Obituary: Vonnie Carts-Powell

Fan Yvonne “Vonnie” Carts-Powell (b.1966) died on May 22. Carts-Powell was a frequent attendee and panelist at Boston area conventions and has written reviews for Green Man Reviews. A science writer, in 2008, she wrote The Science of Heroes, a look at the television series. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.

Duncan Wins Compton Crook

Alexandra Duncan won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for her book Salvage. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque wasbe presented to Duncan at Balticon.

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Obituary: Doris Elaine Sauter

Doris Elaine Sauter died around May 25. Sauter met Philip K. Dick in 1972 and struck up a friendship with him that lasted until his death. After Dick died, Sauter edited What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick, which was ranked fourth in the Locus Poll in 2002.

Obituary: Chuck Miller

Bookseller and publisher Chuck Miller (b.1953) died on May 24. Miller ran a used bookstore in Pennsylvania before teaming up with Tim Underwood to found the publishing company Underwood-Miller in 1976. The two published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick. Miller self-published the novel Blood of the Centipede in 2012.

Obituary: Tanith Lee

Author Tanith Lee (b.1947) died on May 24. Lee began publishing with the short story “Eustace” in 1968. She went on to write numerous novels, including the five volume “Tales From The Flat Earth” sequence, the Birthgrave trilogy, and “The Secret Books of Paradys” sequence. She was nominated for the Nebula twice, for Birthgrave and “Red As Blood,” as well as numerous World Fantasy and British Fantasy nominations, becoming the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Death’s Master. She won back-to-back World Fantasy Best Short Story Awards in 1983 and 1984 and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.

Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards were presented at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 23. The winners are listed below.

  • Rising Star Award: Wylie Beckert
  • Grand Master Award: Scott Gustafson
  • Advertisting Gold Award: Taylor Wessling for “Barbarians: Faust”
  • Book Gold Award: Dan dos Santos for Taking Flight
  • Comics Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen for Bernadette, page 1
  • Concept Art Gold Award: Sung Choi for “The Parade”
  • Dimension Gold Award: Forest Rogers for “Venetian Harpy”
  • Editorial Gold Award: Tran Nguyen for “A Distressed Damsel”
  • Institutional Gold Award: Rovina Cai for “Fake It”
  • Unpublished Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard for “Momentum”

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Aurora Award Nominations

The 2015 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Mmbers of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between June 1 and midnight October 17. The awards will be presented at Canvention 35 in Toronto the weekend of November 20-22.

Best Novel – English

  • Echopraxia, by Peter Watts
  • The Future Falls, by Tanya Huff
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson,
  • A Play of Shadow, by Julie E. Czerneda

Best Young Adult Novel – English

  • Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder
  • Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, by Sherry Peters
  • Out of This World, by Charles de Lint
  • Rain, by Amanda Sun
  • Sea of Shadows, by Kelley Armstrong
  • Twist of the Blade, by Edward Willett
  • The Voices in Between, by Charlene Challenger

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “Crimson Sky,” by Eric Choi
  • “Jelly and the D-Machine,” by Suzanne Church
  • “Mecha-Jesus,” by Derwin Mak
  • “No Sweeter Art,” by Tony Pi
  • “Soul-Hungry,” by Suzanne Church

Best Poem/Song – English

  • “A Hex, With Bees,” by Tony Pi
  • “Aversions,” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Machine,” by David Clink
  • “The New Ways,” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “The Perfect Library,” by David Clink

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Cassie & Tonk, by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk
  • It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
  • Raygun Gothic Vol. 2, by GMB Chomichuk
  • Treadwell, by Dominic Bercier
  • Trillium, by Jeff Lemire

Best Related Work – English

  • Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, by Suzanne Church
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • Lackington’s Speculative Prose, edited by Ranylt Richildis
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Strange Bedfellows, edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, cover for Tantamount and Out Dweller
  • Erik Mohr, cover for The Door in the Mountain and ChiZine Publications
  • Derek Newman-Stille, cover for Elephants and Omnibuses
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk, “Walking on the Moon”, cover for On Spec, No. 95 (Vol. 25 No. 4),

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis, edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • Pubnites & Other Events, edited by Yvonne Penney
  • Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Music

  • Brooke Abbey, Weirdness from 2014
  • Copy Red Leader, Crossing the Streams CD
  • Debs & Errol (Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), OVFF Concert
  • Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
  • Stone Dragons, Dream of Flying CD

Best Fan Organizational

  • Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
  • Derek Künsken, Farrell McGovern, Caycee Price and Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly, Executive, Can*Con 2014, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis-Wood and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kevin B. Madison, Thunder Road Trip
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
  • Lloyd Penney, fan writing for fanzines and e-zines

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Scribe Award Nominations

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2014. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL

  • 24: Deadline, by James Swallow
  • Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood, by Don Bain
  • Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  • Homeland: Saul’s Game, by Andrew Kaplan
  • The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, by Karen Dionne

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVE

  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, by Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • Grimm: Chopping Block, by John Passarella
  • Star Trek: Disavowed, by David Mack
  • Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise, by Greg Cox
  • Grimm: The Killing Time, by Tim Waggoner
  • Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, by James Sutter
  • Fringe: Sins of the Father, by Christa Faust

ADAPTED NOVEL – GENERAL AND SPECULATIVE

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Alex Irvine
  • Noah, by Mark Morris
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath, by Adam Whitlach

YOUNG ADULT – ALL GENRES, ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED

  • Spirit Animals: Blood Ties, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
  • Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident, by Jennifer Brozak
  • Penguins of Madagascar, by Tracey West

SHORT STORIES

  • Pathfinder: “Hunter’s Folly,” by Josh Vogt
  • Mike Hammer: “It’s in the Book,” by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
  • Stargate: “Perceptions,” by Diana Botsford
  • Pathfinder: “Queen Sacrifice,” by Steven Savile
  • Tales of Valdemar: “Written in the Wind,” by Jennifer Brozek

AUDIO

  • Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow, by Nev Fountain
  • Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat, by Mark Thomas Passmore
  • Blake’s 7: Fortuitis, by George Mann
  • Doctor Who: Iterations of I, by John Dorney
  • Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders, by Cavan Scott
  • International Association of Media Tie-In Writers 2015 Faust Award: Terrance Dicks

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SFWA Election Results

The results of this year’s SFWA elections, the first to be governed by the new constitution, have been announced. Although SFWA board members will now serve for two year terms, some of this year’s elected board will only serve a single year in order to stagger some of the elections. An asterisk denotes an incumbent who was re-elected. The new board members take office on July 1.

  • President: Cat Rambo
  • Vice-President: M.C.A. Hogarth (one year term)
  • Secretary: Susan Forest*
  • Chief Financial officer: Bud Sparhawk* (one year term)
  • Directors-at-large: Jennifer Brozek and Matthew Johnson*

Lee Martindale, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sarah Pinsker will continue in their multi-year terms as Directors-at-large.
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SLF Working Class Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that Nino Cipri has been awarded the Working Class Grant. The $750 award supports any purpose that the writer wishes to benefit their work. Cipri currently works for bicycle sharing company Divvy in Chicago and has recently completed the Clarion Writers Workshop. Cipri’s writing has appeared or will appear in Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Betwixt, Daily Science Fiction, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and The Eunoia Review.

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