2009/01/27

The Hugo Awards at Anticipation

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:13 pm by åka

As you might know, the Hugo Awards are the great awards of fandom to the best works in science fiction (in the widest sense, of course fantasy is included) in several categories. You can read all about the rules other things on The Hugo Awards website. If you are planning on going to the World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal this August (this year the convention is called Anticipation, in case you are confused), you can vote. Actually, you can still nominate if you get your membership this week.

It’s always easier to vote than to nominate, at least in my opinion. To nominate I would like to have a better overview of what has been coming out in the field, and when it comes to for example short fiction there is so much coming out that I have no idea where to start.

People have asked me about how to get the membership. If you click on the link “register online” you will be asked for credit card information over PayPal. This works fine even if you don’t have a PayPal account. In case you don’t have a credit card, or don’t want to use it, there is also the option to print the registration form and send it to the committee with a cheque. They also take money orders. There is always a way!

Anyway, for the information meeting at the library on February 11 I will bring membership forms and all sorts of information. (And if you have seen the little notice in the calendar of the Queen’s Gazette I need to tell you that there will be no discussion with Neil Gaiman, only about his writing and related things.)

Until then, if you like, you can check how many of the Hugo winners for best novel you have read. How many of the authors have you read? How many of the winning books? Here is the complete list (I hope it’s correct). There are of course also the awards for best novella, novelette and short story, and dramatic presentation, and related books, and editor, and fan writer, and fanzine, and so on… we’ll take them another time!

  • 1946: The Mule by Isaac Asimov
  • 1951: Farmer in the Sky by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1953: The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  • 1955: They’d Rather Be Right, Mark Clifton and Frank Riley
  • 1956: Double Star by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1959: A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  • 1960: Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1961: A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
  • 1962: Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1963: The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • 1964: Way Station by Clifford D. Simak
  • 1965: The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber
  • 1966: … And Call Me Conrad by Roger Zelazny [tie]
    Dune by Frank Herbert[tie]
  • 1967: The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein
  • 1968: Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
  • 1969: Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
  • 1970: The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 1971: Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • 1972: To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip José Farmer
  • 1973: The Gods Themselves by Isaac Asimov
  • 1974: Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1975: The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • 1976: The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • 1977: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  • 1978: Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • 1979: Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre
  • 1980: The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 1981: The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge
  • 1982: Downbelow Station by C. J. Cherryh
  • 1983: Foundation’s Edge by Isaac Asimov
  • 1984: Startide Rising by David Brin
  • 1985: Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • 1986: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • 1987: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card
  • 1988: The Uplift War by David Brin
  • 1989: Cyteen by C. J. Cherryh
  • 1990: Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • 1991: The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1992: Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1993: A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (tie)
    Doomsday Book by Connie Willis (tie)
  • 1994: Green Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1995: Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 1996: The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • 1997: Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • 1998: Forever Peace by Joe Haldeman
  • 1999: To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
  • 2000: A Deepness in the Sky by Vernor Vinge
  • 2001: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • 2002: American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • 2003: Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
  • 2004: Paladin of Souls by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • 2005: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • 2006: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
  • 2007: Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
  • 2008: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
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2009/01/13

Neil Gaiman and the Worldcon

Posted in fandom, fantastic literature, meetings at 1:19 pm by åka

Neil Gaiman is an interesting author, and we thought it would be fun to have a Neil Gaiman theme meeting now that he is coming to the Worldcon in Montreal and everything. What we will do is an open information and discussion night at the library. Here is the official invitation text:

This summer, Montreal will be hosting the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention (also known as Worldcon), the most important annual meeting on the science fiction and fantasy calendar. The prestigious annual Hugo Awards will be handed out at the convention.

Neil Gaiman, one of the masters of contemporary fantasy and the author of the ground breaking graphic novel Sandman, is a Guest of Honour this year. His writing has won him numerous awards and a new movie
based on his novella Coraline is scheduled to be released on February 6th.

Want to learn more about Neil Gaiman and the Worldcon? Then join us for an evening of information and discussion on February 11th at 7pm at the Central Branch of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library. This event is hosted by Fearless Fantasy Fans and KFPL.

(If you happen to read this on January 13, remember that there is also a meeting tonight, at 7pm at the Sleepless Goat.)

2008/12/10

Short December meeting report

Posted in meetings tagged , , , at 9:18 pm by åka

Yesterday we had our monthly meeting at The Sleepless Goat. We talked about Charles de Lint, but there is probably much more to say about his books. I think we agreed that he writes about people and situations that often feel relevant and believable. It’s often about how to come out of difficult situations and still be sane and human. There is a lot of compassion in his stories, people who care about eachother. The fantastic elements are also interesting, drawn from different mythologies. I will probably read more by Charles de Lint, I don’t know about you.

We also discussed Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, a book that I have been recommending to everyone. We will probably talk about it again when others have finished it, so that we can discuss the ending.

Of course we talked about lots of other things. We heard about a crazy dentist incident, and some winter related mishaps. Real life can be interesting!

Next meeting will be on the second Tuesday of January (thats Jan 13) at 7pm. The meeting place is still The Sleepless Goat. This time we’ll talk about Elizabeth Bear. Note that you can find a lot of samples of her writing online, listed here. There is also the story Shoggoths in Bloom, which for some reason doesn’t seem to be on that list.

Also, remember the Ad Astra science fiction convention in Toronto in March. The membership fees are going up at the end of this month.

2008/11/22

Local authors

Posted in fantastic literature tagged at 7:35 am by åka

Robert Sawyer has made a list of SF/F authors in or around Toronto (which qualifies as local, compared to the size of Canada). It’s not even a complete list, it’s only those that are at least moderately successful and well known. He counts to 24.

2008/11/14

December meeting

Posted in fantastic literature, meetings tagged at 5:29 pm by åka

Our next meeting will be on December 9, second Tuesday of the month as usual. Place: The Sleepless Goat (downtown, on Princess). Time: 7pm.

This time we will talk about Charles de Lint. Read anything you like by him, find out what you want about him, and come talk about his writing.

The discussion about Iain M Banks this Tuesday was interesting. Of course, it’s always more fun with more people!

2008/11/11

November meeting today!

Posted in fantastic literature, meetings tagged , at 2:44 pm by åka

I guess if you don’t know about it already, you will miss it despite my posting this. Anyway, in case you are interested in taking a look at it after the meeting, here are some Iain [M] Banks related links.

And here he is, talking about his latest Culture novel, Matter. The guy you see in the background is Ken MacLeod (another scottish science fiction author).

2008/10/21

November meetings

Posted in meetings tagged , , , at 7:08 pm by åka

In November we are planning two meetings. The regular meeting is, as usual, the second Tuesday of the month. This time that means November 11. Time: 7pm. Place: The Sleepless Goat (downtown, Princess). The topic is Iain [M] Banks. If possible, read something by him before the meeting. (If you haven’t read anything by him you are of course still welcome.)

There will also be an extra meeting on November 4, if everything goes according to plan. We will see a movie adaptation of The War of the Worlds, and compare it with the book (read it before then!). We might also listen to parts of the rock opera and the Orson Welles radio theatre version — it depends on what we can arrange.

Watch this space for updates. Questions can be asked in the comments here, or sent to fearlessfantasy at gmail dot com (you know what to do to make that into a real email address).

2008/10/19

World Fantasy Awards

Posted in fantastic literature, news tagged , at 8:06 pm by åka

At our last meeting (report coming…) I said that there are no big awards coming up soon that I know of. Wrong! Of course I should be aware of The World Fantasy Awards (click the link to see the list of nominees). Not as well known as the Hugo, but for some of us maybe more interesting. And the World Fantasy Convention this year is in Canada, in Calgary to be precise, and really soon: Oct 30-Nov 2. Watch out for the World Fantasy Award result. Reading for a future meeting?

2008/09/23

British Fantasy Awards

Posted in fantastic literature, meetings tagged , , at 10:00 am by åka

At Locus Online, I see that a list of winners and finalists of the British Fantasy Awards is available. Perhaps of interest.


Don’t forget that our next regular meeting will take place on the second Tuesday of October (that is Oct 14) at The Sleepless Goat! Time: 7 pm. This will be a general book recommendation meeting.

2008/09/20

Convention in Montreal

Posted in fandom tagged , , , , at 8:22 am by åka

The next science fiction convention not too far from Kingston is Con*Cept in Montreal, October 17-19. One of the Guests of Honour is David Brin, author of among other things the Uplift books, about a future where humans have helped many other animals to reach conciousness and intelligence.

A fan-run convention is usually a very relaxed event, with lots of space to socialize and meet people. In contrast to the more commercial events, meeting people is actually the most important point. One way of getting involved and see things a bit from the inside is to volunteer. Usually it’s possible to volunteer for only a few hours, just to help out with some practical things — in that way you will not miss much of the programming.

At a convention, you can expect to see more discussion panels than lectures and readings. Here, pros and fans talk about a topic, and might also answer questions from the audience. Sometimes panels drift off the topic, and the quality of the discussion depends a lot on the moderator. If you know a lot about something, you can also volunteer for panels!

Many authors like to go to conventions, even if they are not invited as guests (not everyone can be a guest every time!).

You can also expect parties, of course. Especially if you stay at the convention hotel. And a masquerade, where people show off their costumes (see pictures on the convention website). Other common ingredients are the art show and a dealers room. Lots of fun!

I’m probably going. Are you?

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