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Oscar Week 2015: Animated Features

I love the fact that even the folks putting together the Academy Awards realize that animation is a wonderful way to create and share stories that could never be told any other way. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee created Frozen last year, won a ton of awards, and this year they got to host the [...]

Hayao Miyazaki Lifetime Achievement Award

This weekend they held the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Governors Awards, and as part of that they gave the Lifetime Achievement Oscar to Hayao Miyazaki. I have ranted often enough about what an amazing craftsman, director, animator, writer, and on and on he is. I think this time I will let the [...]

IPPAwards 2014

The iPhone Photography Awards are exactly what they sound like: the best pictures taken with an iPhone and entered into the contest. The link I gave is to the page that displays the actual winners, but take a look through all the categories, because there are some amazing photographs throughout the collection. I have seen [...]

Clarke Awards Short List Announced

The short list of nominees for the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best novel has been announced, and I am sorry to say I haven’t read any of them; time to go hit a favorite bookstore. The titles that beat the other 115 titles to actually make the final cut are: God’s War by [...]

Goodreads Best Of 2013 voting now open

Goodreads is doing a number of categories, so you can vote for the Best Science Fiction books of 2013, or the best fantasy, ect. They have completed round one, and the winners have moved on to the next round. They have a number of authors and titles I am not familiar with, so I will [...]

Hugo Awards, 2013

The Hugo Awards were handed out this weekend at Worldcon as always, which this year was LoneStarCon 3 in San Antonio, Texas. For the full list of who won and how the presentations went down, be sure to stop by the Hugo Awards site, but I figured I should mention a few on the ones [...]

Saturn Awards Tomorrow

The Saturn Awards are handed out by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films, and try to honor the best TV and Movies each year. There are some amazing programs up for consideration this year; I will be cheering on The Avengers and Joss Whedon for their multiple nominations and hope they each [...]

Locus Awards Graphical Display

The Locus Awards have been handed out for the last 33 years, and often predict who will end up being nominated each year for the Hugo Awards, the prime fan chosen set, and the Nebula Awards, the main industry selected prize group. I should probably also mention that the Nebula Awards will be handed out [...]

Congrats Hugo Winners!

Congratulations to this years Hugo Winners as announced at ChiCon 7 last week. There are some amazing stories in the mix, you should check every one of them out.

Hugo Nominee Shortlist posted

The short list for this year’s 2012 Hugo Awards was posted online this weekend, and includes a ton of great authors and programs. But I have to say, as much as I am excited about books from my favorite authors, it is the authors I don’t know about who made the list that excites me [...]