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.
Chicago fan Philip Friedman (known as Cyohtee) died on October 25 of dilated cardiomyopathy. He was one of the founders of the Barbarian Wine & Cheese Society and performed filk.
Actor Arthur Hill (b.1922) died on October 22. Hill appeared in several films and television shows of genre interest, including "The Andromeda Strain" and "Futureworld." He provided the voice of the narrator in the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
Actress Jane Wyatt (b.1910) died on October 20 of natural causes. Wyatt was best known for her role as Margaret Anderson on television's "Father Knows Best," bust she also appeared in films and television shows of genre interest, including Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home and the original "Star Trek," and the television series "Starman."
Actress Phyllis Kirk (b.1929) died on October 19 from a post cerebral aneurysm. Kirk, born Phyllis Kirkegaard, portrayed Sue Allen in House of Wax, opposite Vincent Price. She also appeared in the Twilight Zone episode "A World of His Own."
The Geffen Awards, presented in Israel for the best SF published there, were presented at Icon on October 12. The award, given by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, is named after Amos Geffen. This year's winners are listed below.
Best Translated Science Fiction Book: Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson
Best Translated Fantasy Book: Anansi Boys, by Neil Gaiman
Best Original Israeli SF/Fantasy Short Story: East of Eden, by Higal Averbach
L. Ron Hubbard Garners New Guinness Records
Marvel at the Guiding Light
The Quill Awards have been announced. The presentation of the Awards will be shown on NBC on October 28. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.
Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade: The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket
Young Adult/Teen: Eldest, by Christopher Paolini
General Fiction: A Dirty Job: A Novel, by Christopher Moore
Graphic Novel: Naruto, Volume 7, by Masashi Kishimoto
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: A Breath of Snow and Ashes, by Diana Gabaldon
National Book Nominees
Young People's Literature
Fan David Stewart (b.1960) died on October 12 following a battle with esophageal cancer. Stewart was an active Irish fan who was heavily involved in running Octocon and served as the Irish agent for Interaction. Outside of fandom, he worked as a freelance journalist specializing in technology and had an interest in jazz.
The two nominees for TAFF have been announced. Chris Garcis and Mary Kay Kare will be running for a trip toEurope in 2007. Ballots are available at http://taff.org.uk/ballots/taff2007.html. TAFF was created in 1953 to aid in fannish relations between Europe and North America. Ballots are due to the administrators by January 6, 2007.
Obituary: Not a Hoax
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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