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31 May 2007
John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominees
The nominees for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (not to be confused with the Campbell Award), have been announced. This award is for best science fiction and has been presented since 1973. It will be presented at the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet in Lawrence, KS the weekend o July 6-8. The nominee's are:
Titan, by Ben Bova
A Small and Remarkable Life, by Nick DiChario
Infoquake, by David Louis Edelman
Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
Odyssey, by Jack McDevitt
The Last Witchfinder, by James Morrow
Living Next Door to the God of Love, by Justina Robson
Dry, by Barbara Sapergia
Sun of Suns, by Karl Schroeder
Glasshouse, by Charles Stross
Rainbow's End, by Vernor Vinge
Farthing, by Jo Walton
Blindsight, by Peter Watts
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New Editor at SFBC
Rome Quezada has been hired as editor of the Science Fiction Book Club to replace Ellen Asher, who has taken early retirement. Quezada has previously been employed by William Morrow, where he read and evaluated submissions to their Eos SF/fantasy book line.

Harry Potter and the Rollercoaster of Doom
Warner Brothers has announced plans to build a Harry Potter themed amusement park in Orlando, Florida. The park, to be called "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" is scheduled to open in 2009. The park will be a joint venture between Warner Brothers and Universal Orlando Resort.
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Clifton Amsbury has died. Amsbury was one of the founders of the Science Correspondence Club. According to Frederik Pohl, Amsbury was "The first organized fan anywhere." Amsbury, who was active as early as 1928, was also a convention goer and participant throughout his life.

28 May 2007
Sturgeon Nominees
The nominations for this year's Theodore Sturgeon Award have been announced. The award, for best short story, will be presented at the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet in Lawrence, KS the weekend o July 6-8.
"Yellow Card Man," by Paolo Bacigalupi
"Dawn, and Sunset, and the Colours of the Earth," by Michael F. Flynn
"Botch Town," by Jeffrey Ford
"The Djinn's Wife," by Ian McDonald
"The Walls of the Universe," by Paul Melko
"A Billion Eves," by Robert Reed
"You Have Never Been Here Feeling Very Strange," by M. Rickert
"The House Beyond Your Sky," by Benjamin Rosenbaum
"Another Word for Map Is Faith," by Christopher Rowe
" Inclination," by William Shunn
"Lord Weary's Empire," by Michael Swanwick
"The Cartesian Theater," by by Robert Charles Wilson
"Julian: A Christmas Story," by Robert Charles Wilson
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Compton Crook/Stephan Tall Award
Naomi Novik won this year's Compton Crook/Stephan Tall Award for best first speculative fiction novel at Balticon 41. The award is sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.
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Xatafi-Cyberdark Award
The nominations have been announced for the 2007 Xatafi-Cyberdark Award, presented for the best SF published in 2006. The award is selected by a jury comprised of Ignacio Illarregui Gárate, J. Fidel Insúa, Cristobal Pérez-Castejón, Juan Manuel Santiago, Javier Vidiella, Mariano Villarreal and Arturo Villarrubia. The prize, which will be awarded at Asturcon on June 7, includes prizes between € 150 and € 350. This year's nominees include

Spanish Fiction Book:
El sueño de la razón, by Juan Miguel Aguilera Franco. Una historia alternativa, by Julián Díez (ed.)
Parientes pobres del diablo, by Cristina Fernández Cubas
Juglar, by Rafael Marín
Señores del Olimpo, by Javier Negrete
Jitanjáfora, by Sergio Parra

Foreign Fiction Book:
Axiomatic, by Greg Egan
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
River of Gods, by Ian McDonald
Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell
Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
New Dreams for Old, by Mike Resnick

Spanish Short Story:
"La fiebre azul," by Cristina Fernández Cubas
"Camino del cielo," by Santiago Eximeno
"Huerto de cruces," by Santiago Eximeno
"Arquitectura fascista," by Ramón Muñoz
"Víctima y verdugo," by Eduardo Vaquerizo

Foreign Short Story:
"Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Otkin," by Raphael Carter
"The Hundred-Light-Year Diary," by Greg Egan
"Learning to Be Me," by Greg Egan
"Mwalimu in the Squared Circle," by Mike Resnick
"In the Group," by Robert Silverberg
"Love Songs," by Banana Yoshimoto

Publishing Initiative:
La Biblioteca del Laberinto
Fundación José Antonio de Castro
Planeta-De Agostini
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World Horror Con Hosts Awards
The Horror Writers of America (HWA) has announced that the 2008 Stoker Awards will be presented at a banquet at the World Horror Con in Salt Lake City the weekend of March 27-30, 2008. World Horror Con 2008 will also host a film festival.
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Actor Charles Nelson Reilly (b.1931) died on May 27. Best known for his lengthy string of appearance on the game show "Match Game," Reilly made guest appearances on several genre-related shows, including "The X-Files," "Spacecats," "Amazing Stories," and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Nominated for three Emmy Awards, he won the Tony Award for his role in "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying."

24 May 2007
Asher Retires
Following a reorganization by Bertelsmann, which owns the Science Fiction Book Club, long-time editor Ellen Asher has announced that she will be taking early retirement. Although other book clubs run by Bertelsmann will be ended, a spokeswoman has stated that there are "no plans at this time to close the SFBC."

Isaac Asimov Memorial Award
This year's Isaac Asimov Memorial Award, presented by the New York Science Fiction Society, the Lunarians, Inc., was given to Gregory Benford at Lunacon, the organizations annual convention.

Clarion Scholarship
The Clarion Foundation has announced a $9,000 in scholarship funding to students participating in the 2007 Workshop. This year's contribution is being made in honor of Jamie Bishop, whose artwork graced the covers of his father's, Michael Bishop, works. Jamie Bishop was killed in the Virginia Tech shootings.

Fan Don Dailey (b.1949) died on May 22 following a long battle with cancer. Dailey was involved with Star Fleet Command, First Fandom, and MUFON and was the editor of the first fandom newsletter.

21 May 2007
Actor Nicholas Worth (b.1937) died on May 7 of heart failure. Worth appeared in several science fiction films and television shows, including the role of Lonzak in "Star Trek: Voyager," Pauly in "Darkman," and Bruno in the 1982 film "Swamp Thing." Worth also had guest roles on "The Greatest American Hero" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." In later years, he was active in video game voice work. One of her earliest roles was in the blaxploitation film "Scream Blacula Scream."

17 May 2007
Floating Island Contest Winner
Eleven year old Lydia Kathleen Crouse has been named the winner of Starscape's The Floating Island "The Coolest Contest in the Known World" Essay Contest. Her essay was selected by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson from essays about something magical the writer has seen or experienced in the world around her. Crouse will participate in a cruise on the Tall Ship Windy in Chicago along with her mother, brother and a friend.

Robot Hall of Fame Inductees
Four robots have been announced for induction into the Robot Hall of Fame in Boston. This year's inductees include three robots from the real world and one fictional robot. The real world robots include Lego Mindstorms, Navlab 5, and Raibert Hopper. The fictional robot inductee is Lt. Commander Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
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Author Lloyd Alexander (b.1924) died on May 17, two weeks after his wife's death. Alexander's most famous work was the Chronicles of Prydain, the first book of which, The Black Cauldron, was turned into an animated film by Disney. The final book in the series, The High King, won the Newbery Medal in 1969. He also wrote the Westmark trilogy and many other books. His final novel, The Golden Dream of Carlo Chuchio, is scheduled for an August release.

Screenwriter Bernard Gordon (b.1918) died on May 11. Blacklisted in the 1950s during the McCarthy era, Gordon wrote many films under the pseudonym Raymond T. Marcus. His genre films include "The Day of the Triffids," "The Zombies of Mora Tau," and "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers." In 1999, he led the protest against an honorary Oscar being awarded to Elia Kazan.

13 May 2007
Nebula Awards
This year's Nebula Awards were announced at the Nebula Banquet in New York on May 12.
Novel: Seeker, by Jack McDevitt
Novella: Burn, by James Patrick Kelly
Novelette: Two Hearts, by Peter Beagle
Short Story: Echo, by Elizabeth Hand
Script: Howl's Moving Castle, by Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt
Andre Norton Award: Magic or Madness, by Justine Larbelestier

SFWA Elections
The results for the SFWA Board of Officers have been announced. Following the announcement of the winners, two officers, Secretary Catherine Mintz and Western Regional Director Sheila Finch announced their resignations.
President: Michael Capobianco
Vice President: Andrew Burt
SW Regional Director: Paul Melko
Canadian Regional Director: Chris Atack
Secretary: Catherine Mintz
Treasurer: Susan Linville

Minz at Baen
Jim Minz, formerly of Del Rey Books, has been hired as a Senior editor at Baen Books. Minz will take an active role in ebooks and subsidiary rights as well as the editorial department.

Analog/Asimov's Readers Awards
The winners of the Analog and Asimov's readers poll were announced at a breakfast sponsored by Dell Magazines during the Nebula Weekend in New York.
The winners of Analog's Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards are:
Best Novella: "The Good Kill" by Barry B. Longyear (November)
Best Novelette: "Lady Be Good" by John G. Hemry (April)
Best Short Story: "Kyrie Eleison" by John G. Hemry (September)
Best Fact Article: "The Great Sumatran Earthquakes of 2004-5" by Richard A. Lovett (October)
Best Cover: September 2006 by Jean-Pierre Normand

The winners of Asimov's Readers' Awards are:
Best Novella: "The Walls of the Universe" by Paul Melko (April/May)
Best Novelette: "Yellow Card Man" by Paolo Bacigalupi (December)
Best Short Story: "Impossible Dreams" by Tim Pratt (July)
Best Poem: "Remembering the Future" by Darrell Schweitzer (October/November)
Best Cover Artist: J.K. Potter (March)

11 May 2007
Norton Jury
The SFWA has announced the members of this year's Andre Norton Award Jury. Although using the same procedure and given at the same time as the Nebulas, the Andre Norton Award is not a Nebula. This year's jury includes Victoria McManus, John G. Hemry, Catherine Morrison, Sarah Prineas, Amy Sisson, Sherwood Smith, and Guy Stewart.

"B" Movies in Indiana
Franklin, Indiana is hosting their first annual "B" Movie Celebration from August 17-19. The Celebration will feature more than 50 "B" movies as well as speakers who worked in the industry. In addition to the films, the event will have educational seminars.
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Saturn Awards
The Saturn Awards were presented in Hollywood on the evening of May 10. The Saturn Awards recognize excellence in television and film science fiction.
Best Science Fiction Film: Children of Men
Best Fantasy Film: Superman Returns
Best Horror Film: The Descent
Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: Casino Royale
Best Animated Film: Cars
Best International Film: Pan's Labyrinth
Best Actor: Brandon Routh for "Superman Returns"
Best Actress: Natalie Portman for "V For Vendetta"
Best Supporting Actor: Ben Affleck for "Hollywoodland"
Best Supporting Actress: Famke Janssen for "X-Men: The Last Stand"
Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Ivana Baquero for "Pan's Labyrinth"
Best Director: Bryan Singer for "Superman Returns"
Best Writing: Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris for "Superman Returns"
Best Music: John Ottman for "Superman Returns"
Best Costume: Yee Chung-Man for "Curse of the Golden Flower"
Best Makeup: Todd Masters and Dan Rebert for "Slither"
Best Special Effects: John Knoll, Hal Hickel, Charles Gibson and Allen Hall for "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"
Best Network Television Series: "Heroes"
Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: "Battlestar Galactica"
Best Presentation on Television: "The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines"
Best Actor on Television: Michael C. Hall for "Dexter"
Best Actress on Television: Jennifer Love Hewitt for "Ghost Whisperer"
Best Supporting Actor on Television: Masi Oka for "Heroes"
Best Supporting Actress on Television: Hayden Panettiere for "Heroes"
Best DVD Release: "The Sci Fi Boys"
Best DVD Special Edition Release: "Superman II"
Best DVD Classic Film Release: "Gojira"
Best DVD Collection: James Bond Ultimate Edition
Best DVD Television Series: "Masters of Horror"
Best Retro Television Series on DVD: "Adventures of Superman"

Special Awards:
Rising Star Award: Matt Dallas for "Kyle XY"
Filmmakers Showcase Award: James Gunn as "Director of Slither"
Service Award: Kerry O'Quinn as former publisher of Starlog magazine
Special Recognition Award: "Alien Xmas," written by Stephen Chiodo and Jim Strain
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Director Curtis Harrington (b.1922) died on May 6 in Hollywood. Harrington directed "Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet" in 1965 using the name John Sebastian and went on to direct "Queen of Blood" under his own name. He also directed episodes of the television shows "Wonder Woman," "Tales of the Unexpected," and the 1987 version of "The Twilight Zone."

8 May 2007
Nebula Weekend Winners
In a contest sponsored by the Nebula Awards Weekend and Abebooks, Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant won the prize of hotel rooms and banquet tickets to attend this year's Nebula Weekend in New York. The winners have also been invited to present the Best Novella Nebula at the ceremony.

Herod's Tomb Found
Archaeologists working in the Israeli village of Herodium have claimed to have discovered the tomb of King Herod, who ruled Palestine under the Romans from 40BCE to AD4. Long thought to have been buried at Herodium, his tomb has eluded archaeologists until now, although his sarcophagus was empty when it was found. Herod built the walls still standing around Jerusalem's Old City as well as Masada, Caesarea and Jericho.

2007 Nebula Novel Jury Announced
The Nebula Award Novel Jury for 2007 has been announced by SFWA. The jury's purpose is to consider novels which may be ignored by the SFWA membership with the mandate to add up to one novel to the final Nebula ballot. This year's jury includes Theodore Beale, Russell Davis, Debra Doyle, Sharon Lee, Jean Rabe, and Don Trotter.

SFRA Awards
The Science Fiction Research Association has announced that Algis Budrys is the recipient of this year's Pilgrim Award, given to honor lifetime achievement in SF and Fantasy scholarship. Michael Levy is the recipient of the Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service. The awards' presentations will be made at the SFRA Conference in Kansas City in July.

Scheier to Del Rey
Editor Liz Scheier has left NAL/Penguin and taken a position at Del Rey as a Senior Editor. At Roc, Scheier worked with Rachel Caine, Barb & JC Hendee, E.E. Knight, Elizabeth Bear, and Caitlin R. Kiernan.

Cameo Awards
The Cameo Awards are presented to romantic book video promotion. Below are the winners in categories of SF genre interest.
Best Paranormal Romance (Amateur): Witch Fire, by Anya Bast, produced by Anya Bast
Best Paranormal Romance (Professional): The Rest Falls Award, by Colleen Gleason, produced by Antley Drive Productions
Best Fantasy Romance (Amateur): Realm Immortal: King of the Unblessed, by Michelle M. Pillow, Produced by Michelle M. Pillow
Best Fantasy Romance (Professional): Moon Awakening, by Lucy Monroe, Produced by Antley Drive Productions
Best Science Fiction Romance (Amateur): Ultimate Warriors, by Michelle M. Pillow, Produced by Michelle M. Pillow
Best Science Fiction Romance (Professional):The Quest, by Susan Kearney, Produced by Circle of Seven Productions
Excellence in Art Direction (Amateur): Witch Fire, by Anya Bast, produced by Anya Bast
Excellence in Writing (Amateur): Witch Fire, by Anya Bast, produced by Anya Bast
Promotional Excellence (Amateur): Witch Fire, by Anya Bast, produced by Anya Bast

7 May 2007
Ursa Major Awards
The winners of the Sixth Annual Ursa Major Awards have been announced. The award was previously known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts Awards. This year's presentation ceremony was held on on Friday, May 4, 2007 at CaliFur III in Costa Mesa, California.
Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture: Over The Hedge
Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series: Hammy's Boomerang Adventure
Best Anthropomorphic Novel: Pendant of Fortune, by Kyell Gold
Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction: "Jacks To Open," by Kyell Gold
Best Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work: A Doemain of Our Own, by Susan Rankin
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Book: i.s.o., by Vince Suzukawa
Best Anthropomorphic Comic Strip: Ozy and Millie, by D C Simpson
Best Anthropomorphic Fanzine: Anthrolations
Best Anthropomorphic Published Illustration: Cover painting by Sara Palmer for Pendant of Fortune, by Kyell Gold
Best Anthropomorphic Game: Okami

Actor Dabbs Greer (b.1917) died on April 28. Greer holds the distinction of portraying the first person saved by Superman on the George Reeve "Adventures of Superman" in 1952. He played the older Paul Edgecomb in the film "Green Mile" and appeared in episodes of "The Greatest American Hero," "The Incredible Hulk," "Shazam," "Starman," and "Space Patrol."

Actor Gordon Scott (b.1926) died on April 30. Scott got his start acting portraying Tarzan in a series of films from 1955-1960 and then began making sword and sandal films in Italy, beginning with a portrayal of Remus opposite Steve Reeve's Romulus in "Romule e Remo." In 1965, he portrayed Hercules in a made-for-tv film, "Hercules and the Princess of Troy."

3 May 2007
TAFF Looking for a Few Good Fen
The TAFF Administrators have announced they are looking for candidates to stand for TAFF, the Trans Atlantic Fan Fund, to travel from North America to the United Kingdom in 2008 to attend Orbital 2008, the Eastercon, and promote ties between European and North American fandom. The 2007 TAFF race was cancelled when the 2007 Eastercon appeared to be in danger of cancellation. 2007 candidate Mary Kay Kare has stated she will not run for 2008.

Clarke Awards Presented
The Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in the UK has been presented to M. John Harrison for his novel Nova Swing. This year's award was announced at the opening ceremonies of the Sci-Fi London Film Festival.

Train Derailment
A train carrying solid rocket boosters for the space shuttle fleet derailed in Alabama when a bridge collapsed. Six people were injured, but there is no fire in the wooded area.

Astronaut Wally Schirra (b.1923) died on May 3, possibly as a result of cancer. Schirra was the fifth American in space and the third American to orbit the Earth. After the Mercury mission ended, Schirra went on the fly both the Gemini mission and Apollo mission, the only astronaut to fly on all three missions. When he flew on Gemini 6A, Schirra participated in the first rendezvous in space. Schirra's last flight was aboard Apollo 7, the first three-man mission. Schirra published the book Schirra's Space about his experiences with NASA. Only two of the original Mercury astronauts survive Schirra.

2 May 2007
Belgium, Man, Belgium
Comic books artists Joe Jusko and Michael Golden have been invited to visit Belgium as part of a cultural exchange program. The artists will be working to promote comics as an art form, with Belgian artists to visit the United States at a later date. Their tour will run from May 4 through 14.

Actor Tom Poston (b.1921) died on April 30. Perhaps best know for his role as handyman George Utley on "Newhart," Poston also had a recurring role on "Mork and Mindy." He appeared in "X-Files" spin-off "The Lone Gunman" as well as "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show."

1 May 2007
TuckerCon Guest Bows Out
Actress Mira Furlan has announced that she will not be able to attend TuckerCon, this year's NASFiC in St. Louis due to commitments to a new television series she will be making in Belgrade. Furlan had been scheduled to be the Media Guest of Honor at TuckerCon.

Cruise Contest
Attendees at the Can't Stop the Signal charity showings of "Serenity" in cities around the United States on June 22 can enter to win a cabin for two on the Browncoat Cruise to be held in December 2007. The winner will be responsible for their own transportation to and from San Diego, the cruise's port of departure.

MTV Movie Award Nominations
The nominations for the MTV Movie Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented on June 3. Below are the categories with films of genre interest.

Best Movie:
Blades of Glory
Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Little Miss Sunshine
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

Best Performance:
Gerard Butler - 300
Johnny Depp - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Keira Knightley - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls
Beyonce Knowles - Dreamgirls
Will Smith - The Pursuit Of Happyness

Best Comedic Performance:
Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada
Sacha Baron Cohen - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Will Ferrell - Blades Of Glory
Adam Sandler - Click
Ben Stiller - Night At The Museum

Best Villain:
Tobin Bell - Saw III
Jack Nicholson - The Departed
Bill Nighy - Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
Rodrigo Santoro - 300
Meryl Streep - The Devil Wears Prada

Best Fight:
Jack Black & Hector Jimenez vs. Los Duendes (Wrestling Match) - Nacho Libre
Gerard Butler vs. 'The Uber Immortal' (The Spartan/Persian Battle) - 300
Sacha Baron Cohen vs. Ken Davitian (Naked Wrestle Fight) - Borat: Cultural Learnings Of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation Of Kazakhstan
Will Ferrell vs. Jon Heder (Ice Rink Fight) - Blades of Glory
Uma Thurman vs. Anna Faris (Super Girl Fight) - My Super Ex-Girlfriend

Best Summer Movie You Haven't Seen Yet:
Evan Almighty
Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Rush Hour 3

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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