Mayfair to Close

Mayfair Games has announced that after 36 years in the gaming industry, they will be closing their doors. Prior to making this announcement, Mayfair Games has sold all their assets to Asmodee North America, which will continue to produce and distribute their games. Over the years Mayfair produced Empire Builder, the Role Aids series, and introduced Catan to the US market.
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Far Fetched Fables Ending

The podcast Far Fetched Fables, hosted by Nicola Seaton-Clark, is going on indefinite hiatus. Producer Tony C. Smith states that Seaton-Clark has decided to step down due to her schedule rather than financial issues. There will be a couple more episodes before the show ends.
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Parsec Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Parsec Awards were announced on January 1, 2018.

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form): The Wicked Library: “Shadows,” by K. B. Goddard
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form): Six Stories, Told at Night, by KT Bryski
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form): The Raven and the Writing Desk: “Things Unseen,” by Chris Lester
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form): Return Home: “Genie,” by Maia Brown-Jackson
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” by John Ballentine
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): Uncanny County, by Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, & Nicole Greevy
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: The Uncle Interloper Show, by Grant Baciocco
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: The Theatre of Tomorrow, by Travis McMaster & Mark Whitten
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific):Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast, by John Mills & Matt Rushing
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): The Faculty of Horror, by Andrea Subissati & Alexandra West
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation:Calliope Writing Coach Podcast, by Angie Fenimore & Michael Sheen
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: Talk Nerdy, by Cara Santa Maria
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3, by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde

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Game of Thrones Hacker

Behzad Mesri has been charged with various counts of computer fraud, as well as wire fraud, interstate transmission of an extortionate communication, and aggravated identity theft as a result of hacking HBO’s servers and stealing and releasing episode of Game of Thrones early. Although he has been indicted, Mesri, who is Iranian, is not currently in custody.
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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 during a podcast in November 2017.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • The Lift: “The Lost Library,” by K. B. Goddard
  • Seminar: “True Horror,” by Jeffrey Bridges
  • The Junto Presents: “The Jack Of Lanterns,” by David Parkin
  • The Wicked Library: “Shadows,” by K. B. Goddard
  • The Junto Presents: “The Ghosts Of Christmas Eve: Tiny Tim,” by David Parkin

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

  • Six Stories, Told at Night, by KT Bryski
  • The Gray Area, by Edward Champion
  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, by Typedrawer Media

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)

  • The Black: Outbreak, by Paul Elard Cooley
  • The Adventures of Elizabeth Crowne: “The Woman in the Sky,” by Robert Isenberg
  • The Raven and the Writing Desk: “Things Unseen,” by Chris Lester
  • Sable, by Lane Lloyd
  • The Alien Adventures of Finn Caspian, by Jonathan Messinger

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • Return Home: “Hooves in the Dirt,” by Jeff Heimbuch
  • Return Home: “Genie,” by Maia Brown-Jackson
  • The Voice of Free Planet X: “A Good Guy With A Magic Sword,” by Jared Axelrod
  • Suspense: “The Black Madonna,” by John C. Alsedek & Dana Perry-Hayes, from the short story by Harold Lawlor
  • Suspense: “Jinx of the Jellicoe Jasper,” by John C. Alsedek & Dana Perry-Hayes

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • Punch It: Writing in Pop Culture: “The Last Will Be First,” by Tristan Riddell and The Girl
  • The Theater in Your Mind: “Anything Helps,” by Jon Holland
  • The Junto Presents: “Driver For The Dead,” by David Parkin
  • Campfire Radio Theater: “Abduction at Willow Woods,” by John Ballentine
  • Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” by John Ballentine

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Byron Chronicles, by Eric L. Busby
  • MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Radio Icebox Season 02: Rise of the Sirens, by Jeffrey Adams
  • We’re Alive: Lockdown, by Wayland Productions
  • Uncanny County, by Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, & Nicole Greevy
  • Our Fair City, by Clayton Feits

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Grant’s Advent Calendar, by Grant Baciocco
  • The Uncle Interloper Show, by Grant Baciocco
  • Country Bear Collector Show, by Grant Baciocco

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Seminar, by Pendant Productions
  • The Theatre of Tomorrow, by Travis McMaster & Mark Whitten
  • Escape Pod, by Escape Artists
  • Brick Moon Fiction, published by Jason T. Reed
  • The Wicked Library, by Daniel Foytik & Nelson W. Pyles

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Beyond Westworld, by Aaron Peterson and Troy Heinritz
  • MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Synesthesia Theatre, by Burning Brigid Media
  • Lesser Gods, by Colleen Scriven
  • Aural Traditions: Crosswired, by Straight Talk Entertainment

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Trek Geeks: A Star Trek Podcast, by Dan Davidson & Bill Smith
  • Back to the Future Minute, by Scott Carelli & Nick Jimenez
  • Beyond Westworld, by Aaron Peterson & Troy Heinritz
  • Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast, by John Mills & Matt Rushing
  • Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast, by John Champion & Ken Ray

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • Nutty Bites, by Nuchtchas
  • Piper’s Picks TV, by Piper Reese & Adam Feinsilver
  • The 602 Club, by Matthew Rushing
  • The Faculty of Horror, by Andrea Subissati & Alexandra West
  • MegaPodTastic, by Krazy Joe

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Two Gay Geeks, by Keith Lane & Ben Ragunton
  • Lightning Dogs: The Official Paw’dcast, by The Nerdy Show Network
  • Audio Drama Production Podcast, by Fiona Thraille & Sarah Golding
  • Stage Nine, by Mike Schindler & John Mills
  • Calliope Writing Coach Podcast, by Angie Fenimore & Michael Sheen

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space, by Fraser Cain
  • Planetary Radio, by Mat Kaplan, The Planetary Society
  • Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast, by Zachary Fruhling & Mike Morrison
  • Talk Nerdy, by Cara Santa Maria
  • decipherSciFi, by Christopher Peterson & Lee Colbert

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Kakos Industries, by Conrad Miszuk
  • Are You Scared of These Stories?, by Robert Hibbs, Robbie Owens, & Josh Jenkins
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe, by Audioblivious Productions
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special, by The Nerdy Show Network
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016, by Susan C. Tolly & Cary Michael Ayers
  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3, by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde

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Uncanny Launched Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction

Uncanny magazine has announced a Kickstarter to fund a special double issue for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, a continuation of the “Destroy Science Fiction” series begun by Lightspeed magazine. The Kickstarter will run from July 24 and August 23. The issue will be edited by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry with Parisien handling fiction and Sjunneson-Henry handling non-fiction.

Libertarian Special Award to Stanley

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced a Prometheus Special Award to be presented to cartoonist Mark Stanley for the first chapter of his webcomic Freefall. The comic debuted on March 30, 1998 and the first chapter completed on July 11, 2016, making it eligible for consideration as a complete work. Stanley will receive a plaque and a gold coin. Freefall is the third comic to be honored by the LFS.
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Anathema Launches

Anathema, an on-line magazine spotlighting science fiction by queer people of color, has published its first issue. The magazine aims to publish three times a year. The first issue contains stories by S. Qiouyi Lu, Tony Pi, Ayodele Olofintuade, Brent Lambert, and Stephanie Chan.

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Changes at Strange Horizons

Niall Harrison has announced that he will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Strange Horizons, a role he took on in 2011. Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde will be taking over the duties as Editors-in-Chief effective April 3, 2017. Both joined the magazine in 2016 as Associate Editors and they have curated several special issues and have overseen the launch of Strange Horizon‘s sister magazine, Samovar.
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Weisskopf Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Toni Weisskopf will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Weisskopf has served as the editor and publisher of Baen Books, creating the company’s innovative e-publishing program. She has founded awards for science fiction, fantasy, and military science fiction. Outside her professional service to the field, Weisskopf has run conventions and published fanzines. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.