Lackey Posts Apology

As previously reported, Mercedes Lackey was removed from this year’s Nebula Conference following a comment on a panel. She posted an apology on her Tumblr:

I wish to Apologize

On a panel at the 2022 Nebulas, I had the chance to celebrate authors who wrote positive gay characters long before me.

Chip Delany is obviously a major player in that game. Because there are two Samuel Delanys ⁠– there’s one ...Read More

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2022 Xingyun Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 13th annual Xingyun Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association.

Best Novel

  • Reset, Qidaojun (Qingdao)
  • The New New Newspaper Press: Shadow of the Enchanted Metropolis, Liang Qingsan (New Star)
  • Travel with My Dear Android, A Que (Aviation Industry)
  • The Times of Great Antiquity,  Su Xuejun (China Broadcast, Film & Television Publishing House)
  • Secrets of the Lost Town
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2022 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2022 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for the best German science fiction works and translations have been announced.

Best German SF Novel

  • Nanopark, Uwe Hermann (Polarise)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Utopie27“, Aiki Mira (Am Anfang war das Bild)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • Das Ministerium für die Zukunft [The Ministry for the Future], Kim Stanley Robinson (Heyne)

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Theodoridou Wins Emerging Writer Award

Natalia Theodoridou won the 2022 Moniack Mhor Emerging Writer Award (previously called the Bridge Award). Established in 2015, the award is for “unpublished prose writers (fiction) living and working in the UK with a collection of short stories or novel in development.” The winner receives “a tailor-made package worth up to £2,000 including tuition via open courses, retreat time and/or mentoring at Moniack Mhor.” Lucy Steeds took second place, and ...Read More

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Cowell Wins 2022 British Book Award

Cresida Cowell’s audiobook The Wizards of Once: Never and Forever, narrated by David Tennant (Hodder Children’s), won the Audiobook Fiction category of the 2022 British Book Awards. The Bookseller announced the winners on May 23, 2022 at Grosvenor House in London. The previously announced shortlist included several titles and authors of genre interest.

For more information, see the official website.

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Spufford Wins 2022 Encore Award

Light Perpetual by Francis Spufford (Faber & Faber; Scribner) won the 2022 Encore Award, given by the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) to the best second novel of the year. The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift; Scribner) was also on the five-title shortlist. The winner receives £10,000 and each of the four other finalists receive £500.

The judges for 2022 were Sian Cain, Paul Muldoon, and Nikesh Shukla.

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2022 Roswell Award Winners

Winners for the Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists had their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

  • First Place: “Astronomology: or How Elon Musk Killed Neil deGrasse Tyson”, Ed Marsh
  • Second Place: “Dr. Harriet Hartfeld’s Home for Aging AIs”, Paul Martz
  • Third Place: “Heart to Heart”, Susan Wachowski

Other finalists were “Beauty is the Beast” by Ven Pillay and “Tyrannosaurus Mechs” by

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2022 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced during Mythcon 52, to be held July 29th through August 1st 2022, in Albuquerque, NM.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • Light from Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor)
  • A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Terciel and Elinor,
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2022 Prix Imaginales Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2022 Prix Imaginales, honoring the best works of fantasy published in France.

French Novel

  • WINNER: Capitale du sud, tome 1, Le Sang de la cité, Guillaume Chamanadjian  (Editions Aux forges, Vulcain) 
  • Montės, Isabelle Bauthian (Editions Actusf)
  • La Descente ou la chute, Basile Cendre (Les Moutons Électriques)
  • A cause de l’éternité, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud (Editions Grasset et Fasquelle)
  • L’Empire s’effondre tome 1, Sébastien
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Mercedes Lackey Removed From Nebula Conference

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced the removal of this year’s SFWA Grand Master, Mercedes Lackey, from the virtual conference on May 22, 2022. The official statement said:

We learned yesterday that while participating in the “Romancing Sci-Fi & Fantasy” panel, Mercedes Lackey used a racial slur. First, we apologize to our attendees and the other panelists who were subjected to that slur. We’ve disabled access ...Read More

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Photo Story: Rainforest Writers Village

The annual Rainforest Writers Village retreat, hosted by Patrick Swenson and Fairwood Press, was held in person at Lake Quinault WA across three sessions in February and March 2022.

For more: www.rainforest­


This article and more like it in the May 2022 issue of Locus.

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Joël Houssin (1953-2022)

French writer JOËL HOUSSIN, 68, died March 23, 2022 in Paris after a long battle with MS.

Houssin was born in Paris on August 29, 1953. His first genre novel, Locomotive Rictus, was published by Editions OPTA in 1975. Soon after, he joined the famous ‘‘Anticipation’’ imprint of Editions Fleuve Noir, where he published no fewer than ten novels between 1981 and 1983. One, Blue, became the ...Read More

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2021 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced winners of the 2021 Nebula Awards at the 57th Annual Nebula Banquet during the 2022 SFWA Nebula Conference.


  • WINNER: A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom; Orbit UK)
  • The Unbroken, C.L. Clark (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Machinehood, S.B. Divya (Saga)
  • A Desolation Called Peace, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • Plague Birds, Jason Sanford
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Valerio Evangelisti (1952-2022)

Italian SF, fantasy, and horror writer VALERIO EVANGELISTI, 69, died April 18, 2022. He was best known for his bestselling Nicolas Eymerich series and the Nostradamus trilogy. Born June 20, 1952 in Bologna, Italy, he earned a political science degree in 1976. He worked as an academic and for the Italian ministry of finance before turning to fiction writing in the 1990s. Debut novel Nicolas Eymerich, inquisitore (1993) won the ...Read More

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B&N Sued In Virginia

Book Riot is reporting that Virginia state delegate and lawyer Tim Anderson and Republican Congressional candidate Tommy Altman are suing Barnes & Noble in Virginia Beach Circuit Court to stop sales of fantasy A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe, calling passages that include sexual language “obscene.”

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Owned Voices Novel Award Winners

Amber Boothe and Letitia Jarrett won the 2022 Owned Voices Novel Award. Running for the second year, the award is for writers without agents who are “from an under-represented background.” Shortlisted writers are “invited to a virtual ‘Routes to Getting Published’ Q&A session with a panel of industry experts” and winners receive £250 as well as mentoring and feedback.

For more information, see the Owned Voices site.

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2022 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2022 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, given by The Orwell Foundation to novels and short story collections published in the UK which explore major political and social themes through a fictional lens, includes at least two titles of genre interest:

  • Cwen, Alice Albinia (Serpent’s Tail)
  • The High House, Jessie Greengrass (Swift Press)

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2022 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists have been announced for the 2022 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels published in Spain.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Dientes Rojos, Jesús Cañadas (Obscura)
  • Membrana, Jorge Carrión (Galaxia Gutenberg)
  • La señora Potter no es exactamente Santa Claus, Laura Fernández (Random House)
  • El Morador, Daria Piertrzak (Dilatando Mentes)


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Yiyun Li Wins PEN/Malamud Award

Yiyun Li won the 2022 PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in the Short Story. “Given since 1988 in honor of the late Bernard Malamud, the award recognizes writers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in the short story form.” Li’s genre work includes 2019 novel Where Reasons End (Random House).

Li will be honored at the annual PEN/Malamud Award Ceremony, held in partnership with American University, on December 2, 2022.

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2022 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Nommo Awards, given to works “by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel

  • The Madhouse, TJ Benson (Penguin South Africa)
  • The Gilded Ones, Namina Forna (Delacorte; Usborne)
  • The Library of the Dead, T.L Huchu (Tor)
  • Son of the Storm, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • They Made
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Mayer, Sorg, and Wiggins Receive Solstice Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Petra Mayer, Arley Sorg, and Troy L. Wiggins as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “for distinguished contributions to the science fiction and fantasy community.”

The Solstice Award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had ...Read More

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2022 Seiun Awards Nominees

F-CON, the 59th Japan SF Convention, has announced the finalists for the 2022 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • No Enemy but Time, Michael Bishop, translated by Yutaka Oshima (Takeshobo)
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone, translated by Kazuko Yamada (Hayakawa)
  • The Fated
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British Fantasy Awards Call for Jurors

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) is looking for judges for the British Fantasy Awards. “For each category, 3-5 jurors read/watch/examine every entry on the final shortlist (4-6 titles) & then agree between themselves on the final winner.”

The BFA constitution calls for “at least one non-member of the Society” to be on the jury. Interested individuals may apply through the webform, which is scheduled to close May 29, 2022.

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2022 Indie Book Awards Shortlist

The 2022 Indie Book Awards Shortlist has been announced, with several titles and authors of genre interest:


  • The Women of Troy, Pat Barker (Doubleday; Hamish Hamilton)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Mrs Death Misses Death, Salena Godden (Canongate)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf; Faber & Faber)


  • The Comfort Book, Matt Haig (Penguin Life; Canongate)

Children’s Fiction

  • The Week at
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Robert Charles Cornett (1952-2022)

Author ROBERT C. CORNETT, 69, died April 1, 2022 at home in Albuquerque NM. Cornett was a prolific author of SF, military, and adventure fiction.

His work of genre interest includes the Time Mercenaries series with Kevin D. Randle: Remember the Alamo! (1980), Remember Gettysburg! (1988), and Remember the Little Bighorn! (1990), and the Fifty Million Years War series, also written with Randle: Seeds of War (1986), The Aldebaran ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2022


Horror author JOHN SKIPP, 64, has announced his retirement from writing and publishing fiction; his final title is col­lection Don’t Push the Button (Clash Books). Going for­ward he will focus on music and film. He has two new albums, The Antidote to Fear and Cry Me a Rain­bow, out via his own Fungasm Records label. He also wrote, produced, directed, and scored short film Doppelbanger, which premiered ...Read More

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2021 Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the winners for the 2021 Bram Stoker Awards.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • WINNER: My Heart Is a Chainsaw, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • The Queen of the Cicadas, V. Castro (Flame Tree)
  • The Final Girl Support Group, Grady Hendrix (Berkley)
  • Children of Chicago, Cynthia Pelayo (Agora)
  • The Book of Accidents, Chuck Wendig (Del Rey)

Superior Achievement in a

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Williamson Lectureship

The 45th Williamson Lectureship, held April 7-9, 2022 in Portales NM, was a smaller event after two years of COVID, but those who attended were happy to see each other. “I’m so glad we’re in-person this year,” Connie Willis said at Friday’s luncheon. “It’s so nice to see people’s faces, whether masked or not. I am so pleased we’re here today, and not on Zoom.”

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2022 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

The winners of the 2022 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2021, have been announced.

French Novel

  • WINNER: Vivonne, Jérôme Leroy (La Table ronde)
  • Citadins de demain, Claire Duvivier (Aux forges de Vulcain)
  • Nous sommes les chasseurs, Jérémy Fel (Rivages)
  • La Nuit du faune, Romain Lucazeau (Albin Michel)
  • Feminicid, Christophe Siébert (Au diable vauvert)

Foreign Novel

  • WINNER: Notre
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2022 Sturgeon Award Finalists

The finalists for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction story have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction.

  • “If the Martians Have Magic“, P. Djèlí Clark (Uncanny 9-10/21)
  • “Philia, Eros, Storge, Agápe, Pragma”, R.S.A Garcia (Clarkesworld 1/21)
  • The Album of Dr. Moreau, Daryl Gregory (Tordotcom)
  • “Broad Dutty Water: A Sunken Story”, Nalo Hopkinson (F&SF 11-12/21)
  • “Proof by Induction“, José
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91st Annual California Book Awards Winners

The winners of the 91st Annual California Book Awards, presented by the Commonwealth Club of California, have been announced.

Home Is Not A Country by Safia Elhillo (Make Me a World) won the gold medal in the Young Adult category, while Refractive Africa by Will Alexander (New Directions) won the gold medal in the Poetry category.

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2022 Tähtivaeltaja Award Winner

Kazuo Ishiguro has won the Tähtivaeltaja Award for Klara ja aurinko [Klara and the Sun], translated into Finnish by Helene Bützow (Tammi).

The award is sponsored by Helsingin Science Fiction seura. The judging panel includes Hannu Blommila, Toni Jerrman, Elli Leppä, and Kaisa Ranta. For more information, see the announcement.

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