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.
Fan Dick Eney (b.1937) died on December 22 following a series of strokes. Eney's strokes were small and had atypical symptoms so were not diagnosed properly before a larger stroke killed him. In 1959, Eney published Fancyclopedia II, explaining several terms and jokes used by fans of that era. Two years later, Eney ran for TAFF, losing to Ron Ellik. Eney worked on committees for Discons I and II and Constellation and was the Fan Guest of Honor at LACon II, the 1984 Worldcon. In addition to Fancyclopedia II, Eney published numerous other fanzines since discovering fandom in 1949.
Author J.K. Rowling has announced the title of the seventh, and final, Harry Potter novel. The book, without a release date yet, will be called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Rowling has stated that two characters will die in the book, but hasn't given any indication as to which characters they will be.
Firefly Sets Sail
Worldcon Literacy Donations
Call for Papers
Comic Book Artist Jack Burnley (b.1911) died on December 19. Burnley was the second artist to draw Superman for DC Comics. Along with Gardner Fox, he created Starman. In 1939, Burnley drew the cover of New York World's Fair Comics which was the first to feature both Superman and Batman.
Screenwriter Chris Hayward (b.1925) died on November 20. Hayward got his start working with Jay Ward on "Crusader Rabbit," the first created-for-television cartoon. He continued to work with Ward on " The Bullwinkle Show" and was instrumental in the creation of Dudley Do-Right. In 1964, he was the writer of the first episode of The Munsters as well of as developer of the series.
Joseph Barbera (b.1911) died on December 18. Barbera, who along with partner William Hanna formed Hanna-Barbera Productions, was responsible for cartoons including "Tom and Jerry," "The Flintstones," "The Jetsons," and "Scooby Doo."
Comic book artist Martin Nodell (b.1915) died on December 9. Nodell was the artist who created the original Green Lantern in 1939 when All American Comics editor told him that the only way to get a permanent position was to create a character. Nodell left DC Comics, which had absorbed All-American, in 1947 when he moved to Timely (Marvel) and drew Captain America, Sub Mariner, and the Human Torch. In 1950, he retired from comics and turned to advertising, during which time he helped create the Pillsbury Doughboy.
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Sacha Baron Cohen for Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Johnny Depp for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Aaron Eckhart for Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Chiwetel Ejiofor for Kinky Boots (2005)
Will Ferrell for Stranger Than Fiction (2006)
Best Animated Film
Best Television Series - Drama
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Contemplation has been announced as a replacement for the 2007 Eastercon. The convention will take place from April 6-9 at the Crowne Plaze in Chester. The con will be chaired by Chris O'Shea and Fran Dowd. More information and registration materials may be found at http://contemplation.conventions.org.uk/.
Author Emeritus Named
JETS to Japan
Letterhack Undergoes Surgery
Moesta Joins WotF
Actor Peter Boyle (b.1935) died on December 12. Boyle is best known for his role as Frankenstein's Monster in the Mel Brooks spoof "Young Frankenstein" and more recently as the father on the non-genre show "Everybody Loves Raymond." Boyle also appeared in several films and television shows of interest to SF fans, including "The X-Files," "Outland," and "Lois and Clark." His role as Clyde Bruckman on "The X-Files" earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.
SMOFcon 25 will be held the weekend of December 7-9, 2007 in Boston, MA at the Hilton Boston Logan Airport. The con will be chaired by Geri Sullivan. The con will have a focus on marketing, public relations, and advertising
Comics fan Jerry Bails (b.1933) died on November 26. Bails was known as the Father of Comic Book Fandom and was the publisher of Alter-Ego, which was the first fanzine to put comic fans in touch with each other.
Author Pierce Askegren died on December 3. Askegren was a life-long comic fan and wrote several comic novelizations, including Spider-Man and Iron Man: Sabotage and The Avengers and the Thunderbolts.
Composer Shirley Walker (b.1945) died on November 29 following a stroke. Walker's compositions could be heard on the television series "The Flash," "Batman: The Animated Series," "Space: Above and Beyond," and the Final Destination films.
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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