Bradbury Center Receives NEH Grant

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was awarded $50,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), announced April 9, 2018. The endowment is to “ensure the preservation of nearly 30,000 pounds of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia from author Ray Bradbury” under the lead of the center’s director, Jonathan R. Eller.

“The Center is home to more than 100,000 pages of published and ...Read More

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Hamid Wins Aspen Words Literary Prize

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) has won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, announced during a ceremony held April 10, 2018 at the Morgan Library in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues.” Finalists and winner were chosen by jurors Stephen L. Carter, Jessica Fullerton, Phil Klay, Alondra Nelson, and Akhil Sharma. Hamid will also be the ...Read More

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Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund

Astrid & Greg Bear have founded the Poul and Karen Anderson Memorial International Travel Fund, covering travel costs for one international student from outside North America to attend the Clarion West Six Week Summer Workshop. The recipient of the 2018 fund is Ted Mahsun from Ipoh, Malaysia. The travel fund will provide $1,000 annually for ten years and was established in honor of Astrid Bear’s parents.

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Locus Bestsellers, April 2018

HARDCOVERS Months
on list Last
month 1) Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor) 3 2 2) Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey) 1 – 3) Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 3 1 4) The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown) 3 6 5) Neogenesis, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Baen) 1 – 6) Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US) 2 3 7) The Princess Bride Deluxe Edition, William Goldman (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) ...Read More Read more

Liz Bourke Reviews The Armored Saint by Myke Cole

The Armored Saint, Myke Cole (Tor.com Pub­lishing 978-0-7653-9595-5, $17.99, 208pp, hc) February 2018. Cover by Tommy Arnold.

Staying with our theme of “dark, with military overtones,” we have Myke Cole’s The Armored Saint, out of Tor.com Publishing’s novella line. Like Ironclads, it’s a slender volume – it tops out at 206 pages in paperback – but unlike either Ironclads or Clockwork Boys, it doesn’t feature any amount of travel. Instead, ...Read More

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Shimmer Program Winners

Winners of the Shimmer Program’s Worldcon 76 Attending Funding for Chinese fans have been announced. Lin Jiayu (Mackenzie Lin) and Shi Ran (Sharon Shi) will each receive RMB 10,000 (approximately $1,600) to attend and staff Worldcon 76. This year’s winners were chosen by Worldcon Facilities DDH Mike Willmoth and winner of the Worldcon 75 Attending Funding Yang Sumin.

The Shimmer Program is funded by Storycom, “the first professional story commercialization ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel

Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel (Saga 978-1-5344-1121-0, $27.99, 371pp, hc) February 2018. Cover by Robert Hunt.

In my 2017 wrap-up essay elsewhere in this is­sue, I wonder at and wander around the matter of sequels, prequels, series, and common-back­ground-setting books. All these present particular challenges to a reviewer: how to deal with a work that may begin in medias res (or, god-help-us, on the far side of a cliff-hanger), or ...Read More

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2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2017, has been announced:

French Novel

  • La Désolation, Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Toxoplasma, Calvo (La Volte)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine, Thierry Di Rollo (Bélial’)
  • La Société des faux visages, Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)

Foreign Novel

  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char [The Library at Mount Char], Scott Hawkins (Denoël)
  • Bagdad, la grande évasion! [Escape from
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2017 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2017 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” were announced during a ceremony at The Star of Kings, London.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
  • City of Circles, Jess Richards (Hodder)
  • We See Everything, William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Black Wave, Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • WINNER: Hunger
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2018 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

The 2018 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Darci Stone for her story “Mara’s Shadow”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Kyna Tek for his illustration of Erin Cairns’s story “A Smokeless and Scorching Fire”.

They were honored, along with the other 2017 quarterly contest winners, at a ceremony held April 8, 2018 in the Elks Hall of the MacArthur in Los Angeles ...Read More

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LGBTQ Initiative for Worldcon 76

Chuck Serface has launched the LGBTQ Initiative with the intention of funding 50 memberships to Worldcon 76. So far, the initiative has raised enough money to fully fund seven memberships.

Funded memberships are available to SF/F fans and professionals who identify as LGBTQ. Applicants should send an email to lgbtqworldcon@gmail.com with a personal statement under 500 words including information about themselves and why they want to attend Worldcon. Applications will ...Read More

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Harlem Ess-Eff Reading Series

The inaugural Harlem Ess-Eff reading series event, featuring Golden Baker and Erin Roberts, will take place April 9, 2018 at Silvana in New York City. Baker and Roberts are both graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

The reading series is hosted by Golden Baker. For more information on future events, see the Harlem Ess-Eff website.

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Groff and Miéville Win Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Lauren Groff and China Miéville are among the 2018 Guggenheim Fellows, announced April 4, 2018 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 173 recipients across 49 fields of study. “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling more than $360 ...Read More

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Neukom Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the inaugural Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

  • On the Edge of Gone, Corrine Duyvis (Amulet/Abrams)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Best Worst American, Juan Martinez (Small Beer)
  • Void Star, Zachary Mason (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • Using Life, Ahmed Naji (University of Texas Press)
  • After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
  • Made for Love, Alissa Nutting (Ecco)
  • New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Telling
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Call for 2018 Aurealis Judges

The Aurealis Awards announced they are seeking judges for the 2018 awards process in the following categories:

  • Science Fiction Novel
  • Science Fiction Short Story/Novella
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Fantasy Short Story/Novella
  • Horror Novel/Novella/Horror Short Story
  • Young Adult Novel/Young Adult Short Story
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Collection/Anthology
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

The only qualifications are that applicants must be residents of Australia and demonstrate “knowledge of and interest in their chosen category.” Deadline for applications is ...Read More

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Jeff VanderMeer: Blur the Lines

Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer was born July 7, 1968 in Belfont PA, and grew up in the Fiji Islands (where his parents worked for the Peace Corps), Ithaca NY, and Gainesville FL, where he attended the University of Florida for three years. He went to Clarion in 1992.

VanderMeer’s first story of genre interest was “Night Prayers”, ap­pearing when he was in high school in 1986; early work also appeared in ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch

The Gone World, Tom Sweterlitsch (Putnam 978-0-399-16750-8, $27.00, 400pp, hc) Febru­ary 2018.

Tom Sweterlitsch’s The Gone World kept me up at night. My awakeness wasn’t caused by the ideas contained within this moody novel, but from a hunger to know what would happen next to NCIS Special Agent Shannon Moss, whose investigation into the gruesome murder of a Navy SEAL’s family takes some science fictional turns.

In Sweterlitsch’s world, the ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Starlings by Jo Walton

Starlings, Jo Walton (Tachyon 978-1-61696-056-8, $15.95, 288pp, tp) January 2018.

In the introduction to her first collection of stories and poems, Starlings, Jo Walton tells us that she didn’t really figure out how to write short stories until after her award-winning Among Others was published in 2011, and that her earlier efforts “were either extended jokes, poems with the line breaks taken out, experiments with form, or the first chapters ...Read More

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More Harassment Accusations

Two more prominent authors with genre connections have been accused of inappropriate behavior: Sherman Alexie of sexual misconduct, and Daniel Handler of crude and offensive remarks.

After rumors began to circulate online in Febru­ary 2018, Alexie issued a statement apologizing to “the people I have hurt” and acknowledging he’d made “poor decisions.” He however rejected “the accusations, insinuations and outright falsehoods made by Litsa Dremousis, who has led the charges ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Books by W. Michael Gear, Seanan McGuire, Tamora Pierce & Ryk E. Spoor

W. Michael Gear, Outpost (DAW 978-0-7564-1337-8, $26.00, 422pp, hc) February 2018. Cover by Steve Stone.

A deadly planet with a struggling corporate colony provides plenty of action in this first book in the Donovan trilogy. Much in the mode of Harry Harrison’s Deathworld, Donovan isn’t a safe place for humans, full of deadly plants and animals, and if they don’t kill you, the heavy metals will. The Corporation has had ...Read More

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Martin P. Robinson Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Martin P. Robinson will be Toastmaster at the 2018 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 17-20, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

Mr. Robinson is a puppeteer who has worked for the Jim Henson Company for 37 years, performing a range of characters including Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Slimey the Worm, and ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews Dark State by Charles Stross

Dark State, Charles Stross (Tor 978-0-7653-3757-3, $25.99, 352pp, hc) January 2018.

Charles Stross has been building – and remodeling and rearranging – his Merchant Princes sequence across seven novels (now in four volumes) over more than a dozen years. The first six books (or three, depending on which packaging one has read) completed a complex arc that focused primarily on how a medieval-level social-political-economic ar­rangement built on the inheritable ability ...Read More

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TAFF and GUFF Winners

Johan Anglemark has won the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) to travel from Europe to Worldcon 76, defeating Fia Karlsson and Helena McCallum (Adela Terrell). The fund is currently administered by John Purcell in North America and Anna Raftery in Europe. The 2018 TAFF is open to anyone “active in SF fandom” before April 2016. Worldcon 76 will be held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in ...Read More

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Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The 10-title shortlist for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • Baba Dunja’s Last Love, Alina Bronsky, translated by Tim Mohr (Europa Editions)
  • Human Acts, Han Kang, translated by Deborah Smith (Portobello, Random House)
  • Solar Bones, Mike McCormack (Tramp)
  • Ladivine, Marie Ndiaye, translated by Jordan Stump (MacLehose)

The winning author, selected by jury, receives €100,000 and will be announced June 13, ...Read More

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Karen Haber Reviews Infected by Art, Volume 5 edited by Todd Spoor & Bill Cox

Infected by Art, Volume 5, Todd Spoor & Bill Cox, eds. (Art Order 978-0-69291-194-5, $49.99, 326pp, hc) November 2017. Cover by Rob Rey & Jeremy Deveraturda.

This year’s Infected by Art annual, the fifth juried volume of Imaginative Realist artwork, is considerably improved over last year’s book, IBA 4. Attention has been paid to margin treatment, proofreading, and general appearance, with a defi­nite payoff. This year’s volume has 20 pages ...Read More

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Speculative Fiction in Translation: Novels, Collections, and Short Stories 2017

This list of 2017 speculative titles in translation was compiled by Rachel Cordasco, who founded and runs site sfintranslation.com. Corrections may be sent to locus@locusmag.com.

NOVELS

  • Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin, translated from the Spanish by Megan McDowell (Riverhead Books, January 10) [Argentina]
  • The Mountains of Parnassus by Czeslaw Milosz, translated from the Polish by Stanley Bill (Yale University Press, January 10) [Poland]
  • The Book of the Dead by Orikuchi
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New Amazon Imprint

Amazon has announced a new imprint, Topple Books, to “spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, and queer writers.” Jill Soloway will serve as editor-at-large, with Carmen Johnson helping to oversee the line. Soloway says, “We live in a com­plicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by chal­lenging privilege. With Topple Books, we’re looking for those undeniably compelling essential ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Creatures of Will and Temper by Molly Tanzer

Creatures of Will and Temper, Molly Tanzer (John Joseph Adams 978-1-328-71026-0, $16.99, 358pp, pb) November 2017. Cover by Eduardo Recife.

Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Will and Temper, though set in late 19th-century England, is about as far from patriarchal and homophobic as it is possible for a novel set in this period to be. It draws some inspiration from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, according to the author’s ...Read More

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Yu Wins Terran Award

Walter Jon Williams announced that Joey Yu is the winner of the inaugural Terran Award scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin to cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included) for one applicant to attend the Taos Toolbox writing workshop. Applicants “must be from from a country where English is not the primary language.” The winner was selected by workshop staff including Walter Jon Williams and Nancy Kress. ...Read More

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Ward Wins 2018 DUFF

Marlee Jane Ward has won the Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF), to travel from Australasia to Worldcon 76. The fund is currently administered by Paul Weimer in North America and Clare McDonald-Sims in Australia. DUFF is open to anyone who has been “active in science fiction fandom” before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a northbound trip must be residents of Australia or New Zealand. Weimer says

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction

Uncanny 11-12/17
Lackington’s Fall ’17
Rivet Journal Fall ’17
All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com) Sep­tember 2017.
The Martian Job, Jaine Fenn (NewCon) De­cember 2017.

 

Uncanny in November-December features a very effective story by Tina Connolly, “Pipecleaner Sculptures and Other Necessary Work“, about an android on a generation starship who faces a transition as they reach their destination – from a preschool teacher to a more martial role. The ...Read More

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2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

Winners for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award were announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners were honored at Conclave3, March 30 – April 2, 2018 at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Hounds of the Underworld, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • In the Earth’s Embrace, J.C. Hart (Etherhart)
  • Bastet’s Daughters, Lyn McConchie (Wildside)
  • Tyche’s Flight, Richard
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