Obituary: Fred Prophet

Fan Fred Prophet (b.1929) died on June 29. Fred served as the co-chair, with Roger Sims, of the Detention, the 1959 Worldcon in Detroit. He and Roger were appointed Conchairs Emeritus at Detcon1, the 2014 NASFiC, which both men were able to attend. Prior to the Detention, Prophet was active in the Detroit Science Fiction League and Michigan Science Fantasy Society (MISFITS) after attending his first convention,The Eleventh World Science Fiction Convention, in 1953.

Obituary: Alvin Toffler

Author Alvin Toffler (b.1928) died on June 27. Toffler was the author of the influential non-fiction book Future Shock, which explored the way technology would impact our culture, including the concept of information overload.

Obituary: Aharon Ipalé

Actor Aharon Ipalé (b.1941) died on June 27. Ipalé appeared in the films The Mummy and The Mummy Returns as Pharaoh Seti I. Earlier in career, Ipalé made guest appearances on Wonder Woman, Knight Rider, and the film Xanadu.

Deutscher Phantastik Preis Nominees

he nominees for the Deutscher Phantastik Preis have been announced. Voting will take place between June 25 and July 17 with the winners announced at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich bei Frankfurt on October 22.

Bester deutschsprachiger Roman / Best novel in German language

  • Amizaras 3 – Raphadona, by Valerian Çaithoque
  • Kalypto 1 – Die Herren der Wälder, by Tom Jacuba
  • Feuerjäger 1 – Die Rückkehr der Kriegerin, by Susanne Pavlovic
  • Chroniken von Chaos und Ordnung 3 – Bargh Barrowson, by J. H. Praßl
  • Der Schattenkristall 3 – Das Blut der Wächterin, by Elisabeth Ruetz
  • Hell’s Abyss 1 – 666, by M. H. Steinmetz

Bestes deutschsprachiges Romandebüt / Best debut novel in German

  • Transformation am Feuersee, by Sandra Berger
  • Keine Menschenseele, by Faye Hell
  • Die Augen des Iriden, by Maja Loewe
  • Cesario Aero – Kaiser der Lüfte, by Luzia Pfyl
  • Verlorener Stern, by Mona Silver

Bester internationaler Roman / Best international novel

  • Fingerhut-Sommer (Foxglove Summer) by Ben Aaronovitch
  • Resurrection Inc. (Resurrection Inc.) by Kevin J. Anderson
  • Die Krone des Schäfers (The Shepherd’s Crown) by Terry Pratchett
  • Die Musik der Stille (The Slow Regard of Silent Things) by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Die raunende Maske (The Hollow Boy), by Jonathan Stroud

Beste deutschsprachige Kurzgeschichte / Best German short story

  • Erasmus Emmerich und der zinnoberrote Zinnsoldat,” by Katharina Fiona Bode
  • Gesang der Kröten,” by Georg Britzkow
  • Selig sind die geistig Armen,” by Anna-Katharina Höpflinger
  • Das öde Land,” by Oliver Plaschka
  • Der große Stefano,” by Carmen Weinand

Beste Original-Anthologie/Kurzgeschichten-Sammlung / Best anthology/story collection

  • Die dunkelbunten Farben des Steampunk
  • Zombie Zone Germany, edited by Torsten Exter
  • Die kleinen Köche, edited by Ann-Kathrin Karschnick & Diana Kinne
  • Das öde Land, by Oliver Plaschka
  • Verschlusssache, edited by Ingrid Pointecker & Fabian Dombrowski

Beste Serie / Best book series

  • Die Chroniken der Seelenwächter, by Nicole Böhm
  • Asgaroon, by Allan J. Stark
  • Heliosphere 2265, by Andreas Suchanek
  • Perry Rhodan
  • Chroniken von Chaos und Ordnung, by J. H. Praßl

Bester Grafiker / Best graphic artist

  • Arndt Drechsler
  • Mark Freier
  • Alexander Kopainski
  • Timo Kümmel
  • Grit Richter

Bestes Sekundärwerk / Best work on secondary literature

  • Das große Steampanoptikum, by Alex Jahnke & Clara Lina Wirz
  • Geek!
  • Magira – Jahrbuch zur Fantasy 2014, by Michael Haitel & Hermann Ritter
  • Multimania
  • With Love, Mary Sue, edited by Bettina Petrik & Stefanie Zurek

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Frankenstein in Liverpool

On October 30, Andy Sawyer, Philip Pullman, and Miranda Seymour will discuss the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus during the Liverpool Literary Festival. The talk will take place from 2:00-3:15 at the Victoria Gallery and Museum with a cost of £8.
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Princess of Mars in Chicago

The Otherworld Theatre in Chicago has announced that they will be staging a new production of The Princess of Mars, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs first John Carter of Mars novel during their 2016-17 season. the play will debut at Berger Park in September 2016, with tickets going on sale in late September. Otherworld Theatre produces several other sf/f plays throughout the year including the ongoing Fight Quest.
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Locus Award Winners

The Locus Awards were presented in Seattle, Washington during the Locus Awards Weekend on June 25. The awards are voted on by the readers of Locus and its on-line component.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
  • Fantasy Novel: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  • First Novel: The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
  • Young Adult Book: The Shepherd’s Crown, by Terry Pratchett
  • Novella: Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds
  • Novelette: “Black Dog,” by Neil Gaiman
  • Short Story: “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • Anthology: Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman
  • Non-Fiction: Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce
  • Art Book: Julie Dillon’s Imagined Realms, Book 2: Earth and Sky, by Julie Dillon
  • Artist: Michael Whelan
  • Editor: David G. Hartwell
  • Magazine: Asimov’s
  • Publisher: Tor

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Star Wars at MidAmeriCon II

MidAmeriCon II has announced that Friday, August 19 will be Star Wars Day at the convention. At MidAmeriCon in 1976, fans were introduced to the film that would be erleased the following year with exhibits, slide shows, and talks by Charles Lippincott, Gary Kurtz, and Mark Hamill. This year, Lippincott and Kurtz will return with exhibits andbe joined by Alan Dean Foster, who ghost wrote the novel Star Wars as well as Splinter in the Mind’s Eye and the novelization for The Force Awakens. There will be Star Wars programming and an R2D2 maker’s exhibit as well.
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Into the Unknown at Barbican

Into the Unknown, an exhibition on the evolution and scope of fiction, will take place at the Barbican Centre in London from 2 June – 1 September 2017. The exhibit will include more than 200 books, film clips, and art. Throughout the year, there will be talks in support of the exhibit.
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Sawyer Honoured

Robert J. Sawyer has been named a Member of the Order of Canada for his accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for his contributions as a futurist. The Order of Canada is on the the highest civilian honours and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation
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