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Joanna Russ 1937 - 2011 by ( 28 April 2011 / ) - Updated: April 29th, 29. Just read on SMOFS from Amy Thomson that Joanna Russ passed away at 7 a.m. this morning.

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28 April 2011: SFSite has a report that Joanna Russ has been admitted to a hospice after suffering several strokes. She has a DNR on file. (Source: )

2011 Hugo Award Nominees Announced by Renovation by (Renovation 24 April 2011 / ) - Renovation is proud to present the 2011 Hugo Award Nominees. All Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of Renovation can vote on the final ballot, available shortly. For more information about becoming a member of Renovation, please click here.

The winners will be announced Saturday, August 20th, 2011, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Renovation in Reno, Nevada.

2011 Hugo Award Nominees

1006 valid nominating ballots were counted, 992 electronic and 14 paper.

Best Novel
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)
Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald (Gollancz; Pyr)
Feed by Mira Grant (Orbit)
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

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HG Wells Or Enrique Gaspar: Whose Time Machine Was First? by Kathryn Westcott, BBC News (BBC News, Wikipedia 11 April 2011 / ) -

The HG Wells tale of a Victorian gentleman who voyaged through time on a time machine of his own invention was the one that captured the public's imagination - but it was not the first of its kind.

It may surprise science fiction fans to learn that it was a little-known Spanish playwright who gave birth to the idea of time travel via a mechanical contraption.

But Enrique Gaspar's hour may have finally come - his re-discovered novel will feature as one of the highlights of the British Library's first ever science fiction exhibition next month.

And, thanks largely to the persistence of Spanish science fiction fans, El Anacronopete will be translated into English for the first time, as The Time Ship: A Chrononautical Journey, next year.

The novel was published in Spain in 1887, beating HG Wells' The Time Machine into print by more than seven years.

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