|Tuesday 8 April 2003
UK small press Big Engine is going into insolvency, according to publisher Ben Jeapes. Quoted in Charles Stross's Diary, Jeapes says "looking at the
projected figures of income vs outgoings, there's no other choice. There's
nothing wrong with it that couldn't be solved with reinvestment ..."
As a consequence, UK magazine 3SF, published by Big Engine, has ceased publication after three issues. Editor Liz Holliday hopes that the magazine will be resurrected by a different publisher.
Australian fan, critic, and editor John Foyster died April 5, at the age of 61. He won Ditmar Awards for fanzines Chunder and The Journal of Omphalistic Epistemology, co-edited Australian Science Fiction Review, and was active in Australian conventions and discussion groups. Services are scheduled for April 9; details at:
Awards and Polls
Winners of this year's Sapphire Awards, for SF romances, include Susan Grant as first place winner in both novel and short fiction categories, for Contact (Dorchester Publishing) and "The Day Her Heart Stood Still" (in A Mother's Way, Dorchester Publishing) respectively. Second and third places were also announced in each category. Sapphire nominees are voted by readers of Science Fiction Romance Newsletter; winners are selected by a panel of judges, which this year included Catherine Asaro.
- Strange Horizons has announced winners of its first annual readers poll. Winners include Tim Pratt's "Little Gods" as favorite story. First place winners in each category will receive $25, second place $15, and third place $10.
- Nominations are now open for the 2003 Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards, administered by webzine scifidimensions. The awards are "designed to honor accomplishment in science fiction, fantasy or horror (SF/F/H) to individuals born or living (or who died) in the Southeastern United States", and anyone may nominate.
- Scheduled World Horror Convention Author Guest of Honor Graham Masterton has canceled plans to attend the event, scheduled for April 17-20 in Kansas City, due to his wife's illness. Stepping in as GoH is Brian A. Hopkins.
- After a successful eight-week test run, Robert J. Sawyer's weekly radio column "Science FACTion: The Cutting Edge of Science" has been picked up as a regular weekly feature by CBC Radio. Sawyer's three-minute commentary will be heard on local CBC morning shows across Canada starting July 1. Specific air dates and times will vary; check local listings.
- An asteroid, or minor planet, has been named after SF/fantasy artist Bob Eggleton: 13562 Bobeggleton, which was discovered in 1992 by Spacewatch at Kitt Peak. The updated list of minor planet names also recently adds -- jump to the bottom of the page -- 13329 Davidhardy, 13330 Dondavis, 13327 Poor (for artist Kim Poor), and 13543 Butler (for Chris Butler), not to mention 12818 Tomhanks and 12820 Robinwilliams.
Forrest Aguirre writes...
World Fantasy Award finalist Ministry of Whimsy Press will be reading for the fourth installment of its British Fantasy Award and Philip K. Dick Award-finalist original fiction anthology series Leviathan from April 7th to June 30th. The anthology will be edited by Forrest Aguirre. Submissions should be 5,000 to 20,000 words long. Please adhere to the minimum and maximum word count. Maximum payment of $250 per accepted piece. Leviathan 4 is a themed anthology-- The theme is "Cities". We are looking for previously unpublished stories where a ciity or cities is (are) so critical to the success of the story that the tale utterly fails if moved to another location, real or imagined. The works we publish might be described as surreal, decadent, experimental, slipstream or magically real, but with a strong literary sensibility. Tales for Leviathan should contain some fantastical element, however slight, with a strong sense of atmosphere and! word-crafting throughout. We are not afraid of experimentalism, but do note that our readers appreciate some sense of linearity, though this sense might be minimal. Remember, a city must, in essence, be a character, be the plot, be the ouvre of the work. Please do not send ANY stories that feature such traditional tropes as vampires, werewolves, zombies, or faeries. Traditional science fiction, hardcore horror, sword and sorcery, and stories in which humor is the primary element stand little chance of acceptance. Monkeys, small children, and anthropomorphic cleaning products are also not welcome. No multiple submissions, please. You can submit your story to editor Forrest Aguirre via email at firstname.lastname@example.org in RTF or Word .doc format. You can also submit your story via snail mail to Forrest Aguirre at 1718 Weber Dr, Madison, WI 53713. Stories submitted via snail mail without adequate SASE will be disposed of unread. Submissions to the Ministry's Tallahassee address will not be read. We strongly recommend that you buy a copy of the Leviathan 3 anthology to get an idea of the type of story for which we are looking. Past volumes of Leviathan have featured fiction from L. Timmel Duchamp, Richard Calder, Stepan Chapman, Rhys Hughes, Rikki Ducornet, Brian Evenson, and Michael Moorcock, among others.