AMAZING NEWS FROM FANDOM: 7-29-2018

Awards, awards and announcements of award finalists. Worldcon Programming, fan art, forgotten films and more

2018 World Fantasy Award Nominations
The World Fantasy Award Administration has announced the World Fantasy Award nominations for 2018. Nominations came from two sources. Members of the current convention as well as the previous two were able to vote two nominations onto the final ballot.

Marvel Battle Lines Variant Covers
At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Games debuted all-new art from MARVEL Battle Lines, the collectible card battling mobile game created by Nexon. And this October, Marvel Comics is celebrating the game’s much-anticipated launch with a series of variant covers showcasing

2018 Munsey Award Winner
William Lampkin is the winner of the 2018 Munsey Award. The award was presented at PulpFest in Pittsburgh on July 28. William Lampkin, is a freelance writer/editor and publication designer who has spent much of his work life in the

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HUGO VOTING CLOSES JULY 31. Worldcon 76 sent members a reminder earlier in the week: Voting for both will end on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM PDT. Online voting forms and Voter Packet downloads for both sets

Father Electrico Sculptor Slatoff Appears in Pasadena
The “Life of a Modern Day Sculptor: Christopher Slatoff” event at the Pasadena Museum of History on July 24 featured a conversation between artist Chuck Kovacic and Christopher Slatoff, creator of the Bradbury-inspired Father Electrico sculpture. Once famous for traveling

Sci-Fi Roundup 7/28/18
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Dr. Strange More videos follow the jump. Swamp Thing The Thing Every Avenger ever Every X-Men ever Blade Stan Lee cameos Deleted Marvel scenes

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DRAGON AWARDS FINALISTS NOTIFIED. This year the Dragon Awards administrators are asking for acceptances. Finalist K.C. Seville confirmed on Facebook, “They’re still notifying and letting people accept or decline.” Last year they started out refusing to let authors withdraw,

2018 James White Award Shortlist
The finalists for the 2018 James White Award have been named. Six stories were selected from over 300 entrants: “A Sip of Pombe” by Gustavo Bondoni “Imago” by Matthew Eeles “Ms. Höffern Stays Abreast of the News” by Sarah Pauling

2017 Sidewise Award Nominees
The shortlists for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been released. The Sidewise Awards recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. The winners will be announced at Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA the weekend of August 16-20. Short Form

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GOOD THOUGHTS ON BAD PRACTICES. Kristine Kathryn Rusch comments on historic efforts to game Amazon’s algorithms. “Business Musings: Sometimes I Just React…” …Back when I started blogging on publishing in 2010 (after writing The Freelancer’s Survival Guide on this

Forgotten Sci-Fi Films
By Carl Slaughter: Them! is a forgotten classic science fiction movie. Despite a premise involving ants mutated into giants and spreading rapidly, this is not a typical creature feature. The insects make few appearances and are on screen briefly. Killings

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DILLON KICKSTARTER. A Kickstarter to crowdfund “Daydreamer’s Journey, a new Art Book by Julie Dillon” was launched July 24. Dillon is one of the top artists in the field, a three-time Hugo Award winner (plus five Chesley Awards, three

2018 Prix Rosny Aîné
The Prix Rosny Aîné for French science fiction was announced by Eurocon 2018 on July 22. There are two categories, novels and short stories. The winners were decided by a vote of the members of the combined Eurocon/French national SF

Cats Sleep on SFF: Supernova
Nina Horvath says: May did it again, this time using a bunch of books as a bed. This was the time when I finally came up with the thought of tidying up my sofa … Some books you see: Science-fiction

Fan Art Roundup
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Click through to see the images. “Amazing Fan Art Sees Tom Hardy’s Venom Attack Tom Holland’s Spider-Man” at We Got This Covered Venom is returning to the big screen for the first time in 11 years

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ASIA SF ASSOCIATION FOUNDED. The Asia Science Fiction Association held its first meeting on July 17 and chose these officers: President: Liu Cixin (author Three-Body Problem) Secretary: YK Yoon (Vice Chair, Korea SF Association) Deputy Secretary: Regina Kanyu Wang

Kowal To Assist Changing Worldcon 76 Program
The Worldcon 76 program revisions promised yesterday will be aided by Mary Robinette Kowal and a team she is in the process of assembling. Chair Kevin Roche tweeted – @MaryRobinette graciously offered to help and we accepted. If you have

How To Get On Programming
[Editor’s Note: This advice about how to become a panelist on convention programs, written as a comment here yesterday, is so helpful and practical that I asked permission to repeat it as a front-page post.] By Heather Rose Jones: I

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WHERE THE IDEA CAME FROM. Nebula winner Rebecca Roanhorse discusses her work with Juliette Wade at Dive Into Worldbuilding: “Rebecca Roanhorse and Trail of Lightning”. (Video at the link.) I’m so thrilled we could have Rebecca Roanhorse on the

Worldcon 76 Program Troubles
When Worldcon 76 program participants were sent their schedules over the weekend such controversy resulted that the schedule was taken offline this morning, Chair Kevin Roche issued an apology, and the committee now is reviewing the participant bios, asking to

2018 Mythopoeic Awards
The Mythopoeic Society announced the winners of the 2018 Mythopoeic Awards on July 22 at Mythcon 49 in Atlanta, Georgia. Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature Crowley, John, Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr (Saga Press, 2017) Mythopoeic

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THE BARD OF MARS. Tickets are on sale for “MARTIANS – An Evening With Ray Bradbury”, to be staged at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, CA beginning September 7. Ray Bradbury speaks directly to the audience weaving Martians

Ant Man Roundup
Compiled by Carl Slaughter: Stan Lee’s Ant Man and the Wasp cameo is a bit sad says ScreenRant The dialogue is evidently meant to imply that Lee’s latest character believes himself to be suffering the residual effects of youthful drug abuse, but

2018 PRISM Awards for the Best in LGBTQAI+ Comics
The 2018 PRISM Awards were presented at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21. The awards are given to “recognize, promote and celebrate diversity and excellence in the field of queer comics.” Short Form Comics To Measure by Noella

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THE MAN WHO LOST THE MOON. Where do you hide something this big? “Giant moon artwork goes missing in post on way to Austria”. A giant replica of the moon which is displayed all over the world has gone

2018 Seiun Awards
The 2018 Seiun Award winners were announced July 21 by Duracon, the 57th Japanese national SF convention. The award has nine categories. Below are the categories for translated works, and a few other categories of international interest. FOREIGN NOVEL Sleeping

2018 Tähtifantasia Award
The Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced the winner of the 2018 Tähtifantasia Award at Finncon 2018 in Turku. The award is given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year. David

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