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.
In the lead up to the Oscars, the Razzie Awards for Worst films were awarded on February 26. The "winners" are listed below. Berry and her agent accepted their Razzie in person. She is the first Oscar winner to win a Razzie.
Worst Picture: Catwoman
Worst Actor: George Bush
Worst Actress: Haile Berry
Worst Screen Couple: George W. Bush & either Condoleezza Rice or His Pet Goat in Fahrenheit 9/11
Worst Supporting Actress: Britney Spears
Worst Supporting Actor: Donald Rumsfeld
Worst Director: Catwoman
Worst Remake or Sequel: Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Worst Screenplay: Catwoman
Worst Razzie Loser Of Our First 25 Years: Ah-Nuld Schwarzenegger (8 nominations, no wins)
Worst 'Drama' Of Our First 25 Years: Battlefield Earth
Worst 'Comedy' Of Our First 25 Years: Gigli
Worst 'Musical' Of Our First 25 Years: From Justin to Kelly
Polish fantasy artist Zdzislaw Beksinski (b.1929) was found murdered with multiple stab wounds in his home in Warsaw on Tuesday, February 22, 2005. Beksinski was also a photographer and sculptor.
Author and poet Sonya Dorman Hess (b.1924) died on February 14, 2005 in Taos, New Mexico. Dorman published numerous stories in the 1960s and '70s. She won the Rhysling Award for her poem "Corruption of Metals" in 1978. Her story "When I Was Miss Dow" was included on the 1996 Retrospective Tiptree Award shortlist and was a Nebula nominee.
The Writers Guild of America announced the winners of its annual screenwriting award on February 19. The film "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth, was named the best original screenplay of 2004.
Norton Out of Hospital
Youth Art and Writing Contest
The SFWA has announced the formation of the Andre Norton Award for young adult novels. The awards will be presented along with the Nebulas with the first award being presented in 2006. The award will be selected following the same procedure as the Nebulas and the first jury will include Sherwood Smith, Janni Lee Simner, Jean Rabe, Victoria McManus, Greg van Eekhout, Martha Bartter, and Catherine Asaro.
Man Booker Nominees Announced
World Fantasy Judges Named
Actor John Raitt (b.1917) died on February 20. Raitt only appeared in a handful of films, but he created the role of Billy Bigelow in the Broadway production of "Carousel," about a carnival worker who comes back from the dead to oversee his daughter's life. Raitt's daughter is singer Bonnie Raitt.
SFWA President Catherine Asaro has announced that Anne McCaffrey will be named SFWA Grand Master at this year's Nebula Weekend in Chicago. McCaffrey's career began with the publication of "Freedom of the Race" in 1953 and went on to publish numerous novels and short stories. McCaffrey may have been the last authorial discovery by Hugo Gernsback.
Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. will receive an award for service to SFWA as well.
The two candidates for the Down Under Fan Fund have been announced. The winner of DUFF will travel from North America to Australia for the Australian National Convention in Tasmania from June 10-13. This year's candidates are Chris Barkley and Joe Siclari. The ballot and voting information can be found at http://www.duff2004.com/vote/download/05ballot.pdf
Launch Date Announced
Former astronaut Fred Gregory has been named to head NASA. Gregory, who has logged 455 hours on board the Challenger, Discovery and Atlantis, will be the first astronaut to head the agency and the first African American in that position. Gregory has served as deputy administrator since 2002. Even as Gregory's nomination was announced, the Government Accounting Office announced an investigation into waste by out-going NASA head Sean O'Keefe.
Actor Dan O'Herlihy (b.1919) died on February 17. O'Herlihy appeared in RoboCop and RoboCop 2 as the Old Man and played Grig in The Last Starfighter. He had the title role in The Cabinet of Caligari and as General Black in Fail-Safe. Over his career spanning more than fifty years, he appeared in numerous other genre films.
Andre Norton has been hospitalized with the flu and pneumonia. She is currently in the ICU, so she cannot receive visitors. Cards and notes are appreciated and in lieu of flowers, she has requested potted plants which can be replanted in the spring.
Nebula Ballot Announced
Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced
The winners of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards were presented on February 12. The awards which went to genre films are listed below.
Best Original Screenplay: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Editing: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Best Achievement in Visual Effects: The Day After Tomorrow
Orange Film of the Year (People's Choice): Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author Jack Chalker (b.1944) died on February 11. Chalker suffered from congestive heart failure on December 7 and underwent a series of surgeries. Chalker began publishing with the novel A Jungle of Stars in 1976, and went on to write numerous books. He was perhaps best known for Midnight at the Well of Souls and its sequels. Chalker was twice nominated for the Hugo (best amateur magazine and best nonfiction book). In 1980, he received the Skylark Award and in 1992, the Readercon Award for The Science Fantasy Publishers: A Critical and Bibliographic History: Third Edition.
The Clarion Midnight Auction raised $4,200. The Clarion Writer's Workshop lost funding from Michigan State University a few years ago and has been exploring alternative methods of fund raising. This year's Clarion will be the final one held on the campus in East Lansing before relocating to a new site for 2006.
There will be at least two mass autographings held in conjunction with this year's Nebula Awards. Both autographings will take place at the Borders Bookstore at the corner of State and Randolph in Chicago. The two events will take place on Friday, April 29 from 6-8 pm and the second on Sunday, May 1 from 11am-1pm. There is not expected to be any overlap between the two autographing sessions. Closer to the date, a complete list of participating authors will appear on the Nebula in Chicago website at http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2005/.
Richard Biggs Memorial
Missouri fan Richard A. Husband (b.1953) died on February 9. Husband had been suffering from esophageal cancer, which was in remission. Paramedics believe he choked while taking medication.
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UPN has announced that it will cancel the television series "Star Trek: Enterprise" on May 13 after it concludes its fourth season. Enterprise becomes the first Star Trek series not to complete seven seasons since the original series was cancelled after three seasons. A total of 98 episodes will have aired by the time of the show's cancellation.
Actor Ossie Davis (b.1912) died on February 4. Davis appeared in a handful of genre works including the Eddie Murphy remake of "Doctor Doolittle," "The Stand," a voice in Disney's "Dinosaur" and the film "Bubba Ho-Tep." In 2004, Davis was the recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor. He was a featured speaker at the funerals of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. He is perhaps most recognizable as the voiceover saying "A mind is a terrible thing to waste" in ads for the United Negro College Fund.
Finalists for this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award, for best SF novel with its first British publication in 2004, have been announced. The winner will be announced on May 11 at the English Heritage Lecture Theatre in London.
River of Gods, by Ian McDonald
Iron Council, by China Miéville
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Market Forces, by Richard Morgan
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The System of the World, by Neal Stephenson
Annie Award Winners
Individual Achievement Categories
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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