Obituary: ElizaBeth A. Gilligan

Author ElizaBeth A. Gilligan died on October 9 following a battle with cancer. Gilligan began publishing in 1990 with the short story “Evolution.” Her Silken Magic trilogy beginning with Magic’s Silken Snare was published by DAW Books from 2003-2017. She also edited the anthology Alterna-Teas. She wrote a column for Midnight Zoo in the early 90s and served as Secretary for SFWA from 2002-2003.

Dian Crayne

LA fan Dian Crayne (b.Dian Girard, 1942) died on October 4. Crayne was a member of LASFS and the group Future Unbounded, which was formed to run F-UNCon in 1968 and the 1969 Westercon. In 1964, she published The Game of Fandom, a boardgame about fandom at the time which included references to several active fans. In the 1960s, she was married to Bruce Pelz and their divorce party inspired Larry Niven’s story “What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers.” She subsequently was married to Chuck Crayne until his death in 2009.

Obituary: Jenni Tyynelä

Finnish academic Jenni Tyynelä died on October 4 following a battle with cancer. Tyynelä was a scholar at the University of Tampere in Finland and was working on her PhD. She was active in Finnish SF study circles and was an attendee at conventions and academic conferences, including ICFA in Orlando, FL.

Obituary: Milt Stevens

Los Angeles fan Milt Stevens (b.1942) died on October 2. Stevens was active in LASFS, serving in most of the clubs offices at various times. He was worked at numerous conventions and chaired LA 2000 (the first LosCon), Westercon 33, and LA Con II, the largest Worldcon based on on-site numbers. Stevenss published several fanzines over the years, including APAzines All Digression Weekly, Crypt of Ennui, Opus, and others. He received the Evans-Freehafer Award in 1971 and was Guest of Honor at Loscon 9 in 1982 and Westercon 61 in 2008.

Obituary: Bill Surrett

Chicago area fan Bill Surrett (b.c.1947) died on October 2. Surrett attended and volunteered at several Midwestern conventions, including Windycon, Capricon, and Chicon. He could often be seeing working in the dealers room at the various conventions.

Apex Going to Print

Publisher Jason Sizemore has announced that beginning with the January 2018 issue, Apex Magazine will be available via print-on-demand for those who would like hardcopies of the magazine. The hardcopies will be available through Amazon for between $6 and $8 about a week after the e-editions will be made available.
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British Fantasy Awards

The British Fantasy Award winners were announced on October 1 at FantasyCon 2017 in Peterborough, UK.

  • Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer: Erika L Satifka, for Stay Crazy
  • Best Magazine / Periodical: Tor.com
  • Best Non-fiction: The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley
  • Best Comic / Graphic Novel: Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
  • Best Independent Press: Grimbold Press
  • Best Artist: Daniele Serra
  • Best Anthology: People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction, edited by Lightspeed Magazine
  • Best Collection: Some Will Not Sleep, by Adam Nevill
  • Best Film / Television Production: Arrival
  • Best Novella: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Best Short Fiction: “White Rabbit,” by Georgina Bruce
  • August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay
  • Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Tiger and the Wolf, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Karl Edward Wagner Award (for an “important contribution to the genre or the Society”): Jan Edwards
  • The Legends of Fantasy Con Award: David & Sandra Sutton

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Pulphouse Returns

Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith have announced that Pulphouse Magazine will return after a hiatus of 21 years. The original Pulphouse had an ambitious weekly publication schedule which it never quite met. The revived Pulphouse, which is scheduled to begin publication in 2018, will be published on a quarterly schedule.
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