Dr. Lindgren Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that Dr. Kjell Lindgren, the astronaut who “flew to the International Space Station on Soyuz TMA-17M in 2015 to serve as part of ISS Expedition 44 and 45,” will be Toastmaster at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 18-21, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

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SFPA Changes Name

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) announced on March 21, 2017 that they “will henceforth and forevermore (at least until the next member vote) be known as: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.” The decision was made through a vote of 134 members of the organization, who also elected to retain the original SFPA acronym.

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Fiscus Wins SFWA Award

Jim Fiscus has been awarded the 2017 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award for “his outstanding work on behalf of the organization.” Fiscus has been involved with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since he began volunteering in 1990.

The award will be presented during SFWA’s 51st Annual Nebula Conference, May 18-21, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

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SF Hall of Fame Nominations Open

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has opened nominations for the 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inductees. Anyone may nominate SF/F/H creators and creations through the MoPOP site. Nominations are open until April 16, 2017. Final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

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Brodber Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

Jamaican author Erna Brodber is one of eight winners of the fifth annual Windham-Campbell Prize. Each winner receives a no-strings-attached grant of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, and a jury ...Read More

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Díaz and Le Guin Named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Junot Díaz and Ursula K. Le Guin are among 14 individuals newly named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious honors in the arts. New members are elected only after the death of existing members, with total membership limited to 250 people. New members will be welcomed at an annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May, where academy member Joyce Carol Oates will deliver ...Read More

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2016 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the finalists for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on February 23, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Hard Light, Elizabeth Hand (Minotaur)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)
  • The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
  • Stranded, Bracken MacLeod (Tor)
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Apothecary’s Curse, Barbara Barnett (Pyr)
  • Hollow House, Greg Chapman (Omnium Gatherum)
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Call For The Best Horror of The Year

Ellen Datlow has released a call for submissions for an upcoming volume of the Best Horror of the Year series, to include material published in 2017:

I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark crime, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology ...Read More

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2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the Locus Annual Recommended Reading List!


The list is published in Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue, and 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, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Faren Miller, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Rachel Swirsky, Tom Whitmore, ...Read More

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2017 DUFF Nominee

Paul Weimer was announced as the only candidate for the 2017 Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) on January 28, 2017.

The 2017 fund is intended to send fans from North America to attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne on June 9-12, 2017. DUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the ...Read More

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HWA Endowment Recipients

The Horror Writers Association announced the winners of its first set of Young Adults Write Now endowments on January 23, 2017. Five libraries will receive $500 each to fund teen writing events. This year’s recipients are:

  • Athens-Limestone Public Library, Athens AL: “The Page Turner Program”
  • Fayetteville-Lincoln County Public Library, Fayetteville TN: “Something Wicked We Write”
  • Librarian Association of Rockland County Teen Division, Spring Valley NY: “SCRAWL: Rockland Teens Write”
  • Louisiana,
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Lord Named Worldcon Toastmistress

Worldcon 75 announced in their Progress Report #3 that “writer, teacher, and former diplomat, research consultant and part-time soldier” Karen Lord will be Toastmistress for the 75th World Science Fiction Convention to be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland.

Guests of honor for the weekend will include John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, Walter Jon Williams.

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2017 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, January 20-24, 2017.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three ...Read More

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2016 Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on January 20, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Dead Souls, J. Lincoln Fenn (Gallery)
  • Hard Light, Elizabeth Hand (Minotaur)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)
  • The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
  • The Tank, Nicola Lombardi (Dunwich Edizioni)
  • Stranded, Bracken MacLeod (Tor)
  • Into the Mist, Lee Murray (Cohesion)
  • HEX, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor)
  • Odd Adventures
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2017 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest are on the 2017 Edgar Awards shortlist, including Peter Ackroyd, Ally Condie, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bram Stoker, among others. Max Allan Collins has been named a Grand Master.

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television,” will be presented April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York NY.

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Fantastic Stories of the Imagination to Close

Publisher Warren Lapine announced on January 18, 2017 that Fantastic Stories of the Imagination will be closing after its January regular issue and its “People of Color Take Over” special issue. Lapine cited financial concerns and personal circumstances as contributing factors to his decision. He also said that remaining subscriptions will be fulfilled with electronic copies of F&SF and The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

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Survey to Help Name the Worldcon YA Award

The World Science Fiction Society is asking fans to help name the new Worldcon YA Award “The <blank> Award for Best Young Adult Book,” from a shortlist of six potential names. The names were chosen from 460 different suggestions and 1,138 responses to their initial survey.

  • Anansi
  • Lodestar
  • Ouroboros
  • Spellcaster
  • Tesseract
  • Worldcon

The survey will be open until March 15, 2017, and can be filled out here. The final name ...Read More

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SFF.net Shutting Down

Jeffry Dwight and Steve Ratzlaff have announced that they will be shutting down SFF.net on March 31, 2017 due to costs issues. The site has been up since 1996 and provides server space, e-mail addresses, and author pages for many in the science fiction community. For more information about the transition, see SFF.net. ...Read More

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Spectrum Open for Submissions

Spectrum 24 is open for submissions until January 25, 2017. The annual art collection highlights “the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide.” Judges this year include Christian Alzmann, Laurie Lee, Brom, Mark Newman, Victo Ngai, and John Picacio, and chosen entrants will be notified in April 2017.

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2017 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 75, August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. You are eligible to nominate if you have an attending or supporting membership for Worldcon 75, MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 Worldcon), or Worldcon 76 (the 2018 Worldcon) by January 31, 2015. The nomination period closes March 17, 2017 at at  ...Read More

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HWA Lifetime Achievement Award Committee

HWA President Lisa Morton has appointed Ramsey Campbell, Erinn Kemper, Monica Kuebler, John Little, and Joseph Nassise as members of the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Committee.

The committee considers recommendations submitted by the Horror Writer Association’s general membership, but is free to choose a recipient who has not been recommended. For more information, including how to submit a recommendation, see the HWA website.

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Kowal Withdraws SFWA Candidacy

Mary Robinette Kowal announced on her blog that she would not be running for President of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America in 2017. Her decision to run was made before learning current President Cat Rambo was seeking re-election. Kowal said that Rambo and herself “are politically aligned on where SFWA should be heading. We’re both interested in keeping things moving in a more inclusive and supportive direction.” ...Read More

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SFWA Changes to Game Writing Qualifications

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America board has voted to change the qualifications for game writing applications and memberships. The original qualifications were created by the Game Writing Committee, and have been amended to reflect concerns “about the exclusion of salaried writers, the limit on number of collaborators, since collaboration in games is a different model than stories or novels, and the exclusion of game mechanics.” Changes go ...Read More

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2016 NEA Fellowships Announced

Several authors of genre interest are recipients of 2016 Literature Fellowships awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts.

Diane Cook, Lucy Corin, and Aaron Their are among the writers who received grants of $25,000 each. The grants are meant to give “writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.” A total of 37 grants were given, for a total $925,000. Writing fellowships alternate ...Read More

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VanderMeer Creative Funds Octavia Project

VanderMeer Creative announced on December 6, 2016 that they will be funding The Octavia Project for 2016-2017

The Octavia Project is a free program for Brooklyn girls ages 12-17, that “uses girls’ passion in science fiction, fantasy, fan-fiction, and gaming to teach them skills in science, technology, art, and writing, equipping them with skills to dream and build new futures for themselves and their communities.” The Project also offers one-day ...Read More

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2017 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) were announced November 21, 2016:

  • Donna Maree Hanson
  • Sam Hawke
  • Belle McQuattie
  • Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein (shared)

The 2017 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a northbound trip must ...Read More

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Worldcon 75 Co-Chair Resigns

Crystal Huff, co-chair of the 75th Worldcon, resigned her position on November 19, 2016, citing career and family priorities. Huff worked for four years on the bid for Worldcon 75, which will be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. She will continue to work for the convention in a smaller role. Jukka Halme will remain as sole chairperson for the time being.

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Analog and Asimov’s Go Bimonthly

SF magazines Analog and Asimov’s are switching to a bimonthly schedule beginning in January 2017. Both currently publish ten issues per year, with eight regular issues and two “double” issues.

Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams explains in a forthcoming editorial that the magazines will now publish “six 208-page double issues” per year, a 16-page increase over current double issues. She expects the change will allow her to publish more novellas and ...Read More

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EMP Museum Becomes MoPop

The EMP Museum in Seattle is changing its name to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), officially launching on November 19, 2016 with a celebration open to the public. The new name “better reflects the museum’s vision for curating, exploring, and supporting creative works that shape and inspire our lives across many aspects of our culture.”

The museum includes exhibits on music, SF, and other pop culture subjects, and since ...Read More

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2017 and 2018 Eurocons

Eurocon 2017 (U-Con) will be held June 16-18, 2017 at the Fritz Henssler Haus in Dortmund, Germany. Guests of honor will include Andreas Eschbach, Dave Hutchinson, Autun Purser, and Aleksander Žiljak. Membership registration for the event costs €40 until April 15, 2017, after which rates will go up. For more information, see the official Eurocon 2017 website.

The 40th Eurocon (Nemo 2018) will be held July 19-22, 2018 at the ...Read More

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