The European Union has decided after years of debate that member states may lower the value-added-tax (VAT) rate on ebooks to the same rate they charge for printed books (which are tax free in some countries). The October 2, 2018 decision by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council is “the final step to ensure that the unequal treatment of the two products – paper versus digital – becomes a thing ...Read MoreRead more
Kirkus has announced its selections for Best Fiction of 2018, including titles and authors of genre interest in several categories:
Best Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager)
- The Grey Bastards, Jonathan French (Crown)
- Night Fall, Simon R. Green (Ace)
- How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
- Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
- State Tectonics, Malka Older
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced changes to the Nebula Awards rules, effective November 15, 2018: associate members of SFWA have been granted full voting privileges, where previously this was limited only to active members, and Game Writing has been added as a new Nebula Award category.
Further updates were also announced, including changes to the Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton Awards. For more information, see ...Read MoreRead more
Prometheus Books has sold SF imprint Pyr and crime fiction imprint Seventh Street to Start Publishing. Prometheus was founded in 1969, exclusively publishing non-fiction, before launching Pyr in 2005 and Seventh Street in 2011. Publisher Jonathan Kurtz said the sale will allow Prometheus “to more fully engage with the diverse readers in our core categories and maximize the potential of our extensive back catalog.”
Start Publishing president Jarred Weisfeld told ...Read MoreRead more
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), which administers the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Awards for the best British children’s books, has promised to take immediate action to improve the diversity of their selections. The award, launched in 1935, has never been won by a black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) writer, and the 20 authors on the 2017 longlist were all white.
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Members of the British Science Fiction Association may nominate works for the 2018 BSFA Awards until December 31, 2018. Nominations may be made online here.
BSFA has changed the rules for the Best Novel category:
To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK ...Read MoreRead more
Founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne has announced that he will be leaving Angry Robot Books at the end of 2018, saying, “After more than ten years building AR up into a popular, worldwide sci-fi imprint, it’s time for a new challenge. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into a new project soon.”
Angry Robot was created in 2008 as an imprint of HarperCollins before becoming an independent imprint of ...Read MoreRead more
Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) has been selected for the One Book, One Chicago program by the Chicago Public Library. Numerous events – including book discussion groups, panels, talks, and film screenings – will be held from October 2018 to April 2019. Notable events include N.K. Jemisin and Mikki Kendall discussing the importance of diverse voices in storytelling on November 14, 2018, and Alec Nevala-Lee ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal to launch the Summer Scares Reading Program, “an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers.” Each year, a special guest author and a committee of four librarians will announce the selection of nine fiction titles on February 14. The guest author for 2019 is ...Read MoreRead more
James Patterson has donated £50,000 to school libraries in the UK in cooperation with Scholastic Book Clubs. One hundred schools will receive £250 in both the autumn and spring terms to purchase books, with Scholastic offering an additional 25% off to stretch the buying power. Patterson says, “Libraries are at the heart of every school, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Scholastic to continue to underscore both the need ...Read MoreRead more
On September 14, 2018, Astrid Anderson Bear and her children Erik and Alex scattered the ashes of Bear’s parents, SFWA Grandmaster Poul Anderson & Karen Kruse Anderson, from the three-masted ship Zodiac into the Salish Sea (part of Puget Sound). A small gathering of friends and family were present. Astrid read her father’s poem “Sea Burial” after the scattering, and all present toasted Poul and Karen.
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The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the participants of its Literary Horror Night: Dan Chaon, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Brian Evenson, who will read from their work and participate in a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hand. The event will be held on October 29, 2018 at Penn Social in Washington DC.
For more information, see the Eventbrite page.
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The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the results of public voting for “America’s #1 best-loved novel” during the finale episode of The Great American Read series on October 23, 2018. The Outlander, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings series came in second, third, and fifth places, respectively. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was the fourth-place finalist, while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee won first place.
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Liz Gorinsky has started Erewhon Books,
a new independent speculative fiction publisher. We opened in June 2018 and are starting to build our list with the aim of debuting our first season of new titles in 2020. We will focus on novel-length works of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other subgenres, but are open to other works of interest to SF&F readers.
Gorinsky won the 2016 Alfie ...Read MoreRead more
The Free Library of Philadelphia has chosen Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) as the 2019 selection for its annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club program. Ward will attend a kickoff event on January 16, 2019 at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia PA to begin eight weeks of programs “based on the themes” from her novel, including “book discussions, panels, film screenings, collaging and mixed media workshops, ...Read MoreRead more
The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online Winter 2019 classes: Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 2 – February 13, 2019; Lucy A. Snyder will teach “Riveting Descriptions: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Mind” from January 3-31, 2019; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate ...Read MoreRead more
Spectrum 26 is open for submissions until January 24, 2019. The annual art collection serves as a “regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year” and “as an invaluable resource for art directors, art buyers, and artists from all walks and sensibilities.” Judges this year are Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin & Kristine Poole. Chosen entrants ...Read MoreRead more
The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words)” by authors from Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific is open to submissions until November 1, 2018. For rules, including a list of eligible countries, see the official website.
Regional winners are awarded £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. English language entries are eligible, as are ...Read MoreRead more
Colson Whitehead was named the state author of New York in an announcement by Governor Andrew Cuomo on August 15, 2018. Whitehead is the 12th author so honored. The title is given every two years to celebrate reading, writing, and the arts. Whitehead will receive the New York State Edith Wharton Citation of Merit for Fiction Writers at an official inauguration ceremony to be held September 28, 2018 at the ...Read MoreRead more
Registration for the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference is now open. The event will take place at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA, May 16-19, 2018.
For registration, see the Eventbrite website.
For more information on the Nebula Awards, see the SFWA website.
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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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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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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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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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
Walmart and Rakuten Kobo have announced Walmart eBooks, an online store offering more than six million ebook titles, launched on August 22, 2018. The partnership between Walmart and Kobo additionally offers digital book cards, audiobooks, and Kobo Aura e-readers through Walmart’s website and store. Walmart eBooks content is also available through co-branded iOS and Android apps. The two companies previously announced a partnership to launch “a new online grocery delivery ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has won the bid to host the 78th World Science Convention at the TSB Bank Arena and Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington, New Zealand from July 29 – August 2, 2020, receiving 643 of the 726 votes cast. There were no other registered candidates. George R.R. Martin will be the master of ceremonies. For more information, ...Read MoreRead more
The Center for Science and the Imagination at Arizona State University, The MIT Press, and MIT Media Lab have launched a new interactive project called Frankenbook. Joey Eschrich, program manager for the Center for Science and Imagination, explains:
Frankenbook is a collective reading experience of the original 1818 text of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s Frankenstein. The project is hosted by Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination, The MIT ...Read MoreRead more
A memorial service for the late Gardner Dozois was held at the Friends Center in downtown Philadelphia on July 7, 2018, with attendees including Ginjer Buchanan, Michael Capobianca, Neil Clarke, Jack Dann, John Douglas, Ellen Datlow, Claire Eddy, Scott Edelman, Gregory Frost, Joe & Gay Haldeman, Peter Heck, James Patrick Kelly, John Kessel, Kay McAuley, Shawna McCarthy, Michael Swanwick, Gordon Van Gelder, Janeen Webb, Sheila Williams, and others. Ellen Datlow ...Read MoreRead more
John Teehan announced August 1, 2018 via Facebook that the SFWA Bulletin will no longer publish in print:
End of an era. As production manager and occasional editor, I worked on 56 issues over 15 some odd years. The SFWA Bulletin is now going digital, and the current issue is the last print one I’ll be involved with. It was a great run—one of the best gigs ever. Had some ...Read MoreRead more