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.
David Eddings accidentally lit his garage on office fire while trying to drain the gasoline from a broken down car. When some fluid leaked onto the ground, he lit a piece of paper and tossed it into the puddle to see if it was flammable. Nobody was injured in the blaze.
Denvention Names Artist
World Horror Grand Master Named
The short list for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, presented to the best science fiction published in the UK, has been announced. The winner, who will receive a prize of £2007, will be announced on May 2 on the opening night of the Sci-Fi-London Film Festival
End of the World Blues, by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
Oh Pure and Radiant Heart, by Lydia Millet
Hav, by Jan Morris
Gradisil, by Adam Roberts
Streaking, by Brian Stableford
Space and Time Sold
Academy Award Nominations
Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Animated Film
Achievement In Art Direction
Achievement In Cinematography
Achievement In Film Editing
Best Foreign Language Film of the Year
Achievement In Makeup
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Score)
Achievement In Music Written For Motion Pictures (Original Song)
Best Animated Short Film
Achievement In Sound Editing
Achievement In Sound Mixing
Achievement In Visual Effects
Worst Supporting Actor
Worst Supporting Actress
Worst Screen Couple
Worst Remake or Rip-Off
Worst Prequel or Sequel
Worst Excuse for Family Entertainment
Outstanding Film – Wide Release
Outstanding Drama Series
Outstanding Comic Book
DNA Publications, which publishes SF Chronicle, Absolute Magnitude, Dreams of Decadence, and other genre publications, is being investigated for consumer fraud following complaints from subscribers to those magazines and the official KISS magazine.
King at Comiccon
Saichek to Juno
The nominees for the British Science Fiction Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at Contemplation, this year's Eastercon, on April 7. There will not be an individual winner in the Non-Fiction category, which the BSFA is presenting as a recommended reading list.
Non-Fiction - BSFA Recommended Reading List
Scott O'Dell Award
Golden Globe Award
The Online Film Critics Society included the following awards to SF films:
Original Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro for "Pan's Labyrinth"
Adapted Screenplay: Alfonso Cuaron, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby for "Children of Men"
Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubeski for "Children of Men"
Original Score: Clint Mansell for "The Fountain"
Foreign Language Film: "Pan's Labyrinth" (Mexico) Animated Film: "A Scanner Darkly"
Robert Anton Wilson (b.1932) died on January 11. Along with Robert Shea, Wilson co-authored the Illuminatus Trilogy, and went on to publish numerous books of his own, including the Schroëdinger's Cat trilogy and the Cosmic Trigger trilogy.
The People's Choice Awards were presented on January 9. Categories for works of genre interest or in which the actor appeared in a genre role in 2006 are listed below.
Musician Pete Kleinow (b.1934) died on January . Best known for his work with the band "The Flying Burrito Brothers," he also worked in animation. His animation work began with stop-motion work on "Gumby," for which he also wrote the theme song. He also did work on "The Empire Strikes Back," "The Terminator," and "Gremlins."
The SFWA has released the preliminary Nebula Award ballot. Members will vote to determine which items make the final ballot. The Nebula juries may add an additional item in each category (the Andre Norton jury may add up to three items). All of the Novellas, Script and Norton nominees will be on the final ballot. The preliminary ballot is comprised of all works which received at least ten SFWA member recommendations within twelve months of publication.
Andre Norton Award
Chicago fan Lenny Wenshe (b.1955) died on January 5 after being admitted to the hospital with shortness of breath. Wenshe chaired Windycons 16 & 17, was a Director and Division Head for Chicon 5 in 1991, and ran the information desk at Chicon 2000. For the past several years, he served as Windycon's treasurer and was also a past board member of ISFiC.
VES Awards Nominations
Outstanding Visual Effects Driven Motion Picture:
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Motion Picture:
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Outstanding Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Best Single Visual Effect of the Year
Outstanding Real Time Visuals in a Video Game
Outstanding Pre-Rendered Visuals in a Video Game
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Motion Picture
Outstanding Animated Character in an Animated Motion Picture
Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video
Outstanding Created Environment in a Live Action Motion Picture
Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Models & Miniatures in a Broadcast Program
Outstanding Compositing in a Motion Picture
Outstanding Compositing in a Broadcast Program, Commercial, or Music Video
Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture
The nominees for this year's Philip K. Dick Award, presented for best paperback original have been announced. The award will be presented at Norwescon 30 on Friday, April 6, 2007. Norwescon will be held in Seatac, Washington. This year's judges include are Geary Gravel, Anne Harris, Christine Mains (chair), Kristine Smith, Mark Tiedemann. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society.
Carnival, by Elizabeth Bear
Catalyst, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Idolon, by Mark Budz
Living Next Door to the God of Love, by Justina Robson
Mindscape, by Andrea Hairston
Recursion, by Tony Ballantyne
Spin Control, by Chris Moriarty
Science fiction and fantasy were practically shut out of the nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Award for 2006, with only one actor nominated for a role in a speculative fiction work Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Thomas Haden Church, for "Broken Trail"
Robert Duvall, for "Broken Trail"
Jeremy Irons, for Elizabeth I
William H. Macy, for "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King"
Matthew Perry, for The Ron Clark Story
Producers Guild Nominations
Episodic Television – Drama:
Voting for the 2007 FAAN Awards, to be presented at Corflu Quite in Austin, TX, is now underway. The FAAN Awards are giving by fanzine fans to honor other fanzine fans and voting is open to all. For more information, see http://www.corflu.org/history/faan.html. The voting deadline is January 31.
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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