NASA has found the crash site of Britain’s Beagle 2 Mars probe, which disappeared while attempting to make a soft touchdown on the planet on Christmas Day in 2003. After losing radio contact with the probe, scientists assumed the probe had been destroyed, but the new imagery indicates that it is in one piece.
The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been released. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on May 1. This year’s prize is a commemorative book end and £2013. This year’s jury includes Sarah Brown, Lesley Hall, Georgie Knight, Duncan Lawie, Ian Whates, and Andrew M. Butler.
- The Adjacent, by Christopher Priest
- Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie
- The Disestablishment of Paradise , by Phillip Mann
- God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
- The Machine, by James Smythe
- Nexus, by Ramez Naam
British fan Howard Rosenblum died on May 26 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. Rosenblum, the soon of Mike Rosenblum, is credited with being Britain’s first second-generation fan. he published the fanzine Son of New Futurian beginning in 1968 and running until 1977. Rosenblum was also an avid con attendee.
The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been released. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held in partnership SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival on May 1. This year’s prize is a commemorative book end and £2013. This year’s jury includes Juliet E McKenna, Ruth O’Reilly, Nickianne Moody, Liz Williams, and Robert Grant.
- Nod, by Adrian Barnes
- Dark Eden, by Chris Beckett
- Angelmaker, by Nick Harkaway
- The Dog Stars, by Peter Heller
- Intrusion, by Ken MacLeod
- 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Jan van’t Ent received the Doc Weir Award at Eastercon the weekend of March 29-31. The Doc Weir Award is voted on by the convention’s attending membership. The award is given to someone who has made some form of contribution to fandom that deserves a little public recognition. The winner receives a certificate and a silver cup, although the winner must return it at the end of the year with his/her name engraved on it.
SFX announced the winners of the SFX Awards at the SFX Weekender 3 on February 4. The awards are a mix of reader voted awards and awards given by a jury. The Elisabeth Sladen Award is a new category which was added in memory of Elisabeth Sladen. It will be given for contributions to children’s sf/f in any media.
- Best Film: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2
- Best Director: Matthew Vaughn for X-Men: First Class
- Best Comic: The Walking Dead
- Best Novel: A Dance with Dragons, by George R. R. Martin
- Best TV Show: Doctor Who
- Best New Show: Game of Thrones
- Best Actor: Matt Smith for Doctor Who
- Best Actress: Alex Kingston for Doctor Who
- Biggest Disappointment: No cameo for Stan Lee in X-Men: First Class
SFX Team Choice Awards
- Outstanding Literary Contribution: Brian W. Aldiss
- Screenwriting Excellence: Neil Gaiman for Doctor Who “The Doctor’s Wife”
- Breakout: Joe Gilgun for Misfits
- Living Legend: Brian Blessed
- Elisabeth Sladen Award: The Sarah Jane Adventures
- Lifetime Achievement: John Wagner & Carlos Ezquerra
- Hope for the Future: Dirk Gently
- Phenomenon: Merlin
British fan Chris “Keris” Croughton (b.1956) was killed in an head-on collision on November 10. Keris was active in the filk community from 1991, often running sound boards. In addition, Keris was a musician and a founding member of the n’Early Music Consort. Keris was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2007.