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April 1999

SFWA to Honor J. Michael Straczynski

Babylon 5 writer and creator J. Michael Straczynski will be awarded the Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Screenwriting by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Straczynski will accept the award at SFWA's Nebula Awards Banquet in Pittsburgh on May 1st.

The Ray Bradbury Award, given at the SFWA President's discretion, has been given only once before, in 1992 by then SFWA President Ben Bova to James Cameron for his writing of Terminator 2. Current SFWA president Paul Levinson notes that ''The membership of SFWA voted overwhelmingly this past Fall to reinstate the Dramatic Nebula Award. But eligibility for this award, chosen by the membership, begins with work made available to the public on January 1, 1999. I thought it especially appropriate, in these circumstances, to give the Bradbury Award one more time. It signals to the world SFWA's deep interest in dramatic media.''

Babylon 5 concluded its five-year run in 1998. Straczynski conceived the series and wrote 91 of its 110 episodes.

This year's Nebula Awards Banquet will include, along with Nebula Awards for best novel, novella, novelette, and short story, two other special awards besides Straczynski's. Hal Clement (Harry Stubbs) will receive the SFWA Grand Master Award, and William Tenn (Phil Klass) will receive the Author Emeritus Award. Analog editor Stanley Schmidt will serve as toastmaster at the ceremony, and editor David G. Hartwell will be guest speaker.

(Sun 11 April 1999)

British SF Association Awards

Winners of the British Science Fiction Association Awards were announced April 4th at Eastercon:

  • The Extremes, Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster UK)
  • short fiction
  • "La Cenerentola", Gwyneth Jones (Interzone 136)
  • artwork
  • Cover of Interzone 138 (illustrating Lord Prestimion by Robert Silverberg), Jim Burns
  • In addition, this year's Eastercon saw the first presentation of the Richard Evans Award, which according to John Clute (in Ansible 141), ''is given to a writer who has published several notable works of fiction over an extended period, but who has enjoyed significantly more critical than commercial success for this accomplishment. The Award is meant to bring attention to that gap -- between critical acclaim and commercial reward -- which marks the careers of many of the finest authors in the English language. Although it is given only to writers whose lives and careers have confirmed the gap, the Richard Evans Award is not meant as a lifetime-achievement award. It is given to writers in the full prime of their careers, writers who are actively continuing the lifework that critics and other readers have admired and loved.'' This year's winner: M. John Harrison.

    (Sat 10 April 1999)

    Geoff Ryman Wins Philip K. Dick Award

    Geoff Ryman's 253: The Print Remix (St. Martin's Griffin) has won the Philip K. Dick Award for distinguished science fiction book published as a paperback original in the US in 1998. The award was announced April 2nd at Norwescon 22 in Seattle Washington. Paul Di Filippo's Lost Pages (Four Walls Eight Windows) received a special citation.

    Others shortlisted for this year's award were Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring (Warner Aspect), Steve Aylett's Slaughtermatic (Four Walls Eight Windows), and Paul J. McAuley's collection The Invisible Country (Avon Eos).

    (Mon 5 April 1999)

    HOMer Nominations

    This year's HOMer nominations, voted by members of CompuServe's science fiction forums:

  • Factoring Humanity, Robert J. Sawyer (Tor)
  • Kirinyaga, Mike Resnick (Ballantine Del Rey)
  • Moonfall, Jack McDevitt (HarperPrism)
  • Prisoner of Conscience, Susan R. Matthews (Avon Eos)
  • novella
  • "Aurora in Four Voices", Catherine Asaro (Analog Dec 1998)
  • "Jumping Off the Planet", David Gerrold (SF Age Jan 1998)
  • "Oceanic", Greg Egan (Asimov's Aug 1998)
  • "Story of Your Life", Ted Chiang (Starlight 2 Tor)
  • novelette
  • "Building the Building of the World", Robert Reed (SF Age Dec 1998)
  • "Echea", Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's Jul 1998)
  • "The Eye of God", Mary Rosenblum (Asimov's Mar 1998)
  • "Little Differences", Paul Levinson (Analog Jun 1998)
  • "The Orchard", Paul Levinson (Analog Feb 1998)
  • "The Planck Dive", Greg Egan (Asimov's Feb 1998)
  • short story
  • "Advantage, Bellarmine", Paul Levinson (Analog Jan 1998)
  • "Face of God", Barbara Galler-Smith (On Spec Winter 1998)
  • "The Stubbornest Broad on Earth", Janet Kagan (Asimov's Feb 1998)
  • "Tall One", K.D. Wentworth (F&SF Apr 1998)
  • "The Year of the Mouse", Norman Spinrad (Asimov's Apr 1998)
  • dramatic presentation
  • Armageddon (Touchstone Pictures)
  • Babylon 5: In the Beginning
  • Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light
  • Dark City (New Line Cinema, Inc.)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Far Beyond the Stars
  • Star Trek: Insurrection (Paramount)
  • What Dreams May Come (Polygram Films)

  • Stoker Nominations

    The final ballot for this year's Bram Stoker Awards for achievements in horror are:

  • Bag of Bones, Stephen King (Scribner)
  • Darker Angels, S.P. Somtow (Tor)
  • Fear Nothing, Dean Koontz (Bantam)
  • Fog Heart, Thomas Tessier (St. Martin's)
  • first novel
  • Dawn Song, Michael Marano (Tor)
  • Night Prayers, P.D. Cacek (Design Image Group)
  • Silk, Caitlin R. Kiernan (Roc)
  • The Symbiotic Fascination, Charlee Jacob (Necro Publications)
  • long fiction
  • "As Above, So Below", Brian Hodge (Falling Idols Silver Salamander Press)
  • "Leavings", P.D. Cacek (Leavings StarsEnd Creations)
  • "Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff", Peter Straub (Murder For Revenge ed. Otto Penzler, Delacorte)
  • "What Would You Do For Love", John Shirley (Black Butterflies Mark V. Ziesing)
  • short fiction
  • "Autopsy Room Four", Stephen King (Robert Bloch's Psychos CD Publications)
  • "Blues-Born", Tina Jens (More Monsters from Memphis)
  • "The Dead Boy at Your Window", Bruce Holland Rogers (The North American Review Nov/Dec 1998)
  • "The Rug", Edo van Belkom (Robert Bloch's Psychos)
  • fiction collection
  • Black Butterflies, John Shirley (Mark V. Ziesing)
  • The Cleft and Other Odd Tales ( Tor), Gahan Wilson (Tor)
  • Leavings, P.D. Cacek (StarsEnd Creations)
  • Smoke and Mirrors, Neil Gaiman (Avon)
  • anthology
  • The Best of Cemetery Dance, Richard Chizmar, ed. (Cemetery Dance)
  • Horrors! 365 Scary Stories ( Barnes & Noble), Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Barnes & Noble)
  • Robert Bloch's Psychos, Robert Bloch, ed. (Pocket)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection ( St. Martin's), Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (St. Martin's)
  • nonfiction
  • DarkEcho Newsletter, Vol. 5 #1-50, Paula Guran, ed. (DarkEcho)
  • Gothic Horror: A Reader's Guide from Poe to King and Beyond, Clive Bloom, ed. (St. Martin's)
  • The Science of the X-Files, Jeanne Cavelos (Berkeley Boulevard)
  • A Writer's Tale, Richard Laymon (Deadline)
  • comic book, graphic novel, or other illustrated narrative
  • The Dreaming: Trial and Error, Len Wein
  • Preacher, Garth Ennis
  • Sergio Aragones' Dia de les Muertos (Day of the Dead), Sergio Aragones & Mark Evanier
  • The Son of Man, Garth Ennis
  • screenplay
  • Dark City, Alex Proyas
  • Fallen, Nicholas Kazen
  • Gods and Monsters, Bill Condon
  • Millennium: Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me, Darin Morgan
  • work for younger readers
  • The Angel Chronicles: A Novelization, Nancy Holder (Pocket Archway)
  • "Bigger Than Death", Nancy Etchemendy (Cricket Mar 1998)
  • The Dollhouse that Time Forgot, Mike Ford (Camelot)
  • Hungry Ghosts: A Novelization, Ellen Steiber (HarperTrophy)
  • other media
  • Gothic at Midnight: A Tribute to the Masters of Macabre, Joshua Kane (audio anthology)
  • John Carpenter's Vampires (soundtrack)
  • The Misfits: American Psycho (music video)
  • Universal Horror, Kevin Brownlow (tv documentary)

  • Sturgeon Semi-finalists

    Semi-finalists for this year's Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short fiction of 1998 are:

  • "Advantage, Bellarmine", Paul Levinson (Analog Jan 1998)
  • "Animae Celestes", Gregory Feeley (Asimov's Apr 1998)
  • "Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation, by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin", Raphael Carter (Starlight 2 ed Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Tor)
  • "Crane Fly", Eliot Fintushel (Amazing Stories Fall 1998)
  • "Craphound", Cory Doctorow (SF Age Mar 1998)
  • "Dance at the Edge", L. Timmel Duchamp (Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction ed Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel, Overlook)
  • "Echea", Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's Jul 1998)
  • "How Meersh the Bedeviler Lost His Toes", Gregory Frost (Asimov's Sep 1998)
  • "Love of the True God", Uncle River (Talebones #10, Win 1998)
  • "Lovestory", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's Jun 1998)
  • "Maneki Neko", Bruce Sterling (F&SF May 1998)
  • "The Planck Dive", Greg Egan (Asimov's Feb 1998)
  • "A Princess of Helium", R. Garcia y Robertson (F&SF Sep 1998)
  • "Radiant Doors", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's Sep 1998)
  • "Radio Praha", Tony Daniel (Asimov's Mar 1998)
  • "Story of Your Life", Ted Chiang (Starlight 2 ed Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Tor)
  • "The Summer Isles", Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov's Oct/Nov 1998)
  • "Wading River Dogs and More", Michael Kandel (Asimov's May 1998)
  • "Wild Minds", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's May 1998)

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  • Ray Russell, 1924 - 1999
  • German Phantastic Awards final ballot
  • International Horror Guild Awards winners
  • Bram Stoker preliminary ballot
  • High Hallack opens
  • launches
  • SFWA discovers 'pirate SF' website
  • Geoffrey A. Landis wins NASA fellowship

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