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30 August 2007
Pegasus Ballot
The ballot for the Pegasus awards, presented for filk annually at the Ohio Valley Filk Festival, has been released. Voting is open to anyone who wants to fill out a ballot.

Best Filk Song
A Thousand Ships, by Katy Dröge-Macdonald & Juliane Honisch
Like Their Feet Have Wings, by Gwen Knighton
Rich Fantasy Lives, by Rob Balder & Tom Smith
Second-Hand Songs, by Jonathan Turner
Uplift, by Andrew Eigel

Best Classic Filk Song
Black Davie's Ride, by Cynthia McQuillin
The Elf Glade, by Meg Davis
Falling Down on New Jersey, by Mitchell Burnside-Clapp
Ship of Stone, by Don Simpson
Still Catch the Tide, by Talis Kimberley

Best Performer
Dr. Mary Crowell
Seanan McGuire
n'Early Music Consort
Playing Rapunzel
vixy & Tony

Best Writer/Composer
Dr. Mary Crowell
Bob Kanefsky
Talis Kimberley
Benjamin Newman
Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Best Dorsai Song
The Destroyer, by Bill Roper
Drink to the Health of the Dorsai, by Marty Burke
Green Hills of Harmony, by Hal Frank
Music Has A Strong Magic, by Gytha North
Shai!, by Steve Simmons /Steve Macdonald

Best Song of Home
Emerald Green, by Michelle Dockrey / Tony Fabris
Go Home, by Mich Sampson / Marilisa Valtazanou
Home, by Rand Bellavia / Adam English
Home Is Wherever (Lullaby), by Anne Passovoy
Will Ye Come Back Home, by Mike Richards

29 August 2007
Writers of the Future
The L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Awards were presented at the Atheneum at Cal Tech. In addition to recognizing the quarterly award winners, Gold Awards were presented for the best short story and illustration of the year. Each Gold Award carries a prize of $5,000.
Gold Award for Story of the Year: Steven Kotowych from Toronto, Ontario.
Gold Award for the Illustration of the Year: Lorraine Schleter

Joseph Louis Hensley, (b.1926) died Monday, August 27, 2007, of complications from Leukemia. Hensley published science fiction under his own name and as Louis J. A. Adams. His first published novel was "The Color of Hate," in 1960. Hensley was also a First Fandom Dinosaur and he received the First Fandom Hall of Fame Award in 2006.

27 August 2007
Infinity Plus Closes Doors
After ten years, Keith Brooke has announced that the webzine Infinity Plus will cease publication. The site's final issue will be its tenth anniversary issue, which will contain 70,000 words of fiction. Over the course of its run, Infinity Plus has published more than 2,000,000 words of fiction and 1,000 reviews.
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Edge, Tesseracts, Dragon Moon Combine
Three Canadian publishing houses, Edge, Tesseracts, and Dragon Moon Press, have announced a merger which will make the new company Canada's largest genre publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Combining will give the company a backlist of more than 90 SF titles.
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Sawyer Wins Galaxy
Robert J. Sawyer won the Chinese Galaxy Award, for Most Popular Foreign Author of the Year. The award, voted on by Chinese fans, was presented to Sawyer at the Chengdu International Science Fiction and Fantasy Festival, the largest fan gathering ever held in China. Special Science Fiction Award: Three-Body, by Liu Cixin Best SF Short Story Award: "Ultimate Explosion," by Wang Jinkang Best SF Short Book Award: Kunlun, by Chang Jia
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Light Saber in Space
LucasFilm, Southwest Airlines, and NASA have announced that the original prop Light Saber used by Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars" will be carried aboard the space shuttle Discovery on a mission currently planned for October.
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Screenwriter Max Hodge (b.1916) died on August 17. Although Hodge mostly wrote screenplays for television mysteries and detective shows, he also wrote four scripts for the 1966 television series "Batman." All four of his scripts focused on Mr. Freeze, portrayed on the show by Otto Preminger.
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Sherwin "Shevie" J. Kader (b.1935) died on August 27. Kader was active in the SCA as Solomon ben Jacob. He also taught fencing and was a winemaker. At one time, he served in the Israeli Border Guard and worked at several kibbutzim in Israel. He had a heart transplant around 1991 and may have been one of the longest living heart transplant recipients.
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21 August 2007
World Fantasy Award Life Achievement Winners
In a break from tradition, the winners of the World Fantasy Award Life Achievement Award have been announced prior to the award ceremony. This year's winners, who will be presented with their awards at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY, are Diana Wynne Jones and Betty Ballantine. Jones will be unable to attend due to health reasons.
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Official Hugo Website
The World Science Fiction Society has announced the creation of a new website dedicated to the Hugo Awards. This is the first time the Hugos have had an official website. The site included listings of nominees and winners, the history of the award, photos and more information.
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New Sunburst Award Announced
The Committee for the Sunburst Award has announced the creation of a Canadian Young Adult Literature Award. The award will be awarded beginning in 2008 and the eligibility requirements will mirror those of the Sunburst Award, although for works aimed at a younger audience. The award will come with a medallion and a prize of $1,000. At the same time, the committee announced it will begin granting Sunburst jurors an honorarium of $500.
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Mysterious Stranger Identified…Maybe
The mysterious black-clad figure who has delivered flowers and cognac to Edgar Allan Poe's grave every year for more than thirty years on Poe's birthday, has identified himself as Sam Porpora (age 92). However Jeff Jerome, curator of the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, who first called the world's attention to the mysterious visitor, doubt's Porpora's claim. Porpora mentored Jerome and helped succor Jerome's interest in Poe. Although Porpora claims to have begun the tradition in 1967, officials at the Westminster Presbyterian Church claim the tradition dates back to 1949.

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ITV Announces UK National Movie Awards
Following the success of the UK National Television Awards, ITV has announced they will be presenting the UK National Movie Awards. The first awards, for films released between September 2006 and August 2007, will be presented on September 28. Below are listed categories with nominees of genre interest.

"Casino Royale"
"Die Hard 4.0"

"Flushed Away"
"Happy Feet"
"Shrek The Third"
"The Simpsons Movie"

"Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"
"Hot Fuzz"
"Mr Bean's Holiday"
"Night at the Museum"

"Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer"
"Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
"Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End"
"Spider-Man 3"

Perfomance - Male
Orlando Bloom as Will Turner, "Pirates Of the Caribbean: At World's End"
Daniel Craig as James Bond, "Casino Royale"
Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow,"Pirates of the Carribean: At World's End"
Rupert Grint as Ron Weasley, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, "Transformers"
Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, "Spider-Man 3"
Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
Bruce Willis as John McClane, "Die Hard 4.0"

Performance - Female
Judi Dench as M, "Casino Royale"
Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson, "Spider-Man 3"
Megan Fox as Mikaela Banes, "Transformers"
Eva Green as Vesper Lynd, "Casino Royale"
Keira Knightley as Elizabeth Swann, "Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End"
Emma Watson as Hermione Granger, "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
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Agent Perry Knowlton (b.1927) died on July 6. For the past several years Knowlton, who was a former chairman and CEO of the Curtis Brown agency, suffered from Alzheimer's. From the end of World War II until 1959 when he joined Curtis Brown, Knowlton worked as an editor for Scribner's. Knowlton handled the works and estates of C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, Frederik Pohl, Frank Robinson, and Ayn Rand.
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13 August 2007
TAFF Kicked Off
This year's Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) race to bring a Northn American fan to the UK has begun. Last year's race, between Chris Garcia and Mary Kay Kare, was called off when Eastercon was cancelled. This year's race is a for way race between Chris Barkley, Linda Deneroff, Chris Garcia, and Christian McGuire.
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World Fantasy Nominations
The nominees for the World Fantasy Award, which will be presented at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY on the weekend of November 1-4 have been announced.

Lisey's Story, by Stephen King
The Privilege of the Sword, by Ellen Kushner
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden, by Catherynne M. Valente
Soldier of Sidon, by Gene Wolfe

"Botch Town," by Jeffrey Ford
"The Man Who Got Off the Ghost Train," by Kim Newman
Dark Harvest, by Norman Partridge
"Map of Dreams," by M. Rickert
"The Lineaments of Gratified Desire," by Ysabeau S. Wilce

Short Fiction
"The Way He Does It," by Jeffrey Ford
"Journey Into the Kingdom," by M. Rickert
"A Siege of Cranes," by Benjamin Rosenbaum
"Another Word for Map is Faith," by Christopher Rowe
"Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)," by Geoff Ryman

Cross Plains Universe: Texans Celebrate Robert E. Howard, by Scott A. Cupp & Joe R. Lansdale, eds.
Salon Fantastique, by Ellen Datlow & Terry Windling, eds.
Retro Pulp Tales, by Joe R. Lansdale, ed.
Twenty Epics, by David Moles & Susan Marie Groppi, eds.
Firebirds Rising, by Sharyn November, ed.

The Ladies of Grace Adieu and other stories, by Susanna Clarke
The Empire of Ice Cream, by Jeffrey Ford
American Morons, by Glen Hirshberg
Red Spikes, by Margo Lanagan
Map of Dreams, by M. Rickert

Jon Foster
Edward Miller
John Picacio
Shaun Tan
Jill Thompson

Special Award, by Professional
Ellen Asher (For work at SFBC)
Mark Finn (for Blood & Thunder: The Life of Robert E. Howard)
Deanna Hoak for copyediting
Greg Ketter for Dreamhaven
Leonard S. Marcus, by ed. (for The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy)

Special Award, by Non-Professional
Leslie Howle (for her work at Clarion West)
Leo Grin (for The Cimmerian)
Susan Marie Groppi (for Strange Horizons)
John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)
Gary K. Wolfe (for reviews and criticism in Locus and elsewhere)

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Cincinnati fan Mary Martin (b.1921) died on August 12. In addition to being the first female accredited plastic surgeon in Ohio, Martin was a longtime fan with an enormous collection of pulps. Martin hosted the CFG Christmas party for more than 30 years.

9 August 2007
Mythopoeic Awards
The Mythopoeic Awards were presented at Mythcon in Berkeley, California. The Awards are presented for fiction that captures the spirit of the Inklings and scholarship into the Inklings.
Adult Literature: Solstice Wood, by Patricia A. McKillip
Children's Literature: Corbenic, by Catherine Fisher
Inklings Studies: The J.R.R. Tolkien Companion and Guide, by Christina Scull & Wayne G. Hammond
Myth and Fantasy Studies: Gemstone of Paradise: The Holy Grail in Wolfram's Parzival, by G. Roland Murphy
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British Fantasy Nominations
The nominees for the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. The winners will be announced at Fantasycon in Nottingham UK the weekend of September 21-23. In addition, winners of the Karl Edward Wagner Special Award and the Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award will be announced at that time.

Novel: The August Derleth Award
Bride of Dreams, by Chaz Brenchley
The Devil You Know, by Mike Carey
Jack of Ravens: Kingdom of the Serpent Book 1, by Mark Chadbourn
Nova Swing, by M. John Harrison
Dusk, by Tim Lebbon
The Lies of Locke Lamora, by Scott Lynch
Breeding Ground, by Sarah Pinborough
The Face of Twilight, by Mark Samuels
The Unblemished, by Conrad Williams

"The Memory of Joy," by Eric Brown
"She Loves Monsters," by Simon Clark
"Kid," by Paul Finch
"The Djinn's Wife," by Ian McDonald
"Rough Cut," by Gary McMahon

Short Fiction
"The Little Drummer Boy," by Marion Arnott
"Whisper Lane," by Mark Chadbourn
"Puca Muc," by Steve Lockley & Paul Lewis
"The Disappeared," by Sarah Singleton
"31/10," by Stephen Volk
"The Veteran," by Conrad Williams

Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman
The Lost District and Other Stories, by Joel Lane
The Man from The Diogenes Club, by Kim Newman
Unbecoming and Other Tales of Horror, by Mike O'Driscoll
The Ephemera, by Neil Williamson

Extended Play: The Elastic Book of Music, edited by Gary Couzens
The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror: 19th Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
Shrouded By Darkness: Tales of Terror, edited by Alison L. R. Davies
The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 17, edited by Stephen Jones
Choices, edited by Christopher Teague

Small Press
TTA Press, Andy Cox
PS Publishing, Peter Crowther
Elastic Press, Andrew Hook
Telos Publishing, David J. Howe & Stephen James Walker
Pendragon Press, Christopher Teague

Vincent Chong
Les Edwards
Dean Harkness
Edward Miller
John Picacio

The Days of the Dodo, by Allen Ashley
The Hellraiser Films and Their Legacy, by Paul Kane
Cinema Macabre, by Mark Morris
Into the Unknown: The Fantastic Life of Nigel Kneale, by Andy Murray
James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, by Julie Phillips
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Launch Pad
Several science fiction and fantasy authors participated in Launch Pad, a combination writers workshop and astronomy course. Held in Laramie, Wyoming, the participants, including Vonda McIntyre, Jerry Oltion, Eugie Foster, Sam Henderson, Josepha Sherman, Michael Livingston, Vylar Kaftan, and others, had the opportunity to learn about astronomy in a practical environment.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour was launched on August 8, 2007. Aboard the shuttle was Barbara Morgan, who was originally selected to be backup to Christa McAuliffe in 1986. McAuliffe was killed when the Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch. Endeavour was the shuttle built to replace Challenger.
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Author Alice Borchardt (b.1939) died on July 24. Borchardt, who is Anne Rice's sister, is the author of fantasy trilogy The Silver Wolf, Night of the Wolf and The Wolf King. Her first novel, Devoted, was published in 1995. She also published two novels with an Arthurian background.

Actor James T. Callahan (b.1930) died on August 3. Callahan appeared in "Return of the Living Dead III," "Amazing Stories," and "Holmes and Yoyo," among other genre roles on television. He also appeared in the "Twilight Zone" episode "Ninety Years Without Slumbering." Callahan was best known for his role as the grandfather on the television show "Charles in Charge."

4 August 2007
Sidewise Winners
The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History were presented at Tuckercon, the NASFiC, in Collinsville, IL on Friday, August 3. The winners are listed below.
Long Form: Charles Stross, The Family Trade, The Hidden Family and The Clan Corporate. (first three novels of The Merchant Princes).
Short Form: Gardner Dozois, "Counterfactual"

First Fandom Award
First Fandom presented two awards at Tuckercon, the NASFiC, in Collinsville, IL on Friday, August 3. The winners are listed below.
Hall of Fame: Algis Budrys
Posthumous Hall of Fame: Don Daily

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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