Actor William Campbell (b.1926) died on April 29 . Campbell debuted in 1950 and appeared in several genre roles, including the roles of Koloth in the Star Trek and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episodes “The Trouble with Tribbles” and “Blood Oath.” He also appeared in the original series as Treane in “The Squire of Gothos.” Campbell also appeared in the TV movie The Return of the Six-Million-Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and in an episode of the television series Shazam! and The Wild, Wild West.
The final launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour has been postponed at least 72 hours due to concerns relating to the shuttle’s heating system. The external fuel tank will be drained of its oxygen and hydrogen propellants. This will the 25th and final mission of Endeavour.
Author Joanna Russ (b.1937) died on April 29 following a series of strokes. Russ was the author of the groundbreaking novel The Female Man and Picnic on Paradise. In addition to writing fiction, Russ wrote numerous non-fiction works, including the feminist study What Are We Fighting For?. Russ won a Hugo Award for her novella “Souls” and a Nebula and retro-Tiptree for her short story “When It Changed.” The Female Man was also award a retro-Tiptree and a Gaylactic Spectrum Hall of Fame Award.
A new bookstore, Ed’s Martian Book, has opened in New York at 547 Hudson Street in the West Village. Owned by Andrew Kessler, the store only sells copies of Kessler’s book Martian Summer: Robot Arms, Cowboy Spacemen, and My 90 Days with the Phoenix Mars Mission, which is based on three months he spent embedded with NASA’s mission control with unprecedented access to the Phoenix Expedition in 2008. The bookstore is divided into sections such as “Staff Favorite” and “Best Seller.”
In addition to the Ditmar Awards, the Australian national award, several other Australian awards were presented during the Ditmar ceremony at Swancon 36. They include:
- A. Bertram Chandler Award: Paul Collins
- Norma K. Hemming: Diamond Eyes, by Anita A. Bell
- Peter McNamara Award: Lucy Sussex
- William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review: Tansy Rayner Roberts for A Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who
The A. Bertram Chandler Award is presented for outstanding achievement in Australian science fiction.
The Norma K. Hemming Award is presented for excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, class and sexuality. This is the first time this award has been presented.
The Peter McNamara Award is presented to a professional in the field of Australian science fiction.
The William Atheling Jr. Award is presented for criticism and reviews.
The Ditmar Awards were presented at Swancon during the weekend of April 22-24. The Ditmars are selected by Australian fans.
- Best Novel: Power and Majesty, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
- Best Novella or Novelette: “The Company Articles of Edward Teach,” by Thoraiya Dyer
- Best Short Story: (tie) “All the Love in the World,” by Cat Sparks; “She Said,” by Kirstyn McDermott
- Best Collected Work: Sprawl, by Alisa Krasnostein
- Best Artwork: The Lost Thing, by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan
- Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Pierce for body of work including reviews at Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus
- Best Fan Artist: Amanda Rainey for Swancon 36 logo
- Best Fan Publication in Any Medium: Galactic Suburbia, podcast by Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce
- Best Achievement: Alisa Krasnostein, Kathryn Linge, Rachel Holkner, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Tehani Wessely for Snapshot 2010
- Best New Talent: Thoraiya Dyer
Author Bernard J. “Jack” Daley (b.1918) died on April 27. Daley, along with Bob Hyde and Walter Albert edited the APAzine Three from Thuria in Edgar Rice Burroughs Amateur Press Association for two decades. His first story, “The Gun,” appeared in 1955 in Fantastic and he had two more stories appear in Infinity, one of them, “The Man Who Liked Lions,” being reprinted in Judith Merril’s SF:’57: The Year’s Greatest Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Actress Yolande Palfrey (b.1957) died on April 9 from a brain tumor. Palfrey appeared in the Doctor Who serial “Terror of the Vervoids” as Janet and had bit roles in an episode of Blake’s 7 and the film Dragonslayer.
The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during the opening ceremonies of Sci-Fi-London 8: The Eighth Annual International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. This year, the award included a prize of £2011. The winner is Lauren Beukes for the novel Zoo City. The judging panel for this year’s award included Martin Lewis and Jon Courtenay Grimwood for the British Science Fiction Association, Phil Nanson and Liz Williams for the Science Fiction Foundation and Paul Skevington for SFCrowsnest.com. Paul Billinger represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award as the Chair of Judges.
Artist Douglas S. Chaffee (b.1936) died on April 26. After doing artwork for NASA, the US Navy, and National Geographic, Chaffee began working in the gaming industry in the mid-1980s. He worked for TSR, FASA, and several gaming magazines. He was the Guest of Honor at the World Gaming Convention and the Artist Guest of Honor at Dragon*Con/Origins in 1990.