Fan Stan Burns (b.Marsdon Stanford Burns, Jr., 1947) died on April 23. Burns began reading science fiction in 1957, when his mother got him a copy of Heinlein’s Have Space Suit, Will Travel from the library. He became active in LASFS while working on a cultural anthropology paper in 1967 and began attending conventions. Burns was the official photographer at Equicon, Filmcon, LACons I and III, many Loscons.
Fan Kathy Doran Owen died on April 25. Owens lived in Alabama was was active in developing and running the literary programming track at DragonCon for the past several years.
Actor Rex Robinson (b.1926) died in April. Robinson appeared in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace as well as in three serials of Doctor Who, including “The Hand of Fear,” “The Monster of Peladon,” and “The Three Doctors.”
Three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario. The Filk Hall of Fame honors performers and organizers. It was founded in 1995. Nominees are suggested by members of fandom and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from a variety of filk conventions.
The 2015 inductees are
- Kay Shapero
- Nick Smith
- Steven Joel Zeve
SFWA has announced that Nick Offerman, who portrayed Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation will be the toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Award Ceremony, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on June 6. The Nebula Award weekend is open to anyone and will also feature a free mass autographing on Friday evening from 8:00-9:30.
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The nominations for the Seiun Awards have been announced. The translation categories are presented below. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan-voted awards and winners will be announced at Comecon, the 54th Japanese National SF convention, held August 29-30, 2015.
Best Translated Long Story
- The Martian, by Andy Weir, translated by Kazuko Onoda
- Among Others, by Jo Walton, translated by Takeshi Mogi
- Redshirts, by John Scalzi, translated by Masayuki Uchida
- The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald, translated by Masaya Shimokusu
- Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, translated by Makiko Ikeda
- Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card, translated by Naoya Nakahara
Best Translated Short Story
- “The Negation,” by Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
- “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” by Pat Cadigan, translated by Yoichi Shimada
- “Hunter Come Home,” by Richard McKenna, translated by Touru Nakamura
- “Water” by Ramezu Naam,” translated by Naoya Nakahara
- “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal, translated by Fumiyo Harashima
- “Year of the Rat,” by Stanley Chen (Chen Chu fan), translated by Naoya Nakahara
- “War 3.01,” by Keith Brooke, translated by Masato Naniwa
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Tom Holt revealed that he also writes under the pseudonym K. J. Parker during an episode of the Coode Street Podcast. Holt, who is best known for his humorous fantasy novels including The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice began publishing as Parker in 1998 with Colours in the Steel and has published several novels and short stories in the intervening years. Holt won back-to-back World Fantasy Awards in 2012 and 2013 as Parker and was also nominated the following year.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that Harlan Ellison’s story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” will receive its Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented on May 9 at Marcon, where F. Paul Wilson will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
George Phillies has received the Donald Franson Award from the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). The award recognizes outstanding service to the N3F and is presented by the President. At the same time, the N3F has called for nominations for the annual Neffy Awards, nominations to be sent to recent Franson Award recipient George Phillies.