Eurocon to Northern Ireland

Belfast, Northern Ireland has won the right to hold the 2019 Eurocon, to be called TitanCon. The convention is scheduled for August 22-24, 2019, one week after the Worldcon will be held if Dublin manages to win the 2019 Worldcon. Dublin is currently unopposed in their bid which will be decided this year in Helsinki.

ESFS Awards

The European Science Fiction Society presented the 2017 ESFS Awards at Eurocon in Dortmund, Germany on June 17.

Hall of Fame

  • Best Author: Dario Tonani (Italy)
  • Best Artist: (tie) Aurélien Police (France); Judith Clute (United Kingdom)
  • Best Magazine: Supersonic (Spain)
  • Best Publisher: tracus Arte (Romania)
  • Best Promoter: Ian Watson (United Kingdom)
  • Best Translator: Natalia Osoianu (Russia)

Achievement Awards

  • Best Work of Fiction: The Call, by Peadar O’Guilin (Ireland)
  • Best Work of Art: Cover of The 1000 Year Reich, by Juan Miguyel Aguilera (Spain)
  • Best Fanzine: CounterClock (Sweden)
  • Best Internet Publication, Other Than a Fanzine: (Germany)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Boy 7 (Germany)
  • Best Work for Children: Chasodei, by Natalia Sherba (Ukraine)

Chrysalis Awards

  • Alexander Tsonkov (Bulgaria)
  • Aliaksei Shein (Belarus)
  • David Luna (Spain)
  • Doina Roman (Romania)
  • Emanuela Valentini (Italy)
  • Hanuš Sainer (Czechia)
  • K.A. Terina (Russia)
  • Miro Švercel (Slovakia)
  • Natalia Savchuk (Ukraine)
  • Romain Lucazeau (France)
  • Sarah Maria Griffin (Ireland)

Honorary Award: European Grand Master: Zoran Živković

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Obituary: Stephen Furst

Actor Stephen Furst (b.1955) died on June 16. Furst may be best known as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman from Animal House, but he also starred as Dr. Elliot Axelrod in St. Elsewhere. His major genre credit was playing Vir Cotto on Babylon5 and various spin-off projects. He also voices Booster in the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command series and appeared in the post-apocalyptic film The Day After. His final film was Basilisk: The Serpent King in 2006.

Campbell and Sturgeon Awards

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 16 at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story.

  • Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award: “The Future is Blue,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • John W. Campbell Memorial Award: Central Station, by Lavie Tidhar

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Bill Finger Award Winners

Bill Messner-Loebs and Jack Kirby will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Messner-Loebs has worked as a cartoonist and writer since the 1970s, working on Superman, Flash, Aquaman, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Wonder Woman, Dr. Fate, Jonny Quest, Spider-Man, Thor, and more. Kirby (1917-1994) created or co-created several of the most recognizable comic heroes, including Captain America, the Hulk, Thor, the Silver Surfer, and more. During the 1960s, he worked on every major Marvel title.

Strock Takes a Cab

Ian Randal Strock, publisher of Fantastic Books, found himself in Ben Bailey’s taxi for an episode of the television game show Cash Cab, along with Greg Draves and Anton Spivack. Cash Cab tests rider’s knowledge of trivia during a cab ride. Their episode will likely air in the Fall. Previously, SF author Mary Anne Mohanraj appeared in an episode of Cash Cab Chicago.

Obituary: John Dalmas

Author John Dalmas (b.John Jones, 1926) died on June 15 following a brief bout of pneumonia. Dalmas first book, The Yngling was serialized in Analog in 1969 and published in book form in 1971. Dalmas began publishing regularly in the 1980s, producing the Fanglith books and The Regiment series, as well as many short stories. In addition to his career as an author Dalmas has worked for the US Forest Service.

Obituary: Jim Galton

Jim Galton (b.1925) died on June 12. Galton served as President of Marvel Entertainment Group. Galton worked for Popular Library in the 1960s and briefly served as the publishing house’s President. from 1975 to 1991, he worked at Marvel, where he moved international licensing in-house and helped set up the Marvel Productions and Marvel Books divisions.

Klingon to Run for House

John Hertzler, a Ulysses (NY) Town Board member, has announced that he will run as a Democrat hoping to win New York’s 23rd Congressional district from incumbent Tom Reed (R). Hertzler previously appeared in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the Klingon Martok. Making his run stranger, Hertzler has stated that he will run for Congress partly in the persona of Mark Twain, who spent several years living in Elmira, which is located in the district.
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Dark Carnival Going Dark

After 41 years, Dark Carnival Bookstore in Berkeley, CA has announced it will be closing its doors, according to Jack Rems. He is currently holding a clearance sale. Rems has not yet announced a closing date.
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