Obituary: Thomas Bopp

Amateur astronomer Thomas J. Bopp (b.1949) died on January 6. Bopp was working as a manager at a construction materials factory when he discovered Comet Hale-Bopp (also discovered by Alan Hale), on July 22, 1995. Following the discovery, he left his job to become a full time speaker and educator on astronomy.

Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globe Awards were presented on January 7 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes honor both film and television. This year’s winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Alexander Desplat for The Shape of Water
  • Best Animated Film: Coco
  • Best TV Series – Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Performance by an Actress is a TV Series – Drama: Elisabeth Moss for June Osborne in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Salam Award Judges

Elizabeth Hand, Anil Menon, and E. Lily Yu have been named as the judges for the 2018 Salam Award. The Salam Award is presented annually to help promote science fiction and related genres in Pakistan. It is named for Dr. Abdus Salam.
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Obituary: John Young

Astronaut John Young (b.1930) died on January 5. Young flew the first Gemini mission with Gus Grissom, flew on Apollo 10, landed on the moon during Apollo 16, and later flew the inaugural flight of the space shuttle Columbia. He is the only man to fly four different classes of spacecraft. He holds the record for astronaut with the longest active service with NASA: 42 years. With Young’s death, only five moonwalkers survive.

Obituary: Jerry van Dyke

Actor Jerry van Dyke (b.1931) died on January 5. Van Dyke starred in the sitcom My Mother the Car and later appeared on Teen Angel. He was also Dick van Dyke’s younger brother and made appearances on his brother’s show. He may be best known for his non-genre role on Coach.

Far Fetched Fables Ending

The podcast Far Fetched Fables, hosted by Nicola Seaton-Clark, is going on indefinite hiatus. Producer Tony C. Smith states that Seaton-Clark has decided to step down due to her schedule rather than financial issues. There will be a couple more episodes before the show ends.
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Worldcon 76 Issues Call for Papers

Worldcon 76, to be held in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018, has issued a call for papers for its Academic track. The Academic Track Committee welcomes proposals for scholarly presentations, especially those that study content tied to our “Make the Future” convention theme. The submission deadline is February 5.

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Obituary: Darlanne Fluegel

Actress Darlanne Fleugel (b.1953) died on December 15. Fluegel appeared in Battle Beyond the Stars, Pet Sematary II, Darkman III: Die Darkman Die, and an episode of The Twilight Zone. Her mainstream films included To Live and Die in L.A. and Running Scared.

Obituary: Frank Buxton

Director and actor Frank Buxton (b.1930) died on January 2. Buxton did quite a bit of voicework for animation, including creating the character Batfink. He wrote several episodes of The Odd Couple and Happy Days and directed both of those shows as well as episodes of Mork and Mindy.

Cybil Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Cybil Literary Award for Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction have been announced. The awards recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. Speculative Fiction and Graphic Novel categories are listed below. The winners will be announced on February 14.

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani
  • Real Friends, by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Suee and the Shadow, by Ginger Ly, illustrated by Molly Park
  • The Big Bad Fox, by Benjamin Renner
  • The Dam Keeper, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • Where’s Halmoni?, by Julie Kim

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

  • A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge
  • A Properly Unhaunted Place, by William Alexander
  • Last Day on Mars, by Kevin Emerson
  • Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded, by Sage Blackwood
  • Spirit Huners, by Ellen Oh
  • The Countdown Conspiracy, by Katie Slivensky
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis

Young Adult Graphic Novels

  • Buddha: An Enlightened Life, by Kieron Moore, illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda
  • New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China, by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic
  • Soupy Leaves Home, by Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jose Pimienta
  • Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Spinning, by Tillie Walden
  • Tyson Hesse’s Diesel: Ignition, by Tyson Hesse

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
  • Song of the Current, by Sarah Tolcser
  • The Hearts We Sold, by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens
  • They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

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