Obituary: Kathleen A. Bellamy

Kathleen A. Bellamy (b.1957) died on December 19. Bellamy served as the Managing Editor for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Bellamy was also involved in the magazine’s slush reading process.

Tor.com Closing Unsolicited Submissions

Tor.com has announced that it will no longer accept unsolicited short story submissions for the website effective January 7. Although they note that they have found some wonderful stories in the slush pile, the feeling seems to be that the signal to noise ratio is not worth the effort.
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Newitz Leaves io9

Annalee Newitz, one of the founders of io9, has announced that November 30 is her final day at the website. Newitz helped found io9 with Charlie Jane Anders in 2008 and has been running the website since, taking on the position as Gizmodo editor in January of this year. Newitz is leaving to take on the role of tech culture editor at Ars Technica.
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Obituary: Harriet Klausner

Prolific reviewer Harriet Klausner (b.1952) died on October 15. Klausner was a librarian and journalist who reviewed thousands of books on Amazon, at one time ranking at the #1 Amazon reviewer, although the quantity and brevity of her reviews caused many to wonder how closely she read the books. In 2006, she was selected by Time Magazine as one of the representatives of its Person of the Year when it selected “you,” representative of the individuals making a difference in the world.

Strange Horizons Fund Drive

On-line zine Strange Horizons has announced its 2015 Fund Drive. They hope to raise $18,000 to help pay for the costs of running the magazine. Everyone who donates will be entered into a raffle to receive on of several prizes. Strange Horizons is a 501(c)3 organization, which means that donations are tax-deductable. This year, Strange Horizons has also set up a Patreon page.
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Parsec Award Winners

The winners of the Parsec Awards for Podcasts were presented at Dragoncon on September 6.

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form): “O’Malley’s Media Storm,” by V.C. Morrison
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): “Aaron’s World,” by Mike Meraz & Aaron Meraz
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form): “Last Contact,” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella & Long Form): “The Black,” by Paul E. Cooley
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): “The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” OR “A Mike in the Mechanics,” by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: PleasureTown
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: Mario Warfare
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: Universe Today’s Guide to Space, by Fraser Cain
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): The Incomparable
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific): The Scot and the Sassenach, by Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation: The Journeyman Writer
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: [1] New Message, by Jamie Gower

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Parsec Nominees

The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “The Greater Good,” by Edwin Crowe
  • “A Story to Scare My Son,” by R. D. Ovenfriend
  • “Madness Above the Clouds,” by Michael Marks
  • “Shimmer,” by Amanda Davis
  • “Singing with All my Skin and Bone,” by Sunny Moraine

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Secret World Chronicles
  • The Black
  • “Eater of Bone,” by Robert Reed
  • Bear Spirit
  • The Ghost Train of New Orleans

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Last Contact,” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich
  • “Monster!” by V. C. Morrison
  • “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day,” by Tina Connolly
  • “The Screwfly Solution,” by James Tiptree, Jr.
  • “Red Legacy,” by Eneasz Brodski
  • “Say UNcle,” by Rish Outfield

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “The Philadelphia Xperiment,” by John Ballentine
  • “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” by John Ballentine
  • “A Prophet’s Guide,” by Matthew J. Boudreau
  • “Space Casey Season 2,” by Christiana Ellis
  • “Aaron’s World,” by Mike Meraz and Aaron Meraz
  • “Alba Salix, Royal Physician,” by Eli McIlveen

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • Balancing Act, by Mike Murphy
  • The Sinister Secret of StarNasty, or, A Mike in the Mechanics, by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
  • Transference, by Sydney Leigh

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Mario Warfare
  • Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Cast of Wonders
  • Pseudopod
  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • The Uncanny Podcast
  • The NoSleep Podcast

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • PleasureTown
  • Audtio Drama Production Podcast
  • Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
  • Lost in Williamsburg
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley and JAX

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • The Ready Room
  • Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
  • Arrow Squad
  • Dusted: A Buffy Podcast
  • Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
  • The Scot and the Sassenach

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomperable
  • Anomaly Podcast
  • The 602 Club
  • The Scifi Diner Podcast
  • Geek Radio Daily

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Literary Treks
  • Axanar: The Official Podcast
  • Continuing Mission
  • The Journeyman Writer
  • The Roundtable Podcast

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Blurry Photos
  • Faculty of Horror
  • Weird Things
  • Hubblecast
  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4Cast
  • [1] New Message
  • Rude Alchemy
  • I Remembered It…Better

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Call for Parsec Nominations

The Parsec Awards, given for excellence in science fiction podcasting, are open for nominations. The award was founded in 2005 and is presented annually at Dragon*Con. Nominations in 15 categories are open until May 31.

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Musa Publishing Closes Doors

E-publisher Musa Publishing has announced that they were closing as of March 1. Musa was founded in 2011 and in addition to publishing books, such as Gary K. Wolf’s Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?, also published e-mags, such as the science fiction ‘zine Penumbra. Musa has reverted all rights back to their authors and has announced that purchased e-books will remain available until their domain registration expires.

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Obituary: Alice K. Turner

Editor Alice K. Turner (b.1939) died on January 16 from pneumonia. Turner had served as the fiction editor at Playboy from 1980 until 2000. In 1998, she edited The Playboy Book of Science Fiction, collecting 25 science fiction stories originally published in Playboy by authors including William Tenn, Ray Bradbury, Doris Lessing, and Ursula K. Le Guin.

ETC: Corrected year of birth.