2018 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction.”

Best Novel

  • Containment: The Death of Earth, Charlee Jacob (Necro)
  • Exorcist Falls, Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin)
  • The Hematophages, Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin)
  • White Trash Gothic, Edward Lee (Deadite)
  • Spermjackers From Hell, Christine Morgan (Deadite)

Best Novella

  • The Lucky Ones Died First, Jack Bantry (Deadite)
  • Killer Chronicles, Somer Canon (Thunderstorm)
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2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and Conclave3, and honored at the convention, March 30 – April 2, 2018 at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

Best Novel

  • In the Earth’s Embrace, J.C. Hart (Etherhart)
  • Bastet’s Daughters, Lyn McConchie (Wildside)
  • Tyche’s Flight, Richard Parry (Mondegreen)
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2018 Skylark and Gaughan Awards

Daniel M. Kimmel is the recipient of the 2018 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (AKA the Skylark Award). The award was presented by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) at Boskone 55, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, February 16-18, 2018.

The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Books by Tamora Pierce, Irene Radford, Margaret Rogerson, Mark Twain & Philip Stead

Tamora Pierce, et al., Tortall: A Spy’s Guide (Random House 978-0-375-86767-5, $24.99, 294pp, hc) October 2017.

Tamora Pierce, Julie Holderman, Timothy Li­ebe & Megan Messinger put together this selec­tion of items, a mix of correspondence, guides, and spy reports about people and creatures in Pierce’s country of Tortall, the setting for 18 young-adult books so far. In a sense, it’s full of spoilers, as brief biographies note who’s mar­ried to ...Read More

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Arisia 2018

Arisia 2018 was held January 12-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston MA. The convention, held annually in the Boston area since 1990, welcomed over 4,500 registered attendees and featured author guest of honor V.E. Schwab, artist guest of honor Ashe Samuels, comics industry guest of honor Shannon Watters, and fan guest of honor Mikki Kendall. The convention held over 400 hours of programming on subjects including anime, comics, ...Read More

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Stefan Dziemianowicz Reviews Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction by Grady Hendrix

Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ’70s and ’80s Horror Fiction, Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books 978-1-5947-4981-7, $16.95, 256pp, tp) September 2017.

Looking over the colorful cover repro in Paperbacks from Hell, Grady Hendrix’s compulsively readable history of mass-market horror paperbacks in the ’70s and ’80s, is a bit like rummaging in your clothes closet and running across that pair of paisley bell-bottoms you wore to death in the late ...Read More

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Amazon Launches New Imprint

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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John Langan Reviews The Changeling by Victor LaValle

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

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More HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced three more 2017 award recipients:

Angel Leigh McCoy is the winner of the 2017 Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2015, the Award recognizes “a member who distinguishes herself in helping mentees, while serving in the HWA’s Mentor Program. The program seeks to help writers develop professional careers through the hands-on support of seasoned veteran writers.”

Kenneth W. Cain is the winner ...Read More

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2017 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel
  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan US; Titan UK)
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, Anne Charnock (47North)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead; Hamish Hamilton)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • The Enclave, Anne Charnock, (NewCon)
  • “These Constellations Will Be Yours”, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Strange Horizons 8/7/17)
  • ‘‘Uncanny Valley’’,
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Amy Goldschlager Reviews The Moon and the Other Audiobook by John Kessel

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

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2018 LITA SF Notable Lists

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) announced the selections for its inaugural 2018 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held February 9-13, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • The Innocence Treatment, Ari Goelman (Roaring Brook)
  • Defy the Stars, Claudia Gray (Little, Brown)
  • Dare Mighty Things, Heather Kaczynski (HarperTeen)
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2018 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot

The 2018 Ditmar Award preliminary ballot for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

  • In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Tor)
  • How to Bee, Bren McDibble (Allen & Unwin)
  • Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Hachette Australia)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Skyhorse)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “My Sister’s Ghost”, Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins (The Silver Well)
  • “Island Green”, Shauna O’Meara (Ecopunk!)
  • Matters Arising from
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2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists

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.

Carnegie Medal

  • 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.
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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

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2017 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.


  • 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)


  • “This Silent Sea”, Stephanie Gunn (Review
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Mad Hatters and March Hares Signing

Editor Ellen Datlow and contributors to her anthology Mad Hatters and March Hares read for the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series at KGB Bar in New York on December 18, 2017.

Back: Matthew Kressel, Genevieve Valentine, Ellen Datlow, Richard Bowes, Katherine Vaz, Kris Dikeman; front: Ysabeau Wilce. Photo by Ellen Datlow

This article and more like it in the February 2018 issue of Locus.

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Tacoma Park Honors Herbert

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

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2017 Cybils Awards Winners

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)
  • Song
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Machado Wins Crawford Award

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)
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Victor Milán (1954-2018)

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

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Locus Bestsellers, February 2018

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month 1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1 – 2) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 1 – 3) Edgedancer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 1 – 4) Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US) 3 2 5) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 1 – 6) The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman (Knopf) 2 4 7) The Mongrel Mage, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor) 1 – 8) ...Read More Read more

Dozois and Williams Receive Solstice Award

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

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2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

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

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John Langan Reviews Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

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

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PerVisions Closes

PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:

The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read More

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2018 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO, February 9-13, 2018.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown) was named a ...Read More

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2017 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)

Novella of the Year

  • Quiet Places, Jasper Bark (Crystal Lake)
  • In the River, Jeremy Robert Johnson (Lazy
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RUSA 2018 Selections

The selections for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 2018 Reading List, Listen List, and Notable Books List were announced on February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Reading List
The annual best-of reading list is selected by the Reading List Council. Shortlisted honor titles were also announced. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • Winner: The Collapsing
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Carrie Vaughn: Writing the Good Parts

Carrie Vaughn was born January 28, 1973 in Sacramento CA to a military family, and grew up all over the country before settling in Colorado, where she graduated high school. She attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, and got her Master’s in English Literature at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She attended the Odyssey Writing Workshop in 1998, and taught there in 2009. Vaughn began publishing  short fiction in ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Short Fiction

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

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Brin Launches TASAT

SF writer David Brin and the University of San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center of Human Imagination have launched a new website called TASAT – “There’s A Story About That”. Brin says,

After years speaking at “alphabet agen­cies” in DC about various threat scenarios, I kept wishing there were a way to cite SF stories at them, no matter what scenario they were worried about. Finally, some of us… built ...Read More

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