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 Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the winners of its 2008 Poetry contest. The contest received more than 400 entries from more than twenty-five countries. In addition to the top three places, the judges announced an honorable mention and each judge mentioned two selections for judges' choices.
1st Place: "She Seemed So Quiet," by Marion E. Boyer
2nd Place: "Artifacts of Intelligent Design," by Elizabeth Barrette
3rd Place: "And I Fly," by Frances Shi
Taikonauts in Space
Private Company in Orbit
A group of fans and authors, led by Deborah J. Miller, have formed the David Gemmell Awards, to be presented annually for fantasy written in the spirit of Gemmell. Anyone who wants to may vote on the awards, which will announce a nomination list at the end of December. In addition, the site allows people to sign up and participate in on-line discussions.
Hackers Killed the Magazine
At the request of author Greg Frost, his scheduled reading for this Friday, September 26, has been rescheduled to take place during the October reading. Frost asked for the change due to the presidential debates, which he feels are of greater importance than attending a book reading.
Shortly after J.K. Rowling won a lawsuit against fan Steve van der Ark's attempts to publish an Harry Potter Lexicon, Warner Brothers had a lawsuit thrown out of an Indian court in which they were suing the makers of the Indian film Hari Puttar: A Comedy of Terrors. The judge ruled that the film was not infringing on Warner Brothers' trademark.
ABC has purchased television rights to Robert J. Sawyer's novel Flashforward and has committed to producing a pilot. The pilot, which is currently in pre-production, was written by David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga. Sawyer will act as a consultant for the series and will write a first-season episode.
Science Fiction in India
Dwarf Planet Named
British Fantasy Awards
Massive Interstellar Explosion
Large Hadron Collider Down
Outstanding Anthology or Collection:
Outstanding Graphic Novel:
Promising New Talent:
Outstanding Online Comic:
William Sanders has announced that the Hugo-nominated on-line sf magazine Helix SF will cease publication following its tenth issue (which will be online beginning on October 1). Sanders has said that part of the reason was the magazine's "ongoing failure to develop a broad base of support." Helix operated with a voluntary donation system, and although they were always able to pay their authors well, most of the money was "coming from a small number of amazingly generous donors."
Holy F*ck, Batman
Teresa Nielsen Hayden Heart Attack
M.J. Engh, the author of Arslan, has been announced as the SFWA Author Emerita. She will receive the honor at the 2009 Nebula Weekend in Los Angeles. Engh began publishing science fiction in 1964 under the pseudonym Jane Beauclerk. Since 1993, she has focused more on historical projects than science fiction. For more information:
Corflu Fifty Fan Fund Winner
Best Filk Song
Best Classic Filk Song
Best Tragedy Song
Best Comedy Song
BBC Producer Geoffrey Perkins (b.1953) died in a car accident on August 29. Perkins is best known as the producer of the radio series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" Perkins went on to work in television, where his credits include "The Catherine Tate Show," "Splitting Image," and "My Hero."
Ken Campbell (b.1941) died on August 31. Campbell formed the Science Fiction Theatre of Liverpool in 1976 and adapted the Illuminatus Trilogy and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy for the stage. Campbell also appeared in the radio series of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" as Poodoo. In the early 1970s, he performed with Bob Hoskins and Sylvester McCoy. In 1987, he auditioned for the role of the Seventh Doctor, losing out to McCoy.
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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