Roswell Award Announced

The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival has announced the creation of the Roswell Award, for original works of short science fiction no longer than 1500 words. Five finalists will have their works read aloud during the Festival and the winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2015.

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Cóyotl Awards Presented

Two years worth of Cóyotl Awards were presented at Rainfurrest on September 26. The Cóyotl Awards are presented for excellence in furry writing and are selected by members of the Furry Writers’ Guild.

2012 winners

  • Best Novel: By Sword and Star, by Renee Carter Hall
  • Best Novella: Reach for the Sky, by Vixyy Fox
  • Best Short Story: “Chasing the Spotlight,” by Tim Susman

2013 winners

  • Best Novel: God of Clay, by Ryan Campbell
  • Best Novella: Indigo Rain, by Watts Martin
  • Best Short Story: “Fox in the Hen House,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • Best Anthology: Hot Dish #1, edited by Alopex

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Obituary: Randy Brunk

Fan Randy Brunk (b.1955) committed suicide on September 23. Brunk served as President of the University of Maryland Science Fiction Society in the late 1970s and later was a member of the Potomac River Science Fiction Society, although his fanac waxed and waned over the years. He was an avid Gene Wolfe fan.

SF Site News Joins Twitterverse

You can now receive updates from SF Site News via Twitter, using the name @SFSiteNews.

Obituary: Eugie Foster

Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster (b.1971) died on September 27 following a battle with cancer. Foster’s work was collected in Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice and she won the 2009 Nebula Award for “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast.” She had served as managing editor for Tangent Online and The Fix, both short story review sites, as well as editor of The Daily Dragon, the Dragoncon online newsletter.

Marvel Settles with Kirby

Marvel has settled a long-running rights battle with the heirs of Jack Kirby. Kirby worked with Stan Lee in the 1960s to develop many of the iconic characters of the Marvel universe, including Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, the Fantastic Four, and others. Over the years Kirby’s heirs and Marvel have each sued each other over the creator credit and the Supreme Court was considering whether they should take up the case when the settlement was reached for an undisclosed amount and for undisclosed terms.

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Obituary: Anatoly Berezovoy

Cosmonaut Anatoly Berezovoy (b.1942) died on September 20. Berezovoy served as the first Commander of the Salyut 7, the Soviet Unions last space station, spending more than 200 days in space. He retired as a cosmonaust in 1992 after suffering injuries during an armed robbery, and served as a Deputy President of Russian Space Federation until 1999.

India Goes to Mars

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has successfully inserted the Mars Orbital Mission (MOM) into Martian orbit, making it the first country to successfully send an orbiter to Mars on its first attempt. The cost of the mission was also just over $70 million, making it one of the least expensive missions to Mars. The mission will study surface features, morphology, mineralogy, and Martian atmosphere.

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Greg Bear in Hospital

Authro Greg Bear was hospitalized and underwent emergency cardiac surgery on September 23. Bear’s aorta was repaired and a mechanical aortic valve. According to his wife, Astrid, Bear is feeling better and beginning the recuperation process.

CanSMOF Call for Applications

CanSMOF has announced a call for applicants for this year’s scholarships to SMOFCon 32, to be held in Manhattan Beach, California, December 5-7, 2014. One scholarship is available to a Canadian citizen interested in learning more about con-running with the other scholarship available to any fan. The deadline for applications is October 15th 2014.

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