Obituary: Sarah Prince

Fan Sarah Prince (b.1954) died the week of January 20. Prince has been active in fandom since 1976 and ran for TAFF in 1999. She was an artist and a potter. She served on the Program staff for Noreascon 3 and published fanzines. In 1993, she co-chaired ditto 6 with Bob Webber.

Obituary: John Hurt

Actor John Hurt (b.1940) died on January 27. Hurt’s first role in 1962 was on an episode of Z Cars. He went on to appear in Alien as Kane, having the alien burst from his chest, a role he spoofed in Mel Brooks’ comedy Spaceballs. He provided the voice of Hazel in the original animated Watership Down and the voice of General Woundwort in the more recent television verison. Other voice work includes Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings and the Horned King in The Black Cauldron. In 1984, he played Winston in a version of 1984 filmed in London during the time the novel was set. More recently, he played Oxley in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Ollivander in the Harry Potter series, and the War Doctor in the fiftieth anniversary of Doctor Who.

2017 Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

Dell Magazines has announced the winners of the 2017 Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The contest has run every year since 1994 with prizes presented at the ICFA in Orlando.

  • Winner: “Noor,” by Taimur Ahmad of Princeton University
  • First Runner-up: “The Food of Love,” by Claire Spaulding, Columbia University
  • Second Runner-up: “Questions for Oretta,” by Alexandra Barr, University of Alberta
  • Third Runner-up: “Braidwood Rings,” by Pearl Lorentzen, University of Alberta
  • Honorable Mention: “Everyone is Split,” by Taimur Ahmad, Princeton University
  • Honorable Mention: “Everything, in Both Hands,” by Alina Sichevaya, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Honorable Mention: “Protagonist,” by Gian-Paul Bergeron, Yale University
  • Honorable Mention: “Storm & Splinter,” by Marcella Haddad, Arcadia University
  • Honorable Mention: “Ravenous Things,” by Sarah Goldman, Bryn Mawr College

Sapienza Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Peggy Rae Sapienza will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Sapienza has a long history of supporting science fiction, having chaired a Worldcon, co-chaired a World Fantasy Con, and chaired three Nebula Weekends. She was a strong supporter of the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. In addition, Sapienza helped create the modern Worldcon concourse and was active in fanzine fandom. She helped run SFWA events, such as the New York Reception and also copy-edited the SFWA Bulletin. In 2012, she was a Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the Worldcon. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

Oscar Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on February 26. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • Hidden Figures
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Manchester by the Sea
  • Moonlight

Directing

  • Denis Villeneuve for Arrival
  • Mel Gibson for Hacksaw Ridge
  • Damien Chazelle for La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan for Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins for Moonlight

Actress in a Supporting Role

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

Adapted Screenplay

  • Arrival
  • Fences
  • Hidden Figures
  • Lion
  • Moonlight

Animated Feature Film

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • My Life as a Zucchini
  • The Red Turtle
  • Zootopia

Cinematography

  • Arrival
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

Costume Design

  • Allied
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Makeup and Hairstyling

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • Suicide Squad

Sound Editing

  • Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Sound Mixing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Original Score

  • Jackie
  • La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Passengers

Original Song

  • “Audition (The Fools who Dream),” from La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from Trolls
  • ”City of Stars,” from La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair,” from Jim: The James Foley Story
  • “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana

Animated Short Film

  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time
  • Pear Cider and Cigarettes
  • Pearl
  • Piper

Documentary Feature

  • Fire at Sea
  • I Am Not Your Negro
  • Life, Animated
  • O.J.: Made in America
  • 13th

Production Design

  • Arrival
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Hail, Caesar!
  • La La Land
  • Passengers

Visual Effects

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Film Editing

  • Arrival
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • Hell or High Water
  • La La Land
  • Moonlight

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ETA: Documentary Feature category. Evelyn Leeper pointed out Life, Animated is of genre interest.

Golden Raspberry Nominations

The 37th annual Golden Raspberry Nominations have been announced, presented for the worst achievements in film in 2016. While most Razzies are voted on by members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. The awards will be announced on February 25.

Worst Picture

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • Gods of Egypt
  • Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Zoolander No. 2

Worst Actor

  • Ben Affleck in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Gerard Butler in Gods of Egypt & London Has Fallen
  • Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Robert de Niro in Dirty Grandpa
  • Dinesh D’Souza [as Himself] in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • Ben Stiller in Zoolander No. 2

Worst Actress

  • Megan Fox in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Tyler Perry in BOO! A Medea Halloween
  • Julia Roberts in Mother’s Day
  • Becky Turner [as Hillary Clinton] in Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • Naomi Watts in Divergent Series: Allegiant & Shut-In
  • Shailene Woodley in Divergent Series: Allegiant

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Julianne Hough in Dirty Grandpa
  • Kate Hudson in Mother’s Day
  • Aubrey Plaza in Dirty Grandpa
  • Jane Seymour in Fifty Shades of Black
  • Sela Ward in Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Kristen Wiig in Zoolander No. 2

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Nicolas Cage in Snowden
  • Johnny Depp in Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Will Ferrell in Zoolander No. 2
  • Jesse Eisenberg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Jared Leto in Suicide Squad
  • Owen Wilson in Zoolander No. 2

Worst Screen Combo

  • Ben Affleck & His BFF (Baddest Foe Forever) Henry Cavill in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Any 2 Egyptian Gods or Mortals in Gods of Egypt
  • Johnny Depp & His Vomitously Vibrant Costume in Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • The Entire Cast of Once Respected Actors in Collateral Beauty
  • Tyler Perry & That Same Old Worn Out Wig in BOO! A Medea Halloween
  • Ben Stiller and His BFF (Barely Funny Friend) Owen Wilson in Zoolander No. 2

Worst Director

  • Dinesh D’Souza and Bruce Schooley for Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • Roland Emmerich for Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Tyler Perry for BOO! A Medea Halloween
  • Alex Proyas for Gods of Egypt
  • Zack Snyder for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Ben Stiller for Zoolander No. 2

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel

  • Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Dawn of Justice
  • Fifty Shades of Black
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows
  • Zoolander No. 2

Worst Screenplay

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Dirty Grandpa
  • Gods of Egypt
  • Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
  • Independence Day: Resurgence
  • Suicide Squad

For more information…

ALA Awards

Numerous awards are presented at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting, which is taking place in Atlanta from January 20-24. Below are a sampling of some of the awards which have winners of genre interest. Clicking through on the link will provide a more complete listing of awards presented during the meeting.

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature:

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • The Queen of Blood, by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Regional Office is Under Attack! , by Manuel Gonzales
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided, by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
  • Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded, by Hannah Hart
  • Arena, by Holly Jennings
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North
  • Die Young with Me: A Memoir, by Rob Rufus
  • The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar, by Matt Simon
  • The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko, by Scott Stambach

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor, by Rick Riordan
  • Unbecoming, by Jenny Downham

Pura Belpré Awards honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience:

  • Lowriders to the Center of the Earth, illustrated by Raúl Gonzalez, written by Cathy Camper and published

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Obituary: Larry Smith

Columbus book dealer Larry Smith (b.1946) died on January 20. Smith co-chaired the Columbus in 1976 Worldcon bid as well as chairing Marcons III-XII. He served as a vice-chair for Chicon IV in 1982. He also co-chaired OVFF in 1998 and World Fantasy Con in 2010. In the early 1990s, he purchased Dick Spelman’s book business and, along with his wife, Sally Kobee, has sold books and most conventions in the Midwest and East Coast. He has managed the dealer’s room at numerous Worldcons and other conventions.

Philip K. Dick Nominees

The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for best paperback original book by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, have been announced. The winner will be announced on Friday, April 14 at Norwescon 40 in Seatac, WA.

  • Consider, by Kristy Acevedo
  • Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens, by Eleanor Arnason
  • The Mercy Journals, by Claudia Casper
  • Graft, by Matt Hill
  • Unpronounceable, by Susan diRende
  • Super Extra Grande,by Yoss, translated by David Frye

For more information…

Obituary: Miguel Ferrer

Actor Miguel Ferrer (b.1955) died on January 19. Ferrer appeared in the films Iron Man 3, The Stand, Robocop, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock. He also appeared in numerous television shows and provided voicework for animation, including the voice of Shan-yu in Mulan.