PRH Acquires F+W Media

Penguin Random House has acquired the publishing-related assets of F+W Media, including around 2,000 backlist titles, most illustrated non-fiction. PRH made the winning bid on June 6, 2019 in the auction held by the US Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. F+W Media’s parent company filed bankruptcy in March 2019.

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Unraveling by Karen Lord

Unraveling, Karen Lord (DAW 978-0-7544-1520-4, $26.00, 258pp, hc) June 2019.

I don’t think it’s giving anything away to note that the final section of Karen Lord’s Unraveling is titled “Metanoia”, since that term has at least a couple of meanings that are relevant not only to the new novel (her fourth), but to the whole body of her work to date. The more-or-less theological meaning, which has to do ...Read More

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Photo Story: Myman at the Museum

Locus design editor Francesca Myman visited the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, home to “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of Asian Pacific American Science Fiction”, an exhibit on view through September 15, 2019. The show includes two pieces by Myman: “Silkpunk”, illustrating Ken Liu’s work for the May 2015 issue of Locus, and “Axioms & Theorems”, illustrating Yoon Ha Lee’s September 2014 Locus interview. The long list of SFnal ...Read More

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N3F Amateur Short Story Contest

The National Fantasy Fan Federation (N3F) is accepting submissions for the 2019 N3F Amateur Short Story Contest, open to writers who’ve sold fewer than two stories to professional SF venues or publishers. “Stories entered in the contest must be original, unpublished, not longer than 8,500 words in length—and must be related to the science fiction, fantasy, or similar genres in the opinion of the judge,” Jefferson Swycaffer. There are no ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Five Unicorn Flush by T.J. Berry

Five Unicorn Flush, T.J. Berry (Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-783-0, $12.99, 314pp, tp) May 2019. Cover by Lee Gibbons.

T.J. Berry’s debut novel, Space Unicorn Blues, took place in a fantastical space opera world, one in which creatures from human mythology, possessing magical powers, live and struggle alongside humans. These beings are known as the Bala, and the totalitarian, genocidal human government known as the Reason went to war ...Read More

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Tor.com, Lightspeed, BCS and Strange Horizons

Tor.com 4/3/19 Lightspeed 5/19 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 4/11/19 Strange Horizons 4/19

Kathleen Ann Goonan‘s story at Tor.com, “One/Zero” is a fascinating peek three-minutes-into-the-future. It’s told from two viewpoints: Vida is a teenager in Kurdistan, and the story begins in media res as her neighborhood is bombed and most of her family killed, sending her and her little brother on the road as refugees. An AV bus picks ...Read More

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Edwards and Johnson Receive Alfie Awards

Editors Jane Johnson and Malcolm Edwards received Alfie Awards for their editing, presented by George R.R. Martin at the Hugo Losers Party, held August 18, 2019 in Dublin Ireland during Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon.

Martin created the Alfie Awards in 2015 and named them in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments.

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New & Notable Books, August 2019

David Afsharirad, ed., The Year’s Best Military & Adventure SF, Volume 5 (Baen 6/19) Exactly what it says on the tin, with a dozen thrilling tales from the top writers in the field, including Suzanne Palmer, Christo­pher Ruocchio, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and others, and an introduction by David Weber. Plus, readers choose one story from the anthology for The Best Military and Adventure Science Fiction Readers’ Choice Award, presented at ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews The Archive of Alternate Endings by Lindsey Drager

The Archive of Alternate Endings, Lindsey Drager (Dzanc 978-1945814822, $16.95, 168pp, tp) May 2019.

Above the ten chapter headings that make up Lindsey Drager’s remarkable short novel The Archive of Alternate Endings are a range of years beginning with 1378 and ending with 2365. Those mathematically inclined will note a 75- to 79-year gap between each year, and those who know their celestial bodies will figure out that this ...Read More

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2019-2020 NESFA Short Story Contest

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 57, to be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 14-16, 2020. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to a future Boskone convention.

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2019 Neffy Awards Winners

The winners of the 2019 National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards (the Neffys) have been announced.

Best Novel (over 100,000 words)

Against Three Lands, George Phillies (self-published)

Best Shorter Work (under 100,000 words)

 The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Book Editor

Toni Weisskopf

Best Magazine

Amazing

Best Fanzine

Tightbeam

Best Blog

Mad Genius Club

Best Graphic Art Publication

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Gary K. Wolfe and Adrienne Martini Review Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (Morrow 978-0-06-245871-1, $35.00, 896pp, hc) June 2019.

Neal Stephenson’s idea of a novel isn’t quite the same as anyone else’s, and for the most part this has served him remarkably well. His Baroque Cycle trilogy was really no more a trilogy than was Asimov’s Foundation series, except that while Asimov’s narrative units were stories and novellas, Ste­phenson’s were entire novels – and ...Read More

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the 2019 Tiptree Fellowships until October 31, 2019. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two emerging creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

For more information, or to apply, see the official website.

 

 

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Worldcon 2021 Site Selection: DisCon III

 

Washington DC’s unopposed bid to host the 2021 Worldcon was successful, with 798 votes received in favor out of 878 votes total. (Other votes included “none of the above,” “no preference,” and various write-in choices.)

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC, August 25-29, 2021. Guests of honor include Nancy Kress, Malka Older, Sherée Renee Thomas, ...Read More

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2018 Sidewise Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2018 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Long Form The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor) The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, Charles Rosenberg (Hanover Square) Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

Short Form

“The Secret City”, Rick Wilber (Asimov’s 9-10/18) Codex Valtierra, Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra (self-published)

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2019 WSFA Small Press Award

Finalists for the 2019 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 7-8/18) “Familiar in Her Angles”, E.A. Brenner (Metaphorosis 9/21/18) “Baggage”, Leslie Burton-Lopez (When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology) “The Djinni and the Accountant”,  Hal J. Friesen (Fire: Demons, Dragons, ...Read More Read more

Lesley Nneka Arimah: Dualities

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born October 13, 1983, in London and grew up in Nigeria, Europe, and the US – wherever her father was stationed for work. She attended Florida State University as an undergrad and got her MFA at Minnesota State University, graduating in 2010.

Arimah’s short fiction has appeared in in Granta, Harper’s, McSwee­ney’s, The New Yorker, A People’s Future of the United States (2019), and several other ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Broken Shadow by Jaine Fenn

Broken Shadow, Jaine Fenn (Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-803-5, $12.99, 432pp, tp) May 2019. Cover by Andreas Rocha.

Jaine Fenn’s Hidden Sun, out from Angry Robot Books last year, introduced the reader to the world of shadowlands and skylands. In the shadowlands, or at least the ones with which the novel concerns itself, a powerful Church restricts scientific development and unorthodox thought, while a patriarchal society relegates women to ...Read More

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2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, on August 18, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US; Hodder & Stoughton) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK) Spinning Silver, ...Read More Read more

Newman GoH at StokerCon 2020

Kim Newman will be Writer Guest of Honour at Stokercon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK, joining previously announced Editor Guest of Honour Gillian Redfearn and Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict.

For more <stoker­con-uk.com/guests.htm>.

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18th Indian SF Conference

The 18th Indian SF Conference/the 4th In­ternational SF Conference will be held October 16-18, 2019 at Mukthananda College, Gangapur in Aurangabad, Maharashtra State, India. The theme is “Science & Science Fiction – Inter Dis­ciplinary & Multi Disciplinary Perspectives.” Guests include Michaek Brotherton, Kristen Renee Goritz, Joshua Sky, Ashish Mahabal, and Ravindra Kale from the US, Michael Iwoleit from Germany, Frank Roger from Belgium, and Julie Novakova from the Czech Republic. ...Read More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Analog, Asimov’s, and Space and Time

Analog 5-6/19 Asimov’s 5-6/19 Space and Time Spring/Summer ’19

The May-June Analog opens with a fun alternate history from Harry Turtledove, “Bonehunters“, retelling a version of the fossil wars of the late 19th century in a timeline where, apparently, dinosaurs never became extinct, and two separate intelligent species evolved from raptors. The story is told by Rekek, a “greenskin” who serves as a guide. His stepson Junior ...Read More

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Photo Story: Sycamore Hill

The 2019 Sycamore Hills Writers’ Conference was held June 15-21, 2019 at the Wildacres Retreat Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland NC.

This story and more like it in the August 2019 issue of Locus.

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Edwards to Run André Deutsch

Malcolm Edwards has been named publisher of André Deutsch, a venerable imprint recently acquired by the fledgling Welbeck Publishing Group. Edwards has been charged with “resurrecting and reviving” their backlist and acquiring new titles in the SF, fantasy, horror, crime, and thriller genres.

Deutsch was founded in 1952 and published works by Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, and John Updike, among others. Edwards says, “The appeal was that it’s ...Read More

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Gascoigne Heads Aconyte

Marc Gascoigne has been named publisher of Aconyte, a new fiction imprint from game company Asmodee (which publishes Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, and Catan, among other games). The imprint will focus on titles based on their games, but also has plans to publish tie-in works for other parties. They recently made a deal with Simon & Schuster for US and Canadian distribution, with ...Read More

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Barry Hughart (1934-2019)

Writer Barry Hughart, 85, died August 1, 2019. Hughart was best known for his Master Li series, set in a mythical version of China, beginning with World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Award winner Bridge of Birds (1984) and continuing with The Story of the Stone (1988) and Eight Skilled Gentlemen (1991), all later collected as The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (1998).

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Robert N. Stephenson (1961-2019)

Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 14, 2019. Stephenson wrote SF and mystery, edited magazine Altair, and was publisher of Altair Publishing/Altair Australia Books.

Stephenson was born September 17, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia. His first book, poetry collection Garments of Rainbow, appeared in 1992, and his first story, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, in 1998. He went on to publish around 50 stories, notably Aurora Award ...Read More

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Katharine Coldiron Reviews Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly

Amnesty, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor 978-1-25017-362-1, $18.99, 384pp, tp) April 2019.

“It is not easy,” Aristide Makricosta tells a gathered crowd early in Amnesty, “to destroy your life. To coat the things you love in kerosene and light a match.” He is talking about Cordelia Lehane, a burlesque dancer turned resistance leader, who did exactly that when she decided to fight against the fascism sweeping across Amberlough. Cordelia ...Read More

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1944 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners for the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1943, were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, during a ceremony held August 15, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds 4/43) Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth) Gather, Darkness!, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction 5/43-7/43) Perelandra, C.S. Lewis ...Read More Read more

Ian Mond Reviews Triangulum by Masande Ntshanga

Triangulum, Masande Ntshanga (Two Dollar Radio 978-1937512774, $17.99, 367pp, tp) May 2019.

I was predisposed to enjoy Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum. Some of my favourite books are “found manuscript” novels, including James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, David Means’ Man Booker Prize longlisted Hystopia, and the granddaddy of them all, Mark Z. Danielewski’s breathtaking House of Leaves. Triangulum doesn’t feature the ...Read More

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Locus Bestsellers, August 2019

The Locus Bestsellers for August include top titles A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray. HARDCOVERS Months on list Last month 1) A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley) 1 – 2) Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf) 1 – 3) Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1 – 4) Middlegame ...Read More Read more

Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Clarkesworld, Apex, Capricious, Apparition, and Aurealis

Clarkesworld 4/19 Apex 3/19 Capricious SF #11 Apparition #5 Aurealis #119

April’s Clarkesworld brings us the first in a planned run of stories translated from Korean, starting with “The Flowering” by Soyeon Jong (translated by Jihyun Park & Gord Sellar). This is a sly story told in interview style, with the sister of a known subversive who’s been working to literally ‘plant’ organic biotech routers to get ...Read More

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