2015 Audie Award Winners
The Audio Publishers Association announced the winners of the 2015 Audie Awards at a ceremony in New York on May 28. Winners of interest to genre fans include — CHILDREN’S TITLES FOR AGES 8-12 The Graveyard Book; by Neil Gaiman; Narrated … Continue reading →

puppyDemon with a Glass Hound 5/30
aka The Pup Who Circumnavigated Hugoland In A Slate Of His Own Making The roundup includes Lela E. Buis, Samantha Noll, David Gerrold, Max Florschutz, Vox Day, Alexandra Erin, Jim McCoy, David Mack, Wei Ming Kam, Lis Carey, Pluviann, Chad … Continue reading →

Tanith Lee (1947-2015)
Tanith Lee, renowned British sf, horror and fantasy author, passed away May 24. She was 67. Lee published over 90 novels and 300 short stories. She also wrote two episodes Blake’s 7 for the BBC. Lee’s short fiction won two World … Continue reading →

Cadigan and Aldiss GoHs at BSFA/SFF Meeting
The British Science Fiction Association reiterated yesterday on its Facebook events page that Pat Cadigan and Brian Aldiss will be the guests of honor at the group’s Annual General Meeting to be held in conjunction with the Science Fiction Foundation on … Continue reading →

2015 Russ Manning Award Shortlist
The nominees for the 2015 Russ Manning Promising Newcomer Award have been announced by Comic-Con International. Jorge Corona, artist of Feathers (Archaia), Goners (Image), and Teen Titans Go (DC) Leila del Duca, artist of Shutter (Image) Vanesa R. Del Rey, … Continue reading →

2015 Bill Finger Award To McGregor, Stanley
Don McGregor and the late John Stanley have been selected to receive the 2015 Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing, which is given under the auspices of San Diego Comic-Con International. Each year the selection committee, chaired … Continue reading →

puppyThe Bark Between The Stars 5/29
aka If All Puppies Were Brothers, Would You Let One Marry Your Sister? Here in today’s roundup: Martin Wisse, Sarah A. Hoyt, Alexandra Erin, Lela E. Buis, Bruce Baugh, Adam-Troy Castro, Vox Day, Daddy Warpig, Phil Sandifer, Shaun Duke, Spacefaring Kitten, … Continue reading →

Amazing Stories To Launch Short Story Contest
Amazing Stories’ inaugural Gernsback Science Fiction Short Story Contest will begin taking submissions on July 1. The contest will accept up to 100 short stories of 2,000 words or less, with submissions closing when 100 submissions have been received or … Continue reading →

Jeff Vandermeer Coming To Arthur C. Clarke Center 6/3
The Arthur C. Clarke Center for the Human Imagination will host the Final Showcase of “Are We Alone?” on June 3 with themed discussions, performances, presentations and a keynote by Nebula nominee Jeff VanderMeer. The event is open to the … Continue reading →

Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro Debate on BBC Radio 4
VIDEO: Why do people look down on “genre fiction” like crime and sci-fi? Kazuo Ishiguro and @Neilhimself discuss: — BBC Ents News Team (@BBCNewsEnts) May 28, 2015 You don’t build a convention panel around a softball question like “Are … Continue reading →

SF Commentary 89 Is Posted
The latest issue of Australia’s distinguished science fiction, fantasy and culture fanzine, SF Commentary 89 (May 2015), is now available from Bruce Gillespie. The 75,000-word magazine runs 76 pages in the portrait format [PDF file] and 123 pages in the landscape … Continue reading →

2015 Prix Imaginales
The winners of the 2015 Prix Imaginales have been announced. The awards will be given at Imaginales, the Festival of the Imaginary Worlds in Épinal, France on May 30. The winners were selected by a jury composed of Anne Besson, Jacques Grasser (Président), … Continue reading →

That Green and Savageland
Edward L. Green, actor and former president of LASFS, enjoyed the limelight a week ago at the LA screening of Savageland, a documentary-style horror film in which he plays right-wing talk show host Gus Greer. The independent film was made … Continue reading →

puppyThe Collar Out of Space 5/28
aka Twenty Thousand Comments About the Controversy by Jules Verne Stampeding into this roundup are Kate Paulk, John Carlton, Nick Mamatas, Tom Knighton, Adam-Troy Castro, Brian Lowe, Max Florschutz, Rich Horton, Lou Antonelli , Amanda S. Green, Steve Davidson, William … Continue reading →

puppyCanterbury Tails 5/27
Aka Mansfield Puppy Park The wisdom of crowds is supplied by Ruth Davies, Adam-Troy Castro, Nancy Lebovitz, Gabriel McKee, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Lyda Morehouse, L. Jagi Lamplighter Wright, Alexandra Erin, Vox Day, JDZ, Lis Carey, Joe Sherry, Lisa J. Goldstein, Rebekah … Continue reading →

Gentlemen, Be Repeated
John Bigboote’s brother John Reboote has announced that the next franchise to be revived will be The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Variety reports – Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are overseeing the remake, based on Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill’s … Continue reading →

50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend
SFWA’s 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend runs June 4-7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. On the schedule are tours, workshops, programming, and the Nebula Awards Ceremony. Price info and event details are here. The Group Autographing Session on Friday, June … Continue reading →

puppyThe Effect of Puppy Rays on Fan-in-Spokane Rocketships 5/26
aka It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a sad puppy in possession of a published story must be in want of a Hugo From rules wonk to rap filk, we have it all in today’s roundup courtesy of Adam-Troy … Continue reading →

2015 Compton Crook Award
Alexandra Duncan’s novel Salvage has won the 2015 Compton Crook Award The award is given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society for the best first novel in the genre published in the previous year. It is named in memory of … Continue reading →

2015 Tomorrow Prize Winner
The winner of Sci-Fest LA’s Tomorrow Prize for New Short Fiction was “Freedom” by Ashley Anderson from Port of Los Angeles High School. Her story was read aloud by Anna Maria Horsford during the award ceremony on May 16. The other … Continue reading →

Chuck Miller (1952-2015)
Chuck Miller, of Underwood-Miller, one of the top fantasy and science fiction small press publishers from the 1970s through the 1990s, passed away on May 24 from multiple organ failure. Chuck, whose full name was Charles Franklin Miller II, was … Continue reading →

Spectrum 22 Award Recipients
The Spectrum 22 Awards were presented May 23 in Kansas City, MO as part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live. Images of the winning entries can be viewed here. Over 1100 artists, patrons, and fans attended the ceremony, which included an … Continue reading →

Commander Riker’s Spinoff
Jan van den Hemel, who collaborated with Andrew Hussie in the last decade to make dozens of short comedy videos from edited bits of Star Trek: The Next Generation, has returned after a five-year remission. His new video Riker simulates … Continue reading →

puppyDisney’s “101 Nominations” 5/25
aka Crate Expectations The Memorial Day roundup begins with Dave Freer and carries on with Cheryl Morgan, Jeff Duntemann, Sam Finlay, Adam-Troy Castro, Lisa J. Goldstein, Joseph Tomaras, Andrew Hickey, Rebekah Golden, Martin Wisse, Declan Finn, Steve Leahy and Dcarson. … Continue reading

World War II, and a Lexicon in Time
By James H. Burns: Americans have never needed a guidebook for courage. And the men who served in World War II were amongst the bravest citizens our nation has ever produced. Yet, one of the biggest influences on that generation … Continue reading →

Free Ebooks of TAFF Reports and Classic Fanfiction
A selection of trip reports by Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund winners are now available as free ebooks says TAFF website host David Langford. H. Ken Bulmer – TAFF Tales (1955 trip report) Rob Hansen – On the TAFF Trail (1984 trip … Continue reading →

Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell Trailer
The television series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell comes to BBC America on June 13, adapted by Doctor Who writer Peter Harness from Susanna Clarke’s Hugo-winning novel. The episodes are already airing in the UK and the first can be … Continue reading →

Hawkins Wins Roswell Award
William Hawkins’ story “Grandma’s Sex Robot” has won the Roswell Award short story writing contest for adults hosted by Sci-Fest LA. The author will receive a cash prize of $1,000.00. Hawkins lives in Irvine, CA, where he currently pursues an … Continue reading →

puppyHowl’s Moving Castalia 5/24
aka In a hole in a ground there lived a Hugo. It was a puppy Hugo, and that means discomfort. Today’s roundup features Amanda S. Green, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, P. J. Pruhon, Andrew Hickey, Lisa J. Goldstein, The Staff of … Continue reading →

Tiptree Auction – A Message From The Past
During the Tiptree Award fundraising auction last night at WisCon 39 they passed the hat and sold to the audience assembled the right to decide whether Orange Mike Lowrey’s beard (in its 25th year) and long hair (“‘flying my freak flag’ since … Continue reading →

Ellen Klages’ “Message From The Future”
Fans at WisCon 39 last night enjoyed a video message sent to them from the future by former Tiptree auctioneer Ellen Klages, who was simultaneously channeling Hari Seldon and Maude Frickert… Continue reading →

Second “Pixels” Trailer Drops
Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage and Josh Gad battle alien invaders who take the form of iconic 1970s video game characters in Pixels. The comedy pays homage to Ghostbusters and several other movie franchises.… Continue reading →

13 Is A Lucky Number For Scalzi — So Is $3.4M
John Scalzi has signed a $3.4 million deal with Tor Books that covers his next 13 books the New York Times reports. Some of the books will extend the popular “Old Man’s War” series, building on an existing audience, and … Continue reading →

Anne Meara (1929-2015)
Actress Anne Meara passed away May 23 at the age of 85. She worked a great deal in TV – her first role was in 1954 — though rarely in sf or fantasy programs. In the Vincent Price/Coral Browne vehicle … Continue reading →

Nikto In ’17
The DC17 bid was at CostumeCon 33 last weekend in Charleston, SC. [Thanks to Michael J. Walsh for the story.]… Continue reading →

Sasquan Hits 9000 Members
Sasquan reached the 9,000 membership mark going into Memorial Day Weekend. As of May 22 the 2015 Worldcon had 3,688 attending and 4,952 supporting members. A $40 supporting membership is the minimum requirement to become eligible as a voter in 2017 site selection or to … Continue reading →

Today In History 5/23
May 23, 1980: The Shining was released. The “Heeere’s Johnny!” scene took three days to film and 60 doors. That scene also appears on a drive-in theatre screen in the movie Twister just before a tornado rips the screen down… Continue reading →

puppyWe Are Sad Puppies If You Please; We Are Sad Puppies If You Don’t Please 5/23
aka One Hundred Days of Being Stuck in a Crate Just Because You Ate the Goddamn Plum Pudding Again, if you Didn’t Want Me To Eat It You Shouldn’t Have Put it on the Table, Signed, Maggie, Your DOG There … Continue reading →

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