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.
There will be a live chat from the Nebula Awards, Saturday, April 30, starting at 6PM Central when the pre-dinner cocktail reception starts. Michael Erhart will be hosting. The awards will be sometime around 8:30. There are two basic ways to get to the Nebula Chat. One is to use by pointing your java-capable web browser to: http://www.sff.net/people/pff/chatpages/Nebulas.htm The other way to connect is via a dedicated IRC client on your computer. There will be staff available to help any folks who are unfamiliar with IRC.
The Psi-Phi Awards, given by the Psi-Phi website, recognize excellence in Star Trek fiction. The awards were announced on April 23 and 24.
Best Nonfiction Book: Just a Geek by Wil Wheaton
Best Series: post-finale Deep Space Nine fiction (represented by Cardassia: The Lotus Flower by Una McCormack and Andor: Paradigm, both in Worlds of DS9 Book 1), edited by Marco Palmieri
Best Cover: Tales of the Dominion War, art by John Blackford, design by John Vairo Jr.
Best Scene: the destruction of Lwaxana's home in "The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned" by Keith R.A. DeCandido in Tales of the Dominion War
Best Miniseries: the A Time... series by John Vornholt, Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore, Robert Greenberger, David Mack, and Keith R.A. DeCandido, edited by John J. Ordover and Ed Schlesinger
Best Short Story: "The Ceremony of Innocence is Drowned" by Keith R.A. DeCandido in Tales of the Dominion War
Best New Character: Governor/President Nan Bacco, in A Time for War, a Time for Peace by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Best eBook: S.C.E. #44: Where Time Stands Still by Dayton Ward & Kevin Dilmore
Best New Novelist: David Mack (A Time to Kill and A Time to Heal)
Best Novel: A Time for War, a Time for Peace by Keith R.A. DeCandido
Hall of Fame
Director George P. Cosmatos (b.1941) died during the third week of April. Best known for his work on Rambo: First Blood Part II, he also directed horror film Leviathan.
A European version of the venerable Clarion Writers Workshop is set to begin in 2007. Pat Cadigan, Liz Holliday, Leslie Howle, Gwyneth Jones, Farah Mendlesohn, Justina Robson, and Geoff Ryman are working to create the branch of the workshop which was begun by Damon Knight in 1968. Currently, the original Clarion has spawned a Clarion West and a Clarion South (the latter in Australia).
DUFF Vote Changes
Going Down Under
The BBC has announced that David Tennant will replace Christopher Eccleston as Dr. Who in the second season of the new series. Tennant has previously appeared in "The Quatermass Experiment." In 2003, he provided voice work for the animated "Dr Who: Scream of the Shalka," in which he played the Caretaker.
Gunn Receives Collection
Siclari Wins DUFF
Phoenix and Rebel Awarded
The third annual Robert A. Heinlein Award will be presented to Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle at CascadiaCon, this year's NASFiC, in Seattle on September 4. The award is presented to recognize outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space.
The nominations for the Peter MacNamara Award have been announced. The award, sponsored by Altair, is presented for contributions to Australian SF and fantasy. It will be awarded at Thylacon in Hobart, Tasmania during the weekend of June 10-13.
Russell B. Farr
Robert N. Stephenson
Astrid Lindgren Award
Arthur C. Clarke Awards
Meisha Merlin has announced plans to publish a definitive collection of Robert A. Heinlein's books, to be called "The Virginia Edition: The Definitive Collection of Robert A. Heinlein." The first book, I Will Fear No Evil, is scheduled for publication in the Fall of 2005, with subsequent books to follow every six weeks. The entire series will consist of 46 titles and be limited to a run of 5000 copies. No price has yet been set.
Suzanne "Suzle" Tompkins has been selected as the TAFF Delegate to travel to Britain. She was victorious in a three-way race with Curt Phillips and Chaz Baden. A total of 186 votes were cast, with a final tally of Suzle: 83, Chaz: 57 and Curt: 35. Chaz was eliminated for not receiving 20% of the European vote and Curt was eliminated for not receiving 20% of the North American vote.
Filk Hall of Fame Inductees
SESFA Nominations Deadline Extended
Girl Genius On Line
Winners will be presented at the HWA Annual Conference and Bram Stoker Awards banquet, to be held in Burbank, California, on June 25, 2005. In addition, the HWA has announced in advance this year's Lifetime Achievement Award Winner will be Michael Moorcock, and HWA's Specialty Press Award will be given to Delirium Books.
Work for Younger Readers
Astronomers Photograph Extrasolar Planet
NASA to Lose Hubble
Actor Christopher Eccleston has reportedly quit the television series Dr. Who after only a single episode aired. The first episode was seen by 10 million viewers and led the BBC to order a second season. Eccleston's episodes will air throughout 2005 with his last show airing around Christmas.
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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