Bay area fan Felice Maxam (b.1934) died on December 1. Maxam, then Felice Rolfe, was a member of the Peninsula SF Association in the 1960s. She co-edited Niekas with Ed Meskys, being nominated for two Hugo Awards and winning the Hugo for best fanzine in 1967.
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.
John O’Neill has announced his decision to withdraw Black Gate from the Best Fanzine category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Since the ballot was released, O’Neill has been advocating for No Award in his own and other categories and has now stated “We can’t both be a part of the ballot, and actively working against it.” Black Gate is now the third nominee withdrawn since the ballot went live and several other potential nominees have announced that they had turned down a nomination prior to the announcement of the ballot.