Obituary: Maureen O’Hara

Actress Maureen O’Hara (b.1920) died on October 24. O’Hara starred in The Hunchback of Notre Dame opposite Charles Laughton, as well as the original Miracle on 34th Street, Sinbad, the Sailor, and Baghdad. Earlier this year, she received an honorary Academy Award.

Climate Fiction Short Story Contest

Arizona State University’s College for Liberal Arts and Sciences is holding a contest for climate change fiction in conjunction with the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. The winner will receive $1000, with three runners up receiving book bundles signed by Paolo Bacigalupi. The contest will be judged by Kim Stanley Robinson. The contest is open to everyone.
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Darth Vader Statue Unveiled in Odessa

Following the passage of a law to remove symbols and insignia reminding the country of its communist past, a statue of V. I. Lenin in Odessa, Ukraine has been transformed into a statue of Darth Vader. Vader, and other Star Wars characters, is extremely popular in Ukraine, with members of the Pirate Party of Ukraine frequently adopted their appearance and names when running for office.
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Deutscher Phantastik Preis Winners

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced October 17 at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich, Germany.

  • Best German Novel:
  • Imperium der Drachen – Das Blut des Schwarzen Löwen, by Bernd Perplies
  • Best German Debut Novel: Lux & Umbra 1 – Der Pfad der schwarzen Perle, by Silke M. Meyer
  • Best Translated Novel: Der Ozean am Ende der Straße, by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Street)
  • Best German Short Story: “Der letzte Gast,” by Vanessa Kaiser and Thomas Lohwasser
  • Best Anthology/Collection: Steampunk Akte Deutschland
  • Best Series: DSA – Das Schwarze Auge
  • Best Artist: Arndt Drechsler
  • Best Work of Secondary Literature: Geek, Pray, Love: Ein praktischer Leitfaden für das Leben, das Fandom und den ganzen Rest, by Christian Humberg & Andrea Bottlinger
  • Best Website: http://www.fantasybuch.de

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New Wiscon Chair Named

Aileen Wall has been named chair for Wiscon 40, taking over from interim chair Jackie Lee, who has held that position since the original co-chairs, Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith, resigned at the beginning of October. Wall served as hotel co-liaison at Wiscon 39 and was the MC for the Sunday night Dessert Salon and Guest of Honor speeches for Wiscons 38 and 39.

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Obituary: Murphy Anderson

Comic book artist Murphy Anderson (b.1926) died on October 23. Anderson co-created the characters the Atomic Knight and Zatanna and helped create the look for Adam Strange. He worked on both Hawkman and the 1960s version of The Spectre. Prior to working for DC, Anderson drew the Buck Rogers comic for two years.

Amazing Returns to TV

NBC has announced that Amazing Stories will return to their schedule as an anthology series with executive producer Bryan Fuller, who was responsible for Pushing Daisies and Hannibal. Amazing Stories, which takes its name from the oldest science fiction magazine, now a webzine,was originally broadcast for two seasons beginning in 1985.

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Middle-earth Map Found

A map of Middle-earth discovered in a used copy of The Lord of the Rings that belonged to illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map includes hand-written annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien, which indicates that Hobbiton was at the same location as Oxford, where Tolkien was a don, and Minas Tirith may have been based on Ravenna, Italy. The map is only one of the items from Baynes’ personal collection now on sale (asking price £60,000). Other items include original art from The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Reversal of TAFF

The Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) Administrators, Nina Horvath, Curt Phillips, and Jim Mowatt, have announced that they will reverse the direction of the 2016 race to allow a European fan to attend the Worldcon in Kansas City. By running another East-West Race in 2016, it means that 2017 will be a race to send a North American fan to the Helsinki Worldcon.

Obituary: Harriet Klausner

Prolific reviewer Harriet Klausner (b.1952) died on October 15. Klausner was a librarian and journalist who reviewed thousands of books on Amazon, at one time ranking at the #1 Amazon reviewer, although the quantity and brevity of her reviews caused many to wonder how closely she read the books. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of the representatives of its Person of the Year when it selected “you,” representative of the individuals making a difference in the world.