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.
At the Roosevelt Hotel in New York last night, The Book Standard kicked off its debut Bestseller Awards, the first-ever industry awards to honor consumer choice by celebrating the top blockbuster titles of the past year. Awards went to books in 100 categories, based on sales tracked by Nielsen BookScan from July 31, 2004, to Aug. 1, 2005.
Overall Bestseller: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (6,397,000)
Adult Fiction: The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown (2,261,000)
Audio Books: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling, narrated by Jim Dale (126,000)
Juvenile Fiction: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling (6,397,000)
Comics and Graphic Novels, Manga: .hack//Legend of the Twilight, Vol. 3 by Tatsuya Hamazaki (45,000)
Comics and Graphic Novels, Superheroes: Batman: Hush, Vol. 1 by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams (20,000)
Debut Novels (published during award timeframe): The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova (282,000)
Fantasy: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (519,000)
Horror: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown (1,829,000)
Mass-Market Paperback: Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
Romance: Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, book one) by Nora Roberts (554,000)
Romance, Fantasy: Blue Dahlia (In the Garden, book one) by Nora Roberts
Romance, Time Travel: Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (39,000)
Sci-Fi: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Hardcover: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, J.K. Rowling
Chewbacca threw out the opening pitch at Fenway Park in Boston prior to a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays on September 28. The pitch was a promotion for the exhibit "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" at the Museum of Science in Boston.
The Taurus World Stunt Awards were presented in Hollywood on September 25. The following categories included winners of genre interest.
Best Fight: Kill Bill, Volume 2, Two women fight inside a cramped trailer home. Using swords and household items to battle each other, they crash through walls and fly into furniture.
Best Fire Stunt: The Punisher, A propane tank is hit by a bullet and explodes. A stunt man is ratcheted back and catches fire from the explosion.
Best Overall Stunt by a Stuntwoman: Kill Bill, Volume 2, Two women fight inside a cramped trailer home. Using swords and household items to battle each other, they crash through walls and fly into furniture.
Best Overall Stunt by a Stuntman: Spiderman II, Peter Parker attempts to jump from building to building but falls mid-jump. He falls into clothing lines, swings into the side of the building and lands on the roof of cars below.
The ConJosé Committee has been discharged by San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc.
Actor Don Adams (b.1923) died on September 25. Best known for his role as Agent 86, Maxwell Smart on the television show "Get Smart," Adams also provided the voice of Inspector Gadget and Tennessee Tuxedo.
The Carl Brandon Society is looking for suggestions for the names of its two new awards. The Carl Brandon Society, named for a fannish hoax, is dedicated to addressing the representation of people of color in speculative fiction. The two awards are for speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity, and for speculative fiction by an author of color.
An exhibition of the art of John Berkey will be held in Northfield, MN from September 23-25 at ArtOrg's Moving Walls Gallery, 200 Division Street South. The exhibit will begin with a reception on Friday evening from 6-10. The exhibit is open to the public and free.
Author Jonathan Lethem has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship grant along with twenty four others. The MacArthur grant is an award of $500,000 which may be used in any way the recipient sees fit. In awarding the grant, Lethem was praised for his works that combine noir mysteries, westerns, science fiction and comic books—and explore the relationship between high art and popular culture.
Serenity Fan Fest
Fan Wins on Game Show
NASA Aims for the Moon
WordArt Inc. has established a recovery fund for author affected by Hurricane Katrina. The fund is not to be used to to meet the immediate humanitarian needs, but rather to serve the longer term needs of writers to help them get writing again. Pledges can be made to email@example.com. Once enough pledges are received, WordArt will contact people with information about how to donate.
The nominees for the Endeavor Awards, given at Orycon for science fiction from the Northwest, have been announced. Orycon, this year, will be held November 5-7. This year's judges were Nalo Hopkinson, Susan Shwartz, and Allen Steele. The award is administered by Jim Fiscus.
Alphabet of Thorn, by Patricia McKillip
The Child Goddess, by Louise Marley
Paradise Passed, by Jerry Oltion
The Secrets of Jin-Shei, by Alma Alexander
Two Trains Running, by Lucius Shepard
Fan to Run
The Smithsonian will host Elisabeth Gumnior, professor of literature at James Madison University on Saturday October 15 from 10a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for an examination of sociological and critical literary approaches to the Harry Potter series of books and a "Hogwarts" look into the magic that lies behind young Potter. Topics will include the literary tradition of fantasy fiction, the archetypal hero and moral development. The session will be held at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive, in Washington. General admission $126, Members $80. For tickets and information call 202.357.3030 or visit www.residentassociates.org.
Director Robert Wise (b.1914) died on September 14. Best known for his Oscar winning films "West Side Story" and "The Sound of Music," Wise also directed the classic "The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Andromeda Strain," "Star Trek: The Motion Picture," and the 1963 version of "The Haunting." He made his directorial debut in 1944 with "The Curse of the Cat People." In 1941, he worked as a film editor on "Citizen Kane," and was the last surviving crew member of that film.
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) has been founded to enhance the professional and public image of tie-in writers. The organization, which is open for membership to all media tie-in writers regardless of genre, will also be presenting the annual Scribe Awards in three categories, Speculative Fiction, General Fiction, and Young Adult. Each category will have awards for original work and adapted work. The first awards will be presented for works published in 2006.
A member of CascadiaCon has reported that following the convention she was diagnosed with whooping cough (pertussis). She was in her infectious stage at the NASFIC. Pertussis is highly contagious and if you show any of the symptoms of the disease you should see your doctor immediately. Symptoms include runny nose, slight fever (102°F or lower), severe, repeated coughs that make breathing difficult, result in vomiting, produce a high-pitched "whooping" sound when a person takes a breath, and/or cause a short loss of consciousness, diarrhea, choking spells in infants. In children or infants, whooping cough may be fatal.
A fund raising drive for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been launched by the Serendip Foundation. The award has had budgetary problems since Rocket Publishing withdrew its funding in 2003. Although the Science Fiction Foundation has promised £1,000 for each of the next five years, more funds are needed. Donations can be made at www.clarkeaward.com. Up to £25 is a Mercury Supporter, from £26-£100 is a Gemini Supporter and about £100 is an Apollo Supporter.
Heinlein Award Winners
Not the Hugo Award Winners
Best Sex Scene in SF/F (notice we didn't say "short form" or "long form," because, well, we have some dignity)
Best/Worst (same thing, really) pun in SF/F (can be in a title,description, text, fannish legend or lore, or, in rare situations, might be the culmination of an entire book).
Neatest Transport Device (in SF/F written or dramatic forms;horses don't really count unless there's something novel about them. Ditto cars. Where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars!).
Wicked Good Hoax (awarded to a fannish hoax, hoax bid, hoaxperson, etc., which has made an impact on fandom or its people).
Best Bastard (most detestable main character you never do actually get to love, but who might remind you of your boss).
Campbell "YumYum" Soup Award for best depiction of a meal or banquet (this is not a Not-the-Hugo Awards award, and it is usually given for more condensed accounts).
Additional Category/Special Committee Award
The complete list of winners of the Seiun Awards have been released. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan awards. The Awards list has been translated by Eric Bailey.
The 2005 Seiun Award winners and nominees, for best science fiction published in Japan in the calendar year 2004.
2005 Gefen Award Nominees
Translated Science Fiction Books
Translated Fantasy Books
Original Hebrew SF&F Short Stories
Original Hebrew Books
Tyrannosaurus Goes Under
Delta Film Award
Marvel Enterprises announced Monday that it is changing its name to Marvel Entertainment. Along with the name change comes plans to finance its own films. Plans are underway for films based on Captain America, the Avengers, Nick Fury, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Cloak & Dagger, Dr. Strange, Hawkeye, Power Pack and Shang-Chi. The first film, believed to be based on Captain America, is slated for production in 2008.
Armstrong Aims for Mars
Data from the Cassini orbital spacecraft has shown that Saturn's rings, the most extensive and intricate ring system in our solar system, have changed dramatically since the planet was visited by Voyager in 1981. A portion of the D ring has shifted 125 miles closer to Saturn. The same ring has dimmed in that time as well. It is not yet known if this type of rapid evolution in the rings is constantly occurring or if this is an aberration.
Actor Bob Denver (b.1935) died on September 2. Best known for his roles as Maynard G. Krebs on "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" and Gilligan on "Gilligan's Island," he appeared in the genre children's show "Far Out Space Nuts" in the mid-1970s. He also appeared in the made-for TV movie "The Invisible Woman."
The site of the 2007 NASFiC has been selected. St. Louis, which had been running unopposed until a bid arose at CascadiaCon for SanJose, won the 2007 convention easily, with a vote of 115 to 27. There were 11 votes of None of the Above and 8 No Preference. NASFiC will be held from August 2-5 in Collinsville, Illinois, across the Mississippi from St. Louis, about a month before the 2007 Worldcon in Yokohama, Japan. Its website is http://www.archonstl.org/31
The Pegasus ballot has been announced. The award is given for filking and voting is open to anyone who wants to vote. The full ballot, including mp3 downloads, can be found at http://www.ovff.org/pegasus/2005finalballot.html. The awards will be presented at OVFF (Ohio Valley Filk Festival).
Best Filk Song
Best Classic Filk Song
Best Space Opera Song
Best Sword and Sorcery Song
In my item last month about Harry Harrison, I referred to Brian Stableford as being unable to attend due to pancreatic cancer. It should have been Fred Saberhagen. I apologize and regret any confusion or concern this may have caused.
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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