Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the Copper Cylinder Award, a popular vote award for the best Canadian fantastic literature. The award’s name comes from James de Mille’s “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” widely considered to be the first work of Canadian science fiction.

  • Adult Award: River of Stars, by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Young Adult Award: Homeland, by Cory Doctorow

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Anders Leaving Pyr

Lou Anders, who has served as editor at Pyr Books for ten years, has announced that he is leaving the company. Anders will be replaced by interim editor Rene Sears, who is returning to the company to take the position. Anders received seven Hugo nominations and one win during his tenure at Pyr. He is currently promoting his debut novel, Frostborn.

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Sizemore Editing Apex

Apex Magazine publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that he will become the magazine’s editor in chief beginning with the January 2015 issue. The magazine has been edited by Sigrid Ellis since late last year. The change comes as part of a realignment of Sizemore’s duties which will allow him to focus more personal attention on the magazine and Apex Publishing. Stories selected by Ellis will continue to appear in 2015 in the Sizemore edited issues. Sizemore also announced that Bianca Spriggs will be taking over as poetry editor, replacing out-going poetry editor Elise Matheson.

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Reunite Bradbury

Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.

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NASA Outsources Transportation

NASA has signed contracts with SpaceX and Boeing for the companies to provide transportation for astronauts from the US to the International Space Station. Since July 2011, when Atlantis last docked with the ISS, astronauts have been flying to the ISS on Russian spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. SpaceX and Boeing will be ready for launch in 2017.

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Obituary: Angus Lennie

Actor Angus Lennie (b.1930) died on September 14. Best known for his role as Ives in The Great Escape, Lennie also appeared in two Doctor Who serials: The Ice Warriors, opposite Patrick Troughton’s Doctor, and Terror of the Zygons, opposite Tom Baker. He also appeared in an episode of Target Luna and portrayed Mr. Tumnus in three episodes of the 1967 television series The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Obituary: Richard Kiel

Actor Richard Kiel (b.1939) died on September 10. Kiel is best known for his portrayal of the villainous Jaws in two James Bond films. He also was originally cast as The Incredible Hulk, but was replaced by Lou Ferigno before the show went to air, although at least one of his scenes remained in the pilot. He portrayed the Kanamit in the seminal The Twilight Zone episode “To Serve Man,” as well as appearing in other science fiction shows and films.

Obituary: Graham Joyce

Author Graham Joyce (b.1954) died on September 9. Joyce won his first British Fantasy Award in 1993 for Dark Sister and went on to win several more, as well as World Fantasy Awards. His other works included The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, and The Year of the Ladybird. Joyce was diagnoses with lymphoma last year.

National Book Foundation Honors Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin will receive the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation at this year’s National Book Awards Ceremony on November 19. The Medal was first presented in 1988 and Le Guin will be the 27th recipient.

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Canadian SF Hall of Fame

The first inductees into the Canadian SF Hall of Fame have been announced. They include the six winners of the Aurora Award Lifetime Achievement Award as well as three additional names selected by a jury. Their induction will occur at the Aurora Awards Ceremony at VCON 39 on October 4.

  • William Gibson
  • Phyllis Gotlieb (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Judith Merril (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Dennis Mullin (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Jeanne Robinson
  • Spider Robinson
  • Robert J. Sawyer (Lifetime Achievement)
  • A.E. van Vogt (Lifetime Achievement)
  • Susan Wood (Lifetime Achievement)

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ETA: (corrected some misspellings, and identified Dennis Mullin as a previous Lifetime Achievement honoree)