Nebula Award winning author Eugie Foster (b.1971) died on September 27 following a battle with cancer. Foster’s work was collected in Returning My Sister’s Face and Other Far Eastern Tales of Whimsy and Malice and she won the 2009 Nebula Award for “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast.” She had served as managing editor for Tangent Online and The Fix, both short story review sites, as well as editor of The Daily Dragon, the Dragoncon online newsletter.
Authro Greg Bear was hospitalized and underwent emergency cardiac surgery on September 23. Bear’s aorta was repaired and a mechanical aortic valve. According to his wife, Astrid, Bear is feeling better and beginning the recuperation process.
Phil Nichols is trying to raise the funds, or find a donor willing to purchase Ray Bradbury’s Retro-Hugo for Fahrenheit 451 with Bradbury’s papers at the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at IUPUI in Indianapolis. The Hugo Award is currently on the auction block with a starting price of $5,000. Nichols hopes a wealthy philanthropist would be willing to buy the Hugo and donate it to the Center. The auction ends on September 25.
Author Graham Joyce (b.1954) died on September 9. Joyce won his first British Fantasy Award in 1993 for Dark Sister and went on to win several more, as well as World Fantasy Awards. His other works included The Facts of Life, The Limits of Enchantment, and The Year of the Ladybird. Joyce was diagnoses with lymphoma last year.
Ursula K. Le Guin will receive the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation at this year’s National Book Awards Ceremony on November 19. The Medal was first presented in 1988 and Le Guin will be the 27th recipient.
The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. This is the first year the contest has been held and the fantasy contest compliments the science fiction contest Baen has run for several years. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
- Grand Price: “The Golden Knight,” by K. D. Julicher
- First Runner-Up: “Phoenix for the Amateur Chef,” by Scott Huggins
- Second Runner-Up: “The Girl with No Name,” by Travis Heermann
Author Joel Shepherd will be bicycling from Bangor, Maine to Washington, DC from August 9-27 to raise money and awareness for Cancer Research Institute (CRI). Shepherd will be live tweeting his journey and invites fans to follow him on twitter, Facebook, and to donate to the cause.
Author Lawrence Santoro died on July 25 following a bout with cancer. Santoro was the producers of the podcast Tales to Terrify and the author of numerous short stories, many of which were collected into Drink for the Thirst to Come in 2011. Santoro was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award twice.
A memorial ceremony will be held in memory of Frank Robinson on August 8 at 7pm PT at the SF Women’s Building Auditorium, 3543 18th Street, San Francisco. Robinson, who died on June 30, was the author of numerous thrillers and science fiction novels, including The Glass Inferno, The Dark Beyond the Stars, and Science Fiction of the 20th Century. Robinson also spent three years writing the Playboy Advisor column and served as a speechwriter to Harvey Milk.