WFA Discontinues Lovecraft Pin

Only days after releasing images of the revised World Fantasy Award and stating that they would continue to give out the Lovecraft bust on pins to the nominees, the World Fantasy Awards Committee has announced that “The Board of the World Fantasy Convention has instructed the World Fantasy Award Administration to retire the Gahan Wilson HPL design including the nomination pins.” Presumably a new nominee pin will be designed.

Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell has won the 2017 TAFF race to send a American fan to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki. Purcell beat out Alissa McKersie by a vote of 68-67 in the second round of voting. Sarah Guide was eliminated after the first round with a vote of 59-59-18 with 7 no preferences and 1 holdover vote.
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Sir Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at Lexicon 2017.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Innocents, by Sarah Fayermann
  • Den of Wolves, by Juliet Marillier
  • Into the Mist, by Lee Murray
  • Daybreak Rising, by Kiran Oliver
  • Night’s Fall, by Richard Parry

Best Youth Novel

  • Stranded Starship (You Say Which Way), by Kevin Berry
  • The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek, by Sue Copsey
  • Battlesaurus: Clash of Empires, by Brian Falkner
  • Light in My Dark, by Jean Gilbert and William Dresden

Best Novella / Novelette

  • The Convergence of Fairy Tales, by Octavia Cade
  • “Babylon’s Song,” by Woelf Dietrich
  • The Sleeper’s Dance – A Novella, by Mouse Diver-Dudfield
  • “Spindle,” by Dan Rabarts
  • Tipuna Tapu, by Dan Rabarts

Best Short Story

  • “Narco,” by Michelle Child
  • “Splintr,” by A.J. Fitzwater
  • “Wakers,” by Sean Monaghan
  • “Call of the Sea,” by Eileen Mueller
  • “BlindSight,” by A.J. Ponder
  • “London’s Crawling,” by Emma Pullar

Best Collected Work

  • At the Edge, edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray
  • Everything is Fine, by Grant Stone

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover artwork for Write Off Line 2016: Everyone’s a Winner, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover artwork for Beyond the Stars, by Kodi Murray
  • Cover artwork for Chameleon Moon, by Laya Rose
  • Midnight Star, Laya Rose
  • Cover artwork for That Kind of Planet, by Emma Weakley
  • Cover artwork for At the Edge, by Emma Weakley

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • That Kind of Planet, by Emma Weakley

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, by Andrew Beszant and Christian Nicholson
  • Chronesthesia, directed by Hayden J. Weal, collaborator Simeon Duncombe
  • AFK: the webseries, episode 12, “ZERG,” directed by Peter Haynes

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Novazine, edited by Jacqui Smith
  • Phoenixine, edited by John and Lynelle Howell
  • Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Best Fan Writing

  • Alex Lindsay for “SITREP,” Published in Phoenxine
  • Jacqui Smith, For contributions to Novazine
  • Octavia Cade, For “Food and Horror” Column Series

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith, Contributions to Novazine

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Richard Parry
  • Laya Rose
  • Darian Smith

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Lee Murray

Services To Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth
  • Lynelle Howell

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Obituary: V. E. Mitchell

Author V. E. Mitchell (b.1954) died on April 13. Mitchell began publishing in 1987 with the short story “The Captain” in The Moscow Moffia Presents Rat Tales. She published three stories in a chapbook in 1990 and had a story published in Amazing Tales in 1992 and Rat Tales in 1994. Between 1990 and 1994, she wrote four Star Trek novels, beginning with Original Series novel Enemy Unseen and ending with the Starfleet Academy novel, Atlantis Station. Mitchell was married to art historian, editor, and author Jon Gustafson, who died on April 13, 2002.

Seiun Translation Nominees

The nominations for the Seiun Awards have been announced. The translation categories are presented below. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan-voted awards and winners will be announced at Donburacon, the 56th Japanese National SF convention, held August 26-27, 2017 in Shizuoka City. A full list of nominees (in Japanese only) is available at the link below.

Translated Long Story

  • United States of Japan, by Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • The Complete Magnus Ridolph, by Jack Vance, translated by Hisashi Asakura & Akinobu Sakai
  • The Dandelion Dynasty, by Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
  • The Complete Roderick, by John Thomas Sladek, translated by Kiichiro Yanashita
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North, translated by Hiromi Amagai
  • Imperial Radch trilogy, by Ann Leckie, translated by Hideko Akao
  • Enchanted Night, by Steven Millhauser, translated by Motoyuki Shibata

Translated Short Story

  • “Seventh Sight,” by Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi
  • “The Day the World Turned Upside Down,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Jun Suzuki
  • “Backward, Turn Backward,” by James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda
  • “The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderōz,” by Dan Simmons, translated by Akinobu Sakai
  • “The Deathbird,” by Harlan Ellison, translated by Norio Ito
  • “Simulacrum,” by Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa

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LASFS Semi-Homeless

Since LASFS has sold its clubhouse does has not yet purchased a new location, it will be holding meetings at a temporary location: The Art Directors Guild at 11969 Ventura Boulevard, Studio City beginning on May 4. The clubhouse was sold in November 2016 with the option to rent it back for up to six months.
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Mihm Not Attending Odyssey Con

Following the withdrawals of Monica Valentinelli and Tad Williams as Guests of Honor for Odyssey Con, Christopher R. Mihm has announced that he will not be attending the convention either. Mihm was the Media Guest of Honor for this year’s convention and his withdrawal leaves the con without any Guests of Honor two weeks before the convention. The decisions to leave stems from Valentinelli’s complaint that the con committee did not take her concerns about the presence of Jim Frenkel on the con com seriously. Frenkel was removed from the con com after Valentinelli announced her decision not to attend.
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BSFA Award Winners

The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award winners were announced on April 15 at Innominate, the 68th Eastercon, in Birmingham, UK.

  • Best Novel: Europe in Winter, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Best Short Fiction: “Liberty Bird,” by Jaine Fenn
  • Best Non-Fiction: 100 African Writers of SFF, by Geoff Ryman
  • Best Artwork: “Cover for Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar,” by Sarah Anne Langton

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Obituary: Karrie Dunning

Washington state fan Karrie Dunning died on April 11. Dunning discovered fandom in the 1970s and was the Masquerade emcee for Norwescon in 1978. She was a member of the Vanguard group and was part of the unsuccessful bid to bring the Worldcon to Seattle in 1981.

Philip K. Dick Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on April 14. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Michael Armstrong, Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou, and Ben Winters.

  • Winner: The Mercy Journals, by Claudia Casper
  • Special citation: Unpronounceable, by Susan diRende

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