Clarke Award Nominees

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

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Doc Weir Award

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.

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SFX Awards

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.

Reader-Voted Awards

  • 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

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Obituary: Chris Croughton

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.