Levy in Hospice

University of Wisconsin academician and fan Michael Levy has entered hospice following surgery. Levy has been battling cancer and underwent surgery on March 28 to stop bleeding. He is reported to be resting comfortably and spending most of his time sleeping. Levy has served as the editor of Extrapolation and as a book reviewer for Publishers Weekly.

IAFA Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has announced the winners of its 2017 awards.

  • Crawford Award: All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award: Edward James
  • David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award: Grant Dempsey
  • Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: David Dalton
  • Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Ida Yoshinaha

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SF Centre Opens in Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin has opened the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy at its Cambridge Campus. The centre is being viewed as a dedicated science fiction research group and will host round tables, readings, and discussions. The centre will also publish Samovar, a quarterly magazine devoted to translated speculative fiction presented in both English and its original language.

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2017 Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing

Dell Magazines has announced the winners of the 2017 Dell Magazine Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The contest has run every year since 1994 with prizes presented at the ICFA in Orlando.

  • Winner: “Noor,” by Taimur Ahmad of Princeton University
  • First Runner-up: “The Food of Love,” by Claire Spaulding, Columbia University
  • Second Runner-up: “Questions for Oretta,” by Alexandra Barr, University of Alberta
  • Third Runner-up: “Braidwood Rings,” by Pearl Lorentzen, University of Alberta
  • Honorable Mention: “Everyone is Split,” by Taimur Ahmad, Princeton University
  • Honorable Mention: “Everything, in Both Hands,” by Alina Sichevaya, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Honorable Mention: “Protagonist,” by Gian-Paul Bergeron, Yale University
  • Honorable Mention: “Storm & Splinter,” by Marcella Haddad, Arcadia University
  • Honorable Mention: “Ravenous Things,” by Sarah Goldman, Bryn Mawr College

Le Guin Fellowship

Theodora Goss has been announced as the recipient of a Le Guin Fellowship sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society at the University of Oregon, Robert D. Clark Honors College, and UO Libraries Special Collections and University Archives. The fellowship will allow Goss to travel to Le Guin’s archives at the University of Oregon so she can research the Le Guin book she’s writing for University of Illinois Press.
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Baen Adds Lexile Scores

Baen Books has announced that they will begin adding Lexile scores to the webpages for their books aimed at young adults. Lexile scores are designed to help students and teachers determine which books offer the proper challenge for students based on their individual reading levels. The first Baen books to include Lexile scores will be David Weber’s A Beautiful Friendship, Treecat Wars and Fire Season, by David Weber and Jane Lindskold, and for Tony Daniel’s The Dragon Hammer.
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Tolkien Receives Bodley Medal

Christopher Tolkien, the son of J.R.R. Tolkien, has received the Bodley Medal in recognition of his contribution to the world of literature for editing and publishing the previously unpublished works of his father. Tolkien’s papers have been housed at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford since the authors death in 1973.

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Obituary Paul A. Carter

Author Paul A. Carter (b.1926) died on November 28. Carter wrote eleven short stories, including two with Gregory Benford, as well as a monograph on the first fifty years of science fiction magazines.

Obituary: Cornel Robu

Romanian critic Cornel Robu (b.1938) died on October 27. Robu edited the first reprint and critical edition of Victor Anestin’s În anul 4000 sau O cǎlǎtorie la Venus. Robu also edited multiple critical anthologies of Romanian science fiction. Robu was also a university lecturer and wrote the entry on Romanian science fiction for the Science Fiction Encyclopedia.

Stephen King Chair

The University of Maine in Orono has announced the endowment of the Stephen E. King Chair in Literature. The position is for a five year renewable term and is tenured. They are currently taking applications for the first professor to fill the position, whose term will begin in August 2017. The chair is named for horror author Stephen King, who graduated from the university in 1970. The position is partially endowed by the Harold Alfond Foundation.

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