Pullman Independent Bookstore Competitions

Author Philip Pullman and Penguin Books Limited are offering UK independent bookstores two contests. In one, three winning bookstores will be visited by Pullman and receive £300 to fund the author event. In the other, three hundred stores will receive a “Philip Pullman Collection” of seven titles: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, La Belle Sauvage, Daemon Voices, Clockwork, and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

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Pratchett Exhibition Raises £20k

Per The Bookseller, honoring best selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, the “Terry Pratchett: HisWorld” exhibition at Salisbury Museum and accompanying title Terry Pratchett: HisWorld – A Brief Guide to Discworld compiled by writer Stephen Briggs, with illustrations by Paul Kidby (Clays) raised £20,000 for the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE). The exhibition had over 21,000 visitors.

Rob Wilkins, manager of Sir Terry’s estate, said, “The ‘Terry ...Read More

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Pullman Judges China-themed Contest

The University of Liverpool announced the China Stories Writing Competition with Philip Pullman as the judge.

The University of Liverpool is an official partner of the China Dream season, which will see a host of events across the city, including the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum.

The competition has three categories: primary school students, secondary school students, and University of Liverpool students. Deadline ...Read More

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Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute

Literary Arts has announced a tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see the official ticketing site. ...Read More

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Gardner Dozois Reviews Short Fiction

Asimov’s 1-2/18
Analog 1-2/18
F&SF 1-2/18
Clarkesworld 1/18
Lightspeed 1/18

2018 is off to a good start – perhaps nothing exceptional enough to make the Hugo bal­lots was published in January, but there was lots of good, entertaining reading.

The January/February Asimov’s featured solid storytelling that took us to a number of exotic lo­cales. “Barren Isle” by Allen M. Steele takes us back to the still partially unexplored colony world ...Read More

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2018 Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The 2018 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • Fall of Dragons, Miles Cameron (Orbit)
  • Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
  • Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins)
  • Scorched Shadows, Steve McHugh (47North)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Tethered Mage, Melissa Caruso (Orbit)
  • Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Blackwing,
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2018 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2017, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel
  • Our Memory Like Dust, Gavin Chait (TW Adult)
  • The Real, Masha du Toit (self-published)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • After
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2017 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • WINNER: I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)
  • Runner-up: In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)

Novella of the Year

  • WINNER: Mapping The Interior, Stephen Graham Jones (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Runner-up: Agents
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Galactic Philadelphia Reading Series

Malka Older and David Walton took part in the Galactic Philadelphia reading series with an appearance on February 13, 2018. Sally Wiener Grotta and Lawrence Schoen curate the series.

For more, see the Galactic Philadelphia site.

Sally Wiener Grotta, Malka Older, David Walton, Lawrence Schoen (by Tim Burke)

This and more like it in the April 2018 issue of Locus.

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel

Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel (Saga 978-1-4814-8147-2, $27.99, 384pp, hc) February 2018.

One of many things that come to mind in reading Pride and Prometheus, John Kessel’s thoroughly enjoyable full-length expansion of his 2008 Nebula- and Shirley Jackson-winning novelette, is that Pride and Prejudice might have made a pretty suitable title for Frankenstein, at least from the unfortunate creature’s point of view. After all, he’s the product of Victor Frankenstein’s ...Read More

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Wakanda Forever: Josh Pearce and Arley Sorg Discuss Black Panther

Wakanda! A land of secrets. This is the homeland of the Black Panther. It sits on the world’s largest deposit of the exotic element vibranium, which enables Wakandans to achieve fantastic technological heights beyond the rest of the world (Flying cars! Healing damaged spinal columns! Fingerprint-sized communication devices with global range! Maglev trains! Oh, and collapsible armor-piercing spears—which fire energy waves!). This technology also allows them to disguise the entire ...Read More

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Mythic Delirium Closes

With the April 2018 issue, Mike Allen’s fiction and poetry magazine Mythic Delirium is closing after 20 years. In his editorial, Allen says,

I’m putting Mythic Delirium on what those of us in Smallpressville call ‘indefinite hiatus.’ Put more plainly, the zine is coming to an end—though I reserve the right to bring it back, should the course of my career deliver me to a point where (re)starting a magazine ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, April 2018

Kelly Barnhill, Dreadful Young Ladies (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2/18) Newbery Medal winner Barnhill’s first collection presents nine fantastic stories for adults, infused by her very distinctive, poetic voice, with tales full of fairytale elements, interesting insects, and ladies who refuse to follow the rules, including the title character of the quirkily dystopian novella, “The Unlicensed Magician”.

 

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Liz Bourke Reviews Void Black Shadow by Corey J. White

Void Black Shadow, Corey J. White (Tor.com Publishing 978-0–7653-9692-1, $3.99, 218pp, eb). March 2018. Cover by Tommy Arnold.

Void Black Shadow, the sequel to Corey J. White’s explosive Killing Gravity and the sec­ond volume in the Voidwitch Saga, isn’t what you might call measured, not by a long chalk. Hectic is one word for it. Breakneck another.

Mariam “Mars” Xi is a living weapon, a “voidwitch.” A genetically designed psychic ...Read More

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2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year have been announced:

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue”, Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 11-12/17)
  • “Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni 11/17)
  • “The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata (Tor.com 7/17)
  • “The Secret
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2018 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 57th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2018 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

  • The History of Soviet Fantastika, Roman Arbitman translated by Hiroaki Umemura (Kyōwakoku)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Adjacent, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi
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Greer Wins Pulitzer

Andrew Sean Greer has won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category for his novel Less (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown). 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 Pulitzer jury called Less “a generous book, musical in its prose and expansive in its structure and range, about growing older and ...Read More

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Paula Guran Reviews Short Fiction

Uncanny 1-2/18
Anathema: Spec from the Margins 12/17
Kaleidotrope Winter ’18
The Dark 1/18
Mythic Delirium 1-3/18

Although more concerned with character than plot, Elizabeth Bear‘s “She Still Loves the Dragon” (Uncanny) still tells the love story of a knight-errant and a dragon. (“She still loves the dragon that set her on fire.”) Since love stories often turn dark and end bit­tersweet, I feel justified in praising it here. Com­pelling, ...Read More

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2018 REH Foundation Awards Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the nominees for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

  • “Robert
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Tananarive Due: Sense of Mission

Tananarive Priscilla Due was born January 5, 1966 in Tallahassee FL, daughter of civil rights lawyer John D. Due, Jr. and leading civil rights activist Patricia Stephens Due. She grew up in Miami, and attended Northwestern Univer­sity’s Medill School of Journalism before getting her MA in English from Leeds University, where she studied Nigerian literature. She worked as a journalist for the Miami Herald after college, wrote full-time for 15 ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Mapping the Bones by Jane Yolen

Mapping the Bones, Jane Yolen (Philomel 978-0-399-25778-0, $17.99, 418pp, hc) March 2018.

I should point out up front that Jane Yolen’s powerful young-adult Holocaust novel Mapping the Bones is a straight historical without overt fantastic elements, although – like her earlier Briar Rose – it’s woven around the armature of a classic fairy tale, in this case “Hansel and Gretel”. Almost inevitably, considering its subject, it’s a horror story, and ...Read More

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StokerCon 2018 Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Biltmore in Providence RI, March 1-4, 2018. HWA president Lisa Morton said, “It’s hard to beat hundreds of horror-lovers huddled together in a suppos­edly haunted hotel while a Nor’easter rages outside.” Guests of honor were Ramsey Campbell, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Massie, Sam Weller, and Craig Engler; Jeff Strand was emcee. Morton said, “This was our third ...Read More

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Colleen Mondor Reviews The Hollow Girl by Hillary Monahan

The Hollow Girl, Hillary Monahan (Dela­corte 978-1-5247-0186-4, $17.99, 272pp, hc) October 2017.

Author Hillary Monahan takes readers into the world of the Romany people in this brutal blending of realistic fiction and fantasy. Set at some point of the Welsh past (there are no mentions of electronic devices or cars), The Hollow Girl follows the story of Bethan and her grandmother, Drina, the clan’s revered and fearsome wise woman. While ...Read More

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Clarkesworld Readers’ Poll

“A Series of Steaks” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad was named Best Story in the annual Clarkesworld readers’ poll. “Sea Change” by Matt Dixon, from the June 2017 issue, won Best Cover Art.

For more, including finalists, see the Clarkesworld site.

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Rich Horton Reviews Short Fiction

Tender, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer) April 2017.
Analog 1/18
Asimov’s 1-2/18
Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/4/18
Uncanny 1-2/18
Slate 1/17/18
New Haven Noir, Amy Bloom, ed. (Akashic) June 2017.

I am continuing to catch up on some 2017 stuff I missed. For example, Sofia Samatar‘s col­lection Tender is one of the best collections I’ve seen in some time. This exceptional debut collection includes two new stories, “An Account of the Land ...Read More

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Adrienne Martini Reviews Semiosis by Sue Burke

Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor 978-0-7653-9135-3, $25.99, 336pp, hc) February 2018.

Beyond all else, Sue Burke’s Semiosis is a book about biochemistry and about the subtle dance that all living things perform to get the chemical building blocks they need to survive.

On this planet and in our actual reality, humans have the brains to think through how to get what they need. We’re experts at exploiting our environment, which is, ...Read More

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2018 Man Booker International Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker International prize includes two titles of genre interest:

  • The World Goes On, László Krasznahorkai, translated by John Batki, Ottilie Mulzet & George Szirtes (Tuskar Rock)
  • Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi, translated by Jonathan Wright (Oneworld)

The award is given “annually for a single work of fiction, translated into English and published in the UK.” The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author ...Read More

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Science Fiction Names for Features of Charon

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has announced a list of approved names for features on Pluto’s largest moon, Charon. The list includes mountains named after Octavia E. Butler and Arthur C. Clarke, as well as craters named for characters in works by L. Frank Baum, Stanislaw Lem, and Jules Verne.

The names were proposed by NASA’s New Horizons team which conducted the first survey of Charon in 2015. The full ...Read More

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Okorafor, Anders, and Hopkinson on LeVar Burton Reads LIVE

Actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Reading Rainbow) is featuring several science fiction authors in his podcast tour, LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! including Nnedi Okorafor, Charlie Jane Anders, and Nalo Hopkinson. Each live event includes a conversation with the author and a reading of their story by Burton. Okorafor was featured in an event on March 23, 2018 at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago IL. Anders ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh

Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories, Vandana Singh (Small Beer 978-1-618-73143-2, $16.00, 336pp) February 2018.

For the past 15 years or so, Vandana Singh has been producing consistently interesting and often brilliant short fiction, and her name is often among those mentioned in celebra­tions of SF’s growing diversity. But “diversity” can have a number of meanings, and, as beauti­fully demonstrated in her new collection Ambi­guity Machines and Other Stories, diversity in ...Read More

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Bradbury Center Receives NEH Grant

The Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) was awarded $50,000 by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), announced April 9, 2018. The endowment is to “ensure the preservation of nearly 30,000 pounds of correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, and memorabilia from author Ray Bradbury” under the lead of the center’s director, Jonathan R. Eller.

“The Center is home to more than 100,000 pages of published and ...Read More

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Hamid Wins Aspen Words Literary Prize

Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead) has won the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize, announced during a ceremony held April 10, 2018 at the Morgan Library in New York NY. The $35,000 prize is awarded to “an influential work of fiction focused on vital contemporary issues.” Finalists and winner were chosen by jurors Stephen L. Carter, Jessica Fullerton, Phil Klay, Alondra Nelson, and Akhil Sharma. Hamid will also be the ...Read More

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