IROSF to Close

L Blunt “Bluejack” Jackson and Stacey Janssen have announced that after six years, the Internet Review of Science Fiction will cease publication following its February issue. Founded in January 2004, the zine faced continuous financial shortfalls and a variety of different business models failed to put it on stable financial footing.

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Obituary: Mark Owings

Bibliographer Mark Owings (b.1945) died on December 30 from pancreatic cancer. Owings worked with Jack Chalker to publish The Index to the Science-Fantasy Publishers and The Revised H.P. Lovecraft Bibliography. Owings was also the publisher of Croatan House, in conjunction with Chalker and Ted Pauls. Owings was a founder of BSFS, served as con chair for Balticon multiple times, and served as the Chair of the Compton Crook Award committee.

FAAN Awards Ballot

Corflu Cobalt, to be held from March 19-21 in Winchester, England, has released the ballot for this year’s FAAN Awards. Voting is open to anyone with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions in the various categories. The FAAN Awards are presented annually at Corflu to recognize achievement in fanzine writing, editing, and illustrating.

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Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest

Baen Books and the National Space Society are holding the fourth annual Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. The winning story will be published on the Baen Books main website, and its author will also receive an award, free entry into the 2010 International Space Development Conference in Chicago, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and a prize package containing various Baen Books, Jim Baen’s Universe, and National Space Society merchandise. Stories must look at near future manned space exploration and be received by April 1, 2010 and must be less than 8,000 words.

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International Space Development Conference

Genre on the Film Registry

Twenty-five films have been added to the National Film Registry, maintained by the Library of Congress. This years film selections were released between 1911 and 1995. Films of genre interest include:

  • The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  • Little Nemo (1911)
  • The Mark of Zorro (1940)
  • The Muppet Movie (1979)
  • Quasi at the Quackadero (1975)
  • Thriller (1983)

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Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

The Fifth Annual Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival will be hosted by the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum in Seattle on January 30, 2010. Films will be shown in two sessions, from 4-6 and from 7-9. Each session will screen ten short films and an awards presentation following the second session. Tickets for one session are $9 or both sessions for $15.

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Obituary: E. Annette Carrico

Fan E. Annette Carrico (b.1944) died on December 24. Carrico ran the con suite at Concave and helped at other Kentucky cons for several years. She was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon 23 and slated to be the Fan GoH at Concave 31 in February 2010. Carrico did not let being confined to a wheelchair slow her down.

Robinson Fundraiser

Lawrence Santoro has designated that all proceeds from the sale of copies of his e-book Lord Dickens’s Declaration through December 30, 2009 will go to help Spider and Jeanne Robinson with their medical bills. Jeanne Robinson has been battling a virulent form of biliary cancer.

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Gulliver Travel Grant

Caren Gussoff won a Gulliver Travel Research Grant for $800 from the Speculative Literature Foundation. Gussoff will use the grant money to travel to western Washington state to research the setting of her novel The King of Seattle. The Grant is given out by the Speculative Literature Foundation to help authors travel to research various aspects of their writing. The organization also announced five honorable mentions this year: Nisi Shawl, Jeremy Smith, Livia Llewellyn, Emily Jiang, and Nadia Kalman.

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Watts Bound Over

Following a preliminary examination on December 22, District Court Judge John Monaghan declared Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts should be bound over for trial on charges of assault and resisting arrest. If convicted, Watts faces up to two years in jail and a $2,000 fine.

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