2016 Asimov and Analog AnLab awards announced

The 2016 Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog AnLab Awards were announced and presented on May 20, 2017.

The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners for 2016 are:

Best Novella – “Lazy Dog Out”, Suzanne Palmer (4-5/2016)
Best Novelette – “I Married a Monster from Outer Space”, Dale Bailey (3/2016)
Best Short Story was tied between – “The Mutants Men Don’t See”, James Alan Gardner (8/2016), and “All That Robot . . .”, Rich Larson (9/2016)
Best Poem – “After”, Herb Kauderer (10-11/2016)
Best Cover Artist – Donato Giancola

The Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Analytical Laboratory winners are:

Best Novella – “The Coward’s Option”, Adam-Troy Castro (3/2016)
Best Novelette – “Detroit Hammersmith: Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman [Retired]”, Suzanne Palmer (9/2016)
Best Short Story – “In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary”, Frank Wu (11/2016)
Best Fact Article – “Energy for the Future”, Richard A. Lovett (7-8/2016)
Best Poem – “Somebody I Used to Love Asks Me Who Marie Curie Is”, Carly Rubin (3/2016)
Best Cover – December 2016 by Vincent DiFate

Outlander on SBS

The science fantasy tv series ‘Outlander’ is to be broadcast on SBS starting this Thursday night (20 October) at 9.30pm.

Based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon, the series follows the adventures of a woman who finds herself transported from the late 1940s to 1743 in Scotland.

The series was filmed on location in Scotland with a lot of attention to detailed costuming and good acting.

Definitely worth a watch

Canberra fan’s collection on exhibition

Canberra collector Timothy Kirsopp is displaying his entire collection of Doctor Who memorabilia in the exhibition, ‘Bigger on the inside: Collecting Dr Who’.

The exhibition is an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest collection of Doctor Who related memorabilia.

Items document everything Whovian from Daleks and the TARDIS to the Doctors and their companions. Timothy’s collection ranges from miniatures and toys to books and board games.

At the Canberra Museum and Gallery, 176 London Circuit, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 2601. Open daily. Exhibition ends November 20

Replicants and RUSes and flying elephants

As a part of their Cult Classics movie series, Dendy is screening two very different ’80s classic movies.

9 May will be the day for “The Princess Bride” and rodents of unusual size and on 15 May “Blade Runner” will be screening.

While on the other side of town, Limelight is screening classic Disney animated fantasy movies starting with “Dumbo”.

Shakespeare and Science Fiction

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.

One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.

Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.

Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know

Back to the Future Arrival

Today’s date, 21 October 2015, is the future date the characters travelled to in ‘Back to the Future 2’.

Did they get anything right about the future? Is there anything you wanted that they predicted?

I’m glad we don’t have flying cars … all those rooftop accidents.

The BBC website has a detailed article analysing the future shown in the movie, and which predictions came close to our real 21 October 2015.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34569759