Audible Best of 2017

Audible has announced their Best of the Year: 2017 lists, selected by their editorial team from “over a thousand titles that received high ratings and reviews.” Among titles noted are several of genre interest:

Editors’ Picks:

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir, Sherman Alexie (Hachette)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Random House)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Random House)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

 

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Shimmer Program For Chinese Fans

Storycom has again set up the Shimmer Program to encourage “2 active Chinese fans” to attend the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA on August 16-20, 2018. The two selected individuals will each receive RMB 10,000 to cover travel expenses with the idea that “the beneficiaries should also volunteer to work for Worldcon 76 and promise to take active ...Read More

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E. Lily Yu Wins 2017 Gar LaSalle Award

E. Lily Yu is the 2017 recipient of the Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. Established and funded by LaSalle, and awarded through a partnership with Artist Trust, the award recognizes “outstanding work by an established or emerging author of fiction based in Washington State” and comes with a $10,000 grant. Prior recipients are Peter Mountford and Anca Szilágyi.

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2017 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2017 Goodreads Choice awards for the “best books of 2017” as chosen by users of the site, were announced December 5, 2017. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Historical Fiction
  • Before We Were Yours, Lisa Wingate (Ballantine) 29,431 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown) 33,957 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, J.K. Rowling (Levine) 92,611 votes
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2018 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify. Only living authors and editors are eligible. All books must have a 2017 publication date, and all magazines, a 2017 cover date.

The judges will read and consider eligible materials between now and June 1, 2018 (the earlier, the better). To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges ...Read More

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Roberts Awarded SLF Grants

Erin Roberts is the recipient of the 2017 Diverse Writers Grant (for new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups) and the Diverse Worlds Grant (for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background), given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). Each grant is for $500 and is intended “to foster the creation of speculative fiction work rich in diversity.”

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Gomoll Wins 2017 Rotsler Award

Jeanne Gomoll is the winner of the 2017 Rotsler Award for “long-time artistic achievement in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 44 in Los Angeles CA, November 24-26, 2017.

The award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, and includes an honorarium of $300. The Rotsler judges are Mike Glyer, John Hertz, and Sue Mason. ...Read More

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IMPAC Dublin Award Longlist

The nominations for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist have been announced, and include several works and authors of genre interest.

  • The Power, Naomi Alderman (Little, Brown)
  • Moonglow, Michael Chabon (Harper)
  • The Wonder, Emma Donogue (Little, Brown)
  • LaRose, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Regional Office Is Under Attack!, Manuel Gonzales (Riverhead)
  • Faithful, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Human Acts, Han Kang (Hogarth)
  • Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster Books
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2017 Endeavour Award Winners

Winners for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:

  • WINNER (TIE): Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
  • WINNER (TIE): Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
  • Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
  • Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)

The 2017 judges were Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winners received ...Read More

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Robinson Wins Imagination in Service to Society Award

Author Kim Stanley Robinson won the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation’s Imagination in Service to Society Award. He will be recognized at a ceremony during the Unleash Imagination – Shape the Future conference on December 9, 2017 at George Washington University in Washington DC.

Prior Arthur C. Clarke award recipients include authors Margaret Atwood, Larry Niven, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Sir Kenneth Robinson, as well as scientists and leaders of ...Read More

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2017 Premio Ignotus Winners

Winners for the 2017 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced at the 2017 Hispacon, held November 17-19, 2017 in Madrid, Spain:

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: El problema de los tres cuerpos [The Three-body Problem], Cixin Liu (Ediciones B)
  • La gracia de los reyes [The Grace of Kings], Ken Liu (Alianza)
  • La casa de arenas movedizas
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2017 Galaxy Awards

Science Fiction World magazine and Storycom held the 28th 银河奖 Yinhe (Galaxy) Awards November 11, 2017 in Chengdu, China. This year’s winners include:

Best Novel

  • The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing Shadow and Light, Jiang Bo

Best Novella

  • Shining, Chen Zijun
  • Electricity Soul, Quanru Xiaojie

Best Short Story

  • “Life”, He Xi
  • “Iron Moon”, Xia Jia
  • “Möbius Continuum”, Gu Shi

Best New Writer

  • Taiyi

Best Art

  • Cover of Science Fiction Translation
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Ward Wins 2017 NBA

Winners for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) were announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.

The shortlist for the Fiction category also included Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category included American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer ...Read More

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2017 Nommo Awards Winners

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the winners for the 2017 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar years 2015 or 2016, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Apex)
  • Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett (Graywolf)
  • Azotus, the Kingdom, Shadreck Chikoti (Malawi Writers Union)
  • Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh (Rosarium)
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Salt Lake City Wins WFC 2020 Bid

The 2020 World Fantasy Convention will be held at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City UT, starting October 29, 2020. A convention website with more information, including membership rates, will be available “at the conclusion of the Baltimore conference.”

The 2018 WFC will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

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Los Angeles Wins WFC 2019 Bid

The Southern California Institute for Fan Interests, Inc. (SCIFI, Inc.) won the bid for the 2019 World Fantasy Convention. It will be held October 31 – November 3, 2019 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA with the theme of “Fantasy Noir.” Guests of honor will include Margo Lanagan, Beth Meacham, and Chris McGrath. Robert Silverberg will be Toastmaster. Attending membership is currently $150, and supporting ...Read More

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2017 Prix Utopiales Winners

Winners of the Prix Utopiales were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, known as the Utopiales Festival, held November 1-6, 2017 in Nantes, France. The awards honor works published in French.

Prix Utopiales Européen (Utopiales European Awards)

  • WINNER: L’installation de la peur, Rui Zink (Agullo)
  • Spire – Tome 1: Ce qui relie, Laurent Genefort (Critic)
  • Luna [Luna: New Moon], Ian McDonald (Denoël)
  • Merfer [Railsea], China Miéville (Fleuve)
  • Mes
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2017 World Fantasy Awards Winners

Photo/award design by Vincent Villafranca

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2016 were announced during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Sudden Appearance
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Borderlands Reaches Funding Goal

Alan Beatts, owner of San Francisco specialty bookshop Borderlands Books, announced on October 31 that he had secured enough funding to buy the building at 1373 Haight Street as a permanent home for the bookstore. Beatts had previously sought funding from the local community, and within 18 days raised $1.9 million dollars from 49 lenders. The sale closes on November 15, 2017. Borderlands plans to move from their current location ...Read More

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Menuge Wins XPRIZE Short Fiction Contest

“Dido’s Lament” by Aidan J.S. Menuge won the XPRIZE short fiction contest, chosen from over 1,400 entries from 74 countries. Menuge will receive a $10,000 prize package that includes round-trip airfare to Tokyo for the winner and a guest, four nights in a four-star hotel, $1,500 in spending money, a GoPro camera, a handheld universal translator, and honorary membership on the Science Fiction Advisory Council.

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Hemming Award Changes

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) has announced changes to the Norma K. Hemming Award. The award, “designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work,” has added new categories and moved to a two-year cycle. The new categories now include Short Fiction and Edited Anthologies.

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2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the US in the previous year.” Several titles of genre interest appear on the list:

Fiction

  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

Nonfiction

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir,
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Whitehead Wins Hurston/Wright Award

Colson Whitehead won the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award in fiction for The Underground Railroad (Doubleday). The Legacy Awards, which honor “the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe,” were presented October 20, 2017 during a gala at the Washington Plaza hotel in Washington DC. Additional awards for debut fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and special merit awards were also presented.

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Julian May (1931-2017)

Author Julian May, 86, died October 17, 2017.

May’s first SF story was “Dune Roller” in Astounding (12/51), later filmed as The Cremators (1972). During the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s she mostly moved away from science fiction, writing in numerous genres and under many pseudonyms, including Bob Cunningham, Lee N. Falconer, John Feilen, Matthew G. Grant, Jean Wright Thorne, Ian Thorne, and George Zanderbergen. In all she wrote nearly 300 ...Read More

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