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.
The University of Chicago has announced plans to sell its Yerkes Observatory site in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Geneva. The estimate cost is around $10 million and currently the two bidders are an East Coast developer who wants to turn the site into luxury homes and Aurora University, which has a campus that straddles the observatory grounds.
The winner of this year's Philip K. Dick Award was announced at Norwescon. The winner is Gwyneth Jones for the novel Life. A special citation was awarded to Lyda Morehouse for Apocalypse Array. The PKD Award is presented for best original paperback. The 2005 judges are Charles Coleman Finlay, Kay Kenyon, Robert A. Metzger, Lyda Morehouse, and Graham J. Murphy (chair).
British Science Fiction Awards
Interaction has announced this year's Hugo Nominees. Alll members of Interaction are eligible to vote. The Awards will be presented on August 7, 2005.
Best Short Story
Best Related Book
Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form
Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form
Best Professional Editor
Best Professional Artist
Best Fan Writer
Best Fan Artist
Best Web Site
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Hall of Fame Finalists for Best Classic Fiction:
This year's inductees to the science fiction Hall of Fame will include Steven Spielberg, Ray Harryhausen, Chesley Bonestell, and Philip K. Dick. This year's induction ceremony will take place the weekend of May 5-7 in Seattle. This will make the first induction ceremony at the Hall of Fame's new home at the Science Fiction Museum. Each year, the Hall inducts two living and two dead members.
Dr Who Leaked
Steve Sansweet has stated that following the release of Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, there will be additional Star Wars projects made for television, in both animated and live action formats. Previous Star Wars television projects include "Clone Wars" "The Ewok Adventure," "Droids" and "The Star Wars Christmas Special." Sansweet didn't offer any specific details.
The William L. Crawford Award for best new fantasy author was presented to Steph Swainston for the novel The Year of Our War. The award includes a $100 cash prize and was sponsored by Andre Norton.
Interaction Adds Guest
IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award
Lord Ruthven Award
The University of California-Riverside, which hosts the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle will co-host "Inventing the 21st Century: Many Worlds, Many Histories" from May 5-7 in Seattle. The event will occur with the museum's first induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame, which was previously located in Lawrence, Kansas.
Isaac Asimov Memorial Award
Lord of the Rings, Tra La
Star Wars 3-D
The Library of Congress has announced the official addition of a language code and subject heading for works in Klingon in bibliographic records. The subject heading is "Klingon (Artificial Language)."
Author Andre Norton (b.1912) died on March 17. Born Alice Mary Norton, she adopted her pseudonym in part to mask her gender at a time when science fiction was predominantly a male field. She began publishing genre work in 1947 with the story "The People of the Crater" (later expanded to Garan the Eternal). She is perhaps best known as the author of juveniles and the Witch World series. Norton was named a grandmaster of the SFWA in 1983 and this year SFWA has announced the creation of an Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Novels.
Fan Suffers Stroke
Gaylactic Spectrum Awards Nominating Period Still Open
Small Moon with Atmosphere
Author Samuel Delany underwent an emergency appendectomy in Philadelphia on March 5. Shortly after returning home, complications led him back to the emergency room where he was treated for an infection stemming from the earlier surgery. He is currently recovering and requests privacy.
Talebones Database Lost
Legal Defense Fund Auction
Despite previously announcing the winner of the James Tiptree Award as Joe Haldeman for Camouflage, in fact two novels were awarded the prize. Haldeman shares this year's prize with Johanna Sinisalo for her novel Troll: A Love Story.
Novella or Novelette
William Atheling Jnr Award for Criticism or Review
White Wolf Extends Deadline for Fiction Contest
Older Writers Grant
Joe Haldeman's novel Camouflage has been announced as the winner of this year's James Tiptree Award. The Award will be presented at Gaylaxicon during the weekend of July 1-4. The Tiptree Award, named for the nom de plume of Alice Sheldon, is given to science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.
Seiun Award Presentation
Earliest Biped Found
Hobbits New Species
The twelfth annual Spectrum Awards for Contemporary Fantastic Art were presented on February 25 in Kansas City. The winners and other entrants will be included in this year's Spectrum anthology, edited by Cathy and Arnie Fenner.
Grandmaster: H.R. Giger
Advertising Gold Award: "Jack", Brom
Book Gold Award: Brad Holland, Cover of Outside the Dog Museum
Comics Gold Award: "Freaks of the Heartland", Greg Ruth
Dimensional Gold Award: "Quan Yin", Lawrence Northey
Editorial Gold Award: "Sir Hillary Poised For a Takeover", Thomas L. Fluharty
Institutioanl Gold Award: "When Giants Walk the Earth", Arthur Suydam
Unpublished Gold Award: "Victorian Goblin in Formal Dress Circa 1893", Travis Louie
The Science Fiction Research Association has called for papers for its annual conference, to be held this year in Las Vegas. Papers on any SF-related topic are welcome. Papers on Ursula K. LeGuin, John Barnes, Kij Johnson, Steven Brust, Elizabeth Bear, and Tim Powers are particularly encouraged, as are papers on Gaming and Gambling in SF, the American West in SF, and the relationship between the Western and SF. Submission deadline is March 15.
Kelly to Teach
New Editor at IROSF
The Academy Awards were presented on February 27. None of the major awards went to films of genre interest, although two such films, "Finding Neverland" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" were nominated in some of those categories. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.
Original screenplay: Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry and Pierre Bismuth, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind"
Visual effects: "Spider-Man 2"
Sound editing: "The Incredibles"
Original score: "Finding Neverland"
Makeup: "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events"
Animated feature: "The Incredibles"
Japan on the Moon
Peruvian Figures Found
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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