After cancelling Confluence 25, scheduled to have been held in 2013 due to lack of an hotel, Confluence 2014 will be held the weekend of July 25-27 at the Four Points by Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars, Pennsylvania. William H. Keith has been announced as the Guest of Honor with W. Scott Snyder as the featured Filk Guest.
The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Brighton, UK the weekend of October 31-November 3, 2013.
- The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin
- Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce
- The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Crandolin, by Anna Tambour
- Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
- “Hand of Glory,” by Laird Barron
- “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
- The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
- “The Skull,” by Lucius Shepard
- “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
- “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
- “A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
- “The Castle That Jack Built,” by Emily Gilman
- “Breaking the Frame,” by Kat Howard
- “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” by Meghan McCarron
- Epic: Legends of Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams
- Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris N. Brown
- Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
- Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- At the Mouth of the River of Bees, by Kij Johnson
- Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
- The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Remember Why You Fear Me, by Robert Shearman
- Jagannath, by Karin Tidbeck
- Vincent Chong
- Didier Graffet & Dave Senior
- Kathleen Jennings
- J.K. Potter
- Chris Roberts
Special Award Professional:
- Peter Crowther & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
- Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- Adam Mills, Ann VanderMeer, & Jeff VanderMeer for Weird Fiction Review
- Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications
- William K. Schafer for Subterranean Press
Special Award Non-Professional:
- Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
- S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
- Charles A. Tan for Bibliophile Stalker blog
- Jerad Walters for Centipede Press
- Joseph Wrzos for Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration
- Susan Cooper
- Tanith Lee
SFWA has announced the expulsion of a member, who has identified himself as Theodore Beale (a.k.a. Vox Day). Beale, who has been a member of SFWA for more than a decade and sat on Nebula juries, ran for SFWA this past year, losing the election to Steven Gould, the organization’s current president. After Beale used a promotional blog maintained by SFWA to link to an attack on another SFWA member, Amal El-Mohtar called for his expulsion under section 10 of SFWA’s constitution. The SFWA announcement did not indicate Beale by name or refer to his offenses, but Beale announced his expulsion and included the SFWA Board report and his response on his website.
Manga author Jun Sadogawa (b. as Mutsumi Kawahito, 1979) committed suicide on August 13. His debut work, Muteki Kanban Musume, was published from 2002-2006. He followed that up with a sequel, Muteki Kanban Musume N. In 2012, he finished the thirteen volume Hanzasky and had begun to publish Amane Atatameru at the time of his death.
Animator Lou Scarborough (b.1953) died on August 5. Scarborough worked on the animated Godzilla in the 1970s and went on to work as either animator or storyboard director on several other shows, including InHumanoids, BraveStarr, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Batman: The Animated Series.
Actor Henry Polic II (b.1945) died on August 11. Polic appeared on several genre television shows, including They Came from Outer Space, The Bionic Woman, and Monster Squad. He provided the voice for Jonathan Crane/The Scarecrow on Batman: The Animated Series and portrayed the Sheriff of Nottingham on When Times Were Rotten.
The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website.
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
- Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
- King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
- The Gathering of the Lost, by Helen Lowe
- The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
- Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
- The Red Knight, by Miles Cameron
- Malice, by John Gwynne
- Irenicon, by Aidan Harte
- Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:
- Didier Graffet & Dave Senior for the cover of The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
- Dominic Harman for the cover of Legion of Shadow, by Michael J. Ward
- Clint Langley for the cover of Besieged, by Rowena Cory Daniells
- Silas Manhood for the cover of The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
- Colin Thomas for the cover of Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
- Stephen Youll for the cover of The Black Mausoleum, by Stephen Deas
On August 10, the Cincinnati Fantasy Group (CFG) held a vote on whether to continue to hold MidWestCon or end the convention after the 2014 event. Voting remained upon throughout the weekend and on Sunday evening, CFG President Bill Cavin announced that the vote had gone in favor of continuing to hold the 65 year old relaxacon. Despite the vote, CFG and MidWestCon still have to figure out how to deal with their shrinking membership and concom exhaustion in order to continue the event.
Author John Rankine (b. Douglas R. Mason, 1918) died in early August. Rankine, who also wrote under his own name of Douglas R. Mason, began publishing in his 40s. Most of his novels were published in the 1960s and 70s, although a few were published later. Using the Rankine name, he published several novels in the Dag Fletcher series, Space: 1999 novelizations, and the Space Corporation series. Other novels include The Resurrection of Roger Diment, From Carthage Then I Came, and The Janus Syndrome.
In Heinlein’s 1956 novel Time for the Stars, he described an experiment in which one identical twin was sent on a space mission while the other stayed at home. NASA has now announced that it will be using a set of twins to examine the effects of prolonged space flight on the human body. Astronaut Scott Kelly, veteran of two shuttle missions and a former ISS Commander, will spend a year aboard the ISS for NASA longest spaceflight ever. His brother, Mark Kelley, who flew four shuttle missions, including as commander of Endeavour‘s final flight, will remain on Earth as the control. Scott Kelly is scheduled to join the ISS crew in March 2014.