Andy Weir was first hired as a programmer for a national laboratory at age 15 and has been working as a software engineer ever since. He is also a lifelong space nerd and a devoted hobbyist of subjects like relativistic physics, orbital mechanics, and the history of manned spaceflight. First novel The Martian was a bestseller and was adapted as a popular feature film. New novel ...Read MoreRead more
Winners for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:
- WINNER (TIE): Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
- WINNER (TIE): Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
- Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
- Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
- Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
The 2017 judges were Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winners received ...Read MoreRead more
Author Kim Stanley Robinson won the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation’s Imagination in Service to Society Award. He will be recognized at a ceremony during the Unleash Imagination – Shape the Future conference on December 9, 2017 at George Washington University in Washington DC.
Prior Arthur C. Clarke award recipients include authors Margaret Atwood, Larry Niven, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Sir Kenneth Robinson, as well as scientists and leaders of ...Read MoreRead more
Winners for the 2017 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced at the 2017 Hispacon, held November 17-19, 2017 in Madrid, Spain:
Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)
- WINNER: El problema de los tres cuerpos [The Three-body Problem], Cixin Liu (Ediciones B)
- La gracia de los reyes [The Grace of Kings], Ken Liu (Alianza)
- La casa de arenas movedizas
Science Fiction World magazine and Storycom held the 28th 银河奖 Yinhe (Galaxy) Awards November 11, 2017 in Chengdu, China. This year’s winners include:
- The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing Shadow and Light, Jiang Bo
- Shining, Chen Zijun
- Electricity Soul, Quanru Xiaojie
Best Short Story
- “Life”, He Xi
- “Iron Moon”, Xia Jia
- “Möbius Continuum”, Gu Shi
Best New Writer
- Cover of Science Fiction Translation
The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisen (Orbit 978-0-316-22924-1, $16.99, 420pp, tp) August 2017.
N.K. Jemisin ups the ante even more in The Stone Sky, finishing The Broken Earth trilogy with the fate of the planet in just a few hands and time running out. Here millennia of history and lore stand behind gritty dramas of the moment – though perspective shifts feel even more jarring when all foreground action occurs in ...Read MoreRead more
Lightspeed 8/17, 9/17
There’s a good set of stories in the August Lightspeed. Ashok Banker‘s “Tongue” is an uncomfortable and rather over-the-top satire on the horrors of a traditional Indian marriage, set on an asteroid. The over-the-top elements are part and parcel of satire, though I also thought the portrayal of Indian culture seemed a wincing cliché, as did the corporate menace ...Read MoreRead more
Upon This Rock: Book 1 – First Contact, David Marusek (A Stack of Firewood Press 978-0-9988633-0-6, $9.99, 574pp, eb). June 2017.
David Marusek’s first big impact on the SF/F landscape was 2005’s Counting Heads, a book about genetic engineering peopled with strong, interesting characters and a meandering yet purposeful plot. The sequel Mind Over Ship dropped four years later. Then, apart from publishing a couple of quiet short story collections, ...Read MoreRead more
Robert Cargill, Sea of Rust (Harper Voyager US/Gollancz UK 9/17) Robots rule the world in this action-filled, post-apocalyptic SF novel, a “robot western” set in a world where robots wiped out mankind years before. Brittle scavenges the wastelands for parts, one of a dwindling few determined not to join the shared consciousness of the One World Intelligences warring for dominance.
Jeffrey Ford, The Twilight Pariah (Tor.com Publishing 9/17) College ...Read MoreRead more
Iain M. Banks, Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press 978-0-252-04101-3, $95.00, hc; -08250-4, $22.00, 190pp, tp) May 2017. Cover by Mark J. Bradley.
Paul Kincaid’s Iain M. Banks takes on the task of accounting for a writer whose career sprawled across at least two literary categories and whose primary gifts (at least in the view of this reader) are a dizzying verbal adroitness married to a relentless and hard-edged philosophical ...Read MoreRead more
Winners for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) were announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.
The shortlist for the Fiction category also included Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category included American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer ...Read MoreRead more
The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the winners for the 2017 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar years 2015 or 2016, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”
- WINNER: Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Apex)
- Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett (Graywolf)
- Azotus, the Kingdom, Shadreck Chikoti (Malawi Writers Union)
- Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh (Rosarium)
Sovereign, April Daniels (Diversion Books 978-1-682-308-240, $14.99, 314pp, tp) July 2017.
Teenage superhero Danny Tozer returns for more adventures as the mighty Dreadnought in Sovereign, a sequel that packs a ton of personal and professional drama (plus superhero smashdowns) into its 300+ pages. The first thing, and most important, is that readers absolutely must read Dreadnought before tackling Sovereign. Trust me, you’re going to be hopelessly lost otherwise and will ...Read MoreRead more
ALIETTE DE BODARD was born November 10, 1982 in New York City to a Vietnamese mother and a French father. At age one she moved with her family to Paris, France, where she has lived ever since, apart from two years in London as a teenager. She attended the École Polytechnique, graduating in 2002 with a degree in applied mathematics, electronics, and computer science. She speaks both French and English ...Read MoreRead more
Asimov’s 5-6/17, 7-8/17
The May/June issue of Asimov’s is an average issue, with a couple of standout stories. Best story here is “Triceratops” by new writer Ian McHugh, taking us to a near-future in which hybrids of Neanderthals and Homo sapiens have been created, forming an entirely new race which doesn’t fit comfortably into either world – and who may be developing a way of life that their ...Read MoreRead more
DAVID MARUSEK was born January 21, 1951 in Buffalo NY, and grew up all over the US. He attended UC Santa Barbara from 1969-73, earning a degree in cultural anthropology. That year he moved to Alaska, where he has lived ever since. He was married and divorced, and has an adult daughter. He has worked in construction, surveying, as a hospital attendant, and an ad salesman, but most of his ...Read MoreRead more
Fever Dream, Samanta Schweblin (Riverhead 978-0-399-18459-8, $25.00, 192pp, hc) January 2017.
The title of Samanta Schweblin’s first novel, Distancia de rescate, translates as “the rescue distance,” the term a character uses to describe the amount of ground she would have to cover in order to reach her young daughter and whisk her away from danger. The title of the English-language edition of the book, however, is Fever Dream, which speaks ...Read MoreRead more
Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking 978-0-6707-8561-2, $18.99, 480pp, hc) October 2017
It’s been more than six years since Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch, which introduced us to Sunny Nwazue, the American-born daughter of Nigerian parents (or Naijamerican) who moves to Nigeria at 12, begins to discover her own latent powers as a “free agent,” joins the secret society of Leopard people, discovers the magical hidden village of Leopard Knocks, and finally ...Read MoreRead more
An Unkindness of Magicians, Kat Howard (Saga Press 978-1-4814-5119-2, $25.99, 368pp, hc) September 2017.
Kat Howard’s first novel, Roses and Rot had strong folkloric influences. It was a version of Tam Lin set in an artists’ retreat, and its main characters were two sisters – although only one was our viewpoint character – who had survived childhood parental abuse to find relative success in their respective careers as a dancer ...Read MoreRead more
The 2020 World Fantasy Convention will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City UT, starting October 29, 2020. A convention website with more information, including membership rates, will be available “at the conclusion of the Baltimore conference.”
The 2018 WFC will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”
The 2019 WFC will ...Read MoreRead more
BFS Horizons, the fiction and poetry publication of the British Fantasy Society, has announced two new editors starting with issue #7. Tim Major and Shona Kinsella will serve as co-editors. Ian Hunter will continue in his role as poetry editor.
For more information, see the BFS website. ...Read MoreRead more
The Twilight Pariah, Jeffrey Ford (Tor.com 978-0-7653-9734-8, $14.99, 164pp, tp) September 2017.
A group of college students setting out to excavate the grounds of a long-deserted mansion at night sounds like the plot of about half the low-budget horror films you scroll past while browsing through listings for the Shudder or Chiller channels, and I suspect Jeffrey Ford was perfectly aware of this while writing The Twilight Pariah, a suitably ...Read MoreRead more
Extrasolar, Nick Gevers, ed. (PS Publishing) August 2017.
For the last several years, I’ve proclaimed one book or another by Jonathan Strahan to be the Best Science Fiction Anthology of the Year, but this year Extrasolar, edited by Nick Gevers, may give Strahan a decent run for his money. Unlike many of Gevers’s past Postscripts anthologies, which have tended toward slipstream and soft horror with only a smattering of SF, ...Read MoreRead more
The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI, Inc.) won the bid for the 2019 World Fantasy Convention. It will be held October 31 – November 3, 2019 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA with the theme of “Fantasy Noir.” Guests of honor will include Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, and Chris McGrath. Robert Silverberg will be Toastmaster. Attending membership is currently $150, and supporting ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the Prix Utopiales were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, known as the Utopiales Festival, held November 1-6, 2017 in Nantes, France. The awards honor works published in French.
Prix Utopiales Européen (Utopiales European Awards)
- WINNER: L’installation de la peur, Rui Zink (Agullo)
- Spire – Tome 1: Ce qui relie, Laurent Genefort (Critic)
- Luna [Luna: New Moon], Ian McDonald (Denoël)
- Merfer [Railsea], China Miéville (Fleuve)
I was there when “lifehacking” was born. It was the 11th of February, 2004, at the O’Reilly Emerging Technology Conference, held in a giant conference hotel in San Diego. I was on the committee for ETech (as we called it) and I had lobbied hard for the inclusion of a talk called “Life Hacks: Tech Secrets of Overprolific Alpha Geeks” by Danny O’Brien, a technology ...Read MoreRead more
The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2016 were announced during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.
The World Fantasy Awards winners are:
- WINNER: The Sudden Appearance