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27 August 2006
Hugo Award Presented
The Hugo Awards were presented on Saturday, August 26 at LACon IV. Note that the John W. Campbell Award, sponsored by Dell Magazines, is not a Hugo Award, but appears on the same ballot as the Hugo Awards and is administered in the same way as the Hugo Awards.
Best Novel: Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
Best Novella: "Inside Job," by Connie Willis
Best Novelette: "Two Hearts," by Peter S. Beagle
Best Short Story: "Tk'tk'tk," by Devid D. Levine
Best Related Book: Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop, by Kate Wilhelm
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Serenity
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who "The Empty Child" & "The Doctor Dances"
Best Professional Editor: David G. Hartwell
Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
Best Semiprozine: Locus
Best Fanzine: Plokta
Best Fan Writer: David Langford
Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer of 2004 or 2005: John Scalzi

In addition to the Hugo Awards, two special Committee Awards were presented. One to Betty Ballantine and one to Harlan Ellison.

First Fandom Award
The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award was given to Joe Hensley. The First Fandom Award is presented by First Fandom, an organization of fans who were active prior to 1938.

Forrest Ackerman Big Heart Award
The Big Heart Award, given to a fan for their service to fandom, has been renamed the Forrest Ackerman Big Heart Award. The first fan to win the award, at LACon IV during the Hugo ceremony, was Forrest J. Ackerman.

26 August 2006
2008 Worldcon Site Selected
The 2008 Worldcon will be held in Denver, Colorado and called Denvention III. The guests of honor will be Author: Lois McMaster Bujold, Fan: Tom Whitmore. Wil McCarthy will be the Toastmaster. Denvention III will be held August 6th - 10th, 2008 instead of the more traditional Labor Day Weekend. Their website is:

Prometheus Winners
The Prometheus Awards for Libertarian science fiction were announced Friday at L.A. Con IV in Anaheim.
Novel: Leanring the World, by Ken MacLeod
Classic Fiction: V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Special Award: Serenity, Directed by Joss Whedon

25 August 2006
Sidewise Awards
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented at LACon IV on August 25. MacLeod previously won for a shorter version of The Summer Isles.
Long Form: The Summer Isles, by Ian MacLeod
Short Form: Pericles the Tyrant, by Lois Tilton

Chesley Awards
ASFA announced the winners of the Chesley Awards at LACon IV on August 24.
Hardback Cover: Elantris, by Stephan Martiniere
Paperback Cover: The Enchanter Completed, by Tom Kidd
Magazine Cover: Asimov's, 7-/05, by Donato Giancola
Interior Illustration: The Plucker, by Brom
3-D Art: Sleeper Lost in Derams, by James Christensen
Color Work, Unpublished: Companions to the Moon, by Charles Vess
Monochrome, Unpublished: Nightmare, by Paul Bielaczyc
Product Illustration: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by Justin Sweet
Gaming-Related Illustration: Blazing Archon, by Gabor Szikszai & Zoltan Boros
Art Director: Irene Gallo (Tor Books)
Contribution to ASFA: Julie Faith Rigby
Artistic Achievement: John Picacio

Pluto Demoted
The IAU voted on a new definition for planets on August 24 resulting in the demotion of Pluto to the category of "Dwarf Planet." The new ruling means there are only eight planets in the solar system. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

New Hugo Category
The WSFS Business Meeting passed the proposal to split the Best Editor Hugo category into two separate categories. Best Editor Short Fiction will be for the editor of at least four anthologies, collections or magazine issues primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy, at least one of which was published in the previous calendar year. Best Editor Long Form will be for the editor of at least four novel-length works devoted primarily to science fiction and/or fantasy published in the previous calendar year that do not qualify as works under 3.3.x.

Pegasus Nominees
The Pegasus Award nominations for excellence in filking have been announced. The winners will be announced at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival.

Best Filk Song
Archetype Cafe, Talis Kimberley
Close Your Eyes, Daniel Glasser
Girl That's Never Been, Michelle Dockrey
Rich Fantasy Lives, Rob Balder and Tom Smith
A Thousand Ships, Katy Droege and Juliane Honisch

Best Classic Filk Song
Before the Dawn, Mike Whitaker
Black Davie's Ride, Cynthia McQuillin
I Wanna Be Peter Lorre, Tom Smith
Ship of Stone, Don Simpson
Stray Dog Man, Bill Sutton

Best Composer
Chris Conway
Dr. Mary Crowell
Michelle Dockrey
Seanan McGuire
Cynthia McQuillin

Best Performer
Chris Conway
Steve Macdonald
Judi Miller
Ookla the Mok
Tom Smith

Best Battle Song
Das Uber Tuber, Rand Bellavia and Adam English
The Destroyer, Bill Roper
March of Cambreadth, Heather Alexander
No Quarter, Cat Faber
Shai, Steve Macdonald and Steve Simmons

Best Torch Song
Legolas, Dr. Mary Crowell
Maybe It's Crazy, Seanan McGuire
Po' Boys, Marty Coady Fabish
Sex and Chocolate, Jodi Krangle and Debbie Ridpath
Ohi X-Libris, Talis Kimberley

23 August 2006
British Fantasy Awards
The British Fantasy Award Nominations have been announced, with the winners to be announced at Fantasycon XXX, the weekend of September 22-24 at the Britannia Hotel in Nottingham.

British Fantasy Award For Best Novel: The August Derleth Award
Secret Stories, by Ramsey Campbell
The Hounds of Avalon, by Mark Chadbourn
Vellum: The Book Of All Hours 1, by Hal Duncan
Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
A Feast For Crows, by George R.R. Martin
Nowhere Near An Angel, by Mark Morris

British Fantasy Award For Best Novella:
Deadeat, by Guy Adams
The Cosmology of the Wider World, by Jeffrey Ford
Voluntary Committal, by Joe Hill
Signs of Life, by Paul Kane
Dying In the Arms of Jean Harlow (The Coming Of The Autoscopes), by Paul Meloy
Dark Tales of Space and Time, by Sean Wright
The Mask Behind the Face, by Stuart Young

British Fantasy Award For Best Anthology:
The Elastic Book of Numbers, by Allen Ashley
Fourbodings, by Peter Crowther
Poe's Progeny, by Gary Fry
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 16, by Stephen Jones
Don't Turn Out the Light, by Stephen Jones

British Fantasy Award For Best Collection:
Sea-Kings of Mars & Other Worldly Stories, by Leigh Brackett
Hotel Midnight, by Simon Clark
20th Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill
Beyond Each Blue Horizon, by Andrew Hook
The Life to Come, by Tim Lees
The Mask Behind the Face and Other Stories, by Stuart Young

British Fantasy Award Best Short Fiction:
Just Behind You, by Ramsey Campbell
Best New Horror, by Joe Hill
Homeland, by Paul Kane
Approaching Zero, by John Lucas
Soft Apocalypse, by Will McIntosh
Can You See Me?, by Marie O'Regan
The Numberist, by Sean Wright

British Fantasy Award for Best Artist :
Clive Barker
Randy Broecker
Les Edwards
Dominic Harman
Richard Marchand
Robert Sammelin

British Fantasy Award for Best Small Press:
Andy Cox, TTA Press
Peter Crowther, PS Publishing
Andrew Hook, Elastic Press
D. F. Lewis, Nemonymous
Christopher Teague, Pendragon Press

Quill Awards
The nominations for the second annual Quill Awards have been announced. Anyone may vote on the awards, which will be presented on October, 28 2006, by going to Only categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Audio Book
A Dirty Job: A Novel, by Christopher Moore
Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer, by James L. Swanson
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog, by John Grogan
Teacher Man: A Memoir, by Frank McCourt
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Children's Chapter Book
Flush, by Carl Hiaasen
Inkspell, by Cornelia Funke
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, by Kate DiCamillo
The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket
Ptolemy's Gate, by Jonathan Stroud

Young Adult/Teen
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Dairy Queen, by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
Elsewhere, by Gabrielle Zevin
King Dork, by Frank Portman

General Fiction
Black Swan Green: A Novel, by David Mitchell
A Dirty Job: A Novel, by Christopher Moore
March, by E. L. Doctorow
Suite Française, by Irene Nemirovsky
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen

Graphic Novel
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, by Alison Bechdel
Maximum Fantastic Four: A Visual Exegesis of Fantastic Four #1, by Stan Lee
Mom's Cancer, by Brian Fies
Naruto, by Masashi Kishimoto
Hellsing, by Kohta Hirano

Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon
Cell, by Stephen King
A Feast for Crows, by George R.R. Martin
Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse
The Stolen Child, by Keith Donohue

The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, by Karen Armstrong
Mama Made the Difference, by T. D. Jakes
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why, by Bart D. Ehrman
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis, by Alan Jacobs
The Universe in a Single Atom: The Convergence of Science and Spirituality, by Dalai Lama XIV

Writers of the Future Winners
The Winners of this year's Writers of the Future were announced at a ceremony in Los Angeles on August 18. Brandon Sigrist of Minneapolis, Minnesota received $5,000 for his story, "Life on the Voodoo Driving Range." The winner of the grand-prize for illustrator was Eldar Zakirov of Uzbekistan, who also received $5,000.

22 August 2006
Deborah Dozier Potter has filed a lawsuit against Fox claiming fraud, concealment, and breach of promise over the 1960's Batman television series. Potter, whose father, William Dozier was one of show's producers, discovered a contract between Fox and ABC which indicates that she is entitled to 26% of the net profits from the show.

Stargate Closed
The SciFi Channel has announced the cancellation of Stargate SG-1, shortly after the series celebrated its 200th episode and became the longest running SF series on television. Stargate's sister show, Stargate Atlantis will continue to air new episodes.

Russian Refuses Prize
Russian mathematician Grigory Perelman refused the Fields Medal awarded to him for solving Poincare's Conjecture. The Clay Mathematics Institute offered a $1 million prize for a solution that that problem and six other unresolved math problems in 2000. The conjecture, by Henri Poincare stated that a torus shape could not be stretched into a sphere without breaking it.

15 August 2006
LACon Announces Internet Lounge
LACon IV has announced that due to the generosity of SFSFC and MCFI, there will be an internet lounge at LACon IV. Previously, the committee determined that the fees for a lounge were too high, but grants from the two SF fan organizations, based in San Francisco and Boston, have allowed a lounge with eight computers and two ports for attaching laptops. There will not be wifi due to the high cost the convention center is asking.

Lost NASA Tapes
NASA has confirmed that it has lost more than seven hundred boxes of data from the Apollo period, including the original tape recording of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's first landing on the moon. NASA is quick to point out that no data has been lost since all of the information in the lost boxes has been backed up.

2006 Gruber Cosmology Prize Announced
John Mather and the Cosmic Background Explorer team were awarded the Gruber Cosmology Prize on August 15 for their studies confirming the birth of the universe in a hot Big Bang. Using instruments on board the Cosmic Background Explorer, they determined the young universe was hot, dense and almost uniform. The Gruber Prize includes an award of $250,000.

11 August 2006
Fixing Skylab
Volunteers in Huntsville, Alabama are working to restore the a full-size training mock up of Skylab, the United States' first space station. The mock up had been on display at the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center until six years ago, when it was moved to the rear of the property and covered. In the years since, it has been a nesting ground for animals and a place for parties, leaving it in disarray. The personally funded volunteer efforts to restore the artifact is being led by Tom Hancock, a board member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Author Philip E. High (b.1914) died on August 9. High began publishing in 1955 with the short story "The Statics," and went on to write fourteen novels. His most recent novel, Blindfold from the Stars, was published in 1979. Many of High's early novels were published as part of the Ace double series.

10 August 2006
Robert Leman (b.1922) died on August 8. Leman was a member of First Fandom and was an active letter hack in the days of the pulps. He published the fanzine Vinegar Worm, and from the 60s through the 80s published several stories in F&SF, later collected in Feesters in the Lake and Other Stories. His short story, "Window" was on the Nebula ballot in 1981.

9 August 2006
Mythopoeic Awards
The Mythopoeic Society were presented at the 37th Annual Mythopoeic Conference (Mythcon 37), held from August 4–7, 2006, at the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, Oklahoma.
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, consisting of The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate, by Jonathan Stroud
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies: The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in General Myth and Fantasy Studies: National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England, by Jennifer Schacker

Physicist James Van Allen (b.1914) died on August 9. Van Allen discovered the Van Allen Belt, a torus of charged ions above the Earth which floresce, causing the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis. A staunch supporter of unmanned exploration of the solar system, van Allen has often spoken out against manned space travel. As an undergraduate, he helped prepare the Byrd Antarctic Expedition.

British fan Mike Damesick was been found dead in his flat in Birmingham in early August. Damesick was not only a science fiction fan, but also a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers. He was involved with Oxford University Speculative Fiction Group.

6 August 2006
World Fantasy Awards Nominations
The World Fantasy Award Nominations have been announced. The winners will be announced at this year's World Fantasy Convention, to be held 2-5 November 2006 in Austin, Texas. Judges for this year's awards are Steve Lockley, Barbara Roden, Victoria Strauss, Jeff VanderMeer, and Andrew Wheeler.

Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
The Limits of Enchantment, by Graham Joyce
Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis
Od Magic, by Patricia A. McKillip
A Princess of Roumania, by Paul Park
Vellum, by Hal Duncan

Another War, by Simon Morden
"The Imago Sequence," by Laird Barron
"In the Machine," by Michael Cunningham
"Magic for Beginners," by Kelly Link
"UOUS," by Tanith Lee
Voluntary Committal, by Joe Hill

Short Fiction
"Best New Horror," by Joe Hill
"CommComm," by George Saunders
"The Other Grace," by Holly Phillips
"La Peau Verte," by Caitlin R. Kiernan
"Two Hearts," by Peter S. Beagle

Adventure Vol. 1, edited by Chris Roberson
The Fair Folk, edited by Marvin Kaye
Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction, edited by Neil Williamson & Andrew J. Wilson
Polyphony 5, edited by Deborah Layne & Jay Lake
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth, edited by Stephen Jones

20th Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill
In the Palace of Repose, by Holly Phillips
The Keyhole Opera, by Bruce Holland Rogers
Magic for Beginners, by Kelly Link
To Charles Fort, with Love, by Caitlin R. Kiernan

Kinuko Y. Craft
James Jean
Dave McKean
Edward Miller (Les Edwards)
John Jude Palencar

Special Award, Professional
Susan Allison & Ginjer Buchanan (for Ace Books)
Lou Anders (for editing at Pyr)
Peter Lavery (for Pan MacMillan UK/Tor UK)
Chris Roberson & Allison Baker (for MonkeyBrain Books)
Sean Wallace (for Prime Books)
S.T. Joshi & Stefan Dziemanowicz, eds. (for Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia, Greenwood Press)

Special Award, Non-Professional
David Howe & Stephen Walker (for Telos Books)
The Friends of Arthur Machen (for Faunus, Machenalia, and The Life of Arthur Machen) (
Rodger Turner, Neil Walsh & Wayne MacLaurin (for SF Site) (
Leo Grin (for The Cimmerian) (
Jess Nevins (for The Encyclopedia of Fantastic Victoriana, MonkeyBrain Books)

Management Changes at Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
Josi Callan, former director and CEO of the Museum of Glass in Tacoma and the San Jose Museum of Art, has been hired to serve as interim Chief Executive Officer of the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame. The post has been vacant since July 14. The museum also announced the resignation of Artistic Director Bob Santelli to take a senior executive position with another organization. Santelli has committed to remaining through September 6 and will work with Callan and the leadership team to assist with the transition.

Parsec Nominees
The nominations for the first Parsec Awards, given for science fiction podcasting, have been announced. The winner will be announced at Dragon*Con, held this year from September 1-4.

Best Fiction (Short)
"Absolution Insured," by Matt Wallace
"Hero," by Scott Sigler
"Legacies," by Daniel Emery
"The Trouble with Death Traps," by Daisy James
"Truth Is," by Patrick McLean

Best Fiction (Long)
7th Son: Descent, by J.C. Hutchins
Brave Men Run, by Matthew Wayne Selznick
How to Succeed in Evil, by Patrick McLean
Infection, by Scott Sigler
Morevi: Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, by Tee Morris and Lisa Lee
Nina Kimberly the Merciless, by Christiana Ellis

Best Audio Production
The Falcon Banner, by Chris Snyder
The Future And You, by Stephen Euin Cobb
The Seanachai, by Patrick McLean
The Signal, by Jill Arroway
Virgin Falls, by Jeff Folchinsky

Best Writing Podcast
Holly Lisle On Writing, by Holly Lisle
The Secrets, by Michael A. Stackpole
The Survival Guide to Writing Fantasy, by Tee Morris

Best Audio Drama (Long)
Children of the Gods, by Cmack
Dismay, by Sean McMinn
The Falcon Banner, by Chris Snyder
Mister Adventure, by Rich Sigfrit
The Stargate Café, by Planet Retcon

Best Audio Drama (Short)
"Decoder Ring Theatre," by Stephanie Bickford, Andrea Lyons and Gregg Taylor
"Family Radio," by Sound Stages
"The Hoff," by Planet Retcon
"The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd," by Grant Baciocco and Doug Price

Best Fiction (Non-sepeculative)
"Candy," by Patrick McLean
"Death of A Dish Washer," by Patrick McLean
"The Great Puzzle," by Daniel Emery
"Outsourcing a Chicken," by Patrick McLean
Port City P.D., by Charles Stewart, Jr.

Best Fan Podcast
Kick Ass Mystic Ninjas, by Summer Brooks, Joe Murphy, and David Moldawer
PotterCast, by John Noe and crew
Requiem of the Outcast, by Rich Sigfrit and Earl Newton
The Scapecast, by Kevin Bachelder, Lindy Rae and crew
The Signal, by Jill Arroway, Les Howard and Kari Haley and crew

Best News Podcast
The Future And You, by Stephen Euin Cobb
Geek4x4, by John M. Campbell
Requiem of the Outcast, by Rich Sigfrit and Earl Newton
Sci Fi News, by Lynne Gryphon
The Warp Zone, by Patrick Murphy & Chris Murphy with "Gaming Guru" Rusty

JETS Race to Japan
The League of Fan Funds has announced the opening of nominations for a one-off race to attend the 2007 Worldcon in Japan. The Japanese Expeditionary Travel Scholarship (JETS) is a special fund created for the purpose of assisting a European science fiction fan, elected by popular vote of other European fans, to travel to and attend Nippon 2007, the 65th World Science Fiction Convention which will be held on 30 August to 3 September 2007 in Yokohama. For additional information, contact the League of Fan Funds c/o 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7ES, UK.

2 August 2006
Going Back to Kansas
After more than ten years, Cheryl Morgan has clicked the silver slippers and announced that she will be ceasing production of the Hugo Award winning zine Emerald City. No date for the final issue has been announced, but it will be in the near future when she runs out of material and promised reviews.

Sapphire Awards
The nominations for the Sapphire Awards, presented by Speculative Romance Online have been announced. The winners will be chosen by a ballot of the website's members.

Best Speculative Romance Novel
Dark Lover : A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward
Sins of the Night (A Dark-Hunter Novel) by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan
A Taste of Crimson (Crimson City) by Marjorie M. Liu
Master of the Moon by Angela Knight
The Ravencliff Bride by Dawn Thompson

Best Speculative Romance Novella
Road of Adventure by Robin D. Owens
Forever Mine by Linda Winstead Jones
Knightly Dreams by Sherrilyn Kenyon
The City of Cries by Catherine Asaro

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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