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Wildside Press, in conjunction with Dorchester Publishing, has announced a line of mass market paperbacks to be published under Wildside's Cosmos imprint. The program will publish two titles a month, beginning in June 2007.
The Southeastern Science Fiction Awards were presented at DeepSouthCon on July 22, marking the first time the awards were presented at a live ceremony. The SESFA Awards are administered by scifidimensions.
Short Fiction: "The Bears Discover Smut," by Michael Bishop
Novel: Seeker, by Jack McDevitt
Lifetime Achievement: Jack McDevitt
No Internet Lounge at LACon IV
Awards for Southern Fandom
Following the resignation of Paul Kincaid after eleven years of service, the Serendip Foundation, which organizes the award has elected to split his former role into two parts. Tom Hunter will fill the role as Award Administrator while Paul Billinger will serve as Chairman of the Jury. Hunter has previous experience as an event organizer and is the current editor of Matrix, the news magazine of the British Science Fiction Association..
Actor Jack Warden (b.1920) died on July 21. Warden appeared in numerous television shows and films, playing Tiresias in "Mighty Aphrodite," Old General Zevo in "Toys," Cosmos Topper in the 1979 television series "Topper."
Steven Spielberg received a Golden Hugo, a lifetime achievement award presented by the Chicago Film Festival and unrelated to the Hugo Award presented by the World Science Fiction Society. Spielberg received video congratulations from Harrison Ford, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and George Lucas. Tom Cruise made a surprise appearance to honor Spielberg.
Actor Peter Hawkins (b.1924) died on July 8. Hawkins was aboard the HMS Limbourne when it sank in 1943, but survived. In the 1960s, he created the voice of the Daleks in "Doctor Who," most noted for the phrase "Exterminate," as well as providing the voice for the Cybermen. He appeared on screen on the show "Dave Allen at Large," as well as in numerous other television shows and films.
Martin Last (b.1929) died on July 6. Last was co-owner, with Baird Searles of the Science Fiction Shop in New York. In the 1980s, after closing the shop, Last and Searles moved to Montreal. Last was one of the co-authors of A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction.
The winners of the Seiun Awards for best science fiction published in Japan in 2005 were announced at the 45th Japan Science Fiction Convention, July 8-8, 2006. The Foreign language awards will be presented at LACon IV.
Japanese Long Stories: Samaa/Taimu/Toraberaa [Summer Time Traveler - official English title]
Japanese Short Stories: "Tadayotta Otoko" ("A Man Adrift") by Issui Ogawa
Foreign Long Stories: Diaspora [Diasupora] by Greg Egan/Trans. Makoto Yamagishi
Foreign Short Stories: "The Human Front" ("Jinrui Sensen") by Ken MacLeod/Trans. Youichi Shimada
Media: Tokusou Sentai Dekarenjaa ("Power Rangers SPD" - official English title) Director: Katsuya Watanabe
Comics: Onmyouji 1 - 13 ("Onmyoji" - official English title) by Reiko Okano/based on the novel by Baku Yumemakura
Artwork: Range Murata
Nonfiction: Shisso Nikki [Disappearance Diary - official English title] by Hideo Azuma
Free: MUSES-C Hayabusa Itokawa Chakuriku Misshon ("MUSES-C: The Hayabusa's Landing Mission on the Asteroid Itokawa")
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Contributions to ASFA
Actress Kasey Rogers (b.1925) died on July 6. Rogers is best known for her role as Louise Tate, Darren's boss's wife, on "Bewitched." She also appeared on many other television shows throughout the fifties and sixties.
The John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award, given for best science fiction novel and best short story, were presented at the University of Kansas.
Campbell: Mindscan, by Robert J. Sawyer
Sturgeon, "The Calorie Man," by Paolo Bacugalupi
International Horror Guild Award Furor
The Heinlein Society has announced that Greg Bear and Jack Williamson will receive the 2006 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The Awards will be presented at the Society's annual dinner held in conjunction with Worldcon, this year at L.A.Con IV in Anaheim, the weekend of August 23-27.
Westercon Site Announced
Complete Seuin Ballot
Japanese Long Stories
Japanese Short Stories
Foreign Long Stories
Foreign Short Stories
Roderick Macleish (b.1926) has died. Macleish was the author of the novels The First Book of Eppe and Prince Ombra.
Actor Jan Murray (b.1917) died on July 2. Murray was a Borscht Belt comedian who appeared in several films and television shows of genre interest, including "Fantasy Island," "Kolchak," and "Tarzan and the Great River."
Fan rich brown (a.k.a. Dr. Gafia) (b.1942) died on july 6. brown was a long-time fanzine fan. In addition to publishing his own fanzines such as Beardmutterings, Slant (with Mike Fern) and Focal Points (with Mike McInerney), brown was an active fanzine reviewer and maintained a dictionary of fannish terms. In the 1960s, he founded, with Arnie Katz, the Brooklyn Insurgents, a fanzine club.
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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