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2007 BSFA Awards: Shortlists Announced by ( 24 January 2008 / ) - The shortlists for the awards were compiled from nominations submitted by members of the BSFA. They will be voted on by BSFA members and by attending members of the British national convention. Nominations were also invited for the best non-fiction of 2007, but although a number of works were nominated there was no consensus and so no shortlist could be formed. A non-fiction award will therefore not be presented this year. Click here for the list.

2007 SFWA Preliminary Nebula Award Ballot by SFWA ( 19 January 2008 / ) - The Nebula Awards are administered, voted and presented by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) to acknowledge excellence in science fiction writing. (For list of Nominees) (more ...)

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra - Sci‐Fi Spectacular, January 17‐20 by Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO 13 January 2008 / ) - Star Trek's Mr. Sulu, George Takei, narrates concerts featuring music from Star Wars, Star Trek and Harry Potter Baltimore, Md. (December 12, 2007) — Universes will collide when BSO Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly leads the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SuperPops and an all‐star vocal ensemble in iconic works from Star Wars, Star Trek, Superman and E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, January 17 at the Music Center at Strathmore and January 18‐20 at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Symphony audiences rarely see a conductor using a light saber for a baton, singers donning Star Trek apparel, transporter beam special effects or a dazzling laser light show, but the Sci‐Fi Spectacular will have all these thematic elements. The cast includes narrator George Takei, who played Mr. Sulu in Star Trek for 41 years, Broadway tenor Mike Eldred and soprano Kristen Plumley, backed by the Sci‐fi‐ettes choral ensemble. See below for complete program information. (more ...)

ZudaComics.com announces Entries for the First Zuda Contest of 2008 by ZudaComics (DC Comics 11 January 2008 / ) - (JANUARY 7, 2008- New York, NY) —DC Comics announced today the ten entries in the first www.Zudacomics.com contest of the new year. The selected comics are diverse in both their subject matter and tone, spanning a wide variety of genres— from comedy to thrillers, to fantasy and science fiction. Each is the unique vision of an aspiring comics creator.

Fans and fellow creators are invited to vote for one of the ten comics to continue as a regular web comic on the site. Previous winners of the www.Zudacomics.com contest have been Pray for Death by Nicholas Doan and Daniele Serra and High Moon by David Gallaher and Steve Ellis. (For List of Nominees) (Source: DC Comics)

WSFA Small Press Award 2007 - Open for Nominations by WSFA Small Press Committee (WSFA 05 January 2008 / ) - The Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is once again holding its annual competition to honor the work done by small presses in promoting and preserving science fiction. The award will be given yearly for original short fiction works (20,000 words or fewer) of imaginative literature (e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction or like literature) published by a small press. All works must be published for the first time in English in 2007. (For Details on Award)) (Source: WSFA)

Baen Books Launches a Line of Merchandise Through Café Press by Baen Publicity (Baen 03 January 2008 / ) - Wake Forest, North Carolina: Baen Books announces the launch of a line of merchandise through Café Press. From apparel to housewares to hats and bags and other miscellany, there is a wide variety of items to choose from, sporting one of three logo styles: the classic Baen Logo, the "I read Baen'd Books" Logo, and the Baen Barfly Logo. The entire line can be found at: www.cafepress.com/baenbooks (More...) (Source: Baen)

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