The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2014, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY the weekend of November 5-8.
Sasquan is holding a contest for the design of the base for the 2015 Hugo Awards. Design should reflect Spokane or the Northwest in general. Design proposals will be accepted until Sunday, February 1, 2015, with the winner selected by Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Not only will the winner’s design be used for the Hugo, but the winner will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.
Fort Worth, TX won the right to host SMOFCon the weekend of December 4-6 at the Sheraton Fort Worth Hotel and Spa. The Fort Worth team beat a bid from Colorado Springs. Tim Miller will chair the Fort Worth SMOFCon.
The Rosemont Hyatt, which was hosting Midwest Furfest, was evacuated just before 1 am on December 7 following a chlorine leak, which police are treating as an intentional spill. The leak occurred Saturday night during parties on either the ninth or tenth floor of the hotel, resulting in the evacuation and the hospitalization of nineteen con members. Attendees were permitted to return to their rooms at 3:30 in the morning.
The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 14 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.
- Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
- Fanwriter: Christina Lake
- Fanartist: D West
Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Under the Hill.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Duffey won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.
The Lunacon Board of directors has decided that the venerable con will take a year’s hiatus. Individuals who have already purchased memberships for the 2015 Lunacon will be contacted and offered the option of receiving a refund or transferring their membership to Lunacon 2016 the weekend of March 18-20. Although the current plan is to return to their traditional hotel, the venue may be changed. Lunacon was founded in 1957.
Two World Fantasy Awards were presented at the annual banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA on November 9. In introducing the awards, Gordon van Gelder addressed the controversy regarding the award’s physical appearance and noted that the administrators are listening to arguments from all sides and held a poll at the event, but have not yet made any decisions about the trophy. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.
- Novel: A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
- Novella: “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
- Short Story: “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Anthology: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- Collection: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Artist: Charles Vess
- Special Award—Professional: (tie) Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com; William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
- Special Award—Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
- Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ellen Datlow; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has announced that Tananarive Due and Guest of Honor David Gerrold would co-emcee next year’s Hugo Award Ceremony. In addition, Sasquan has announced that Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Chris Burgess will co-host a live pre- and post-Ceremony internet broadcast discussing the history of the Hugos, the current ballot, and will interview nominees and winners.