The Locus Award Winners

Winners of the Locus Award have been announced. To see the short list, go to the Locus site: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2015/06/2015-locus-awards-winners/

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

FANTASY NOVEL

  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)

FIRST NOVEL

  • The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert (Sourcebooks Landmark)

YOUNG ADULT BOOK

  • Half a King, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Voyager UK)

NOVELLA

  • Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)

NOVELETTE

  • “Tough Times All Over,” Joe Abercrombie (Rogues)

SHORT STORY

  • “The Truth About Owls,” Amal El-Mohtar (Kaleidoscope)

ANTHOLOGY

  • Rogues, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; Titan)

COLLECTION

  • Last Plane to Heaven, Jay Lake (Tor)

NON-FICTION

  • What Makes This Book So Great, Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair 2015)

ART BOOK

  • Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)

ARTIST

  • John Picacio

EDITOR

  • Ellen Datlow

MAGAZINE

  • Tor.com

PUBLISHER

  • Tor

KAG is back! Let the recruiting begin…

General Botaq Zantai bir JablU, commander of the Rising Sun Fleet, reportingBotaq

Let’s take this back a ways. About a year ago, I reconnected with an old friend from back in my days as a member of the Klingon Assault Group (KAG). John Halvorson, the founder of the international fan club base on the Klingon race featured in Star Trek and I hadn’t communicated in many years. Suddenly because of Facebook, we were chatting about old times off and on.
As time rolled on another old friend surfaced. John Gannon, the founder of KAG in Canada and I made contact and again began talking about old times. Before we knew it the three of us were talking regularly.
One thing lead to another and while KAG existed in Ontario, it had pretty much disappeared from the rest of the country. It was then that John Gannon and I decided to get back into active fandom. John based in British Columbia and myself in Quebec, we found ourselves well situated to begin building the club at each end of the country.
Here in the east, I began by contacting the old crew from the eastern townships chapter of the club. In KAG, chapters are called ships and the one around here is called IKV Harfang.

Left, house logo for General Botaq, on the right is the logo for IKV Harfang of the Eastern Townships, QC
Left, house logo for General Botaq, on the right is the logo for IKV Harfang of the Eastern Townships, QC

With 6 members back on board, it was time to make connection from here to the Atlantic Ocean. One by one, I began to reach out to current and former members as well as new members that had applied to the KAG.org web site. That was in April 2015. We now have chapters in every province here in the east aside from Prince Edward Island ( and we’re working on that!)

From the left, the logo for KAG, the logo for IKV Grey Angel of Halifax, NS, and the logo for IKV Ice Storm of St John's NL.
From the left, the logo for KAG, the logo for IKV Grey Angel of Halifax, NS, and the logo for IKV Ice Storm of St John’s NL.

KAG chapters are planning for events many events across the country.

risingSun12The fleet in eastern Canada is call the Rising Sun Fleet. The fleet consist of the IKV Harfang, IKV Rising Phoenix, the IKV Blood Stone, the IKV Grey Angel and the IKV Ice Storm.

In Montreal, the IKV Rising Phoenix under the command of David Legault, now has a good core of member but they are looking for more to join them.

 
In the past KAG has been in countless parades in and around Montreal as well as making our presence known at conventions and other fundraisers! We are looking to take up our banner again!
If you have what it takes to be part of a fun group of science fiction fans, here’s your chance to strut with the confidence of a Klingon. For more info, I can be contacted easily through Facebook or you can simply go to http://www.kag.org and fill out an application. I will contact you as soon as possible.

MonSFFen take a field trip to Jurassic World!

Twelve MonSFFen set off to explore the Jurassic World. Fortunately, all survived, possibly thanks to the foresight of Sylvain who made up packages of human-scented kibble to distract overly inquisitive beasties.   (Pictures and commentaries on the event will appear soon in the members’ pages.)

Missed the event? Planning to attend on your own later? Print out the box below, and follow instructions carefully!

Raptor Kibble Pack
Raptor Kibble Pack

Steven Moffatt, Benedict Cumberbatch on Queen’s Birthday Honours List

Doctor Who showrunner and Sherlock writer Steven Moffatt, and versatile actor Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock, are both on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, published June 13.

Benedict Cumberbatch will receive the CBE — Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire – for services to the performing arts and to charity.

Steven Moffat will get an OBE – Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, one step down from a CBE — for services to drama.

Read more: http://file770.com/?p=23128

 

 

Jurassic World

“Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park (1993), Isla Nublar now features a fully functioning dinosaur theme park, Jurassic World, as originally envisioned by John Hammond. After 10 years of operation and visitor rates declining, in order to fulfill a corporate mandate, a new attraction is created to re-spark visitor’s interest, which backfires horribly.” Well, off course it does! 😉

Keith will be leading the adventurers into the jungle-er-cinema, on Sunday the 14th.

BTW: if it flies or swims, it is NOT a dinosaur.

Sad News

Today it was learned that MonSFFA members Alice and Fern Novo have lost their uncle to cancer last month, and their father to complications of Alzheimer and a weak heart last week.

It’s been a rough year for this family, our thoughts and prayers are with them.