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April 10, 2012

Science Fiction Fans Recognize Importance of Hollywood—with Tongue in Cheek—on Hugo Ballot

Fantastic Books is thrilled to announce that Daniel M. Kimmel's Jar Jar Binks Must Die… and other Observations about Science Fiction Movies is a Hugo Award finalist, one of five on this year's ballot in the category Best Related Work (for books of non-fiction related to the fields of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom). While there has been a film category (Best Dramatic Presentation) since 1958, and a television category (Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form) since 2003, it is exceedingly rare for books about film or television to find their way onto the ballot.

Best Related Work is a category usually dominated by scholarly works about science fiction and fantasy, biographies, and the like. This year, however, fans nominated Jar Jar Binks Must Die, a collection of essays, reviews, commentaries, and nostalgic looks at science fiction movies. As the book title indicates, author Daniel M. Kimmel is not only a film critic with strong opinions, he's also a fan. In this collection, he covers movies from Metropolis (1927), answering the absurd claim that the restoration of this silent classic negated its status as a science fiction film, to how Star Trek, Avatar, Moon, and District 9 may have made 2009 a "miracle year" for the genre. Along the way he looks at neglected works like Things to Come (1936), explains why remakes aren't always bad, and how seeing E.T. in an empty screening room changed his mind about Steven Spielberg.

The Hugo Awards are the "People's Choice" awards of science fiction, and with the Nebula Awards, one of the two major awards for written science fiction. The Hugo ballot is determined by nominations from fans, and the voting is open to any fan who purchases a membership for Chicon 7, this year's World Science Fiction Convention. This year, the voting deadline is July 31. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on September 2 at Chicon, in Chicago, Illinois.

About the author: Daniel M. Kimmel is a past president of the Boston Society of Film Critics. When it was discovered he is also a science fiction fan he started getting invitations to participate at a number of SF Conventions, which he continues to do. He reviewed for the Worcester Telegram and Gazette and now writes for Northshoremovies.net. He is a correspondent for Variety, the "Movie Maven" for the Jewish Advocate and teaches film—including a course on SF and horror—at Suffolk University. His essays on classic science fiction films have appeared in several publications including Clarkesworld, Space and Time, and the Internet Review of Science Fiction. He is the author of a history of FOX TV, The Fourth Network (2004) which received the Cable Center Book Award. His other books include a history of DreamWorks, The Dream Team (2006) and I'll Have What She's Having: Behind the Scenes of the Great Romantic Comedies (2008).

About the Hugo Awards: The Hugo Awards are awards for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans. The Hugo Awards are awarded each year at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon). Voting for the awards is open to all members (attending and supporting) of that year's WorldCon.

The Hugo Awards are named after Hugo Gernsback, a famous magazine editor who did much to bring science fiction to a wider audience, and is known as the Father of Magazine SF. Gernsback founded Amazing Stories, the first major American SF magazine, in 1926. Born in Luxembourg in 1884, he moved to New York City in 1905 and became a naturalized American citizen. Gernsback died in 1967.

About Fantastic Books: Fantastic Books is the speculative fiction imprint of Gray Rabbit Publications, LLC. Fantastic Books publishes new and reprint speculative fiction titles in both beautiful, long-lasting print-on-demand editions and electronic editions. Reprinted authors include James Gunn, Tanith Lee, S.N. Lewitt, Michael Moorcock, Mike Resnick, and Norman Spinrad. Recent new titles include Allen Steele's collection Sex and Violence in Zero-G, T. Jackson King's YA novel Little Brother's World, and Daniel M. Kimmel's nonfiction Jar Jar Binks Must Die. All Gray Rabbit and Fantastic titles are available from the major online retailers, and are distributed via Ingram to physical bookstores. Owner/publisher Ian Randal Strock also edits SFScope.com, and has been a science fiction editor and writer for more than two decades.

Daniel M. Kimmel: www.Facebook.com/DanielMKimmel
Fantastic Books: www.FantasticBooks.biz
The Hugo Awards: www.TheHugoAwards.org
Chicon 7: www.Chicon.org
World Science Fiction Convention: www.WorldCon.org