Glitter of the Week

Arnie Katz served up another buffet of 2012 Corflu news in Glitter #7.

Corflu Glitter is working to please nonsmokers and smokers alike. Non-smokers are assured that the hotel, Sunset Station, forbids smoking in all public, indoor areas except the casino. And Corflu’s main consuite will be in a non-smoking room on a non-smoking floor. However, there will also be a consuite on the 4th floor, where smoking is permitted in the rooms.

Meanwhile, science friction fandom has been heard from, forcing the Las Vegas Corflu committee to declare —  

In response to two, unrelated requests, Corflu Glitter is unalterably and unequivocally opposed to banning, barring or excluding any fan from Corflu under any circumstances. We would never host a Corflu that prevented any legitimate fan from attending.

…Let me make this even more emphatic: If Corflu Glitter’s favorite fan in the whole wide world asked us to exclude the worst person we know in Fandom, we would not do it.

That’s good, because I don’t think any of us would want to miss an opportunity to meet Claude Degler…

Final Fantasy Commentator

The late A. Langley Searles’ last Fantasy Commentator is available through for $9.60:

This final issue features an “autobiography” by John W. Campbell, Jr., based on twenty years of his correspondence, as edited and annotated by Sam Moskowitz. This is the final contribution of Sam Moskowitz to the history of science fiction, and was prepared as an enduring memorial to his work and his long friendship to A. Langley Searles.

The appearance of this 164-page paperback surprises me, as I thought all rights to publish the Campbell letters and offer them for sale were held by the Chapdelaines.

The copyright notice in the second volume. The John W. Campbell Letters with Isaac Asimov and A. E. van Vogt, Vol. II [PDF file] reads:

The letter works of John W. Campbell, including the complete Conde’ Nast file of letters by John W. Campbell and also the personal estate file obtained from Mrs. John W. Campbell, Jr., were previously published on microfilm form © 1987 titled The Complete Collection of The John W. Campbell Letters Compiled by Perry A. Chapdelaine, Sr.

Thus, it’s always been my understanding that the Chapedelaines had secured rights to all the Campbell correspondence in the publisher’s office files and from JWC’s personal estate. While an arrangement may have been made, the copyright listed by makes no reference to any earlier copyright.

2011 Hugo Award Nominees

Here are the 2011 Hugo Award nominations. There were 1006 valid nominating ballots — 992 electronic and 14 paper. Thanks to everyone who has sent congratulations.

Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella
“The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen’s Window” by Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Magazine, Summer 2010)
“The Lifecycle of Software Objects” by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
“The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (Stories: All New Tales, William Morrow)
“The Sultan of the Clouds” by Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Troika” by Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines, Science Fiction Book Club)

Best Novelette
“Eight Miles” by Sean McMullen (Analog, September 2010)
“The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)
“The Jaguar House, in Shadow” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s, July 2010)
“Plus or Minus” by James Patrick Kelly (Asimov’s, December 2010)
“That Leviathan, Whom Thou Hast Made” by Eric James Stone (Analog, September 2010)

Best Short Story
“Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn (Lightspeed, June 2010)
“For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)
“Ponies” by Kij Johnson (, November 17, 2010)
“The Things” by Peter Watts (Clarkesworld, January 2010)

Best Related Work
Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, by Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)
The Business of Science Fiction: Two Insiders Discuss Writing and Publishing, by Mike Resnick and Barry N. Malzberg (McFarland)
Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 1: (1907–1948): Learning Curve, by William H. Patterson, Jr. (Tor)
Writing Excuses, Season 4, by Brandon Sanderson, Jordan Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells

Best Graphic Story
Fables: Witches, written by Bill Willingham; illustrated by Mark Buckingham (Vertigo)
Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
Grandville Mon Amour, by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse)
Schlock Mercenary: Massively Parallel, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler; colors by Howard Tayler and Travis Walton (Hypernode)
The Unwritten, Volume 2: Inside Man, written by Mike Carey; illustrated by Peter Gross (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, screenplay by Steve Kloves; directed by David Yates (Warner)
How to Train Your Dragon, screenplay by William Davies, Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders; directed by Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders (DreamWorks)
Inception, written and directed by Christopher Nolan (Warner)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, screenplay by Michael Bacall & Edgar Wright; directed by Edgar Wright (Universal)
Toy Story 3, screenplay by Michael Arndt; story by John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich; directed by Lee Unkrich (Pixar/Disney)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form
Doctor Who: “A Christmas Carol,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “The Pandorica Opens/The Big Bang,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Toby Haynes (BBC Wales)
Doctor Who: “Vincent and the Doctor,” written by Richard Curtis; directed by Jonny Campbell (BBC Wales)
F*** Me, Ray Bradbury, written by Rachel Bloom; directed by Paul Briganti
The Lost Thing, written by Shaun Tan; directed by Andrew Ruhemann and Shaun Tan (Passion Pictures)

Best Editor, Short Form
John Joseph Adams
Stanley Schmidt
Jonathan Strahan
Gordon Van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form
Lou Anders
Ginjer Buchanan
Moshe Feder
Liz Gorinsky
Nick Mamatas
Beth Meacham
Juliet Ulman

Best Professional Artist
Daniel Dos Santos
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

Best Semiprozine
Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams
Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi and Kirsten Gong-Wong
Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal

Best Fanzine
Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger, edited by Guy H. Lillian III
The Drink Tank, edited by Christopher J Garcia and James Bacon
File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
StarShipSofa, edited by Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer
James Bacon
Claire Brialey
Christopher J Garcia
James Nicoll
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist
Brad W. Foster
Randall Munroe
Maurine Starkey
Steve Stiles
Taral Wayne

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2009 or 2010, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Saladin Ahmed
Lauren Beukes
Larry Correia
Lev Grossman
Dan Wells

Note: All Campbell finalists are in their 2nd year of eligibility.

Renovation Wants to Fill Your Dance Card

There will be seven dances at the 2011 Worldcon, Renovation – and nearly all will have a theme that challenges fans to dress in appropriate costume. Plan to haul along an extra trunk of 19th century duds and futuristic uniforms!

Steampunk is Thursday’s theme, with a Victorian Steampunk Tea Dance in the afternoon and The Girl Genius Ball that evening hosted by the creators of Girl Genius, Phil and Kaja Foglio.

Over the remaining days of the con there will be Regency Period themed dances, a Toon Town Hop, with vintage and modern cartoon music, and a Serenity Space Western Ball, inspired by the TV Series Firefly.

The full press release follows the jump.

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Betz, Hutchings Pass Away

Vancouver fandom has lost two of its best-known members this year.

Ed Hutchings passed away February 22, of leukemia. He was involved in BCSFA for 30 years, and a regular at Vancouver’s alternate gathering, FRED. He pursued a wide range of professions over the course of his life, at times an electrical engineer, an oboist with the Toronto Symphony, a programmer, a glass blower, and after earning a PhD in mathematics, teacher at local colleges and universities.

Al Betz, author of the long-running fanzine column “Ask Mr. Science,” a Prix Aurora nominee, died April 14 of kidney and heart failure. He had been part of the British Columbia SF Association since 1973.

You missed something if you weren’t a regular reader. Here’s a sample of Betz’ most recent “Ask Mr. Science” column from WCSFAzine:


MR. SCIENCE: … During an eruption the volcano would pump a significant fraction of our atmosphere into the core of the planet, causing it to inflate like a balloon. If the volcanization lasted more than 3.1 days the Earth would burst, also like a balloon. Calculations show that 74% of the objects on the surface would be ejected at greater than escape velocity.

[Via R. Graeme Cameron]

Update 04/23/2011: Corrected name in headline.

2011 CUFF Voting Open

The 2011 Canadian Unity Fan Fund candidates are Kent Pollard of Saskatoon and Danielle Stephens of Vancouver.

Voting is open to any Canadian (resident or citizen) fan who was active in fandom prior to April 2008, and who contributes at least CDN$5. Votes via snailmail or submitted electronically as part of a Paypal payment of the voting fee are both acceptable. The voting deadline is May 31.

[Via R. Graeme Cameron.]

LASFS Deals for New Clubhouse

Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society members voted at the club’s April 21 meeting to ratify its directors’ decision to sell the current North Hollywood clubhouse and buy another building in Van Nuys. The club has been at the North Hollywood location since 1977.  

Marty Cantor, LASFS Board of Directors’ Secretary, has gives a rundown on the decision: 

Last night’s meeting was not the first that the other members knew of our sale of the clubhouse. The Board had been consulting with the members about selling the clubhouse since before it happened. Indeed, when the realtor came to us and told us he had a buyer for our clubhouse, we told the members this was happening and that we were negotiating for the best price we could get. And they knew that the clubhouse had been sold — and the conditions where it might not be sold if we did not get a new place — way back in September when it was all happening.

In September of 2010, a real estate agent approached the club and said that he had an offer to purchase the building. We did some dickering and we arrived at a price we would accept for our property. There were some conditions we wanted and the buyer accepted it. Firstly, the prime condition of the sale was that it would go through only if the LASFS could find a building we could buy. Secondly, after we purchased our new building and escrow was completed on both places, the LASFS would have three months to move from our current clubhouse. These were the most important points of our agreement. 
The real estate agent, after finding out our requirements, did a fine job of finding places which were candidates for purchase. Most of these places, though, pre-screened by Elayne Pelz, had one or another deal killers. Several months ago our Board of Directors inspected a prospective clubhouse and liked it well enough to make an offer on it. We were unable to come to terms with the owner and we kept looking. 
This past Sunday, April 17, 8 members of the Board of Directors met at another prospective clubhouse, inspected it, and decided that it would meet most of the requirements of a new clubhouse. We made an offer on the building, it was accepted, and the initial paper was signed. We have 15 days to back out of the deal (with no penalty) if we decide we have to. Next Tuesday we will have a technical inspection of the building and this will tell us if there are major construction problems with it. In the meantime, the Board requested the club Procedural President to schedule a special programme at the regular April 21 meeting. At this meeting the Board presented to the club members present what was occurring. Below is a précis of this part of the meeting. 
The meeting room had standing room only as a lot of members showed up to see our plans. Elayne had some very large blow-up photographs which were displayed in various parts of the room. I had some 8 12 x 11 photographs I put on the Treasurer’s desk and set up my laptop on the food table with a continuing slide-show of the 31 photos I took of our new clubhouse, and the CD of my photos was put into Rob’s computer and selected shots were shown on the large television screen. 
Before the meeting started, various board members answered many questions from the members; and, after the meeting started, when we got to new business, Christian McGuire got up, made a few opening remarks, and then turned to a question and answer session where many good and penetrating questions were answered by the appropriate Board members. 
Elayne Pelz mentioned that there was another person interested in this new building, so she made an offer of $525,000 for the building, the offer was accepted, and she signed the agreement. We can back out any time up to 15 days from today. In response to a question, Elayne mentioned that our current building was sold for the same price but the Real Estate agent’s cut and other fees will bring us down to $490,000. But we do have money in the Century Fund and there is enough to pay cash with no money-eating interest rate (e.g., no mortgage) and still have money for the initial remodeling work. 
After awhile, when it began to appear that we were going over the same ground, member Ed Green moved (and was seconded) that the members accede to the actions of the Board and that the Board keep the members apprised of developments. This motion was passed, unanimously. 
We have purchased a new building. 

The new building is at the intersection of Aetna and Tyrone in Van Nuys, a block in either direction from the major streets of Van Nuys Blvd. and Oxnard. It’s within walking distance of the Van Nuys station on the Metro Orange Line bus route.

The next clubhouse represents an upgrade for LASFS, says Marty:

We outgrew the current clubhouse many years ago — it is just too small. Plus, it is really falling apart and repairs are getting more and more expensive. I think that the size of our current buildings is a bit above 2100 sq. ft. — the new building is 4400 sq. ft. And is in much better shape than our current place. Many of our library books are in off-site storage: our new library will be about twice the size of what we now have. 

Several of Marty’s photos of the new place are here.  And several dozen photos Karl Lembke took during the directors’ inspection are here.

Proposed floor plan of new LASFS clubhouse.

George R.R. Martin Makes TIME 100

George R.R. Martin

The 2011 TIME 100 is a list of “the most influential people in the world.” While I’d have expected a full slate of politicians, generals, religious figures, tech geniuses and leaders of protest movements, it’s a more wide-ranging list and George R.R. Martin is on it.

The TIME 100 runs the length of Pennsylvania Avenue (Barack Obama and John Boehner), features real and imitation royalty (Prince William and Kate Middleton, actor Colin Firth of The King’s Speech), and has room left over for Dharma Master Cheng Yen, Buddhist leader of an international relief organization. There is a cricket player, a couple of rap stars and a comedienne.

J.K. Rowling was on the list several times in the past decade, though Martin’s appearance may be the first for an author of epic fantasy.

Time assigned a humorist to write Martin’s brief bio, a decision at odds with such a portentous list but resonant with George’s own droll attitude towards professional writing:

Martin, 62, is as fine a researcher as he is a storyteller, and he packs in enough miserable fact about the meanness of medieval life that it occasionally echoes Baltimore in its harshness.

Besides, won’t the humorous approach help us all feel better about seeing George on a list with one of Qaddafi’s sons and the head of Pakistani military intelligence?

The complete TIME 100 is here.

[Thanks to Moshe Feder and Michael Walsh for the story.]

File 770 Issue #159: Anatomy of a Fanzine

Cover by Alan White for File 770 #159

The April 2011 issue of File 770 is now available in PDF.

Alan White’s cover leads off Issue #159, a dramatic color tribute to Weird Tales.

The art inside is by Taral, Alexis Gilliland, Alan Beck, Steve Stiles, Brad Foster and Bill Rotsler. Photos have been contributed by Robert Sawyer, Andrew Porter, Diana Glyer, Helen Montgomery, Marty Cantor, John King Tarpinian, Lynn Maudlin, and the late Bruce Pelz.

The issue is posted here in four sections because I’m forced to work around WordPress’ size limit on uploaded files. I have asked Bill Burns to post it on eFanzines as well, which I expect will happen when he comes back from Eastercon.

I. File_770_159_pages_1-23 [PDF file]

John Hertz reports from the 2010 NASFiC and Worldcon
The Annual Fanzine Fans’ Get-Together: The 2011 Corflu in Sunnyvale, California by Marty Cantor
Capclave, by Martin Morse Wooster
Obituaries:  appreciations of Len Moffatt, Mike Glicksohn, Glen GoodKnight, George Scithers, Ruth Speer and others.
John King Tarpinian covers LA’s  week-long celebration of Ray Bradbury’s 90th birthday.

II. File_770_159_pages_24-34 [PDF file]

This entire section is devoted to Taral’s epic faanish trivia quiz The Only Gameshow in Town, 150 Questions for the Trufan

III. File_770_159_pages_35-44 [PDF file]

The History of the Keith Kato Chili Party by Keith G. Kato
The Heart of a City, Amsterdam by James Bacon

IV. File_770_159_pages_45-54 [PDF file]

There are two fannish commentaries on Wiscon’s withdrawal of its GoH invitation to Elizabeth Moon:
MoonFail, wow. by España Sheriff
The Moondoggle: Can’t Win, Don’t Try by Chris Garcia
The balance of this section is the letter column, The Fanivore.

I hope there won’t be restrictions on how many megabytes people can download from this site. I haven’t used this arrangement before — we will all find out together!