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 Canadian Sunburst Award, given out for excellence in speculative fiction novel or book-length collection, has been awarded to Holly Phillips for her collection In the Palace of Repose. The award consists of a cash award of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion which incorporates a "Sunburst" logo, designed by Marcel Gagné.
Oldest Supernova Found
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. has announced the winners of its two $500 scholarships to allow bay area con runners to attend SMOFCon in Kansas City this December. Jason "Squall" Justice and Bryan "Smash" Manternach will both receive the scholarships. This year's SMOFCon will be held in Kansas City from December 1-3.
SWOC SMOFCon Scholarships
British Fantasy Awards
David Macaulay, the artist of The Way Things Work series, Castle, and Hotel of Mysteries, was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. Author George Saunders, who wrote the The Very Persistent Gappers of Frip and various other short stories has also received a grant. The grants, which come with no strings attached, provide the recipients with $500,000 over five years. Previous recipients have included Jonathan Lethem and Octavia Butler.
Author Charles Grant (b.1942) died on September 15 following a long illness. He began publishing in 1968 with the story "The House of Evil." Grant won the World Fantasy Award for his collection Nightmare Seasons and a Nebula Award for the novella "A Glow of Candles, a Unicorn's Eye." From 1978 through 1991, he edited the eleven volume Shadows anthology series.
Joining other one-off fan funds this year is the Get Harry Fund to bring Harry Bell from England to Austin, TX for Corflu Quire in February. The website explaining the fund is located at http://www.cosmicminds.net/.
Anglicon 18, which was to be held October 13-15 in Seatac, WA, has been cancelled. There have closed down their convention related activities, cancelled their hotel, and will be issuing refunds to all pre-registered members.
Clarion Moves South West
The Hertz Across to Nippon Alliance was formed to send Los Angeles Fan John Hertz to the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. HANA is similar to the fan funds that send fans from Europe to North America and vice versa (or other places), but rather than initiating a race, this is targeting an individual, much as the first fan fund targeted Irish fan Walt Willis. To send John to Nippon, send a check payable to Janice Murray to PO Box 75684 Seattle WA 98175-0684, United States.
The first European lunar probe, SMART-1, ended a three-year mission with a planned crash landing in the Sea of Excellence. The probe also conducted a geological survey of the moon and radioed the information back to Earth. Scientists hope to be able to study the information provided by the probe and its crash to determine more about the moon's formation.
Australians Seeking Cash
Ticonderoga Online Open to Internationals
Scientists using NASA's Swift satellite have spotting a gamma-ray burst (GRB) which is believed to be the precursor of a supernova emanating from a point 440 million light years away in the constellation Aries. The blast is the second closest GRB ever observed and it is hoped that it will give scientists additional insight into the process by which a star goes supernova.
Screenwriter Joseph Stefano (b.1922) died on August 25. Stefano wrote the screenplay for the 1960 Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Psycho." He went on to co-create and write several episodes of the 1960s anthology series "The Outer Limits" as well as write an episode of "Star Trek: The Next Generation."
NASA Awards Lunar Contract
Atlantis Date Set
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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