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30 October 2007
SMOFCon Scholarships
SFSFC has announced the recipients of scholarships to attend this year's SMOFCon, to be held in Boston, MA the weekend of December 7-9. Maurine Starkey and Eemeli Aro will each receive a scholarship in the amount of $500. Starkey has been a con-runner since 1992 and currentl helps to run Silicon. Aro has been in fandom since 2001 and has worked on the two most recent Finncons.
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Levine Promoted
Jaime Levine, has been promoted to executive editor at Warner Aspect. Levine has been with Warner since 1997.

Fan Hank Reinhardt (b.1933) died on October 30 after a lengthy hospital stay. Reinhardt died of a staph infection he acquired during his hospital stay. A long-time mainstay in Southern fandom, Reinhardt was know for his knowledge of weapons and fighting styles. For many years, he served as the head of Museum Replicas, Ltd. In 1967, Reinhardt introduced the SCA to Southern fandom and he won the Rebel Award in 1973. In 1990, he became the first recipient of Dragon*Con's Georgia Fandom Award. He was married to Baen books publisher Toni Weisskopf.

24 October 2007
The New Space Race
China is scheduled to put a probe into lunar orbit this week. The probe is expected to reach lunar orbit on November 5. This launch follows a Japanese lunar orbital launch by only weeks. A third Asian country, India, plans on sending a probe to the moon in April, 2008.

Discovery Launched
The Space Shuttle Discovery launched successfully on October 23 for a mission to the International Space Station. The light saber used by Mark Hamill in the original Star Wars was on board the space shuttle to mark the film's thirtieth anniversary. The shuttle mission is taking Harmony, a European built module, to the ISS. When Discovery docks with the ISS, it will be the first time a woman commanded shuttle docks with a woman commanded space station.

22 October 2007
Aurora Awards
The Aurora Awards, which celebrate excellence in Canadian Science Fiction were presented at VCon 32 the weekend of October 19-21.
Best Long-Form Work in English: Children of Chaos, by Dave Duncan
Best Long-Form Work in French: Reine de Memoire 4. La Princesse de Vengeance, by Elisabeth Vonarburg
Best Short-Form Work in English: "Biding Time," by Robert J. Sawyer
Best Short-Form Work in French: "Le regard du trilobite," by Mario Tessier
Best Work in English (Other): Neo-opsis Science Fiction Magazine, Karl Johanson, editor
Best Work in French (Other): Aux origines des petits hommes verts, by Jean-Louis Trudel
Artistic Achievement: Martin Springett
Fan Achievement (Publication): Brins d'Iterniti, rid. Guillaume Voisine
Fan Achievement (Organizational): Cathy Palmer-Lister (Con*Cept)
Fan Achievement (Other): Fractale-Framboise,Eric Gauthier, Christian Sauve, Laurine Spehner
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WSFS Small Press Award
The first WSFA Small Press Award was presented at Capclave. The winning story was Peter S. Beagle's "El Regalo," published in his short story collection The Line Between (Tachyon Books).
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Screenwriter Charles B. Griffith (b.1930) died on September 28 of a heart attack. Griffith wrote several B science fiction/horror films including "It Conquered the World," "Attack of the Crab Monsters," and "Beast from the Haunted Castle," although he is best remembered for the films "Little Shop of Horrors" and "Death Race 2000." Griffith also worked as a director on "Forbidden Island" and other films and appeared in many of the films he wrote.

Fan Rick Urdiales (b.1954) was killed on October 14. Urdiales, who worked as a professor at Blue River Metropolitan Community College, had entered the Writers of the Future Contest and was a third quarter finalist in 1988. Daniel C. Hoyle has been charged with first degree murder.

13 October 2007
Chicago Humanities Festival
The Eighteenth Annual Chicago Humanities Festival will feature authors Kim Stanley Robinson and Phillip Pullman, as well as screenings of the films Starship Troopers and Children of Man. A live production of The Island of Doctor Moreau will also take place. The Chicago Humanities Festival runs from October 27 through November 11.
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Sulu in Space
An asteroid has been named in honor of actor George Takei, who portrayed Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series. The asteroid, now known as 7307 Takei, was discovered by Japanese astronomers Yoshisada Shimizu and Takeshi Urata on April 13, 1994, and orbits in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.
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Gaylactic Spectrum Award
The winner of the Galactic Spectrum Award have been announced. This year's winner is Hal Duncan, for his novel Vellum. The award was created in 1998 to honor speculative fiction dealing with gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues.
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Star Wars in Chicago
The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is hosting the exhibit "Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination" through January 6, 2008. The exhibit features more than 80 props, costumes, and models from the making of all six films as well as interactive features such as a full scale replica of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit that simulates a jump into hyperspace. In conjunction with the exhibit, there is an auction on E-bay through October 15 for a model X-Wing fighter signed by George Lucas.
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12 October 2007
Lessing Wins Nobel
Doris Lessing, who was Worldcon Guest of Honor at Conspiracy in 1987, has won the Novel Prize in Literature. The prize comes with an honorarium of 10 million Swedish crowns, about US$1.6 million. In the announcement of the prize, Lessing was described as "that epicist of the female experience, who with scepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny." Her science fiction includes Memoirs of a Survivor and the Canopus in Argos series.
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Star Trek in Theatres
In conjunction with the High Definition release of "Star Trek: The Original Series," Paramount will be releasing the hour long episode "The Menagerie," which includes footage from the original pilot, to movie theatres for a screening on November 13. The screening, which will take place on 300 screens in the US and Canada, will include a half-hour documentary.
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Phillips Wins Award
Julie Phillips has won a 2007 Washington State Book Award for her biography James Tiptree, Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon. The prize, which is given annually for outstanding books published by Washington authors the previous year, includes a cash prize of $1,000. A free public ceremony will be held at 7 PM on October 17 at the Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle.
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Bud Ekins (b.1930) died on October 6. Ekins was a stunt man who got his start doing the motorcycle jump for his friend Steve McQueen in "The Great Escape." He went on to do stunts in such genre films as "Sorcerer," "Escape from Witch Mountain," and "The Thing with Two Heads." In addition to his film work, Ekins founded the Baja 1000 off-road motorcycle race.

Randy van Horne (b.1924) died of cancer on September 26. Van Horne is best known as the singer for the theme songs on "The Jetsons" and "The Flintstones." After serving in World War II, van Horne studied music and formed a vocal group. By the mid-fifties, van Horne had assembled an ensemble of session vocalists, which included Marni Nixon and Thurl Ravencroft.

5 October 2007
Cuthbert Collection Donation
Chester Cuthbert has donated his collection of more than 60,000 science fiction books and magazines to the University of Alberta. Cuthbert, 95, has been collecting since the 1920s. In addition the published materials, the collection includes copies of his correspondence with authors including Robert E. Howard and Hugo Gernsback.
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Jaime Bishop Memorial Award
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has announced the formation and presentation of the Jaime Bishop Memorial Award, presented for an essay about speculative fiction published in a non-English language. The first winner, Carlos Abraham wrote the essay "Las utopías literarias argentinas en el período 1850-1950." The award is named for Jaime Bishop, Michael Bishop's son, who was murdered during the Virginia Tech massacre in April 2007.
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Sunburst Award
The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic was presented on September 28 to Mark Frutkin for his novel Fabrizio's Return. The Sunburst Award is presented annually to a Canadian writer for a book or novel length collection. The Award includes a cash prize of Can$1,000 and an hand-crafted medallion.
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Hugo Base Contest
Denvention has announced a contest to design the base of the Hugo Award to be presented at Denvention 3 in 2008. The design should reflect the convention's theme of "One Mile Closer to the Stars." The winner will receive a full membership to Denvention 3. The deadline for entry is December 31, 2007.
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Fan Betty Claar died of cancer on October 3. Claar was active in convention running and vice-chaired Norwescon as well as filling a variety of other positions at that and other conventions.

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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