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29 March 2007
Hugo Awards
The nominees for this year's Hugo Awards have been announced. Any member of Nippon 2007 may vote. The winners will be announced at the Hugo Award Ceremony at this year's Worldcon in Yokohama.

Blindsight, Peter Watts
Eifelheim, Michael Flynn
Glasshouse, Charles Stross
His Majesty's Dragon, Naomi Novik
Rainbows End, Vernor Vinge

"A Billion Eves," by Robert Reed Asimov's, 10/06
"Inclination," by William Shunn Asimov's, 4/06
"Julian: A Christmas Story," by Robert Charles Wilson PS Publishing
"Lord Weary's Empire," by Michael Swanwick Asimov's, 12/06
"The Walls of the Universe," by Paul Melko Asimov's, 4/06

"All the Things You Are," by Mike Resnick Baen's Universe
"Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth," by Michael F. Flynn Asimov's, 10/06
"The Djinn's Wife," by Ian McDonald Asimov's, 7/06
"Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)," by Geoff Ryman F&SF, 10/06
"Yellow Card Man," by Paolo Bacigalupi Asimov's, 12/06

Short Story
"Eight Episodes," by Robert Reed Asimov's, 6/06
"The House Beyond Your Sky," by Benjamin Rosenbaum Strange Horizons, September 4, 2006
"How to Talk to Girls at Parties," by Neil Gaiman Fragile Things
"Impossible Dreams," by Tim Pratt Asimov's, 7/06
"Kin," by Bruce McAllister Asimov's, 2/06

Bob Eggleton
Donato Giancola
Stephan Martiniere
John Jude Palencar
John Picacio

Long Form Editor
Lou Anders
James Patrick Baen
Ginjer Buchanan
David G. Hartwell
Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Short Form Editor
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Children of Men
Pan's Labyrinth
The Prestige
A Scanner Darkly
V for Vendetta

Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Battlestar Galactica "Downloaded"
Doctor Who "Army of Ghosts" & "Doomsday"
Doctor Who "Girl in the Fireplace"
Doctor Who "School Reunion"
Stargate SG-1 "200"

Related Work
About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters, and Five Interviews, Samuel R. Delany
Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio, John Picacio
Heinlein's Children: The Juveniles, Joseph T. Major
James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice Sheldon, Julie Phillips
Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches, Mike Resnick & Joe Siclari, eds.

Semi Prozine
Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
The New York Review of Science Fiction

Fan Writer
Chris Garcia
John Hertz
David Langford
John Scalzi
Steven H Silver

Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles
Frank Wu

Banana Wings
The Drink Tank
Science-Fiction Five-Yearly

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not a Hugo)
Scott Lynch
Sarah Monette
Naomi Novik
Brandon Sanderson
Lawrence M. Schoen

28 March 2007
Fan in Need
Bay Area and Seattle fan Gerald Perkins is in a Seattle area hospital in a coma. Doctors are trying to track down any of Perkins's relatives. Perkins is a photographer, artist, and active in furry fandom. If you have any information, please contact Glen Wooten at

Rabbi David Honigsberg (b.1958) died of an heart attack on March 26. Honigsberg made his mark in fandom as a musician and as a rabbi, officiating at many fannish functions. In addition, he published several short stories as well as material for the role-playing game Ars Magica. He was part of the group "The Don't Quit Your Day Job Players." Honigsberg is survived by his wife, Alexandra.

26 March 2007
Lawsuit Update
In addition to suing the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (see below), Barbara Bauer and the Barbara Bauer Literary Agency have sued science fiction authors and editors Ann C. Crispin, James D. Macdonald, Kent Brewster, Patrick & Teresa Nielsen-Hayden, and Victoria C. Strauss as part of the same lawsuit.

Filk Hall of Fame Expansion
At FilKONtario, three new members were added to the Filk Hall of Fame. Bruce Pelz was inducted posthumously. Kathleen Sloan and Chris Croughton, who filks under the name of Keris, were also inducted to the hall.

Comic artist Marshall Rogers (b.1950) died on March 24 or 25. Rogers began working for DC and Marvel in the early 1970s and became a key illustrator of Batman. He helped redefine Batman as the Dark Knight in Detective Stories with his collaborator Steve Englehart. For Marvel, Rogers worked on Silver Surfer and Spider-Man. His own Cap'N Quick & A Foozle was published by Eclipse.

25 March 2007
The listing published earlier in March for the Prometheus Awards was a long list, from which the final nominees were selected. The actual nominees are:
Empire, by Orson Scott Card
The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi
The Clan Corporate, by Charles Stross
Red Lightning, by John Varley
Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge

Minz Leaves Del Rey
Jim Minz left Del Rey Books on March 23. Minz has been an editor at Del Rey since moving over to the company from Tor Books. He worked on books by Harry Turtledove and Elizabeth Moon, among others.

Composer Herman Stein (b.1915) died on March 15. Stein was a staff composer at Universal Studios in the 1950s, where he wrote the scores for "It Came From Outer Space," "Creature from the Black Lagoon," and "The Incredible Shrinking Man." Stein's other work included episodes of "Lost in Space," "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea," and "King Kong vs. Godzilla."

22 March 2007
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. ("SFWA") has learned that it, along with a number of others, has been named in a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of New Jersey by Barbara Bauer and the Barbara Bauer Literary Agency ("plaintiffs").

With respect to SFWA, plaintiffs are asserting claims for defamation and interference with prospective business advantage for alleged statements made on the "Writer Beware" website. SFWA is a non-profit corporation providing assistance to the writers' community.

"Writer Beware," founded in 1998, assists the writers' community with balanced and responsible information on various literary issues. SFWA is investigating the claims, plans on vigorously defending its rights, and will respond through the litigation process.

Director Stuart Rosenberg (b.1927) died on March 19. Rosenberg may be best known for directing Westerns, including "Cool Hand Luke," and episodes of "," but he also directed genre films "The Amityville Horror" and three episodes of "The Twilight Zone."

Director Freddie Francis (b.1917) died on March 20. Francis won Oscars for his Cinematographic work on Glory and Sons and Lovers. In 1997, he won a British Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award. He made his directorial debut in 1962 on "The Day of the Triffids" and went on to other genre work with "The Evil of Frankenstein," "They Came from Beyond Space," "Legend of the Werewolf." He also worked on Dracula films and his last directing job was for Tales from the Crypt in 1996.

19 March 2007
Lambda Awards
The Lambda Award nominations, given for Gay, Lesbian, Transgendered, and bisexual writing have been announced. The winners will be announced in New York on May 31. Below are the finalists in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror category.
Carnival, by Elizabeth Bear
Mordred, Bastard Son, by Douglas Clegg
A Strong and Sudden Thaw, by R.W. Day
Izzy and Eve, by Neal Drinnan
Spin Control, by Chris Moriarty

Gilliland Diagnosed with Cancer
Hugo Award winning fan artist Alexis Gilliland has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. According to his family, the cancer was found early and Gilliland has an excellent prognosis for recovery.

Crawford Award
The Crawford Award for the best debut fantasy book has been presented to M. Rickert for her collection Map of Dreams. The Crawford Award was first presented in 1990 and is given to a book published during the preceding 18 month period.

The Dell Magazines Award Winner
The Dell Magazine Award for unpublished fiction by an undergraduate was presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Fort Lauderdale on March 17. The winner was Natty Bokenkamp of Stanford University;

Lord Ruthven Award
The Lord Ruthven Award was presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Fort Lauderdale on March 17. The award recognizes excellence in vampire fiction. This year, awards were presented to Barbara Hambly for her novel Renfield: Slave of Dracula and Bruce McClelland for Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing the Dead.

ICFA Awards
The International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts presented several awards for scholarship. The winners are listed below.
The Graduate Student Paper Award: Richard Landon
The International Scholarship Award: Carlos Abraham (Argentina)
Guest Scholar: Jane Donawerth

16 March 2007
A Trip to the Nebulas
Abebooks, the on-line used book consortium, is sponsoring a contest which will award a science fiction winner a trip to New York to attend this year's Nebula Awards Banquet. Entry is explained at, where entrants must answer a question about the Nebulas.

Write-In Candidacies
John Scalzi and Darryl Murphy have announced write-in candidacies for the offices of President and Vice President of SFWA. Scalzi explained he was opposed to the idea of unopposed slates of candidates. Scalzi is now running against declared presidential candidate Michael Capobianco while Murphy is running against vice-presidential candidate Andrew Burt.

Actor Gareth Hunt (b.1942), best known for his role as Mike Gambit on The New Avengers, died from pancreatic cancer on March 14. Hunt appeared in the Doctor Who serial "Planet of the Spiders" as well as on the shows "Space: 1999" and "The New Adventures of Robin Hood."

13 March 2007
Denvention 3 Membership Rates
Denvention 3 has announced that their membership rates will not increase prior to May 31. Anyone who was a member of Denvention 1 (in 1941) will receive a free membership.

Tor Relaunches Website
Tor and Forge Books have announced plans to relaunch their corporate website. Long maintained as volunteer labor by Tor editors in their free time, the company will now have a more modern and more frequently updated website, including articles by editors, a newsletter, and up-to-the-minute release information.

Cincinnati fan Linda Stoops has died. Stoops was involved in a variety of aspects of MillenniCon, including making awards, donating things for the kids' programming, running room parties at other conventions, going all-out for the Chocolate Party.

Comic book writer Arnold Drake (b.1924) died on March 13 from pneumonia. Drake worked for DC, where he wrote for all their major characters, but helped create Deadman, The Doom Patrol, and Stanley and his Monster. He got his start after working with Bob Kane. After leaving DC in the early 70s, Drake worked for Marvel

Actor Richard Jeni (b.1957) died of an apparent suicide on March 10. Jeni was a stand-up comedian who starred in the short lived television series, "Platypus Man," which was not genre-related. His one genre role was as Jim Carrey's sidekick in the film "The Mask."

11 March 2007
National Book Critics Circle Recognize Phillips
Julie Phillips received the National Book Critics Circle Award for her book-length biography of science fiction author James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon), entitled James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon.

6 March 2007
Philip K. Dick Judges
This year's panel of judges for the Philip K. Dick Award for best paperback original have been named. The panel consists of Steve Miller, Chris Moriarty, Steven Piziks, Randy Schroeder, and Ann Tonsor Zeddies. All works of science fiction originally published as paperbacks in 2007 are eligible for the award, which is sponsored by Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and presented at Norwescon.

Nebulas Name Toastmaster
Ron D. Moore, the head writer/executive producer of Sci Fi Channel's Battlestar Galactica, will serve as the toastmaster for the 2007 Nebula Awards banquet to be held in New York City on May 12.

Jupiter Flyby
New Horizons, the spacecraft launched last year to visit Pluto, achieved a gravity assist flyby of Jupiter on March 1, increasing the probe speed to help it make rendezvous with Pluto. At the time of the probe's launch, Pluto was the only planet not visited by an unmanned space probe.

Author Leigh Eddings (b.1937) died on February 28. For many years, Leigh was a silent co-author with her husband David, of his novels, including The Belgariad and the Malloreon. Beginning with Belgarath the Sorcerer in 1995, Leigh received co-credit on their novels. Leigh Eddings had suffered a series of strokes leading up to her death.

3 March 2007
Planet Pluto Expo
Streator, Illinois, the birthplace of astronomer Clyde Tombaugh, will be hosting Planet Pluto Expo the weekend of May 18-19. The event, which is free, will include lectures, performances, and art relating to Pluto. Tombaugh was born in Streator in 1906.

SFWA Ballot
This year, there are no contested races for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Board of Directors. Ballots will be mailed out to all SFWA members with the results announced during the Nebula Weekend.
President: Michael Capobianco
Vice President: Andrew Burt
SW Regional Director: Paul Melko
Canadian Regional Director: Chris Atack
Secretary: Catherine Mintz
Treasurer: Susan Linville

Albedo Increases Pay
Albedo 1 magazine has announced that beginning with issue 34, it will pay for each story, a rate of €3/1,000 words. Currently, contributors only receive a copy of the magazine with the top ranked story based on reader votes receiving a bonus of €100.

Spectrum Awards
The winners of this year's Spectrum Awards for art have been announced. The winners, along with other art, will be featured in Spectrum 14, to be released in the fall.
Advertising Gold Award: James Jean for "Spacerace 2020"
Advertising Silver Award: Donato Giancola for "Vanguard: Saga of Heroes"
Book Gold Award: Jon Foster for cover to 9Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Book Silver Award: Shaun Tan for "The Giants" from The Arrival by Shaun Tan
Comics Gold Award: Adam Hughes for "Wanda—Lost"
Comics Silver Award: James Jean for Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall cover
Concept Art Gold Award: Daniel Dociu for "Crescent City"
Concept Art Silver Award: Jonny Duddle for "The Circus Freako"
Dimensional Gold Award: Cam de Leon for "Not Tested On"
Dimensional Silver Award: Rich Klink for "Cinnamon"
Editorial Gold Award: James Jean for "Crowdsourcing"
Editorial Silver Award: Joao Ruas for "Downtown"
Institutional Gold Award: William Basso for "October Shadows"
Institutional Silver Award: Todd Lockwood for "War of Angels"
Unpublished Gold Award: Joao Ruas for "Haunted #3"
Unpublished Silver Award: Johnny Yanok for "Postmort-mmmms"
Grand Master Award: Syd Mead

Ice Cream with Cthulhu
Chicago's 57th Street Books is hosting an ice cream social on Saturday, March 10 to mark the seventieth anniversary of Lovecraft's death. In addition to ice cream, the event will include Lovecraft readings by authors Lawrence Santoro and Martin Mundt and a chance to win a copy of the Library of America edition of Lovecraft Tales.

American Anime Awards
The first American Anime Awards were presented at the New York Comicon.
Best Anime Feature: Winner: Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children
Best Long Series: Winner: Fullmetal Alchemist
Best Short Series: Winner: FLCL
Best Comedy Anime: Winner: FLCL
Best Manga: Winner: Fruits Basket
Best Actor: Winner: Vic Mignogna (who appeared in Fullmetal Alchemist and Macross)
Best Actress: Winner: Mary Elizabeth (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG)
Best Actor in a Comedy: Winner: Dave Wittenberg (Zatch Bell)
Best Actress in a Comedy: Winner: Debi Derryberry (Zatch Bell)
Best Cast: Winner: Fullmetal Alchemist
Best Anime Theme Song: Winner: "Rewrite" (from Fullmetal Alchemist)
Best DVD Package Design: Winner: Fullmetal Alchemist

Prometheus Nominations (Corrected)
The nominations for the Prometheus Awards for libertarian science fiction have been announced. The awards, presented by the
Empire, by Orson Scott Card
The Ghost Brigades, by John Scalzi
The Clan Corporate, by Charles Stross
Red Lightning, by John Varley
Rainbows End, by Vernor Vinge

Walker Edmiston (b.1926) died on February 15 from complication from cancer. Edmiston was a voice actor best known for providing the voice of Ernie, the Keebler Elf in a series of commercials. In addition, Edmiston provided voices for characters on the Sid and Marty Kofft shows "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Bugaloos." In the 1950s, he had his own children's show on local television in Lost Angeles. He also worked on television shows "Buck Rogers in the Twenty-Fifth Century," "Spider-Man," and "Smurfs."

Author Fred Mustard Stewart (b.1932), died on February 7. His novel The Mephisto Waltz was turned into a film in 1971. Other novels of genre interest include The Star Child and The Methuselah Enzyme.

Dale Hoover died in February. Hoover published the novels Shadow Twin and 65mm in the early 1990s. She also published some short stories during the same period and served as a small press editor.

Actress Myrtle Devenish (b.1913), died on January 21. Devenish appeared in Terry Gilliam's Time Bandits, Brazil and The Meaning of Life. She also appeared in 1988 in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" episode of The Return of Sherlock Holmes.

Swedish fan Ivar Berggren (b.1937), known as Banjan, died on 20 January In the late 1950s, he published the fanzine Sviraren and began organizing the Swedish annual Champagne Shootings.

Copyright © 2007 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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