Sofia Samatar’s novel A Stranger in Olondria has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.
The Kraken Rum has announced the nominees for the 2013 Kitschies, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners will receive a cash prize, a trophy, and a bottle of Kraken Rum. The winners will be announced on February 12 at the Seven Dials Club in London.
Red Tentacle (Novel)
- Red Doc, by Anne Carson
- A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
- Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
- More Than This, by Patrick Ness
- The Machine, by James Smythe
Golden Tentacle (Debut)
- Stray, by Monica Hesse
- A Calculated Life, by Anne Charnock
- Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
- Nexus, by Ramez Naam
- Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
Inky Tentacle (Cover art)
- Dreams and Shadows, by C. Robert Cargill; illustrated by Sinem Erkas
- The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher; illustrated by Will Staehle
- Homeland and Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow; illustration by Amazing15
- Stray, by Monica Hesse; illustrated by Gianmarco Magnani
- Apocalypse Now Now, by Charlie human; illustration by Joey Hi-Fi
Actor Luis Avalos (b.1946) died on January 22. Avalos appeared in the films The Butcher’s Wife, Wishcraft, and Ghost Fever, as well as an episode of The Incredible Hulk. Avalos was best known for his long-running stint on the kid’s show The Electric Company from 1972-1977. Avalos also appeared on both the comedy E/R and the later drama ER.
The ESA’s Herschel Space Observatory has detected signs of water vapor being ejected from Ceres, the largest asteroid. The two plumes, which are in different regions of the asteroid, are probably sublimation of ice into clouds of vapor or ice volcanoes. Scientists have believed that Ceres might have water for more than thirty year, but this was the first proof.
Lawrence Schoen, the chairman of SFWA’s Election Committee, has issued a call for candidates for the 2014-15 year. SFWA members running for office should submit a platform statement in the body of an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, February 15th, 2014. All candidates’ statements will be posted to the SFWA website as they come in, and the full collection of platform statements will be sent out with the ballots. Positions up for election this year are:
- Vice President
- Eastern Regional Director
Actress Sarah Marshall (b.1933) died on January 18. Marshall appeared on numerous television shows, including guest roles on Star Trek, The Wild Wild West, Get Smart, and My Favorite Martian.
Screenwriter Ben Starr (b.1921) died on January 19. Starr wrote episodes of My Favorite Martian, Mork and Mindy, and Small Wonder, as well as the film Our Man Flint. He may have been best known as the co-creator of Silver Spoons and The Facts of Life. He also wrote the comedy Western Texas Across the River.
Animator Hal Sutherland (b.1929) died on January 16. Sutherland got his start working on Disney’s Sleeping Beauty before he co-founded Filmation in the early 1960s and worked as the new company’s Director of Animation. His animation at Filmation included work on Star Trek: The Animated Series, The New Adventures of Flash Gordon, and several DC titles.
Over the weekend, fans became aware of a bid to host the 2016 Worldcon in Beijing, although it wasn’t clear at first if it was a real bid. Steve Cooper, one of Loncon 3’s co-chairs, has since stated that the Beijing group has been in touch with Loncon 3 and plans on filing bid paper work prior to the February 15 deadline. Beijing will be bidding against an already announced bid for Kansas City.
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Jay Lake has been accepted into a trial by the National Institutes of Health which may help extend his life in his battle against cancer. Unfortunately, the NIH does not cover all costs and Jay needs to raise $15,000 to cover his expenses, including travel, hotel, support, and others costs. With 27 days to go in the fundraiser, just under half the money has been raised.