On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Uncanny Kickstarter, Year 2

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide funding for the second year of their on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny publishes as an eBook on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue contains at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter starts on August 11 and will run through September 10.

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Parsec Nominees

The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “The Greater Good,” by Edwin Crowe
  • “A Story to Scare My Son,” by R. D. Ovenfriend
  • “Madness Above the Clouds,” by Michael Marks
  • “Shimmer,” by Amanda Davis
  • “Singing with All my Skin and Bone,” by Sunny Moraine

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Secret World Chronicles
  • The Black
  • “Eater of Bone,” by Robert Reed
  • Bear Spirit
  • The Ghost Train of New Orleans

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Last Contact,” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich
  • “Monster!” by V. C. Morrison
  • “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day,” by Tina Connolly
  • “The Screwfly Solution,” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • “Red Legacy,” by Eneasz Brodski
  • “Say UNcle,” by Rish Outfield

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “The Philadelphia Xperiment,” by John Ballentine
  • “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” by John Ballentine
  • “A Prophet’s Guide,” by Matthew J. Boudreau
  • “Space Casey Season 2,” by Christiana Ellis
  • “Aaron’s World,” by Mike Meraz and Aaron Meraz
  • “Alba Salix, Royal Physician,” by Eli McIlveen

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • Balancing Act, by Mike Murphy
  • The Sinister Secret of StarNasty, or, A Mike in the Mechanics, by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
  • Transference, by Sydney Leigh

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Mario Warfare
  • Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Cast of Wonders
  • Pseudopod
  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • The Uncanny Podcast
  • The NoSleep Podcast

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • PleasureTown
  • Audtio Drama Production Podcast
  • Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
  • Lost in Williamsburg
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley and JAX

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • The Ready Room
  • Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
  • Arrow Squad
  • Dusted: A Buffy Podcast
  • Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
  • The Scot and the Sassenach

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomperable
  • Anomaly Podcast
  • The 602 Club
  • The Scifi Diner Podcast
  • Geek Radio Daily

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Literary Treks
  • Axanar: The Official Podcast
  • Continuing Mission
  • The Journeyman Writer
  • The Roundtable Podcast

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Blurry Photos
  • Faculty of Horror
  • Weird Things
  • Hubblecast
  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4Cast
  • [1] New Message
  • Rude Alchemy
  • I Remembered It…Better

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MilPhil Closes Books

According to the Financial Report filed ahead of Sasquan, Millennium Philcon, the 59th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, has closed its books, making its final financial disbursements totalling 46,000 to Sasquan and MidAmeriCon II. This announcement leaves Anticipation as the earliest Worldcon which has not closed its books.

Locus Change of Address

Locus has announced that they have moved. Although their PO Box is still the same and mail can (and should) be sent to them at PO Box 13305, Oakland CA 94661, their street address for any packages that can’t be delivered to a PO Box (and for couriers) is now 1933 Davis Street, Suite 295/297, San Leandro, CA 94577.

Obituary: Susan Sheridan

Actress Susan Sheridan (b.1947) died on August 8. Sheridan created the role of Trillian in the original The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy radio series and reprised the role for the subsequent radio series. She also provided the voice of Princess Eilonwy in The Black Cauldron as well as voicework in the television series Moomin.

Direwolves Defeat Lanniser

The Staten Island Direwolves defeated House Lannister 10-1 in front of a crowd of 7,529 at Richmond County Bank Ballpark on Staten Island. The Direwolves, normally the Staten Island Yankees, changed their name when they approached George R. R. Martin with the request to honor his works for a night of baseball. Martin agreed, but noted that he was unable to root for a team called the Yankees, hence the name change. In addition to baseball, the evening included an appearance by a live arctic wolf, jousting competition, trial by combat against Scooter, a reenactment of the red wedding featuring mascot Red, and swearing in of honorary Night’s Watch induction.
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Poetry Grand Masters Named

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has named two new Poetry Grand Masters, the first since 2010. Marge Ballif Simon and Steve Sneyd have received the honor for their years of publishing poetry in a variety of places. Simon’s work has previously received the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award, the Dwarf Stars Award, and the Strange Horizons Readers Award. In addition to publishing his own Poetry, Sneyd presents the annual DataDump Award and has published numerous other poets.

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Mythopoeic Awards

The winners of the 2015 Mythopoeic Society Awards were announced on August 2 at Mythcon 46 in Colorado Springs, CO.

  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Tales from Rugosa Coven, by Sarah Avery
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature: A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd
  • Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies: C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages, by Robert Boenig
  • Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies: Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, by Brian Attebery

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ENnie Awards Announced

The ENnie Awards honor the best in Role-playing publishing. The awards were presented at Gen Con on July 31. The judges for the 2016 were announced as Jakub Nowosad, Kayra KeriKupcu, Kiel Cheiner, Kurt Wiegel, and Stacy Muth.

Judges’ Spotlight Winners:

  • Dragons in the Stacks: A Teen Librarian’s Guide to Tabletop Role-Playing, by Annah Madrinan
  • Wicked Lies and Alibis, by Stacy Muth
  • Posthuman Pathways, by Jakub Nowosad
  • Firefly Echoes of War: Thrillin’ Heroics, by Kayra Keri Küpçü
  • East Texas University, by Kurt Wiegel
  • Best Adventure: Horror on the Orient Express
  • Best Aid/Accessory: D&D Dungeon Master’s Screen
  • Best Art, Cover: Rise of Tiamat
  • Best Art, Interior: D&D Monster Manual
  • Best Blog: ConTessa – Tabletop gaming by women for everyone!
  • Best Cartography: Ninth World Guidebook
  • Best Electronic Book: Basic Rules for D&D
  • Best Family Game: D&D Starter Set
  • Best Free Product: Basic Rules for D&D
  • Best Game: D&D Player’s Handbook
  • Best Miniature Product: D&D Icons of the Realms: Elemental Evil Boosters
  • Best Monster/Adversary: D&D Monster Manual
  • Best Podcast: Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff
  • Best Production Values: D&D Starter Set
  • Best RPG Related Product:Designers & Dragons: A History of the Roleplaying Game Industry
  • Best Rules: D&D Player’s Handbook
  • Best Setting: A Red & Pleasant Land
  • Best Software: Roll20
  • Best Supplement: D&D Dungeon Master’s Guide
  • Best Website: The Escapist
  • Best Writing: A Red & Pleasant Land
  • Product of the Year: D&D Player’s Handbook
  • Fan’s Choice for Publisher of the Year: Wizards of the Coast.

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