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Lovecraft Beer Premieres 1/19
Naragansett Beer will release its Lovecraft Honey Ale on January 19 — birthday of that other genius of horror, Edgar Allan Poe. The Lovecraft Honey Ale was inspired by the Space Mead consumed by winged Byakhee as protection from “interstellar … Continue reading →

Rod Taylor (1930-2015)
Rod Taylor, who starred in The Time Machine (1960) and The Birds (1963), died January 7 at the age of 84. Two weeks ago he was hospitalized after a fall, and though he was able to return home he soon … Continue reading →

Apex Magazine #68 Released
Congratulations to Apex Magazine, which enters its 10th year of publication with the January 2015 issue — having started life as Apex Digest in 2005. Apex Magazine #68 contains original fiction by Ursula Vernon, Samuel Marzioli, Andy Dudak, and Allison M. Dickson. Also, … Continue reading →

2015 Aurora Awards Nominations Open

Auroras Award nominations are now being accepted. The awards, run by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA), recognize the best Canadian professional and fan achievements. Votes must be received by April 24. The Auroras are only for Canadian … Continue reading →

The Demolished Fan and Other Bradbury News
A tearful witness reports Ray Bradbury’s house has been torn down. There was no ceiling overhead. The dining room wall is now the dining room rug. The living room is the only place that’s remotely intact, but its floor is … Continue reading →

2015 FAAn Awards Voting Opens
The Fan Activity Achievement (FAAn) awards honor the best in fanwriting, fanzine art, publishing and posting. The awards are voted on by the fanzine fans of the world and presented at the Corflu banquet. The voting season for 2015 has … Continue reading →

Religion Satirist James Morrow In the News

James Morrow, interviewed by Ron Charles in the January 8 Washington Post, talked about why he writes controversial novels attacking religion and defended the staff of Charlie Hebdo magazine gunned down in France. “I would be deluding myself if I … Continue reading →

That Great 1970s Fandom Photo Archive
By James H. Burns: I just discovered an extraordinary archive posted by Patrick Daniel O’Neill over at Facebook, with HUNDREDS of convention shots from the 1970s (and a bit beyond), of many of the folks who helped run the original … Continue reading →

2014 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced

In the first week of January even the most ambitious awards administrators are just starting to collect nominations – except for the judges of the Philip K. Dick Award, who have already announced their finalists. The award is given for the best … Continue reading →

Trek Actors Cast In Classic Radio Play at Sci-Fest LA
Star Trek meets War of the Worlds at Sci-Fest LA on January 17. Actors from five different Trek series will perform Orson Welles’ iconic radio drama written by Howard Koch. One night only! René Auberjonois (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) Michael … Continue reading →

Seven of Nine Shines From Eight To Nine

Hayley Atwell’s brilliant performance as Agent Carter wasn’t enough to overcome Agent Gibbs and top-rated NCIS on Tuesday night. Not when the NCIS episode featured a pair of Gibbs’ ex-wives, one of them played by Jeri Ryan, formerly of Star … Continue reading →

Ant-Man Trailer
Here’s the Ant-Man teaser trailer. John King Tarpinian says, “The last two seconds are the best.” Due in theaters July 2015. Continue reading →

Torgersen Volunteers To Be Leader of the Pack
Did you hear the mournful baying of the Sad Puppies this morning? Yes, the pack is back in 2015, this time under the direction of Brad Torgersen. And his arguments for renewing this bloc voting campaign are…Continue reading →

Furry Future Arrives This Month
The Furry Future; 19 Possible Prognostications, edited by Fred Patten, is launching at Further Confusion 2015 in San Jose over the January 15-19 weekend, 2015. The book can be pre-ordered online from FurPlanet. The Furry Future contains 19 short stories … Continue reading →

2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Taking Entries

The 2015 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award contest is open for submissions. All entries must be received by midnight April 1. Each entry is limited to a short story of no more than 8,000 words, and there is one entry per author. The … Continue reading →

Alan Levine, “Original Dealer,” 79 Years Old, R.I.P.
By James H. Burns: I just received the sad news thay my old pal Al Levine has passed. Many of you knew him, a fixture at North East conventions for DECADES… Alan was one of the originals, his ads for … Continue reading →

Did Sad Puppies Save Worldcon?
A comment by Daniel on Vox Day’s blog put this amusing spin on yesterday’s story about the 2014 Worldcon financial report: Semi-on topic: thanks to record memberships, LonCon finished with a cash surplus of… …about £1,000. Without Larry and Vox … Continue reading →

Ursa Major Nominations Open 1/15

Fans of anthropomorphic/furry fiction can begin nominating for the 2014 Ursa Major Awards on January 15. The instructions are here. Wondering what to nominate? The 2014 Recommended Anthropomorphics Reading List contains all of the works first published or released during the past … Continue reading →

Loncon 3 Posts Artist Showcase
The Artist Showcase produced by Loncon 3, featuring biographies and artworks from the artists participating in the 2014 Worldcon Art Show, is now available in PDF format. The 100-page publication, edited by Colin Harris and Sara Felix, was sold to … Continue reading →

Loncon 3 Estimates Razor-Thin Surplus
An initial report shows the 2014 Worldcon with a very small surplus – around £1,000. The financial review came during a Loncon 3 post-mortem held at Smofcon 32 in December with co-chair Steve Cooper, division heads Helen Montgomery and Eemeli Aro, deputy … Continue reading →

Ted Chiang Profile
Today’s California Sunday Magazine, part of the LA Times, has a fine article about Ted Chiang — “The Perfectionist: Ted Chiang’s science fiction wins piles of awards. When he publishes, which is hardly ever”. “Sometimes, people who read my work … Continue reading →

Pournelle Nearly Ready To Return Home
Jerry Pournelle told Chaos Manor readers today (January 4) he’s able to type again and that he’ll be going home Friday. He gave kudos to the rehab staff — There may be no better place to be after the kind … Continue reading →

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Added 2014 archive issues: Sandra Bond’s QuasiQuote #9 and Jiant #1 & #2

Added Lisa & Joseph Major’s Alexiad #785 January 2015Added Opuntia #295 & archive issue 52.1A, edited by Dale Speirs

Added John Thiel’s Surprising Stories for January 2015 is available at his site

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