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29 April 2006
SFWA Officers
The SFWA Election Committee has announced the winners of this year's elections.
President: Robin Bailey
Vice President: Howard Hendrix
Secretary: Catherine Mintz
Treasurer: Justin Stanchfield
Western Regional Director: Sheila Finch
Overseas Regional Director: Ian Watson

Edgar Awards
Jeffrey Ford won the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original for his novel The Girl in the Glass. The Edgar Awards are presented by the Mystery Writers of America. This year's awards were given out at their banquet on April 27 in New York.

27 April 2006
Yolen Wins Roots of Writing Award
Jane Yolen has been awarded the 2006 Roots of Writing Award by SF-FFWs (Science Fiction and Fantasy Female Writers). Yolen is being recognized not only for her writings, but also for her work as an editor and for starting sf imprints for Harcourt.

Arthur. C. Clarke Award
Geoff Ryman received his second Arthur C. Clarke Award for the novel Air. This is the second time Ryman has won the award, the first for his novel The Child Garden. This year's prize includes an engraved bookend and a check for £2,006. In addition, retiring Arthur C. Clarke Award judge Paul Kincaid received a special honorary Clarke Award.

Locus Awards Shortlist
Locus Magazine has announced the top five vote recipients in each category of the Locus Awards. The winners will be announced at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle the weekend of June 16-18.

Best Science Fiction Novel
Accelerando, by Charles Stross
Fifty Degrees Below, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Learning the World, by Ken MacLeod
Olympos, by Dan Simmons
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson

Best Fantasy Novel
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin
The Hallowed Hunt, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow
Thud!, by Terry Pratchett

Best First Novel
Counting Heads, by David Marusek
Hammered/Scardown/Worldwired, by Elizabeth Bear
Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl, by Tim Pratt
Vellum, by Hal Duncan

Best Young Adult Book
Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke
Mister Boots, by Carol Emshwiller
Pay the Piper, by Jane Yolen & Adam Stemple
Peeps, by Scott Westerfeld
Valiant, by Holly Black

Best Novella
Burn, by James Patrick Kelly
The Cosmology of the Wider World, by Jeffrey Ford
"Human Readable," by Cory Doctorow
"Inside Job," by Connie Willis
"Magic for Beginners," by Kelly Link

Best Novelette
"The Emperor of Gondwanaland," by Paul Di Filippo
"I, Robot," by Cory Doctorow
"The King of Where-I-Go," by Howard Waldrop
"A Knot of Toads," by Jane Yolen
"Two Hearts," by Peter S. Beagle

Best Short Story
"Boatman's Holiday," by Jeffrey Ford
"I Live with You," by Carol Emshwiller
"Some Zombie Contingency Plans," by Kelly Link
"Sunbird," by Neil Gaiman
"Triceratops Summer," by Michael Swanwick

Best Magazine
Analog Science Fiction, Science Fact
Asimov's Science Fiction
The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Sci Fiction

Best Publisher
Bantam Spectra
Del Rey

Best Anthology
The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction, edited by Gardner Dozois
The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century, edited by Harry Turtledove & Martin H. Greenberg
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
Year's Best SF 10, edited by David G. Hartwell & Kathryn Cramer

Best Collection
Harrowing the Dragon, by Patricia A. McKillip
Looking for Jake and Other Stories, by China Miéville
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link
Platinum Pohl, by Frederik Pohl
Tales, by H.P. Lovecraft

Best Editor
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Gordon Van Gelder

Best Artist
Bob Eggleton
Dave McKean
John Picacio
Charles Vess
Michael Whelan

Best Non-Fiction
Anatomy of Wonder, by A Critical Guide to Science Fiction, by Fifth Edition, by Neil Barron
Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996, by Gary K. Wolfe
Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, by Kate Wilhelm
Transformations: The Story of the Science Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970, by Mike Ashley
Ursula K. Le Guin: Beyond Genre, by Mike Cadden

Best Art Book
Clive Barker, Visions of Heaven and Hell
Jim Burns, Imago
Brom, The Plucker
Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art
Audrey Niffenegger, The Three Incestuous Sisters

Fan Brian Burley (b.1942) died in his sleep on either April 25 or 26. Burley was a speaker at the Star Trek Conference, the first Star Trek con, in 1969, organized by his wife, Sherna Comerford Burley. Burley has long been associated with running conventions and bid for a New York Worldcon in 2004. Burley also was a founder of the BPLF (Beaker People Libation Front).

20 April 2006
Armstrong Rocks
Neil Armstrong became one of only a few private citizens to own a piece of the Moon when NASA presented him with a lunar rock recovered from the Moon during the Apollo 11 mission, during which Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Torkel Franzen (b.1950) has died. Franzen was active in Swedish fandom and translated the works of Jack Vance, Ursula Le Guin, and Brian Aldiss, among others, into Swedish. Franzen was also a mathematical philosopher.

Pilot Scott Crossfield (b.1921) died in a plane crash on April 20. Crossfield was the first man to fly at Mach 2 and piloted the X-15 space plane. Crossfield was apparently flying alone when his plane went down in a storm. He was involved in the attempt to recreate the Wright Brothers' first flight in 2003.

18 April 2006
Ditmar Winners
Best Novel: Geodesica: Ascent, by Sean Williams & Shane Dix
Best Novella or Novelette: "The Grinding House," by Kaaron Wharton
Best Short Story: "Fresh Young Widow," by Kaaron Wharton
Best Collected Works: Daikaiju! Giant Monster Tales, by Robert Hood & Robin Penn
Best Artwork: Australian Speculative Fiction: A Genre Overview (cover), by Nick Stathopoulos
Best Fan Artist: Shane Parker
Best Fan Production: The Australian Science Fiction Bullsheet. Website and Newsletter, by Edwina Harvey
Best Fanzine: Ticonderoga Online
Best New Talent: Rjurik Davidson
Best Professional Achievement Award: Robert Dobson, Robert Hoge, Kate Eltham, Heather Gammage: Clarion South 2005, Clarion South Workshop
The William Atheling, Jr Award: "Divided Kingdom: King Kong vs Godzilla," by Robert Hood

BSFA Awards
Artwork: Pawel Lewandowski for the cover of Interzone #200
Short Fiction: "Magic for Beginners," by Kelly Link
Novel: Air, by Geoff Ryman
BSFA Non-Fiction: Soundings, by Gary K. Wolfe
Doc Weir Award: Steve Lawson
Richard Evans Award: Pat Cadigan

Bigger than a T. Rex
Scientists working in Patagonia have announced the discovery of what is believed to be the longest carnivorous dinosaur ever discovered. The Mapusaurus roseae was more than 41 feet in length. The creatures lived about 100 million years ago and may have hunted in packs. It would have lived at the same time as Argentinosaurus, the largest dinosaur ever to walk the earth.

15 April 2006
Philip K. Dick Winners
M.M. Buckner's War Surf received this year's Philip K. Dick Award for original paperback, announced at Norwescon. A special citation was given to Justina Robson for her novel Natural History.

NASA Silent on DART
NASA has announced that it will not release the results of an investigation into the failure of the DART spacecraft in 2005. The DART, or Demonstration for Autonomous Rendezvous Technology, was an attempt to automatically dock an 800 pound spacecraft with a Pentagon satellite in April 2005. The DART was able to find the other satellite but aborted docking procedures when it got within 300 feet of it.

Missing Link Closed
An international team of anthropologists have announced the discovery of a primate which appears to be a link between the Ardipithicus ramidus and Australopithecus afarensis, belonging to Australopithicus anamensis, the earliest known Australopithicus. Dating to 4.1 million years ago, team leader Tim White says they close the gap between Ardipithicus and Australopithicus.

Author Angus Wells (b.1943) was killed in a house fire. He began publishing with Star Maidens in 1977 under the pseudonym Ian Evans. The following year, he co-wrote Raven, Swordmistress of Chaos with Robert Holdstock. He is perhaps best known for his Exiles saga.

14 April 2006
Award Renamed
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has renamed its annual award for high school students the Jack L. Chalker Young Writers Contest. Chalker, who died last year, was active in Baltimore science fiction and fandom. Chalker's novels included the Well World series and the Changewind series.

13 April 2006
CWSFA Conrunning Scholarship
The Canada West Science Fiction Association (CWSFA) awarded a scholarship of $500 to Barbara M. Scutt to help her attend the ConComCon ("C-Cubed") convention-runners convention in Cle Elum, Washington this year over the weekend of June 2-4, 2006. Although originally two scholarships were offered, only one was awarded. CWSFA was the parent non-profit corporation of Due North/Westercon 58. Funding for this scholarship is provided from surplus funds of Westercon 58.

11 April 2006
Translated Seiun Nominations
The nominees for the Seiun Nominees have been nominated. The Seiun Awards are the Japanese fan based awards and are generally presented at the Japanese Science Fiction Convention, held this year From July 8-9, with the awards for translated work being presented at the Worldcon, this year from August 23-28 in Los Angeles. Below are the nominees in the translated categories. Nominees in the Japanese language categories will be listed when and if they become available.

Translated Novel
Diaspora, by Greg Egan
Revelation Space, by Alastair Reynolds
Space Chantey, by Raphael Aloysius Lafferty
Tuf Voyaging, by George R.R.Martin
Neanderthal ParallaxTrilogy (Hominids, Humans, Hybrids), by Robert J.Sawyer
Venus Plus X, by Theodore Sturgeon
Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan
The Swords of Lankhmar, by Fritz Leiber

Translated Short Story
"The Sources of the Nile," by Avram James Davidson
"The Empire of Ice Cream," by Jeffrey Ford
"Glacial," by Alastair Reynolds
"Singleton," by Greg Egan
"A Study in Emerald," by Neil Gaiman
"The Voluntary State," by Christopher Rowe
"The Human Front," by Ken MacLeod
"Bernardo's House," by James Patrick Kelly

Venus Express Arrives
The European Venus Express spacecraft arrived at Venus and successfully underwent orbital insertion. The orbiter will search for data to explain why Venus's atmosphere is so much denser than Earth's atmosphere. In the past, Europe has successfully put a spacecraft in orbit around Mars.

NASA Aims for Crash Landing
NASA has announced plans to launch a spacecraft to the Moon in 2009. If all goes according to plan, the craft will crash into the Moon, resulting in a collision which will be visible in small telescopes. The purpose of the mission is to help in the search for possible lunar water.

10 April 2006
Bram Stoker Nominations
The nominees for the Bram Stoker Awards, presented by the Horror Writers Association, have been announced. The winners will be announced at the HWA Conference in Newark New Jersy the weekend of June 16.

Creepers, by David Morrell
Dread in the Beast, by Charlee Jacob
Keepers, by Gary Braunbeck
November Mourns, by Tom Piccirilli

First Novel
The Hides, by Kealan Patrick Burke
Scarecrow Gods, by Weston Ochse
Siren Promised, by Alan M. Clark and Jeremy Robert Johnson

Long Fiction
"Best New Horror," by Joe Hill
"In the Midnight Museum," by Gary Braunbeck
"Some Zombie Contingency Plans," by Kelly Link
"The Things They Left Behind," by Stephen King

Short Story
"As Others See Us," by Mort Castle
"Haeckel's Tale," by Clive Barker
"Times of Atonement," by Yvonne Navarro
"We Now Pause for Station Identification," by Gary Braunbeck
"Invisible," by Steve Rasnic Tem

Corpse Blossoms, by Julia and RJ Sevin
Dark Delicacies: Original Tales of Terror and the Macabre, by Del Howison and Jeff Gelb
Outsiders, by Nancy Holder and Nancy Kilpatrick
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth, by Stephen Jones

Fiction Collection
Haunted, by Chuck Palahniuk
Looking for Jake, by China Miéville
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link
Twentieth Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill

The Bradbury Chronicle, by Sam Weller
Horror: Another 100 Best Books, by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
Morbid Curiosity #9, by Loren Rhoades
More Giants of the Genre, by Michael McCarty
Why Buffy Matters: The Art of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer', by Rhonda Wilcox

"Freakcidents," by Michael A. Arnzen
"Seasons: A Series of Poems Based on the Life and Death of Edgar Allan Poe," by Daniel Shields
"The Shadow City," by Gary W. Crawford
"Sineater," by Charlee Jacob

Peabody Awards
Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica received a Peabody Award for Excellence when the award winners were announced on April 5. The award presentation is scheduled for June 5. The Peabody is given for excellence in electronic media.

Australian author Kurt von Trojan (b.1937) died of cancer on March 22. Von trojan was nominated for the Ditmar Award in 1986 for his novel Transing Syndrome. He also published The Atrocity Shop. In addition to writing science fiction, von Trojan worked as a psychiatric nurse and a film projectionist.

Copyright © 2006 Steven H Silver

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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