Helsinki in 2017

Preliminary reports indicate that Helsinki has won the right to host the 2017 Worldcon. Helsinki received approximately 52% of the votes on the first ballot, winning outright in a race with Washington, DC, Montreal, and Shizuoka. The official results, convention name, and Guests of Honor will be announced at the Saturday business meeting at Sasquan.

Pegasus Nominees

The finalists for the 2014 Pegasus Award have been announced. On-line voting is open to anyone with an interest in the filk community until October 18. The winners will be announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival the weekend of October 23-25.

Best Filk Song

  • “Being Watson,” by Kari Maaren
  • “Child of the Library,” by Piers & Gill Cawley
  • “My Story Is Not Done,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Pageant Legend,” by Katy Dröge-Macdonald /Ju Honisch
  • “Somebody Will,” by Ada Palmer

Best Classic Filk Song

  • “Before The Dawn,” by Mike Whitaker
  • “Captain Jack & the Mermaid,” by Meg Davis
  • “Die Puppen (The Dolls),” by Eva Van Daele-Hunt
  • “Following in Valentina’s Footsteps,” by Valerie Housden
  • “Ship Of Stone,” by Don Simpson

Best Performer

  • Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • The Cast of “Before the Dawn” at Loncon 2014
  • Playing Rapunzel
  • Three-Fifths
  • Twotonic

Best Writer/Composer

  • Barry Childs-Helton
  • W. Randy Hoffman
  • Kari Maaren
  • Eva Van Daele-Hunt

Best Adapted Song

  • “Be Our GoH,” by Tom Smith
  • “Come to Mordor,” by Jeff Bohnhoff
  • “Grabthar’s Silver Hammer,” by Steve Macdonald
  • “Meat,” by Kathleen Sloan
  • “Threes Rev. 1.1,” by Duane Elms

Best Time-Related Song

  • “Gabriel Gray’s Song,” by Batya Wittenberg
  • “The Grandfather Clock,” by Cecilia Eng
  • “One Last Dance,” by Bill Roper
  • “Precious Moments,” by Phil Allcock
  • “Starlight & Saxophone,” by Tom Smith

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Chesley Award Winners

The Chesley Awards, for artwork produced in 2014, were presented at Sasquan on the afternoon of August 20. The awards are presented by ASFA.

  • Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover
: Julie Dillon for Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, edited by Brandon Sanderson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Paperback
: Raoul Vitale for Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, edited by Kij Johnson
  • Best Cover Illustration – Magazine: Julie Dillon for Analog, April 2014
  • Best Interior Illustration: 
Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso for “Ekaterina and the Firebird,” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe; Tor.com, January 2014
  • Best Color Work – Unpublished
: Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished: 
Allen Williams for “Sphynx” graphite
  • Best Three-Dimensional Art
: Dan Chudzinski for The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • Best Gaming Related Illustration: Peter Mohrbacher for Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WotC, May 2014
  • Best Product Illustration: 
Donato Giancola for George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar, Bantam, 2014
  • Best Art Director
: Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
  • Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award
: John Harris

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Obituary: Yvonne Craig

Actress Yvonne Craig (b.1937) died on August 17. Craig is best known for creating the roles of Barbara Gordon and Batgirl in the 1960s television series Batman. She also portrayed the green Orion slave girl Marta in the Star Trek episode “Whom Gods Destroy.” Other genre roles included the television shows and films Mars Needs Women, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Prior to working as an actor, Craig was the youngest dancer to perform in the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.

Potential News Delay This Week

This week, Sasquan, the Worldcon, is taking place in Spokane, Washington, which means a lot of SF news will be breaking, including the announcement of the Hugo Award winners and the site selection results for 2017. News on this site, however, may be delayed to to surgery for the editor. I’ll post as time and recovery permit.

SFWA Charity Auction

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America (SFWA) will be holding a charity auction on Sunday, August 23 at Sasquan in the Spokane Convention Center Hall C – Guinan’s Place. Proceeds from the auction, which will include tuckerizations and critiques from Greg Bear, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, and John Scalzi, as well as an outgoing voicemail recording by Mary Robinette Kowal and a personalized insult from Neil Gaiman, among other items, will be available. The proceeds will go the the SFWA Givers Fund, which funds the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, Legal Fund, and other SFWA grants. Ellen Klages will serve as auctioneer.

CONDuit Comes to an End

The Board of Directors for CONDuit have announced that they have voted to end the convention, which ran annually for twenty-five years from 1990 through 2015. Although the con has ceased, the business corporation will continue to function and may, one day, sponsor another convention.

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Sidewise Award Winners

The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History winners have been announced ahead of Sasquan. Due to the inability of any of the judges to attend Sasquan, the decision was made to cancel the presentation at the convention and announce the winners prior to the con.

  • Short Form: “The Long Haul: From the Annals of Transportation, The Pacific Monthly, May 2009,” by Ken Liu
  • Long Form: The Enemy Within by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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Baen Fantasy Award Winner

The winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced at Gen Con. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.

  • Grand Price: “Kiss from a Queen,” by Jeff Provine
  • First Runner-Up: “Trappists,” by Katherine Monasterio
  • Second Runner-Up: “Shell Game,” by Joseph L. Kellogg

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On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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