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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Borderlands Building Purchase

Alan Beatts, owner of San Francisco genre bookshop Borderlands Books, announced on October 13 that he “made an offer on a building that is meant to be a permanent home for Borderlands. On Wednesday that offer was accepted by the seller.” The deal will move Borderlands from its Mission neighborhood location at 866 Valencia St. to 1373 Haight Street, currently the home of Recycled Records. Beatts said, “It’s a little ...Read More

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Atwood Receives Franz Kafka Prize

Margaret Atwood received the Franz Kafka Prize, given by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague, on October 17, 2017 at the Old Town Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. Atwood was chosen as the 17th laureate of the prize by an international jury on May 22, 2017. The selection jury includes Peter Demetz, André Derval, Marianne Gruber, Oldřich Král, Jiří Stránský, Jiří Stromšík, Lorenzo Silva, and Hans Dieter ...Read More

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Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury).

The 6-title shortlist had two other titles of genre interest:

  • 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)

Presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author, the award includes a £50,000 prize. This year’s judges were Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin ...Read More

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2017 Sunburst Awards Winners

The winners for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey (Thomas Dunne)
  • The Witches of New York, Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
  • Necessity, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Young Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Jonathan Auxier (Puffin Canada)
  • Worlds
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2017 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced during a virtual streaming ceremony in November.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Are You Scared of These Stories?
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016
  • Kakos Industries
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special 
  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe

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2017 Geffen Awards Winners

The 2017 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented annually by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Earth Afire & Earth Awakens, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston, translated by Boaz Weiss (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo (Books in
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Ward Wins Genius Grant

Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner), is one of 24 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2017. Each “genius grant” recipient receives “a stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose ...Read More

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Yoji Kondo, AKA Eric Kotani (1933-2017)

Author and scientist Yoji Kondo, who wrote SF as Eric Kotani, 84, died October 9, 2017.

His Island Worlds series (written with John Maddox Roberts) includes Act of God (1985) The Island Worlds (1987), and Between the Stars (1988). He wrote standalones Delta Pavonis (1990) and Legacy of Prometheus (2000) with Maddox, and Supernova (1991) with Roger MacBride Allen. With Dean Wesley Smith he wrote Star Trek Voyager: Death of ...Read More

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2017 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to John C. Mannone. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, $2,500 is “given annually to a deserving horror writer to assist in his/her professional development.”

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to A.E. Siraki. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, $2,500 is given annually ...Read More

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ElizaBeth Gilligan (1962-2017)

Writer ElizaBeth Gilligan, 55, died October 9, 2017 of cancer. Gilligan’s first story was “Evolution” (1990), and she published several stories in anthologies and magazines. She was best known for the Silken Magic trilogy: Magic’s Silken Snare (2003), The Silken Shroud (2004), and Sovereign Silk (2017). She edited anthology Alterna-Teas (2016), wrote a column for Midnight Zoo in the 1990s, and served as secretary of SFWA from 2002 to 2003. ...Read More

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Vernon Wins WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 7, 2017: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/16).

Finalists included “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers); “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts); “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine ...Read More

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Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: the Women Hold Up Half the Sky award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Green Feather Award presented by Los ...Read More

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Ishiguro Wins Nobel

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. In a press release on October 5, 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius announced the selection of Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His genre novels include The Unconsoled (Knopf/Faber & Faber 1995), Never Let Me Go (Knopf/Faber & Faber ...Read More

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Machado Wins Bard Fiction Prize

Carmen Maria Machado won the 2018 Bard Fiction Prize for Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf). The prize “is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application” and includes a $30,000 cash prize. Machado also receives an appointment as a writer-in-residence at Bard College for the Fall 2018 semester.

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