The “Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration” exhibit, featuring pivotal works of science fiction and fantasy art from greats of the field both past and present, is on view at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge MA from June 12-October 31, 2021. Bob Eggleton said, “It is truly a pinnacle for fantasy art to be recognized in such a venue. Curator Jesse Kowalski brought it all together.” For more information ...Read MoreRead more
Son of the Storm, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Orbit US 9780316428941, $14.49, 480pp, tp) May 2021.
Note: Son of the Storm refers to very light-skinned Africans (i.e. “high yellow”) as “yellowskin.” It refers to people with albinism and not people of Asian descent (all characters are of African descent in this novel).
Forbidden knowledge, half-truths, and a woman with magic that is not supposed to exist. Son of the Storm ...Read MoreRead more
KAT HOWARD is now represented by Allie Levick of Writers House.
V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Speculative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.
DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and ...Read MoreRead more
The Album of Dr. Moreau, Daryl Gregory (Tordotcom 978-1250782106, $14.99, 176pp, tp) May 2021.
Already in the public domain for years, H.G. Wells’s The Island of Dr. Moreau has practically spawned a microgenre all its own, with Brian Aldiss, Gwyneth Jones (as Ann Halam), Gene Wolfe, Theodora Goss, the Simpsons, and even Marlon Brando having a whack at the story or its characters and themes. I’m pretty sure, though, ...Read MoreRead more
The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts announced the recipients for the annual NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship program, including authors Amanda Lee Koe and Su-Yee Lin. The program awarded $616,000 to 92 artists across five disciplines.
For more information, see the NYFA site.
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The administrators of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award have announced a new panel of judges: Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen. New judges were selected from a call for volunteers after last year’s judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Barry Malzberg, resigned from position.
Established in 2001 by the Cordwainer Smith foundation, the Rediscovery Award is intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. Award recipients include ...Read MoreRead more
Apex #123 Nightmare 4/21 Black Static 78-79
Apex #123 presents six original stories. Technology allows the protagonist of “This Is the Moment, Or One of Them” by Mari Ness to review and “shift,” if she desires, some of her memories of a relationship. That’s a far too simplistic description of a story with both subtle nuance and profound consideration of life choices. Just read it. “Throw Rug ...Read MoreRead more
Altman, Mark A., Gross, Edward: Secrets of the Force: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Wars
(St. Martin’s 978-1-250-23687-6, $29.99, 576 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 13, 2021)
Nonfiction book exploring the entire story of the Star Wars franchise from the beginning. Features the commentaries of hundreds of actors and filmmakers involved with and impacted by Star Wars, as well as writers, commentators, critics, executives, authors, film ...Read MoreRead more
Nominees for the 2020 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced.
- Tender Is the Flesh, Agustina Bazterrica (Scribner)
- The Hollow Places, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
- Betty, Tiffany McDaniel (Knopf)
- Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
- Saltblood, T.C. Parker (self-published)
- The Sun Down Motel, Simone St. James (Berkley)
Best Young Adult
- Category Five, Ann Dávila Cardinal (Tor Teen)
- Harrow Lake, Kat
Tell us a bit about The Freedom Race—the world where it takes place, and the characters who inhabit that world.
In The Freedom Race, which is set in the future, a second civil war, referred to as the Sequel, has transformed the country into the Disunited States. Other kinds of instability—climate change, refugee crises, ideological divisions, and pandemics—have also taken a toll. After the Sequel, rural areas of the ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the 2021 Deutsche Science Fiction Preis, presented by Science Fiction Club Deutschland (SFCD), have been announced.
Best German Language Short Story
- “Stromsperre”, Stephan Becher (Rebellion in Sirius City)
- “Die letzte Jungfrau”, T. Elling (Nova 29)
- “Angereichert”, Karsten Kruschel (Spektrum der Wissenschaft)
- “Die Sapiens-Integrale”, Michael Marrak (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)
- “Wagners Stimme”, Carsten Schmitt (Wie künstlich ist Intelligenz?)
Best German Language
Agent Ginger Clark has left her position as vice president at Curtis Brown to found her own agency, Ginger Clark Literary. She is joined by Nicole Eisenbraun (also formerly of Curtis Brown), as agent and translation rights manager.
Clark began her career as an agent at Writers House, and joined Curtis Brown in 2005. She represents Richard Kadrey, Tim Pratt, Patricia C. Wrede, and the estate of Ursula K. Le ...Read MoreRead more
Subdivision, J. Robert Lennon (Graywolf Press 978-1-64445-048-2, $16.00, 240pp, tp) April 2021.
If my column has a mission statement, it’s to shine a light on literary or translated works with speculative elements that rarely get recognised or discussed within the genre. J. Robert Lennon is an example of the former, a literary author whose fiction has increasingly gravitated toward the fantastic but who is likely to be unfamiliar to ...Read MoreRead more
The 2021 Colorado Authors’ Hall of Fame inductees list includes SF writers Kevin J. Anderson and W. Michael Gear in the Living category, and Robert Heinlein in the Legacy category.
A nonprofit founded in 2014, the Authors’ Hall of Fame is “dedicated to recognizing and preserving the history about the accomplishments of past and present authors who have created and published books.”
For the full list of inductees, see the ...Read MoreRead more
The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the winner for the 2021 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”
- WINNER: Queen of None, Natania Barron (Vernacular)
- Sword of the Seven Sins, Emily Colin (Blue Crow)
- Legendborn, Tracy Deonn (McElderry)
- Carved from Stone and Dream, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
- Impervious, A.J.
President Barack Obama announced his 2021 Summer Reading List via Twitter, including a few works of genre interest:
- Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
- Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
- Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)
For the complete list, see his post on Twitter.
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Winners for the 2021 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest:
Best Science Fiction Novel
- WINNER (tie): High Mountain Hunters, William Alan Webb (Seventh Seal)
- WINNER (tie): Hope’s Game, Mick Williams (Hydra)
- The Second Star, Alma Alexander (Crossroad)
- Storm Shattered, Patrick Dugan (Falstaff)
Best Fantasy Novel
- WINNER: The Watchers of Moniah, Barbara V. Evers (New Mythology)
- Curling Vines & Crimson Trades
CHRISTOPHER TRACY BROWN was born June 10, 1964 in Des Moines IA. He grew up there, then went to Phillips Exeter, a prep school in New Hampshire, for high school (where his classmates included author Dan Brown; no relation). He spent a gap year traveling in Europe and working in Washington DC, then attended college at Tulane University in New Orleans, studying political economy, and spent a year at Oxford ...Read MoreRead more
Broken Fevers, Tenea D. Johnson (Rosarium 978-1732638853, $14.95, 272pp, tp) March 2021.
Tenea D. Johnson’s Broken Fevers is a wildly imaginative short story collection that tackles some important topics with style and delivers a healthy heaping of meaning in each narrative, regardless of length. A solid mix of genres, this collection pulls readers into short stories that do a lot more than just entertain.
Johnson sets the atmosphere in ...Read MoreRead more
StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), was held May 20-23, 2021, on the virtual Hopin platform. Guests of honor were Maurice Broaddus, Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lisa Morton, and Steve Rasnic Tem. Carol J. Clover, Jewelle Gomez, and Marge Simon received Lifetime Achievement Awards. Co-chair Brian Matthews said, “After a year of COVID-related isolation, we strived to bring people back together, to make them feel ...Read MoreRead more
Artist Paul Alexander, 83, died June 14, 2021 at the Brethren Retirement Community in Greenville OH.
Paul R. Alexander was born September 3, 1937, in Richmond IN, the son of the late Fred and Ora Olive Alexander. After graduation from Wittenberg University in 1959, and then the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles, he found work in the art field with architectural firms, and then moved into advertising, ...Read MoreRead more
The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2020.
- WINNER: The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Barry B. Longyear (Enchanteds)
- Who Can Own the Stars?, Mackey Chandler (self-published)
- Storm Between the Stars, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
- Braintrust: Requiem, Marc Stiegler (LMBPN)
- Heaven’s River, Dennis E. Taylor (Ethan Ellenberg)
Strange Horizons 3/29/21, 4/21 Clarkesworld 4/21
At the end of March Strange Horizons published a special issue featuring Palestinian speculative fiction. It includes art, poetry, four stories, and an introductory essay, and features creators from across the Palestinian diaspora. “Wills” by Wadih Haddad is very short and very Weird, starting with a man in a sort of consumer hypnotic state coming awake with the statement “I want,” then ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the 2020 Aurealis Awards, for the best in Australian speculative fiction, were announced in an online ceremony.
Best Science Fiction Novel (tie)
- WINNER: The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
- WINNER: Repo Virtual, Corey J. White (Tordotcom)
- Ghost Species, James Bradley (Penguin Random House)
- Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
- Fauna, Donna Mazza (Allen & Unwin)
The Impossible Resurrection of Grief, Octavia Cade (Stelliform Press 978-1-777091767, $14.99, 82pp, tp) May 2021.
Octavia Cade is a writer new to me, even though since 2016 she’s won three Sir Julius Vogel Awards, the national SF awards of New Zealand, and has published a fair amount of short fiction in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. Her new novella, The Impossible Resurrection of Grief, comes to us ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the 2021 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced:
- “The Bone-Stag Walks“, KT Bryski (Lightspeed 8/20)
- “The Genetic Alchemist’s Daughter“, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Black Cranes)
- “The Sycamore and the Sybil“, Alix E. Harrow (Uncanny 3-4/20)
- “City of Red Midnight: A Hikayat“, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 10/21/20)
- “Judge Dee and the Limits of the Law“, Lavie Tidhar (Tor.com 11/11/20)
The winner will receive a plaque ...Read MoreRead more
Barry, Max: The 22 Murders of Madison May
(Penguin Random House/Putnam 978-00593-08520-, $27.00, 336 pp, formats: hardcover, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)
Serial killer novel of parallel worlds. Reporter Felicity Staples investigates a murder and discovers that someone is killing Madison May in multiple universes.
Estep, Jennifer: Capture the Crown
(Harper Voyager US 978-0-06-302303-1, $16.99, 464 pp, formats: trade paperback, ebook, audio, July 6, 2021)
Fantasy novel, the first ...Read MoreRead more
Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year were announced July 7, 2021. This year’s winners are Mandisa Keswa, Alexandra Ouimet, and LeAnn Rhodes. The scholarship awards $2,500 to each recipient. Winners were selected from a record 383 applications, including 23 international submissions.
Keswa received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Ouimet received the ...Read MoreRead more
Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf 978-0-59331-817-1, $28.00, 320pp, hc) March 2021.
Over the last couple of years, it’s been surprising to see literary authors of the calibre of Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan, with their respective novels Frankissstein (which I reviewed in 2019) and Machines Like Me, raise concerns about machine consciousness. Compared to climate change, pandemics, or the fallout from late-stage capitalism, the robot-apocalypse is ...Read MoreRead more
Joy Williams will receive the 2021 Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction “for a lifetime of outstanding work.” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said,
I am pleased and honored to confer this prize on Joy Williams, in celebration of her almost half-century of extraordinary work. Her work reveals the strange and unsettling grace just beneath the surface of our lives. In a story, a moment, a single sentence, it ...Read MoreRead more
Submissions for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant are open now through July 31, 2021. Each $500 grant “is intended to support the SLF’s mission of promoting literary quality in speculative fiction” and are awarded by SLF staff on the basis of merit.
The Diverse Writers Grant “is intended to support writers of speculative fiction who are from underrepresented and underprivileged groups, such as ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the 2021 Science Fiction and Fantasy Rosetta Awards (SFFRA), for best translated work, have been announced:
- Daughter from the Dark, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko, translated from Russian by Julia Meitov Hersey (Harper Voyager)
- Vagabonds, Hao Jingfang, translated from Chinese by Ken Liu (Saga)
- Qualityland, Marc-Uwe Kling, translated from German by Jamie Searle Romanelli (Grand Central)
- The Disaster Tourist, Yun Ko-eun, translated from Korean