2017 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the second annual Dragon Awards were announced during Dragon Con, held Sept 1 – 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA.

Winners from the revised ballot is below. Voting was extended by two days, to midnight on September 1, 2017. For information on ballot revisions, see our prior post.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers
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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

The application deadline for the 2017 Tiptree Fellowships is September 15, 2017. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

The 2017 selection committee is Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Mia Sereno, Pat Schmatz, and Gretchen Treu (chair). For more information, or to apply, see the official website. ...Read More

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Phetteplace Wins Jaffe Award

Dominica Phetteplace is one of six winners of the 2017 Rona Jaffe Award for “women writers of exceptional talent.” Recipients each receive $30,000 and a trip to New York. Phetteplace said, “The award is intended to support my novel-in-progress, Project Empathy, portions of which were published in Asimov’s last year.” Established in 1995 by Rona Jaffe, the award is “dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively” who are “in the early ...Read More

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Joan Aiken Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction” has been announced:

  • Snow Foal, Susan Bailey-Sillick
  • The Awful Orphanage, Tim Ellis
  • The Thief of Serendib, Nizrana Farook
  • Hartboy, Sophie Kirtley
  • The Truth about Chickens, Caroline Murphy
  • Return to the Wild, Nicola Penfold

Entrants can be “contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline ...Read More

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Johnson Wins Edge Hill Short Story Prize

The 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize went to Fen (Cape) by Daisy Johnson, “whose stories are set in an uncanny and weirdly magical East Anglian landscape.” The £10,000 prize is awarded annually “for excellence in a published single author short story collection.” Works by authors born or residing in the British Isles are eligible for the award. This year’s judges were Cathy Galvin, Rodge Glass, and Thomas Morris.

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2017 Inky Awards Shortlist

The shortlisted novels for the 2017 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of potential genre interest:

Gold Inky (for Australian titles)

  • Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley (Knopf)
  • The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon (Disney-Hyperion)
  • My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier (Soho Teen)
  • Frankie, Shivaun Plozza (Flatiron)
  • One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)

Silver Inky (for international titles)

  • You Know Me Well, Nina LaCour & David
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2017 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced

  • “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
  • “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers)
  • “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts)
  • “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
  • “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine Lucas (The Future Fire 4/16)
  • “The Witch’s Knives”, Margaret Ronald (Strange Horizons
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2016 Sidewise Awards Winners

The winners for the Sidewise Awards for best alternate history have been announced.

Long Form

  • Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters (Mulholland)
  • Acts of the Assassins, Richard Beard (Harvill Secker 2015; as The Apostle Killer, Melville House 2016)
  • Azanian Bridges, Nick Wood (NewCon)

Short Form (tie)

  • “Treasure Fleet”, Daniel M. Bensen (Tales from Alternate Earths)
  • “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa”, Adam Rovner (What Ifs of
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2017 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

Winners for the fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced:

  • Grand prize: “The Blue Widow”, J.P. Sullivan
  • First runner-up: “Dust of the Fallen”, Barbara Doran
  • Second runner-up: “And Not Go Hungry”, Laurie Tom


  • “Purity”, Jennifer R. Donohue
  • “Thirteen”, Teresa Lynn Michals
  • “Tracks of the Pi Nereske”, Wendy Nikel
  • “The Gift of the Afyr”, Wendy A. Simpson
  • “My Monster”, Camille Singer
  • “Truth”, Jonathan Steinhauer
  • “Calcaneus Bishop and the Seeds
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Brian Aldiss (1925-2017)

SF Grand Master Brian Aldiss died August 19, 2017 at home in Oxford, England shortly after celebrating his 92nd birthday with friends and family. Aldiss was a towering figure in the genre. Critic John Clute called him “one of the SF field’s two or three most prolific authors of substance, and perhaps its most exploratory.” Aldiss’s influence as an editor was also profound, and his insights as a critic and ...Read More

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Jay Kay Klein Photographs Digitized

UC Riverside and the California Digital Library have digitized nearly 6,000 photographs from the Jay Kay Klein archive, part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The archive includes photographs that Klein took while attending science fiction conventions between 1950 and 1994. The UCR library plans on making the digitized photos available to the public through Calisphere.

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Worldcon News

Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:

  • “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
  • “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
  • “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
  • “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination
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2017 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and several others were announced August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.

Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)

WINNER: The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

  • All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan UK)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit,
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More Dragon Awards News

As reported earlier this week, Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi requested their works be removed from the Dragon Awards ballot, and the awards administrators declined to do so.

N.K. Jemisin then requested that her book The Obelisk Gate (Orbit) be removed from the Best Apocalyptic Novel category, citing concerns about the voting process, among other issues.

President Pat Henry reconsidered his decision to refuse the withdrawals, and chose to honor ...Read More

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Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal

As reported yesterday, authors Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi attempted to withdraw their books from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood reports that Dragon Con president Pat Henry has refused her withdrawal. Henry told her,

While I appreciate your sense of fair play, I must decline your request to remove The Hidden People from the Dragon Award Nominations.

We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors  efforts to ...Read More

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Littlewood and Scalzi Withdraw from Dragon Awards

Alison Littlewood announced that she has withdrawn her novel The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher) from consideration for the Dragon Awards in the Horror Novel category. John Scalzi has withdrawn novel The Collapsing Empire  (Tor) from consideration in the Science Fiction Novel category.

Littlewood says,

While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc ...Read More

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2017 Dragon Awards Shortlist

Dragon Con has announced the shortlist for the second Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.

The original ballot has been amended: Alison Littlewood withdrew novel The Hidden People from the Horror category, and N.K. Jemisin withdrew novel The Obelisk Gate from the Apocalyptic Novel category.

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Stephensen-Payne Wins Munsey Award

Bibliographer and pulp researcher Philip Stephensen-Payne is the winner of the 2017 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of 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. Stephensen-Payne received a fine art print by Dan Zimmer as his award, which was accepted ...Read More

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2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 48, July 28-31, 2017 at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign IL.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Kingfisher, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
  • Will Do Magic For Small Change, Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct)
  • Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
  • Thessaly Trilogy, Jo Walton (Tor)

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2017 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the winners for its 2017 REH Foundation Awards on June 10, 2017 during Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains TX.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, Patrick Burger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

  • “Nameless Tribes and Races of
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2017 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Orlando FL on July 27, 2017. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

  • The Pages of the Mind, Jeffe Kennedy (Kensington)

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

  • Constant
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Underground Railroad Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2016 has been announced:

  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
  • Occupy Me, Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz)
  • Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)

This year’s judges were Una McCormack and Shana Worthen for the British Science ...Read More

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2017 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2017 Scribe Awards July 21, 2017 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Speculative Original

  • Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Christie Golden (Ubisoft)
  • Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade, David Annandale (Castellan Crowe)
  • Supernatural: Mythmaker, Tim Waggoner (Titan)
  • Star Trek:
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2017 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:

  • 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
  • The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are ...Read More

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2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2016 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards Finalists are:

Best Novel

  • Borderline, Mishell
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2017 Endeavour Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:

  • Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
  • Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
  • Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
  • Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
  • Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)

The 2017 judges are Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The winner will be announced and receive ...Read More

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2017 Seiun Awards Winners

The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2017 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

  • United States of Japan, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa)
  • Imperial Radch trilogy, Anne Leckie, translated by Hideko Akao (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu, translated
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2017 Eisner Awards

The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21, 2017. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Short Story

  • “Good Boy”, Tom King & David Finch (Batman Annual #1)

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

  • Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)

Best Continuing Series

  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

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Jeff Carlson (1969-2017)

Science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, 47, died July 17, 2017 of an agressive lung cancer in Walnut Creek CA. Carlson’s published books include Plague Year (2007), Philip K. Dick Award finalist Plague War (2008), and Plague Zone (2009), and the Frozen Sky series. He also published short stories in several publications including Asimov’s, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Strange Horizons and was a Writers of the Future winner.

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Hartley Wins Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the winner of the 2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Steeplejack, A.J. Hartley (Tor)
  • Death’s Bright Day, David Drake (Baen)
  • Pawn’s Gambit, Darin Kennedy (Falstaff)
  • Shadow and Flame, Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)
  • War Pigs, Jay Requard (Falstaff)

The winner was honored at ConGregate, July 15, 2017 at ...Read More

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2017 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey (Thomas Dunne)
  • The Witches of New York, Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
  • Necessity, Jo Walton (Tor)
  • Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Young Adult Fiction

  • Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Jonathan Auxier (Puffin Canada)
  • Worlds of Ink
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