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.

Most of the increase comes from bookstores and online retailers, which ...Read More

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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)

The Bob Morane Award literary prize was created in 1999 by ...Read More

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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)

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and ...Read More

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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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Barnes & Noble Layoffs

Barnes & Noble is laying off many of its most experienced workers following a disappointing holiday season (down 6% from the year before), with lead cashiers, receiving managers, and other seasoned employees being let go company-wide. Employees were given little to no notice of their termination, with many showing up for work only to find their jobs had been eliminated. A B&N spokesperson said the company “has been reviewing all ...Read More

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Kate Wilhelm (1928-2018)

Author Kate Wilhelm, 89, died March 8, 2018 in Eugene OR. Wilhelm was an influential SF writer and writing teacher with a career that spanned six decades. She wrote more than 40 books of SF and mystery, helped run the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference, and was instrumental in the creation of the Clarion Workshop.

Her first genre story was “The Pint-Sized Genie” (1956). Over a dozen of her stories ...Read More

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Harassment in Children’s Literature

The YA/children’s literature community has been rocked by high-profile sexual harassment allegations in recent weeks. Late last year writer Anne Ursu con­ducted a survey of members of the community, asking about their experiences with sexual harassment, and recently published the results as “Sexual Harassment in the Children’s Book Industry“. Though the article did not name names, it prompted a number of people in the industry to discuss their experiences with ...Read More

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2018 Women’s Prize Longlist

There are several titles of genre interest on the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist:

  • H(A)PPY, Nicola Barker (Heinemann)
  • Manhattan Beach, Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harper)
  • Elmet, Fiona Mozley (Algonquin)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The shortlist will be announced on April 23, 2018 and ...Read More

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2018 Stella Prize Shortlist

The Stella Prize has announced their 2018 shortlist of “powerful books by Australian women.” All four titles of genre interest from the longlist have made it onto the six-title shortlist:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar (Wild Dingo)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • The Fish Girl, Mirandi Riwoe (Seizure)

Named for Stella Maria Sarah “Miles” Franklin, the first Stella Prize ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2018 are eligible for the award.

  • Madeline Ashby, PO Box 72047, Coxwell/Danforth PO, Toronto ON M4C 0A1, Canada
  • Brian Attebery, 551 S 6th Ave, Pocatello ID 83201-5849
  • Christopher Brown, PO Box 6159, Austin TX 78762-6159
  • Rosemary Edghill, 1517 Hess Creek Court, Newberg OR
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PEN/Faulkner Finalists

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) and The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (FSG Originals) are among the five finalists for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, announced March 7, 2018. The prize “honors the best published works of fiction by American citizens in a calendar year.” This year’s judges are Andrea Barrett, Stacey D’Erasmo, and Alex Espinoza.

The winner will receive $15,000 and finalists will each receive $5,000. The ...Read More

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Windham-Campbell Prize Winners

Fiction writers John Keene and Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi are among the eight winners of the Windham-Campbell Prize and will each receive “an unrestricted grant” of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, ...Read More

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30th Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (DZANC)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Night Visitors, Owen Keehnen (OutTales)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • I Stole You, Kristen Ringman (Handtype)
  • An Excess
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Sparhawk Wins Service to SFWA Award

John C. “Bud” Sparhawk has been awarded the 2018 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Sparhawk served as the Eastern Regional Director from 2007 until 2011, when he was elected SFWA Treasurer. In 2013 he became SFWA’s first Chief Financial Officer. SFWA president Cat Rambo said:

It’s been a privilege to work with Bud throughout my time on the SFWA board. He has been instrumental in leading the organization ...Read More

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Spectrum 25 Awards Finalists

The 2018 Spectrum Awards finalists have been announced.


  • “ComicBase 2018”, Laurel Blechman
  • “The Night Mare”, Brom
  • “Mixc World Launch”, Victo Ngai
  • “Moonrise”, Greg Ruth
  • “SK2 cosmetics packaging and POP project”, Yuko Shimizu


  • “Red Rising”, Tommy Arnold
  • “A Girl & Her Friends”, Wesley Burt
  • “Heading Home”, Gregory Manchess
  • “The Old Man and the Forest”, Petar Meseldzija
  • “Serving Fish”, Victo Ngai


  • Castle in the Stars, Book 2, pages 60-61,
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2018 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Stewart C Baker
  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Jonathan Edelstein
  • C Stuart Hardwick
  • Stephen Lawson
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Wendy Nikel
  • Julie Novakova
  • Patrice Sarath
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy, paid a professional rate, and receive free admission into the 2018 International ...Read More

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2018 Aspen Words Finalists

Finalists for the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

  • What It Means When A Man Falls From the Sky, Lesley Nneka Arimah (Riverhead)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The winner will be announced during a ceremony to be held April 10, 2018 at the Morgan Library in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an ...Read More

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Peter Nicholls (1939-2018)

Author, editor, critic, and historian Peter Nicholls, 78, died March 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. Nicholls created (and edited, as long as his health would allow) The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, arguably the single most essential reference work in the field of SF.

Nicholls began working on The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction in the mid-’70s. He was general editor of the first version, The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction: An Illustrated ...Read More

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