On June 18, NASA launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the first US mission to the moon in a decade. The LRO is scheduled to orbit the moon and map it while looking for safe landing sites, locating potential resources, characterizing the radiation environment, and demonstrating new technology. The orbiter is scheduled for Lunar Insertion on June 23.
The Organization for Transformative Works has announced a partnership with the University of Iowa to create the Fan Culture Preservation Project. The project hopes to artifacts of fannish culture and make them accessible to wider popular and research audiences. Items in the collection include fanzines, convention program books, and other materials. The first donation is a collection of 3,000 fanzines previously housed in Santa Barbara, California.
Andrzej Sapkowski has been announced as the first winner of the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy. Sapkowski’s novel Blood of Elves won the award which is given at the Magic Circle headquarters in London on June 19. The award includes a replica of the double-headed battleaxe Snaga from Gemmell’s novels.
After a hiatus, Tangent Online has been relaunched by publisher Dave Truesdale. Tangent was founded in 1993 as a print-zine with the goal of reviewing every short story published in the science fiction field. Eventually the magazine moved on line, where it was successful for several years. Truesdale has now restarted the ‘zine with eleven reviewers and an initial focus on print short story venues, although he hopes to add webzines as he increases the number of reviewers on staff.
Tor UK and SciFiNow are sponsoring a competition to publish a first novel. Although sponsored by Tor UK, the competition is open to authors around the world. The initial submission should include a synopsis and the first three chapters. By submitting, the author is also promising to be able to deliver the complete novel in August 2009.
The nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, presented for excellence in fantastic art and named after artist Chesley Bonestell, have been announced. Presented by ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, this year’s winners will be announced at Anticipation, the 67th Worldcon, to be held from August 6-10 in Montreal.
- Dan Dos Santos for Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs
- Michael Komarck for Dragonforge, by James Maxey
- Todd Lockwood for The Stormcaller, by Tom Lloyd
- John Picacio for Fast Forward 2, edited by Lou Anders
- J. P. Targete for The Turtle Moves! Discworld’s Story Unauthorized, by Lawrence Watt-Evans
- Paul Youll for Hell and Earth, by Elizabeth Bear
- Dan Dos Santos for Stalking the Vampire: A Fable of Tonight, by Mike Resnick
- Scott Fischer for An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolfe
- Donato Giancola for A Book of Wizards, edited by Marvin Kaye
- Stephen Hickman for Ghost Quartet, edited by Marvin Kaye
- Todd Lockwood for Quofum, by Alan Dean Foster
- Stephan Martiniere for The Dragons of Babel, by Michael Swanwick
- John Picacio for Viewpoints Critical: Selected Stories, by L.E. Modesitt Jr
- Bob Eggleton, Asimov’s, August 2008
- David A. Hardy, Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2008
- Maurizio Manzieri, Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2008
- Matts Minnhagen, Clarkesworld, April 2008
- John Picacio, Asimov’s, September 2008
- Brian Chan for “Wall-E Origami,” single sheet of paper
- Akihito Ikeda for “Heart of Art,” Mixed
- Laura Reynolds for “The Mushroom Gatherer,” Mixed
- Forest Rogers for “Dark Harpy Polyclay,” Copper Foil & Gold Leaf
- Vincent Villafranca for “Otherworldly Procession,” Bronze
- Donato Giancola for The Wraith, by J. Robert Lennon
- Alan Lee for Tales from the Perilous Realm, by J.R.R. Tolkien
- John Picacio for Elric: The Stealer of Souls, by Michael Moorcock
- Adam Rex for Frankenstein Takes the Cake, by Adam Rex
- Shaun Tan for Tales from Outer Suburbia, by Shaun Tan
- Julie Bell, “The Wave in Her Heart,” Oil
- Simon Dominic, “The Gift,” Digital
- Donato Giancola, “Progeny,” Oil
- Omar Rayyan, “Gizmo,” Watercolor
- Raoul Vitale, “Lorca’s Cave,” Oil
- Michael Whelan, “The Seawall,” Acrylic
- A.L. Ashbaugh, “Counterfeit,” Graphite
- Simon Dominic, “Kraken,” Digital
- Rebecca Guay, “Gwenevere,” Pencil
- James Jean, “Hare,” Oil
- Kate Lebherz-Gelinas, “Chiroptera,” Pencil
- Volkan Baga, The Name of the Rose box art & promotional art for the game
- James Christensen “False Magic LE” Canvas Print
- Dan Dos Santos promotional art for the film Hellboy 2
- Patrick Jones, “Cyber Angel” poster
- Justin Sweet, concept art for the film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
- Volkan Baga, “Stoic Angel,” Magic Card: Shards of Alara
- Tom Fleming, “Firestorm,” VS System
- Michael Komarck, “Angelic Benediction,” Magic Card: Shards of Alara
- David Palumbo, “Cancel,” Magic Card: Shards of Alara
- Matt Stewart, “Invincible Hymn,” Magic Card: Shards of Alara
- Matt Adelsperger, Wizards of the Coast
- Scott Allie, Dark Horse Comics
- Lou Anders, Pyr Books
- Irene Gallo, Tor
- Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
- William Schafer, Subterranean Press
- David Stevenson, Del Rey
- Julie Bell
- Roger Dean
- Dan Dos Santos
- James Jean
- Stephan Martiniere
- Shaun Tan
The Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, France is running an exhibit devoted to exploring the cultural impact of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s Tarzan. According to the museum’s head, Tarzan is important because it molded and reinforced American and European images of Africa throughout the twentieth century. Tarzan was introduced to readers by Burroughs in 1912 in Tarzan of the Apes. Burroughs went on to write two dozen novels about Tarzan. The first film was made as early as 1918.
The estate of author Adrian Jacobs is suing J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury for plagiarism, claiming that “substantial parts” of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire were copied from Jacobs’s 1987 novel The Adventures of Willy the Wizard — No 1 Livid Land. Bloomsbury has responded saying “The allegations of plagiarism made today, Monday 15 June 2009, by the Estate of Adrian Jacobs are unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue.” Jacobs died penniless in 1997 and his estate previously made the plagiarism claim in 2004. According to Bloomsbury, in 2004, “The claim was unable to identify any text in the Harry Potter books which was said to copy Willy the Wizard.”
This year will see multiple science fiction and fantasy plays in Chicago. Currently, a stage adaptation of Cory Doctorow’s Hugo-nominated novel Little Brother is being performed at the Athenaeum Theatre. The production opened on June 14 (during Duckon) and will run through July 19.
Late this year, a musical, “The Addams Family,” will open in Chicago on November 13 (during Windycon) and will run through January 10, 2010. Starring Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth, the musical will be staged at the Ford Center/Oriental Theatre.