Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.
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Fan George Flynn (b.1936) died on August 29 after being in rehabilitation for twin surgeries since late June. Flynn was a fellow of NESFA and served as an officer of the WSFS throughout the eighties and nineties. He co-chaired Ditto 11 in 1998 and wrote for numerous APAs. In recent years, he was very active doing proof-reading for NESFA Press. One of his many reprinted articles about Hugo voting can be found on-line at http://www.nesfa.org/fanzines/votehist.html.
Dr. Fred Whipple (b.1907) died on August 30. Whipple coined the term "dirty snowball" to describe a comet and spent more than fifty years studying comets. He first suggested that comet nuclei were a mixture of ice, rock and dust in 1950, but his theory wasn't proven until 1986 when the ESA probe Giotto flew by Halley's Comet.
Los Angeles Fan Beverly Warren is home from the hospital where she was diagnosed with meningitis. Beverly is married to film critic and Starlog contributor Bill Warren and the two organize fannish tours to Hawaii.
David Gross has announced that he is stepping down as the editor of Amazing Stories. Paizo is looking for a replacement to helm the magazine which began publishing in 1926. Gross is the second editor to leave a start-up magazine shortly after it began publishing this year. Earlier this year, Lou Anders stepped down as editor of the revived Argosy.
L. Ron Hubbard Winners
Hugo Award Design Contest
American publisher Warren Lapine and Angela Kessler gave birth to a daughter, Tara Fae Kessler-Lapine on July 26. Tara weighed 7lbs 11oz at birth.
The 2004 Seiun Award winners, for best science fiction in Japan, have been announced. The Seiun Awards are the equivalent of the Hugo Awards in Japan, selected by the fans. The foreign language winners will be presented during the Hugo Award ceremony in Boston on Saturday, September 4, 2004.
Japanese Long: The Sixth Continent by Issui Ogawa
Japanese Short: "Unaccepted Death," by Shinji Kajio
Foreign Long: Heaven's Reach by David Brin, Translated by Akinobu Sakai
Foreign Short: "Hell is the Absence of God," by Ted Chiang, Translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
Media: Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Comics: From Far Away by Kyoko Hikawa
Art: Daisuke Nishijima
Non-Fiction: Passport to the Universe 2 by Yuichi Sasamoto
Free: The Royal Museum of Science Series
Composer Elmer Bernstein (b.1922), best known for the score to "The Magnificent Seven" died at his home on August 18. Bernstein was also active in writing film scores for genre work, including "Saturn 3," "Being John Malkovich," and "An American Werewolf in London." His music was used in more than 250 films dating back to 1951 In 1968, he won an Oscar for Best Original Music Score for "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
VH1 and Nash Entertainment is casting for a host for a show called "The Revengers." They are looking for people who were and still are geeks. Applicants should have expertise in Computers, Gadgets, Electronics, Special Effects, Improvisation or Comedy skills. Email current photo and bio. To VH1project@nashentertainment.com and send 5 minute videotape about yourself along with current photo and resume to:
1438 N. Gower St.
Hollywood, CA 90028
Fan and computer maven Iain O'Cain (b.1967) committed suicide sometime between August 11 and August 17. O'Cain, an Edmonton fan, was involved in gaming and had previously lived in the Ann Arbor area.
Longtime fan Howard DeVore suffered a massive heart attack on August 4 and was taken to the hospital. He has returned home, but according to Dave Locke is doing "quite poorly." A member of First Fandom, DeVore received a Hugo nomination in 1999 for his reference book The Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards.
Saturn at 33
Pat McMurray, who has been building the Memory Hole Annex for more than a decade, finds that he needs to turn the collection over to a new curator. The collection includes "all the stuff that a convention produces - PRs, Program Books, badges, Newsletters, shirts, souvenirs and toys, signs, mugs, artwork - just about anything along those lines." McMurray is looking for a UK fan to take over the entire collection sometime in the next couple of months. When the new curator can no longer maintain the collection, the entire collection should be turned over to a new curator.
An unmanned test of the Rubicon 1 spacecraft, designed by a small firm to compete for the Ansari X-Prize, exploded shortly after launch just south of Olympic National Park in Washington state. The partners behind the Rubicon 1 plan to re-build the craft and try another launch as soon as possible. They noted that NASA had many similar launch explosions in its early history.
The nominees for the World Fantasy Award have been announced. The winners will be announced the weekend of October 28 at the World Fantasy Con in Tempe, Arizona.
British Fantasy Award Nominees
Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award):
Best Short Fiction:
Best Small Press:
Lord Voldemort Cast
Eastern Regional Director Named
James White Award
Harlan Ellison is issuing refunds to everyone who donated to his KICK Internet Piracy campaign. In addition to refunding the amount of the donation, Ellison is offering and additional $10 to everyone who donated.
Eighth Harry Potter
Actor Sam Edwards (b.1915) suffered a fatal heart attack on July 28. Edwards played Chuck Ramsey in the "Captain Midnight" serials in the 1940s and also had a bit part in the film "Escape from Witch Mountain."
Actor Eugene Roche (b.1928) died on July 28 after suffering an heart attack. Roche was best known as the Ajax spokesman, but also appeared in the Hugo Award-winning "Slaughterhouse-Five" as Edgar Derby. His other genre credits include "The Possessed" and "Roswell."
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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