Nominations for the Aurora Awards are now open

Nominations for the Aurora Awards are now open. Please note that the Aurora for works in French are awarded at Boréal http://congresboreal.ca/

To nominate eligible works for the Aurora Awards, please log in and visit the nominations page.  Nominations close May 26th at 11:59PM EST.  Voting will open July 28th 12:01AM EST.

Nominations are now Open!

Good news, bad news, and opera

Good news, bad news, and opera

Not sure where to class an opera based on Coraline, so I will start with that.

Coraline, the Opera: The opera based on Neil Gaiman’s Coraline is available on the BBC iPlayer for the next 29 days: “Mark-Anthony Turnage: Coraline”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09zmqh9

Kate Molleson presents the world premiere production of Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Coraline – an operatic version of the dark fantasy tale by Neil Gaiman, directed by Aletta Collins with libretto by Rory Mullarkey. Soprano Mary Bevan sings the title-role with a cast including mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately and baritone Alexander Robin Baker who are making their Royal Opera debuts. Sian Edwards conducts the Britten Sinfonia.

Good news: There have been several failed cons recently, some at the last minute, not even offering refunds. But fandom is family, and when Universal FanCon was cancelled, BSFS/Balticon was there with a special offer to the fans and dealers left in the lurch. This is sooo heart-warming! http://file770.com/?p=41846

Bad news: The continuing saga of the Writers of the Future and Scientology picked up a bit of steam, via Twitter. There is supposed to be a “firewall” between the two, but workshop attendees were given texts to read that included the first page of Dianetics. https://twitter.com/AuthorAlden

Worse news: (You might not want to read this) (The news video comes with a warning)

Actress Allison Mack, best known for her role as Clark Kent’s clever confidant Chloe on CW’s “Smallville,” was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and forced labor conspiracy, according to a statement released by the Justice Department. https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/20/entertainment/allison-mack-arrested/index.html

She is pleading innocent.

Support your PBS Channel, and have fun doing it!

April 28, 2018: Malone Comic Con

Support your PBS Channel, and have fun doing it!

It’s time for the 3rd annual Malone Comic Con! Join us in Malone, New York for a fun filled day of comic book and gaming fun! Put on your best cosplay and join us for special guests, gaming, vendors, cosplay and much much more! Mountain Lake PBS is proud to be a sponsor of this event, with proceeds going to support local public television! Don’t miss Malone Comic Con 2018!

Venue: Franklin Academy High School

Malone Comic Con 2017 has moved to the Franklin Academy High School! This wonderful opportunity will expand our exhibition hall to the Franklin Academy Gymnasium and a breakaway space for discussion panels, workshops, and film screenings.

Address: 42 Huskie Lane, Malone NY 12935

Get more details or reserve your tickets now at http://malonecomiccon.com

 

A Couple of Fanzines to Share!

MonSFFA has received two fanzines this week. The first is the BCFAzine, a publication from the BC BC fan club, edited by Felicity Walker. (Read Taral Wayne’s article on Harper.)

Don’t worry about the posted date–Felicity is a year behind and still trying to catch up. Download BCFAzine here.

The Second zine received is Origin 2, a publication from The Fantasy Fan Federation, edited by John Thiel. As the title suggests, this zine is meant to be an introduction to the genre and the history of its fandom. Download Origin 2.

Interesting UFO stories, declassified military video

Professor Donderi who was a guest last year at a MonSFFA meeting, author of UFOs, ETs and Alien Abductions has sent us a couple of stories that have crossed his desk recently. They make interesting reading!

The first is from the NY Times. I’ve pasted in the first part as a sort of teaser, do look up the full article. https://nyti.ms/2kB62aH.  It has pictures and videos.

The second article is from the Washington Post and I pasted the first bit below. Find the full article with accompanying video here.

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program

WASHINGTON — In the $600 billion annual Defense Department budgets, the $22 million spent on the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program was almost impossible to find.

Which was how the Pentagon wanted it.

For years, the program investigated reports of unidentified flying objects, according to Defense Department officials, interviews with program participants and records obtained by The New York Times. It was run by a military intelligence official, Luis Elizondo, on the fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C Ring, deep within the building’s maze.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

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The military keeps encountering UFOs. Why doesn’t the Pentagon care?

 We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating.

March 9

Christopher Mellon served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations. He is a private equity investor and an adviser to the To the Stars Academy for Arts and Science.

In December, the Defense Department declassified two videos documenting encounters between U.S. Navy F-18 fighters and unidentified aircraft. The first video captures multiple pilots observing and discussing a strange, hovering, egg-shaped craft, apparently one of a “fleet” of such objects, according to cockpit audio. The second shows a similar incident involving an F-18 attached to the USS Nimitz carrier battle group in 2004.

The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies. Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015. In another recent case, the Air Force launched F-15 fighters last October in a failed attempt to intercept an unidentified high-speed aircraft looping over the Pacific Northwest .

A third declassified video, released by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science , a privately owned media and scientific research company to which I’m an adviser, reveals a previously undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015.

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Star Wars

Mark Hamill interview

“10 minutes of Mark Hamill being HONEST about The Last Jedi.

 

The upcoming Han Solo movie will, no doubt, make all sorts of changes to Star Wars canon, but a just-released book about Han and Lando’s adventures quietly revealed that Ewoks are actually renown coffee farmers. Yep, those cute little Imperial-killing teddy bears are responsible for the best cup of java you’ll find outside of Dex’s Diner.

The book, Last Shot: A Han and Lando Novel, came out earlier this week, and it follows the two coolest characters in the galaxy across three distinct time periods. In one of them, set after Return of the Jedi but well before The Force Awakens, baby Ben Solo kicks his dad in the face. Later in that scene, Han’s culinary droid, BX-778, brews up a mean cup of Endorian caf. (Coffee is called “caf” in the book because, well, that’s how Star Wars rolls).

Here’s an excerpt:

“Coagulating the finest Endorian caf beans,” he chirped jauntily as one of his appendages swung open a floor hatch and another plunged into the crawl space below, appearing moments later with a scoop of the dark-brown beans. “Ah! Picked from the cliggs of the Campalan mountain range on the southeastern peninsula of the forest moon by well-compensated, humanely treated Ewok caf farmers!”

Caf actually has a fairly well-documented history in Star Wars canon. Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla drank Spiran caf in Star Wars Rebels, for instance. But, this new revelation that Ewoks are coffee farmers is surprising and, to be honest, kind of unsettling.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Zines to share!

MonSFFA has received two more zines to share, enjoy!

Download Alexiad 98 Edited by Joe Major

Download The National Fantasy Fan, Edited by George Phillies

ToC for Alexiad

Table of Contents
Editorial. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Reviewer’s Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Eclipse News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Historical Issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Hugo Award Nominees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
The Little Emperors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Nebula Award Nominees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Reading Matters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Vision Problems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Worldcon Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Book Reviews
JTM Bernhard, Empire. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
LGD Burke, Semiosis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
JTM Kahn, Seizing the Enigma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
JTM Kupari, Her Brother’s Keeper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
JTM Kupari, Sins of Her Father . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
JTM Hanson, The Second World Wars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
TW Strike, Furry Nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
JTM Ward, Storming the Compound of a Rich Man . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Con Reports
SB Capricon 38 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
JTM ConGlomeration 2018 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Random Jottings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Jeffrey Allan Boman, Sue Burke, Lloyd Daub, Richard A.
Dengrove, Nic Farey, Timothy Lane, Robert Lichtman, Cathy
Palmer-Lister, Patrick McCray, Lloyd Penney, George W. Price,
Darrell Schweitzer, Joy V. Smith, Taras Wolansky
Comments are by JTM or LTM
Trivia: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Art:
Sheryl Birkhead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 12, 13, 19
Paul Gadzikowski . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
Alexis A. Gilliland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6, 7, 8, 16, 17, 18

ToC for TNFF

Neffy Nominations
News — Zines — Blogs
Club News
New and Reinstated Members — Treasury
Writers Exchange — Welcommittee — Round Robins
Membership Recruitment — Fan-Pro Recruiting Bureau — Fandom Introduction Bureau
Letters of Comment: Lloyd Penny, Bob Jennings
Sercon
N3F Founding Members: Joe Fortier
Neglected Genre Authors: Mindret Lord
Reviews
The Deadly Mantis — Volcanosaurus
The D-Day Landing Has Failed — Take the Star Road
About RocketStack Rank
Gourmet Bureau — Games Bureau
New Novels from Smashwords.com
Small Ads
Short Story Contest

SURPRISE ASTEROID FLYBY

Another reason we need to get working on ways and means of dealing with asteroids that threaten life on earth.
Space Weather News for April 15, 2018
http://spaceweather.com
https://www.facebook.com/spaceweatherdotcom

SURPRISE ASTEROID FLYBY: With little warning, on Sunday, April 15th, a “Tunguska-class” asteroid about the size of a football field flew through the Earth-Moon system. 2018 GE3 was discovered just the day before as it plunged inward from the asteroid belt. A quick-thinking amateur astronomer in Europe was able to record a video of the asteroid as it flew by. Visit Spaceweather.com to see the movie and to learn more about this surprise visitor.

Remember, SpaceWeather.com is on Facebook!
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Above: An interactive 3D orbit from NASA-JPL shows the asteroid flying past Earth.

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