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 (1924-2019)

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 (1961-2018)

Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 15, 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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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

2019 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the winners of several of its awards.

Mary Kay Bray award for best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review (tie)

Amandine Faucheux for a review of The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin T.S. Miller for a review of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction by Rob Latham, ed.

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

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2019 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story includes genre titles The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy (Penguin) and The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood (4th Estate).

The £10,000 prize “recognises excellence in a single author short story collection.” Judges for 2019 are Elizabeth Baines, Tessa Hadley, and Sam Jordison. The winners will be announced on October 25, 2019 during a ...Read More

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J. Neil Schulman (1953-2019)

Author J. Neil Schulman, 66, died August 11, 2019 in Colorado Springs CO. He suffered a pulmonary embolism three days earlier and never regained consciousness. Schulman’s work was particularly influential in the field of Libertarian SF. His first novel Alongside Night (1979) was a finalist for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Award, and in 1989 it won their Hall of Fame Award. The Rainbow Cadenza: A Novel in Logosata Form ...Read More

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Amazon News

Amazon’s ongoing legal issues in Europe continue. The Federal Cartel Office in Germany has accepted concessions from Amazon regarding the retailer’s terms for third-party sellers, and has closed the “abuse of dominance” procedure begun last fall. According to Cartel Office head Andreas Mundt, Amazon has agreed to improve “the lack of transparency of the terms of business; the unexpected termination and blocking of sellers accounts…; the lack of possibilities for ...Read More

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Interactive Tidhar

Author Lavie Tidhar and game designer Jake Olefsky have launched an in­teractive SF story, “Svalvard”. Olefsky explains: “Essentially, you read a chapter, then solve a puzzle to unlock the next chapter. There are 23 short chapters in this non-linear short story. Did I mention it has robots and sentient fungi?” To read – and play – visit <www.puzzletales.com>.

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Photo Story: Laffcon 4

Laffcon 4, the world’s only conference dedicated to the work of R.A. Lafferty, was held at the Lawrence Library in Lawrenceville NJ on June 8, 2019. The event, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Library and the Northeast Lafferty League (NELL), included lectures, readings, panels, an art gallery, and a lunch reception. More information can be found at <ralafferty.com> and <laffcon.org>.

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2019 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

The Shadow Beneath the Waves, Matt Betts (Severed) Storm Forged, Patrick Dugan (Falstaff) Jurassic Jail, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)

Best Fantasy Novel

Winter’s Heir, Sarah Joy Adams & Emily Lavin Leverett (Falstaff) Fey West, Michael J. Allen (Bell Bridge) Terra Australis, Cody Higgins (Zen Mob) ...Read More Read more

2019 Dragon Awards Ballot

Dragon Con has announced the ballot for the 2019 Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website; registration for voting is open until August 30, 2019, 11:59PM (EDT). Winners will be announced at Dragon Con, held August 29 – September 2, 2019 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager) Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey ...Read More Read more

SF in Beijing Report

I had the good fortune of attending Another Planet Science Fiction Convention from May 22-23, 2019 at the Chaoyang Museum of Ur­ban Planning in Beijing, China. It’s the second year of this four-track con celebrating Chinese and world science fiction. The conference is organized by the Future Affairs Administration (FAA), a private multimedia SF company look­ing to create a meeting place for authors, fans, movie producers and directors, special effects ...Read More

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Readercon 30 Report

Readercon 30 was held July 11-14, 2019, in Quincy MA. Guests of honor were Tananarive Due and Stephen Graham Jones; Edward Bryant was the memorial guest of honor. Total attendance was 700; highest warm body count an estimated 650 on Saturday. The focus of Readercon is “imaginative literature” – literary science fiction, fantasy, horror, and their intersections. Programming was deliberately organized, with topics ranging from book-club style discussions to academic ...Read More

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Toni Morrison (1931-2019)

Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, 88, died August 5, 2019 in the Bronx, of complications from pneumonia. Morrison was celebrated for her complex and emotionally rich novels about womanhood and the black experience in America. She often used supernatural and magical realist elements in her work, notably in National Book Critics Circle Award winner Song of Solomon (1976), Pulitzer Prize winner Beloved (1987; adapted as a feature film in 1998), and ...Read More

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Clarion West 2020 Instructors

The Clarion West Summer Workshop has announced its 2020 instructors: Ted Chiang, Neil Clarke, Tina Connolly, Andy Duncan, Eileen Gunn, Nalo Hopkinson, and Caroline M. Yoachim. The six-week summer workshop will be held June 21 – July 31, 2020 in Seattle WA, with applications opening December 1, 2019. For more information, see the Clarion West website.

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2019 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2019 Mythopoeic Awards winners on August 4, 2019 during Mythcon 50, held at San Diego State University in San Diego CA.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

WINNER: Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey) The Arcadia Project: Borderline, Phantom Pains, Impostor Syndrome, Mishell Baker (Saga) In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House) The Innsmouth Legacy: “The Litany of ...Read More Read more

Vertigo, Vertigoing, Vertigone

Comics publisher DC is retiring their Vertigo imprint, created in 1993 to publish edgier and more adult content, including Neil Gaiman’s Sandman and Stardust, Bill Willingham’s Fables, Chris Rob­erson’s iZOMBIE, Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, and many other works by authors of interest. The imprint will “sunset” at the end of 2020. DC is reorganizing all of its content under three new age-specific imprints: DC Kids (for readers ...Read More

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Beagle Legal Update

Alameda County Superior Court judge Michal M. Markman ruled in favor of Peter S. Beagle on June 21, 2019 for several claims in Beagle’s civil suit against former business manager Connor Cochran, and awarded Beagle a total of $332,500 in damages. The judge accepted Beagle’s claims for defamation, financial elder abuse, fraud, and breach of fiduciary duty, but dismissed the claims of conversion of assets and elder abuse based on ...Read More

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Locus Awards Weekend Report

The Locus Awards were held June 28-30, 2019 at the Executive Inn in Seattle for the 14th consecutive year. Connie Willis and Daryl Gregory emceed the ceremony. Atten­dance reached 160, starting on Friday night with readings by Willis and Amal El-Mohtar, fol­lowed by a Clarion West-hosted party in honor of first-week instructor Elizabeth Hand. Willis and El-Mohtar also taught the Locus Writers Workshops that bookended the weekend.

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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Announces Program Schedule

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has released the daily schedule for its event programming, with over 700 events planned. The panels, presentations, and activities include:

“Special items featuring our Guests of Honour Academic Track Art Programme Children’s and Young Adult Programme Media Programme and Viewings Gaming and Gaming Programme Music, Costuming, and Artistic Programme and Performances Writers Programming and Workshops Fan Chats (Special Interest Group Meetups) And more!”

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2019 ESFS Awards Nominations

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

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Spain) Philippe Curval (France) Yana Dubynianska (Ukraine) Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia) Charles Stross (United Kingdom) Maria Turtschaninoff (Finland and Sweden) João Ventura (Portugal) Alessandro Vietti (Italy) Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)

Best Artist

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2019 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America (RWA) at their annual convention in New York NY on July 26, 2019. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

Dearest Ivie, J.R. Ward (Ballantine)

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

Bless ...Read More Read more

Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced that starting in 2020, the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award will be presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).

The $1,000 award, now in its tenth year, “recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.” Deadline for entry is November 1, 2019.

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2019 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:


First Place “After Her Brother Ripped the Heads from Her Paper Dolls”, Beth Cato (Mythic Delirium 1-3/18)

Second Place “What Loves You”, Jeff Crandall (F&SF 9-10/18)

Third Place (tie) “3D-Printed Brother”, Millie Ho (Strange Horizons ...Read More

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2019 Seiun Awards Winners

The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 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 are:

Best Translated Novel

WINNER: Mecha Samurai Empire, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa) Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha) Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by ...Read More Read more

2019 Sunburst Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (Chizine) Annex, Rich Larson (Orbit) Trickster Drift, Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada) Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Penguin Random House Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

Spellslinger, Sebastian de Castell (Orbit) Tess of ...Read More Read more

2019 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2018 has been announced. The awards will be presented November 3, 2019 during World Fantasy 2019 (WFC) to be held at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Hayao Miyazaki and Jack Zipes.

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2019 Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, including several of genre interest:

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus) The Wall, John Lanchester (Faber & Faber) An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown) Lanny, Max Porter (Faber & Faber) Quichotte, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape) Frankissstein, Jeanette Winterson (Jonathan Cape)

The £50,000 prize is “open to writers of any ...Read More

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2019 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher) The Green Man’s Heir, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower) Priest of Bones, Peter McLean (Jo Fletcher) Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit) The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories) The Bitter Twins, Jen Williams ...Read More Read more

Changes to Retro Hugo Ballot

The Hugo Award administrators have announced changes to the 1944 Retro Hugo ballot which affect the Best Fanzine category. Fantasy News has been removed, and Guteto has been added. The announcement says:

The Hugo Administrators have discovered an error in their tally of the nominations for the 1944 Retro Hugo for Best Fanzine.

In fact, Guteto, edited by Morojo (Myrtle R. Douglas) received enough votes to qualify for the final ...Read More

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