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Terry Pratchett's Unpublished Works Crushed By Steamroller by BBC News
(BBC News 31 August 2017 / ) -
A hard drive containing unfinished works by Terry Pratchett has been crushed by a steamroller, as per instructions left by the fantasy novelist.
It is thought up to 10 incomplete novels were flattened at the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
The six-and-a-half tonne Lord Jericho was used to roll over the hard drive several times before a concrete crusher finished off the remains.
Pratchett died aged 66 in March 2015.
The creator of the 'Discworld' series had been battling Alzheimer's disease.
Before vanquishing the hard drive, Rob Wilkins, the writer's long-serving assistant, tweeted that he was "about to fulfil my obligation to Terry".
WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists by
(WSFA 22 August 2017 / ) - The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award:
The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2016). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.
- "Foxfire, Foxfire" by Yoon Ha Lee, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);
- "Jupiter or Bust" by Brad R. Torgersen, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, ed. by Edmund Schubert, (March/ April 2016);
- "The Mytilenian Delay" by Neil James Hudson, in Hyperpowers, ed. by Bascombe James, published by Third Flatiron Publishing (May 2016);
- "Only Their Shining Beauty Was Left" by Fran Wilde, published in Shimmer Magazine, ed. by E. Catherine Tobler, (September 2016);
- "Radio Silence" by Walter H. Hunt in Alien Artifacts, ed. by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, published by Zombies Need Brains, (2016);
- "A Salvaging of Ghosts" by Aliette de Bodard, published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. by Scott H. Andrews, (March 2016);
- "The Tomato Thief" by Ursula Vernon, published in Apex Magazine, ed. by Jason Sizemore, (January 2016);
- "Vengence Sewn With A Fey Cord" by Christine Lucas, published in The Future Fire, ed. by Djibril al-Ayad, (April 2016);
- "The Witch's Knives," by Margaret Ronald, published in Strange Horizons, ed. by Niall Harrison, Jane Crowley, Kate Dollarhyde, Lila Garrott, Catherine Krahe, An Owomoyela, and Vajra Chandrasekera, (October 2016).
The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held this year on October 6-8th in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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