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 second annual Tabloid Witch Awards for horror films, sponsored by the Hollywood Investigator, were presented on October 11.
Best Horror Feature: Mole
Best Horror Short: Legion
Honorable Mentions: Hollow, Slinky Milk, Cadaverous
The Pegasus Awards for filk were presented at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest (OVFF) during the weekend of October 21.
Best Filk Song: Rocket Ride, by Tom Smith
Best Classic Filk Song: Never Set the Cat on Fire, by Frank Hayes
Best Performer: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
Best Writer/Composer: Tom Smith
Best Space Opera Song: Signy Mallory, by Mercedes Lackey and Leslie Fish
Best Sword and Sorcery Song: Threes, by Mercedes Lackey and Leslie Fish
Deutscher Phantastik Preis
Ursula K. Le Guin's Gifts will receive the PEN Center USA award for Children's Literature and a $1,000 prize on November 9. This is the 8th year for the award, which is given in 10 categories for work produced or published in the preceding calendar year by writers living west of the Mississippi River. In addition to Le Guin, Micheline Aharonian Marcom who will receive the fiction award for The Daydreaming Boy: A Novel; and Gore Vidal for Lifetime Achievement.
Actor Charles Rocket (b.1949) was found dead in a field on October 7 with a slashed throat. Police have since ruled his death a suicide. Rocket did voice work in several video games, including Star Wars: Starfighter. He appeared in genre films "Hocus Pocus" and "Earth Girls Are Easy" as well as television show "Max Headroom." He gained his greatest notoriety as a cast member of "Saturday Night Live" in 1981 when he cursed on air and was fired from the show.
Despite rumors, the Clarion Writers Workshop will return to Michigan Statue University in 2006. Funding for Clarion was cut by the university, however the Clarion Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) corporation, will administer the Workshop in the future. The board includes present and former Clarion teachers, students and associates Kate Wilhelm (chair), James Patrick Kelly (vice chair), Nancy Etchemendy (treasurer), Leslie What (secretary), Walter Jon Williams, Karen Joy Fowler, Kim Stanley Robinson, Kelly Link and Cory Doctorow. Clarion will be held June 26 to August 4, 2006 and instructors will include Samuel R. Delaney, Gardner Dozois, Nancy Kress, Joe and Gay Haldeman and, for the traditional anchor team, Kelly Link and Holly Black.
Publishers & SFWA
The first annual Quill Awards were announced. The Quills are a reader's choice award of literature and the sponsors plan to air the ceremony on NBC on October 22.
Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré (Illustrator)
Young Adult/Teen: Girls in Pants: The Third Summer of the Sisterhood, by Ann Brashares
General Fiction: The Mermaid Chair, by Sue Monk Kidd
Graphic Novel: 1602, by Neil Gaiman, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove
Mystery/Suspense/Thriller: Eleven on Top, by Janet Evanovich
Romance: 44 Cranberry Point, Debbie Macomber
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: The Stupidest Angel: A Heartwarming Tale of Christmas Terror, by Christopher Moore
Debut Author of the Year: The Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
Book of the Year: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
China's Second Manned Mission
On the weekend when the film "Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit" was the highest grossing film in the US, the Aardman Animations building where all of props and original films for Wallace and Gromit, "Chicken Run" and other films made by the studio, was destroyed by fire. A spokesman for Aardman said the building housed all the props and sets from the company's history, including its "Wallace and Gromit" films. No one was in the building when the fire broke out.
Mythic Delirium Goes On Its Own Way
This year's candidates for the Trans Atlantic Fan Fun (TAFF) have been announced. The winner will travel from Europe to North America to attend science fiction conventions, travel throughout the country and meet up with science fiction fans. This year's candidates are Bridget Bradshaw, "½r"Arthur Cruttenden, and Mike "Sparks" Rennie.
Vladimir Volkoff (b.1932) died on September 13 at his home in Perigord, France. Best known for writing spy thrillers, Volkoff received the Jules Verne Award in 1963 for his novel Metro pour L'enfer (Subway to Hell). Volkoff was born in Paris to Russian émigré parents.
Actress Constance Moore (b.1920) died in Los Angeles on September 16 of heart failure. Moore made her screen debut in 1937 and two years later appeared as Wilma Deering opposite Buster Crabbe in "Buck Rogers." She reprised the role in 1953 in the film "Planet Outlaws."
Author Helen Cresswell (b.1934) died on September 26 at her home in Eakring, England, from cancer. Cresswell is perhaps best known for her Lizzie Drippings books, which were turned into a British television series. She wrote numerous other fantasy books for children as well and received the Phoenix Award for The Night Watchmen and the BAFTA Children's Writer Award.
Fan Barry Bard of Arizona died on October 7. Bard was active in running Phoenix conventions, often serving as procurement officer. Until recently, he was Comic Con International's Freebie Coordinator.
Universal Studios has made the opening nine minutes of the film Serenity available for streaming video on the internet at http://video.vividas.com/CDN1/3929_Serenity/web/index.html. Serenity, a sequel to Joss Whedon's short-lived television series "Firefly" opened in theaters on September 30.
Jerry Juhl (b.1938) died on September 27 from cancer. Juhl was the head writer on "The Muppet Show" and wrote most of the Muppet feature films, as well as the Muppet's work on "Sesame Street" and "Fraggle Rock."
A school talk being given by children's author G.P. Taylor (Shadowmancer) was cut short after Taylor informed the students he was talking to that "As for Harry Potter, well, he's not the only gay in the village." Taylor, who is a priest, explained his comment was a reference to a television show "Little Britain" and was not meant to offend anyone.
SpaceShipOne to Smithsonian
New Fantasy Magazine
Second Annual 90th Birthday Party
The winners of the British Fantasy Awards were announced at Fantasycon on October 2.
Karl Edward Wargner Award for Special Achievement: Nigel Kneale, creator of Quatermass
Best Small Press: Elastic Press
Best Artist: Les Edwards
Best Anthology: The Alsiso Project, edited by Andrew Hook
Best Collection: Out of His Mind, by Stephen Gallagher
Best Short Story: "Black Static," by Paul Meloy
Best Novella: Breath, by Christopher Fowler
Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): The Dark Tower VII: The Dark Tower, by Stephen King
Nipsey Russell (b.1924) died on October 2 after a bout of cancer. Russell appeared as the Tinman in the 1978 film "The Wiz," a version of L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz. Although Russell only made a handful of films, he was active on Broadway and appeared on numerous gameshows, notably Match Game and Hollywood Squares.
Author Charles Harness (b.1915) is reported to have died on September 20th. Harness's works include The Paradox Men, The Ring of Ritornel and "The Rose." Harness worked as a patent attorney for more than thirty-five years, only publishing SF sporadically.
The same team of scientists who discovered 2003 UB313, a trans Neptunian object believed to be larger than Pluto, have now announced their subsequent discovery of a moon in orbit around the object. The scientists, who gave the original object the unofficial nickname Xena, have given a similarly unofficial nickname of Gabrielle, to the moon. The discovery of the moon will likely alter the believed mass of "Xena" downward.
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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