Hydra winner

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show have announced the winner of the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2009 and 2010. Brontops Baruq’s story “História com desenho e diálogo” was selected by Card and translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt. It appears in the current issue of Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.

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BAFTA Nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the Orange British Academy Film Awards. Categories with films of genre interest are listed below. The winners will be announced on February 12.

Animated Film

  • The Adventures of Tintin
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Rango


  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Nicolas Winding Refn for Drive
  • Martin Scorsese for Hugo
  • Tomas Alfredson for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Lynne Ramsay for We Need to Talk About Kevin

Original Screenplay

  • Michel Hazanavicius for The Artist
  • Annie Mumolo and Kristen Wiig for Bridesmaids
  • John Michael McDonagh for The Guard
  • Abi Morgan for The Iron Lady
  • Woody Allen for Midnight in Paris

Original Music

  • Ludovic Bource for The Artist
  • Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • Howard Shore for Hugo
  • Alberto Iglesias for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • John Williams for War Horse

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Missing Fossils Found

A collection of more than 300 fossils collected an examined by Charles Darwin have been found by Howard Falcon-Lang at the British Geological Survey after being lost for more than 150 years. The fossils included specimens collected by Darwin in the Galapagos as well as samples collected by Darwin’s colleagues, and were used to help Darwin formulate his theory of evolution.

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Munsey Award Renamed

Pulpfest has renamed the Munsey Award. The Munsey, previously named for nineteenth century publisher Frank Munsey, has been presented for efforts and ongoing involvement in the improvement, elevation, and continuance of keeping the pulps alive and well. In the future, the Award will be known as the Rusty Hevelin Service Award, after the fan who helped found Pulpfest, and who died in December. The first Rusty Hevelin Service Award will be presented at this year’s Pulpfest in Columbus, Ohio on the weekend of August 9.

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