Nova Award Is Moribund

The Nova Award committee, led by Tony Berry, has announced that they will discontinue the presentation of the British fanzine award. According to Berry, while the awards, which was open to all British fanac and all British fans could vote, will not be presented, the committee will, on occasion, present a Special Nova to recognizes individual merit. The final Nova Awards were presented in November 2014.
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Herbert Award Winner

The winner of the first James Herbert Award was announced on April 1. The award, administered by Pan McMillan in partnership with the Serendip Foundation and the estate of James Herbert, is presented for excellence in horror fiction. The prize includes a statuette and £2,000. The first winner is Craig Davidson for his novel The Troop, published under the pseudonym “Nick Cutter.”
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Wilson Receives Lifetime Achievement Prometheus

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that F. Paul Wilson will receive the Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement at Marcon in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of May 8-10. This is only the third time the award has been presented, with Poul Anderson being honored in 2001 and Vernor Vinge recognized last year.

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FAAN Award Winners

The winners of the FAAN Award, selected by members of Corflu, were announced today at Tynecon III: The Corflu in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2016, Corflu will take place in Chicago.

  • Best Genzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Best Personal Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
  • Best Single Issue: Trap Door #31
  • Best Fan Writer: Mark Plummer
  • Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
  • Best Letterhack: Paul Skelton
  • Best Fanzine Cover: Banana Wings #56, by D West
  • Best Fan Website: eFanzines
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Weston
  • Graham Charnock elected as past President of Fanzine Writers of America.

Gen Con Threatens Move

In the wake of the Indiana legislature passing a bill that permits businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples based on religious beliefs, the coordinators of Gen Con have sent Governor Mike Pence a letter threatening to move out of Indiana when their contract expires in 2020. Gen Con brings 56,000 gamers to Indianapolis annually and an estimate $50 million economic benefit. Pence is on record as planning on signing the bill into law.

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Obituary: Inge Erikson

Danish author Inge Erikson (b.1935 ) died on March 13. Erikson began publishing science fiction in 1980 with the play The Wind Is Not for Sale and wrote the novel Amanda Screamer’s Desire two years later. Her “Space Without Time” series is comprised of four novels and was published between 1983 and 1989. Prior to writing science fiction, Erikson wrote mainstream fiction and returned to that in the 1990s.

Obituary: Peggy Rae Sapienza

Fan Peggy Rae Sapienza (b.Peggy Rae McKnight, 1944 ) died on March 22, about a month after undergoing heart surgery. Peggy Rae, who was married to Bob Pavlat from 1963-1983 and to John Sapienza from 1999 until her death, chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Worldcon (my first). She was long active in con-running and fanzine publishing. She was a driving force behind much of Washington and Baltimore fandom, and has chaired or co-chaired several recent Nebula Award Weekends. She helped create the modern exhibition concourse at Worldcons and in 2012, she was the fan guest of honor at Chicon 7.

Peggy Rae’s bio at Chicon 7

Obituary: Bernice Steadman

Mercury 13 member Bernice Steadman (b.Bernice Trimble, c.1925 ) died on March 18. Steadman was one of the thirteen women who volunteered, and successfully passed all of the physiological tests performed on the Mercury 7 astronauts. Steadman met her future husband, Robert Steadman, in 1957, when he took flying lessons from her at a flight school she owned. She was the first woman to receive an Airline Transport Rating, and was briefly considered as a candidate to be an astronaut before NASA abandoned the idea of women astronauts.

Obituary: Ted Ball

Bookseller Ted Ball died on March 18. Ball was the co-owner of London’s Fantasy Centre, a SF/fantasy bookstore Ball opened in 1969 with Dave Gibson and which closed in 2009.

Obituary: Ib Melchior

Danish author Ib Melchior (b.1917) died on March 13. Melchior wrote the short story “The Racer,” which was the basis for the films Death Race 2000 and Death Race. hisother short stories included “Vidiot” and “The Winner and New…” In addition to two novels, he wrote screenplays for Robinson Crusoe on Mars, Journey to the Seventh Planet, and two episodes of the Hugo-nominated Men Into Space.