TAFF Race Underway

Johan Anglemark of Sweden, Fia Karlsson of Sweden, and Helena McCallum of the UK have declared they are running for TAFF, to travel to San Jose for Worldcon 76 in 2018. The voting deadline is April 3.
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DUFF Call for Nominees

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) is looking for candidates for this year’s race to travel from Australia/New Zealand to the United States to attend Worldcon 76 in San Jose from August 16-20, 2018. Candidates should contact either Paul Weimer or Clare McDonald-Sims and have two North American nominators and three Australia/New Zealand nominators. Each candidate should also have a 100 word statement and be able to put up a $25 bond. The deadline for declaring candidacies is January 31. Send e-mail to Clare McDonald-Sims at clare1701@warpmail.net or Paul Weimer at jvstin@gmail.com.
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Cosplay Trademark Dropped

Following outrage about trademarking the phrase “Cosplay is not Consent”, Troy Doerner, CEO of Cosplay Deviants, has issued a statement that he will be legally abandoning the trademark.
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Consent Slogan Trademarked

The slogan “Cosplay is not consent” was trademarked by the website Cosplay Deviants in November 2016. There are reports that Cosplay Deviants are sending notices to conventions announcing their ownership of the phrase, but Cosplay Deviant states that they are not and have no plans to charge people for the use of the phrase.
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World Fantasy Award Winners

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 5 at World Fantasy Con in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s winners are listed below.

  • Novel: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
  • Long Fiction: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Short Fiction: “Das Steingeschöpf,” by G. V. Anderson
  • Anthology: Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Collection: A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Artist: Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Special Award, Professional: Michael Levy and Farah Mendelsohn for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction
  • Special Award, non-Professional: Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West.
  • Lifetime Achievement (previously announced): Terry Brooks and Marina Warner

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British Fantasy Awards

The British Fantasy Award winners were announced on October 1 at FantasyCon 2017 in Peterborough, UK.

  • Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer: Erika L Satifka, for Stay Crazy
  • Best Magazine / Periodical: Tor.com
  • Best Non-fiction: The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley
  • Best Comic / Graphic Novel: Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening, by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
  • Best Independent Press: Grimbold Press
  • Best Artist: Daniele Serra
  • Best Anthology: People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction, edited by Lightspeed Magazine
  • Best Collection: Some Will Not Sleep, by Adam Nevill
  • Best Film / Television Production: Arrival
  • Best Novella: The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Best Short Fiction: “White Rabbit,” by Georgina Bruce
  • August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel: Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, by Paul Tremblay
  • Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Tiger and the Wolf, by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Karl Edward Wagner Award (for an “important contribution to the genre or the Society”): Jan Edwards
  • The Legends of Fantasy Con Award: David & Sandra Sutton

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Wizard World Shuffles Schedule

Wizard World has announced that five of their cons scheduled for Fall 2017, in Biloxi MS), Peoria (IL), Springfield (MO), Montgomery (AL), and Winston-Salem (NC), have been postponed until 2018, although specific dates have not been announced. They’ve also added a show in Boise (ID) for 2018. Wizard World will now be holding seventeen shows in 2018.
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Musecon Announces Closure

MuseCon, a Chicago area convention focusing on art, maker-space, and filk, has announced that MuseCon 7, held August 4-6, was the final convention. The Board of Directors is discussing ways to continue to support MuseCon’s mission of supporting creativity.
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1956 Hugo Nominees

The full nomination ballot for the 1956 Hugo Awards has been found by Olav Rokne who discovered the listing in the third progress report issued by NYCon II. The ballot is listed below. The winners appear first in each category.

Best Novel

  • Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Call Him Dead, by Eric Frank Russell
  • End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov
  • Not this August, by Cyril Kornbluth
  • The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Brackett

Best Novelette

  • “Exploration Team,” (alt: “Combat Team”) by Murray Leinster
  • “A Gun for Dinosaur,” by L. Sprague de Camp
  • “Brightside Crossing,” by Alan Nourse
  • “Home There’s No Returning,” by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore
  • “Legwork,” by Eric Frank Russell
  • “The Assistant Self,” by P.L. Wallace
  • “The End of Summer,” by Algis Budrys
  • “Who?,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Short Story

  • “The Star,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “End as a World,” by F.L. Wallace
  • “King of the Hill,” by James Blish
  • “Nobody Bothers Gus,” by Algis Budrys
  • “The Game of Rat and Dragon,” by Cordwainer Smith
  • “The Dragon,” by Ray Bradbury
  • “Spy Story,” by Robert Sheckley
  • “Twink,” by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Professional Magazine

    No shortlist of finalists was published in this category. The ballot instructions read “Pro mag names must be written in.”

Best Professional Artist

  • Frank Kelly Freas
  • Chesley Bonestell
  • Ed Emshwiller
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Mel Hunter
  • Edward Valigursky

Best Fanzine

  • Inside, edited by Ron Smith
  • (Science Fiction Advertiser, edited by Ron Smith)*
  • A Bas
  • Fantasy-Times
  • Grue
  • Hyphen
  • Oblique
  • Peon
  • Psychotic-SF Review
  • Skyhook
    *Science Fiction Advertiser was not listed among the finalists on the ballot; however, the ballot for this year included spaces for write-in votes.

Best Feature Writer

  • Willy Ley
  • L. Sprague de Camp
  • Robert A. Madle
  • Rog Phillips
  • R.S. Richardson

Best Book Reviewer

  • Damon Knight
  • Henry Bott
  • F. Schyler Miller
  • Anthony Boucher
  • Groff Conklin
  • Villers Gerson
  • Floyd Gale
  • Hans Stefan Santesson

Most Promising New Author

  • Robert Silverberg
  • Harlan Ellison
  • Frank Herbert
  • Henry Still

For more information (Progress report, pdf).

Lunacon on Haitus

The Lunarians, the parent organization for Lunacon, have announced the decision not to hold Lunacon in 2018. The convention previously cancelled the 2015 convention, but held “creatively successful” conventions in 2016 and 2017. Lunarian President Stu Hellinger has stated that Lunacon needs to undergo a complete reevaluation of what it should provide the community. The first Lunacon was held in 1957.