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30 July 2008
Scribe Awards
The second annual Scribe Awards were presented at Comic Con San Diego the weekend of July 25. The Scribe Awards are given by the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers to recognize excellence in novelizations of media work and tie-in novels.
Best General Fiction Original: Mr. Monk and the Two Assistants, by Lee Goldberg
Best General Fiction Novelization: American Gangster, by Max Allan Collins
Best Speculative Fiction Original: Stargate Atlantis: Casualties of War, by Elizabeth Christensen
Best Game-Related Original: Eberron: Night of the Long Shadows, by Paul Crilley
Best Speculative Adapted: 30 Days of Night, by Tim Lebbon
Best Young Adult Original: Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew #10: Ticket Trouble, by Stacia Deutsch & Rhody Cohon
Best Young Adult Novelization: The 12 Dogs of Christmas, by Steven Paul Levia
Grandmaster Award: Alan Dean Foster

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Wizard Discoveries Cancelled
Wizards of the Coast has announced the cancellation of its Discoveries series of original novels in order to focus its attention on Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons novels. Discoveries will continue through the end of 2008.

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Will Eisner Awards
The Will Eisner Awards were presented at Comic Con San Diego the weekend of July 25. The Will Eisner Awards are given to recognize excellence in the comic industry..
Best Short Story: Mr. Wonderful, by Dan Clowes
Best Single Issue (or One-Shot): Justice League of America #11: Walls, by Brad Meltzer and Gene Ha
Best Continuing Series: Y: The Last Man, by Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra, and Jose Marzan, Jr.
Best Limited Series: The Umbrella Academy, by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba
Best New Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 8, by Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, Georges Jeanty, and Andy Owens
Best Publication for Kids: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 and Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, by David Petersen
Best Publication for Teens: Laika, by Nick Abadzis
Best Humor Publication: Perry Bible Fellowship: The Trial of Colonel Sweeto and Other Stories, by Nicholas Gurewitch
Best Anthology: 5, by Gabriel Ba, Becky Cloonan, Fabio Moon, Vasilis Lolos, and Rafael Grampa
Best Digital Comic: Sugarshock!, by Joss Whedon and Fabio Moon
Best Reality-Based Work: Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow, by James Sturm and Rich Tommaso
Best Graphic Album — New: Exit Wounds, by Rutu Modan
Best Graphic Album — Reprint: Mouse Guard: Fall 1152, by David Petersen
Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Strips: Complete Terry and the Pirates, vol. 1, by Milton Caniff
Best Archival Collection/Project — Comic Books: I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! by Fletcher Hanks
Best US Edition of International Material: I Killed Adolf Hitler, by Jason
Best US Edition of International Material — Japan: Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White, by Taiyo Matsumoto
Best Writer: Ed Brubaker, Captain America, Criminal, Daredevil, Immortal Iron Fist
Best Writer/Artist: Chris Ware, Acme Novelty Library #18
Best Writer/Artist — Humor: Eric Powell, The Goon
Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Pia Guerra/Jose Marzan, Jr., Y: The Last Man
Best Painter or Multimedia Artist (Interior Art): Eric Powell, The Goon: Chinatown
Best Cover Artist: James Jean, Fables ; The Umbrella Academy ; Process Recess 2; Superior Showcase 2
Best Coloring: Dave Stewart, BPRD, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Cut, Hellboy, Lobster Johnson, The Umbrella Academy ; The Spirit
Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Justice, Simon Dark ; Fables, Jack of Fables, Crossing Midnight ; League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier ; Nexus
Special Recognition: Chuck BB, Black Metal
Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: Newsarama, produced by Matt Brady and Michael Doran
Best Comics-Related Book: Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean, by Douglas Wolk
Best Publication Design: Process Recess 2, designed by James Jean and Chris Pitzer
Hall of Fame Judges' Choices: R. F. Outcault and Major Malcolm Wheeler-Nicholson

Spirit of Retailing Award: Brave New World in Newhall, CA
Bill Finger Awards: Archie Goodwin and Larry Lieber
Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award.: Paul Levitz
Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award: Cathy Malkasian

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Harriett Burns (b.1929) died on July 25. Burns was the first woman to work as a Disney Imagineer when she joined the Disney staff in 1955 as a prop and set designer for "Mickey Mouse Club." She went on the create models for Sleeping Beauty's castle and the Matterhorn for Disneyland, as well as work on figures for the Submarine Voyage, the Enchanted Tiki Room, and Pirates of the Caribbean. On occasion, she filled in for Disney as the host of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color."

23 July 2008
Prometheus Award
The winners of the Prometheus Award for Libertarian science fiction have been announced. The actual award will be presented at Denvention, this year's Worldcon, on August 6. This year saw the award's first tie and the award's first female winner. The prize includes an ounce of gold and a plaque.
Winners (tie): The Gladiator, by Harry Turtledove, and Ha'penny, by Jo Walton
Hall of Fame Award: A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

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22 July 2008
Harry Harrison Named Grand Master
The SFWA has announced that Harry Harrison will join the ranks of SFWA Grand Masters at the 2009 Nebula Awards to be held in Los Angeles. Harrison's SF career began with the publication of "Rock Diver." His novels include the Stainless Steel Rat series, Bill the Galactic Hero, The Hammer and Cross trilogy, Deathworld trilogy, West of Eden, A Transatlantic Tunnel, Hurrah!, and more. Harrison is a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame and won a Nebula Award for his screenplay for "Soylent Green," based on his novel Make Room! Make Room!

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Rhysling Awards
The Rhysling Awards was presented at Readercon. The Rhysling awards are presented for excellence in poetry and are named for the blind poet of Robert Heinlein's stories.
Long Form: "The Seven Devils of Central California," by Catherynne M. Valente.
Short Form: "Eating Light," by F. J. Bergmann
Grand Master: Ray Bradbury

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Last Shuttle Launch
NASA has announced that the final shuttle launch is scheduled to occur on May 31, 2010, four months before the fleet is retired. With ten scheduled flights remaining, Endeavor, has been selected for the final launch. It will be the twenty-fifth launch for the Endeavor, which was built to replace the Challenger. After the shuttle fleet is grounded, the US will not have any man-rated spacecraft.

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Cordwainer Smith Award
The Cordwainer Smith Award was presented at Readercon. This award is presented to authors whose works are out of print and who are determined to be deserving of renewed attention. The judges this year were Martin Harry Greenberg, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. This year's winner is Stanley G. Weinbaum, whose career only lasted two years, but included several notable stories, including "A Martian Odyssey."

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Shirley Jackson Award
The first Shirley Jackson Awards for psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic were presented at Readercon.
Novel: Generation Loss, by Elizabeth Hand
Novella: "Vacancy," by Lucius Shepard
Novelette: "The Janus Tree," by Glen Hirshberg
Short Story: "The Monsters of Heaven," by Nathan Ballingrud
Collection: The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
Anthology: Inferno, by Ellen Datlow

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12 July 2008
Mr. Frog Goes to Washington
The Muppets will be on display at the International Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. from July 12 through October 5. The exhibit, "Jim Henson's Fantastic World," will include several of the muppets, including Rowlf the dog and Kermit the Frog, as well as an early sketch of Kermit. The puppets that were part of Henson's 1969 Ed Sullivan debut, Mahna Mahna and the Snowths, will also be part of the exhibit. After Washington, the exhibit will tour for three years, including Atlanta and Orlando

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IHG Award Nominations
The International Horror Guild Awards are a juried award to recognize outstanding achievements in the field of Horror and Dark Fantasy. Edward Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Ann Kennedy, and Hank Wagner currently adjudicate. Paula Guran is the award administrator. The awards are overseen by a non-profit corporation, The Mirabundus Project, Inc.

Grin of the Dark, by Ramsey Campbell
Generation Loss, by Elizabeth Hand
The Missing, by Sarah Langan
Season of the Witch, by Natasha Mostert
The Terror, by Dan Simmons

Fiction Collection
The Imago Sequence and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
Plots and Misadventures, by Stephen Gallagher
Shadows Kith and Kin, by Joe R. Lansdale
Masques of Satan, by Reggie Oliver
Dagger Key and Other Stories, by Lucius Shepard

Long Fiction
Procession of the Black Sloth, by Laird Barron
The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story, by Susan Hill
Softspoken, by Lucius Shepard
The Scalding Rooms, by Conrad Williams

Mid-Length Fiction
"The Janus Tree," by Glen Hirshberg
"Lie Still, Sleep Becalmed," by Steven Duffy
"The Bone Man," by Fredric S. Durbin
"Closet Dreams," by Lisa Tuttle

Short Fiction
"Digging Deep," by Ramsey Campbell
"Honey in the Wound," by Nancy Etchemendy
"The Tank," by Paul Finch
"Splitfoot," by Paul Walther
"The Great White Bed," by Don Webb

Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow
Summer Chills, edited by Stephen Jones
American Supernatural Tales, edited by S.T. Joshi
Strange Tales Volume II, edited by Rosalie Parker
At Ease with the Dead, edited by Barbara and Christopher Roden

Frankenstein: A Cultural History, by Susan Tyler Hitchcock
Mario Bava: All the Colors of Dark, by Tim Lucas
Warnings to the Curious: A Sheaf of Criticism on M.R. James, edited by Rosemary Pardoe & S.T. Joshi
Sides, by Peter Straub
The Science of Stephen King, by Bob Weinberg & Lois M. Gresh

Black Static
Dead Reckonings
The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Weird Tales

Illustrated Narrative
Scalped: Indian Country, by Jason Aaron and R.M. Guιra
The Nightmare Factory, by Thomas Ligotti, Joe Harris & Stuart Moore, Ben Templesmith, Michael Gaydos, Colleen Doran & Ted McKeever
The Blot, by Tom Neely
The Arrival, by Shaun Tan
Wormwood Gentleman Corpse: Birds, Bees, Blood & Beer, by Ben Templesmith

Didier Cottier for Exhibit at Utopiales, Nantes, France
David Ho for his body of work
Elizabeth McGrath for "The Incurable Disorder"
Chris Mars for "New Salem"
Mike Mignola for cover & illustrations: Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire

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Filker Bruce Dane, who was injured in a fall several weeks ago, succumbed to his injuries on July 12 in his sleep.

Actres Evelyn Keyes (b.1916) died on July 4. Keyes appeared in numerous films and television series between 1938 and 1993, including "Here Comes Mr. Jordan," "A Return to Salem's Lot" and an episode of "Amazing Stories." She may be best known for her role as Scarlett O'Hara's sister in "Gone with the Wind."

11 July 2008
News Correction: Fan Injured
Fan Bruce Dane is not brain dead, as was previously reported. He is unconscious, however, and doctors do not know if his injuries have affected his brain. I regret any confusion or distress this mistake may have caused.

10 July 2008
Campbell/Sturgeon Award
The winners of the John W. Campbell Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Award have been announced. Both awards will be presented the weekend of July 11 in Lawrence, Kansas. For the first time, the Sturgeon Award will be presented to two separate works.
Campbell Award: In War Times, by Kathleen Ann Goonan.
Sturgeon Award (tie): "Finisterra," by David R. Moles and "Tidelines," by Elizabeth Bear

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SFWA Reorganization
With the arrival of the new board of directors at SFWA, there has been a shake up as President Russell Davis works to prepare the organization for a potential new set of by-laws. The Membership Committee has be dissolved with their duties devolving back to the board of directors. An Omsbudsman Committee has been established, chaired by Lee Martindale to ensure, promote and facilitate communication of the will of the membership of SFWA to its Board of Directors. Jayme Lynn Blaschke has been appointed SFWA Communications & Marketing Director. Cat Rambo has been appointed chair of the Copyright Committee. Steven H Silver has been appointed Event Coordinator.

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Norton Estate Dispute
Andre Norton's estate has become part of a legal dispute between Victor Horadam and Sue Stewart. In her will, Norton named Stewart as the beneficiary of the "residuary clause" -- all other property or money not explicitly assigned in the will. The will also states that Horadam receive "the royalties from all posthumous publication of any of my works." The dispute is centered on whether reprints of works published during Norton's lifetime should pay royalties of Steward or Horadam. A judge has ruled for Horadam, but the ruling is under appeal.

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Flemish Art Exhibit
"Sequential Art: The Universal Language" an exhibit of Flemish Cartoon and Comic art will run from July 19 to August 20, 2008 at Illustration House in Manhattan. The exhibition will present over 100 paintings, illustrations, comic strips and book art by the five selected artists debuting in the United States: Jan Bosschaert, "NIX", Ilah, Judith Van Istendael, and Olivier Schrauwen.

2010 Nebula Weekend
The 2010 Nebula Weekend is scheduled to take place in May 2010 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Florida fan group SFSFS will help run the event.

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KGB Raffle
The hosts of KGB Fantastic Fiction are sponsoring an on-line raffle to raise funds to support the reading series. Well-known artists and professionals have donated prizes which will be raffled off in July. Raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each from the KGB website between July 14 and 28. Prizes include story critiques, a lifetime subscription to Paradox, advance reader copies, art work, and more.

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Fan Injured
Bruce Dane fell several weeks ago and fractured several cervical vertebrae, resulting in paralysis. He has now been declared brain dead and doctors do not believe he will live for much longer. Dane became a fan after attending filk at the 1972 Worldcon.

Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature
K.V. Johansen has won the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children's Literature at the Atlantic Book Festival for her novel Nightwalker: The Warlocks of Talverdin.

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6 July 2008
Peeps In Space
Astronomers at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago launched a weather balloon into the atmosphere with an experiment designed by two students from the Illinois Math & Science Academy to measure brightness in space. In addition, the scientists included a marshmallow Peep in the payload with a camera trained on it. The peep, which had gone through rigorous pre-flight testing, was crushed when the student experiment fell on it during descent from 100,000 feet.

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Author Tom Disch (b.1940) committed suicide on July 4. Disch's most recent work, The Word of God, a semiautobiographical novel, was released only days before his death. Disch is most well known for his novels Camp Concentration, On the Wings of Song, and The Genocides. His short story "The Brave Little Toaster" was turned into a series of animated films. In addition to his work in science fiction, Disch published several volumes of poetry.

Fan Chris Cooper died on the afternoon of July 4. Cooper was a British fan who also managed to make several appearances at North American conventions. Cooper worked on staff for several worldcons, including press relations at Noreascon IV. Cooper died after being comatose in a London hospital and on a ventilator.

5 July 2008
Metropolis Revisited
Footage removed from Fritz Lang's 1927 science fiction film "Metropolis" has been discovered in Buenos Aires. This footage, which was cut from the film shortly after its debut, makes the film run 210 minutes, nearly 100 minutes longer than the traditionally shown version. Kino Cinema has announced it may release the complete film.

"Without Whom" Debuts
"Without Whom," a play by R. J. Downes based on the lives of Ray and Marguerite Bradbury, debuted in Toronto at the Fringe of Toronto Festival on July 2. The play, which is sponsored by Weird Tales Magazine, is at the St. Vladimir Theatre and stars Anne Harper, John Illingworth, Irene Carl and R.J. Downes.

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Artist Michael Turner (b.1971) died on June 27 from complications relating to bone cancer. Turner is best known for his work in comics, producing art for Batman, Superman, Civil War, The Flash, Justice League, and other titles. Turner created the on-line comic tied in to the television series Heroes.

4 July 2008
Laptops Stolen
A thief or thieves broke into the house in which students at this year's Clarion West are staying and stole four laptops, clothes, and additional items. The students need computers to participate in the workshop, which is an extensive six week program. Clarion is seeking donations or loans of laptops for the rest of the workshop.

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3 July 2008
Fans Injured
While driving to Westercon on July 2, a carload of fans was involved in a rollover accident. One fan, Roberta Carlson was killed, and Nick Navota suffered a crushed hand which necessitated the removal of three fingers on his right hand. His thumb and forefinger on the left hand had to be reattached. William Boyde, Nez, and Howazor were also in the car and were released from the hospital. Due to their remote location, it took nearly three hours to get medical care.

Gulliver Travel Grant
The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that it is accepting grant proposals for the Gulliver Travel Research Grant. This grant, of $600, will be awarded to an author to cover airfare, lodgings, and other travel expenses in support of research for their work of speculative fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction. The deadline for application is September 30.

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DVD Giveaway
EA Dead Space team has just launched a DVD contest giving away 100 of their top Horror and Sci-Fi picks of all time. Users have until midnight on July 27th, 2008 to sign-up, and a winner will be notified shortly thereafter. Films range from 12 Monkeys to 2001: A Space Odyssey, Alien to Predator to Alien vs. Predator.

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Anticipation Rates Rise
Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon to be held in Montreal, has announced that membership rates will increase on August 1, just before Denvention. The new rate of C$215 will remain in effect at least through the end of 2008. Supporting membership rates will not be affected at this time.

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Washington state fan Roberta "Bert" Carlson (b.1965) died on July 2 after the car she was in rolled over en route to Westercon. Carlson was the bid treasurer for the current Seattle 2011 Worldcon bid and worked on Orycons and Norwescons. A few weeks ago, she was responsible for the hospitality suite at ConComCon.

Actor Don S. Davis (b.1942) died on June 29. Davis appeared in the "Stargate" as General George Hammond and also had appearances in the short-lived "Flash Gordon" television series in 2007. He portrayed Senator Harlan Ellis in "The Dead Zone" and had roles on both "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone." Davis, who had more than 125 credits, got his start in 1982.

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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