Bangladeshi SF Author Attacked

Bangladeshi science fiction author Muhammed Zafar Iqbal was stabbed in the back of the head during an award ceremony at a fair organized by the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. In addition to his science fiction, Zafar Iqbal works as an electrical engineering professor and hold several patents. Zafar Iqbal’s assailant has been arrested.
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IAFA Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced the winners of three of the awards which will be presented during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL during the weekend of March 14-18. A fourth award, the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, will have the winner announced at the banquet.

  • William A. Crawford Fantasy Award: Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: Guangyi Li
  • Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Peter Adrian Behravesh

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Tacoma Names Park for Herbert’s Dune

Tacoma, Washington has named an 11 acre park the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” in honor of Tacoma-born science fiction author Frank Herbert. Herbert’s most well known novel in Dune, which focused on environmental issues. Despite Dune taking place mostly on a desert planet without water, the namesake park is surrounded by water on three sides. Tacoma has been trying to name the park for Herbert’s work since at least 2013.
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Obituary: Victor Milán

Victor Milán (b.1954) died on February 13. Milán co-wrote the War of Powers novels with Robert E. Vardeman and published his own novels, often using the pseudonyms Alex Archer, Robert Baron, S.L. Hunter, and Richard Austin. He published several BattleTech novels and many novels under the James Axler house name. In 1986, he won a Prometheus Award for his novel Cybernetic Samurai.

Obituary: Bill Crider

Author Bill Crider (b.1941) died on February 12. Crider was best known as a mystery author who wrote several different series, including the Sheriff Dan series, the Carl Burns series, the Sally Good series, etc. he also wrote Westerns and Horror novels. His short story “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” won the 2015 Sidewise Award and he won the Golden Duck Award in 1998 for Mike Gonzo and the UFO Terror.

Obituary: David F. Case

Author David F. Case (b.1937) died on February 3. Case published a handful of short stories and novels in the late 60s and 70s before disappearing from the horror field, only to reappear in the 1980s. His novel Fengriffen was made into the film And Now the Screaming Starts!.

Tevis in KY Writers Hall of Fame

Walter Tevis, who wrote the SF novels The Man Who Fell to Earth, Mockingbird, and The Steps of the Sun as well as several short stories, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on January 31. In addition to his SF, Tevis also wrote the novel The Hustler, which became the basis for the Paul Newman film of the same name.
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El-Mohtar Named NYTBR Reviewer

Amal El-Mohtar has been named the reviewer for the New York Times Book Review Otherworldy column, which looks at science fiction and fantasy. El-Mohtar replaces N.K. Jemisin, who started the column in 2016. El-Mohtar won the Nebula, Locus, and Hugo Award last year. Her columns will begin to appear in late February.
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Sawyer Named to Order of Ontario

Canadian SF author Robert Sawyer will be one of 23 appointments into the Order of Ontario, the Canadian province’s highest honour. Sawyer, who is already a member of the Order of Canada, is the first person in the science fiction field to attain this honour. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Investiture will take place on February 27.
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Four Sponsored Memberships for Worldcon 76

Worldcon 76 Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio and John Scalzi have teamed up to offer a total of four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 in San Jose. Each will sponsor two memberships for Mexicanx members, with two going to professional sf/f artists and two going to fans. Individuals interested in applying for the sponsorships should leave an answer to the question “Why do you want to attend this Worldcon?” on Picacio’s facebook page or send it to him via e-mail before this weekend.
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