Moon Resigns as SFWA VP

Elizabeth Moon has announced her resignation from the Board of Directors of SFWA effective immediately. Moon has stated that her resignation is due to issues external to SFWA and in no way due to any conflicts with SFWA, the other officers, or any members. President Russell Davis has announced Michael Capobianco, who has previously served the organization as Treasurer, Vice President, and President, to fill out Moon’s term.

Obituary: Kage Baker

Author Kage Baker (b.1952) died on January 31. Baker was the author of several novels in the “Company” series and won the Sturgeon Award for her novella “Empress of Mars,” which was published in an expanded version in 2009. She began publishing with the short story “Noble Mold” in 1997 and followed up with her first novel, In The Garden of Iden, the next year. Earlier this month, it was revealed that Baker was suffering from uterine cancer.

Amazon Pulls MacMillan has pulled all books, whether e-book or hardcopy, published by MacMillan Books from its website. MacMillan includes Tor Books, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martins Press and Henry Holt. According to Amazon, the dispute is due to MacMillan’s insistence that Amazon raise the price of their e-books available on Kindle to $15. Although the books can no longer be purchased directly from Amazon, they can still be purchased through third party vendors on the site.

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Superstars Writing Seminar

A three day intensive writing seminar, Superstars Writing Seminar, will be held in Pasadena, CA the weekend of March 19-21. The event will feature authors Rebecca Moesta, Kevin J. Anderson, David Farland, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Flint.

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Gem Award Winners

Diamond Distributors has announced the winners of their Gem Awards for 2009.

  • Comic Book Publisher Over 4% Market Share: DC Comics
  • Comic Book Publisher Under 4% Market Share: BOOM! Studios
  • Backlist Publisher: DC Comics
  • Manga Publisher: VIZ Media
  • Sports Card Manufacturer: The Upper Deck Company
  • Non-Sports Card Manufacturer: Rittenhouse Archives
  • Game Manufacturer: Wizards of the Coast (WotC)
  • Toy Manufacturer: DC Direct
  • Video Manufacturer: Warner Home Video
  • Comic Book Under $3.00: Batman & Robin #1
  • Comic Book Over $3.00: Blackest Night #1
  • Licensed Comic Book: Buffy the Vampire Slayer #22
  • Licensed TP/HC: Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8 V4
  • Original GN: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter
  • Reprint TP/HC: Watchmen
  • Manga TP: Naruto Vol 45
  • Indie GN: League of Extraordinary Gentlemen III: Century #1-1910
  • Anthology TP: Toon Treasury of Classic Children’s Comics
  • Trade Book: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
  • Game Product: Magic the Gathering TCG 2010 Core Set
  • Toy Product: Hot Toys’ The Dark Knight 1:6 Scale Joker
  • Toy Line: Blackest Night
  • Collectable Statue: Cover Girls of the DCU Statue: Wonder Woman
  • Mini Bust: Heroes of the DCU Superman Bust
  • Magazine: DC Super-Hero Figurine Collection
  • Sports Card Product: Topps 2009 Series 1 Hobby MLB
  • Non-Sports Card Product: X-Men Archives
  • Audio/ Visual Media: Dr. Horrible’s Sing Along Blog DVD

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Obituary: Zelda Rubenstein

Actress Zelda Rubenstein (b.1933) died on January 27. Rubenstein is best known for her role as the psychic Tangina Barrons in the Poltergeist films. Rubenstein, whose career included numerous other roles, including voice work on The Flintstones, levereged her Poltergeist role into numerous appearance in documentaries and other roles.

Nebula Award Weekend

This year’s Nebula Award weekend will take place the weekend of May 14-15 at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The date coincides with a scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. The Nebula Award weekend is the annual business meeting for SFWA and includes a banquet and the Nebula Award ceremony. It is open to SFWA and non-SFWA members. At this year’s weekend, Joe Haldeman will be named the Damon Knight Grand Master.

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Crawford Award Winner

Jedediah Berry’s debut novel The Manual of Detection has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 17-21 in Orlando, Florida.

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Obituary: Roger Gaillard

Roger Gaillard (b.1947) died on January 22. Gaillard was the curator of the Maison d’Ailleurs, a museum dedicated to science fiction, utopias, and extraordinary journeys, in Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland from 1989 through 1996. Gaillard also edited several books on science fiction.

Obituary: Pernell Roberts

Actor Pernell Roberts (b.1928) died on January 24. Roberts is best known for his portrayals of Adam Cartwright on Bonanza and John McIntyre on Trapper John, M.D., btu he also appeared in a handful of genre shows in guest roles. His appearances included episodes of Man from Atlantis, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Sixth Sense. He also appeared in a television version of Around the World in 80 Days