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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The nominees for the 2005 TAFF (Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund) race to send a North American fan to Glasgow for the 2005 Worldcon have been announced. Chaz Boston Baden, Curt Phillips, and Suzanne Tompkins (Suzle) are this year's nominees. Ballots should be sent to the current TAFF administrators, Randy Byers (North America) or James Bacon (Europe).
Paleontologists have announced the discovery of the largest dinosaur in Britain at an Isle of Wight dig. The discovery of a neck bone measuring ¾ of a meter long indicates a sauropod measuring twenty meters long dating back 125-130 million years ago.
Russian Aims for the Moon, Mars
The 29th Annual Jack Williamson Lectureship will be held on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University on March 3, 2005. The topic of this year's lecture will be Posthumanity Evolving with guest lecturers Walter Jon Williams and Gregory Benford. The convener of this year's event will be Connie Willis.
Bradbury, L'Engle Receives Award
Berg Receives Award
Early North American Inhabitants
The European probe SMART-1, launched in September 2003, has entered lunar orbit. The orbiter is scheduled to make several course adjustments over the next few weeks and begin its study of the lunar surface in January 2005. The probe's mission includes a search for lunar ice and the chemical composition of the moon. This is only the second Ion Propulsion spacecraft.
ISFiC has announced a $500 grant to the Speculative Literature Foundation to support the Older Writers Grant. Although the grant is for one year, the ISFiC Board specifically stated that it is renewable upon review on an annual basis. The award is presented by the SLF to a new author over the age of 50.
Actor Ed Kemmer (b.1920) died on November 9. Kemmer portrayed Commander Buzz Corry on the 1950s children's science-fiction television program "Space Patrol." Within months of its debut, there was also a radio version of "Space Patrol." Kemmer appeared in several other B-science fiction films. A pilot during World War II, Kemmer was shot down over Germany and captured. He escaped froma POW camp, but was recaptured within two weeks. Kemmer suffered a stroke on November 5.
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) is appealing a court decision to remove their state tax exempt status for a clubhouse it has owned since 1991. A lower court declared that the organization did not meet the requirements for an educational organization. The BSFS Is recognized by the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation as a qualifying educational organization. In addition to running Balticon, BSFS administers the Compton Crook Award and a young writer's contest as well as runs writer's workshops.
On Sunday, October 31, American Astronaut Leroy Chiao became the first American to vote electronically from space when he e-mailed his ballot from the International Space Station. The only other American to vote from space was David Wolf in 1997, who did not do so electronically. While Chiao urged all Americans to vote, he would not say for whom he voted.
The Aurora Awards were presented at Boréal on Saturday October 30.
Best Long-Form Work in English: Blind Lake, by Robert Charles Wilson
Best Short-Form Work in English: "Scream Angel," by Douglas Smith
Best Work in English (Other): Julie E. Czerneda, editing Space Inc.
Artistic Achievement: Jean-Pierre Normand
Fan Achievement (Publication): Made in Canada Newsletter, Don Bassie, ed.
Fan Achievement (Organizational): Martin Miller
Fan Achievement (Other): Eric Layman, fan writing / écriture fanique
Best Long-Form Work in French: Phaos, by Alain Bergeron
Best Short-Form Work in French: "La Course de Kathryn," by Élisabeth Vonarburg
Best Work in French (Other): Solaris, Joël Champetier, réd
World Fantasy Awards
World Fantasy Art Awards
Hobbits Found in Indonesia
TV on DVD Awards
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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