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 ballot for the 2006 Ditmar Awards, to be presented at Conjure in Brisbane from April 14-17, has been announced. The Ditmar recognizes excellence by Australians in SF, Fantasy and Horror.
Novella or Novelette:
Special Award Categories
Best New Talent
Best Professional Achievement Award
Best Fan Achievement
The Aurealis Awards for Australian science fiction and fantasy were presented over the weekend. The winners are:
Golden Aurealis Award Novel: Alyzon Whitestarr, by Isobelle Carmody
Golden Aurealis Award Short Story: "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," by Garth Nix
Peter McNamara Convenors' Award: Grant Stone
Science Fiction Novel: Eclipse, by K A Bedford
Science Fiction Short Story: "Slow and Ache," by Trent Jamieson
Fantasy Novel: Blade of Fortriu: Book 2 The Bridei Chronicles, by Juliet Marillier
Fantasy Short Story: (tie) "Once Giants Roamed the Earth," by Rosaleen Love and "The Greater Death of Saito Saku," by Richard Harland
Horror Novel: No Award Horror
Short Story: "Pater Familias," by Lee Battersby
Young Adult Novel: Alyzon Whitestarr, by Isobelle Carmody
Young Adult Short Story: "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case," by Garth Nix
Children Long Fiction: Drowned Wednesday, by Garth Nix
Children Short Fiction: Piccolo & Annabel 2: The Disastrous Party, by Stephen Axelson
Actor Darren McGavin (b.1922) died on February 25. McGavin may be best known for his work as Carl Kolchak on "Kolchak: The Night Stalker," but has also appeared in "The Martian Chronicles," "The Six-Million Dollar Man," "The X-Files," the film "Captain America," and many other films and television series, both within and outside the genre. He made his acting debut in 1945 after being discovered while painting a movie set.
Author Octavia Butler (b.1947) died on February 25. Butler was first published in 1971 in the Clarion anthology. Since then, her works have been critically well received two Hugos and two Nebulas as well as a MacArthur Genius grant. Among her best known works were Parable of the Sower and its sequel, Parable of the Talents, "Bloodchild," and Wild Seed.
Actor Don Knotts (b.1924) died on February 24 of pneumonia. Knotts is best known for his roles as Barney Fife and the title character in "The Incredible Mr. Limpet." He appeared in several genre roles, including "The Reluctant Astronaut" and "Pleasantville." His final work was doing voice work in Chicken Little.
The final ballot for the 2005 Nebula Awards has been announced. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Weekend in Tempe, Arizona from May 4-7.
Andre Norton Award
Cosmos SF Offers Free Stories
iBooks Files Bankruptcy
Science Fiction to the Small Screen
NASA has announced the planned retirement for the Space Shuttle Atlantis in 2008. Atlantis will become the first space shuttle to be retired as the program begins to wind down. Although not as old as Discovery, Atlantis is scheduled for maintenance and will be removed from the rotation, with its parts used to help maintain Discovery and Endeavour.
Hartwell Gets Skylark
Pluto May Have Rings
The Orange British Academy Film Awards , or BAFTA Awards, were presented on February 19. Genre works won the award in four categories, listed below.
The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year: Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, by Claire Jennings, David Sproxton, Nick Park, Steve Box, Mark Burton & Bob Baker
Production Design: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by Stuart Craig
Achievement in Special Visual Effects: King Kong, by Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Brian Van't Hul & Richard Taylor
Make Up & Hair: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero & Nikki Gooley
The SFWA Board of directors has announced the venue of the 2008 Nebula Awards will be Austin, Texas the weekend of April 24-27. The 2006 Nebulas will be held in Tempe, Arizona, and the 2007 Nebulas will be in New York City.
Writer's Weekend Promotion
Storm on Saturn
The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror films has announced the nominations for the 32nd annual Saturn Awards, to be presented on May 2. This year, the Academy has added categories for video game releases.
Best Science Fiction Film
Best Fantasy Film
Best Horror Film
Best Action / Adventure / Thriller Film
Best Animated Film
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress
Best Performance by a Younger Actor
Alex Etel in "Millions"
Dakota Fanning in "War of the Worlds"
Freddie Highmore in "Charlie & the Chocolate Factory"
Josh Hutcherson in "Zathura"
William Moseley in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe"
Daniel Radcliffe in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire"
Best Special Effects
Best Syndicated / Cable Television Series
Best Television Presentation
Best Actor on Television
Best Actress on Television
Best Supporting Actor on Television
Best Supporting Actress on Television
Home Entertainment : DVD
Best DVD Special Edition Release
Best Classic Film DVD Release
Best DVD Collection
Best Television Release on DVD
Best Retro Television Release on DVD
Best Video Game Release (Fantasy)
Best Video Game Release (Horror)
An enormous tomb, measuring more than 63 square meters, has been unearthed in Pella in Ancient Macedonia, the homeland of Alexander the Great. The tomb, which dates back to the fourth century BCE, has eight chambers and is the largest Hellenic tomb discovered. All previous Hellenic multi-chambered tombs contain no more than three chambers. The tomb was used for about two centuries.
Gordan van Gelder has announced the judges for this year's Philip K. Dick Award for best paperback original. The award is given for any title published originally in paperback in 2006 and will be presented at Norwescon in 2007. The 2006 judges are Geary Gravel, Anne Harris, Christine Mains, Kristine Smith, Mark W. Tiedemann. The award for works published in 2005 will be presented on April 14, 2006 at Norwescon 29. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and Norwescon.
New ability to sense dark matter has resulted in scientists re-estimating the overall mass of the galaxies in the local group with the result that they have determined that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is more massive than the Andromeda Galxy (M31), which was previously believed to be larger than the Milky Way. In addition, the Milky Way seems to have "stolen" more than one million stars from the globular cluster M12.
T. Rex Ancestor Found
Egyptian Tomb Found
NASA is now saying that they can still detect faint signals from SuitSat 1, although it is not performing up to original expectations.
Individual Achievement Categories
Cave Art Discovery
Writer's Guild Awards
The Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards have opened nominations for the 2006 award. Any member of SESFA may nominate works by Southern authors. Membership in SESFA is $7 and more information may be found at http://www.scifidimensions.com/sesfa/people.htm.
Space Suit Satellite Fails
The nominations for the Crawford Award for best new fantasy author have been announced. The award is presented to the author of a first fantasy novel, although the award is given to the author, not for the novel. The award will be presented at ISFA during the weekend of March 15-19 in Fort Lauderdale. The nominees (along with the titles of their first fantasy novels are listed below.
Judith Berman, Bear Daughter
Hal Duncan, Vellum
Francis Hardinge, Fly by Night
Joe Hill, Twentieth Century Ghosts
Sarah Monette, Melusine
Holly Phillips, In the Palace of Repose
Anna Tambour, Spotted Lily
2003 UB313 Larger Than Pluto
Asteroids Are Really Comets
Valerie J. Freireich, the author of Becoming Human, lost her house in a fire. In addition to losing her home, she also lost all her copies of her books and magazines with her stories in them. Freireich is asking people if they have copies of her works they can donate to her so she can have copies.
Steven H Silver is a five-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. 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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