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Issue #129 - May 2006

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By Cheryl Morgan

Nebula Awards

The winners are:

Novel: Camouflage - Joe Haldeman (Ace).

Novella: "Magic for Beginners" - Kelly Link (Magic for Beginners, Small Beer Press).

Novelette: "The Faery Handbag" - Kelly Link (The Faery Reel, Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Eds., Viking Press).

Short Story: "I Live With You" - Carol Emshwiller (F&SF).

Script: Serenity - Joss Whedon (Universal Pictures, Sept. 2005).

Andre Norton Award: Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie - Holly Black (Simon & Schuster)

Considering this is the Nebulas, this is actually a very good set of results. Iím a little disappointed that Geoff Rymanís Air did not walk off with Best Novel, but it has won four other major awards so I guess I shouldnít complain. Considering some of the other nominees, Iím relieved that Joe Haldeman won.

Carl Brandon Awards

The winners of these awards have recently been announced (so no excitement at the ceremony at Wiscon). They are:

Carl Brandon Parallax Award (for works created by people of color): Walter Mosley for 47.

Carl Brandon Kindred Award (for works highlighting issues of race and ethnicity): Susan Vaught for Stormwitch.

Interestingly both winners are YA novels.

Full short and long lists, Tiptree style, are promised to appear soon on the Carl Brandon Society web site.

Neffy Awards

The nominees for this yearís Neffy Awards have been announced. Apparently Iím up for Best Fan Writer (along with Frank Wu!) and Emerald City is up for Best Electronic Fanzine (sigh). The results are due to be announced at BayCon.

Edgar Awards

Mystery noels are not a field that Emerald City normally covers, but Iím pleased to report that Jeffrey Fordís The Girl in the Glass has won an Edgar in the Best Paperback Original category. It is an excellent book and Iím very sorry that the mere homeopathic quantities of the fantastic that it contained prevented it from gaining wider recognition in the F&SF field.

Best Professional Editor Split

It has come to my attention that there is some confusion in the industry as to how the proposed split in the Best Professional Editor Hugo is going to work. The confusion appears to have arisen because the original proposal got significantly modified during the Business Meeting in Glasgow. Some people are still working off the original proposal, and not what was actually passed.

The official text of what was passed in Glasgow is printed on page 12 of L.A.Con IVís Progress Report IV (available online here). As thatís a big PDF, Iím reproducing the new category definitions here:

3.3.x: Best Editor Short Fiction. The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections or magazine issues primarily devoted to less than novel-length science fiction and / or fantasy, at least one of which was published in the previous calendar year.

3.3.y: Best Editor Long Fiction. The editor of at least four (4) novels of written science fiction or fantasy published in the previous calendar year.

Please note that this does NOT require anthology and collection editors to produce four books every year. The requirement is a minimum of four books lifetime, of which one must be in the year to which the awards apply.

Hopefully a more easily accessible version of this will appear on the L.A.Con IV web site soon, when poor Chaz Baden has a spare moment in his undoubtedly busy life.

BDPs Online

There have been a few complaints around US fandom about two of Interactionís major events having been short-listed for the Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form Hugo. Apparently there were even suggestions that works not easily available to US fans should be banned from the Hugos. The phrase "now they know how the rest of the world feels" comes to mind, but of course such a motion would have no chance of getting through the Business Meeting.

But the Interaction Committee (and the Events team in particular) are keen that more people should get to see those works. As I think I have explained before, copyright restrictions on the music used prevent us from publishing a video of Lucas Back in Anger, but Ian Sorensen does have a web site with clips and photos.

In addition a video of Kim Newman and Paul McAuleyís Prix Victor Hugo speech is now available online. Do take a look, it downloads very quickly over broadband and only takes around 20 minutes to play. It is very funny.

Iíd also encourage you to take a look at when I think will be a leading contender for BDP: Short Form for next year. It is a film of Terry Bissonís wonderful short story, "Theyíre Made Out Of Meat". It has already won the Science Fiction Museumís Short Film Festival, and it is a fine example of what can be done on film with a very literary short story. You can find it here.

Rainbow Opera

Elizabeth Knox has contacted me to let me know that the book sold in the UK as The Rainbow Opera is in fact a re-named version of Dreamhunter and not the second volume in the series. My apologies for the confusion. It is occasionally hard to work out what is going on when Amazon UK lists two works with different titles. Unless you are sharp and notice that one is a US import it can lead to all sorts of mistakes.

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