Russell Letson Reviews The Corporation Wars: Emergence by Ken MacLeod

The Corporation Wars: Emergence, Ken MacLeod (Orbit 978-0-356-50504-6, £14.99, 336pp, hc) September 2017.

Ken MacLeod’s The Corporation Wars is presented as a trilogy, but I take it to be another of those increasingly common very-long-novels-in-three-decker-form. Even the title format, which puts the overall series title before the volume title, Emergence, signals a single continuous story spread across multiple volumes, with little more separating the acts than the equivalent of a ...Read More

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2018 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest are on the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2018 Edgar Awards shortlist, including:

Best Novel

  • Prussian Blue, Philip Kerr (G.P. Putnam’s Sons)

Best Paperback Original

  • In Farleigh Field, Rhys Bowen (Lake Union)

Best Fact Crime

  • American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land, Monica Hesse (Norton/Liveright)

Best Critical/ Biographical

  • Manderley Forever: A Biography of Daphne du Maurier, Tatiana de Rosnay (St.
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Shannon Connor Winward Receives Fellowship

Shannon Connor Winward is the recipient of an Emerging Professional Award, an Individual Artist Fellowship given by the Delaware Division of the Arts. According to the official announcement:

Awards are given in three categories – $10,000 for the Masters Award, $6,000 for the Established Professional Award, and $3,000 for the Emerging Professional Award – and Fellows are required to offer at least one exhibit or performance during the upcoming year, ...Read More

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2017 Costa Short Story Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Costa Short Story Award for a “previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words by an author aged 18 years or over and written in English” have been announced. Two short stories of genre interest are among the finalists:

  • “The Dying Time”, Frances Ainslie
  • “When the Bell Tolls”, Chris Hunter

The winner is determined by public vote, while finalists were selected by a panel of ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Provenance by Ann Leckie

Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit 978-0-316-38867-2, $26.00, 448pp, hc) September 2017. Cover by John Harris.

Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch Trilogy won more or less every genre award there is – and for good reason. The Ancillary books played with gender and civilization, while still hewing close to a space opera framework. The plot burned along and the characters felt alien, somehow, while remaining familiar.

Provenance returns to that same universe, but ...Read More

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2017 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Fourth Monkey, J.D. Barker (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Ararat, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)
  • The Grip of It, Jac Jemc (FSG Original)
  • Sleeping Beauties, Stephen King & Owen King (Scribner)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • The Wardrobe Mistress, Patrick McGrath (Hutchinson)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski
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Gardner Dozois Reviews Short Fiction

Shadows & Reflections: Stories from the Worlds of Roger Zelazny, Trent Zelazny & Warren Lapine, eds. (Positronic Publishing) 9/17.

Omni Winter ’17

The Hainish Novels and Stories, Ursula K. Le Guin (Library of America) August 2017.

In the last few years, we’ve had trib­ute anthologies dedicated to Jack Vance, Gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg, Poul Anderson, and Samuel R. Delany, and now we have one dedicated to Roger Zelazny: Shadows & ...Read More

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2017 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Nominees

Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the nominees for their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/Fantasy/Horror interest.

The Book of the Year category includes The Prey of Gods (Harper Voyager) by Nicky Drayden.

Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Hungry Ghosts, Stephen Blackmoore (DAW)
  • Silence Fallen, Patricia Briggs (Ace)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • Heroine Worship, Sarah Kuhn (DAW)
  • White Trash
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2017 Tiptree Fellowship Winners

H. Pueyo and Ineke Chen-Meyer are the 2017 recipients of the Tiptree Fellowship. Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

The fellowship program “will complement the on-going work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.” ...Read More

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Inaugural TA First Translation Prize Shortlist

The Queue by Basma Abdel Aziz (Melville House), translated by Elisabeth Jaquette, is among the six shortlisted works for the inaugural TA First Translation Prize.

The Translators Association (TA) First Translation Prize was founded by Daniel Hahn with his winnings from the International Dublin Literary Award and is given by the Society of Authors “for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK.” Entries for the 2018 prize ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Black Light Express by Philip Reeve

Black Light Express, Philip Reeve (Switch Press 978-1630790966, $17.95, 352pp, tp) Au­gust 2017.

Philip Reeve’s absolutely incredible world building again takes center stage in Black Light Express, the sequel to Railhead. The second book picks up soon after the events that brought Railhead to a stunning close, with for­mer thief and unwitting catalyst Zen Starling having fled the Network Empire along with Nova, his android girlfriend. Meanwhile, com­pletely against her ...Read More

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Rachel Swirsky Reviews Madame Zero by Sarah Hall

Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Custom House 9780062657060, $23.99, 192pp pages, hc) July 2017. Cover by Eugenia Loli.

Madame Zero by Sarah Hall begins with a woman turning into a fox, and ends with one struggling to become herself.

Hall’s collection features nine stories, some speculative and others not. All are invigorated by her literary style of character-driven thematic ex­plorations, written in a witty, mellifluous voice.

“Mrs. Fox”, the story that ...Read More

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Martin Funds Taos Toolbox Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, held every summer in Angel Fire NM. The “Terran Award” is intended “to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country” to the workshop and will cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included). “Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a ...Read More

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Lovecraft Research Fellowship

The John Hay Library at Brown University has announced the annual S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship “for research relating to H.P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs.” The fellowship, established by the Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, provides a $1,500 monthly stipend for up to two months of research at the John Hay Library.

For more information, see the Brown University Library website. ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2018.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing costs. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges.

The Parasite Publications Character Awards, funded by Sara King, will provide three scholarships in the amounts of ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World edited by David Brin & Stephen W. Potts

Chasing Shadows: Visions of Our Coming Transparent World, David Brin & Stephen W. Potts, eds. (Tor) January 2017.

Last month we discussed one grouping that the year’s original SF anthologies naturally falls into: the space opera/mili­tary SF group. The other major group is what we probably could call futurology anthologies, featuring near-future stories that deal with the effect of technological change on society. Many of them concern the reshaping of ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Luminescent Threads: Connections to Oc­tavia E. Butler edited by Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal

Luminescent Threads: Connections to Oc­tavia E. Butler, Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal, eds. (Twelfth Planet 978-1-922-10144-0, $19.99, 434pp, tp) August 2017.

Next to Philip K. Dick, Octavia Butler seems to have developed the most impressive posthumous career of any late 20th century SF writer. Kindred has become a staple of classrooms and commu­nity reading projects; the Carl Brandon Society has named both a scholarship and an award in her honor; ...Read More

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Faren Miller Reviews Corpselight by Angela Slatter

Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher 978-1-78429-434-2, £13.99, 388pp, tp) July 2017. Cover by Rory Kee.

In Corpselight, second of Angela Slatter’s Verity Fassbinder series, the hybrid Weyrd/Normal heroine and narrator must keep on with urban-fantastical detection (in the screwy mod­ern Australian city she calls “Brisneyland”) while in the later stages of pregnancy. Her physical and mental state is a lot like Cedar’s: awkward, foul-mouthed, nervous, veering be­tween elation and self-doubt ...Read More

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2018 Amazing Book Awards Long List

The Sussex Coast Schools Amazing Book Awards (ABA), the “fastest growing Young Adult Book Awards in the UK,” announced its long list, including the following titles of genre interest.

  • The Hawkweed Prophecy, Irena Brignull (Weinstein)
  • Ink, Alice Broadway (Scholastic UK/Scholastic)
  • Ariadnis, Josh Martin (Quercus)
  • Railhead, Philip Reeve (Oxford University Press/Switch)
  • Re-Made, Alex Scarrow (Macmillan UK)
  • Saint Death, Marcus Sedgwick (Roaring Brook/Orion UK)
  • Contagion, Teri Terry (Orchard)

ABA organizers create the ...Read More

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JY Yang: Energy Systems

JY Yang was born July 12, 1983 in Singapore. They studied molecular biology and worked as a research scientist before becoming a writer for animation and game studios, and they also worked in journalism and as a science communicator for Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology, and Research.

Yang began publishing stories in the small press in 2011 with “Captain Bells and The Sovereign State of Discordia” in The Ste­ampowered Globe, ...Read More

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2018 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2018 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • The Book of Etta, Meg Elison (47North)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (The Unnamed Press)
  • The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot)
  • Revenger, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit)
  • Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com)

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines

Jim C. Hines, Terminal Alliance (DAW 978-0-7564-1274-6, $26.00, 358pp, hc) November 2017. Cover by Daniel Dos Santos.

In a definite departure from his previous humor­ous fantasy novels, Hines’s new novel is military SF. OK, it’s humorous military SF, with zombie janitors. In space. But they’re not your usual sort of zombies, mostly. This first book in the Janitors of the Post-Apocalypse series is set in a universe where a zombie ...Read More

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World Book Day YA Selections

World Book Day has announced its YA selections for 2018. Titles of genre interest include Fly by Night (Macmillan) by Frances Hardinge and Summoner: The Novice (Square Fish) by Taran Matharu.

The World Book Day organization sends £1 book tokens to schools and libraries in the UK and Ireland, which can be exchanged for free or discounted books from February 26 – March 25, 2018. The 21st annual World Book ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Emerald Circus by Jane Yolen

The Emerald Circus, Jane Yolen (Tachyon 978-1-61696-273-9, $15.95, 282pp, tp) November 2017.

One of Jane Yolen’s abiding concerns in the hun­dreds of books she’s written or edited has been the ways in which stories and lives shape each other, so it’s not too surprising that her new collection The Emerald Circus begins and ends with actual historical figures, Hans Christian Andersen and Emily Dickinson. In between, we also briefly meet ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews The Wrong Stars by Tim Pratt

The Wrong Stars, Tim Pratt (Angry Robot 978-0857667090, $7.99, 400pp, pb) November 2017. Cover by Paul Scott Canavan.

Bloody hell, but The Wrong Stars is an amazingly good, extremely fun, very satisfying novel. It’s not like Tim Pratt doesn’t have form for fun: as T.A. Pratt, his (sadly underrated) Marla Mason novels packed an ass-kicking amount of fun, and punch, into a short and weird urban fantasy space. But The ...Read More

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Cory Doctorow: Persuasion, Adaptation, and the Arms Race for Your Attention

Photo by Paula Mariel Salischiker

As we all know, time travelers have to be very careful when they visit the past, because their evolved immune systems allow them to harbor pathogens that the olde timey people are defenseless against. One careless bowel movement, a single badly timed cough, a bit of blood spilled, and whole civilizations are in pandemic peril.

Surviving to the future means adapting to the risks of ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews Strange Music by Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster, Strange Music (Del Rey 978-1-101-96760-7, $27.00, 269pp, hc) Novem­ber 2017.

Pip and Flinx are back on a new adventure, the 15th novel in the series, part of Foster’s overall Humanx Commonwealth universe. Flinx is living quietly on the waterworld of Cachalot when he gets a visit from an old friend who asks him to go to the planet Largess, where a rogue human is not only violating ...Read More

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Faren Miller Reviews Heroes and Villains by Lewis Shiner

Heroes and Villains, Lewis Shiner (Subterra­nean Press 978-1-59606-840-7, $40.00, 318pp, hc) November 2017. Cover by Ken Laager.

Lewis Shiner aptly describes Heroes and Villains (“Three Short Novels and a Fable”) near the end of his brief introduction. Viewed in sequence, tales that “played out like movies in my head as I wrote them” become “a kind of Saturday matinee, starting with a black-and-white newsreel, continuing with a creature feature and ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews The Spark by David Drake

David Drake, The Spark (Baen 978-1-4814-8276-9, $25.00, 337pp, hc) November 2017. Cover by Todd Lockwood.

A young man seeks to become a Champion in this unusual novel mixing Arthuriana with an SF premise, but a definite fantasy feel. This universe appears to be a far future where shattered worlds are joined by a strange Road, the remnants, it seems, of an ancient empire with a degree of civilization and technology ...Read More

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Addison Wins HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Linda Addison will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.” Addison is the first recipient “primarily known for poetry, an important part of our field.”  The award will be presented during StokerCon 2018, at the Providence Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. For more, ...Read More

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