Obituary: Ned Brooks

Fan Ned Brooks (b.Cuyler W. Brooks, Jr., 1938) died on August 31 following a fall from his roof, where he was doing repairs. Brooks was long active in N3F, and in 1972 won the Kaymar Award. He was the recipient of the Rebel Award in 1976 and the Rubble Award in 1992. Brooks published such fanzines as The New Newport News News, It Goes on the Shelf, and It Comes in the Mail. He was the Fan Guest of Honor at Rivercon IV in 1978 and at DeepSouthCon 39 in 2001.

Obituary: Wes Craven

Director Wes Craven (b.1939) died on August 30 form a brain tumor. Craven is best known as the writer and director of the Nightmare on Elm Street series of films and also had active roles in the films The Hills Have Eyes, Scream, Swamp Thing, and directed five episodes of The Twilight Zone.

Rosny-Aîné Award Winners

The winners of the Rosny-Aîné Award were announced at Nemo 2014, the French National Science Fiction Convention, in Amiens, the weekend of August 21.

  • Novel: Bastard, by Yal Ayerdhal
  • Short Story: “L’Opéra de Shaya, by Sylvie Lainé
  • Prix Cyrano:Philippe Caza (pseudonym of Philippe Cazaumayou) for his work as an artist

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Lowder to Chaosium

James Lowder has announced that he has been retained as a Consulting Editor for the fiction line for the reconstituted company. Lowder will begin by figuring out the current state of Chaosium publishing contracts, rights, and obligations and will then help build the company’s new fiction line.
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Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

The Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire were presented at Maison de l’Imaginaire du festival Étonnants Voyageurs in Saint-Malo, France on May 24. The award was created in 1974 and foreign language awards have been presented since 1992.

  • Francophone Novel: Aucun homme n’est une île, by Christophe Lambert
  • Foreign Novel: La Grande Route du Nord, by Peter F. Hamilton (UK)
  • Francophone Short Story: “L’Opéra de Shaya,” by Sylvie Lainé
  • Foreign Short Story: “La Fille-flûte et autres fragments de futurs brisés ,” by Paolo Bacigalupi (USA)
  • Young Adult Francophone Novel: La Seconde vie de d’Artagnan, by Jean-Luc Marcastel
  • Foreign Young Adult Novel: Miss Peregrine et les enfants particuliers, by Ransom Riggs (USA)
  • Jacques Chambon Award for Translation: Marie Surgers for Intrabasses , by Jeff Noon
  • Wojtek Siudmak Award for Illustration: Aurélien Police for the collection of his covers from 2014, in particular L’Éducation de Stony Mayhall, by Daryl Gregory and Notre île sombre, by Christopher Priest
  • Essay: “Super-héros, une histoire française ,” by Xavier Fournier
  • Special Award: Richard Comballot for his memoirs on the Imagination including his collection of interviews Clameurs

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Obituary: Toni Lay

Costumer Toni Lay (b.1950) died on August 28. Lay was a long-time costumer, serving as Program Director for Costume Con 5 as well as the Historical Masquerade Director for Costume Cons 16 and 22. She was frequently a judge and was a member of the “Sick Pups,” the New Jersey-New York Costumers Guild. Also a Deputy Chatelaine for the Crown Province of Ostgardr in the SCA, Lay’s interests included science fiction and fantasy on television and reading, as well as mysteries and alternate history.

Bergen Street Comics to Close

Bergen Street Comics, located in Brooklyn, NY for the past six years, has announced that they will be closing their doors next month. More details on the closing, as well as future plans, will be released in the next few days.

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Clute Honored at Telluride

The Telluride Institute has announced the establishment of the John Clute Science Fiction Library at Telluride. The collection will serve as a resource for authors, scholars, and students and will host an annual Mountain Colloquy. Clute will give an inaugural address at the Institute in June 2016.

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Hugo Nominations Motions Pass

Both 4 in 6 and EPH passed their initial motion at the Sunday business meeting at Sasquan. Both will need to pass again next year at MidAmeriCon II to go into effect for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. 4 in 6 limits the number of nominees to four, with six items making the ballot in each category. EPH weights nominating votes. Both motions were made in an attempt to limit the efficacy of slates in future years. EPH passed with a vote of 186-62 and 4 in 6 passed by a margin of 4 votes.

Sasquan Committee Awards

Jay Lake and Julian May were both awarded special committee awards by Sasquan. Jay Lake, a much beloved Portland area author, died after a lengthy battle with cancer that he chronicled, on June 1, 2014. Julian May, who lives in the Seattle area, was the chair of TASFiC, the tenth Worldcon, in Chicago, and the author of numerous novels.