The Science Fiction Poetry Association has named two new Poetry Grand Masters, the first since 2010. Marge Ballif Simon and Steve Sneyd have received the honor for their years of publishing poetry in a variety of places. Simon’s work has previously received the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award, the Dwarf Stars Award, and the Strange Horizons Readers Award. In addition to publishing his own Poetry, Sneyd presents the annual DataDump Award and has published numerous other poets.
The winners of the 2015 Mythopoeic Society Awards were announced on August 2 at Mythcon 46 in Colorado Springs, CO.
- Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Tales from Rugosa Coven, by Sarah Avery
- Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature: A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
- Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies: C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages, by Robert Boenig
- Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies: Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, by Brian Attebery
The ENnie Awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing. The awards were presented at Gen Con on July 31. The judges for the 2016 were announced as Jakub Nowosad, Kayra KeriKupcu, Kiel Cheiner, Kurt Wiegel, and Stacy Muth.
Judges’ Spotlight Winners:
- Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing, by Annah Madrinan
- Wicked Lies and Alibis, by Stacy Muth
- Posthuman Pathways, by Jakub Nowosad
- Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics, by Kayra Keri Küpçü
- East Texas University, by Kurt Wiegel
- Best Adventure: Horror on the Orient Express
- Best Aid/Accessory: D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen
- Best Art, Cover: Rise of Tiamat
- Best Art, Interior: D&D Monster Manual
- Best Blog: ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
- Best Cartography: Ninth World Guidebook
- Best Electronic Book: Basic Rules for D&D
- Best Family Game: D&D Starter Set
- Best Free Product: Basic Rules for D&D
- Best Game: D&D Player’s Handbook
- Best Miniature Product: D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters
- Best Monster/Adversary: D&D Monster Manual
- Best Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
- Best Production Values: D&D Starter Set
- Best RPG Related Product:Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry
- Best Rules: D&D Player’s Handbook
- Best Setting: A Red & Pleasant Land
- Best Software: Roll20
- Best Supplement: D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide
- Best Website: The Escapist
- Best Writing: A Red & Pleasant Land
- Product of the Year: D&D Player’s Handbook
- Fan’s Choice for Publisher of the Year: Wizards of the Coast.
Unlike last year, which saw a four person race to represent Australasia at Loncon 3, this year’s GUFF race to send a European fan to Australasia has only one candidate. Finnfan Jukka Halme is running to attend Contact 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. It is important to get out and vote in a one person Fan Fund race to ensure the fund remains solvent.
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Author and costumer Adrienne Martine-Barnes (b.1942) died on July 20. Barnes published her first short story in 1982 and followed up with her first novel the same year. She collaborated with Marion Zimmer Bradley on three Darkover novels, with Diana L. Paxson on the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal trilogy, and published the Chronique D’Avebury trilogy on her own. In 1979, Martine-Barnes attempted, but failed, to create Costume-Mania, a costuming weekend, but her vision eventually launched Costume-Con 1 in 1983.
ETA: (corrected date of death).
The Association of Professional Futurists has announced the winners of the Most Significant Future Works for 2015 in three categories.
Advance the methodology and practice of foresight and futures studies
- The Thing from the Future
- Research Foresights: The Use of Strategic Foresight Methods for Ideation and Portfolio Management, by Ted Farrington, Keith Henson, & Christian Crews
Analyze a significant future issue
- Mutative Media: Communication Technologies and Power Relations in the Past, Present, and Futures, by James A. Dator, John A. Sweeney, and Aubrey M. Yee
Illuminate the future through literary or artistic works
- Byologic/Zed.TO, by Trevor Haldenby
- The Museum of Future Government Services
- Hieroglyph: Stories & Visions for a Better Future, edited by Kathryn Cramer, Ed Finn, and Neal Stephenson
The Smithsonian Institute has announced that it has successfully raised $550,000 via Kickstarter in order to preserve the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong during the first moonwalk. The Smithsonian is planning another Kickstarter to raise $700,000 to preserve the suit worn by Alan B. Shepard, Jr. on the first American manned launch.
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Fan Margaret Ford Keifer (b.1921) died on July 28. Keifer’s husband, Ben, was one of the founders of MidWestCon, and Keifer is the only person to have attended all 66 MidWestCons. A founding member of the Cincinnati Fan Group, Keifer was one of the administrators of the Don Ford Fund, named after her first husband, the chairman of Cinvention, which raised money to bring Jack Speer to Ditto 14/Fanhistoricon 11.
Filker Renee Alper (b.1957) died on July 27. In 1977, Alper founded The American Hobbit Association, almost single-handedly running the organization for 12 years. She also was the dramaturge for Ovation Theatre Company’s adaptations of The Lord of the Rings over a three year period. She has twice been nominated for the Pegasus Award and has produced several filk albums, including Wheelchair in High Gear and Thoracic Park. Alper won or placed in the OVFF Songwriting Contest a dozen times.
M. Lee Rogers has announced that ABC DeepSouthCon, the 2016 version of the event scheduled to be held in Roswell, GA, has been cancelled because a review of their finances has led them to believe that the event was not longer fiscally feasible. DeepSouthCon is a traveling con which is often connected to an existing con, although in 2016 it was going to be run as its own identity. It has been pointed out that ABC DeepSouthCon was scheduled to run the same weekend as Atlanta’s OutlantaCon. There are efforts being made to hold DeepSouthCon in conjunction with a different convention in 2016.
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