Arisia Suffers Reverse in Contract Dispute with Aloft
Nicholas “phi” Shectman, President of Arisia, Inc., reports the group has suffered a major setback in litigation over the Boston convention’s cancellation of plans to use two strike-affected hotels for the 2019 event. An arbitrator has made a large award

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NOW WITH ADDED KA-BOOM! Filer Charon Dunn is off to the San Diego Comic-Con to plug her new book, A Dark and Stormy Day, the culmination of the Adventures of Sonny Knight trilogy, “which has even more explosions than

2019 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award
Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019) is the winner of the 2019 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award announced at Readercon on July 12 – coincidentally, Smith’s birthday. The juried award goes each year to a science fiction or fantasy writer whose work displays unusual

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ARISIA BACK IN THE WESTIN. The convention website indicates Arisia 2020 will return to the Westin Boston Waterfront, from January 17-20, 2020. (2) READERCON. Kate Nepveu compiled a great set of panel notes about the Readercon panel “Translation and

Brave New Words Award 2019
Starburst Magazine announced the Brave New Words Award 2019 winner at the Edge-Lit 8 genre literature event in Derby on July 13. Tasha Suri – Empire of Sand (Orbit / Little Brown) This year’s award judges were: Urban Fantasy author

NASFiC 2020, Westercon 74 Site Selection Voting Statistics
NASFiC 2020: Ben Yalow, Spikecon Site Selection Area Head, reported the results of the 2020 NASFiC site selection voting held at the joint NASFiC/Westercon. The information was shared as a courtesy at the Westercon business meeting on July 6, there

Titan Comics To Release Blade Runner 2019
Blade Runner 2019 #1 will be released July 17 by Titan Comics. The issue also will be available at San Diego Comic-Con. In the neo-noir city of Los Angeles, 2019, Ash, a veteran Blade Runner, is grappling with a new

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CELEBRATING “BLOB FEST” THIS WEEKEND. [Item by Steve Vertlieb.] This weekend, fans from all over the world will converge upon The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania to commemorate the arrival upon our planet of a gelatinous intruder whose ravenous

Half the places I have been to, never were
By John Hertz: (reprinted in part from No Direction Home 19) Over the weekend Columbus, Ohio, won its bid to hold the 2020 NASFiC. Sit enim sit bonum omen (Latin; “Let it be a good omen”). This is the 125th

Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds
By Daniel Dern: Based on a chat with a friend who’s been watching classic sf movies this week but didn’t know about this version, which I’ve done brief lookups on for your edification and time-sinking… the War of the Worlds

Cragun Wins 2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
Baen Books announced the winner of the 2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award at Spikecon in Layton, Utah on July 6. Grand Prize “Treason Properly” by J.J. Cragun Second Place “In the House of Rain and Gale” by Joelle Douthit Third

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VINTAGE. New art from Star Trek: Picard. What should we call this episode? “The Grapes of Wrath of Khan”? The big reveal on the story and characters of the new show will be at San Diego Comic-Con next week.

2018 Leo Literary Awards Announced at Furry Weekend Atlanta
The second annual Leo Awards were presented at Furry Weekend Atlanta on May 11. Congratulations to Ursula Vernon on another win! The Leo Awards’ goal is to highlight exceptional works of literature in the furry fandom. The juried award is

Eric Flint Hospitalized During Spikecon
Eric Flint was taken ill with a bout of pneumonia while attending the NASFiC/Westercon/1632 Minicon in Layton UT last weekend as one of the guests of honor. Walt Boyes informed Facebook readers on July 7: He is in the hospital,

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THOUGHTS ON A PROPOSED HUGO CATEGORY. Neil Clarke explains why he opposes “Hugo Proposal for Best Translated Novel”: …The biggest problem I have with this proposal is the message it sends not only to domestic readers, but foreign authors,

2020 Corflu Awarded to Texas
Pablo Miguel Alberto Vazquez and John Purcell will bring Corflu, the fanzine fan’s annual gathering, back to Texas. They have chosen the College Station Hilton Hotel and Convention Center as the site for Corflu 37, which will be held March

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GUESS WHO’S COMING TO HOLODINNER? Ryan Britt conducts an engaging thought experiment at – “Star Trek: Picard — Ranking the 25 Most Likely Next Gen Cameos”. It seems likely that at least some characters from Picard’s past might

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