Voice actor Wayne Allwine (b.1947) died on May 18. Since 1977, Allwine has provided the voice of Mickey Mouse for Disney. In addition, Allwine worked as a sound effect editor on the films Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Alien Nation, The Black Cauldron, and others. Allwine was married to Russi Taylor, who provides the voice for Minnie Mouse.
The nominees for the Theodore Sturgeon Award for short science fiction have been announced. The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet in Lawrence, Kansas the weekend of July 9. Kij Johnson, one of the jurors, removed her story “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” from the ballot.
- “The Gambler,” by Paolo Bacigalupi
- “Exhalation,” by Ted Chiang
- “The Political Prisoner,” by Charles Coleman Finlay
- “True Names,” by Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “The Ray Gun: A Love Story,” James Alan Gardner
- “Memory Dog,” by Kathleen Ann Goonan
- “The Tear,” by Ian McDonald
- “Special Economics,” by Maureen McHugh
- “His Master’s Voice,” by Hanu Rajaniemi
- “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled,” by Michael Swanwick
Canadian fan Gary Bateman (b.1947) died on April 18. Bateman attended numerous conventions, including Worldcons, over the years. His favorite authors were engineers, as was he. In addition to a degree in engineering, Bateman was a chartered accountant and had written books on taxpayer rights.
Actor Frank Aletter (b.1926) died on May 13 in Tarzana, CA. Aletter played the role of Mac in the 1966 television series It’s About Time. He also appeared in such genre television shows as The Twilight Zone, The Six Million Dollar Man, Planet of the Apes, and The Bionic Woman. From 1958 through 1974, he was married to Lee Meriwether, who portrayed Catwoman in the 1966 film Batman.
Ralph Chicorel will be auctioning off 110 comics from his collection, begun when he was a child. Most of the comics were originally purchased by Chicorel for a dime. Chicorel read them once and kept them in good condition. The collection, which includes issues of Batman #1, Marvel Comics #1, Bulletman #1,and Marvel Mystery Comics #9, is expected to sell for more than half a million dollars. Previously, Chicorel sold off 900 comics when the comic collecting boom was just beginning.
The Third Annual Scribes, presented for excellence in tie-in writing, will be awarded at a special ceremony at Comic-Con in San Diego July 23-29. The Grandmaster Award is given to an author for his extensive and exceptional work in the tie-in field. The gaming awards will be presented at GenCon in Indianapolis August 13-16 2009.
- Burn Notice: The Fix, by Tod Goldberg
- Criminal Minds: Finishing School, by Max Allan Collins
- CSI: Headhunter, by Greg Cox
- Death Defying Acts, by Greg Cox
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, by James Rollins
- The Tudors: King Takes Queen, by Elizabeth Massie
- The Wackness, by Dale C. Phillips
- The X-Files: I Want to Believe, by Max Allan Collins
- Ghost Whisperer: Revenge, by Doranna Durgin
- Ravenloft: The Covenant, Heaven’s Bones, by Samantha Henderson
- Stargate SG-1: Hydra, by Holly Scott & Jaime Duncan
- Star Trek Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers, by James Swallow
- Hellboy II: The Golden Army, by Bob Greenberger
- The Mutant Chronicles, by Matt Forbeck
- Star Wars—The Clone Wars: Wild Space, by Karen Miller
- Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, by Greg Cox
Young Adult—All Genres
- Dr. Who: The Eyeless, by Lance Parkin
- Primeval; Shadow of the Jaguar, by Steven Savile
- Disney Club Penguin: Stowaway! Adventures at Sea, by Tracey West
- Iron Man: The Junior Novel, by Stephen D. Sullivan
- The Dark Knight: The Junior Novel, by Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon
- Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, by Tracey West
The Grandmaster Award: Keith R. A. DeCandido
Special Gaming Scribe—Best Original
- Eberron: The Inquisitives, the Darkwood Mask, by Jeff LaSala
- Dragonlance: Death March, by Jean Rabe
- Eberron: The Doom of Kings, by Don Bassingthwaite
- Warhammer: Elfslayer, by Nathan Long
Special Gaming Scribe—Best Adapted
- The Worls of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal, by Aaron Rosenberg & Christie Golden
- The Mutant Chronicles, by Matt Forbeck
- Metal Gear Solid, by Raymond Benson
Chris Cevasco has announced that Paradox: The Magazine of Historical and Speculative Fiction will be closing following the publication of issue #13. The magazine is closed to submissions, although Cevasco hopes to publish some anthologies in the future and notes that at some point in the future, the magazine may re-emerge with an on-line presence.
The Tennessee Supreme Court has refused to hear Victor Horadam’s appeal to a 2008 ruling, settling a lawsuit over the Andre Norton estate rights. Horadam claimed that Norton’s will stipulated that he should receive royalties on all Norton works published following her death. Sue Stewart, Norton’s long-time care giver claimed that the will gave her rights over any posthumous reprints and only gave Horadam rights over works published for the first time after Norton’s death. Horadam won the initial trial, which was reversed upon Stewart’s appeal.
SF fan A. Langley Searles died on May 8. Searles was active in FAPA and published the Fantasy Commentator. Searles activity in fandom dates back to the 1940s. In 1950, Searles published Sam Moskowitz’s This Immortal Storm as a serial in Fantasy Commentator. Searles died of prostate cancer.
The 2009 nominees for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards have been announced. This ballot honors the best works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror published by Australians in 2008 as nominated by members of Australian fandom. Members of the 2008 Australian Natcon (Swancon) and 2009 Natcon (Conjecture) are eligible to vote.
- Fivefold, by Nathan Burrage
- Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, by Simon Haynes
- Tender Morsels, by Margo Lanagan
- How to Ditch Your Fairy, by Justine Larbalestier
- The Daughters of Moab, by Kim Westwood
- Earth Ascendant, by Sean Wiliams
Best Novella or Novelette
- “Soft Viscosity,” by David Conyers
- “Night Heron’s Curse,” by Thoraiya Dyer
- Angel Rising, by Dirk Flinthart
- “Creeping in Reptile Flesh,” by Robert Hood
- “Painlessness,” by Kirstyn McDermott
Best Short Story
- “Pale Dark Soldier,” by Deborah Biancotti
- “This Is Not My Story,” by Dirk Flinthart
- “The Goosle,” by Margo Lanagan
- “Her Collection of Intimacy,” by Paul Haines
- “Moments of Dying,” by Robert Hood
- “Sammarynda Deep,” by Cat Sparks
- “Ass-Hat Magic Spider,” by Scott Westerfeld
Best Collected Work
- Dreaming Again, edited by Jack Dann
- Canterbury 2100, edited by Dirk Flinthart
- 2012, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Ben Payne
- Midnight Echo, edited by Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
- Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, edited by Angela Challis
- Creeping In Reptile Flesh, Robert Hood
- The Starry Rift, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Aurealis #40 cover, Adam Duncan
- The Last Realm, Book 1 – Dragonscarpe, Michael Dutkiewics
- Gallery in Black Box, Andrew McKiernan
- Creeping In Reptile Flesh cover, Cat Sparks
- Cover of 2012, Cat Sparks
- Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan
Best Fan Writer
- Craig Bezant for HorrorScope
- Edwina Harvey for Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet
- Robert Hood for Undead Backbrain
- Chuck McKenzie for HorrorScope
- Mark Smith-Briggs for HorrorScope
- Brenton Tomlinson for HorrorScope
Best Fan Artist
- Rachel Holkner, for Gumble Soft Toy and other works
- Nancy Lorenz for body of work
- Andrew McKiernan for body of work
- Tansy Rayner Roberts for Daleks are a girl’s best friend
- David Schembri for body of work
- Cat Sparks for Scary Food Cookbook
- Anna Tambour for Box of Noses and other works
Best Fan Publication
- HorrorScope, edited by Shane Jiraiya Cummings, et al.
- Scary Food Cookbook, edited by Cat Sparks
- ASif! (Australian Speculative Fiction In Focus), edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Gene Melzack
- Australian SF Bullsheet, edited by Edwina Harvey & Ted Scribner
William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
- “Dark Suspense: The End of the Line,” by Shane Jiraiya Cummings
- “George A. Romero: Master of the Living Dead,” by Robert Hood
- “Bad Film Diaries – Sometimes the Brand Burns: Tim Burton and the Planet of the Apes,” by Grant Watson
- “Popular genres and the Australian literary community: the case of fantasy fiction,” by Kim Wilkins
- Angela Challis for Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine and Brimstone Press.
- Marty Young and the AHWA Committee for promoting horror through the Australian Horror Writers Association.
- Talie Helene for her work as AHWA News Editor.
- Steve Clark for Tasmaniac Publications.
- Damien Broderick for fiction editing in Cosmos Magazine.
- James Doig for preserving colonial Australian horror fiction and his anthologies Australian Gothic and Australian Nightmares.
- The Gunny Project: A tribute to Ian Gunn 1959-1998, Jocko and K’Rin, presented MSFC.
Best New Talent
- Peter M. Ball
- Felicity Dowker
- Jason Fischer
- Gary Kemble
- Amanda Pillar