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World Fantasy Announces Lifetime Achievement Winners by ( 25 August 2009 / ) - The awards committee has announced that the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winners for 2009 are Jane Yolen and Ellen Asher. Their awards will be officially presented at the Awards Banquet on the Sunday of the convention.

Film rights to The Warded Man bought by ( 24 August 2009 / ) - From DRIN: JABberwocky Literary Agency is delighted to announce that filmmaker Paul W. S. Anderson and longtime producing partner Jeremy Bolt, the duo behind the globally popular Resident Evil film franchise, have picked up film rights to Peter V. Brett's debut fantasy novel The Warded Man (aka THE PAINTED MAN). Anderson is attached to direct and will produce with Bolt. Stephanie Johnson, who brought the title to the pair, will executive produce. The book is set in an undetermined future where mankind is beset by nightly attacks from demonkind and has been thrown back into a feudal state. Three young people emerge with the potential power to turn the tide, including the title character, a man who has wards (spells) tattooed on his body. The book, the first of a trilogy titled "The Demon Cycle," launched last year in Australia before hitting Europe, where it became an instant best-seller, notably in Germany and the U.K., where it is in its second and third printing, respectively.

Special BAFTA Honour For Pythons by BBC News Article (BBC News 19 August 2009 / ) -

The team behind Monty Python's Flying Circus are to receive a special BAFTA honouring their outstanding contribution to film and television.

The award will be presented to the five surviving members of the surreal comedy group at the official 40th anniversary Monty Python Reunion in New York.

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WSFA Small Press Award Committee Announces Finalists for 2009 Award by ( 17 August 2009 / ) - The Washington Science Fiction Association is pleased to announce the finalists for the 2009 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction:

    “Drinking Problem” by K.D. Wentworth, published in Seeds of Change, edited by John Joseph Adams, Prime Books (August, 2008).

    “Hard Rain at the Fortean Café” by Lavie Tidhar, published in issue 14 of Aeon Speculative Fiction Magazine, edited by Bridget McKenna.

    “His Last Arrow” by Christopher Sequeira, published in Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes, edited by Jeff Campbell and Charles Prepolec, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, (October, 2008).

    “Silent as Dust” by James Maxey, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, edited by Edmund R. Schubert, Tor Books (August, 2008).

    “Spider the Artist” by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, published in Seeds of Change, edited by John Joseph Adams, Prime Books (August, 2008).

    “The Absence of Stars: Part 1” by Greg Siewert, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show, edited by Edmund R. Schubert, Tor Books (August, 2008).

    “The Toy Car” by Luisa Maria Garcia Velasco, (translated from Spanish by Ian Watson) published in April 2008 edition of Aberrant Dreams, edited by Joseph W. Dickerson.

The 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 (2008). 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.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association (www.wsfa.org) and will be presented at their annual convention, Capclave (www.capclave.org), held this year on October 16-18th in Rockville, Maryland.

Hal Haag (1946-2009) by ( 16 August 2009 / ) - Hal Haag, Balticon 25 and 35 Con-Chair and perennial Gaming Czar at Balticon passed away from an apparent heart attack this morning, Wednesday, August 12th. Although this report comes to me second hand from Evan Haag, Hal*s son, there can be little doubt as to its accuracy. Hal presently served on the Baltimore Science Fiction Society Board of Directors and was the originator of the BSFS WebPages design which we still continue to use, with evolved improvements, to this day. Some folks called him Games Master Hal because he always had board games to share and in recent years served as an officer of the Maryland Games Club. He was also involved in running the Farpoint Convention Gaming Room as well as multiple other gaming events in the area. Hal had the original idea that grew into the 1998 Worldcon in Baltimore. Fandom in this City is now a much poorer place because it has lost one of its driving flames."

Hugo Award Winners for 2009 by ( 15 August 2009 / ) - Presented at: Anticipation, Montréal, Quebec, August 6-10, 2009
Toastmaster: Julie Czerneda, with translation by Yves Meynard
Base design: Dave Howell
Awards Administration: Diane Lacey, Ruth Lichtwardt, Jeff Orth and Rene Walling

* Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
* Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
* Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
* Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
* Best Related Book: Your Hate Mail Will Be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008, John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
* Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
* Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form: Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy)
* Best Editor Short Form: Ellen Datlow
* Best Editor Long Form: David G. Hartwell
* Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
* Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal
* Best Fan Writer: Cheryl Morgan
* Best Fanzine: Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima
* Best Fan Artist: Frank Wu
And the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines): David Anthony Durham

SCHOLASTIC REVEALS SECRET DESTINATION IN THE LATEST THE 39 CLUES® GLOBAL ADVENTURE WITH RELEASE OF BOOK 5: THE BLACK CIRCLE by (Scholastic 11 August 2009 / ) - NEW YORK, NY (August 11, 2009) — The global hunt for The 39 Clues®, the New York Times bestselling multi-media adventure series from Scholastic, continues today with the release of Book 5: The Black Circle by bestselling author Patrick Carman. The hardcover edition is being released simultaneously in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, and India, along with the audiobook edition produced by Scholastic Audio.

In June, following the publication of Book 4: Beyond the Grave, Scholastic introduced an online campaign, “Where Will Amy and Dan Go Next?” which led kids to investigate the mystery surrounding Amy and Dan Cahill’s next global destination. The campaign featured a 6-part exclusive video report, which included interviews with authors Jude Watson and Patrick Carman. The campaign culminates today with the revelation of Amy and Dan’s location in Book 5: The Black Circle.

"As an avid reader, gamer, and total thrill seeker, I can't imagine a better writing experience than The 39 Clues,” said Patrick Carman. "I became completely immersed in Dan and Amy’s whirlwind adventure, and I was lucky enough to chronicle them into one of the most interesting places on earth. Writing The Black Circle made me a fan of The 39 Clues for life!"

Nazi Zombie Flick Hits The Big Screen in Pittsburgh by ( 07 August 2009 / ) - Starting Friday August 7th, The Hollywood Theatre in Dormont,Pennsylanvia ( three miles from Downtown Pittsburgh) begins a week long run of the breakthrough zombie flick "Dead Snow". Made in Norway by Scandanavian wunderkind Tommy Wikkola, 'DEAD SNOW" was the toast of this year's SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL. (more ...)

2009 World Fantasy Award Nominations (covering the 2008 award year) by ( 04 August 2009 / ) - BEST NOVEL

    The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
    The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
    The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
    Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
    Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)
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