Kensington Launches SF Imprint

Kensington is launching a new digital SF imprint, Rebel Base Books, in fall 2017, starting with Barb Hendee’s Through a Dark Glass. They will focus on space travel and traditional “soft” SF thrillers, alternate worlds and histories, and classic epic fantasy.

All Kensington’s editors will be acquiring for the new imprint, and they are actively seeking submissions. For more information, see their site. ...Read More

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Changes at Bloomsbury USA

Cindy Loh has been promoted to the newly created role of vice-president and director of consumer publishing at Bloomsbury USA following the company’s decision to divide its worldwide business into consumer and non-consumer divisions. She has been the director of children’s publishing at Bloomsbury since 2012, following two years at Sterling and senior editorial experience at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins. Loh will now oversee adult and children’s publishing ...Read More

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Hachette Sues Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night (among other titles), is being sued by Hachette Book Group for breach of contract. The publisher is suing to recover the $500,000 (plus interest) they paid for a book they allege the author never delivered.

Hachette and Grahame-Smith made a $4 million deal for two new books following 2010’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with $1 million paid on ...Read More

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Inaugural Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new professional organization for African science fiction and fantasy, will formally announce the creation of the Nommo Awards at the Aké Festival, to be held November 15-19, 2016 at the Arts and Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria. A prize of $3,000 will be shared among the winners of four categories: best novel ($1,000), best novella ($500), best short story ($500), and best graphic novel ...Read More

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2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced August 20, 2016 at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

Best Novel (3,695 nominating ballots)

  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US)
  • The Aeronaut’s Windlass, Jim Butcher (Roc)
  • Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
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Gunn Receives Lifetime Teaching Award

SFWA Grand Master James Gunn has received an award from the Western Colorado State University. Gunn is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Kansas, where he also created the Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

The Writing the Rockies Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Creative Writing goes each year to a committed, accomplished teacher and writer who demonstrates decades of devotion to students. ...Read More

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Le Guin Feminist SF Fellowship

The 2016 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship is open to applications until 5 p.m. September 2, 2016. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women in Society, Robert D. Clark Honors College, and University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), the $3,000 award “supports travel for the purpose of research on, and work with, the papers of feminist science fiction authors housed in SCUA.”

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Gill Named Executive Editor at Tor/Forge

Diana Gill has joined Tor/Forge as executive editor. Gill managed Harper Voyager US for twelve years before moving to the Berkley Publishing Group in 2014.

President and publisher Tom Doherty announced hiring Gill along with several staff promotions and hires on July 28, 2016.

For Tor, Liz Gorinsky and Miriam Weinberg have both been promoted to senior editor, Jennifer Gunnels and Diana Pho were promoted to editor, Christopher Morgan has ...Read More

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SFWA Opens to Game Writers

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will be open to active membership applications from game writers, beginning August 1, 2016.

The decision was made by a membership-wide vote. “Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.” Eligibility requirements use a benchmark based on income. ...Read More

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Stephen King Honored by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announced on July 12, 2016 that they will be honoring Stephen King for his lifetime of work promoting literacy. King will be opening the main stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, where he will give a free presentation and be recognized by the Library. The National Book Festival takes place on September 24, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in ...Read More

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New InterGalactic Medicine Show Editor

Scott M. Roberts has taken over as editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, starting with the new July/August 2016 issue, #51. Roberts has been assistant editor for the magazine for years, and guest edited issue #41. He replaces editor Edmund R. Schubert, who announced his departure in the April 2016 issue.

For more information, visit the Intergalactic Medicine Show website. ...Read More

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Merril Wins Rediscovery Award

Judith Merril (1923-1997) is the winner of the 2015 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Hand, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced at Readercon 27, held July 7-10, 2016 in Quincy MA. In a Facebook comment on July 9, Sawyer said:

We did indeed select Judith Merril as the winner this ...Read More

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Sawyer Receives Canadian Honor

Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Canada, one of that country’s highest civilian honors, in recognition of a lifetime of outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Sawyer was invested as a Member of the Order “for his accomplishments as a science-fiction writer and mentor and for his contributions as a futurist.” The full list of recipients was released by Governor-General David ...Read More

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YA Endowment from HWA

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the “Young Adults Write Now” endowment program to fund teen writing events in libraries:

The Young Adults Write Now fund will provide up to five endowments of $500 each per year for selected libraries to establish new, or support ongoing, writing programs. The program is currently open to United States libraries, but will be expanded in the future to include other countries, as ...Read More

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Lemonade Award

Nalo Hopkinson announced May 29, 2016, during her WisCon 40 guest of honor talk, that she is creating the Lemonade Award to recognize those “who perform small and large actions of kindness” in the SF field. In her speech, she said:

I’m starting an award, an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction ...Read More

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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Bids

Two bids have been formally filed to host the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in 2018: New Orleans LA and San Jose CA.

Louisiana fan organization the Tricentennial Science Fiction Convention Fandom proposes to hold the Worldcon at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans August 23-27, 2018. For more information, see their bid website.

San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (doing business as “San Jose in 2018”) ...Read More

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2016 SFWA Election Results

On May 14, 2016 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the following election results at their business meeting:

  • Vice President: M.C.A. Hogarth, re-elected, unopposed
  • CFO: Bud Sparhawk, re-elected, unopposed
  • Director at Large: Justina Ireland
  • Director at Large: Lawrence M. Schoen

Elections are for two-year term positions. A vote to admit game writers into SFWA was also confirmed, and membership criteria will be established with consultation from the ...Read More

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2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists, Revised

The Hugo Awards ballot entries for best short story and best fanzine were revised May 6, 2016 due to nominees Thomas A. Mays and Black Gate withdrawing from consideration. They were replaced by “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15) and Lady Business.

The revised Hugo Awards Ballot and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are below, as announced by MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction ...Read More

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SF Signal Shuts Down

Co-founders John DeNardo and J.P. Frantz have announced that SF Signal will close down. As of May 5, 2016 the site will no longer be updated. The announcement was made on the SF Signal blog, in which they say:

The reason is boringly simple: time. As the blog has grown, so has its demands for our attention. That is time we would rather spend with our families. We considered scaling ...Read More

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Dragon Con Announces the Dragon Awards

Dragon Con, the “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film” has announced the creation of the Dragon Awards.

Described as a “fans-focused” process, voting is open to “all of the fans of all forms of science fiction.”

Nominations will be accepted from “early April until July 25,” with a final ballot to be announced August 2, 2016. For eligibility, ...Read More

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World Fantasy Award Trophy Submissions Update

The World Fantasy Awards administration has updated their call for new trophy designs, which was originally announced in November 2015, adding compensation for the winning design: two complimentary memberships to World Fantasy Conventions for ten years; two banquet tickets for the 2016 World Fantasy Convention and complimentary space in the Columbus art room; and discounted art space for ten years after 2016.

They said:

Between now and September 30, 2016 ...Read More

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Gill Leaves Ace

Executive editor Diana Gill’s position at Ace/Roc has been “eliminated… as part of the reorganization” at Berkley (which we reported on earlier). Her last day is today, March 18, 2016.

Gill’s assistant Rebecca Brewer has been promoted to associate editor, and will take over most of Gill’s list, with the remainder going to Anne Sowards and Jessica Wade, who remain with the company. ...Read More

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Cuts at Berkley/NAL

According to a spokesperson at Berkley, “a number of positions at Berkley/NAL have been eliminated. Per corporate policy, we will not identify or comment further about the specific positions or individuals affected.”

Sources online including Publishers Lunch indicate that “at least four editors and other support staff have been let go,” with positions at SF imprints Ace and Roc among those cut. Berkley/NAL ceased to exist as a separate division ...Read More

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Perseus Book Group Sold

Perseus Book Group has agreed to sell its publishing business to Hachette Book Group  and its distribution business to Ingram Content Group, both for undisclosed sums. Hachette made a previous bid to acquire Perseus in 2014, but the deal fell through.

Perseus has 6,000 backlist titles and publishes about 500 books a year through various imprints, including Avalon Books and Running Press, with revenues of about $100 million. Their client ...Read More

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2016 World Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify; only living authors and editors are eligible; all books must have a 2015 publication date and all magazines a 2015 cover date.

To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and Peter Dennis Pautz by June 1, 2016:

Laird Barron
10 Linden LN, Apt 1
Kingston NY 12401-7867 ...Read More

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Hodgman Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that John Hodgman, “the longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” will be Toastmaster at the 2016 Nebula Awards Weekend, the 50th anniversary of the Awards, to be held May 12-15, 2016, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago IL.

In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA will present the Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, ...Read More

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2015 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the Locus Annual Recommended Reading List!

The list is published in Locus Magazine’s February 2016 issue, and is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers — Liza Groen Trombi, Gary K. Wolfe, Jonathan Strahan, Faren Miller, Russell Letson, Graham Sleight, Adrienne Martini, Carolyn Cushman, Tim Pratt, Karen Burnham, Gardner Dozois, Rich Horton, Cheryl Morgan, Paul Kincaid, Ysabeau Wilce, Liz Bourke, Colleen Mondor, James Bradley, and others — with ...Read More

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