Locus Awards

The Locus Awards were presented in Seattle, Washington during the Locus Awards Weekend on June 25. The awards are voted on by the readers of Locus and its on-line component.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Blackout and All Clear, by Connie Willis
  • Fantasy Novel: Kraken, by China Miéville
  • First Novel: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin
  • Young Adult Book: Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang
  • Novelette: “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” by Neil Gaiman
  • Short Story: “The Thing About Cassandra,” by Neil Gaiman
  • Magazine: Asimov’s
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Anthology: Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, by Fritz Leiber
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Non-Fiction: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • Art Book: Spectrum 17, edited by Cathy & Arnie Fenner

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Obituary: Martin H. Greenberg

Editor Martin H. Greenberg (b.1941) died on June 25 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Greenberg has worked for several decades as an anthologist, packager, and editor, publishing anthologies in conjunction with scores of other editors/authors including Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Esther Friesner, Gregory Benford, Jane Yolen, Mike Resnick, and many more. Greenberg received the Prometheus Award in 2005 and was one of the first recipients of the Solstice Award in 2009.

Obituary: Peter Falk

Actor Peter Falk (b.1927) died on June 23. Falk, who has recently been suffering from dementia, starred in numerous comedies, many of them with a fantastic or sf-nal element, perhaps most obviously as the grandfather/narrator in The Princess Bride. He also appeared in an episode of The Twilight Zone and the non-genre films (but well-worthy of mention) The Great Race, The In-Laws, and Murder by Death.

Obituary: Fred Steiner

Composer Fred Steiner (b.1923) died on June 23. Steiner provided music for several different Star Trek series and films, including the original series. He also worked as a conductor on The Wild, Wild West, and The Twilight Zone. Other genre work included The Coneheads, Salvage 1, and Return of the Jedi.

Missing Lunar Dust Found

A speck of lunar dust about the size of a finger nail, which has been missing since shortly after it was brought back to Earth by the 1969 Apollo 11 mission, has been recovered by NASA and the US Attorney’s Office from an auction house in St. Louis. Originally lifted from a film canister, the dust was sold in 2001 to a German collector whose widow was trying to sell it. When informed of the dust’s provenance, she returned it to the US government.

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Obituary: Gene Colan

Artist Gene Colan (b.1926) died on June 23. Colan began working on comics in 1944 and his art appeared in Batman, Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, and Howard the Duck, among other titles. Colan also co-created the Falcon, the first mainstream African-American superhero. Colan was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2005.

Translation Awards

The first SF Translation Awards were presented at the 2011 Eurocon in Stockholm. Each author and each translator will receive a prize of US$350. As both author and translator, Rajaniemi will receive $700. This year’s jury was made up of Terry Harpold, Abhijit Gupta, and Dale Knickerbocker.

  • Long Form: A Life on Paper: Stories, by Oliver Châteaurenaud, translated from the French by Edward Gauvin
  • Short Form: “Elegy for a Young Elk.” By Hannu Rajaniemi, translated from the Finnish by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • Special Award: Brian Stableford, in recognition of his translation work

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Case Dismissed

The case against Joel Rosenberg for felony dangerous weapon at a courthouse and misdemeanor contempt of court stemming from a November 2010 incident has been dropped following Rosenberg’s May 2011 death. A Memorial for Rosenberg and benefit for his family is scheduled to take place in Minneapolis on June 26.

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Near Miss Scheduled for Monday

Asteroid 2011 MD is expected to pass less than 8,000 miles above Earth’s surface on Monday, June 27. Closest approach will take place off the coast of Antarctica, but the asteroid may be visible from the Americas, the Pacific, and eastern Asia prior to its passage.

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Hydra Competition

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show are sponsoring the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2009 and 2010. The winner, selected by Card, will be translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt for publication in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The submission period is 1 July through 15 August.

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