Realms of Fantasy Mailbox Woes

Realms of Fantasy editor Douglas Cohen has announced that due to a glitch with the post office, any mail received at the magazine’s PO Box over the last week has been returned to the senders. The situation has been rectified and the PO Box is active again. Realms of Fantasy is still a going concern and editor Shawna McCarthy and Cohen apologize for any inconvenience the situation may have caused.

*An earlier version of this story misidentified Mr. Cohen’s title.

Mercury from Orbit

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft has achieved Hermian orbit and has sent back the first photograph of Mercury from Orbit, an image that shows an Debussy crater with ejecta rays. In the first six hours after orbital insertion, MESSENGER took more than 360 images. It will be photographing portions of Mercury not captured by three previous flyby missions. MESSENGER main science mission, which includes a complete surface mapping, is expected to begin on April 4.

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Astrid Lindgren Award

Shaun Tan has been announced as the recipient of the 2011 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature. The award, which comes with a 5 million kroner prize (approximately $800,000), is given for Tan’s body of work in children’s literature to this date, which includes The Rabbits, The Lost Thing, The Red Tree, The Arrival, and Tales from Outer Suburbia. Earlier this year, Tan won an Oscar for the film adaptation of The Lost Thing and last year he was the Worldcon Artist Guest of Honor.

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2013 Site Selection Ballot

Renovation has announced the availability of the Site Selection Ballot for the 2013 Worldcon. The only bid to file paperwork for 2013 is the Texas in 2013, which plans to host a Worldcon from August 29 to September 2, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. All Adult and Young Adult Attending and Supporting members of Renovation are eligible to take part in the site selection process. Mailed ballots must arrive by July 31. Hand-delivered ballots, or votes at Renovation, must be received by 6 pm on August 19. All ballots must include a $60 voting fee which will convert to a Supporting Membership for the Texas Worldcon

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Obituary: Farley Granger

Actor Farley Granger (b.1925) died on March 27. Granger may have been best known for appearing in the films Strangers on a Train and Hans Christian Andersen, but he also appeared in genre television shows The Invisible Man, The Six Million Dollar Man, and Tales from the Darkside and several horror films.

Tiptree Jury Announced

The jury for the 2011 James Tiptree, Jr. Award has been announced. This year’s jury includes Karen Meisner, James Davis Nicoll, Tansy Roberts, Nisi Shawl, and the chair, Lynne Thomas. The Tiptree Award is given annually to recognize science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is presented at Wiscon.

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Obituary: Diana Wynne Jones

Author Diana Wynne Jones (b.1934) died on March 26 after a year-long struggle with cancer. Jones was the author of the Dalemark Quartet, the Chrestomanci cycle, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland, Howl’s Moving Castle (which was turned into a film by Studio Ghibli), and numerous other fantasy novels aimed at the young adult market, but enjoyed by many adults. Jones won the Mythopoeic Award for The Crown of Dalemark and Dark Lord of Derkholm as well as the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.

Stardust Memories

The Stardust probe, which was launched in 1999 to study the asteroid 5535 Annefrank and Comet Wild 2, was shut down by NASA on March 24. In addition to its primary mission, which ended when a capsule of dust from Comet Wild were returned to Earth, Stardust had a flyby of Comet Tempel 1 earlier this year to follow-up on the mission of the 2005 Deep Impact probe. Before shutting down, Stardust notified NASA of its remaining fuel to help gauge consumption of future missions and then burned off 146 seconds worth of fuel.

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SF Exhibit at British Library

The British Library will host its first ever exhibit of science fiction literature from 20 May to 25 September. The exhibit, which will be called “Out of this World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It,” will include works by Mary Shelley, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, Francis Godwin, Cory Doctorow, and China Miéville, among others as it tracing the evolution of the genre.

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Aurealis Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Aurealis Awards, presented for excellence in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented on May 21.

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)

  • Grimsdon, by Deborah Abela
  • Ranger’s Apprentice #9: Halt’s Peril, by John Flanagan
  • The Vulture of Sommerset, by Stephen M Giles
  • The Keepers, by Lian Tanner
  • Haggis MacGregor and the Night of the Skull, by Jen Storer & Gug Gordon

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

  • Night School, by Isobelle Carmody (writer) & Anne Spudvilas (illustrator)
  • Magpie, by Luke Davies (writer) & Inari Kiuru (illustrator)
  • The Boy and the Toy, by Sonya Hartnett (writer) & Lucia Masciullo (illustrator)
  • Precious Little, by Julie Hunt & Sue Moss (writers) & Gaye Chapman (illustrator)
  • The Cloudchasers, by David Richardson (writer) & Steven Hunt (illustrator)

Young Adult Short Story

  • “Inksucker, Aidan Doyle, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft Publishing
  • “One Story, No Refunds, Dirk Flinthart, Shiny #6, Twelfth Planet Press
  • “A Thousand Flowers, Margo Lanagan, Zombies Vs Unicorns, Allen & Unwin
  • “Nine Times, Kaia Landelius & Tansy Rayner Roberts, Worlds Next Door, Fablecroft

  • “An Ordinary Boy, Jen White, The Tangled Bank, Tangled Bank Press

Young Adult Novel

  • Merrow, by Ananda Braxton-­Smith
  • Guardian of the Dead, by Karen Healey
  • The Midnight Zoo, by Sonya Hartnett
  • The Life of a Teenage Body-­Snatcher, by Doug MacLeod
  • Behemoth (Leviathan Trilogy Book Two), by Scott Westerfeld

Best Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Shakespeare’s Hamlet, by Nicki Greenberg
  • EEEK!: Weird Australian Tales of Suspense, by Jason Paulos et al
  • Changing Ways Book 1, by Justin Randall
  • Five Wounds: An Illustrated Novel, by Jonathan Walker & Dan Hallett
  • Horrors: Great Stories of Fear and Their Creators, by Rocky Wood & Glenn Chadbourne

Best Collection

  • The Library of Forgotten Books, by Rjurik Davidson
  • Under Stones, by Bob Franklin
  • Sourdough and Other Stories, by Angela Slatter
  • The Girl With No Hands, by Angela Slatter
  • Dead Sea Fruit, by Kaaron Warren

Best Anthology

  • Macabre: A Journey Through Australia’s Darkest Fears, edited by Angela Challis & Dr Marty Young
  • Sprawl, edited by Alisa Krasnostein
  • Scenes from the Second Storey, edited by Amanda Pillar & Pete Kempshall
  • Godlike Machines, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Wings of Fire, edited by Jonathan Strahan & Marianne S. Jablon

Horror Short Story

  • “Take the Free Tour” by Bob Franklin
  • “Her Gallant Needs,” by Paul Haines
  • “The Fear,” by Richard Harland
  • “Wasting Matilda,” by Robert Hood
  • “Lollo,” by Martin Livings

Horror Novel

  • After the World: Gravesend, by Jason Fischer
  • Death Most Definite, by Trent Jamieson
  • Madigan Mine, by Kirstyn McDermott

Fantasy Short Story

  • “The Duke of Vertumn’s Fingerling,” by Elizabeth Carroll
  • “Yowie,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “The February Dragon,” by LL Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • “All the Clowns in Clowntown,” by Andrew McKiernan
  • “Sister, Sister,” by Angela Slatter

Fantasy Novel

  • The Silence of Medair, by Andrea K Höst
  • Death Most Definite, by Trent Jamieson
  • Stormlord Rising, by Glenda Larke
  • Heart’s Blood, by Juliet Marrilier
  • Power and Majesty, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Science Fiction Short Story

  • “The Heart of a Mouse,” by K.J. Bishop
  • “The Angaelian Apocalypse,” by Matthew Chrulew
  • “Border Crossing,” by Penelope Love
  • “Interloper,” by Ian McHugh
  • “Relentless Adaptations,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Science Fiction Novel

  • Song of Scarabaeous, by Sara Creasy
  • Mirror Space, by Marianne de Pierres
  • Transformation Space, by Marianne de Pierres

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