Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund Recipients

The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund, intended “to encourage cultural exchange between Chinese science fiction fans and science fiction fans all over the world,” has been awarded to Mihaela Marija Perković and Pablo M.A Vazquez. The Two-way Exchange Fund

will provide 15,000 RMB per person (this will approximately cover economic class plane tickets and hotels; the fund recipient will be responsible for all costs exceeding this budget). For the first ...Read More

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Jones Wins Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2017 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Gaylaxicon 2018, held at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel in Atlanta GA from May 11-13, 2018:

  • WINNER: Mother of Souls, Heather Rose Jones (Bella)
  • Cocktails at Seven, Apocalypse at Eight: The Derby Cavendish Stories, Don Bassingthwaite (ChiZine)
  • Malachite, Kirby Crow (Bonecamp)
  • Lily, Michael Thomas Ford (Lethe)
  • Maze-Born Trouble, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye)
  • Fallow, Jordan
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2018 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award) have been announced:

  • “Infinite Love Engine”, Violet Allen (Lightspeed 4/17)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel ( 3/15/17)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9/17)
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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Books by A.P. Winter and Patricia Briggs

A.P. Winter, The Boy Who Went Magic (Chicken House UK 978-1910655092, £6.99, tp) June 2017; (Chicken House US 978-1-338-21714-8, $17.99, 279pp, hc) April 2018. Cover by Manuel Sumberac.

Magic is a myth repressed by the government in this rousing middle-grade fantasy, a solid first novel. Some 200 years before, when kings had real power, people believed in magic and the magical land of Ferenor. Bert Rumsey, an orphan raised at ...Read More

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2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

The winners of the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2017, have been announced:

French Novel

  • WINNER: Toxoplasma, Calvo (La Volte)
  • La Désolation, Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine, Thierry Di Rollo (Bélial’)
  • La Société des faux visages, Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)

Foreign Novel

  • WINNER: L’Arche de Darwin [Galápagos Regained], James Morrow (Au diable vauvert)
  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char [The Library
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Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award Winners

Winners for the Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists for each had their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students:

  • 1st Place: “Addiction”, Kalila Papanikolas
  • 2nd Place: “The Demiurge”, Bry LeBerthon
  • 3rd Place: “Relinquished Cities”, Sarah Krausz
  • Honorable Mention: “Microcosm”, Chelsea See
  • Honorable Mention: “Midas”, Audrey Wang


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Nick Harkaway: A Little Bit Quantum

NICK HARKAWAY is a pseudonym for Nicholas Cornwell, born November 26, 1972 in Cornwall England, son of author David Cornwell (better known by his pen name John le Carré) and editor Valérie Jane Eustace. He attended University College School in North London, and Clare College, Cambridge, where he studied philosophy and earned a degree in social and political science. An avid martial artist, he has studied Shorinji Kan Jiu Jitsu, ...Read More

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John Langan Reviews The Teardrop Method by Simon Avery

The Teardrop Method, Simon Avery (TTA Press £8.00, 160pp, tp) November 2017.

Krisztina, the protagonist of Simon Avery’s excel­lent novella, The Teardrop Method, is a musician living in Budapest. A singer whose debut album earned her promising notice, she turned her back on the music industry in favor of love. In the aftermath of a devastating accident that befalls her partner, however, Krisztina begins to hear fragments of a new ...Read More

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Pynchon Wins Chris­topher Lightfoot Walker Award

Thomas Pynchon won the $100,000 inaugural Chris­topher Lightfoot Walker Award in Literature, presented by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which “recognizes a writer of distinction who has made a sig­nificant contribution to American literature.”

For more information, see the Arts and Letters website.

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Liz Bourke Reviews A Study in Honor by Claire O’Dell

A Study in Honor, Claire O’Dell (Harper Voy­ager 978-0-06-269930-5, $15.99, 304pp, tp). July 2018.

Speaking of good, let’s talk about Claire O’Dell’s A Study in Honor. O’Dell is an open pseudonym for Beth Bernobich (The Queen’s Hunt, The Time Roads) and this marks the author’s first novel-length foray into science fiction. And damn, what a novel it is. A Study in Honor is a near-future take on Sherlock Holmes and ...Read More

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2017 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the winners of the 2017 Nebula Awards at an awards banquet during the 52nd Annual Nebula Conference held May 19, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott Center in Pittsburgh PA.


  • Winner: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
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2017 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The winners for the 2017 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Winners

Best Novella

  • WINNER: “Nexus“, Michael F. Flynn (3-4/17)
  • “The Girls With Kaleidoscope Eyes“, Howard V. Hendrix (5-6/17)
  • “The Proving Ground”, Alec Nevala-Lee (1-2/17)
  • “Not Far Enough“, Martin L. Shoemaker (7-8/17)
  • “Native Seeds“, Catherine Wells (11-12/17)

Best Novelette

  • WINNER: “For All
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12, edited Jonathan Strahan

The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 12, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris 978-1781085738, $19.99, 620pp, tp) April 2018. Cover by Adam Tredowski.

After many years – sometimes it feels like too many – of reading year’s best anthologies, I’ve come to the conclusion that they serve three different purposes for three different but over­lapping audiences. The first, and most obvious, is to provide a rich and entertaining ...Read More

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SF in SF with Michael Moorcock

Jacob & Rina Weisman, Terry Bisson, Michael Moorcock. Photo by Arley Sorg

SF in SF hosted Michael Moorcock at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on April 9, 2018, coordinated by Rina Weisman and moderated by Terry Bisson. The event featured readings and signings, a Q&A session, a full bar, and time to mingle. Books were available for purchase thanks to Borderlands Books; Tachyon Publications sponsored the event. For ...Read More

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Norwescon 41 Report

Norwescon 41 was held March 29 – April 1, 2018 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The theme was “Uncovering Mysteries.” Guests of honor were Ken Liu (writer), Galen Dara (artist), and Mathew Wedel (science). (Wayne Barlowe was originally scheduled to be artist GoH, but had to cancel due to schedule conflicts.) Green Ronin was the spotlight publisher, represented by Nicole Lindroos and Chris Pramas.

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Liz Bourke Reviews The Empress of Timbra by Karen Healey & Robyn Fleming

The Empress of Timbra, Karen Healey & Robyn Fleming (self-published 978-0-473-42716-0, $4.99, ebook). February 2018. Cover art by Damonza.

The Empress of Timbra, co-authored by Robyn Fleming & Karen Healey (Guardian of the Dead, While We Run), turns out to be an unexpected de­light. Its publication was funded through Fleming and Healey’s Kickstarter campaign, but it’s now widely available as an ebook. While Healey’s solo form is in YA, this ...Read More

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Layoffs at Skyhorse

Skyhorse has eliminated 16 full-time employees (from a total of 77) in “a major reorganization,” and plans to reduce their output of new titles by “approximately 25 percent.” They published around 1,100 titles in 2017. President Tony Lyons says the changes are “in response to shortfalls in Skyhorse revenues in 2017 and early 2018, including issues related to its distribution deal and paper shortages, as well as changes in the ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller

Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco 978-0-06-268482-0, $22.99, 336pp, hc) April 2018.

If Sam J. Miller’s debut novel The Art of Starving was an intimate portrait of a troubled but appealing teen grappling with personal demons like bullies and eating disorders, his SF debut Blackfish City is expansive, ambi­tious, violent, rich in invention, and populated by a range of colorful figures whose characteristics sometimes seem drawn from sources as diverse ...Read More

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Neukom Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction were announced May 16, 2018.

Debut Speculative Fiction

  • Best Worst American, Juan Martinez (Small Beer)

Open Category (tie)

  • On the Edge of Gone, Corrine Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

The award was established by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College. Winners each receive a $5,000 honorarium and are invited to participate in a ...Read More

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2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist

The 15-title longlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Wild Gestures, Lucy Durneen (MidnightSun)
  • Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber)
  • You Should Come With Me Now, M. John Harrison (Comma)
  • All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross (Peepal Tree)
  • Ornithology, Nicholas Royle (Confingo)

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New & Notable Books, May 2018

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone (Holt 3/18) West African lore infuses this young-adult fantasy novel, the first book in the Legacy of Orisha trilogy and a first novel gathering considerable acclaim. Zélie fights to reclaim her people’s magic and stop the monarchy’s ruthless efforts to eradicate it.


Elizabeth Bear, Stone Mad ( Publishing 3/18) The steampunk Old West fantasy adventures of Karen Memory continue in this rollicking ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Books by Marshall Ryan Maresca and Rowenna Miller

Marshall Ryan Maresca, Lady Henterman’s Wardrobe (DAW 978-0756412647, $7.99, 368pp, pb) March 2018. Cover by Paul Young.

The Holver Alley crew returns for a new caper in this second book in the Streets of Maradaine series, following the Rynax brothers and their odd assortment of friends as they search for the real culprit behind the burning of their homes and shops in Holver Alley. Ex-spy Asti Rynax is obsessed with ...Read More

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Pullman Wins British Book Awards

Philip Pullman was awarded Author of the Year, and his La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, narrated by Martin Sheen (Penguin Random House UK Audio), won Audiobook of the Year in the 2018 British Book Awards. Also called the “Nibbies,” The British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops” with nominees in a variety of categories, including Debut Book of the Year, Editor ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi & To­bias S. Buckell

The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & To­bias S. Buckell (Saga 978-1481497299, $26.99, 304pp, hc) February 2018.

Nearly eight years ago, Tobias S. Buckell & Paolo Bacigalupi joined forces to create a high-fantasy world with a lot of familiar late-medieval/early Renaissance trappings and one particularly neat device: every act of magic or spellcasting, no matter how small, fuels the rapid growth of dense, poisonous brambles already threatening to encroach the land. ...Read More

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2018 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
  • El archivo de atrocidades [The
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Ada Palmer: Beyond the Exponential Age

ADA LOUISE GRACE PALMER was born June 9, 1981 in Washington DC. She grew up in Annapolis MD and went to college two years early, at age 16. She attended Simon’s Rock College of Bard for two years, then transferred to Bryn Mawr College, where she studied Re­naissance history. She did her PhD at Harvard, spending time studying in Florence and Rome, partly funded as a Fulbright fellow. She graduated ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews The Wonder Engine by T. Kingfisher

The Wonder Engine, T. Kingfisher (Red Wombat Tea Company 978-1-386-528876, $3.99, ebook). February 2018. Cover art by Ursula Vernon.

Have you read The Wonder Engine yet? It’s the second book in T. Kingfisher’s (the pen­name for Ursula Vernon) Clocktaur War duol­ogy, following on from last year’s Clockwork Boys. While Vernon has the weird, wild, and occasionally dark Digger to her name, as well as her short fiction and illustrated books, ...Read More

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2018 Williamson Lectureship

The 42nd Williamson Lectureship was held April 5-7, 2018, in Portales NM. The Lectureship, held to honor SF pioneer Jack Williamson, took place at Eastern NM University with casual gatherings around town. Santa Fe author S.M. Stirling, known for his Emberverse series and other alternate his­tory efforts, was the guest of honor, and Connie Willis served as toastmistress. The theme for the 2018 Lectureship was “Changes.” The event, often dubbed ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Short Fiction: Beneath Ceaseless Skies and The Father of Lies

Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/1/18, 2/15/18
The Father of Lies, K.J. Parker (Subterra­nean) January 2018.

Science-fantasy” is a slippery term, one that’s changed over time, as demonstrat­ed in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, issues #244 and #245, the annual science-fantasy double issue. Using the strictest definition, any story that features “impossible” technol­ogy, technology far in advance of what can be achieved by today’s technical capabilities, is “science-fantasy.” I give a break to stories ...Read More

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Layoffs at Pottermore

J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter website Pottermore laid off a number of both senior and junior editorial staff as part of a “reorganization.” A spokesperson said the firings “reflect the evolution of the business and are being handled as sensitively as possible.” Those let go were responsible for writing original content for the site.

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ServiceScape Short Story Contest Open

The ServiceScape Short Story Award contest is open to submissions of original stories or non-fiction in any genre up to 5,000 words. The winning work will receive $1,000 and publication on the ServiceScape blog. The deadline for submissions is November 29, 2018. For more information, including complete rules, see the ServiceScape site.


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Amy Goldschlager Reviews Audiobooks by Neil Fishman & Harvey Edelman and Margaret Atwood

Spin: The Audiobook Musical, Neil Fishman & Harvey Edelman; narrated by Jim Dale and a full cast (HarperAudio and Blackstone Audio 978-153851884-7, $19.99, CD, 1.5 hr., unabridged [also available as a digital download]) January 2018.

Angel Catbird, Margaret Atwood; performed by a full cast (Audible Studios, $21.83, digital download, 2.75 hr., unabridged) February 2018.

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