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June 1999

Barnes & Noble Acquisition of Ingram Cancelled

Today's New York Times reports that Barnes & Noble, Inc., has called off its planned acquisition of Ingram Book Group. This follows yesterday's report that the staff of the Federal Trade Commission was recommending that the full commission block the proposed acquisition. The acquisition has been opposed by many authors, independent book dealers, and the SFWA.

(Wed 2 Jun 1999)

Bradbury and Silverberg to Enter Hall of Fame

Ray Bradbury and Robert Silverberg are this year's inductees into the Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame, while Jules Verne and A. Merritt will be inducted posthumously. The announcement came at ConQuest 30 in Kansas City, MO, on May 29. The induction will take place on July 9, 1999, in conjunction with the Campbell Conference and the presentation of the John W. Campbell and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Awards at the University of Kansas.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 by the Kansas City Science Fiction and Fantasy Society and the J. Wayne and Elsie M. Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. Members of the Hall of Fame are selected by the Board of Directors: Robin Wayne Bailey, James Gunn, Joe Haldeman, Larry Hopkins, Ted Poovey, Keith W. Stokes and William Tienken.

Previous Hall of Fame inductees are Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, Andre Norton, Frederik Pohl, A.E. van Vogt, and Jack Williamson; and (posthumously) Isaac Asimov, John W. Campbell Jr., Hugo Gernsback, Robert A. Heinlein, C.L. Moore, and H.G. Wells.

(Tue 1 Jun 1999)

Sturgeon Award Finalists

Eleven finalists for the 1999 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the Best Short SF of the Year were announced June 1 by James Gunn, chairman of the Sturgeon Award committee and Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas. The winner will be selected by a three-person committee composed of Frederik Pohl, Kij Johnson, and Gunn, and will be announced July 9 at a dinner on the University campus.

  • "Story of Your Life", Ted Chiang (Starlight 2 Patrick Nielsen Hayden, ed.; Tor)
  • "Radio Praha", Tony Daniel (Asimov's Mar 1998)
  • "Craphound", Cory Doctorow (SF Age Mar 1998)
  • "Dance at the Edge", L. Timmel Duchamp (Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel, eds.; Overlook)
  • "Wading River Dogs and More", Michael Kandel (Asimov's May 1998)
  • "Lovestory", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's Jun 1998)
  • "The Summer Isles", Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov's Oct/Nov 1998)
  • "Love of the True God", Uncle River (Talebones #10, Winter 1998)
  • "Echea", Kristine Kathryn Rusch (Asimov's Jul 1998)
  • "Maneki Neko", Bruce Sterling (F&SF May 1998)
  • "Wild Minds", Michael Swanwick (Asimov's May 1998)
  • The finalists were selected by Robin Sturgeon, one of the children of writer Theodore Sturgeon, for whom the award was created in 1985, the year after his death. Finalists were selected from the group of semi-finalists chosen by a committee of some two dozen writers, editors, and reviewers of SF, chaired by Dave Truesdale, editor of Tangent, and Christopher McKitterick.

    (Tue 1 Jun 1999)

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  • Random House reorganizes
  • Harlan Ellison wins Audie Awards
  • Tricia Sullivan wins Clarke Award
  • Online price wars
  • Millennial books
  • Kurd Lasswitz Awards
  • Conventions reports (links)

    MAY page 2

  • Italia Awards winners
  • Analog and Asimov's Readers Awards
  • HOMer Awards
  • Sidewise nominations

    MAY page 1

  • Nebula Awards winners

    APRIL page 4

  • Hugo Awards nominations

    APRIL page 3

  • German Phantastic Awards
  • Ditmar nominations

    APRIL page 2

  • James Turner, 1945 - 1999

    APRIL page 1

  • SFWA to honor J. Michael Straczynski
  • BSFA Awards
  • Geoff Ryman wins Philip K. Dick Award
  • HOMer nominations
  • Stoker nominations
  • Sturgeon Award semi-finalists

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