Tiptree Symposium

The University of Oregon Libraries will host a free two day symposium on James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) on December 4-5 on the Eugene campus. Oregon has recently acquired Tiptree’s literary papers. Hugo Award-winning author Julie Phillips will speak, as will Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold, all of whom carried out correspondence with Tiptree.

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Deutscher Phantastik Preis Winners

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced October 17 at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich, Germany.

  • Best German Novel:
  • Imperium der Drachen – Das Blut des Schwarzen Löwen, by Bernd Perplies

  • Best German Debut Novel: Lux & Umbra 1 – Der Pfad der schwarzen Perle, by Silke M. Meyer
  • Best Translated Novel: Der Ozean am Ende der Straße, by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Street)
  • Best German Short Story: “Der letzte Gast,” by Vanessa Kaiser and Thomas Lohwasser
  • Best Anthology/Collection: Steampunk Akte Deutschland
  • Best Series: DSA – Das Schwarze Auge
  • Best Artist: Arndt Drechsler
  • Best Work of Secondary Literature: Geek, Pray, Love: Ein praktischer Leitfaden für das Leben, das Fandom und den ganzen Rest, by Christian Humberg & Andrea Bottlinger
  • Best Website: http://www.fantasybuch.de

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Middle-earth Map Found

A map of Middle-earth discovered in a used copy of The Lord of the Rings that belonged to illustrator Pauline Baynes. The map includes hand-written annotations by J.R.R. Tolkien, which indicates that Hobbiton was at the same location as Oxford, where Tolkien was a don, and Minas Tirith may have been based on Ravenna, Italy. The map is only one of the items from Baynes’ personal collection now on sale (asking price £60,000). Other items include original art from The Chronicles of Narnia.

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Obituary: Liviu Radu

Romanian author Liviu Radu (b.1948) died on October 17. Radu began publishing fiction in 1993 with the story “Faţa nevăzută a planetei Marte.” In addition to his own fiction, Radu translated the works of numerous Anglophonic authors into Romanian. He also founded the Ion Hobana National Colloquium. Over the years, Radu won the the Vladimir Colin Grand Prix, the Imagination Seniors Award, the Ion Hobana Award, and the 2010 Eurocon Encouragement Award.

Loscon 42 Writing Contest

Loscon 42, which will be held from November 27-29, will be holding a writing contest for aspiring authors. Writers can enter stories in three categories: Youth (6-12), Young adult (13-20), or Adult (21 plus). Stories may be fantasy or science fiction between 500 and 1,000 words. Youth can supplement their stories with pictures (each picture counting as 50 words towards the word count). Submissions are due by October 31 and should be sent to chairman@loscon.org.

WSFA Small Press Award Winner

The winner of this year’s WSFA Small Press Award, presented at Capclave on October 10 to original short fiction published by a small press, is “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon. The story was published in Apex Magazine.

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Strange New Worlds Contest

Simon & Schuster has announced that they will be running the Strange New Worlds Writing Contest in 2016 to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Star Trek. Ten selections will be published in an official Star Trek anthology and two winners will also receive a Self-Publishing Package from Archway Publishing. Submission deadline is January 15, 2016.
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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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