Worldcon 2020 and NASFiC 2019 Site Selections

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has won the bid to host the 78th World Science Convention at the TSB Bank Arena and Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand from July 29 – August 2, 2020, receiving 643 of the 726 votes cast. There were no other registered candidates. George R.R. Martin will be the master of ceremonies. For more information, ...Read More

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2017 Sidewise Awards Winners

The winners for the 2017 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Long Form

  • WINNER: Once There Was a Way, Bryce Zabel (Diversion)
  • The Berlin Project, Gregory Benford (Saga)
  • A Time of Need, Brent Harris (Insomnia)
  • All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton)
  • The Clash of Eagles Trilogy: Clash of Eagles, Eagle in Exile, Eagle and Empire, Alan Smale (Del Rey)

Short Form

  • WINNER: “Zigeuner”, Harry Turtledove (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
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2018 Chesley Award Winners

The 2018 Chesley Awards winners have been announced:

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover

  • WINNER: Marc Simonetti for The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Grim Oak)
  • Tommy Arnold for Horizon, Fran Wilde (Tor)
  • Marcela Bolívar for Julia, Peter Straub (Centipede)
  • Julie Dillon for Final Girls, Mira Grant (Subterranean)
  • Donato Giancola for Assassin’s Price, L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Tor)
  • John Harris for The Man in the Tree, Sage Walker (Tor)
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Retrograde,
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2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, on Sunday August 19, 2018 during a ceremony held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA:

Best Novel
WINNER: The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US;
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Frankenbook Launches

The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, The MIT Press, and MIT Media Lab have launched a new interactive project called Frankenbook. Joey Eschrich, program manager for the Center for Science and Imagination, explains:

Frankenbook is a collective reading experience of the original 1818 text of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein. The project is hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, The MIT ...Read More

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Fan Awards at Worldcon 76

Several awards for services to SF fandom were presented during opening ceremonies at Worldcon 76, August 16, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • Robert Silverberg

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Awards

  • Len & June Moffatt

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Hal W. Hall

David A. Kyle Big Heart Award

  • Mike Glyer

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1943 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners for the 1943 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1942, were announced by Worldcon 76, during an award ceremony held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA:

Best Novel

WINNER: Beyond This Horizon, Anson MacDonald (Robert A. Heinlein) (Astounding Science-Fiction 4-5/42)

  • The Uninvited, Dorothy Macardle (Doubleday, Doran/S.J.R. Saunders)
  • Donovan’s Brain, Curt Siodmak (Black Mask 9-11/42)
  • Second Stage Lensmen, E. E. “Doc” Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction 11/41-2/42)
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Dayton Literary Peace Prize Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize have been announced, including Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead), Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar (Little, Brown), and Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) in the fiction category, and We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World) in non-fiction.

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First Book Award Nominees

Nominees for the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s First Book Award have been announced and include several titles of genre interest:

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Holt)
  • Leila, Prayaag Akbar (Simon & Schuster)
  • The House With Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Scholastic)
  • Swansong, Kerry Andrew (Jonathan Cape)
  • Out of the Blue, Sophie Cameron (Roaring Brook)
  • In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen
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Supreme Court Ruling Affects Online Retailers

In a 5-4 decision in late June, the US Supreme Court overturned Quill Corp v. North Dakota – the 1992 case that ruled states could only collect sales tax from companies with a physical presence in that state. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote in the majority opinion:

The physical presence rule has long been criti­cized as giving out-of-state sellers an advantage. Each year, it becomes further removed from eco­nomic reality and ...Read More

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Dozois Memorial

A memorial service for the late Gardner Dozois was held at the Friends Center in downtown Philadelphia on July 7, 2018, with attendees including Ginjer Buchanan, Michael Capobianca, Neil Clarke, Jack Dann, John Douglas, Ellen Datlow, Claire Eddy, Scott Edelman, Gregory Frost, Joe & Gay Haldeman, Peter Heck, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Kay McAuley, Shawna McCarthy, Michael Swanwick, Gordon Van Gelder, Janeen Webb, Sheila Williams, and others. Ellen Datlow ...Read More

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2018 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “Probably Still the Chosen One”, Kelly Barnhill (Lightspeed 2/17)
  • “Floaters Can’t Float”, Pip Coen (Compelling Science Fiction 4/17)
  • “A Vague Inclination to Please”, Brandon Daubs (All Hail Our Robot Conquerers)
  • “Oba Oyinbo”, Jonathan Edelstein (Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show 10/17)
  • “Through Milkweed and Gloom”, Wendy Nikel (Submerged)
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2018 Dragon Awards Ballot

Dragon Con has announced the ballot for the 2018 Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website; registration for voting is open until August 31, 2018, 11:59PM (EDT). Winners will be announced at Dragon Con, held August 30 – September 3, 2018 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Mutineer’s Daughter, Chris Kennedy &
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2018 BAME Short Story Prize Shortlist

The Guardian announced the shortlist for the third annual Guardian and 4th Estate BAME short story prize, which offers “a chance to win £1,000, an exclusive one‑day publishing workshop and a taste of online publication.” The six authors shortlisted are Savannah Burney, Jason Deelchand, Kit Fan, Gurnaik Johal, Yiming Ma, and Varaidzo, and include short stories of genre interest.

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SFWA Bulletin Goes Digital Only

John Teehan announced August 1, 2018 via Facebook that the SFWA Bulletin will no longer publish in print:

End of an era. As production manager and occasional editor, I worked on 56 issues over 15 some odd years. The SFWA Bulletin is now going digital, and the current issue is the last print one I’ll be involved with. It was a great run—one of the best gigs ever. Had some ...Read More

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2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

“Dragon’s Hand” by David VonAllmen won the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, announced at the Writer’s Symposium during Gen Con, August 4, 2018 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis IN. Second place went to “Deny the World with a Thought” by Benjamin Scott Farthing and third place went to “The Lady of Pain” by Steve DuBois.

Other nominees were:

  • “Spun of Salt and Stone”, Deborah L. Davitt
  • “The
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Readercon 29 Report

Readercon 29 was held July 12-15, 2018, in Quincy MA. Guests of honor were Ken Liu and Nisi Shawl; E. Nesbit was the memorial guest of honor. There were an estimated 740 attendees over the entire weekend. The focus of Readercon is “imaginative literature” – literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their intersections. Programming was, as always, carefully organized and curated, with topics ranging from casual book-club style discussions to ...Read More

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Locus Awards Weekend

The Locus Awards were held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in balmy Seattle for the thirteenth consecutive year. Connie Willis was MC, with Daryl Gregory presenting the awards. Willis and Yoon Ha Lee taught the Locus Writers workshops that book-ended the weekend. Attendance numbered 150. Events kicked off Friday with readings by Willis and Lee, followed by a Clarion West-hosted party in honor of first-week instructor ...Read More

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Steinacker Wins James White Award

The James White Award Short Story competition has announced this year’s winner:

  • WINNER: “Two Worlds Apart”, Dustin Blair Steinacker
  • “A Sip of Pombe”, Gustavo Bondoni
  • “Imago”, Matthew Eeles
  • “The Big I Am”, E.M. Faulds
  • “My Fault”, Sarah Palmer
  • “Ms. Höffern Stays Abreast of the News”, Sarah Pauling

A special commendation was also given to Bondoni.

Steinacker receives £200 and publication in Interzone. This year’s judges were Anne Charnock, RJ Barker, ...Read More

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2018 James White Award Shortlist

The James White Award Short Story competition has announced this year’s shortlist:

  • “A Sip of Pombe”, Gustavo Bondoni
  • “Imago”, Matthew Eeles
  • “The Big I Am”, E.M. Faulds
  • “My Fault”, Sarah Palmer
  • “Ms. Höffern Stays Abreast of the News”, Sarah Pauling
  • “Two Worlds Apart”, Dustin Blair Steinacker

The James White Award is open to previously unpublished stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length by non-professional authors. The winner will receive ...Read More

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2017 Sidewise Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Long Form
  • The Berlin Project, Gregory Benford (Saga)
  • A Time of Need, Brent Harris (Insomnia)
  • All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton)
  • The Clash of Eagles Trilogy: Clash of Eagles, Eagle in Exile, Eagle and Empire, Alan Smale (Del Rey)
  • Once There Was a Way, Bryce Zabel (Diversion)

Short Form

  • “N’oublions Jamais”, Tom Anderson & Bruno Lombardi
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Lampkin Wins Munsey Award

Freelance writer/editor and publication designer William Lampkin is the winner of the 2018 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to an individual or institution that has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners.

Lampkin received a fine art print by David Saunders as his award, ...Read More

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2018 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Little, Brown)
  • Son of a Trickster, Eden Robinson (Knopf Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Painting, Charis Cotter (Tundra)
  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline (Dancing Cat)
  • Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
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Hosein Wins 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize

“Passage” by Kevin Jared Hosein is the overall winner of the £5,000 Commonwealth Short Story Prize, awarded for the best piece of unpublished short fiction in English, announced during a ceremony on July 25, 2018 at the Centre for Visual Arts and Research in Nicosia, Cyprus. Hosein was earlier announced as the regional winner for the Caribbean, for which he was awarded £2,500. Sarah Hall, chair of this year’s judges, ...Read More

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2018 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2017 has been announced. The awards will be presented November 4, 2018 during the 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) to be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

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2018 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest:

  • Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Water Cure, Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers (William Heinemann)

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Kwame Anthony Appiah (chair), Val McDermid, Leo Robson, Jacqueline Rose, ...Read More

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2018 ESFS Awards Winners

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Awards winners have been announced, along with the names of the nominating countries:

European Grand Master:

  • Gérard Klein (France)

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • WINNER: Anna Starobinets (Russia)
  • Andreas Brandhorst (Germany)
  • Marc Elsberg (Austria)
  • Clelia Farris (Italy)
  • Laurent Genefort (France)
  • Derek Landy (Ireland)
  • Serhiy Zhadan (Ukraine)

Best Artist

  • WINNER: Milivoj Ćeran (Croatia)
  • Igor Baranko (Ukraine)
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2018 Seiun Awards Winners

The 57th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2018 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

  • WINNER: Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The History of Soviet Fantastika, Roman Arbitman, translated by Hiroaki Umemura (Kyōwakoku)
  • The Adjacent, Christopher Priest, translated by
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2018 Mythopoeic Award Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2018 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 49, held July 20-23, 2018 at the Ritz-Carlton in Atlanta GA.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • WINNER: Ka: Dar Oakley in the Ruin of Ymr, John Crowley (Saga)
  • The Rules of Magic, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Snow City, G.A. Kathryns (Sycamore Sky)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle
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2018 Eisner Awards

The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 20, 2018. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Hellboy: Krampusnacht, Mike Mignola & Adam Hughes (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

  • Monstress, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Limited Series

  • Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Roxane Gay, Ta-Nehisi Coates & Alitha E. Martinez (Marvel)

Best New Series

  • Black Bolt, Saladin Ahmed
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2018 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2018 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners of genre interest follow.

Original Speculative

  • WINNER: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase, Greg Cox (Tor)
  • Halo: Legacy of Onyx, Matt Forbeck (Gallery)
  • Star Wars Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, Christie Golden (Century)
  • Star Trek Discovery: Desperate Hours, David Mack (Pocket)
  • Supernatural: The Usual Sacrifices, Yvonne Navarro
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