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Thursday 28 February 2002


§ The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the 2001 Nebula Awards final ballot:

§ Finalists for this year's International Horror Guild Awards have been released, including the announcement that William F. Nolan is this year's Living Legend Award winner. The IHG awards are juried, derived from public recommendations and adjudicated by Edward Bryant, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, Bill Sheehan, Hank Wagner, and Fiona Webster. The complete final ballot is at:

§ The preliminary ballot for this year's Bram Stoker Awards for Superior Achievement, voted by members of the Horror Writers Association, has been released:



Young adult and children's author Virginia Hamilton died last week in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 65. The first black writer to win the Newbery Medal, Hamilton also won a National Book Award, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and other honors for works that included mysteries, SF, and fantasy.

§ Adventures in Crime and Space Books in Austin, Texas, has lost its lease and has launched a liquidation sale pending relocation. For details, contact the store or see:

Saturday 2 February 2002


The shortlist for the British Science Fiction Association Awards, given annually to works published in the United Kingdom in the previous year, has been announced.

  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman (Feature)
  • Bold as Love, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
  • Chasm City, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz)
  • Lust, Geoff Ryman (Flamingo)
  • Pashazade, Jon Courtenay Grimwood (Earthlight)
  • The Secret of Life, Paul McAuley (Voyager)
  • "The Children of Winter", Eric Brown (Interzone #163 Jan 2001)
  • "First to the Moon", Stephen Baxter & Simon Bradshaw (Spectrum SF #6 Jul 2001)
  • "Isabel of the Fall", Ian R. MacLeod (Interzone #169 Jul 2001)
  • "Myxomatosis", Simon Ings (Interzone #165 Mar 2001)
  • "Under the Saffron Tree", Cherith Baldry (Interzone #166 Apr 2001)
  • "Wind Angels", Leigh Kennedy (Interzone #171 Sep 2001)
  • Steve Rawlings, Cover of Gridlinked (by Neal Asher; Macmillan)
  • "Heart of Empire" (CD-Rom), Bryan Talbot
  • Colin Odell, Cover of Omegatropic (by Stephen Baxter; BSFA)
  • The Whole Hog, Cover of Pashazade (by Jon Courtenay Grimwood; Earthlight)
  • Dominic Harman, Cover of Interzone #166 Apr 2001 (illustrating "Roach Motel", by Richard Calder)
  • "The Best Introduction to the Mountains", Gene Wolfe (Interzone #174 Dec 2001)
  • Omegatropic, Stephen Baxter (BSFA)
  • "Storming the Bastille", Justina Robson (The Alien Online)
  • Terry Pratchett, Andrew M. Butler (Pocket Essentials)
  • Tim Burton, Michelle Le Blanc & Colin Odell (Pocket Essentials)
  • The awards, which are voted for by the BSFA membership and the attendees of the British Annual Science Fiction Convention, Eastercon, will be presented at the 2002 Eastercon, which this year is Helicon 2, to be held in Jersey from 29th March to 1st April 2002.



    Chet Williamson writes:
    Lloyd Arthur Eshbach, SF and fantasy writer for seven decades (since 1930) and founder of the pioneer publishing company, Fantasy Press, has recently moved into a retirement home. Lloyd, who is in good health and spirits, will celebrate his 92nd birthday on June 20th, and would welcome correspondence from old friends and new. His address is:

    ECC Home
    7 West Park Ave.
    Myerstown PA 17067


    Cathleen Jordan, editor of Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine since 1981, died Thursday, January 31. A funeral mass will be held at Christ and St. Stevens Church, 120 W 69th St. between Columbus and Broadway, on Monday, February 4 at 4 p.m.

    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Cathleen's block association for a street lamp/plaque that they wish to establish in her honor.

    Cards can be sent to Nick Jordan, 51 W 69th St. Apt. 1A, NY, NY 10023.

    § Andromeda Bookshop in Birmingham, UK, is to close after 30 years. They are still accepting orders while items remain in stock. For information about acquiring the store's assets, see the website announcement:


    § Stephen King will appear in New York City tonight, February 2, with Pat Conroy, John Grisham, and Peter Straub, in a benefit performance to celebrate the work of renowned audio book narrator Frank Muller, whose career was cut short in November 2001 by a serious brain injury suffered in a motorcycle accident. The event takes place at 8 p.m. at Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York NY. A book signing follows the performance. All proceeds will benefit the Frank Miller Fund, part of the newly formed Wavedancer Foundation. Further information about the event and making donations is on King's website:

    § The Slipstream 3 Conference will be held February 22-23, 2002, at La Grange College, La Grange, Georgia. Featured guests are Andy Duncan, James Patrick Kelly, Nancy Kress, artist Scott Eagle, and Michael Bishop (La Grange College Writer-in-Residence). Returning guests are John Kessel, Jeff VanderMeer, Dale Bailey, Ann Kennedy, and F. Brett Cox. Registration is $20, including continental breakfast and lunch on Saturday. For additional information, contact Jack Slay at La Grange College,, or visit the conference web site at:

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