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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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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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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Walmart and Kobo Launch Ebook Partnership

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 More

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Worldcon 2020 and NASFiC 2019 Site Selections

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 More

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Frankenbook Launches

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 More

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Dozois Memorial

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 More

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SFWA Bulletin Goes Digital Only

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 More

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Great American Read

The Public Broadcasting Service is holding “The Great American Read,” encouraging members of the public to vote from a list of 100 “most-loved” books and series, as selected through a demographically representative nationwide survey in the US. Voting is open through October 18, 2018, and you can vote more than once. PBS is airing eight-episode series The Great American Read, with the winner to be announced in the finale episode. ...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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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.

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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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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.

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SF Auctions

Half a dozen letters from J.R.R. Tolkien sold at auction in May 2018 for a total of $36,000, with individual letters selling from $2,700 to $13,000. Two of the letters were sent to artist Mary Fairburn in 1968, praising illustrations of The Lord of the Rings she’d sent him, and including a signed original sketch by Fairburn. The other letters were to Oscar Morland (a British ambassador), Baronne A. Baeyens, ...Read More

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several individuals of genre interest are among the 1,057 people recognized by the Queen of England in her 2018 Birthday Honours list.

Writer Kazuo Ishiguro was knighted “for services to literature,” and bookstore founder Tim Waterstone received a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity.”

Authors Jeanette Winterson and Ken Follett received the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for “services to Literature” and “services to Literature ...Read More

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Le Guin Tribute Video

Literary Arts has posted the video of their tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event took place on June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland OR. For more information, and to view the video, see the Literary Arts tribute page.

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NPR Horror Poll Open

NPR‘s summer reader poll 2018 is open to nominations of horror novels, collections, series, and short stories. Readers can nominate up to five titles through an online form. A top 100 list will be curated by Tananrive Due, Ruthanna Emrys, Grady Hendrix, and Stephen Graham Jones and announced later in the year.

For more information, see the NPR website.

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2017 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2017 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee, author J.K. Rowling, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, and The Legend of Zelda video game series. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.

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New Non-Fiction Stoker Award Category

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the addition of a new Short Non-Fiction category to its Bram Stoker Awards. HWA president Lisa Morton said:

Works qualifying for the new award category include magazine articles, short essays, and academic papers, all of which must be at least 2,000 words but less than 40,000 words. The works must be published in a book (print or e-format), a magazine (print or online), ...Read More

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No Nobel for Literature This Year

The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the No­bel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including ...Read More

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Díaz Harassment Accusations

Junot Díaz has “asked to relinquish” his position as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board (though he remains a board member) after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and verbal abuse. The board is “conducting an independent review of allegations of misconduct.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Díaz teaches creative writing, is looking “into concerns shared on social media regarding Professor Díaz…. Both accusers and the accused have rights and ...Read More

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Royal Society of Literature Fellows

Several writers of genre interest were among the 31 new Fellows introduced into the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) in a ceremony held June 4, 2018 in London UK:

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Ken Follett
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Mohsin Hamid
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Philip Kerr
  • Adam Roberts
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Louise Welsh

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Deep Dish Reading Series

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF), Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Chicago Nerds Social Club (CNSC) have sponsored the Deep Dish science fiction reading series, held at Volumes Book Cafe in Chicago IL.

The inaugural event was held on October 7, 2017 and featured Chris Bauer, Richard Chwedyk, Meg Khoury, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Cath Schaff-Stump, and was hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2018 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Worldcon 76. An announcement has been sent to all members who registered their email address with the convention. The packet can be downloaded from the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards website in the “Hugo Voter Packet” section.

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ENMU Special Collections Library Update

After late-December flooding damaged several books and periodicals in Eastern New Mexico University’s temporary basement storage for library items, special collections librarian Gene Bundy revealed April 6 during the Williamson Lectureship that items are ready to come back from freeze-dried vacuum storage in Fort Worth TX. Once the dam­aged items are returned to Portales NM, Bundy and his staff will be able to evaluate whether they are salvageable or not. ...Read More

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Waterstones Sold

Alexander Mamut of Lynwood Investments has sold a majority stake of UK-based bookstore chain Waterstones to Elliot Advisors, the UK branch of Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund. James Daunt will remain as CEO, a post he’s held since 2011, and Lynwood Investments will retain a minority share. Waterstones has more than 280 bookshops in the UK and Europe. Daunt says they are in “expansion mode” and plan to open ...Read More

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Amazing Stories Returns to Print

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Amazing Stories is relaunching as a quarterly print fiction magazine, with the first issue scheduled to coincide with Worldcon 76 in San Jose this August. Steve Davidson is publisher, and Ira Nayman is managing editor. The magazine is open to fiction submissions (guidelines here). The first version of Amazing Stories launched in 1926 and was owned by various companies over the years; the last print ...Read More

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Pratchett Exhibition Raises £20k

Per The Bookseller, honoring best selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, the “Terry Pratchett: HisWorld” exhibition at Salisbury Museum and accompanying title Terry Pratchett: HisWorld – A Brief Guide to Discworld compiled by writer Stephen Briggs, with illustrations by Paul Kidby (Clays) raised £20,000 for the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE). The exhibition had over 21,000 visitors.

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