The Empire State Center for the Book and the Empire State Book Festival have announced the Samuel R. Delany will be inducted into the New York State Writers Hall of Fame. Delany will join other science fiction and fantasy authors Madeleine L’Engle, Kurt Vonnegut, E. L. Doctorow, Washington Irving, and Isaac Asimov in the Hall. The induction ceremony will take place on June 7.
Author David Lake (b.1929) died on January 31. Lake began publishing in 1976 with the novel Walkers on the Sky and went on to publish several novels, including two sequels to H. G. Well’s The Time Machine, as well as a non-fiction book about Wells and short stories. Lake won three Ditmars for Walker on the Sky, The Man Who Loved Morlocks, and “The Truth About Weena.” “The Truth About Weena” also won the Aurealis Award.
Astronaut Edgar Mitchell (b.1930) died on February 4. Mitchell was the last surviving member of the Apollo 14 lunar mission and died the day before the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing. Mitchell was also involved with paranormal research and conducted some ESP experiments while on his flight back to Earth. He also believed that UFOs had visited Earth.
Actress Kristin Miller (b.Jacqueline Olivia Eskeson, 1925) died in late 2015. Miller is best known for appearances in Too Late for Tears and Jungle Patrol. Her genre credits include four episodes of the anthology television series Science Fiction Theater.
John Hodgman, longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the voice of the Father and the Other Father in the film Coraline, will serve as toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Awards banquet, held during the SFWA Nebula Conference on May 14 in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from May 12-15 at the Palmer House and features four days of seminars, workshops, and career building and network opportunities.
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Fan Jon P. Ogden (b.1944) died on January 27. Ogden was an active Heinlein fan and a member of the Heinlein Society. In 1981, his poem “I Ain’t Too Dumb to Care” was published in Asimov’s.
Voice actor Joe Alaskey (b.1952) died on February 3. Alaskey is best known for voicing many of the Warner Brothers cartoon characters following Mel Blanc’s death. He also did voice work for the animated Back to the Future, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, Men in Black: The Series, and Extreme Ghostbusters, among others.
Science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer will serve as author-in-residence at the Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges for the 2016-7 academic year. In his role there, VanderMeer will teach a Fall semester class and work with selected students during the Spring smemester. In addition, VanderMeer will reading and lecture, participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community and curate a reading series featuring Dexter Palmer, Ottessa Moshfegh and a third writer to-be-announced. The Residency is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing.
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The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has announced the winners of its 2016 awards and has also announced that the Graduate Student Award will be re-named the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, after the late David G. Hartwell. The winner of the Hartwell Award will be announced later.
- Crawford Award: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Kai Ashante Wilson
- IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award: Cristina Bacchilega
- Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: Natacha Vas-Deyres and Patrick Bergeron
- Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Kristy Eager