Baen Offers Joe Buckley Charity E-Book

Baen Books has announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they are releasing an e-book entitled The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Half of the proceeds from the volume will go to Operation Baen Bulk, which provides reading material for US troops. The other half of the proceeds will go to ReadAssist, which provides access to books for disabled readers. Joe Buckley is a character who has appeared in numerous books published by Baen and almost always is either killed or comes close to death. He has appeared in works by David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Sarah Hoyt, Travis Taylor, and others. This charity volume collects a variety of Joe Buckley death scenes.

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Lunacon Hiatus

The Lunacon Board of directors has decided that the venerable con will take a year’s hiatus. Individuals who have already purchased memberships for the 2015 Lunacon will be contacted and offered the option of receiving a refund or transferring their membership to Lunacon 2016 the weekend of March 18-20. Although the current plan is to return to their traditional hotel, the venue may be changed. Lunacon was founded in 1957.

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Obituary: J. F. Gonzalez

Author J. F. Gonzalez (b1964) died on November 10. Gonzalez published fifteen novels, beginning with Clickers, published in 1999 and co-written with Mark Williams, a series he would return to twice more with Brian Keene, with whom he wrote several works. In the 1990s, he edited issues of Phantasm and Iniguities and he edited the anthology Tooth and Claw in 2002. His stories have been collected in four collections and various chapbooks.

Endeavour Award Winners

Ramez Naam and Ken Scholes tied for this year’s Endeavour Award for Naam’s novel Nexus and Scholes’s novel Requiem. The winners were announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2014 Award were Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson.

Obituary: Alan Lickiss

Author Alan Lickiss died on November 10. Lickiss began publishing science fiction in 1996 when his story “Martian Invaders Meet Mom,” co-written with his wife Rebecca, appeared in The Leading Edge. He followed it up with several more stories, often in anthologies, as well as in Analog. Five of his stories were collected in the collection High Heeled Distraction.

World Fantasy Awards

Two World Fantasy Awards were presented at the annual banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA on November 9. In introducing the awards, Gordon van Gelder addressed the controversy regarding the award’s physical appearance and noted that the administrators are listening to arguments from all sides and held a poll at the event, but have not yet made any decisions about the trophy. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

  • Novel: A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
  • Novella: “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
  • Short Story: “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Artist: Charles Vess
  • Special Award—Professional: (tie) Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com; William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Special Award—Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ellen Datlow; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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John Madigan Medical Fundraiser

Washington area fan John Madigan was diagnoses with brain cancer last year and his medical bills are mounting. He and wife Candy, who have hosted the Washington Science Fiction Association’s 3rd Friday meetings for several years, have started a Youcaring campaign to try to help raise funds to cover JOhn’s medical bills and household expenses.

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Obituary: George Slusser

George Slusser (b.1939) died on November 4. Slusser was a co-founder and Curator Emeritus of The J. Lloyd Eaton Collection of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature. His own writing included Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land, The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin, and Nursery Realms: Children in the Worlds of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror among others. In 1986, he was the recipient of the Pilgrim Award from the Science Fiction Research Association.

Shiffman Steps Down

Longtime Sidewise judge Stu Shiffman has stepped down from the jury. Shiffman suffered a stroke in 2012, which curtailed his activity on the jury, but a fall two weeks ago has made him and wife Andi Shechter realize it was time to resign his position as a judge for the annual alternate history awards.

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Sasquan Hugo Emcees

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has announced that Tananarive Due and Guest of Honor David Gerrold would co-emcee next year’s Hugo Award Ceremony. In addition, Sasquan has announced that Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Chris Burgess will co-host a live pre- and post-Ceremony internet broadcast discussing the history of the Hugos, the current ballot, and will interview nominees and winners.

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