VanderMeer Fall Fiction Winners

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer have announced the winners of their Fall Fiction contest. The winners will receive publication on their website, $2000, $200, and $100 respectively, and personal correspondence with the judges.

  • Winner: “Linger Longer,” by Vincent Masterson
  • Second Place Story: “Pool People,” by Jen Neale
  • Third Place Story: “Animalizing,” by Marisela Navarro

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Corflu Chiflu in Chicago

Nigel Rowe has announced that Corflu Chiflu, a convention for fanzine fans, will take place in Chicago from May 13-15 at the Club Quarters Hotel on Adams. Corflu Chiflu joins the Nebula Award Weekend taking place the same weekend two blocks away at the Palmer House, and Book Expo America/Bookcon taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place the same week. Corflu memberships are currently $75 and can be purchased using Paypal through the Corflu website.
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Goodreads Choice Awards

With more than 3 million votes cast, Goodreads has announced the winners of the 7th Annual Goodreads Awards.

  • Fantasy: Trigger Warnings, by Neil Gaiman
  • Science Fiction: Golden Son, by Pierce Brown
  • Horror: Saint Odd, by Dean Koontz
  • Graphic Novels & Comics: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
  • Debut Goodreads Author: Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard
  • Young Adult Fantasy: Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas
  • Middle Grade & Children’s: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, by Rick Riordan

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Obituary: Perry Chapdelaine

Editor and author Perry Chapdelaine (b.1925) died on November 24. Chapdelaine is best known for editing two collections of the letters of John W. Campbell, Jr. He also published his own fiction in the 1960s and 70s, including The Laughing Terran, Spork of the Ayor, and Swampworld West, until he began suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Chapdelaine wrote for the Arthritis Foundation of America using the pseudonym Anthony di Fabio.

Harvia Wins Rotsler

Teddy Harvia has been named the winner of the 2015 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Harvia has previously been won the Hugo Award four times as well as the Rebel Award. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300. Sue Mason, Mike Glyer, and John Hertz served as this year’s judges.

Obituary: Elmo Williams

Producer Elmo Williams (b.1913) died on November 25. Williams worked as a film editor on the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with non-genre work on High Noon and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome. He also worked as a producer for Tales of the Vikings and Tora! Tora! Tora!. He received an Oscar nomination for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and won the Oscar for High Noon.

Obituary: Shigeru Mizuki

Manga artist Shigeru Mizuki (b.1922) died on November 30. Mizuki was best known for GeGeGe no Kitarō. Mizuki lost his left arm in World War II in Papua Ne Guinea and was the sole survivor of his unit. He published his first work, Rocketman, in 1957. Mizuki has won the Kodansha Jido Manga Award, the Kodansha Manga Award, and the Eisner Award, among others.

Apollo 16 Booster Found

In April, 1972, John Young and Charles Duke landed on the moon in the Lunar Module Orion. NASA scientists also arranged to have the third stage booster of the Saturn V rocket that propelled them to the moon to crash into the moon so measurements could be taken of the reverberations. Although the impact of the rocket could be measured, its location was never found until Jeff Plescia of Johns Hopkins University discovered its location.
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Newitz Leaves io9

Annalee Newitz, one of the founders of io9, has announced that November 30 is her final day at the website. Newitz helped found io9 with Charlie Jane Anders in 2008 and has been running the website since, taking on the position as Gizmodo editor in January of this year. Newitz is leaving to take on the role of tech culture editor at Ars Technica.
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Prêmio Argos de Literatura Fantástica

The Prêmio Argos, given out for excellence in fantastic literature in Brazil, were awarded at Jedicon Rio on November 29 in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Prêmio pelo Conjunto da Obra (Lifetime Achievement Award): Jorge Luiz Calife
  • Melhor Romance (Best Novel): Dezoito do Escorpião, by Alexey Dowdsworth Magnavita
  • Melhor Conto (Best Short Story): “Clitoridectomia,” by Carlos Orsi
  • Melhor Antologia (Best Anthology): Vaporpunk: Novos Documentos de uma Pitoresca Era Steampunk, edited by Fábio Fernandes & Romeu Martins Martins

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