Worldcon 76, to be held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, has released Progress Report 2.0, with a letter from the chair, 2017 highlights from artist guest of honor John Picacio, “Fans, and Food” by Christopher J. Garcia, membership details, a hotel update, info on the 1943 Retrospective Hugos, the WSFS Constitution, tips for first-time attendees, a preview of the exhibit hall, ...Read More
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The Art of the Pulps, Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse & Robert Weinberg, eds. (IDW 978-1-68405-091-8, $49.99, 240pp, hc) October 2017.
Pulp magazine lovers should be delighted with The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History, the first definitive visual history of the genre magazines that provided popular “literary” entertainment before the birth of paperback books, circa 1900-1949. The Art of the Pulps is a treasury of pulp magazine facts, cover ...Read More
Paul Di Filippo reviews Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences
Bridges to Science Fiction and Fantasy: Outstanding Essays from the J. Lloyd Eaton Conferences, edited by Gregory Benford, Gary Westfahl, Howard V. Hendrix, and Joseph D. Miller
(McFarland 978-1476669281, $26, 271pp, trade paperback) February 2018
Despite the flourishing of courses devoted to fantastika in the groves of academia, its seems to me that actually, in any given year, very few scholarly volumes emerge. Most of the non-fiction books–the candidates ...Read More
She Said Destroy, Nadia Bulkin (Word Horde 978-1-9399-05-33-8, $16.99, 264pp, tp) August 2017.
“Intertropical Convergence Zone”, the opening story in Nadia Bulkin’s strong debut collection, She Said Destroy, details the efforts of a general to gain the abilities that will enable him to rule his native country. In consultation with a local shaman, he consumes a succession of objects, each of which grants him a new power. By the story’s ...Read More
Phoresis, Greg Egan (Subterranean 978-1-59606-866-7, $40.00, 163pp, hc) April, 2018.
Greg Egan’s Phoresis is, at around 40,000 words, a long novella and close to the same length as many of the mass-market, full-length paperback novels I grew up on. Into that relatively small space Egan has packed the story of several multiple-generation, low-tech engineering projects that range from geoengineering to interplanetary exploration and colonization, while also creating an exotic planetary ...Read More
Clarkesworld 6/17, 7/17, 8/17, 9/17, 10/17, 11/17, 12/17
The last half of the year was uneven for Clarkesworld; while a few of the issues were unexciting, they also published some of the year’s best stories along the way.
The June Clarkesworld was another good issue, with three strong stories, “My Dear, Like the Sky and Stars and Sun” by Julia K. Patt, which follows the owner of a shop that ...Read More
Above the Timberline, Gregory Manchess (Saga 978-1-4814-5923-5, $29.99, unpaginated, hc) October 2017. Cover by Gregory Manchess.
Master artist Gregory Manchess’s fiction debut is a fascinating combination of art and storybook. Above the Timberline is an illustrated tale of adventure that verges on a painterly graphic novel or movie treatment. More than 120 paintings by the much-acclaimed and -awarded artist – GoH at World Fantasy Con 2017 – do the heavy ...Read More
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The Genius Plague, David Walton (Pyr 978-163388-343-7, $14.95, 400pp, tp) October 2017.
David Walton, who wrote the stellar Superposition and Supersymmetry, deserves to be a lot better known than he is. The tightly plotted and smoothly written The Genius Plague proves that.
Walton took on quantum physics with the Super duo. Here he takes on biology and code-breaking. Paul Johns is a mycologist collecting fungi in the Amazon; Neil Johns, ...Read More
Baen Books has announced the winner of the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:
- Grand Prize: “Homunculus”, Stephen Lawson
- First runner-up: “Dangerous Company”, C Stuart Hardwick
- Second runner-up: “Falling to the Moon”, Wendy Nikel
Other finalists include:
- Stewart C Baker
- Gustavo Bondoni
- Jonathan Edelstein
- Angus McIntyre
- Julie Novakova
- Patrice Sarath
- Martin L. Shoemaker
The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a ...Read More
Writer Karen Anderson, 85, died March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. Anderson began publishing work of SF interest with “The Innocent Arrival” in Galaxy (1958), and is best known for novels written in collaboration with her husband Poul Anderson. They co-wrote Roma Mater (1986), Gallicenae (1987), Dahut (1988), and The Dog and the Wolf (1988) in the King of Ys series, and The Golden Horn (1980), The Road of the ...Read More
Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf 978-1-55597-788-7, $16.00, 250pp, tp) October 2017.
Award nominations are no way to judge anything, but it would be nice to think that the recognition afforded Carmen Maria Machado’s first collection Her Body and Other Parties might represent, if not a complete blurring of the lines between “literary” and genre fiction, at least a diminishing level of mutual intolerance. Not only was ...Read More
Online retailer Amazon.com is laying off “low hundreds” of employees, mostly at the Seattle headquarters. The terminations are primarily positions related to the established parts of the company, mainly the consumer retail business (the part that sells books, among other things). The company plans to hire new employees in growing areas, including their digital assistant Alexa, their digital entertainment division, and their Amazon Web Services technology segment. A spokesperson said, ...Read More
Karen Haber Reviews Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jeffrey Alan Love
Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki, Kevin Crossley-Holland, illustrated by Jeffrey Alan Love (Candlewick Studio 978-0-7636-9500-2, 226pp, hc, $27.99) September 2017. Cover by Jeffrey Alan Love.
When the combination of writer and illustrator is just right, the result is a memorable book both to read and to look at. Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki by Kevin Crossley-Holland & Jeffrey Alan Love is a happy collaboration ...Read More
Sales of print books continue to climb, with unit sales up 1.9% in 2017 over 2016, according to NPD Bookscan (which captures an estimated 80-85% of total print sales): 687.2 million books were sold in every format, up from 674.1 million in 2016. Print sales have climbed every year since 2013, and are now 10.8% above that year’s numbers.
Most of the increase comes from bookstores and online retailers, which ...Read More
The Wingsnatchers, Sarah Jean Horwitz (Algonquin 978-1-61620-663-51, $17.95, 368pp, hc) April 2017.
Debut novelist Sarah Jean Horwitz brings together some of the best aspects of steampunk and fantasy in The Wingsnatchers, a fun novel set in the Victorian London-ish town of Skemantis. (Where the streets teem with “a churning mass of steam carriages, bicycles, velocycles and pedestrians….”) Thirteen-year-old Felix Carmer works as an apprentice to the congenial but fading magician ...Read More
The Bookseller has announced the nominees for the 2018 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.Children’s Book of the Year
- Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular)
- La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman (David Fickling)
- The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)
Fiction Book of the Year
- How to Stop Time, Matt Haig (Canongate)
Audiobook of ...Read More
“Happy? Sad?” by Arthur Davis is the winner of the 2018 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given to “the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), ...Read More
Paris Adrift, E.J. Swift (Solaris 978-1-7810-8593-6, $15.99, 320pp, tp). February 2018.
E.J. Swift’s previous series, The Osiris Project (Osiris in 2012, Cataveiro in 2014, and Tamaruq in 2015), seems to have fallen foul of the dissolution of then-independent publisher Night Shade Books, as Osiris came out from Night Shade in the US and Del Rey in the UK – but in the US, its sequels came as electronic versions only. ...Read More
The final day to nominate for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retro Hugo Awards is March 16, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.
The Hugo Awards are hosted by Worldcon 76, to be held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. Nominations “are open to any person who was a voting member of the 2017, 2018, or 2019 Worldcons as of December 31, ...Read More
Nalo Hopkinson received the 2018 Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award from Cal State Los Angeles in a ceremony during Eagle-Con, held March 8, 2018 at the University-Student Union of the Cal State campus in Los Angeles CA. The award “is given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by multi-award winning author and Cal State LA ...Read More
Voting is open for the DUFF, TAFF, and GUFF races.
The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) to send fans from Australasia to Worldcon 76, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018, has one candidate: Marlee Jane Ward. Voting is open until March 31, 2018. DUFF is open to “anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom” before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a ...Read More
The shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles of genre interest follow.
- Wed Wabbit, Lissa Evans (David Fickling)
- Release, Patrick Ness (Walker)
- Night Shift, Debi Gliori (Hot Key)
- The Song from Somewhere Else, A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)
The awards are presented ...Read More