2018 Ditmar Award Winners

The 2018 Ditmar Award winners for Australian SF have been announced:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Tor)
  • In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • How to Bee, Bren McDibble (Allen & Unwin)
  • Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Hachette Australia)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Skyhorse)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • WINNER: Girl Reporter, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Book Smugglers)
  • “My Sister’s Ghost”, Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins (The Silver Well)
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Philip K. Dick Award Announced

The 2018 Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced on Friday, March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41, in SeaTac, Washington. The winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2017 in the US is Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). Special citation was given to After the Flare by Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press).

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2018 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA August 16-20, 2018. 1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of Worldcon 75, Worldcon 76, and Dublin 2019. Nominating ...Read More

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1943 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

Finalists for the 1943 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1942, have been announced by Worldcon 76, to be held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA August 16-20, 2018. They counted 204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) from the members of Worldcon 75, Worldcon 76, and Dublin 2019. Ballot information for individual categories has not been released.

Best Novel

  • The Uninvited, Dorothy
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Ward Wins 2018 Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Award

Winners for the 83rd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards were announced. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) won in the Fiction category.

The Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, established by Edith Anisfield Wolf in 1935 and administered by the Cleveland Foundation, recognizes “books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.” The current jury is Rita Dove, Henry Louis Gates ...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.

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Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Contest Winners

Winning stories for the 2017 Quantum Shorts flash fiction competition have been announced:

Open Category

  • WINNER: “Acceptable Loss“, Przemysław Zańko
  • Runner-up: “From the Ruins of Beijing“, Andrew Neil Gray

Youth Category

  • WINNER: “Two Words“, Nick Maslov
  • Runner-up: “End-User Agreement“, Morgan Long

People’s Choice

  • WINNER: “A Future with Fortran“, Lily Turaski

“Quantum Shorts is an annual competition for creative work inspired by quantum physics.” It is presented by the Centre for ...Read More

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David Bischoff (1951-2018)

Writer David Bischoff, 66, died March 19, 2018 in Eugene OR. He began publishing short fiction in March 1975 with “The Sky’s an Oyster, the Stars Are Pearls” for Perry Rhodan #66, followed by more than 60 stories, some of which were collected in Tripping the Dark Fantastic (2000). His first novel was The Seeker (1976), written with Christopher Lampton, and he wrote or co-wrote dozens of original novels under ...Read More

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2018 Rathbones Folio Prize Shortlist

The eight-title shortlist for the 2018 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced and includes two works of genre interest:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
  • White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Hamish Hamilton)

The Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK during the previous calendar year. Judges for 2018 are Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla, and Kate Summerscale. The winner receives £20,000 ...Read More

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2018 Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2018 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced and includes Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf).

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under” and published in the previous year. The judging panel is chaired ...Read More

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2018 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2017.

Best Novel Award

  • Drug Lord: High Ground, Doug Casey and John Hunt (High Ground)
  • The Powers of the Earth, Travis J I Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Torchship, Torchship Pilot, and Torchship Captain, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • Darkship Revenge, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
  • The Corporation Wars: Emergence, Ken MacLeod
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World Conventions News

Worldcon 76, to be held August 16-20, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, has released Progress Report 2.0, with a letter from the chair, 2017 highlights from artist guest of honor John Picacio, “Fans, and Food” by Christopher J. Garcia, membership details, a hotel update, info on the 1943 Retrospective Hugos, the WSFS Constitution, tips for first-time attendees, a preview of the exhibit hall, ...Read More

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2018 Desmond Elliott Prize Longlist

The Desmond Elliott Prize longlist for “a first novel written in English and published in the UK,” by an author whose permanent residence is in the UK or Ireland, has been announced. Among ten titles listed, two are of genre interest:

  • How to be Human, Paula Cocozza (Hutchinson)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker)

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Penthouse Files for Bankruptcy

Penthouse Global Media, publisher of adult magazine Pent­house and the recently relaunched science fiction and fact magazine OMNI, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in January 2018. The company formed in 2016 when CEO Kelly Holland acquired the Penthouse assets in a management buyout. The company revived OMNI last year, with Pamela Weintraub as editor-in-chief and Ellen Datlow as fiction editor. The Winter 2017 issue appeared in late 2017, and was ...Read More

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2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been announced, including a few writers of genre interest.

  • “F.A.Q.s”, Allegra Goodman (The New Yorker 9/11/17)
  • “The Metal Bowl”, Miranda July (The New Yorker 9/4/17)
  • “Do-Over”, Curtis Sittenfeld (You Think It, I’ll Say It)

Co-founded in 2010 by EFG International Private Banking and The Sunday Times, “the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate ...Read More

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2017 Kitschies Shortlists

Finalists for the 2017 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
  • City of Circles, Jess Richards (Hodder)
  • We See Everything, William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Black Wave, Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • How Saints Die, Carmen Marcus
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2018 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Baen Books has announced the winner of the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Grand Prize: “Homunculus”, Stephen Lawson
  • First runner-up: “Dangerous Company”, C Stuart Hardwick
  • Second runner-up: “Falling to the Moon”, Wendy Nikel

Other finalists include:

  • Stewart C Baker
  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Jonathan Edelstein
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Julie Novakova
  • Patrice Sarath
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a ...Read More

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Karen Anderson (1932-2018)

Writer Karen Anderson, 85, died March 18, 2018 in Los Angeles. Anderson began publishing work of SF interest with “The Innocent Arrival” in Galaxy (1958), and is best known for novels written in collaboration with her husband Poul Anderson. They co-wrote Roma Mater (1986), Gallicenae (1987), Dahut (1988), and The Dog and the Wolf (1988) in the King of Ys series, and The Golden Horn (1980), The Road of the ...Read More

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Amazon Layoffs

Online retailer Amazon.com is laying off “low hundreds” of employees, mostly at the Seattle headquarters. The terminations are primarily positions related to the established parts of the company, mainly the consumer retail business (the part that sells books, among other things). The company plans to hire new employees in growing areas, including their digital assistant Alexa, their digital entertainment division, and their Amazon Web Services technology segment. A spokesper­son said, ...Read More

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Print Sales Up

Sales of print books continue to climb, with unit sales up 1.9% in 2017 over 2016, according to NPD Bookscan (which cap­tures an estimated 80-85% of total print sales): 687.2 million books were sold in every format, up from 674.1 million in 2016. Print sales have climbed every year since 2013, and are now 10.8% above that year’s numbers.

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2018 British Book Awards Nominees

The Bookseller has announced the nominees for the 2018 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Children’s Book of the Year
  • Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo (Particular)
  • La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman (David Fickling)
  • The Lost Words, Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris (Hamish Hamilton)

Fiction Book of the Year

  • How to Stop Time, Matt Haig (Canongate)

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2018 Dell Award Winner

“Happy? Sad?” by Arthur Davis is the winner of the 2018 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is given to “the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts), ...Read More

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Hopkinson Receives Butler Memorial Award

Nalo Hopkinson received the 2018 Octavia E. Butler Memorial Award from Cal State Los Angeles in a ceremony during Eagle-Con, held March 8, 2018 at the University-Student Union of the Cal State campus in Los Angeles CA. The award “is given in recognition of impactful contributions to the world of science fiction, fantasy and speculative fiction, with the spirit and conviction demonstrated by multi-award winning author and Cal State LA ...Read More

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2018 Fan Fund Candidates

Voting is open for the DUFF, TAFF, and GUFF races.

The Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) to send fans from Australasia to Worldcon 76, or to other major conventions in North America in 2018, has one candidate: Marlee Jane Ward. Voting is open until March 31, 2018. DUFF is open to “anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom” before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a ...Read More

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2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • Wed Wabbit, Lissa Evans (David Fickling)
  • Release, Patrick Ness (Walker)

Greenaway Medal

  • Night Shift, Debi Gliori (Hot Key)
  • The Song from Somewhere Else, A.F. Harrold, illustrated by Levi Pinfold (Bloomsbury)

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Bergin Wins 2017 Tiptree Award

Virginia Bergin’s novel Who Runs the World? (Macmillan) won the 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Bergin will receive $1,000, original artwork created to honor the novel, and chocolate. She will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon 42, to be held at the Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club, May 25-28, 2018 in Madison WI.

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Stephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Scientist and author Stephen Hawking, 76, died March 14, 2018 at home in Cambridge, England. Hawking was a brilliant physicist, whose many accomplishments include the discovery of “Hawking radiation,” the energy that emerges from black holes — a discovery that marked a turning point in modern physics. Hawking was also a popularizer of science, famous for bestselling non-fiction book A Brief History of Time (1988). He also co-wrote five middle-grade ...Read More

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2018 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2018 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels)
  • Satinka, Sylvie Miller (Critic)

Romans étrangers (Foreign Novels)

  • Tous nos contretemps [All Our Wrong Todays], Elan Mastai, translated by Jean Bonnefoy (Bragelonne)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

  • Faux-semblance, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

  • Crimes, aliens & châtiments, Pierre Bordage, Laurent Genefort & Laurent Whale (ActuSF)

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2018 Darrell Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Darrell Awards have been announced:

Best Midsouth Novel
  • WINNER: Land of Wolves, TJ Turner (Oceanview)
  • First Runner-Up: Wild Hunt, Nick Rowan (self-published)
  • Finalist: Seek and Destroy, William C. Dietz (Ace)

Best Midsouth Novella

  • WINNER: A Night at the Quay, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)
  • First Runner-Up: “Luminaria”, John Hornor Jacobs (Apex 3/7/17)

Best Midsouth Young Adult Work

  • WINNER: Coney Island Book of the Dead, Sheila Martin (Narrioch)
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2018 Man Booker International Longlist

The longlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize includes several titles of genre interest:

  • The 7th Function of Language, Laurent Binet, translated by Sam Taylor (Harvill Secker)
  • 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)

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Mary Rosenblum (1952-2018)

Writer Mary Rosenblum, 65, died March 11, 2018 when the small plane she was piloting crashed near La Center WA.

Mary Freeman was born June 27, 1952 in Levittown NY. She attended Reed College, graduating with a biology degree, and worked as a medical researcher. She began publishing SF with “For a Price” (1990), and notable stories include Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award finalist “One Good Juror” (1997, with James Sarafin), ...Read More

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