Canadian author and editor Joël Champetier (b.1957) died on May 30. Champetier’s first story, “Le chemin des fleurs” appeared in Solaris in 1981 and his first novel, La mer au fond du monde appeared in 1990. In 1983, he helped organize the first Boréal Congress and was on the board of directors for several years. Beginning in 1990, he held various positions at Solaris and was managing editor at the time of his death.
Don McGregor and John Stanley will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Doyle began writing for Warren in 1971. At Marvel he wrote Black Panther and Killraven. Stanley began writing Little Lulu in the 1940s and created much f the comic’s support cast. Much of Stanley’s work was published anonymously and he left the field in the 1970s and died in 1993.
The winners of the 2015 Prix Imaginales have been announced. The awards will be presented at Imaginales in Épinal, France on May 30. The Imaginales Awards recognizes the best works of fantasy of the year in six categories, with a prize of 1,000 euros for the first four categories and 500 euros for the last two. Winners were selected by a jury composed of Anne Besson, Jacques Grasser, Annaïg Houesnard, Jean-Claude Van Troyen, Jérôme Vincent, and Stéphane Wieser.
- French Novel: Manesh, by Stefan Platteau,
- Foreign Novel: Comme un conte, by Graham Joyce, translated by Louise Malagoli, (Some Kind of Fairy Tale)
- Work for Youth: La Voie des oracles, by Estelle Faye
- Illustration: Hélène Larbaigt for L’étrange cabaret des fées désenchantées
- Short Story: Père-des-Pierres, by Orson Scott Card, translated by Jean-Daniel Brèque, (Stonefather)
- Prix spécial du Jury: Vincent Ferré for the collection Lire J.R.R. Tolkien and overseeing the new translation of Seigneur des Anneaux by Daniel Lauzon.
Amazing Stories has announced the Gernsback Short Fiction Contest, to be judged by Cat Rambo, Dave Creek, and Jack Clemons. Entries should consider the theme “What will the Solar System look like 250 years from now?” and be less than 2,000 words. The submission period will open on July 1 and will end when 100 submissions have been received or on July 31. A group of initial readers will select twenty stories to pass on to the judges.
Fan Yvonne “Vonnie” Carts-Powell (b.1966) died on May 22. Carts-Powell was a frequent attendee and panelist at Boston area conventions and has written reviews for Green Man Reviews. A science writer, in 2008, she wrote The Science of Heroes, a look at the television series. She was diagnosed with cancer in 2013.
Alexandra Duncan won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for her book Salvage. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque wasbe presented to Duncan at Balticon.
Doris Elaine Sauter died around May 25. Sauter met Philip K. Dick in 1972 and struck up a friendship with him that lasted until his death. After Dick died, Sauter edited What If Our World Is Their Heaven? The Final Conversations of Philip K. Dick, which was ranked fourth in the Locus Poll in 2002.
Bookseller and publisher Chuck Miller (b.1953) died on May 24. Miller ran a used bookstore in Pennsylvania before teaming up with Tim Underwood to found the publishing company Underwood-Miller in 1976. The two published several books, beginning with a reprint of Jack Vance’s The Dying Earth before disbanding the company in 1994. Their final project was another reissue of The Dying Earth. They also published works by L. Sprague de Camp, Harlan Ellison, and Philip K. Dick. Miller self-published the novel Blood of the Centipede in 2012.
Author Tanith Lee (b.1947) died on May 24. Lee began publishing with the short story “Eustace” in 1968. She went on to write numerous novels, including the five volume “Tales From The Flat Earth” sequence, the Birthgrave trilogy, and “The Secret Books of Paradys” sequence. She was nominated for the Nebula twice, for Birthgrave and “Red As Blood,” as well as numerous World Fantasy and British Fantasy nominations, becoming the first woman to win the British Fantasy Award for Best Novel for Death’s Master. She won back-to-back World Fantasy Best Short Story Awards in 1983 and 1984 and received that organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
The Spectrum Awards were presented at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 23. The winners are listed below.
- Rising Star Award: Wylie Beckert
- Grand Master Award: Scott Gustafson
- Advertisting Gold Award: Taylor Wessling for “Barbarians: Faust”
- Book Gold Award: Dan dos Santos for Taking Flight
- Comics Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen for Bernadette, page 1
- Concept Art Gold Award: Sung Choi for “The Parade”
- Dimension Gold Award: Forest Rogers for “Venetian Harpy”
- Editorial Gold Award: Tran Nguyen for “A Distressed Damsel”
- Institutional Gold Award: Rovina Cai for “Fake It”
- Unpublished Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard for “Momentum”