WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 7 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “The Tomato Thief,” by Ursula Vernon. The story was published in Apex Magazine.
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Parsec Nominees

The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced during a podcast in November 2017.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • The Lift: “The Lost Library,” by K. B. Goddard
  • Seminar: “True Horror,” by Jeffrey Bridges
  • The Junto Presents: “The Jack Of Lanterns,” by David Parkin
  • The Wicked Library: “Shadows,” by K. B. Goddard
  • The Junto Presents: “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve: Tiny Tim,” by David Parkin

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

  • Six Stories, Told at Night, by KT Bryski
  • The Gray Area, by Edward Champion
  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, by Typedrawer Media

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Black: Outbreak, by Paul Elard Cooley
  • The Adventures of Elizabeth Crowne: “The Woman in the Sky,” by Robert Isenberg
  • The Raven and the Writing Desk: “Things Unseen,” by Chris Lester
  • Sable, by Lane Lloyd
  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, by Jonathan Messinger

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • Return Home: “Hooves in the Dirt,” by Jeff Heimbuch
  • Return Home: “Genie,” by Maia Brown-Jackson
  • The Voice of Free Planet X: “A Good Guy With A Magic Sword,” by Jared Axelrod
  • Suspense: “The Black Madonna,” by John C. Alsedek & Dana Perry-Hayes, from the short story by Harold Lawlor
  • Suspense: “Jinx of the Jellicoe Jasper,” by John C. Alsedek & Dana Perry-Hayes

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • Punch It: Writing in Pop Culture: “The Last Will Be First,” by Tristan Riddell and The Girl
  • The Theater in Your Mind: “Anything Helps,” by Jon Holland
  • The Junto Presents: “Driver For The Dead,” by David Parkin
  • Campfire Radio Theater: “Abduction at Willow Woods,” by John Ballentine
  • Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” by John Ballentine

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Byron Chronicles, by Eric L. Busby
  • MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Radio Icebox Season 02: Rise of the Sirens, by Jeffrey Adams
  • We’re Alive: Lockdown, by Wayland Productions
  • Uncanny County, by Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, & Nicole Greevy
  • Our Fair City, by Clayton Feits

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Grant’s Advent Calendar, by Grant Baciocco
  • The Uncle Interloper Show, by Grant Baciocco
  • Country Bear Collector Show, by Grant Baciocco

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Seminar, by Pendant Productions
  • The Theatre of Tomorrow, by Travis McMaster & Mark Whitten
  • Escape Pod, by Escape Artists
  • Brick Moon Fiction, published by Jason T. Reed
  • The Wicked Library, by Daniel Foytik & Nelson W. Pyles

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Beyond Westworld, by Aaron Peterson and Troy Heinritz
  • MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Synesthesia Theatre, by Burning Brigid Media
  • Lesser Gods, by Colleen Scriven
  • Aural Traditions: Crosswired, by Straight Talk Entertainment

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Trek Geeks: A Star Trek Podcast, by Dan Davidson & Bill Smith
  • Back to the Future Minute, by Scott Carelli & Nick Jimenez
  • Beyond Westworld, by Aaron Peterson & Troy Heinritz
  • Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast, by John Mills & Matt Rushing
  • Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast, by John Champion & Ken Ray

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • Nutty Bites, by Nuchtchas
  • Piper’s Picks TV, by Piper Reese & Adam Feinsilver
  • The 602 Club, by Matthew Rushing
  • The Faculty of Horror, by Andrea Subissati & Alexandra West
  • MegaPodTastic, by Krazy Joe

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Two Gay Geeks, by Keith Lane & Ben Ragunton
  • Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast, by The Nerdy Show Network
  • Audio Drama Production Podcast, by Fiona Thraille & Sarah Golding
  • Stage Nine, by Mike Schindler & John Mills
  • Calliope Writing Coach Podcast, by Angie Fenimore & Michael Sheen

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space, by Fraser Cain
  • Planetary Radio, by Mat Kaplan, The Planetary Society
  • Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast, by Zachary Fruhling & Mike Morrison
  • Talk Nerdy, by Cara Santa Maria
  • decipherSciFi, by Christopher Peterson & Lee Colbert

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Kakos Industries, by Conrad Miszuk
  • Are You Scared of These Stories?, by Robert Hibbs, Robbie Owens, & Josh Jenkins
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe, by Audioblivious Productions
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special, by The Nerdy Show Network
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016, by Susan C. Tolly & Cary Michael Ayers
  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3, by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde

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2001 + 17

17 minutes of additional footage from the Stanley Kubrick film 2001: a space odyssey have turned up in a vault in Kansas. The footage was cut from the film following its New York debut and Kubrick indicated that he preferred the film without the scenes. Warner Brothers has issued a statement concerning the found footage.
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Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room to Open

The Edward Marsh Golden Age of Science Fiction Room is opened at San Diego State University’s Malcolm A. Love Library on September 28. The room includes displays from Marsh’s collection, which he donated to the library. In addition, the library will be hosting lectures and further exhibits based on the collection, which was worth $2.25 million when donated in 2013.
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Wonders and Visions Crowdsourcing

Adam Roberts and Graham Sleight are running a crowdsourcing event at Unbound to publish the book Wonders and Visions: A Visual History of Science Fiction. The book will look at the history of science fiction through 350 pieces of art and 50,000 words of text.

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Pastimes Hit By Van

A minivan crashed into Pastimes Comics and Games in Niles, Illinois on October 12, causing the store to close while cleanup was underway. Pastimes has noted that nobody was in the store at the time of the accident and cleanup was proceeding quickly. The driver of the van, a 73 year old man, had struck another van before driving through the store window. Both van drivers were taken to a local hospital.
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Hitchhikers Radio Series 6 Announced

BBC 4 has announced that next year they will broadcast an adaptation of Eoin Fowler’s sixth Hitchhikers novel, And Another Thing… using much of the radio series original cast. Simon Jones, Mark Wing-Davey, and Geoffrey McGivern will reprise their roles from the radio show with Jones, Wing-Davey, and Sandra Dickinson reprising their roles from the television series. The new series will be written and produced by Dirk Maggs, who produced the broadcasts of the third through fifth novels between 2003 and 2005. The announcement was made on the 38th anniversary of the publication of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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Ring Around Haumea

Only days after confirming that Pluto does not have rings, NASA has announced that dwarf planet Haumea does have a particulate ring, making it the only dwarf planet known to have a ring. The same scientists who discovered Haumea’s rings previously discovered rings around the centaur asteroid Chariklo, which orbits between Saturn and Uranus. The formation of rings around small celestial bodies raises questions for astronomers about ring formation.
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Professor Anderson

Kevin J. Anderson has been named Adjunct Professor in Publishing and Genre Fiction at Western State Colorado University’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Anderson has published numerous books and short stories and is the publisher and editor of WordFire. He is currently wokring on an MFA from Lindenwood University.

Obituary: Yoji Kondo

Astronomer and author Yoji Kondo (b.1933) died on October 9. Kondo served as the president of various commissions for the International Astronomical Union and headed the astrophysics lab at the Johnson space center during the Apollo and Skylab missions. He published several astronomy books. In addition, Kondo wrote science fiction using the name Eric Kotani and edited Requiem: New Collected Works by Robert A. Heinlein.