New “Moon”

NASA has announced the discovery of an asteroid, 2016 HO3, which has been caught by Earth’s gravitational field and orbits Earth at a distance of 14 million kilometers. The asteroid, which was discovered on April 27, is believed to have been captured by Earth about a century ago and is described as a “stable quasi-satellite,” rather than a moon.
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Obituary: Yumi Shirakawa

Actress Yumi Shirakawa (b.1936) died on June 14. Shirakawa appeared in the films Rodan, The Mysterians, The H-Man, The Last War, and others. In addition to appearing in genre films, Shirakawa had a long and successful career in other Japanese movies and television.

Lambda Award Winners

The annual Lambda Awards for LGBT literature were presented on June 6, in New York City at the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony. The winner of genre interest are listed below.

  • Graphic Novel: The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ & Amal, by EK Weaver
  • LGBT Anthology: Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi & Fantasy Comic Anthology, edited by Sfé R. Monster and Taneka Stotts
  • Transgender Fiction: Tiny Pieces of Skull, or a Lesson in Manners, Roz Kaveney
  • SF/Fantasy/Horror: The Gracekeepers, by Kirsty Logan

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Campbell & Sturgeon Finalists

The nominees for the John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Campbell award is given for a novel, the Sturgeon for a short story. Both awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference, this year held in conjunction with MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City.
John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award

  • The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Europe at Midnight, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Radiomen, by Eleanor Lerman
  • Luna: New Moon, by Ian McDonald
  • Galapagos Regained, by James Morrow
  • Going Dark, by Linda Nagata
  • The Book of Phoenix, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Where, by Kit Reed
  • The Thing Itself, by Adam Roberts
  • Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “And You Shall Know Her By The Trail Of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
  • “Emergence,” by Gwyneth Jones
  • “Damage,” by David D. Levine
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery,” by Kelly Link
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan,” by Ian McDonald
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Gypsy,” by Carter Scholz
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City,” by Jeff Somers

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Obituary: Tina Cawi

Chicago fan Tina Cawi (b.1962) died on June 15. Cawi often volunteered to gopher at Windycon, Capricon, and other Chicago conventions and would set up a spinning wheel in the gopher lounge to work between assignments. She attended MediaWest and Anime Central and was part of Chicago Megazone. Cawi also participated in APAs.

Obituary: Michu Meszaros

Actor Michu Meszaros (b.1939) died on June 13. Only 2″9′, Meszaros toured with Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus. In 1986, he began portraying ALF on the sitcom of the same name, also appearing in Big Top Peewee and Warlock: The Armageddon.

Simmons Designed Retro-Hugo Base

Brent Simmons has been announced as the designer for the Retro-Hugo Award base by MidAmeriCon II. The base will be revealed on August 17 at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies. Simmons is an architectural designer from Kansas City.
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Felix Designs Hugo Base

Sara Felix, the current president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA), has been announced as the designer of this year’s Hugo Award bases, which will be revealed at MidAmeriCon II’s opening ceremonies on August 17 in Kansas City.
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Obituary: Janet Waldo

Actress Janet Waldo (b.1920) died on June 12. Waldo was a voice actress who provided voices for the television shows Battle of the Planets, The Flintstones, and Adam Ant. Some of her most famous roles included Penelope Pitstop, Josie McCoy (on Josie and the Pussycats), and Judy Jetson.

Kurd Laßwitz Winners

The winners for this year’s Kurd Laßwitz award for science fiction published in Germany have been announced.

  • Best German Science-Fiction Novel: Das Schiff, by Andreas Brandhorst
  • Best German Short Story: “Was geschieht dem Licht am Ende des Tunnels?” by Karsten Kruschel
  • Best Foreign Science-Fiction Book (translated into German): Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
  • Best Science-Fiction Translation: Eva Bauche-Eppers for the translation of China Miéville: Das Gleismeer (Railsea)
  • Best Cover Picture or Illustration: Dirk Berger for the cover of Nova 23
  • Best German Audio Play: Sale, by Georg Heinzen
  • Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (One time): Hannes Riffel & Sascha Mamczak & the Golkonda-Team for continuing their science-fiction yearbook
  • Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (Over years): Roger Murmann & Christian de Ahna & Birgit Fischer & Kurt Zelt for 30 years of Buchmessecon

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