Lisa Mantchev has been named the chair of the SFWA Young Adult Committee. She takes over the role from Sherwood Smith. Mantchev has been an SFWA member since 2002 and her fiction has appeared in Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, Fantasy Magazine and Strange Horizons. Beginning in 2009, she will be publishing a young adult trilogy, The Théâtre Illuminata.
Northwestern University’s Charles Deering Library in Evanston, IL, will be hosting a display of science fiction artwork from March 2 – June 30, 2009. The exhibit includes work by Chesley Bonestell, Richard Powers, Kelly Freas, and Ed Emshwiller. In addition to the hanging art, the display includes an interactive computer terminal.
Actress Natasha Richardson (b.1963) died on March 18, one day after suffering a head trauma in a skiing accident. Richardson portrayed Mary Shelley in the film Gothic and Kate in The Hand Maiden’s Tale. She also appeared in an episode of the television show Tales from the Crypt. At the time of her death, Richardson, who is the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave, was married to actor Liam Neeson.
ConGlomeration, the annual convention held in Louisville, KY, has announced that the 2009 convention will not be held. The Clarion Hotel and Convention Center, where ConGlomeration has been held, is closed pending bankruptcy proceedings and the con has not been able to make alternative arrangements for a 2009 convention. They intend to resume the con in 2010. Members of ConGlomeration 2009 can contact the convention committee at POB 32095, Louisville, KY 40232 to either ask for their memberships to be held for 2010 or for a refund. The Conglomeration website is currently down and may not return until there is something to report.
St. Louis fan John Brooks died on March 15. Brooks was one of the founders of Archon and served as chairman of that convention as well as a later fan GoH.
Actor David Prowse, best known as the man inside Darth Vader’s suit in the original Star Wars trilogy, has announced that he is being treated for prostate cancer. Prowse has been undergoing radiation treatment for the past two months. The actor, who also appeared in the “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” television series as Hotblack Desiato’s bodyguard, says that all men over the age of 50 should be sure to have a PSA test.
Screenwriter Millard Kaufman (b.1917) died on March 14. Kaufman wrote the screenplay for the 1952 film “Aladdin and His Magic Lamp” and the 1951 film “Unknown World.” In 1949, he co-created the character Mr. Magoo for the short film “Ragtime Bear.”
A small free tail bat with a wounded wing was seen clinging to the external fuel tank of the space shuttle Discovery moments before launch. NASA officials believe the animal had a wounded wing and was resting while it healed. The bat would have been killed during the shuttle’s launch.
The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced. The winner will receive a prize of £2009 and an engraved bookend. The winner will be announced at the opening of the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival on April 29.
- Song of Time, by Ian R. MacLeod
- The Quiet War, by Paul McAuley
- House of Suns, by Alastair Reynolds
- Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
- The Margarets, by Sheri S. Tepper
- Martin Martin’s on the Other Side, by Mark Wernham