Author E. L. Doctorow (b.1931) died on July 21. Not particularly known as a genre author, in 1976, Doctorow was nominated for the Nebula Award for his novel Ragtime, which would eventually be turned into a Broadway musical.
Baen Books has announced the finalists of their second Baen Fantasy Award. The winner will be selected by Larry Correia and announced at Gen Con. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
- “Saurs,” by Craig DeLancey
- “Burning Savannah,” by Alexander Monteagudo
- “Unfound,” by Rhiannon Held
- “Shell Game,” by Joseph L. Kellogg
- “Victor the Sword,” by Robin Lupton
- “Trappists,” by Katherine Monasterio
- “Kiss from a Queen,” by Jeff Provine
- “An Old Dragon’s Treasure,” by Robert Russell
- “The Triton’s Son,” by Keith Taylor
- “Adroit,” by Dave Williams
Author Tom Piccirilli (b.1965) died on July 11 after a battle with cancer. Piccirrilli wrote the novels Dark Father, Headstone City, and The Night Class, the last of which won the Bram Stoker Award. He won two more Stoker Awards for poetry collections, one for his short story “The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair” and a fifth for his work The Devil’s Wine.
Dave Farland (a.k.a. Dave Wolverton) has announced that his previously missing daughter Danielle Wolverton has been contacted by police.
Dave Farland (a.k.a. David Wolverton) has announced that his daughter, Danielle Wolverton, has been missing since she was last seen on June 30 driving in her silver Toyota Yarris with a dented hood north on the I-5 in Los Angeles. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Farland family in Utah or the police.
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Two authors have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for 2015. The Awards will be presented on November 8 in Saratoga Springs, NY at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The winners are Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper.
Science fiction author Alex Irvine appeared on Jeopardy! on July 1 and became a Jeopardy! champion, joining science fiction community members Brendan DuBois, Christina Valada, and Steven H Silver, in that club. Irvine will appear in his second game today.
The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 13 ahead of this weekend’s Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.
- John W. Campbell Award: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
- Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow
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.
The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced August 8, 2015 in a ceremony at Nine Worlds Geekfest.
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel:
- Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
- Valour, by John Gwynne
- Prince of Fools, by Mark Lawrence
- Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
- The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer:
- Traitor’s Blade, by Sebastien de Castell
- The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
- The Godless, by Ben Peek
- The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley
- Age of Iron, by Angus Watson
The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:
- Laura Brett for The Slow Regard of Silent Things
- Mike Bryan for Half a King
- Jason Chan for Prince of Fools
- Sam Green for Words of Radiance
- Jackie Morris for The Fool’s Assassin