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Lloyd Alexander (January 30, 1924 - May 17, 2007) by ( 18 May 2007 / ) - Henry Holt Books For Young Readers is saddened to announce the passing of one of the greats of literature and the father of modern children's fantasy, Lloyd Alexander. Mr. Alexander passed away at home in this morning at the age of 83 after a battle with cancer, two weeks after the death of his wife of sixty-two years.

2007 Nebula Award Winners by (SFWA 15 May 2007 / ) - Nebula & Norton Award Winners

Novel: Seeker, by Jack McDevitt (Ace, Nov05)
Novella: "Burn," by James Patrick Kelly (podcast version) (Tachyon Publications, Dec05)
Novelette: "Two Hearts," by Peter S. Beagle (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
Short Story: "Echo," by Elizabeth Hand (F&SF, Oct/Nov05)
Script: Howl's Moving Castle, by Hayao Miyazaki, Cindy Davis Hewitt, and Donald H. Hewitt (Studio Ghibli and Walt Disney Pictures, U.S. Premier 10 Jun05. Based on the novel by Diana Wynne Jones.)
Andre Norton Award: Magic or Madness, by Justine Larbalestier (Penguin Razorbill, May05)

Analog and Asimov's 2007 Awards Announced by (Dell Magazines 14 May 2007 / ) - DELL MAGAZINES PRESS RELEASE
For Release: 12 May 2007

New York, NY—We are pleased to announce the winners of
Analog Science Fiction and Fact's AnLab Award
Asimov's Science Fiction's Readers' Award.

They are:

Analog Science Fiction and Fact
Analytical Laboratory Winners
Best Novella: "The Good Kill" by Barry B. Longyear (11/06)
Best Novelette: "Lady Be Good" by John G. Hemry (4/06)
Best Short Story: "Kyrie Eleison" by John G. Hemry (9/06)
Best Fact: "The Great Sumatran Earthquakes of 2004-5" by Richard A. Lovett( 10/06)
Best Cover: September 2006 by Jean Pierre Normand

Asimov 's Science Fiction
Readers' Award Winners
Best Novella: "The Walls of the Universe" by Paul Meiko (4-5/06)
Best Novelette: "Yellow Card Man" by Paolo Bacigalupi (12/06)
Best Short Story: "Impossible Dreams" by Tim Pratt (7/06)
Best Poem: "Remembering the Future" by Darrell Schweitzer (10-11/06)
Best Cover Artist: J.K. Potter (3/06)

Walter (Wally) Schirra Jr. dies at 84 by ( 03 May 2007 / ) - Walter Schirra Jr. was one of the original Mercury 7 astronauts. He also flew on in all three of NASA's early space programs (Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo).

While I never personally met Wally Schirra, I know that with his death a bit of history has been lost -- as every person no matter how much they teach, write, or speak can ever pass on all the knowledge that they would wish. He was a part of the movement to open space for all humanity and for that he'll always have a place in history.

Some additional links:
Wikipedia Entry
Walter Schirra's website

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