Lucius Shepard, author of Green Eyes, The Dragon Griaule, and many other short stories, was admitted to the hospital for a variety of health issues on August 5. A week later, while still in hospital, he suffered a stroke. Shepard is currently in rehab and is having difficulty speaking and reading.
The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation (ARESFFT) has announced the winners of the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. Each winning author and translator received a cash prize of US$350. The winners were announced at Liburnicon 2013, held August 23-25 in Opatija, Croatia.
- Long Form: Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City, by Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author
- Short Form: “Augusta Prime,” by Karin Tidbeck translated from the Swedish by the author
The finalists for the 2013 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually to recognize excellence in short fiction originally published in small press venues. This year’s winners will be announced October 11-13 at Capclave.
- “Astrophilia,” by Carrie Vaughn, published in Clarkesworld Magazine 7/12, edited by Neil Clarke
- “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” by Ken Liu, published in Lightspeed Magazine 8/12, edited by John Joseph Adams
- “Bottled Spirits,” by Pamela K. Kinney, published in Buzzy Mag 6/12, edited by Laura Anne GIlman
- “Coca Xocolatl,” by Lawrence M. Schoen, published in ReDeus: Divine Tales, edited by Robert Greenberger and Aaron Rosenberg, Crazy Eight Press
- “Good Hunting,” by Ken Liu, published in Strange Horizons 8/12, edited by Brit Mandelo
- “Mornington Ride,” by Jason Nahrung, published in Epilogue, edited by Tehani Wessely, Fablecroft Publishing
- “The Six Million Dollar Mermaid,” by Hildy Silverman, published in Mermaids 13: Tales from the Sea, edited by John L. French, Padwolf Publishing
Actress Julie Harris (b.1925) died on August 24. Harris won a record 5 Tony Awards. Harris made appearances in episodes of Tales of the Unexpected and The Outer Limits. One of her best known works was the 1963 adaptation of The Haunting. She was nominated for a Saturn Award for her role in The Dark Half.
Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor (b.1914) died on August 23. Taylor won a special award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films for his work on Star Wars. Other genre titles Taylor worked on included Damien: Omen II, Flash Gordon, 2001: a space odyssey, and Dr. Strangelove.
Director Ted Post (b.1918) died on August 20. Best known for his work in Westerns and a long professional relationship with Clint Eastwood, Post directed episodes of The Twilight Zone, Thriller, Ark II, Beyond Westworld, and the film Beneath the Planet of the Apes.
The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the winners of this year’s Dwarf Star Awards, for speculative fiction poems of fewer than ten lines. The winners, along with several other poems, will be reprinted in the SFPA anthology The 2012 Dwarf Stars Anthology: The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Short Poetry of 2012, edited by Stephen M. Wilson and Linda D. Addison.
First place: ” Bashō After Cinderella (iii),” by Deborah P. Kolodji
Second place: “The Hidden,” by Mary Turzillo
Third place: “Sarcophagus,” by N.E. Taylor
Astronaut C. Gordon Fullerton (b.1936) died on August 21. Fullerton was part of Astronaut Group 7, selected in 1969 and served on the support crews for the final four lunar missions. In 1977, he was assigned as a pilot on crew 1 under Fred Heise for the Shuttle Approach and Landing Test program, flying the Enterprise. Five years later, he served as pilot on STS-3 and later as commander for STS-51-F. Fullerton suffered a stroke in 2009 and died of complications from that stroke.
Michael R. Jensen and David Powers King collaborated on the young adult fantasy novel Woven and managed to sell it to small press publisher Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. When the two men turned in their author biographies, the publisher cancelled the contract after seeing that Jensen referred to his “partner” and confirming that Jensen was gay.
UK fan Pamela Boal (b.1954) died on August 16. After being diagnosed with MS and being given five years to live, Boal became activity in science fiction fandom in Britain through MESCIFIC. She became active in the UK Milford Writers’ conferences and was a regular Eastercon attendee. She was also involved in the campaign for rights for the disabled.