Jeanne Robinson Prognosis

Doctors have stopped chemotherapy on author Jeanne Robinson, the wife of Spider Robinson. Robinson has been suffering from a virulent form of biliary cancer. Doctors have moved her to palliative care and told Spider and Jeanne and Jeanne had anywhere between one month and a year. Jeanne welcomes prayers, good thoughts, short emails of love and support that don’t require an answer, letters, or cards. Spider asks that nobody visit or call.

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Gemmell Nominees

The nominees for the second Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote and voting will open in the near future.

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer:

  • The Sad Tale of the Brothers Grossbart, by Jesse Bullington
  • The Adamantine Palace, by Stephen Deaas
  • The Drowning City, by Amanda Downum
  • The Cardinals’ Blades, by Pierre Pevel
  • Lamentation, by Ken Scholes

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for illustration, and Laura Brett for art direction, for the cover of Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Jackie Morris for illustration, and Dominic Forbes for art direction, for the cover of The Dragon Keeper, by Robin Hobb
  • Larry Rostant for illustration, and Loulou Clarke for art direction, for the cover of Fire, by Kristin Cashore
  • Jon Sullivan for the cover of Empire, by Graham McNeill
  • Jon Sullivan for illustration, and Sue Michniewicz for art direction, for the cover of The Cardinals’ Blades, by Pierre Pevel

The David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2010:

  • Best Served Cold, by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Gathering Storm, by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Empire, by Graham McNeill
  • The Cardinals’ Blades, by Pierre Pevel
  • Warbreaker, by Brandon Sanderson

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Valente Joins Apex

Authro Catherynne M. Valente has joined the staff of Apex Magazine as fiction editor. Valente’s first issue will be appearing on August 2.

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Obituary: Christopher Cazenove

British actor Christopher Cazenove (b.1943) died on April 7. Cazenove has appeared in numerous films and television shows, perhaps most notably Dynasty. His genre credits include an episode of Charmed, A Knight’s Tale, an episode of Tales from the Crypt, and Royal Flash.

BSFA Winners

The winners of the BSFA Awards were announced at Odyssey2010, this year’s Eastercon, in London. The winners were selected by the con’s membership and announced at a banquet.

Best Novel 2009: The City and the City, by China Miéville
Best Short Fiction 2009: “The Beloved Time of Their Lives, by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia
Best Non-Fiction 2009: “Mutant Popcorn,” by Nick Lowe
Best Artwork 2009: Cover of Desolation Road by Stephen Martiniére

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Obituary: Corin Redgrave

Actor Corin Redgrave (b.1939) died on April 6. Redgrave, brother of Vanessa and Lynn Redgrave, appeared in numerous films, including Excalibur, in which he played Cornwall. He also appeared in a 1966 episode of Mystery and Imagination played Jonathan Harker in an adaptation of Dracula.

GUFF Winner

Irish fan James Shields won the Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) to represent Europe at AussieCon4. Shields beat Douglas Spencer with a tally of 53-37. Shields has been active in fandom since 1991.

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Star Wars Sitcom in Works

Lucasfilm has announced plans to develop an animated Star Wars sitcom. The series will be directed by Todd Grimes, with Seth Green and Matthew Senreich brought on board as creative consultants. Brendan Hay will serve as the head writer. The show’s planning is in early stages and few details have been announced.

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DUFF Winner

In a five-way battle, John Hertz won the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) to represent North America at AussieCon4. Hertz beat second place contender John Purcell in 4 rounds of balloting with a tally of 73-47. A total of 131 votes were cast. Other contenders included Melanie Herz, Jeffrey Boman, and the team of Terry Fong/Jannie Shea. Hertz is a frequent Best Fan Writer Hugo nominee and the winner of the Big Heart Award.

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Obituary: John Jeffries, Sr.

Art Director John D. Jeffries, Sr. (b.1935) died on March 25. Jeffries served as a set designer for the original Star Trek. His brother, Matt Jeffries, was the inspiration for the name “Jeffries Tubes.” Jeffries went on to work as a set designer for the films Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Black Knight and as a productin designer on the television shows The Greatest American Hero and Misfits of Science.