New Wiscon Chair Named

Aileen Wall has been named chair for Wiscon 40, taking over from interim chair Jackie Lee, who has held that position since the original co-chairs, Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith, resigned at the beginning of October. Wall served as hotel co-liaison at Wiscon 39 and was the MC for the Sunday night Dessert Salon and Guest of Honor speeches for Wiscons 38 and 39.

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Wiscon 40 Co-Chairs Resign

Wiscon 40 Co-Chairs Andrea Horbinski and s.e. smith have announced their resignation. Horbinski explained that they decided they were not a good fit for the current culture at Wiscon and were leaving now to give the Motherboard a chance to find a replacement. The Motherboard has announced SF3 Board President Jackie Lee as an interim Chair. Wiscon 40 is scheduled to take place in Madison, WI the weekend of May 27-30, 2016. Sofia Samatar, Justine Larbalestier, and Nalo Hopkinson are the Guests of Honor.

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Klages Retires from Tiptree Auctions

After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.

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Tiptree Winners

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2014 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon the weekend of May 22-25 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate.

  • The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton

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Wiscon Bans Frenkel

Wiscon has announced that former Tor editor Jim Frenkel will not be permitted to attend the convention for a period of not less than four years. At that time, should Frenkel elect to do so, he may petition to be allowed to attend and the board will review his case. The decision comes following an investigation into charges of harassment stemming from an incident at Wiscon 37 in 2013.

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Tiptree Winner

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2013 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon the weekend of May 23-26 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate. The judges for the 2013 were Ellen Klages, Christopher Barzak, Jayna Brown, Nene Ormes, and Gretchen Treu.

  • Rupetta, by N. A. Sulway

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Tiptree Award Winners

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2012 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon the weekend of May 25-27 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate. The judges for the 2012 award were Joan Gordon, Andrea Hairston, Lesley Hall, Karen Lord, and Gary K. Wolfe. The judges for 2013 have been announced as Ellen Klages, Christopher Barzak, Jayna Brown, Nene Ormes, and Gretchen Treu.

  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Ancient, Ancient, by Kiini Ibura Salaam

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Tiptree Winner Announced

The winner of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually for gender-bending speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Wiscon on Memorial Day weekend. This year’s judges included Karen Meisner, James Davis Nicoll, Tansy Roberts, Nisi Shawl, Lynne Thomas..

Redwood and Wildfire, by Andrea Hairston

Furthermore, an honor list of six works was announced:

Beauty Queens, by Libba Bray
“The Nones of Quintilus,” by L. Timmel Duchamp
God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
The Universe of Things, by Gwyneth Jones
“The Other Graces,” by Alice Sola Kim
“Seven Sexy Cowboy Robots,” by Sandra McDonald
“After the Apocalypse,” by Maureen F. McHugh
The Freedom Maze , by Delia Sherman
The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood

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Tiptree Jury Announced

The jury for the 2011 James Tiptree, Jr. Award has been announced. This year’s jury includes Karen Meisner, James Davis Nicoll, Tansy Roberts, Nisi Shawl, and the chair, Lynne Thomas. The Tiptree Award is given annually to recognize science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender. The award is presented at Wiscon.

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Tiptree Award Winner

The winners of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually for gender-bending speculative fiction, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Wiscon on Memorial Day weekend. This year’s judges included Penny Hill, Euan Bear, Jessa Crispin, Alice Kim, and
Lawrence Schimel.

Baba Yaga Laid an Egg, by Dubravka Ugresic

Furthermore, an honor list of six works was announced:

The Bone Palace, by Amanda Downum
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin
“Diana Comet and the Disappearing Lover,” (a.k.a. “Diana Comet”) by Sandra McDonald
“Drag Queen Astronaut,” by Sandra McDonald
The Secret Feminist Cabal, by Helen Merrick
Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor
Living with Ghosts, by Kari Sperring
The Colony, by Jillian Weise

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