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.
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.
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.
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
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
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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Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide funding for the second year of their on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny publishes as an eBook on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue contains at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter starts on August 11 and will run through September 10.
The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con in Atlanta.
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
- “The Greater Good,” by Edwin Crowe
- “A Story to Scare My Son,” by R. D. Ovenfriend
- “Madness Above the Clouds,” by Michael Marks
- “Shimmer,” by Amanda Davis
- “Singing with All my Skin and Bone,” by Sunny Moraine
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
- The Secret World Chronicles
- The Black
- “Eater of Bone,” by Robert Reed
- Bear Spirit
- The Ghost Train of New Orleans
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
- “Last Contact,” by Rish Outfield and Bigg Anklevich
- “Monster!” by V. C. Morrison
- “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day,” by Tina Connolly
- “The Screwfly Solution,” by James Tiptree, Jr.
- “Red Legacy,” by Eneasz Brodski
- “Say UNcle,” by Rish Outfield
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
- “The Philadelphia Xperiment,” by John Ballentine
- “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse,” by John Ballentine
- “A Prophet’s Guide,” by Matthew J. Boudreau
- “Space Casey Season 2,” by Christiana Ellis
- “Aaron’s World,” by Mike Meraz and Aaron Meraz
- “Alba Salix, Royal Physician,” by Eli McIlveen
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
- The Once and Future Nerd
- Star Trek: Outpost
- Balancing Act, by Mike Murphy
- The Sinister Secret of StarNasty, or, A Mike in the Mechanics, by Michael McQuilkin and Richard Wentworth
- Transference, by Sydney Leigh
Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
- Mario Warfare
- Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
- The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
- Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
- Cast of Wonders
- Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
- The Uncanny Podcast
- The NoSleep Podcast
Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
- Audtio Drama Production Podcast
- Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
- Lost in Williamsburg
- The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley and JAX
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
- The Ready Room
- Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
- Arrow Squad
- Dusted: A Buffy Podcast
- Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
- The Scot and the Sassenach
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
- The Incomperable
- Anomaly Podcast
- The 602 Club
- The Scifi Diner Podcast
- Geek Radio Daily
Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
- Literary Treks
- Axanar: The Official Podcast
- Continuing Mission
- The Journeyman Writer
- The Roundtable Podcast
Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
- Blurry Photos
- Faculty of Horror
- Weird Things
- Universe Today’s Guide to Space
Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
-  New Message
- Rude Alchemy
- I Remembered It…Better
According to the Financial Report filed ahead of Sasquan, Millennium Philcon, the 59th Annual World Science Fiction Convention, has closed its books, making its final financial disbursements totalling 46,000 to Sasquan and MidAmeriCon II. This announcement leaves Anticipation as the earliest Worldcon which has not closed its books.
Locus has announced that they have moved. Although their PO Box is still the same and mail can (and should) be sent to them at PO Box 13305, Oakland CA 94661, their street address for any packages that can’t be delivered to a PO Box (and for couriers) is now 1933 Davis Street, Suite 295/297, San Leandro, CA 94577.