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Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.

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30 November 2008
Kushner on Broadway
Ellen Kushner's "The Golden Dreydl" has been adapted for Broadway as "The Klezmer Nutcracker" and will run at the Vital Theatre company (2162 Broadway, 4th Fl) from December 6-January 3. Kushner will also be in the cast and will hold discussions after the shows on December 18 and 22.

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Author Thrown Out of Church
Following the publication of his first novel, Staked, author J.F. Lewis was told by his church that if didn't renounce the book, stop promoting it, and publicly apologize for writing it, he would be thrown out of the church, in essence, excommunicated. Lewis refused and the church, a non-denominational church in Alabama, made good on its threat.

29 November 2008
Endeavor Award Winner
Brenda Cooper has won the Endeavor Award for her novel The Silver Ship and the Sea. The Endeavor Award is presented to an author who lives and works in the Pacific Northwest. The prize includes an engraved glass plaque and an honorarium of $1,000. The award is presented annually at Orycon.

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After an early announcement in Publishers Weekly that Houghton-Mifflin had announced that they would not be purchasing any more manuscripts for publication for the time being, the company issued a revised statement that they were merely limiting manuscript purchases. Apparently the earlier statement surprised a number of their editors and authors who had recently, or were currently, undergoing negotiations for manuscript purchases.

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Mummy of the Incas
Archaeologists working in Torontoy have discovered a mummy along with twenty-five ceremonial objects. The mummy, as yet of undetermined age and gender, was found about 20 kilometers from Machu Picchu

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Water on Enceladus?
Plumes of water vapor and ice particles on Saturn's moon Enceladus have led some scientists to believe they are coming from reserves of liquid water below the moon's icy surface. The Cassini spacecraft discovered the plumes in 2005.

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Actress Patricia Marand (b.1934) died on November 27. Marand won the Best Supporting Actress Tony Award for her role as Lois Lane in the 1965 musical "It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman!"

Author Richard K. Lyon (b.1933) died on November 21. Lyon's first short story, "The City of Ul Chalan," was published in Analog in 1973. He also co-wrote four novels with Andrew J. Offutt in the late 1970s, including the War of the Wizards Trilogy and rails Across the Galaxy. In addition to his work as an author, Lyon held a Ph.D. in physical chemistry and held several patents related to pollution control.

Composer Irving Gertz (b.1915) died on November 14. Gertz composed the music for nearly eighty films, including genre works "It Came from Outer Space," "Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," and "Land of the Giants."

20 November 2008
Aeon to End
Aeon Speculative Fiction has announced that after four years, they will be ceasing publication. All submissions will be returned and authors with stories in inventory will be given the option of having their stories appear in an anthology, The End of an Aeon, to be published in 2009.

SF Actors Lose Homes
Christopher Lloyd, who played Doc in the Back to the Future films, and Bob May, who played the Robot in Lost in Space, both lost their homes to the wildfires raging in California.

Tobias Buckell in Hospital
After returning home from Windycon, author Tobias Buckell found himself short of breath. A visit to the emergency room revealed heart problems and he has been moved to a hospital in Lima, Ohio. Buckell has not yet received a complete diagnosis and is resting comfortably and bored.

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Screenwriter Irving Brecher (b.1914) died on November 17. Brecher got his start by writing comedy sketches for Milton Berle in Vaudeville. He was also the last surviving writer of a Marx Brothers movie and the only person to get sole writing credit of Marx Brothers films for "At the Circus" and "Go West." His genre credits include uncredited writing on "The Wizard of Oz." He created "The Life of Riley" and won an Oscar for the screenplay to "Meet Me In St. Louis."

18 November 2008
Chesley Awards
Due to a SNAFU with voting timelines, the Chesley Awards were not announced at Worldcon as is generally the case. The winners have now been announced and are listed below. The Chesleys are presented by the Association
Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book: Donato Giancola, "The Outback Stars" by Sandra McDonald, Tor, 4/07
Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book: Donato Giancola, "Crystal Dragon" by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller Ace, 11/07
Best Cover Illustration – Magazine: Cory and Catska Ench, Fantasy & Science Fiction, 3/07
Best Interior Illustration: James Gurney, "Dinotopia ;Journey to Chandara", Andrews McMeel, 9/07
Best Three Dimensional Art: Vincent Villafranca, "Conscious Entity and Its Maker", Bronze
Best Monochrome – Unpublished: Donato Giancola, "Season of Change", Pencil and Chalk on Toned paper
Best Color Work – Unpublished: Donato Giancola, "Red Sonja", Oil
Best Gaming Related Illustration: Donato Giancola, "Vanguard: Saga of Heroes", Sigil Games Online
Best Product Illustration: Todd Lockwood, "War of Angels", poster for Bullseye Tattoo
Award for Artistic Achievement: Michael Wm. Kaluta
Best Art Director: Irene Gallo, Tor Books

ASFA Resignations
For a variety of reasons, ASFA President Elizabeth Humphrey has tendered her resignation, which was accepted. Secretary Jannie Shea has also tendered her resignation. David Hardy is currently the organization's acting President and the Secretary position remains vacant for the moment.

17 November 2008
Book View Café Opens
Sarah Zettel and other authors have created the Book View Café, which went live on November 17. The site is a sort of co-op which allows the authors to post their own works (and in some cases sell works) as well as blog about their work as authors. Initial postings include Brenda Clough's Revise the World and Darcy Pattison's The Wayfinder. Other participating authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Vonda McIntyre, Sarah Zettel, Mary Jane Moore, and more.

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Nova Awards
The Nova Awards for British fan writing, art, and publishing, were presented the weekend of November 14 at Novacon in Bentley, England.
Best fanzine: Prolapse, edited by Peter Weston
Best writer: Claire Brialey
Best artist: Alison Scott

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SFWA New York Reception
The annual SFWA Annual New York Reception is scheduled for Monday, November 24. The Reception is the organization's way of saying "thank you" to all the editors, agents, publishers, copy editors, art directors, production managers and other publishing professionals who do so much to further science fiction and fantasy. The reception is informal and open to all professionals in the field. Please RSVP to the SFWA Executive Director if possible.

Eos Contest
To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Eos Books, Harper is giving away ten sets of books each week for ten weeks. The contest is currently in the fifth week with a package of books by male authors and a package of books by female authors. When entering, entrants should note which package they would want to receive.

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SFWA Regional Business Meetings
The SFWA will be holding a Western Regional Business Meeting at Orycon in Portland on November 22 and an Eastern Regional Business Meeting the same day at Philcon in Philadelphia.

Endeavor Auction
Two figurines from the film Howl's Moving Castle are scheduled to be auctioned on Ebay to raise funds for the Endeavor Award. The figures were given to Ursula K. Le Guin by Hayao Miyazaki. The Endeavor Award is given for fiction by an author with ties to the Pacific Northwest.

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Warwick Prize
The first Warwick Prize nominations list has been announced. The award, which is to be given every other year for substantial pieces of writing in the English language, in any genre or form. The theme for the 2009 prize is 'Complexity'. This year, the twenty items on the long list include Ian McDonald's science fiction novel Brasyl. The judging panel for the prize is chaired by China Miéville and includes journalist Maya Jaggi; novelist, translator and academic Maureen Freely; Britain's first book blogger Stephen Mitchelmore and University of Warwick mathematician Professor Ian Stewart.

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8 November 2008
Forry Ackerman did not suffer an heart attack as previously reported. He was hospitalized for pneumonia and tests revealed he is suffering from congestive heart failure. He is currently resting at home, weak, but lucid.

SFSFC Scholarship
San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. has announced a scholarship of $500 to help Heather Stern attend this year's SMOFCon in Columbus, Ohio from December 5-7. Stern has been attending conventions for more than twenty years and has worked on Baycons, Loscons, Equicons, Consonance and others, including a staff position at a Worldcon and a division head for a NASFiC. This is the fifth years SFSFC has offered a SMOFcon scholarship.

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5 November 2008
Geri Sullivan Named FN
Fan Geri Sullivan, who won a Hugo in 2007 for Best Fanzine for Science Fiction Five Yearly, has been named a Fellow of NESFA by the New England Science Fiction Association. Fellowship is an honor bestowed for a person's contribution to NESFA and does not carry any duties. Sullivan has worked on several Boskone conventions organizing interactive events, and helping improve the design and appearance of many NESFA publications.

Pulpcon Split
A split in the committee for Pulpcon will result in two conventions going forward. Pulpcon 38 will be held in Dayton, Ohio, while PulpFest 2009 (formerly Pulpcon 2009) will be held in Columbus, Ohio.


Screenwriter Chris Bryant (b.1936) died on October 27. Bryant, who suffered from Parkinson's Disease, wrote the scripts for The Spiral Staircase, Don't Look Now, and The Awakening.

Author Michael Crichton (b.1942) died on November 4. Crichton was best known in science fiction circles for his novels Jurassic Park and The Andromeda Strain. Many of his novels were turned into successful films and he also created the television series ER, which debuted in 1994 and is currently in its final season.

3 November 2008
Ackerman Heart Attack
Forrest J Ackerman suffered an heart attack on November 1. He is not expected to survive, although on November 3 it was reported that he was asking to be released from the hospital to spend time with his collection.

World Fantasy Award Winners
The World Fantasy Awards were announced at the World Fantasy Convention in Calgary on November 2. The winners are listed below.
Life Achievement: Patricia McKillip and Leo & Diane Dillon
Novel: Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay
Novella: Illyria, by Elizabeth Hand
Short Story: "Singing of Mount Abora," by Theodora Goss
Anthology: Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow
Collection: Tiny Deaths, by Robert Shearman
Artist: Edward Miller
Special Award, Professional: Peter Crowther for PS Publishing
Special Award, Non-Professional: Midori Snyder & Terri Windling for Endicott Studios Website

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International Horror Guild Winners
The winners of the International Horror Guild Awards have been announced. The judges for this year's awards were Edward Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Ann Kennedy, and Hank Wagner, with award administrator Paula Guran. According to the awards' website, these are the final IGH Awards.
Living Legend: Peter Straub
Novel: The Terror, by Dan Simmons
Long Fiction: Softspoken, by Lucius Shepard
Mid-Length Fiction: "Closet Dreams," by Lisa Tuttle
Short Fiction: "Honey in the Wound," by Nancy Etchemendy
Illustrated Narrative: The Nightmare Factory, by Thomas Ligotti
Collection: Dagger Key and Other Stories, by Lucius Shepard
Anthology: Inferno, edited by Ellen Datlow
Non-Fiction: Mario Bava: All the Colors of Dark, by Tim Lucas
Periodical: Postscripts
Art: Elizabeth McGrath for "The Incurable Disorder"

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Producer John Daly (b.1937) died on October 31. Daly produced thirteen Academy Award winning films as well as several genre movies. His genre work included The Terminator, The Return of the Living Dead, Vampire's Kiss, and Strange Behavior. Daly, along with David Hemmings, also represented several rock bands, including Yes and Black Sabbath.

2 November 2008
Charity Turns Down Auction
Christian Children's Fund turned down a charitable contribution of $17,398.00 after they determined the money was raised at the GenCon 2008 gaming convention. The charity had been selected as being one of the late Gary Gygax's favorite charities, however the organization, which works to end poverty for children did not want to receive money raised by the sale of Dungeons and Dragons. GenCon instead donated the money to the Fisher House Foundation, which donates comfort homes to military bases to house families of hospitalized military personnel.

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Early Hebrew Writing
Archaeologists have found a 3,000 year old potsherd in ruins south of Jerusalem which contain four lines of proto-Canaanite script, a precursor to the Hebrew alphabet. The writing appears to indicate that the Biblical account of the kingdom of David was based partly on written texts as well as oral history.

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1 November 2008
Rotsler Award Winner
Fan artist Taral Wayne has been announced as the winner of the 2008 Rotsler Award. Named for fan artist William Rotsler, the award recognizes long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community. The award was established in 1998 and includes a $300 honorarium. The award will be formally announced on November 29 at Loscon in Los Angeles.

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Night Shade and Baen Forge e-Partnership
Baen Books' Webscription service will begin releasing e-books from Night Shade Press on October 31, 2008. Night Shade Books will also release their e-books individually. Night Shade joins other publishes, including Tor, Del Rey, SRM, E-Books, and Subterranean Press who use Webscription for e-book distribution.

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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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