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29 January 2003
SAG Nominees
The Screen Actors Guild announced the nominees for this year's awards with only one nomination going to a genre work. "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" received a nomination in the Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture category. Other nominees in the category include "Adaptation," "Chicago," "The Hours" and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." The awards will be presented during a live telecast on TNT on March 9.

Norman Panama

Norman Panama (b.1914), an Hollywood screenwriter who wrote, produced and directed the Danny Kaye vehicles "The Court Jester" and "Knock on Wood," died on January 13 from complications from Parkinson's Disease. Panama was also a screenwriter on the holiday film "White Christmas."

27 January 2003
Clarion South Staff Additions
The Clarion South Writers Workshop has announced the addition of Tor Books editor David Hartwell, Australian author Kim Wilkins, and Canadian author Nalo Hopkinson to the tutorial staff. To be held in Brisbane, Australia in January and February 2004, they join Terry Dowling, Lusy Sussex and Jack Dann on the Clarion South faculty.

Draco Awards
Double Dragon Publishing has announced the creation of the Draco Awards for unpublished or self-published SF titles. Submissions will be judges by a panel of ten preliminary judges, with the final judging performed by Piers Anthony, Mike Resnick and Mike Arnzen. The winner in each genre (science fiction, fantasy and horror) will receive a five-year hardcover and e-book contract from Double Dragon Press.

Ursa Major Awards
Nominations are now open for the second Ursa Major Awards, presented by the membership of Confurence. The Ursa Major Awards recognize the best anthropomorphic literature and art. All members of Confurence may vote and the deadline is March 1.

Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture
1. Ice Age (20th Century Fox, March 15, 2002)
2. Lilo & Stitch (Disney, June 21, 2002)
3. Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron (DreamWorks SKG, May 24, 2002)
4. Spirited Away (Disney, September 20, 2002)
5. Stuart Little 2 (Columbia Pictures, July 19, 2002)

Best Anthropomorphic TV Series
1. Between the Lions (WGBH Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd. for PBS syndication; 2002 new episodes, 3rd season, #56 - #65, September 16 - November 18)
2. Dinotopia (Hallmark Entertainment and MAT I Production for ABC; 3 episode mini-series, May 12 - May 14). Dinotopia: The Series (Hallmark Entertainment and MAT I Production for ABC; 2002 new episodes, 1st season, #1 - #6, November 28 - December 26)
3. Greg the Bunny (Steven Levitan Productions for 20th Century Fox Television; 13 episodes, March 27 - August 25, 2002)
4. Redwall; a.k.a. Brian Jacques' Martin the Warrior: A Tale of Redwall (Nelvana Ltd. for Teletoon in Canada, December 2001 and PBS syndication in the U.S., 2002; 2002 U.S. new episodes, Redwall 3rd season #27 - #39; a.k.a. Martin the Warrior 1st season #1 - #13, April 14 - July 28))
5. Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (CineGroupe, in association with Children's Television Workshop and IF/X Productions for PBS syndication; 2002 new episodes, #21 (February 13) to #40 (October 5))

Best Anthropomorphic Novel
1. Rescue Ferrets at Sea, by Richard Bach. (The Ferret Chronicles #1) Scribner/Ferret House Press, June 2002.
2. Ecce Femina, by Raven Blackmane, in TSAT (Transformation Stories, Art, Talk) #25, December 2002-January 2003.
3. Changespell Legacy, by Doranna Durgin. Baen Books, June 2002.
4. Scars: An Ironclaw Novel, by Ted MacKinnon. Sanguine Productions, Ltd., January 2002.
5. Doom's Break: The Third Book of Arna, by Christopher Rowley. ROC Books, December 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Short Story
1. "Six", by Samuel C. Conway, in Anthrolations #5, July 2002.
2. "Ailoura", by Paul Di Filippo, in Once Upon a Galaxy, edited by Wil McCarthy, Martin H. Greenberg & John Helfers. DAW Books, September 2002.
3. "Milk Run", by Jim Hayden, in Yarf! #65, July 2002.
4. "Familiars", by Michael H. Payne, in Sword and Sorceress XIX, edited by Marion Zimmer Bradley. DAW Books, January 2002.
5. "A Prison of Clouds", by Tim Susman, in Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman. Sofawolf Press, January 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work
1. Fornax: Outtakes from a Recording Studio, by Gary Akins, Jr. Fauxpaw Productions, July 2002.
2. A Search for Meaning: The Story of Rex, color edition, by Michel Gagne. Gagne International Press, May 2002. (Children's picture book.)
3. Three Fingers, by Rich Koslowski. Top Shelf Productions, July 2002. (Cartoon art novel)
4. Ozy and Millie IV: Authentic Banana Dye, by David Simpson. Plan Nine Publishing, November 2002. (Comic strip collection)
5. Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman. Sofawolf Press, January 2002. (Collection of short stories)

Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book or Strip
1. Under the Lemon Tree, by Ralph E. Hayes, Jr. (Comic strip, Internet, tri-weekly, 2002 strips from January 2 to December 30)
2. Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook. (Comic strip, Internet, daily, 2002 strips from January 1 to December 31)
3. Scrued, by Melissa Jewel. (Comic strip, Internet, irregular, 2002 strips from March 13 to December 23)
4. Herobear and the Kid, by Mike Kunkel. (Comic book, Astonish Comics, irregular, 2002 issues from #4, undated but published in January, to #5, undated but published in November)
5. Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai. (Comic book, Dark Horse, monthly, 2002 issues from v. III #54, January to #62, November)

Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine
1. Anthrolations (2002 issues from #5, July, to #6, November)
2. Huzzah! (2002 issues from #45, February, to #48, November)
3. South Fur Lands (2002 issues from #24, March, to #27, December)
4. Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe (2002 issues from #29, March, to #31, December)
5. Yarf! (2002 issues from #63, January, to #65, July)

Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration
1. Heather Bruton. Cover painting for Anubis: Dark Desire #1, June 2002.
2. Heather Bruton. Cover painting for Furrlough #112, April 2002.
3. Odis Holcomb. Cover painting for Breaking the Ice: Stories from New Tibet, edited by Tim Susman, January 2002.
4. Chuck Melville. Cover painting for Wild Kingdom #13, April 2002.
5. Natasha "Dark Natasha" Mleynek. Cover of Furrlough #109, January 2002.

Best Anthropomorphic Game
1. JADECLAW: The Anthropomorphic Fantasy Role-Playing Game! Developer & Publisher: Sanguine Productions, Ltd., January 2002.
2. Kingdom Hearts. Developer: SquareSoft; Publisher: Square Electronic Arts, September 17, 2002.
3. Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus. Developer: Sucker Punch; Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment, September 24, 2002.
4. Star Fox Adventures. Designer: Rare, Ltd.; Publisher: Nintendo, September 23, 2002.
5. Tank Vixens: The Card Game, by Paul Kidd (writer) & Greg Panovich (artist). United Publications, November 2002.

N3F Short Story Competition
The National Fantasy Fan Federation Short Story competition for 2003 is now open for submissions. Each story must be accompanied by a $2 fee and cash awards of $50, $30 and $20 will be awarded. Submissions should be sent to Elizabeth Caldwell, 685 South Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-9332. The deadline for entries is December 1, 2003.

BAFTA Nominees
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the 2002 BAFTA Awards, to be announced on February 23 in London. The awards ceremony will be hosted by actor and Sidewise Award-winning author Stephen Fry. Categories in which genre items have been nominated are listed below.

Best Film
Chicago, Martin Richards
Gangs of New York, Alberto Grimaldi, Harvey Weinstein
The Hours, Scott Rudin, Robert Fox
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Barrie M. Osborne, Fran Walsh, Peter Jackson
The Pianist, Roman Polanski, Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde

David Lean Award for Achievement in Direction
Chicago, Rob Marshall
Gangs of New York, Martin Scorsese
The Hours, Stephen Daldry
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Peter Jackson
The Pianist, Roman Polanski

Chicago, Dion Beebe
Gangs of New York, Michael Ballhaus
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Andrew Lesnie
The Pianist, Pawel Edelman
Road to Perdition, Conrad L. Hall

Production Design
Chicago, John Myhre
Gangs of New York, Dante Ferretti
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Stuart Craig
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Grant Major
Road to Perdition, Dennis Gassner

Costume Design
Catch Me If You Can, Mary Zophres
Chicago, Colleen Atwood
Frida, Julie Weiss
Gangs of New York, Sandy Powell
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Ngila Dickson & Richard Taylor

Chicago, Martin Walsh
City of God, Daniel Rezende
Gangs of New York, Thelma Schoonmaker
The Hours, Peter Boyle
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Michael Horton & Jabez Olssen

Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
The Pianist

Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Gangs of New York
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Minority Report

Make Up/Hair
Chicago, Jordan Samuel & Judi Cooper Seely
Frida, Judy Chin & Beatrice d/Alba
Gangs of New York, Manlio Rocchetti & Aldo Signoretti
The Hours, Ivana Primorac, Conor O'Sullivan & jo Allen
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Peter Owen & Peter King

21 January 2003
Director Guild Award Nominations
Only one genre film was among those recognized by the Director's Guild in its listing of nominations for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film. Peter Jackson received a nomination for "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. " The other nominees include Stephen Daldry for "The Hours," Rob Marshall for "Chicago," Roman Polanski for "The Pianist," and Martin Scorsese for "The Gangs of New York." Since the awards were created in 1949, the winner of the DGA has won the Oscar for best picture in all except for five years. The winner of the DGA will be announced on March 1 at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles.

20 January 2003
World Fantasy Judges Announced
The judges for the World Fantasy Award have been announced. This year's judges include Justin Ackroyd, Les Edwards, Laura Anne Gilman, Lawrence Evans, and Jane Yolen. Judges should receive copies of works for consideration before June 1. The awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in Washington, D.C. on November 2.

Arthur C. Clarke Finalists
The finalists for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, which honor books published in the United Kingdom, have been announced. The award will be presented at the Science Museum on May 17.

Kil'n People (American title Kiln People), David Brin
Light, M. John Harrison
The Scar, China Miéville
The Separation, Christopher Priest
Speed of Dark (American title The Speed of Dark), Elizabeth Moon
The Years of Rice and Salt, Kim Stanley Robinson

Fire Destroys Observatory
The Mount Stromlo Observatory near Canberra, Australia, was destroyed by brushfires raging in the area. The staff of the observatory was given twenty minutes warning to evacuate. The fire destroyed the building, originally built in 1924, and the observatory's telescopes, some dating back to 1910. Most of the data collected by the observatory appears to be safe on computers in a building which was saved. The observatory staff was unharmed, although at least four people have been killed by the fires which have been raging for several weeks and are considered the worst Australian brush fires in at least fifty years.

Al Hirschfeld
Mark Anderson

Al Hirschfeld (b.1903), the cartoonist best known for his illustrations of celebrities, died on January 20 at the age of 99. Hirschfeld began drawing in 1924 when in Paris and began doing illustrations for the New York Herald Tribune upon his return to America a couple of years later. His famous illustrations are of celebrities from Buster Keaton to Nathan Lane. Since the birth of his daughter in 1945, all of his drawings have included her name, "Nina," hidden somewhere in the sketch, frequently multiple times.

Chicago area fan Mark Anderson (b.1959) died on January 20 following complications arising from congestive heart failure. He went in for congestive heart failure last week and was put on a respirator. The respirator failed and by the time a replacement respirator was inserted, Anderson went into cardiac arrest. Anderson was returning to fandom after several years of gafiation.

19 January 2003
Internet Science Fiction Database Stops Search Function
Al von Ruff has announced that the Internet Science Fiction Database ( has had to pull its search functionality in response to a notice from its new ISP that it was creating too large a system load with its number of daily queries. Currently available as flat html pages, von Ruff is trying to decide how, if at all, the database can survive.

Richard Crenna (January 18)

Richard Crenna (b.1927), an actor who appeared in the film "Marooned" and "A Fire in the Sky," died of pancreatic cancer. Originally a radio actor, Crenna made the leap to film and television in the 1950s. He is best known for his role as Walter Denton in the radio and television series "Our Miss Brooks" and as Colonel Samuel Trautman in the Rambo films.

17 January 2003
Virginia Heinlein (January 18)

Virginia Heinlein, the widow of science fiction grandmaster Robert A. Heinlein, died in her sleep. She was born Virginia Doris Gerstenfel and married Heinlein in 1948. Throughout their life together, Virginia worked as Heinlein's assistant and reader of his books. She is featured in much of Heinlein's autobiographical writing, including Grumbles from the Grave and Tramp Royale, both of which she worked to release following Heinlein's 1988 death.

17 January 2003
To The Batmobile, Robin
Adam West and Burt Ward have agreed to play themselves in a made-for-TV movie "Return to the Batcave: The Misadventures of Adam and Burt." In the film, the two actors will try to locate a batmobile stolen from an auto museum. Flashbacks will look at the history of the television series. Jack Brewer will play a young Adam West/Batman and Jason Marsden will portray a young Burt Ward/Robin. Julie Newmar is also scheduled to appear.

15 January 2003
Harry Potter Publication Date Announced
Bloomsbury and Scholastic, the publishers of J.K. Rowling's highly successful Harry Potter series, have announced that the fifth novel in the series, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, will be published on Saturday, June 21, 2003. Reports indicate that this novel, the first in more than three years, will run 255,000 words, or 64,000 words longer than Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. The Bloomsbury edition is expected to be 768 pages, 150 pages longer than the previous novel.

Another Bookstore Closing
Alice Bentley has announced that she will close the storefront of her bookstore The Stars Our Destination at 705 Main Street, Evanston, Illinois, at the end of February. She will continue to do business on the web at and via the catalog business she purchased from Robert Weinberg in 1997. "Stars" opened in April 1988 and has changed locations twice, moving to its current site in September 2000. In 1998, The Stars Our Destination published an omnibus edition of Barry Hughart's Master Li trilogy.

DVD Premiere Awards Announced
The DVD Premiere Awards were presented at the Wiltern Theatre in Hollywood on January 14. Genre winners are listed below:

Best Special Edition of the Year (New Release): The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Best Special Edition of the Year (Classic Movie): Back to the Future Trilogy
Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
Best Overall New Extra Features, Library Release: Beauty and the Beast Platinum Edition
Best New, Enhanced, or Reconstructed Movie Scenes: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
Original Retrospective Documentary, New Release: Appendices 1 & 2 —From Book to Vision, From Vision to Reality - Michael Pellerin, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
Best Audio Commentary, New Release: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition
Best Menu Design: Monsters, Inc. John Ross
Best Animated DVD Premiere Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, Hiroshi Saotome, Chris Henderson
Best Original Song, DVD Premiere Movie: "I'm Gonna Love You (Madellaine's Love Song)" - Jennifer Love Hewitt, music and lyrics by Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chris Canute, The Hunchback of Notre Dame II
Best Visual Effects, DVD Premiere Movie: Hellraiser: Hellseeker, Jamison Goei

14 January 2003
Moons Discovered
Scientists have recently announced the discovery of three new moons in orbit around Neptune, bring the planet's total to nine. These are the first new satellites discovered around Neptune since the Voyager II spacecraft visited the eighth planet in 1989. Earlier this month, University of Hawaii astronomers announced the discovery of a new moon in orbit around Jupiter, bringing that planet's total to 40. Saturn is known to have 30 moons and Uranus has 21 known moons.

Virginia Kidd (January 12)

Agent Virginia Kidd (b.1921), whose clients included Ursula K. Le Guin and James Tiptree, Jr., died on January 12 following a lengthy illness. Kidd was married to James Blish from 1947 to 1963, during which time she occasionally collaborated with Blish on a story. She edited several anthologies including Millennial Woman (1978) and Interfaces (1980), the latter with Ursula Le Guin.

13 January 2003
People's Choice Awards
"Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" and "Spider-Man" tied for the Favorite Motion Picture Award at the 2003 People's Choice Award. In addition, "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" received the Favorite Dramatic Motion Picture Award. The awards were presented on January 12 in Hollywood. The People's Choice Awards are decided based on public polling of people across America.

Spielberg Star Revealed
Producer/Director Steven Spielberg became the first person to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2003. The star was unveiled on Friday, January 10 in from of the Kodak Theater, the home of the Academy Awards.

12 January 2003
Noreascon 4 to Award Retro-Hugos
Noreascon 4 has announced their decision to award Retro-Hugos for the year 1953. Retro-Hugo may be awarded at any Worldcon which takes place 50 or 75 years after a Worldcon at which no Hugos were awarded. Since there were no awards presented in 1954, the year after the award was introduced in Philadelphia, Noreascon has elected to fill the gap. Information about eligible works in the various categories will eventually appear on the Noreascon web site. All members of Torcon 3 or Noreascon 4 may nominate for both the Retro-Hugos and the Hugos.

Buffy Conference in 2004
David Lavery, a professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN, has announced that the an academic conference on "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" will be held from May 28-30, 2004 in Nashville, TN. In addition, Middle Tennessee State University will be offering an on-line credit course in "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" to coincide with the conference. Information about the conference can be found at The conference is being co-hosted by Middle Tennessee State University and Watkins College of Art and Design.

9 January 2003
Children of Dune Premiere Set
The SCI FI Channel has announced that the miniseries "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune," a sequel to 2001's "Frank Herbert's Dune," will premiere on the cable channel on March 16 at 9PM ET. The miniseries will run for three nights, with two hour episodes each night. In addition to much of the original cast, including Alec Newman as Paul Atreides. "Frank Herbert's Children of Dune" is reportedly based on the books Dune Messiah and Children of Dune.

8 January 2003
Tolkien's Birthplace Opening to Tourists
The city of Bloemfontein in South Africa has plans to promote itself as J.R.R. Tolkien's birthplace. According to Marc Scholtz, the town's tourism chief, the town plans to build a statue to Tolkien and highlight his family's home, the cathedral in which he was baptized and his father's grave. They also intend to hold an annual literary festival and issue commemorative postage stamps.

Change to Aurealis Awards
The administrators for the Aurealis Awards have announced that Adam Browne's short story "Les Autres," which was nominated in the short horror category, would be dropped from the ballot. The story was disqualified due to previous publication by the e-zine Ideomancer.

7 January 2003
Annie Nominations
The ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society, has announced this year's Annie Award nominations. The Annie Awards honor animated feature films, TV, commercials, home video, electronic media and shorts and will be presented in Glendale, California on February 1.

Animated Home Video Production
Land Before Time: Journey to Big Water
Rolie Polie Olie: The Great Defender of Fun
VeggieTales: The Star of Christmas

Animated Short Subject
Night of the Living Doo
The Groovenians
The Tortoise and the Hare

Animated Television Commercial
Arrow, Lugz Shoes
Catch, AT&T
Courage, Cartoon Network
Don't Mess, Dodge
Every Move You Make, Sinai Hospital

Animated Television Production
Disney's Kim Possible
The Flintstones on the Rocks
Invader Zim
The Simpsons

Animated Television Production Produced for Children
Disney's Kim Possible
The Proud Family
Rocket Power
Rolie Polie Olie

Animated Theatrical Feature
Ice Age
Lilo & Stitch
Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Monsters, Inc.
Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Character Animation
John Kahrs, Monsters, Inc.
Alex Kupershmidt, Lilo & Stitch
Sergio Pablos, Treasure Planet
Doug Sweetland, Monsters, Inc.
Mike Thurmeier, Ice Age

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production
Peter de Seve, Ice Age
Peter de Seve, Treasure Planet
Carlos Grangel, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stitch
Ricky Vega Nierva, Monsters, Inc.

Character Design in an Animated Television Production
Alex Kirwan, Time Squad, "Mission JX4435: Clown Squad"
Dave Kupczyk, Ozzy & Drix
Lynne Naylor-Reccardi, Samurai Jack, "Episode VI"
Paul Rudish, Powerpuff Girls, "Members Only"
Shannon Tindle, The Proud Family, "Forbidden Date"

Directing in an Animated Feature Production
Ron Clements, John Musker, Treasure Planet
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stitch
Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman, Monsters, Inc.
Hayao Miyazaki, Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Chris Wedge (director), Carlos Saldanha (co-director), Ice Age

Directing in an Animated Television Production
Dave Chlystek, Static Shock, "The Big Leagues"
Rich Moore, Futurama, "Roswell That Ends Well"
Chris Roman, Disney's Fillmore, "To Mar a Stall"
Bruce W. Smith, The Proud Family, "A Hero for Halloween"
Guy Vasilovitch, Oh Yeah! Cartoons, "The Boy Who Cried Alien"

Effects Animation
Robert Bennett, Lilo & Stitch
Yancy Lindquist, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Jamie Lloyd, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Kee Nam Suong, Treasure Planet
Garrett Wren, Lilo & Stitch

Music in an Animated Feature Production
Joe Hisaishi, Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Joel McNeely (score), Jonatha Brooke (songwriter, "I'll Try"), They Might Be Giants (song, "So To Be One of Us"), Return to Neverland
David Newman, Ice Age
Randy Newman, Monsters, Inc.
Alan Silvestri, Mark Keali'i Ho'omalu (score and songwriters), Lilo & Stitch

Music in an Animated Television Production
Guy Moon (composer), Butch Hartman and Steve Marmel (lyricists), The Fairly Odd Parents
Van Dyke Parks, Kevin Kiner, Grant Geissman, Harold and the Purple Crayon, "Blame It on the Rain"
James L. Venable, Samurai Jack, "Episode I"

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production
Luc Desmarchelier, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Harley Jessup, Monsters, Inc.
Brian McEntee, Ice Age
Steven Olds, Treasure Planet
Rick Sluiter, Lilo & Stitch

Production Design in an Animated Television Production
Alan Bodner, Disney's Kim Possible
Dan Krall and Scott Wills, Samurai Jack, "Episode I"
Rosalina Tchouchev, The Zeta Project
Dave Wasson, Time Squad, "Mission L4439: Keepin' It Real With Sitting Bull"

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production
Ronnie Del Carmen, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Larry Leker, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron
Simon Wells, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

Storyboarding in an Animated Television Production
Bryan Andrews, Samurai Jack, "Episode VII"
Todd Britton, Balto 2: Wolf Quest
Seung Eun Kim, Jackie Chan Adventures, "Queen of the Shadowkhan"

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
Corey Burton as the voice of Captain Hook, Disney's Return To Neverland
Daveigh Chase as the voice of Lilo, Lilo & Stitch
Tim Hodge as the voice of Khalil, Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie
Brian Murray as the voice of John Silver, Treasure Planet
Emma Thompson as the voice of Captain Amelia, Treasure Planet
Corey Burton as the voice of Ludwig Von Drake, Disney's House of Mouse
Mike McDonald as the voice of Rip, The Ripping Friends

Writing in an Animated Feature Production
Michael Berg, Michael J. Wilson, Peter Ackerman, Ice Age
Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stitch
Hayao Miyazaki, Miyazaki's Spirited Away
Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, Monsters, Inc.

Writing in an Animated Television Production
Kit Boss, King of the Hill, "Man Without a Country Club"
Norm Hiscock, King of the Hill, "Bobby Goes Nuts"
James E. West II, T. Smith III, The Proud Family, "I Had A Dream"

June Foray Award
Gerry Miller

Winsor McCay Award
Gene Hazelton, Floyd Norman, Robert and Richard Sherman

Special Achievement Annie
Animated film producer Lou Scheimer

Ursula K. Le Guin Named SFWA Grand Master
SFWA President Sharon Lee has announced that Ursula K. Le Guin will be named an SFWA Grand Master during this year's Nebula Weekend (April 18-19) in Philadelphia, PA. Ms. Le Guin is the twentieth author to be honored as Grand Master. Her books include The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, the Earthsea Series, and The Other Wind, which recently was awarded the World Fantasy Award. In addition to winning the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ms. Le Guin has been the recipient of the Tiptree Award, the Sturgeon Award, the Endeavor Award, and the PEN/Malamud Award for Short Fiction. Ms. Le Guin began publishing with the story "April in Paris" in 1962 and has written numerous short stories, critical essays and books. Her book Always Coming Home included a tape of music composed for the project. Ms. Le Guin's selection was made by the SFWA Board of Directors, in conjunction with the living past presidents of SFWA.

Philip K. Dick Nominations
The judges for the Philip K. Dick Award have announced this year's nominations. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society while the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. The award, which recognizes excellence in paperback original publishing, will be presented on April 18 at Norwescon 26 in Seattle/Tacoma. This year's judges include Nalo Hopkinson, Michael Blumlein, Shelley Rodrigo Blanchard, Donna McMahon, and Lois Tilton.

Empire of Bones, by Liz Williams
Leviathan Three, edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Forrest Aguirre
Maximum Ice, by Kay Kenyon
The Mount, by Carol Emshwiller
Report to the Men's Club, by Carol Emshwiller
The Scar, by China Miéville
Warchild, by Karin Lowachee

Reeve to Guest on Smallville
Actor Christopher Reeve, who catapulted to fame in the role of Superman/Clark Kent in the 1978 film "Superman" and three sequels, will guest star in an upcoming episode of the WB television series "Smallville," about a young Clark Kent coming to grips with his powers. Set to air during the February sweeps period, Reeve will play a mentor to Kent.

Chinese Astronaut Named
The Sing Dao Daily has announced the name of the pilot for China's first attempted manned space flight, Chen Long. The announcement has not been confirmed by the Chinese government, which is remaining quiet about their specific plans. It is currently unknown whether the Shenzhou 5 will carry a single person, of multiple astronauts.

RAVE Nominations
Science fiction author Paul Di Filippo was nominated for a RAVE Award for his Babylon Sisters. The RAVE Awards were created to celebrate innovations and the individuals transforming commerce and culture by Wired Magazine. The award is presented in thirteen categories. Those with science fictional relevance are listed below.

Albert-László Barabási - Linked: The New Science of Networks
Paul Di Filippo - Babylon Sisters
Ben Mezrich - Bringing Down the House
Gregory Stock - Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future
Stephen Wolfram - A New Kind of Science

Film Director
Spike Jonze - Adaptation
Hayao Miyazaki - Spirited Away
Sam Raimi - Spider-Man
Steven Soderbergh - Full Frontal, Solaris
Steven Spielberg - Minority Report

TV Creator
J.J. Abrams - Alias (ABC)
Bob Cochran and Joel Surnow - 24 (Fox)
Simon Fuller - American Idol (Fox)
Steven Spielberg - Taken (Sci Fi)
Anthony Zuiker - CSI (CBS)

6 January 2003
"New" Tolkien Work
A manuscript of a translation of the Old English poem Beowulf done by J.R.R. Tolkien has been discovered in the Bodleian Library in Oxford and will be published this summer along with commentary by Tolkien. Although best known for his novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien was a Medieval philologist by training and in practice. Recently, Seamus Heaney made many best seller lists.

New Editor at Renaissance E- Books
Jean Marie Stine has been named editor and co-publisher at Renaissance E Books, which publishes a variety of genres of electronic texts, mostly classic reprints. Stine has previously written several mystery and horror stories.

E-Book to Tor
Patrick Nielsen Hayden purchased publication rights to John Scalzi's novel Old Man's War. Scalzi, a non-fiction author, originally published his novel on his website and Nielsen Hayden decided it was good enough that Tor would purchase it for hardcover publication in late 2003 or early 2004. Previous examples of e-publishing to traditional publishing include M.J. Rose's Lip Service, Geoff Ryman's 253, and Claire Berlinksi's Loose Lips.

Self-Published Book to Knopf
Christopher Paolini, a nineteen year old who self published his novel Eragon, has sold the book and two as yet unwritten sequels to Knopf Books in a deal worth more than a half million dollars.

4 January 2003
Torcon Rates Extended
Torcon has announced a rate extension. Originally, membership rates were scheduled to increase on January 1, 2003. The rate increase will not take place until January 15. Until then, rates are:
Attending membership: Cdn$250.00 (US$170.00)
Supporting membership: Cdn$60.00 (US$40.00)
Convert from Supporting to Attending: Cdn$190.00 (US$130.00)
Child membership: Cdn$60.00 (US$40.00)

After January 15, the attending and converting rates will increase by Cdn$25.00 (US$15.00). Torcon is the 2003 Worldcon, to take place in Toronto from August 28-September 1, 2003.

Nebula Preliminary Ballot Correction
Nebula Administrator Brook West has announce that after printing the Nebula Preliminary Ballot he discovered that Ted Chiang's nominated story, "Hell Is the Absence of God" should be listed in the novelette category, not the novella category. A notice of this with instructions to vote accordingly will be sent to SFWA members eligible to vote.

Charges Against Author Dropped
All charges against author Michael Shea (as reported on September 12) have been dismissed upon the judge determining that Shea bore only the vaguest similarity to the description of the actual assailant and specifics, such as scars, were only described after the victim saw photos of Shea. Shea was arrested while jogging and charged with attempted kidnapping and child molestation. As he stated at the time, he was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Unlike the attacker, Shea does not have a tattoo on his hand.

3 January 2003
Nebula Award Change of Venue
Due to an inability to obtain as much function space as needed, the SFWA has announced that the Nebula Awards Weekend will be hosted at the Radisson Plaza - Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia, PA on the weekend of April 18-19. The entire restored 1926 hotel will be used by the SFWA for the event. The previous hotel was unable to provide SFWA with banquet or function space. The basic room rate for the Nebula weekend, available for three days before and after the event, is $82.

Ministry of Whimsy Press Part of Night Shade Books
Jeff Vandermeer's Ministry of Whimsy Press, which has published the Leviathan anthologies and Stepan Chapman's The Troika, has become an imprint of Night Shade Books. Initially founded in 1984. In 1989, the press went on a two year hiatus, and again in 1992. Although Night Shade Books will publish Ministry of Whimsy projects, Vandermeer will retain creative control and Forrest Aguire will continue to run the imprint's day-to-day operations.

History of UK Websites Launched
Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, has launched a website at to spotlight the six worldcons held in the United Kingdom since 1957 (Loncon I). In addition to basic information on the size and guests, the site contains listings of the Hugo winners, photos, copies of publications and other information about the worldcons.

Peter Pan Copyright Case
Canadian author Emily Sommas, author of After the Rain: A New Adventure for Peter Pan, is suing to have Peter Pan declared in the public domain. Sir J.M. Barrie awarded the copyright to his original 1904 play to the Great Ormand Street Hospital. Although normally copyrights expire, an Act of Parliament extended the hospital's copyright in perpetuity. Sommas claims she was rebuffed in efforts to pay royalties to the hospital and the hospital claims Sommas's unauthorized use of the characters is affecting their ability to treat sick children. It is unclear how the British copyright extension will affect the lawsuit in an American court.

Royce Applegate (January 1)

Actor Royce Applegate, who portrayed Chief Manilow Crocker on the television series "SeaQuest DSV" and Buck in "Splash,"died when his Sherman Oaks, California home caught fire on New Year's Day. More recently, Applegate provided the voice of one of the dogs in the Eddie Murphy remake of "Doctor Doolittle" and played Henry in "The Rookie."

Clarification on Nebula Preliminary Ballot
The Nebula Preliminary Ballot represents any stories which have received more than ten recommendations from SFWA members within one year of their date of publication if the year ended during 2002 or if the work received the requisite ten recommendations. The preliminary ballot is sent to the Nebula members who vote on the preliminary ballot. The top vote-getters, plus up to one addition title per category selected by a jury are then announced on the final ballot, from which the Nebula Awards are selected by the membership and presented at the Nebula Award weekend, this year held in Philadelphia during April 18-19.

2 January 2003
Sir Ridley
The Queen of England's New Year's Honors list has been announced and it includes knighthoods for director Ridley Scott, who has previously won Hugo Awards for his films "Blade Runner" and "Alien." Others honored include actor Alan Bates, who appeared in the film version of Royal Flash and starred in "The King of Hearts." An OBE (Order of the British Empire) was awarded to film designer Stuart Craig, who has most recently worked on the first two Harry Potter films. Actor Brian Cox, who portrayed Hannibal Lector in "Red Dragon" and will be appearing in the forthcoming X-Men 2 also received an OBE, as did Jean Simmons, who appeared in the early 90s revival of "Dark Shadows."

Third Manned Space Program
In the wake of the successful launch of the Shenzhou IV unmanned rocket in late December, China has announced its intentions of putting a man in space during the second half of 2003, becoming only the third country with a manned space program and the first country to join this elite group since the launch of Freedom 7, piloted by Alan Shepard, in 1961. The Shenzhou is based on Soyuz technology and performs landings on hard ground instead of water landings. China has had a string of 27 consecutive successful launches since 1996.

Dumbledore Correction
With rumors flying fast and furious, it now appears that Ian McKellen will not take on the role of Dumbledore in future installments of Harry Potter. The latest name being bandied about is Michael Gambon, who recently appeared in "Gosford Park" and won an Emmy for his portrayal of Lyndon Johnson in "Path to War." Gambon also appeared in the film "The Beast Must Die" and the television production of "Longitude." A final announcement from Warner Brothers is expected early this year.

Nebula Preliminary Ballot Announced
Barnes, Steven: Lion's Blood (Warner Aspect, Feb02)
Brin, David: Kiln People (Tor, Jan02)
Bujold, Lois McMaster: The Curse of Chalion (Avon Eos, Aug01)
Czerneda, Julie E.: In the Company of Others (DAW, Jun01)
Gaiman, Neil: American Gods (William Morrow & Co., Jul01)
Le Guin, Ursula K.: The Other Wind (Harcourt Brace, Sep01 )
Levinson, Paul: The Consciousness Plague (Tor, Feb02)
McGarry, Terry: Illumination (Tor, Aug01)
McHugh, Maureen F.: Nekropolis (Avon Eos, Aug01)
McKillip, Patricia: Ombria in Shadow (Ace, Jan02)
Metzger, Robert A.: Picoverse (Ace, Mar02)
Miéville, China: Perdido Street Station (Del Rey, Mar01)
Mitchell, Syne: Technogenesis (Roc, Jan02)
Murphy, Pat: Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell (Tor, Nov01)
Nazarian, Vera: Dreams of the Compass Rose (Wildside Press, May02)
O'Leary, Patrick: The Impossible Bird (Tor, Jan02)
Oltion, Jerry: The Getaway Special (Tor, Dec01)
Sanders, William: J. (, Aug01)
Sargent, Pamela: Child of Venus (Avon Eos, May01)
Sawyer, Robert J.: Hominids (Analog, Apr02)
Schmidt, Stanley: Argonaut (Tor, Jul02)
Spencer, Wen: Alien Taste (Roc, Jul01)
Stirling, S.M.: The Peshawar Lancers (ROC/NAL, Jan02)
Swanwick, Michael: Bones of the Earth (Avon Eos, Mar02)
Tiedemann, Mark W.: Compass Reach (Meisha Merlin Publishing, Jun01)
Wharton, Ken: Divine Intervention (Ace, Nov01)

Burstein, Michael A.; and Tourtellotte, Shane: Bug Out! (Analog, Aug01)
Castro, Adam-Troy: Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's (Analog, Jun01 )
Chiang, Ted: Hell is the Absence of God (Starlight 3, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ed., Tor, (Jul01)
Chwedyk, Richard: Bronte's Egg (F&SF, Aug02)
Duncan, Andy: The Chief Designer (Asimov's, Jun01)
Finlay, Charles Coleman: The Political Officer (F&SF, Apr02)
Forde, Pat: In Spirit (Analog, Sep02)
Sparhawk, Bud: Magic's Price (Analog, Mar01)

Bowes, Richard: The Ferryman's Wife (F&SF, May01)
Burns, Stephen L.: Look Away (Analog, May02)
Frost, Gregory: Madonna of the Maquiladora (Asimov's, May02)
Moscoe, Mike: The Job Interview (Analog, May02)
Sanders, William: When This World Is All on Fire (Asimov's, Nov01)
Spencer, William Browning: The Essayist in the Wilderness (F&SF, May02)
Steele, Allen: The Days Between (Asimov's, Mar01)
Stross, Charles: Lobsters (Asimov's, Jun01)
Tourtellotte, Shane: The Return of Spring (Analog, Nov01)

Short Story
Bell, M. Shayne: Refugees from Nulongwe (SCI FICTION (, May01)
Bunch, Chris: Mirror (Absolute Magnitude, May01)
Burstein, Michael A.: Spaceships (Analog, Jun01)
Emshwiller, Carol: Creature (F&SF, Nov01)
Ford, Jeffrey: Creation (F&SF, May02)
Gilligan, ElizaBeth: Iron Joan (Black Gate, Feb02)
Lindholm, Megan: Cut (Asimov's, May01)
McDevitt, Jack: Nothing Ever Happens in Rock City (Artemis Magazine, Ian Randal Strock, Ed., LRC Publications, Aug01)
Richards, Joel: The Gods Abandon Alcibiades (Asimov's, Feb01)
Rogers, Bruce Holland: The Djinn Who Lives Between Night and Day (Realms of Fantasy, Apr02)
Shunn, William: The Veil Beyond the Veil (Realms of Fantasy, Apr02)
Summers, Kevin G.: Isolation Ward 4 (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds IV, Dean Wesley Smith, John Ordover, & Paula Block, Ed., Pocket, May01)
Swanwick, Michael: The Dog Said Bow-Wow (Asimov's, Nov01)

Elliott, Ted and Rossio, Terry : Shrek (Dreamworks, May01)
Walsh, Fran & Boyens, Philippa & Jackson, Peter: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (New Line Cinema, Dec01)
Whedon, Joss: The Musical: Once More With Feeling (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Nov01)

Copyright © 2003 Steven H Silver

Steven H Silver is a four-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings (DAW Books, January, February and March, 2003). In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.

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