WSFA Small Press Nominees

The Washington Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for its 2010 Small Press Awards, presented to short fiction published by the small press. The winner will be chosen by the members of WSFA, and announced at Capclave the weekend of 22-24 October. This year’s Small Press Award Committee is: Colleen Cahill, Cathy Green, Paul Haggerty, Gayle Surrette, Michael Walsh, and Carolyn Frank.

  • “each thing i show you is a piece of my death,” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer (published in Clockwork Phoenix 2, edited by Mike Allen, Norilana Books)
  • “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast,” by Eugie Foster (published in Interzone, January 2009, edited by Andy Cox, and in Apex Magazine, August 2009, edited by Catherynne M. Valente)
  • “Race to the Moon,” by Kyell Gold (published in New Fables, edited by Tim Susman, Sofawolf Press)
  • “Images of Anna,” by Nancy Kress (published in Fantasy Magazine, September 2009, edited by Cat Rambo)
  • “James and the Dark Grimoire,” by Kevin Lauderdale (published in Cthulhu Unbound, edited by Thomas Brannan and John Sunseri, Permuted Press)
  • “The Pirate Captain’s Daughter,” by Yoon Ha Lee (published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies #27, edited Scott H. Andrews)
  • “Siren Beat,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts (published in Twelfth Planet, edited by Alisa Krasnostein)
  • “The Very Difficult Diwali of Sub-Inspector Gurushankar Rajaram,” by Jeff Soesbe (published in DayBreak Magazine, October 2009, edited by Jetse de Vries)

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Obituary: Susan M. Garrett

Susan M. Garrett (b. 1961) died on August 14 after a prolonged battle with cancer. Garrett began publishing fan fiction in 1983 in her Doctor Who fanzine Time Winds and she went on to write fan fiction of several other television shows and in 1997 was hired to write a novelization of Forever Knight, entitled Intimations of Mortality for Berkeley.

Kansas City Bids Worldcon

At NASFIC, Kansas City fans indicated that they were planning to bid for the Worldcon in 2016. A KCin2016 Twitter feed has been set up in support of the bid. The bid is being run by Jeff Orth, Ruth Lichtwardt, and Diane Lacey.

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Obituary: Fernando Fernandez

Spanish illustrator Fernando Fernandez (b. 1940) died on August 10. Fernandez began by drawing war and romance comics, eventually contributing to Vampirella, Heavy Metal, and Creepy, for which he adapted Dracula. In 1989, shortly before retiring from the comic field, Fernandez adapted Isaac Asimov’s Lucky Starr for comics.

Former NASA Chief O’Keefe in Plane Crash

Former head of NASA, Sean O’Keefe, was in a small plane that crashed outside the town of Dillingham, Alaska on August 9. Initial reports were murky, but it seems that O’Keefe and his son, Kevin, are among the four survivors of the accident, which killed at least five of the people on the small plane, including former Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens.

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Obituary: Lorene Yarnell

Actress Lorene Yarnell (b. 1948) died on July 29. Yarnell, best known as part of the act Shields and Yarnell, with Robert Shields, appeared in The New Adventures of Wonder Woman as Formicida, and in the television special Wild Wild West Revisited. She had a bit role in the made-for-tv movie Generation, but her largest genre role was as Dot Matrix in the Mel Brooks spoof Spaceballs (although Joan Rivers provided her character’s voice).

Seiun Awards

The Seiun Award winners were announced in Japan the weekend of August 6. Traditionally, the awards for translated works are presented to the winners at Worldcon.

  • Best Novel: Guin Saga series, by Kaoru Kurimoto
  • Best Short Story: “Jisei no yume,” by Hirotaka Tobi
  • Best Translated Novel: The Last Colony, by John Scalzi
  • Best Translated Short Story: “Dark Integers,” by Greg Egan
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Summer Wars
  • Best Graphic Novel: Pluto, by Naoki Urasawa, Osamu Tezuka, Takashi Nagasaki, and Makoto Tezuka
  • Best Artist: Naoyuki Kato
  • Best Non-Fiction: Nihon SF Seishin-shi, by Yasuo Nagayama
  • Best SF-Related Activity: Gundam 30th Anniversary Project Real G the Statue of Gundam
  • Special Prize: Takumi Shibano

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ENnie Awards

The ENnie Awards were presented at GenCon on August 6. Founded in 2001, the awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing.

  • Special Award: DriveThruRPG, for their outstanding efforts fundraising for the Haiti Earthquake
  • Fan’s Choice: Best Publisher: Paizo Publishing
  • Best Adventure: Pathfinder AP #31: Stolen Land
  • Best Aid or Accessory: Pathfinder GM Screen
  • Best Art, Cover: Pathfinder Bestiary
  • Best Art, Interior: Pathfinder Core Rulebook
  • Best Blog: Kobold Quarterly
  • Best Cartography: Pathfinder City Map Folio
  • Best Electronic Book: The Great City Player’s Guide
  • Best Free Product: Advanced Players Guide Playtest
  • Best Game: Pathfinder
  • Best Miniature Product: D&D Minis
  • Best Monster/Adversary: Pathfinder Bestiary
  • Best Podcast: Atomic Array
  • Best Production Values: Pathfinder Core Rulebook
  • Best Regalia: Cthulhu 101
  • Best Rules: Diaspora
  • Best Setting: Day After Ragnarok
  • Best Supplement: Mysteries of the Hollow Earth
  • Best Website: Obsidian Portal
  • Best Writing: Eclipse Phase
  • Product of the Year: Pathfinder

Judge’s Picks

  • Mark Green: Trailblazer
  • Jay Peters: Ancient Odysseys: Treasure Awaits
  • Chris Richeson: Mindjammer
  • Megan Robertson: Chronica Feudalis
  • Jeramy Ware: Fiasco

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Obituary: Patricia Neal

Oscar winning actress Patricia Neal (b. 1924) died on August 8. Neal starred in the science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still and also Immediate Danger and Ghost Story. She won her Academy Award for her non-genre role in Hud.

Clarion 2011 Instructors Named

The instructors for the 2011 Clarion Writers Workship have been announced. Each year, Clarion, a high intensity, six-week workshop, is taught by some of the biggest names in the science fiction community.

Week One: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Week Two: John Scalzi
Week Three: Elizabeth Bear
Week Four: David Anthony Durham
Week Five and Six: John Kessel and Kij Johnson

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