Operation Baen Bulk

Operation Baen Bulk and Brain&Brain Press are leading Operation Baen Bulk to send Kindle electronic book readers to rehab and recovery centers for injured soldiers. The organization is hoping to raise enough money to donate Kindles preloaded with 500 titles to soldiers who are recuperating from injuries. In 2013, Operation Baen Bulk raised more than $5,000 and donated 80 Kindles.

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Widner Memorial

There will be a memorial service for science fiction fan Art Widner on June 22 at 1:00 in Gualala, California.

Clarke Award Winner

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during Sci-Fi-London. This year, the award included a prize of £2015. The winner is Emily St. John Mandel for the novel Station Eleven.

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Finlay Inducted Into Society of Illustrators

Virgil Finlay has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Finlay was one of the per-eminent illustrators in the science fiction field, his work appearing in Weird Tales, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder, Captain Future, Strange Stories, and other magazines. In 1953, Finlay won the first Hugo Award for Interior Illustrator and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012. Last year, in honor of the centennial of his birth, The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay was published by American Fantasy Press.

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Locus Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Locus Award, based on votes from Locus readers, have been announced. The winner will be announced in Seattle during the weekend of June 26-28, 2015.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • Lock In, by John Scalzi
  • Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer

Fantasy Novel

  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear
  • City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman
  • The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

Young Adult Book

  • Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry, by Gail Carriger
  • Empress of the Sun, by Ian McDonald
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix

First Novel

  • Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias
  • The Clockwork Dagger, by Beth Cato
  • The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert
  • The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley

Novella

  • “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Lightning Tree,” by Patrick Rothfuss

Novelette

  • “Tough Times All Over,” by Joe Abercrombie
  • “The Hand Is Quicker,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Memorials,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Jar of Water,” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” by Scott Lynch

Short Story

  • “Covenant,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “The Dust Queen,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Truth About Owls,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “In Babelsberg,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Ogres of East Africa,” by Sofia Samatar

Anthology

  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox & Daniel José Older
  • Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer

Collection

  • Questionable Practices, by Eileen Gunn
  • The Collected Short Fiction Volume One: The Man Who Made Models, by R.A. Lafferty
  • Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake
  • Academic Exercises, by K.J. Parker
  • The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine: The Millennium Express, by Robert Silverberg

Magazine

  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed
  • Tor.com

Publisher

  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor

Editor

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer

Artist

  • Jim Burns
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-Fiction

  • Ray Bradbury Unbound, by Jonathan Eller
  • Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, by Harry Harrison
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948-1988, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton

Art Book

  • The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal, by Jim Burns
  • The Art of Neil Gaiman, by Hayley Campbell
  • Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales, by by Brian & Wendy Froud
  • The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, by Ron Miller

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Ursa Major Awards

The winners of the tenth annual Ursa Major Awards for the best in anthropomorphic/”funny animal” literature and art first published during 2014 were announced at Morphicon In Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 1.

  • Best Motion Picture: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best Dramatic Series or Short Work: “Furry Force”
  • Best Novel: Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis
  • Best Short Fiction: “When a Cat Loves a Dog,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • Best Other Literary Work: Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
  • Best Graphic Story: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Best Comic Strip: Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
  • Best Magazine: In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley
  • Best Published Illustration: “SabretoothedErmine,” cover of Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book
  • Best Game: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Best Website: FurAffinity

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Obituary: Grace Lee Whitney

Actress Grace Lee Whitney (b.1930) died on May 1. Whitney portrayed Ensign Janice Rand on Star Trek and in several of the films, as well as an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. She also appeared opposite Vincent Price in House of Wax and in an episode of The Outer Limits and as one of King Tut’s henchwomen in two episodes of Batman. Prior to her roles on television, she toured with Spike Jones’ Orchestra.

Obituary: Nigel Terry

Actor Nigel Terry (b.1945) died on April 30. Terry got his start playing Walter Raleigh in the British television series Kenilworth, and appeared as Prince John a year later in The Lion in Winter. In 1981, he played King Arthur in Excalibur and later appeared as Sir Thomas Covington is the short lived Medieval series Covington Cross. His final genre role was as Cobb in the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Daughter.”

Edward Redefines Role

Malcolm Edwards, who has been serving as Deputy CEO and Publisher at Orion, will step down from that position at the end of the year. Edwards will instead serve as Chairman of the Gollancz science fiction and fantasy line, which is an imprint of Orion, as well as serve as a Consulting Publisher for Orion. The move will allow Edwards to focus on fewer projects that are more important to him. Edwards joined Gollancz in the 1970s

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Klages Retires from Tiptree Auctions

After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.

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