Resnick Wins Galaxy

Mike Resnick has been announced as the recipient of the Galaxy Award for Most Popular Foreign Author. The Galaxy, or Yinhe, is given out in China and is considered to be the Chinese equivalent to the Hugo Award, voted on by popular vote of fans. The award was founded in 1986 and the Most Popular Foreign Author category was added in 2004.

Tolkien Resigns

Christopher Tolkien, son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has announced his resignation as director of the Tolkien Estate. His resignation paves the road for a change in management which may have been responsible for the sale of rights to Amazon announced earlier this week.
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Obituary: Dick Gordon

Astronaut Dick Gordon (b.1929) died on November 6. Gordon made his first flight as pilot on Gemini 11 with Pete Conrad and performed an EVA that lasted nearly three hours. He later flew as the Command Module Pilot on Apollo 12 with Pete Conrad and Alan Bean. Prior to joining NASA, Gordon served as a Navy pilot. After leaving NASA, he served as an Executive Vice President of the New Orleans Saints and on a variety of boards. He also served as President of the Astro Science Corporation.

Nickname a World

The New Horizons team is looking for public input in coming up with a nickname for MU69, the next target for the spacecraft. After flyby, the nickname chosen will be replaced by a more permanent name depending on what is found. The New Horizons team is considering Año Nuevo; Camalor; Kibo, Mwenzi, and Shira; Mjölnir; Peanut, Almond, and Cashew; Pluck and Persistence, Sagittarius, or Z’ha’dum. Camalor is the name of a city in the writings of Robert L. Forward and Z’ha’dum is a planet from Babylon 5.

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Obituary: Dudley Simpson

Australian composer Dudley Simpson (b.1922) died on November 4. Simpson began working as a conductor for the Borovansky Ballet before he moved to England and conducted at Covent Gardens before becoming the Principal Conductor of the Royal Opera House Orchestra. He began composing for the BBC in the early 1960s, and provided mosic for Doctor Who from 1963-1980, as well as for Blake’s 7, Moonbase 3 and The Tomorrow People. He appeared as an orchestra conductor in the Doctor Who serial “The Talons of Weng-Chiang.”

World Fantasy Award Winners

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 5 at World Fantasy Con in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s winners are listed below.

  • Novel: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
  • Long Fiction: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Short Fiction: “Das Steingeschöpf,” by G. V. Anderson
  • Anthology: Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Collection: A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Artist: Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Special Award, Professional: Michael Levy and Farah Mendelsohn for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction
  • Special Award, non-Professional: Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West.
  • Lifetime Achievement (previously announced): Terry Brooks and Marina Warner

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