Kowal Adapts Reynolds

Puppeteer and author Mary Robinette Kowal has adapted Alastair Reynolds’ story “Diamond Dogs,” to be performed from January 13 – March 5 at the Chopin Upstairs Theatre in Chicago. The show is also an entry in the 2017 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival, which runs from January 19 – 29.

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Obituary: Gordon Hunt

Director Gordon Hunt (b.1929) died on December 19. Hunt worked for Hanna-Barbera and was in charge of voice direction on numerous cartoon. He also directed several sitcoms, including Mad About You, which co-starred his daughter, Helen Hunt. Hunt’s genre work included Super Friends, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, Captain Planet and the Planeteers, animated versions of The Addams Family and Bill & Ted’s Excellent adventures, and other shows.

Baen Adds Lexile Scores

Baen Books has announced that they will begin adding Lexile scores to the webpages for their books aimed at young adults. Lexile scores are designed to help students and teachers determine which books offer the proper challenge for students based on their individual reading levels. The first Baen books to include Lexile scores will be David Weber’s A Beautiful Friendship, Treecat Wars and Fire Season, by David Weber and Jane Lindskold, and for Tony Daniel’s The Dragon Hammer.
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Obituary: Kathleen Meyer

Chicago area fan Kathleen Meyer (b.1948) died on December 13. Meyer was a long-time member of the ISFiC Board of Directors, serving as the organization’s Treasurer. She chaired Windycon XI and XII in 1984-5 and Windycon XV in 1988. In 1991, Meyer chaired Chicon V, that year’s Worldcon. She also worked on Capricon programming operations for several years.

National Film Registry Additions

The Library of Congress has announced twenty-five films it has added to the National Film Registry. The Registry was established by the National Film Preservation Act and seeks to identify films that are culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant, to be preserved for all time. The genre films added to the list this year include the following films.

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916)
  • The Birds
  • The Lion King
  • Lost Horizon
  • The Princess Bride
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit

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Wonder Woman Out at UN

In October, the United Nations announced that Wonder Woman would be used as an ambassador to girls around the world. Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot, both of whom have portrayed Wonder Woman, attended the kick off event. The announcement met with protests against using a fictional character with close ties to a specific country as an ambassador for worldwide female empowerment. The UN has now announced the end of the relationship with Wonder Woman, effective on Friday, December 16. A UN Spokesman denied the campaign was ending early, stating that it was meant for a limited duration.
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Book and Bookshelf Giveaway

Chronicle Books and Out of Print Clothing are giving away a bookshelf filled with 50 books as well as Out of Print Clothing merchandise. The drawing will be held on January 4 from anyone who enters before December 27. The books include George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones: The Illustrated Edition
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Charlie’s Army Needs You

Madison fan Charlie Bernstein is known for throwing Cow-themed parties at conventions in support of OdysseyCon in Madison, WI. In September, while driving to work, Bernstein’s car was struck and he has been left paralyzed. A GoFundMe has been created to help raise the funds needed to provide Bernstein with the bed and retrofitting his house needs to allow him to live there.
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Golden Globe Nominations

The Golden Globe Nominations were released on December 12. The 2017 Golden Globes are presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and will air live on NBC January 8 at a ceremony hosted by Jimmy Fallon Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below with a full nominations list available from the link.

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • 20th Century Women
  • Deadpool
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • La La Land
  • Sing Street

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture 0 Drama

  • Amy Adams in Arrival
  • Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane
  • Isabelle Huppert in Elle
  • Ruth Negga in Loving
  • Natalie Portman in Jackie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

  • Colin Farrell in Lobster
  • Ryan Gosling in La La Land
  • Hugh Grant in Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jonah Hill in War Dogs
  • Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

  • Viola Davis in Fences
  • Naomie Harris in Moonlight
  • Nicole Kidman in Lion
  • Octavia Spencer in Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams in Manchester by the Sea

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

  • “Gold” from Gold
  • “City of Stars” from La La Land
  • “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana
  • “Faith” from Sing
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling” from Trolls

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

  • Jóhann Jóhannsson for Arrival
  • Hans Zimmer, Pharrell Williams, and Benjamin Wallfisch for Hidden Figures
  • Justin Hurwitz for La La Land
  • Dustin O’Halloran and Volker Bertelmann for Lion
  • Nicholas Britell for Moonlight

Best Motion Picture – Animated

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • Sing
  • Zootopia

Best Television Series – Drama

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • Stranger Things
  • This Is Us
  • Westworld

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama

  • Rami Malek in Mr. Robot
  • Bob Odenkirk in Better Call Saul
  • Matthew Rhys in The Americans
  • Liev Schreiber in Ray Donovan
  • Billy Bob Thornton in Goliath

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

  • Caitriona Balfe in Outlander
  • Claire Foy in The Crown
  • Keri Russell in The Americans
  • Winona Rider in Stranger Things
  • Evan Rachel Wood in Westworld

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Sterling K. Brown in American Crime Story
  • Hugh Laurie in The Night Manager
  • John Lithgow in The Crown
  • Christian Slater in Mr. Robot
  • John Travolta in American Crime Story

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television

  • Olivia Colman in The Night Manager
  • Lena Headey in Game of Thrones
  • Chrissy Metz in This Is Us
  • Mandy Moore in This Is Us
  • Thandie Newton in Westworld

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TAFF Candidates

Sarah Gulde, Alissa McKersie, and John Purcell have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to Helsinki for Worldcon 75 in 2017. The voting deadline is March 4.
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