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30 May 2006
Orbital Insertion
UK publisher Orbit has announced plans to start an American and Australian publishing line, Orbit USA and Orbit Australia. Orbit USA will be headed by publisher Michael Pietsch under the Little, Brown division and run by Tim Holman. Orbit Australia will be part of Hachette Livre Australia.

Art director Henry Bumstead (b.1915) died on May 24th. Bumstead only had a couple of SF credits in his long career, including "I Married a Monster from Out Space," but was well known for his work on "The Sting," "To Kill a Mockingbird," both of which garnered him Oscars, and "Unforgiven."

29 May 2006
Silver Birch Award
Canadian author Edo van Belkom won the Silver Birch Award from the Ontario Library Association for his novel Wolf Pack. The Silver Birch Award is selected by a vote of fourth through sixth graders throughout Ontario. Awards are presented for both fiction and non-fiction.

Actor Paul Gleason (b.1944) died on May 27 from mesothelioma, a form of lung cancer linked to asbestos. Gleason may be best known for his role as the principal in "The Breakfast Club," but also appeared in science fiction films and television, including guest roles on "Lois and Clark" and "Dark Skies." He appeared in the made for TV film "Ewoks: The Battle for Endor."

Fan Gytha North died on May 25 from lung cancer. North introduced filking to UK fandom and was the first guest of honor at a UK filk convention. She suggested the members of the Plokta Cabal should run a filk con, which lead to the formation of the cabal. She was inducted into the Filk Hall of Fame in 2001.

28 May 2006
TAFF Delegate
Bridget "Bug" Bradshaw easily won this year's westward TAFF election, beating out Arthur "1/2r" Cruttenden and Sparks (Mike Rennie). Bradshaw will travel to North America to participate in L.A.con IV

Heinlein Prize
The first Robert A. Heinlein Prize to reward practical contributions to the commercialization of space will go to Peter Diamandis. Diamandis will receive the award, which includes $500,000, a gold Heinlein Medallion, the Lady Vivamus Sword (as described in Heinlein's book Glory Road), and a Laureate's Diploma at a ceremony held at the St. Regis Hotel in Houston, Texas on July 7. Diamandis is best known for being the founder of the Ansari X-Prize.

Aurora Nominations Announced
The Aurora Awards are the Canadian national fan awards. This year's awards will be presented at Toronto Trek 20, held July 7-9 in Toronto.

Best Long-Form Work in English
Meilleur livre en anglais
Migration (Species Imperative 2), Julie E. Czerneda
Cagebird, Karin Lowachee
Mindscan, Robert J. Sawyer
Silences of Home, Caitlin Sweet
Lone Wolf, Edo van Belkom
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson

Meilleur livre en français
Best Long-Form Work in French
Alégracia et le Serpent d'Argent, Dominic Bellavance
Aurélie et l'île de Zachary, Véronique Drouin
Le Dragon de l'Alliance, Michèle Laframboise
Les Archipels du temps (La Suite du temps - 2), Daniel Sernine
Reine de Mémoire 1. La Maison d'Oubli, Élisabeth Vonarburg
Reine de Mémoire 2. Le Dragon de Feu, Élisabeth Vonarburg

Best Short-Form Work in English
Meilleure nouvelle en anglais
"She's Such a Nasty Morsel," by Julie E. Czerneda
"Transubstantiation," by Derwin Mak
"Identity Theft," by Robert J. Sawyer
"Alexander's Road," by Karl Schroeder
"Going Harvey in the Big House," by Douglas Smith
"Like Monsters of the Deep," by Hayden Trenholm
"Mayfly," by Peter Watts and Derryl Murphy

Meilleure nouvelle en français
Best Short-Form Work in French
«Montréal: trois uchronies», by Alain Ducharme
«La Danse de la mer», by Mathieu Fortin
«Au jardin comme à la guerre», by Éric Gauthier
«Équilibre», by Patrick Senécal

Best Work in English (Other)
Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre)
Birth, Michael Lennick and Robert J. Sawyer (writers); Joe Mahoney (producer)
Fantastic Companions, Julie E. Czerneda, editor
Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Karl Johanson, editor
On Spec, Diane Walton, managing editor
Six Impossible Things, Nalo Hopkinson, host & curator
Tesseracts Nine: New Canadian Speculative Fiction, Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman, editors

Meilleur ouvrage en français (Autre)
Best Work in French (Other)
L'Année de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique Québécois 2000, dir. Claude Janelle
Jean Pettigrew, critiques
Solaris, réd. Joël Champetier
«Les enfants de Jules Verne au Canada: la génération étouffée», by Jean-Louis Trudel

Artistic Achievement
Accomplissement artistique
Elaine Chen
Lar deSouza
Stephanie Ann Johanson
Jean-Pierre Normand
Martin Springett
Ronn Sutton

Fan Achievement (Publication)
Accomplissement fanique (Publication)
Brins d'Éternité, réd. Mathieu Fortin
In Places Between: The Top Five Stories of The Robyn Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest 2005, IFWA
MensuHell, réd. direction: Francis Hervieux
Nocturne, éditeurs: Jonathan Reynolds, Guillaume Houle et Fred Proulx
The Royal Swiss Navy Gazette, Garth Spencer, ed.

Fan Achievement (Organizational)
Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)
Debbie Hodgins
Randy McCharles
Roy Miles
Barbara Schofield
Joan Sherman

Fan Achievement (Other)
Accomplissement fanique (autre)
Don Bassie (Made in Canada website/site web)
Judith Hayman (filksinging)
Martin Springett (filksinging)
Larry Stewart, entertainer / personnalité: amuseur
Urban Tapestry, filksinging

Spectrum Scholarship Presented
An award of $2000 has been presented to Justin Taylor as part of the Society of Illustrators annual Student Scholarship Program. The Spectrum Award is presented by the same organization which oversees the Spectrum Art Contest and Spectrum Best SF Art series of books.

Voyager Has Early Exit
Scientists believe the Voyager II probe, launched in 1977, will leave the solar system within the next year, which is earlier than originally anticipated. Scientists had based their original estimate on the distance Voyager I was when it reached the termination shock, but there are indications that that point is closer in the southern hemisphere than in the northern hemisphere.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database Blog
Hal Hall has announced the creation of a blog at to discuss changes being implemented in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database. All are welcome to participate to make this and the database a more useful research tool.

Ancient Underwater City Excavation
Egypt has plans to excavate a Roman city located under the Mediterranean Sea. The site, located 35 kilometers east of the Suez Canal marked the easternmost border of Roman Egypt. Portions of a castle were discovered on the site in 1910.

Absolute Write Taken Offline
Absolute Write, a writers resource page was taken off-line by its ISP, JC-Hosting, with only an hour's notice. According to reports, the move was taken in response to a phone call by Barbara Bauer complaining that Absolute Write had her on a list of the 20 worst literary agents. JC-Hosting is not offering an explanation for their actions.

Michigan fan Jim Overmyer died on May 22. Overmyer has long been active in con-running.

Comic artist Alex Toth died on May 27. Toth started illustrated comics in 1946 and had a long-time association with DC and its predecessor companies. He drew Green Lantern, Flash, Johnny Thunder, Batman, and others during his career. He designed the animated character Space Ghost and story-boarded the film "The Angry Red Planet."

23 May 2006
John W. Campbell Memorial Award
The John W. Campbell Memorial Award is given each year to recognize excellence in novel length science fiction. The award was established in 1973 and is presented in Lawrence, Kansas during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, which will be held from July 6-9.
Transcendent, by Stephen Baxter
The Meq Steve Cash
Child Of Earth, by David Gerrold
Mind's Eye, by Paul J. McAuley
Seeker, by Jack McDevitt
Learning The World, by Ken MacLeod
The Summer Isles, by Ian R. MacLeod
Counting Heads, by David Marusek
Mindscan, by Robert J. Sawyer
Accelerando, by Charles Stross
The World Before, by Karen Traviss
Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson

Theodore Sturgeon Award
The Theodore Sturgeon Award is given each year to recognize excellence in short fiction. The award was established in 1987 and is presented in Lawrence, Kansas during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, which will be held from July 6-9.
The Calorie Man, by Paolo Bacigalupi
Second Person, Present Tense, by Darryl Gregory
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link
Keyboard Practice by John G. McDaid
The Little Goddess, by Ian McDonald
Little Faces, by Vonda McIntyre
The Blemmye's Stratagem, by Bruce Sterling
Panacea, by Jason Stoddard
The Inn at Mount Either, by James Van Pelt
Inside Job, by Connie Willis

Draconex Hogwartsia
A dinosaur skull located at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis has been proven to belong to a new species of pachycephalosaur. Discovered in Sioux City, Iowa in 2004, the skull was donated to Indianapolis where it will be on permanent display. Robert Bakker and Victor Porter have named the species Draconex hogwartsia after the school in the Harry Potter novels by J.K. Rowling. This is the first time a children's museum has found, restored, and named a dinosaur species.

22 May 2006
Potter Car Found
The stolen blue 1962 Anglia used in the film "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" has been found parked outside Carn Brae, a castle in Falmouth, Cornwall. Earlier this week, a group of men had tried to sell the car, which they claimed to have found in a garage, but the sale didn't go through. The car was later abandoned outside the castle.

Filker Leigh Anne Hussey (b.1960) was killed in a collision on May 16. Apparently, Hussey lost control of her motorcycle while near a dump truck on I-580 in Alameda County. Hussey played with the band Brazen Hussey and was an avid motorcyclist.

18 May 2006
Fountain Award Winner
This year's Fountain Award winner has been announced by the Speculative Literature Foundation. The Fountain Award is given to speculative short stories of exceptional literary quality. This year's winner is Stephanie Harrell for her story "Girl Reporter."

Prix Imaginales
The Prix Imaginales were awarded on May 13. The award recognizes excellence in science fiction published in France.
French novel: Henri Loevenbruck, Les Enfants de la veuve
Translated novel: Patricia McKillip, Les Fantômes d'Ombria (Ombria in Shadow)
Children's Book: Silvana de Mari, Le dernier elfe
Short Story: Robin Hobb, Retour au pays (Homecoming)
Illustration: Gianni de Conno, for Le dernier elfe

Carl Brandon Awards
The first annual Carl Brandon Awards have been presented. The Carl Brandon Society gives two awards, the Parallax Award for works of speculative fiction created by people of color and the Kindred Award for works of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity.
Parallax Award: 47, by Walter Mosley
Kindred Award: Stormwatch, by Susan Voight

Hobbits May Not Have Lived
Robert Martin of the Field Museum in Chicago has cast doubts on the 2003 discovery of miniature hominids living on Flores Island as recently as 18,000 years ago. Dubbed Hobbits because of their three foot stature, Martin suggests that the skeleton used to identify the group really belonged to a human suffering from microencephaly, a genetic disorder.

Xatafi-Cyberdark Prize Nominees
The full list for the Xatafi-Cyberdark Prize by Critics of Fantastic Literature for science fiction, fantasy, and horror literature published in Spain in 2005 has been released. This new award carried a prize of Euro 350 for the best novel and Euro 150 for short stories. Winners will be announced during a gala dinner at the next AsturCon on July 9.

National (Spanish) novel:
"Mundos y Demonios", by Juan Miguel Aguilera.
"Sherlock Holmes y las Huellas del Poeta", by Rodolfo Martínez.
"El Espíritu del Mago", by Javier Negrete.
"Danza de Tinieblas", by Eduardo Vaquerizo.
"Cazadores de Luz", by Nicolás Casariego.
"Cuentos del libro de la noche", by José María Merino.

Foreign novel:
"La mujer del viajero en el tiempo" ("The Time-Traveller's Wife"), by Audrey Niffenegger.
"La conjura contra América" ("The Plot Against America"), by Philip Roth.
"Jonathan Strange y el Señor Norrell" ("Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell"), by Susanna Clarke.
"Nunca me abandones" ("Never Let Me Go"), by Kazuo Ishiguro.
"Cismatrix" ("Schismatrix"), by Bruce Sterling.
"Escritos fantasma" ("Ghostwritten"), by David Mitchell.

National (Spanish) short story:
Santiago Eximeno, "Escombros"
Lorenzo Luengo, "La cotorra de Humboldt"
Félix J. Palma, "Margabarismos"
Alfredo Alamo, "El hombre de la pala"
Juan Díaz Olmedo, "Dragón podrido"
Marc R. Soto, "Gatomaquia"

Foreign short story:
Ian McDonald, "La pequeña diosa" ("The Little Goddess")
Richard Matheson, "Duelo" ("Duel")
Mike Resnick, "He tocado el cielo" ("For I Have Touched the Sky")
Mike Resnick, "El sumidero de la memoria" ("Down Memory Lane")
Bruce Sterling, "No opinamos lo mismo" ("We See Things Differently")
George R.R. Martin, "El hombre con forma de pera" ("The Pear-Shaped Man")

Editorial initiative:
Valdemar, for "Cuentos fantásticos completos" by Ambrose Bierce
Valdemar, for "Drácula" by Bram Stoker
Gigamesh, for "Cuentos completos de ciencia ficción" by Fredric Brown
Valdemar, for "Narrativa completa I" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
Berenice, for "La Nave" by Tomás Salvador
Reino de Redonda, for "La nube púrpura" by M.P. Shiel

Extra-Solar System Found
Astronomers have discovered a solar system which has three Neptunian sized planets in orbit around the star. Located 41 light years away, the star HD 69830 is in the constellation Puppis. The innermost of the three planets is believed to be rocky and scientists also believe there is an asteroid belt around the star. The outer planet, with a mass comparable to Neptune's, is believed to orbit within the habitable zone of the star.

Police Raid Gor Cult
Police in Durham, England, raided an apartment where members of a Kaotian sex cult, spun off from the Gor novels of John Norman, resided. Although police had been informed that a Canadian citizen was being held against her will, she was a willing participant in the group's rituals and police found that no crime had been committed.

Author Jean-Pierre Hubert died on May 3. Hubert began writing in 1973 and was the recipient of many science fiction awards, including the Grand Prix de la SF Française, Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire, and the Prix Rosny Aîné. His works include The Field of the Dreamers, Mango, and Other Worlds.

Writer/Director Val Guest (b.1911) died on May 10 in Palm Springs. Guest directed and wrote the Quatermass films and The Day the Earth Caught Fire, as well as writing Casino Royale. His career began as an actor in 1932 and lasted until 1986.

14 May 2006
Following a recount of the Faan Ballots, it was determined that Chunga won the Best Fanzine award rather than Banana Wings.

Author and mathematician Arthur Porges (b.1915) died on May 12th. Porges began publishing science fiction in 1952 with "The Fly," and continued to publish until at least 1970. Over that period, he sold more than seventy stories, some of them co-written with his brother, Irwin Porges.

12 May 2006
Actor Frankie Thomas (b.1921) died on May 11. Thomas starred in the 1950s television series "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet" and was also credited as a writer on the series. Thomas appeared in several Nancy Drew films in the 1930s. Thomas was scheduled to be a Special Guest at this year's Worldcon in Los Angeles.

10 May 2006
Embiid Closes Doors
Melisa and Richard Michaels have announced their plans to close Embiid Publishing on May 31. According to Michaels, the shut down is due to an extreme lack of time, money, and technical expertise. Embiid has been publishing electronic books since May 2000. They've published such authors as Avram Davidson, Robert Asprin, L. Sprague de Camp, Jody Lynn Nye, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

7 May 2006
Nebula Winners
The Nebula Awards were presented in Tempe, Arizona on May 6. The Nebulas are selected by the membership of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). This year also saw the institution of the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult fiction, which is not a Nebula. In addition to the Nebulas and the Norton, Harlan Ellison was named Grandmaster and William F. Nolan was named Author Emeritus.
Novel: Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman
Novella: "Magic for Beginners," by Kelly Link
Novelette: "The Faery Handbag," by Kelly Link
Short Story: "I Live With You," by Carol Emshwiller
Script: Serenity, by Joss Whedon
Andre Norton Award: Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie, by Holly Black

FAAn Awards Presented
The FAAn Awards were presented at Corflu over the weekend. These awards are voted on by fanzine fans to recognize excellence among fannish activities.
Best Writer: Claire Brialey
Best Fanzine: Banana Wings
Best Letterhack: Robert Lichtman
Best Artist: Steve Stiles
Best New Fan: Christopher Garcia

6 May 2006
Dell Magazine Poll Winners
The winners of the Dell Magazine Readers' Polls were announced at a breakfast at the Nebula Awards Weekend in Tempe Arizona on May 6.

Best Novella: "Diving into the Wreck," by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Best Novelette: "Second Person, Present Tense," by Daryl Gregory
Best Short Story: "Children of Time," by Steve Baxter
Best Poem: "Newton's Mass," by Timons Esaias
Best Cover: Michael Whelan, January

Best Novella: "Sanctuary," by Michael A. Burstein
Best Novelette: "NetPuppets," by Richard A Lovett and Mark Niemann-Rosa
Best Short Story: "Alphabet Angels," by Ekaterina Sedia and David Bartell
Best Fact Article: "Mission to Utah," by Wil McCarthy
Best Cover: George Krauter, November

SESFA Nominees
The Southeastern Science Fiction Association has announced the ballot for the SESFA Awards, presented to honor authors who have ties to the Southeastern United States. Any person may join SESFa and vote. The voting deadline is June 30.

Lifetime Achievement
Poppy Z. Brite
William S. Gibson
Robert McCammon
Jack McDevitt

Best Novel of 2005
The Home by Scott Nicholson
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
War Surf by M. M. Buckner

Best Short Fiction of 2005
"Bears Discover Smut" by Michael Bishop
"The Karst" by M. M. Buckner
"An Odd Day in I-Forgot" by Athena Workman

3 May 2006
Million Writers Award
Richard Bowes has won the storySouth 2006 Million Writers Award for Fiction for his short story "There's a Hole in the City," originally published in Sci Fiction. The award, voted on by readers over the internet, includes $300 prize and a membership to Spoiled Ink

Saturn Awards
The Saturn Awards for achievement in fantastic film were presented on May 2. The awards were founded by Donald Reed in 1972.

Film Awards
Best Science Fiction Film: Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Best Fantasy Film: Batman Begins
Best Horror Film: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: Sin City
Best Animated Film: Tim Burton's Corpse Bride
Best Actor: Christian Bale (Batman Begins)
Best Actress: Naomi Watts (King Kong)
Best Supporting Actor: Mickey Rourke (Sin City)
Best Supporting Actress: Summer Glau (Serenity)
Best Performance By A Younger Actor: Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds)
Best Director: Peter Jackson (King Kong)
Best Writing: Christopher Nolan And David S. Goyer (Batman Begins)
Best Music: John Williams (Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith)
Best Costume: Isis Mussenden (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe)
Best Make-Up: Howard Berger, Greg Nicotero, Nikki Gooley (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, T the Witch & the Wardrobe)
Best Special Effects: Joe Letteri, Richard Taylor, Christian Rivers, Brian Van't Hul (King Kong)

Television Awards
Best Network Television Series: Lost
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: Battlestar Galactica
Best Television Presentation: (Tie) Masters Of Horror & The Triangle
Best Actor On Television: Matthew Fox (Lost)
Best Actress On Television: Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars)
Best Supporting Actor On Television: James Callis (Battlestar Galactica)
Best Supporting Actress On Television: Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica)

DVD Awards
Best DVD Release: Ray Harryhausen: The Early Years Collection
Best DVD Special Edition Release: Sin City: Recut, Extended, Unrated
Best DVD Classic Film Release: The Wizard Of Oz
Best DVD Collection: Bela Lugosi Collection
Best DVD Television Release: Lost (Season 1)
Best DVD Retro Television Release: The Greatest American Hero

Video Game Awards
Best Video Game Release (Science Fiction): Star Wars Battlefront II
Best Video Game Release (Fantasy): God Of War
Best Video Game Release (Horror): Resident Evil 4

Special Awards
The George Pal Memorial Award: Ray Harryhausen
The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Shane Black

Fantasy author Lisa Barnett (b.1958) died on May 2 at home in hospice care. Barnett was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She published three novels with her partner, Melissa Scott, including the Lambda Award winning Point of Dreams.

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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