2017 Endeavour Award Winners

Winners for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:

  • WINNER (TIE): Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
  • WINNER (TIE): Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
  • Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
  • Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)

The 2017 judges were Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winners received ...Read More

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Robinson Wins Imagination in Service to Society Award

Author Kim Stanley Robinson won the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation’s Imagination in Service to Society Award. He will be recognized at a ceremony during the Unleash Imagination – Shape the Future conference on December 9, 2017 at George Washington University in Washington DC.

Prior Arthur C. Clarke award recipients include authors Margaret Atwood, Larry Niven, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Sir Kenneth Robinson, as well as scientists and leaders of ...Read More

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2017 Premio Ignotus Winners

Winners for the 2017 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced at the 2017 Hispacon, held November 17-19, 2017 in Madrid, Spain:

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: El problema de los tres cuerpos [The Three-body Problem], Cixin Liu (Ediciones B)
  • La gracia de los reyes [The Grace of Kings], Ken Liu (Alianza)
  • La casa de arenas movedizas
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2017 Galaxy Awards

Science Fiction World magazine and Storycom held the 28th 银河奖 Yinhe (Galaxy) Awards November 11, 2017 in Chengdu, China. This year’s winners include:

Best Novel

  • The Heart of Galaxy III: Chasing Shadow and Light, Jiang Bo

Best Novella

  • Shining, Chen Zijun
  • Electricity Soul, Quanru Xiaojie

Best Short Story

  • “Life”, He Xi
  • “Iron Moon”, Xia Jia
  • “Möbius Continuum”, Gu Shi

Best New Writer

  • Taiyi

Best Art

  • Cover of Science Fiction Translation
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Ward Wins 2017 NBA

Winners for the 2017 National Book Awards (NBA) were announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.

The shortlist for the Fiction category also included Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category included American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer ...Read More

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2017 Nommo Awards Winners

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the winners for the 2017 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar years 2015 or 2016, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Apex)
  • Blackass, A. Igoni Barrett (Graywolf)
  • Azotus, the Kingdom, Shadreck Chikoti (Malawi Writers Union)
  • Taty Went West, Nikhil Singh (Rosarium)
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2017 Prix Utopiales Winners

Winners of the Prix Utopiales were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, known as the Utopiales Festival, held November 1-6, 2017 in Nantes, France. The awards honor works published in French.

Prix Utopiales Européen (Utopiales European Awards)

  • WINNER: L’installation de la peur, Rui Zink (Agullo)
  • Spire – Tome 1: Ce qui relie, Laurent Genefort (Critic)
  • Luna [Luna: New Moon], Ian McDonald (Denoël)
  • Merfer [Railsea], China Miéville (Fleuve)
  • Mes
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2017 World Fantasy Awards Winners

Photo/award design by Vincent Villafranca

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2016 were announced during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX. The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Sudden Appearance
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Menuge Wins XPRIZE Short Fiction Contest

“Dido’s Lament” by Aidan J.S. Menuge won the XPRIZE short fiction contest, chosen from over 1,400 entries from 74 countries. Menuge will receive a $10,000 prize package that includes round-trip airfare to Tokyo for the winner and a guest, four nights in a four-star hotel, $1,500 in spending money, a GoPro camera, a handheld universal translator, and honorary membership on the Science Fiction Advisory Council.

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Hemming Award Changes

The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) has announced changes to the Norma K. Hemming Award. The award, “designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work,” has added new categories and moved to a two-year cycle. The new categories now include Short Fiction and Edited Anthologies.

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2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Shortlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the US in the previous year.” Several titles of genre interest appear on the list:

Fiction

  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

Nonfiction

  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me: A Memoir,
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Whitehead Wins Hurston/Wright Award

Colson Whitehead won the 2017 Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation Legacy Award in fiction for The Underground Railroad (Doubleday). The Legacy Awards, which honor “the best in Black literature in the United States and around the globe,” were presented October 20, 2017 during a gala at the Washington Plaza hotel in Washington DC. Additional awards for debut fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and special merit awards were also presented.

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Atwood Receives Franz Kafka Prize

Margaret Atwood received the Franz Kafka Prize, given by the Franz Kafka Society and the city of Prague, on October 17, 2017 at the Old Town Hall in Prague, Czech Republic. Atwood was chosen as the 17th laureate of the prize by an international jury on May 22, 2017. The selection jury includes Peter Demetz, André Derval, Marianne Gruber, Oldřich Král, Jiří Stránský, Jiří Stromšík, Lorenzo Silva, and Hans Dieter ...Read More

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Saunders Wins 2017 Man Booker Prize

George Saunders has won the 2017 Man Booker Prize for Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury).

The 6-title shortlist had two other titles of genre interest:

  • 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)

Presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author, the award includes a £50,000 prize. This year’s judges were Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin ...Read More

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2017 Sunburst Awards Winners

The winners for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey (Thomas Dunne)
  • The Witches of New York, Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
  • Necessity, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Young Adult Fiction

  • WINNER: Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Jonathan Auxier (Puffin Canada)
  • Worlds
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2017 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced during a virtual streaming ceremony in November.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Are You Scared of These Stories?
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016
  • Kakos Industries
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special 
  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe

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2017 Geffen Awards Winners

The 2017 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented annually by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Earth Afire & Earth Awakens, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston, translated by Boaz Weiss (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo (Books in
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Ward Wins Genius Grant

Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner), is one of 24 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2017. Each “genius grant” recipient receives “a stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose ...Read More

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2017 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to John C. Mannone. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, $2,500 is “given annually to a deserving horror writer to assist in his/her professional development.”

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to A.E. Siraki. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, $2,500 is given annually ...Read More

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Vernon Wins WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 7, 2017: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/16).

Finalists included “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers); “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts); “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine ...Read More

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Ishiguro Wins Nobel

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. In a press release on October 5, 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius announced the selection of Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His genre novels include The Unconsoled (Knopf/Faber & Faber 1995), Never Let Me Go (Knopf/Faber & Faber ...Read More

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Machado Wins Bard Fiction Prize

Carmen Maria Machado won the 2018 Bard Fiction Prize for Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf). The prize “is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application” and includes a $30,000 cash prize. Machado also receives an appointment as a writer-in-residence at Bard College for the Fall 2018 semester.

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Canadian SF & F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) announced three inductees to the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame for 2017: Charles de Lint, Lorna Toolis, and Elisabeth Vonarburg. The induction took place on September 23, 2017 during Hal-Con, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia.

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National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) have been announced. The shortlist for the Fiction category includes Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category includes American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).

Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners will receive $10,000 and a ...Read More

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Jemisin Wins Sputnik Award

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) has won the 2015/2016 Sputnik Award.

The Sputniks were formed in May 2016 by Jo Lindsay Walton as a response to nomination problems within the Hugo Awards. Nominations for the Sputnik Awards were open to everyone, with finalists selected via a tournament process called the Dungeons of Democracy. Jemisin wins a one-year subscription to Interzone.

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Somtow Wins European Award for Cultural Achievement

KulturForum Europa (KFE) has awarded composer, conductor, and science fiction writer Somtow Sucharitkul its 2017 European Award for Cultural Achievement. Somtow will receive the award “for his services (and also in the spirit of international diversity) — as cultural ambassador between East and West, overcoming national borders and cultural-historical barriers from and to Europe, and establishing meaningful collaborative connections in Thailand and Europe.” The award will be given at a ...Read More

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2017 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2017 British Fantasy Awards on October 1, 2017 during an awards ceremony held at Fantasycon 2017 at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough UK. The winners are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pam Macmillan)
  • The Summer Goddess, Joanne Hall (Kristell Ink)
  • The High King’s Vengeance, Steven Poore (Kristell Ink)
  • The Silver Tide, Jen
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2017 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the inaugural Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:

Winner

  • “The Universe is a Conscientious Gardener”, Firuza Pastakia

Finalists

  • “The Last Interview of Lara Khalid”, Saniya Kamal
  • “Against the Dust”, Nur Ibrahim

Honorable Mentions

  • “Noor”, Taimoor Ahmad
  • “Rootless”, Maira Asaad
  • “Balochi Bots – The Adventures of Omar Jamshed”, Laila Kasuri
  • “The Short Life of Ali Lakri”, Zain Rashid Mian
  • “Sunless”, Saadia Pathan
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2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Several titles of genre interest appear on the list:

Fiction

  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
  • White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
  • The Night Ocean, Paul La
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