WFC Names Guests of Honor

The 2016 World Fantasy Convention has announced that Mercedes Lackey, Larry Dixon, and L. E. Modesitt, Jr. will be their Guests of Honor. At the same time, the convention released its harassment policy, based on the policy used by the 2014 World Fantasy Con in Washington, as well as its accessibility policy. Both policies were released a day after a rate increase and after many on-line complaints.
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SAG Awards

Genre work wasn’t entirely shut-out at this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards, but none of the major awards went to actors in genre roles. Genre only took home the trophy in the two Stunt categories.

  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble (television): Game of Thrones
  • Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble (film): Mad Max: Fury Road

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Obituary: Frank Finlay

Actor Frank Finlay (b.1926) died on January 31. Finlay appeared as Porthos in Richard Lester’s The Three Musketeers, The Four Musketeers, and The Return of the Musketeers. More genre-specific work included Lifeforce, Count Dracula, Merlin, and the television adaptation of Terry Pratchett’s Johnny and the Bomb.

Obituary: Joe Raftery

British filker Joe Raftery died on January 29. Raftery debuted his first filk song at the 1979 Worldcon in Brighton before gafiating until 2000, when he attended FilkContinental. Following his reintroduction to fandom, Raftery became a regular at filk meet ups and was nominated for the Pegasus Award in 2007 for his role in the n’Early Music Consort. He served on the committee for HarmUni2. Raftery was married to Gwen Knighton, Sister Emeritus of Three Weird Sisters.

Obituary: Paul Kantner

Musician Paul Kantner (b.1941) died on January 28. Kantner is best known as one of the founding members of the band Jefferson Airplane, as well as its short-lived spin-off Jefferson Starship. In 1971, Kantner was nominated for the Hugo Award for the Jefferson Starship album Blows Against the Empire, the first time a rock album had been nominated.

Obituary: Dave Marquart

Fan Dave Marquart (b.1956) died on January 14. Marquart was active in fandom during and immediately after his college years, helping to establish ChUSFA while a student at University of Illinois. He continued to attend conventions for some time, although his participation in fandom decreased as life issues took center stage.

Latham Fired from Riverside

Rob Latham, who helped create the Science Fiction Studies program at the University of California-Riverside, has been dismissed despite holding tenure from the organization. An investigation into Latham began when he was accused of sexual harassment by a graduate student. The resulting investigation argued “strongly against a finding of sexual harassment,” however the university elected to remove Latham.

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Obituary: Abe Vigoda

Actor Abe Vigoda (b.1921) died on January 26. Vigoda was ancient looking when he made his film debut in The Godfather, which led to numerous claims that he had died, even working into an episode of Barney Miller, in which Vigoda played the character “Fish.” Best known for his roles in The Godfather, Barney Miller, and the spin-off Fish, Vigoda appeared in episodes of Dark Shadows, Superboy, The Bionic Woman, and Tales from the Darkside.

Obituary: Marvin Minsky

Marvin Minsky (b.1927) died on January 24. Minsky was integral to the field of artificial intelligence. He served as an advisor on the film 2001: a space odyssey and later collaborated with Harry Harrison on the novel The Turing Option.

Clarke Named Bulletin Editor

Cat Rambo has announced that Neil Clarke has been named editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Clarke is the Hugo and World Fantasy Award winning editor of Clarkesworld. Clarke has also been working as interim editor of the SFWA Bulletin since the departure of previous editor John Klima.

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