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 Nebula Award Nominations list has been announced. In addition to the works on the preliminary ballot which received the most positive response from the SFWA membership, some categories include works recommended by panels of judges. In the case of the Norton Award (which is not actually a Nebula), the panel was able to add up to three novels. This year's Nebulas will be presented in New York.
Andre Norton Award
Academy Award Winners
Given annually the night before the Academy Awards, this year's Razzie recipients for the worst Hollywood has to offer are listed below.
Worst Picture: Basic Instinct 2, a.k.a. Basically, It Stinks, Too
Worst Actor: Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans, Little Man
Worst Actress: Sharon Stone, Basically, It Stinks, Too
Worst Supporting Actor: M. Night Shamalan, Lady in the Water
Worst Supporting Actress: Carmen Electra, Date Movie and Scary Movie 4
Worst Screen Couple: Shawn Wayans and either Kerry Washington or Marlon Wayans in Little Man
Worst Remake or Rip-Off: Little Man
Worst Prequel or Sequel: Basically, It Stinks, Too
Worst Director: M. Night Shamalan, Lady in the Water
Worst Screenplay: Basically, It Stinks, Too, by Leora Barish & Henry Bean
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment: RV
Independent Spirit Awards
Actress Janet Blair (b.1921) died on February 19. In the 1955 adaptation of Mark Twain's book, "A Connecticut Yankee," she portrayed Sandy opposite Eddie Albert's Hank Martin and Boris Karloff's King Arthur. Blair appeared on the television shows "Fantasy Island" and "The Outer Limits."
Ann VanderMeer has been named the new editor of Weird Tales. VanderMeer will assume the position starting with issue 347 in October 2007. Previously, VanderMeer was the founding editor of The Silver Web and she has been working with Prime Books on the Best American Fantasy anthology. VanderMeer is married to author/editor Jeff VanderMeer.
World Horror Con 2008
Bram Stoker Nominees
Superior Achievement in a Novel
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Superior Achievement in a Collection
Superior Achievement in Nonfiction
Superior Achievement in Poetry
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
Best Animated Film
Best International Film
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Best Special Effects
Best Network Television Series
Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series Battlestar Galactica
Best Presentation on Television
Best Actor in a Television Program or Series
Best Actress in a Television Program or Series
Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program or Series
Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program or Series
DVD – Home Entertainment Categories
Best DVD Release
Best DVD Special Edition Release
Best DVD Classic Film Release
Best DVD Collection
Best Television Series Release on DVD
Best Retro Television Series Release on DVD
The Toronto Public Library has award science fiction author Robert J. Sawyer the Toronto Public Library Celebrates Reading Award. The award includes a cash prize of $2,500 and a crystal sculpture. The award was established in 2001 and is considered one of Canada's top literary honors, with previous recipients including Margaret Atwood, Kenneth Oppel, and TVOntario.
Small Press Award Announced
Greg Ketter has reported that DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis was robbed on Saturday, February 10. In addition to getting some cash, the robber(s) trashed the store and Ketter's office, most of which will be covered by insurance. However, combined with a lull in business, Ketter is concerned about the long-term repercussions of the break-in.
Clarkesworld Books has announced it will be closing shop after seven years due to the anticipated arrival of a new child. The closure of the bookstore and arrival of the child will not affect the publication of Clarkesworld Magazine. Pandemonium Books in Cambridge, MA has also announced it is in danger of closing its doors and is attempting to raise enough money that it can remain open.
FAAN Award Winners
James Patrick Baen Memorial Writers Contest
Murray Moore announced the "nominees" for the Faan Awards at opening ceremonies for Corflu Quire. In this case, the nominees include the top five vote getters in each category at the start of the con. The winners of the Faan Awards will be announced on February 11. Colin Hinz's name was pulled from the hat to be this year's Guest of Honor.
Best New Fan
SFWA President Robin W. Bailey has announced that Brook and Julia West will receive the SFWA Service Award at the Nebula Awards Banquet in New York. This is the seventh time the award, this year renamed from the Service to SFWA Award, has been presented. For several years Brook and Julia have worked to coordinate the Nebula Award juries and balloting.
Author Charles L. Fontenay (b.1917) died on January 27. Fontenay published several short stories in the 1950s and early 60s as well as the novels Twice Upon a Time, Rebels of the Red Planet, and The Day the Ocean Overflowed. More recently, his novel Kipton and the Towers of Time won the first Golden Duck Special Award, given to him for his portrayal of strong female characters.
Actor Lee Bergere (b.1919) died on January 31. Bergere appeared on "Star Trek" as Abraham Lincoln in the episode "The Savage Curtain." He also appeared in guest roles on "Wonder Woman," "The Six Million Dollar Man," and in the film "Time Trackers." Bergere appeared on both "The Munsters" and "The Addams Family."
Potter Seven Date and Vandalism
Questions for Banks
Web Cartoonist Choice Nominations
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Outstanding Superhero / Action Comic
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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