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What if you held a book fair, but nobody came? The annual Frankfurt Book Fair is still scheduled for October 2020 (albeit at a smaller than usual scale), but Bloomsbury, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, Lagardere Publishing, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, and numerous smaller publishers have announced that they will not attend or exhibit, though many plan to take part in the fair’s virtual activities. Although Canada is the “guest of ...Read More

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Rowling Controversy

J.K. Rowling sparked controversy with remarks she made in June regarding trans people. In a tweet June 6, she tweeted about an article headlined “Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate,” saying, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” She went on to say, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, ...Read More

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Carolyn Cushman Reviews American Demon by Kim Harrison and Spells for the Dead by Faith Hunter

Kim Harrison, American Demon (Ace 978-0- 593-10141-4, $28.00, 473pp, hc) June 2020. Cover by Chris McGrath.

Rachel Morgan’s back in the Hollows for her 14th novel in the series, set before the happily-ever- after epilogue in the previous volume. She’s been outed as a demon and blamed for letting the demons free, the old church that was her home and office is unliveable, her living vampire housemate Ivy seems to ...Read More

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WisCon 44 Report

WisCon 44 was scheduled for May 22-25, 2020 at the Concourse Hotel in Madison WI, with Rebecca Roanhorse and Yoon Ha Lee as guests of honor. Because of the CO­VID-19 pandemic, the convention was converted to a virtual event, their first “all-online con,” held on the same dates, with additional events on the evening of the 21st. Roanhorse attended virtually, but Lee was unable to take part.

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Unbecoming by Lesley Wheeler

Unbecoming, Lesley Wheeler (Aqueduct 978-1-61976-167-4, $18.00, 236pp, tp) May 2020.

Lesley Wheeler is an accomplished poet and a named professor at Washington and Lee, so it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that her first novel is peppered with striking language (“She was already a ghost of linen and warm air”; kids “flock and wheel”) and shrewd portraits of some familiar denizens of academia. Wheeler’s major previous venture into fantasy, ...Read More

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CoNZealand Hugo Voting Deadline Extended

CoNZealand has announced on twitter that they plan to make online Hugo voting available by July 8, 2020 latest. To account for the delay, they are extending the voting deadline to July 22, 2020.

Mail and email ballots will also be accepted if they are received before the deadline, but voters are strongly encouraged to wait for the online voting system to open at this point. A fillable pdf has ...Read More

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2020 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2020 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: short story writer Ted Chiang, Star Trek writer D.C. Fontana, the Star Wars movie series, and the Hugo Award-winning graphic novel Watchmen by Alan Moore, illustrated by Dave Gibbons. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.

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2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

Finalists for the seventh annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award have been announced:

  • “Hero”, L.R. Braden
  • “The Strength of Summer Storms”, Evey Brett
  • “Humanslayer”, Scott Huggins
  • “A Hole in the Gut”, M.T. Kadisin
  • “From Darkest Depths”, Sean CW Korsgaard
  • “The Power”, Stephen Lawson
  • “Gently They Took What Was Hers”, Amanda J. Lee
  • “Who Will Know?”, Scott R. Parkin
  • “The Chilling Account of the Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg”, J.E. Tabor
  • “Seidh”, Morgan Welch
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Paula Guran Reviews Londonia by Kate A. Hardy

Londonia, Kate A. Hardy (Tartarus Press 978-1-912586-19-6, £35.00, 405pp, hc) April 2020.

Kate A. Hardy’s London of 2072 in Londonia is divided into two worlds. In the Cincture (hyper-center of old London Town, also called the Egg), the elite live a more-than-comfortable, mostly frivolous life, protected from the harsh realities of dire post-apocalyptic weather and a hand-to-mouth existence. Londonia (also known as The Pan), where life is nasty, brutish, ...Read More

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Rudolfo Anaya (1937-2020)

Writer Rudolfo Anaya, 82, died June 28, 2020 at home in Albuquerque NM after a long illness. Anaya was a major Chicano writer, best known for his debut Bless Me, Ultima (1972), adapted as a film in 2013. His work occasionally had genre elements, notably in his Sonny Baca mystery series: Zia Summer (1995), Rio Grande Fall (1996), Shaman Winter (1999), and Jemez Spring (2005). Mystery Curse of the ChupaCabra ...Read More

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2020 SFWA Nebula Conference

The 2020 SFWA Nebula Conference morphed mid-COVID from an in-person conference into an impressive online event, held May 29-31, 2020. There were 808 members from 33 countries, a record, up from 2019’s record-breaking 475 registered members.

Online programming began before the event proper on May 23, with a Mentorship Meeting, pairing experienced congoers with newer attendees, and the Nebula Finalist Reception. Weekend programming focused on industry-relevant topics, such as “Too ...Read More

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Russell Letson Reviews The Human by Neal Asher

The Human, Neal Asher (Tor UK 978-1-509-86244-3, £18.99, 544pp, hc) April 2020. (Night Shade 978-1-950994-83-0, $26.99, 433 pp, hc) June 2020. Cover by Adam Burn.

I don’t know whether Neal Asher had figured out the nature of the ancient, alien, civilization-destroying Jain technology back when he introduced it in some of the early Polity-universe novels (The Line of Polity, Polity Agent), but he certainly has now. ...Read More

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Issue 714 Table of Contents, July 2020

The July 2020 issue of Locus has interviews with Steven Erikson and Veronica Roth. The 2020 Locus Awards winners and 2019 Nebula Awards winners are announced. Additional awards news covers the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards and Analog Anlab Awards, Lambda, and Greenaway winners, the Sturgeon Memorial and Shirley Jackson nominees, and more. Also covered: full reports on the 2020 SFWA Nebula Conference, WisCon 44, SF in ...Read More

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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award Open

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has opened submissions for the 11th Annual Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award for “emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination” until December 1, 2020.

Applicants must send a “200-word statement with background & goals in writing SF” and a “4,000-word maximum writing sample addressing Indigenous perspectives” to Professor Grace L. Dillon at For ...Read More

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2020 SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) has announced the 2020 winners of its annual research awards:

The SFRA Award for lifetime contributions to SF scholarship

  • Sherryl Vint

The SFRA Innovative Research Award

  • WINNER: “Triangulating the Dyad: Seen (Orciny) Unseen”, Susan Ang (Foundation #48)
  • Honorable Mention: “‘I Will Speak in Their Own Language’: Yugoslav Socialist Monuments and Science Fiction,” Raino Isto (Extrapolation 12/19)

Thomas D. Clareson award for distinguished service

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Fantasy Magazine Relaunch

John Joseph Adams has announced the relaunch of Fantasy magazine, with issue #61 scheduled for November 2020. Fantasy will be joining “sister-magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare under the same publishing umbrella”. Adams has named Christie Yant and Arley Sorg as co-editors-in-chief of Fantasy. From this point forward, all three magazines will be co-published by Adams and Yant under the name Adamant Press.

Fantasy Magazine’s format will differ slightly from its sister-magazines ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews Pew by Catherine Lacey

Pew, Catherine Lacey (Farrah, Straus, Giroux 978-0374230920, $26.00, 224pp, hc) May 2020.

Catherine Lacey first came to my attention with her 2017 novel The Answers, a quirky thought experiment about pain management, the biology of love, and a bizarre project into human relationships funded by an eccentric movie star. Her latest book, Pew, is about a stranger, with no name, no memory, and no identity, who drops ...Read More

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The Testaments Team Wins Three British Book Awards

The Bookseller announced recipients of the British Book Awards, honoring The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese; Chatto & Windus) for three related awards: Publicity Campaign of the Year, Agent of the Year, and Audiobook of the Year.

Also called the “Nibbies,” the British Book Awards “honours and celebrates the commercial successes of publishers, authors and bookshops.” The Testaments audiobook, narrated by Ann Dowd, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Mae ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Out of Body by Jeffrey Ford

Out of Body, Jeffrey Ford ( 978-1-250-25015, $14.99, 168pp, tp) May 2020.

Jeffrey Ford is consistently one of the most graceful writers we have, and when he decides to revisit some of the classic tropes of horror fiction – such as the haunted house in his recent The Twilight Pariah and “The Jew­eled Wren” – we can reliably expect a couple of things. For one, the clarity of the ...Read More

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2020 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the winners in each category of the 2020 Locus Awards. Winners were announced June 27, 2020 at the virtual Locus Awards Weekend; Connie Willis MCed the awards ceremony, available online, with co-presenter Daryl Gregory. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors.


  • WINNER: The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
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Paula Guran Reviews The Heart Is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories by Angela Slatter

The Heart Is a Mirror for Sinners and Other Stories, Angela Slatter (PS Publishing 978-1-78636-563-7, £25.00, 331pp, hc) April 2020.

British and World Fantasy Award recipient Angela Slatter’s writing is elegant, elo­quent, evocative, and exquisitely disturb­ing; polished to the rich patina found only on the finest quality antique silver, it casts a spell on the reader. Luckily, the Australian author is nearly as prolific as she is talented. The ...Read More

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2020 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:


First Place “Taking, Keeping“, Jessica J. Horowitz (Apparition Lit 1/19)

Second Place “when my father reprograms my mother {“, Caroline Mao (Strange Horizons Fund Drive 2019)

Third Place (tie) “The Day the Animals Turned to ...Read More

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Paula Guran Reviews Songs for Dark Seasons Lisa L. Hannett

Songs for Dark Seasons: Stories, Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga Publications 978-1-925212-44-0, A$50.00, 280pp, hc) April 2020.

Lisa L. Hannett’s three previous collections, two co-authored with Angela Slatter, earned awards and critical acclaim. Songs for Dark Seasons is just as laudable. Since the Canadian-born author lives in Australia and Ticonderoga is an Australian press, the volume may be a bit hard to come by for some, but it is well ...Read More

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Westover Wins Inaugural US Selfies Award

The Winter Sisters by Tim Westover (Qw) is the winner of the Selfies Book Awards U.S., awarded by Publishers Weekly and BookBrunch “to discover promising talent and recognise the very best indie-published titles each year.”

Westover will receive $1,000 and a $5,000 advertising package with Publishers Weekly. The Winter Sisters “will also be featured at trade shows and promoted to 30,000 librarians….”

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Colleen Mondor Reviews When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

When We Were Magic, Sarah Gailey (Simon Pulse 978-1-5344-3287-1, $18.99, 352pp, hc) March 2020.

Sarah Gailey’s When We Were Magic opens with a murder. (This is no spoiler, because the first sentence of the book is, “I didn’t mean to kill Josh Harper.”) Everything that follows is the result of that murder: all the action, all the drama, all the angst. If Josh Harper hadn’t died (in a very ...Read More

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2020 Ignotus Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • Ararat, Christopher Golden, translated by Efraim Suárez (Grupo Tierra Trivium)
  • La brigada de luz [The Light Brigade], Kameron Hurley, translated by Natalia Cervera (Alianza)
  • El cielo de piedra [The Stone Sky], N.K. Jemisin, translated by David Tejera Expósito (Nova)
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New & Notable Books, June 2020

Afia Atakora, Conjure Women (Random House 4/20) This ambitious historical fantasy novel is set before, during, and after the Civil War in the American South, with a focus on folk healer Miss May Belle, her daughter Rue, and Varina, their master’s daughter. This impressive debut is already widely acclaimed and has drawn comparisons to the work of Toni Morrison.


James Blaylock, The Gobblin’ Society (Subterranean 3/20) Blaylock returns to ...Read More

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Ian Mond Reviews The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires, Grady Hendrix (Quirk Books 978-1683691433, $22.99, 408pp, hc) April 2020.

The year is 1993, and Patricia Campbell, along with her career-driven husband Carter and their two malcontent teenagers Korey and Blue, live in the Old Village, the wealthy section of Mt. Pleasant SC and the backdrop to Grady Hendrix’s latest novel The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. Once ...Read More

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Toon Shortlisted for Bloody Scotland Debut Prize

Pine, by Francine Toon (Doubleday) has been shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year, awarded by the Bloody Scotland International Crime Writing Festival “to recognise the quality in new talent blossoming within crime writing.”

Winners receive a check for £500 and a trophy sponsored by the Glencairn Glass. Bloody Scotland 2020, scheduled for September 18-20 in Stirling, UK, has been canceled. Winners will be announced ...Read More

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Katharine Coldiron Reviews The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey

The Book of Koli, M.R. Carey (Orbit 978-0-31647-753-6, $16.99, 416pp, tp) April 2020.

The Book of Koli doesn’t read much like the initial book of a genre trilogy. It’s quiet, deeply humanistic, and full of lush characterization and worldbuilding, rather than action or adventure. But what a glorious beginning it is. M.R. Carey hefts astonishing story­telling power with plainspoken language, heartbreak­ing choices, and sincerity like an arrow to the ...Read More

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2019 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced winners for the sixth annual Bisexual Book Awards on June 19, 2020 including titles of genre interest:

Speculative Fiction [Bi-fi/Sci-fi/Fantasy/Paranormal/Horror/Etc.]

  • WINNER: Shatter the Sky, Rebecca Kim Wells (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Monster of the Week, FT Lukens (Duet; Interlude)


  • WINNER: In the Dream House, Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf Press)


  • WINNER: Blood & Bitcoin, L.A. Witt
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