Obituary: Jannick Storm

Danish author Jannick Storm (b. Finn Jannick Storm Jørgensen, 1939) died on May 9. Storm worked as a critic, translator, and editor as well as an author. He helped reintroduce science fiction to Denmark in the 50s and edited a line of translations beginning in 1968. his own fiction is collected in Miriam og andre and Er mao død.

CUFF Nominations Open

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.

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Obituary: John Stephenson

Voice actor John Stephenson (b.1923) died on May 15. Stephenson began his career on screen in the 1950s, including an appearance on Science Fiction Theatre in which he played “Phil Coulson” in the episode “Robot Doctor.” In the early 60s, he began doing voicework on the show Top Cat and eventually his work included voice roles on Jonny Quest, Atom Ant, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, and Scooby Doo. He also did voices for the two animated films based on Tolkien’s work.

Crisp Leaves Tor

Tor Editorial Director Julie Crisp has left Pan Macmillan to set up shop as a freelance editor, script doctor, and literary agent. Crisp served as a Senior Commissioning Editor for two years before becoming the Editorial Director in 2010. Her authors included China Miéville, Amanda Hocking, Peter F Hamilton, and Anne Cleeves. In addition to her work at Tor, Crisp had also worked on crime novels for Pan Macmillan.
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Obituary: James Powell

Artist James R. Powell (b.1972) died in a car accident on May 13. Powell painted the cover for the anthology Denizens of Darkness, several Joe Lansdale novels, as well as works by Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Brian Hodge. He created the badge art for the 2015 World Horror Con, which was held the weekend before his death.

Allison Announced Retirement

Susan Allison, who has served as editorial director for Berkley Publishing Group, including Ace Books, has announced her retirement effective July 1. Allison has been with the company for 33 years. She was made editor-in-chief in 1982 and a vice president in 1985. In 1990, Allison was the guest of honor at World Fantasy Con.

Campbell and Sturgeon Finalists

The nominees for the John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Campbell award is given for a novel, the Sturgeon for a short story. Both awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held June 11-14, 2015 in Lawrence KS.

John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award Nominees

  • The Race, by Nina Allan
  • A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
  • Europe in Autumn, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Defenders, by Wil McIntosh
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • The Bees, by Laline Paull
  • Bête, by Adam Roberts
  • Lock In, by John Scalzi
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • Area X (The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Echopraxia, by Peter Watts

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Nominees

  • “Lady with Fox,” by
  • “Childfinder,” by
  • “In Her Eyes,” by
  • “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by
  • “Herd Immunity,” by
  • “When It Ends, He Catches Her,” by
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “A Hotel in Antarctica,” by Geoffrey Landis
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Lightness of the Movement,” by Pat MacEwan
  • “We Are the Cloud,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “The Fifth Dragon,” by Ian McDonald
  • “Shatterdown,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The Cryptic Age,” by Robert Reed

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Obituary: Glen Orbik

Artist Glen Orbik (b.1963) died on May 11 following a battle with cancer. Orbik studied art at the California Art Institute and later with Fred Fixler. His artwork adorned video games, novels, and comics, including works by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Joe Lansdale, and Barbara Hambly.

Deutscher Preis

The winners of the 2015 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis have been announced. The juried award is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club, and is given for best novel and short fiction written in German. The award will be presented at WetzKon2 in Wetzlar, Germany on July 4 and carried a prize of €1000.

  • Best German-language Short Story: “Knox,” by Eva Strasser
  • Best German-language Novel: Alpha & Omega: Apokalypse für Anfänger, by Markus Orths

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Ignotus Nominees

The ballot for this year’s Ignotus Awards has been announced. Founded in 1991, the Ignotus Awards are voted on by the members of the annual Hispacon, which will be held this year in Granada.


  • A vuestras mentes dispersas, by Joan Antoni Fernández
  • El libro de Ivo, by Juan Cuadra Pérez
  • El mapa del caos, by Félix J. Palma
  • La inconquistable, by José Antonio Bonilla
  • La piedad del Primero, by Pablo Bueno
  • Las tierras en juego, by Arkaitz León Muela
  • Un minuto antes de la oscuridad, by Ismael Martínez Biurrun


  • Adepta, by Felicidad Martínez
  • El rey lansquenete, by Santiago García Albás
  • La epopeya de los amantes, by Miguel Santander
  • Los centinelas del tiempo, by Javier Negrete
  • Pasteles de barro, by Carlos Martí Mezquita


  • Antonio Benjumea,” by Cristina Jurado
  • Casas rojas,” by Nieves Delgado
  • El pastor de naves,” by Felicidad Martínez
  • Prolang,” by Ricardo Montesinos
  • WeKids,” by Laura Gallego


  • Alucinadas, by Various authors
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año II, by Various authors
  • El ciclo de Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Mañana todavía, by Various authors
  • Terra Nova 3, by Various authors

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.

  • 20 autores de relatos de ciencia ficción que deberías estar leyendo,” by Elías F. Combarro
  • El futuro bajo sospecha,” by Ismael Martínez Biurrun
  • Fachas del espacio,” by Félix García
  • Introducción,” by Fernando Ángel Moreno y Julián Díez
  • Premios Ignotus para Dummies,” by Juanma Santiago
  • Yo sobreviví a las guerras del fándom (incluso las provoqué),” by Juanma Santiago


  • Cover of A vuestras mentes dispersas, by Koldo Campo
  • Cover of Antes del primer día, by Koldo Campo
  • Cover of Crónicas de tinieblas, by Juan Miguel Aguilera
  • Cover of La inconquistable, by Román García Mora
  • Cover of La piedad del Primero, by Olga Esther
  • Cover of Las tierras en juego, by María Paz Muela
  • Cover of Retrofuturismos, by Alejandro Colucci

Audiovisual Production

  • Canal de YouTube de Sense of Wonder, by Elías F. Combarro
  • La cueva, by Alfredo Montero (director)
  • La órbita de Endor, by Various authors
  • Los Verdhugos, by Various authors
  • Luces en el horizonte, by Luis Martínez Vallés
  • The Spoiler Club, by Various authors

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.


  • Alfa Eridiani
  • Barsoom
  • Delirio
  • miNatura
  • Planetas Prohibidos
  • Presencia Humana
  • Scifiworld

Foreign Novel

  • Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • The Rite, by Laird Barron
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

Foreign Story

  • “Who Will Care for the Gods?”, by Liu Cixin
  • “The Player”, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “In a Red Station, Drifting”, by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Legion,” by Brandon Sanderson
  • “Mono no aware,” by Ken Liu

Web Site

  • Cuentos para Algernon, by Marcheto
  • Donde acaba el infinito, by Alexander Páez
  • Fantífica, by Random House Mondadori
  • La tercera fundación, by La asociación Clitural Los Conseguidores
  • Literatura fantástica, by Mariano Villarreal
  • Sense of Wonder, by Elías F. Combarro

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