Pete Weston Memorial Scholarship

An anonymous donor has offered a scholarship to Conrunner, a convention about running cons scheduled for next month, in Peter Weston’s memory. The scholarship will include membership and two night’s accommodation. Anyone may apply by contacting Steve Cooper on Facebook, although precedence will be given to people attending their first Conrunner.
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Obituary: Peter Weston

Fan Peter Weston (b.1944) died on January 5. Weston chaired Seacon ’79 (Worldcon). He was a Guest of Honor at Noreascon 4. Weston was nominated for the Hugo Award four times between 1965 and 1971 for his fanzines Zenith, Zenith Speculation, Speculation, and went on to manufacture the rockets used in the Hugo Award trophies. He has also nominated for the Hugo for his memoirs, With Stars in My Eyes. His later fanhistory fanzine, Prolapse (renamed Relapse) won the Nova Award. He has been fighting cancer for the past two years.

Skylark Award Presented

At Boskone 48, the weekend of February 18-20, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. The Gaughan Award is presented to an emerging artist and no winner was announced this year. In addition, a new Fellow of NESFA was named.

Skylark Award: Lois McMaster Bujold
Gaughan Award: no winner announced
Fellow of NESFA: Peter Weston

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WSFS Business Meetings

The WSFS held its annual business meetings at Anticipation in Montreal. Motions to formally recognize Peter Weston’s contribution to the design of the Hugo Award, include language on the eligibility of electronic publications, and to make the Graphic Story Hugo a permanent category all passed, with the last needing additional ratification in 2012. A motion to abolish the Best Semi-prozine category failed ratification and resulted in a committee, headed by Chris Barkley, to examine the category and propose clarifying language. Barkley’s committee was also tasked with exploring how changes to the Semi-prozine category could also impact other categories.