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Monday 28 January 2002


The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award, given annually to the best science fiction novel published in the United Kingdom in the previous year, has been announced.

  • Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
  • Fallen Dragon, Peter F. Hamilton (Macmillan)
  • Mappa Mundi, Justina Robson (Macmillan)
  • Pashazade, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Earthlight)
  • Passage, Connie Willis (Voyager)
  • The Secret of Life, Paul McAuley (Voyager)
  • The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Science Museum, London, on Saturday 18 May. Judges this year are Paul Billinger and Tony Cullen of the British Science Fiction Association, Doug Millard of the Science Museum, and Liz Sourbut and Lisa Tuttle of the Science Fiction Foundation. The award administrator is Paul Kincaid.

    Wednesday 23 January 2002


    § Philip Pullman has won Britain's Whitbread Prize for his novel The Amber Spyglass, third volume of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. It's the first time the prize has gone to a (nominally) children's book, and marks a victory for Pullman over his more-popular rival J.K. Rowling.

    Friday 18 January 2002


    § The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the Preliminary Ballot for the 2001 Nebula Awards.

    The preliminary ballot contains works that received at least 10 recommendations from SFWA members during the eligibility period. The preliminary ballot initiates two rounds of voting to determine the Nebula winners: SFWA members vote once from the preliminary ballot to determine the final ballot nominees, then vote on the final ballot to determine the winners. The Awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet to be held in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 27.

    Wednesday 16 January 2002


    § Cele Goldsmith Lalli died Monday, January 14, in a traffic accident near her home in Newtown, Connecticut. As Cele Goldsmith she was editor of Amazing Stories and Fantastic from 1958 to 1965, during which period she acquired the first published stories by Thomas M. Disch, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Roger Zelazny. She later worked for Modern Bride magazine for over 30 years, retiring three years ago after more than a decade as editor-in-chief.

    Wednesday 9 January 2002


    § The final ballot for the 2001 Philip K. Dick Award has been announced:

  • Compass Reach, Mark W. Tiedemann (Meisha Merlin)
  • Divine Intervention, Ken Wharton (Ace Books)
  • The Ghost Sister, Liz Williams (Bantam Spectra)
  • In the Company of Others, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW Books)
  • Meet Me in the Moon Room, Ray Vukcevich (Small Beer Press)
  • Ship of Fools, Richard Paul Russo (Ace Books)
  • First prize and any special citations will be announced on March 30, 2002 at Norwescon 25 at the Doubletree Seattle Airport Hotel, SeaTac, Washington.

    The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. Last year's winner was Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith (Bantam) with a special citation to Evolution's Darling by Scott Westerfeld (Four Walls Eight Windows). The 2001 judges were Constance Ash, Greg Beatty (chair), Jan Lars Jensen, Louise Marley, and Scott Westerfeld. Award administrators are David G. Hartwell and Gordon Van Gelder.

    Wednesday 2 January 2002


    § Jack C. Haldeman II died January 1st in Florida following unsuccessful treatment for cancer. He was the brother of author Joe Haldeman and an author in his own right of novels, several in collaboration with Harry Harrison and Jack Dann, and numerous short stories, most notably "High Steel" (1982, with Jack Dann), a Nebula nominee.


    § Now they're burning Harry Potter books, in New Mexico.


    § Meanwhile, J.K. Rowling got married, to her anaesthetist boyfriend, on December 26 in a private ceremony.


    § If you're particularly upset by the merchandising surrounding the Harry Potter movie, a telephone service in Austria has set up an Anti-Harry Hotline.


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