Months after the Worldcon was held in Spokane, a local man faces charges for attacking his neighbor with a Klingon bat’leth in a dispute over garbage cans. Carlo Morris Cerutti, who does not appear to have been a member of Sasquan, brandished the weapon at his neighbor on November 14 and is now facing assault charges.
Graphic designer Michael C. Gross (b.1945) died on November 16. Gross is best known for his design of the logo for Ghostbusters. He also designed the National Lampoon cover which featured the caption “If You Don’t Buy This Magazine, We’ll Kill This Dog.” Gross also produced both Ghostbusters films as well as Heavy Metal. He received Emmy nominations for his work on SCTV Network, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, and The Real Ghostbusters.
Con runner Adam Beaton has had a run of bad luck in the transportation department. After his car broke down, he purchased a bike for transportation. Unfortunately, when he came out of work last week, he discovered that someone had cut his bike lock and stolen his bike. Beaton is running a gofundme campaign to raise money to purchase a new bike. Beaton ran the Orlando in 2016 Worldcon bid and has worked on various Worldcons and NASFiCs over the past several years.
Chicago area artist David Lee Pancake was in an accident on Saturday, November 14 as he was driving home from Windycon 42 for the evening. Pancake was injured and his car totaled. Pancake won Best in Show at the Windycon 42 art show earlier in the evening.
Orbit has announced that they will increase their US science fiction publishing schedule beginning in 2016. The increase means the company will publish 90 new science fiction titles each year. Orbit entered the US science fiction market in 2008 and the new schedule is a 50% increase over what they have been publishing.
M. Aruguete won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Catamount.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Aruguete won a membership at Windycon, room nights, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Richard Chwedyk, Roland Green, and Elizabeth Anne Hull.
Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.
The winners of the Ion Hobana Award, named for the Romanian science fiction author, have been announced. The awards are presented for excellence in science fiction volume in Romania.
- The Age of the Machine. About Posthumanism and Technological Imagery in Fiction, by Dr. Daniela Petroșel
- The Morphology of the Possible Words: Utopia, Distopia, Science Fiction, Fantasy, edited by Prof. Dr. Corin Braga
MidAmeriCon II has announced a contest to design the base of this year’s Hugo Award. Design proposals will be accepted until January 18, 2016, and the winner will be selected by late February. The winner of the base design competition will receive a full attending membership for the convention and will be invited to take part in the public unveiling of the design.
In 2014, SFWA developed an accessibility checklist for its internal events, such as the Nebula Award Weekend or the New York Reception. SFWA has now elected to make the checklist public and available to other events which may desire to have some guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Matthew Johnson, Teresa Frohock, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Bill Thomasson, and Tanya Washburn, and have been used at multiple SFWA events.