Actor Bob Hoskins (b.1942) died on April 29. Hoskins appeared in Brazil and became well-known following his role as Eddie Valiant in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and went on to appear in numerous films, including Hook, Snow White and the Huntsman, Super Mario Bros. and many more. He announced his retirement from acting in 2012 after being diagnoses with Parkinson’s Disease.
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the members of the members of the 2014 Andre Norton Award Jury. The jury is tasked with adding books to the Andre Norton Award ballot. This year’s judges are listed below.
- Katherine Sparrow (chair)
- Christopher Barzak
- Erin M. Hartshorn
- Merrie Haskell
- Jenn Reese
- Rachel Swirsky
- Greg van Eekhout
Steve Davidson, publisher of Amazing Stories has announced a licensing deal with FuturesPastEditions Ebooks Publisher to begin to publish Amazing Stories Classic Reprints, stories which originally appeared in Amazing Stories, Amazing Stories Quarterly, and Amazing Stories Annual. The line will be Jean Marie Stine and will appear as both e-books and print editions. A second deal, with Open Road Brands, will license reproductions of early Amazing Stories covers, which will be distributed through major retail chain stores.
The 2014 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Mmbers of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between May 3 and midnight September 6. The awards will be presented at V-Con in Vancouver the weekend of October 3-5.
Best English Novel
- Red Planet Blues, by Robert J. Sawyer
- River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay
- The Tattooed Witch, by Susan MacGregor
- Tombstone Blues, by Chadwick Ginther
- A Turn of Light, by Julie E. Czerneda
Best English YA (Young Adult) Novel
- The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, by Marty Chan
- Ink, by Amanda Sun
- The Lake and the Library, by S.M. Beiko
- Out of Time, by D.G. Ladroute
- Resolve, by Neil Godbout
- The Rising, by Kelley Armstrong
Best English Short Fiction
- “A Bunny Hug for Karl,” by Mike Rimar
- “Angela and Her Three Wishes,” by Eileen Bell
- “The Awakening of Master March,” by Randy McCharles
- “Ghost in the Machine,” by Ryan McFadden
- “The Gift,” by Susan Forest
- “Green Man She Restless,” by Billie Milholland
- “Living Bargains,” by Suzanne Church
Best English Poem/Song
- “A City of Buried Rivers,” by David Clink
- “Awake,” by Peter Storey
- “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid,” by Helen Marshall
- “Lost,” by Amal El-Mohtar
- “Night Journey: West Coast,” by Kernaghan, Eileen
- “Turning the Leaves,” by Amal El-Mohtar
Best English Graphic Novel
- Looking for Group, by Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza
- Rock, Paper, Cynic, by Peter Chiykowski
- Weregeek, by Alina Pete
- Wild Game: Sweet Tooth Vol. 6, by Jeff Lemire
Best English Related Work
- The Puzzle Box, by The Apocalyptic Four
- Urban Green Man, edited by Adria Laycraft and Janice Blaine
- On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
- Suzenyms, by Susan MacGregor
- Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, edited by Sandra Kasturi and Samantha Beiko
- Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications
- Melissa Mary Duncan, illustrations and cover art
- Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and the SF Aurora banner
- Apis Teicher, body of work
- Tanya Montini, cover design for The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate
Best Fan Publications
No award will be given out in this category in 2014 due to insufficient eligible nominees
Best Fan Music
- Brooke Abbey for writing and publishing 12 songs
- Debs & Errol for CTRL+ALT+DUETS
- Chris Hadfield for his performance of “Space Oddity”
- Kari Maaren for Beowulf Pulled My Arm Off,
- Devin Melanson, Leslie Hudson and, Kari Maaren for Pirate Elves in Space
Best Fan Organizational
- Evelyn Baker and Alana Otis-Wood, co-chairs Ad Astra, Toronto
- S.M. Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Winnipeg
- Sandra Kasturi and James Bambury, co-chairs Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Toronto
- Randy McCharles, chair When Words Collide, Calgary
- Matt Moore, chair Ottawa Chiaroscuro Reading Series, ChiSeries Ottawa
- Rose Wilson, Art Show Director, VCON 38, Vancouver
Best Fan Related Work
- R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
- Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
- Robert Runté, ”Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto
Two early stories by Octavia Butler, “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder,” have been located and will be published as an e-book on June 24. Unexpected Stories will be published by Open Road Integrated Media with an introduction by Walter Mosley. The stories were discovered by Marilee Heifetz, Butler’s agent, while looking through Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.
British publisher Hodder Children’s has announced the creation of Hodder Silver, a series of classic children’s science fiction which will be reissued as e-books. The series is scheduled to launch in May with five titles by Richard Carpenter, Jean Ure, Nicholas Fisk, Jan Mark, and Louise Lawrence with plans to release a total of 21 titles by September.
A group of video gamers, led by Larry Hryb and Howard Scott Warshaw, have discovered trashed copies of Atari’s infamous E.T. videogame in a landfill in New Mexico. After the game failed, Atari dumped as many as 750,000 copies of the cartridges in the landfill in Alamagordo, NM. Hryb, who helped design the Xbox, and Warshaw, who designed the E.T. game, set out to prove the urban legend concerning the disposal of the games to be true.
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Swedish SF fan Andrea Andersdotter, who was elected to represent Sweden in the EU Parliament for the Pirate Party in 2009, was nominated by her party for the EU Presidency. Andersdotter has been informed that she will not be able to participate in the EU Presidential debates. The EU explanation appears to be that Andersdotter missed the initial filing deadline and that the Party Group the Pirate party belongs to is already sending a candidate to the debate.
Author George C. Willick (b. circa 1939) died on April 26. Willick published four short stories in 1969 and 1970, appearing in Galaxy and Worlds of If. In the 1990s, he published the Spacelight website, which included obituaries of several science fiction authors. Willick took the website, along with two other research websites, when he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.
Minnesota fan MyrnaSue Parmentier died on April 26. Parmentier, who also used the nom de fan The Dragon Lady, was a guest of honor at many cons in the upper Midwest, including Contraception, ConQuest, Demicon, Icon, and Malestrom.