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June 1999

Avon and Morrow Sold

The New York Times reports today that News Corporation Ltd. will expand HarperCollins with the purchase of Avon Books and William Morrow & Company from The Hearst Corporation. The transaction is estimated at less than $180 million. HarperCollins will remain the nation's second largest publisher of popular books, behind Bertelsmann's Random House. Both Avon and HarperCollins currently have active SF imprints, Avon Eos and HarperPrism.

Another report is on BookWire.

(Fri 18 Jun 1999)

Bram Stoker Awards Winners

Winners of this year's Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror were announced Saturday evening, June 5, at a banquet at the Horror Writers Association annual meeting in Hollywood, California. (Nominations)

Bag of Bones, Stephen King (Scribner)
first novel
Dawn Song, Michael Marano (Tor)
long fiction
"Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff", Peter Straub (Murder For Revenge Otto Penzler, ed., Delacorte)
short fiction
"The Dead Boy at Your Window", Bruce Holland Rogers (The North American Review Nov/Dec 1998)
fiction collection
Black Butterflies, John Shirley (Mark V. Ziesing)
Horrors! 365 Scary Stories Stefan Dziemianowicz, Robert Weinberg & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. (Barnes & Noble)
DarkEcho Newsletter, Vol. 5 #1-50, Paula Guran, ed. (DarkEcho)
comic book, graphic novel, or other illustrated narrative
no award
screenplay [tie]
Dark City, Alex Proyas
Gods and Monsters, Bill Condon
work for younger readers
"Bigger Than Death", Nancy Etchemendy (Cricket Mar 1998)
other media
no award
life achievement
Ramsey Campbell
life achievement
Roger Corman
specialty press award
Barry Hoffman, Gauntlet Press

(Mon 7 Jun 1999)

Prix Tour Eiffel

Results of the Eiffel Tower Award were announced June 1 at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The winner was Etoiles Mourantes (''Dying Stars'') by Ayerdhal and Jean-Claude Dunyach, published by Editions J'ai lu. The winners receive a prize of 100,000 French francs (approximately $17,000).

Honorable mentions were given to Serge Lehman for Aucune Etoile Aussi Lointaine ("No Star So Far Away", J'ai lu), Roland C. Wagner for Le Chant du Cosmos ("Song of the Cosmos", L'Atalante) and Maurice G. Dantec for Babylon Babies (Gallimard). There was no short story prize this year.

(Mon 7 Jun 1999)

Robert Sobel Dies

Author and business historian Robert Sobel died Wednesday, June 2 in Long Beach, NY at the age of 68. He was a newspaper columnist, author or editor of more than 50 books, and a professor for 40 years at New York's Hofstra University. He wrote one work of genre interest, the alternate history novel For Want of a Nail...; If Burgoyne Had Won at Saratoga (Macmillan 1972; Greenhill 1997), which was given a Special Achievement Sidewise Award in 1998.

(Mon 7 Jun 1999)

Spectrum Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Gaylactic Network Spectrum Awards have been announced. The Spectrum Awards honor works in science fiction, fantasy and horror that deal positively with gay characters, themes and issues. Winners will be announced at Gaylaxicon: 1999, October 8-11, in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Accidental Creatures, Anne Harris (Tor)
  • Dark Water's Embrace, Stephen Leigh (Avon Eos)
  • Halfway Human, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Avon Eos)
  • Maximum Light, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • The Painter Knight, Fiona Patton (DAW)
  • other work
  • Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel, eds. (Overlook)
  • Gods and Monsters (Renaissance Pictures)
  • Things Invisible to See, Lawrence Schimel, ed. (Circlet/Ultra Violet Library)
  • hall of fame
  • China Mountain Zhang Maureen F. McHugh
  • The Drag Queen of Elfland Lawrence Schimel
  • Secret Matter Toby Johnson
  • Shadow Man Melissa Scott
  • Uranian Worlds Lyn Paleo & Eric Garber
  • (Mon 7 Jun 1999)

    JUNE page 1

  • Barnes & Noble acquisition of Ingram cancelled
  • Bradbury and Silverberg to enter Hall of Fame
  • Sturgeon Award finalists

    MAY page 3

  • 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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