FutureBook Short Story Contest Open

FutureBook and The Pigeonhole reading app are launching a short story contest to be judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke award director Tom Hunter. The contest will focus on stories that “explore the future of reading, writing, publishing and bookselling.” The winning author receives a full set of novels from the 2018 Clarke Award shortlist and will be invited ...Read More

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2018 Man Booker Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes all of the previous longlisted titles of genre interest: Everything Under by Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape), The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton), and The Overstory by 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 ...Read More

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Allende Awarded NBA Medal

Isabel Allende will receive the 2018 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Foundation. The award, which “recognizes individuals who have made an exceptional impact on this country’s literary heritage,” includes $10,000 and a solid brass medal. “Nominations for the DCAL medal are made by former National Book Award Winners, Finalists, judges, and other writers and literary professionals from around the country. The final selection is ...Read More

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Hand Receives Inkpot Award

Elizabeth Hand won the Inkpot Award, given by Comic-Con International “to honor individuals for their contributions to the worlds of comics, science fiction/fantasy, film, television, animation, and fandom.”

For more information, see the Comic-Con website.


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Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund

The Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund for Chinese Fans is now accepting applications to attend Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland. The fund is available only to Chinese citizens who live in mainland China.

Two active Chinese fans will be selected and granted RMB 10,000 each, for their attendance in and work for Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, which will be held in Dublin in August 2019. The beneficiaries should ...Read More

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2018 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2018 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “The Green”, Kath Abela Wilson (Carrying the Branch: Poets in Search of Peace)
  • Second Place: “If She Knew She Was a Ghost”, David C. Kopaska-Merkel (Polu Texni 5/22/17)
  • Third Place (tie): “Lo Shu’s Magic Square”, Deborah L. Davitt (Snakeskin #237)
  • Third Place (tie): “Lace at the Throat”, Holly Lynn Walrath (2017 SFPA poetry contest)
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2018 National Book Awards Fiction Longlist

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) fiction category have been announced, including works by authors of genre interest:

  • Gun Love, Jennifer Clement (Hogarth)
  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)
  • The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)

The 2018 fiction judges are Chris Bachelder, Laila Lalami (chair), Min Jin Lee, Laurie Muchnick, and Chinelo Okparanta. Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; ...Read More

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Folio Society Readers’ Choice Voting Open

The Folio Society Readers’ Choice 2018 survey is now open for public voting. The 15-title finalist list includes several works of genre interest:

  • “Speech Sounds”, Octavia E. Butler
  • “The Chase”, Italo Calvino
  • “The Lady of the House of Love”, Angela Carter
  • “The Signal-Man”, Charles Dickens
  • “The Body Snatcher”, Robert Louis Stevenson

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Murakami Withdraws from New Academy Prize

Haruki Murakami, who was shortlisted for The New Academy Prize in Literature, has asked to be withdrawn from consideration, explaining that “his preference is to concentrate on his writing, away from media attention.”

The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December ...Read More

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BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist

The five-title BBC National Short Story Award shortlist has been announced, with works by authors of genre interest including “To Belong To” by Kerry Andrew and “Sudden Traveller” by Sarah Hall.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony at Cambridge University on October 2, 2018. The winning writer will receive £15,000, and the other shortlisted authors will each get £600. All five stories will be broadcast with author ...Read More

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Barnes Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Steven Barnes as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis.

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the 2018 Tiptree Fellowships until October 31, 2018. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

For more information, or to apply, see the official website.



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Lackey Briefly Hospitalized

Mercedes Lackey was briefly hospitalized in early August while attending Gen Con in Indiana after she became dizzy and began hallucinating. While she at first feared she was having a stroke, she later realized she was a having a reaction to furniture, carpet, paint, and other materials outgassing in a newly renovated hotel room. She was out of the hospital in time to do her scheduled signing, and is recovering ...Read More

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Asia SF Association Established

A new organization, Asia SF Association, has been established, with Cixin Liu as president. The organization has members from China, Egypt, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and other countries. The group first met at APSFCon, held May 18-19, 2018 in Beijing, China, and held a general meeting online in July 2018 to announce the president and board members. In addition to Liu, Latssep of Science Fiction World ...Read More

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Digital Book World Awards Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the Digital Book World 2018 Awards across 52 categories. Finalists of genre interest include:

Best Book (Science Fiction)
  • Star Wars: From A Certain Point Of View, Anonymous, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
  • Candidates, Cartel, and Chaos, Sterling Emmal (Blurb)
  • Seeker, Douglas E. Richards (Paragon)
  • Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Book (Horror)

  • Gilchrist, Christian Galacar (self-published)
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2018 National Book Awards Longlists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Translated Literature and Young People’s Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Translated Literature longlist includes: Disoriental by Négar Djavadi, translated by Tina Kover (Europa Editions); Comemadre by Roque Larraquy, translated by Heather Cleary (Coffee House); Wait, Blink: A Perfect Picture of Inner Life by Gunnhild Øyehaug, translated by Kari Dickson (Farrar, Straus, Giroux); The Emissary by ...Read More

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Audies Revamped

The Audio Publishers As­sociation has announced that the Audie Awards will no longer hold their gala event during Book Expo, with the 2019 awards moving to March 4 in order “to improve our chances of gathering media attention” and to “increase visibility and also make the night less expensive for attendees,” according to APA president Linda Lee. The ceremony will be held in New York, though a venue has not ...Read More

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2018 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Unmoving Stars, Dave Creek (self-published)
  • Belly of the Beast, Katina French (Per Bastet)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Black Lily, Mandy & G.D. Burkhead (Burkshelf)
  • The Rite of Wands, Mackenzie Flohr (Indigo)

Best Horror Novel

  • Knife’s Tell, Daniel Dark (Seventh Star)
  • Dark and Deadly Things, Kelly Martin (self-published)

Best Urban Fantasy

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Abrams Acquires Overlook

Abrams has purchased The Overlook Press, with some em­ployees (notably publisher Tracy Carns) set to remain after the transition. The move began in August 2018, with Abrams taking immediate control of all editorial, marketing, and business elements, and planning to take over sales and distribution once existing service contracts run out – Overlook is currently distributed by Nor­ton, while Abrams is distributed by Hachette Book Group.

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Frazetta News

Frank Frazetta’s 1972 painting “Escape from Venus”, used as the cover for the eponymous Edgar Rice Burroughs volume in 1974, sold for $660,000 at auction in August 2018, the third-highest price yet for a Frazetta painting auctioned in the US – “Death Dealer 6” (1990) sold for $1.79 million this past May.



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SF in SF Presents George R.R. Martin in Conversation with John Picacio

George R.R. Martin appeared on stage in conversation with artist John Picacio on August 14, 2018 at the historic Fox Theatre in Redwood City CA. The event was hosted by SF in SF, with proceeds from ticket sales benefitting the Locus Science Fiction Foundation. An audience of nearly 600 (including various genre luminaries in town for Worldcon) gathered for a wide-ranging discussion that stretched over more than two hours (with ...Read More

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Space and Time Magazine Closing

Space and Time has announced that it will close after 52 years of continuous publication. They plan to produce two more issues, one before the end of 2018 and one in 2019. Editor-in-chief Hildy Silverman says:

The expenses associated with printing and shipping issues have outpaced income by a ridiculous margin — quite simply, S&T no longer has enough subscribers to remain viable. And, as I have a day job ...Read More

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2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award Finalists

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr (Allen & Unwin) is one of the five titles shortlisted for the 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. The C$50,000 prize, awarded “for the most distinguished book of the year,” is sponsored by the Toronto-Dominion Bank Group and administered by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC).

For more information, including a complete list of finalists, see the CCBC website.

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Tor Tests Windowing

Starting in July, Tor Books has begun delaying release of ebook ver­sions of some titles to the library market for four months after the on-sale date as “part of a test program to determine the impact of eLending on retail sales.” They plan to “work closely with our library vendors who service this channel to evaluate the results and develop ongoing terms that will best support Tor’s authors, their agents, ...Read More

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Wilde Wins Eugie Award

“Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9/17) is the winner of the 2018 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), announced September 1, 2018 at Dragon Con, held at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA. Other finalists were:

  • “Infinite Love Engine”, Violet Allen (Lightspeed 4/17)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A
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2018 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 Dragon Awards were announced at Dragon Con on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown)
  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Mutineer’s Daughter, Chris Kennedy & Thomas A. Mays (Theogony)
  • Sins of Her Father, Mike Kupari (Baen)
  • Win, Vera Nazarian (Norilana)
  • It Takes Death to Reach a Star, Gareth Worthington & Stu Jones
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Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award

“Family Over Blood” by Kacey Ezell (Forged in Blood) is the winner of Baen‘s fourth annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award, announced September 1, 2018 at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA. The prize includes $500 and an inscribed plaque.

The winner was selected by public vote from 15 finalist stories published in The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Vol. 4, edited by David Afsharirad (Baen). ...Read More

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Millard Retires

Agent Martha Millard is retiring, effective immedi­ately. She ran her eponymous literary agency for 35 years, and spent the past three years working at Sterling Lord Literistic. She says,

I need to focus my attention on maintaining my health, as I have Parkinson’s. It’s been hugely satisfying to work with some of the best writers in the SF, fantasy, and general field, and I feel fully confident leaving my wonderful ...Read More

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Worldcon 76 San Jose 2018

Worldcon 76 was held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. Guests of honor were Spider Rob­inson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, John Picacio, Frank Hayes, and Pierre & Sandy Pettinger. Edgar Pangborn and Bob Wilkins were memorial ghosts of honor.

According to preliminary num­bers, the convention had 5,440 warm bodies on site, out of 7,864 members total (including 1,771 supporting members).

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2018 Glass Bell Award Shortlist

Laura Purcell’s horror novel The Silent Companions (Raven) is one of six titles on the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award shortlist.

The award was established in 2017 by independent bookstore Goldsboro Books for novels with “compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised.” The winning title will be announced September 27, 2018 and the author will receive £2,000 as well as a  ...Read More

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The New Academy Prize Shortlist

The four-person shortlist for The New Academy Prize in Literature includes three authors of genre interest: Maryse Condé, Neil Gaiman, and Haruki Murakami. (Vietnamese-Canadian author Kim Thúy is the fourth.) The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December 2018.

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2018 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners of the the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction,” were announced at Killercon 2018, held August 24-26, 2018 at the Wingate by Wyndham Conference Center in Round Rock TX.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: White Trash Gothic, Edward Lee (Deadite)
  • Containment: The Death of Earth, Charlee Jacob (Necro)
  • Exorcist Falls, Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin)
  • The Hematophages, Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin)
  • Spermjackers From
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