DeepSouthCon 55 to North Carolina

DeepSouthCon 55, to be held in 2017, was awarded to High Point, North Carolina in a competitive race with Bowling Green, Kentucky. The event will be held in conjunction with High Point’s Congregate convention. Congregate is generally held in July.

DeepSouthCon Awarded to JordanCon

Following the cancellation of next year’s DeepSouthCon, JordanCon proposed a bid to host the long-running traveling convention. Originally scheduled to be a stand-alone convention in Atlanta in May, DeepSouthCon will not take place as part of JordanCon, also in Atlanta, the weekend of April 22-24. The Guests of Honor will be Catherine Asaro and John Picacio.
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Hydra Contest Announcement

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show are sponsoring the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2013 and 2014. The winner, selected by Card, will be translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt for publication in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. The submission period is 5 October through 11 November.

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Purdom Hospitalized

Author Tom Purdom was hit by a bicycle on August 5 while walking along the Schuykill River Trail in Philadelphia. The collision left Purdom with spinal injuries; a concussion, an enormous bump on his forehead, two black eyes, and a paralyzed diaphragm. Purdom is recovering slowly.
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Stephenson Named Distinguished Scholar

Neil Stephenson has been named a Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. He will visit the Institute for lectures and talks periodically throughout 2016. The Miller Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious visiting position at SFI, awarded to highly accomplished, creative thinkers who make profound contributions to our understandings of society, science, and culture.
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Obituary: Fred Duarte, Jr.

Texas fan Fred Duarte, Jr. died on October 3. Duarte charied several Armadillocons and was the convention’s fan guest of honor in 2011. He also served as co-chair of Westercon 49 in 1996 and chair of SMOFCon 13 and World Fantasy Con in Corpus Christi in 2000.

Sallis Resigns from Phoenix

James Sallis, who wrote the novel Drive has resigned his position as adjunct professor at Phoenix College after he refused to sign a loyalty oath required by state law. In preparation for an accreditation review the college determined that several of adjunct professors had never signed the oath. Sallis refused to sign the oath, instead choosing to end his fourteen year affiliation with the college.
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Pratchett Scholarship Endowment

Terry Pratchett’s estate has announced the creation of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship, which will provide $100,000 to a student at the University of South Australia (UniSA) to work on a Masters degree by research at Hawke Research Institute as well as Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. The scholarship will be awarded every other year. Pratchett received an honorary doctorate from UniSA in 2014 and served as an adjunct professor at Trinity.

Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund

Five scholarships have been funded for the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for participants in the Superstars Writing Seminar to be held from February 4-6, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO. Authors who will teaching at the seminar include Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Eric flint, James A. Owen, Jody Lynn Nye, and Jim Butcher, as well as editor Anne Sowards. The deadline for applying for the scholarships is October 31.
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Gernsback Winners

Steve Davidson has announced the top three finalists for the inaugural Gernsback Writing Contest, held by Amazing Stories. The final round of judging was accomplished by Cat Rambo, Dave Creek, and Jack Clemons. The top ten finalists will all have their stories published in an Amazing Stories anthology with the three top finalists also published on-line. All will receive professional rates. The top three finalists are:

  • “Lost Phoenixes,” by Stuart Barton
  • “Size of the Fight,” by Matthew Downer
  • “Penny of Tharsis Montes,” by Sean Monaghan

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