2019 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2019 Locus Awards. Tickets are available now.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 28-30, 2019; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Elizabeth Hand, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and ...Read More

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2018 Aurealis Winners

The 2018 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

WINNER: Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins) Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin) A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura) Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador) The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Best Science Fiction Novella

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Chilean SF Society Founded

The Aso­ciación de Literatura de Ciencia Ficción y Fantástica – Chile (ALCiff), or Chilean Science Fiction Literary Society and Fantastica, has been founded by “a noisy bunch of Chilean fans,” and has about 40 members so far. They accept mem­bers from other countries. Their projects include a Spanish-spoken YouTube channel, “Los Hombres en el Castillo” [“The Men in the High Castle”], a Facebook fan page, and blog “El Continuo Cronn” ...Read More

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Bradbury Statue Dedication

A statue of Ray Bradbury will be erected in the author’s hometown of Waukegan IL, with the dedication planned for August 22, his birthday. The 12-foot-high statue, designed by Zachary Oxman, depicts Bradbury riding a clockwork rocketship and holding a book, and will be sited in front of the Waukegan Public Library. The Ray Bradbury Statue Committee is still raising funds for the sculpture, but have already begun production. For ...Read More

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2019 Women’s Prize Shortlist

Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) made the Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist.

Several titles of genre interest appeared on the longlist including The Pisces by Melissa Broder (Hogarth), Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi (Grove), and Ghost Wall by Sarah Moss (FSG).

 The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The winner will be announced on June 5, 2019. The winner will ...Read More

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2019 ICFA Report

The 40th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA) took place March 13-16, 2019 at the Orlando Airport Marriot Hotel, with a theme of “Politics and Conflict.” Academics, writers, publishers, editors, artists, students, independent scholars, and more participated, with about 480 people attending (up from 457 last year) and about 285 either presenting a paper or appearing on a panel (down from 306 last year). G. Willow Wilson ...Read More

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2018 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees

The 2018 Shirley Jackson Awards nominees have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction.


In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams) Social Creature, Tara Isabella Burton (Double Day) We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk) Everything Under, Daisy Johnson (Jonathan Cape) Little Eve, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)


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2018 Australian Shadows Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2018 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Best Novel

Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter) Teeth of the Wolf, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming) Contrition, Deborah Sheldon (IFWG) Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren ...Read More Read more

Locus Archives Go to Duke University Special Collections

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University now houses the Locus Science Fiction Foundation collection, including 16,000 volumes of SF/F, full runs of the pulp magazines and digests, and decades of correspondence with authors such as Isaac Asimov, Octavia E. Butler, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Robert A. Heinlein, Dean Koontz, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon), and more. The collection is ...Read More

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2019 Munsey Award Nominees

PulpFest has announced the nominees of the 2019 Munsey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners.

Mike Ashley Richard Bleiler Camille Cazedessus William Contento Win Scott Eckert Ralph Grasso Stephen Haffner Rich Harvey Chris Kalb Rick Lai Sheila Vanderbeek George ...Read More Read more

2019 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Branford Boase Award has been announced, and includes the following titles of genre interest.

The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne) The Train to Impossible Places, P.G. Bell (Usborne)

“The Award is made annually to the most promising book for seven year-olds and upwards by a first time novelist.” Judges for the 2019 award are Sanchita Basu De Sarkar, Julia Eccleshare (chair), ...Read More

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Eaves Wins Wellcome Prize

Murmur by Will Eaves (Bellevue) won the Wellcome Book Prize, announced May 1, 2019 at the Wellcome Collection in London, UK.

The £30,000 prize “rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives.” Judges for 2019 were Jon Day, Rick Edwards, Kevin Fong, Viv Groskop, and Elif Shafak (chair).

For more information, see the Wellcome Prize website.

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2019 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2019 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

Halo: Silent Storm, Troy Denning (Gallery) World of Warcraft: Before the Storm, Christie Golden (Del Rey) Star Trek Discovery: Fear Itself, James Swallow (Pocket) Star Trek Discovery: Drastic Measures, Dayton Ward (Pocket) Alien: The Cold ...Read More Read more

Amazon Closing Stores

Amazon is closing its 87 popup stores by the end of April 2019. A spokesperson said, “After much review, we came to the decision to discontinue our pop-up kiosk program and are instead expanding Amazon Books and Amazon 4-Star, where we provide a more comprehensive customer experience and broader selection.” The company has opened 19 Amazon Books stores, the most recent in Denver CO in March 2019, and has three ...Read More

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Nebula Awards Ballot Controversy

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Board released a statement March 1, 2019 in response to allegations that a Facebook group devoted to self-publishing, “20Booksto50k,” may have promoted slate voting to influence this year’s ballot, a situation that drew sometimes heated responses from authors troubled by the issue. The statement reads, in part:

In light of recent events regarding the 2018 SFWA Nebula Nominations short list, the SFWA ...Read More

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2019 Edgar Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Edgar Awards have been announced by the MWA (Mystery Writers of America), including the following titles of SF genre interest.

Best Novel

Down the River Unto the Sea, Walter Mosley (Mulholland)

Best Juvenile

Otherwood, Pete Hautman (Candlewick)

Best Young Adult

Sadie, Courtney Summers (Wednesday)

As previously announced, Martin Cruz Smith was named a 2019 Grand Master. For the complete list of SF nominees, ...Read More

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Bobak Ferdowsi Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Bobak Ferdowsi will be Toastmaster at the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 16-19, 2019 at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA.

Ferdowsi has served as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, working on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and the Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Following the Curiosity landing, Ferdowsi achieved fame for the ...Read More

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2019 TAFF and GUFF Winners

Geri Sullivan won the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) to travel from North America to Europe to attend Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland, defeating Teresa Cochran, Sarah Gulde, and Michael Lowrey. There were 212 votes counted. The fund is currently administered by John Purcell in North America and Johan Anglemark in Europe. For more information, see ...Read More

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Zhou Wins Terran Award

Zhou Wen is the winner of the Terran Award scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin to cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included) for one applicant to attend the Taos Toolbox writing workshop. Applicants “must be from from a country where English is not the primary language.” The winner was selected by workshop staff including Walter Jon Williams.

Zhou was born in Jinan, Shandong province, and has ...Read More

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2019 Oregon Book Awards Winners

The 2019 Oregon Book Awards have been announced, with winners and finalists of genre interest.

Red Clocks by Leni Zumas (Little, Brown) won the Ken Kesey Award for Fiction. The Maw by Taylor Zajonc (Skyhorse) was a fiction award finalist. Judges were Kim Fu, J. Robert Lennon, and Hannah Pittard.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw (Simon & Schuster) won the Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature. Finalists included ...Read More

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HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the recipients of three awards for 2018.

JG Faherty is the winner of the 2018 Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2014, the Award “recognizes one mentor in the Mentor Program who has done an outstanding job of helping newer writers” and is chosen by the current chair of the mentor program.

Jess Landry is the winner of the 2018 Silver Hammer ...Read More

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2019 Hemming Award Finalists

The shortlists for the 2019 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

“Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum) “Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com 9/5/18) “The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 9-10/18) “With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum) “Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum) “Knitting Day”, Jen White (Mother of Invention)

Long Work

Icefall, Stephanie ...Read More Read more

2018 BSFA Winners

Winners of the 2018 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

WINNER: Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell, (Titan) Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris) Before Mars, Emma Newman (Ace) Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

WINNER: Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing) “The Gift of Angels: an introduction”, Nina Allan (Clarkesworld 11/18) ...Read More Read more

Schulman Wins Philip K. Dick Award

Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa) won the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award, announced April 19, 2019 during Norwescon 42 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac WA.  84k by Claire North (Orbit) received a special citation.

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust ...Read More

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PKD News

A first edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968) was pulled from the shelves in a Tennessee Library, to be trashed or sold at the Friends of the Memphis Public Library book shop, when staff member Geoff Hopkins noticed the book and realized its value. The library’s online sales manager Louise Brown listed the book online for $1,250, and sold it within a few ...Read More

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James on Time 100 List

Marlon James is on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2019 (the Time 100). He is recognized for his novels A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead), and profiled in the magazine by Salman Rushdie.

For the complete list of honorees, see the Time website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring ...Read More

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Tolkien Society Education Travel Bursary

The Tolkien Society has launched the Education Travel Bursary “to enable masters and doctoral students to attend Tolkien Society events and present their work and received feedback.” For details: <www.tolkiensociety.org/2019/02/tolkien-society-launches-new-bursary>.

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2019 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2019 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels) Les nuages de Magellan, Estelle Faye (Scrineo)

Roman traduit (Translated Novels)

Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters, translated by Éric Holstein (ActuSF)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

Signal d’alerte: Fictions courtes et dérangements [Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances], Neil Gaiman, translated by Patrick Marcel (Au diable Vauvert)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

SOS terre et ...Read More Read more

Powers Wins Pulitzer

The Overstory (Norton) by Richard Powers won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called Powers’s novel, “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those ...Read More

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Apex Closes

Apex magazine will go on indefinite hiatus following its 120th issue, after ten years of publication. Its last issue will be the Afrofuturism issue guest edited by Maurice Broaddus.

Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore said:

One thing that became obvious to me is that I was neglecting both myself and the book side of Apex. I need to take time to exercise, take some time for my health, do more ...Read More

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