German author Wolfgang Jeschke (b.1936) died on June 10. Jeschke discovered German science fiction fandom in the 1950s and in 1955 became one of the first members of Science Fiction Club Deutschland. His early stories were published in fanzines, but he eventually went on to work in publishing as an editor as well as write his own novels, including Der letzte Tag der Schöpfung and Midas oder Die Auferstehung des Fleisches. Jeschke was one of the Pro Guests of Honor at ConFiction, the 1990 Worldcon held in The Hague.
Fan Michael Wernig (b.1954) died on June 3. Wernig was a member of the Albuquerque Science Fiction Society and a frequent attendee at Bubonicon.
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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Fan Yvonne “Vonnie” Carts-Powell (b.1966) died on May 22. Carts-Powell was a frequent attendee and panelist at Boston area conventions and has written reviews for Green Man Reviews. A science writer, in 2008, she wrote The Science of Heroes, a look at the television series. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
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.
There will be a memorial service for science fiction fan Art Widner on June 22 at 1:00 in Gualala, California.
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.