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28 June 2008
Jack Speer (b.1920) died on June 28. Speer was the first to write a history of science fiction fandom when he published Up to Now in 1939. In 1944, Speer published the first Fancyclopedia, a dictionary of fannish terms. In 1995, Speer was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame and was one of the Fan Guests of Honor at Noreascon IV in 2004.

26 June 2008
SF Book Sale
The Watson Library at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, will be selling off a portion of its science fiction collection which does not meet the collection's criteria. The sale, which will include more than 6,000 items, will be on July 12 from 8am to 5pm. Hardcovers will sell for $3 and paperbacks for $1.

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Saturn Awards
The 34th annual Saturn Awards were presented on June 24 at the Universal Hilton in Universal City, California. The awards recognize science fiction and fantasy in films, television, and DVD.

Film Awards:
Science Fiction Film: Cloverfield
Fantasy Film: Enchanted
Horror Film: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St.
Action/Adventure/Thriller Film: 300
Actor: Will Smith in I Am Legend
Actress: Amy Adams in Enchanted
Supporting Actor: Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men
Supporting Actress: Marcia Gay Harden in The Mist
Performance by a Younger Actor: Freddie Highmore in August Rush
Direction: Zack Snyder for 300
Writing: Brad Bird for Ratatouille
Music: Alan Menken for Enchanted
Costume: Colleen Atwood for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet St.
Make-Up: Ve Neill and Martin Samuel for Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
Special Effects: Scott Farrar, Scott Benza, Russell Earl, and John Frazier for Transformers
Animated Film: Ratatouille
International Film: Eastern Promises

Television Awards:
Network Television Series: Lost
Syndicated / Cable Television Series: Dexter
Presentation on Television: Family Guy: "Blue Harvest"
Actor on Television: Matthew Fox in Lost
Actress on Television: Jennifer Love Hewitt in Ghost Whisperer
Supporting Actor on Television: Michael Emerson in Lost
Supporting Actress on Television (tie): Summer Glau in Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Elizabeth Mitchell in Lost

DVD Awards:
DVD Release: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
DVD Special Edition Release: Blade Runner
DVD Classic Film Release: The Monster Squad
DVD Collection: Mario Bava
Television Series Release on DVD: Heroes
Retro Television Series Release on DVD: Twin Peaks

Special Awards:
The Life Career Award: Robert Halmi, Sr.
The Life Career Award: Robert Halmi, Jr.
The George Pal Memorial Award: Guillermo del Toro
The Filmmakers Showcase Award: Matt Reeves
The Special Achievement Award: Tim & Donna Lucas
The Service Award: Fred Barton

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25 June 2008
Kurd La▀witz Preis
The winners of the Kurd La▀witz Preis, presented for German science fiction, have been announced. The prizes will be presented at ElsterCon 9 in Leipzig on August 30. The Kurd La▀witz Preis recognizes excellence in German science fiction for the previous year. This is the twenty-eight annual award.
Best Novel: Ausgebrannt, by Andreas Eschbach
Best Short Story: "Der Moloch," by Michael K. Iwoleit
Best Foreign Work: Spectrum, by Sergei Lukianenko
Best Translation: Hannes Reiffel for his translation of Vellum, by Hal Duncan
Best Illustration: Franz Vohwinkel for Tristopolis
Special Award: Helmuth W. Mommers

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Mask Donation
Eleven fans of Babylon 5 banded together to purchase a mint condition mask worn by actor Andreas Katsulis in his role of G'kar. The mask, which was auctioned off on E-bay by writer Marc Zicree, is being donated to the Museum of the Moving Image in New York. The eleven fans, who did not know each other before they combined forces, ranged from California to England and included Amy Guskin, George Brickner, Neil Burton, Caryn Dunkel, Iva Ferris, Blair Leatherwood & Judith Emick-Leatherwood, Jan Schroeder, Janna Silverstein, Dennis Weldy, and Hilary Weston.

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Clarkesworld Temporarily Closes to Submissions
Nick Mametas, editor and co-founder of Clarkesworld magazine, has announced that he is stepping down from his position at Clarkesworld to take a job at VIZ Media. Although Clarkesworld will be open to submissions through the end of June, it will then close until a new editor is in place and has a chance to catch up on slush reading.

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SFWA Western Regional Director
James Fiscus has been announced as the replacement for Russell Davis as SFWA's Western Regional Director when Davis leaves the position to take the post of President. Fiscus will finish out Davis's term as WRD. Fiscus has been an SFWA member since 1983 and has served on the Membership Committee, as Liaison to Westercon, and chaired the Handbook Committee.

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Actress Dody Goodman (b.1915) died on June 24. Goodman provided voicework for several episodes of "Alvin & the Chipmunks," including the film "Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman." Goodman also appeared in "Splash" and its sequel, "Splash 2," as well as "I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later." She is perhaps best known for her roles on "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman" and in the film "Grease."

Comedian and actor George Carlin (b.1937) died on heart failure on June 22. Carlin is best known as a stand-up comedian and for his "Seven Words You Can't Say on Television," which led to a Supreme Court ruling on obscenity. In addition, Carlin appeared in the films "Happily N'Ever After," "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (and sequel), and as the Mr. Conductor on "Shining Time Station."

Costume Designer Kermit Love (b.1916) died on June 21. Love designed costumes for "The Great Space Coaster" and "The Muppet Movie," but is best known for his work on "Sesame Street," where he designed the costumes for Big Bird and Snuffleupagus. Love also designed costumes for the Mercury Theatre and the New York Ballet.

Producer Gene Persson (b.1934) died on June 6. Although best known as a Broadway producer ("You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown), Persson was also an actor, appearing in "Earth vs. the Spider" and "Bloodlust!."

23 June 2008
Locus Awards Winners
Winners of this year's Locus Awards were announced on June 21 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Seattle. The Locus Awards are chosen by the readers of Locus and Locus On-line. This year's Master of Ceremonies was Connie Willis.
SF Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, by Michael Chabon
Fantasy Novel: Making Money, by Terry Pratchett
Young Adult Book: Un Lun Dun, by China MiÚville
First Novel: Heart-Shaped Box, by Joe Hill
Novella: "After the Siege," by Cory Doctorow
Novelette: "The Witch's Headstone," by Neil Gaiman
Short Story: "A Small Room in Koboldtown," by Michael Swanwick
Collection: The Winds of Marble Arch and Other Stories, by Connie Willis
Anthology: The New Space Opera, edited by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan
Non-Fiction: Breakfast in the Ruins, by Barry N. Malzberg
Art Book: The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Magazine: F&SF
Publisher: Tor
Artist: Charles Vess

20 June 2008
Takei to Wed
Actor George Takei, best known for his portrayal of Sulu on the original Star Trek and in movies, has announced his plans to marry his long-time partner, Brad Altman. California is currently permitting same-sex marriages under a judicial decision. The two, who have been together for twenty-one years, plan to marry on September 14.

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Ice on Mars?
NASA has announced that the Phoenix Lander, which arrived on Mars only on May 25, has detected compelling evidence of ice while digging on the Martian surface. The Lander uncovered small bright dice-sized objects which quickly disappeared, leading scientists to theorize it was ice.

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Aviator Janet Dietrich (b.1926) died on June 5. Dietrich was one of the thirteen women selected by NASA to become an astronaut in the early 1960s, although the group, later known as the Mercury 13, never got to fly into space. In 1947, Dietrich and her twin sister, Marion, entered the first Chico-to-San Mateo Air Race and took first place. In 1960, Jan Dietrich became the first woman to qualify for an Airline Transport Pilot License. She stopped flying in 1974 when her sister died.

19 June 2008
Tom Smith Tribute Album
To help filker Tom Smith pay for hospital bills for his recent surgery, several filkers have put together a tribute album, which contains their cover versions of many of Smith's songs. The album is available for download or as a CD with all proceeds going to help Smith pay for his treatment.

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18 June 2008
Million Writers Award
The finalists for this year's Million Writers Award have been named. This award, presented by storySouth, is given to a story published on-line in 2007. Any member of the public may vote and the winner will receive a $300 prize. Several genre stories are featured. Voting ends on July 17.
"Do Not Hate Them Very Much" by Matthew M. Quick
"Friday Afternoons on Bus 51" by Sruthi Thekkiam
"Postcards from my Brother" by Paul Yoon
"We Never Talk About My Brother" by Peter S. Beagle
"The Ethical Dilemma of a Sandwich Down the Pants" by Kelly Shriver
"The Hide" by Liz Williams
"Alex Trebek Never Eats Fried Chicken" by Matt Bell
"Grinder" by X.J. Kennedy
"The Surgeon's Tale" by Jeff VanderMeer and Cat Rambo
"News About Yourself" by Scott Wolven

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Hugo Base Competition
Continuing what has become something of a tradition among Worldcons, Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon, to be held in Montreal, has announced a competition to design the base for the Hugo Award. Proposals must be received by October 31, 2008.

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Fan Edward S. Kessell died on June 4. Kessell was a long-time pulp magazine fan and organized the first Pulpcon, held in St. Louis in 1972. Kessell also ran the dealer's room at St. Louiscon, the 1968 Worldcon.

Make up and Special Effects artist Stan Winston (b.1946) died on June 15. Winston got his start as a stand-up comedian and moved to Hollywood to become an actor. While trying to get roles, he began working behind the scenes and made a name for himself in special effects. Working on films such as "Invaders from Mars," "Galaxy Quest," and "Iron Man." Winston received Best Visual Effects Oscars for his work on "Jurassic Park," "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," and "Aliens."

Cyd Charisse (b.1921) died on June 17. Charisse appeared in numerous films and performed with the Ballet Russe. She starred in the film version of "Brigadoon" as Fiona Campbell and later appeared in "Warlords of Atlantis." Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea.

16 June 2008
SFWA Targeted in Scam
A posting on Craig's List and other places claims to be promoting a writers context sponsored by the SFWA. The posting, which instructs writers to e-mail their stories to a yahoo account and send a cash entry fee to a submissions company in San Diego is a hoax. SFWA is working to discover the identity of the hoaxer and warns any potential entrants that they have nothing to do with this scam.

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13 June 2008
Waldrop Hospitalized
Howard Waldrop has been admitted to Seton Medical Center in Austin, TX after suffering pulmonary edema brought on by high blood pressure. Waldrop has been diagnosed with multiple blockages and damage from a silent heart attack he had previously suffered. Currently undergoing treatment for a bladder infection and poor blood sugar, once those are under control he will undergo bypass surgery.

Screenwriter Bill Dial (b.1943) died on June 2 of an heart attack. Dial worked on several genre television shows, including as a producer on "Sliders" and "E.A.R.T.H. Force." He wrote episodes of both of those shows as well as "Star Trrek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." The most famous television episode he wrote, however, was for the non-genre "WKRP in Cincinnati," for which he wrote the classic "Turkey's Away" episode.

12 June 2008
Author Lyuben Dilov (b.1927) died on June 10. Dilov was a Bulgarian science fiction author who wrote more than thirty-five books, including The Atomic Man and The Icarus Way. He is considered the father of Bulgarian science fiction. Dilov founded the Graviton Awards, presented for good imagination and goodness of imagination.

11 June 2008
Campbell and Sturgeon
The Center for the Study of Science Fiction in Lawrence, Kansas has announced the nominees for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.Both awards recognize excellence with the Campbell being presented to a novel and the Sturgeon for short fiction. Winners will be selected by jury and announced at the Campbell Conference on July 11.

John W. Campbell Memorial Award Nominees
HARM, by Brian Aldiss
The Yiddish Policeman's Union, by Michael Chabon
In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
The New Moon's Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson
Mainspring, by Jay Lake
The Execution Channel, by Ken MacLeod
Brasyl, by Ian McDonald
Time's Child, by Rebecca Ore
Bad Monkeys, by Matt Ruff
Rollback, by Robert J. Sawyer
Zig Zag, by Jose Carlos Somoza
The Margarets, by Sheri S. Tepper
Deadstock, by Jeffrey Thomas
Axis, by Robert Charles Wilson

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Nominees
"The Forest," by Laird Barron
"Tideline," by Elizabeth Bear
"The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate," by Ted Chiang
"The Dreaming Wind," by Jeffrey Ford
"Always," by Karen Joy Fowler
"The Tomb Wife," by Gwyneth Jones
"The Last American," by John Kessel
"The Master Miller's Wife," by Ian R. MacLeod
"Finistera," by David Moles
"Baby Doll," by Johanna Sinisalo
"Memorare," by Gene Wolfe

Kij Johnson removed her story "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs Of North Park After the Change," due to her position on the jury.

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Potter Prequel
J.K. Rowling has auctioned off an 800-word Harry Potter prequel for ú25,000, or ú30/word at a charity auction held at Waterstone's flagship store. Other short stories at the auction were by Nobel Prize winner Doris Lessing and Neil Gaiman. All the stories will be collected as a book in August. The event raised money in aid of English PEN and a dyslexia charity.

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9 June 2008
Smith Injured
Filker Tom Smith tore a quadricep at a Christine lavins concert on Saturday, June 7. He has had surgery to repair the damage, but will have to cancel all short term appearances, including at Duckon and InConJunction. He expects and hopes to be able to attend Gen Con.

Author and editor Algis Budrys (b.1931) died on June 9. Budrys was born in East Prussia, the son of a Lithuanian consul-general. His family moved to the US in 1936. Budrys worked as an editor for Gnome Press, Galaxy, and Tomorrow Speculative Fiction, first a print magazine, later an early on-line fiction zine. Budrys received seven Hugo nominations, including for his novels Who and Rogue Moon. He received another nomination for Benchmarks: Galaxy Bookshelf, a collection of his groundbreaking reviews for Galaxy.

Mythopoeic Nominees
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards are presented to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection published during 2007 that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings. Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility. Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2005ľ2007) are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The peri od of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature:
In the Forest of Forgetting, by Theodora Goss
The New Moon's Arms, by Nalo Hopkinson
Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay
Orphan's Tales (consisting of In the Night Garden and In the Cities of Coin and Spice), by Catherynne M. Valente
Chronicles of Chaos (consisting of Orphans of Chaos, Fugitives of Chaos, and Titans of Chaos), by John C. Wright

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature:
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie, and Ironside: A Modern Faery's Tale, by Holly Black
Skulduggery Pleasant, by Derek Landy
The entire seven-volume Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Dusssie, by Nancy Springer
The New Policeman, by Kate Thompson

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies:
Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-earth, by Marjorie Burns
Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology, by Verlyn Flieger
The Ring of Words: Tolkien and the Oxford English Dictionary, by Peter Gilliver, Jeremy Marshall, and Edmund Weiner
The Company They Keep: C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien as Writers in Community, by Diana Pavlac Glyer, appendix by David Bratman
The History of the Hobbit, Part One, Mr Baggins; Part Two, Return to Bag-End, by John D. Rateliff

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies:
Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children's Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper, by Charles Butler
From Asgard to Valhalla: The Remarkable History of the Norse Myths, by Heather O'Donoghue
The Shadow-Walkers: Jacob Grimm's Mythology of the Monstrous, edited by T.A. Shippey
Oz in Perspective: The Magic and Myth of the L. Frank Baum Books, by Richard Carl Tuerk
The Lure of the Vampire: Gender, Fiction and Fandom from Bram Stoker to Buffy, by Milly Williamson

Producer Robert H. Justman (b.1926) died on May 28. Justman was best known for his work on "Star Trek" and "Star Trek: The Next Generation," but he also worked as an associate producer on "Adventures of Superman" with George Reeves and "Man from Atlantis."

Game designer Erick Wujcik (b.1951) died on June 7 of complications from pancreatic and liver cancer. Wujcik was diagnosed cancer in November 2007. He is best known for his work with Palladium Games, including The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG and After the Bomb. A fan of Roger Zelazny's, Wujcik also developed Amber Diceless.

2 June 2008
Lambda Winners
The winners of the Lamba Literary Awards for LGBT writing were awarded in West Hollywood, CA on May 29. Two categories had winners of genre interest and a full list of winners can be found at the link below.
Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror: The Dust of Wonderland, by Lee Thomas
Women's Memoir/Biography: And Now We Are Going to Have a Party, by Nicola Griffith

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Universal Fire
A fire raged through the lot at Universal Studios on Sunday, June 1. The fire destroyed more than two city blocks, including the studio's outdoor "New York" set, the courthouse square from the "Back to the Future" movies, a "King Kong" exhibit, and part of the studio's film library. According to studio officials, all the lost films were also stored in another site and, although a catalog of lost films hasn't been completed, nothing was irrevocably lost.

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Wiscon Flu
Numerous attendees at Wiscon, held in Madison, Wisconsin from May 23-26, were stricken with flu-like symptoms during and immediately after the convention. Although public health estimates that 50 people took ill, that only includes those who reported their illness at the con. Unofficial estimates indicate that at least another 50 fell ill after leaving the convention. The cause is as yet unknown.

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MTV Movie Awards
The MTV Movie Awards were presented on June 1 in a star-studded televised show. Below are the winners of genre interest.
Best Summer Movie So Far: "Iron Man"
Best Male Performance: Will Smith in "I Am Legend"
Best Comedic Performance: Johnny Depp in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"
Best Movie: Transformers

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Author Michael de Larrabeiti (b.1934) died on April 18. De Larrabeiti was the author of the Borribles series. The third book of his series was delayed after his publisher cancelled his contract over concerns that the books might endorse violence.

Copyright © 2008 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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