Ursa Major Awards

The winners of the tenth annual Ursa Major Awards for the best in anthropomorphic/”funny animal” literature and art first published during 2014 were announced at Morphicon In Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 1.

  • Best Motion Picture: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best Dramatic Series or Short Work: “Furry Force”
  • Best Novel: Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis
  • Best Short Fiction: “When a Cat Loves a Dog,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • Best Other Literary Work: Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
  • Best Graphic Story: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Best Comic Strip: Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
  • Best Magazine: In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley
  • Best Published Illustration: “SabretoothedErmine,” cover of Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book
  • Best Game: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Best Website: FurAffinity

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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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Obituary: Stan Burns

Fan Stan Burns (b.Marsdon Stanford Burns, Jr., 1947) died on April 23. Burns began reading science fiction in 1957, when his mother got him a copy of Heinlein’s Have Space Suit, Will Travel from the library. He became active in LASFS while working on a cultural anthropology paper in 1967 and began attending conventions. Burns was the official photographer at Equicon, Filmcon, LACons I and III, many Loscons.

Obituary: Kathy Doran Owen

Fan Kathy Doran Owen died on April 25. Owens lived in Alabama was was active in developing and running the literary programming track at DragonCon for the past several years.

Franson Award

George Phillies has received the Donald Franson Award from the National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F). The award recognizes outstanding service to the N3F and is presented by the President. At the same time, the N3F has called for nominations for the annual Neffy Awards, nominations to be sent to recent Franson Award recipient George Phillies.

Obituary: Art Widner

Fan Art Widner (b.1917) died on April 17. Widner, who often signed his correspondence as R. Twidner, was one of the founding members of The Stranger Club, the pioneers of Boston fandom, and chaired Boskones I and II. He published more than 160 fanzines, including YHOS from 1940-45 and 1979-2001. He received the Big Heart Award in 1989 and was the 1991 DUFF winner. Widner received a Retro Hugo nomination for 1946 in the Best Fan Writer category and, along with The Stranger Club, was the Worldcon Fan GoH at Noreascon 3. Widner was also an inductee into the First Fandom Hall of Fame.

Peri Charlifu in Hospital

Artist and potter Peri Charlifu found himself in the hospital in March with a dissolving and gangrenous appendix. A GoFundMe has been started to help Charlifu with his medical and other bills as he is in the middle of planning a wedding and his hospitalization means he can’t work on pottery or attend cons and shows to sell his work. Charlifu was recently an Artist Guest of Honor at Windycon 41.

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Horvath Wins TAFF

Nina Horvath of Austria narrowly defeated Wolf von Wittig of Finland, Sweden, Russia, and Italy in TAFF voting, with one of the candidates polling better in Europe and the other in America, but both easily achieving the 20% threshold to be considered a winner. Horvath will travel to the US to attend Sasquan in August.

Obituary: Patrick H. Adkins

Author Patrick H. Adkins (b.1948 ) died on April 7. In 1974, Adkins, a lifelong fan of Edgar Rice Burroughs, published Edgar Rice Burroughs Bibliography and Price Guide. His first novel, Lord of the Crooked Paths, the first in a trilogy, appeared in 1987. In 2001, he published the collection Forgotten Tales of Love and Murder of uncollected Burroughs stories through the Tarzana Project, which he founded with John H. Guidry. He also served as editor of the New Orleans SF Association fanzine NOLAZine.

Nova Award Is Moribund

The Nova Award committee, led by Tony Berry, has announced that they will discontinue the presentation of the British fanzine award. According to Berry, while the awards, which was open to all British fanac and all British fans could vote, will not be presented, the committee will, on occasion, present a Special Nova to recognizes individual merit. The final Nova Awards were presented in November 2014.
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