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.
Robert Sheckley has returned to the US following his hospitalization in Kiev. His doctors say that his condition is still not satisfactory, but he can make the flight. His insurance had been cancelled and his bill wound up being paid by private donations.
The finalists for the 2005 Prix Aurora, given out to Canadian science fiction in both English and French, have been announced. This year's winners will be announced at Westercon 58 in Calgary during the weekend of July 1-4. Any Canadian citizen or permanent resident may vote. Balloting ends on June 22.
Best Long-Form Work in English/Meilleur livre en anglais
Meilleur livre en français/Best Long-Form Work in French
Best Short-Form Work in English/Meilleure nouvelle en anglais
Meilleure nouvelle en français/Best Short-Form Work in French
Best Work in English (Other)/Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)
Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)/Best Work in French (Other)
Artistic Achievement/Accomplissement artistique
Fan Achievement (Publication)/Accomplissement fanique (Publication)
Fan Achievement (Organizational)/Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)
Fan Achievement (Other)/Accomplissement fanique (autre)
The Sidewise Award nominations have been announced. The Sidewise Awards honor excellence in alternate history fiction. This year's awards will be presented at Interaction in Glasgow, Scotland.
Mythopoeic Awards Nominations
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Adult Literature
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award, Children's Literature
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Myth and Fantasy Studies
Wired Magazine is sponsoring the NextFest, an exhibition of futuristic technology to be held at Chicago's Navy Pier from June 24-June 26. Among the many pieces displayed will be a robotic bust of science fiction author Philip K. Dick which can make eye contact and uses artificial intelligence and spech software to carry on complex conversations.
Actor Howard Morris (b.1919) died on May 21. Morris did voice work in numerous television shows, including "The Flintstones," "Winnie the Pooh (as the gopher), "Magilla Gorilla" (as Mr. Peebles), and Atom Ant (in the title role). In 1998, he appeared in "The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit."
Actor Henry Corden (b.1920) died of emphysema om May 19. Corden got his start in films in "The Secret Life of Walty Mitty" and went on to appear in 90 films, playing Paw Rugg in the "Atom Ant" series and eventually taking over the role of Fred Flintstone in 1977. In the "Return to the Planet of the Apes, he voiced General Urko.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Female Writers (SF-FFW) has announced the creation of the Roots of Writing Award. The award recognizes seven of the most influential women in the field of science fiction and fantasy literature, including Betty Ballantine, Madeleine L'Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Ursula K. Le Guin, Kate Wilhelm, Joanna Russ, and the late Andre Norton.
Best Science Fiction Novel
Best Fantasy Novel
Best First Novel
Best Young Adult Book
Best Short Story
Best Magazine (Locus excluded)
Best Art Book
NASA Discovers Ancient Texts
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Collection at Texas A&M University is seeking to make their archive of Sam Moskowitz's more complete, and is looking for copies of correspondence Sam Moskowitz wrote to others. The correspondence files in the collection are significant, but Moskowitz did not make carbons of many of the letters he wrote to scholars, writers and fans.
Tiedemann Named President
Best Novel of 2004
Best Short Fiction of 2004
Lifetime Achievement in SF/F/H
SpecFicWorld Fiction Contest
German Filk Fan Alexa Karina gave birth to a daughter, Emily Magdelena on May 12.
In recent years, TVLand has been sponsoring statues of famous television characters as public art in the towns with which they are associated. Their latest statue is a replica of the Elizabeth Montgomery character Samantha Stevens from Bewitched, recently unveiled in the town of Salem, Massachusetts. Other, non-genre statues include Mary Richards in Minneapolis, Andy & Opie Taylor in Raleigh, and Bob Hartley in Chicago.
Polar Lander Found
Robert Sheckley was admitted to a hospital in Kiev, Ukraine after falling ill in Odessa. He has been diagnosed with progressive respiratory insufficiency and is on artificial respiration.
SFSFC Announces SMOFCon Scholarships
Dell Magazine Awards
Asimov's Readers Award:
Analog Readers Award:
Damien Warman and Juliette Woods have been elected GUFF delegates to Interaction. GUFF pays for fans to travel between Europe and Australasia. Warman and Woods defeated Sue Ann Barber, Alison Barton and David Cake in the race.
2006 Nebula Weekend
The Nebula Awards were presented in Chicago, Illinois on April 30. Neil Gaiman was toastmaster. Anne McCaffrey received the Damon Knight Grand Master Award and Kevin O'Donnell, Jr. received the Service to SFWA Award.
Best Novel: Paladin of Souls, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Best Novella: "The Green Leopard Plague," by Walter Jon Williams
Best Novelette: "Basement Magic," by Ellen Klages
Best Short Story: "Coming to Terms," by Eileen Gunn
Best Script: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson
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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