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.
Suze Tompkins has called for nominees for the 2007 Eastbound TAFF Race, with the winner traveling from North America to the United Kingdom to attend CONVOY in Liverpool, England. The TAFF Winner will be the convention's guest of honor.
SFWA To Increase Dues
SLF Travel Grants
Voice actor Lennie Weinrib (b.1935) died on June 30. Weinrib wrote all the episodes of the Kroft Productions show "H.R. Pufnstuf" and also provided the voice of the title character. He also did voice work in a variety of movies and cartoons, including Ling Leonidas in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" and Gomez Addams in the animated "Addams Family."
Editor/Publisher Jim Baen (b.1943) died on June 28, two weeks after suffering a major stroke. Baen was the editor of Galaxy and If beginning in 1974 and eventually left to help start up the science fiction line at Ace. Once that was up and running, he left to start up the sf line at Tor Books. In 1983, he had the chance to start his own line, Baen Books. At Baen Books, Baen published many new and established authors, including Lois McMaster Bujold, Elizabeth Moon, Eric Flint, and David Weber. Baen Books was one of the first publishers to exploit the web and Baen promoted the use of free electronic editions as a means of advertising. Shortly before his stroke, Baen started up Baen's Universe, an e-zine. In 2000, he was the editor Guest of Honor at Chicon 2000.
The Bram Stoker Awards, recognizing excellence in horror fiction, were announced by the Horror Writers Association at their annual banquet, held this year in Newark, NJ.
Novel (tie): Creepers, by David Morrell and Dread in the Beast, by Charlee Jacob
First Novel: Scarecrow Gods, by Weston Ochse
Long Fiction: "Best New Horror," by Joe Hill
Short Fiction: "We Now Pause for Station Identification," by Gary Braunbeck
Fiction Collection: Twentieth Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill
Anthology: Dark Delicacies, edited by Del Howison & Jeff Gelb
Non-Fiction: Horror: Another 100 Best Books, edited by Stephen Jones & Kim Newman
Poetry (tie): Freakcidents, by Michael A. Arnzen and Sineater, by Charlee Jacob
Lifetime Achievement: Peter Straub
Specialty Press Award: Necessary Evil Press
Richard Laymon (President's Award): Lisa Morton
The Locus Awards were presented this weekend at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington. The Awards are selected by the readers of Locus and can vote for any item published last year.
Best Science Fiction Novel: Accelerando, by Charles Stross
Best Fantasy Novel: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
Best First Novel: Hammered/Scardown/Worldwired, by Elizabeth Bear
Best Young Adult Book: Pay the Piper, by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
Best Novella: "Magic for Beginners," by Kelly Link
Best Novelette: "I, Robot," by Cory Doctorow
Best Short Story: "Sunbird," by Neil Gaiman
Best Magazine: The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Best Publisher: Tor
Best Anthology: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, eds.
Best Collection: Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link
Best Editor: Ellen Datlow
Best Artist: Michael Whelan
Best Non-Fiction: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, by Kate Wilhelm
Best Art Book: Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds.
Editor and publisher Jim Baen has suffered a major stroke. Baen checked himself into the hospital on Monday and while there, he had the stroke and entered in to a coma. As of now, no prognosis has been released.
Web Cartoonists' Choice Nominations
Outstanding Black and White Art
Outstanding Character Art
Outstanding New Character Design
Outstanding Environment Design
Outstanding Use of Color
Outstanding Use of Flash
Outstanding Use of Infinite Canvas
Outstanding Web Design
Outstanding Character Writing
Outstanding Dramatic Comic
Outstanding Comedic Comic
Outstanding Short Form Comic
Outstanding Single Panel Comic
Outstanding Story Concept
Outstanding Anthropomorphic Comic
Outstanding Fantasy Comic
Outstanding Gaming Comic
Outstanding Slice-of-Life Comic
Outstanding Romantic Comic
Outstanding Science Fiction Comic
Outstanding Superhero/Action Comic
The nominations for the Sunburst Award have been announced. The award is given annually for Canadian literature of the fantastic and includes a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion, which incorporates the "Sunburst" logo, designed by Marcel Gagné. The jurors for the 2006 award are: Larissa Lai, Janet McNaughton, Uppinder Mehan, Derryl Murphy and Élisabeth Vonarburg.
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow
Gravity Wells: Speculative Fiction Stories, by James Alan Gardner
The Wave Theory of Angels, by Alison MacLeod
In the Palace of Repose, by Holly Phillips
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
The winners of this year's Golden Duck Awards were announced the weekend of June 9 at Duckon in Naperville, IL. The Golden Ducks recognize excellence in young adult and children's science fiction.
Picture Books: Captain Raptor & the Moon Mystery, by Kevin O'Malley, Patrick O'Brien illustrator
Middle School (tie): The Fran That Time Forgot, by Jim Benton and Whales on Stilts, by M.T. Anderson, Kurt Cyrus illustrator
Hal Clement Award: Uglies, by Scott Westerfeld
Special Award: Bruce Coville for Full Cast Audio for Rolling Stones, by Robert A. Heinlein
Artist Tim Hildebrandt (b.1939) died from complications related to diabetes on June 11. Hildebrandt made a name for himself working with his brother, Greg, as the Brothers Hildebrandt. They are, perhaps, best known for their work featuring the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien and the original poster for "Star Wars."
Cartoonist Jack Jackson (b.1941) died on June 8. Jackson's comic God's Nose is widely considered to be the first underground comic, dating to 1964. By the late 1970s, Jackson had turned his attention to chronicling Texas and American history through his use of comics.
The International Horror Guild announced nominees for its 2005 awards and named Chelsea Quinn Yarbro the recipient of its annual Living Legend award. Yarbro becomes the first woman so honored for her contributions to the field of horror and dark fantasy, the guild said. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention in Austin, Texas, Nov. 2-5.
Collection (Single Author)
Anthology: No Award
Hal Foster Exhibit
Philcon Guest Change
Fan Leslie Bloom (b.1944) was killed recently when she was hit by a stray bullet while out for a walk on May 20. She died at Harlem Hospital Center on May 26. Her killer has not been caught.
This year's Sidewise Award for Alternate History nominations have been announced. The awards will be presented at L.A.con IV during the weekend of August 23-27.
SFSFC Announces 2006 SMOFCon Scholarships
Aeon Awards Open for Submissions
End to Yerkes
The finalists for the Mythopoeic Awards have been announced. These awards recognize fantasy in the spirit of the Inklings for children and adult literature as well as scholarship in Inkling studies. The Inklings were a group of authors including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams. This year's awards will be presented at Mythcon XXXVII in Norman, OK from August 4-7.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies
MTV Award Winners
Supernova Petroglyph Found
The Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for best first novel of 2005 was presented to Maria V. Snyder for her book Poison Study at Balticon 40 on May 27. The award has been presented by members of Balticon since 1983 and includes a prize of $750.
Ursa Major Winners
In Bellevue, Kentucky an exhibit opened on June and will run through June 15 spotlighting the science fiction and fantasy are of Eileen McConkey and David O'Hara. The exhibit is being housed at Fusion Gallery.
Steven H Silver is a five-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. 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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