Obituary: Dave Rike

Fan Dave Rike (b.1935) died on November 1, 2014. Rike became active in fandom in the 1950s, co-editing the fanzine Innuendo, with Terry Carr and, along with Carr, created the hoax fan Carl Brandon. He helped popularize the propeller beanie as a symbol of fandom and also worked on The Incompleat Burbee. A life-long Bay area fan, helped build the original Bheer Can Tower to the Moon.

Musa Publishing Closes Doors

E-publisher Musa Publishing has announced that they were closing as of March 1. Musa was founded in 2011 and in addition to publishing books, such as Gary K. Wolf’s Who Wacked Roger Rabbit?, also published e-mags, such as the science fiction ‘zine Penumbra. Musa has reverted all rights back to their authors and has announced that purchased e-books will remain available until their domain registration expires.

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Obituary: Harve Bennett

Producer Harve Bennett (b.Harve Bennett Fischman, 1930) died on March 4. Bennett co-wrote and produced Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Journey Home, and Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He also worked as executive producer on Salvage 1 and Time Trax. His production credits also included The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman.

Lambda Award Nominees

The Lambda Award nominations, given for GLBT works, have been announced. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed here. The winners will be announced on June 1 in New York.

GLBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
  • Bitter Waters, by Chaz Brenchley
  • Butcher’s Road, by Lee Thomas
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, by A. M. Dellamonica
  • Full Fathom Five, by Max Gladstone
  • FutureDyke, by Lea Daley
  • Skin Deep Magic, by Craig Laurance Gidney

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Genius Loci Kickstarter

Jaym Gates has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Genius Loci, and anthology which Gates describes as “tales of guardian spirits and divine powers.” The Kickstarter runs through April 2 and seeks to raise $14,500. The anthology will include stories by Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Alethea Kontis, Laura Anne Gilman, Scott Edelman, Andy Duncan, and Steven H Silver, among many others.

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SFWA Announced Grand Master & Service Awards

SFWA has announced that Larry Niven will be named the Damon Knight Grand Master. Niven began publishing in 1964 with “The Coldest Place” and has won the Nebula Award, multiple Hugo Awards, the Ditmar, Seiun, and Prometheus Awards.

In addition, SFWA has announced that Jeffry Dwight will receive the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Through his hosting of SFWA’s web presence from the shutdown of GEnie in 1999 until the launch of SFWA’s new website a couple of year’s ago, Dwight helped keep SFWA’s internet presence going, providing connections for many members, and provided assistance for SFWA to modernize on the internet.

The award will be presented at the 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois, June 4 through 7, 2015.

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Obituary: Carol Severance

Author Carol Severance (b.1944) died on February 19. Severance was the author of The Island Warrior trilogy and the Compton Crook Award winning Reefsong. Her novels tended to use the Pacific Islands as their background and Severance did anthropological fieldwork in the remote coral atolls of Micronesia and eventually settled in Hawaii.

Aurealis Nominations

The 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on April 11 in Canberra, Australia. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Fireborn, by Keri Arthur
  • This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • The Lascar’s Dagger, by Glenda Larke
  • Dreamer’s Pool, by Juliet Marillier
  • Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Daughters of the Storm, by Kim Wilkins

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “The Oud,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Teratogen,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “The Ghost of Hephaestus,” by Charlotte Nash
  • “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls,” by Angela Slatter
  • “The Badger Bride,” by Angela Slatter

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Aurora: Meridian, by Amanda Bridgeman
  • Nil By Mouth, by LynC
  • The White List, by Nina D’Aleo
  • Peacemaker, by Marianne de Pierres
  • This Shattered World, by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
  • Foresight, by Graham Storrs

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “The Executioner Goes Home,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Wine, Women and Stars,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “The Glorious Aerybeth,” by Jason Fischer
  • “Dellinger,” by Charlotte Nash
  • “Happy Go Lucky,” by Garth Nix

Best Horror Novel

  • Book of the Dead, by Greig Beck
  • Razorhurst, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Obsidian, by Alan Baxter

Best Horror Short Story

  • “The Executioner Goes Home,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Skinsuit,” by James Bradley
  • “By the Moon’s Good Grace,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” by Garth Nix
  • “Home and Hearth,” by Angela Slatter

Best Young Adult Novel

  • The Astrologer’s Daughter, by Rebecca Lim
  • Afterworld, by Lynnette Lounsbury
  • The Cracks in the Kingdom, by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix
  • The Haunting of Lily Frost, by Nova Weetman
  • Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “In Hades,” by Goldie Alexander
  • “Falling Leaves,” by Liz Argyll
  • “The Fuller and the Bogle,” by David Cornish
  • “Vanilla,” by Dirk Flinthart
  • “Signature,” by Faith Mudge

Best Children’s Fiction

  • Slaves of Socorro: Brotherband #4, by John Flanagan
  • Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, by Karen Foxlee
  • The Last Viking Returns, by Norman Jorgensen and James Foley
  • Withering-by-Sea, by Judith Rossell
  • Sunker’s Deep: The Hidden #2, by Lian Tanner
  • Shadow Sister: Dragon Keeper #5, by Carole Wilkinson

Best Collection

  • The Female Factory, by Lisa L Hannett and Angela Slatter
  • Secret Lives, by Rosaleen Love
  • Angel Dust, by Ian McHugh
  • Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell, by Simon Petrie
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Black-Winged Angels, by Angela Slatter

Best Anthology

  • Kisses by Clockwork, edited by Liz Grzyb
  • Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
  • Amok: An Anthology of Asia-Pacific Speculative Fiction, edited by Dominica Malcolm
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Fearsome Magics, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Phantazein, edited by Tehani Wessely

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Left Hand Path #1, by Jason Franks & Paul Abstruse
  • Awkwood, by Jase Harper
  • “A Small Wild Magic,” by Kathleen Jennings
  • Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye, by Tim Molloy
  • The Game, by Shane Smith

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Obituary: Leonard Nimoy

Actor Leonard Nimoy (b.1931) died on February 27. Nimoy was best known for his role as Mr. Spock in the original Star Trek, as well as the movies based on the series. He also directed the films Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. In addition to his work on Star Trek, Nimoy was the long-time host of In Search of… and appeared in such films as Zombies of the Stratosphere and Them!. Prior to appearing on Star Trek, Nimoy had a recurring role on Sea Hunt. He appeared in episodes The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone.

Bram Stoker Nominations

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the nominees for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards. Voting is open to all members of HWA until March 31. The winners will be announced at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA on May 9, 2015.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Suffer the Children, by Craig DiLouie
  • Jade Sky, by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Beautiful You, by Patrick Freivald
  • The Vines, by Christopher Rice
  • Blood Kin, by Steve Rasnic Tem

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Mr. Wicker, by Maria Alexander
  • Forsaken, by J.D. Barker
  • Consumed, by David Cronenberg
  • Return of the Mothman, by Michael Knost
  • Bird Box, by Josh Malerman

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • Intentional Haunting, by Jake Bible
  • Phoenix Island, by John Dixon
  • Unmarked, by Kami Garcia
  • Passionaries, by Tonya Hurley
  • All Those Broken Angels, by Peter Adam Salomon

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll
  • Locke and Key, Vol. 6, by Joe Hill
  • I Tell You It’s Love, by Joe R. Lansdale and Daniele Serra
  • Bad Blood, by Jonathan Maberry
  • The Witcher, by Paul Tobin

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • “The Infected,” by Taylor Grant
  • “Dreams of a Little Suicide,” by Eric J. Guignard
  • “Fishing for Dinosaurs,” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • “Three Guys Walk into a Bar,” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “Lost and Found,” by Joe McKinney

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “Hot Tub,” by Hal Bodner
  • “Baby’s Breath,” by Sydney Leigh
  • “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” by Usman T. Malik
  • “Ruminations,” by Rena Mason
  • “Splinterette,” by John Palisano
  • “The Floating Girls: A Documentary,” by Damien Angelica Walters

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Walking Dead: “The Grove,” by Scott M. Gimple
  • The Babadook, by Jennifer Kent
  • Penny Dreadful: “Séance,” by John Logan
  • Doctor Who: “Listen,” by Steven Moffat
  • American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks,” by James Wong

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Qualia Nous, edited by Michael Bailey
  • A Darke Phantastique, edited by Jason V Brock
  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Burnt Tongues, edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, and Dennis Widmyer
  • Limbus, Inc., Book II, edited by Brett J. Talley

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Little by Little, by John R. Little
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • Soft Apocalypses, by Lucy Snyder
  • The End in All Beginnings, by John F.D. Taff

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Disorders of Magnitude, by Jason V Brock
  • Lovecraft and a World in Transition, by S.T. Joshi
  • The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, by Leslie S. Klinger
  • Horror 101: The Way Forward, by Joe Mynhardt and Emma Audsley
  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, by Lucy Snyder

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Fearworms: Selected Poems, by Robert Payne Cabeen
  • Venus Intervention, by Corrinne De Winter and Alessandro Manzetti
  • Forgiving Judas, by Tom Piccirilli
  • Sweet Poison, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo
  • Mourning Jewelry, by Stephanie Wytovich

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