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Michael O'Hare, 1952-2012 by ( 29 September 2012 / ) - Michael O'Hare (May 6, 1952 – September 28, 2012) was an American actor, best known for playing Jeffrey Sinclair in the science fiction television series Babylon 5.

J. Michael Straczynski on his Facebook page reported:

I regret that I must convey the sad news that Michael O'Hare passed away today. He suffered a heart attack on Sunday and was in a coma until his passing this afternoon. This is a terrible loss for all B5 fans and everyone involved with the show wishes to convey their condolences to the O'Hare family. He was an amazing man.
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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Harper Voyager Announces Global Digital Publishing Opportunity for Debut Authors by (HarperVoyager 18 September 2012 / ) - NEW YORK, NY - September 12, 2012: In this time of accelerated evolution in the field of digital publishing, the editorial leaders of Harper Voyager in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia are delighted to announce an exciting joint venture that will offer talented aspiring writers the chance to join the global science fiction and fantasy imprint.

For the first time in over a decade, Harper Voyager is offering writers the chance to submit full, unagented manuscripts for a limited two-week period. The publisher is seeking new authors with fresh voices, strong storytelling abilities, original ideas and compelling storylines. Harper Voyager is home to some of the biggest names in science fiction and fantasy, including George R. R. Martin, Kim Harrison, Raymond E. Feist, Robin Hobb, Richard Kadrey, Sara Douglass, Peter V. Brett and Kylie Chan, among others. (more ...)

JAMES WHITE AWARD 2012: JUDGING PANEL ANNOUNCED by (James White Award 18 September 2012 / ) - The James White Award science fiction short story competition for non-professional authors is pleased to announce this year's panel of judges.

Aliette de Bodard is a former winner of the Writers of the Future competition, won the 2010 BSFA Award for Short Fiction with her story “The Shipmaker” and has Hugo, Nebula and John W Campbell award nominations to her credit. She is one of SF's most exciting new writers and her Obsidian and Blood trilogy of novels, published by Angry Robot, has been highly praised.

Ian McDonald's first novel, Desolation Road, was published in 1989 and he has gone on to become one of the genre’s most successful and highest profile authors. He has won three BSFA Awards for best novel (2004, 2007 and 2011), a Hugo for his novelette The Djinn’s Wife, the 2011 John W Campbell award for the novel The Dervish House. He was first a judge of the James White Award in 2002 and the administrators are delighted to welcome him back.

Interzone editors: Andy Cox and Andrew Hedgecock publish Interzone, the UK’s longest-running and most prestigious science fiction magazine. Interzone has been a long-term supporter of the James White Award, publishing the winning story each year.

(Source: James White Award)

BERKLEY/NAL TO LAUNCH GRAPHIC NOVEL IMPRINT INKLIT IN OCTOBER 2012 by (Berkley 10 September 2012 / ) - InkLit List to include #1 New York Times Bestselling Authors Patricia Briggs, Charlaine Harris and Laurell K, Hamilton

New York, NY, September 10, 2012- In October 2012, Penguin Group (USA)'s Berkley/NAL division will launch InkLit, a new graphic novel imprint, it was announced today by Kara Welsh, Vice President and Publisher of NAL. Continuing Penguin's ongoing commitment to bring writers to readers in a variety of formats, this new imprint will include both original novels and series as well as adaptations of previously published works.

"We are excited to expand our publishing program to include books in graphic novel format, both from established house authors as well as newcomers to our list." said Welsh.

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