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The Open Page: Book & Print News – 3/1/08


 The Open Page: Book & Print News – 3/1/08
1) The Science Fiction Museum (SFM) in Seattle, Washington, U.S. will be inducting William Gibson, Ian & Betty Ballantine, Rod Serling and Richard Powers into its Hall of Fame. An induction ceremony will be held at the Locus Awards Weekend, held by Locus Magazine on June 21, 2008, in Seattle at the Courtyard Marriott Lakeside hotel. Author Connie Willis will be the MC for both the induction ceremony and the Locus Awards banquet, as well as the judge for the Hawaiian shirt contest. The Locus Awards Weekend includes panels, author signings, and the awards luncheon, plus associate events. Tickets to the Locus Awards Weekend include a free day pass to the Science Fiction Museum. 

2) A new online SFF magazine, Science Fiction Quarterly, will be uploading its inaugural issue in late March. The magazine is also putting out a call for submissions of SFF short stories, artwork, criticism and interviews for its June, September and December issues. The magazine is requesting that potential readers let the magazine know what they’d like to see in it, by sending comments via email to comments@sfquarterly.net More information can be found at http://www.sfquarterly.net

3) Legendary author and editor Michael Moorcock has been named Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for 2008 by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. The award recognizes excellence for a lifetime of contributions to the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Mr. Moorcock is the twenty-fifth writer to be recognized as a Grand Master. The others are: Robert A. Heinlein (1974), Jack Williamson (1975), Clifford D. Simak (1976), L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Fritz Leiber(1981), Andre (1983), Arthur C. Clarke (1985), Isaac Asimov (1986), Alfred Bester (1987), Ray Bradbury (1988), Lester del Rey (1990), Frederik Pohl (1992), Damon Knight (1994), A. E. van Vogt (1995), Jack Vance (1996), Poul Anderson (1997), Hal Clement (1998), Brian Aldiss (1999), Philip Jose Farmer (2000), Ursula K. LeGuin (2003), Robert Silverberg (2004), Anne McCaffrey (2005), Harlan Ellison (2006), and James Gunn (2007). The award is presented at the Nebula Awards Weekend, April 25-27, in Austin, Texas, U.S. For more information, visit: http://www.sfwa.org
4) SFFH author Stephen King has written the script for Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, a stage musical scored and originally created by recording artist John Mellencamp. The production will open at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. in April 2009, with hopes of a Broadway run. The musical is a Southern Gothic mystery story about the deaths of two brothers and a young girl whose tragedy is turned into legend.
5) Alex Bledsoe has sold Blood Groove, the first book in a new series, to Tor Books for publication in April 2009. Blood Grove is a contemporary fantasy novel about a vampire who resurrects sixty years after being staked to find a drastically changed and perilous world.
6) John Levitt has placed the next two books in his Dog Days series, about a reluctant magical enforcer and his uniquely talented dog, with Ace.
7) Larry Doyle will publish Go, Mutants! with Ecco, about an all-American high school where the school’s tough kids are the offspring of giant-brained aliens and atomic monsters immortalized in the golden age of Hollywood B-movies.
8) Richelle Mead has made a deal with Kensington for three more books in her urban fantasy series featuring character Georgina Kincaid. The most recent novel in the series was Succubus on Top.
9) Writer and screenwriter Paul Cornell will be adapting Iain M. Banks’ novella, “The State of the Art,” from the story collection of the same name, into a radio play for broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in the U.K. in late 2008. The story is about Banks’ spaceborne utopian civilisation, the Culture, when they encounter Earth. The play will be produced by Nadia Molinari. 

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