Obituary: Hugh Hancock

Hugh Hancock died on February 5. Hancock created Strange Company to make movies, shorts, and machinima and developed the VR RPG Left-Hand Path. Among his earlier work was the mechanima film Bloodspell.

Obituary: John Mahoney

Actor John Mahoney (b.1940) died on February 4. Best known for his role on Frasier and his long affiliation with Chicago’s Steppanwolf Theatre, his genre credits include the film The Iron Giant, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and Third Rock from the Sun.

Obituary: Joseph Polchinski

Physicist Joseph Polchinski (b.1954) died on February 2. Polchinski helped create the mathematical foundation for the idea that our universe is part of the multiverse. He was also working with string theory and credited his interest in physics to his love of science fiction.

Obituary: Mark Salling

Actor Mark Salling (b.1982) committed suicide on January 30 while awaiting sentencing on child pornography charges. Salling is best known for his role on Glee and appeared in the horror films The Graveyard and Children of the Corn: The Gathering.

Obituary: Kendall Carly Browne

Actress Kendall Carly Browne died on January 26. Browne began working as a secretary for the Zeppo Marx Talent Agency and eventually began appearing in films, including Dreamscape and Alligator and an episode of the television series Freddy’s Nightmares.

Obituary: Bill Crider

Author Bill Crider (b.1941) died on February 12. Crider was best known as a mystery author who wrote several different series, including the Sheriff Dan series, the Carl Burns series, the Sally Good series, etc. he also wrote Westerns and Horror novels. His short story “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” won the 2015 Sidewise Award and he won the Golden Duck Award in 1998 for Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror.

Mayfair to Close

Mayfair Games has announced that after 36 years in the gaming industry, they will be closing their doors. Prior to making this announcement, Mayfair Games has sold all their assets to Asmodee North America, which will continue to produce and distribute their games. Over the years Mayfair produced Empire Builder, the Role Aids series, and introduced Catan to the US market.
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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

The candidate is:

Prometheus Hall of Fame Nominees

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced later in the year, along with the Prometheus Awards, at a major science fiction convention.

Hall of Fame

  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” by Rudyard Kipling
  • “Conquest by Default,” by Vernor Vinge
  • The Island Worlds, by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts
  • “Starfog,” by Poul Anderson
  • “With Folded Hands…,” by Jack Williamson

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Audie Nominees

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2017 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks. The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala, on May 31, 2018, at the New York Historical Society. Following is a list of those categories with nominees of genre interest:

Best Female Narrator

  • The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles

Fantasy

  • Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil
  • The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell
  • Skullsworn, by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Snake Eyes, by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin
  • Spellmonger, by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading

Literary Fiction and Classics

  • Beast, by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance
  • Daisy Miller, by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast
  • House of Names, by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker

Multi-Voiced Performance

  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others
  • Restart, by Gordon Korman, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan
  • , by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood

Narration by the Author or Authors

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
  • Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, by Nikki Giovanni
  • Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
  • This Fight Is Our Fight, by Elizabeth Warren

Original Work

  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast
  • Mother Go, by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy
  • Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby
  • Rebuttal, by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner
  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, by David hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage

Paranormal

  • Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2, by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King
  • Finding My Pack, by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George
  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale
  • Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe

Science Fiction

  • Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood

Short Stories/Collections

  • Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles
  • Good Behavior, by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • Tales of Ordinary Madness, by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie

Young Adult

  • Before the Devil Breaks You, by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy
  • Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Solo, by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander
  • You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others

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