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28 June 2004
New Potter Title
The sixth, and penultimate, book in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, will be Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. According to Rowling, the title refers to neither Voldemort or Potter and some of the revelations in the book were originally considered for inclusion in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, for which she also considered using the title.

Voice actor Danny Dark (b.1925) died on June 13. Dark was best known for providing the announcer's voice in the Starkist Tuna commercials but also the voice of Superman in the Super Friends cartoon. He worked as a facilities coordinator on the film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets." He was born Daniel Melville Croskery in Oklahoma City.

28 June 2004
Hitch Hiker's Air Date Set
The third set of Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy Radio shows are scheduled to begin airing on the BBC on September 21/ The series will star many of the original cast members, including Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, Geoffrey McGivern as Ford Prefect, Susan Sheridan as Trillian, Mark Wind-Davey as Zaphod Beeblebrox and Stephen Moore as Marvin. The late Douglas Adams will appear as Agrajag.

Author Hugh B. Cave (b.1910) died on June 27. Cave's first professional sale was "The Pool of Death" in the July 1929 issue of Brief Stories. He had stories published as recently at 2002. Cave won the World Fantasy Award for his collection Murgunstrumm and Others. He also won the Bram Stoker Life Achievement Award and the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award. The IHG named him a living legend in 1997.

26 June 2004
Los Angeles area fan Allan Rothstein (b.1941) died on June 24. Rothstein was a founding member of SCIFI and served on the Board of Directors for LASFS. Active in con-running, he worked for Loscon, Westercon, NASFiC and LA Cons. In 1991, he was the fan guest of honor at Loscon 18. He won the Laurel/Wordsworth Award for Poetry in 1990.

24 June 2004
SpaceShipOne Flights Delayed
Because of a couple of anomalies in the initial flight of SpaceShipOne, Burt Rutan has announced a hold on future launches until the problems can be understood. At the time of the launch, pilot Mike Melvill commented that he heard a bang and a nozzle cover was found fused. It turns out that as the craft reached its zenith, he also briefly lost altitude control. Melvill said, "If that had happened earlier, I would never have made it and you all would be looking sad right now."

Call for SESFA Nominations
Nominations for the South Eastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards are open through June 30. Any member of SESFA ( may nominate in the Lifetime Achievement, Best Novel, and Best Short Fiction categories. All members of SESFA may vote for the winners.

"New" Indian Site Located
A series of American Indian villages stretching twelve miles have been discovered in the Book Cliffs region of Utah. For more than fifty years, rancher Waldo Wilcox kept the site a secret, but it has now come to light after the state and federal government paid Wilcox $2.5 million. According to archaeologists, the site, which was inhabited for 3,000 years ending about a millennium ago, is so well preserved, "the ground [is] still littered with arrowheads, arrow shafts, beads and pottery shards in places."

Computer developer Bob Bemer (b.1920) died on June 22. Bemer was involved in the invention of ASCII, which allows computers to read binary coding as letters. He also called attention to the potential Y2K problem in the early 1970s.

22 June 2004
First Commercial Launch To Space
In an attempt to win the X-Prize, SpaceShipOne has made its first successful flight to space, achieving an altitude of 62 miles on June 21. SpaceShipOne was piloted by Mike Melvill for Scaled Composites. During the flight, which took about 90 minutes, Melville heard a loud bang. A portion of the spacecraft covering the nozzle may have been responsible for the noise. SpaceShipOne must reach 62 miles with a full crew of three twice within fourteen days for Scaled Composite to receive the $10 million prize. SpaceShipOne's designer, Burt Rutan, puts the cost of the spacecraft, funded by Paul Allen, at more than $20 million.

Bradbury Displeased
Ray Bradbury has expressed his displeasure with the title of Michael Moore's new documentary, "Fahrenheit 9/11." Bradbury contends that Moore's film, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes, trades on the title of Bradbury's novel Fahrenheit 451, about censorship. Bradbury, who is a registered independent, has noted that he first contacted Moore about the title more than six months ago and only recently heard from the filmmaker.

DNA Drops E-Mail
In the face of increasingly malevolent virii, Warren Lapine has announced that DNA Publications will no longer be accepting e-mail and has closed down all its public e-mail addresses. All future correspondence should be sent via snail mail.

Fan David B. Heath, Jr. (b.1952) died on June 8. Heath was a long-time active member of N3F and served as President, Art Director, and Editor for the club. He published the fanzine "No Sex."

18 June 2004
Cascadia Con Anthology
Cascadia Con, the 2005 NASFiC in Seattle, Washington, has announced open submissions for an anthology to be published in conjunction with the convention. Submitted stories must be set in the Pacific Northwest and have a speculative fictional element. The deadline for submissions is November 1.

Chesley Nominations
The final ballot for the 19th annual ASFA awards, the Chesleys, has been released. The awards, named for the great astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell, are given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists. This year's ballot recognizes works and achievements from 2003. Winners will be announced during this year's World Science Fiction Convention, Noreascon Four, in Boston, Sept. 2-6, 2004.

Cover Illustration, Hardcover
Donato Giancola, cover of City
Don Maitz, cover of The Fairy Rebel
Stephen Youll, cover of Lord of Snow and Shadows
David Bowers, cover of Paladin of Souls
Todd Lockwood, cover of Transitions: The Artwork of Todd Lockwood
Kinuko Y. Craft, cover of Wolfskin

Cover Illustration, Paperback
Peter de Sve, cover of Calling on Dragons
Jean Pierre Targete, cover of Dragon Blood
John Jude Palencar, cover of Hidden Warrior
Brom, cover of The Moons of Mirrodin
Mark Harrison, cover of Paper Mage
Jody Lee, cover of The Riven Shield
Todd Lockwood, cover of Tangled Webs

Cover Illustration, Magazine
Stephen Daniele, cover of Dungeon #98, May 2003
Bob Eggleton, cover of F&SF Jul 2003
Donato Giancola, cover of Dragon #307, May 2003
Stephen Hickman, cover of Weird Tales #330
Gahan Wilson, cover of Realms of Fantasy Aug 2003

Gaming Related Illustration
Cavern of the Snow Witch, Les Edwards
Draconomicon, Todd Lockwood
"Silver Dragons", Richard Sardinha
"Sword of Caldra", Donato Giancola
Unapproachable East, Matt Wilson

Color Work, Unpublished
"Booth Trees", Tom Kidd (oil)
"Gandalf", Donato Giancola (oil)
"Happy Hour", David Deen (colored pencil)
"The Raspberry Tree", Omar Rayyan (watercolor)
"She", Michael Whelan (acrylic)

Monochrome Work, Unpublished
"Autumn Faeries", Gary Lippincott (watercolor & pencil)
"Black Rose, Black Thorn", Lawrence Allen Williams (acrylic)
"Magic for Dummies", Tom Kidd (pencil)
"Narn i Hîn Hrin", Mael (ink)
"The Ribbon Falls at Teal's Gap", Janny Wurts (pencil)

Interior Illustration
Sheila Rayyan, for "Alephestra"
Iassen Ghiuselev, for Alice's Adventure in Wonderland
Charles Vess, for A Circle of Cats
Todd Lockwood, for "Crossing Into Empire"
Alan M. Clark, for "Lujin"
Brian Froud, for The Runes of Elfland

"The Colony Ship Oengus OC", Johnna Klukas (wood)
"Fantastic Flying Fluffballs", Real Musgrave (resin)
"Gryphon Mage", Laura Reynolds (mixed)
"Jack", Gary Lippincott (bronze)
"Sheep", Lisa Snellings-Clark (paper maché)

Product Illustration
"Age of Mythology: The Titans Expansion", David A. Cherry & Mark Sinclair
"Anna of the Celts", Dean Morrissey
"Call for Entries", Frank Frazetta
"Cthulhu Takes on Washington", Allen Koszowski
"The Frozen Throne", Justin Thavirat

Art Director
Arnie & Cathy Fenner
Howard & Jane Frank
Irene Gallo
Dawn Murin

Contribution to ASFA
Alan Beck & Holly Bird (for ASFA Quarterly art direction)
David Deen (for "The Summons" ASFA promo art)
Maurizio Manzieri (for Kinuko Y. Craft interview, Spring/Summer ASFA Quarterly)
Teresa Patterson (work for ASFA above and beyond officer duties)
Geoffrey Surrette (for maintenance of the ASFA website)

Artistic Achievement
Kinuko Y. Craft
Alan Lee
Todd Lockwood
Maurice Sendak
Charles Vess

Film producer Max Rosenberg (b.1914) died on June 14 following a brief illness. Rosenberg began his career in 1956 and the following year was producing genre work including "The Curse of Frankenstein." In 1965 and 1966, he produced the two Peter Cushing Dr. Who films and continued to produce horror and science fiction films through 1988, among them three films based on Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar series and "Tales from the Crypt."

15 June 2004
Screenwriter Robert Lees (b.1913) was murdered on June 13 in his home in Hollywood. Lees, who wrote the screenplays for "Abbot and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and "Abbot and Costello Meet the Invisible Man," was beheaded in his home by a homeless man who then murdered Lees's neighbor. The assailant has been arrested. Lees also wrote the screenplay for "The Invisible Woman." He was blacklisted during the McCarthy period and went on to write for "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Land of the Giants" under the name J.E. Selby.

12 June 2004
ISFiC Press Formed
ISFiC (Illinois Science Fiction in Chicago), the parent corporation for Windycon and Picnicon, has announced the launch of a small press. Their first book will be a guest of honor book to be released at Windycon 31 the weekend of November 11. It will be a collection of short stories and essays by Canadian author Robert J. Sawyer with cover art by Jael. The hardcover book will also include an introduction by Mike Resnick, a critical essay by Valerie Broege, and a bibliography of Sawyer's works.

Ellison and AOL Settle
Harlan Ellison and AOL have settled their four-year old lawsuit over a copyright dispute. Ellison sued AOL after discovering some of his works had been posted to Usenet. In 2002, AOL received a summary dismissal, but Ellison appealed the decision and it was partially reversed earlier this year. Details of the settlement have not been released.

Cassini Arrives
The Cassini space craft, which is expected to go into orbit around Saturn on June 30, ending a seven year voyage and beginning a four year research mission, will make its first contact with the Saturnian system on Friday, June 11, when it passes within 1,240 miles of Saturn's outermost known moon, Phoebe. Cassini is expected to perform about 50 moon flybys during its Saturn mission, as well as dropping the Huygens probe on Titan in December.

Ursa Major Winners
The Ursa Major Awards, which recognize excellence in anthropomorphic/"funny animal" literature were presented at the Canadian Anthro & Cartooning Expo (C-ACE) 2004, held at the Chimo Hotel in Ottawa, Ontario on June 4 - 6, 2004. The Ursa Majors are administered and presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), an organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts both within and outside of the fandom.
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture: Finding Nemo Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Series: Gary the Rat
Best Anthropomorphic Novel: Between Darkness and Light, by Lisanne Norman.
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction: "In the Line of Duty", by M.C.A. Hogarth, in Anthrolations #7
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work: Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction, edited by Fred Patten.
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book: Usagi Yojimbo, by Stan Sakai.
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip: Kevin & Kell, by Bill Holbrook.
Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine: Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe.
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration: the cover painting by Ursula Vernon of Best in Show: Fifteen Years of Outstanding Furry Fiction, by Fred Patten.
Best Anthropomorphic Game: Wallace & Gromit in Project Zoo.

Pterosaur Fossil Found
The first fossil of a pterosaur embryo has been discovered in China. The 121 million year old fossil is the first embryo of a flying reptile to be discovered. The embryo, discovered in an almost complete egg, was found in the sediment of a lake in Liaoning, well known for its fossil troves. The embryo had a wingspan of 27 cm and experts believe it would have been close to hatching.

Marjorie Courtenay-Latimer (b.1907) died on May 17 following a long illness. In 1938, Ms. Courtenay-Latimer a self-trained naturalist, was called to identify a strange fish caught in the Chalumna River. She identified the fish as a coelacanth, an ancient fish long believed to have been extinct. Since then, about 200 coelacanths have been discovered.

Comic writer Kate Worley has died following a battle with cancer. Wroley, who wrote "Omaha: the Cat Dancer," was married to Reed Waller and later Jim Vance.

7 June 2004
Sidewise Nominations
The nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate history have been announced. This year's awards will be presented at Noreascon 4 in Boston over Labor Day weekend.

Short Form
"El da que hicimos la Transitin," by Ricard de la Casa and Pedro Jorge Romero. Translated by Yolanda Molina-Gavilán as "The Day We Went Through the Transition."
"The Eyes of America," by Geoffrey Landis
"The Cuban Missile Crisis: Second Holocaust," by Robert L. O'Connell
"O One," by Chris Roberson
"The Reign of Terror," by Robert Silverberg

Long Form
Collaborator, by Murray Davies
Disturbance of Fate, by Mitchell Freedman
Liverpool Fantasy, by Larry Kirwan
Conquistador, by S.M. Stirling

Theodore Sturgeon Nominees
Finalists for this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Sturgeon Award is a juried award for best short science fiction of the year. The winner will be announced in Lawrence, Kansas, at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas, July 8-11, 2004.
"Bernardo's House," by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's Jun 2003)
"Dead Worlds," by Jack Skillingstead (Asimov's Jun 2003)
"Dry Bones," by William Sanders (Asimov's May 2003)
"The Empire of Ice Cream," by Jeffrey Ford (Sci Fiction 02.26.03)
"The Empress of Mars," by Kage Baker (Asimov's Jul 2003)
"The Fluted Girl," by Paolo Bacigalupi (F&SF Jun 2003)
"It's All True," by John Kessel (Sci Fiction 11.05.03)
"Looking Through Lace," by Ruth Nestvold (Asimov's Sep 2003)
"Off on a Starship," by William Barton (Asimov's Sep 2003)
"Only Partly Here," by Lucius Shepard (Asimov's Mar 2003)
"The Tale of the Golden Eagle," by David D. Levine (F&SF Jun 2003)
"The Tangled Strings of Marionettes," by Adam-Troy Castro (F&SF Jul 2003)

Bram Stoker Awards
Winners of this year's Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement were announced on June 5. The Stoker Awards are given annually by the Horror Writers Association to recognize excellence in the genre.
Novel: lost boy lost girl, by Peter Straub
First Novel: The Rising, by Brian Keene
Long Fiction: "Closing Time," by Jack Ketchum
Short Fiction: "Duty," by Gary A. Braunbeck
Fiction Collection: Peaceable Kingdom, by Jack Ketchum
Anthology: Borderlands 5, edited by Elizabeth & Thomas Monteleone
Non-Fiction: The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association, by Thomas F. Monteleone
Illustrated Narrative: The Sandman: Endless Nights, by Neil Gaiman
Screenplay: Bubba Ho-Tep, by Don Coscarelli
Work For Younger Readers: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J. K. Rowling
Poetry Collection: Pitchblende, by Bruce Boston
Alternative Forms: The Gorelets, by Michael Arnzen
Life Achievement: Anne Rice and Martin H. Greenberg

John Jerrold, Jack of All Trades
John Jerrold, who has built a career helping authors with their manuscripts since leaving Earthlight, is adding literary agent to his portfolio. He will be working with computer games company SCi.

MTV Movie Awards
Although the show won't air until June 10, the winners of the MTV Movie Awards have been announced. Films with genre content were honored in five of the categories.
Best Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Best Male Performance: Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Breakthrough Male: Shawn Ashmore, X2: X-Men United
Breakthrough Female: Lindsay Lohan, Freaky Friday
Best Action Sequence: Battle of Gondor, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Deutsche Phantastik-Preis Nominations
The nominees for the 2004 Deutsche Phantastik-Preis have been announced. Selection of the winner is done by balloting of the on-line community. Voting will close on August 31 with the winners announced on October 9 at the Buchmessecon near Frankfurt.

Novel (German)
Anam Cara - Seelenfreund, by Nicole Rensmann
Der letzte seiner Art, by Andreas Eschbach
Somniferus, by Michael Siefener
Das Weltennetz - Die Gezeitenwelt 3, by Thomas Finn
Die Zwerge, by Markus Heitz

First Novel (German)
Anam Cara - Seelenfreund, by Nicole Rensmann
Demonwright - Der eiserne Thron, by Heidrun Jaenchen, Christian Savoy & Andrea Tillmanns
Der Gyt, by Timo Bader
Jenseits des Waechtersteins, by Heike Reiter
Im Bann des Fluchtraegers, by Nina Blazon Novel (International)
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown
King Rat, by China Miéville
The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla, by Stephen King

Bildschirmarbeitsplatz, by Bjoern Jagnow
Geisterkleister, by Linda Budinger
Die korrektive Kunststoffkroete, by Robert Kerber
Der Schlafgaenger, by Markus K. Korb
Die weissen Schmetterlinge, by Frank W. Haubold

Grausame Staedte
Jakob Rubinstein, by Andreas Gruber
Die Nacht der Masken
Pandaimonion 2
World of Fantasy

Printed Series
Bad Earth
Stephen King's The Dark Tower
Perry Rhodan

Writer (German)
Andreas Eschbach
Marcus Heitz
Wolfgang Hohlbein
Martin Kay
Markus K. Korb

Writer (International)
Dan Brown
Andreas Gruber
Stephen King
Thomas Ligotti
China Mieville

Motion Picture
Finding Nemo
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Stargate SG-1

Jennifer Garner, Alias
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Alyson Hannigan, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Angelina Jolie, Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life
Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1
Sean Astin, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
Hugh Jackman, X2: X-Men United
Viggo Mortensen, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Alien Quadrilogy
Babylon 5
Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
Dracula - Prince of Darkness
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers - Extended Edition

Edgar Allan Poe-Reihe
Gabriel Burns
John Sinclair
Necrophobia 1
Der Schatten ueber Insmouth

Homepage (German)

Homepage (International)

Honorary Award
Clark Darlton
Werner K. Giesa
Peter Jackson
Wolfgang Jeschke
Stephen King

Flop of the Year
LXG - The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen
The Matrix Reloaded & Revolutions mg Verlag
Perry Rhodan Zaubermond Verlag

2 June 2004
Launch Date Set
Scaled Composites has announced that it plans to launch SpaceShipOne on June 21. The launch, expected to be a suborbital flight peaking at 100 kilometers, will be the first space launch for a private contractor. On its previous flight, SpaceShipOne reached an altitude of 67 kilometers. Scaled Composites is vying for the X-Prize of $10 million to the first team which can make two space flights within a two-week period. Scaled Composites is owned by Paul Allen, who is also the driving force behind the Experience Science Fiction in Seattle.

Compton Crook Award
This year's Compton Crook Award for best SF/F novel by a new author was presented to E.E. Knight at Balticon over the weekend for his novel Way of the Wolf. The Compton Crook Award was established in 1983 and is named for Compton Crook, who published under the name Steven Tall. The award carries a prize of $750.

Mission to Save Hubble
NASA is seeking proposals for a robotic mission to replace the batteries on the Hubble Space Telescope and install a new camera. A fourth servicing mission was cancelled because NASA determined it would be too dangerous to send a space shuttle to the telescope, which has been in service since 1990. The batteries on board the telescope are expected to die in 2008.

Star Wars Fan Film Awards
The deadline for submitting fan films to LucasFilm for the 2004 Star Wars Fan Film Awards is June 15. Information about the awards can be found at First prize will include a trophy and $2,000.

Dinosaur Find Changes Theory of Drift
A new fossil discovered by University of Chicago Paleontologist Paul Sereno is causing scientists to rethink aspects of Continental Drift. The creature, discovered in 2000 and called Rugops primus, belongs to the abelisaurids, which have previously only been found in South America, Africa, Antartica, India and Australia. Scientists had conjectured that Africa had split from Gondwana 120 million years ago. The Rugops primus fossils, however, are more recent by more than twenty million years.

Australian fan and publisher Peter McNamara (b.1947) died on June 1. McNamara was the force behind Aphelion Publishing, which was founded following Aussiecon 2. Their first project was Aphelion Magazine, which ran for five issues between 1985 and 1987. In 1989, Aphelion began publishing trade paperbacks. The McNamara Award was established in his honor in 2002 by Altair Publishing.

1 June 2004
Author Katya Reimann gave birth to a son, her third child, on May 7, 2004. Soren Reimann has twin older sisters and is doing well. Katya was in attendance at Wiscon

Sunburst Nominees
The Fourth annual Sunburst Award nominees have been announced. The Sunburst Award is presented to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant and includes a Can$1,000 prize and a medallion created by Marcel Gagné. The award will be presented in September.
Blind Lake, by Robert Charles Wilson
The Bone House, by Luanne Armstrong
Initiation, by Virginia Frances Schwartz
Oryx and Crake, by Margaret Atwood
A Place So Foreign and 8 More, by Cory Doctorow

Art Workshop
Fantasy artist Larry Elmore will be holding a week-long artist workshop in Brandenburg, KY from October 4-8. The workshop, which will be limited to 14 students, will have a cost of $399. Application deadline for attending is July 1. For more information, send e-mail to

Copyright © 2004 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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