WSFA Award

The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 8 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker. The story was published in Clarkesworld Magazine.

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Gaylactic Spectrum Awards

The Gaylactic Spectrum Award for Best novel, recognizing excellence in speculative fiction with GLBT themes, has been presented. The winner of the Best Novel award is Luna: New Moon, by Ian MacDonald.

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Obituary: Bill Warren

Film critic Bill Warren (b.1943) died on October 7. Warren was one of the leading authorities on science fcition, fantasy, and horror films and was active in LASFS. In the late 60s, he worked as an assistant to Forrest J Ackerman. For L.A.Con II, Warren wrote a mystery with Allan Rothstein set at the convention with characters who were all actual attendees of the convention. The story sold as a convention publication. Later, Waren would published the seminal Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties.

Obituary: Barry R. Levin

Bookseller Barry R. Levin (b.1946) committed suicide on September 14. Levin operated Barry R. Levin Books in Santa Monica. During his years of bookselling, Levin also presented the Collectors Awards for authors, books, and publishers who were deemed to be the most collectible. Levin was suffering from depression. His wife, Sally Ann Fudge Levin, died in 2006.

Obituary: Howard Harrison

Midwest filker Howard Harrison (b.1961) died on October 5. Harrison recorded the album Songs From Lacy’s Kitchen as by Howie and the Heathens and was active in Chicago and other Midwestern conventions and filks.

Imagining Indigenous Futurisms

Professor Grace L. Dillon of Portland State University, is running the 7th annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Science Fiction Writing Contest. The contest is open through November 1 to any emerging writer with an interest in exploring Indigenous issues through the medium of science fiction. The winner of a $1,000 prize will be selected by Andrea Hairston. Submissions should include a 200 word statement with background and goals in SF and a previously unpublished sf writing sample up to 4,000 words.

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Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the Copper Cylinder Award, a popular vote award for the best Canadian fantastic literature. The award’s name comes from James de Mille’s “A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder,” widely considered to be the first work of Canadian science fiction.

  • Adult Award: Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Young Adult Award: An Inheritance of Ashes, by Caitlin Sweet

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Obituary: Kate Yule

Fan Kate Yule (b.1961) died on October 4 after a battle with brain cancer. Yule was married to author David D. Levine, with whom she edited the fanzine Bento. Yule served as President and treasurer of of PorSFiS, the Portland OR SF Society.

Fantasiknovelltävlingen Winners

The winners of the 2015 Fantasiknovelltävlingen (Fantastic Short Story Competition) were announced. The Fantasiknovelltävlingen has been running in Sweden since 2000 and is sponsored by SKRIVA, a writer’s list. A total of 2000 Swedish kroner were distributed to the winners. Prizes were sponsored by SF Bokhandeln bookstore, the magazine Skriva, the publishers Wela and Zenzat.

  • 1st Prize: “Rickard erövraren,” by Gustaf Grandinsson (“Richard the Conqueror”)
  • 2nd Prize: “Riten,” by Eva Häggmark (“The Ceremony”)
  • 3rd Prize: “Skyskraporna i Densai,” by Joakim Broman (“The Skyscrapers of Densai”)

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Books for Life

Heywood Hill Bookstore in London is celebrating its 80th anniversary by holding a contest, one winner of which will receive a free book each month for life. Other prizes include a one year subscription to the book-a-month service and a 6 book subscription. Entrants merely need to submit the title of the book that meant the most to them, published since Heywood Hill opened in 1936. The contest runs through October 31.
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