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2009 Prometheus Awards Finalists Announced by Libertarian Futurist Society Press Release (Libertarian Futurist Society 24 March 2009 / ) -

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for this year's Prometheus Awards, which will be presented during Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

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Compton Crook Award Nominees Announced by (BSFS 21 March 2009 / ) - Michael Walsh reports from the Baltimore Science Fiction Society where the nominees for this year's Compton Crook Award (for first novels in SF/F/H) have been announced. They are:

    * Into the Storm - Taylor Anderson (Roc)
    * Black Ships - Jo Graham (Orbit)
    * Singularity's Ring - Paul Melko (Tor)
    * The Way of Shadows - Brent Weeks (Orbit)
The winner will be announced at Balticon at the end of May. (Source: BSFS)

Anticipation Announces the Hugo Nominees for 2009 (for works published in 2008) by ( 20 March 2009 / ) - Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the ballot for the 2009 Hugo Awards. The announcement on the Anticipation web site includes links to some of the nominees' web sites, including free downloads of selected nominees.

Web serialized Lee & Miller novel Saltation now a serial podcast by ( 10 March 2009 / ) - Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe® novel Saltation, originally presented as a chapter-a-week web serial in first draft, is available as a weekly podcast starting immediately. The podcast of the ongoing saga of Theo Waitely is narrated by award-winning radio broadcaster Charlie Schlenker and can be found at, a site furnished by Fireheart Foundry's Sam Chupp, who produced and read the podcast of Lee & Miller's first Theo Waitley novel, Fledgling, which is available at the same location.

The podcast in MP3 format is avalable through Itunes and other RSS feeds on the internet; discussion of both Fledgling and Saltation has been taking place at and discussion of other Liaden Universe® books is ongoing (Source: )

Validation - NY Times adds 'Graphic Books' Lists by Lucas Siegel (Newsarama Blogs 05 March 2009 / ) - The NYTimes has seen an increase in popularity of these little books with pictures that so many of us dedicate our money, time, and even lives to, and as such has launched the "New York Times Graphic Books Bestseller Lists." The three lists cover Hardcover, Softcover, and Manga in separate categories, so we don't have to see nothing but Naruto on top at all times. It's a huge step of acceptance of our pasttime, and cheers to all the creators who are leading the way as all-new New York Times Best-selling Authors! They're compiled by a combination of book stores, online retailers, and direct market reported sales. (more ...)

Kindle 2: More than just an Amazon book reader by ( 04 March 2009 / ) - Since the Kindle 2 is now out and many people are wondering just what the bru-ha-ha is all about, we thought we'd point you to our sister publication's Kindle Review. Not only does the Kindle give you the opportunity to read many book in electronic form but you can also read your own documents after they've been transformed to the Kindle format.

Philip Jose Farmer -- January 26, 1918 - February 25, 2009. by ( 04 March 2009 / ) - From his website: Philip José Farmer passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning.

He will be missed greatly by his wife Bette, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and countless fans around the world.

Philip K. Dick Awards Finalists by ( 04 March 2009 / ) - The Philip K. Dick Award honors distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The finalists are:

    Emissaries for the Dead by Adam-Troy Castro (Eos Books)
    Fast Forward 2 edited by Lou Anders (Pyr)
    Judge by Karen Traviss (Eos Books)
    Plague War by Jeff Carlson (Ace Books)
    Terminal Mind by David Walton (Meadowhawk Press)
    Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K. A. Bedford (EDGE Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)

    Nebula Awards Nominees Announced by SFWA by ( 03 March 2009 / ) - SFWA is proud to announce the nominees for the 2008 Nebula Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2009 Nebula Awards® Weekend, April 24- 26, 2009, in Los Angeles, California. For more information on the awards and the Nebulas Weekend.

    Profiles In History And American Cinematheque At the Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood To Offer A Sneak Peek At the Forrest J Ackerman Estate Auction Sunday March 8, 2009 by Charles Mohapel (Profiles in History, American Cinematheque 02 March 2009 / ) -

    Having personally visited the Ackermansion in 1996, I know just how much cinematic and television history from Hollywood and around the World was stored there. With the passing of Forrest J. Ackerman (known as Forry to his many friends and acquaintances), what's left of this amazing collection will be going on the auction block on April 30 and May 1, 2009.

    Even if you're not planning on bidding on these priceless treasures, bring your friends and family to the Egyptian Theatre on Sunday, March 8, 2009 and see them in person.

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