In response to the announcement that the World Fantasy Award would be retiring the bust of H.P. Lovecraft that it has been using, scholar and World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi has announced that he will be returning his two awards, declining any future nominations, and refusing to attend any future World Fantasy Conventions. Joshi won the World Fantasy Award in the Special-Professional category in 2005 for scholarship and the Special-Non-Professional category in 2013 for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2. He has been nominated three additional times.
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Amazon Studios has announced plans to develop a television series based on Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover series. Bradley wrote more than 25 books and short stories and edited several anthologies set in the Darkover world. The series has also inspired its own conventions. The series is being developed by IM Global Television with Ilene Kahn Power and Elizabeth Stanley attached as executive producers.
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George R. R. Martin was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement on November 4 at Northwestern University, his alma mater. He was also honored on November 7 at the Northwestern football game against Penn State. The Medill Hall of Achievement was established in 1997 to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts on their fields.
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced a new imprint named for editor John Joseph Adams. The new imprint will launch in February 2016 with the release of three Hugh Howey backlist novels. Adams is the editor of Lightspeed and Nightmare, as well as numerous original anthologies. Although the line will launch with a series of reprints, Adams will be publishing original novels as well.
Fan Daniel Fleetwood (b.1983) died on November 9. Fleetwood, a Star Wars fan, was diagnosed with spindle cell sarcoma and given two months to live. His final wish was to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Disney arranged for him to see an unfinished cut at his home last week and he also received a call from director J. J. Abrams.
Actor Gunnar Hansen (b.1947) died on November 7. Hansen’s most famous role was his debut as Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. He went on to appear in numerous other low budget horror films, including Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Chainsaw Sally, and Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre.
Publisher Carl Llewellyn Weschckes (b.1930) died on November 7. Weschckes was the publisher of Llewellyn Worldwide, which specialized in New Age, Metaphysical, Self-Help, and Spirituality. Weschckes purchased 60-year old Llewellyn Publications in 1961 and opened the Gnostica Bookstore in Minneapolis 9 years later. Throughout the first half of the 1970s, he ran Gnosticon in Minneapolis.
Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.
The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 8 at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year’s judges included Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. At the ceremony, David Hartwell announced the decision to discontinue the Gahan Wilson designed bust of H. P. Lovecraft in future years.
- Novel: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
- Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
- Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
- Anthology: Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
- Collection (tie): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
- Artist: Samuel Araya
- Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
- Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
- Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell, Sheri S. Tepper
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George Mann has announced that after 11 years working for Games Workshop, he has decided to leave the company to spend more time focused on his own writing. During his time at GW, Mann has helped build their The Black Library and the Citadel Publications Studio lines, as well as edit several anthologies and write his own novels, including the “Newbury and Hobbes” steampunk series.