A dinner will be held by fans or Karl Edward Wagner at Patrick Sullivan’s Saloon in Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, October 17 at 7:00pm. In part to honor Wagner, the group also seeks to begin hosting an annual festival in honor of Wagner beginning in 2010.
The Odyssey Writing Workshop is launching a series of on-line courses to help those who aren’t able to make it to the annual workshop. The first on-line workshop, Showing versus Telling, will be run by Jeanne Cavelos. Sessions will last one hour each week for six weeks, with the entire course costing $295. Odyssey’s Online Classes offer live lectures and
discussions using Web conferencing software.
Author Philip Klass, who writes as William Tenn, has been hospitalized with congestive heart failure, pneumonia, and gall bladder difficulties. According to his wife, Klass is recovering and will spend time in rehab following his release from the hospital.
The NASA Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) sent a Centaur rocket into the Cabeus crater, making a new crater about 18 meters across. Scientists plan to study the debris arc to learn about the chemical makeup of the region, and hope to find traces of water ice. Although there was hope that the debris would be visible through small telescopes from Earth, no such debris was spotted. Scientists have received spectrometer data and are working to decipher it.
The Louvre has announced plans to repatriot fragments of five ancient frescoes to Egypt within the next several weeks. The Pharaonic steles were purchased by the Louvre in 2000, even though the museum was aware they had been stoled in the 1980s. The frescoes are believed to have been taken from the tomb of the cleric Tetaki, in the Valley of the Kings. Two days before the Louvre’s announcement, Head of Antiquties Zahi Hawass announced that Egypt would not support the Louvre in any way until the frescoes were returned.
An enormous ring has been discovered around Saturn. Spotted by the Spitzer Space Telescope, the dust ring was seen in the infrared spectrum, where it shows a temperature of -193°C (-316°F). The new ring begins about 5.95 million km (3.7 million miles) from the planet and extends for 11.9 million km (7.4 million miles). The ring encompasses the orbit o Saturn’s moon Phoebe, and like Phoebe it orbits Saturn in a retrograde motion. According to a JPL spokewoman, this is the first time Saturn was explored with an infrared instrument.
Astronaut Frank Caldeiro (b.1958) died of brain cancer on October 3. Caldeiro worked on 52 shuttle launches before being selected for the astronaut corps in 1996. The first Argentinean to train for spaceflight, Caldeiro specialized in cryogenics and propulsion systems and directed the high-altitude atmospheric research experiment program carried onboard NASA’s WB-57 aircraft.
Octavia Butler’s literary papers have been donated to the Huntington Library in San Marino, California. The donation consists of more than 39 cartons and eight file cabinet drawers of papers and manuscripts which will be delivered to the library and catalogued for researchers. Butler, who won two Hugos, 2 Nebulas, and a MacArthur “Genius” grant, died in 2006.
Richard Corben has been named the newest Spectrum Grand Master. Spectrum runs an annual series of art contest and exhibits for speculative fiction. Corben’s first professional SF art sales was for the September 1967 cover of F&SF. he went on to illustrate for numerous fanzines. He illustrated R. Crumb’s Underground Comix and has had a successful career in comics, animation, and book cover design.