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Nova Awards

In 1973, Novacon instituted the annual Nova Awards to celebrate achievement in British science fiction fanzines. Originally handed down by a panel of judges, these accolades are now decided by Novacon members who can demonstrate a basic knowledge of current fanzines.

    Following Novacon 32, the three categories - best fanzine, best fanzine writer, best fanzine artist - were extended to cover fanzines produced in Eire. In addition, electronic fanzines are now eligible, provided a hardcopy is lodged with the current administrator at 33 Scott Road, Olton, Solihull, B92 7LQ, UK.

      The following fanzines were received by or brought to the notice of the Nova Awards administrator between 1 October 2008 and 30 September 2009, and are considered eligible for the 2009 awards, presented at Novacon 39:

      • Ansible #255 [10/08], #256 [11/08], #257 [12/08], #258 [1/09], #259 [2/09], #260 [3/09], #261 [4/09], #262 [5/09], #263 [6/09], #264 [7/09], #265 [8/09], #266 [9/09; all 2pp, all A4], Dave Langford, 94 London Road, Reading, RG1 5AU
        - download from www.ansible.co.uk
      • Are You Still Here? [24pp, A4], Steve Green, 33 Scott Road, Olton, Solihull, B92 7LQ (an initial print run was produced by Randy Byers for Corflu Zed; it is now earmarked for inclusion with the author's TAFF report)
        - download from efanzines.com/AreYou/index.htm
      • Banana Wings #36 [56pp], #37 [48pp], #38 [60pp], #39 [56pp, all A5], Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, 59 Shirley Road, Croydon, CR0 7ES
      • The Banksoniain #14 [12pp, A5], contact details tbc
        - download from banksoniain.netfirms.com/
      • Brain Scrapings [20pp, A5], Selina Lock, 38 Clarkes Road, Wigston, LE18 2BE
        - download from www.factorfictionpress.co.uk/othertitles.html
      • Bye Bye Johnny #3 [31pp, A5], Graham Charnock, 45 Kimberley Gardens, London, N4 1LD
      • Critical Wave #2.01 [10pp, A4], Steve Green & Martin Tudor, address as above
        - download from efanzines.com/Wave/index.htm
      • Data Dump #130, #132-134, #136-140 [4pp, A5], (also available for £0.80 / US$2.00), Steve Sneyd, 4 Nowell Place, Almondbury, Huddesfield, HD5 8PB
      • The Descent of Fan [10pp, A4] from Douglas Spencer, 5 Fountains Garth, Bracknell, RG12 7RH
        - download from efanzines.com/Conversations/index.html
      • Fourth Age Lembas #1 [8pp], Sandra Bond, 40 Cleveland Park Avenue, London E17 7BS (initially distributed via the Fantasy Amateur Press Association, with a limited general circulation afterwards)
      • Head #8 [??pp, A4], Doug Bell & Christina Lake
      • Inca #4 [33pp, A4], Rob Jackson, Chinghay, Hambrook, Chichester, PO18 8UH - download from efanzines.com/Inca/index.htm
      • Journey Planet #3 [64pp], #4 [46pp, both A5], James Bacon, Claire Brialey & Chris Garcia, UK address as for Banana Wings (Pete Young was guest editor on #3)
        - download from efanzines.com/JourneyPlanet/index.htm
      • Lost in Space #1, #2 [2pp, A4], Jim Mowatt
      • Motorway Dreamer #6 [39pp, A4], John Nielsen Hall, Coachman's Court, Marridge Hill, Ramsbury, SN8 2HG
        - download from http://efanzines.com/MD/index.htm
      • No Sin But Ignorance #49 [28pp, A5], Claire Brialey, address as for Banana Wings [received 1 October, but published in September]
      • Plokta #39.5 [16pp, A5], #40 [16pp, A4], Steve Davies, Alison Scott & Mike Scott, 13 Collette Court, Eleanor Close, London, SE16 6PW
      • Quasiquote #7 [??pp], #8 [36pp, both A4], Sandra Bond, address as for Fourth Age Lembas
        - download from www.efanzines.com/Quasiquote/index.htm
      • Relapse (formerly Prolapse) #13 [44pp], #14 [36pp, both A4], Peter Weston, 53 Wyvern Road, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2PS
        - download from www.efanzines.com/Prolapse/index.htm
      • Virtual Tucker Hotel #22 [8pp], #23 [3pp], #24 [4pp; all A5], Peter Sullivan (although primarily an electronic fanzine, paper copies are available upon request)
        - download from efanzines.com/VTH/index.htm

      The following have received during the same period, but are ineligible under the current rules:

      • Chunga #15 [38pp, quarto], Andy Hooper & Randy Byers & Carl Juarez, 1013 North 36th Street, Seattle, WA 98103, USA
        - download from http://efanzines.com/Chunga/index.html
      • Festival of Fantastic Films Progress Report Vol.19 #2 [??pp] Vol.20 #1 [??pp], Vol.20 #2 [8pp, all A5], Tony Edwards for the Society of Fantastic Films
      • "Smooooooth..." [quarto; 32pp], Curt Phillips, 19310 Pleasant View Drive, Abingdon, VA 24211, USA
      • This Here... #10 [20pp], #12 [18pp, A4], Nic Farey, Post Office Box 178, Saint Leonard, MD 20685, USA
        - download from efanzines.com/ThisHere/index.htm
      • Vanamonde #773-792 [all 2pp, all quarto], John Hertz, 236 S. Coronado Street #409, Los Angeles, CA 90057, USA
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