Fireside Staff Changes

Fireside interim editorial director Brian J. White has announced several changes to the magazine’s management and policies. White will no longer be editorial director, and Pablo Defendini has stepped down from all duties at Fireside Fiction Company.

LeKesha Lewis will take over as publisher, and Chelle Parker will be managing editor. These changes stem from Defendini’s “publication of a racist audio recording” last year.

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Reynolds Wins 2021 Carnegie Medal

Look Both Ways by Jason Reynolds (Knights Of) has won the 2021 Carnegie Medal for best children’s book, announced June 16, 2021 during a ceremony at the British Library in London. Other finalists of genre interest included:

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • On Midnight Beach, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)

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2021 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins, translated by Yael Achmon (Kinneret Zmorah-Dvir)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher, translated by Yoav Katz (Dani Sfarim)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss, translated by Hamutal
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World Conventions News, June 2021

The Winnipeg in 2023 committee has announced its intention to bid for the 81st World Science Fiction Convention. If se­lected, this would be the first Worldcon in Winnipeg since 1994. They want to hold the convention August 24-28, 2023 at the RBC Convention Centre in Win­nipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The committee is headed by experienced conrunner Terry Fong and includes John Mansfield, who chaired the 1994 convention, as a senior advisor. ...Read More

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New Books: 15 June 2021

Anonymous, ed.: Terrifying Ghosts

(Flame Tree Collections US 978-1-839644818, $30, 432 pp, format: hardcover, June 15, 2021)

Anthology of ghost stories, including many from open submissions by new writers. Part of the Collector’s Editions series.


Bova, Ben: Power Challenges

(Arc Manor/Caezik SF & Fantasy 978-1-64710-018-6, $28.50, 236 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 15, 2021)

America begins to colonize the solar system, starting with a permanent moon base, with ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews Robot Artists and Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories by Bruce Sterling

Robot Artists and Black Swans: The Italian Fantascienza Stories, Bruce Sterling (Tachyon Publications, 978-1616963293, $25.95, 250 pp, hc) March 2021. Cover by John Coulthart.

Few American SF writers are as good at evoking the vibe of parts of the world outside the US as novelist-futurist-journalist Bruce Sterling – it’s something he was working at as far back as Holy Fire (1996), and it became a notable feature of the ...Read More

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2020 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) has announced winners for the seventh annual Bisexual Book Awards. The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab (Tor) won in the Speculative Fiction category. Other finalists in that category included:

  • Plain Bad Heroines, Emily M. Danforth (Morrow)
  • Children of Fury, Rashid Darden (Old Gold Soul)
  • Queens of Noise, Leigh Harlen (Neon Hemlock)
  • Architects of Memory, Karen Osborne (Tor)


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2021 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the nominees for the 2021 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • Marvel’s Avengers: The Extinction Key, Greg Keyes (Titan)
  • Firefly: The Ghost Machine, James Lovegrove (Titan)
  • Star Trek: More Beautiful Than Death, David Mack (Gallery)
  • Star Trek Discovery: Die Standing, John Jackson Miller (Gallery)
  • Star Trek:
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Strange Horizons Staff Changes

Strange Horizons has announced the departure of editor-in-chief Vanessa Rose Phin, poetry editor Stephen Ira, articles editor Lulu Kadhim, and several first readers. Gautam Bhatia will act as co-ordinating editor, and Romie Stott will be administrative editor.

Keeping with our tendencies towards anarchic cooperation, Strange Horizons will no longer have an Editor-in-Chief, but a more explicitly (strange) horizontal structure; while the several departments have always been autonomous with respect to ...Read More

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Charles Yu: Adjacent Realities

CHARLES CHOWKAI YU was born January 3, 1976 in Los Angeles CA. He attended UC Berkeley, where he stud­ied molecular and cell biology, graduating in 1997, and then went to Columbia Law School, earning his law degree in 2001. He worked as a lawyer until 2014, when he took a job writing for SF drama Westworld on HBO. He went on to write for other shows (including Lodge 49 and ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews Yesterday Is History by Kosoko Jackson

Yesterday Is History, Kosoko Jackson (Source­books 978-1-4926-9434-2, $17.99, hc, 320pp) February 2021.

Seventeen-year-old Andre Cobb has survived cancer and is six months into receiving a life-saving donor liver as Kosoko Jackson’s achingly romantic time-travel drama, Yesterday Is His­tory, opens. Andre is dearly loved by his parents, has a great best friend and, while he is struggling in school due to his illness-related absences, is still fortunate enough to ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo and Adrienne Martini Review The Blacktongue Thief by Christopher Buehlman

The Blacktongue Thief, Christopher Buehlman (Tor 978-1250621191, $25.99, 416pp, hc) May 2021.

Author of five previous novels, Christopher Buehlman had not previously fallen across my radar screen. But certainly my enjoyment of his newest, The Blacktongue Thief, will propel me to search out his earlier books. What he has delivered in this sixth of his tales is a glorious overstuffed “secondary world” fantasy that manages to balance the ...Read More

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Carnegie Hall Announces Afrofuturism Festival

Carnegie Hall is putting on a city-wide Afrofuturism festival, scheduled to begin February 2022 in New York City. The official announcement says,

Across New York City, leading cultural organizations present multidisciplinary programming that touches African and African diasporic philosophies, speculative fiction, mythology, comics, quantum physics, cosmology, technology, and more. A diverse range of online offerings also includes film screenings, exhibitions, and talks with some of the leading thinkers and creatives ...Read More

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Erdrich Wins Pulitzer Prize

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper) won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called the winner a “majestic, polyphonic novel about a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in ...Read More

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2020 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

Winners for the 2020 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”


  • WINNER: Deception Pass, Matthew Tait (Dark Crib)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG)
  • Flyaway, Kathleen Jennings (Picador)
  • Gutterbreed, Marty Young (Eclectic Trio)

Long Fiction

  • WINNER: “By Touch and
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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews The Planetbreaker’s Son by Nick Mamatas

The Planetbreaker’s Son, Nick Mamatas (PM 978-1-62963-834-8, $14.00, 118pp, tp) Febru­ary 2021.

With all the venues featuring original short fiction these days, one that might be easily overlooked is PM Press’s Outspoken Authors series of chapbooks, each a potpourri of stories and essays, along with a quirky interview with series editor Terry Bisson. It has featured authors as diverse as Ursula K. Le Guin, Nalo Hopkinson, Karen Joy Fowler, ...Read More

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French Editor Accused of Harassment

Stéphane Marsan, co-founder of major French SF imprint Bragelonne, has been accused of inappropri­ate behavior and sexual harassment by more than 20 people, including authors and former employees. The investigative report was published by French journal Mediapart in April 2021. Marsan wrote an extensive letter in reply, denying any wrongdoing and threat­ening legal action for defamation. Bragelonne was founded in 1995 by Marsan and Alain Névant, and is widely credited ...Read More

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Karen Burnham Reviews Short Fiction: Clarkesworld, BCS, and Lightspeed

Clarkesworld 3/21 Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/25/21, 3/11/21 Lightspeed 3/21

My two favorite stories in Clarkesworld in March are “Homecoming is Just An­other Word for the Sublimation of the Self” by Isabel J. Kim and “The Orbiting Guan Erye” by Wang Zhenzhen (translated by Carmen Yiling Yan). Kim’s story features an amazingly appropriate use of second-person perspective as “you” are a first-generation Korean immigrant to the US ...Read More

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2021 BSFS Poetry Contest Winners

Winners of the 2021 Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) Poetry Contest have been announced.

  • 1st Place: “It is a Father’s Tale”, Eric Nicholson
  • 2nd Place: “Memories of a Mermaid”, Natascha Graham
  • 3rd Place: “Cygnus”, Ryan E. Holman
  • Honorable Mention: “Milicent Patrick Speaks of Monsters”, Laura Shovan
  • Honorable Mention: “The Catty Hours”, Adele Gardner

The first place winner receives $100, second place receives $75, and third place receives $50, with all

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2021 LOHF Writers Grants

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) writers’ organization is accepting applications for its annual grant program now through August 31, 2021. Nine grants of $100 each are available “to all women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre.” Winners will be announced on September 15, 2021.

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction: Uncanny and Weird Tales

Uncanny 3-4/21 Weird Tales #364

The March-April issue of Uncanny is pretty remarkable. All of the stories are strong. Catherynne M. Valente opens with “The Sin of America“, which expands on the “sin eater” concept in purposefully American fashion, with a bit of the vibe of Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” to boot. American fashion here is repre­sented by a clichéd upper Midwest diner and way too much food ...Read More

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New Books: 8 June 2021

Andrews, Claire: Daughter of Sparta

(Little, Brown/Jimmy Patterson 978-0316540070, $18.99, 384 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, June 8, 2021)

Young-adult reimagining of ancient Greek mythology, where a headstrong girl does whatever it takes to rise up and become the most powerful fighter her people have ever seen.


Aryan, Stephen: The Coward

(Angry Robot US 978-0-85766-888-2, $14.99, 400 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, June 8, 2021)

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Spotlight on: Veronica G. Henry

Bacchanal is a richly imagined historical fantasy. Tell us a bit about the book: the world where it takes place, and the characters who inhabit that world.

Bacchanal is set against the backdrop of The Great Depression and culminates with the Oklahoma Dust Bowl. At the center of this maelstrom is an unusual young woman, Eliza Meeks. She’s alone, ostracized and struggling to navigate her reality – a family that ...Read More

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HBG Diversity Update

Hachette Book Group published their annual diversity update, covering 2020. They announced increases in staff diversity at all levels in the company, the largest being a 31% increase among senior managers, including directors and higher (though they’re still almost 80% white). Employees identifying as BIPOC increased seven percent in 2020. Acquisitions saw a bump, too: new authors and illustrators of color made up 29% of book deals, compared to 22% ...Read More

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Dellamonica, El-Mohtar & Robson Premiere at Ottawa Fringe Festival

A.M. Dellamonica, Amal El-Mohtar & Kelly Robson have co-written fantasy/horror play Dressed as People, a “Triptych of Uncanny Abduction,” directed by Mary Ellis, performed by Margo MacDonald, and featuring music by SIESKI. The play premieres during the Ottawa Fringe Festival, June 17-27, 2021.

For more information, and to buy tickets to view online, see the Ottawa Fringe Festival website.

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2021 Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award Shortlist

A few authors of genre interest are on the six-title shortlist for the Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award:

  • “The July War”, Rabih Alameddine
  • “A Prolonged Kiss”, Jonathan Gibbs
  • “The Irish Wedding”, Elizabeth McCracken

The £30,000 award is given to a single story “of 6,000 words or less” published in the UK or Ireland. Judges for 2021 are Romesh Gunesekera, Andrew Holgate, Yiyun Li, David Mitchell, and Curtis Sittenfeld.


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Kameron Hurley: Endings (And Beginnings)

Like most authors, I have more experience writing beginnings than I do endings, but perhaps not in the way one would expect. Some of this is an artifact of the linear way we have evolved to see time. It’s how many of us were taught to approach narrative. For many years I began every story with a scene, an inciting incident, a mood, a situation, and wrote until I figured ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews The City of Good Death by Priyanka Champaneri

The City of Good Death, Priyanka Champaneri (Restless Books 978-1-632-06252-9, $28.00, 448pp, hc) February 2021.

Priyanka Champaneri’s debut, The City of Good Death, winner of the 2018 Restless Book Prize for New Immigrant Writing, explores the rituals and customs of death from a non-Western perspective. The story is set in the holy city of Banaras, also known as Kashi, on the banks of the River Ganges, where the ...Read More

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Federal Writers’ Project

Congressional Democrats Ted Lieu (California) and Teresa Leger Fernandez (New Mexico) have introduced a new bill, “The 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project”, which proposes $60 million in funding to non-profit organizations, libraries, news organizations, and writing-related unions to sup­port writers who lost income during the pandemic. The proposed legislation is inspired by the Federal Writers’ Project from 1935, which employed thou­sands of writers during the Great Depression. One goal of ...Read More

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2020 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2020 Nebula Awards at the 56th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2021 SFWA Nebula Conference.

Nalo Hopkinson became the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master, for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award was presented to Connie Willis. The Kate Willhelm Solstice Award was presented to Ben ...Read More

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