Top Ten Posts For January 2015

Tapping that vast wellspring of love for the author, “Viewing the Remains of Bradbury’s Home” went viral, receiving 10 times more hits than anything ever posted here before. John King Tarpinian’s story and photos about the teardown of Ray’s house were … Continue reading →

What Stories Are In “Stories for Chip”?
Editors Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell have announced the table of contents of Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, coming July 1. The book honors SFWA Grand Master, Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee, and multiple award-winner … Continue reading →

Jack McDevitt Wins 2015 Robert A. Heinlein Award
Jack McDevitt of Georgia has won the 2015 Robert A. Heinlein Award. Sponsored by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, the award is given to an author of outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human … Continue reading →

Ray Bradbury, Architect

The city of Los Angeles is criticized for many things, among them having no center. Over 50 years ago Ray Bradbury began writing down his remedies for that problem. Today his influence apparent in the Glendale Galleria, Century City and … Continue reading →

Tasteless McCullough Obituary Sets Off Avalanche of Parodies
Colleen McCullough, a favorite writer of mine whose Masters of Rome series I’ve read at least five times, died January 29 at the age of 77. Her obituary in the Australian put some strange things in the lede: “Colleen McCullough, … Continue reading →

Fans Will Crown Year’s Best Military SF Story
After Baen releases The Year’s Best Military SF and Space Opera on June 2, the publisher will invite readers to vote online for the work in the volume most deserving of the accolade “Year’s Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction … Continue reading →

Last Stages of Bradbury House Demolition
John King Tarpinian paid another visit to the site of Ray Bradbury’s house on January 30. By now most of the property has been cleared. The garage has been flattened, and the crew has taken down the chimney and is salvaging the … Continue reading →

Autumn Angels Reissued

Arthur Byron Cover’s 1976 Nebula nominee Autumn Angels has been republished by Digital Parchment Services. Read the first chapter free on Cover’s website. Harlan Ellison drops a few clues about what readers can expect from the book — It takes … Continue reading →

Dysprosium Announces New Workshops Including Writing, Poetry and Chocolate

Dysprosium, the 2015 British National Science Fiction Convention, continues to develop new program offerings. The latest additions to its schedule are: Martin Owton and the T-party will run a writing workshop at Dysprosium which involves detailed critique and comment on a pre-submitted … Continue reading →

Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015)
Versatile sf author, poet and linguist Suzette Haden Elgin died January 27. She’d been experiencing health troubles for a long time, and abandoned several newsletters and her blog a few years ago due to the effects of Fronto-Temporol Dementia which, as her husband, … Continue reading →

Inaugural Shortlist for James Herbert Award for Horror Writing
Pan Macmillan has announced the six finalists for the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing, being given for the first time this year. M.R. Carey, The Girl with All the Gifts (Orbit) Nick Cutter, The Troop (Headline) Frances Hardinge, Cuckoo … Continue reading →

What You Can Hear In Space
Just discovered a humorous commercial that’s been out for awhile. (I wonder if Rick Foss covered this product in his new book Food in the Air and Space?) Continue reading →

Foss on Food In The Skies
While I don’t know what they served for dinner on the fictional Pan Am passenger rocket in 2001, the year the movie was released Pan Am was serving lobster thermidor aboard 747’s in the upstairs dining room. When it comes to meals … Continue reading →

Snow Makes NYC Even More Dystopian Than Usual
Jason Concepcion of Grantland has authored a pretty hilarious satire about the New York snow emergency — “Apocalypse Snow: A Dystopian Vision of New York City’s Blizzard” – shuffling stfnal references together with other absurdities. The commissioner also announced that the … Continue reading →

Take a Ride on a Discworld-Inspired Model Railroad
Hugh Norwood pays tribute to Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books with his Angst-Lesspork 009 railway layout, exhibited last year at LonCon 3. Helping to set the scene are the Alchemists’ Guildhall (complete with stuffed alligator), one of the many Watch houses, … Continue reading →

Margaret Atwood Speaks at IU Bloomington 2/3
A week of activities at IU Bloomington devoted to the work of Margaret Atwood will be capped by a visit with the author on February 3. The Lilly Library hosts an exhibition of her work and its influences “The Speculative … Continue reading →

2015 Crawford Award
Zen Cho’s story collection Spirits Abroad and Stephanie Feldman’s novel The Angel of Losses have tied for the 2015 William L. Crawford Fantasy Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts for an outstanding first … Continue reading →

Amazing Miskatonic Railroad Layout
One of model railroader John Ott’s prized layouts, inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s fictional georgraphy, is the fabulous Miskatonic RR. Many Lovecraft commentators believe that Arkham [Massachusetts] was old H.P.L.’s stand-in for the real-life burg of Salem— Salem of colonial witch-trial … Continue reading →

2014 Diehard GameFAN Awards
The Diehard GameFAN website has announced their awards for 2014 Video Games and Tabletop Gaming. These awards are selected by the site’s staff. Diehard GameFAN Video Game Awards System Awards BEST SONY CONSOLE EXCLUSIVE GAME Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed … Continue reading →

Elon Musk Honors Iain M. Banks

SpaceX CEO/CTO Elon Musk has named his company’s drone ship/booster rocket landing pads after two of Iain M. Banks’ Culture starships. Repairs almost done on the spaceport drone ship and have given it the name “Just Read the Instructions” — Elon … Continue reading →

Castles In Spain Crowdfunding Appeal
Sharing the best Spanish genre fiction side by side with English translations is the goal of Castles in Spain/Castillos en el aire, and the entire 10-story anthology can be produced if they raise US$7,200. Most of the funds will go for … Continue reading →

Alice K. Turner Passes Away

By Andrew Porter: I returned from nearly a week away from the computer to find the shocking and horrifying news of Alice Turner’s death. I was stunned by this totally unexpected news — I’d last spoken to Alice earlier — … Continue reading →

Star Wars Figure Auction 1/28

Star Wars fan Craig Stevens has been collecting the action figures from the series since he was a child. He’s noted for posing them in stunning dioramas, including one that arrays hundreds of Storm Trooper figures. Now he’s decided to auction … Continue reading →

Joe Franklin, R.I.P.
By James H. Burns: By now, the passing of legendary TV and radio show host, at the age of 88, will have made all the papers. (The New York Times obit is here.) For over forty years, Joe hosted a … Continue reading →

Pournelle Back at LASFS
Jerry Pournelle’s weekly attendance of Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society meetings was interrupted when he suffered a stroke in December. Now he has recovered enough mobility that with the use of a walker he can navigate his way to the … Continue reading →

San Diego Fan Info Site Revamped
Once you’ve scanned James Hay’s San Diego Fandom Index you’ll believe his hometown must be the center of the science fiction universe. Since Hay took over editorship of the site he has expanded its coverage, and started posting info about cons, meetings … Continue reading →

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