ISFiC Writers Contest Winner

M. Aruguete won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Catamount.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Aruguete won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Richard Chwedyk, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.

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Obituary: Johan Frick

Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.

Ion Hobana Award

The winners of the Ion Hobana Award, named for the Romanian science fiction author, have been announced. The awards are presented for excellence in science fiction volume in Romania.

  • The Age of the Machine. About Posthumanism and Technological Imagery in Fiction, by Dr. Daniela Petroșel
  • The Morphology of the Possible Words: Utopia, Distopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, edited by Prof. Dr. Corin Braga

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MidAmeriCon II Hugo Base Contest

MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.

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SFWA Releases Accessibility Guidelines

In 2014, SFWA developed an accessibility checklist for its internal events, such as the Nebula Award Weekend or the New York Reception. SFWA has now elected to make the checklist public and available to other events which may desire to have some guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Matthew Johnson, Teresa Frohock, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Bill Thomasson, and Tanya Washburn, and have been used at multiple SFWA events.

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Joshi Returns Awards

In response to the announcement that the World Fantasy Award would be retiring the bust of H.P. Lovecraft that it has been using, scholar and World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi has announced that he will be returning his two awards, declining any future nominations, and refusing to attend any future World Fantasy Conventions. Joshi won the World Fantasy Award in the Special-Professional category in 2005 for scholarship and the Special-Non-Professional category in 2013 for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2. He has been nominated three additional times.

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Darkover in Development

Amazon Studios has announced plans to develop a television series based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series. Bradley wrote more than 25 books and short stories and edited several anthologies set in the Darkover world. The series has also inspired its own conventions. The series is being developed by IM Global Television with Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley attached as executive producers.
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Martin Received Medill

George R. R. Martin was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement on November 4 at Northwestern University, his alma mater. He was also honored on November 7 at the Northwestern football game against Penn State. The Medill Hall of Achievement was established in 1997 to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts on their fields.
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John Joseph Adams Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a new imprint named for editor John Joseph Adams. The new imprint will launch in February 2016 with the release of three Hugh Howey backlist novels. Adams is the editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare, as well as numerous original anthologies. Although the line will launch with a series of reprints, Adams will be publishing original novels as well.

Obituary: Daniel Fleetwood

Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.