Gen Con Threatens Move

In the wake of the Indiana legislature passing a bill that permits businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious beliefs, the coordinators of Gen Con have sent Governor Mike Pence a letter threatening to move out of Indiana when their contract expires in 2020. Gen Con brings 56,000 gamers to Indianapolis annually and an estimate $50 million economic benefit. Pence is on record as planning on signing the bill into law.

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Obituary: Inge Erikson

Danish author Inge Erikson (b.1935 ) died on March 13. Erikson began publishing science fiction in 1980 with the play The Wind Is Not for Sale and wrote the novel Amanda Screamer’s Desire two years later. Her “Space Without Time” series is comprised of four novels and was published between 1983 and 1989. Prior to writing science fiction, Erikson wrote mainstream fiction and returned to that in the 1990s.

Obituary: Peggy Rae Sapienza

Fan Peggy Rae Sapienza (b.Peggy Rae McKnight, 1944 ) died on March 22, about a month after undergoing heart surgery. Peggy Rae, who was married to Bob Pavlat from 1963-1983 and to John Sapienza from 1999 until her death, chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon (my first). She was long active in con-running and fanzine publishing. She was a driving force behind much of Washington and Baltimore fandom, and has chaired or co-chaired several recent Nebula Award Weekends. She helped create the modern exhibition concourse at Worldcons and in 2012, she was the fan guest of honor at Chicon 7.

Peggy Rae’s bio at Chicon 7

Obituary: Bernice Steadman

Mercury 13 member Bernice Steadman (b.Bernice Trimble, c.1925 ) died on March 18. Steadman was one of the thirteen women who volunteered, and successfully passed all of the physiological tests performed on the Mercury 7 astronauts. Steadman met her future husband, Robert Steadman, in 1957, when he took flying lessons from her at a flight school she owned. She was the first woman to receive an Airline Transport Rating, and was briefly considered as a candidate to be an astronaut before NASA abandoned the idea of women astronauts.

Obituary: Ted Ball

Bookseller Ted Ball died on March 18. Ball was the co-owner of London’s Fantasy Centre, a SF/fantasy bookstore Ball opened in 1969 with Dave Gibson and which closed in 2009.

Obituary: Ib Melchior

Danish author Ib Melchior (b.1917) died on March 13. Melchior wrote the short story “The Racer,” which was the basis for the films Death Race 2000 and Death Race. hisother short stories included “Vidiot” and “The Winner and New…” In addition to two novels, he wrote screenplays for Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Journey to the Seventh Planet, and two episodes of the Hugo-nominated Men Into Space.

Prix Pierre Bottero Winner

The winner of the Prix Pierre Bottero was announced on March 6 at the Oniriques Festival in Lyon-Meyzieu, France. The prize is given for young adult fantasy novels. A jury selects the nominees, which are then voted on by teenagers, who read the books in school sponsored book clubs. The winner was Élodie Tirel for the novel É-Den: Les Survivants.

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Baen Memorial Contest Winner

The winners of the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest, sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, have been announced. The contest looks for stories which explore the promise of space exploration. The winner will be published as the featured story on the Baen Books main website and paid at the normal paying rates for professional stories and receive an award, membership to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

  • Grand Prize: “We Fly,” by K. B. Rylander
  • 2nd Place: “A Metal Box Floating Between the Stars,” by Jamie Lackey
  • 3rd Place: “Boomerang Zone,” by Robert Dawson

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Saturn Award Nominations

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film will be presented on June 25 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.

Best Comic Book-to-Film Release

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Science Fiction Film Release

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Godzilla
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Interstellar
  • The Zero Theorem

Best Fantasy Film Release

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Into the Woods
  • Maleficent
  • Paddington

Best Horror Film Release

  • Annabelle
  • The Babadook
  • Dracula Untold
  • Horns
  • Only Lovers Left Alive
  • The Purge: Anarchy

Best Thriller Film Release

  • American Sniper
  • The Equalizer
  • Gone Girl
  • The Guest
  • The Imitation Game
  • Nightcrawler

Best Action / Adventure Film Release

  • Exodus: Gods and Kings
  • Inherent Vice
  • Lucy
  • Noah
  • Snowpiercer
  • Unbroken

Best Actor in a Film

  • Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton in Birdman
  • Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar
  • Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Dan Stevens in The Guest

Best Actress in a Film

  • Emily Blunt in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Essie Davis in The Babadook
  • Anne Hathaway in Interstellar
  • Angelina Jolie in Maleficent
  • Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • Rosemund Pike in Gone Girl

Best Supporting Actor in a Film

  • Richard Armitage in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice
  • Samuel L. Jackson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Andy Serkis in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress in a Film

  • Jessica Chastain in Interstellar
  • Scarlett Johansson in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Evangeline Lily in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Rene Russo in Nightcrawler
  • Emma Stone in Birdman
  • Meryl Streep in Into the Woods

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Film

  • Elle Fanning in Maleficent
  • MacKenzie Foy in Interstellar
  • Chloe Grace Moretz in The Equalizer
  • Tony Revolori in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Kodi Smit-McPhee in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Noah Wiseman in The Babadook

Best Film Director

  • Alejandro G. Innarritu in Birdman
  • James Gunn in Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Doug Liman in Edge of Tomorrow
  • Christopher Nolan in Interstellar
  • Matt Reeves in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Joe Russo, Anthony Russo in Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Bryan Singer in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Best Film Writing

  • Captain America: Winter Soldier, by Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus
  • Edge of Tomorrow, by Christopher McQuarrie, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Wes Anderson
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn, Nicole Perlman
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, Guillermo del Toro
  • Whiplash, by Damien Chazelle

Best Film Editing

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, edited by Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
  • Edge of Tomorrow, edited by James Herbert, Laura Jennings
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, edited by Fred Raskin, Hughes Winborne, Craig Wood
  • Interstellar, edited by Lee Smith
  • Unbroken, edited by William Goldenberg, Tim Squyres
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, edited by John Ottman

Best Film Production Design

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Peter Wenham
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by James Chinlund
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel, by Adam Stockhausen
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Charles Wood
  • Interstellar, by Nathan Crowley
  • Into the Woods, by Dennis Gassner

Best Film Music

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Henry Jackman
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Michael Giacchino
  • Godzilla, by Alexandre Desplat
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, by Howard Shore
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2, by John Powell
  • Interstellar, by Hans Zimmer

Best Film Costume

  • Dracula Untold, by Ngila Dickson
  • Exodus: Gods and Kings, by Janty Yates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Alexandra Byrne
  • Into the Woods, by Colleen Atwood
  • Maleficent, by Anna B. Sheppard
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, by Louise Mingenbach

Best Film Make-Up

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Bill Terezakis, Lisa Love
  • Dracula Untold, by Mark Coulier, Daniel Phillips
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by David White, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Peter King, Rick Findlater, Gino Acevedo
  • Into the Woods, by Peter King, Matthew Smith
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past, by Adrien Morot, Norma Hill-Patton

Best Film Special/Visual Effects

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, by Dan Daleeuw, Russell Earl, Bryan Grill, Dan Sudick
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Erik Winquist
  • Edge of Tomorrow, by Gary Brozenich, Nick Davis, Jonathan Fawkner, Matthew Rouleau
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, by Stephane Ceretti, Nicholas Aithadi, Jonathan Fawkner, Paul Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, byJoe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White
  • Interstellar, by Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter, Scott Fisher

Best Independent Film Release

  • Grand Piano
  • I, Origins
  • A Most Violent Year
  • The One I Love
  • The Two Faces of January
  • Whiplash

Best International Film Release

  • Bird People
  • Calvary
  • Force Majeur
  • Mood Indigo
  • The Railway Man
  • The Theory of Everything

Best Animated Film Release

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • The Lego Movie
  • The Wind Rises

Best Network Television Series

  • The Blacklist
  • The Following
  • Grimm
  • Hannibal
  • Person of Interest
  • Sleepy Hollow

Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series

  • 12 Monkeys
  • American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Continuum
  • Falling Skies
  • Salem
  • The Strain
  • The Walking Dead

Best Limited Run Television Series

  • Bates Motel
  • From Dusk Till Dawn
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Last Ship
  • The Librarians
  • Outlander

Best Superhero Adaptation Television Series

  • Agent Carter
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Arrow
  • Constantine
  • The Flash
  • Gotham

Best Youth-Oriented Television Series

  • The 100
  • Doctor Who
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Supernatural
  • Teen Wolf
  • The Vampire Diaries

Best Actor in a Television Series

  • Hugh Dancy in Hannibal
  • Grant Gustin in The Flash
  • Andrew Lincoln in The Walking Dead
  • Tobias Menzies in Outlander
  • Mads Mikkelsen in Hannibal
  • Noah Wyle in Falling Skies

Best Actress in a Television Series

  • Haley Atwell in Agent Carter
  • Caitronia Balfe in Outlander
  • Vera Farmiga in Bates Motel
  • Jessica Lange in American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • Rachel Nichols in Continuum
  • Rebecca Romjin in The Librarians

Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series

  • David Bradley in The Strain
  • Laurence Fishburne in Hannibal
  • Sam Heughan in Outlander
  • Erik Knudsen in Continuum
  • Norman Reedus in The Walking Dead
  • Richard Samuel in The Strain

Best Supporting Actress in a Television Series

  • Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones
  • Jenna Coleman in Doctor Who
  • Caroline Dhavernas in Hannibal
  • Lexa Doig in Continuum
  • Emily Kinney in The Walking Dead
  • Melissa McBride in The Walking Dead

Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series

  • Camren Bicondova in Gotham
  • Maxim Knight in Falling Skies
  • Tyler Posey in Teen Wolf
  • Chandler Riggs in The Walking Dead
  • Holly Taylor in The Americans
  • Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones

Best Guest Performance in a Television Series

  • Dominic Cooper in Agent Carter
  • Neil Patrick Harris in American Horror Story: Freak Show
  • John Larroquette in The Librarians
  • Wentworth Miller in The Flash
  • Michael Pitt in Hannibal
  • Andrew J. West in The Walking Dead

Best DVD/BD Release

  • Beneath
  • Blue Ruin
  • Odd Thomas
  • Ragnarok
  • White Bird in a Blizzard
  • Wolf Creek 2

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release

  • Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition
  • Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
  • Once Upon a Time in America: Extended Director’s Cut
  • Sorcerer
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Best DVD/BD Television Release

  • Batman: The Complete Television Series
  • Hannibal: Season 2
  • Merlin: The Complete Series
  • Spartacus: The Complete Series
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 7
  • Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery
  • Wizards and Warriors: The Complete Series

Best DVD/BD Collection Release

  • The Exorcist: The Complete Anthology
  • Halloween: The Complete Collection
  • Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection
  • Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection
  • Toho Godzilla Collection
  • Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30 Film Collection

Best Local Live Stage Production

  • Damn Yankees at 3-D Theatricals
  • Ghost Brothers of Darkland County at Saban Theatre
  • The Last Confession at Ahmanson Theatre
  • Pippin at Segerstrom Center for the Arts
  • Ragtime at 3-D Theatricals
  • Stoneface: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Buster Keaton at Pasadenia Playhouse
  • The Wizard of Oz at Segerstrom Center for the Arts

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Philip K. Dick Judges

The judges for the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2015 with the award presented at Norwescon in 2016. Paperback originals published in 2015 should be sent to all of the judges on the list. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

  • Eric James Fullilove
  • James C. Glass
  • David M. Higgins
  • Lisa Mason
  • Jack Skillingstead

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