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11.09 Ed Kemmer
10.13 Tetsu Yano
09.06 Harvey Wheeler
07.21 Jerry Goldsmith
07.19 Irvin Yeaworth Jr.
06.27 Hugh B. Cave
06.01 Peter McNamara
05.?? Alfred Coppel
04.05 Roger D. Aycock
03.27 Robert Merle
03.25 Katherine Lawrence
03.14 René Laloux
03.13 Johan Springborg
03.02 Peter T. Garratt
02.20 Mel Hunter
02.08 Julius Schwartz
02.05 Donald Barr
01.22 William Relling, Jr.
01.14 Jack Cady
01.04 Joan Aiken

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Friday 31 December 2004
» Best of the Year News
Time Magazine names Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell the best fiction of 2004
January online magazine's best fiction of 2004 list includes Victoria Strauss, David Mitchell, Minister Faust, Guy Gavriel Kay, Dean Koontz, Philip Roth

Monday 27 December 2004
» News
Statement by Arthur C. Clarke about the recent tsunamis in South and Southeast Asia [updated 29 and 31 December]

Saturday 25 December 2004
» Deaths
David Langford's "Runcible Ansible" column at The Infinite Matrix reports the deaths of Douglas Mason, Conservative politician and avid SF collector [not to be confused with writer Douglas R. Mason aka John Rankine], and of W. Warren Wager, scholar and fiction writer. • Times of London on Douglas Mason

» Magazine News
Amazing Stories, under new editor-in-chief Jeff Berkwits, is going on hiatus after the next issue, number 608, to be published in in January. • Sci Fi Wire storyAmazing Stories website

Friday 17 December 2004
» Awards News
Nominations for the Aurealis Awards for Australian speculative fiction published in 2004 have been released (here listed on one page)

Thursday 16 December 2004
» News
The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has won its court case to win property tax exemption as a nonprofit organization whose properties are "used exclusively for a charitable or educational purpose to promote the general welfare of the people of the state". • WTOP News storyBaltimore Science Fiction Society

» People & Publishing News
Jeff VanderMeer announces that the Ministry of Whimsy press will go on indefinite hiatus effective January 1, 2005. • VanderMeer will focus on his own writing and editing projects, including the upcoming anthology Leviathan 5. • Details in VanderMeer's blog.

» Tangent Online managing editor Chris Markwyn is stepping down effective January 31, 2005, after having filled in for senior editor Dave Truesdale the past year; if no replacement can be found, the site will go on indefinite hiatus. • Markwyn's editorial.

» SF author Jack Chalker suffered congestive heart failure last week, and is hospitalized. • Details at Eva Whitley's site.

» Scott Winnett, Locus staffer and reviewer from 1989 - 1994, died December 12, 2004, in Corpus Christi, Texas, of pneumonia. • Obituary forthcoming in Locus Magazine.

» Announcements
The Clarion SF & Fantasy Writers' Workshop will hold a midnight auction, January 28 and 29, 2005, to raise money for the 2005 workshop -- see announcement for details. Administrators seek donations of items -- signed books, prints, manuscripts, anything that may be of interest to a sf/f fan -- by January 10, 2005; contact

» The Utah Center for the Book and CONduit, Utah's Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, call for entries for the 2004 Utah Speculative Fiction Award and the 2004 Utah Speculative Fiction Short Story Award. The competition is open published books and stories by Utah authors, or with a Utah theme or setting. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2005. For details and entry forms, see CONduit XV (2005): Speculative Fiction Award.

» The New York Academy of Sciences hosts "From Imagination to Reality: The Art of Science Fiction" through January 28, 2005 • Description by Vincent di Fate

» Awards News
Chick Corea has received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Instrumental Arrangement for music written to accompany the book publication of L. Ron Hubbard's To the Stars. • Market Wire articleSF Weekly: Jeff Berkwits interviews Corea

Monday 6 December 2004
» Best of the Year News
Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2004 includes SF selections by R. Scott Bakker, Theodore Judson, Patricia A. McKillip, Gene Wolfe, and N. Lee Wood, plus titles in other categories by Mark Budz, Susanna Clarke, Karen Joy Fowler, Dean Koontz, Philip Roth, Neal Stephenson, and Peter Straub

Thursday 2 December 2004
» Awards News
Winner of this year's Endeavour Award, for an SF/F book written by a Pacific Northwest author, is John Varley's Red Thunder. • Winner was announced Nov. 5th at OryCon. Judges were Gardner Dozois, Sheila Finch, and Jennifer Heddle. • 2004 finalistsPast winners

Thursday 25 November 2004
» Awards News
Robert J. Sawyer is winner of this year's Premio UPC de Ciencia Ficcion, Spain's top SF prize, for an unprecedented third time. The award includes a cash prize of 6,000 euro (US$8,000 or Cdn$9,300). Sawyer's winning story, "Identity Theft", will be published in SFBC anthology Down These Dark Spaceways, edited by Mike Resnick, in Spring 2005. • About the awardPast winners

Friday 19 November 2004
» Awards News
Winners of this year's Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards, sponsored by webzine scifidimensions, are Joe Haldeman for Lifetime Achievement, M.M. Buckner for novel Hyperthought, and Michael Bishop for short fiction "The Door Gunner" • Previous winners

» Casting Call
Open Call — Sci-Fi pilot / Non-union — Seeking enthusiastic, sci-fi fans for sci-fi series.  Looking to assemble a diverse crew of real fans, acting experience not needed.  20 and older.  Dress how you feel would be appropriate for space travel.   Creative dress encouraged.   Open call Sunday, December 5th from 10am-2pm.  1501 N. Gardner, LA, CA 90046.  E-mails to

Thursday 18 November 2004
» News
Ray Bradbury receives a National Medal of Arts, Madeleine L'Engle a National Humanities Medal, along with 14 others at White House ceremonies yesterday with President Bush • Bradbury: "This is the happiest day in my life" • Washington Post articleWhite House releaseNEA press release

Tuesday 16 November 2004
» Best of the Year News
Borders's Best of 2004 Science Fiction & Fantasy list, mixing originals and reprints, includes books by William Gibson, Steven Erikson, Susanna Clarke, Nick Sagan, Stephen R. Donaldson, and others

» Announcements
The 29th annual Jack Williamson Lectureship will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2005 at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico. The theme for the evening panel discussion is "Posthumanity Evolving." Guests include Jack Williamson, Walter Jon Williams, Gregory Benford, and Connie Willis.

» Detox at The Loading Zone presents "Shudders and Belly Laughs", and evening of satirical works by Eliot Fintushel, through December 4th at Studio 208 in Santa Rosa CA. See site for details.

Saturday 13 November 2004
» Death
Ed Kemmer, star of '50s TV show "Space Patrol", died Tuesday in New York City at the age of 84 • LA Times obituary

Thursday 11 November 2004
» Announcement
The Odyssey Summer Writing Workshop's 2005 session will be held at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, over 6 weeks, June 13-July 22, 2005; writers-in-residence are Melanie Tem and Steve Rasnic Tem; guest lecturers are Elizabeth Hand, Allen M. Steele, P. D. Cacek, James Morrow, John Clute, and Sheila Williams

Wednesday 10 November 2004
» Best of the Year News's Best of 2004 Editors' Picks list include titles by Philip Roth, Stephen King, Susanna Clarke, David Mitchell, Clive Barker, and Neal Stephenson • Editors' Picks: SF/F are led by Stephen King and Greg Keyes; Customers' Favorites: SF/F are led by Stephen King and Robert Jordan

Wednesday 3 November 2004
» Awards News
Winners of this year's Prix Aurora Awards, presented October 30, 2004 in Montreal at Canvention 24, include Robert Charles Wilson's Blind Lake, works by Alain Bergeron, Douglas Smith, and Élisabeth Vonarburg, and winners in categories for art, fan works, and other works • Final results with links to excerpts, etc.

Sunday 31 October 2004
Awards News

World Fantasy Awards Winners include Jo Walton, Greer Gilman, Bruce Holland Rogers, Elizabeth Hand, and others; Life Achievement Awards to Stephen King and Gahan Wilson

Friday 22 October 2004
» Death
William J. Widder, author of Hugo nominated Master Storyteller: An Illustrated Tour of the Fiction of L. Ron Hubbard, died recently at age 78. • Recollection by John L. Flynn, Ph.D.

Tuesday 19 October 2004
» Death
Writer and translator Tetsu Yano died on October 13th from colic cancer at the age of 81. Best known as the translator of Robert A. Heinlein and Frank Herbert, he wrote numerous SF and YA novels in Japanese, and had one story, "The Legend of the Paper Spaceship", translated into English in 1978. He was awarded the Karel Award in 1985 for lifelong achievement in translation.

Tuesday 12 October 2004
» Censorship News
John Kessel's novella "Stories for Men" has been dropped from the curriculum of a high school English class in Seaside, Oregon, following a parent protest • Full story in Seaside Signal (excerpted here)

Monday 11 October 2004
» Awards News
Winners of Der Deutsche Phantastik Preis, announced October 9th, include Andreas Eschbach for best German novel, Nina Blazon for best debut novel, and J.K. Rowling for best international novel • Full results

Thursday 7 October 2004
» Awards News
Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire winners include China Miéville's Perdido Street Station • Full results posted at SF Site

» Magazine News
Jeff Berkwits is the new Editor-In-Chief of Amazing StoriesPaizo Publishing NewsSFWA News

Tuesday 28 September 2004
» Awards News
British Fantasy Awards winners, announced last weekend, were Christopher Fowler for best novel and for best short fiction, and in other categories Stephen Jones, Ramsey Campbell, Les Edwards, PS Publishing, and Peter Jackson • See The Alien Online article for list and photo • Finalists

Tuesday 21 September 2004
» Awards News
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas (but not Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell) makes the shortlist for the 2004 Man Booker Prize • Guardian article

Friday 17 September 2004
» Death
Harvey Wheeler, co-author with Eugene Burdick of 1962 nuclear disaster novel Fail-Safe, died Sept. 6th in California • New York Times obituary

Wednesday 15 September 2004
» Bookstore News
Basilisk Dreams, the SF/fantasy bookstore in Ottawa, announces its imminent closure; 50% off all stock sale began Sept. 11

Friday 10 September 2004
» Death
Alfred Coppel, born 1921, author of short fiction in the 1950s, a series of YA novels under the pseudonym Robert Cham Gilman (The Rebel of Rhada, etc.) in the late '60s, and the "Goldenwing" trilogy in the 1990s (beginning with Glory, 1993), died in May, according to a report from his agent

Thursday 9 September 2004
» Awards News
2004 Aurora Award finalists, for works by Canadian authors, artists, and fans, include Julie E. Czerneda, Karin Lowachee, Robert J. Sawyer, Caitlin Sweet, Edo van Belkom, and Robert Charles Wilson for best long-form work in English, plus nominees in short form and other work categories (and their French counterparts), artist, and fan categories • Voting deadline is 16 October; winners will be announced at Congrès Boréal, 29-31 October in Montréal

Wednesday 8 September 2004
Awards News
2004 Chesley Awards Winners include Donato Giancola for best hardback cover illustration, Todd Lockwood in three categories, and Gary Lippincott in two categories, plus Michael Whelan, Bob Eggleton, Irene Gallo, and others

Other News from Noreascon 4 includes winners of the Cordwainer Smith, Sidewise, and Gaylactic Spectrum Awards • Hugo voting statistics released • Japan will host the 2007 Worldcon

Saturday 4 September 2004
Awards News
2004 Hugo Awards Winners include Lois McMaster Bujold, Vernor Vinge, Michael Swanwick, Neil Gaiman, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Emerald City, and others; Jay Lake wins Campbell New Writer Award

Friday 3 September 2004
» Awards News
Live From Noreascon 4 reports winners of the 1954 Retro Hugo Awards: Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, stories by James Blish and Arthur C. Clarke, The War of the Worlds, etc.

» Earlier, winners of this year's Prometheus Awards for Libertarian Science Fiction were announced: F. Paul Wilson's Sims Best Novel; Vernor Vinge's story "The Ungoverned" the Hall of Fame Award • 2004 Finalists

Wednesday 1 September 2004
» Awards News
Cory Doctorow wins the 2004 Sunburst Award, a prized and juried award presented to a Canadian writer who has published a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection, for collection A Place So Foreign and 8 More

Thursday 26 August 2004
» Magazine News
Amazing Stories is looking for an Editor-in-Chief

» Awards News
BBC: the Booker Prize longlist includes Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas; shortlist to be announced 21 September, winner 19 October

Wednesday 25 August 2004
» Magazine News
Quercus-SF, an online fiction publishing project edited by Paul Brazier, is now live and accepting subscriptions. Stories will be published on the web as they are accepted, then gathered into twice-yearly hardcover anthologies available only to members. • Further information

» Awards News
Winners of the Seiun Awards, chosen by members of the Japan SF Convention G-Con, include translated novel Heaven's Reach by David Brin, translated short story "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang, and media presentation The Lord of the Rings: The Two TowersPast Seiun winners by year

Tuesday 24 August 2004
Awards News

Anne McCaffrey receives L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts; Writers and Illustrators of the Future Grand Prizes given to William T. Katz and Laura Deihl

Sunday 15 August 2004
» Awards News
Ireland SF/F/H magazine Albedo One announces the Aeon Award, a short story competition with a Grand Prize of €1000, first winner to be announced at the 2005 World SF Convention in Glasgow

Friday 6 August 2004
Awards News
Finalists for the 2004 World Fantasy Awards include K.J. Bishop, Kij Johnson, Ian R. MacLeod, Jo Walton, and Jeff VanderMeer for Best Novel, plus nominees for novella, short fiction, anthology, and in other categories • Complete List

Thursday 5 August 2004
» Awards News
Winners of the 2004 Mythopoeic Awards, for fantasy literature and nonfiction, are Robin McKinley's Sunshine for adult literature; Clare B. Dunkle's The Hollow Kingdom for children's literature; John Garth's Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth for scholarship in Inklings studies; and John Lawrence & Robert Jewett's The Myth of the American Superhero for scholarship in general myth and fantasy studies • Press release [pdf] • Mythopoeic Winners

» Winners of the 2004 Rhysling Awards, for achievement in speculative poetry, are "Just Distance" by Roger Dutcher in the short poem category, and "Octavia Is Lost in the Hall of Masks" by Theodora Goss in the long poem category • The Rhysling Winners, 1978-2004

» Nominees for this year's British Fantasy Awards include Simon Clark, Christopher Fowler, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, James Herbert, Peter Straub, and Liz Williams for best novel, plus nominees for short fiction, anthology, collection, artist, and small press • Complete list at The Alien Online

Friday 30 July 2004
Harlan Ellison is offering paybacks to contributors to his KICK Internet Piracy campaign

» Deaths
Irvin Yeaworth Jr., Christian filmmaker best known for directing 1958 Steven McQueen film The Blob, died July 19th. • Los Angeles Times obit

» Jerry Goldsmith, prominent film composer whose works included Planet of the Apes, Alien, and Star Trek: The Motion Picture, died last week. • Film Score Monthly: Life and Career

Saturday 10 July 2004
Awards News
Jack McDevitt wins this year's John W. Campbell Memorial Award, announced last night at the Campbell Conference in Kansas City; Kage Baker wins the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Thursday 8 July 2004
» Awards News
Nominees for this year's Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Awards (SESFAs) include M.M. Buckner, Jack McDevitt, William Gibson, and Jeff VanderMeer

» Magazine News
Lou Anders has resigned his position as Senior Editor of Argosy Magazine in order to devote his full attention to his new duties as Editorial Director of Pyr, the new SF&F Imprint from Prometheus Books

» Convention News
Steven H Silver is running a Noreascon Four Trivia Contest running from now through Saturday of this year's Worldcon in Boston; prizes include magazine subscriptions and a membership to next year's Worldcon

Sunday 4 July 2004
» Market News
Surreal Magazine is a quarterly devoted to the supernatural, horror and occult, scheduled to debut January 2005 — guidelines
Lenox Avenue is a bimonthly e-zine, debuting July 1st, of speculative fiction and art — guidelines
Cascadia Con is sponsoring an anthology edited by Cris DiMarco, to debut Sept. 2005

Thursday 1 July 2004
» Awards News
Winners of the 2004 Wooden Rocket Awards, for best SF and Fantasy websites, include Science Fiction Weekly as Best Online Magazine and Locus Online as Best Print-to-Web Magazine, plus Orson Scott Card, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, and Bob Eggleton among 15 other categories. • The awards are sponsored by SF Crowsnest and were determined by 12,381 verified voters

» The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the results of its first Fountain Award: "The Specialist" by Alison Smith, published in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern

» Update
Washington Post has run this obituary of Hugh B. Cave

Wednesday 30 June 2004
Awards News
Winners of the 2004 Locus Awards, announced in Locus' July issue, are Dan Simmons, Lois McMaster Bujold, Cory Doctorow, Terry Pratchett, Vernor Vinge, Neil Gaiman (3 times!), Ursula K. Le Guin, Gardner Dozois (twice), F&SF, Tor, and Michael Whelan

Call for Submissions
Claude Lalumière invites submissions to The Lost Pages 2004 Halloween Special

» Author News
Sue Stewart, Andre Norton's personal assistant, has asked Locus to get the word out that people can stop sending money contributions to Andre -- she is no longer in need. Healthwise Andre is doing very well, is enjoying her new place at Sue's, and plans to start writing again. • Andre Norton Org

Tuesday 29 June 2004
hugh b. cave
Stephen Jones remembers Hugh B. Cave

Monday 28 June 2004
» Death
Horror writer Hugh B. Cave, born 1910, died yesterday, June 27. Cave published stories in pulp magazines beginning in 1929, and wrote at least 45 books from 1942 through 2003, including 1977 World Fantasy Award winning collection Murgunstrumm and Others • He received a Bram Stoker Life Achievement Award in 1990, a World Fantasy Special Convention Award in 1996, a Living Legend Award from the International Horror Guild in 1997, and a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 1998 • Official Hugh B. Cave WebsiteVintage Library profile

Thursday 24 June 2004
» News Notes
• A radio adaptation of the final three books in Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series will feature the voice of Adams himself, as well as five of the cast of the original 1978 radio series; the new series will broadcast on Britain's Radio 4 later this year —

• Voting deadline for the Southeastern Science Fiction Achievement Award is June 30

Eurocon 2004, to be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria in August, will discuss "Does Ursula K. Le Guin deserve a Nobel Prize for literature, and what we can do about it?" on Sunday August 8

Tuesday 22 June 2004
SF Museum and Hall of Fame Opens in Seattle: Special report from Locus publisher Charles N. Brown
A huge green alien creature described as a flying saucer, a loathsome green worm, or an inflatable version of the museum logo — depending on where you were standing — crouched atop the Seattle Space Needle...

Wednesday 16 June 2004
Awards News
Chesley Awards Final Ballot includes Donato Giancola, Don Maitz, Stephen Youll, David Bowers, Todd Lockwood, and Kinuko Y. Craft for hardcover illustration, plus nominees in categories for paperback cover, gaming and product illustrations, 3-D art, and others

Monday 14 June 2004
» News
Harlan Ellison and AOL have settled their lawsuit • C.E. Petit, Esq. summarizes the case

Wednesday 9 June 2004
Terry Dowling remembers the late Peter McNamara

Monday 7 June 2004
Awards News

Peter Straub, J.K. Rowling, Neil Gaiman, Jack Ketchum and others win 2003 Bram Stoker Awards

Sunday 6 June 2004
Awards News
Sturgeon Award Finalists include Jeffrey Ford, Lucius Shepard, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, and others • Winner will be announced at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence KS, July 8-11

Thursday 3 June 2004
» Death
Australian editor and publisher Peter McNamara died June 1st of brain cancer • Chris Lawson obitJonathan Strahan obit

Monday 31 May 2004
Awards News
Sunburst Award Shortlist includes Margaret Atwood, Cory Doctorow, Robert Charles Wilson, and others

Monday 24 May 2004
» Awards News
2004 Finalists for the Mythopoeic Awards, given to fiction and nonfiction related to the Inklings -- J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams -- include Lois McMaster Bujold, Kij Johnson, Ursula K. Le Guin, Patricia A. McKillip, and Robin McKinley for adult literature, plus nominees in categories for children's literature, Inklings Studies, and General Myth and Fantasy Studies • Mythopoeic SocietyPast Mythopoeic winners

Sunday 23 May 2004
» News
HWA's online benefit auction for writer and editor Charles L. Grant is now under way • Details at HWA News

» Meanwhile, Laurie J. Marks is home and has gotten marriedWhat happened

» Awards News
Arthur C. Clarke has been named recipient of this year's Robert A. Heinlein Award for outstanding published work in hard science fiction or technical writings inspiring the human exploration of space • This is the second year of the award; Michael Flynn and Virginia Heinlein won last year • This year's award will be presented in Boston during Noreascon Four, Sept 2-6, with Clarke attending via real-time video

Monday 17 May 2004
» News
The Horror Writers Association is holding a benefit auction for ailing author and editor Charles L. Grant, hospitalized indefinitely with severe cardio-pulmonary disease and emphysema. • HWA calls for contributions, and will begin an eBay auction 23 May continuing through 5 June during HWA's Bram Stoker Awards weekend, which will also host a silent auction 4-6 June. • See HWA News for details and contact information.

» Awards News
Finalists for this year's Prometheus Awards, presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society, include novels by Terry Goodkind, Paul Levinson, Chris Moriarty, J.K. Rowling, and F. Paul Wilson, plus Hall of Fame finalists • Winners will be announced at Noreascon Four in Boston, 26 September 2004

» Andrew Fox's Fat White Vampire Blues won this year's Lord Ruthven Assembly award for Best Novel, presented at this year's International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Ft. Lauderdale

Saturday 15 May 2004
» Awards News Update
The Arthur C. Clarke Award website has posted a Full Report on this year's ceremony, in which Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver was announced the winner

Wednesday 12 May 2004
» Awards News

Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver wins the Arthur C. Clarke Award, announced today in London • shortlistphotos from the event [via]

Monday 10 May 2004
» Magazine News
Wildside Press, which has just debuted HP Lovecraft's Magazine of Horror, announces two additional magazine titles: Adventure Tales and UnderworldNewsletter

Monday 26 April 2004
» Awards News
Ditmar Awards winners include K.J. Bishop's The Etched City as best novel, plus Lucy Sussex, Trudi Canavan, Cat Sparks and Peter McNamara & Margaret Winch (a tie), and Cat Sparks in other professional categories. • Complete results posted here • The awards, formally the 2004 Australian Science Fiction Awards, were announced at Conflux in Canberra, on 25 April

» Magazine News
Marge Simon has succeeded Tim Pratt as editor of SF poetry 'zine Star*Line • Submission guidelines are posted at

Sunday 25 April 2004
» News: Announcement
In association with the Black To The Future conference in Seattle, June 11-13, online Beyond Magazine will publish stories by high school students focusing on sf written by African-American students or with African-American content • Deadline is May 5, with publication May 15 • Contact Nisi Shawl at 720-1008, or

Wednesday 21 April 2004
» Magazine News
Update: The Asimov's Messsage Board has posted a statement from Gardner Dozois about his resignation as Editor of the magazine

Awards News
Update: Nebula Awards results now includes banquet report

» Winner of this year's James White Award, a short story competition for non-professional writers, is Deirdre Ruane • The award was announced at Eastercon

Tuesday 20 April 2004
» Magazine News
Gardner Dozois steps down as editor of Asimov's Science Fiction, after almost 19 years, to pursue other projects, including his own writing • Dozois will remain with Asimov's as Contributing Editor, providing editorial guidance and interacting with readers via the Internet and at public events. Sheila Williams, the current Executive Editor, will succeed Dozois as Editor. Williams' first official issue will be January 2005. • Dozois has won the Hugo Award 14 times as Best Professional Editor, and the Nebula Award 2 times, in 1984 and 1985, for Best Short Story

Awards News
This year's Analog and Asimov's Readers' Awards, presented at last week's Nebula Awards Weekend, include winners Catherine Asaro, Lucius Shepard, John Varley, Catherine H. Shaffer, Michael Swanwick, and others

» Awards News
The first annual Sir Julius Vogel Awards, for best SF/F/H within New Zealand, include Dale Elvy, Peter Friend, Kevin G. Maclean, and Peter Jackson

» News
Joe Haldeman among authors supporting NEA Operation Homecoming project to help US troops write about their wartime experiences • Press Release

Saturday 17 April 2004
Awards News

Elizabeth Moon, Neil Gaiman, Jeffrey Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, and The Two Towers win Nebula AwardsRobert Silverberg receives Grand Master Award; Ann Crispin and Michael Capobianco given Service to SFWA Awards

Thursday 15 April 2004
Retro Hugo Awards Nominations update: Poul Anderson's "Three Hearts and Three Lions" has replaced Judith Merril's "Daughters of Earth" as a nominee in the novella category, due to prior (1952) publication of Merril's story

» Future History: Announcement
The Epiphany Theater Company in NYC presents a free reading of Clark Perry's "sci-fi fantasia" play The Planet on 158th Street, loosely based on the Futurians, a group of young NYC writers in the 1930s-40s including Isaac Asimov, Fred Pohl, Damon Knight, and others, Monday 19 April at 7 p.m. • Call (646) 638-0252 for reservations

Sunday 11 April 2004
» Awards News
British Science Fiction Association Awards winners, presented at Eastercon on Sunday 11 April in Blackpool UK, are Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Neil Gaiman & Dave McKean, Colin Odell, and Farah Mendlesohn • SFWA NewsNominees

» International Horror Guild Awards winners, presented at the World Horror Convention on Saturday 10 April in Phoenix AZ, include Peter Straub, Ellen Datlow, Lucius Shepard, Glen Hirshberg, Caniglia, Spider, and Carnivale

» Aurealis Awards winners, for Australian speculative fiction, presented in Perth on Friday 9 April at Swancon, include Jon Blum & Kate Orman, Garth Nix, Victor Kelleher, and Nick Stathopoulos

» Future History: Announcement
The North Carolina Literary Festival 2004 will be held 15-18 April in Raleigh NC, with participants John Kessel, Orson Scott Card, Karen Joy Fowler, Andy Duncan, Kelly Link, and others

Saturday 10 April 2004
Awards News
2004 Hugo Awards Nominations include Lois McMaster Bujold, Robert J. Sawyer, Dan Simmons, Charles Stross, and Robert Charles Wilson for best novel, plus nominees for novella, novelette, short story, related book, dramatic presentation, and in other categories • Locus Online's listing includes tallies of previous nominations and wins

2004 Retro Hugo Awards Nominations, for work of 1953, include Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Hal Clement, and Theodore Sturgeon for best novel, plus nominees for novella, novelette, short story, related book, dramatic presentation, and in other categories

» More Awards News
This year's Arthur C. Clarke Award ceremony will take place Wednesday 12 May at the The English Heritage Lecture Theatre, New Burlington Place, London. • The award's previous venue Science Museum was lost in January due to price increase

Friday 9 April 2004
» Breaking News
Hugo and Retro Hugo Nominations

» Magazine News
David Pringle stands down as editor/publisher of Interzone, after 22 years • Andy Cox, publisher of TTA Press and The Third Alternative magazine, will take over as editor/publisher, maintaining Interzone as a primarily SF magazine • Pringle's editorial statement will appear in Interzone's Spring '04 Issue 193, due in May

» Awards News
Richard K. Morgan's Altered Carbon wins the Philip K. Dick Award for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2003 in the US; Jane Jensen's Dante's Equation receives a Special Citation • Winners announced Friday evening at Norwescon in Seattle WA • NomineesPrevious Winners

Thursday 8 April 2004
» News's Best Books from the First 5 Years, voted by independent booksellers, includes YA titles by Lemony Snicket, Christopher Paolini, Philip Pullman, J.R.R. Tolkien, and C.S. Lewis

» Future History: Announcement
Black to the Future: A Black Science Fiction Festival will be held June 11-13, 2004, in Seattle, with guests Octavia Butler, Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Walter Mosley, and Nisi Shawl

» News
This year's Clarion Writers' Workshop, to be held June 6 to July 16, 2004, at Michigan State University, includes instructors Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Suzy McKee Charnas, Nancy Kress, Andy Duncan, Jeffrey Ford, and Kelly Link • This Press Release includes an update on Clarion's financial situation, recently aided by SFSFC's challenge grant

» News
SFSFC, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., has also issued grants to several SF/F related groups and individuals, and two SMOFCon Scholarships of $500 each to help convention runners in training at this year's SMOFcon

Wednesday 7 April 2004
» Awards News
First place winners of this year's Sapphire Awards, for works of SF romance, are Wen Spencer and Catherine Asaro

Tuesday 6 April 2004
» Deaths
Roger D. Aycock (1914-2004), who wrote SF as Roger Dee, died 5 April in Rome, Georgia, at the age of 89 • He published Ace Double An Earth Gone Mad (1954), and over 50 stories in SF magazines including Amazing, Astounding, F&SF, Planet Stories, and Galaxy, from 1949 to 1971 • Rome GA Rome News-Tribune obituary

» Danish SF writer Johan Springborg died 13 March at the age of 58. A Doctor of Chemistry at the Royal Danish Veterinary University, he wrote two SF novels, Hjernehallen (1996) and sequel Kopien (1999) • Biografi

» Awards News
Interaction, the 63rd World Science Fiction Convention to be held in Glasgow, 4-8 August 2005, will include a special Hugo Award category for Best Web SitePress Release • The category has been awarded once before, in 2002, at ConJosé

Sunday 4 April 2004
» Awards News
Ursa Major Awards final ballot, for Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art from 2003, include nominees in categories for best novel, motion picture, TV series, game, etc. • The Awards will be presented at C-ACE in Ottawa, Ontario on June 4-6.

Saturday 3 April 2004
» Awards News
2004 Bram Stoker Awards final ballot, for Superior Achievement in the field of horror writing, includes Stephen King, James A. Moore, Stewart O'Nan, Tom Piccirilli, and Peter Straub for best novel, plus nominees for first novel, short fiction, anthology, screenplay, and in other categories • Awards will be announced at Manhattan’s Park Central Hotel on Saturday evening, 5 June.

Friday 2 April 2004
» Announcement
Finding the Future: A Science Fiction Conversation, a feature-length documentary about science fiction and fandom, including conversations with Ben Bova, Robert Silverberg, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Mike Resnick, and others, will screen at the New York Independent Film & Video Festival on Sunday, 2 May • Tickets available from TicketWeb (search on event name)

» News
SFSFC, San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc., has issued a challenge grant of $1000 in support of the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers' Workshop, whose funding was cut last year by Michigan State University [Locus Online story]

Tuesday 30 March 2004
» Awards News
Matt Ruff's Set This House in Order: A Romance of Souls is winner of this year's James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given to "science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender" • Presentation of the award will take place at WisCon, 28-31 May, in Madison WI • Announcement and shortlist • Previous Tiptree Award winners

» Deaths
Robert Merle, 1908-2004, author of Un Animal Doué de Raison (1968), translated and filmed as The Day of the Dolphin (1973), and of post-nuclear war novel Malevil (1972), co-winner of the 1974 John W. Campbell Memorial Award, died 27 March near Paris • AP obit in Newsday

» Katherine Lawrence, author of short fiction, nonfiction, computer games, and TV scripts, died 25 March along the San Pedro River southeast of Tucson, Arizona • SFWA News

Sunday 28 March 2004
» Awards News
Awards presented at this year's International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts included the William L. Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist to K.J. Bishop, author of The Etched City, and the Distinguished Scholarship Award to Spanish translator and editor Marcial Souto • Previous Crawford and other IAFA awards winners

Saturday 27 March 2004
» Announcements
Out of this world -- a tribute to Ray Bradbury will be held Saturday 3 April at the California ScienCenter in LA, with guests Harlan Ellison, Buzz Aldrin, William Shatner, and many others • Mention Locus Online when ordering tickets to get special rates-- $150 (half price) for dinner, $75 for cocktails and exhibits

» Astrobiology Science 2004 Conference, 28 March - 1 April at NASA's Ames Research Center, will feature a Mars Terraforming debate on 30 March with Arthur C. Clarke (via telecon), Greg Bear, Kim Stanley Robinson, and others • Open to the public • [via]

Sunday 21 March 2004
» Awards News
Fifth annual EPPIE Awards winners, for electronically published fiction, include Jeanine Berry for fantasy, Anne Manning for sf/f romance, E.F. Watkins for horror, and Rick Sutcliffe for SF

» 2004 Italia Awards for best SF published in Italy include Iain M. Banks' Inversions as best international novel • Winners posted at SFWA News

» Memorial
Alan Moore's remembrance of Julie Schwartz posted by Neil Gaiman

» Magazine News
Continuum Science Fiction, published and edited by Bill Rupp, set to debut

Friday 19 March 2004
» Awards News
Finalists have been announced for this year's James White Award, a short story competition open to non-professional writers • Award will be announced at Concourse, the 2004 Eastercon, in Blackpool, UK, 9-12 April 2004

Thu 18 Mar 2004
» Death
René Laloux, director of La Planète sauvage (Fantastic Planet), died Sunday, March 14 in Angouleme of a heart attack, at the age of 75 • obituary

Wed 17 Mar 2004
» Magazine News
Amazing Stories to relaunch in July from Paizo Publishing, edited by Dave Gross, Editor-in-Chief of Star Wars Insider • "Amazing Stories will feature reviews and previews of the latest movies, TV, DVDs, books, comics and story-driven electronic games, as well as interviews with the creators of these fantasy stories. Each issue will also contain original fiction works from the world’s top authors..." • subscription information

Tue 16 Mar 2004
» Awards News
2004 Australian Science Fiction Awards (Ditmar) nominations revealed; winners to be announced at Conflux 2004 in Canberra, 23-26 April

» Bookstore News
Avenue Victor Hugo Bookshop in Boston to close in May; 50% off sale begins April 1.

Mon 15 Mar 2004
» Announcement
Odyssey 2004, the Official Arthur C. Clarke Convention, will be held May 8-9 2004 in Taunton, Somerset, England (Clarke's hometown), with a live link to Sri Lanka and guests including Stephen Baxter and David A. Kyle

Thu 11 Mar 2004
» News
A "Fresh Air" fund has been established for horror author Charles L. Grant, diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), who as a result, and probably for the rest of his life, will rely on bottled oxygen to live. For further information and to make donations, see Fresh Air Fund.

Tue 9 Mar 2004
» News
Robert Wiener and Gordon Van Gelder report the death of SF artist Mel Hunter, 1927-2004, on February 20, of bone cancer. Hunter contributed dozens of magazine covers from 1953 through 1971, notably including a series of robot covers for F&SF, with a last appearing in May 2003. • Visco (, has a Mel Hunter Directory, with links to cover images

Thu 4 Mar 2004
» News
Interzone editor David Pringle reports the death of contributor Peter T. Garratt, 1949-2004, on March 2, of a heart attack in Brighton, UK. Garratt published 10 stories in Interzone and numerous others beginning in 1985

» News
F&SF editor Gordon Van Gelder endorses letter-writing campaign for an Isaac Asimov postage stamp: Van Gelder's May issue editorial (posted at Fantastica Daily)

Tue 2 Mar 2004
» News
Emergency Fund set up for writer Laurie J. Marks, injured Feb 24th in an 8 ft fall from her porch

Sat 28 Feb 2004
» News
SFWA Press Release: Robert Silverberg has received the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award

Thu 26 Feb 2004
» Breaking News
Robert Silverberg will receive this year's Grand Master Award from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America • Previous Grand Masters

Thu 19 Feb 2004
» News
Asimov's magazine responds to "the sensationalized and highly inaccurate" TV news report about its content

Tue 17 Feb 2004
» News
Nominations are now open for Wooden Rocket Awards

Mon 16 Feb 2004
» News
Asimov's magazine at center of school fundraising controversy: newspaper storyTV news story videoAsimov's discussion board thread • [via]

» News
Kurd Laßwitz Preis 2004 nominees include Iain Banks, Stephen Baxter, John Clute, Nancy Farmer, China Miéville, Tatjana Tolstaja, and Vernor Vinge for best foreign work, plus nominees for German novels, publications, and translators

Fri 13 Feb 2004
» News
Los Angeles Times: long Julius Schwartz obituary, with comments from Ray Bradbury

Thu 12 Feb 2004
2003 SFWA Nebula Awards Final Ballot includes Bujold, Emshwiller, Goonan, Hopkinson, McDevitt, and Moon for best novel, plus nominees for novella, novelette, short story, and script

» News
The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of the King leads 30th annual Saturn Awards nominations

» News
New York Times: Julius Schwartz obituary

Wed 11 Feb 2004
» News
Harlan Ellison Wins Major Reversal on AOL LawsuitThe decision [pdf file] • Case background

Tue 10 Feb 2004
» News
Science educator and SF writer Donald Barr died February 5th at age 82; wrote Space Relations (1973), Planet in Arms (1981), and F&SF stories "The Extra Ancestor" (Nov '89) and "Sam" (June '02) • NY Times obit

Mon 9 Feb 2004
» News obituary of Julius Schwartz

Sun 8 Feb 2004
» News
Harlan Ellison reports the death of Julius Schwartz, SF literary agent and DC Comics editor, this morning in New York • [9 Feb] Further information and comments from Mark Evanier, Marv Wolfman, Mike Grell, and Neil Gaiman; Harlan Ellison to write NY Times obit • SFWA obit, SF Site obit

Thu 5 Feb 2004
» News
2004 International Horror Guild Awards nominations announced, plus Living Legend Awards to Stephen King and Everett F. Bleiler, and a posthumous special award to Jack Cady

Sun 1 Feb 2004
» News
2004 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist, for best SF novel published in Britain, includes Baxter, Bear, Gibson, Jones, Stephenson, and Sullivan

» News
British Science Fiction Association Awards shortlist for 2003 includes Gibson, Grimwood, Jones, Reynolds, Robson, and Sullivan for best UK novel, plus nominees in other categories

» News — Tue 27 Jan 2004
Horror writer William Relling, Jr. died Jan. 22, 2004, at the age of 49 • LA Times notice and guest book

» News — Sun 25 Jan 2004
British SF illustrator and cartoonist Don Lawrence died Dec. 29, 2003 • New York Times obitGuardian obit

» News — Thu 22 Jan 2004
Independent obituary of Jack Cady by John Clute

» News — Wed 21 Jan 2004
2004 Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

» Announcement — Sun 18 Jan 2004
The 28th Annual Williamson Lectureship, March 11, 2004 in Portales, NM, features guests Frederik Pohl and Robert Silverberg

» News — Fri 16 Jan 2004
Jack Cady dies at the age of 71; Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author of The Off Season and "The Night We Buried Road Dog" • Seattle Post-Intelligencer obit • [Added 20 Jan] Jeremy Lassen memorial • [Added 22 Jan] Independent obituary by John Clute

» News — Wed 14 Jan 2004
Noreascon Four, this year's World SF Convention in Boston, has released online nomination forms for the 2004 Hugo Awards and 2004 Retro Hugo Awards; deadline is March 25, 2004

» News — Tue 13 Jan 2004
Mary Anne Mohanraj and others launch the Speculative Literature Foundation, with plans for a $1000 prize for excellence in short fiction

» News — Mon 12 Jan 2004
Nebula Banquet News: SFWA urges making reservations soon; availability of smoking rooms limited

» News — Fri 9 Jan 2004
New York Times: Joan Aiken obituary

News — Wed 7 Jan 2004
Best Books of 2003 Tally

» News — Wed 7 Jan 2004
Joan Aiken dies at the age of 79; UK author best-known for young adult fantasy novels • Guardian obitTelegraph obitExcerpts from May 1998 Locus interview

» News — Wed 7 Jan 2004
SFWA releases preliminary Nebula Awards ballot — Final ballot mailed February 15; awards announced April 17

What's New — Tue 6 Jan 2004
No more What's New page

News — Mon 5 Jan 2004
Philip K. Dick Award finalists include M.M. Buckner, Mark Budz, Jane Jensen, Richard K. Morgan, Chris Moriarty, Ann Tonsor Zeddies

» News — Sat 3 Jan 2004
Science Museum prices out Clarke Award — Museum raises fees by 700%; award searching for new venue

» News — Tue 30 Dec 2003
LA Times: Special effects artist Wah Ming Chang (The Time Machine, Star Trek, The Outer Limits) dies

» News — Fri 26 Dec 2003
CNN: Naked man stuck in chimney of Uncle Hugo's Bookstore on Christmas morning

» News — Sun 14 Dec 2003
BBC: The Lord of the Rings wins the the BBC Big Read poll

» News — Fri 5 Dec 2003
New York Times names Notable Books 2003 including SF titles by Morgan, Wilson, Le Guin, Baxter, Hearn, Wright, and Baruth, with Lethem among top 9 Editors' Choice

News — Thu 4 Dec 2003
French writer Stefan Wul, who wrote the inspiration for the animated film Fantastic Planet, dies at age 81

» News — Thu 4 Dec 2003
2003 UPC SF Competition won by Catalan author Jordi Font-Agustí; ceremonies included a speech by GoH Orson Scott Card

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