This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame is now part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum. The induction ceremony will take place on June 27 in Seattle and the Locus Foundation is running a fundraiser to cover James Gunn’s costs to attend.
- James E. Gunn
- Georges Méliès
- John Schoenherr
- Kurt Vonnegut
In addition, Jack Gaughan has been named a Curator’s selection.
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Jack King (b.1931) died on June 11. King served as the Kennedy Space Center’s Chief of Public Information from 1960-71 and as NASA’s Public Affairs Officer from 1971-5. During that time, he was the voice of Mission Control, announcing the launch of Apollo 11, among others.
German author Wolfgang Jeschke (b.1936) died on June 10. Jeschke discovered German science fiction fandom in the 1950s and in 1955 became one of the first members of Science Fiction Club Deutschland. His early stories were published in fanzines, but he eventually went on to work in publishing as an editor as well as write his own novels, including Der letzte Tag der Schöpfung and Midas oder Die Auferstehung des Fleisches. Jeschke was one of the Pro Guests of Honor at ConFiction, the 1990 Worldcon held in The Hague.
Paul Bacon (b.1923) died on June 8. Bacon was a book jacket designer perhaps best known for the cover of Joeph Heller’s Catch-22 and Peter Benchley’s Jaws. Some of his genre works included the covers for Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, Ellen Datlow’s Alien Sex, and Michael Crichton’s The Andromeda Strain.
Actor Christopher Lee (b.1922) died on June 7. Lee portrayed numerous iconic genre roles beginning with Count Dracula, but also Saruman, Count Dooku, Flay, DEATH, Scaramanga, Rochefort, and many more. Lee won several Lifetime Achievement Awards including the Saturns, Empire, SFX, and Bram Stoker.
Actor Ron Moody (b.Ronald Moodnick, 1924) died on June 11. Perhaps best known for playing Fagin in Oliver! and Vorobyaninov in The Twelve Chairs, his genre films included The Mouse on the Moon, Into the Labyrinth, A Kid in King Arthur’s Court, and Unidentified Flying Oddball. Moody has said his biggest regret was turning down an opportunity to become the third incarnation of The Doctor in Doctor Who.
Fan Michael Wernig (b.1954) died on June 3. Wernig was a member of the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society and a frequent attendee at Bubonicon.
The annual AnLab and Asimov’s Awards, presented for works appearing in Analog and Asimov’s, were presented at a breakfast athe the Palmer House on June 6 in conjunction with the Nebula Award Weekend.
- Best Novella: “Music to Me,” Richard A. Lovett
- Best Novelette: “Life Flight,” Brad R. Torgersen
- Best Short Story (tie): “Another Man’s Treasure,” Tom Greene; “Snapshots,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- Best Fact: “Lockstep: A Possible Galactic Empire,” Karl Schroeder
- Best Cover: January/February 2014, by David A. Hardy
- Best Novella: “The Legion of Tomorrow,” by Allen M. Steele
- Best Novelette: “The Common Good,”by Nancy Kress
- Best Short Story: “The Plantimal,” by Mike Resnick & Ken Liu
- Best Poem: “In the Quiet Hour,” by Bruce Boston
- Best Cover Artist: June 2014, by Maurizio Manzieri
The nominees for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award have been announced. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and recognizes excellence in SFF written by North Carolina authors. Any member of illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, or ConGregate are eligible to vote.
- The Sea Without a Shore, by David Drake
- Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson
- Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
- Reign of Ash by Gail Z. Martin
- Bad Wizard by James Maxey
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Baen Books has announced a contest to determine the Best Military Science Fiction, although it appears they are asking readers to vote for the Best Military Science Fiction as published in the anthology Year’s Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera Award, edited by David Afsharirad. Voting is open until August 31, 2015 with the winner being announced at DragonCon, held the weekend of September 4-7. The winner will receive a plaque and a $500 prize.
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