Purcell Wins Thumping Good Read Award

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell (Raven)  won the 2018 WHSmith Thumping Good Read Award, which has been relaunched after a 15 year hiatus. The winner of the £10,000 prize was decided by combined voting from the public and award judges Peter James and Jojo Moyes.

Established in 1992 by WHSmith booksellers, the Thumping Good Read Award celebrates “the most popular books of the year” and was last awarded in ...Read More

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Dreams Before the Start of Time Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2017 has been announced:

  • WINNER: Dreams Before the Start of Time, Anne Charnock (47North)
  • Sea of Rust, C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Picador)
  • Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfař (Sceptre)
  • Gather the Daughters, Jennie Melamed (Tinder Press)
  • Borne, Jeff VanderMeer (4th Estate)

This year’s judges were Charles Christian, Dave Hutchinson, Paul March-Russell, ...Read More

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The New Academy Prize in Literature

Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou has founded The New Academy Prize in Literature 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 on December 11, 2018. A longlist of 47 authors nominated by Swedish librarians has been announced, and includes several writers of genre interest:

  • Margaret Atwood
  • Paul Auster
  • Maryse Condé
  • Don DeLillo
  • Kerstin
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2017 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced July 15, 2018 during Readercon 29 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.

Novel

  • WINNER: The Hole, Hye-young Pyun (Arcade)
  • Ill Will, Dan Chaon (Ballantine)
  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • The Night Ocean, Paul La Farge (Penguin)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle
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2018 SFPA Grand Master Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named three nominees for their Grand Master award: LeRoy Gorman, David Lunde, and Ann K. Schwader.

The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer ...Read More

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Robinson Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Frank M. Robinson (1926-2014) is the winner of the 2018 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Hand, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced July 13, 2018 during Readercon 29 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.

For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith Foundation website.

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2018 Gemmell Awards Winners

The 2018 David Gemmell Awards winners were announced at a ceremony July 14, 2018 at Edge-Lit 7 in Derby, UK:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • WINNER: Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
  • Fall of Dragons, Miles Cameron (Orbit)
  • Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins)
  • Scorched Shadows, Steve McHugh (47North)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • WINNER: Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Age
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2018 Wellman Award Winner

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) announced the winner of the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award during ConGregate 5 held July 13-15, 2018 at the Red Lion Hotel in High Point NC. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • WINNER: Scourge, Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)
  • Frost & Filigree, Natania Barron (Falstaff)
  • Amazing Grace, John G. Hartness (Falstaff)
  • The Stravinsky Intrigue,
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WisCon 42 Report

WisCon 42 was held May 25-28, 2018 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due as guests of honor. 924 full memberships were sold, plus 71 single day memberships. Programming offered 140 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. Other options included 19 reading slots with 68 authors, 23 writing workshops, 12 kids’ items, 10 gaming ...Read More

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2018 Endeavour Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Endeavour Award have been announced:

  • CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper (Xeno)
  • Ironfoot, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Portal of a Thousand Worlds, Dave Duncan (Open Road)
  • The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga)
  • A Secret History of Witches, Louisa Morgan (Orbit)

The award “honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific Northwest.” The ...Read More

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2018 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

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

Best Artist

  • Igor Baranko (Ukraine)
  • Paul Bolger (Ireland)
  • Milivoj Ćeran (Croatia)
  • Didier Cottier (France)
  • Andrew Ferez
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2018 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the fifth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Spun of Salt and Stone”, Deborah L. Davitt
  • “The Lady of Pain”, Steve DuBois
  • “Deny the World with a Thought”, Benjamin Scott Farthing
  • “The Puzzle Vault”, Auston Habershaw
  • “The Memory Bank & Trust”, Patrick Hurley
  • “Ashes for Ashes”, Kevin Kauffmann
  • “Luchadora”, Melissa Mead
  • “The Deadliest Dish”, David Samuels
  • “Ash-Eater”, Benjamin Tyler Smith
  • “Dragon’s Hand”, David VonAllmen

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2018 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year were announced July 7, 2018. This year’s winners are Carson Butler, Reese Caldwell, and Emma Sebesta. The scholarship awards $1,500 to each recipient.

Butler received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Caldwell received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Sebesta received the Dr. Yoji Kondo ...Read More

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2018 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2018 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2017 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

  • WINNER: The Powers of the Earth, Travis J I Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Drug Lord: High Ground, Doug Casey and John Hunt (High Ground)
  • Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • Darkship Revenge, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
  • The
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2018 SFWA Nebula Conference

The 2018 SFWA Nebula Conference was held May 17-20 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in humid PA for the second of two years. There were 356 registered members (including 18 who only attended the banquet), up from last year’s 307. The hotel was comfortable, with suitable mingling spaces, friendly staff, and nearby eateries. SFWA-organized tours brought attendees to Allegheny Observatory on Thursday evening. Other sightseeing options included the Andy ...Read More

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2018 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:

SHORT POEM:

First Place
“Advice to a Six-Year-Old”, Mary Soon Lee (Star*Line 40.2)

Second Place
“How to Grieve: A Primer for Witches”, Sara Cleto (Mythic Delirium 5/17)

Third Place
“Gramarye”, F.J. Bergmann (Polu Texni 12/26/17)

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)
  • The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Boy on the Bridge, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Relics, Tim Lebbon
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NZ in 2020 Changes Dates

The 2020 Worldcon bid, NZ in 2020, has changed their proposed dates to July 29 – August 2, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand, due to a lack of facility availability for their original dates (August 12-16, 2020). The event would still be held at the TSB Bank Arena and Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington.

Chair Norman Cates said, “We appreciate that this date change would make our Worldcon early compared ...Read More

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“Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages” Campaign

Members of the children’s book industry have launched the “Kid Lit Says No Kids in Cages” campaign to raise funds to oppose family separation immigration policies in the US. The campaign initially started with the goal of $42,000 to purchase a full-page ad in The New York Times Book Review, which it reached within 24 hours, and later extended the goal to $200,000 to be distributed among charities and organizations ...Read More

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Harlan Ellison (1934-2018)

Award winning editor and author Harlan Ellison, 84, died in his sleep on June 28, 2018.

Harlan Jay Ellison was born May 27, 1934 in Cleveland OH. His first stories, “The Gloconda” and “The Sword of Parmagon”, appeared in 1949 in the Cleveland News. He attended Ohio State University from 1951-53 before being expelled and moved to New York City in 1955 where he lived in the same boarding house ...Read More

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2018 Prix Utopiales Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales award has been announced.

  • L’Or du diable, Andreas Eschbach (L’Atalante)
  • Espace Lointain, Jaroslav Melnik (Agullo)
  • L’âme des horloges, David Mitchell (de l’Olivier)
  • Station: La chute, Al Robertson (Denoël)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (La Volte)

The winner of the Utopiales prize will be selected by jury and announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, to be held October 31 – November 5, 2018 in ...Read More

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Commonwealth Short Story Prize Winners

Regional winners for the 2018 Commonwealth Short Story Prize have been announced, including several titles of genre interest: “Ghillie’s Mum” by Lynda Clark is the winner for the Canada and Europe region; “The Divine Pregnancy in a Twelve-Year-Old Woman” by Sagnik Datta is the winner for the Asia region; and “Passage” by Kevin Hosein is the winner for the Caribbean region.

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1943 Retro Hugo Awards Packet

Worldcon 76 has released a voter packet with information on the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards finalists. Members of Worldcon 76 can download the packet from the Worldcon 76 website. “Not all works shortlisted for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards appear in the Retro-Hugo Voter Packet due to challenges with obtaining rights to distribute them.”

Voting is open until July 31, 2018, 11:59 p.m. PDT. Ballots are available to Worldcon 76 ...Read More

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Tor.com Publishing Opens to Novella Submissions

Tor.com Publishing will open to novella submissions for two weeks beginning July 30, 2018.

Until the end of this open period, Tor.com Publishing will be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words in both the science fiction and fantasy genres. If it’s speculative and fits the bill, we want to take a look at it.

Lee Harris, Carl Engle-Laird, and Ruoxi Chen all actively request submissions from writers from ...Read More

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2018 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr) is this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for the best science fiction novel published in 2017, and “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue” by Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2017.

Other finalists were:

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of
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2018 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse

The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse has been announced.

  • The Rain, Virginia Bergin (Bayard)
  • Les Puissants, tome 1: Esclaves, Vic James (Nathan)
  • Nouvelle Sparte, Erik L’Homme (Gallimard Jeunesse)
  • Star Trip, Éric Senabre (Didier jeunesse)
  • Le Mort du Temps, Aurélie Wellenstein (Scrineo)

The winner of the Utopiales “Youth Prize” will be selected by jury and announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, to be held October 31 – ...Read More

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2018 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018:

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • WINNER: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)
  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Provenance, Ann
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New Locus Awards Trophy

Locus will present winners of the annual Locus Awards with a new trophy, designed by Francesca Myman with art by Shaun Tan. The trophy will be awarded starting with the 2018 Locus Awards, and replaces the previous plaque design.

The 2018 Locus Awards will be held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle WA. For more information, see the 2018 Locus Awards page.

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Cardinal and Hennig Win Older Writers Grants

Ann Dávila Cardinal and J Tullos Hennig are the winners of the 2018 Older Writers Grant, given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF).

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s $500 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The SLF ...Read More

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Shimmer Closes

Shimmer magazine has announced that it will close with the November 2018 issue, after 13 years of publication. A final anthology will be released in late 2018. Publisher Beth Wodzinski says,

If you’re a reader — the site will stay up indefinitely, and we’ve got lots of great fiction for you to browse and buy.

If you’re a subscriber with a subscription that goes past November, you’ll get a separate ...Read More

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2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber)
  • All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross (Peepal Tree)

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for ...Read More

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Publishing News

Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of operations with events throughout the year, with a “kickoff toast” event at Book Expo, May 30 – June 1, 2018 at the Javits Center in NY. They will publish a history of the company, The Macmillan Story, with distribution to their employees and authors. CEO John Sargent says, “We try to keep that family feel with Macmil­lan. We believe that staying true to our ...Read More

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