Filk Hall of Fame Inductees

Three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame at FilkOntario. The Filk Hall of Fame honors performers and organizers. It was founded in 1995. Nominees are suggested by members of fandom and the winners are selected by a panel of judges from a variety of filk conventions.

The 2015 inductees are

  • Kay Shapero
  • Nick Smith
  • Steven Joel Zeve

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SFWA Announces Nebula Toastmaster

SFWA has announced that Nick Offerman, who portrayed Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation will be the toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Award Ceremony, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on June 6. The Nebula Award weekend is open to anyone and will also feature a free mass autographing on Friday evening from 8:00-9:30.
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Seiun Nominees

The nominations for the Seiun Awards have been announced. The translation categories are presented below. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan-voted awards and winners will be announced at Comecon, the 54th Japanese National SF convention, held August 29-30, 2015.

Best Translated Long Story

  • The Martian, by Andy Weir, translated by Kazuko Onoda
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton, translated by Takeshi Mogi
  • Redshirts, by John Scalzi, translated by Masayuki Uchida
  • The Dervish House, by Ian McDonald, translated by Masaya Shimokusu
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, translated by Makiko Ikeda
  • Pathfinder, by Orson Scott Card, translated by Naoya Nakahara

Best Translated Short Story

  • “The Negation,” by Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” by Pat Cadigan, translated by Yoichi Shimada
  • “Hunter Come Home,” by Richard McKenna, translated by Touru Nakamura
  • “Water” by Ramezu Naam,” translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “For Want of a Nail,” by Mary Robinette Kowal, translated by Fumiyo Harashima
  • “Year of the Rat,” by Stanley Chen (Chen Chu fan), translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • “War 3.01,” by Keith Brooke, translated by Masato Naniwa

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Holt is Parker

Tom Holt revealed that he also writes under the pseudonym K. J. Parker during an episode of the Coode Street Podcast. Holt, who is best known for his humorous fantasy novels including The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice began publishing as Parker in 1998 with Colours in the Steel and has published several novels and short stories in the intervening years. Holt won back-to-back World Fantasy Awards in 2012 and 2013 as Parker and was also nominated the following year.

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Prometheus Hall of Fame Winner

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that Harlan Ellison’s story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” will receive its Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented on May 9 at Marcon, where F. Paul Wilson will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Franson Award

George Phillies has received the Donald Franson Award from the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). The award recognizes outstanding service to the N3F and is presented by the President. At the same time, the N3F has called for nominations for the annual Neffy Awards, nominations to be sent to recent Franson Award recipient George Phillies.

Black Gate Withdraws from Hugo Ballot

John O’Neill has announced his decision to withdraw Black Gate from the Best Fanzine category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Since the ballot was released, O’Neill has been advocating for No Award in his own and other categories and has now stated “We can’t both be a part of the ballot, and actively working against it.” Black Gate is now the third nominee withdrawn since the ballot went live and several other potential nominees have announced that they had turned down a nomination prior to the announcement of the ballot.

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Obituary: Art Widner

Fan Art Widner (b.1917) died on April 17. Widner, who often signed his correspondence as R. Twidner, was one of the founding members of The Stranger Club, the pioneers of Boston fandom, and chaired Boskones I and II. He published more than 160 fanzines, including YHOS from 1940-45 and 1979-2001. He received the Big Heart Award in 1989 and was the 1991 DUFF winner. Widner received a Retro Hugo nomination for 1946 in the Best Fan Writer category and, along with The Stranger Club, was the Worldcon Fan GoH at Noreascon 3. Widner was also an inductee into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Further Hugo Ballot Changes

With the withdrawal from the ballot by Marko Kloos of his novel Lines of Departure and by Annie Bellet of her short story “Goodnight Stars,” the Hugo Administrators have added additional works to the ballots. The addition in the novel category is Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem and in the Short Story category the addition is “A Single Samurai,” by Steven Diamond

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Dark Between the Stars, by Kevin J. Anderson
  • The Gobin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu

Best Short Story

  • “On a Spiritual Plain,” by Lou Antonelli
  • “The Parliament of Beasts and Birds,” by John C. Wright
  • “A Single Samurai,” by Steven Diamond
  • “Totaled,” by Kary English
  • “Turncoat,” by Steve Rzasa

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Hugo Nominees Withdrawn

Marko Kloos and Annie Bellet have issued statements withdrawing their Hugo nominated works from the ballot this year. Kloos was nominated for his novel Lines of Departure and withdrew the work because he felt that he couldn’t accept a nomination that may not have been entirely due to the work’s own merit. Bellet has withdrawn her story “Goodnight Stars” from the ballot because this year’s Hugo Awards have become about more than just great science fiction.

Marko Kloos’ statement…
Annie Bellet’s statement…