Ian Mond Reviews Red Dust by Yoss

Red Dust, Yoss (Restless Books 978-1632062468, $16.99, 208pp, tp) July 2020.

Red Dust, Yoss’s latest novel to be translated into English, is an entertaining yarn narrated by a positronic robot (or “pozzie”) named Ray­mond in honour of its favourite author. Alongside its fellow automatons, Raymond guards the corridors and docking bays of space-station, the William S. Burroughs, under the eagle-eye of the Galactic Trade Confederation, and its mem­ber ...Read More

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ABA Board Changes

The American Booksellers Association (ABA) has appointed Jake Cumsky-Whitlock of Solid State Books in Washington DC and Melanie Knight of Books Inc. in San Francisco CA to the board, to serve until board elections in April 2021. This follows changes to bylaws which “bring the number of board members to 13 (from 11) and that require the board to include at least four booksellers who are Black, Indigenous, or People ...Read More

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2020 National Book Awards Longlists

Longlists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Ecco), If I Had Two Wings by Randall Kenan (Norton), A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet (Norton), and Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu (Pantheon).

The Young People’s Literature category includes King and the Dragonflies ...Read More

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Voice of the Heartland Award

Publisher Two Dollar Radio won the 2020 Voice of the Heartland Award, given “to individuals and organizations who uphold the value of independent bookselling and who have made a significant contribution to bookselling in our combined regions.” The award is given by the Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA) and the Midwest Independent Booksellers Association (MIBA). Nominating bookseller Gary Lovely of Book Loft in Columbus, OH called them “a shining ...Read More

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Constelación Magazine Launches

Co-editors Coral Alejandra Moore and Eliana González Ugarte announced the creation of Constelación Magazine, “a bilingual magazine of speculative fiction.”

Publishing quarterly, each themed issue will feature original artwork. Stories can be submitted in either English or Spanish; selections will be translated and published in both. Submissions for the first issue open in October, concurrent with the launch Kickstarter.

Joining Moore and Ugarte on staff are Christina Jurado and Libia ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews A Wicked Magic by Sasha Laurens

A Wicked Magic, Sasha Laurens (Razorbill 978-0-593-11725-5, $17.99, 368pp hc) July 2020.

The problems for best friends Dan and Liss began when they found an old book in the lo­cal giveaway box in their small North Coast California town. With almost all of its pages blank, they couldn’t resist the appeal of what was printed: “A Spell for the Making of Naive Witches”. They followed the directions and something ...Read More

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Terry Goodkind (1948-2020)

Author Terry Goodkind, 72, died September 17, 2020. Goodkind was a bestselling writer of epic fantasy.

Born January 11, 1948 in Omaha NE, Goodkind lived in Maine with his wife, Jeri, before they settled near Lake Las Vegas NV. He began publishing his popular Sword of Truth series with novel Wizard’s First Rule (1994) and continued with Stone of Tears (1995), Blood of the Fold (1996), Temple of the Winds ...Read More

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Changes at Macmillan

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers, will be leaving the company and its parent, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, on January 1, 2021 due to “disagreements regarding the direction of Macmillan.” Sargent has held the position since 2012, after originally joining Holtzbrinck in 1996 as CEO of St. Martin’s Press. Don Weisberg, president of Macmillan US Trade, will take Sargent’s place as CEO. Susan Winslow will move from general manager to president ...Read More

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Rocket Stack Rank Reviews on Hiatus

Greg Hullender of Rocket Stack Rank announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from reviewing short stories.

This month marks five years since we started the site, and so it seemed like a good time to pause. Eric will continue to operate the site, producing monthly lists of stories for 11 magazines (with blurbs from the publisher or a few sentences from the story) and aggregating recommendations from ...Read More

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Washington Wins 2020 Young Lions Award

The New York Public Library announced Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic) as the winner of its Young Lions Fiction Award for 2020. The $10,000 prize is awarded by a panel of judges “each year to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories.” 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance (Farrar, Straus, Giroux).

For more information, see the official website.

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Saini Wins Older Writers Grant

Kiran Kaur Saini is the winner of the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) 2020 Older Writers Grant, which gives $1,000 to writers “fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.” S.E. Greco, Jeff Reynolds, and Graham Robert Scott received Honorable Mentions.

Applications for the Older Writers Grant are considered from ...Read More

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2020 Prix Utopiales BD Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Prix Utopiales Bande Dessinée (for best French comic book) has been announced.

  • Soon, Benjamin Adam & Thomas Cadène (Dargaud)
  • Préférence Système, Ugo Bienvenu (Denoël)
  • Peste, Gauvain Manhattan (Vide Cocagne)
  • Karmen, Guillem March (Dupuis)
  • Mécanique Céleste, Merwan (Dargaud)
  • Univers!, Albert Monteys (Dargaud)

As previously reported, finalists for the 2020 Prix Utopiales (for best French SF) and Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Awards

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2020


EMILY INKPEN is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

MÁRIO SEABRA COELHO is now represented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

JOSHUA WINNING is now represented by Kristina Perez of Zeno Agency.

YUDHANJAYA WIJERATNE is now represented by Stevie Fin­egan of Zeno Agency.

ANGUS WATSON is now rep­resented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.


PETER S. BEAGLE won the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix du Goncourt, ...Read More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Pulp Literature, Interzone, Galaxy’s Edge, and Reckoning

Pulp Literature Spring ’20 Interzone 5-6/20 Galaxy’s Edge 5/20 Reckoning 4

The latest issue of the increasingly interesting Canadian ‘zine Pulp Literature features an engaging story from Matthew Hughes, ”The Bicolour Spiral”, one of his stories about Erm Kaslo, an ”op” (private detective) in Hughes’ Jack Vance-derived science fantasy far-future setting. Kaslo is engaged by a woman to investigate her uncle’s murder because she is going to ...Read More

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Grand Wizardry: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Lovecraft Country Episodes 1 & 2

Avid science fiction reader and down-low nerd Atticus Freeman AKA “Tic” (Jonathan Majors) returns to Chicago from the Korean War and a stint in Florida to find that his father has gone missing. The only clue left behind is a strange letter talking about a secret legacy, enticing Tic to journey to Ardham MA, deep within the borders of Lovecraft Country. Courtney B. Vance plays Uncle George Freeman, author and ...Read More

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2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prize Winners

Conjunctions and One Story are among the winners of the 2020 Whiting Literary Magazine Prizes, which “are awarded in print and digital categories to smaller and mid-sized journals with budgets of up to $500,000.” Conjunctions receives a grant of $10,000, with matching grants of up to $10,000 per year for the next two years. One Story receives a grant of $20,000, with matching grants of up to $20,000 per year ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews The Vanished Seas by Catherine Asaro

The Vanished Seas, Catherine Asaro (Baen 978-1-982-12471-7, $16.00, 320pp, tp). July 2020.

Catherine Asaro has been writing novels and shorter works set in her Skolian Empire since the publication of Primary Inversion in 1995. The latest is The Vanished Seas, third in a set of politically oriented mystery novels focussed on private investigator Bhaajan, a former major in the imperial military, whose history and connections with a local, ...Read More

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Omega Sci-Fi Awards Open

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards, presented by Sci-Fest LA and the Light Bringer Project, are now open for entries in the following competitions:

The Roswell Award short story competition is open to writers 16 years old and up. First place winner receives $500 and access to the UCLA Extension writers’ program. Second prize is $250, and third prize is $100. The Women Hold Up Half the Sky Award, co-presented by Artemis  ...Read More

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Ogawa and Takei Win American Book Awards

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa (Pantheon) and They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott & Harmony Becker (Top Shelf) are among the winners of the 41st American Book Awards, to be presented Octo­ber 25, 2020 in an online ceremony. The awards are given by the Before Columbus Foundation for “out­standing literary achievement from the entire spectrum of America’s diverse literary community.”

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2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Grant Recipients

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) have announced the winners of their annual writers’ grants:

  • Nico Bell
  • Holley Cornetto
  • Tracy Cross
  • Madison Estes
  • Rebecca Fraser
  • Anastasia Garcia
  • Eleanor Merry
  • Premee Mohamed
  • Christina Persaud
  • Augie Peterson

Each will receive $100. The grants are “inclusive to all women who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre” and were funded by Cemetery Gates Media, S.H. Cooper, Andrew Cull, Laurel

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2020 Booker Prize Shortlist

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook (OneWorld) is on the six-title shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize.

The £50,000 prize is “open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Margaret Busby (chair), Lee Child, Sameer Rahim, Lemn Sissay, and Emily Wilson.

Shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a “specially bound edition of their book.” Winners will be announced November

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Dark Harvest by Cat Sparks

Dark Harvest, Cat Sparks (NewCon 978-1-912950676, $15.99, 244pp, tp) July 2020.

You only need to read a handful of Cat Sparks’s stories before you start feeling the need for some shade and a nice margarita. The bleak, sunbaked landscapes of her novel Lotus Blue are again invoked in her collection Dark Harvest, not only in stories set more or less in that same far-future Australia (“Hot Rods”, “Dragon ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: Space Throne by Brian Corley

Here’s our first look at Brian Corley’s upcoming interstellar space romp cover! Available on October 13, and for pre-order today. Read chapter one here.

From the publisher:

Parr never meant for any of this to happen. All he wanted to do was pilot the Aurora around the galaxy and avoid his royal duties for a while.

Now, in the wake of his parents’ mysterious demise, it’s time to un-fake his ...Read More

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2020 ESFS Awards Nominations

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards, Achievement Awards, and Chrysalis Award nominees have been announced, along with the names of the nominating countries.

Hall of Fame Awards:

Best Author

  • Milena Benini (Croatia)
  • Philippe Curval (France)
  • Marc Elsberg (Austria)
  • Anna Kańtoch (Poland)
  • Maura McHugh (Ireland)
  • Claude Peiffer (Luxembourg)
  • Victor Pelevin / Виктор Пелевин (Russia)
  • Gheorghe Sasarman (Romania)
  • Johanna Sinisalo (Finland)
  • José Carlos Somoza (Spain)
  • Francesco Verso (Italy)
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2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

Sudden Traveller by Sarah Hall (Faber) is one of five titles shortlisted for the 2020 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story.

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for 2020 are Zayneb Allak, Sara Hunt, and David Szalay. Winners will be announced in November.

For more information, including the complete shortlist, see the Edge ...Read More

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2020 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the 2020 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “Standing Up”, John C. Mannone (Nadwah 12/19)
  • Second Place: “[There are fossils]”, Mark A. Fisher (Silver Blade 12/19)
  • Third Place: “2015 Zinfandella”, Denise Dumars (Dismal Oaks Winery Broadside Spring ’19)

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines published in the previous ...Read More

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Atwood Wins Holbrooke Award

Margaret Atwood has won the 2020 Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award, given by the Dayton Literary Peace Prize to “writers whose work uses the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding.” Sharon Rab, founder and chair of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Foundation, said,

In a career spanning more than half a century, Margaret Atwood continues to remind us that “it can’t happen here” ...Read More

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2020 BBC National Short Story Award Shortlist

The five-title BBC National Short Story Award shortlist has been announced, with works by authors of genre interest including “In the Car With the Rain Coming Down” by Jan Carson, “The Grotesques” by Sarah Hall, and “Scrimshaw” by Eley Williams. This is the fourth time Hall has been shortlisted for the award.

The winner will be announced live on BBC Radio 4 Front Row on October 6, 2020. The winning ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Cinderella Is Dead, Kalynn Bayron (Blooms­bury 978-1-5476-0387-9, $18.99, 385pp, hc) July 2020.

This. Is It.


The Cinderella story we have all been pining for has arrived. This is the story of what happened not just the day after “happily ever after.” but decades and centuries after. This is the story of what happened all those years later in the kingdom whose foundational truth was the story of a ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Utopia Avenue, David Mitchell (Random House 978-0812997439, $30.00, 592pp, hc) July 2020.

Five years in the writing, David Mitchell’s Utopia Avenue is set during the height of the British Invasion, which famously began when the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. This opened the door to acts like the Dave Clark Five, the Animals, the Kinks, and the Rolling Stones, who became household names in America. ...Read More

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Clarkesworld, Lightspeed, and Tor.com

Clarkesworld 6/20 Lightspeed 7/20 Tor.com 6/10/20, 6/17/20

June’s Clarkesworld leads off with ”The Iridescent Lake” from regular D.A. Xiaolin Spires. Yunhe, who is dealing with the death of her son, works as a security guard at an ice skating rink where the ice has truly fantastic properties. Scientists have been studying it, but there are many active smuggling attempts that she must guard against… and ...Read More

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