Gemmell Ballots Available

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

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Obituary: Joël Champetier

Canadian author and editor Joël Champetier (b.1957) died on May 30. Champetier’s first story, “Le chemin des fleurs” appeared in Solaris in 1981 and his first novel, La mer au fond du monde appeared in 1990. In 1983, he helped organize the first Boréal Congress and was on the board of directors for several years. Beginning in 1990, he held various positions at Solaris and was managing editor at the time of his death.

Obituary: Vonnie Carts-Powell

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.

Duncan Wins Compton Crook

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.

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Obituary: Doris Elaine Sauter

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.

Obituary: Tanith Lee

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.

Obituary: Jannick Storm

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.

Robinson Unable to Attend Westercon

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.

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Klages Retires from Tiptree Auctions

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.

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Holt is Parker

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.

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