World Fantasy Judges

The judges for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2015, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Laird Barron, Rani Graff, Elaine Isaak, Kay Kenyon, and Konrad Walewski. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Columbus, OH the weekend of October 27-30.


With the bid filing date a week in the past, MidAmeriCon II has confirmed that a group bidding for Valley Forge has filed bid papers for a previously unannounced NASFiC bid for 2017. San Juan in 2017 has also bee running and has filed papers, so there will be a contested vote to host the 2017 NASFiC. MidAmeriCon II hopes to update the website this week to reflect all filing bidders for the 2017 NASFiC and 2018 Worldcon.

Hope Given Up for Philae

German scientists have announced that they have given up hope the the lander Philae, which is perched on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, will reestablish communications. The probe was deployed from the Rosetta spacecraft in November 2014 and last made contact on the comet in June 2015. Its landing position in shade made it difficult to fully charge the probe’s batteries. Before dying, the prove sent back confirmation of its discovery of 16 carbon and nitrogen-rich organic compounds on the comet.
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Asimov’s Reader Poll Finalists

Asimov’s has announced the finalists for their thirtieth annual reader’s poll and invites readers to read the stories. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 12-15 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago. Editor Sheila Williams notes that they intend to make the finalists available on-line each year from now on.


  • “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters -H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town!,” by Michael Swanwick & Gregory Frost
  • “The Great Pan American Airship Mystery, Or, Why I Murdered Robert Benchley,” by David Gerrold
  • “The Molenstraat Music Festival,” by Sean Monaghan
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The End of War,” by Django Wexler


  • “The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “A Thousand Nights Till Morning,” by Will McIntosh
  • “Inhuman Garbage,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “The Long Wait,” by Allen M Steele
  • “On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers,” by Nick Wolven

Short Stories

  • “My Time on Earth,” by Ian Creasey
  • “Calved,” by Sam J Miller
  • “Tuesdays,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The First Step,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “Ninety-five Percent Save,” by Caroline M Yoachim
  • “What I Intend,” by Robert Reed


  • “1,230 Grams of Einstein,” by Robert Frazier
  • “Basement Refrigerator—after Thomas Lux,” by Joshua Gage
  • “Love and the Moon,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “October Leaves,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The Circulatory Man,” by James Valvis

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Obituary: Christopher Rush

Artist Christopher Rush (b.1965) died on February 10. Much of Rush’s work was created for the gaming industry and his art adorned many early Magic: The Gathering card. Rush also helped market early versions of the game. Rush was one of the few non-Japanese artist to work on Pokémon cards.

DucKon Remains on Hiatus

After cancelling the 2015 DucKon and establishing a transition team to take care of the convention’s debt and retool for future DucKons, the Duckon Transition Team has announced that they are not in a position to host a DucKon in 2016. The Chicago area convention held 23 events before they were forced to cancel the convention. At this time, their focus is on “clean[ing] the financial slate.” Once that is done, they will determine if it is feasible to host future conventions.

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Bud Webster Medical Fund

Author Bud Webster, who entered hospice care in December, has established a medical fund to help cover the mounting costs of his treatment. Marscon has established the fund to help Webster, who non-fiction has helped chronicle science fiction. In addition to his fiction and non-fiction, Webster has built the Author Estate project to help publishers and editors find the rights holders for various works.
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Gravitational Waves Found

One of the elements of Albert Einstein’s general theory of relativity is the presence of gravitational waves. Although predicted by Einstein, such waves have not previously been observed. Today, David Reitze, executive director of LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, has announced that gravitational waves have been detected based on the merging of two black holes.

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Obituary: Mark Justice

Author Mark Justice died on February 10. Justice began publishing in 2004 with the story “The Day After the End of the World.” He has written the novel The Dead Sheriff: Zombie Damnation and, in collaboration with David T. Wilbanks, the Dead Earth series. He co-edited the anthology Appalachian Winter Hauntings with Michael Knost.

Atwood Headlines SF Colloquium

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series has announced that Margaret Atwood will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, to be held on March 12. Other participants will include A.M. Dellamonica, Peter Chiykowski, Michael Rowe, Peter Watts, and Andrew Pyper. Tickets range from $30 for students to $40 for regular admission.
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