Ursula K. Le Guin, iconic fantasy and science fiction writer, passes away

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The Fast Forward team is tremendously sad to hear that writer Ursula K. Le Guin passed away on January 22nd at her home in Portland, Oregon. Ms. Le Guin was a giant in the field, and her loss creates a terrible hole we can never fill.

RIP, Ms. Le Guin.

 

 

 

Click on SFWA Obituary to read the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin.

Click on NY Times to read the NY Times ...

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SFWA names Peter S. Beagle as 34th Damon Knight Grand Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

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From the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America blog:

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) is pleased to announce that Peter S. Beagle has been named the 34th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

For more information, you can go to the announcement on the SFWA site at SFWA.org

 

 

 

 

The Fast Forward team congratulates Peter S. Beagle on achieving Grand Masterdom!

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Fast Forward #293 – Interview with Sarah Beth Durst

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After a rather long hiatus, we’re back! The interview from episode #293 of Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction is finally available to view online! In this interview, author Sarah Beth Durst talks about her novel The Queen of Blood, the first volume in her Queens of Renthia series. She discusses how she came up with the idea of Renthia, a world full of bloodthirsty nature spirits, and how her characters deal with that dangerous world. She also talks about ...

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Terry Pratchett interview from 2005 now on YouTube

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We recently added a 2003 interview with much beloved author Terry Pratchett to the Fast Forward YouTube channel. We redigitized the interview this year as part of a project to show Pratchett interviews at the 2017 North American Disc World Convention in New Orleans, LA.

As part of the same project, we have just posted another Fast Forward interview with Sir Terry on YouTube. This one is from episode #183, and was recorded in September of 2005. In ...

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J. K. Klein online photography project from UC Riverside

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J. K. Klein was a fixture around science fiction conventions for decades, taking thousands of photos of people and events. The University of California, Riverside is now the home of the Klein photo collection.

Here is link to information about the Klein collection and its addition to the University’s Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

As part of a pilot project, the curators have digitized approximately 6000 of Klein’s photos taken at Worldcons of the 1960s and 1970s and ...

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Capclave – Fast Forward’s “home” convention

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www.Capclave.org

A little plug here for Capclave, a local science fiction convention. It’s run by the Washington, DC Science Fiction Association (WSFA), a club that pretty much all of us at Fast Forward have been involved with in one way or another. Held in Gaithersburg, MD, Capclave is happening October 6-8, 2017, and features guests of honor Neil Clarke and Ken Liu.

It’s a relaxed and fun convention with programming ...

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