel I on July third. The impact is expected to make a crater 14 stories deep and 300 feet in diameter. The comet is nine miles long by three miles wide. Scientists expect to be able to watch the impact through telescopes around the Pacific Ocean. Shortly after launch, the craft went into safe mode, although it is not believed to be a major malfunction.
Mammals Ate Dinosaurs
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Science Fiction Romance newsletter has announced the nominees for the Sapphire Award. Nominations were made, by the newsletter's subscribers and selected, by a panel of five judges.
Best Short Fiction
The tenth annual Critics Choice Awards were presented on January 10. Categories in which films of genre interest won are listed below.
Best Animated Feature: The Incredibles
Best Family Film: Finding Neverland
Best Popular Movie: Spider-Man
Best Young Actor: Freddie Highmore in Finding Neverland
British science fiction author and dentist Roger Levy was stabbed by Ismail Dogan, a former mental patient, on December 23 while the Dogan was on a rampage. Five people were injured and one killed in the attack. Levy, the author of Dark Heavens and Reckless Sleep, was last reported in stable condition, although the wounds were life threatening at one time.
Philip K. Dick Nominees
SFRA Graduate Award
CascadiaCon Student Science Fiction and Fantasy Contest
People's Choice Awards Announced
Alias actress Jennifer Garner had bowed out of a publicity tour for her new film Elektra causing speculation she may have been pregnant, although her publicist stated she was suffering from a virus. It turns out that she suffered some nerve damage performing a stunt for the television show "Alias." She is recuperating and expected to be able to resume her full schedule in the near future.
Directors Guild Nominations
Dog Writers Nominations
The Producers Guild has announced the nominations for their annual award, to be presented on January 22. The only category with nominations of genre interest is the motion picture award, listed below.
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award (for Theatrical Motion Pictures)
Romantic Times Critics Choice Nominations
Best Science Fiction Novel:
Best Fantasy Novel:
Best Epic Fantasy Novel:
The preliminary ballot for the Nebula Awards have been announced. The membership of SFWA will vote on these and decrease each category to five items. The Nebula juries may then add up to one additional item per category. The Nebulas will be awarded during the Nebula Weekend in Chicago from April 28-May 1.
Actor Kenny Baker, who is best known for his work inside R2-D2 from the Star Wars series, was arrested for drunk driving on December 17. When Baker refused a breath test, he was locked into a cell for two hours until a doctor performed a blood test. Baker says he was unable to take the breath test because his asthma would not permit it. Baker has stated that the blood tests will exonerate him.
Comic book artist Will Eisner (b.1917) died on January 3 following heart bypass surgery. Eisner created "The Spirit" in 1940. He received the 1995 Milton Caniff Lifetime Achievement Award and the 1998 Reuben Award as cartoonist of the year from the National Cartoonists Society. Eisner was instrumental in established the graphic novel in the 1970s.
Award winning artist Frank Kelly Freas (b.1922) died in the morning of January 2. Freas was the artist guest of honor at Torcon III in 2003, but was unable to attend the convention after suffering a fall. His career spanned several decades during which he produced numerous iconic covers and illustrations, perhaps the best known for Fredric Brown's "Martians, Go Home." Freas was the recipient of ten Hugos and a retro-Hugo as well as three Chesley, five Locus and a Skylark Award. He was an official NASA artist and created the mission patch for Skylab-1.
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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