Pegasus Nominations

The finalists for the 2017 Pegasus Award have been announced. On-line voting is open to anyone with an interest in the filk community until October 15. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival the weekend of October 20-22.

Best Filk Song

  • “The Girl Who Couldn’t Even,” by The PDX Broadsides
  • “Nine Hundred and Ninety Nine,” by Mich Sampson & Marilisa Valtazanou
  • “Pagenant Legend,” by Katy Dröge-Macdonald & Ju Honisch
  • “Scarlet Town,” by Cathy McManamon
  • “We Are Who We Are,” by Michelle Dockrey & Tony Fabris

Best Classic Filk Song

  • “Alligator in the House,” Betsy Tinney, Cade Tinney, & S.J. Tucker
  • “The Evil Eyeball,” by Sibylle Machat
  • “Small Grief in Little Pieces,” by Phil Allcock & Talis Kimberley
  • “Small Designs,” by Barry Childs-Helton
  • “Vor,” by Bill Sutton

Best Performer

  • Chris Conway
  • Tim Griffin
  • Leslie Hudson
  • Judi Miller
  • Vixy & Tony

Best Writer/Composer

  • Ju Honisch
  • Jordin Kare
  • Cathy McManamon
  • Benjamin Newman
  • Andrew Ross

Best Horror Song

  • “The Dark Man,” by Paul Kwinn
  • “Dear Gina,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Hello Stranger,” by Erica Neely
  • “Hellraiser,” by Tom Smith
  • “Mina’s Song,” by Zander Nyrond

Best Perky Song

  • “Chocolate Is a Vegetable,” by Graham Leathers
  • “Everybody Hates Elves,” by Kari Maaren
  • “Nathan Fillion (Please Take Off Your Pants),” by The PDX Broadsides
  • “Perky Goth,” by W. Randy Hoffman
  • “What If Your Girlfriend Was Gone?,” by Carla Ulbrich

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Joan Aiken Future Classics Nominees

The nominees fo rthe first Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize have been announced. The competition is for works of middle-grade fiction and will be judged by Lizza Aiken and agent Julia Churchill. The winner will receive £1,000 and a set of Aiken’s The Wolves Chronicles. The winner will be announced on September 14.

  • Snow Foal, by Susan Bailey-Sillick
  • The Awful Orphanage, by Tim Ellis
  • The Thief of Serendib, by Nizrana Farook
  • Hartboy, by Sophie Kirtley
  • The Truth about Chickens, by Caroline Murphy
  • Return to the Wild, by Nicola Penfold

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Silver Falchion Awards

The Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award were announced at the 2017 Killer Nashville Guest of Honor Dinner and Awards Banquet on August 26.

  • Best Fiction Tween/YA Mystery/Thriller: The Lost Property Office, by James Hannibal
  • Best Fiction Tween/YA Horror/Fantasy: Dr. Fell and the Playground of Doom, by David Neilsen
  • Best Fiction Adult Horror/Fantasy: The City of Seven Gods, by Andrew Peters
  • Best Fiction Children’s: The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman
  • Best Fiction Adult Horror: Awakening, by Eric Gardner
  • Best Fiction Adult Fantasy / Sci-Fi: The Apothecary’s Curse, by Barbara Barnett
  • Best Fiction Children’s: Something’s Tuggin on my Claw, by Janice Petri

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Obituary: Tobe Hooper

Director Tobe Hooper (b.1943) died on August 26. Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot, and other horror films and episodes of horror television shows. He was nominated for a Saturn Award for Poltergeist and was inducted into the Phoenix International Horror & Sci Fi Film Festival Hall of Fame.

Unpublished Pratchett Novels Destroyed

Following Terry Pratchett’s instructions, a stream roller was used to crush a hard drive containing up to ten unpublished (and incomplete) novels the author wrote before his death from Alzheimer’s. The hard drive survived being crushed under a 6½ ton steam roller so a concrete crusher was used to finish the job. The remains of the drive will be on display at the Salisbury Museum as part of the exhibit “Terry Pratchett: His World Exhibition,” which opens on September 16.
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WSFA Small Press Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually to recognize excellence in short fiction originally published in small press venues. This year’s winners will be announced October 6-8 at Capclave.

  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Mytilenian Delay”,” by Neil James Hudson
  • “Radio Silence”,” by Walter H. Hunt
  • “Foxfire, Foxfire”,” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”,” by Christine Lucas
  • “The Witch’s Knives”,” by Margaret Ronald
  • “Jupiter or Bust”,” by Brad R. Torgersen
  • “The Tomato Thief”,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left”,” by Fran Wilde

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Baen Fantasy Award

The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.

  • Grand prize: “The Blue Widow,” by J.P. Sullivan
  • First runner-up: “Dust of the Fallen,” by Barbara Doran
  • Second runner-up: “And Not Go Hungry,” by Laurie Tom

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Obituary: Brian W. Aldiss

Author Brian W. Aldiss (b.1925) died on August 19, the day after his 92nd birthday. Aldiss was the author of Supertoys Last All Summer Long, the “Helliconia” trilogy, Non-Stop, and Frankenstein Unbound. He won the Hugo award for short fiction for his collection Hothouse and for related work for his non-fiction history of the field Trillion Year Spree, and updating of his own Billion Year Spree. His novella “The Saliva Tree” won the Nebula Award Aldiss was named SFWA Grand Master in 2000. Aldiss was twice honored as a Worldcon Guest of Honor, in London in 1965 and Brighton in 1979. he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. Aldiss received an OBE in 2005.

Star Wars Reality Game

LucasFilm has announced “Find the Force,” an augmented reality game that can be played on cell phones by visiting retailers from September 1-3 to find virtual Star Wars characters. The game begins on “Force Friday II,” the date of a massive product launch in preparation for the December release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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Sidewise Awards for Alternate History

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History winners have been announced. This year’s judges included Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H. Silver. Stephen Baxter will be stepping down as a judge after serving for the past ten years.

  • Short Form: (tie) “Treasure Fleet,” by Daniel Benson; “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa,” by Adam Rovner
  • Long Form: Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters

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