Irish fan Mick O’Connor died on February 16. O’Connor became active in fandom in the 1990s when he began attending meetings of the Irish Science Fiction Association. O’Connor also ran a comic book shop in Dublin and was part of the current Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid.
Ohio fan Nick Winks (b.1949) died on December 20. Winks was an active convention runner, running children’s programming for various Marcons, Windycons, and Chicon 2000 and also working on Context. Winks held the rank of Admiral in Barfleet. He leaves behind his wife, fan Linda Winks.
At Boskone 52, the weekend of February 13-15, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Moshe Feder.
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HBO is sponsoring a pop-up restaurant to be called “All Men Must Dine” for three days in February. The Game of Thrones themed banquets will take place in the Andaz Liverpool Hotel in London from February 13-15. Diners will have a chance to eat such delicacies as “The Lies of Tyrion Lanninster and his Proclaimed Innocence” (described as “Poached Veal Tongue with Beetroot, Horseradish and Oldtown Mustard”). Diners will be selected from those who submit entries to HBO, discussing their favorite Game of Thrones characters.
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Ashley Lane, the teenager who disappeared from Ohayocon on Saturday, was found on Tuesday afternoon in Columbus. Lane told police that she was aware of the search for her, but prior to attending the convention had decided to use the family trip to meet up with someone and run away.
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Fan John Jones died on February 3. Jones was instrumental in running RavenCon in Virginia. He came to science fiction through super hero shows in the 1970s and began volunteering at Vulkon in the 1990s. He served as head of Operations at Wrath of Con in 2008 and since 2009 has been the vice chair of RavenCon.
Ashley Lane (a.k.a. Ray Lane), disappeared while attending Ohayocon in Columbus, Ohio on January 31. Lane, who is transgendered, left her room to attend a late night rave at the con and hasn’t been seen since. Lane is 15-years-old, six feet tall with a slender build, brown eyes, and magenta-colored hair. Columbus police are asking for anyone with possible leads to contact them.
ETA: Ms. Lane was found safe on February 3.
San Francisco fan Eric P. Scott died in the middle of January. Scott entered fandom around 1980 and attended every Westercon beginning with 1981, eventually helping to run the con-suite. He was an active party thrower at conventions and tried to raise the level of parties by example. He was active in BASFA and also worked on programming, green room, and art shows at various conventions.
Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon, has announced the opening of the Hugo nomination period. Anyone who was a member of Loncon 3, or is a member of Sasquan or MidAmeriCon II by January 31, may nominate in each of the Hugo categories. The nomination period runs through March 10.
Nominations will open for the Ursa Major Awards, presented to recognize the best works published in the field of anthropomorphics in 2014, on January 15. Fans may nominate up to five works in each category until the nomination deadline of February 28. Voting will run from March 15 with the awards presented at Morphicon in Columbus, OH the weekend of April 30 – May 3, 2015.