SF, fantasy, and alternate reality game writer Sean Stewart has written an interactive online farce called Roundabout: “A love triangle gets even more complicated when three digital beings decide they want to go back into bodies – and the audience chooses who goes where.” You can watch (and participate!) at <twitch.tv/NIDA-Roundabout> on August 6, 7, and 8 at 6 p.m. PST. Stewart created the play in collaboration with the ...Read More
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The Sunken Land Begins to Rise, M. John Harrison (Gollancz 978-0575096356, 272pp, hardcover) June 2020
One does not merely read a novel by M. John Harrison; rather, one inhabits it. Or perhaps the uncanny novel inhabits the lucky reader. For the duration of the reader’s immersion in the text (or the immersion of the text in the reader), his or her consciousness is erased and supplanted with Harrison’s elaborate ...Read More
The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Zen Cho (Tor.com 978-1-250-26925-6, $19.99, 160pp, hc) June 2020. Cover by Sija Hong.
After decades of movies, games, manga, and TV, it might well be that contemporary audiences are more familiar with the conventions of wuxia than with the classic American Western – not that there isn’t a fair amount of overlap. The crucial opening scene of Zen Cho’s The ...Read More
Interlibrary Loan, Gene Wolfe (Tor 978-1-250-24236-5, $25.99, 308pp, hc) June 2020.
There was already something of a valedictory tone about Gene Wolfe’s 2015 novel A Borrowed Man, which portrayed a glum, diminished future in which authors survive as helpless ”reclones” who could be checked out of libraries like books (or cubes or disks) – but who could casually be incinerated if they aren’t checked out frequently enough. In ...Read More
The Fantastic Fiction of Hannes Bok, Hannes Bok (American Fantasy Press 978-0990784678, $45, 448pp, hardcover) March 2020
As a kid, I used to confuse the artwork of Hannes Bok and Boris Artzybasheff. There’s a surface similarity, but when examined closer, Bok’s paintings and drawings exude a kind of Art Deco romance that Artzybasheff’s more cold and clever and satirical drawings never did. We can tell that one man was ...Read More
Honeybones, Georgina Bruce (TTA Press 978- 1-9163629-1-8, £7.00, 90pp, tp) May 2020.
Honeybones, the sixth in TTA Press’s novella series, deals with ugly subjects in beautifully written prose. Georgina Bruce immediately plunges the reader into young teen Anna Carew’s befuddled mind and places us in a ”house of mirrors… entangled with its selves, a pattern looping inwards, up stairs and through doorways and round corners…” haunted by ”endless ...Read More
By Force Alone, Lavie Tidhar (Head of Zeus 978-1838931278, £18.99, 516pp, hc) March 2020. (Tor 978-1-250-75345-8, $27.99, 416pp, hc) June 2020.
Sometimes while reading a Lavie Tidhar novel, there comes a point when you feel like he’s grabbed the wheel, grinning as he drives you aggressively into oncoming traffic and somehow pulls off moves that by all rights ought to be fatal. That’s never been more the case than ...Read More
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Winners for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).
- WINNER: The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Little Hook)
- The Blacksmith, Barbara Howe (IFWG Australia)
- The Prince of Secrets, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
- Solar Federation, S.E. Mulholland (self-published)
- Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)
Best Youth Novel
- WINNER: The Clockhill and the Thief,
Winners of the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1944, have been announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon.
- WINNER: “Shadow Over Mars”, Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories Fall ’44)
- Land of Terror, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.)
- The Golden Fleece, Robert Graves (Cassell)
- “The Winged Man”, E. Mayne Hull & A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction 5-6/44)
- The Wind on the Moon, Eric
A digital copy of Aurealis #132, the All-New Zealand issue, will be sent free to anyone who emails <email@example.com> with the subject line “Aurealis #132 All-New Zealand” during CoNZealand, July 29 – August 2, 2020.
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Several awards for services to SF fandom were presented during the CoNZealand opening ceremonies, held online July 28, 2020.
First Fandom Hall of Fame Award
- Roger Sims
First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Award
- Chad Oliver
Sam Moskowitz Archive Award
- John Carter Tibbetts
David A. Kyle Big Heart Award
- Janice Gelb and Stephen Boucher
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CoNZealand Fringe, “a project of many genre fiction fan communities” which is “not endorsed by CoNZealand,” has created “a complementary programming series to the annual science fiction convention Worldcon,” accessible on their website and free to watch on YouTube.
Programming events will livestream on YouTube from July 28 – August 2nd (PDT) at “European-friendly times.” Panelists include Jeannette Ng, Gareth L. Powell, DongWong Song, Alasdair Stuart, Bogi Takács, and many ...Read More
Winners for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced:
- WINNER: Little Paranoias, Sonora Taylor (self-published)
- Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
- Out of Water, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
- Ghosts of You, Cathy Ulrich (Okay Donkey)
- WINNER: The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
- Little Darlings, Melanie Golding (Crooked Lane)
- The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
- Theme Music,
The 13-title longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced, including several titles and authors of possible genre interest:
- The New Wilderness, Diane Cook (OneWorld)
- The Mirror & The Light, Hilary Mantel (4th Estate)
- Love and Other Thought Experiments, Sophie Ward (Corsair)
- How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang (Riverhead)
The £50,000 prize is “open to writers of any nationality, writing in
The preliminary ballot for the 2020 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF has been announced:
- Claiming T-Mo, Eugen Bacon (Meerkat)
- The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG)
Best Short Fiction
- Into Bones Like Oil, Kaaron Warren (Meerkat Shorts)
- “Whom My Soul Loves”, Rivqa Rafael (Strange Horizons 11/11/19)
Best Collected Work
- Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
- Be the Serpent
A group of SF professionals and fans, led by Anna Smith Spark, have written the following open letter to the World Science Fiction Society and Worldcon 2020 chair Norman Cates:
Dear WSFS Board members, and dear Norman,
As writers, publishers and readers of science fiction and fantasy, we are writing to express our concern that Saudi Arabia has been accepted as a potential host site for the 2022 World Science ...Read More
A Fall in Autumn by Michael G. Williams (Falstaff) won the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award, announced by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) on July 27, 2020. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.” Other nominees were
- Where Oblivion Lives, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
- The Women’s War, Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
- The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher
The 2020 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con@Home online on July 26, 2020. Winners of SF/F interest include:
Best Continuing Series
- Bitter Root, David Walker, Chuck Brown & Sanford Greene (Image)
Best Limited Series
- Little Bird, Darcy Van Poelgeest & Ian Bertram (Image)
Best New Series
- Invisible Kingdom, G. Willow Wilson & Christian Ward (Berger Books/Dark Horse)
Best Graphic Album—Reprint
- LaGuardia, Nnedi Okorafor
The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2019 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the virtual World Fantasy 2020 (WFC) convention, scheduled for October 29 – November 1, 2020.
The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Karen Joy Fowler and Rowena Morrill.
The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:
- Queen of
Rick Raphael (1919-1994) is the winner of the 2020 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. The jury particularly cites Raphael’s 1966 fixup novel Code Three (composed of three shorter works, including two Hugo Award finalists) and 1960 humor novella “Make Mine Homogenized”.
This year’s judges were Barry Malzberg and Robert J. Sawyer.
For more information about the award, see the Cordwainer Smith ...Read More
The 2019 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.
Best Science Fiction Novel
- WINNER: Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
- The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text)
- The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press)
- The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Australia)
- The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm)
- Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan
The Eleventh Gate, Nancy Kress (Baen 978-9821-2458-8, $16.00, 344pp, hc) May 2020. Cover by Bob Eggleton.
Ideological, familial, and generational tensions have figured prominently in Nancy Kress’s stories as far back as the Beggars sequence of the 1990s, and now in The Eleventh Gate they become major plot drivers. The new novel combines elements of space opera with quasi-dystopian political conflict and intrigue among a collection of extrasolar colonies. ...Read More
Uncanny 3-4/20 Black Static 3-4/20 Nightmare 3/20, 4/20, 5/20 The Dark 3/20, 4/20
Let’s start with Uncanny #33. Alix E. Harrow‘s ”The Sycamore and the Sybil” is flat-out marvelous. It has the immutabily of myth, the magic of lore, and the power of modern wonder. The narrator is a sycamore who was once a woman (if you know about Daphne, you’ll have no problem accepting that) who ...Read More
Dawn Frederick, owner of St. Paul MN-based agency Red Sofa Literary, is at the center of an ongoing controversy. On May 28, 2020, during protests following the death of George Floyd in the Twin Cities, Frederick tweeted, “The gas station at the END OF MY BLOCK is officially getting looted. Calling the police right now to let them know as someone will need to board up this place.” (Her Twitter ...Read More
Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing 978-1-25022-986-1, $26.99, 352pp, hc) May 2020. Cover by Jaime Jones.
Martha Wells has been writing excellent books since 1993, when Tor Books published her The Element of Fire. The Element of Fire, in its revised 2006 version and Wells’s The Wheel of the Infinite (2000) would feature in a list of my 100 favourite books of all time, so it may ...Read More
Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Made to Order, Edited by Jonathan Strahan, and Anthropocene Rag by Alex Irvine
Made to Order, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris) March 2020. Anthropocene Rag, Alex Irvine (Tor.com Publishing) March 2020.
I don’t think there can be any doubt that the best currently working original anthologist of science fiction is Jonathan Strahan. (Ellen Datlow probably retains that title for fantasy and certainly for horror.) Strahan’s new anthology is Made to Order, on the subject of robots and mostly their desire for ...Read More
DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 25-29, 2021 in Washington DC, has announced John Harris as artist guest of honor, joining author guest of honor Nancy Kress, editor guest of honor Toni Weisskopf, fan guest of honor Ben Yalow, and special guests Malka Older and Sheree Renée Thomas. For more: <www.discon3.org>.
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