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29 November 2006
Nova Awards
The Nova Awards for fannish achievement among British fans were presented at Novacon on November 12.
Best Fanzine: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer.
Best Fan Writer: Claire Brialey.
Best Fan Artist: Sue Mason.

Leon E. Stover (b.1929) died in Chicago on November 25 of complications from diabetes. Stover was a professor emeritus of anthropology at the Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition to co-writing the novel Stonehenge: Where Atlantis Died with Harry Harrison, he edited anthologies with Harrison and Willis McNelly and wrote non-fiction works on Harrison, Robert Heinlein, and H.G. Wells.

27 November 2006
Grandmaster 2007 Named
James Gunn has been announced as the next SFWA Grandmaster. He will receive the award at the New York Nebulas in 2007. Gunn's fiction includes "The Listeners," "The Immortals," and "This Fortress World." He has been active in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and editing The Road to Science Fiction series of anthologies.

Comic Book artist Dave Cockrum (b.1943) died due to complications from diabetes on November 26. Cockrum started as an assistant inker, eventually becoming the artist for the Legion of Super-Heroes. He revamped the series in the 1970s. Eventually, he moved to Marvel where he revamped the X-Men, creating, along with Len Wein, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Colossus.

23 November 2006
Sucharitkul Opera Censored
The Thai government has threatened to shut down a new opera by composer and SF author Somtow Sucharitkul. Sucharitkul's opera, Ayodhya, features the on-stage death of Thotsaken, the demon-king. Officials warned that portraying the death is taboo and, according to Sucharitkul, "if anything happened to anyone in power in Thailand, it would be blamed on this production."

Endeavor Winner
Jerry Olton has won this year's Endeavor Award for Northwest Fiction for his novel Anywhere But Here. The Endeavor Award is presented at Orycon and includes a grant of $1,000.

Jackson Out of the Hobbit
Peter Jackson has announced that New Line Cinema, which distributed "The Lord of the Rings," has informed him that his services will not be required for a film version of the prequel, "The Hobbit." According to Jackson, the decision stems from a law suit over profits. While New Line hasn't commented, MGM, which owns the distribution rights to "The Hobbit" says it still wants Jackson to direct.

Baen Makes Books Available
Baen Books has announced that it will make its books available free of charge in electronic formats for fans who are blind, paralysed, or dyslexic, or who are amputees. Readers can take advantage of the program by applying through ReadAssist Home.

Ignotus Awards
Best Novel: Danza de tinieblas, by Eduardo Vaquerizo
Best Novella: La traición de Judas, by Joaquín Revuelta
Best Short Story: Días de otoño, by Santiago Eximeno
Best Anthology: Ven y enloquece, by Fredric Brown
Best Essay Book: Idios Kosmos, by Pablo Capanna
Best Article: Crónicas Marcianas, by Alfonso Merelo
Best Illustration: Gigamesh 41, by Alejandro Terán
Best Audiovisual Production" Cálico Electrónico, Nikodemo Animation
Best Comic: La legión del espacio, by Alfredo Álamo-Fedde
Best Poem: On/Off, by Gabriella Campbell
Best Magazine: Asimov Ciencia Ficción
Best Foreign Novel: Tormenta de Espadas (A Storm of Swords), by George RR Martin
Best Foreign Short Story: El sumidero de la memoria (Down Memory Lane), by Mike Resnick
Best Website:, edited by Francisco José Suñer Iglesias

Robert Altman (b.1925) died on November 20. While Altman was best known for making complex films like M*A*S*H, Short Cuts, and Gosford Park, in 1968, he directed the science fiction film Countdown.

Gary Graver (b.1938) died on November 16. Graver was a cinematographer who worked closely with Orson Welles in Welles' final years. He also did many projects on his own, including the films "Veronica 2030." "Tomb of the Werewolf," and "Beneath the Bermuda Triangle" among others.

13 November 2006
Fan Elected
Science fiction fan Mike Fortner has been elected to the Illinois House of Representatives to represent the 95th district. Fortner, who has been serving as the mayor of West Chicago, defeated his opponent by a twenty percent margin.

NASFIC Announces Name
The 2007 NASFIC, to be held in St Louis, Missouri (actually in Collinsville, IL) has announced it will be called Tuckercon in honor of Wilson Tucker, who died earlier this year. Tuckercon will run from August 2-5, a month before the Worldcon in Yokohama.

12 November 2006
SFWA New York Reception
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America's annual New York Reception on Monday, November 20, 2006, from 7:30 PM to 1:00 AM at the Society of Illustrators. The reception is informal and open to all professionals in the field. There will be a special exhibit of SF/F related art organized by Tor Art Director Irene Gallo.

ISFiC Writer's Contest Winner
Francisco Ruiz was named the winner of the 2006 ISFiC Writer's Contest at Windycon 33 in Rosemont, Illinois on November 10. Ruiz received a gold coin and publication of his story, "Ad Alienos" in the convention program book. When accepting the award, Ruiz announced that since the contest's deadline, he had sold two novels, one to a small press and the other in Spain.

Actor Jack Palance (b.1919) died on November 10. Best known to younger audiences for his role as Curly in "City Slickers" which satirized his earlier roles in Westerns, Palance also appeared in several genre films including Carl Grissom in "Batman," Mercy in "Cyborg 2," Xenos in two films based on John Norman's "Gor" series and Dracula in a 1973 television production.

Author Jack Williamson (b.1908) died on November 10. Williamson's first published short story, "The Metal Men," was published in Amazing in 1928, and he has published stories or novels in every decade since then, with his most recent novel being The Stonehenge Gate in 2005. His writing runs the gamut of the field, including such seminal works as the Legion of Space, Darker Than You Think, The Humanoids, and several collaborations with Frederik Pohl. Williamson's autobiography, the Hugo winning Wonder's Child, was published in 1984. In 1976, he was named SFWA's second Grand Master and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1996. In 2004, he was named a World Horror Grand Master. The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established at Eastern New Mexico University in 1982. Williamson also won a Hugo and Nebula for his novella "The Ultimate Earth." A memorial service will be held at the Campus Union Building of ENMU in Portales, NM on Novembe r 16.

10 November 2006
TAFF Cancelled
With the cancellation of Convoy, the British Eastercon, and no substitute yet announced, the administrators of the Trans Atlantic Fan Fund and this years candidates, Mary Kay Kare and Christopher Garcia, have announced that this year's TAFF race will be suspended. The 2007 race will be postponed until 2008. The ballots and donations received to date will be returned to the senders.

Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire
The Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire was presented at the Festival Utopiales in Nantes on November 4. The award recognizes excellence in science fiction and fantasy published in France.
French Novel: Le Goût de l'immortalité, by Catherine Dufour
Foreign Novel : Lignes de vie, by Graham Joyce
French Story: Les Yeux d'Elsa, by Sylvie Lainé
Foreign Story: Aztechs (recueil), by Lucius Shepard
Youth Novel: (tie) La Vie suspendue (Tobie Lolness, tome 1), by Timothée de Fombelle, and La Trilogie de Bartiméus, by Jonathan Stroud
Graphisme: Eikasia
Essai: 100 mots pour voyager en science-fiction, by François Rouiller
Prix Jacques Chambon for Translation: Mélanie Fazi for Lignes de vie, by Graham Joyce
Prix spécial: Wojtek Siudmak pour sa fondation pour la paix
Prix spécial: L'anthologie périodique Fiction
Prix européen: Brian Aldiss for his work and his life of promotion of European science fiction

British fan Ron Bennett (b.1933) died on November XX. Bennett was an active fan writer and publisher. In 1958, he was the TAFF delegate to SolaCon. Bennett chaired the British SF Con at Harrogate in 1962 and ran the dealers' room at Conspiracy in 1987. he was an avid collector and was a used book dealer for more than thirty years.

Artist Stanley Meltzoff (b.1917) died on November 9. Meltzoff was best known for his scientific illustrations in National Geographic and Scientific American, but he also provided cover illustrations for several science fiction authors in the 1950s, including works by Asimov and Heinlein.

5 November 2006
World Fantasy Awards
The World Fantasy Award winners were announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Convention in Austin, Texas on November 4, 2006.
Novel: Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Novella: Voluntary Committal, by Joe Hill
Short Fiction: 'CommComm', by George Saunders
Anthology: The Fair Folk, ed. Marvin Kaye
Collection: The Keyhole Opera, by Bruce Holland Rogers
Artist: James Jean
Special Award: Professional: Sean Wallace for Prime Books
Special Award: Non-Professional: David Howe and Stephen Walker for Telos Books
Lifetime Achievement: Stephen Fabian and John Crowley

Hubble Reprieve
NASA has announced a shuttle mission in 2008 to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. There was speculation that NASA would deem the mission to dangerous, which would doom the telescope to be unusable by the end of the decade. With the announced mission, it is expected to remain active through at least 2013. The mission, called SM4 or Servicing Mission 4, will upgrade and repair the Hubble with five spacewalks. Astronauts will install new batteries, gyroscopes, and two new instruments, the Wide Field Camera 3 and the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph. They will also replace thermal blankets and perform other repairs that will keep the Hubble's cameras active.

Author Nelson S. Bond (b.1908) died on November 4. He died following complications from heart valve problems. He began publishing science fiction in 1937 with the story "Down the Dimensions" in Astounding. His first novel, Exiles of Time, appeared in 1949. He may be best known for his series of stories about Lancelot Biggs. In addition to writing science fiction, Bond worked as a writer in Hollywood, producing scripts for shows like "Tales of Tomorrow," "Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers," and "Studio One." In 1998, Bond was named Author Emeritus by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

3 November 2006
Con Cancelled
Convoy, the 2007 Eastercon, has announced that because the con cannot be held at the Adelphi Hotel as originally scheduled, it will be cancelled. Beginning in December, all memberships will be reimbursed. No replacement con has yet be planned. As the British National Convention, Eastercon has been held since the 1940s.

International Horror Guild Awards
The International Horror Guild Awards were presented on November 2 in Austin, TX to recognize excellence in horror writing. The awards were presented during the World Fantasy Convention.
Novel: Lunar Park, by Brett Easton Ellis
Short Fiction: "There's a Hole in the City," by Rick Bowles
Mid-Length Fiction: "La Peau Verte," by Caitlin Kiernan
Long Fiction: Kiss of the Mudman, by Gary Braunbeck
Collection (Single Author): 20th Century Ghosts, by Joe Hill.
Periodical: Postscripts, edited by Peter Crowther
Illustrated Narrative: Memories, by Enki Bilal
Nonfiction: Supernatural Literature of the World, edited by S.T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz
Art: Clive Barker for Exhibition: Visions of Heaven and Hell (and Then Some)
Living Legend: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Aeon Award Deadline
The Second Round for the Aeon Award for short fiction is open to entries through the end of December. The winners of each quarterly round will be eligible for a €1,000 prize. The contest is being judged by Ian Watson.

Scriptwriter Nigel Kneale (b.1922) died on October 29. Kneale teamed up with Rudolph Cartier in 1953 to write the script for the science fiction serial The Qautermass Experiment. The following year, the two men did a television adaptation of George Orwell's 1984, starring Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence. Kneale wrote additional films in the Quatermass series, as well as an adaptation of H.G. Wells's First Men in the Moon and the screenplay for Halloween III.

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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