Fan Yvonne “Vonnie” Carts-Powell (b.1966) died on May 22. Carts-Powell was a frequent attendee and panelist at Boston area conventions and has written reviews for Green Man Reviews. A science writer, in 2008, she wrote The Science of Heroes, a look at the television series. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
Alexandra Duncan won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for her book Salvage. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque wasbe presented to Duncan at Balticon.
Doris Elaine Sauter died around May 25. Sauter met Philip K. Dick in 1972 and struck up a friendship with him that lasted until his death. After Dick died, Sauter edited What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick, which was ranked fourth in the Locus Poll in 2002.
Author Tanith Lee (b.1947) died on May 24. Lee began publishing with the short story “Eustace” in 1968. She went on to write numerous novels, including the five volume “Tales From The Flat Earth” sequence, the Birthgrave trilogy, and “The Secret Books of Paradys” sequence. She was nominated for the Nebula twice, for Birthgrave and “Red As Blood,” as well as numerous World Fantasy and British Fantasy nominations, becoming the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Death’s Master. She won back-to-back World Fantasy Best Short Story Awards in 1983 and 1984 and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Danish author Jannick Storm (b. Finn Jannick Storm Jørgensen, 1939) died on May 9. Storm worked as a critic, translator, and editor as well as an author. He helped reintroduce science fiction to Denmark in the 50s and edited a line of translations beginning in 1968. his own fiction is collected in Miriam og andre and Er mao død.
Westercon 68 Guest of Honor Spider Robinson has announced that he will be unable to attend the convention due to health issues. Robinson explained that although he hasn’t discussed his health issues recently, he has been hospitalized several times over the last six months. Other Guests of Honor include William F. Nolan, John Picacio, and Seanan McGuire. Conjecture 13, held in conjunction with Westercon 68, has Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.
After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.
Tom Holt revealed that he also writes under the pseudonym K. J. Parker during an episode of the Coode Street Podcast. Holt, who is best known for his humorous fantasy novels including The Outsorcerer’s Apprentice began publishing as Parker in 1998 with Colours in the Steel and has published several novels and short stories in the intervening years. Holt won back-to-back World Fantasy Awards in 2012 and 2013 as Parker and was also nominated the following year.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that Harlan Ellison’s story “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” will receive its Hall of Fame Award. The award will be presented on May 9 at Marcon, where F. Paul Wilson will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Marko Kloos and Annie Bellet have issued statements withdrawing their Hugo nominated works from the ballot this year. Kloos was nominated for his novel Lines of Departure and withdrew the work because he felt that he couldn’t accept a nomination that may not have been entirely due to the work’s own merit. Bellet has withdrawn her story “Goodnight Stars” from the ballot because this year’s Hugo Awards have become about more than just great science fiction.