Pratchett Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Sir Terry Pratchett will be the recipient of this year’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. The award is presented for those who have had a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. In addition to his novels and short stories, Pratchett was also active in Alzheimer’s research and animal conservation. The award, which has been re-named this year to honor Kate Wilhelm, will be presented on March 14 as part of the SFWA Nebula Conference at the Palmer House in Chicago.

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Pasgon Cancelled

The group scheduled to run Pasgon, the 2017 Eastercon, in Cardiff has announced that due to location issues they no longer believe their convention is viable. They informed their members and hope that a replacement convention can be put together in time for selection at this year’s Eastercon, Mancunicon, in Manchester. Pasgon was awarded the 2017 Eastercon in 2015 after a prior bid for 2016 had been withdrawn and Manchester stepped into the breach.
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Geek Bar Rebrands

Geek Bar Chicago has announced that it has rebranded itself as SFCO. The rebranding will also bring in an influx of video consoles, late night programming, and new hours, Sunday and Wednesday from 5pm to 10pm, Thursday and Friday from 5pm to Midnight, and Saturday from 3 pm to 2 am. The bar will be closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. In addition to their game selection, SFCO will continue to offer a rotating menu of geek-themed signature cocktails and a pop culture reference-filled menu items. The news of the rebranding was followed by former CEO David Zoltan announcing that he had resigned from Geek Bar in January.
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Obituary: Michael White

Producer Michael White (b.1936) died on March 7. In 1975, White produced the films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. He had previously produced the original stage production of The Rocky Horror Show. He also produced the film Jabberwocky and more than 100 stage productions, including the original West End version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

November’s Position Eliminated

Sharyn November has announced that she is no longer at Viking Children’s Books after a reorg left her position eliminated. November had been serving as the Senior Editor for their line and in 2002 had established the Firebird line. She began working for Penguin as an associate editor at the Puffin Books in 1990.

Kitschie Winners

London Fallen has announced the winners of the 2015 Kitschies on March 7, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners received a cash prize and a trophy.

  • The Red Tentacle (Novel): The Heart Goes Last, by Margaret Atwood
  • The Golden Tentacle (Debut): Making Wolf, by Tade Thompson
  • The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art): Sally Gardner’s The Door That Led to Where, art direction and design by Jet Purdie, illustration by Dover Publications Inc & Shutterstock
  • The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction): Life is Strange

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Obituary: Paul Ryan

Illustrator Paul Ryan (b.1949) died on March 6. Ryan began working in comics in 1984 and got a job working for Marvel, working on The Thing, Squadron Supreme, and The Amazing Spider-Man Annual. He also created D.P. 7. In 1996, he moved to DC and worked on several of their titles. In 1999, he also took on the daily comic “The Phantom,” which he inked until his death. Ryan has the distinction of working on the comics in which Spider-Man married Mary Jane and in which Superman married Lois Lane.

We Are All SF Cancelled

The start up We Are All SF con scheduled for November in Ocean Shores, WA has been cancelled and the event coordinators are in the process of refunding registrations and sponsorships. The convention had a failed Indiegogo campaign and earlier this year was reported to have cancelled some of the guest invitations. They hope to launch the convention in the future.
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Obituary: Tony Dyson

Roboticist and special effects supervisor Tony Dyson (b.c.1948) was found dead at his home in Malta in early March. Dyson is best known for creating the original R2D2. He also worked on Superman 2, Dragonslayer, and Moonraker. In addition to his film work, Dyson built robots for Toshiba, Philips, and Sony.

Darrell Award Nominees

The nominees for this year’s Darrell Awards, recognizing the best published Midsouth Science Fiction and Fantasy, have been announced. The winners will be announced during the Banquet at MidSouthCon 34 on Saturday, March 19.

Short Stories

  • “Zedhead,” by Victor Lorthos
  • “The Ones Who Remember,” by Robert J. Krog
  • “Memphis BBQ,” by Cat Rambo
  • “Sentry,” by Herika R. Raymer

Young Adult Works

  • The Old Blood by Tim Bohn
  • All The Turns of Light by Frank Tuttle

Novels

  • When Dragons Sleep by Steven Glen Baird
  • Lincoln’s Bodyguard by T. J. Turner
  • The Darker Carnival by Frank Tuttle

In addition, the following winners have been announced.

  • Dal Coger Memorial Hall of Fame Award: Aaron Christopher Drown for his outstanding body of work, including many excellent short stories.
  • Winner of the 2016 Darrell Award for Best Midsouth SF/F/H Novella: Brielle and the Alien Geek, by Jessica Coulter Smith

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