Bud Webster Medical Fund

Author Bud Webster, who entered hospice care in December, has established a medical fund to help cover the mounting costs of his treatment. Marscon has established the fund to help Webster, who non-fiction has helped chronicle science fiction. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction, Webster has built the Author Estate project to help publishers and editors find the rights holders for various works.
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Gravitational Waves Found

One of the elements of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is the presence of gravitational waves. Although predicted by Einstein, such waves have not previously been observed. Today, David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, has announced that gravitational waves have been detected based on the merging of two black holes.

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Obituary: Mark Justice

Author Mark Justice died on February 10. Justice began publishing in 2004 with the story “The Day After the End of the World.” He has written the novel The Dead Sheriff: Zombie Damnation and, in collaboration with David T. Wilbanks, the Dead Earth series. He co-edited the anthology Appalachian Winter Hauntings with Michael Knost.

Atwood Headlines SF Colloquium

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series has announced that Margaret Atwood will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, to be held on March 12. Other participants will include A.M. Dellamonica, Peter Chiykowski, Michael Rowe, Peter Watts, and Andrew Pyper. Tickets range from $30 for students to $40 for regular admission.
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DUFF Seeks Candidates

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City from August 17-21, 2016. Candidates should contact either Julian Warner or Lucy Huntzinger and have two North American nominators and thre Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is March 1. Send paper mail to Lucy Huntzinger at downunderfanfund@gmail.com or Julian Warner at Julian.warner@people.net.au.
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Obituary: Wayne England

Artist Wayne England died on February 9. Much of England’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned works for Warhammer, Dungeons & Dragons, and Magic: The Gathering.

Obituary: Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr.

Author Henry S. F. Cooper, Jr. (b.1933) died on January 31. Cooper was a journalist who covered the Apollo program, writing Thirteen: The Apollo Flight That Failed and Apollo on the Moon. Cooper was the great-nth grandson of James Fennimore Cooper.

Philip K. Dick Judges Announced

The judges for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2016 with the award presented at Norwescon in 2017. 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.

  • Michael Armstrong
  • Brenda Clough
  • Meg Elison
  • Lee Konstantinou
  • Ben Winters

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Kenyon Sues Clare

Sherrilyn Kenyon has filed a plagiarism lawsuit against novelist Cassandra Clare. Kenyon’s suit alleges that Clare’s “Shadowhunter” infringes copyrighted and trademarked elements of Kenyon’s “Dark-Hunter” series. Kenyon is seeking compensatory damages for lost profits. Kenyon’s works are published by St Martin’s Press in the US and Piatkus, Little, Brown, in the UK. Clare’s works are published by Simon & Schuster Children’s Books and Walker Books in the UK and Simon & Schuster in the US. In January, a Netflix series based on Clare’s works was released.
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The lawsuit (pdf)

ETA: copy of the complaint.

Martin to Receive Honorary Degree

Texas A&M has announced that George R. R. Martin will receive an honorary degree. Master’s papers are archived at A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives. The approval of the award is scheduled to take place on February 10.
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