Believe It Or Not…

FOX has announced that it will launch a reboot of the 1980s television series The Greatest American Hero. The show will follow the same outline as the original series, with a regular man coming into possession of a suit that gives him super powers, but without the instructions to go along with it. The original series ran from 1981-3 with a sequel pilot, The Greatest American Heroine made, but not aired, in 1986. The series was created by Stephen J. Cannell.
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To Boldly Go…

CBS has announced that a new Star Trek series will debut in January 2017. Little information is being released about the series, but CBS has noted that it will be debut on their broadcast channel, but most of the episodes will be available on their streaming VOD service, CBS All Access.
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Canopus Awards

100 Year Starship announced the winners of the inaugural Canopus Award on October 30. The award recognizes works that contribute to the excitement, knowledge, and understanding of interstellar space exploration and travel.

  • Previously Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more): InterstellarNet: Enigma, by Edward M. Lerner
  • Previously Published Short-Form Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words): “The Waves,” by Ken Liu
  • Original Fiction (1,000-5,000 words): “Everett’s Awakening,” by Yelcho
  • Original Non-Fiction (1,000-5,000 words): “Finding Earth 2.0 from the Focus of the Solar Gravitational Lens,” by Louis Friedman and Slava Turyshev

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Obituary: Howard Anderson

Special effects artist Howard Anderson (b.1920) died on September 27. Anderson created special effects for the original Star Trek series as well as the 1960 The Time Machine and Phantom from Space. He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on the non-genre Tobruk.

Obituary: Yal Ayerdahl

French author Yal Ayerdahl (b.1959) died on October 27 after a battle with cancer. In addition to writing science fiction, Ayerdahl began publishing in 1990 and in addition to science fiction wrote more mainstream thrillers. Ayerdahl has twice received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, the first time in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis, and again in 2004 for Transparences. In 1999, he and Jean-Claude Dunyach received the Prix Tour Eiffel for Etoiles mourantes.

Obituary: Noriyoshi Ohrai

Japanese artist Noriyoshi Ohrai (b.1935) died on October 27. Ohrai created the Japanese posters for the original Star Wars trilogy as well as poster art for Godzilla films and other movies. He was an artist for the Metal Gear video game series as well.

San Jose in 2018 Invites GoH Input

The committee trying to bring the 2018 Worldcon to San Jose has announced that they are taking suggestions for Guests of Honor in several categories, including Writing, Editing, Art, Music, Science, and Fandom. Generally Worldcon GoHs should have a career spanning at least 30 years and still be relevant to the community. It is rare that a previous Guest of Honor is honored a second time. Recommendations, along with an explanation for why they should be honored, may be sent to

Ned Brooks Memorial

A memorial gathering for fan Ned Brooks, who died on August 31, will be held at the Athens Pizza House in Decatur, GA on Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. Friends and fans who would like to make a donation in Ned’s name should consider the charities Amnesty International and the ACLU.

Tiptree Symposium

The University of Oregon Libraries will host a free two day symposium on James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon) on December 4-5 on the Eugene campus. Oregon has recently acquired Tiptree’s literary papers. Hugo Award-winning author Julie Phillips will speak, as will Ursula K. Le Guin, Suzy McKee Charnas, and David Gerrold, all of whom carried out correspondence with Tiptree.

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Obituary: Nancy Nutt

Kansas City fan Nancy Nutt (b.c.1955) died on October 22. Nutt was a fan guest of honor at ConQuesT in 1982, Archon 11, and Conjuration 1999. In 1998, she co-chaired ConQuest and in 2008, she served on the logistics team for Denvention. In addition to working on various ConQuests over the years, Nutt served as a director for KaCSFFS in the late 1980s.