Don Perlin Health Fundraiser

Comic artist Don Perlin has undergone several surgeries recently. Clifford Meth has begun a GoFundMe campaign to help Perlin cover costs. Perlin has worked on Werewolf by Night, The Defenders, and Ghost Rider for Marvel and has also worked for Valiant Comics.
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Obituary: Brooke McCarter

Actor Brooke McCarter (b.1963) died on December 22. McCarter appeared in a 1987 episode of The Twilight Zone and portrayed Paul in The Lost Boys the same year. McCarter has appeared in a handful of films since and has also worked as a director, producer, and screenwriter.

New Rock on Moon

The Chinese Yutu rover, which has been exploring the moon for two years, has discovered a new type of lunar rock. The basalt rock was found in the bottom of Zi Wei crater in Mare Inbrium, which was exposed by the formation of the crater. The find may indicate that lunar composition is more diverse than previously believed.
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Obituary: Gerard Quinn

British artist Gerard Quinn (b.1927) died on November 30. Quinn’s work began appearing in New Worlds in 1951 and he became quite prolific over the next decade, contributing covers to magazines and books.

SpaceX Touches Down

On December 21, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, deployed 11 satellites, and made a successful vertical landing on land, the first successful land based landing for the spacecraft. In June, a Falcon 9 scheduled to resupply the ISS exploded shortly after launch. This was the first launch after that failure. Previous Falcon 9s were able to successfully deploy satellites.

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Tor.com Closing Unsolicited Submissions

Tor.com has announced that it will no longer accept unsolicited short story submissions for the website effective January 7. Although they note that they have found some wonderful stories in the slush pile, the feeling seems to be that the signal to noise ratio is not worth the effort.
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MidAmeriCon II Call for Papers

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City, has issued a call for Academic Papers. This year’s Campbell Conference, normally held in Lawrence, Kansas, will take place as part of MidAmeriCon II’s progrmaming. The CFP is looking for papers on the theme “Tomorrow Is Now,” about MidAmeriCon II’s Guests of Honor, as well as other topics. Submissions are due by January 14, 2016. In addition, the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be presented at MidAmeriCon II.

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Obituary: Peter Dickinson

British author Peter Dickinson (b.1927) died on December 16. Dickinson published numerous young adult novels, including the Kin series, the Changes series, and the standalone Eva. In 2002, his novel The Ropemaker won the Mythopoeic Award for Children’s Literature and he was twice nominated for the World Fantasy Award. In 1999, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2009. Dickinson was married to author Robin McKinley.

Obituary: Tom Arden

Australian author Tom Arden (b.1961) died on December 15. Arden was the pen name for David Rain. His first novel, The Harlequin’s Dance began his five book Orokon series. In addition, he wrote two stand alone novels and three pieces of short fiction, including a Doctor Who novella, “Nightdreamers.” Arden also published reviews in Interzone in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Jovian Awards

The winners of the first Jovian Awards have been announced.

  • Best Novella: “Flow,” by Arlan Andrews, Sr.
  • Best Short Story: “Totaled,” by Kary English
  • Best Related Work: “The Hot Equations: Thermodynamics and Military SF,” by Ken Burnside
  • Best Editor–Long Form: Toni Weisskopf
  • Best Editor–Short Form: Mike Resnick

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