Tacoma Names Park for Herbert’s Dune

Tacoma, Washington has named an 11 acre park the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” in honor of Tacoma-born science fiction author Frank Herbert. Herbert’s most well known novel in Dune, which focused on environmental issues. Despite Dune taking place mostly on a desert planet without water, the namesake park is surrounded by water on three sides. Tacoma has been trying to name the park for Herbert’s work since at least 2013.
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Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

E. Lily Yu has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding work by an established or emerging author of fiction based in Washington State. The recipient receives a $10,000 grant to continue their work. Yu submitted her story “The View From the Top of the Stair” as a sample of her writing.
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BWAWA Bids for 2021

BWAWA, the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, announced plans to bid to host the 2021 Worldcon in Washington, D.C. In their statement, BWAWA expressed sadness that MCFI had closed their bid and noted that BWAWA had already been planning to bid for the Worldcon later in the decade. They have elected to move their bid to the now vacant 2021 year. Bill Lawhorn will be chairing the 2021 Bid. The expect to roll out a website in the near future.

Philip K. Dick Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on April 14. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Michael Armstrong, Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou, and Ben Winters.

  • Winner: The Mercy Journals, by Claudia Casper
  • Special citation: Unpronounceable, by Susan diRende

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Philip K. Dick Award

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on March 25. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Eric James Fullilove, James C. Glass, David M. Higgins, Lisa Mason, and Jack Skillingstead.

  • Winner: Apex, by Ramez Naam
  • Special Citation: Archangel, by Marguerite Reed

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Sasquan Hugo Emcees

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has announced that Tananarive Due and Guest of Honor David Gerrold would co-emcee next year’s Hugo Award Ceremony. In addition, Sasquan has announced that Warren Frey, Steven Schapansky, and Chris Burgess will co-host a live pre- and post-Ceremony internet broadcast discussing the history of the Hugos, the current ballot, and will interview nominees and winners.

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World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement

An author and an editor have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The Awards will be presented on November 9 in Washington, DC at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The winners are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Ellen Datlow.

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Philip K. Dick Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on April 18. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Tim Sullivan.

  • Winner: Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters
  • Special Citation: Self-Reference Engine, by Toh EnJoe, translated by Terry Gallagher

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World Fantasy Award Judges

The judges for the 2014 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2013, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams. The Awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Crystal City, VA the weekend of November 6-9.

Tacoma May Name Park for Herbert

Tacoma (WA) Park Commissioner Erik Hanberg and Landmark Commissioner Daniel Rahe have started a campaign to name a new park being built in Tacoma for science fiction author Frank Herbert. The park is being built on a plot of land where fresh dirt is being laid to cover smelter slag. Herbert lived in Tacoma in the 1950s and the ecological damage done by the Asarco Smelter informed his ecological themes in Dune.

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