Amazing Stories Returns to Print

Steve Davidson has announced that later this year Amazing Stories will return to a print format. The initial issue will feature the winners of the short story contest run last year as well as non-fiction articles. Davidson expect regular publication of the magazine to begin in 2017.
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Hall of Fame Nominations Open

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, the EMP has announced that nominations for the Science Fiction Hall of Fame will be accepted from the general public through April 10. While I normally don’t promote on this page, I’ll note that Murray Leinster, who helped create the first contact story, the multiple universe story, alternate history, and more, and who was known as the “Dean of Science Fiction,” still isn’t in the Hall of Fame.

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Baen Adds MVMedia for Distribution

Baen Books has signed a deal to offer MVMedia ebooks on the Baen Ebooks web site. The first MVMedia books to be offered will be The Dark Universe Anthology, edited by Milton J. Davis and Gene Peterson and From Here to Timbuktu, by Davis. MVMedia joins WordFire Press, Fairwood Press, Electricstory.com, Infinity Plus, and Yard Dog Press in being distributed electronically by Baen.
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Dragon Awards

Dragon Con has announced the creation of the Dragon Awards, which will be given out annually starting this year. Anyone may nominate one title in each category and anyone may vote when the final ballot is announced, not just Dragon Con members. Nominations are open until July 25 and the final ballot will be announced on August 2. Categories for the initial awards are listed below.

  • Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Best Fantasy Novel (including Paranormal)
  • Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
  • Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
  • Best Alternate History Novel
  • Best Apocalyptic Novel
  • Best Horror Novel
  • Best Comic Book
  • Best Graphic Novel
  • Best Episode in a Continuing Science Fiction or Fantasy Series, TV or Internet
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
  • Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures/Collectable Card/Role-Playing Game

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Obituary: Justin Leiber

Professor Justin Leiber (b.1938) died on March 22. Leiber taught philosophy at Florida State University and was the son of science fiction/fantasy author Fritz Leiber, Jr. Leiber wrote science fiction of his own, having two novels in the “Saga of the House of Eigin” and three novels in the “Beyond” series published in the 1980s, as well as the short story “Tit for Tat.”

Obituary: Erik Bauersfeld

Actor Erik Bauersfeld (b.1922) died on April 3. Bauersfeld provided the voices for Bib Fortuna and Admiral Ackbar in Return of the Jedi, and reprised Ackbar’s voice in Star Wars: Episode VII: The Force Awakens. Bauersfeld also did voice work for A.I.: Artificial Intelligence.

Prometheus Award Finalists

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced in August at MidAmeriCon II, which will be held in Kansas City. The Lifetime Achievement inductee was previously announced.

Prometheus Awards

  • Golden Son, by Pierce Brown
  • Apex, by Ramez Naam
  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
  • The Just City, by Jo Walton
  • A Borrowed Man, by Gene Wolfe

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Tiptree Winners

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2015 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon the weekend of May 27-30 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate.

  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • Lizard Radio , by Pat Schmatz

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Obituary: Morris Keesan

Fan Morris Keesan (b.1954) died on March 30. Keesan was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a brain tumor, in February. Keesan was active in Boston fandom and NESFA and was a musician.

Aurora Nominees

The 2016 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between June 15 and midnight July 23. The awards will be presented at Canvention 36 in Calgary the weekend of August 12-14.

Best English Novel

  • Cursed: Black Swan, by Ryan T. McFadden
  • A Daughter of No Nation, by A.M. Dellamonica
  • Drowning in Amber, by E.C. Bell
  • Much Ado about Macbeth, by Randy McCharles
  • Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Too Far Gone, by Chadwick Ginther

Best English Young Adult Novel

  • The Flame in the Maze, by Caitlin Sweet
  • The Fountain, by Suzy Vadori
  • An Inheritance of Ashes, by Leah Bobet
  • Mabel the Mafioso Dwarf, by Sherry Peters
  • Maddie Hatter and the Deadly Diamond, by Jayne Barnard

Best English Short Fiction

  • “Cosmobotica,” by Costi Gurgu & Tony Pi
  • “Game Not Over,” by Ron Friedman
  • “La Héron,” by Charlotte Ashley
  • “Looking for Gordo,” by Robert J. Sawyer
  • “Super Frenemies,” by Stephen Kotowych
  • “Waters of Versailles,” by Kelly Robson

Best English Poem/Song

  • “Elegy for WLC,” by David Clink
  • “Origami Crane / Light Defying Spaceship,” by Naru Dames Sundar
  • “Portrait,” by David Clink
  • “Typhon & Echidna: A Love Story,” by Sandra Kasturi
  • “Venice Letting Go,” by Sandra Kasturi

Best English Graphic Novel

  • Bloodsuckers, written by J.M. Frey, illustrated by Ryan Cole, edited by Steven Andrews
  • Crash and Burn: Prologue, by Kate Larking & Finn Lucullan
  • Infinitum, by GMB Chomichuk
  • The Lady ParaNorma, by Vincent Marcone
  • West of Bathurst: The Complete Collection, by Kari Maaren

Best English Related Work

  • Licence Expired: The Unauthorized James Bond, edited by Madeline Ashby and David Nickle
  • nEvermore! Tales of Murder, Mystery & the Macabre, edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles
  • Playground of Lost Toys, edited by Colleen Anderson and Ursula Pflug
  • Professor Challenger: New Worlds, Lost Places, edited by J R Campbell and Charles Prepolec
  • Second Contacts, edited by Michael Rimar & Hayden Trenholm

Best Visual Presentation

  • Bitten, Season 2, Daegan Fryklind
  • Continuum, Season 4, Simon Barry
  • Dark Matter, Season 1, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie
  • Killjoys, Season 1, Michelle Lovretta
  • Orphan Black, Season 3, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, covers and poster art
  • Erik Mohr, covers for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff Minkevics, covers for Five Rivers Press
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk, body of work: Robot sculptures made from upcycled metal objects

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis, edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • The Page of Reviews, edited by Adam Shaftoe-Durrant
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille
  • WARP, issues 90-93, edited by Cathy Palmer-Lister

Best Fan Organizational

  • Samantha Beiko and Chadwick Ginther, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Winnipeg
  • Derek Künsken and Marie Bilodeau, Executive, Can*Con 2015, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra 34 Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • Morva Bowman and Alan Pollard, Halsway Con Concert
  • Keith Braithwaite, The Doctor and his Companion
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kari Maaren, Everbody Hates Elves
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating Canada

Note: No award will be given out for the Best Music category this year due to insufficient eligible nominees. Eligible nominees were incorporated into the Best Fan Related Work.
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