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Nightly Chat Reminder

It’s time for the annual reminder about our nightly SF chats!

Our hosted chats begin at 10:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) and run until midnight. You can view the chat schedule here and find the chat room here. We have an upgraded chat engine, friendly hosts, and regular chatters who would love to discuss all things science-fictiony with you.

Come…join us!

Posted in Computers & Internet, Conventions & Fandom January 21st, 2010 by Chip
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SF Road Trip

Road Trip Map

SciFi Wire has put together a guide to 68 “must see” SF-related sites around the US, from the Kennedy Space Center to Donnie Darko’s house.

(via Cynical-C)

Posted in Conventions & Fandom September 15th, 2009 by Chip
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RIP Charles Brown

Locus is reporting that its publisher, editor, and co-founder Charles N. Brown has passed away.

Link (via Scalzi)

Posted in Conventions & Fandom July 13th, 2009 by Chip
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Design the Hugo Award Logo

The World Science Fiction Society has announced a contest to design an official logo for the Hugo Awards.

Although the rocket atop the Hugo Award has been one of the most visible signs of excellence in science fiction and fantasy for more than fifty years, there has never been an official logo to designate works as Hugo Award nominees or winners.

The winning designer will receive $500, a trophy featuring their design, membership to an upcoming Worldcon, and lots of other goodies. (The rules also say that the artist will have the right to use the design themselves, which strikes me as a little odd for an official logo, but whatever.)

Full submission guidelines are here. Submit the winning design and become the envy of geeks the world over!

(via Whatever)

Posted in Conventions & Fandom April 10th, 2009 by Chip
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The United Nations, Whoopi Goldberg, and Battlestar Galactica

Now … why can’t we have this kind of panel at our conventions?

From the New York Times ….

Published: March 15, 2009

‘Battlestar Galactica’: The Worldview

The United Nations and the Sci Fi Channel will present a panel discussion Tuesday evening on the social and political issues raised by the Sci Fi series “Battlestar Galactica,” which concludes on Friday night. Moderated by Whoopi Goldberg (a frequent guest on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”), the topics include human rights, terrorism, and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faiths. Among those participating are “Battlestar” actors Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell, as well as the show’s executive producers, Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. The event is invitation-only.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, Movies & TV March 16th, 2009 by Gandalara
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2008 Nebula Awards – Final Ballot

Nebula Final Ballot
SFWA is proud to announce the nominees for the 2008 Nebula Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2009 Nebula Awards® Weekend, April 24-26, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. For more information on the awards and the Nebulas Weekend, please visit the Nebula Awards Website. (You don’t have to be an author to go – and they’re a LOT of fun to attend )

Little Brother – Doctorow, Cory (Tor, Apr08)
Powers – Le Guin, Ursula K. (Harcourt, Sep07)
Cauldron – McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov07)
Brasyl – McDonald, Ian (Pyr, May07)
Making Money – Pratchett, Terry (Harper, Sep07)
Superpowers – Schwartz, David J. (Three Rivers Press, Jun08)

“The Spacetime Pool” – Asaro, Catherine (Analog, Mar08)
“Dark Heaven” – Benford, Gregory (Alien Crimes, ed. Mike Resnick, SFBC, Jan07)
“Dangerous Space” – Eskridge, Kelley (Dangerous Space, Aqueduct Press, Jun07)
“The Political Prisoner” – Finlay, Charles Coleman (F&SF, Aug08)
“The Duke in His Castle” – Nazarian, Vera (Norilana Books, Jun08)

“If Angels Fight” – Bowes, Richard (F&SF, Feb08)
“Dark Rooms” – Goldstein, Lisa (Asimov’s, Oct/Nov 07)
“Pride and Prometheus” – Kessel, John (F&SF, Jan08)
“Night Wind” – Rosenblum, Mary (Lace and Blade, ed. Deborah J. Ross, Norilana Books, Feb08)
“Baby Doll” – Sinisalo, Johanna (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, ed. James Morrow & Kathryn Morrow, Tor, Jun07 [trans. from the Finnish by David Hackston])
“Kaleidoscope” – Wentworth, K.D. (F&SF, May07)

Short Stories
“The Button Bin” – Allen, Mike (Helix: A Speculative Fiction Quarterly, Oct07)
“The Dreaming Wind”- Ford, Jeffrey (The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales, ed. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Viking, Jul07)
“Trophy Wives” – Hoffman, Nina Kiriki (Fellowship Fantastic, ed. Martin H. Greenberg and Kerrie Hughes, DAW Jan08)
“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” – Johnson, Kij (Asimov’s, Jul08)
“The Tomb Wife” – Jones, Gwyneth (F&SF, Aug07)
“Don’t Stop” – Kelly, James Patrick (Asimov’s, Jun07)

The Dark Knight
The Shrine – Stargate Atlantis, Aug 2008

Norton Award
Graceling – Cashore, Kristin (Harcourt, Oct08)
Lamplighter – Cornish, D.M. (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2, Putnam Juvenile, May08)
Savvy – Law, Ingrid (Dial, May08)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Pearson, Mary E. (Henry Holt and Company, Apr08)
Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) – Wilce, Ysabeau S. (Harcourt, Sep08)

Posted in Books & Authors, Conventions & Fandom, News February 27th, 2009 by Gandalara
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Seattle Withdraws 2011 Worldcon Bid

Frak. :-/

It is with grave regret and a deep disappointment that I must announce that the Seattle bid has to pull out of the race to host the Worldcon in 2011. This is due to an unforeseen event and our inability to reach a formal first option agreement with our preferred facilities. We had initial options on facilities, but when it came time to reduce them to formal writing, we found that our preferred facilities had groups willing to make the financial commitment ahead of us. Seattle is such a popular destination for conventions that all of the reasonable dates (early August through early September) already have groups that have firmer commitments than we do.

After examining the options and alternatives, consulting with our respected advisors and exploring any number of other possibilities we have determined that there are just no viable alternatives, which make sense for the fannish community available to us. We do not want to host the Worldcon in a venue and situation that would prove to be less than World class. In this economy, it is refreshing to know that Seattle remains a popular destination for conventions and tourists even if it is one of the saddest things I can think of at the moment.

I want to personally thank all of the fannish community, our supporters, my advisors, friends and family for giving so completely of yourselves over the last several years. I can personally not think of anyone I would not have wanted to produce this event with other than you – You all gave so much and went so far to make this happen. Thank you for everything!

We will be reviewing future opportunities with our potential facilities with an eye toward bidding for a subsequent year.

Bobbie DuFault
Seattle 2011 Bid Chairman

Posted in Conventions & Fandom, News February 7th, 2009 by Gandalara

Forry Ackerman Gravely Ill

io9 reports that 91-year-old Forrest J. Ackerman is very ill and not expected to recover.

Ain’t It Cool News, a site among many influenced by Ackerman’s work, has more.

I talked to Joe Moe, Forry’s caregiver and best friend. He told me to spread the word about Forry. Forry is leaving us quickly. If youre going to write or call, do it now before it’s too late. He’s in good spirits and not in any pain or taking any meds. He did not have any heart attack or stroke. He is home resting comfortably, but his body is starting to shut down and he’s sleeping alot now, hes very weak.

Even if you do what I did, just write “I love you” on a piece of paper and mail it, please do something if he touched your life in some way…………….joey OBrien

4511 Russell Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

If you want to say goodbye to such an influential figure in fandom, please write something and send it along.

Posted in Conventions & Fandom November 5th, 2008 by Chip
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Sound and Fury in SF Fandom

Author Richard Morgan was asked to write a guest editorial for the 2008 WorldCon Postscripts anthology. He wrote about loud, angry factionalism, elitism, and generally prejudicial ugliness within the genre. The article wasn’t published because it was deemed too negative, so he’s posted it on his site instead.

Here’s a funny thing. Skip across the tracks to the world of crime fiction for a while, and you don’t see this shit going on. You don’t get this gnawing, mutilative thread of self-hatred, this bulemic purging of whole sub-genres or readership sub-sections as somehow unworthy. A quick trawl through a couple of dozen crime writer websites and messageboards reveals no agendas or dogme-style utterances, no towering rages or griping about how the genre’s going to shit these days, how there’s all this generic pap being published, how this strain of crime writing is so much more valid than this other strain, how maybe we shouldn’t even be reading or writing crime fiction at all, how we need to Get Back to Basics, or Rip it Up and Start Again, or any other misbegotten Year Zero bullshit.

Dude. Don’t hold back. Tell us how you really feel.

I may have been out of the loop (Shadow would argue, well out of the loop) where various SF subgenera are concerned, but I’ve never encountered this level of bile regarding reading choices. The fans I know may occasionally poke fun at others’ selections (and, y’know, in the case of John Norman readers give them kind of a wide berth), but we’re mostly just happy that somebody else is reading our favorite genre. Is there some kind of SF culture war simmering beneath the surface of which I’ve been blissfully unaware?

Link (thanks, Shadow!)

Posted in Books & Authors, Conventions & Fandom September 22nd, 2008 by Chip

Harry Harrison named Grand Master by SFWA

::: sing-song voice :::

~/o I’m going to the Nebulas, I’m going to the Nebulas o/~

From SFWA:

Harry Harrison, creator of The Stainless Steel Rat and author of the novel that inspired the movie Soylent Green, will be honored as the next Damon Knight Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America during the 2009 Nebula Award Weekend® in Los Angeles, Calif.

Harrison’s selection was announced by SFWA President Russell Davis after consulting with the Board of Directors and participating past presidents. The Nebula Awards Weekend will be held April 24-26 in Los Angeles, Calif., with the awards presentation banquet to be held on the UCLA campus to tie in with the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. Past SFWA President and Grand Master (2004) Robert Silverberg will be presenting.

“There are few moments in life that can be taken out and savored in memory.  One happened today,” Harrison said. “A phone call from our President Russell Davis with the startling news that I was to be the 2009 Grand Master nearly led to the collapse of a stout writer!

“It’s still soaking in,” he said. “But may I express my fervent thanks to all involved for this signal honor.”

Already an established illustrator and freelance non-fiction writer, Harrison published his first science fiction story, “Rock Diver,” in the August 1951 issue of Worlds Beyond. From that point he went on to produce more than 62 novels, eight short fiction collections, six non-fiction books and countless short stories.  He also found the time to edit 35 anthologies over the span of his career.

His active involvement in the science fiction community throughout the 1950s led to his becoming a charter member of SFWA.

“Why, I can recall with a tear in one rheumy eye, when SFWA was a just a wild idea put forward by Damon Knight,” Harrison said. “A few of us nodded and agreed with him and thus, with great hope and no money, this organization was born.  I won’t dwell on the fact that this was over 50 years ago…

“Enough!  Let’s look to the future not the past as we go from strength to strength and march—banners flapping—into the SF future,” he said.

Harrison was born in 1925 and served in the U.S. Army during World War II, an experience that made a strong negative impression on him and inspired his satirical Bill, the Galactic Hero novel series. A regular contributor to the legendary John W. Campbell’s Astounding, Harrison’s work often reflected his interest in environmental issues and non-violent resolutions to conflict. His best-known creations are The Stainless Steel Rat and Make Room! Make Room! on which the film Soylent Green was based. His more recent works include best-selling alternate world trilogies West of Eden and Stars and Stripes Forever!

Harrison is the 26th writer recognized by SFWA as a Grand Master. He joins Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber (1981), Andre Norton (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), Poul Anderson (1997), Hal Clement (1998), Brian Aldiss (1999), Philip Jose Farmer (2000), Ursula K. Le Guin (2003), Robert Silverberg (2004), Anne McCaffrey (2005), Harlan Ellison (2006), James Gunn (2007) and Michael Moorcock (2008).

Until 2002 the title was simply “Grand Master.” In 2002 it was renamed in honor of SFWA’s founder, Damon Knight, who died that year.

More details about the Nebula Awards Weekend are available at

Posted in Books & Authors, Conventions & Fandom July 17th, 2008 by Gandalara
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