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27 September 2007
Bujold Receives Award
Lois McMaster Bujold has been named the recipient of the Ohioana Career Award, presented to an author with ties to Ohio. Bujold's father, Dr. Robert McMaster, received an Ohioana Citation in 1971.
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Fantasy Going Electronic
Sean Wallace, the editor of Fantasy Magazine, has announced that future issues of the magazine will be electronic, with fiction appearing on Monday, reviews on Tuesday, non-fiction on Wednesday, news and contests on Thursday, and interactive features on Friday. In addition, Prime Books will publish annual anthologies of the magazine's contents.

Actor Michael Evans (b.1920) died on September 23. Evans played King Ludwig in the fantasy film "The Sword and Sorcerer" and also appeared in the time travel film "Time After Time."

25 September 2007
Review Editor Moves
Eugie Foster, who has been working as the editor of Tangent Online, will be the new review editor for The Fix, published by Andy Cox and TTA Press. David Truesdale, the publisher of Tangent, will resume duties as editor. At the moment, Tangent Online is on hiatus while the website undergoes redesign.

British Fantasy Award Winners
The British Fantasy Award winners were announced at Fantasycon 2007 in Nottingham, England on September 23.
The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Joe Hill
Best Non-Fiction: Cinema Macabre, by Mark Morris
Best Artist: Vincent Chong Best
Small Press: Peter Crowther, PS Publishing
Best Collection: Fragile Things, by Neil Gaiman
Best Anthology: Extended Play: The Elastic Book of Music, by Gary Couzens
Best Novella: "Kid," by Paul Finch
Best Short Fiction: Whisper Lane," by Mark Chadbourn
BFS Special Award: 'The Karl Edward Wagner Award': Ellen Datlow
Best Novel: 'The August Derleth Fantasy Award': Dusk, by Tim Lebbon
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Death in Gotham
An unnamed special effects specialist was killed in an accident on the set of The Dark Knight. The crew member was in a car following the Batmobile on a race track in Surrey, England when his car hit a tree. The man, a father of two, died at the scene of the crash.

Geniuses Named
The MacArthur Foundation has named 24 fellows, commonly known as the MacArthur Genius Grants. This group includes short story author Stuart Dybek, who has had some of his fiction reprinted in The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
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23 September 2007
Small Beer Moves
Small Beer Press has announced they have moved their offices as of September 18, although the old address will forward mail for a while. Their new address is 150 Pleasant St., #306, Easthampton, MA 01027.
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Wheeler to Wiley
Former Science Fiction Book Club editor Andrew Wheeler has accepted a position as a marketing manager for publisher John Wiley. While the job will keep Wheeler in the publishing industry, he will now be working on accounting books rather than science fiction.
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Tolkien Home to be Destroyed
A three-bedroom bungalow in Poole where J.R.R. Tolkien retired is going to be destroyed. Tolkien sold the house following his wife's death in 1972 and moved back to Oxford. Tolkien's buyer, Stephen Frenkel, has now sold the house which will be demolished and the site used for two four-bedroom houses. Frenkel has announced he also plans to sell some of Tolkien's old possessions before the house is destroyed.
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Actress Brett Somers (b.1924) died on September 15. Although best known for her lengthy run of the game show "Match Game," Somers also appeared in the original "Battlestar Galactica" as Siress Belloby.

Actress Alice Ghostley (b.1926) died on September 21. Ghostley was best known for her role as Esmerelda on "Bewitched." She also protrayed Granny in the film "The Addams Family Reunion" and appeared in episodes of Disney's "Hercules" television series, "Highway to Heaven," "Touched by an Angel," and "Tales from the Darkside."

Mime Marcel Marceau (b.1923 as Marcel Mangel) died on September 22. Marceau, who lost a father in Auschwitz, fought with the French Resistance in World War II before making a name for himself as a mime. He appeared in the film "Barbarella" and in "Silent Movie." In the latter film, he famously had the only speaking role.

Fan Peggy Crawford (b.1924) died on died June 23, 2007. Crawford founded Fantasy Publishing Company with her husband, Bill Crawford, following World War II. The published the magazines Fantasy Book, Spaceway, Coven 13, and Witchcraft & Sorcery.

18 September 2007
Super Hero Museum
A museum dedicated to super heroes has opened in Indianapolis, Indiana. The American Super Heroes Museum is based on the collection of Dane Nash, who has been collecting since the early 1960s. The museum includes costumes worn by Kirk Alyn, George Reeves, Christopher Reeve, Dean Cain, and Burt Ward, as well as replicas of the 1989 Batmobile and the 1960s Batboat. The museum will also feature an exhibit on a real life super hero that will rotate every ninety days. The museum is located at 20 W. Louisiana Street.
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17 September 2007
Emmy Winners
Genre shows managed to win a few awards at the 59th Annual Emmy Awards.
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Terry O'Quinn, Lost
Special Visual Effects for a Series: Battlestar Galactica
Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or a Special: Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King

Author Robert Jordan (b.1948) died on September 16. Jordan, which is a pseudonym for James Rigney, Jr., was best known for his Wheel of Time series. He was working on the massive twelfth and final volume at the time of his death. Jordan also wrote several Conan novels and the Fallon series of historical novels, the latter under the name Reagan O'Neal. In 2006, Jordan announced he was suffering from amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy.

Jerry Bono (b.1942) died on August 31. Bono worked as a key costumer on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek Deep Space Nine.

15 September 2007
Xatafi-Cyberdark Award 2007
The winners of Spain's Xatafi-Cyberdark Award were announced on July 7 during AsturCon. The winners are listed below.
Spanish Fiction Book: Parientes pobres del diablo, by Cristina Fernández Cubas
Foreign Fiction Book: Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami
Spanish Short Story: "Huerto de cruces," by Santiago Eximeno
Foreign Short Story: "Learning to Be Me," by Greg Egan
Publishing Initiative: Planeta-De Agostini for "Biblioteca de Ciencia Ficción"

Lunar X-Prize
Google has announced the formation of the Lunar X-Prize, a $25 million prize for the first private concern to successfully launch an unmanned lunar mission. The winner must land a rover on the moon that will be able to travel at least 500 meters and send back high resolution video, still images, and data. The prize money is available until December 31, 2012, after which it will drop to $15 million until 2014, at which time the contest is likely to end.

Ralph Kent (b.1939) died on September 10. Kent, born Ralph Kwiatkowski, began working for Walt Disney as a marketing production artist for Disneyland in 1963. Kent designed the training material for four Disney exhibits at the 1964 World's Fair. He later became director of Walt Disney Imagineering East in Florida and was one of the few authorized to sign Mickey Mouse's autograph.

11 September 2007
Quill Winners Announced
The winners of the 2007 Quill Awards have been announced. The awards will be presented on October 22 on NBC when the Book of the Year will be announced. Below are the winners in categories which had books of genre related interest.
General Fiction: The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Graphic Novel: Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels, by Scott McCloud Published by Harper Paperbacks
Biography/Memoir: Einstein: His Life and Universe, by Walter Isaacson
Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: The Name of the Wind, by Patrick Rothfuss
Children's Chapter/Middle Grade: The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian Selznick
Young Adult/Teen: Sold, by Patricia McCormick
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8 September 2007
Prix Aurora Nominees
The nominations for the Canadian Prix Aurora,have been announced. The awards will be presented on the weekend of October 19-21 at Vcon in Vancouver, BC. On site voting will be permitted due to the lateness of the ballot.

Best Long-Form Work in English:
Regeneration: Species Imperative 3, by Julie E. Czerneda
Children of Chaos, by Dave Duncan
Smoke and Ashes, by Tanya Huff
Sun of Suns: Book One of Virga, by Karl Schroeder
Blindsight, by Peter Watts
Righteous Anger: Part Two of the Okal Rel Saga, by Lynda Williams

Best Long-Form Work in French:
Samuel de la chasse-galerie, by Michel J. Lévesque
Le maître des bourrasques, by Laurent McAllister
Reine de Mémoire 3. Le Dragon fou, by Elisabeth Vonarburg
Reine de Mémoire 4. La Princesse de Vengeance, by Elisabeth Vonarburg

Best Short-Form Work in English:
"All the Cool Monsters at Once," by James Alan Gardner
"This Ink Feels Like Sorrow," by Karin Lowachee
"Marked Men," by John Mierau
"Biding Time," by Robert J. Sawyer
"Lumen Essence," by Hayden Trenholm

Best Short-Form Work in French:
"Le vol de l'abeille," by Michèle Laframboise
"Stiletto," by Julie Martel
"Le regard du trilobite," by Mario Tessier

Best Work in English (Other):
The Hidden Path, by Heather Dale
Jousting with Jesters: An ABC for the Younger Dragon, by Martin Springett
Mythspring: From the Lyrics and Legends of Canada, edited by Julie E. Czerneda and Genevieve Kierans
Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, edited by Karl Johanson
Tesseracts Ten: A Celebration of New Canadian Speculative Fiction, edited by Edo Van Belkom & Robert Charles Wilson

Best Work in French (Other):
La Décennie charnière, directed by Claude Janelle (Alire)
Solaris, edited by Joël Champetier
Les Carnets du Futurible, by Mario Tessier (Solaris 157-160)
"Aux origines des petits hommes verts," by Jean-Louis Trudel (Solaris 160)

Artistic Achievement:
Kenn Brown
Lar deSouza
Janet Hetherington
Jean-Pierre Normand
Martin Springett
Ronn Sutton

Fan Achievement (Other):
Fractale-Framboise by Éric Gauthier, Christian Sauvé, and Laurine Spehner (blog)
Judith Hayman (filking)
Lloyd Penney (fan writing)
Martin Springett (filking)
Larry Stewart (entertainer)
Peggi Warner-Lalonde (filking)
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Hugo Amendments
The WSFS Business Meeting at Nippon 2007 ratified an amendment which states that artists should provide a list of three pieces of art produced in the year for which they were nominated. The original amendment stated they must. Amendments which were adopted at Nippon 2007 which must be ratified at Denvention3 include the removal of a restriction that does not allow professional artists to compete in the fan artist category and the limitation of names on the Hugo nominations list to people with at least five nominations. A proposal to add a Best Website Hugo was referred to committee with no further action taken.
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Clarion Faculty 2008
Clarion has announced the faculty for its 2008 Writers Workshop, the second to be held at the University of California, San Diego. The workshop will run from July 29-August 9, 2008. The facuty will include James Patrick Kelly, Kelly Link, Mary Anne Mohanraj, Neil Gaiman, Nalo Hopkinson, and Geoff Ryman. Hopkinson and Ryman are scheduled to team teach for the final two weeks.
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SFWA Errors in Copyright Protection
In the weeks leading up to the American Labor Day holiday, the SFWA e-Piracy committee attempted to work with Scribd to have works by Robert Silverberg and Isaac Asimov taken off the site and to suggest protections to keep copyrighted material from appearing on the site. Silverberg and the Asimov estate had asked SFWA to take action on their part. On Labor Day weekend, after receiving a lengthy, but flawed list from SFWA, and a declaration of a DMCA takedown notice, Scribd began to take down some materials, including works which were on the list, but not by Silverberg or Asimov. These mistaken works included Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, which SFWA specifically did not have the right to take down. After much noise, Scribd took down thousands of infringing works, restored the works that should not have been taken down, and SFWA disbanded the e-Piracy committee and began to formulate a group to explore what the membership of SFWA would like to see as the role of SFWA in issues of copyright infringement and e-Piracy.

Sci-Fi Radio
"That Sci-Fi Show" premieres on September 14 at 10pm Eastern Time on WWNN-AM 1470 in South Florida. A two-hour radio show, "That Sci-Fi Schow" was created by Joey Donovan, formerly of "Sci-Fi Overdrive." In addition to airing over the radio, it will be available via streaming audo at
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Author Madeleine L'Engle (b.1918) died on September 6. L'Engle was best known for her novel A Winkle in Time, which was awarded the Newbery Medal and was the start of the five book Time Quintet. L'Engle's first novel, The Small Rain, was published in 1945.

Denny Martin Flinn (b.1947) died of cancer on August 24. Flinn was the co-screenwriter for the film "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" as well as the Star Trek novel The Fearful Summons.

3 September 2007
Seiun Awards
The Seiun Awards were presented at closing ceremonies at Nippon 2007, the 2007 Worldcon, on September 2. The Seiun are based on the votings of the members of the Japanese National Convention, this year held in conjunction with Worldcon.
Japanese Long Fiction: Japan Sinks, Part 2, by Sakyo Komatsu and Koshu Tani
Japanese Short Fiction: "A Furoshiki and Spider's Thread," by Housuke Nojiri
Translated Long Fiction: Mortal Engines, by Phillip Reeve (Translated by Rei Anno)
Translated Short Fiction: "The Astronaut from Wyoming," by Adam-Troy Castro and Jerry Oltion (Translated by Hisashi Asakura)
Media: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Comics: Quiet Country Cafe (Yokohama Shopping Trip), by Hitoshi Ashinano
Artist: Yoshitaka Amano
Non Fiction: Passport Into Space 3: Space Pioneers A Frontline Report, by Yuichi Sasamoto
Special Award: The M-V Launch System — Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Special Award: Yoshihiro Yonezawa

2 September 2007
Guests for Anticipation
Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon to be held in Montreal, has announced their Guests of Honor.
Neil Gaiman - Guest of Honour
Elisabeth Vonarburg - Invitee d'honneur
Taral Wayne - Fan Guest of Honour
David Hartwell - Editor Guest of Honour
Tom Doherty - Publisher Guest of Honour
Julie Czerneda - Master of Ceremonies

Chesley Awards
The Chesley Award winners were announced at Nippon 2007. The Chesleys are presented for excellence in artwork by ASFA, the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists.
Best Cover Illustration – Hardback: River of Gods, by Stefan Martinière
Best Cover – Paperback: Moon Called, by Daniel Dos Santos
Best Cover - Magazine: Fantasy Magazine Summer 2006, by Renee LeCompte
Best Interior: Cricket Magazines, by Omar Rayyan
Best Unpublished Color: "Galadriel's Harp," by Stephen Hickman
Best Unpublished Monochrome: "Red Sonya," by Donato Giancola
Best 3-D: "Ice Dragon," by Laura Reynolds
Best Gaming Related: "Dragons of Fearum," by Todd Lockwood
Best Product: "Pan's Labyrinth," production design by Eugenio Caballero & conceptual design by William Stout
Artistic Achievement: John Jude Palencar
Best Art Direction: Irene Gallo, Tor Books

1 September 2007
Hugo Winners
The Hugo Awards were presented at Nippon 2007, this year's Worldcon, on September 1. This year's trophy depicted Ultraman standing on Mount Fuji next to the traditional Hugo rocket. The Hugos are selected by the members of the World Science Fiction Society (Worldcon).
Best Novel: Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
Best Novella: "A Billion Eves" by Robert Reed
Best Novelette: "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian McDonald
Best Short Story: "Impossible Dreams" by Tim Pratt
Best Related Non-Fiction Book: James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B Sheldon by Julie Phillips
Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: Pan's Labyrinth. Screenplay by Guillermo del Toro. Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Who - "Girl in the Fireplace." Written by Steven Moffat. Directed by Euros Lyn
Best Editor, Long Form: Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Best Editor, Short Form: Gordon Van Gelder
Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
Best Semiprozine: Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
Best Fanzine: Science-Fiction Five-Yearly ed. by Lee Hoffman, Geri Sullivan, and Randy Byers
Best Fan Writer: Dave Langford
Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu
Campbell Award: Naomi Novik
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Worldcon Site Selected
Montreal defeated Kansas City for the right to host the 2009 Worldcon, which will be called Anticipation. This is the first time Montreal has won a Worldcon, winning with a tally of 507 to 341 and 901 votes cast. The official announcement won't be made until September 2, at which time Montreal is expected to announce their guests of honor.
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Copyright © 2007 Steven H Silver

Steven H Silver is a seven-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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