Norwescon 42 Report

Norwescon 42 was held April 18-21, 2019 in SeaTac WA at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. The theme was “Never Forget Your Towel.” Guests of honor were Mary Robinette Kowal (writer), Tran Nguyen (artist), Dan Koboldt (science), and Nancy Pearl (special guest). Subterranean Press was the spotlight publisher, represented by COO and managing editor Yanni Kuznia. Neil Clarke was honored professional.

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SoA Awards Winners

Winners for several Society of Authors (SoA) fiction awards were announced June 17, 2019 during the Society of Authors’ Awards and Summer Party at Southwark Cathedral in London, UK.

The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock by Imogen Hermes Gower (Harvill Secker) and The Water Cure by Sophie Mackintosh (Hamish Hamilton) were among the six Betty Trask Award winners, each receiving £2,700. The award is given “for a first novel by a ...Read More

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2019 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Finalists

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

“In the City of Dreadful Joy”, Misha Burnett “Treason Properly”, J.J. Cragun “In the House of Rain and Gale”, Joelle Douthit “The Laughing Folk”, Steve DuBois “The Storm Stone”, Kevin Harkness “Breach of Contract”, Anne Leonard “The Dragon is Blind”, Sam Muller “FedEx”, Sam Robb “The Dormer Trees”, Sarah Totten “Demons on the Canadian Frontier”, Shannon Walker

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Yoshio Kobayashi (1951-2019)

Translator, editor, and fan Yoshio Kobayashi, 67, died June 13, 2019 of an ischemic heart attack. Under his pen name Takashi Ogawa he was one of the leading SF translators in Japan, tirelessly promoting SF and bringing works by Greg Bear, Bruce Sterling, Lucius Shepherd, Lewis Shiner, Michael Swanwick, and other major writers to the Japanese audience. He translated for Japanese publishers including Shueisha and Hayakawa, and for magazine Hayakawa ...Read More

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Burgess Manuscript Found

Burgess Foundation director Andrew Biswell discovered an unfinished manuscript by Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Condition, dating from 1972-73. The book is about Burgess’s experience writing his classic A Clockwork Orange (1963) and the reaction to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation. Biswell was cataloging the author’s archive when he found the manuscript, which he says sheds “new light on Burgess, Kubrick and the controversy surrounding the notorious novel.” Kubrick mentioned ...Read More

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Bay Area Book Festival Report

The fifth Bay Area Book Festival took place May 4-5, 2019 in Berkeley CA, with keynotes, interviews, and panels held on ten indoor stages. The festival also included an Outdoor Fair in Martin Luther King, Jr. Civic Center Park with over 200 exhibitors and free programming, including many events for children. Books were available for sale through various independent bookstore partners.

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2019 Kurd Laßwitz Preis Winners

Winners of the 2019 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:

Best German SF Novel

NSA – Nationales Sicherheits-Amt, Andreas Eschbach (Lübbe)

Best German SF Short Story

“Confinement”, Thorsten Küper (Nova #26)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

Eiswelt [Early Riser], Jasper Fforde (Heyne)

Best SF Translation Into German

New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson, translated by Jakob Schmidt (Heyne) ...Read More Read more

2019 Sunburst Awards Longlist

The longlists for the 2019 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 10, 2019:

Adult Fiction

Sodom Road Exit, Amber Dawn (Arsenal Pulp) One of Us, Craig DiLouie (Orbit) Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (Chizine) The Wolves of Winter, Tyrell Johnson (Simon & Schuster Canada) The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken (Simon & Schuster Canada) The Tiger Flu, ...Read More Read more

2019 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2019 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:

Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor) A Spy in Time, Imraan Coovadia (Rare Bird) The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor) Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing) Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco) Moon of the Crusted Snow, Waubgeshig Rice (ECW) Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) Unholy Land, Lavie ...Read More Read more

Martin Receives Carl Sandburg Literary Award

George R.R. Martin will receive the 2019 Carl Sandburg Literary Award from the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Martin will be honored at an awards dinner held October 10, 2019 at the Isadore & Sadie Dorin Forum on the University of Illinois at Chicago campus. Previous winners of the award, which “recognizes the work of the world’s most heralded authors,” include Isabel Allende, Margaret Atwood, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Salman ...Read More

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Northern California Book Awards Nominees

Works of genre interest Out of Left Field by Ellen Klages (Viking BFYR) and Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Feiwel & Friends) were among four books nominated for the Northern California Book Awards in the Children’s Literature category for older readers.

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2019 Ditmar Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF have been announced:

Best Novel

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

Best Novella or Novelette

WINNER: Cabaret of Monsters, Tansy ...Read More Read more

2019 Hemming Award Winners

The winners of the 2019 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

WINNER: “Pinion”, Stephanie Gunn (Aurum) “Triquetra”, Kirstyn McDermott (Tor.com 9/5/18) “The Sea-Maker of Darmid Bay”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 9-10/18) “With this Needle I Thee Thread”, Angela Rega (Aurum) “Shatterglass”, Susan Wardle (Aurum) “Knitting Day”, Jen White (Mother of Invention)

Long Work (tie)

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2018 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

Winners of the 2018 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Best Novel

WINNER: Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum) Devouring Dark, Alan Baxter (Grey Matter) Teeth of the Wolf, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming) Contrition, ...Read More Read more

2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Winners

Winners of the 2019 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire, honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2018, have been announced:

French Novel

WINNER: Le Cycle de Syffe, tomes 1 & 2, Patrick K. Dewdney (Au diable vauvert) BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial’) Dernières fleurs avant la fin du monde, Nicolas Cartelet (Mü Éditions) Rouille, Floriane Soulas (Scrineo) Les Pierres et les Roses, tomes 1 ...Read More Read more

2019 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners for its 2019 REH Foundation Awards.

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

WINNER: Robert E. Howard: A Literary Biography, David C. Smith (Pulp Hero) Western Weirdness and Voodoo Vengence, Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero) Famous Someday: A Robert E. Howard Biography, Don Herron & Leo Grin (Cimmerian)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

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Baker & Taylor Drops Trade Distribution

Baker & Taylor, one of the two major book distributors in the US, will no longer wholesale books to stores. Parent company Follett calls it a “strategic shift,” explaining, “Exiting wholesale book distribution will allow us to align our resources, technology, and people to do what we do best – helping public libraries support the communities they serve.” Baker & Taylor president Dave Cully says they will work “closely with ...Read More

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2019 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2019 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced at Mythcon 50, held August 2-5, 2019 at San Diego State University in San Diego CA.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

The Arcadia Project: Borderline, Phantom Pains, Impostor Syndrome, Mishell Baker (Saga) In Other Lands, Sarah Rees Brennan (Big Mouth House) The Innsmouth Legacy: “The Litany of Earth” (New Cthulhu ...Read More Read more

Barnes & Noble Sold

Barnes & Noble, the largest bookstore chain in the US, has been sold to Elliot Management Corporation, the same hedge fund that purchased leading UK bookseller Waterstones in June 2018. Waterstones CEO James Daunt will take over as CEO of B&N when the deal is complete and plans to relocate to New York. The all-cash transaction is valued at around $683 million — $6.50 a share, plus the assumption of ...Read More

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StokerCon 2019 Report

StokerCon, sponsored by the Horror Writers Association, was held at the Amway Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids MI, May 9-12, 2019. Guests of honor were Josh Boone (who was unable to attend), Kathe Koja, Josh Malerman, Robert R. McCammon, Kaaron Warren, and Stephanie M. Wytovich; Jonathan Maberry was emcee, giving a “moving opening speech” and keeping the “pace of the awards brisk.” Graham Masterton was the recipient of the Lifetime ...Read More

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Martin Joins Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe NM, has named George R.R. Martin as their Chief World Builder. Formed in 2008 as an art collective, “Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content.” As Chief World Builder, Martin will advise on narratives ...Read More

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31st Annual Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Titles of genre interest include:

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror

WINNER: The Breath of the Sun, Isaac R. Fellman (Aqueduct) Metabolize, If Able, Clay AD (Monster House) In the Vanishers’ Palace, Aliette de Bodard (JABberwocky) Resilience, Fletcher DeLancey (Heartsome) The Barrow Will Send ...Read More Read more

2019 Neukom Awards Winners

Winners for the 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards for Speculative Fiction have been announced:

Open Category

WINNER: Theory of Bastards, Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions) Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco) The Night Market, Jonathan Moore (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) Plum Rains, Andromeda Romano-Lax (Soho) Red Clocks, Leni Zumas (Little, Brown)

Debut Category

WINNER: The Book of M, Peng Shepard (Morrow) Terra Nullius, Claire ...Read More Read more

Sachdeva Wins Chautauqua Prize

All the Names They Used for God by Anjali Sachdeva (Spiegel & Grau) won the 2019 Chautauqua Prize, given “to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts.” Sachdeva receives $7,500 and “all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency” at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua NY.

For more information, see the prize’s website.

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2019 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2019 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

One of Us, Craig DiLouie (Orbit) They Promised Me the Gun Wasn’t Loaded, James Alan Gardner (Tor) Graveyard Mind, Chadwick Ginther (ChiZine) Armed ...Read More Read more

2019 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Winners

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

Best Novel

WINNER: Into the Sounds, Lee Murray (Severed) The Kingfisher’s Debt, Kura Carpenter (IFWG) ...Read More Read more

Macmillan’s Move

Macmillan Publishers (including Tor, Forge, Tor.com Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, and Farrar, Straus, Giroux, among other imprints) is moving from the Flatiron Building to new, bigger office space in the Equitable Building. The move, first announced back in 2017, is projected to happen in June, with Tor Associates et al moving June 7-10. The new address is 120 Broadway, 22nd Floor, New York NY 10271. [Edited to correct move dates.] ...Read More

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Borderlands Café Closes

San Francisco specialty shop Borderlands Books closed their adjacent Borderlands Café on April 30, 2019. Alan Beatts cites difficulty finding and retaining staff in a booming job market, declining sales, and the demands of running the bookshop as causes for the decision. The bookstore will continue as usual. For details: <borderlands-books.blogspot.com/2019/04/borderlands-cafe-to-close.html>.

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2019 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award) have been announced:

“The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes“, Siobhan Carroll (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/18) “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium to Portal Fantasies“, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/18) “Barleycorn“, Cae Hawksmoor (Abyss & Apex 3/18) “When We Were Starless“, Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 10/18) “The Heart of Owl Abbas“, Kathleen Jennings ...Read More Read more

Dennis Etchison (1943-2019)

Dennis Etchison, 76, died May 29, 2019. Etchison was a major writer and editor of horror fiction, especially in the ’80s and ’90s, and received a Bram Stoker Award for lifetime achievement in 2017.

He began publishing short fiction in the 1960s, and notable stories include British Fantasy Award winners “The Olympic Runner” (1986) and “The Dog Park” (1993), and BFA and World Fantasy Award winner “The Dark Country” (1981). ...Read More

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Ahmad Awarded South Asian Literature Grant

Senaa Ahmad is the recipient of the inaugural A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian Speculative Literature, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $1,000 grant is given annually to “a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction.”

Honorable mentions for the 2019 grant are Isha Karki, Lavanya Lakshminarayan, and Geetha Iyer.

For more information, see the SLF announcement.

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2019 Geffen Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Geffen Awards for best science fiction and fantasy published in Hebrew have been announced by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

The Heart Goes Last, Margaret Atwood (Kinneret Zmora Dvir) Provenance, Ann Leckie (Sial) Nexus, Ramez Naam (Yaniv) A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Modan) Artemis, Andy Weir (Armchair)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

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