Every day, items of interest to you arrive in our email. Our bi-monthly format doesn't lend itself to daily updates. However, this is a small inconvenience to our Contributing Editor Steven H Silver. He's begun this column which will fill you in on recent news in science fiction. We'll be updating the page as he sends in new items.
NASA's Mars Phoenix successfully landed on May 25 twenty miles from Heimdall Crater. The craft's first task was to extend its robot arm and to examine its own undercarriage and the terrain below it. After taking a 360° image of its landing site, NASA scientists have begun to give features names such as Humpty Dumpty, Sleepy Hollow, The King's Horse, and the King's Men.
Anticipating Ralph Bakshi
Sunburst Award Shortlist
Actor Robert Knox (b.1990) was killed in a fight on May 23. Knox had only recently completed filming his role as Marcus Belby, a Ravenclaw student, in the upcoming film "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." He was stabbed five times while defending his younger brother outside a bar in London. Karl Bishop has been arrested and charged with the murder.
Fan Ira Stoller died on May 25. Stoller was not only active in con-going fandom, but was also active in on-line fandom, dating back to the CIS science fiction forums on Compuserve.
Composer Earle Hagen (b.1919) died on May 26. Although best known for writing the theme songs to "The Andy Griffith Show" and "The Dick van Dyke Show," Hagen also composed music for the "Planet of the Apes" television series. He wrote additional music for the science fictional episode "It May Look Like a Walnut" for the "Dick van Dyke Show."
Fan Mike Azzi died on May 27. Azzi lived in Phoenix, Arizona and was an avid gamer. Each year, Azzi hosted a gift exchange for other fans, mostly members of the Looney Tunes Fan Club.
Actor Harvey Korman (b.1927) died on May 29 of an aneurysm. Most famous for his appearance on the "Carol Burnett Show" and in "Blazing Saddles," Korman also had roles in both live-action "Flintstone" movies, "Dracula: Dead and Loving It," and on the "Star Wars Holiday Special." He appeared in two different television productions of "Alice in Wonderland" and provided the voice of the Great Gazoo on the original "Flintstones" television series as well as multiple roles on "The Munsters."
Director Joseph Peveny (b.1911) died on May 18. Pevney directed several episodes of "Star Trek," including "The City on the Edge of Forever" and "The Trouble with Tribbles." Pevney also directed the film "The Man of a Thousand Faces" and episodes of "The Incredible Hulk," "Fantasy Island," and "The Munsters."
A group of fans have announced a bid to hold the 2011 Worldcon in Reno, Nevada. Site selection for the 2011 Worldcon will take place in 2009 at Anticipation in Montreal, Canada. The Reno bid will be competing against the already announced bid for Seattle in 2011.
The European Science Fiction Society presented its annual awards the weekend of May 17 in Moscow, Russia.
Hall of Fame
Spirit of Dedication
Rusty Hevelin in Hospital
Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest
Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award
Ursa Major Awards
Baen in Space
The Aurora Awards, the Canadian national science fiction awards, were presented at KeyCon 25 in Winnipeg.
Best Long-Form Work in English/Meilleur livre en anglais: The New Moon's Arms, Nalo Hopkinson
Meilleur livre en français/Best Long-Form Work in French: Cimetière du musée, Diane Boudreau
Best Short-Form Work in English/Meilleure nouvelle en anglais: "Like Water in the Desert," Hayden Trenholm
Meilleure nouvelle en français/Best Short-Form Work in French: "Sur la plage des épaves," Laurent MacAllister
Best Work in English (Other)/Meilleur ouvrage en anglais (Autre): Under Cover of Darkness, edited by Julie E. Czerneda & Jana Paniccia
Artistic Achievement/Accomplissement artistique: Lar deSouza
Fan Achievement (Fanzine)/Accomplissement fanique (Fanzine): No Award / Pas de prix
Fan Achievement (Organizational)/Accomplissement fanique (Organisation)" Penny Lipman, masquerades
Fan Achievement (Other)/Accomplissement fanique (autre): Paul Bobbitt, editor, The Voyageur
Maryland area fan Paul Parsons (b.1953) died on May 18 of an apparent heart attack while driving in Tyrone, PA. Parsons and his wife, Aly, ran programming for the 2003 World Fantasy Convention in Washington and created the Capclave restaurant guide.
Actor John Phillip Law (b.1937) died on May 13. Law appeared in several science fiction films, most notably as Pygar in "Barbarella." Later work included Sinbad in "The Golden Voyage of Sinbad," "Tarzan, the Ape Man," and "Space Mutiny." He also provided voice work for the Cat in two episodes of "Spider-Man."
Cartoonist Will Elder (b.1921) died on May 15. Elder was one of the original artists of MAD Magazine when it was still a comic. Prior to working on MAD, Elder formed the Charles William Harvey Studio and worked on comics for EC and Prize. He inked the book Weird Fantasy. He created the character and strip "Little Annie Fannie" for Playboy after leaving MAD.
Comic book artist Gene Colan is suffering from liver failure and his family is trying to meet medical expenses. Colan worked on Daredevil, Tomb of Dracula, and Howard the Duck. Clifford Meth has organized a fundraiser to help the family pay for treatment.
Diver Changes Agencies
Cartoonist Ted Keys (b.1912) died on May 3. Keys created the characters of Hector Peabody and Sherman for Jay Ward's Rocky and Friends. Before that, Keys created the comic strip Hazel, which was turned into a sitcom in the 1960s. Keys also wrote feature length films including the genre film "The Cat from Outer Space."
Richard Morgan's novel Black Man (published as Thirteen in the United States) won this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award. Carrying a prize of £2008, the award was presented during Sci-Fi London 7, an annual science fiction film festival.
Shirley Jackson Nominees
Steven H Silver is a seven-time Hugo Nominee for Best Fan Writer and the editor of the anthologies Wondrous Beginnings, Magical Beginnings, and Horrible Beginnings. He is the publisher of ISFiC Press. In addition to maintaining several bibliographies and the Harry Turtledove website, Steven is heavily involved in convention running and publishes the fanzine Argentus.
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