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.
For the first time, the Chesley Awards will be presented at a non-North American Worldcon. The Chesley Awards are presented by ASFA to honor the best science fiction and fantasy art of the year. The awards are named for space artist Chesley Bonestell.
The winners of this year's Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement were announced on June 26 by the Horror Writers Association at an awards banquet in Burbank, California.
Novel: In the Night Room, by Peter Straub
First Novel (tie): Covenant, by John Everson and Stained, by Lee Thomas
Long Fiction: "The Turtle Boy," by Kealan-Patrick Burke
Short Fiction: "Nimitseahpah," by Nancy Etchemendy
Fiction Collection: Fearful Symmetries, by Thomas F. Monteleone
Anthology: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant
Nonfiction: Hellnotes, by Judi Rohrig
Illustrated Narrative: Heaven's Devils, by Jai Nitz
Screenplay (tie): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth and Shaun of the Dead, written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Work for Younger Readers (tie): Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War, by Clive Barker and Oddest Yet, by Steve Burt
Poetry Collection: The Women at the Funeral, by Corinne De Winter
Alternative Forms: The Devil's Wine, by Tom Piccirilli
Lifetime Achievement: Michael Moorcock
Costumer Bobby Gear (b.1942) died on June 25. Gear suffered a stroke last year and while in the hospital was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was a Baltimore area fan, married to Marty Gear, and active in BSFS and the Costumer's Guild. In 1998, she co-chaired the BucConeer Masquerade and worked as a judge for a wide variety of masquerades over the years. In 1986, she was nominated for a Best Fanzine Hugo for Greater Columbia Fantasy Costumers Guild Newsletter.
Actor Paul Winchell (b.1922) died on June 24. Winchell is best known to modern audiences as the voice behind Tigger in Disney's Winnie the Pooh cartoons. However, his voice work was much broader than just the one character, including title work on "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" and "The Jetsons." He got his start performing as a ventriloquist with his dummies, Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. In addition to his entertainment work, Winchell held a patent for an artificial heart and a battery powered automobile.
Finalists have been announced for this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. Both Awards are presented annually at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. This year's conference will be held July 7-10, 2005. The Campbell Award is given to best novel published in the US and the Sturgeon Award is given for Bets short story. This year's Campbell jurors include Gregory Benford, Paul Carter, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Chris McKitterick, Farah Mendlesohn, Pamela Sargent, Tom Shippey, and chair James Gunn. This year's Sturgeon Award jurors include Frederik Pohl, James Gunn, and Kij Johnson, with the assistance of Noel Sturgeon, Theodore Sturgeon's daughter.
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Theodore Sturgeon Award
International Horror Guild Nominations Announced
British fan Terry Jeeves has been reported to have Parkinson's Disease. Jeeves was one of the founders of the British Science Fiction Association in 1958 and was the editor of the group's publication Vector. He regretfully has announced that he will be curtailing his fannish activity due to the disease.
Cosmos 1 Failure
Comic penciller Sam Kweskin (b.1924) died on June 23. Kweskin worked for Marvel. He began working as a penciller and inker in the 1950s and in the 1970s, worked on Daredevil, Dr. Strange, and Sub-Mariner. Some of his work appeared with the byline Irv Wesley.
Robert Sheckley, one of the guests of honor at Interaction, will be unable to attend the Worldcon due to his recent health problems. Sheckley, who took ill while in Ukraine, is now back in the United States recuperating. In his absence, his wife and daughter will attend the Worldcon and participate in programming events.
The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI), the sponsoring organization for the 1984, 1996, and 2006 Worldcons, has donated $1,000 to the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) upon receipt of Trip Reports from James Bacon and Tobes Valois.
Actor Lane Smith (b.1936) died on June 13. Smith is best known for his role as Perry White on the television show "Lois and Clark." Smith also played the role of reporter Emmett Seaborn in the mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon." He appeared in both "V" and "Alien Nation." Smith made his film debut in 1970 in "Maidstone."
The 2005 Australian National Science Fiction Achievement "Ditmar" Awards were presented at Thylacon, the 44th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, on Saturday 11 June 2005, in a ceremony at the Wrest Point Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania. The William Atheling, Jr Award and Peter McNamara Award, which are not Ditmars, were presented at the same time.
Best Novel: The Crooked Letter, by Sean Williams
Best Collected Work: Black Juice, by Margo Lanagan
Best Novella/Novelette: "The Last Days of Kali Yuga", by Paul Haines
Best Short Story: "Singing My Sister Down", by Margo Lanagan
Best Professional Artwork: Kerri Valkova for the cover to The Black Crusade
Best Professional Achievement: Clarion South committee
Fan Achievement: Conflux convention committee
Fan Artist: Sarah Xu
Fanzine: The Bullsheet, ed Edwina Harvey & Ted Scribner
Fan Writer: Bruce Gillespie
Best New Talent: Paul Haines
William Atheling, Jr Award for Criticism or Review (tie): Robert Hood, for his review of Weight of Water at HoodReviews; and Jason Nahrung for "Why are publishers afraid of horror"
The Peter McNamara Achievement Award: Jonathan Strahan
Brian Aldiss Award OBE
Broderick to Edit Cosmos Fiction
Actor Ed Bishop (b.1932) died on June 8. Bishop was best known for his role as Ed Straker on the show "UFO," but also had a bit role in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and appeared in "Battle Beneath the Earth" and "The Mouse on the Moon." He provided voices for the animated version of "Star Trek"
Actor Michael Billington (b.1941) died on June 3. Billington was best known for his role as Col. Paul Foster on the show "UFO." Often mentioned as a possible James Bond, he appeared in the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" as Sergei Barsov.
Brian Davis has won CUFF, the Canadian Unity Fan Fund which sends a fan from eastern or western Canada across country to attend the annual Canvention. Davis will represent Eastern Canada in Calgary at the joint Westercon/Canvention during the July 1-4 weekend.
Bookseller Peder Wagtskjold died on June 6 following a brief illness. Wagtskjold worked at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis for more than a decade before branching out to found PDW books, a mail order company specializing in horror and Arkham House titles.
Actress Anne Bancroft (b.1931) died of cancer on June 6. Bancroft, who was married to Mel Brooks, is best known for her roles Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" and as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." She appeared in films of genre interest as the voice of the Queen in "Antz," as Madame Ouspenskaya in Brooks's horror spoof "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and as Helene Hanff in "84 Charing Cross Road."
Wildside Press has announced plans to purchase Weird Tales. For the last several years, Wildside has been a minority owner of the title, but with issue 337, it will take full control of the magazine. Current co-editors Darrell Schweitzer and George H. Scithers will remain with the magazine and be joined by Wildside President John Gregory Betancourt, who helped those two found the current incarnation of the magazine in 1987.
Astronaut Threatens Lawsuit
Noreascon IV, the 2004 Worldcon, has announced that it has passed along a total of $75,333 to the next three worldcons. This is part of the Worldcon Pass Along Fund program in which worldcons promise to pass at least half of their surplus to future Worldcons.
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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