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.
L. Neil Smith has been named the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award by the Libertarian Futurist Society, recognizing his contribution to Libertarian science fiction. Smith has previously received the Prometheus Award on four different occasions, including his first award for his novel The Probability Broach, which was the first award presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society, although the Prometheus Award was awarded previous to the Society’s founding. Smith created the Prometheus Award in 1979.
Texas fan Kathy Thornton (b.1957) died on January 16. Thornton was one of the founding members of Con-Troll in Houston and worked on Texas NASFiCs and Worldcons. She served on the Gallifreyan Consulate. In 2005, she was the fan Guest of Honor at Apollocon.
Author Merl “Bill” Baldwin, Jr. (b.1935) died on October 14. Baldwin wrote “The Helmsman” series, beginning in 1985 and continuing through eight books, ending with The Turning Tide in 2011. He also wrote the stand-alone novels Canby’s Legion and The Enigma Strategy.
Editor David G. Hartwell (b.1941) died on January 20 following a brain hemorrhage the day before. Hartwell served as an editor at Tor Books and at various times edited for several other publishers, including the creation of the Timescape line for Simon and Schuster. He was the publisher of The New York Review of Science Fiction and edited numerous anthologies, including Northern Stars, Northern Suns, Visions of Wonder, The Science Fiction Century, Ascent of Wonder, Space Opera Renaissance, and Ages of Wonder. His anthologies and the NYRSF often started industry-wide conversations. Hartwell was awarded three editing Hugos, two World Fantasy Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 2009 Worldcon, Anticipation. He was the founder and, for many years, the driving force behind the World Fantasy Con.
The Houston Science Fiction Association (HSFA) has announced that they will not be hosting ApolloCon this year. The website does not provide a reason for the cancellation or indicate if ApolloCon will be held in the future, although it does note that HSFA will continue to hold events for its members.
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Tor editor David G. Hartwell suffered a stroke on the afternoon of January 19. He is currently in the hospital in critical condition.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees.
- Manna, a novel by Lee Corey (1984)
- Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
- “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
- The Island Worlds, a novel by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts (1987)
- A Mirror for Observers, a novel by Edgar Pangborn (1954)
The Critics’ Choice Awards were presented on January 17. Mad Max: Fury Road had led the nominations with 13 and also led the winners, taking the award in 9 categories. The only other genre films to win were Inside Out and Ex Machina
Motion Picture Winners
- Best Director: George Miller, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Production Design: Colin Gibson, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Editing: Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Costume Design: Jenny Bevan, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Hair & Makeup: Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Visual Effects: Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Animated Feature: Inside Out
- Best Action Movie: Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Actor in an Action Movie: Tom Hardy, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Actress in an Action Movie: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
- Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Ex Machina
- Best Actor in a Drama Series: Rami Malek, Mr. Robot
- Best Drama Series: Mr. Robot
- Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
- Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Genius Award: Industrial Light & Magic
Screenwriter Robert Banks Stewart (b.1931) died on January 14. Stewart created the Doctor Who villains the Zygons for Terror of the Zygons. The creatures did not reappear until the 50th anniversary episode. Stewart also wrote for The Avengers and Arthur of the Britons. When working on The Darling Buds of May, he discovered Catherine Zeta-Jones.