Olivier Awards

The winners of the Olivier Awards were announced on April 9 and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won a record 9 awards. The Olivier Awards recognize excellence in live theatre in Longon’s West End. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best New Play: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
  • Best Actor In A Play: Jamie Parker in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Actor In A Play: Billie Piper in Yerma
  • Best Supporting Actor In A Play: Anthony Boyle in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Play: Noma Dumezweni in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Direction: John Tiffany for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Set Design: Christine Jones for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Costume Design: Katrina Lindsay for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Lighting Design: Neil Austin for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  • Best Sound Design: Gareth Fry for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Books for Life

Heywood Hill Bookstore in London is celebrating its 80th anniversary by holding a contest, one winner of which will receive a free book each month for life. Other prizes include a one year subscription to the book-a-month service and a 6 book subscription. Entrants merely need to submit the title of the book that meant the most to them, published since Heywood Hill opened in 1936. The contest runs through October 31.
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Into the Unknown at Barbican

Into the Unknown, an exhibition on the evolution and scope of fiction, will take place at the Barbican Centre in London from 2 June – 1 September 2017. The exhibit will include more than 200 books, film clips, and art. Throughout the year, there will be talks in support of the exhibit.
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Dine in King’s Landing

HBO is sponsoring a pop-up restaurant to be called “All Men Must Dine” for three days in February. The Game of Thrones themed banquets will take place in the Andaz Liverpool Hotel in London from February 13-15. Diners will have a chance to eat such delicacies as “The Lies of Tyrion Lanninster and his Proclaimed Innocence” (described as “Poached Veal Tongue with Beetroot, Horseradish and Oldtown Mustard”). Diners will be selected from those who submit entries to HBO, discussing their favorite Game of Thrones characters.
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Awards at Loncon 3

During the Retro Hugo Ceremony, several other awards were presented.

  • The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award: John Clute
  • First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Awards: John “Ted” Carnell and Walter H. Gillings
  • The Sam Moskowitz Archive Awards: Mike Ashley
  • The Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award: Vincent Docherty

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Retro Hugos (1939) Announced

The Retro-Hugos were presented at Loncon 3 on the evening of August 14 at a ceremony hosted by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman. The Retro-Hugo base, designed by Marina Gélineau, had a depiction of the Chrysler Building in New York next to the traditional rocket. Other awards presented during the ceremony are listed here

  • Best Novel: The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White
  • Best Novella: “Who Goes There?,” by Don A Stuart (a.k.a. John W. Campbell, Jr.)
  • Best Novelette: “Rule 18,” by Clifford D. Simak
  • Best Short Story: “How We Went to Mars,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick; Directed by Orson Welles (The Mercury Theater of the Air, CBS)
  • Best Editor, Short Form: John W. Campbell, Jr.
  • Best Professional Artist: Virgil Finlay
  • Best Fanzine: Imagination!, edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, and T. Bruce Yerke
  • Best Fan Writer: Ray Bradbury
  • Special Committee Award: Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster for the introduction of Superman in Action Comics #1

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Anubis Gates at Loncon 3

Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon, has announced that a stage adaptation of Tim Powers’s novel The Anubis Gates will be performed at Loncon 3. The play is being produced by Current Theatrics, founded in 2010 by Ruth Pe Palileo and Thomas Costello and will star Erik Amblad, JJ Gatesman, Brandon Oliver Jones, Johnny Miles, Ariana Helaine, and Geo Nikols.

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Loncon Announces, Withdraws Hugo Host

Loncon 3 announced British presenter Jonathan Ross would be emceeing the Hugo Ceremony this year. Immediately following the announcement, one committee members announced her resignation, citing Ross’s form of humor as sexist. Following a storm on social media, Ross announced his offer to withdraw and the Loncon chairs accepted his offer.

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Potter to the Stage

J. K. Rowling has announced plans to produce a stage play based on her Harry Potter series. The play will focus on Harry’s life as an orphan growing up with the Dursley’s in the years before he was brought to Hogwarts. Rowling’s co-producers are Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, and although she says she’ll collaborate with the as yet unnamed author, she has said she will not be the play’s author.

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Silverberg Heart Attack

Bob Silverberg suffered an heart attack while in London on October 29 for the World Fantasy Con. Silverberg was taken to hospital, from which he was expected to be released on the afternoon of October 31. Pat Cadigan and Chris Fowler provided support for Silverberg and his wife Karen Haber. According to Silverberg, “Was a nasty event but I have been nicely repaired and feel fine now. Pity to have to miss the con but I hope to see you all in London next summer.”