Julia Elliott Wins Shared World Residency

Julia Elliott has won the Shared World 2016 Amazon Writers-in-Residence. She will attend the Shared World Writers Workshop for teens at Wofford College in South Carolina, where she will meet with the aspiring authors and help teach and guide them in conjunction with the workshop’s other authors.
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Dragon at Caerphilly Castle

Wild Creations has installed a one ton fibreglass dragon outside Caerphilly Castle in Wales to kick off Cadw’s Historic Adventures campaign. The dragon, which breathes smoke, will be visible for free through March 6, after which it will be moved inside the castle through the summer and viewable to anyone who buys admission to the Medieval castle, which was built by Gilbert de Clare in the thirteenth century.
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Atwood Headlines SF Colloquium

The Chiaroscuro Reading Series has announced that Margaret Atwood will be the keynote speaker at the 2016 Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, to be held on March 12. Other participants will include A.M. Dellamonica, Peter Chiykowski, Michael Rowe, Peter Watts, and Andrew Pyper. Tickets range from $30 for students to $40 for regular admission.
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SF Prop Auction

Premiere Props will be auctioning off more than 500 movie props, including many from science fiction films including Jurassic Park, Star Wars, Iron Man, Men in Black, and The Dark Knight Rises. The auction will take place in El Segundo, CA on December 12 beginning at 11 AM with on-line and phone bidding and proxies allowed.
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Ned Brooks Memorial

A memorial gathering for fan Ned Brooks, who died on August 31, will be held at the Athens Pizza House in Decatur, GA on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. Friends and fans who would like to make a donation in Ned’s name should consider the charities Amnesty International and the ACLU.

Tiptree Symposium

The University of Oregon Libraries will host a free two day symposium on James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) on December 4-5 on the Eugene campus. Oregon has recently acquired Tiptree’s literary papers. Hugo Award-winning author Julie Phillips will speak, as will Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold, all of whom carried out correspondence with Tiptree.

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Harryhausen Auction

Artifacts from the collection of Ray Harryhausen will go up for auction on October 17. Harryhausen was known for his work in stop-motion animation and worked on films such as Clash of the Titans, The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. Auction items include models, paintings, and cameras, many of the objects autographed by Harryhausen.

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Arizona Reading Series

Lee Whiteside has announced the creation of the AZSF Reading Series, to begin on September 22 at the Sip Coffee and Beer House in Scottsdale, AZ. The inaugural event will feature authors Melinda Snodgrass, Jane Lindskold, and Victor Milan.
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Delany at CalArts

Samuel R. Delany will be speaking at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) on Saturday, November 15 at 3:00 in Los Angeles. Delany will be there as the Katie Jacobson Scholar in Residence, with ticket prices ranging from free to $10.

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Charles N. Brown Auction

Numerous items from the estate of former Locus publisher Charles N. Brown will be placed on the auction block on the weekend of October 11-12. The lots include pieces of furniture, artwork, and numerous lots of mystery novels, many of which are by authors such as Frederic Brown or Anthony Boucher who also have a tie to science fiction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. The auction is being managed by Clars Auction Gallery.

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