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29 June 2005
Chesleys at Interaction
For the first time, the Chesley Awards will be presented at a non-North American Worldcon. The Chesley Awards are presented by ASFA to honor the best science fiction and fantasy art of the year. The awards are named for space artist Chesley Bonestell.

Michael Cuneo (b.1964) died of a brain tumor on July 25. Cuneo was on the team that won the Emmy Award seven times for his prop and model making for Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also worked on the TV series Lexx. Living in Massachusetts, Cuneo was an active supporter of fandom.

27 June 2005
Bram Stoker Awards Winners
The winners of this year's Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement were announced on June 26 by the Horror Writers Association at an awards banquet in Burbank, California.
Novel: In the Night Room, by Peter Straub
First Novel (tie): Covenant, by John Everson and Stained, by Lee Thomas
Long Fiction: "The Turtle Boy," by Kealan-Patrick Burke
Short Fiction: "Nimitseahpah," by Nancy Etchemendy
Fiction Collection: Fearful Symmetries, by Thomas F. Monteleone
Anthology: The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventeenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant
Nonfiction: Hellnotes, by Judi Rohrig
Illustrated Narrative: Heaven's Devils, by Jai Nitz
Screenplay (tie): Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman, Michel Gondry & Pierre Bismuth and Shaun of the Dead, written by Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
Work for Younger Readers (tie): Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War, by Clive Barker and Oddest Yet, by Steve Burt
Poetry Collection: The Women at the Funeral, by Corinne De Winter
Alternative Forms: The Devil's Wine, by Tom Piccirilli
Lifetime Achievement: Michael Moorcock

Actor John Fiedler (b.1925) died on June 25, the day after Paul Winchell. Just as Winchell has always provided the voice for Disney's Tigger, Fiedler provided the voice for Piglet. Fiedler provided voice work for other Disney films and appeared on camera for a season of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He got his start in 1950 played Cadet Alfie Higgins on Tom Corbett, Space Cadet.

26 June 2005
Costumer Bobby Gear (b.1942) died on June 25. Gear suffered a stroke last year and while in the hospital was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was a Baltimore area fan, married to Marty Gear, and active in BSFS and the Costumer's Guild. In 1998, she co-chaired the BucConeer Masquerade and worked as a judge for a wide variety of masquerades over the years. In 1986, she was nominated for a Best Fanzine Hugo for Greater Columbia Fantasy Costumers Guild Newsletter.

Actor Paul Winchell (b.1922) died on June 24. Winchell is best known to modern audiences as the voice behind Tigger in Disney's Winnie the Pooh cartoons. However, his voice work was much broader than just the one character, including title work on "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines" and "The Jetsons." He got his start performing as a ventriloquist with his dummies, Jerry Mahoney and Knucklehead Smiff. In addition to his entertainment work, Winchell held a patent for an artificial heart and a battery powered automobile.

25 June 2005
John W. Campbell Memorial Award and Theodore Sturgeon Award Finalists Named
Finalists have been announced for this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award. Both Awards are presented annually at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, Kansas. This year's conference will be held July 7-10, 2005. The Campbell Award is given to best novel published in the US and the Sturgeon Award is given for Bets short story. This year's Campbell jurors include Gregory Benford, Paul Carter, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Chris McKitterick, Farah Mendlesohn, Pamela Sargent, Tom Shippey, and chair James Gunn. This year's Sturgeon Award jurors include Frederik Pohl, James Gunn, and Kij Johnson, with the assistance of Noel Sturgeon, Theodore Sturgeon's daughter.

John W. Campbell Memorial Award
Air, Geoff Ryman
The Boy Who Would Live Forever, Frederik Pohl
The Child Goddess, Louise Marley
City of Pearl, Karen Traviss
Gaudeamus, John Barnes
Market Forces, Richard K. Morgan
Newton's Wake, Ken MacLeod
The Plot Against America, Philip Roth
The Rebel, Jack Dann
The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
The Well of Stars, Robert Reed
White Devils, Paul McAuley

Theodore Sturgeon Award
"An Appeal to Adolf," by Ian Watson
"Arabian Wine," by Gregory Feeley
"The Baum Plan for Financial Indepedence," by John Kessel
"Dancer in the Dark," by David Gerrold
"The Fear Gun," by Judith Berman
"The Gladiator's War: A Dialogue," by Lois Tilton
"Invisible Kingdoms," by Steven Utley
"The Lost Pilgrim," by Gene Wolfe
"The Magical Negro," by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
Mere, Robert Reed
"The Risk-Taking Gene as Expressed by Some Asian Subjects," by Steve Tomasula
"Savant Songs," by Brenda Cooper
"Scout's Honor," by Terry Bisson
"Sergeant Chip," by Bradley Denton
"Singing My Sister Down," by Margo Lanagan
"Start the Clock," by Benjamin Rosenbaum
"Stone Animals," by Kelly Link
"The Strange Redemption of Sister Mary Ann," by Mike Moscoe
"Venus Flowers at Night," by Pamela Sargent
"The Voluntary State," by Christopher Rowe

International Horror Guild Nominations Announced
The eleventh annual International Horror Guild Awards will be presented at the World Fantasy Convention in Madison, Wisconsin during the weekend of November 3-6. In addition to the awards, Gahan Wilson has been named the recipient of the Living Legend Award. This year's jurors included Edward Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Ann Kennedy, and Hank Wagner.

The Overnight, by Ramsey Campbell
Mortal Love, by Elizabeth Hand
The Kings of Infinite Space, by James Hynes
A Handbook of American Prayer, by Lucius Shepard
In the Night Room, by Peter Straub

First Novel
Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
The Ghost Writer, by John Harwood
move under ground, by Nick Mamatas
The Quick, by Dan Vining
The Shadow Of The Wind, by Carlos Ruis Zafon, translated by Lucia Graves

Long Fiction
The Reflecting Eye: A Charlie Parker Novella, by John Connolly
Tainaron, by Leena Krohn
Viator, by Lucius Shepard
My Death, by Lisa Tuttle

Mid-Length Fiction
Daniel Abraham. "Flat Diane"
Laird Barron. "Bulldozer"
Stephen Gallagher. "Restraint"
Barbara Roden. "Northwest Passage"
Michael Shea. "The Growlimb"

Short Fiction
Dale Bailey. "The End of the World as We Know It"
Margot Lanagan. "Singing My Sister Down"
Holly Phillips. "In the Palace of Repose"
Kit Reed. "Family Bed"
Don Tumasonis. "A Pace of Change"

Nocturnes, by John Connolly
The Wavering Knife, by Brian Evenson
Out of His Mind, by Stephen Gallagher
Dancing on Air, by Francis Oliver
Use Once Then Destroy, by Conrad Williams

Acquainted With The Night, edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden
Night Visions 11, edited by William Sheehan
Quietly Now: A Tribute To Charles L. Grant, edited by Kealan-Patrick Burke
A Walk On The Darkside: Visions Of Horror, edited by John Pelan

The Paint In My Blood, by Alan Clark
Hanging Out with the Dream King: Interviews with Neil Gaiman and His Collaborators, by Joel McCabe
A Serious Life, by D.M. Mitchell
Cave of a Thousand Tales, by Milt Thomas

Darrel Anderson
Rick Berry
Alan Clark
Lisa Desimini
Michael Whelan

The Machinist
The Passion of the Christ
Shaun of the Dead
A Tale of Two Sisters

Kingdom Hospital

Illustrative Narrative
Aleister Arcane # 1-3, by Steve Niles (writer) & Breehn Burns (illustrator)
The Bug Boy, by Hideshi Hino
The Dark Horse Book Of Witchcraft, edited by Scott Allie
The Goon #6: "Ilagarto Hombre!," by Eric Powell
Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by Tom Pomplun

Cemetery Dance
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
The Third Alternative

24 June 2005
Jeeves Diagnosed with Parkinson's
British fan Terry Jeeves has been reported to have Parkinson's Disease. Jeeves was one of the founders of the British Science Fiction Association in 1958 and was the editor of the group's publication Vector. He regretfully has announced that he will be curtailing his fannish activity due to the disease.

Cosmos 1 Failure
A mere 83 seconds after being launched from a submarine in the Barents Sea, the Cosmos 1 Solar Sail failed when its booster rocket apparently failed to separate. The Planetary Society, which sponsored the launch, stated that although the mission failed, they would eventually succeed.

Comic Artist Paul Cassidy (b.1910) died on May 15. Cassidy is reportedly the artist who formalized the S shield on Superman's costume and added it to his cape. Cassidy was working as an assistant/ghost artist for Joe Shuster at the time and left in 1940. He eventually tried to develop his own comic, "Fantasy, the Moon Boy"

Comic penciller Sam Kweskin (b.1924) died on June 23. Kweskin worked for Marvel. He began working as a penciller and inker in the 1950s and in the 1970s, worked on Daredevil, Dr. Strange, and Sub-Mariner. Some of his work appeared with the byline Irv Wesley.

19 June 2005
Sheckley Unable to Attend Interaction
Robert Sheckley, one of the guests of honor at Interaction, will be unable to attend the Worldcon due to his recent health problems. Sheckley, who took ill while in Ukraine, is now back in the United States recuperating. In his absence, his wife and daughter will attend the Worldcon and participate in programming events.

15 June 2005
SCIFI Donates to TAFF
The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI), the sponsoring organization for the 1984, 1996, and 2006 Worldcons, has donated $1,000 to the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) upon receipt of Trip Reports from James Bacon and Tobes Valois.

Artist David C. Sutherland III (b.1949) died on June 7 in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. Sutherland is best known for his work for TSR from its earliest days into the 1980s, including the cover for the original AD&D Monster Manual.

Actor Lane Smith (b.1936) died on June 13. Smith is best known for his role as Perry White on the television show "Lois and Clark." Smith also played the role of reporter Emmett Seaborn in the mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon." He appeared in both "V" and "Alien Nation." Smith made his film debut in 1970 in "Maidstone."

14 June 2005
Ditmar Awards
The 2005 Australian National Science Fiction Achievement "Ditmar" Awards were presented at Thylacon, the 44th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, on Saturday 11 June 2005, in a ceremony at the Wrest Point Hotel, Hobart, Tasmania. The William Atheling, Jr Award and Peter McNamara Award, which are not Ditmars, were presented at the same time.
Best Novel: The Crooked Letter, by Sean Williams
Best Collected Work: Black Juice, by Margo Lanagan
Best Novella/Novelette: "The Last Days of Kali Yuga", by Paul Haines
Best Short Story: "Singing My Sister Down", by Margo Lanagan
Best Professional Artwork: Kerri Valkova for the cover to The Black Crusade
Best Professional Achievement: Clarion South committee
Fan Achievement: Conflux convention committee
Fan Artist: Sarah Xu
Fanzine: The Bullsheet, ed Edwina Harvey & Ted Scribner
Fan Writer: Bruce Gillespie
Best New Talent: Paul Haines
William Atheling, Jr Award for Criticism or Review (tie): Robert Hood, for his review of Weight of Water at HoodReviews; and Jason Nahrung for "Why are publishers afraid of horror"
The Peter McNamara Achievement Award: Jonathan Strahan

Brian Aldiss Award OBE
Brian Aldiss was awarded an Order of the British Empire in the Queen's birthday honors list for his services to literature.

Sunburst Nominees
The nominations for the 2005 Sunburst Awards have been announced. The Sunburst Awards recognize excellence in writing by a Canadian writer with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year.
The Last Light of the Sun, by Guy Gavriel Kay
The Memory Artists, by Jeffrey Moore
Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel
Air, by Geoff Ryman
The Logogryph, by Thomas Wharton

Broderick to Edit Cosmos Fiction
Damien Broderick has been named the fiction editor for Cosmos magazine, a science magazine published in Australia. Broderick's selections will begin to appear in the second issue of the magazine. The first issue will contain a reprint of a story by Ray Bradbury. In addition, Buzz Aldrin, Mike Archer, Broderick, Judith Whitworth and Robyn Williams have joined the magazine's advisory board.

Film Optioned
B.A. Chepaitis and Steve Sawicki have sold an option on their futuristic political thriller "The Finite Heart" to Stormwatch Productions.

Actor Dana Elcar (b.1927) died on June 10. Best known for his roles on "MacGyver" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep," he portrayed Dimitri Moisevitch in the film "2010." Other genre work included the movie "Condorman" and "The Nude Bomb."

Actor Ed Bishop (b.1932) died on June 8. Bishop was best known for his role as Ed Straker on the show "UFO," but also had a bit role in "2001: A Space Odyssey" and appeared in "Battle Beneath the Earth" and "The Mouse on the Moon." He provided voices for the animated version of "Star Trek"

Actor Michael Billington (b.1941) died on June 3. Billington was best known for his role as Col. Paul Foster on the show "UFO." Often mentioned as a possible James Bond, he appeared in the movie "The Spy Who Loved Me" as Sergei Barsov.

8 June 2005
CUFF Winner
Brian Davis has won CUFF, the Canadian Unity Fan Fund which sends a fan from eastern or western Canada across country to attend the annual Canvention. Davis will represent Eastern Canada in Calgary at the joint Westercon/Canvention during the July 1-4 weekend.

Author Warren Norwood (b.1945) died of liver disease on June 3. Norwood, who published novels in the 1980s, had entered hospice care a couple of days prior to his death.

Bookseller Peder Wagtskjold died on June 6 following a brief illness. Wagtskjold worked at DreamHaven Books in Minneapolis for more than a decade before branching out to found PDW books, a mail order company specializing in horror and Arkham House titles.

Actress Anne Bancroft (b.1931) died of cancer on June 6. Bancroft, who was married to Mel Brooks, is best known for her roles Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker" and as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate." She appeared in films of genre interest as the voice of the Queen in "Antz," as Madame Ouspenskaya in Brooks's horror spoof "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and as Helene Hanff in "84 Charing Cross Road."

2 June 2005
Wildside Buys Weird Tales
Wildside Press has announced plans to purchase Weird Tales. For the last several years, Wildside has been a minority owner of the title, but with issue 337, it will take full control of the magazine. Current co-editors Darrell Schweitzer and George H. Scithers will remain with the magazine and be joined by Wildside President John Gregory Betancourt, who helped those two found the current incarnation of the magazine in 1987.

Astronaut Threatens Lawsuit
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first human to set foot on the moon, has threatened to sue his former barber after determining that the barber sold clippings of Armstrong's hair on E-bay for $3,000.

Fan Fred B. Torck (b.1947) died on May 30. Torck was active in Oregon fandom, creating the position of logistics chief for OryCon and working in a variety of positions when WesterCon was held in Portland.

1 June 2005
Worldcon Pass Along Funds
Noreascon IV, the 2004 Worldcon, has announced that it has passed along a total of $75,333 to the next three worldcons. This is part of the Worldcon Pass Along Fund program in which worldcons promise to pass at least half of their surplus to future Worldcons.

Author Ill
Author Warren Norwood has been hospitalized with liver and kidney failure. Norwood is not expected to recover and will be moved into hospice care as soon as he is stabilized. In the 1980s, Norwood published a half-dozen SF novels.

Fan Noreen Shaw (b.1930) has died. Shaw chaired the 1955 Worldcon, Clevention. Shaw was married to editor Larry Shaw. She was an original member of the Cleveland fan group "The Terrans." In 1962, she and Larry were nominated for the Best Fanzine Hugo for Axe.

Copyright © 2005 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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