Author Aaron Allston (b.1960) died on February 27. Allston collapsed earlier in the day while attending VisionCon. Allston began his career at Space Gamer magazine and served as editor before becoming a freelance game designer in 1983. He went on to write the Dungeons and Dragons Rules Cyclopedia and published his first novel, Web of Danger in 1988. Writing several more original novels, some in collaboration with Holly Lisle, Allston eventually turned to writing Star Wars tie-in novels, beginning with X-Wing: Wraith Squadron.
A roundtable discussion on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at their clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street on March 22 at 8:00. Moderated by Sarah Pinsker, the roundtable will consist of Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke, Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor Scott H. Andrews, Daily Science Fiction editor Jonathan Landen, Escape Pod editor Norm Sherman, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond editor Bill Campbell, and author Erica Satifka.
On February 26, NASA announced the discovery of an addition 715 planets found by the Kepler space observatory. These 715 planets are in orbit around 305 distinct stars and NASA has said that four of the planets orbit in the Golidlocks zone, where life is possible. THe new planets join nearly 1,000 previously discovered extrasolar planets and are from data collected by Kepler between its launch in 2009 and 2011.
David Neilsen, an actor/storyteller, will debut his one-man show based on H. P. Lovecraft’s “Call of Cthulhu” at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery on March 15. The show will start at 7:00pm and run for approximately one hour at the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel. Tickets cost $12, with the proceeds to go to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Historic Fund.
The Horror Writers Association has announced that R. L. Stine and Stephen Jones will be recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards at this year’s Bram Stoker Awards Banquet, held on May 10th at the World Horror Convention in Portland, OR. Jones is the editor of numerous horror anthologies and Stine is the author of the Goosebumps and Fear Street series of kid’s books.
Ginjer Buchanan has announced that she will retire in March 2014. Buchanan was hired at Berkley Books in 1984 and helped build the Ace and Roc science fiction and fantasy lists. Buchanan was named editor-in-chief of the two lines in 2007. In 2013, she was honored by SFWA for her lengthy career at Ace/Roc, as well as her prior career working for Pocket and the Science Fiction Book Club.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Weekend Banquet in San Jose, CA on May 17. In addition, as previously announced Samuel Delany will be presented as the Damon Knight Grand Master. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31.
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
- Fire with Fire, by Charles E. Gannon
- Hild, by Nicola Griffith
- Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
- The Red: First Light, by Linda Nagata
- A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
- The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
- “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
- “The Weight of the Sunrise,” by Vylar Kaftan
- “Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress
- “Burning Girls,” by Veronica Schanoes
- “Trial of the Century,” by Lawrence M. Schoen
- Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
- “Paranormal Romance,” by Christopher Barzak
- “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard
- “They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” by Henry Lien
- “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,” by Ken Liu
- “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” by Sarah Pinsker
Best Short Story
- “The Sounds of Old Earth,” by Matthew Kressel
- “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
- “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” by Kenneth Schneyer
- “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
- “Alive, Alive Oh,” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
- Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor,” directed by Nick Hurran, written by Steven Moffat
- Europa Report, directed by Sebastián Cordero, written by Philip Gelatt
- Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
- Her, directed and written by Spike Jonze
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence, written by Simon Beaufoy & Michael deBruyn
- Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
- When We Wake, by Karen Healey
- Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson
- The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Hero, by Alethea Kontis
- September Girls, by Bennett Madison
- A Corner of White, by Jaclyn Moriarty
A piece of the Earth’s crust dated as 4.4 billion years old, has been discovered on a ranch in Jack Hills, Australia, just north of Perth. The zircon crystal, which only measures 400 micrometers long, is a translucent red that appears blue when bombarded with electrons. The dating of the crystal indicates that the Earth cooled much more rapidly than previously thought and may have had water at a much earlier age.
Bhob Stewart (b.1937) died on February 24. Stewart published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, the Corcoran in Washington, D.C. Corcoran also wrote comics for several different publishers, developed the Wacky Pack line of trading cards, and co-authored Scream Queens.
Philadelphia fan Gary Dockter (b.1963) died on February 8. Dockter collected comic books. Dockter was also a fan of steampunk.