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A first edition of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (1968) was pulled from the shelves in a Tennessee Library, to be trashed or sold at the Friends of the Memphis Public Library book shop, when staff member Geoff Hopkins noticed the book and realized its value. The library’s online sales manager Louise Brown listed the book online for $1,250, and sold it within a few ...Read More

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James on Time 100 List

Marlon James is on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2019 (the Time 100). He is recognized for his novels A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead), and profiled in the magazine by Salman Rushdie.

For the complete list of honorees, see the Time website.

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Tolkien Society Education Travel Bursary

The Tolkien Society has launched the Education Travel Bursary “to enable masters and doctoral students to attend Tolkien Society events and present their work and received feedback.” For details: <>.

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2019 Prix Bob Morane

Winners of the 2019 Prix Bob Morane have been announced.

Romans francophones (French Novels)
  • Les nuages de Magellan, Estelle Faye (Scrineo)

Roman traduit (Translated Novels)

  • Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters, translated by Éric Holstein (ActuSF)

Nouvelles (Short Stories)

  • Signal d’alerte: Fictions courtes et dérangements [Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances], Neil Gaiman, translated by Patrick Marcel (Au diable Vauvert)

Coup de coeur (Favorites)

  • SOS terre et
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Powers Wins Pulitzer

The Overstory (Norton) by Richard Powers won the 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 Powers’s novel, “An ingeniously structured narrative that branches and canopies like the trees at the core of the story whose wonder and connectivity echo those ...Read More

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Apex Closes

Apex magazine will go on indefinite hiatus following its 120th issue, after ten years of publication. Its last issue will be the Afrofuturism issue guest edited by Maurice Broaddus.

Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore said:

One thing that became obvious to me is that I was neglecting both myself and the book side of Apex. I need to take time to exercise, take some time for my health, do more ...Read More

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Kuang Wins Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2019 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • WINNER: The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager)
  • The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • Sisters of the Winter Wood, Rena Rossner (Redhook)
  • Implanted, Lauren C. Teffeau (Angry Robot)
  • The Feed, Nick Clark Windo (Morrow)

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2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2018, has been announced:

French Novel

  • BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’)
  • Dernières fleurs avant la fin du monde, Nicolas Cartelet (Mü Éditions)
  • Le Cycle de Syffe, tomes 1 & 2, Patrick K. Dewdney (Au diable vauvert)
  • Rouille, Floriane Soulas (Scrineo)
  • Les Pierres et les Roses, tomes 1
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2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Nominees

Finalists for the 2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and GeyserCon 2019, and honored at the convention, May 31 – June 2, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Rotorua in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Best Novel

  • The Kingfisher’s Debt, Kura Carpenter (IFWG)
  • Restoration Day, Deborah Makarios (Oi Makarioi)
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2018 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2018 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining science fiction,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • WINNER: Circe, Madeline Miller (Bloomsbury)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • The Smoke, Simon Ings (Titan)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • WINNER: Frankenstein in Baghdad, Ahmed Saadawi (Oneworld)
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2018 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2018 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River)
  • The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam)
  • The Rust Maidens, Gwendolyn Kiste (Journalstone)
  • The Listener, Robert R. McCammon (Cemetery Dance)
  • The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow)

Novella of the Year

  • Out Behind the Barn, John Boden & Chad Lutzke (self-published)
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2019 Ditmar Award Preliminary Ballot

The 2019 Ditmar Award preliminary ballot for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

  • Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter)
  • The Subjugate, Amanda Bridgeman (Angry Robot)
  • Faerie Apocalypse, Jason Franks (IFWG Australia)
  • City of Lies, Sam Hawke (Tor)
  • The Beast’s Heart, Leife Shallcross (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • Triquetra, Kirstyn McDermott ( Publishing)
  • Cabaret
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Gene Wolfe (1931-2019)

Grand Master Gene Wolfe, 87, died April 14, 2019 after a long struggle with heart disease. Wolfe was famed for his ambitious, challenging, and enthralling novels and stories, most famously the Book of the New Sun series.

Gene Rodman Wolfe was born May 7, 1931 in Brooklyn NY and grew up in Texas, where he attended Texas A&M and the University of Houston, graduating from the latter in 1956 with ...Read More

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Levine Goes Indie

Editor Arthur A. Levine has left Scholastic after 23 years to launch his own independent publishing company, effective March 30, 2019. Levine’s eponymous imprint was founded in 1996, and he is a major figure in children’s publishing, best known for bringing J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series to the US.

Levine told Publishers Weekly, “I’ve had a wonderful run at Scholastic and will greatly miss working here. There are such ...Read More

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Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award

Writer and astronomy professor Andre W Fraknoi was awarded the 2019 Space Educator: Lifetime Achievement Award, presented March 22 in Washington DC at the 62nd Annual Robert Goddard Memorial Dinner. Fraknoi teaches at the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco.

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2020 Vilcek Prizes

The 2020 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Literature, honoring “emerging to mid-career immigrant professionals who have demonstrated significant accomplishments early in their careers,” are open to writers in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry categories. Each winner will receive $50,000. Applicants should have published at least one full-length book (self-published work is ineligible), been born outside the US, and be 38 years of age or younger. Applications are due by June ...Read More

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Gillian Redfearn GoH at StokerCon 2020

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced Gollancz deputy publisher Gillian Redfearn as Editor Guest of Honour, joining previously announced Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict, for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.

For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.

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Tor Launches Horror Imprint

Tor Books is launching a new horror imprint, Nightfire, with Fritz Foy as publisher and additional staff to be added.

According to the announcement:

Under the Nightfire imprint, editors will acquire and publish across the breadth of the genre­—from short story collections to novellas and novels, from standalone works to series, from dark fantasy to the supernatural, from originals to reprints of lost modern classics. In addition to publishing books ...Read More

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2019 Guggenheim Fellowships

Authors Edward Carey, Michael Helm, Carmen Maria Machado, and Luis Alberto Urrea are among the 2019 Guggenheim Fellows, announced April 10, 2019 by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellowships were awarded to 168 recipients across 49 fields of study “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

The Foundation was started in 1925 and has awarded grants totaling more than $360 million. Fellowships are through two annual competitions: ...Read More

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Martindale Wins Service to SFWA Award

Lee Martindale has been awarded the 2019 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Martindale has served SFWA in a number of capacities including on the election committee, as chair of the bylaws committee, mediation specialist on the grievance committee, SFWA ombudsman, South-Central director, and as director-at-large. SFWA president Cat Rambo said:

Lee’s service to SFWA includes driving the creation of SFWA’s accessibility guidelines, which have been used by dozens ...Read More

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UKLA Shortlists

Shortlists for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) awards have been announced. There are several titles of genre interest in the 12-16 year category:

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont Electric Monkey)
  • After the Fire, Will Hill (Usborne)
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein, Lita Judge (Wren & Rook)
  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds (Faber)

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CrimeFest Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the CrimeFest Awards have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

Audible Sounds of Crime Award

  • Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (Orion)
  • The Outsider, Stephen King (Simon & Schuster Audio)

H.R.F. Keating Award

  • Arthur Conan Doyle’s Art of Fiction, Nils Clausson (Cambridge Scholars Publishing)

Last Laugh Award

  • Bryant & May: Hall of Mirrors, Christopher Fowler (Transworld)

Best Crime Novel for Children

  • The Train to
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Brave New Words Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the Brave New Words Award has been announced by Starburst magazine:

  • Origamy, Rachel Armstrong (NewCon)
  • 84K, Claire North (Orbit)
  • Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Loosening Skin, Aliya Whiteley (Unsung Stories)
  • Lost Gods, Micah Yongo (Angry Robot)

Starburst editorial staff chose the shortlist “from over 100 entries, which included blog posts, comic books, short stories, screenplays, ...Read More

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Parallel Lit Reading Series

Parallel Lit’s inaugural reading launches on April 12, 2019 at Paulista Brazilian Kitchen & Taproom in Oakland CA at 8:30 p.m. Authors include Becca Gomez-Farrell, Tim Pratt, Caroline Ratajski, and Juliette Wade.

The monthly series, hosted by Meg Elison, will include readings and panel-style discussions on genre, writing, and the worlds of fantasy and science fiction.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite. For more information visit the Parallel Lit website.

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2019 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 58th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2019 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

  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Somotosha)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie, translated by Hideo Akao (Tokyo Somotosha)
  • Waking Gods, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Sada
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2019 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2018.

Best Novel Award

  • Causes of Separation, Travis Corcoran (Morlock)
  • Kingdom of the Wicked [Book One: Rules and Book Two: Order], Helen Dale (Ligature Pty Limited)
  • State Tectonics, Malka Older ( Publishing)
  • The Fractal Man, J. Neil Schulman (Steve Heller)
  • The Murderbot
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2019 Writers & Illustrators of the Future Awards

The 2019 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award went to Andrew Dykstal for his story “Thanatos Drive”. The Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Aliya Chen for her illustration of Elise Stephens’s story “Untrained Luck”.

They were honored, along with the other 2018 quarterly contest winners, in a ceremony held April 5, 2019 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles CA. All winners received trophies, and ...Read More

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Children’s History Book Prize

Ellen Klages’s novel Out of Left Field (Viking) is one of four finalists for the $10,000 Children’s History Book Prize, presented by the New York Historical Society. The winner will be announced in May.

For more information, see the prize’s website.

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Neukom Awards Judges

Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer are judges for the $5,000 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards, to be awarded in May 2019 at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. Jeff is also one of this year’s judges for the National Book Awards in the fiction category. Longlists in each category will be announced in September, with finalists announced on October 8, and winners at the 70th National Book Awards Ceremony on November ...Read More

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F+W Media Files for Bankruptcy

F+W Media filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in March 2019, and plans to sell its assets in order to pay its creditors (at least partially). F+W published some works of SF interest, including collectibles guides from the Krause Publications imprint, art books from the Impact imprint, and writing guides from Writer’s Digest Books. The filing blames the bankruptcy largely on a failed attempt to shift to an e-commerce model in ...Read More

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FOGcon 9 Report

The 2019 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 9) was held March 8-10 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 227 memberships were sold, plus an additional 61 day passes. The theme was “Friendship”, with honored guests Becky Chambers, Karen Joy Fowler, and Ursula K. Le Guin (posthumously).

Programming included 66 participants and 32 items, with panels on science, writing, publishing, literature, politics, and more, such as “Creating With ...Read More

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2019 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes two titles of genre interest:

  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)

The €100,000 prize winner will be announced June 12, 2019. The shortlist and winner are chosen by the 2019 judging panel, consisting of Eilis Ní Dhuibhne, Yan Ge, Martin Middeke, Hans-Christian Oeser, Eugene R. Sullivan (non-voting ...Read More

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