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Lou Anders - Pyr Editorial Director - Wins Hugo Award by ( 28 August 2011 / ) - Amherst, NY–Pyr, a science fiction and fantasy imprint of Prometheus Books, is proud to announce a 2011 Hugo Award win by Editorial Director Lou Anders.

Anders received the trophy for "Best Editor–Long Form" at a ceremony on Aug. 20 at the Peppermill Hotel and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Jay Lake and Ken Scholes presided as masters of ceremony, with additional presenters including Renovation Guests of Honor Tim Powers, Boris Vallejo, and Ellen Asher, along with leading genre writers George R. R. Martin and Robert Silverberg.

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Abaddon announces major new SF series by ( 28 August 2011 / ) -

This thrilling space-opera series will begin in June 2012 with the release of The Devil's Nebula by the best-selling author of Helix, Engineman, and The Kings of Eternity.

In the first book in this epic new series, Brown will introduce readers to the human smugglers, veterans and ne'erdowells who are part of the Expansion – and their uneasy neighbours, the Vetch Empire.

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Actor James Marsters Joins Vampire Empire Authors for DragonCon Special Event by ( 28 August 2011 / ) - Amherst, NY—Actor James Marsters—best known for his iconic role as “Spike” in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel and familiar to genre fans for his roles in Torchwood and Smallville, among others—has signed on to narrate the Vampire Empire trilogy for the unabridged audio books being produced by Buzzy Multimedia for release in spring 2012. In support of this new collaboration, Marsters has announced a very special reading event for fans at DragonCon in Atlanta, GA, on Sunday, September 4th at 7:00 pm (ET). (Source: )

James White Award Announces Juding Panel by ( 27 August 2011 / ) - The James White Award is a competition for original short stories of not more than 6,000 words by non-professional writers. The closing date for entries to this year’s competition is midnight (GMT) January 31, 2012. The winner will be announced at Eastercon 2012 during the BSFA Awards ceremony. It is open to entrants from any country but all stories must be in the English language.

The prize for the winner of the James White Award is £200 plus publication in Interzone, the UK’s leading science fiction magazine.

The Judges for this years award are:

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Rob Thurman Hospitalized after car accident by (SFRevu 26 August 2011 / ) - Rob Thurman was in a serious car accident and has been hospitalized. Rob is currently in ICU and thus can't read email or receive cards and notes.

From her website:
I (Jayda Steele) asked her mother what we COULD do – if ANYTHING – and her response was, to buy Rob’s books and share them – that buying her books would make Rob happiest.

Please know your supportive comments and love has been helping her mother as much as it’s helping Rob. And I know Rob can feel the power of your love and prayers. Her mother has been speaking to her as often as possible, letting her know how much you all love her. So please keep it coming. And As far as sending gifts, flowers or cards, buy her books instead. (Source: SFRevu)

Hugo Award Winners for 2011 Announced by ( 22 August 2011 / ) - 2011 Hugo Award Winners

2100 valid voting ballots were counted, 2086 electronic and 14 by postal mail.

Best Novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Ballantine Spectra)

Best Novella: The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

Best Novelette: “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen M. Steele (Asimov’s, June 2010)

Best Short Story: “For Want of a Nail” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s, September 2010)

Best Related Work: Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea (Mad Norwegian)

Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 10: Agatha Heterodyne and the Guardian Muse, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)

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William Sleator -- February 13, 1945 - August 2, 2011 by ( 05 August 2011 / ) - William Sleator died in Thailand at the age of 66. He's known for his science fiction for children, young adults, and adults. Born in Maryland, Sleator has for years alternated between living in Boston, MA and a small village in Thailand.

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