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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Sunburst Award 2009 Winners

posted @ 9/29/2009 09:42:00 AM PT 

The 2009 Sunburst Award winners have been announced:

Adult:
  • The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson (Random House Canada)
  • Night Child, Jes Battis (Ace)
  • The Alchemist’s Code, Dave Duncan (Ace)
  • Things Go Flying, Shari Lapeña (Brindle & Glass)
  • Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)
Young Adult:
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada)
  • Dingo, Charles de Lint (Viking)
  • Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural, Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press)
  • Night Runner, Max Turner (HarperTrophy)
The Sunburst Award is presented annually to a Canadian writer who has published a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection during the previous calendar year. Winners each receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted medallion with a sunburst logo designed by Marcel Gagné. The Sunburst is named after the novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926-2009), one of the first published authors of contemporary Canadian speculative fiction. This year’s jurors were Barbara Berson, John Dupuis, Ed Greenwood, Sandra Kasturi, and Simon Rose.

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Monday, September 28, 2009

2009 Robert A. Heinlein Award Winners

posted @ 9/28/2009 11:18:00 AM PT 

Joe Haldeman and John Varley are the winners of the Robert A. Heinlein Award for 2009. The award is for "outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space." Winners are selected by a committee of science fiction authors chaired by Robert Heinlein's friend Dr. Yoji Kondo. Members of the committee were originally selected by Mrs. Virginia Heinlein. The award prize consists of a wall plaque certificate, large sterling silver medallion, and lapel pin, each featuring the likeness of Robert Heinlein as rendered by Arlin Robbins. Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband. The Robert A. Heinlein Award is supported by independent donations from the public. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society provides logistical support for the award, including processing of donations and manufacture of award materials, and maintains a list of past winners.

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Haldeman in Hospital

posted @ 9/28/2009 09:34:00 AM PT 

Joe Haldeman is in the ICU at a Cincinnati hospital, following surgery last week for a twisted bowel, which led to the discovery of severe pancreatitis. Gay Haldeman is posting regular updates at Joe's SFF.net newsgroup.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Barbara Bova Dies

posted @ 9/25/2009 03:01:00 PM PT 

Literary agent Barbara Bova (born Barbara Berson Rose), wife of SF writer Ben Bova, died September 23, 2009 of cancer in a Naples, FL hospice. She married Bova in 1974, the same year she founded the Barbara Bova Literary Agency (which will continue to operate). She was also a columnist for the Naples Daily News.

A full obituary will appear in the November issue of Locus.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2009 Shortlist

posted @ 9/23/2009 12:15:00 PM PT 

The short lists for the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2009 awards have been announced:

French Novel
  • Le Déchronologue, Stéphane Beauverger (La Volte)
  • Paysage sombre avec foudre, Alain Claret (Robert Laffont)
  • Gagner la guerre, Jean-Philippe Jaworski (Les Moutons électriques)
  • Lilliputia, Xavier Mauméjean (Calmann-Lévy)

Foreign Novel
  • The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall (Robert Laffont)
  • King of Morning, Queen of Day, Ian McDonald (Denoël)
  • The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss (Bragelonne)
  • The Terror, Dan Simmons (Robert Laffont)

Short Fiction
  • "Bataille pour un souvenir", Lionel Davoust (Identités)
  • "La contrée du dragon", Thomas Day (Dragons)
  • "Révélations du prince de feu", Léo Henry (Fiction 9)
  • "Le diapason des mots et des misères (recueil)", Jérôme Noirez (Griffe d'encre)
  • "La vieille qui, là-haut, porte son fagot noir", Timothée Rey (Fiction 9)

Foreign Short Fiction
  • "Maelstrom", Kage Baker (Le Nouveau Space Opera)
  • Fragile Things, Neil Gaiman (Au diable vauvert)
  • Moon and Others, John Kessell (Gallimard)
  • Pixel Juice (recueil), Jeff Noon (La Volte)
  • "Pol Pot's Beautiful Daughter", Geoff Ryman (Solaris #170)
Young Adult Novel
  • Le clairvoyage et La brume des jours, Anne Fakhouri (L'Atalante)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Albin Michel)
  • Jumper, Steven Gould (Mango)
  • Le sang des lions, Loïc Le Borgne (Intervista)

The full lists (in French) can be found on the Noosfere web site. Winners will be announced at Utopiales, to be held in Nantes, France, from October 28 - November 1, 2009.

Via sfawardswatch.com.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2009 British Fantasy Awards Winners

posted @ 9/22/2009 01:55:00 PM PT 

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2009 are:

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)
  • Memoirs of a Master Forger, William Heaney/Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
  • Midnight Man, Simon Clark (Severn House)
  • Rain Dogs, Gary McMahon (Humdrumming)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
  • The Victoria Vanishes, Christopher Fowler (Little, Brown)
  • Thieving Fear, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)

Best Novella

  • The Reach of Children, Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)
  • Cold Stone Calling, Simon Clark (Tasmaniac Publications)
  • Gunpowder, Joe Hill (PS Publishing)
  • "Heads", Gary McMahon (We Fade To Grey)
  • "The Narrows", Simon Bestwick (We Fade To Grey)

Best Short Fiction

  • "Do You See", Sarah Pinborough (Myth-Understandings)
  • "All Mouth", Paul Meloy (Black Static 6)
  • "N", Stephen King (Just After Sunset)
  • "Pinholes in Black Muslin", Simon Strantzas (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror)
  • "The Caul Bearer", Allyson Bird (Bull Running For Girls)
  • "The Tobacconist’s Concession", John Travis (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror)
  • "The Vague", Paul Meloy (Islington Crocodiles)
  • "Winter Journey", Joel Lane (Black Static 5)

Best Collection

  • Bull Running for Girls, Allyson Bird (Screaming Dreams)
  • Glyphotech, Mark Samuels (PS Publishing)
  • How To Make Monsters, Gary McMahon (Morrigan Books)
  • Islington Crocodiles, Paul Meloy (TTA Press)
  • Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)

Best Anthology

  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, Stephen Jones, ed. (Constable & Robinson)
  • Cone Zero, DF Lewis, ed. (Megazanthus Press)
  • Myth-Understandings, Ian Whates, ed. (Newcon Press)
  • Subtle Edens, Allen Ashley, ed. (Elastic Press)
  • The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ian Alexander Martin, ed. (Humdrumming)
  • We Fade To Grey, Gary McMahon (Pendragon Press)

Best Artist

  • Vincent Chong for various
  • Dave McKean for The Graveyard Book (Bloomsbury)
  • Edward Miller for Vault of Deeds (PS Publishing)
  • Lee Thompson for The Land at the End of the Working Day (Humdrumming)
  • Les Edwards for various

The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award

  • Elastic Press (Andrew Hook)
  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)
  • Pendragon Press (Chris Teague)
  • Screaming Dreams (Steve Upham)
  • TTA Press (Andy Cox)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Basil Copper: A Life in Books, Stephen Jones, ed. (PS Publishing)
  • Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, Russell T. Davies & Benjamin Cook (BBC Books)
  • journal.neilgaiman.com, Neil Gaiman
  • "Mutant Popcorn" column, Nick Lowe (Interzone)
  • What Is It We Do When We Read Science Fiction, Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)

Best Magazine

  • Postscripts, Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers, eds.
  • Black Static, Andy Cox, ed.
  • Interzone, Andy Cox, et. al., eds.
  • Midnight Street, Trevor Denyer, ed.
  • SFX, Dave Bradley, ed.
Best Comic/Graphic Novel
  • Locke and Key, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing);
  • 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow, Steve Niles & Bill Sienkiewicz (IDW Publishing);
  • All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely (DC Comics);
  • Buffy, Season Eight, Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate, Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard and Georges Jeanty (Dark Horse Comics);
  • Comic Book Tattoo: Tales Inspired by Tori Amos, Rantz A. Hoseley & Tori Amos, eds. (Image Comics);
  • Hellblazer: Fear Machine, Jamie Delano (Vertigo);
  • Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician, Andy Diggle & Leonardo Manco and Daniel Zezelj(Vertigo);
  • The Girly Comic Book 1, Selina Lock, ed. (Factor Fiction);
  • The New Avengers: Illuminati, Brian Bendis & Brian Reed and Jim Cheung (Marvel Comics).
The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer
Joseph D'Lacey, for Meat (Bloody Books)

The Karl Edward Wagner Award (the Special Award)
Hayao Miyazaki

The BFS Short Story Competition 2009 results were also announced at the ceremony:
  • Winner:"Dead Astronauts", Patrick Whittaker
  • Runner-up: "In the Moment", Elana Gomel

There were also winners in film and television categories. Winners were chosen by members of the British Fantasy Society, and were announced at FantasyCon, September 18-20, 2009 in Nottingham. For more details: http://www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk/.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Google Settlement News

posted @ 9/21/2009 03:49:00 PM PT 

The deadline for rightsholders to opt out of the proposed Google Book Search Settlement Agreement passed on September 4, 2009. That was also the date for interested parties to lodge objections to the settlement, and Judge Denny Chin says he received around 400 filings from groups and individuals objecting to or supporting the deal, or asking him to consider assorted legal issues.

Google has made efforts to assuage the concerns that have been raised, and has recently been in talks with the Justice Department about making modifications to the settlement to address antitrust concerns. However, the Justice Department wasn't satisfied: in a brief filed on September 18, Justice advised Judge Chin to "reject the proposed settlement in its current form and encourage the parties to continue negotiations to modify it so as to comply with Rule 23 [which governs class action suits] and the copyright and antitrust laws." Justice does think the agreement "has the potential to breathe life into millions of works that are now effectively off limits to the public" and could offer "important societal benefits"... assuming the kinks can be worked out.

The brief concludes that "the United States cannot now state with certainty whether the Proposed Settlement violates the antitrust laws in any respect." The wording leaves the door open to possible antitrust action if the settlement is approved.

More detailed information about the Google settlement is available in the October 2009 Locus.

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Powers Novel Optioned for New Pirates of the Carribean Movie

posted @ 9/21/2009 03:47:00 PM PT 

Tim Powers has confirmed earlier rumors with the following news: "I can now say that Disney optioned On Stranger Tides and will use elements of the book in the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie. I can also say that I did not ever specify that Serena and I get parts in the movie or have dinner with Johnny Depp! (Not that we'd mind.)"

The fit is an obvious one, as On Stranger Tides is about a pirate named Jack who goes in search of the Fountain of Youth. This fourth installment will be titled Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and will be released in the summer of 2011.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Warner Bros. Creates DC Entertainment

posted @ 9/13/2009 02:19:00 PM PT 

Media powerhouse Warner Brothers has created a new division, called DC Entertainment, Inc., "a new company founded to fully realize the power and value of the DC Comics brand and characters across all media and platforms." Barry Meyer, Warner Chairman & CEO, states that "DC Comics and its super hero characters are truly touchstones of popular culture, and the formation of DC Entertainment is a major step in our company's efforts to realize the full potential of this incredible wellspring of creative properties."

The DC Comics publishing business will remain the primary focus of DC Entertainment, which releases approximately 90 comic books and 30 graphic novels a month. New DC Entertainment director Diane Nelson, previously President of Warner Premiere, will continue to oversee the franchise management of the Harry Potter property, which she has done since 2000, and also continue to represent the Studio's interests with the author of the Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling.

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tor.com Offers First POD Publication

posted @ 9/10/2009 01:49:00 PM PT 

Year's Best Fantasy 9, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer, is Tor.com's first print-on-demand publication. According to Tor.com producer Pablo Defindini, Year's Best Fantasy 9 marks "Tor.com's debut as a publishing entity, distinct from Tor Books and as a separate imprint under our shared corporate overlords at Macmillan. YBF 9 is available only as a print-on-demand book, in keeping with our mission of always exploring alternative forms of publishing." The $15.95 trade paperback is now available from the Tor.com store, Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, and more.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Debut Novel Wins The Age Book of the Year Award

posted @ 9/09/2009 05:28:00 PM PT 

Steven Amsterdam's post-apocalyptic debut novel, Things We Didn't See Coming, is the winner of both the 2009 The Age fiction award for "a work of imaginative writing," which comes with an AU$10,000 prize, and The Age Book of the Year award for an additional AU$10,000. The awards are administered by Melbourne's The Age, a broadsheet daily newspaper operating since 1854. The judges described Things We Didn't See Coming as "suspenseful and involving; it succeeds both as a compelling vision of the future and as a study of human resourcefulness and endurance." The 36th annual awards were presented at the Melbourne Town Hall, in a ceremony that marked the opening of the Melbourne Writers Festival.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

SMOFCon Scholarship Offered by SFSFC

posted @ 9/08/2009 03:43:00 PM PT 

San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) has voted to offer a scholarship of $500 to help convention runners in training to attend the SMOFCon convention, to be held in Austin TX, December 4-6, 2009. SMOFCon is an annual convention about organizing science fiction conventions. The scholarship is open to anyone involved in running cons, regardless of their place of residence. However, applicants must be able to demonstrate that their attendance at SMOFCon will benefit San Francisco Bay Area conventions. Applications will be judged by the scholarship adminstrators, who for 2009 are once again the three directors of SFSFC who have chaired Worldcons: David W. Clark, Kevin Standlee, and Tom Whitmore. An application form is available from the SFSFC web site, or by writing to SFSFC at PO Box 61363, Sunnyvale CA 94088-1363. SFSFC must receive applications by October 15, 2009 (postmark date does not count).

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Kodansha Ends All Licensed Manga Contracts With Tokyopop

posted @ 9/08/2009 02:48:00 PM PT 

Japanese publisher Kodansha has announced that they will not renew any of their existing manga contracts with Tokyopop. Tokyopop will not be allowed to complete the publication of any series that is currently in progess, including several series that are close to completion. Additionally, Tokyopop will not be allowed to reprint titles after the current inventory has sold out. In the past, Tokyopop has licensed many series from Kodansha, including Chobits, Clover, Samurai Deeper Kyo, Rave Master, and GetBackers. Some titles have been picked up by other publishers; Dark Horse will put out omnibus editions of Clover and Chobits, and Del Rey has picked up Parasyte. However, many series still remain in limbo.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Jeanne Robinson Faces Chemotherapy

posted @ 9/06/2009 10:33:00 AM PT 

Author Jeanne Robinson, wife of Spider Robinson, faces a round of chemotherapy for a debilitating form of biliary cancer. To help defray the cost of treatment, a benefit concert for Jeanne has been organized by her friends and members of her Buddhist sangha. The concert (pdf link) will be held September 18, 2009 at Cates Hill Chapel on Bowen Island, Vancouver. Donations can be made through Paypal, and an e-bay auction has been set up as well. Further information is available at Spider Robinson's website.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Zoran Zivkovic, 2009 World Fantasy Guest of Honor

posted @ 9/04/2009 11:42:00 AM PT 

Author Zoran Zivkovic will be a GoH at the 35th World Fantasy Convention, to be held October 29 - November 1, 2009, in San José, California. Zivkovic has won numerous literary awards, including the World Fantasy Award in 2003. Nearly 50 foreign editions of his books have appeared in more than 20 languages. A professor of creative writing at the University of Belgrade, Živković lives in Serbia with his wife Mia, and their twin sons Uroš and Andreja.

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Rebellion Acquires Solaris

posted @ 9/04/2009 11:03:00 AM PT 

Games developer Rebellion, also owner of science fiction and fantasy imprint Abaddon Books, has completed the acquisition of the Solaris book publishing imprint from Games Workshop, for an undisclosed sum.

George Mann, Games Workshop’s head of publishing, said, “We’re delighted that Solaris has found a new home with Rebellion. After a period of fantastic growth with our Games Workshop related titles, we decided the time was right for us to focus all of our attention on our Black Library imprint. We’re sure Rebellion will now take Solaris forward to even greater heights.”

Rebellion has also entered into a sales and distribution agreement with Simon & Schuster. Under the agreement, Simon & Schuster will continue to handle sales, distribution, and fulfillment of all Solaris titles for all new and backlist titles to trade and specialty accounts.

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Heinlein Society Short Story Contest Winners

posted @ 9/03/2009 01:48:00 PM PT 

The three winners of the 2009 Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Short Story Contest are as follows: First place: "Under the Shouting Sky", Karl Bunker. Second place: "In the Shadows", Charlie Allery. Third place: "Salvage Sputnik", Sam S. Kepfield.

The stories won $5,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively. The prize fund was donated by an admirer of Heinlein's work who wishes to remain anonymous. The stories were judged on general literary quality and reflection of the spirit, ideas, and philosophies contained in the works of Robert A. Heinlein. A panel of professionals and editors made the final selection. The Heinlein Society wishes to thank the hundreds of authors who submitted entries.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Winners

posted @ 9/02/2009 01:09:00 PM PT 

Winners of the Writers and Illustrators of the Future competition were announced at a 25th anniversary gala and banquet held August 29, 2009 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.

Emery Huang won the $5,000 grand prize for story "Garden of Tian Zi", and Oleksandra Barysheva won the artist's grand prize for her illustration of C.L. Holland's story "The Reflection of Memory." All the quarterly winners also received trophies, and copies of the 25th annual anthology were handed out after the ceremony.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Walt Disney to Buy Marvel in $4 Billion Deal

posted @ 9/01/2009 11:15:00 AM PT 

Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Company is set to buy Marvel Entertainment in a shares-and-cash deal estimated at $4 billion. Disney will take ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters, including Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and Captain America. The boards of Disney and Marvel have both approved the deal, which now needs the backing of Marvel shareholders and competition authorities. Arvind Bhatia, analyst at Sterne, Agee and Leach, said the deal appears to be a "win-win situation for both companies. From that standpoint, we think the chances of this deal going through are pretty high."

Via BBC News.

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