Author Phyllis Gotlieb (b.1926) died on July 14 following complications from a burst appendix. Gotlieb won the Aurora Award in 1982 for her novel A Judgement of Dragons. The Canadian Sunburst Award is named after her debut novel, originally published in 1964. In addition to writing numerous novels and short stories, Gotlieb was also a poet and served as editor for Tesseracts 2. Her most recent novel was Birthstones, published in 2007.
The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has set up a website which will recreate the Apollo 11 mission in real time on the fortieth anniversary of the event. The website will go live at 8:02 AM ET on Thursday, July 16, ninety minutes before that anniversary of the Apollo 11 launch and will continue throughout the entire mission, which included Armstrong and Aldrin’s first walk on the moon on July 20.
The winners of the Shirley Jackson Award, which recognizes excellence in psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic in literature, were announced at Readercon on July 12.
- Novel: The Shadow Year, by Jeffrey Ford
- Novella: “Disquiet,” by Julia Leigh
- Novelette: “Pride and Prometheus,” by John Kessel
- Short Story: “The Pile,” by Michael Bishop
- Collection: The Diving Pool, by Yoko Ogawa
- Anthology: The New Uncanny, edited by Sarah Eyre and Ra Page
Following his heart attack while on a book tour in March, author Aaron Allston had racked up major health bills. The Fandom Association of Central Texas has created The Aaron Allston Donation Fund and Auction, a 501(c)(3) organization to collect money to help pay off Allston’s bills. They are also coordinating an auction, to take place on July 19, to raise funds.
The winner of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon as A. Merritt. The award was created in 2001 to recognize and draw attention to other fantasy or science fiction authors. Merritt (1884-1943) began publishing fantasy stories in 1917 with the story “Through the Dragon Glass” in Argosy All-Story. Perhaps his best known works are The Moon Pool, published in 1919, and The Face in the Abyss, from 1923.
Publisher Charles N. Brown (b.1937) died peacefully in his sleep on July 12 on his way home from Readercon. Brown, along with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf, founded Locus as a fanzine in support of a Boston Worldcon bid. When the ‘zine received a Hugo nomination, Brown continued to publish it, eventually turning it into the news magazine of the science fiction field. Locus has won 29 Hugo Awards over the years. In addition, Brown contributed book reviews to Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine and year in review articles to Terry Carr’s anthology series.
The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon.
- Long Poem: “Search,” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Helix 10)
- Short Poem: “Song for an Ancient City,” by Amal El-Mohtar (Mythic Delirium 19)
July 18 has been declared Edmond Hamilton Day in Kinsman, Ohio, the former home and burial place of Edmond Hamilton. The event will include the release of three collections of Hamilton’s work by Haffner Press, a display of Hamilton’s work, a presentation and a toast at Hamilton’s grave.
The nominees for the Sunburst Award, given annually to the best Canadian science novel, have been announced. The winners will be announced in September. The Sunburst Award includes a prize of Can$1000 and a hand-crafted medallion.
- Night Child, by Jes Battis
- The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson
- The Alchemist’s Code, by Dave Duncan
- Things Go Flying, by Shari Lapeña
- Half a Crown, by Jo Walton
Young Adult Novel
- The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong
- Dingo, by Charles de Lint
- Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
- Wild Talent, by Eileen Kernaghan
- Night Runner, by Max Turner
New Orleans fan Jack Stocker (b.1925) died on July 8 following a stroke. Stocker was active in book collecting and ran a dealers table at many conventions. His career as a chemist made him a welcome addition to science panels at a variety of cons.