2017 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced during a virtual streaming ceremony in November.

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Are You Scared of These Stories?
  • GnomeMatter: Cadavorue & Macoy in 2016
  • Kakos Industries
  • Nerdy Show: Nerdcasting the Multiverse: Thanksgiving Special 
  • Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3
  • Wynabego Warrior The Tale of John Waynnabe

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2017 Geffen Awards Winners

The 2017 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented annually by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Earth Afire & Earth Awakens, Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston, translated by Boaz Weiss (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2, J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, John Tiffany, translated by Gili Bar-Hillel Semo
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Ward Wins Genius Grant

Jesmyn Ward, author of Sing, Unburied, Sing (Scribner), is one of 24 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2017. Each “genius grant” recipient receives “a stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Although nominees are reviewed for their achievements, the fellowship is not a lifetime achievement award, but rather an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential. Indeed, the purpose ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Paolo Bacigalupi

Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown 978-0-316-22083-5, $17.99, 384pp, hardcover) October 2017

The famously hazy interzone between fiction for adults and fiction for youths totally inverts, evaporates, resubstantiates, and turns into a four-dimensional labyrinth when we consider a novel such as Paolo Bacigalupi’s Tool of War. Demarcations and prohibitions and expectations become meaningless or double-valued, and in the end all one can say is that, no

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Blinks: Reviews; Okorafor; Ishiguro; VanderMeer; African SF; KGB Oct 18th

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews John Crowley, Paolo Bacigalupi, Paul Cornell

» NY Times: Nnedi Okorafor and the Fantasy Genre She Is Helping Redefine

» Quartz: Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize is a victory for literary weirdness: “In honoring him, the Nobel Committee has helped legitimize speculative fiction — an umbrella term for all fiction containing supernatural, science-fiction, dreamlike, horror, fantasy, or simply impossible elements — within a global ...Read More

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New Books : 10 October 2017

+ Alderman, Naomi : The Power (Little, Brown 978-0-316-54761-1, $26, 400pp, hardcover, October 2017) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 10 Oct 2017 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316547659 • Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478999904

SF novel in which teenage girls develop the power to cause others agonizing pain and death, triggering an upturning of worldwide order. • The book was first published in the UK in

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Yoji Kondo, AKA Eric Kotani (1933-2017)

Author and scientist Yoji Kondo, who wrote SF as Eric Kotani, 84, died October 9, 2017.

His Island Worlds series (written with John Maddox Roberts) includes Act of God (1985) The Island Worlds (1987), and Between the Stars (1988). He wrote standalones Delta Pavonis (1990) and Legacy of Prometheus (2000) with Maddox, and Supernova (1991) with Roger MacBride Allen. With Dean Wesley Smith he wrote Star Trek Voyager: Death of ...Read More

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2017 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2017 scholarships.

The Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to John C. Mannone. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, $2,500 is “given annually to a deserving horror writer to assist in his/her professional development.”

The Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to A.E. Siraki. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, $2,500 is given annually ...Read More

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ElizaBeth Gilligan (1962-2017)

Writer ElizaBeth Gilligan, 55, died October 9, 2017 of cancer. Gilligan’s first story was “Evolution” (1990), and she published several stories in anthologies and magazines. She was best known for the Silken Magic trilogy: Magic’s Silken Snare (2003), The Silken Shroud (2004), and Sovereign Silk (2017). She edited anthology Alterna-Teas (2016), wrote a column for Midnight Zoo in the 1990s, and served as secretary of SFWA from 2002 to 2003. ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 9 October 2017

Stephen King & Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties (Scribner) debuts strongly at #1 on four print lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT 10.15 WP 10.08 LAT 10.08 USAT 10.01 PW 10.09 Amz (10.09) UK: Amz UK (10.09) Canada: Amz.ca (10.09) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed 30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Bardugo, The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic ...Read More Read more

Vernon Wins WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 7, 2017: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/16).

Finalists included “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

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Periodicals, early October 2017

Apex Magazine • Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Jason Sizemore • Format: Online; Ebook formats • Frequency: Monthly • http://apex-magazine.com/

October 2017— Issue 101, cover art by Rubén Castro • This issue has fiction by Dennis Danvers, Lavie Tidhar, Annie Neugebauer, Alethea Kontis, Sheree Renée Thomas, and Kate Ingram. • Nonfiction includes interviews with Dennis Danvers and Rubén Castro, a feature by Ed Grabianowski,

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Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: the Women Hold Up Half the Sky award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Green Feather Award presented by Los ...Read More

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Ishiguro Wins Nobel

British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. In a press release on October 5, 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius announced the selection of Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His genre novels include The Unconsoled (Knopf/Faber & Faber 1995), Never Let Me Go (Knopf/Faber & Faber ...Read More

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Machado Wins Bard Fiction Prize

Carmen Maria Machado won the 2018 Bard Fiction Prize for Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf). The prize “is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application” and includes a $30,000 cash prize. Machado also receives an appointment as a writer-in-residence at Bard College for the Fall 2018 semester.

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Canadian SF & F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) announced three inductees to the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame for 2017: Charles de Lint, Lorna Toolis, and Elisabeth Vonarburg. The induction took place on September 23, 2017 during Hal-Con, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia.

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National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) have been announced. The shortlist for the Fiction category includes Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category includes American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).

Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners will receive $10,000 and a ...Read More

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Jemisin Wins Sputnik Award

N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) has won the 2015/2016 Sputnik Award.

The Sputniks were formed in May 2016 by Jo Lindsay Walton as a response to nomination problems within the Hugo Awards. Nominations for the Sputnik Awards were open to everyone, with finalists selected via a tournament process called the Dungeons of Democracy. Jemisin wins a one-year subscription to Interzone.

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New Books : 3 October 2017

* Aryan, Stephen : Mageborn (Orbit 978-0-316-55478-7, $16.99, 432pp, trade paperback, October 2017) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 3 Oct 2017 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316554794 • Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478923183 • Age of Dread #1

Fantasy novel, first in a new series set in the aftermath of the author’s “Age of Darkness” trilogy, about a minority population with magical abilities in a society

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Somtow Wins European Award for Cultural Achievement

KulturForum Europa (KFE) has awarded composer, conductor, and science fiction writer Somtow Sucharitkul its 2017 European Award for Cultural Achievement. Somtow will receive the award “for his services (and also in the spirit of international diversity) — as cultural ambassador between East and West, overcoming national borders and cultural-historical barriers from and to Europe, and establishing meaningful collaborative connections in Thailand and Europe.” The award will be given at a ...Read More

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2017 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2017 British Fantasy Awards on October 1, 2017 during an awards ceremony held at Fantasycon 2017 at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough UK. The winners are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pam Macmillan)
  • The Summer Goddess, Joanne Hall (Kristell Ink)
  • The High King’s Vengeance, Steven Poore (Kristell Ink)
  • The
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Weekly Bestsellers, 2 October 2017

Various editions of Stephen King’s It dominate lists again this week, with trade paperback editions ranking #1 on four lists.


Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT 10.08 WP 10.01 LAT 10.01 USAT 09.24 PW 10.02 Amz (10.02) UK: Amz UK (10.02) Canada: Amz.ca (10.02) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed 30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer 09.11.17 / ...Read More Read more

Periodicals, late September 2017

Beneath Ceaseless Skies • Literary adventure fantasy, since 2008; publisher and editor-in-chief Scott H. Andrews • Format: Online; PDF and ebook formats • Frequency: biweekly • http://www.beneath-ceaseless-skies.com/

September 2017— Issue 234-235, cover art by Veli Nystrom • Issue 235, the 9th anniversary double-sized issue, posted September 28th, has stories by Richard Parks, Kameron Hurley, Rebecca Campbell, and T.S. McAdams, with an archive story by K.J. Parker. • Issue 234,

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2017 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the inaugural Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “The Universe is a Conscientious Gardener”, Firuza Pastakia


  • “The Last Interview of Lara Khalid”, Saniya Kamal
  • “Against the Dust”, Nur Ibrahim

Honorable Mentions

  • “Noor”, Taimoor Ahmad
  • “Rootless”, Maira Asaad
  • “Balochi Bots – The Adventures of Omar Jamshed”, Laila Kasuri
  • “The Short Life of Ali Lakri”, Zain Rashid Mian
  • “Sunless”, Saadia Pathan
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2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Several titles of genre interest appear on the list:


  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
  • White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
  • The Night
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Print Periodicals, September 2017

Black Static • British fantasy and horror magazine, debuting 2007 (formerly The Third Alternative), edited by Andy Cox • Format: Print • Frequency: Bimonthly • http://ttapress.com/blackstatic/

Sep-Oct 2017— Issue 60, £5.99, 96pp, cover art by Ben Baldwin • Stories in this issue are by Carole Johnstone, Tim Lees, Ray Cluley, and Stephen Hargadon. • Columns are by Lynda E. Rucker, Ralph Robert Moore, Peter Tennant (book reviews, including an

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New Books : 26 September 2017

+ Delaney, Joseph : The Dark Assassin (HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0062334596, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2017) • Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017 • Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062334619 • Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062688279 • Starblade Chronicles #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following A New Darkness (2014) and The Dark Army (2016), about a 17-year-old spook and his female apprentice battling evil

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Martin Receives PastWords Award

George R.R. Martin received one of five inaugural PastWords awards, presented by the Historical Writers of America to recognize “creators who have produced an outstanding body of work.” Recipients were honored at the organization’s annual conference, September 21-24, 2017 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo NM. Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes said, “Martin creates a world rich and complex; good and bad are carefully drawn sides, until ...Read More

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National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees list includes Lesley Nneka Arimah for What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead).

The honorees represent “a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each honoree will receive $1,000 at a ceremony on November 13, 2017. The selection committee for the 5 ...Read More

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Blinks: LA Times reviews; Nnedi Okorafor; Dune; John Scalzi; Annalee Newitz

» LA Times: Swapna Krishna reviews Holly Goddard Jones, Mur Lafferty, Josh Malerman, Felicia Yap

» Guardian: ‘So many different types of strange’: how Nnedi Okorafor is changing the face of sci-fi

» LA Review of Books: Will Collins on The Secret History of Dune; also, Gerry Canavan on No, Speed Limit: John Scalzi’s “The Collapsing Empire”

» Slate: Annalee Newitz explains How to Write a Novel Set More Than ...Read More

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