The Board Meeting of the World Science Fiction Society has voted to extend eligibility for the films I Remember the Future and Predestination for a second year based on a limited release schedule. The Board Meeting also requested that anonymized nominating data from the Hugos be released to allow members to judge the impact of the 4 in 6 and EPH proposals. Popular Ratification and the Open Source Software Proposal failed to pass the board meeting. Finally, Donald Eastlake, Stephen Boucher, and Bruce Farr were elected to serve on the Mark Protection Committee.
The Faan Awards, given to recognize achievements in fannish publishing and voted on by fans, were presented at Corflu in San Jose this weekend.
- Best Fanzine: Trapdoor, edited by Robert Lichtman
- Best Fan Writer: Roy Kettle
- Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
- Best Fannish Website: Efanzines.com
- Harry Warner Memorial Correspondent Award: Robert Lichtman
The First Fandom Awards were presented at Anticipation to honor those with long-standing in the fannish community.
- Hall of Fame Award: James Gunn and Ben Indick
- Posthumous Hall of Fame Award: Walt Daugherty
- Sam Moskowitz Award for Excellence in Collecting: Joe Wroz
The Organization for Transformative Works has announced a partnership with the University of Iowa to create the Fan Culture Preservation Project. The project hopes to artifacts of fannish culture and make them accessible to wider popular and research audiences. Items in the collection include fanzines, convention program books, and other materials. The first donation is a collection of 3,000 fanzines previously housed in Santa Barbara, California.
Northern Illinois has acquired the archives from Chicon 3, the 20th World Science Fiction Convention, held in 1962. The archives includes extensive correspondence with Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Theodore Sturgeon, Alfred Hitchcock’s people, Ray Bradbury, and Forrest Ackerman, among others. The acquisition was made possible through a grant from the Friends of the NIU Library.
Canadian fan Chester Cuthbert (b.1913) died on March 20. At one time, Cuthbert was believed to have had the largest science fiction collection in Canada. Cuthbert also published two stories, with his debut story, “The Sublime Vigil,” appearing in the February 1934 issue of Wonder Stories and his second appearing in the July issue of the same magazine. His collection was donated to the University of Alberta’s Library, which maintains the Chester D. Cuthbert Collection.
St. Louis fan John Brooks died on March 15. Brooks was one of the founders of Archon and served as chairman of that convention as well as a later fan GoH.