Geffen Award Winners

The winners of the 2015 Geffen Awards were announced at Icon in Tel Aviv during the weekend of September 30-October 2. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and are named after the late Amos Geffen, one of the first Israeli SF editors and translators.

  • Best Translated Science Fiction Book: The Martian , by Andy Weir; translated by Didi Chanoch
  • Best Translated Fantasy Book: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman; translated by Didi Chanoch
  • Best Translated YA Book: Ozma of Oz and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz , by L. Frank Baum; translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo
  • Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story: “Five Four Three Two One,” by Hila Benyovich-Hoffman
  • Best Original Hebrew Book: Broken Skies, by Keren Landsman

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Southern Fandom Awards

The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, the Rubble Award, and a new Fleur de Fan Award were all presented at DeepSouthCon 53/ContraFlow V in New Orleans, LA. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom. The new Fleur de Fan Award is presented by Contraflow.

  • Rebel Award: Frank Sciotta, for being an instrumental volunteer at many conventions and Michael Scott, founder of CoastCon
  • Phoenix Award: Diana Rowland and Robert Asprin
  • Rubble Award: The Force of Gravity for taking away Ned Brooks so recently

Fleur de Fan Awards

  • Pro Fleur de Fan Award: Toni Weisskopf, for her support of ContraFlow
  • Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Area 51 for amazing room parties
  • Fan Fleur de Fan Award: Walter M. Scott, local fan and volunteer

ETA: Addition Fleur de Fan winners.

Free Book From EDGE

Canadian publisher EDGE is offering e-copies of Nick Wisseman’s novel The Red Wraith on October 5 through Amazon.
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Sunburst Award Winners

The 2015 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000. The jurors for the 2015 award were S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint. Due to the number of submissions, the Sunburst Committee has decided to defer the start of the short fiction category until 2016.

  • Sunburst Award: The Back of the Turtle , by Thomas King
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci

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DeepSouthCon 55 to North Carolina

DeepSouthCon 55, to be held in 2017, was awarded to High Point, North Carolina in a competitive race with Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event will be held in conjunction with High Point’s Congregate convention. Congregate is generally held in July.

DeepSouthCon Awarded to JordanCon

Following the cancellation of next year’s DeepSouthCon, JordanCon proposed a bid to host the long-running traveling convention. Originally scheduled to be a stand-alone convention in Atlanta in May, DeepSouthCon will not take place as part of JordanCon, also in Atlanta, the weekend of April 22-24. The Guests of Honor will be Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.
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Hydra Contest Announcement

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show are sponsoring the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2013 and 2014. The winner, selected by Card, will be translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt for publication in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The submission period is 5 October through 11 November.

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Purdom Hospitalized

Author Tom Purdom was hit by a bicycle on August 5 while walking along the Schuykill River Trail in Philadelphia. The collision left Purdom with spinal injuries; a concussion, an enormous bump on his forehead, two black eyes, and a paralyzed diaphragm. Purdom is recovering slowly.
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Stephenson Named Distinguished Scholar

Neil Stephenson has been named a Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. He will visit the Institute for lectures and talks periodically throughout 2016. The Miller Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious visiting position at SFI, awarded to highly accomplished, creative thinkers who make profound contributions to our understandings of society, science, and culture.
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Obituary: Fred Duarte, Jr.

Texas fan Fred Duarte, Jr. died on October 3. Duarte charied several Armadillocons and was the convention’s fan guest of honor in 2011. He also served as co-chair of Westercon 49 in 1996 and chair of SMOFCon 13 and World Fantasy Con in Corpus Christi in 2000.