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30 January 2008
Hotels at Denvention
In response to stories of difficulty with hotel rooms for Denvention, this year's Worldcon has noted that there are plenty of hotels rooms available during Denvention, all within a 1/2 mile of the Colorado Convention Center. All of the hotels are either on the free 16th St. shuttle or regional light rail. To reserve a room for any night of Worldcon, contact one of the following hotels: Westin Tabor Center, Denver Marriott City Center, Grand Hyatt Denver
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Obituaries
Actor Christopher Allport (b.1947) died on January 25 in an avalanche in Wrightwood, California. Allport, who appeared in "Invaders from Mars" and two "Jack Frost" films, and episodes of "Quantum Leap" and "The Twilight Zone."

Fan Patrick Roberts died on January 29. Roberts was the long-time art director for Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

28 January 2008
DGA Awards
The Directors Guild of America announced the winners of the DGA Award on January 26. Few genre-related works were honored.
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Comedy Series: "Pie-lette," Pushing Daisies, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld.
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Obituary
Fan Greg McMillan was killed in a house fire on the evening of January 26. His wife, Maya, and stepdaughter, Faeryn, were not home at the time of the fire. McMillan was active in the filk scene, attending numerous MASSFILC, Gafilks, and other cons.
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27 January 2008
Aurealis Awards
The Aurealis Awards were announced on January 26. Since 1995, The Aurealis Awards have recognized achievements of Australian sf, fantasy, and horror writers. In addition to the genre-specific awards, one novel and one short form work are selected from the winners for the Golden Aurealis Award.
Best Science Fiction Novel: The Company of the Dead, by David Kowalski
Best Science Fiction Short Story: "Hollywood Roadkill," by Cat Sparks
Best Fantasy Novel: Heaven's Net is Wide, Tales of the Otori The First Book, by Lian Hearn
Best Fantasy Short Story: "Sir Hereward and Mister Fitz go to War Again," by Garth Nix
Best Horror Novel: Blood of Dreams, by Susan Parisi
Best Horror Short Story: "The Jeweller of Second-Hand Roe," by Anna Tambour
Best Young Adult Novel: Skyfall, by Anthony Eaton
Best Young Adult Short Story: "A Scar for Leida," by Deborah Biancotti
Best Children's (8-12 years) Long Fiction: The Silver Horse, The Chain of Charms 2, by Kate Forsyth, The Herb of Grace, The Chain of Charms 3, by Kate Forsyth, The Cat's Eye Shell, The Chain of Charms 4, by Kate Forsyth, The Lightning Bolt, The Chain of Charms 5, by Kate Forsyth, and The Butterfly in Amber, The Chain of Charms 6, by Kate Forsyth
Best Children's (8-12 years) Short Fiction: (tie) World of Monsters, by Marc McBride and Kumiko and the Dragon, by Briony Stewart
Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence: Rynemonn, by Terry Dowling

GOLDEN AUREALIS
Novel: The Company of the Dead, by David Kowalski
Short Story: "Hollywood Roadkill," by Cat Sparks
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Bram Stoker Preliminary Ballot
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) have announced the preliminary ballot for this year's Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement. From this ballot, the members of HWA will choose the nominees to appear on the final ballot, and then they'll vote on that ballot to determine the winners, which will be announced at the World Horror Convention in Salt Lake City on 29 March.

Superior Achievement in a Novel:
The Guardener's Tale, by Bruce Boston
Mr. Hands, by Gary Braunbeck
Generation Loss, by Elizabeth Hand
Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill
Ghoul, by Brian Keene
The Missing, by Sarah Langan
Dead Man's Song, by Jonathan Maberry
The Midnight Road, by Tom Piccirilli
The Terror, by Dan Simmons
The Dust of Wonderland, by Lee Thomas

Superior Achievement in a First Novel:
I Will Rise, by Michael Calvillo
Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill
The Memory Tree, by John R. Little
Dying to Live, by Kim Paffenroth
The Hollower, by Mary SanGiovanni
Vacation, by Jeremy Shipp
Roses of Blood on Barbwire Vines, by D.L. Snell

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction:
"Afterward, There Will Be A Hallway," by Gary Braunbeck
"Almost the Last Story by Almost the Last Man," by Scott Edelman
"Survival of the Fittest," by Scott Edelman
"You Never Got Used to the Needle," by John Everson
Blood Coven, by Angeline Hawkes & Christopher Fulbright
General Slocum's Gold, by Nicholas Kaufmann
Placeholders, by John R. Little
Blood Wish, by Michael McBride
Frayed, by Tom Piccirilli
Lost in Translation, by Gord Rollo
"An Apiary of White Bees," by Lee Thomas
"Trolling Lures," by Steve Vernon

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction:
"The Death Wagon Rolls On By," by C. Dean Andersson
"The Heart of the City," by Sandy DeLuca & Michael McCarty
"Longtime Gone," by Kurt Dinan
"Letting Go," by John Everson
"Hungry for the Flesh," by Lisa Manetti
"The Wizard of Ooze," by Michael McCarty & Linnea Quigley
"Mr. Creator," by Joe McKinney
"The Teacher," by Paul G. Tremblay
"There's No Light Between Floors," by Paul G. Tremblay
"The Gentle Brush of Wings," by David Niall Wilson

Superior Achievement in an Anthology:
Five Strokes to Midnight, edited by Gary Braunbeck and Hank Schwaeble
Horror Library Volume 2, edited by R.J. Cavender & Vincent VanAllen
Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow
Dark Delicacies 2: Fear, edited by Del Howison & Jeff Gelb
High Seas Cthulhu, edited by William Jones
Horrors Beyond 2, edited by William Jones
Astounding Hero Tales, edited by James Lowder
History is Dead, edited by Kim Paffenroth
Midnight Premiere, edited by Tom Piccirilli
Gratia Placenti, edited by Jason Sizemore & Gill Ainsworth

Superior Achievement in a Collection:
Proverbs for Monsters, by Michael A. Arnzen
The Imago Sequence, by Laird Barron
Darker Loves, by James Dorr
Needles and Sins, by John Everson
When it Rains and Other Wreckage, by Christopher Fulbright
Voyeurs of Death, by Shaun Jeffrey
No Further Messages, by Brett Alexander Savory
Sparks and Shadows, by Lucy Snyder
5 Stories, by Peter Straub
Defining Moments, by David Niall Wilson

Superior Achievement in Nonfiction:
Encyclopedia Horrifica, by Joshue Gee
The Science of Stephen King, by Lois H. Gresh and Robert Weinberg
The Portable Obituary: How the Famous, Rich, and Powerful Really Died, by Michael Largo
The Cryptopedia: A Dictionary of the Weird, Strange & Downright Bizarre, by Jonathan Maberry & David F. Kramer
Storytellers Unplugged, by Joe Nassise and David Niall Wilson

Superior Achievement in Poetry:
"Being Full of Light, Insubstantial," by Linda Addison
"Mary Falls: Requiem for Mrs. Surratt," by Christopher Conlon
"Tango in the Ninth Circle," by Corrine de Winter
"Heresy," by Charlee Jacob
"VECTORS: A Week in the Death of a Planet," by Charlee Jacob & Marge Simon
"Phantasmapedia," by Mark McLaughlin
"Sometimes While Dreaming," by Marcie Lynn Tentchoff
"Your Cat & Other Space Aliens," by Mary Turzillo
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Alpha Workshop
The Alpha SF/F/H Workshop for Young Writers will be held at the University of Pittsburgh's Greensburg Campus from July 16-25, 2008 in conjunction with Confluence, July 25-27th. Twenty young writers between the ages of 14 and 19 will be selected to attend the workshop on the strength of their submission stories. Four guest authors and ten staff members will be present during the ten-day residency workshop to teach genre writing. This year's guest authors include Mike Arnzen, Timothy Zahn, Chris McKitterick and Tamora Pierce. There is a workshop fee of $950.
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24 January 2008
ALA Reading List
The American Library Association has announced its first Reading List for Best Adult Genre Literature. The selection was made by ten librarians from across the US, including SF fan Alan Ziebarth. The awards were announced at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia, Pa on January 13, 2007The full list includes:
Adrenaline: The Second Objective, by Mark Frost
Fantasy: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
Historical Fiction: The Religion, by Tim Willocks
Horror: The Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill
Mystery: Mistress of the Art of Death, by Ariana Franklin
Romance: Natural Born Charmer, by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Science Fiction: In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
Women's Fiction: Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen
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Obituary
Animator Brice Harvey Mack (b.1917) died on January 2. Mack worked for Disney Studios from Fantasia in 1940 through Lady and the Tramp in 1955. He left Disney to set up his own commercial animation studio, although he continued to do freelance work for Disney.

23 January 2008
BSFA Nominations
The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for the BSFA Award. This year includes a category to honor novels originally published 50 years ago. Nominations came from the membership of BSFA. No ballot consensus was reached for the non-fiction category and no award will be presented in that category this year.

Best Novel
Alice in Sunderland, by Bryan Talbot
Black Man, by Richard Morgan
Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
The Execution Channel, by Ken MacLeod
The Prefect, by Alastair Reynolds
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon

Best Short Fiction
"Lighting Out," by Ken MacLeod
"Terminal," by Chaz Brenchley
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," by Ted Chiang
"The Gift of Joy," by Ian Whates
"The Sledge-Maker's Daughter," by Alastair Reynolds

Best Artwork
"Cracked World," by Andy Bigwood (cover of disLocations)
"H P Lovecraft in Britain," by Les Edwards (cover of chapbook by Stephen Jones)
"Lunar Flare," by Richard Marchand (cover of Interzone #211)
"Metal Dragon Year," by Kenn Brown (cover of Interzone #213)

BSFA Fiftieth Anniversary Award: Best Novel of 1958
A Case of Conscience, by James Blish
Have Spacesuit, Will Travel, by Robert A Heinlein
Non-Stop, by Brian Aldiss
The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber
The Triumph of Time, by James Blish
Who?, by Algis Budrys
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22 January 2008
Oscar Nominations
The nominations for the Academy Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented on February 24. At this time, it is not known how the Academy will deal with the on-going Writers Guild of America Strike that has cancelled or altered other awards shows. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Original Screenplay
Diablo Cody, Juno
Nancy Oliver, Lars and the Real Girl
Tony Gilroy, Michael Clayton
Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava, and Jim Capobianco, Ratatouille
Tamara Jenkins, The Savages

Animated Film
Persepolis
Ratatouille
Surf's Up

Best Makeup
La Vie En Rose
Norbit
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

Best Music Original Score
Atonement
The Kite Runner
Michael Clayton
Ratatouille
3:10 To Yuma

Best Music - Original Song
"Falling Slowly," Once
"Happy Working Song," Enchanted
"Raise It Up," August Rush
"So Close," Enchanted
"That's How You Know," Enchanted

Best Animated Short Film
I Met The Walrus
Madame Tutli-Putli
MÍme Les Pigeons vont Au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven)
My Love (Moya Lyubov)
Peter & The Wolf

Best Sound Editing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
Ratatouille
There Will Be Blood
Transformers

Best Sound Mixing
The Bourne Ultimatum
No Country For Old Men
Ratatouille
3:10 To Yuma
Transformers

Best Visual Effects
The Golden Compass
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Transformers
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Razzie Award Nominations
The nominations for the annual Razzie Awards, recognizing the worst of the film world, have been announced. Anyone who wants to join the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation can vote. The awards will be presented in Santa Monica on February 23.

Worst Picture
Bratz
Daddy Day Camp
I Know Who Killed Me
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry
Norbit

Worst Actor
Nicolas Cage (Ghost Rider, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Next)
Jim Carrey (The Number 23)
Cuba Gooding, Jr. (Daddy Day Camp and Norbit)
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) (Norbit)
Adam Sandler (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)

Worst Actress
Jessica Alba (Awake, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, and Good Luck Chuck)
Logan Browning, Janel Parrish, Nathalia Ramos & Skyler Shaye (A Four-for-One Deal!) (Bratz)
Elisha Cuthbert (Captivity)
Diane Keaton (Because I Said So)
Lindsay Lohan (as Aubrey) (I Know Who Killed Me)
Lindsay Lohan (as Dakota) (I Know Who Killed Me)

Worst Supporting Actor
Orlando Bloom (Pirates of the Carob-Bean: At Wit's End)
Kevin James (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)
Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) (Norbit)
Rob Schneider (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)
Jon Voight (Bratz, National Treasure 2, September Dawn, and Transformers)

Worst Supporting Actress
Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and Next)
Carmen Electra (Epic Movie)
Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) (Norbit)
Julia Ormond (I Know Who Killed Me)
Nicolette Sheridan (Code Name: The Cleaner)

Worst Screen Couple
Jessica Alba & either Hayden Christensen (Awake) or Dane Cook (Good Luck Chuck) or Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer)
Any Combination of Two Totally Air-Headed Characters (Bratz)
Lindsay Lohan & Lindsay Lohan (as The Yang to Her Own Yin) (I Know Who Killed Me)
Eddie Murphy (as Norbit) & either Eddie Murphy (as Mr. Wong) or Eddie Murphy (as Rasputia) (Norbit)
Adam Sandler & either Kevin James or Jessica Biel (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)

Worst Remake or Rip-Off
Are We Done Yet? (Remake/Rip-Off of Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House)
Bratz (A Rip-Off If Ever There Was One!)
Epic Movie (Rip-Off of Every Movie it Rips Off)
I Know Who Killed Me (Rip-Off of Hostel, Saw and The Patty Duke Show)
Who's Your Caddy (Rip-Off of Caddy Shack)

Worst Prequel or Sequel
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Daddy Day Camp
Evan Almighty
Hannibal Rising
Hostel: Part II

Worst Director
Dennis Dugan (I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry)
Roland Joffe (Captivity)
Brian Robbins (Norbit)
Fred Savage (Daddy Day Camp)
Chris Siverston (I Know Who Killed Me)

Worst Screenplay
Daddy Day Camp, Screenplay by Geoff Rodkey and David J. Stem & David N. Weiss
Epic Movie, Written by Jason Friedberg & Aaron Seltzer
I Know Who Killed Me, Written by Jeffrey Hammond
I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, Screenplay by Barry Fanaro and Alexander Payne & Jim Taylor
Norbit, Screenplay by Eddie Murphy & Charles Murphy, and Jay Sherick & David Ronn

Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie (New Category!)
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem
Captivity
Hannibal Rising
Hostel: Part II
I Know Who Killed Me
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Obituaries
Actor Allan Melvin (b.1922) died on January 17. Best known for his portrayal of Sam Franklin on "The Brady Bunch," Melvin also provided voice work for "The New Adventures of Flash Gordon," "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends," and the voice of H.R. Pufnstuf. He appeared in episodes of "Lost in Space" and "My Favorite Martian."

Actress Lois Nettleton (b.1927) died on January 18. Nettleton appeared in many genre television shows including "Babylon 5," "The Flash," and "The Midnight Sun" episode of "The Twilight Zone." In addition, she did voice work for "Spider-Man."

Actor Heath Ledger (b.1979) was found dead on January 22. Ledger, had recently finished filming The Dark Knight, in which he was cast as the Joker. He also appeared in the mediaeval comedy "The Knight's Tale" and Terry Gilliam's "The Brothers Grimm."

20 January 2008
Mercury Rising
The Messenger spacecraft performed its first flyby of Mercury, providing the first close-up images of the planet since the Mariner 10 in 1975. While the Mariner mission mapped only 40-45% of the planet's surface, Messenger will perform two more flybys before settling into an orbit around the planet in 2011.
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Dragons Have a Field Day
The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois has announced an original exhibition entitled "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, and Mermaids," which will run from March 21 through September 1, 2008. The exhibit will include paintings, models, and artifacts as it explains the historical and mythological history of these creatures.
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Sci Fi Channel Gets New Head
David Howe has been named the new president of the Sci Fi Channel. Howe will oversee original development, programming and marketing, global brand strategy and market development, strategic planning, on-line content, Sci Fi Magazine, media relations, and Visions for Tomorrow.
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Magic Carpet Ride
The First Annual Magic Carpet Ride Mentorship has been awarded to Shawn Davis. The Magic Carpet Ride Mentorship program is sponsored by Writer's Rainbow Literary Services. Davis will receive mentoring from author Tamara Kaye Sellman.
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WGA: More Than a Strike
Despite the on-going Writers strike, the WGA is continuing its other projects and has announced the nominees for this year's WGA Awards. The awards will be presented at a low-key event in New York on February 9, with no red carpet and admission limited to nominees and their guests. This year, a new category, Videogame writing, has been added. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Videogame Writing.
"Crash of the Titans," Written by Christopher Mitchell
"Dead Head Fred," Written by Dave Ellis and Adam Cogan
"The Simpsons Game," Lead Writer Matt Selman, Written by Tim Long and Matt Warburton, Dialogue by Jeff Poliquin
"The Witcher," Lead Story Designer Artur Ganszyniec, Dialogue Sebastian Stepien, Additional Dialogue Marcin Blacha, Writers Sande Chen and Anne Toole
"World in Conflict," Story Design Christofer Emgard, Story Consultant Larry Bond, Script Consultant Ed Zuckerman
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Shirley Jackson Award Created
An award to honor authors of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic has been created and named for Shirley Jackson. The first award will be presented in 2008 for works published in 2007. The jury for the first year includes F. Brett Cox, John Langan, Sarah Langan, and Paul G. Tremblay. The award's board of advisors includes Ellen Datlow, Jack M. Haringa, S.T. Joshi, Nick Mamatas, Mike O'Driscoll, Stewart O'Nan, and Ann Vandermeer.
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Obituaries
Author Edward D. Hoch (b.1930) died on January 17. Hoch is best known for his work in the detective genre, but also published at least three science fiction novels, set in the mid-twenty-first century: The Transvection Machine, The Fellowship of the HAND, and The Frankenstein Factory. He won the Edgar Allen Poe Award in 1968 and two Anthony Awards, in 1998 and 2001, as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from Bouchercon and Private Eye Writers of America and a Grandmaster from the Mystery Writers of America.

Actress Suzanne Pleshette (b.1937) died on January 19, two years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Best known for her role as Emily Hartley on "The Bob Newhart Show," Pleshette also provided the voice for Zira in "Lion King II: Simba's Pride" and the voices of Yubaba, Zeniba in "Spirited Away." She appeared in "The Birds" and "Oh, God, Book II." Pleshette's husband, actor Tom Poston, died last April.

13 January 2008
Ralph Williams Speculative Fiction Prize
The Alaskan Writers Guild has announced the creation of the Ralph Williams Speculative Fiction Prize. This award will be presented in five categories: science fiction, fantasy, humor or horror, Alaskana, and Young adult. Each category will offer a $1,000 prize with a $5,000 grand prize. There is a $50 entrance fee and the winners will be announced at the Speculative Fiction Conference in Anchorage from October 1-5, 2008.
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Critics' Choice Award
Only two genre films took home the honors at the 13th annual Critics' Choice Awards. They were:
Best Animated Feature: Ratatouille
Best Family Film: Enchanted
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Obituary
Actress Maila Nurmi (b.1921 as Maila Syrjšniemi) died on January 11. Nurmi is better known by her character's name "Vampira" and appeared in films including "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and "The Magic Sword."

11 January 2008
Crawford Award
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has announced that Christopher Barzak's novel One for Sorrow has won this year's Crawford Fantasy Award for best first novel. The award will be presented on March 22 at the association's annual conference in Florida.

2007 Preliminary Nebula Ballot
There is word that the Nebula jury might add another book by Monday, otherwise this is the preliminary list of the Nebula ballot that members of the SFWA will vote on to narrow it down to 5 per category. Note that all the items listed in Novellas and the Norton Award will appear on the final ballot.

Novels
The Accidental Time Machine, by Joe Haldeman
Blindsight, by Peter Watts
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
Mainspring, by Jay Lake
The New Moon's Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson
Odyssey, by Jack McDevitt
The Outback Stars, by Sandra McDonald
Ragamuffin, by Tobias Buckell
Rollback, by Robert J. Sawyer
Species Imperative #3: Regeneration, by Julie E. Czerneda
Strange Robby, by Selina Rosen
Vellum: The Book of All Hours, by Hal Duncan
The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon

Novellas
"Fountain of Age," by Nancy Kress
"The Helper and His Hero," by Matt Hughes
"Kiosk," by Bruce Sterling
"Memorare," by Gene Wolfe
"Stars Seen Through Stone," by Lucius Shepard

Novelettes
"Alastair Baffle's Emporium of Wonders," by Mike Resnick
"Change," by Kij Johnson
"The Children's Crusade," by Robin Wayne Bailey
"The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change," by Kij Johnson
"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche," by Delia Sherman
"A Flight of Numbers Fantastique Strange," by Beth Bernobich
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," by Ted Chiang
"Not of this Fold," by William Shunn
"Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter," by Geoff Ryman
"Safeguard," by Nancy Kress
"Sister of the Hedge," by Jim C.Hines
"The Sun God at Dawn, Rising from a Lotus Blossom," by Andrea Kail
"Things That Aren't," by Michael A. Burstein and Robert Greenberger
"Tonino and the Incubus," by Peg Robinson

Short Stories
"Always," by Karen Joy Fowler
"Captive Girl," by Jennifer Pelland
"For Solo Cello, op. 12," by Mary Robinette Kowal
"The Padre, the Rabbi, and the Devil His Own Self," by Melanie Fletcher
"The Story of Love," by Vera Nazarian
"Titanium Mike Saves the Day," by David D. Levine
"Unique Chicken Goes In Reverse," by Andy Duncan

Scripts
Blink, by Steven Moffat
Children of Men, by Alfonso Cuaron & Timothy J. Sexton and David Arata and Mark Fergus, & Hawk Ostby
The Discarded, by Harlan Ellison and Josh Olson
Pan's Labyrinth, by Guillermo del Toro
The Prestige, by Christopher Nolan and Jonathon Nolan
V for Vendetta, by Larry Wachowski & Andy Wachowski
World Enough and Time, by Marc Scott Zicree and Michael Reaves

Norton Books
Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog, by Ysabeau S. Wilce
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J. K. Rowling
Into the Wild, by Sarah Beth Durst
Vintage: A Ghost Story, by Steve Berman

Lambda Nominations
The nominees for the Lambda Award to celebrate Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender in literature have been announced. Nominees in the Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror category are listed below.
Away from the Dawn, by Kate Sweeney
Banshee's Honor, by Shaylynn Rose
Blood Desires, by Laura Baumbach
Carnal Sacraments, by Perry Brass
A Companion to Wolves, by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear
The Danger Dance, by Caro Soles
The Dust of Wonderland, by Lee Thomas
Dynasty of Rogues, by Jane Fletcher
Every Dark Desire, by Fiona Zedde
Face of the Enemy, by Sandra Barrett
The Forgotten Ones, by Douglas Ferguson
Ha'penny, by Jo Walton
In the Blood, by Rick R. Reed
A Nice Girl Like You, by Tyree Campbell
Orphan's Quest, by Pat Nelson Childs
Q-FAQ, by Tom Bacchus
Queens of Tristaine, by Cate Culpepper
Rebel's Quest, by Gunn Brooke
Sister's Flight, by Jeanne G'Fellers
So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction, by Steve Berman
Spaceman Blues: A Love Song, by Brian Francis Slattery
The Very Bloody Marys, by M. Christian
Vintage: A Ghost Story, by Steve Berman
Water Logic, by Laurie Marks
Water Witch, by Nene Adams
Wicked Gentlemen, by Ginn Hale
World Without Winter, by Steve Pierce

Obituary
Sir Edmund Hillary (b.1919) died on January 11. Hillary is best know for being the first, along with sherpa Tenzing Norgay, to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The men achieved their goal on May 29, 1953 N

9 January 2008
Philip K. Dick Nominees
Seven paperback originals have been nominated for this year's Philip K. Dick Award, to be presented at Nowescon 31 in Seattle on March 21. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society with the awards ceremony sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.
Grey, by Jon Armstrong
Undertow, by Elizabeth Bear
From the Notebooks of Dr. Brain, by Minister Faust
Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
Gradisil, by Adam Roberts
Ally, by Karen Traviss
Saturn Returns, by Sean Williams
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ConRunner Bursaries
Contemplation, the 2006 Eastercon, has announced the creation of two bursaries for attending ConRunner 2008. Each bursary is for £150 and covers two nights accommodation in the convention hotel and over £50 to help with transport and living expenses. Application for the bursaries can be made by an individual or a couple (assuming the couple share a twin/double room) and membership in ConRunner, for either 1 or 2 persons is included in each bursary.
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People's Choice Award Winners
The People's Choice Awards were presented on January 8 in a televised show. Winners of genre-related interest are listed below.
Favorite Movie Drama: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Favorite Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Favorite Threequel: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Favorite Sci-Fi Show: Stargate Atlantis
Favorite Male Movie Star: Johnny Depp
Favorite Female Movie Star: Keira Knightley
Favorite Family Movie: Shrek the Third
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Obituary
Animator Lu Guarnier (b.1914) died on December 29. Guarnier got his start working for Warner Brothers in the 1930s on Porky Pig cartoons before moving to UPA and Mister Magoo. In the 1960s, he was the director for the Tennessee Tuxedo television series. In 1987, he won the Motion Picture Cartoonists Golden Award.

3 January 2008
Obituaries
Writer Bill Idelson (b.1920) died on December 31. Idelson got his start writing for "The Flintstones" and wrote "The Twilight Zone" episode "Long Distance Call." He went on to write for "Bewitched," "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," "MASH," and "The Crawling Hand." As an actor, he appeared on "The Dick van Dyke Show" as Herman Glimscher, Sally Rogers's boyfriend. He also appeared in an episode of "My Favorite Martian" and "The Twilight Zone."

Author George MacDonald Fraser (b.1925) died on January 2. Fraser is best known for his "Flashman" series of novels which covered the exploits of anti-hero Harry Paget Flashman. Set in a range of locations during the nineteenth century, the novels show Flashman, a coward and a bully, against a backdrop of the century's major conflicts and explain the reality behind how he winds up looking heroic. Fraser wrote twelve Flashman novels as well as other works of historical fiction and had screenwriting credits on The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, Return of the Musketeers, Royal Flash (based on his own novel), Octopussy, and Red Sonja.

2 January 2008
Pyramid Discovery
An 800 year old Aztec pyramid has been discovered in the center of Mexico City. The ruins, which are 36 feet high, may be an indication that the city of Tlatelolco was founded more than a century earlier than previously believed, making it older than its more famous sister city, Tenochtitlan.
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Deep Impact Flies By
The Deep Impact space probe, launched in January 2005, made a fly-by of Earth on December 31, 2007 in preparation for a rendezvous with Comet Hartley 2. Put into safe mode after it launched an impactor into Comet Tempel in 2005, NASA has reactivated the probe for a second mission. Deep Impact will rendezvous with Hartley 2 in 2010.
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Obituary
Gail Dalmas, wife of science fiction author John Dalmas, died on December 30 of pneumonia. Dalmas has suffered a series of minor strokes preceding her pneumonia and her swallowing and gagging reflexes had suffered as a result.

Copyright © 2008 Steven H Silver

Steven H Silver is a seven-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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