Purdom Hospitalized

Author Tom Purdom was hit by a bicycle on August 5 while walking along the Schuykill River Trail in Philadelphia. The collision left Purdom with spinal injuries; a concussion, an enormous bump on his forehead, two black eyes, and a paralyzed diaphragm. Purdom is recovering slowly.
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Stephenson Named Distinguished Scholar

Neil Stephenson has been named a Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. He will visit the Institute for lectures and talks periodically throughout 2016. The Miller Distinguished Scholarship is the most prestigious visiting position at SFI, awarded to highly accomplished, creative thinkers who make profound contributions to our understandings of society, science, and culture.
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Sallis Resigns from Phoenix

James Sallis, who wrote the novel Drive has resigned his position as adjunct professor at Phoenix College after he refused to sign a loyalty oath required by state law. In preparation for an accreditation review the college determined that several of adjunct professors had never signed the oath. Sallis refused to sign the oath, instead choosing to end his fourteen year affiliation with the college.
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Pratchett Scholarship Endowment

Terry Pratchett’s estate has announced the creation of the Sir Terry Pratchett Memorial Scholarship, which will provide $100,000 to a student at the University of South Australia (UniSA) to work on a Masters degree by research at Hawke Research Institute as well as Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. The scholarship will be awarded every other year. Pratchett received an honorary doctorate from UniSA in 2014 and served as an adjunct professor at Trinity.

Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund

Five scholarships have been funded for the Don Hodge Memorial Scholarship Fund for participants in the Superstars Writing Seminar to be held from February 4-6, 2016 in Colorado Springs, CO. Authors who will teaching at the seminar include Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Moesta, David Farland, Eric flint, James A. Owen, Jody Lynn Nye, and Jim Butcher, as well as editor Anne Sowards. The deadline for applying for the scholarships is October 31.
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Brin to be Author-in-Residence at Bard College

Science fiction author David Brin will serve as author-in-residence at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College from October 5-25. In his role there, Brin will work with students on their fiction and non-fiction writing. In addition, Brin will participate in two public talks, one on his book The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose between Privacy and Freedom? and one a debate on whether “National Security is More Important than the Individual Right to Privacy.”

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Gaiman’s Newest

Neil Gaiman has announced that on September 16, he and wife Amanda Palmer welcomed their son, Anthony, into the world at 8:37 am.

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Clarion Donation

The Clarion Foundation has received an anonymous donation of $100,000, which will be used to launch an endowment fund designed to secure a permanent future for the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop, held annually at the University of California, San Diego. Founded in 1968, Clarion has taught numerous authors and has sparked several offshoots.

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Arizona Reading Series

Lee Whiteside has announced the creation of the AZSF Reading Series, to begin on September 22 at the Sip Coffee and Beer House in Scottsdale, AZ. The inaugural event will feature authors Melinda Snodgrass, Jane Lindskold, and Victor Milan.
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Obituary: Marjorie Jennings

LASFS member Marjorie Jennings died on August 27. Jennings published a handful of stories in the 70s and 80s under the name Jor Jennings, including “The Devil and All Her Works” and “Tiger Hunt.”