Lindgren Leaves for Sasquan

Sasquan Special Guest Kjell Lindgren left for Sasquan yesterday aboard a Soyuz capsule which will carry him to the International Space Station, from which he will participate in Sasquan programming. Once Lindgren’s flight had cleared the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Sasquan arranged to cancel a contingency hotel room for Lindgren, apparently being the first time the Spokane Convention Visitor’s Bureau had ever received the reason “He’s in space” for a room cancellation, according to Sasquan Vice Chair Glenn Glazer.

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World Fantasy Nomination Revision

A review of word counts has resulted in Kai Ashante Wilson’s “The Devil in America” being reclassified as a novella and added to that category. No nominees were dropped. In addition, Ursula Vernon’s “Jackalope Wives” has been added to the short fiction category in its place. The revised categories appear below.

Novella:

  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • “Where the Trains Turn,” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
  • “Hollywood North,” by Michael Libling
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Fiction:

  • “I Can See Right Through You,” by Kelly Link
  • Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • “Death’s Door Café,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “The Fisher Queen,” by Alyssa Wong

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World Fantasy Award Nominees

The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Saratoga Springs, NY the weekend of November 5-8, 2015.

Novel:

  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton

Novella:

  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • “Where the Trains Turn,” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen
  • “Hollywood North,” by Michael Libling
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Fiction:

  • “I Can See Right Through You,” by Kelly Link
  • Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “Death’s Door Café,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “The Fisher Queen,” by Alyssa Wong

Anthology:

  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox & Daniel José Older
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, edited by Michael Kelly
  • Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois

Collection:

  • Mercy and Other Stories, by Rebecca Lloyd
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • They Do the Same Things Different There, by Robert Shearman
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Death at the Blue Elephant, by Janeen Webb

Artist:

  • Samuel Araya
  • Galen Dara
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Erik Mohr
  • John Picacio

Special Award – Professional:

  • John Joseph Adams, for editing anthologies and Nightmare and Fantasy magazines
  • Jeanne Cavelos, for Odyssey writing workshops
  • Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Gordon Van Gelder, for F&SF
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional:

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Matt Cardin, for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti
  • Stefan Fergus, for Civilian Reader
  • Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Patrick Swenson, for Fairwood Press

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ETA: Updated with revisions in Novella and Short Fiction categories.

Tempe for Westercon

Tempe, Arizona is the only site that has submitted paperwork to run for the 70th Westercon in 2017. The bid is being headed by Gary Swatty with Kevin McAloran as Treasurer and will take place from July 1-4, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. All members of Westercon 68 are eligible to vote.

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Northbound DUFF Race Postponed

The administrators of the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) have announced that no northbound race would be held this year. Julian Warner and Justin Ackroyd took over the administrator duties from Bill Wright Juanita Coulson in April at Wright’s request. They need a period of time to replenish funds and to allow for a well-organised campaign for next year. In addition, Lucy Huntzinger has offer to take over the administration of North American funds.
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Sapienza Endowment Established

Chicon 7 has created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb using surplus funds. The purpose of the Fund is to provide financial support to benefit the Northern Illinois University Library, Special Collections, for the procurement, preservation, and promotion of materials germane to the study of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror and their fandoms. The initial endowment of $25,000 was made at a Reception during the Nebula Award Weekend in Chicago and represents the last of Chicon 7’s surplus, and Chicon invites other individuals and organizations to donate to the endowment to improve its efficacy. Steven H Silver, who was one of three Chicon 7 Vice Chairs, will serve as the fund’s trustee.

CUFF Nominations Open

The Canadian Unity Fan Fund is looking for nominees to run for a visit to SFContario 6 in Toronto in November. Fans who wish to nominate should contact administrator Debra Yeung before May 31 and need three nominators from Eastern Canada and three from Western Canada. Voting will run through the month of June.

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Robinson Unable to Attend Westercon

Westercon 68 Guest of Honor Spider Robinson has announced that he will be unable to attend the convention due to health issues. Robinson explained that although he hasn’t discussed his health issues recently, he has been hospitalized several times over the last six months. Other Guests of Honor include William F. Nolan, John Picacio, and Seanan McGuire. Conjecture 13, held in conjunction with Westercon 68, has Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.

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Klages Retires from Tiptree Auctions

After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.

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Loncon 3 Souvenir Books

Loncon 3 has previously announced a delay in sending out Souvenir Books to non-British members. They have now announced that they will be sending out no more than one copy of the souvenir book per household to Supporting Members if the Supporting Members request a copy no later than June 12. Copies will be sent following Sasquan. Loncon does note that they might not be able to send copies to everyone who requests one. To request a copy, Supporting Members of Loncon 3 can send an e-mail to memberships@loncon3.org.

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