Obituary: Paul Bacon

Paul Bacon (b.1923) died on June 8. Bacon was a book jacket designer perhaps best known for the cover of Joeph Heller’s Catch-22 and Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Some of his genre works included the covers for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Ellen Datlow’s Alien Sex, and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.

Obituary: Christopher Lee

Actor Christopher Lee (b.1922) died on June 7. Lee portrayed numerous iconic genre roles beginning with Count Dracula, but also Saruman, Count Dooku, Flay, DEATH, Scaramanga, Rochefort, and many more. Lee won several Lifetime Achievement Awards including the Saturns, Empire, SFX, and Bram Stoker.

Obituary: Ron Moody

Actor Ron Moody (b.Ronald Moodnick, 1924) died on June 11. Perhaps best known for playing Fagin in Oliver! and Vorobyaninov in The Twelve Chairs, his genre films included The Mouse on the Moon, Into the Labyrinth, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, and Unidentified Flying Oddball. Moody has said his biggest regret was turning down an opportunity to become the third incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who.

Obituary: Michael Wernig

Fan Michael Wernig (b.1954) died on June 3. Wernig was a member of the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society and a frequent attendee at Bubonicon.

AnLab and Asimov’s Awards

The annual AnLab and Asimov’s Awards, presented for works appearing in Analog and Asimov’s, were presented at a breakfast athe the Palmer House on June 6 in conjunction with the Nebula Award Weekend.

AnLab Awards

  • Best Novella: “Music to Me,” Richard A. Lovett
  • Best Novelette: “Life Flight,” Brad R. Torgersen
  • Best Short Story (tie): “Another Man’s Treasure,” Tom Greene; “Snapshots,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Best Fact: “Lockstep: A Possible Galactic Empire,” Karl Schroeder
  • Best Cover: January/February 2014, by David A. Hardy

Asimov’s Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Legion of Tomorrow,” by Allen M. Steele
  • Best Novelette: “The Common Good,”by Nancy Kress
  • Best Short Story: “The Plantimal,” by Mike Resnick & Ken Liu
  • Best Poem: “In the Quiet Hour,” by Bruce Boston
  • Best Cover Artist: June 2014, by Maurizio Manzieri

Manly Wade Wellman Nominations

The nominees for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award have been announced. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and recognizes excellence in SFF written by North Carolina authors. Any member of illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, or ConGregate are eligible to vote.

  • The Sea Without a Shore, by David Drake
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
  • Reign of Ash by Gail Z. Martin
  • Bad Wizard by James Maxey

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Best Military SF Contest

Baen Books has announced a contest to determine the Best Military Science Fiction, although it appears they are asking readers to vote for the Best Military Science Fiction as published in the anthology Year’s Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera Award, edited by David Afsharirad. Voting is open until August 31, 2015 with the winner being announced at DragonCon, held the weekend of September 4-7. The winner will receive a plaque and a $500 prize.
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Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday, June 6 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago during the Nebula Weekend celebrating the 50th anniversary of SFWA. The award ceremony was hosted by Nick Offerman. The Solstice, Grand Master, and Service Awards had all been previously announced. Reportage on this and other items has been delayed as the editor of SF Site News was chairing this year’s Nebula Weekend.

  • Novel: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • Novelette: “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Short Story: “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Love Is the Drug, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • 2015 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Larry Niven
  • Solstice Award: Joanna Russ (posthumous), Stanley Schmidt
  • Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award: Jeffry Dwight

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Northbound DUFF Race Postponed

The administrators of the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) have announced that no northbound race would be held this year. Julian Warner and Justin Ackroyd took over the administrator duties from Bill Wright Juanita Coulson in April at Wright’s request. They need a period of time to replenish funds and to allow for a well-organised campaign for next year. In addition, Lucy Huntzinger has offer to take over the administration of North American funds.
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Sapienza Endowment Established

Chicon 7 has created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb using surplus funds. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to benefit the Northern Illinois University Library, Special Collections, for the procurement, preservation, and promotion of materials germane to the study of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and their fandoms. The initial endowment of $25,000 was made at a Reception during the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago and represents the last of Chicon 7’s surplus, and Chicon invites other individuals and organizations to donate to the endowment to improve its efficacy. Steven H Silver, who was one of three Chicon 7 Vice Chairs, will serve as the fund’s trustee.