Genre Almost Shutout at SAGs

Despite nominations in nine categories, genre television and films fared poorly at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, netting only a single win for the stuntmen of Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

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Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were presented on January 16 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Gravity
  • Best Visual Effects: Gravity
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
  • Best Song: “Let It Go,” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
  • Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity

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Obituary: Roger Lloyd-Pack

Actor Roger Lloyd-Pack (b.1944) died on January 15. Lloyd-Pack portrayed Barty Crouch, Sr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and appeared as John Lumic in two episodes of Doctor Who. He appeared in the 1984 version of 1984 and Interview with the Vampire. Lloyd-Pack was probably best known to British audiences for his role on The Vicar of Dibley and as Trigger on Only Fools and Horses.

Obituary: Russell Johnson

Actor Russell Johnson (b.1924) died on January 16. Johnson was best known for playing Professor Roy Hinkley on Gilligan’s Island, but early in his career appeared in several science fiction films, including This Island Earth and It Came from Outer Space. He also appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone. Johnson served in World War II and flew 44 combat missions before being shot down over the Philippines.

Loncon 3 Photography Competition

Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced a photography contest, open to amateur and professional photographers. Photographers can enter their works in three different categories: Alien Earth, Future Cities Today, or a Junior category open to anyone under 16. The junior category has a £2 entry fee and the other categories have a £10 entry fee. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, with winners who are not members of Loncon 3 receiving a day pass to the convention as well. Submission deadline is April 30, 2014.

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Edgar Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards have been announced. The Edgar Awards are presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America. This year’s winners will be announced on May
1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

Best Novel

  • Sandrine’s Case, by Thomas H. Cook
  • The Humans, by Matt Haig
  • Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
  • How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave, by Ian Rankin
  • Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy

Best First Novel

  • The Resurrectionist, by Matthew Guinn
  • Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs
  • Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman
  • Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
  • Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight

Best Paperback Original

  • The Guilty One, by Lisa Ballantyne
  • Almost Criminal, by E. R. Brown
  • Joe Victim, by Paul Cleave
  • Joyland, by Stephen King
  • The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood
  • Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey

Best Fact Crime

  • Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery, by Paul Collins
  • Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, by Michael D’Antonio
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, by Charles Graeber
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories, by Bill Alder
  • America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, by Erik Dussere
  • Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold, Story of Black Pulp Publishing, by Justin Gifford
  • Ian Fleming, by Andrew Lycett
  • Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction, by Melissa Schaub

Best Short Story

  • “The Terminal,” by Kwik Krimesby Reed Farrel Coleman
  • “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane
  • “The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository,” by John Connolly
  • “There are Roads in the Water,” by Trina Corey
  • “Where That Morning Sun Does Down,” by Tim L. Williams

Best Juvenile

  • Strike Three, You’re Dead, by Josh Berk
  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, by Erin Dionne
  • P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, by Caroline Lawrence
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud
  • One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake

Young Adult

  • All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry
  • Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
  • Criminal, by Terra Elan McVoy
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime, by Kirsten Miller
  • Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher

TV Episode Teleplay

  • “Episode 3,” Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross
  • “Episode 1,” The Fall, teleplay by Allan Cubitt
  • “Legitimate Rape,” Law & Order: SVU, teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner
  • “Variations Under Domestication,” Orphan Black, teleplay by Will Pascoe
  • “Pilot,” The Following Teleplay, by Kevin Williamson

Robert L. Fish Memorial

    “The Wentworth Letter,” by Jeff Soloway

Mary Higgins Clark

  • There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron
  • Fear of Beauty, by Susan Froetschel
  • The Money Kill, by Katia Lief
  • Cover of Snow, by Jenny Milchman
  • The Sixth Station, by Linda Stasi

Grand Master

    Robert Crais
    Carolyn Hart


    Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Academy Award Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on March 2. Genre film Gravity, along with American Hustle, led the nominees with 10 nominations. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams in American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock in Gravity
  • Judi Dench in Philomena
  • Meryl Streep in August: Osage County

Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises


  • The Grandmaster, for Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity, for Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska, for Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners, for Roger A. Deakins


  • American Hustle, for David O. Russell
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nebraska, for Alexander Payne
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Steve McQueen
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, for Martin Scorsese

Film Editing

  • American Hustle, for Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips, for Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club, for John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Joe Walker

Music—Original Score

  • The Book Thief, by John Williams
  • Gravity, by Steven Price
  • Her, by William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena, by Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, by Thomas Newman

Music—Original Song

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from Alone Yet Not Alone, music by Bruce Broughton; lyric by Dennis Spiegel Nomination rescinded due to excessive campaigning
  • “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, music and lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let it Go,” from Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song,” from Her, music by Karen O; lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; lyric by Paul Hewson

Production Design

  • American Hustle, for Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
  • Gravity, for Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby, for Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
  • Her, for K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Short Film—Animated

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Sound Editing

  • All Is Lost, for Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips, for Oliver Tarney
  • Gravity, for Glenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Brent Burge
  • Lone Survivor, for Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

  • Captain Phillips, for Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • Gravity, for Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor, for Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects

  • Gravity, for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3, for Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, for Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, for Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing—Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson

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Delany in Chicago

SF author and SFWA Grandmaster Samuel R. Delany will be presenting two lectures at the University of Chicago, the first will be a reading of his recent fiction on Friday, January 17 at 4:30 PM at Harper Hall 140. Two weeks later on January 31, he’ll return at the same time and room for a talk on “The Mirror and the Maze: Reflections on the Complexity of Writing.”

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DUFF Race Announced

John Hertz and Bill Wright, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum X in Melbourne, Australia from June 6-9. Juanita Coulson ran in the truncated 2012 race, which went to Hold Over Funds. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2014.

The candidates are:

  • Aurora Celeste
  • Juanita Coulson

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)

Diehard GameFAN’s 2013 Tabletop Gaming Awards

The Diehard GameFan website has announced their awards for 2013 tabletop gaming.

  • Best Board/Card Game: Magic: The Gathering–Theros
  • Best Gaming Magazine: Gygax Magazine
  • Best Tabletop Based Fiction: Shadowrun Returns Anthology
  • Best Art: Shadows of Esteren: Book 2–Travels
  • Best Old School Renaissance Title: Codex Celtarum for Castles & Crusades
  • Best Re-Make/Re-Release: Werewolf: The Apocalypse: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Best New Game: Numenera
  • Best Free Release: Better Than Any Man for Lamentations of the Flame Princess
  • Best Miniatures Line: Reaper Miniatures: Bones
  • Best Supplement: Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides: Didjer’s Crab House
  • Best Sourcebook: The God Machine Chronicle
  • Best Adventure (Solo): Castles & Crusades: To Kill a King
  • Best Adventure (Collection Or Campaign): The Island of Ignorance: The Third Call of Cthulhu Companion
  • Best Campaign Setting: Dungeons & Dragons: Murder in Baldur’s Gate
  • Best Core Rulebook: Mummy: The Curse
  • System Of The Year: The Storytelling System (New World of Darkness)

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