Bhob Stewart Scholarship Fund

The New England School Of Art & Design has announced the creation of a scholarship fund in the name of Bhob Stewart. Stewart, who published one of the earliest comic fanzines and in 1969 curated the first exhibition of comic book art at a major museum, taught at the school from 1970-1984.

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Obituary: Lynda Bellingham

Actress Lynda Bellingham (b.Meredith Lee Hughes, 1948) died on October 19. Bellingham is best known to genre audiences for her role as The Inquisitor in the season long Doctor Who serial “The Trial of a Time Lord” in 1986. She also appeared in episodes of Blakes 7 and Jackanory. She also appeared in two series of All Creatures Great and Small, opposite Peter Davison.

Martian Close Encounter

Three NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars, the Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and MAVEN, were sent signals to remain in orbit on one side of Mars while comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring passed within 88,000 miles of the planet. NASA feared that particles from the comet could endanger or damage the orbiters during the cometary flyby on October 20. The satellites were also used to gather data on the flyby, as were the rovers currently on the Martian surface.

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Obituary: Vijay deSelby-Bowen

Fan Vijay deSelby-Bowen (b.Velma J. Bowen) died on October 18 following a lengthy battle with cancer. Vijay entered fandom in 1982 and was the 1999 TAFF delegate, following in the footsteps of her cousin, Elliott Shorter. She served as secretary of the Lunarians and helped run Lunacon. She eventually moved to Seattle with her long-time companion Soren “Scraps” deSelby.

CUFF Resignation

Travers Milo, who won the Canadian Unity Fan Fund (CUFF) in an unopposed race, was unable to attend VCon as part of his CUFF duties, has now resigned as fund administrator, citing previous volunteer and personal commitments. Former CUFF winner Debra Yeung has agreed to pick up the administrator duties until a new successor can be selected.

WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 11 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma,” by Alex Shvartsman. The story was published in Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show and edited by Edmund R. Schubert.

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Geffen Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Geffen Awards were announced at Icon in Tel Aviv during the weekend of October 12-14. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, and are named after the late Amos Geffen, one of the first Israeli SF editors and translators.

  • Best Translated Science Fiction Book: The Devil’s Alphabet, by Daryl Gregory; translated by Didi Chanoch
  • Best Translated Fantasy Book: Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett; translated by Verred Tuchterman
  • Best Translated YA Book: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, by Terry Pratchett; Translated by Yaniv Bar
  • Best Original Hebrew SF&F Short Story: “Whisky in a Jar,” by Rotem Baruchin
  • Best Original Hebrew Book: Every Story is a Sudden Cat, by Gabriella Avigur-Rotem

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Ellison Suffers Stroke

Harlan Ellison has been hospitalized after suffering a stroke which has caused some paralysis on his right side. He has been reported to be awake with his mind as sharp as ever.

Games Designer Forced from Home

Game Designer Brianna Wu and her husband, Frank, were forced out of their home after Brianna received death threats over twitter which also revealed the couple’s home address. Police worked with the Wus to get them to a safe space, calling the threats credible, and Twitter shut down the offending account. Wu is believed to have been targeted because of comments she has made about misogyny rampant in the gaming community. Frank has written that they are currently okay, but suggests that anyone who wants to help can do so “by contributing to her friends’ legal fund.”

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Charles N. Brown Auction

Numerous items from the estate of former Locus publisher Charles N. Brown will be placed on the auction block on the weekend of October 11-12. The lots include pieces of furniture, artwork, and numerous lots of mystery novels, many of which are by authors such as Frederic Brown or Anthony Boucher who also have a tie to science fiction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. The auction is being managed by Clars Auction Gallery.

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