Ballard’s Papers to Archive

The British Library has acquired 15 large boxes of papers from the estate of author J.G. Ballard. The papers, which have been appraised at £350,000, cover a period beginning with the writing of The Drowned World in 1962 through Miracles of Life in 2008. In 1982, Ballard told an interviewer that he did not maintain an archive of letters, papers, or drafts, all of which are represented in the donation.

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Louise Cooper Writing Contest

Bloc Online is sponsoring an annual competition for aspiring science fiction and fantasy writers in memory of Louise Cooper. The first year’s entry deadline is July 17. Entrants should be no longer than 2,500 words and can be either short stories or extracts from longer works. The winner will receive publication on Bloc and a complete set of Louise Cooper’s “Time Master” and “Star Shadow” trilogies.

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Lois Lane in Metropolis

The city of Metropolis, Illinois, which is already home to a statue of Superman, unveiled a statue of Lois Lane, created in the likeness of actress Noel Neill, who portrayed Lane in the 1950s The Adventures of Superman. Neill attended the statue’s unveiling on June 11 at the Superman Festival.

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Chesley Nominations

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has announced this year’s Chesley Award nominations. The Chesleys have been presented annually for the past twenty-five years to recognize excellence in SF & F artwork. Named for pioneer artist Chesley Bonestell, this year’s awards will be presented at ReConStruction, the 10th NASFIC, in Raleigh, NC on the weekend of August 5-8.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Books

  • Dragon’s Ring, by Bob Eggleton
  • A Magic of Nightfall, by Todd Lockwood
  • Drood, by John Picacio
  • Magic Mirror, by Omar Rayyan
  • Visions of Never, by Robh Ruppel
  • Green, by Dan Dos Santos
  • Valley of Shadows, by Matt Stewart
  • Prospero Lost, by Sam Weber

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Books

  • The Mysterious Mr. Spine’s Flight, by Scott Altmann
  • Blutnacht die Orc, by Volkan Baga
  • Boneshaker, by Jon Foster
  • Stalking the Dragon, by David Palumbo
  • World’s End, by John Picacio
  • Hunting Ground, by Dan Dos Santos
  • Young Flandry, by Dave Seeley

Best Cover Illustration: Magazines

  • Cemetery Dance 62, by Les Edwards
  • Analog, 10/09, by Bob Eggleton
  • F&SF, by Dave Hardy
  • Clarkesworld 38, by Kazuhiko Nakamura
  • Heavy Metal, 11/09, by
  • Asimov’s, by Jon Picacio
  • Interzone, 2/09, by Adam Tredowski

Best Interior Illustration

  • The Child Thief, by Brom
  • Come to the Faeries’ Ball, by Gary Lippincott
  • Conan the Cimmerian, Volume 3, by Gregory Manchess
  • Knowing Darkness/Salem’s Lot, by John Picacio
  • The Little Sisters of Eluria, by Michael Whelan
  • Bugs in the Arroyo, by Mark Zug

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Allure, by Eric Fortune
  • GWenevere, by Rebecca Guay
  • Death of Diana, by Patrick Jones
  • Unrequited, by Raoul Vitale
  • Lumen 5, by Michael Whelan
  • Helium, by Mark Zug

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Pod Shift, by Jim Burns
  • Hollowed, by Eric Fortune
  • Steampunk Wizard of Oz, by Justin Gerard
  • Faces of You, by Shelia Rayyan
  • Lost Love, by L.A. Williams

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Grandma Hoodoo & Zombie John, by Tom Kuebler
  • Anglo-Parisian Barnstormer, by Kris Kuksi
  • Satyr’s Head, by David Meng
  • Titania, by Charles Vess
  • The Switching Hour, by Vincent Villafranca

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Boarguts the Impaler, by Daren Bader
  • Joraga Bard, by Volkan Baga
  • Silverwing, by Lucas Graciano
  • Lorthos the Tidemaker, by Kekai Kotaki
  • Kalitas, Bloodchief of Ghet, by Todd Lockwood
  • Serendib Efreet, by Matthew Stewart

Best Product Illustration

  • A Confabulation of Dragons, by Scott Gustafson
  • Guild Wars 2, Concept Art, by Kekai Kotaki
  • Above the Timberline card, by Gregory Manchess
  • Cthulhu Temple, by Ian Miller
  • Avatar Na’vi design, by Jordu Schell
  • Battle Under the Mountain, by Matthew Stewart

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Sidewise Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced. The winners will be announced at ReConStruction, this year’s NASFiC, in Raleigh, North Carolina, the weekend of August 5.

Short Form

  • “Yes, We Have No Bananas,” by Paul di Filippo
  • “The Fixation,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Edison’s Frankenstein,” by Chris Roberson
  • “Black Swan,” by Bruce Sterling
  • “The Persistence of Souls,” by Sarah Zettel

Long Form

  • 1942, by Robert Conroy

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Obituary: Rue McClanahan

Actress Rue McClanahan (b.1934) died on June 3. McClanahan is best known for her role on Golden Girls and its sequel, but has also appeared in the television show Wonderfalls, the film Starship Troopers and did voice work for the animated Spider-Man series. Other genre work includes Biosphere 2, The Dreamer of Oz, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Mythopoeic Nominations

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the nominees in its four categories. Two categories honor fantasy literature, one honors Inklings research, and the final category honors scholarship on authors in the Inklings tradition. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon XLI, to be held from July 9 -12, in Dallas, Texas.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • “Trickster’s Game” trilogy consisting of Heartwood, Bloodstone, and Foxfire, by Barbara Campbell
  • Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales, by Greer Gilman
  • Avilion, by Robert Holdstock
  • Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Lifelode, by Jo Walton

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker
  • “Books of Bayern,”
    Shannon Hale, Books of Bayern consisting of The Goose Girl, Enna Burning, River Secrets, and Forest Born, by Shannon Hale

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, by Grace Lin
  • Ash, by Malinda Lo, Ash
  • Eyes Like Stars, by Lisa Mantchev

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Charles Williams: Alchemy and Integration, by Gavin Ashenden
  • Tolkien, Race, and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits, by Dimitra Dimi
  • Arda Reconstructed: The Creation of the Published Silmarillion, by Douglas Charles Kane
  • The Seven Heavens in the Imagination of C.S. Lewis, by Michael Ward
  • The Evolution of Tolkien’s Mythology: A Study of the History of Middle-earth, by Elizabeth A. Whittingham

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Lilith in a New Light: Essays on George Macdonald’s Fantasy Novel, by Lucas H. Harriman
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy, by Farah Mendlesohn
  • One Earth, One People: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Series of Ursula K. Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle and Orson Scott Card, by Marek Ozeiwicz
  • Metamorphoses of the Werewolf: A Literary Study from Antiquity through the Renaissance, by Leslie A. Sconduto
  • The Victorian Press and the Fairy Tale, by Caroline Sumpter

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Hobbit Director Resigned

Guillermo del Toro has announced his resignation as the director of the two films based on The Hobbit that Peter Jackson is producing as a sequel to his Lord of the Rings. Del Toro cited problems getting a greenlight for the project. Jackson has said he is continuing to work with New Line and Warner and will begin the search for a new director, noting that the protracted development was interfering with other projects del Toro had agreed to.

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