to Give Away a Chicon Membership  is giving away a membership — either attending or supporting — to next year’s Worldcon in Chicago (August 30 – September 3, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago). Enter to win by  visiting the sweepstakes page at and leaving a comment. The giveaway is in part to note the completion of Jo Walton’s series of blog posts revisiting the Hugo Award winners and nominees year by year and ...Read More

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NPR’s Top 100 SF

National Public Radio has released the results of this year’s annual readers’ survey. They invited listeners to choose their favorite SF and fantasy novels (excluding YA, horror, and paranormal romances). More than 5,000 people submitted nominations to produce a list of 237 nominees, and over 60,000 votes were cast to create a list of the “Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books.” The top ten results are:

1. The Lord of the ...Read More

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2011 Jim Baen Memorial Contest Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2011 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest.

  • Grand Prize: “That Undiscovered Country”, Nancy Fulda
  • 2nd Place: “Gemini XVII”, Brad Torgersen
  • 3rd Place: “Natural Selection”, Michael Simon

The winning story will be featured on the Baen Books website and paid the normal professional publication rate. The contest is sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, and honors stories which explore the promise of space ...Read More

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Spectrum 18 Awards

The 2011 Spectrum 18 Awards winners were announced in Kansas City MO, March 12, 2011.


  • Gold: “Narco Americano”, Ryohei Hase (Playboy)
  • Silver: “The Fisherman’s Wife”, Sam Weber (The Society of Illustrators)


  • Gold: “God’s War”, David Palumbo (Night Shade)
  • Silver: “White Trash Zombie”, Dan Dos Santos (DAW)


  • Gold: “A Flight of Angels”, Rebecca Guay (Vertigo/DC Comics)
  • Silver: “Sleep”, David Palumbo (Last Minute Comics)
  • Silver: “Fables 96 Cover”, Joao
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New Scientist Flash Fiction Contest

The deadline is approaching fast for the New Scientist Forgotten Futures 2010 flash fiction competition. Neil Gaiman will help judge the contest, selecting the winner from a shortlist chosen by New Scientist editors.

Story submissions, on the theme of “futures that never were”, should be a maximum of 350 words, including the title, and may not have been previously published. Entries must be submitted by November 19, 2010.

The winning ...Read More

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