September 01, 2011

September News Roundup

*One of our very favorite local authors, Thomas Roche, has launched a faux news site (the publisher is calling it "a social media disinformation campaign") to promote his awesome new zombie novel THE PANAMA LAUGH (Nightshade Books, Trade Paperback, $14.99).  I cannot believe how detailed and amazing the site is; Thomas is subtly (okay, not-so-subtly!) imitating a different "real" news site on each page, and the whole thing is just incredibly cool.  Start here and poke around from there: <>.

*The 2011 Hugo Awards were presented at the World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, Nevada on August 20th.   Complete Hugo (and Campbell Award) details here: <>.

*Thanks and congratulations to the Tiptree Motherboard, who let us know that "In a ceremony in Lublin, Poland, on July 9, the Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) presented the Motherboard of the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award (<>) with the 2011 Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service.  Motherboard members Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy traveled to Poland to accept the award." For more information, see the SFRA's site: <>

*George R.R. Martin reported that two autographed scripts from the television series "A Game of Thrones" which were intended to be auctioned at WorldCon never arrived at their intended destination, and he believes they were stolen from the mail.  He is calling on all his fans and readers to keep an eye out for the stolen scripts: "Whoever s[tole] these scripts will presumably try to cash in at some point. So if any of you ever see scripts fitting this description turn up on ebay, one of its competitors, or on some dealer's table -- notify me at once, and report the stolen property to whatever local authorities are appropriate.  Here's what was taken: two teleplays, final shooting scripts for episodes nine and ten of season one, 'Baelor' and 'Fire and Blood,' autographed by writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and director Alan Taylor, printed on white paper.  Like Bloodraven, I have a thousand eyes and one. So let's keep 'em all peeled, boys and girls." <>

*Author Rob Thurman is in the hospital following a serious car accident, with her condition complicated by pneumonia.  Fans can leave well wishes on her blog <> or send them care of her agent, Lucienne Diver, The Knight Agency, P.O. Box 2659 Land O Lakes, FL 34639.  We wish her a speedy recovery.

*We regret to report the death of author Leslie Esdaile Banks, who wrote as L.A. Banks, in early August.  Ms. Banks was diagnosed with late-stage adrenal cancer earlier this summer.

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