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.

The packet does not contain all the nominated works in their entirety, but there is some free material in most categories. The ...Read More

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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.

Rob Wilkins, manager of Sir Terry’s estate, said, “The ‘Terry ...Read More

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Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute

Literary Arts has announced a 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 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see the official ticketing site.

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Mythic Delirium Closes

With the April 2018 issue, Mike Allen’s fiction and poetry magazine Mythic Delirium is closing after 20 years. In his editorial, Allen says,

I’m putting Mythic Delirium on what those of us in Smallpressville call ‘indefinite hiatus.’ Put more plainly, the zine is coming to an end—though I reserve the right to bring it back, should the course of my career deliver me to a point where (re)starting a magazine ...Read More

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2018 Man Booker International Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize includes two titles of genre interest:

  • The World Goes On, László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (Tuskar Rock)
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Oneworld)

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author ...Read More

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Science Fiction Names for Features of Charon

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced a list of approved names for features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. The list includes mountains named after Octavia E. Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as well as craters named for characters in works by L. Frank Baum, Stanislaw Lem, and Jules Verne.

The names were proposed by NASA’s New Horizons team which conducted the first survey of Charon in 2015. The full

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Okorafor, Anders, and Hopkinson on LeVar Burton Reads LIVE

Actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow) is featuring several science fiction authors in his podcast tour, LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! including Nnedi Okorafor, Charlie Jane Anders, and Nalo Hopkinson. Each live event includes a conversation with the author and a reading of their story by Burton. Okorafor was featured in an event on March 23, 2018 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago IL. Anders ...Read More

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LGBTQ Initiative for Worldcon 76

Chuck Serface has launched the LGBTQ Initiative with the intention of funding 50 memberships to Worldcon 76. So far, the initiative has raised enough money to fully fund seven memberships.

Funded memberships are available to SF/F fans and professionals who identify as LGBTQ. Applicants should send an email to lgbtqworldcon@gmail.com with a personal statement under 500 words including information about themselves and why they want to attend Worldcon. Applications will ...Read More

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Harlem Ess-Eff Reading Series

The inaugural Harlem Ess-Eff reading series event, featuring Golden Baker and Erin Roberts, will take place April 9, 2018 at Silvana in New York City. Baker and Roberts are both graduates of the Odyssey Writing Workshop.

The reading series is hosted by Golden Baker. For more information on future events, see the Harlem Ess-Eff website.

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Call for 2018 Aurealis Judges

The Aurealis Awards announced they are seeking judges for the 2018 awards process in the following categories:

  • Science Fiction Novel
  • Science Fiction Short Story/Novella
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Fantasy Short Story/Novella
  • Horror Novel/Novella/Horror Short Story
  • Young Adult Novel/Young Adult Short Story
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Collection/Anthology
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

The only qualifications are that applicants must be residents of Australia and demonstrate “knowledge of and interest in their chosen category.” Deadline for applications is ...Read More

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Martin P. Robinson Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Martin P. Robinson will be Toastmaster at the 2018 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 17-20, 2018 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

Mr. Robinson is a puppeteer who has worked for the Jim Henson Company for 37 years, performing a range of characters including Mr. Snuffleupagus, Telly Monster, Slimey the Worm, and ...Read More

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New Amazon Imprint

Amazon has announced a new imprint, Topple Books, to “spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, and queer writers.” Jill Soloway will serve as editor-at-large, with Carmen Johnson helping to oversee the line. Soloway says, “We live in a com­plicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by chal­lenging privilege. With Topple Books, we’re looking for those undeniably compelling essential ...Read More

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Rebellion SFF Commissioning Team

Rebellion Publishing announced the posting of David Moore and Michael Rowley as their “new commissioning team” for SFF imprints Solaris and Abaddon. According to the announcement, “The two will share commissioning and editing duties across both best-selling lists.” Moore joined Rebellion in 2009 and Rowley is new to the company, coming from Waterstones and Penguin Random House UK imprint Ebury.

For more information, see the official announcement.

 

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2018 are eligible for the award.

  • Madeline Ashby, PO Box 72047, Coxwell/Danforth PO, Toronto ON M4C 0A1, Canada
  • Brian Attebery, 551 S 6th Ave, Pocatello ID 83201-5849
  • Christopher Brown, PO Box 6159, Austin TX 78762-6159
  • Rosemary Edghill, 1517 Hess Creek Court, Newberg OR
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Science Fiction Exhibit at Pasadena Museum of History

Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, a new science fiction exhibit, opened March 3, 2018 at the Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena CA. The exhibit focuses on the history of Southern Californian science fiction from the 1930s to the 1980s. It is curated by Nick Smith, a former president of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) and “brings together an unusual range of ...Read More

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Literary Maps Exhibit at Harvard

Houghton Library at Harvard University is displaying the “Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration” exhibition of more than 60 literary maps including those based on works from Richard Adams, Frank Herbert, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more. The exhibit runs through April 14, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

For more information, see the Harvard website.

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The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund

Storycom is funding The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund, intended “to encourage cultural exchange between Chinese science fiction fans and science fiction fans all over the world.” Similar to their ongoing Program for Chinese fans, the Two-way Exchange Fund

will provide 15,000 RMB per person (this will approximately cover economic class plane tickets and hotels; the fund recipient will be responsible for all costs exceeding this budget). For the first ...Read More

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Egan Named PEN America President

PEN America announced Jennifer Egan as their new president March 1, 2018. Egan takes over the role from Andrew Solomon and will work in partnership with Suzanne Nossel, who was named chief executive officer after serving as PEN America’s executive director since 2013. Nossel says:

A writer both renowned and beloved, Jennifer Egan ’s consummate skill, insight and humanity make her a perfect leader for PEN America at a time ...Read More

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Misbound Analog and Asimov’s

Dell Magazines reported that some copies of the March-April issue of Analog and Asimov’s magazines were bound with an incorrect signature due to an error at the printer. According to editor Sheila Williams, subscribers’ issues have already been replaced but any customers or retailers who have a misbound copy can contact customer service at 800-220-7443 for a replacement issue.

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Williamson SF Library Floods

Some holdings of the Jack Williamson SF Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales NM were damaged in a flood. Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy writes in with details:

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University nearly 40 years ago. A number of you have visited the library during its existence. Our area of the main building underwent a remodel ...Read More

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PerVisions Closes

PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:

The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read More

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Brin Launches TASAT

SF writer David Brin and the University of San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center of Human Imagination have launched a new website called TASAT – “There’s A Story About That”. Brin says,

After years speaking at “alphabet agen­cies” in DC about various threat scenarios, I kept wishing there were a way to cite SF stories at them, no matter what scenario they were worried about. Finally, some of us… built ...Read More

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Skyhorse Fails to Unionize

An attempt to unionize employees at Skyhorse Publish­ing failed, with 18 workers voting to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110, and 28 vot­ing against. Twenty-three more votes were submitted but deemed ineligible. The drive to unionize has been ongoing for months, with co­pyeditor Terry Buck leading the effort in hopes that joining the union would improve employee compensation and offer better job security. Sky­horse president Tony Lyons said, “Skyhorse ...Read More

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2018 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Worldcon 76, August 16-20, 2018 in San Jose CA. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki (the 2017 Worldcon), Worldcon 76, or Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon (Worldcon 77) are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes March 16, 2018 at at 11:59 ...Read More

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2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2018 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Gardner Dozois, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, and Gary K. Wolfe;

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Patterson Funds Holiday Bonuses

James Patter­son gave away $350,000 to more than 300 inde­pendent bookstore employees as holiday bonus­es in December 2017, in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. While he takes nominations and otherwise runs the program with the assistance of the American Booksellers Association, Pat­terson funds the bonuses personally.

For the list of recipients, see the American Booksellers Association site.

 

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Sawyer Appointed to Order of Ontario

Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, that province’s highest honor, which “recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.” Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, called Sawyer “a champion of the Canadian fiction industry.” He will be invested as a Member of the Order during a ...Read More

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