Help Hadley Rille

Hadley Rille Publishers is holding a crowdsourcing event in order to gain the capital to expand its publishing program. Hadley Rille has been publishing science fiction novels and anthologies since 2005, when it was founded by Publisher Eric Reynolds. Reynolds has set a goal of raising $12,500 for use in a marketing campaign aimed at raising the awareness of Hadely Rille books and authors.

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Obituary: Frank Asaro

Scientist Frank Asaro (b.1927) died on June 10. Asaro discovered the iridium anomaly in the C-P boundary which led to the Asteroid-Impact Theory created by Asaro, Luis Alvarez, Walter Alvarez, and Helen Michel. Asaro’s research also led to important understandings of trade in ancient civilizations. Asaro’s daughter is SF author Catherine Asaro.

Deutscher Science Fiction Preis Winners

The SFCD has announced the winners of the 2014 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis. The winners are selected by a jury and prizes are given for best short story and best novel written in German language. The winners will each receive €1000. The award ceremony will be held in July during SchlossCon 2 in Schwerin, Germany.

  • Best German-language Short Story: “Seitwärts in die Zeit,” by by Axel Kruse
  • Best German-language Novel: Dschiheads, by Wolfgang Heschke

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David Gemmell Award Winners

The winners of the Gemmell Awards were announced on June 13 at a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.

2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
2014 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
2014 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

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Kurd Laßwitz Winners

The winners for this year’s Kurd Laßwitz award for science fiction published in Germany were announced.

  • Best Novel: Dschiheads, by Wolfgang Jeschke
  • Best Short Story: “Coen Sloterdykes Diametral Levitierendes Chronoversum,” by Michael Marrak
  • Best Foreign work: “In Einer Anderen Welt,” by Jo Walton (Among Others)
  • Best Translation: Margo Jane Warnken for translating: Julie Phillips’s James Tiptree Jr. – Das Doppelleben der Alice B. Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon)
  • Best German SF Graphical Art 2013: Pierangelo Boog for the cover of Exodus 30
  • Special Prize for Achievement over the Years: Martin Kempf and his team of Fandom Observer for publishing 300 issues in 25 years

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Obituary: Jeff Canfield

Fan Jeff Canfield (b.1958) died on April 9. Canfield was active in con-running in the Northern California area, serving as a deputy vice chair of ConFrancisco and chairing the 1991 Westercon bid for Sacramento.

Sunburst Award Nominations

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2014 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Camille Alexa, Paul Glennon, Bob Knowlton, Nicole Luiken, and Derek Newman-Stille.

Adult Category

  • Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson
  • River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • This Strange Way of Dying, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Demonologist, by Andrew Pyper

Young Adult

  • Sorrow’s Knot, by Erin Bow
  • The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint
  • Homeland, by Cory Doctorow
  • The Path of Names, by Ari Goelman
  • Urgle, by Meaghan McIsaac

Honourable Mentions

  • The n-Body Problem, by Tony Burgess
  • The Luminaries, by Eleanor Catton
  • The Oathbreaker’s Shadow, by Amy McCulloch
  • Wild Fell, by Michael Rowe
  • Beyond the Rift, by Peter Watts

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Obituary: Casey Kasem

Actor Casey Kasem (b.Kemal Amin Kasem 1932) died on June 15. Best known as the DJ who hosted American Top 40, he also provided the voice of Norville “Shaggy” Rogers on the various Scooby Doo television series. He has also done voicework for The Transformers, Homeboys in Outer Space, SuperFriends (where he voiced Robin), and Battle of the Planets.

Obituary: Phyllis Patterson

Phyllis Patterson (b.Phyllis Stimbert 1932) died on May 18. Patterson and her husband, Ron, created the Renaissance Pleasure Faire in Southern California in 1963, leading to the creation of similar fairs around the country. Patterson had been working as an history and English teacher and insisted all the actors learn about the period and not introduce any anachronisms to the fairs.

Obituary: Carla Laemmle

Actress Carla Laemmle (b.Rebecca Isabelle Laemmle 1909) died on June 12. Laemmle began acting in silent films in 1925 in the Lon Chaney film The Phantom of the Opera . Six years later, she spoke the first line in the Bela Lugosi version of Dracula. She retired from mils in 1939, but began appearing in horror film cameos in 2001. She was part of the family that founded Universal Studios and the Laemmle theatre chains in Chicago and Los Angeles.