New York Public Library Best Books of 2018

The New York Public Library has announced its selections for the Best Books of 2018, featuring extensive titles in categories “Best Books for Kids” and “Best Books for Teens,” subcategories for “Best Books for Adults,” and top ten lists for each of the three main categories. Genre titles appear throughout the main categories, and the top tens include several titles and authors of genre interest.

Best Books for Teens: Top

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B&N Favorite SFF Books of 2018

Barnes & Noble has announced its 25 title list of Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2018, with an additional 12 “Alternate Universe” Picks of “books that could just have easily been included” in the list of 25, and their Year’s Best Collections & Anthologies list for the same genres:

Favorite SF&F:

  • Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft (Orbit)
  • Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing,
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Publishing News

Crown Publishing Group has joined Random House Publishing group to form a new division, effective immediately, run by Random House president and publisher Gina Centrello. Crown president and publisher Maya Mavjee will leave Penguin Random House at the end of 2018. The imprints will maintain their current editorial identities. Penguin Random House US CEO Madeline McIntosh explained in a letter to the staff that “book discovery and buying patterns continue ...Read More

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2019 Aspen Words Longlist

The 16-title longlist for the second annual Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • Friday Black, Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Mariner)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

The winner will be announced during a ceremony on April 11, 2019 in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues.” Finalists each receive ...Read More

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2018 Ignotus Winners

Winners for the 2018 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Las estrellas son legión [The Stars Are Legion], Kameron Hurley (Alianza)
  • Fuego [The Fireman], Joe Hill (Nocturna)
  • La quinta estación [The Fifth Season], N.K. Jemisin (B)
  • Detrás de sus ojos [Behind Her Eyes], Sarah Pinborough (Alianza)
  • El archivo de atrocidades
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2019 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The longlist for the 2019 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes numerous titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Stay With Me, Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀ (Knopf)
  • 4321, Paul Auster (Henry Holt)
  • The Heart’s Invisible Furies, John Boyne (Hogarth)
  • A Long Way From Home, Peter Carey (Knopf)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Small Beer)
  • Smile, Roddy Doyle (Viking)
  • Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
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Burlingame Books Inc. Closing

Books Inc. in Burlingame CA will close in early 2019, with CEO and president Michael Tucker saying, “We are saddened to leave our long term customers in Burlingame, but changes in the retail environment on Burlingame Avenue have made it untenable to remain.” The local chain has ten other locations in the San Francisco Bay Area, and will attempt to transfer affected employees to other locations when possible. They will ...Read More

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EU Ebook Tax Rates

The European Union has decided after years of debate that member states may lower the value-added-tax (VAT) rate on ebooks to the same rate they charge for printed books (which are tax free in some countries). The October 2, 2018 decision by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council is “the final step to ensure that the unequal treatment of the two products – paper versus digital – becomes a thing ...Read More

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Amazon Raises Minimum Wage

Amazon has announced plans to raise their minimum wage for US workers to $15 an hour after public condemnation for their poor pay practices, including criticisms from Vermont senator Bernie Sanders. CEO Jeff Bezos – the richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of over $155 billion, who declared earlier this year that “the only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is ...Read More

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Shimmer Program Winners

Winners of the Shimmer Program’s Worldcon Attending Fund for Chinese Fans for Worldcon 77 in Dublin, Ireland have been announced.

Hu Yue (Constance Hu) and Chen Xuchang (Amelia Chen) will each get the support of RMB 10,000 for attending and staffing the con. They are expected to gain experience in the Worldcon organizational work and help with future Chinese bids.

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William Goldman (1931-2018)

Novelist, playwright, and screenwriter William Goldman, 87, died November 16, 2018 of colon cancer in Manhattan. Goldman is best known in SF circles for his novel The Princess Bride (1973), and for writing the script for the classic 1979 film adaptation. Other novels of genre interest include Control (1982) and The Silent Gondoliers (1983). He is widely famous for his Academy Award-winning screenplays like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid ...Read More

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2018 National Book Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 National Book Awards have been announced and include authors and works of genre interest.

Isabel Allende received the Distinguished Contribution to American Letters lifetime achievement award, presented by author Luís Alberto Urrea.


  • WINNER: The Friend, Sigrid Nunez (Riverhead)
  • Florida, Lauren Groff (Riverhead)
  • The Great Believers, Rebecca Makkai (Viking)

Young People’s Literature

  • WINNER: The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (HarperTeen)
  • The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge, M.T. Anderson
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Hamid Shortlisted for 2018 DSC Prize

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) is on the six-title shortlist for the 2018 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature. The $25,000 prize “is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.” The judges for 2018 are Claire Armitstead, Firdous Azim, Tissa Jayatilaka, Rudrangshu Mukherjee (chair), and Nandana Sen. The winner will be announced at the Tata Steel ...Read More

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2018 BAMB Readers Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Books Are My Bag (BAMB) Readers Awards have been announced, including some titles and authors of genre interest in the following categories:


  • WINNER: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton (Bloomsbury)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (HarperCollins)
  • Home Fire, Kamila Shamsie (Riverhead)
  • Tin Man, Sarah Winman (Putnam)

Young Adult

  • WINNER: La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume One, Philip Pullman
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FutureBook Story Contest Shortlist

Shortlisted stories for the inaugural FutureBook short fiction contest, in partnership with The Pigeonhole reading app, have been announced:

  • “Flying Lessons”, Fire Bird
  • “The Once and Future Book”, Ian Green
  • “The Paper Pages”, Jamie Groves
  • “Living Fiction”, Louise Harnby
  • “On Developments in Book Delivery Systems”, Ian Sansom

Finalists were chosen from 36 entries, judged by FutureBook associate editor Molly Flatt, The Pigeonhole founder Anna Jean Huges, and Arthur C. Clarke

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Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018

Kirkus has announced its selections for Best Fiction of 2018, including titles and authors of genre interest in several categories:

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager)
  • The Grey Bastards, Jonathan French (Crown)
  • Night Fall, Simon R. Green (Ace)
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • State Tectonics, Malka Older
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Amazon’s Best Books of 2018 published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2018, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (Europa) was the editors’ pick for best science fiction and fantasy book of the year. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt) was the editors’ pick for best young adult book of the year.

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Liu Wins Imagination in Service to Society Award

Cixin Liu was presented with the Imagination in Service to Society award during the Arthur C. Clarke “Unleash Imagination” awards ceremony and dinner, November 8, 2018 at the Sidney Harman Hall in Washington DC. The Arthur C. Clarke Foundation also presented its Lifetime Achievement award to Irwin Jacobs and the Innovator award to Jill Tarter.

For more information, see the Clarke Foundation website.

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Nebula Awards Rule Changes

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced changes to the Nebula Awards rules, effective November 15, 2018: associate members of SFWA have been granted full voting privileges, where previously this was limited only to active members, and Game Writing has been added as a new Nebula Award category.

Further updates were also announced, including changes to the Ray Bradbury and Andre Norton Awards. For more information, see ...Read More

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Prometheus Sells Pyr Imprint

Prometheus Books has sold SF imprint Pyr and crime fiction imprint Seventh Street to Start Publishing. Prometheus was founded in 1969, exclusively publishing non-fiction, before launching Pyr in 2005 and Seventh Street in 2011. Publisher Jonathan Kurtz said the sale will allow Prometheus “to more fully engage with the diverse readers in our core categories and maximize the potential of our extensive back catalog.”

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Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Legendary comics writer and editor Stan Lee, 95, died November 12, 2018 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles CA.

During his long tenure at Marvel Comics, Lee helped create iconic characters like the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, and Spider-Man. His groundbreaking collaborations with artist Jack Kirby include the Avengers and Thor. Lee popularized the “Marvel Method” of comic writing, which emphasized close collaboration between writers and artists. Under ...Read More

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Carnegie Diversity Initiative

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), which administers the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Awards for the best British children’s books, has promised to take immediate action to improve the diversity of their selections. The award, launched in 1935, has never been won by a black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) writer, and the 20 authors on the 2017 longlist were all white.

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BSFA Nominations and Eligibility Changes

Members of the British Science Fiction Association may nominate works for the 2018 BSFA Awards until December 31, 2018. Nominations may be made online here.

BSFA has changed the rules for the Best Novel category:

To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK ...Read More

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2018 Endeavour Award Winner

The winner of the 2018 Endeavour Award has been announced:

  • WINNER: The Cold Eye, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga)
  • CrossTown, Loren W. Cooper (Xeno)
  • Ironfoot, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Portal of a Thousand Worlds, Dave Duncan (Open Road)
  • A Secret History of Witches, Louisa Morgan (Orbit)

The award “honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the Pacific ...Read More

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Estcon 2018 Report and Stalker Awards Winners

Estcon 2018 was another wonderful summer event, held in the same location, Udu Farm in Estonia. Estcon is possibly the only science fiction convention in the world held primarily in the open air. The farm offers a camping area and two large farmhouses with multiple bedrooms as well as two dozen “camping huts,” each fitted with three beds, a small refrigerator, and a covered area with picnic bench and grill ...Read More

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Barnett Wins J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award

David G. Barnett will be awarded the 2019 J.F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award by Splatterpunk Awards founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene.

The Lifetime Achievement Award “honors individuals who have upheld, impacted and contributed to the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.” The award will be presented during the second annual Splatterpunk Awards, presented during Killercon 2019 in Austin, Texas.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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Gascoigne to Leave Angry Robot

Founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne has announced that he will be leaving Angry Robot Books at the end of 2018, saying, “After more than ten years building AR up into a popular, worldwide sci-fi imprint, it’s time for a new challenge. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into a new project soon.”

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Miller Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year

Circe by Madeline Miller (Little, Brown) is on the eight-title shortlist for the 2018 Waterstones Book of the Year award. Established in 2012, the award is given to an “exceptional book which simply must be read, judged from the quality of its writing to the sheer beauty of its production.” Shortlisted titles are nominated by Waterstones booksellers. The 2018 winner will be chosen be a panel headed by James Daunt ...Read More

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Self-Publishing Breaks a Million

Bowker has updated their self-publishing statistics with numbers from 2017 – the first year with more than one million self-published books carrying ISBNs. Bowker counted 1,009,188 ISBNs issued to self-published authors, a 28% increase over 2016. (That’s doubtless far lower than the actual number of self-published books, as many ebook authors don’t bother with ISBNs at all since Amazon, the dominant ebook retailer, doesn’t require them.)

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2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on October 17, 2018. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” The winner receives A$80,000 and each runner-up gets A$5,000. Finalists of genre interest follow.


  • A Long Way from Home, Peter Carey (Penguin Random House)
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2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards have been announced:

Best Traditionally Published Novel

  • WINNER: Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Girl In The Tower, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
  • Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • A Time of Dread, John Gwynne (Pan)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Master Assassins, Robert V.S. Redick (Talos)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Age of War,
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Young Writer of the Year Award Shortlist

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harvill Secker) and Elmet by Fiona Mozley (John Murray) are among the four shortlisted titles for the Sunday Times/Peters Fraser + Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, for work by British or Irish authors 18-35 years old. The 2018 shortlist consists of two novels and two works of nonfiction. The winner receives a £5,000 prize, and each runner-up receives £500. ...Read More

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