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.
The World Fantasy Awards will be presented at World Fantasy Con in Madison, Wisconsin during the weekend of November 3-6.
Special Award: Professional:
Special Award: Non-Professional:
Two scientific teams have announced the discovery of trans-Neptunian objects, known officially as 2003 UB313 and 2003 EL61. The objects appear to be slightly larger and slightly smaller than Pluto, and 2003 EL61 appears to have a moon. Although both were originally discovered in 2003, observations of 2003 EL61 have been found dating back to 1955. EL61 appears to be 930 miles in diameter and UB313 is believed to be anywhere from slightly larger than Pluto to twice its size. UB313 was discovered by the same team to discover Sedna last year.
Only a day after the space shuttle Discovery returned to space, NASA announced that the fleet would be grounded once again following its return to Earth. Foam falling from the exterior fuel tank repeated the problem which caused the destruction of the Columbia in 2003, although NASA does not believe that the Discovery is in danger. The shuttle docked at the International Space Station shortly after the announcement was made, the first shuttle docking there since 2002.
Branson to Build Space Fleet
Wheel of Time Contest
Arizona fan Ray Gish has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The cancer has metastasized and he is now under hospice care. Gish has worked for many years as a con art show director.
Fan Chris Barkley and editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden have announced a proposal, to be made at Interaction, to split the Best Editor Hugo into two categories. The two categories would be one for magazine editors, similar to the current category, but implicitly mentioning the eligibility of on-line editors, and one for book editors.
Conadian Makes Donation to Interaction
ASFA has announced the nominations for this year's Chesley Awards, to be presented at Interaction in Glasgow.
Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book
Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book
Best Cover Illustration: Magazine
Best Interior Illustration
Best Color Work: Unpublished
Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished
Best Three-Dimensional Art
Best Product Illustration
Best Gaming Related Illustration
Best Art Director
Award for Contribution to ASFA
Award for Artistic Achievement
Ursa Major Awards
Matrix Lawsuit Dismissed
Iain M. Banks on Mastermind
Fred Saberhagen, the Guest of Honor for this year's NASFiC, CascadiaCon, has announced he will be unable to attend the convention. Saberhagen has been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. Saberhagen is working with doctors to get his cancer stabilized and hope to be attending conventions again in the near future.
Actor James Doohan (b.1920), best known for playing Montgomery Scott on Star Trek, died on July 20. Doohan got his start in the television show Space Command in 1953. He has provided voice work for a variety of cartoons as well. Doohan is credited with creating the basic Klingon language for Star Trek: The Motion Picture. In recent years, he has suffererd from Parkinson's Disease and Alzheimer's.
Comic artist Jim Aparo (b.1933) died on July 19. Aparo was considered one of the definitive Batman artists from the mid-1970s and also did work on Aquaman and the Phantom Stranger. He began working at Charlton in the 1960s, but was brought the DC by Dick Giordano.
Caltech astronomer Maciej Konacki has announced the discovery of a Jovian planet in orbit around a triple star system, HD 188753 in Cygnus. The system is about 149 light years from earth and the planet orbits at about the distance to Saturn. The new finding could upset existing theories that planets usually form out of gas and dust circling a single star, and could lead scientists to look in new places for planets. In the paper, Konacki refers to the planet as a Tatooine planet, after the home of Luke Skywalker, which orbited a binary star system.
Spectrum Exhibit in New York
After a store sold fifteen copies of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by accident, an injunction was placed on the purchasers, forbidding them to talk about, copy, or even read the books prior to Saturday, July 16. The judge who issued the injunction instructed the purchasers to return the books to the store, in return for which they would each receive their book with a book plate autographed by J.K. Rowling.
Spectrum Adds Advisor, Announces Judges
Shuttle Launch Delayed
Fan Linda Ann Moss died on July 12. Moss was active in APA fandom.
The results for the John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial award for best science fiction novel and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction were announced July 8 at the University of Kansas. Administrator Christopher McKitterick announced that the 2006 Weekend may include inductions in a new Fantasy Hall of Fame. Until last year, the inductions in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame were held at the same time, but this year, the SF HoF has moved to the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle.
John W. Campbell Memorial Award: Market Forces, by Richard K. Morgan
Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award: "Sergeant Chip" by Bradley Denton
Author Evan Hunter (b.1926) died on July 6 of cancer of the larynx. Although best known for his mysteries and screenplays, Hunter also wrote science fiction novels early in his career. Hunter was known by a variety of pseudonyms, perhaps Ed McBain being the best known. He was born Salvatore Lombino, but changed his name in 1952.
Packager Byron Preiss (b.1953) died on July 9 in a car accident while returning from synagogue. Through his Byron Preiss Visual Publications, Preiss assembled a wide variety of fiction and nonfiction titles, but until recently he was not a publisher. His recent into publishing, ibooks, has reprinted a lot of science fiction, as well as best of series for both fantasy and science fiction.
The NASA Deep Impact probe made contact with comet Tempel 1 on Sunday, July 3. The probe formed a crater on the comet's surface causing plumes of gas to be released. Scientists have not yet gotten visual confirmation of the crater because of dust released by the collision, but shadows indicate the crater was formed. In the aftermath of the collision, a Russian astrologer has filed a lawsuit claiming that NASA has ruined "the natural balance of forces in the universe" and will deform her predictions.
Earlier Human Habitation
The Locus Awards were announced at Westercon Due North in Calgary on July 2. Unlike previous years, this year Locus announced a short list in each category prior to Westercon weekend. The awards are selected by a poll of Locus readers.
Best SF Novel: The Baroque Cycle (The Confusion and The System of the World), by Neal Stephenson
Best Fantasy Novel: Iron Council, by China Miéville
Best First Novel: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
Best YA Book: A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett
Best Novella: "Golden City Far", by Gene Wolfe
Best Novelette (tie): "Reports of Certain Events in London", China Mieville & "The Faery Handbag", Kelly Link
Best Short Story: "Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Nameless House of the Night of Dread Desire", Neil Gaiman
Best Anthology: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-First Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois (ed.)
Best Collection: The John Varley Reader, John Varley
Best Non-Fiction Book: The Wave in the Mind, Ursula K. Le Guin
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Magazine: The Magazine Of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Book Publisher: Tor
Artist: Michael Whelan
Westercon Site Selected
The Aurora Awards, the Canadian Science Fiction Awards presented for works in both English and French, were presented at Westercon/Canvention in Calgary on July 1. The awards are selected by the fans and voted on using the Australian rules ballot, similar to the method used to determine the Hugo winners.
Best Long-Form Work in English/Meilleur livre en anglais: Wolf Pack, by Edo van Belkom
Meilleur livre en français/Best Long-Form Work in French: Les Mémoires de l'Arc, by Michèle Laframboise
Best Short-Form Work in English/Meilleure nouvelle en anglais: "When the Morning Stars Sang Together," by Isaac Szpindel
Meilleure nouvelle en français/Best Short-Form Work in French: "Ceux qui ne comptent pas," by Michèle Laframboise
Best Work in English (Other)/Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre): Relativity: Essays and Stories, by Robert J. Sawyer
Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)/Best Work in French (Other): Dû au manque de nominations, aucun prix ne sera décerné dans cette categorie.
Artistic Achievement/Accomplissement artistique: Martin Springett
Fan Achievement (Publication)/Accomplissement fanique (Publication): Opuntia, Dale Speirs, ed.
Fan Achievement (Organizational)/Accomplissement fanique (Organisation): Brian Upward
Fan Achievement (Other)/Accomplissement fanique (autre) Karen Linsley, filksinging
Wrigley-Cross Books in Portland, Oregon has announced that after fifteen year it will close its physical store in September. Wrigley-Cross will still operate as a catalog, internet and mail order business as well as selling from the owners' house.
Shuttle Launch Date
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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