Chronos Awards

The winners of the Chronos Awards, presented for science fiction in the Australian state of Victoria, were announced at Continuum 7 in Melbourne on June 10.

  • Best Long Fiction: Madigan Mine, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Best Short Fiction: “Her Gallant Needs,” by Paul Haines
  • Best Artwork: Australis Imaginarium cover, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Pierce
  • Best Fan Written Work: “Review: The Secret Feminist Cabal by Helen Merrick,” by Alexandra Pierce
  • Best Fan Artwork: Continuum 6 Props, by Rachel Holkner
  • Best Fan Publication: Live Boxcutters Doctor Who at AussieCon IV, by Josh Kinal and John Richards
  • Best Achievement: Programming: AussieCon IV, by Sue Ann Barber and Grant Watson

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Alt.Fiction Literature Festival

Alt.Fiction will be sponsoring a literature festival the weekend of June 25-26 at QUAD in Derby. Alastair Reynolds and Dan Abnett will be Guests of Honour. Other attendees will include Graham Joyce, Tony Ballantyne, MD Lachlan, Paul Cornell, Robert Shearman, and Mark Chadbourn. The weekend costs £45.

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Obituary: Leonard Stern

Screenwriter and producer Leonard Stern (b.1923) died on June 7. Stern worked in both capacities on Get Smart and Holmes and Yoyo. Perhaps his biggest contribution to pop culture dates from his days writing for The Honeymooners. When Stern needed a word, he’d call out the sort of word he needed and his partner, Roger Price would response, leading the two to invite Mad Libs. Stern also wrote the book A Martian Wouldn’t Say That, about memos written by Hollywood executives.

Cake Takes the DUFF

David Cake won DUFF (the Down Under Fan Fund) over Paula McGrath. On his third race to come from Down under to North America, Cake received 80 votes to McGrath’s 57. A total of 148 votes were cast, with the remaining split between “No Preference,” “Hold Over,” and “None of the Above.” Cake will travel to North America to attend Renovation, this year’s Worldcon.

Obituary: Roy Skelton

Actor Roy Skelton (b.1932) died on June 8. Skelton is perhaps best known for providing the voice for the Doctor Who villains the Daleks, from 1967 to 1988. He also provided voice work for the Cybermen and the Krotons. Skelton also appeared as the mock turtle in a version of Alice in Wonderland and was a puppeteer and voice artist on the show Rainbow.

Million Writers Award Top Ten Stories

storySouth has announced the ten finalists for their Million Writers Award for 2011. Multiple genre stories appear on this year’s ballot, which is open to voting by anyone with an e-mail address. Voting is open through July 6.

  • “Hell Dogs,” by Daphne Buter
  • “Arvies,” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “The Green Book,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Do You Have a Place for Me,” by Roxane Gay
  • “Here is David, the Greatest of Descendants,” by Spencer Kealamakia
  • “The Incorrupt Body of Carlo Busso,” by Eric Maroney
  • “Cancer Party,” by Nicola Mason
  • “Arthur Arellano,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • “Elegy for a Young Elk,” by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • “Most of Them Would Follow Wandering Fires,” by Amber Sparks

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Obituary: Lee J. Ames

Artist Lee J. Ames (b.1921) died on June 3. Ames began working for Disney when he was 18 and had work appear as parts of Donald’s Snow Fight , Fantasia, and Pinocchio. He went on to work in the comics field, working for several different publishers, before he began writing the Draw 50 series of educational books.

Obituary: Wally Boag

Actor Wally Boag (b.1920) died on June 3. Boag was best known for appearing in the Golden Horseshoe Revue more than 40,000 times at Disneyland, but also appeared in such Disney films as The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. Boag did voice work for Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room and helped develop the script for the Haunted Mansion ride. He was reportedly Disney’s favorite for the voice of Tigger, but lost the role after Disney died. Boag also helped discover Julie Andrews when he brought her up on stage at the London Palladium in 1947. Boag was inducted as a Disney Legend in 1995. His partner at the Golden Horseshoe Review, Betty Taylor, who appeared in 45,000 shows, died on June 4.

Obituary: Donald Hewlett

Actor Donald Hewlett (b.1922) died on June 4. Hewlett appeared in Come Back Mrs. Noah as Carstairs and in the Doctor Who serial “The Claws of Axos” as Hardiman. While stationed in the Orkney Islands, he helped found the Kirkwall Arts Club.

MTV Movie Award Winners

The winners of this year’s MTV movie awards have been announced, with The Twilight Saga: Eclipse the big winner. Categories with genre films as the winner are listed below.

  • Best Movie: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, directed by David Slade
  • Best Female Performance: Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Best Scared-as-S**t Performance: Ellen Page in Inception
  • Best Kiss: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Best Fight: Robert Pattinson vs. Bryce Dallas Howard and Xavier Samuel in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
  • Best Breakout Star: Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass
  • Biggest Badass Star: Chloë Grace Moretz in Kick-Ass
  • Best Villain: Tom Felton in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
  • Best Male Performance: Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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