AMAZING NEWS of Fandom 4-8-15

NEWS HEADER FOR FILE 770Amazing News of Fandom appears today so that we don’t overwhelm you with a double dose on Sunday. (Not quite all puppy news, all the time….)

2015 TAFF Voting Deadline Imminent

The deadline to vote on the winner of the 2015 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund is Tuesday, April 7 at Midnight EDT. (Click here for complete details.) This year TAFF will select either Nina Horvath or Wolf Von Witting, two European fans, as a delegate to Sasquan, … Continue reading →

2015 Ditmar Award Recipients Named

The winners of the 2015 Ditmar Awards, recognizing annually the achievement in Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror and fandom, as well as several other awards were announced on April 5 during an awards ceremony at the 2015 Australian National SF Convention, … Continue reading →

2015 WASFF Tin Duck Award Winners

The voters’ choices for the Tin Duck Awards given by the Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation for WA writers and artists were announced at Swancon 40 in Perth on April 5. Best Professional Production or Artwork Kaleidoscope: Diverse YA Science … Continue reading →

Puppies Fetch Hugo Nominations and the Neighbors Have Plenty To Say

I was skeptical when people said the internet would explode on Saturday when the Hugo shortlist was announced. I was wrong. It blew sky high. Here are samples of the thunder and lightning, beginning with someone who declined his nomination. … Continue reading →

2015 Philip K. Dick Award

The winner of the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award was announced at Norwescon 38 – The Book of the Unnamed Midwife by Meg Elison (Sybaritic Press). The award is given to “the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first … Continue reading →

2014 Tiptree Award

The winners of the 2014 Tiptree Award are Monica Byrne for The Girl In the Road, and Jo Walton for My Real Children. Each winner will receive $1000 in prize money, a specially commissioned piece of original artwork, and chocolate. … Continue reading →

Instant Analysis of the 2015 Hugo Nominees

New Voting Record: Sasquan received 2122 valid nominations (2119 online and 3 paper ballots), making this the seventh year in a row a new record has been set. Loncon 3 received 1,923 ballots last year. Prior to that LoneStarCon 3 received 1,343 … Continue reading →

2015 Hugo Nominees

Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon, has released the nominees for this year’s Hugo Awards. They were chosen by popular vote of members of Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon), Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) and MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 Worldcon). A total of 2122 … Continue reading →

WisCon Seeks Comment on New Anti-Abuse Regime

The WisCon Anti-Abuse Team has opened its revised policies and procedures to public comment. We have been guided by the goal of making WisCon a safer and more enjoyable experience for everyone. To that end, we have worked to develop … Continue reading →

Locus Award Voting Deadline Nears

Online Locus Awards voting continues until April 15. The form is a checklist with options from the 2014 Recommended Reading List with write-in boxes available to vote for other titles and nominees in any category. Under the rules, Locus subscriber … Continue reading →

GRRM Posts Excerpt from “The Winds of Winter”

George R.R. Martin is still at work on his latest book The Winds of Winter. He showed a sample of his progress yesterday in an excerpt on his website. The passage is from the eyes of Sansa Stark, titled “Alayne,” … Continue reading →

First Herbert Award Winner Announced

The Troop by Nick Cutter, a pseudonym of Craig Davidson, has won the inaugural James Herbert Award for Horror Writing. Open to horror novels written in English and published in the U.K., the annual prize celebrates the life and career … Continue reading →

Puppy and Counter Puppy

A reader of the “Puppy Roundup” says fairness requires a corresponding set of links to sites with differing opinions. I agree. As I searched the latest posts today, I made sure to clip from the full spectrum of opinions. We begin with … Continue reading →

Nova Award Retired. Mostly.

The Nova Awards, given at Novacon in the UK since 1973 for work in British and Irish fanzines, have been suspended except for the occasional “Special Nova” to honor individuals of merit. Steve Green confirmed to readers of his LiveJournal that the … Continue reading →

Kate Paulk Uncovers a Conspiracy

And it’s a good day at the Mad Genius Club. Kate Paulk (“Terry Pratchett and the Sadness of Puppies”) has revealed another reason the gatekeepers of the Hugos must go. Terry Pratchett never won a Hugo. The man was only the … Continue reading →

Joanna Russ, Stanley Schmidt Are SFWA Solstice Award Recipients

SFWA will honor Joanna Russ and Stanley Schmidt with its 2015 Solstice Awards, granted in recognition of “the positive impact and influence the recipients and their work have had on the science fiction and fantasy genres.” The awards will be … Continue reading →

Puppy Roundup

Teresa Nielsen Hayden’s post at Making Light, “Distant thunder, and the smell of ozone” (March 25), has attracted over 1,000 comments. She began with these lines — I’ve been keeping an ear on the SF community’s gossip, and I think … Continue reading →

Today In Foolish History 4/1

A friend is worried I am overlooking this special day. So here are two of the better examples of foolishness I saw on April 1st. (1) “CERN researchers confirm existence of the Force”: Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider just recently started … Continue reading →

Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance Votes First Book of the Year Award

The Conservative-Libertarian Fiction Alliance is a Facebook group with over 700 members. Two weeks ago they announced their first Book of the Year Award. Although it is not a genre award, sf&f works comprised around 25% of the nominees and … Continue reading →

Top 10 Posts for March 2015

You know what they say – nothing is inevitable except death and Sad Puppies. The passing of Terry Pratchett triggered a surge of internet activity so great in extent that a five-year-old post with an image of his coat-of-arms became … Continue reading →

Pratchett’s Tuckerizations

The late Terry Pratchett enjoyed a great reputation as a fan-friendly pro who sometimes drew inspiration from those he talked to at cons, while Tuckerizing others for charity. Tuckerization — using a person’s real name in a science fiction story … Continue reading →

Today’s Trivia Question 3/31

Rank the 2006 Best Novel Hugo nominees in the order they finished in runoff voting. The five works are listed here in alphabetical order by author. Learning the World by Ken MacLeod [Orbit, 2005; Tor, 2005] A Feast for Crows by George … Continue reading →

Will’s Grace Notes

Last week Will Ferrell performed the original Star Trek theme song for James Corden on the Late Late Show. Knowing how badly we could all use some comic relief just now, I am posting the video. Continue reading →

Not Your Father’s Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang

If James Bond has seen Christoph Waltz’ movie work, he’ll know he has plenty to worry about when he faces a character played by Waltz in Spectre. Continue reading →

Miller and Delany at NYRSF Readings 4/21

The award-winning writing talent of Sam J. Miller and Samuel Delany will be featured at the New York Review of SF Readings on April 21. Sam J. Miller is a writer and a community organizer. He is a winner of … Continue reading →

Passing the Bar in Birdman

By James H. Burns: There is no bar to the East of the St. James Theatre on Broadway. At least, not the one in Birdman. The bar is actually a few blocks away. Through the magic of filmmaking (that old … Continue reading →

Bergmann’s Rebuttal Now Online

F. J. Bergmann has posted the full text of her rebuttal to WisCon’s report about her alleged harassment of Rose Lemberg here. Note: The WisCon report is not a published document (a copy was provided to Bergmann so that she could … Continue reading →

Context 28 Is Cancelled

Predictions about the demise of Context, an Ohio science fiction convention, may yet prove true. Committee member Sharon Palmer issued a statement today that the 2015 event will not take place: The Fanaco Board regrets to announce that Context 28 has … Continue reading →

Lomberg’s Cosmos Archive To Auction

Artist Jon Lomberg enjoyed a 25-year collaboration with the late Carl Sagan, illustrating The Cosmic Connection (1973) and providing work for Cosmos, Broca’s Brain (1979), and the cover for Sagan’s novel, Contact (1985). And Lomberg’s Cosmos Archive will go under … Continue reading →

Richard Clear (1943-2015)

Book dealer and former Pulpcon committee member Richard Clear passed away March 21. He was 71 and had been ill for a number of years. He began collecting magazines and in 1973 opened the Dragon’s Lair comic book store in … Continue reading →

2001 Shuttle Model Fetches Six-Figure Bid

A screen-used model Aries 1B Trans-Lunar Space Shuttle from 2001: A Space Odyssey auctioned for $344,000 on March 28. In the movie, Dr. Heywood R. Floyd rides the shuttle from the space station to the Moon to investigate a monolith … Continue reading →

Wilson To Get LFS Lifetime Achievement Award

The Libertarian Futurist Society will honor F. Paul Wilson with a Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement on May 9 at Marcon. Wilson has won four other Prometheus Awards during his career, including the first ever presented, in 1979, for Wheels Within … Continue reading →

2015 FAAn Awards

The winners of the 2015 FAAn Awards were announced March 29 at Corflu in the UK. Best Genzine: Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Best Personal Fanzine: Vibrator ed. by Graham Charnock Best Single Issue: Trap Door … Continue reading →

Paulk Proclaims Puppy Party 4

They can’t be that sad. Writers on the Sad Puppies 3 slate have been demurely preparing to take a victory lap when the Hugo nominations are announced on April 4. They’ve been marking their territory on Facebook. Significantly quoting Jabberwocky. … Continue reading →

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