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Monday 29 April 2002

Taxing SF

§ Andy Duncan's letter to the editor of the Tuscaloosa News responds to the proposal (reported here last week, under 'Politics') to fund NASA by taxing science fiction, a notion much discussed (and ridiculed) in the SF community.

I wonder whether a levy on science fiction, like those on other pleasant addictions, would count as a "sin tax." I also wonder whether the federal tax code is the proper venue to parse genre boundaries.

Most people would agree that "Star Wars" is taxable, but what about "Being John Malkovich"? Would only half the contents of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction be taxable? Would Kurt Vonnegut and Harry Potter evade the tax? Avoid the tax altogether?

Other links on this topic:

— Patrick Neilsen Hayden's Electrolite (and here)
— Cory Doctorow's Boing Boing
Wired News

Selling SF

§ Andromeda Bookshop in Birmingham UK, reported closed in February, has reopened with a new buyer and a new shop manager.

Awarding SF

Winners of the Analog Science Fiction and Fact's AnLab Awards and the Asimov's Science Fiction's Readers' Awards were presented during Nebula Awards weekend on Saturday, April 27, at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

Analog AnLab Awards

NOVELLA: "Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's", Adam-Troy Castr (Analog Jun 2001)
NOVELETTE: "Tower of Wings", Sean McMullen (Analog Dec 2001)
SHORT STORY: "Jake, Me, and the Zipper", Rajnar Vajra (Analog Nov 2001)
FACT ARTICLE: "Up in Smoke: How Mt. St. Helens Blasted Conventional Scientific Wisdom", Richard A. Lovett, Ph.D. (Analog Apr 2001)
COVER ART: Bob Eggleton (Analog Jul/Aug 2001)

Asimov's Readers' Awards

NOVELLA: "Stealing Alabama", Allen Steele (Asimov's Jan 2001)
NOVELETTE: "Into Greenwood", Jim Grimsley (Asimov's Sep 2001)
SHORT STORY: "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", Mike Resnick (Asimov's Sep 2001)
POEM: "January Fires", Joe Haldeman (Asimov's Jan 2001)
COVER ARTIST: Michael Carroll
Darryl Elliot and Mike Resnick also won their categories last year. Joe Haldeman, Jim Grimsley, Richard Lovett, and Michael Carroll were on hand to accept their awards.

§ The first annual Ursa Major Awards (formally the Anthropomorphic Literature & Arts of the Year Awards), for the Best in anthropomorphic/"funny animal" literature and art, were announced at ConFurence 2002 in Burbank, California, held April 26-28, 2002. Genre winners include The Sound & the Furry: The Complete Hoka Stories by Poul Anderson & Gordon R. Dickson (Science Fiction Book Club), and the film Shrek.

§ Finalists for the Prism Awards, for Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance novels, have been announced. Winners will be named at the Romance Writers of America's national conference in July.

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