Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of operations with events throughout the year, with a “kickoff toast” event at Book Expo, May 30 – June 1, 2018 at the Javits Center in NY. They will publish a history of the company, The Macmillan Story, with distribution to their employees and authors. CEO John Sargent says, “We try to keep that family feel with Macmillan. We believe that staying true to our ...Read MoreRead more
Half a dozen letters from J.R.R. Tolkien sold at auction in May 2018 for a total of $36,000, with individual letters selling from $2,700 to $13,000. Two of the letters were sent to artist Mary Fairburn in 1968, praising illustrations of The Lord of the Rings she’d sent him, and including a signed original sketch by Fairburn. The other letters were to Oscar Morland (a British ambassador), Baronne A. Baeyens, ...Read MoreRead more
“The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors.” The event will be held September 10-17, 2018 in New York with “more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling...Read More
Several individuals of genre interest are among the 1,057 people recognized by the Queen of England in her 2018 Birthday Honours list.
Writer Kazuo Ishiguro was knighted “for services to literature,” and bookstore founder Tim Waterstone received a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity.”
Authors Jeanette Winterson and Ken Follett received the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for “services to Literature and charity” and “services ...Read MoreRead more
How To Stop Time, Matt Haig (Canongate 978-1-782-11861-9, £12.99, 33699, hc) July 2017. (Viking 978-0-525-52287-4, $26.00, 329pp, hc) February 2018.
The notion that living among us there might be immortals – or at least folks with very long lifespans – is itself an idea that just hangs on decade after decade, not only in SF/F circles but in popular potboilers like Viereck & Eldridge’s hoary My First Two Thousand Years ...Read MoreRead more
Literary Arts has posted the video of their tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event took place on June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland OR. For more information, and to view the video, see the Literary Arts tribute page.
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NPR‘s summer reader poll 2018 is open to nominations of horror novels, collections, series, and short stories. Readers can nominate up to five titles through an online form. A top 100 list will be curated by Tananrive Due, Ruthanna Emrys, Grady Hendrix, and Stephen Graham Jones and announced later in the year.
For more information, see the NPR website.
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Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Penguin Books 978-0143128793, $16.00, 288pp, tp) January 2018.
Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad places the eponymous monster amongst the suicide bombings and devastation of Baghdad in 2005. It opens with an attack on Tayaran Square where a soul, torn from its body, finds a home in a vacated corpse. It’s no ordinary cadaver, but rather a stitched-together amalgamation of parts, the ...Read MoreRead more
The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.
The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)
- WINNER: Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
- AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
- The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)
The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay...Read More
The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2017 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee, author J.K. Rowling, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, and The Legend of Zelda video game series. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and ...Read MoreRead more
Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Tramp) has won the €100,000 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, announced by Mícheál Mac Donncha, Lord Mayor of Dublin, during a ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin Ireland on June 13, 2018. The award, “the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English,” receives nominations from public libraries around the world and selects the winner by jury. The 2018 judging panel consisted ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the addition of a new Short Non-Fiction category to its Bram Stoker Awards. HWA president Lisa Morton said:
Works qualifying for the new award category include magazine articles, short essays, and academic papers, all of which must be at least 2,000 words but less than 40,000 words. The works must be published in a book (print or e-format), a magazine (print or online), ...Read MoreRead more
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month 1) Burn Bright, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1 – 2) Lake Silence, Anne Bishop (Ace) 1 – 3) Child of a Mad God, R.A. Salvatore (Tor) 2 4 4) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 5 1 5) A Call to Vengeance, David Weber, Timothy Zahn & Thomas Pope (Baen) 1 – 6) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 5 7 7) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown ...Read More
Midnight at the Electric, Jodi Lynn Anderson (Harper Teen 978-0-06-239354-8, $17.99, 257pp, hc) June 2017.
Jodi Lynn Anderson accomplishes something unique with Midnight at the Electric, taking a novel clearly set in the future, (the protagonist has just been accepted to a Mars colony program), but grounding it in a historical mystery. This is science fiction that has broad potential appeal; traditional SF readers will be attracted to the glimpses ...Read MoreRead more
Deadpool 2 continues the zany adventures of a smart-ass, smart-mouth mutant mercenary (Ryan Reynolds) whose powers are superhuman regeneration, looking melted, and being meta. When a time-traveling soldier from the future (Josh Brolin) attempts to murder the young mutant Firefist (Julian Dennison), Deadpool is set on a path to redemption. Bonus points: he gathers a team of other heroes, including Domino (Zazie Beetz), Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), and Colossus ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the 2018 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:
Best German SF Novel
- WINNER: Der Kanon mechanischer Seelen, Michael Marrak (Amrûn)
- Die Welten der Skiir, Dirk van den Boom (Cross Cult)
- Das Erwachen, Andreas Brandhorst (Piper)
- Versuchsreihe 13 – Die Epidemie, Uwe Hermann (Atlantis)
- Divided States of America, Claudia Kern (Cross Cult)
- QualityLand, Marc-Uwe Kling (Ullstein)
- Neanderthal, Jens Lubbadeh (Heyne)
Latchkey, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Mythic Delirium 978-0-9889124-8- 9, $17.95, 336pp, tp) July 2018. Cover by Jacquelin de Leon.
Latchkey is the sequel to Nicole Kornher-Stace’s poorly known (and sorely underrated) Archivist Wasp. Archivist Wasp, published in 2015 by Big Mouth House, was a genre-straddling story: part post-apocalyptic coming-of-age tale and part fantasy quest, it structured itself as a literal katabasis – a descent to the underworld – in which a young ...Read MoreRead more
Writer Christopher Stasheff, 74, died June 10, 2018. Stasheff is best known for his long-running Warlock universe, blending SF and fantasy elements, launched with his debut The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969) and continuing through several sub-series.
Christopher Boris Stasheff was born January 15, 1944 in Mount Vernon NY. He attended the University of Michigan, studying radio and television, and later worked as a production assistant and script supervisor. ...Read MoreRead more
The winners for the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards were announced on June 9, 2018 during Continuum XIV in Melbourne Australia. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”
- WINNER: Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher)
- Aletheia, J.S. Breukelaar (Crystal Lake)
- Slithers, WW Mortensen (self-published)
- Soon, Lois Murphy (Transit Lounge)
The longlists for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 11, 2018:
- Dragon Springs Road, Janie Chang (HarperCollins Canada)
- Malagash, Joey Comeau (ECW)
- The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (Chizine)
- Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
- Tarry This Night, Kristyn Dunnion (Arsenal Pulp)
- American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
- Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
- Little Sister, Barbara Gowdy (HarperCollins Canada)
- Jade City, Fonda
Jeffrey Ford was born November 8, 1955 in West Islip NY. He flunked out of community college and took various jobs until he earned enough to buy a clam boat at age 18. He worked as a clammer for several years while writing on the side, until he decided to go back to school. He returned to the same community college, then attended New York State University, Binghamton, where he ...Read MoreRead more
The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow 978-0062679109, $26.99, 288pp, hc) June 2018.
Anyone who has followed Paul Tremblay’s short fiction, from the stories collected in the remarkable In the Mean Time, to “Where We Will All Be” in Joseph Pulver, Sr.’s The Grimscribe’s Puppets and “Swim Wants to Know If It’s as Bad as Swim Thinks” in Bourbon Penn magazine, knows that one of his ...Read MoreRead more
The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including ...Read MoreRead more
Simon R. Green, Night Fall (Ace 978-0-451-47697-5, $27.00, 453pp, hc) June 2018.
Green wraps up the Secret Histories and the Nightside series (and a few more) in a massive kitchen-sink of a battle between the righteous Droods and the lawless Nightside that brings together a host of old characters with a bunch of impossibly deadly weapons, a massive body count, and a healthy sprinkling of humor. Something happens in the ...Read MoreRead more
Junot Díaz has “asked to relinquish” his position as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board (though he remains a board member) after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and verbal abuse. The board is “conducting an independent review of allegations of misconduct.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Díaz teaches creative writing, is looking “into concerns shared on social media regarding Professor Díaz…. Both accusers and the accused have rights and ...Read MoreRead more
If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress (Tor 978-0-765390325, $27.99, 336 pp, hc) March 2018. Cover by Stephan Martiniere.
Nancy Kress’s If Tomorrow Comes is, as the subtitle informs us, the middle volume of three, which some might take to indicate an absolute dependence on its predecessor, Tomorrow’s Kin (2017) or the novella of the same title that serves as the first book’s opening section – but such folk would be making ...Read MoreRead more
The 2018 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.
- The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
- To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
- All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
The winners of the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Awards were announced June 8, 2018 at Continuum 14, the Australian National SF Convention, in Melbourne Australia.
Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)
- WINNER: “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
- “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
- “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
- “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
- “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell
Greg Keyes, The Reign of the Departed (Night Shade 978-1-59780-937-5, $14.99, 348pp, tp) June 2018. Cover by Micah Epstein.
Errol Greyson says he didn’t intend to commit suicide – but he wakes in a body carved of wood and joined by wire and bolts, and his classmate Aster tells him his real body’s in a coma. She’s originally from another world, and needs to return there for the magic water ...Read MoreRead more
Voting has opened for the 2020 Worldcon and 2019 NASFiC conventions. Ballots for both are available on the Worldcon 76 site. Voting is open until August 11, 2018 to members of Worldcon 76 who have paid the voting fees ($30 for NASFiC, $50 for Worldcon).
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has filed a bid to host the 2020 Worldcon at the ...Read MoreRead more
The finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:
- The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
- Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperCollins)
- Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
- The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
- The Moon and the Other, John Kessel (Saga)
- The Stargazer’s Embassy, Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple)
- Austral, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
- Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
- After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (Unnamed)
The Smoke, Simon Ings (Gollancz 978-0-575-12007-5, £16.99, 298pp, tp) February 2018.
Simon Ings’s The Smoke – his second new SF novel in four years after having taken more than a decade off for more mainstream projects (including a fascinating study of science under Stalin) – is quite a bit more radical than 2014’s Wolves, which was judiciously and elegantly restrained in its examination of the possible impact of augmented reality, ...Read MoreRead more