The Public Broadcasting Service is holding “The Great American Read,” encouraging members of the public to vote from a list of 100 “most-loved” books and series, as selected through a demographically representative nationwide survey in the US. Voting is open through October 18, 2018, and you can vote more than once. PBS is airing eight-episode series The Great American Read, with the winner to be announced in the finale episode. ...Read MoreRead more
Author Chuck Palahniuk and other clients of literary agency Donadio & Olson have collectively lost millions, victims of a long-running embezzlement scheme allegedly run by agency accountant Darin Webb. Webb reportedly confessed to embezzling at least $3.4 million in author advances and royalties from the agency since January 2011. Webb apparently gave a videotaped interview in March 2018 admitting to the theft, saying his reports “contained false and fraudulent representations ...Read MoreRead more
Peng Shepherd and Michael R. Underwood read on June 12, 2018 at the Galactic Philadelphia reading series, sponsored by SFWA and curated by Sally Wiener Grotta and Lawrence M. Schoen.
This photo story and more like it in the July 2018 issue of Locus.
While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine ...Read MoreRead more
The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Denver CO on July 19, 2018. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.
RITA for Paranormal Romance:
- Hunt the Darkness, Stephanie Rowe (Self-published)
RITA for Young Adult Romance:
- Seize Today, Pintip
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 4/12/18, 4/26/18
In the May-June F&SF my preferred stories were from relatively new voices. Pip Coen‘s first stories appeared last year, and Brian Trent has only been publishing a bit longer. Coen’s “Inquisitive” is the tale of the life of a decidedly non-neurotypical young woman, Saffi Kenyon, and her school career, in which her blunt inquisitiveness puts her on the path to entry ...Read MoreRead more
The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Raven) won the 2018 WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, which has been relaunched after a 15 year hiatus. The winner of the £10,000 prize was decided by combined voting from the public and award judges Peter James and Jojo Moyes.
Established in 1992 by WHSmith booksellers, the Thumping Good Read Award celebrates “the most popular books of the year” and was last awarded in ...Read MoreRead more
European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss (Saga 978-1-4814-6653-0, $26.99, 720pp, hc) July 2018.
When Theodora Goss introduced us to the members of the Athena Club in last year’s The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, that fun she was having with her lively and contentious group of women was contagious, but that fun masked a more provocative reconsideration of the roles imposed on women in Victorian society – ...Read MoreRead more
The Expert System’s Brother, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor.com 978-1-25019755-9, $14.99, 176pp, tp) July 2018.
It’s amazing how much world building Adrian Tchaikovsky packs into so few words in The Expert System’s Brother. In other hands, this story of a young man, Handry, who is forced out of a world that literally no longer recognizes him, could be the work of a trilogy, yet, here, it is the perfect length. ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2017 has been announced:
- WINNER: Dreams Before the Start of Time, Anne Charnock (47North)
- Sea of Rust, C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz)
- American War, Omar El Akkad (Picador)
- Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfař (Sceptre)
- Gather the Daughters, Jennie Melamed (Tinder Press)
- Borne, Jeff VanderMeer (4th Estate)
This year’s judges were Charles Christian, Dave Hutchinson, Paul March-Russell, ...Read MoreRead more
Michael Blumlein, All I Ever Dreamed (Valancourt 5/18) Blumlein’s latest collection offers 18 varied stories from 1993-2016, with notes on each by the author, who stretches the boundaries of SF, fantasy, and horror, frequently using his knowledge of medicine to address the possibilities and consequences of new biological technology.
Lara Elena Donnelly, Armistice (Tor 5/18) Glamorous film stars, revolutionaries, and spies mix in a lush tropical country on the ...Read MoreRead more
The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam 978-0-06-7352-1251-0, $27.00, 38pp, hc) March 2018.
The tragic fate of the Donner Party is one of the true American horror stories of the 19th century. The collective of 87 family members and individuals set out from Missouri in May 1846 as part of a larger California-bound wagon train caravan. They epitomized the American pioneer spirit and the nation’s snowballing sense of manifest destiny. Soon thereafter, ...Read MoreRead more
Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou has founded The New Academy Prize in Literature with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve on December 11, 2018. A longlist of 47 authors nominated by Swedish librarians has been announced, and includes several writers of genre interest:
- Margaret Atwood
- Paul Auster
- Maryse Condé
- Don DeLillo
Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik. (Del Rey, 978-0-399-18098-9, $28.00, 434 pp, hc.) July 2018.
Naomi Novik follows Uprooted with a brilliant retelling of Rumpelstiltskin set in a medieval pseudo-Russia. Instead of a miller’s daughter, the protagonist, Miryem, is a moneylender’s daughter. Instead of spinning straw into gold, she can spin silver coins into gold, if she has time to take them through the marketplace, first. The King of the Staryk, the ...Read MoreRead more
The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced July 15, 2018 during Readercon 29 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.
- WINNER: The Hole, Hye-young Pyun (Arcade)
- Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
- The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
- The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin)
- The Changeling, Victor LaValle
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named three nominees for their Grand Master award: LeRoy Gorman, David Lunde, and Ann K. Schwader.
The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer ...Read MoreRead more
Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014) is the winner of the 2018 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Hand, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced July 13, 2018 during Readercon 29 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.
For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith Foundation website.
While you are ...Read MoreRead more
The 2018 David Gemmell Awards winners were announced at a ceremony July 14, 2018 at Edge-Lit 7 in Derby, UK:
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- WINNER: Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
- Fall of Dragons, Miles Cameron (Orbit)
- Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins)
- Scorched Shadows, Steve McHugh (47North)
- Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer
- WINNER: Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) announced the winner of the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award during ConGregate 5 held July 13-15, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel in High Point NC. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”
- WINNER: Scourge, Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)
- Frost & Filigree, Natania Barron (Falstaff)
- Amazing Grace, John G. Hartness (Falstaff)
- The Stravinsky Intrigue,
FONDA LEE was born March 10, 1979 in Calgary, Canada, where she grew up, and lived in Toronto and the San Francisco Bay Area before settling in Portland OR. Lee received an MBA from Stanford University, and worked as a management consultant and business strategist before leaving the corporate track to focus on her writing. She is also an experienced martial artist, with black belts in karate and kung fu. ...Read MoreRead more
WisCon 42 was held May 25-28, 2018 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due as guests of honor. 924 full memberships were sold, plus 71 single day memberships. Programming offered 140 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. Other options included 19 reading slots with 68 authors, 23 writing workshops, 12 kids’ items, 10 gaming ...Read MoreRead more
The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken (Solaris 978-1781085707, $11.99, 480pp, tp) October 2018.
This debut novel will do well. It is a fat, fun SF heist-thriller, a sort of Ocean’s 2487. Or The Superstring Sting. Or The It’s-alien Job. Or anything, really, rather than the oddly sword-and-sorcery-ish title Künsken has gone with. Get past the title, though, and the reader settles into a readable, eventful adventure narrative in which the jinks ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the 2018 Endeavour Award have been announced:
- CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper (Xeno)
- Ironfoot, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
- Portal of a Thousand Worlds, Dave Duncan (Open Road)
- The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga)
- A Secret History of Witches, Louisa Morgan (Orbit)
The award “honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.” The ...Read MoreRead more
The Descent of Monsters, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing 9 78-1-250-16585-5, $14.99, 168pp, tp). July 2018. Cover by Yuko Shimizo.
JY Yang has garnered several award nominations for The Black Tides of Heaven. Along with The Red Threads of Fortune, to which it is closely linked, The Black Tides of Heaven – a Hugo finalist in the Best Novella category, as well as a Nebula nominee – was published last August ...Read MoreRead more
The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award nominees have been announced, along with the names of the nominating countries:
Hall of Fame Awards:
- Andreas Brandhorst (Germany)
- Marc Elsberg (Austria)
- Clelia Farris (Italy)
- Laurent Genefort (France)
- Derek Landy (Ireland)
- Anna Starobinets (Russia)
- Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine)
- Igor Baranko (Ukraine)
- Paul Bolger (Ireland)
- Milivoj Ćeran (Croatia)
- Didier Cottier (France)
- Andrew Ferez
on list Last
month 1) Head On, John Scalzi (Tor) 1 – 2) Noir, Christopher Moore (Morrow) 1 – 3) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 6 4 4) Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga) 1 – 5) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 6 6 6) Scourged, Kevin Hearne (Del Rey) 1 – 7) Burn Bright, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 2 1 8) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit) ...Read More
Giganotosaurus 2/18, 3/18, 4/18
The SF in the May Lightspeed interested me most. Carolyn Ives Gilman’s “We Will Be All Right” is a very short, dark reflection on a future in which a gender-based pathogen kills men when their lovers conceive. The narrator is ready to meet her son’s girlfriend… as I said, it’s a short piece, and mostly a meditation, and quite effective in its ...Read MoreRead more
The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor 978-0765378385, $15.99, 432pp, tp) July 2018.
Mary Robinette Kowal was writing about midcentury female NASA workers before they hit the pop culture mainstream. While Hidden Figures – both book and movie – brought our collective attention to the women who worked as ‘‘calculators’’ at NASA, Kowal started noodling around with the idea in 2012. Her ‘‘The Lady Astronaut of Mars’’ started life as ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:
- “Spun of Salt and Stone”, Deborah L. Davitt
- “The Lady of Pain”, Steve DuBois
- “Deny the World with a Thought”, Benjamin Scott Farthing
- “The Puzzle Vault”, Auston Habershaw
- “The Memory Bank & Trust”, Patrick Hurley
- “Ashes for Ashes”, Kevin Kauffmann
- “Luchadora”, Melissa Mead
- “The Deadliest Dish”, David Samuels
- “Ash-Eater”, Benjamin Tyler Smith
- “Dragon’s Hand”, David VonAllmen
The contest ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year were announced July 7, 2018. This year’s winners are Carson Butler, Reese Caldwell, and Emma Sebesta. The scholarship awards $1,500 to each recipient.
Butler received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Caldwell received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Sebesta received the Dr. Yoji Kondo ...Read MoreRead more
The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2018 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2017 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”
Best Novel Award
- WINNER: The Powers of the Earth, Travis J I Corcoran (Morlock)
- Drug Lord: High Ground, Doug Casey and John Hunt (High Ground)
- Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
- Darkship Revenge, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
Laura Anne Gilman was born August 25, 1967 and grew up in New Jersey. She attended Skidmore, a liberal arts college in upstate New York, where she majored in English and history. She did internships at the Book of the Month Club and William Morrow while in college, and after graduation spent six months as an assistant at Putnam. She then made a lateral move to the Berkley Publishing Group ...Read MoreRead more
The 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference was held May 17-20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in humid PA for the second of two years. There were 356 registered members (including 18 who only attended the banquet), up from last year’s 307. The hotel was comfortable, with suitable mingling spaces, friendly staff, and nearby eateries. SFWA-organized tours brought attendees to Allegheny Observatory on Thursday evening. Other sightseeing options included the Andy ...Read MoreRead more