The Science Fiction Poetry Association has named two new Poetry Grand Masters, the first since 2010. Marge Ballif Simon and Steve Sneyd have received the honor for their years of publishing poetry in a variety of places. Simon’s work has previously received the Bram Stoker Award, the Rhysling Award, the Dwarf Stars Award, and the Strange Horizons Readers Award. In addition to publishing his own Poetry, Sneyd presents the annual DataDump Award and has published numerous other poets.
Author and costumer Adrienne Martine-Barnes (b.1942) died on July 20. Barnes published her first short story in 1982 and followed up with her first novel the same year. She collaborated with Marion Zimmer Bradley on three Darkover novels, with Diana L. Paxson on the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal trilogy, and published the Chronique D’Avebury trilogy on her own. In 1979, Martine-Barnes attempted, but failed, to create Costume-Mania, a costuming weekend, but her vision eventually launched Costume-Con 1 in 1983.
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Author E. L. Doctorow (b.1931) died on July 21. Not particularly known as a genre author, in 1976, Doctorow was nominated for the Nebula Award for his novel Ragtime, which would eventually be turned into a Broadway musical.
Baen Books has announced the finalists of their second Baen Fantasy Award. The winner will be selected by Larry Correia and announced at Gen Con. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
- “Saurs,” by Craig DeLancey
- “Burning Savannah,” by Alexander Monteagudo
- “Unfound,” by Rhiannon Held
- “Shell Game,” by Joseph L. Kellogg
- “Victor the Sword,” by Robin Lupton
- “Trappists,” by Katherine Monasterio
- “Kiss from a Queen,” by Jeff Provine
- “An Old Dragon’s Treasure,” by Robert Russell
- “The Triton’s Son,” by Keith Taylor
- “Adroit,” by Dave Williams
Author Tom Piccirilli (b.1965) died on July 11 after a battle with cancer. Piccirrilli wrote the novels Dark Father, Headstone City, and The Night Class, the last of which won the Bram Stoker Award. He won two more Stoker Awards for poetry collections, one for his short story “The Misfit Child Grows Fat on Despair” and a fifth for his work The Devil’s Wine.
Dave Farland (a.k.a. Dave Wolverton) has announced that his previously missing daughter Danielle Wolverton has been contacted by police.
Dave Farland (a.k.a. David Wolverton) has announced that his daughter, Danielle Wolverton, has been missing since she was last seen on June 30 driving in her silver Toyota Yarris with a dented hood north on the I-5 in Los Angeles. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to contact the Farland family in Utah or the police.
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Two authors have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award for 2015. The Awards will be presented on November 8 in Saratoga Springs, NY at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The winners are Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper.
Science fiction author Alex Irvine appeared on Jeopardy! on July 1 and became a Jeopardy! champion, joining science fiction community members Brendan DuBois, Christina Valada, and Steven H Silver, in that club. Irvine will appear in his second game today.
The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 13 ahead of this weekend’s Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.
- John W. Campbell Award: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
- Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow