Amazon has launched an imprint of Amazon Publishing called Amazon Original Stories, publishing short fiction and non-fiction works meant to be read in a single sitting. They’ll be priced at $1.99 in the Kindle store, and free for Amazon Prime members. The first titles include The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates (already available), and there are works scheduled by Dean Koontz and many others. The program seems ...Read More
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The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau 9780812995947, $28.00, 448pp, hc) June 2017.
In its opening sentence, The Changeling, Victor LaValle’s excellent new novel, describes the story it is about to tell as a fairy tale. The second half of the line locates this fairy tale in a specific year, 1968, during a specific event, a garbage strike. The strike, we learn, is taking place in New York City, and ...Read More
The Moon and the Other, John Kessel; Firdous Bamji, narrator (Recorded Books 978-150194830-5, $34.99, digital download, 18.5 hr., unabridged) August 2017.
The matriarchal Society of Cousins is experiencing unrest. Some men are pushing for the right to vote, a secret agitator who calls herself Looker is posting provocative videos, a famous martial artist and son of one of the lunar colony’s most prominent citizens is suing for custody of his ...Read More
Carolyn Cushman Reviews Books by Rachel Caine, Kristin Cashore, Genevieve Cogman, Garth Nix & Sean Williams
Rachel Caine, Ash and Quill (Berkley 978-0-451-47241-0, $17.99, 341pp, hc) July 2017. Cover by Katie Anderson.
The third volume in the Great Library series opens with rogue Library Scholar Jess Brightwell and his companions trapped in the city of Philadelphia, home of the Burner movement opposing the Great Library of Alexandria. The City has been under siege for years, and its people have no love for the Library; Jess and ...Read More
Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com Publishing 9780765395108, $10.99, 112pp, tp) June 2017.
Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones’s astonishing novella, begins with the narrator sighting the ghost of his father. Twelve-year-old Junior lives in a small house with his widowed mother and younger brother, Dino, on a Native American reservation somewhere in the American west. His father has been dead for years, long enough ago that his older ...Read More
Global Dystopias, Junot Díaz, ed. (Boston Review) November 2017.
Children of a Different Sky, Alma Alexander, ed. (Kos Books) November 2017.
Mad Hatters and March Hares, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor) December 2017.
There’s no pretense of optimism about the future in Global Dystopias, a special issue of the Boston Review edited by Junot Díaz. The title tells you just what you’re going to get, and most of the stories here ...Read More
Daughters of the Air, Anca L. Szilágyi (Lanternfish Press 978-1-941360-11-8, $16.00, 260pp, tp) December 2017.
Until just a few years ago, I was barely aware of Argentina’s Dirty War, which purged tens of thousands of its “subversive” citizens from 1974 to 1983. These people usually vanished, traceless, leaving behind families who had no idea what happened to put them at the mercy of the repressive government. The whole affair was ...Read More
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The longlists 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.
- The Tale of Angelino Brown, David Almond (Walker)
- The Hypnotist, Laurence Anholt (Penguin Random House)
- Overheard in a Tower Block, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
- Wed Wabbit, Lissa Evans (David Fickling)
- The Song from Somewhere Else, A.F.
The 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- Closing Down, Sally Abbott (Hachette Australia)
- Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
- Year of the Orphan, Daniel Findlay (Penguin Random House Australia)
- An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
- From the Wreck, Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge)
- Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Skyhorse)
BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVELLA
- “This Silent Sea”, Stephanie Gunn (Review
A new 11-acre park in Tacoma WA has been named the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” by the Metro Parks Tacoma board of commissioners in honor of Frank Herbert and his classic novel Dune. The park is being built on a former ASARCO Superfund slag heap. Metro Parks commissioner Erik Hanberg says:
Frank Herbert won the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Geographic features on Saturn’s moon Titan are ...Read More
Winners for the 2017 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below.
Young Adult Speculative Fiction
- WINNER: Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster)
- Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo (Random House)
- The Hearts We Sold, Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little, Brown)
- The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
- They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera (HarperTeen)
The winner of the 2018 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf).
The Crawford shortlist includes:
- City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
- Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
- The Tiger’s Daughter, K. Arsenault Rivera (Tor)
Writer Victor Milán, 63, died February 13, 2018 in Albuquerque NM after years of declining health due to cancer.
His first SF story was “Soldatenmangel” (1981), and his first novels were in the War of Powers series in collaboration with Robert E. Vardeman. His solo debut, The Cybernetic Samurai (1985) won a Prometheus Award, and was followed by Prometheus Award-nominated sequel The Cybernetic Shogun (1990). He collaborated on historical fantasy ...Read More
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “to honor their editing careers in support of science fiction and fantasy.”
The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a ...Read More
The longlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been announced, including several writers of genre interest:
- “Cluster”, Naomi Booth
- “F.A.Q.s”, Allegra Goodman
- “The Liberator”, Tania James
- “The Metal Bowl”, Miranda July
- “On The Street Where You Live”, Yiyun Li
- “Do-Over”, Curtis Sittenfeld
Co-founded in 2010 by EFG International Private Banking and The Sunday Times, “the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate ...Read More