2017 Mythopoeic Awards

From File 770, the Mythopoeic Awards

Personally glad to see the award go to McKillip’s Kingfisher. Great story!   –Cathypl

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the winners of the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher (Ace, 2016)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog (Dutton, 2016)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)

Alexei Kondratiev Award

  • Brittani Ivan, “Countries of the Mind: The Mundane, the Fantastic, and Reality in the Landscapes of Diana Wynne Jones’s Hexwood and Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom Series”.

Source of Mars Trojans Might Be Mars Itself

Source of Mars Trojans Might Be Mars Itself

A new study proposes a source for the mysterious Mars Trojans: Mars itself.

Mars Trojan

An artist’s conception of a Mars Trojan, ejected from the Red Planet.
Polishook / Weizmann Institute of Science

It’s one of the major mysteries of the inner solar system: How did Mars — a tiny world only a tenth the mass of Earth — capture its cluster of orbit-sharing Trojan asteroids?

Trojans are asteroids that co-orbit either ahead of a planet, at the L4Lagrangian point, or behind it at the L5 point. These regions are stable because the gravitational pull of the planet balances that of the Sun. Trojan asteroids have been discovered around Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune, Venus, and Mars. (Only one Trojan (2010 TK7) has been discovered related to the Earth, though the Osiris-REX mission bound for 101955 Bennu is currently on the hunt for more.)

Many studies have suggested that the asteroid belt, which lies just outside the orbit of Mars, may have been the source of the Mars Trojans. Now, a study published in the July 17th Nature Astronomy points to a new possible source: Mars itself.

NASA IRTF

NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility
NASA

The study used observations from NASA’s Infrared Telescope Facility, based at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawai’i, to look at the spectra of two Mars Trojans: 311999 (initially desgnated 2007 NS2) and 385250 (2001 DH47. The light reflected off these asteroids shows a characteristic broad absorption band around 1 micron, consistent with the presence of olivine — a mineral rare in asteroids but common in the crust of Mars.

“Asteroids like this are very rare in the main belt of asteroids (0.4%),” says David Polishook (Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel). “Therefore, the chances that the few asteroids captured by Mars are olivine-rich asteroids is extremely low.” But Martian rovers and orbiters, and even Martian meteorites recovered on Earth, have shown that Mars itself offers an ample supply of olivine.

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THE DARK TOWER opens Aug 4

THE DARK TOWER  Action-Adventure   August 4, 2017

There are other worlds than these. Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, the ambitious and expansive story from one of the world’s most celebrated authors, makes its launch to the big screen.  The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black.

 

a Couple of Fazines to share!

BCSFAzine © November 2016, Volume 44, #11, Issue #522 is the monthly club newsletter published by the British Columbia Science Fiction Association, a social organization. ISSN 1490-6406.

(Felicity apologies for being behind in pubbing the BCSFZine).

This and Next Month in BCSFA……………………………………0
About BCSFA……………………………………………………………..0
Letters of Comment……………………………………………………1
Calendar…………………………………………………………………….8
News-Like Matter……………………………………………………..13
Excess Resolutions for 2016, #4.7 (Kathleen Moore)…..20
Is There a Doctor in the House? (Taral Wayne)…………..21
Art Credits………………………………………………………………..30

Askance, edited by John Purcell .

contents
bemused natterings………………………………….……….……….3
News at Eleven, by Taral Wayne……………….………………..6
Canine Mathematics, by Jason Burnett…….……………….13
Chat, the 4th Fannish Ghod, by Teddy Harvia.………..…..14
I Have no Teeth, and I Must Eat, by John Purcell.……….15
Tales From the Convention, by Lloyd Penney……………..18
Fanzine Reviews…………………………………………………………20
From the Hinterlands: letters……………………………………..23
Regional Convention Calendar…………………………………..35
What’s Next……………………………………………………………….44

 

Montreal Stop Motion Festival

Newsletter from the Montreal Stop Motion Festival can be accessed here

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This may be of interest to some of our members

New addition to the Festival – Professional workshop (3 days)

Perfect your puppet making techniques! This year, the Festival will be offering a 3 day long professional mould making workshop. In collaboration with Sial, our special guest, Kathy Zung and local artist Laurent Canniccioni will offer a master class that will let you execute and practice the techniques that will be discussed. More details coming soon, activity upon registration only. $:TBA

A spectacular CME is heading for Mars

A spectacular CME is heading for Mars, will the Martians see Aurora?

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Space Weather News for July 23, 2017
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MASSIVE EXPLOSION ON THE FARSIDE OF THE SUN: On July 23rd, NASA and European spacecraft observed a massive explosion on the far side of the sun. A spectacular CME tore through the sun’s atmosphere and it now appears to be en route to Mars. Earth will not feel the effects of the blast because of its location on the opposite side of the sun. However, the source of the eruption, old sunspot AR2665, will turn back toward our planet in early August, possibly bringing a new round of geomagnetic storms and auroras. Read all about it on today’s edition of Spaceweather.com.

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Above: This CME, blown into space by old sunspot AR2665 on July 23rd, appears to be en route to the planet Mars. Image credit: Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO)