Obituary: Dean Jones

Actor Dean Jones (b.1931) died on September 1. Jones is best known for his work in live-action Disney films in the 1970s, specifically the Herbie/Love Bug films. He also provided voicework for various Superman and Batman animated television series, Blackbeard’s Ghost, The Shaggy D.A., and The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes.

SFWA Issues Model Contracts

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have issued a new model magazine contract, based on existing magazine contracts as well as the needs of authors. The contracts team consisted primarily of Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus, and Ken Liu with feedback from John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall. They plan to release additional model contracts over the course of the next year.

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Le Guin Fellowship Deadline Extended

The deadline for applications for the Ursula K. Le Guin Fellowship has been extended to October 1. The Fellowship encourages research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction, as well as travel in the access of those records houses at the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives, which includes papers of Le Guin, Joanna Russ, Kate Wilhelm, Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Molly Gloss, Laurie Marks, and Jessica Amanda Salmonson, among others.
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Obituary: Ned Brooks

Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.

Obituary: Wes Craven

Director Wes Craven (b.1939) died on August 30 form a brain tumor. Craven is best known as the writer and director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films and also had active roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Swamp Thing, and directed five episodes of The Twilight Zone.

Rosny-Aîné Award Winners

The winners of the Rosny-Aîné Award were announced at Nemo 2014, the French National Science Fiction Convention, in Amiens, the weekend of August 21.

  • Novel: Bastard, by Yal Ayerdhal
  • Short Story: “L’Opéra de Shaya, by Sylvie Lainé
  • Prix Cyrano:Philippe Caza (pseudonym of Philippe Cazaumayou) for his work as an artist

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Lowder to Chaosium

James Lowder has announced that he has been retained as a Consulting Editor for the fiction line for the reconstituted company. Lowder will begin by figuring out the current state of Chaosium publishing contracts, rights, and obligations and will then help build the company’s new fiction line.
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Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

The Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire were presented at Maison de l’Imaginaire du festival Étonnants Voyageurs in Saint-Malo, France on May 24. The award was created in 1974 and foreign language awards have been presented since 1992.

  • Francophone Novel: Aucun homme n’est une île, by Christophe Lambert
  • Foreign Novel: La Grande Route du Nord, by Peter F. Hamilton (UK)
  • Francophone Short Story: “L’Opéra de Shaya,” by Sylvie Lainé
  • Foreign Short Story: “La Fille-flûte et autres fragments de futurs brisés ,” by Paolo Bacigalupi (USA)
  • Young Adult Francophone Novel: La Seconde vie de d’Artagnan, by Jean-Luc Marcastel
  • Foreign Young Adult Novel: Miss Peregrine et les enfants particuliers, by Ransom Riggs (USA)
  • Jacques Chambon Award for Translation: Marie Surgers for Intrabasses , by Jeff Noon
  • Wojtek Siudmak Award for Illustration: Aurélien Police for the collection of his covers from 2014, in particular L’Éducation de Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory and Notre île sombre, by Christopher Priest
  • Essay: “Super-héros, une histoire française ,” by Xavier Fournier
  • Special Award: Richard Comballot for his memoirs on the Imagination including his collection of interviews Clameurs

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Obituary: Toni Lay

Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.

Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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