AussieCon4 Hugo Awards Voter Packet Now Available

May 4 2010

As in previous years, folks have gathered together free electronic copies some of the works up for the Hugo - Unlike previous years, it seems that practically everything is available for free for people who are able to vote on the winners.

This is at least half of the reason that I bought a supporting membership to Aussiecon4, and it's a great deal!

More details at their website at http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/index.php?page=66, and you can still sign up as a Supporting member at http://www.aussiecon4.org.au/membership_form.php. It's only AU $70, which is only $63.64.

Saving J Erwine & Rebecca's honeymoon

A number of you were at the last DASFA meeting and met/heard J Erwine, imminent groom. He recently posted on his blog that due to various financial reverses the family had had (doctor visits for the girls, etc.), he and Rebecca were cancelling their honeymoon in Taos.

Then he posted that his publisher, Sam's Dot, was trying to help them raise the money for them to go on their honeymoon.

If you're interested in donating a few bucks, you can visit the website (which takes Paypal) at http://samsdotpublishing.com/honeymoon.htm

Cheers!
Rose

Phillip K Dick Journals to be Published

May 2 2010

It seems that the personal journals of Phillip K. Dick are going to be published starting next year (2011) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. The two volumes are titled The Exegesis of Phillip K. Dick, and are being edited by Jonathan Lethem and Pamela Jackson. There's a bunch more detail at the publisher's publicity release, linked here: http://www.hmhco.com/news/20100428c_news_release.html.

John Scalzi Reboots H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy Series

John Scalzi has been teasing his readers of his blog, Whatever, with 'That Super Secret Thing that I Can't Tell You About' for a while now, and on Wednesday he revealed it: He's written a relaunch/reboot of H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy books - or at least, of the first book.

His Announcement (which is in question and answer format) reads in part:

The 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Award Nominees

Copied from AussieCon 4's site

864 Total Ballots Cast

BEST NOVEL (699 nominating ballots)

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Tor)
The City & The City by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America by Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
Palimpsest by Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
Wake by Robert J. Sawyer (Ace; Penguin; Gollancz; Analog)
The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

BEST NOVELLA (375 nominating ballots)

Director-y for April 2010

For our April program, we welcome J Alan Erwine—writer, editor, game designer and imminent groom.

J has sold more than thirty short stories to various small press publishers. Eventually J became an editor with ProMart, then with their successor company, Sam’s Dot Publishing, where he continues to work today. J also spends most of his time working as a freelance writer and editor.

Director-y for March 2010

For our March program, we welcome New York Times best-selling author Carrie Vaughn. The seventh book in her popular Kitty Norville series, Kitty’s House of Horrors, was released in January. Her first young adult novel, Voices of Dragons, will be released this month. In addition to her always-worth-reading prose, if you’ve seen Carrie and the Midnight Hour program at MileHiCon (and you really should have!), you know what an entertaining speaker she is. This is definitely a program not to miss!

Most Influential SF Film of all Time - Restored

Check out the details at http://www.thelocal.de/society/20100121-24721.html:

"The Complete Metropolis" will be held at the Deutsche Kinemathek museum for film and television at Potsdamer Platz, where many of the Berlinale red carpet events take place.

"It will be sort of a Making Of," said curator Kristina Jaspers.

MileHiCon: A New Guest of Honor Joins the Lineup!

From the MileHiCon mailing list, we get this news:

Author Rachel Caine has just accepted our invitation to be one of our Guests Of Honor at MileHiCon42 in 2010!

She is the author of more than twenty-five novels, including the popular Weather Warden series, the NY-Times bestselling Morganville Vampires series, the Red Letter Days series, and the Outcast Season series.

Check out her website at http://www.rachelcaine.com for more info on her books!

2009 Hugo Nominations Have Begun

Picked up a post from Charles Stross at http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2010/01/2009-hugo-nomination..., which discusses the fact that Hugo Nominations are now open for the 2009 Hugo awards.