Science fiction writers Michael Swanwick, Gardner Dozois, Tom Purdom, and Ben Bova were among 50 people honored in a display at the Philadelphia International Airport titled “Philadelphia’s Literary Legacy: Selected Authors, Playwrights, and Poets – from Writers of the Declaration of Independence to Present Day”. The airport partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to select a wide range of authors including Benjamin Franklin, Louisa May Alcott, and Pearl S. ...Read MoreRead more
The International Astronomical Union approved astronomer José Luis Galache’s request to name an asteroid after author Iain M. Banks, on June 23, 2013. Asteroid Iainbanks is 3.8 miles across, and is in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol system. It takes 3.94 years to complete a revolution around the Sun. Read more about the asteroid on the MPC blog, and view an interactive sketch of its orbit.
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A crowdfunding project launched on May 15, 2013 on Kickstarter to turn Blood Kiss, a script by Emmy Award-winning writer Michael Reaves, into a film. Writer Neil Gaiman and actress and fantasy writer Amber Benson will both star if the film is funded.
For more information, and to donate, see Blood Kiss on Kickstarter. ...Read MoreRead more
Science fiction and fantasy writer Jay Lake announced in a blog post yesterday that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
From his blog post: “the short form version is that I have a large mass in my peritoneum, two inches or more in size, along with another somewhat smaller mass. These are more omental tumors. Multiple masses of various sizes spread throughout my liver, some of them confirmed tumors, ...Read MoreRead more
The results of the SFWA officers’ election were announced. As of July 1, 2013, the new board will be:
President: Steven Gould
Vice-President: Rachel Swirsky
Secretary: Susan Forest
Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk
South/Central Regional Director: Lee Martindale
Overseas Regional Director: Tansy Rayner Roberts
There were 516 ballots cast by the April 26, 2013 deadline, up from 395 last year. Of those, 23 were discarded as invalid due to lack of the ...Read MoreRead more
Clarion West has received a $10,000 Art Works Grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to support its six-week Summer Writers Workshop, as well as its monthly one-day workshops for Pacific Northwest Writers. This is part of a plan by the NEA to award $26.3 million in grants to nonprofit national, regional, state, and local organizations nationwide. Thirteen different disciplines are represented by the grants, and Clarion West is ...Read MoreRead more
After recording his lines for a scene with Milhouse and Comic Book Guy in an episode of The Simpsons on April 4, Harlan Ellison was injured when he fell out of a chair in the Writers’ Enclave room, as reported on the Harlan Ellison Webderland. Harlan described it:
“Then one of the ancient, rickety old swivel chairs they use to furnish the Writers’ Enclave, in which I sat extolling, tipped ...Read MoreRead more
A petition is being circulated by the Philadelphia Weekly to place a historical marker in honor of late SF grandmaster Issac Asimov on the corner of 50th and Spruce, where he once lived: “Isaac Asimov. The late grand master of science fiction who authored 500 books across every Dewey Decimal category and invented the very idea of ‘robotics’ as a field of study, thus shaping the course of 20th- and ...Read MoreRead more
Iain Banks, Scottish SF and mainstream author, 59, has announced that he is “officially Very Poorly.” He has been diagnosed with late stage gall bladder cancer, and it is extremely unlikely that he will live beyond a year. He has withdrawn from all scheduled appearances and had asked his partner, Adele, if she would do the honor of “becoming my widow (sorry – but we find ghoulish humour helps).”
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Edward E. Marsh, who spent 30 years amassing a vast SF and fantasy collection, donated much of the collection to San Diego State University’s Love Library. Valued at over $2.25 million, the collection includes ephemera such as press clippings, notes, busts of authors, movie props, original book cover art, literary contracts, authors’ yearbooks, and autographs, and features works by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Arthur C. Clarke, L. ...Read MoreRead more
Two notable fundraising events have arisen as a result of science fiction author Jay Lake’s ongoing struggle with colon cancer, one to directly assist with medical funding and the other supporting a documentary about Lake.
An inventive fundraiser through youcaring.com is online, called “Sequence a Science Fiction Writer.” From the site: “a new technology is becoming available—one that may offer [Jay’s] doctors a better option for treating the cancer. We’re ...Read MoreRead more
Former ISFiC Press publisher Steven H. Silver announced that his replacement will be Bill Roper, previously ISFiC’s business manager. Roper will also edit the next book from ISFiC Press, Seanan McGuire’s Velveteen vs. The Multiverse, due to be published August 2013.
Silver previously announced his intention to resign: Silver Leaves ISFiC Press.Read more
In a recent interview with the New Statesman, Sir Terry Pratchett discussed his plans to hand the Discworld series over to his daughter, video game writer Rhianna Pratchett, once he’s no longer able to write. Pratchett also acknowledged suffering an atrial fibrillation in the back of a New York taxi earlier this month, which he survived thanks to CPR performed by his assistant Rob Wilkins. The attack made Pratchett ...Read MoreRead more
ISFiC Press publisher and editor Steven H Silver has announced his resignation. Silver co-founded the press in 2004, and has published a dozen books, including Aurora Award winner Relativity by Robert J. Sawyer and Hugo finalist Worldcon Guest of Honor Speeches edited by Joe Siclari & Mike Resnick. Silver has overseen most aspects of the press, from production to fulfillment, and will continue to work with ISFiC to develop a ...Read MoreRead more
Author Junot Díaz is one of 23 MacArthur Fellows selected for 2012. The prestigious “genius grant,” given to people who have done outstanding work in various fields, cannot be applied for. Each fellow receives a no-strings-attached grant of $100,000 per year for five years.
For more, see the New York Times article, and the MacArthur Foundation site. ...Read MoreRead more
The intersection of Fifth and Flower streets in Downtown Los Angeles will be renamed Ray Bradbury Square, thanks to a vote by the City Council on Tuesday. Bradbury was known to frequent nearby Clifton’s Cafeteria, and had written on the public typewriters in the Central Library, where he also spent several days a week reading everything he could, according to his daughter. The motion was introduced by councilman Jose Huizar, ...Read MoreRead more
Hachette Livre Chairman Arnaud Nourry announced Monday that David Young will leave his position as CEO of Hachette Book Group to return to the UK to spend more time with his family. He will step down as CEO on April 1, 2013, but will remain chairman of HBG and will travel to the US regularly. In the UK he will take on the role of deputy chief executive of Hachette ...Read MoreRead more
President and publisher Chip Gibson is stepping down from the Random House Children’s division he has run for 10 years. He is being replaced by Barbara Marcus, who returns to her first full-time position since leaving her post as president of Scholastic in 2005. Marcus has acted as adviser to both Penguin Children’s and Macmillan Children’s, and has worked with Open Road’s children’s program, where she will remain on the ...Read MoreRead more
Dell Magazines announced the retirement today of Stanley Schmidt, editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Schmidt will be succeeded by Trevor Quachri, who has been the managing editor of both Asimov’s and Analog for the past two years. Schmidt said,
“I have now been editor of Analog for 34 years, tying or (depending on how you count) slightly exceeding the previous longest-tenure record of John W. Campbell. I ...Read MoreRead more
Tor.com announced today that Hugo-award winning editor and publisher Ann VanderMeer is taking on the role of consulting fiction editor at the publication. Tor.com publishes science fiction and fantasy short fiction, and has had stories on both the Hugo and Nebula final ballots, including “Ponies” by Kij Johnson, which won the Nebula in 2011. VanderMeer was fiction editor for Weird Tales from 2007-2011 and has edited the Best American Fantasy ...Read MoreRead more
NASA announced Wednesday that it is naming the landing site of the Mars Curiosity rover “The Bradbury Landing,” after late author Ray Bradbury. The name was chosen by the Curiosity science team, and was announced on Bradbury’s 92nd birthday, August 22, 2012.
“It was not a difficult decision for the science team,” said Michael Meyer, NASA program scientist for Curiosity. “Many of us and millions of other readers were inspired ...Read MoreRead more
Forbes released its list of top-earning authors of 2011 today, and science fiction and fantasy authors dominate the list, taking nine of the 15 slots. The genre authors are:
1. James Patterson: $94 million
2. Stephen King: $39 million
7. Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb: $23 million
9. Suzanne Collins: $20 million
10. Dean Koontz: $19 million
11. J.K. Rowling: $17 million
12. George R.R. Martin: $15 million
13. Stephenie Meyer: $14 ...Read MoreRead more
Fred Lerner has donated his SF/fantasy periodicals collection to Columbia University. Lerner, a Columbia College alumnus and doctoral graduate of Columbia’s former School of Library Service, founded the University Science Fiction Society in the late 1960s and wrote his 1981 dissertation on “Modern science fiction and its reception by the American literary and educational communities, 1926-1970”.
The collection is the first of its kind at Columbia, and includes “substantial runs” ...Read MoreRead more
Strange Horizons has announced that writer An Owomoyela is joining the magazine as a new fiction editor. Owomoyela will co-edit with the two other new fiction editors, Brit Mandelo and Julia Rios, who joined earlier this year.
Senior fiction editor Jed Hartman, who has been with the magazine since its founding in 2000, is stepping down. “I have every confidence in the excellent new editorial team’s tastes and abilities, and ...Read MoreRead more
A “Notice of Public Disposition” posted today reveals that Amazon intends to buy Dorchester at public auction; a higher bidder could outbid Amazon, should other parties be interested.
Agents and authors owed monies by Dorchester will be offered an amendment to their contracts, offering the transfer of rights to Amazon in exchange for all back royalties owed by Dorchester for the work(s) as of May 31, 2012. The winning bidder ...Read MoreRead more
The results of the SFWA officers’ election were announced during the 2012 Nebula Awards Weekend (May 17-20, 2012 in Arlington VA) at the SFWA business meeting.
President: John Scalzi
Vice President: Rachel Swirsky
Secretary: Ann Leckie
Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk
West Coast Representative: Jim Fiscus
Canadian Representative: Matthew Johnson
For more information, see SF Site or the Science Fiction Writers of America page. ...Read MoreRead more
Michael Chabon is one of three authors newly named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious honors in the arts. New members are elected only after the death of existing members, with total membership limited to 250 people. The new authors will be officially welcomed at a ceremony in May.
Chabon said, “I knew that when the gray came in it was only a ...Read MoreRead more
Clive Barker, 59, is recovering after several days spent unconscious in intensive care. He explained on his twitter feed that he suffered:
“a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my blood that my whole system crashed, putting me into a coma. I spent ...Read MoreRead more
The first Fuller Award for lifetime achievement in literature will be awarded to Gene Wolfe by the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. The presentation will take place March 17, 2012 at an Evening to Honor Gene Wolfe, hosted by Gary K. Wolfe at the San Filippo Estate in Barrington Hills IL. Among those scheduled to pay tribute to Wolfe are Neil Gaiman, Michael Swanwick, Audrey Niffeneger, and others. For tickets ...Read MoreRead more
George R.R. Martin has been named USA Today‘s 2011 Author of the Year. The honor comes, in no small part, thanks to the increase in popularity of his Song of Ice and Fire series after the HBO series Game of Thrones. The books, already hits, have skyrocketed to bestseller fame thanks to the HBO publicity; his latest installment, A Dance With Dragons, hit number one on the USA Today ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction Awards Watch website has returned after a short hiatus during which previous owners Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee transferred ownership and maintenance of the site to fan and blogger Steve Davidson. Davidson has announced that he plans to bring the listing of awards and nominations on the site back up to date soon. He also invites all those who maintain awards to contact him with nomination and ...Read MoreRead more
SFWA released a statement today announcing the term of probation for Night Shade Books has been lifted. The publisher was placed on probation as a qualifying market for the writers’ organization in July 2010, following “concerns about contractual issues with their authors.” Night Shade has since met a series of benchmarks set up by SFWA to “return to a solid standing.” Fiction contracted during the probationary period will qualify for ...Read MoreRead more