Obituary: Lee Henderson

Los Angeles fan Lee Henderson died on July 17 when a car he was working under fell on him. Henderson was active in LASFS and worked on Loscon managing the gaming room. His family is running a GoFundMe campaign to pay for funeral expenses.
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Seiun Awards

The winners of the Japanese Seiun Awards have been announced. The Seiun Awards will be presented at a ceremony on August 26 at Donburacon LL, the 56th Japan SF Convention in Shuzuoka, Japan.

  • Best Japanese Long Story: Ultraman F, by Yasumi Kobayashi
  • Best Japanese Short Story: “Last and First Idol,” by Gengen Kusano
  • Best Translated Long Story: United State sof Japan, by Peter Rieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • Best Translated Short Story: (tie) “Backward, Turn Backward,” by James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda; “Simulacrum,” by Ken Liu, translated by Furusawa Yoshimichi
  • Dramatic Presentation: Shin Godzilla
  • Comic: Kochira Katsushikaku Kamearikoenmae Hashutsujyo, by Akimoto Osamu
  • Best Non-Fiction: SF is Suteki Fiction, by Haruna Ikezawa
  • Best Artist: Naoyuki Katoh

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Obituary: Jeff Carlson

Author Jeff Carlson (b.1969) died on July 17. Carlson published the short story “Exit” in 1994″ and his next story, “Pressure,” appeared in 2001. His first novel, The Plague Year appeared in 2007 and opened a trilogy, including The Plague War and The Plague Zone. His other trilogy, beginning with The Frozen Sky appeared between 2012 and 2016. Carlson also published the standalone novel Interrupt and his fiction was collected in Long Eyes and Other Stories.

Endeavour Awards

The nominees for the Endeavour Award have been announced. The award is annually given to a novel or single-author collection written by an author with ties to the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the award are Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winner will be announced on November 18, 2016 at OryCon38 in Portland OR.

  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Dreams of Distant Shores, by Patricia McKillip
  • Eocene Station, by Dave Duncan
  • Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff
  • Waypoint Kangaroo, by Curtis Chen

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Obituary: Deborah Watling

Actress Deborah Watling (b.1948) died on July 21. Watling played Victoria Wakefield on Doctor Who opposite Patrick Troughton from 1967-8. Prior to her time on the show, she had appeared in the television series H. G. Wells’ Invisible Man as Sally Wilson from 1958-9. Although she retired from film and television in 1981, she appeared in Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time in 1993, the video Downtime, and in The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot. For a long time, the only complete serial featuring Watling known to exist was Tomb of the Cybermen, but all the episodes of The Enemy of the World were recovered in 2013.

Obituary: Jordin Kare

Filker Jordin Kare (b.1956) died on July 19. In addition to his life in fandom, which included the release of the albums Fire in the Sky and Parody Violation, Kare worked as an aerospace engineer and was involved with the Clementine lunar mapping mission and developed the Sailbeam propulsion concept. Kare was a partner in Off Centaur Publications, the first publisher specializing in filk songbooks. Kare is survived by his wife, fan and con-runner Mary Kay Kare.

Orbit 10 Year Sale

Orbit Books is celebrating its tenth anniversary in the US with a sale of ten of its most popular books. Each book is available as an e-book for $2.99 for a limited time. The selection includes Ann Leckie’s Hugo & Nebula Award winning Ancillary Justice, Mira Grant’s Hugo Award nominated Feed, N. K. Jemisin’s Hugo Award winning The Fifth Season, James S. A. Corey’s Hugo Award nominated Leviathan Wakes, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Nebula Award winning 2312, and five others.
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Obituary: Trevor Baxter

Actor Trevor Baxter (b.1932) died on July 16. Baxter portrayed Professor Litefoot in the Doctor Who serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.” He has also portrayed Litefoot in the Big Finish spin-off production of Jago & Litefoot. Baxter appeared as Dr. Jennings in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Dr. Phillimore in The Dark Side of the Sun.

Sunburst Shortlist

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in Fall 2017 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include Nancy Baker, Michel Basilières, Rebecca Bradley, Dominick Grace, and Sean Moreland..

Adult Fiction

  • Spells of Blood and Kin, by Claire Humphrey
  • The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
  • Necessity, by Jo Walton
  • Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson

Young Adult Fiction

  • Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, by Jonathan Auxier
  • Worlds of Ink and Shadow, by Lena Coakley
  • The Inn Between, by Marina Cohen
  • Julia Vanishes, by Catherine Egan
  • The Skids, by Ian Donald Keeling

Short Story

  • “La Corriveau,” by K.T. Bryski
  • “The Dog and the Sleepwalker,” by James Alan Gardner
  • “Caro in Carno,” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Men from Narrow Houses,” by A.C. Wise
  • “The Sailing of the Henry Charles Morgan in Six Pieces of Scrimshaw (1841),” by A.C. Wise

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Obituary: Martin Landau

Actor Martin Landau (b.1928) died on July 15. Landau claims to have turned down the role of Spock in Star Trek, but later went on to play Commander John Koenig on Space: 1999. He appeared in two episodes of The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits and starred in the film Meteor. Landau played Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood.