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Stan Winston, Special Effects Artist, (1946 - 2008) by ( 19 June 2008 / ) - By now, most of you probably know that Stan Winston died at his Malibu, CA home on June 15th. There's a link to his NY Times obituary above.

I've always loved movies and special effects. Stan Winston was one of the names that I looked for when sitting through credits. I'd watch the extra features especially to learn about the art and artistry of special effects. I managed to sit in on a presentation by him at a science fiction convention years ago and found him to be an excellent speaker as well as very approachable.

He made movie magic. He made us believe that what we saw was real even knowing that it was created by artists to fool our eyes. Alien. Jurassic Park. Terminator 2. He made us believe. He's a magic will be missed.

 by John W. Campbell 2008 Nominees Announced. ( 19 June 2008 / ) - The John W. Campbell Memorial Award by year of publication (2007) have been announced. The Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet (July 10-13) at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. We hope to release lists of finalists for as many previous Awards as possible, so check back for updates. Finalists are listed alphabetically by author's last name. (Source: )

The Theodore Sturgeon Award Nominees 2008 Announced by ( 19 June 2008 / ) - The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction by year of publication nominees have been announced. The Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet (July 10-13th) at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction. We hope to release lists of finalists for as many previous Awards as possible, so check back for updates. Finalists are listed alphabetically by author's last name. (Source: )

Algis Budrys, 1931 - 2008 by ( 12 June 2008 / ) - In Memoriam: Algis Budrys by Daniel Dern.

Noted science fiction author, editor, reviewer/critic and instructor Algis ("A.J.") Budrys passed yesterday, June 9, 2008, at the age of 77.

"The High Purpose," Budrys' first published science fiction story, appeared in 1952 in Astounding Science Fiction. His best-known science fiction includes the novellas "Rogue Moon" and "The Silent Eyes of Time", and the novels Who?, Michaelmas, and Hard Landing.

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