March 15th, 2012 by Editors
The Science Fiction/Fantasy Writers of America have announced the Honorees of the 2012 SFWA Solstice Awards, given out to authors who have “consistently had a positive, transformative influence on the genre of science fiction and fantasy.” (Full announcement here)
The Honorees for 2012 are:
Octavia Butler (6/22/47 – 2/24/2006) “was a giant in the field of science fiction and fantasy; her work was awarded Nebula and Hugo awards, and she was the first science fiction writer to be granted the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant. ” (J Scalzi, SFWA President).
A webpage on the SFWA site provides additional information here
John Clute (1940 – ) “a Canadian-born author and critic. Clute’s most notable contribution to the field consists of his work on a trio of reference works: the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, the Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and the Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, all of which won Hugo Awards in the category of Best Related Work.”
John’s webpage can be found here.
(Personal note: John has referenced some of my work in SF3E, which can be found here: search under A. Bertram Chandler for my stuff.)
Voting for The Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2011 are now open:
Voting for the Ursa Major Awards for the Best Anthropomorphic Literature and Art of 2011 is now open, and takes place until May 4. The winners will be announced at a presentation ceremony at CaliFur VIII in Irvine, CA on June 2. Anyone may vote, and you are encouraged to ask your friends to vote also — please help spread the word! To vote, go to http://www.ursamajorawards.org/Voting.htm
There are five nominees in each of eleven categories, except where there was a tie for fifth place.
To be eligible, a work must have been released during the calendar year 2011; must include a non-human being given human attributes (anthropomorphic), which can be mental and/or physical; and must receive more than one nomination.
Best Motion Picture
Live-action or animated feature-length movies.
Bitter Lake (Directed by Shay)
Kung Fu Panda 2 (Directed by Jennifer Yuh)
Puss in Boots (Directed by Chris Miller)
Rango (Directed by Gore Verbinski)
Rio (Directed by Carlos Saldanha)
Best Dramatic Series or Short Work
TV series or one-shots, advertisements or short videos.
Mongrels (Directed by Adam Millar, Jon Brown, Daniel Peak)
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (Directed by James Wootton)
Regular Show (Directed by Benton Conor, Calvin Wong, Kat Morris, Sean Szeles, J. G. Quintel, Minty Lewis, and others)
Simon’s Cat (Directed by Simon Tofield)
ThunderCats (Directed by Michael Jelenic, Todd Casey, Tab Murphy, and others)
Written works of 40,000 words or more. Serialized novels qualify only for the year that the final chapter is published.
Black Dogs, Part 2, by Ursula Vernon
Death Drop, by Sean Allen
Isolation Play, by Kyell Gold
Red Sails in the Fallout, by Paul Kidd
Smiley and the Hero, by Ryan Campbell
Best Short Fiction
Stories less than 40,000 words, poetry and other short written works.
A Safety Weasel Christmas, by Gene Breshears
Argo, by Rick Griffin
Fetching Asteroids, by Mary E. Lowd
How to Get Through the Day, by Kyell Gold
Let’s Play Musical Chairs, by K. M. Hirosaki
Shreddy and the Zomb-Dogs, by Mary E. Lowd
Where the Heart Is, by Mary E. Lowd and Daniel Lowd
Best Other Literary Work
Story collections, comic collections, graphic novels, non-fiction works, and convention program books.
Dragon’s Hoard #1, by various (Rabbit Valley)
Fur-Piled #5, by Leo Magna
In the Doghouse of Justice, by Kyell Gold
Nordguard, Book One, by Tess Garman & Teagan Gavet
Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe, Omnibus 1, by various (Tai-Pan Literary & Arts Project)
Best Graphic Story
Includes comic books and serialized online stories.
Endtown, by Aaron Neathery
Fur-Piled, by Leo Magna
Furthia High, by QuetzaDrake
Lackadaisy, by Tracy J. Butler
Red Lantern, by Rukis and Alector Fencor
Best Comic Strip
Newspaper-style strips, including those with ongoing arcs.
Ballerina Mafia, by Immelmann
Doc Rat, by Jenner
Faux Pas, by Robert & Margaret Carspecken
Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
Sandra and Woo, by Powree and Oliver Knörzer
Professional magazines, amateur zines, fanzines, internet-only magazines.
South Fur Lands
Tales of the Tai-Pan Universe
Online collections of art, stories, and other creative and/or informational works. Includes galleries, story archives, directories, blogs, and personal sites.
Furry Writers’ Guild
Best Published Illustration
Illustrations for books, magazines, convention program books, cover art for such, coffee table portfolios.
Blotch, cover of Isolation Play
Blotch, cover of Nordguard, Book One
Jason Chan, cover of Red Sails in the Fallout
Sara Palmer, cover of Weasel Presents
Computer or console games, role-playing games, board games.
Pokemon: Black and White
Solatorobo: Red the Hunter
Star Fox 64 3D
Note: There was some confusion over whether Nordguard, Book One should go into the Best Other Literary Work or the Best Graphic Story category. It was pointed out that previous book collections of graphic stories have been collected reprints of works already serialized separately, whereas Nordguard, Book One is the first publication of this graphic story. After consideration, the majority of the ALAA has decided to leave it in the Best Other Literary Work category.
More formally known as the Annual Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Awards, the Ursa Major Awards are presented annually for excellence in the furry arts. They are intended as Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom’s equivalent of the Hugo Awards presented by the World Science Fiction Society, mystery fandom’s Anthony Awards, horror fandom’s Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth.
The Ursa Major Awards are administered by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), a membership organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts. Discussions are ongoing to improve their effectiveness and expand their presence throughout furry fandom. All suggestions are invited via the Ursa Major Awards website. The Ursa Major Awards are now on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/UrsaMajorAwards