Gary K. Wolfe and Adrienne Martini Review Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

Fall; or, Dodge in Hell, Neal Stephenson (Morrow 978-0-06-245871-1, $35.00, 896pp, hc) June 2019.

Neal Stephenson’s idea of a novel isn’t quite the same as anyone else’s, and for the most part this has served him remarkably well. His Baroque Cycle trilogy was really no more a trilogy than was Asimov’s Foundation series, except that while Asimov’s narrative units were stories and novellas, Ste­phenson’s were entire novels – and ...Read More

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the 2019 Tiptree Fellowships until October 31, 2019. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two emerging creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

For more information, or to apply, see the official website.

 

 

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Worldcon 2021 Site Selection: DisCon III

 

Washington DC’s unopposed bid to host the 2021 Worldcon was successful, with 798 votes received in favor out of 878 votes total. (Other votes included “none of the above,” “no preference,” and various write-in choices.)

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington DC, August 25-29, 2021. Guests of honor include Nancy Kress, Malka Older, Sherée Renee Thomas, ...Read More

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2018 Sidewise Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2018 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Long Form The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Summerland, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tor) The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington, Charles Rosenberg (Hanover Square) Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

Short Form

“The Secret City”, Rick Wilber (Asimov’s 9-10/18) Codex Valtierra, Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra (self-published)

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2019 WSFA Small Press Award

Finalists for the 2019 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

“The Tale of the Three Beautiful Raptor Sisters, and the Prince Who Was Made of Meat”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 7-8/18) “Familiar in Her Angles”, E.A. Brenner (Metaphorosis 9/21/18) “Baggage”, Leslie Burton-Lopez (When to Now: A Time Travel Anthology) “The Djinni and the Accountant”,  Hal J. Friesen (Fire: Demons, Dragons, ...Read More Read more

Lesley Nneka Arimah: Dualities

Lesley Nneka Arimah was born October 13, 1983, in London and grew up in Nigeria, Europe, and the US – wherever her father was stationed for work. She attended Florida State University as an undergrad and got her MFA at Minnesota State University, graduating in 2010.

Arimah’s short fiction has appeared in in Granta, Harper’s, McSwee­ney’s, The New Yorker, A People’s Future of the United States (2019), and several other ...Read More

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Liz Bourke Reviews Broken Shadow by Jaine Fenn

Broken Shadow, Jaine Fenn (Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-803-5, $12.99, 432pp, tp) May 2019. Cover by Andreas Rocha.

Jaine Fenn’s Hidden Sun, out from Angry Robot Books last year, introduced the reader to the world of shadowlands and skylands. In the shadowlands, or at least the ones with which the novel concerns itself, a powerful Church restricts scientific development and unorthodox thought, while a patriarchal society relegates women to ...Read More

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2019 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, on August 18, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US; Hodder & Stoughton) Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK) Spinning Silver, ...Read More Read more

Newman GoH at StokerCon 2020

Kim Newman will be Writer Guest of Honour at Stokercon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK, joining previously announced Editor Guest of Honour Gillian Redfearn and Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict.

For more <stoker­con-uk.com/guests.htm>.

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18th Indian SF Conference

The 18th Indian SF Conference/the 4th In­ternational SF Conference will be held October 16-18, 2019 at Mukthananda College, Gangapur in Aurangabad, Maharashtra State, India. The theme is “Science & Science Fiction – Inter Dis­ciplinary & Multi Disciplinary Perspectives.” Guests include Michaek Brotherton, Kristen Renee Goritz, Joshua Sky, Ashish Mahabal, and Ravindra Kale from the US, Michael Iwoleit from Germany, Frank Roger from Belgium, and Julie Novakova from the Czech Republic. ...Read More

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Analog, Asimov’s, and Space and Time

Analog 5-6/19 Asimov’s 5-6/19 Space and Time Spring/Summer ’19

The May-June Analog opens with a fun alternate history from Harry Turtledove, “Bonehunters“, retelling a version of the fossil wars of the late 19th century in a timeline where, apparently, dinosaurs never became extinct, and two separate intelligent species evolved from raptors. The story is told by Rekek, a “greenskin” who serves as a guide. His stepson Junior ...Read More

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Photo Story: Sycamore Hill

The 2019 Sycamore Hills Writers’ Conference was held June 15-21, 2019 at the Wildacres Retreat Center in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Little Switzerland NC.

This story and more like it in the August 2019 issue of Locus.

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Edwards to Run André Deutsch

Malcolm Edwards has been named publisher of André Deutsch, a venerable imprint recently acquired by the fledgling Welbeck Publishing Group. Edwards has been charged with “resurrecting and reviving” their backlist and acquiring new titles in the SF, fantasy, horror, crime, and thriller genres.

Deutsch was founded in 1952 and published works by Margaret Atwood, Jack Kerouac, Philip Roth, and John Updike, among others. Edwards says, “The appeal was that it’s ...Read More

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Gascoigne Heads Aconyte

Marc Gascoigne has been named publisher of Aconyte, a new fiction imprint from game company Asmodee (which publishes Arkham Horror, Legend of the Five Rings, Pandemic, Dead of Winter, and Catan, among other games). The imprint will focus on titles based on their games, but also has plans to publish tie-in works for other parties. They recently made a deal with Simon & Schuster for US and Canadian distribution, with ...Read More

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Barry Hughart (1934-2019)

Writer Barry Hughart, 85, died August 1, 2019. Hughart was best known for his Master Li series, set in a mythical version of China, beginning with World Fantasy and Mythopoeic Award winner Bridge of Birds (1984) and continuing with The Story of the Stone (1988) and Eight Skilled Gentlemen (1991), all later collected as The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox (1998).

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Robert N. Stephenson (1961-2019)

Editor and author Robert N. Stephenson, 57, died August 15, 2019. Stephenson wrote SF and mystery, edited magazine Altair, and was publisher of Altair Publishing/Altair Australia Books.

Stephenson was born September 17, 1961 in Adelaide, South Australia. His first book, poetry collection Garments of Rainbow, appeared in 1992, and his first story, “Who’ll Stop the Rain”, in 1998. He went on to publish around 50 stories, notably Aurora Award ...Read More

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Katharine Coldiron Reviews Amnesty by Lara Elena Donnelly

Amnesty, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor 978-1-25017-362-1, $18.99, 384pp, tp) April 2019.

“It is not easy,” Aristide Makricosta tells a gathered crowd early in Amnesty, “to destroy your life. To coat the things you love in kerosene and light a match.” He is talking about Cordelia Lehane, a burlesque dancer turned resistance leader, who did exactly that when she decided to fight against the fascism sweeping across Amberlough. Cordelia ...Read More

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1944 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners for the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1943, were announced by Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, during a ceremony held August 15, 2019 at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin Ireland.

Best Novel

WINNER: Conjure Wife, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Unknown Worlds 4/43) Das Glasperlenspiel [The Glass Bead Game], Hermann Hesse (Fretz & Wasmuth) Gather, Darkness!, Fritz Leiber, Jr. (Astounding Science-Fiction 5/43-7/43) Perelandra, C.S. Lewis ...Read More Read more

Ian Mond Reviews Triangulum by Masande Ntshanga

Triangulum, Masande Ntshanga (Two Dollar Radio 978-1937512774, $17.99, 367pp, tp) May 2019.

I was predisposed to enjoy Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum. Some of my favourite books are “found manuscript” novels, including James Hogg’s The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, David Means’ Man Booker Prize longlisted Hystopia, and the granddaddy of them all, Mark Z. Danielewski’s breathtaking House of Leaves. Triangulum doesn’t feature the ...Read More

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Locus Bestsellers, August 2019

The Locus Bestsellers for August include top titles A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay, A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin, and Star Wars: Master & Apprentice by Claudia Gray. HARDCOVERS Months on list Last month 1) A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Berkley) 1 – 2) Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Knopf) 1 – 3) Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs (Ace) 1 – 4) Middlegame ...Read More Read more

Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Clarkesworld, Apex, Capricious, Apparition, and Aurealis

Clarkesworld 4/19 Apex 3/19 Capricious SF #11 Apparition #5 Aurealis #119

April’s Clarkesworld brings us the first in a planned run of stories translated from Korean, starting with “The Flowering” by Soyeon Jong (translated by Jihyun Park & Gord Sellar). This is a sly story told in interview style, with the sister of a known subversive who’s been working to literally ‘plant’ organic biotech routers to get ...Read More

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2019 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the winners of several of its awards.

Mary Kay Bray award for best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review (tie)

Amandine Faucheux for a review of The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin T.S. Miller for a review of The Oxford Handbook of Science Fiction by Rob Latham, ed.

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Iron Dragon’s Mother by Michael Swanwick

The Iron Dragon’s Mother, Michael Swanwick (Tor 978-1-250-19825-9, $26.99, 366pp, hc) June 2019.

There are hints of the afterlife in Michael Swanwick’s The Iron Dragon’s Mother, but it’s hard to accuse a fantasy world of pretentiousness when it cheerfully includes living metal dragon jet fighters along with Hello Kitty backpacks, or in which the streets of a magical underwater city are lined with Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana ...Read More

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2019 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story includes genre titles The Sadness of Beautiful Things by Simon Van Booy (Penguin) and The Sing of the Shore by Lucy Wood (4th Estate).

The £10,000 prize “recognises excellence in a single author short story collection.” Judges for 2019 are Elizabeth Baines, Tessa Hadley, and Sam Jordison. The winners will be announced on October 25, 2019 during a ...Read More

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J. Neil Schulman (1953-2019)

Author J. Neil Schulman, 66, died August 11, 2019 in Colorado Springs CO. He suffered a pulmonary embolism three days earlier and never regained consciousness. Schulman’s work was particularly influential in the field of Libertarian SF. His first novel Alongside Night (1979) was a finalist for the Libertarian Futurist Society’s Prometheus Award, and in 1989 it won their Hall of Fame Award. The Rainbow Cadenza: A Novel in Logosata Form ...Read More

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William Gibson: One Tough Zeitgeist

William Gibson was born March 17, 1948 in Conway SC and grew up in Virginia, attending boarding school in Arizona. He went to Canada in 1967 to avoid being drafted into the Vietnam War, eventually settling in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1972. He began seriously writing fiction while studying at the University of British Columbia, where he earned a BA in English in 1977. That same year he published his ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Do You Dream of Terra-Two? by Temi Oh

Do You Dream of Terra-Two?, Temi Oh (Saga 978-1-53443-7401 $16.99, 528pp, tp) March 2019.

First, this book is a doorstop. I am not kid­ding, it’s a book about a deep space mission that doesn’t even leave the ground until more than 100 pages in. It has a big cast of char­acters (six living teens, one dead one, four adults, plus mentions of various parents and assorted other living and ...Read More

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Cover Reveal: Tetrastatum by Tim Smith & Dr. Richard

Presenting the cover of Tetrastatum by Tim Smith & Dr. Richard!

From the publisher:

What if the laws of physics as we understand them are incomplete, only half of the equations that explain reality?  Mankind has been blinded by the light, searching for answers in the photonic (material) universe while the truths are concealed beyond the shutter speed of our biological cameras.  One day, an image processor evolves. Schrödinger’s equation ...Read More

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Amazon News

Amazon’s ongoing legal issues in Europe continue. The Federal Cartel Office in Germany has accepted concessions from Amazon regarding the retailer’s terms for third-party sellers, and has closed the “abuse of dominance” procedure begun last fall. According to Cartel Office head Andreas Mundt, Amazon has agreed to improve “the lack of transparency of the terms of business; the unexpected termination and blocking of sellers accounts…; the lack of possibilities for ...Read More

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Interactive Tidhar

Author Lavie Tidhar and game designer Jake Olefsky have launched an in­teractive SF story, “Svalvard”. Olefsky explains: “Essentially, you read a chapter, then solve a puzzle to unlock the next chapter. There are 23 short chapters in this non-linear short story. Did I mention it has robots and sentient fungi?” To read – and play – visit <www.puzzletales.com>.

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Russell Letson Reviews The Warship by Neal Asher

The Warship, Neal Asher (Night Shade 978-1-59780-990-0, $26.99, 369pp, hc) May 2019. Cover by Adam Burn.

Okay, now it’s getting complicated. I called Infinity Engine (2017), the finale of Neal Asher’s Transformation trilogy, “sprawling and shaggy,” a description that ap­plies as well to his new book. The Warship is the plot-thickening middle volume of a trilogy that is also part of the Polity future history series that so far ...Read More

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Photo Story: Laffcon 4

Laffcon 4, the world’s only conference dedicated to the work of R.A. Lafferty, was held at the Lawrence Library in Lawrenceville NJ on June 8, 2019. The event, co-sponsored by the Lawrence Library and the Northeast Lafferty League (NELL), included lectures, readings, panels, an art gallery, and a lunch reception. More information can be found at <ralafferty.com> and <laffcon.org>.

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