The Orwell Foundation is launching a new prize to recognize novels and stories that address social and political themes. The Orwell Prize for Political Fiction is sponsored by A.M. Heath (the agency for George Orwell’s literary estate) and Orwell’s son Richard Blair. The existing Orwell Book Prize for fiction and non-fiction will be renamed the Orwell Prize for Political Writing and will focus exclusively on non-fiction. Each of the two ...Read MoreRead more
Nightmare 8/18, 9/18
Black Static 7-8/18
The Dark 8/18, 9/18
Nightmare #71 (August) has two strong original stories. In “Dead Air” by Nino Cipri, Nita is recording interviews with the people she sleeps with: ethnography, sociologically-influenced art. No, it’s not a good idea, especially when she meets Maddie, who is more than just another lover passing in the night. Maddie has secrets. She has long, ropey ...Read MoreRead more
The Morning News has announced their shortlist for the 2019 Tournament of Books, “a month-long battle royale among the year’s best novels,” including titles of genre interest:
- Census, Jesse Ball (Ecco)
- So Lucky, Nicola Griffith (MCD)
- The Overstory, Richard Powers (Norton)
For the full shortlist, or to vote in the “Zombie Poll,” see the official announcement.
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The Cloven, B. Catling (Vintage 978-1-101-97274-8, $16.95, 512pp, paperback) July 2018.
The problem with The Cloven, the third book in B. Catling’s intense fantasy trilogy, which began with The Vorrh and continued with The Erstwhile, is the same problem that dogged the first two books: Catling is not very experienced, and it shows. These books, imaginative and daring as they are, make rookie mistakes, and for whatever reason, Catling’s editors ...Read MoreRead more
Tin House will discontinue its print magazine following the publication of its 20th anniversary issue in June 2019. Publisher and editor-in-chief Win McCormack cited financial costs as a reason for the decision, and has “decided to shift resources to Tin House’s other two divisions: Tin House Books and the Tin House Workshop.” Tin House will continue to publish original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on its website.
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The Wrong Heaven, Amy Bonnaffons; Alex Vaillant, narrator (Hachette Audio 9781478999676, $24.98, digital download, 6.25 hr., unabridged) July 2018.
I’m typically drawn to new audiobooks by reading about them. This is, oddly enough, the only instance that I can recall where I picked up an audiobook after hearing a piece of it. In November 2017, the Public Radio International show “This American Life” broadcast an excerpt of Amy Bonnaffons’s short ...Read MoreRead more
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) has been shortlisted for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to “a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.” The winner will be announced at ALA’s Midwinter Youth Media Awards on January 28, 2019.
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The shortlist for the inaugural STEAM prize for books that highlight science, technology, engineering, arts, and math have been announced, including titles of genre interest.
- The Fandom, Anna Day (Chicken House)
- The Secret Deep, Lindsay Galvin (Chicken House)
- The Loneliest Girl in the Universe, Lauren James (Walker)
- The Electrical Venus, Julie Mayhew (Hot Key)
- Jinxed, Amy McCulloch (Simon & Schuster)
- White Rabbit, Red Wolf, Tom Pollock (Walker)
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Selections for World Book Night 2019 have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:
- Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
- The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Vintage)
- Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby (Penguin)
- Himself, Jess Kidd (Canongate)
- Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown)
- The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (Penguin)
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Since 2014, Brazil has been plunged into a political and economic crisis triggered by unprecedented levels of corruption, plots against the democratic order, and numerous state acts of budget recklessness. Book-buying habits were affected, of course, but during the current slow economic recovery the book selling market was hurt again when major bookstore chain Saraiva decided to hold payments to publishers.
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The Wild Dead, Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/John Joseph Adams 978-0-544-94731-3, $14.99, 272pp, tp) July 2018.
Carrie Vaughn’s The Wild Dead is set in the same universe as her Bannerless, where there has been a cataclysmic Fall of the society and technology we’d recognize now. Those who survived from Vaughn’s version of 100 years ago had to make hard choices. They saved the knowledge to make pharmaceuticals but not refrigeration, solar power ...Read MoreRead more
Apex is discontinuing the print version of its magazine, effective immediately. Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore explains the print edition “barely broke even after a year.” Current subscribers will be emailed with digital subscription options, and refunds will be made as needed.
For more, see the announcement on Apex‘s website.
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Rachel Caine, Smoke and Iron (Berkley 978-0-451-48921-0, $17.99, 432pp, hc) July 2018. Cover by Katie Anderson.
Jess takes the battle to the corrupt Great Library of Alexandria in this fourth of five volumes in the Great Library series. At the end of the last volume, Jess turned himself over to the Library – disguised as his brother Brendan, the heir to the Brightwell family of book smugglers. Jess also turned ...Read MoreRead more
The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Steampunk, Hiroshi Unno (PIE 9784756249753, $49.95, 360pp, tp) June 2018.
The Art of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Steampunk is a delightful book crammed full of beautiful images and surprising artistic connections that will take you on an art history journey through the precursors of fantasy, sci-fi, and steampunk art. It’s a pleasure to flip through, dip into, and use for inspiration. At the very least, ...Read MoreRead more
The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced instructors and dates for its 2019 summer session. Guest lecturers are Scott H. Andrews, Joshua Bilmes, Holly Black, Neil Clarke, Sara King, Nisi Shawl, Fran Wilde, and Paul Witcover. The workshop will be held June 3 – July 12, 2019 at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH.
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Elora Gatts is the new editor of GigaNotoSaurus, taking over from Rashida J. Smith. Gatts is also a copy editor at Strange Horizons and was previously associate editor at PodCastle.
Smith has edited GigaNotoSaurus for six years, following Ann Leckie’s term as editor.
For more information, see the official announcement.
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KIM STANLEY ROBINSON was born March 23, 1952 in Waukegan IL, and grew up in Orange County CA. He earned a BA in literature from UC San Diego in 1974, a master’s in English from Boston University in 1975, and a PhD in literature from UC San Diego in 1982. He went to Clarion in 1975. His doctoral thesis was revised and published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick ...Read MoreRead more
The Final Frontier, Neil Clarke, ed. (Night Shade 978-1-59780-939-9, $17.99, 579 pp, tp) July 2018. Cover by Fred Gambino.
Last month I recommended Jonathan Strahan’s original anthology, Infinity’s End, as a window into what SF is up to Right This Minute (or up to the minutes the stories were completed, anyway). At the same time I was also reading Neil Clarke’s recent-retrospective The Final Frontier, which samples work that first ...Read MoreRead more
Editor Henry Wessels invites “any persons holding correspondence from Avram Davidson to send legible photocopies or scans of interesting or notable letters” to his attention, for a volume of Davidson’s selected letters to be published next year by The Nutmeg Point District Mail for the Avram Davidson Society. Material may be sent to Henry Wessells, PO Box 43072, Upper Montclair NJ 07043; <email@example.com>.
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Witchmark, C.L. Polk; Samuel Roukin, narrator (Recorded Books 978-1-9800-0200-0, $20.95, digital download, 9 hr., unabridged) June 2018.
Dr. Miles Singer, a doctor and military veteran of the war between Aeland and Laneer, is desperately trying to find out why his fellow veterans are coming home and brutally slaughtering their loved ones. Then a new mystery – and a new danger – show up at his hospital: Nick Elliot, a witch ...Read MoreRead more
Susan Moldow is retiring from her position as president of Scribner Publishing Group and president of the Touchstone imprint at Simon & Schuster at the end of the year. Moldow has worked in publishing since 1966, and has held senior positions at Dell, Penguin, Doubleday, and HarperCollins, as well as Simon & Schuster, and her authors included Anthony Doerr, Charles Johnson, Stephen King, and Colm Tóibín, among many others.
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Lightspeed 8/18, 9/18
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 9/18
Tor.com 7/19/18, 8/1/18
Cascadia Subduction Zone, Vol 8, No. 3
Lightspeed has reached its 100th issue! A proud milestone for any magazine, they celebrate in style this September with a more-than-double issue: ten stories plus extra reprints and interviews. It leads with a mythic SF story, “Her Monster, Whom She Loved” by Vylar Kaftan. In this story a goddess births 500 gods, but ...Read MoreRead more
Hâsib & the Queen of Serpents: A Tale of a Thousand and One Nights, David B. (NBM Graphic Novels 978-1-68112-162-8, $24.99, 112pp, hc) June 2018. Cover by David B.
The brilliant French cartoonist and comic artist David B. (David Beauchard) has switched gears, moving away from black-and-white linework and personal stories to create a full-color fantasy tour-de-force in Hâsib & the Queen of Serpents.
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Brief Cases, Jim Butcher; James Marsters, Jim Butcher, Julia Whelan, Cassandra Campbell & Oliver Wyman, narrators (Penguin Audio, $29.95, digital download, 15.5 hr., unabridged) June 2018.
While we wait endlessly for Butcher to finish the next novel in The Dresden Files, here’s a short-story collection to tide us over. The stories take place at various points during the arc of the series about professional wizard and Chicago PI Harry Dresden, ...Read MoreRead more
Candidates for the 2019 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) have been announced:
- Lynelle Howell (New Zealand)
- Simon Litten (New Zealand)
- Nicole Murphy (Australia)
The 2019 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, in Dublin, Ireland to be held August 15-19, 2019. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates ...Read MoreRead more
The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the winners for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on December 5, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Winner and finalists of genre interest include:
- WINNER: Border Districts, Gerald Murnane (Giramondo)
- A Long
Chimedum Ohaegbu, assistant editor at Uncanny magazine, has been awarded the $17,500 Katherine Brearley Arts Scholarship from the University of British Columbia.
In selecting recipients, consideration is given to both scholarly excellence and the demonstrated ability to work with and lead others in student and community activities at the university, local, national, and/or international level.
For more information, see the announcement on Uncanny‘s website.
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The Emissary, Yoko Tawada (New Directions 978-0811227629, $14.95, 138pp, tp) April 2018. As The Last Children of Tokyo, Yoko Tawada (Portobello Books 978-1846276705, £9.99 144pp, tp) June 2018.
The unsettling premise of Yoko Tawada’s short novel The Last Children of Tokyo (published as The Emissary in the US), translated by Margaret Mitsutani, is that the adults of Japan are living longer while the children are dying before they reach maturity. ...Read MoreRead more
Aliens: Past, Present, Future, Ron Miller, ed. (Watkins Publishing 978-1-78028-968-7, $32.50, 224pp, hc) October 2017.
The somber, dignified cover and design of Aliens: Past, Present, Future gives no indication of how much fun this book really is. Perhaps, given the colorful, flamboyant depiction of extraterrestrial life in popular culture over, say, the past 70 years, the design decision naturally embraced the opposite. That is not to say that his book ...Read MoreRead more
The judges for the 2019 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2018 publication date, and all magazines a 2018 cover date.
The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2019 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges
The 44th World Fantasy Convention was held November 1-4, 2018 in the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in windy and rainy Baltimore MD. Guests of honor were Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, with special guest Aliette de Bodard, and toastmaster Linda D. Addison. Life Achievement Awards winners were Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.
Attendance was up from the prior year, with 757 warm bodies and ...Read MoreRead more
The Dragon’s Path, Daniel Abraham; Pete Bradbury, narrator (Hachette Audio 9781549118821, $24.98, digital download, 14.75 hr., unabridged) June 2018.
The King’s Blood, Daniel Abraham; Pete Bradbury, narrator (Hachette Audio 9781549118838, $24.98, digital download, 14.75 hr., unabridged) June 2018.
When The Dragon’s Path, book one of The Dagger and the Coin, first came out in 2011, I searched for an audio version of the book so that I’d be able to ...Read MoreRead more