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Saturday 30 March 2002


§ Final nominations for this year's Bram Stoker Awards for superior achievement in horror have been announced. Winners will be announced at the Bram Stoker Awards Ceremony on Saturday, June 8th at The New York Helmsley Hotel.

  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
  • Black House, Stephen King & Peter Straub (Random House)
  • From the Dust Returned, Ray Bradbury (Morrow)
  • The Lost, Jack Ketchum (Leisure)
  • Deadliest of the Species, Michael Oliveri (Vox13)
  • Phantom Feast, Diana Barron (Barclay)
  • Riverwatch, Joseph M. Nassise (Barclay)
  • Skating on the Edge, d.g.k. goldberg (iPublish)
  • "Demolition", Nancy Etchemendy (F&SF Apr 2001)
  • "Earthworm Gods", Brian Keene (No Rest for the Wicked)
  • "From A to Z, In the Sarsaparilla Alphabet", Harlan Ellison (F&SF Feb 2001)
  • In These Final Days of Sales, Steve Rasnic Tem (Wormhole Books)
  • Northern Gothic, Nick Mamatas (Soft Skull Press)
  • "The Haunt", Jack Ketchum (Cemetery Dance #34)
  • "I Am Your Need", Mort Castle (Brainbox II: Son of Brainbox)
  • "Reconstructing Amy", Tim Lebbon (As the Sun Goes Down)
  • "Whose Puppets, Best and Worst, Are We?", David B. Silva (Cemetery Dance #35)
  • As the Sun Goes Down, Tim Lebbon (Night Shade Books)
  • The Dark Fantastic, Ed Gorman (Leisure)
  • The Man with the Barbed-Wire Fists, Norman Partridge (Night Shade Books)
  • The Whisperer and Other Voices, Brian Lumley (Tor)
  • The Best of Horrorfind, Brian Keene, ed. (Horrorfind)
  • Extremes 2: Fantasy and Horror from the Ends of the Earth, Brian A. Hopkins, ed. (Lone Wolf Publications)
  • Trick or Treat: A Collection of Halloween Novellas, Richard Chizmar, ed. (Cemetery Dance)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Fourteenth Annual Collection, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • Hellnotes, David B. Silva & Paul F. Olson, eds. (Phantasm Press)
  • If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor, Bruce Campbell (LA Weekly Books)
  • Jobs in Hell, Brian Keene, ed. (JIHad Publications)
  • Personal Demons, Brian A. Hopkins & Garrett Peck, eds. (Lone Wolf Publications)
  • "Desperadoes: Quiet of the Grave", Jeff Mariotte (WildStorm)
  • "The First Adventures of Miss Catterina Poe", Caitlin R. Kiernan (The Dreaming #56; Vertigo)
  • "Freezes Over", Brian Azzarello (Hellblazer #158-161; Vertigo)
  • "Quiver", Kevin Smith (Green Arrow #1-10; DC Comics)
  • "Weird Western Tales", Various Authors (Vertigo)
  • From Hell, Terry Hayes & Rafael Yglesias (based on a graphic novel by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell; 20th Century Fox)
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson & Frances Walsh (based on a novel by J.R.R. Tolkien; New Line Cinema)
  • Memento, Christopher Nolan & Jonathan Nolan (Newmarket)
  • The Others, Alejandro Amenabar (Miramax)
  • Prowlers, Christopher Golden (Pocket Pulse)
  • The Willow Files 2, Yvonne Navarro (Pocket Books)
  • Consumed, Reduced to Beautiful Grey Ashes, Linda Addison (Space & Time Press)
  • Taunting the Minotaur, Charlee Jacob (Miniature Sun Press)
  • What the Cacodaemon Whispered, Chad Hensley (Flesh & Blood Press)
  • White Space, Bruce Boston (Dark Regions Press)
  • Dark Dreamers: Facing the Masters of Fear, Beth Gwinn & Stanley Wiater (Cemetery Dance)
  •, Darren McKeeman, editor-in-chief
  • Horrorfind, Brian Keene & Mike Roden (Horrorfind)
  • Rue Morgue Magazine, Rod Gudino, editor-in-chief
  • Unseen Masters, Bruce Ballon (Chaosium)
  • Judges for this year's World Fantasy Awards are as follows. Convention members nominate two entries in each category of the final ballot; to these, the judges may add three or more nominees. The judges then select the winners.

    Material to be considered for the award should be sent directly to each judge, with any packages marked as World Fantasy Awards Materials.

    Peter Atkins
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    Meg Davis
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    Jason Van Hollander
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    Michelle Sagara West
    14 Browning Avenue
    Toronto, Ontario M4K 1V7
    Mark packages "Promotional Materials"
    Please please please DO NOT USE UPS unless you are willing to pay -ALL- applicable customs charges.

    F. Paul Wilson
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    Wall, NJ 07719

    People News

    § Ray Bradbury receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, April 1, at 11:30 a.m. The ceremony includes Charlton Heston and Mayor James Hahn, who earlier this month announced that Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 would be subject of a city-wide reading program in Los Angeles during the month of April. The Walk of Fame ceremony is open to all; location is 6644 Hollywood Blvd. (between Las Palmas and Cherokee).

    § The New York Times has published an obituary for R.A. Lafferty.

    New York Times 29 March

    Tuesday 26 March 2002


    Jasper Fforde's The Eyre Affair has won the William L. Crawford IAFA Fantasy Award, given to the best first fantasy novel published over the previous 18 months. The award was announced at last week's International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Other awards presented included the Distinguished Scholarship award to the conference's guest scholar Roderick McGillis, the Isaac Asimov Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing to Lena DeTar, and the Robert A. Collins Service Award to both Bill Senior and Chip Sullivan.

    § Winners of the 2001 Aurealis Awards, given to works by Australians, include Sara Douglass, Sean Williams & Shane Dix, and Kim Wilkins. The complete list of winners and shortlisted works is at:

    § Winners of the 2002 Italia Awards, announced March 9th, include Valerio Evangelisti Il Castello di Eymerich as best novel and Andreas Eschbach's Miliardi di tappeti di capelli as best international novel. The complete list of winners is at:

    § Winners of the 2001 Sapphire Awards, given to science fiction romances, are Linnea Sinclair's Finders Keepers (NBI) and Susan Krinard's "Kinsman" (Out of This World, Jove).

    § Ellen Kushner has won a 2002 Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) for The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker, a one-hour public radio special with an original story written and narrated by Kushner and featuring Shirim Klezmer Orchestra's adaptations of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Produced by WGBH in Boston, the show is available on CD Rom; for photo and ordering instructions, see the second link:

    § Kelly Link's collection Stranger Things Happen (Small Beer Press) and Jonathan Lethem's novelette-length book This Shape We're In (McSweeney's Books) have been nominated for the Firecracker Alternative Book Awards, which are open to all voters. Deadline is April 20.

    § Finalists for the Seventh Annual Audie Awards, given to honor excellence in audio publishing, include (among 23 categories!) audiobooks of Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Priestess of Avalon, Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman, Philip Pullman's The Amber Spyglass (read by the author and a full cast), C.S. Lewis's The Magician's Nephew, Clive Barker's Coldheart Canyon, Lemony Snicket's The Bad Beginning, Neil Gaiman's American Gods, and Terry Pratchett's Thief of Time (by readers including Harlan Ellison).

    § Finalists for this year's Saturn Awards, for SF, fantasy, and horror Film and TV, come in no less than 25 categories, plus several special and memorial awards.

    Sci Fi Wire 14 March

    A Public Reading

    § Following a movement established in other cities, Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn launched a citywide reading initiative for the month of April, urging all residents to read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 and participate in neighborhood book groups during the month.

    Los Angeles Times 15 March


    § The deadline for competing bids having passed, the 2005 World Science Fiction Convention will (almost certainly) be held in Glasgow, whose bid to host the convention is now unopposed. Formal voting to determine the 2005 host city will be held at this year's convention, ConJose, which has released the site selection ballot:

    Wednesday 20 March 2002


    § SFWA News reports that Oklahoma-based writer R. A. Lafferty died Monday, March 18. Lafferty was a prolific short story writer in the 1960s and '70s, and produced a number of acclaimed novels beginning with Space Chantey, The Reefs of Earth, and Past Master (all 1968), Fourth Mansions (1969), The Devil Is Dead and Arrive at Easterwine (both 1971), and Okla Hannali (1972). He won the Hugo Award in 1973 for short story "Eurema's Dam", and a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 1990. Funeral details are given in the SFWA story:

    Thursday 14 March 2002


    New Zealand-born SF writer Cherry Wilder died Thursday morning, March 14, in the Aotea Hospital in Wellington, New Zealand, after a long battle against cancer. Born Cherry Barbara Grimm in 1930, her first published story was "The Ark of James Carlyle" in New Writings in SF 24, edited by Kenneth Bulmer in 1974. Her first novel, The Luck of Brin's Five (1977), was first of a YA trilogy and won the Australian Ditmar Award. At least seven other novels followed, and nearly 40 short stories including "Aotearoa" in the October/November 2001 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction. She is survived by her daughters Louisa and Kathy. (A full obituary will appear in the April issue of Locus Magazine.)

    Wednesday 13 March 2002

    Past Passings

    § Isaac Asimov died of AIDS, according to Janet Jeppson's forthcoming condensation, It's Been a Good Life (Prometheus Books), of Asimov's own three-volume autobiography, as reported in the New York Post and elsewhere. He acquired the disease through a blood transfusion during a 1983 bypass surgery, and died in 1992. Gossip [temporary link; page down]
    Jam! Books

    Monday 11 March 2002


    Rick Hauptmann writes:
    The 26th Annual Williamson Lectureship was held in Portales, New Mexico on March 7, 2002. This year's theme was "Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Darwin," a recognition of our fascination with evolution and the role fantasy and science fiction have played in interpreting its impact on our lives.

    Joining Dr. Jack Williamson as featured authors this year were Michael Swanwick and George R. R. Martin, with Christopher Stasheff acting as panel moderator. In addition, a number of Jack's friends from the science fiction community attended (and behaved very well), as did several "long lost" members of the Williamson clan. Following the Lectureship luncheon and panel discussion on Thursday, most of the visitors enjoyed lunch at the Williamson family ranch on Friday, before heading home.

    left to right: Patrice Caldwell, Sage Walker, Melinda Snodgrass, Walter Jon Williams, Dr. Jonathon Smith, Jack Williamson, George R. R. Martin, Fred Saberhagen, Michael Swanwick, Connie Willis, Charles N. Brown

    The Williamson Clan — standing: Chloe Kavanaugh, Bill Nowlin, Ken Hunt, Sherry Snyder, Christine Williamson, Gary Williamson, Betty Williamson, and Milz Bickley; seated: Katie Bickley, Nancy Williamson, Chloe Williamson, Dorothy Hunt Finley, Jack Williamson, and Jim Williamson


    § Karen Joy Fowler's novel Sister Noon is a finalist for the 2002 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, which carries a $15,000 prize, the largest for fiction in the US. Other nominees include Jonathan Franzen and Ann Patchett.

    Washington Post March 8


    § Mati Klarwein, surrealist painter best known for designing psychedelic album covers for rock musicians including Carlos Santana and Earth, Wind, and Fire, and who also contributed cover art to Ballantine SF paperbacks in the 1970s, has died at age 70.

    Los Angeles Times March 10

    Drew Christian Staffanson, the partner for six years of SF writer M. Shayne Bell, died on 25 February 2002 of complications related to AIDS. Drew was born on October 8, 1962, the seventh of nine children. He lettered in swimming. He studied journalism and Arabic at the University of Utah and at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Drew served a Mormon mission in Portugal, then worked as a foreign correspondent based in Saudi Arabia. He covered the Gulf War, and was among the first journalists in Kuwait after liberation from Iraq. He covered the Madrid Peace Talks and the Kashmiri conflict on both the Indian and Pakistani sides. He returned to Utah in 1992 after being diagnosed with HIV, which he fought bravely. He developed an interest in science fiction after meeting Shayne, and he quickly made many friends in the field. He traveled with Shayne to Armadillocon and three world science fiction conventions. He lectured at the Utah conventions, Life the Universe and Everything (at Brigham Young University, in Provo) and Conduit (in Salt Lake City), about his experiences as a journalist covering war. Drew was 39 years old when he died. He was buried near his family home in Ogden, Utah.

    M. Shayne Bell

    February News Log

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