Hairston to Co-Host Hugo Ceremony

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held December 15-19, 2021 in Washington DC, has announced that author Andrea Hairston will join Sheree Renée Thomas as co-host of the 2021 Hugo Awards Ceremony.

Hairston replaces special guest Malka Older, who “had originally been scheduled to co-host, but because her children are too young to be vaccinated, she made the difficult decision to withdraw from in-person events.” Her ...Read More

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Folio Sells Company To Employees

UK publisher The Folio Society has announced the sale of its company to its employees for £10 million. The sale gives the employees 100% ownership of the company.

CEO Joanna Reynolds, leading the buyout for employees, says of the sale:

The Folio Leadership Team is very excited about the move to an EOT. It is a progressive, innovative, industry-leading approach that reflects our values and will position the business strongly ...Read More

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Time 100 Must-Read Books of 2021

Time has selected their 100 must-read books of 2021, selecting titles that “shifted our perspectives, uncovered essential truths and encouraged us forward.” Works of genre interest include:

  • 1000 Years of Joys and Sorrows, Ai Weiwei (Crown)
  • The Book of Form and Emptiness, Ruth Ozeki (Viking)
  • The Chosen and the Beautiful, Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth, Wole Soyinka (Pantheon)
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BSFA Nominations Open

The BSFA (British Science Fiction Association) longlist nominations are open for works published in 2021. The process includes an “informal crowdsourced suggestion sheet” which is open to anyone, and a nomination form which is open exclusively to BSFA members.

For more information, see the BSFA website.

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Kaguya Sci-Fi Contest 2021 Winners

Japanese science fiction website VirtualGorillaPlus (VG+) has announced the winners of its 2021 Kaguya Sci-Fi Contest, judged by Terrie Hashimoto, Kanata Inoue, Katsuya Okumura, and Kaoru Sakasak:

  • Grand Prize: “Toward the Open Sea”, Shunichiro Yoshimi
  • Readers’ Prize: “Boundaryless, Flexible”, Makura Kareki
  • Judge’s Special Prize: “Heat and Light”, Yoh Ikkaidoh

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The New York Times Best Books of 2021

The editors of The New York Times Book Review selected their ten best books of the year, including The Love Songs of W.E.B Du Bois by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers (HarperCollins) and How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue (Random House).

They also listed 100 Notable Books of 2020, including the following titles of genre interest:

  • Appleseed, Matt Bell (Custom House)
  • Bewilderment, Richard Powers (Norton)
  • Build Your House Around
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AudioFile’s Best SF/F Audiobooks

AudioFile has announced its list of the best science fiction & fantasy audiobooks for 2021:

  • Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (Recorded Books)
  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Audible Studios)
  • Remote Control , Nnedi Okorafor (Macmillan Audio)
  • Rule of Cool , Matthew Siege (Podium)
  • The Sandman: Act II, Neil Gaiman & Dirk Maggs (Audible Originals)
  • The Bezoar of Kings, Magdalene Visaggio (GraphicAudio)

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2021 Costa Book Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for the 2021 Costa Book Awards, for books “by writers resident in the UK and Ireland,” have been announced. The Stranding by Kate Sawyer (Coronet) is on the four-title Costa First Novel Award shortlist. The High House by Jessie Greengrass (Swift) made the Novel Award shortlist. Anna Goodall’s Maggie Blue and the Dark World (Guppy) and Ross Montgomery’s The Midnight Guardians (Walker) are both finalists in the Children’s Book ...Read More

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2021 Dream Foundry Contest Finalists

Dream Foundry, a “non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts,” has announced the finalists for its 2021 contests.

Writing Contest

  • Shinjini Dey
  • Sigrid Marianne Gayangosm
  • Brienne D. Hayes
  • Amy Johnson
  • Kay Orchison
  • Kellye McBride
  • Robin Sebolino
  • Cat T.
  • Jarred Thompson
  • C. Bradley White

Art Contest

  • Yue Feng
  • Ellen He
  • Mikoto
  • Albokhari Mohamed
  • Nair Nascimento
  • Alex Pernau
  • Vinnia Kemala Putri
  • Julia Quandt
  • Mols Slom
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Jeremy G. Byrne (1964-2021)

Editor and publisher Jeremy G. Byrne, 57, died November 25, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia after a long illness.

Byrne co-founded Eidolon Publications in 1990 and co-edited all 30 issues of Eidolon: The Journal of Australian Science Fiction and Fantasy until its closure in 2000. He was an integral part of publishing Terry Dowling’s The Mars You Have in Me, Storm Constantine’s The Thorn Boy, Robin Pen’s The Secret ...Read More

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NPR’s Best Books of 2021

NPR’s Books We Love (formerly Book Concierge) has an extensive list of Best Books in an assortment of categories, including It’s All Geek to Me and Young Adult, with hundreds of titles recommended by “NPR staff and trusted critics.” The Sci Fi, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction category includes titles by leading authors like Charlie Jane Anders, Becky Chambers, Fonda Lee, Rivers Solomon, Cadwell Turnbull, Jeff VanderMeer, and many others.

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Martin Announces Sky Railway Opening

George R.R. Martin announced the opening of Sky Railway, the renamed and renovated historic short-haul railroad he purchased, with other investors, in 2020. “Mostly what I have been doing is throwing out ideas and writing checks,” Martin said.

We had two big old diesel locomotives, so right off we decided we would run two trains: the Wolf and the Dragon. And to paint them, and give each its own character ...Read More

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SCBWI Free Workshop for Writers of Color

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) has organized a free workshop “geared towards writers of colour” called Need To Know: Knowing Your Power as an Author of Colour. “This workshop is aimed to help you break down the processes of being published so you know where your power lies.” The event is scheduled for January 15, 2022 and will take place virtually. Workshop leaders are Patrice Lawrence ...Read More

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New York Public Library Best Books of 2021

The New York Public Library has announced its lists of the best books of 2021 in various categories, including 100 Best Books for Adults, 50 Best Books for Teens, and 145 Best Books for Kids.

The Adult category includes numerous genre titles, with Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (Tor), Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir (Ballantine), and Remote Control by Nnedi Okorafor (Tordotcom), plus many more. The Teen ...Read More

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Financial Times Best Books of 2021

The Financial Times has announced the five best SF books of 2021, as selected by James Lovegrove:

  • The City of Dr Moreau, JS Barnes (Titan)
  • Several People Are Typing, Calvin Kasulke (Hodder/Doubleday)
  • Five Minds, Guy Morpuss (Viper)
  • The Offset, Calder Szewczak (Angry Robot)
  • Skyward Inn, Aliya Whiteley (Solaris)

For more, see the Financial Times website.

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2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist

The 2022 Joyce Carol Oates Prize has announced its 37-title longlist. The award honors “mid-career authors in fiction,” and the winner receives a $50,000 prize, given by the New Literary Project. Authors of genre interest, along with their most recent titles, include:

  • The Turnout, Megan Abbott (Putnam)
  • Appleseed, Matt Bell (Custom House)
  • How to Wrestle a Girl, Venita Blackburn (MCD)
  • Sleepwalk, Dan Chaon (Henry Holt)
  • The
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2021 Kirkus Best SFF of the Year

Kirkus has announced its list of the eight best science fiction and fantasy books of 2021:

  • Light from Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor)
  • Destroyer of Light, Jennifer Marie Brissett (Tor)
  • Machinehood, S.B. Divya (Saga)
  • The Free Bastards, Jonathan French (Del Rey)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
  • A Radical Act of Free Magic, H.G. Parry (Redhook)
  • No Gods, No Monsters, Cadwell Turnbull
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2021 Ditmar Awards Winners

The winners of the 2021 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF were announced November 20, 2021 in an online ceremony.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Crying Forest, Venero Armanno (IFWG Publishing Australia)
  • Hollow Empire, Sam Hawke (Penguin)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • Monstrous Heart, Claire McKenna (HarperCollins)
  • Poison & Light, Gillian Polack (Shooting
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Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination


The Achievement & Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas has announced the creation of the Ad Astra Center for Science Fiction and the Speculative Imagination, headed by director Chris McKitterick.

The center “brings writers, readers, scholars, educators, and fans of speculative fiction together to study and create work that changes the world.” It will initally offer

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Nommos at Worldcon

The Nommo Awards, honoring the best in African SF, will be presented at Discon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held December 15-19, 2021 in Washington DC. Sheree Renée Thomas will be master of ceremonies. She says,

As a reader and a writer who loved the genre, I hoped to see a time when the work of Black writers would be widely embraced in the field, a
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2021 Ignotus Winners

The Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT) has announced the Winners for the 2021 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards).

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: Una órbita cerrada y compartida [A Closed and Common Orbit], Becky Chambers, translated by Alexander Páez & Antonio Rivas (Insólita)
  • Un poco de odio [A Little Hatred], Joe Abercrombie, translated by Manu Viciano (Alianza)
  • Los últimos días [Last Days],
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2021 Future Worlds Prize Shortlist

The Future Worlds Prize for Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers of Colour, formerly the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award, has announced its eight-title shortlist

  • “A Shadow in Chains”, MH Ayinde
  • “The Sawling”, Jordan Collins
  • “Frankincense”, Salma Ibrahim
  • “In the City of Villages”, Franchesca Liauw
  • “Margot, Who Is Beautiful Now”, Bea Pantoja
  • “The Warden”, Madeehah Reza
  • “Contracts Made in Gold”, Aqeelah Seedat
  • “A Box Full of Stories”, Fatima
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Indigo Best Books of 2021

Indigo has announced its top-10 list of the best books of 2021. Titles and authors of genre interest include:

  • The Strangers by Katherena Vermette (Hamish Hamilton)
  • The Apollo Murders by Chris Hadfield (Mulholland)
  • One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston (Griffin)
  • She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor)
  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers (Norton)

For more information, including the complete list, see the Indigo website.

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2021 National Book Awards Winners

Winners of the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction and Young People’s Literature categories were announced November 17, 2021 in a virtual ceremony.

Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton) won the Fiction category, and Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo (Dutton Books for Young Readers) won the Young People’s Literature category.

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Washington Post Best Books of 2021

The Washington Post has published a piece on the best SF, fantasy, and horror of 2021, selected by writers Silvia Moreno-Garcia and Lavie Tidhar. Books mentioned include:

  • Unity, Elly Bangs (Tachyon)
  • His Name Was Death, Rafael Bernal (New Directions)
  • Inscape, Louise Carey (Gollancz)
  • Goddess of Filth, V. Castro (Creature)
  • Philosophy Through Science Fiction, Helen De Cruz, Johon De Smedt & Eric Schwitzgebel, eds. (Bloomsbury Academic)
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SFWA and Lackey Statements

The Board of Directors of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and newly named Grand Master Mercedes Lackey have responded to the issue of earlier comments made by Lackey about writing trans characters. SFWA sent a statement to their membership on November 17, 2021, that reads:

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Nyabola Prize Shortlist

The Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature has announced the 10-title shortlist for the Nyabola Prize. The award recognizes science fiction written in the Kiswahili language by authors age 18-35. The finalists are:

  • “Dunia ya Pili” by Sofi Binsari
  • “Pigo Zito” by Twihuvila Gillah
  • “Afriti Hasitiki” by Hussna Mohamed Hassan
  • “Dubwasha” by Stallone Joyfully
  • “Sayari Ya Wanawake” by Emmanuel Kimeu
  • “Mashine” by Hassan Omar Mambosasa
  • “Ustaarabu Wa Sayari Ya Sadiza”
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Weird Tales Presents

Weird Tales and Blackstone Publishing have announced a major new partnership, with Blackstone planning to publish 50 new books in five years under the banner “Weird Tales Presents.”

Titles will include “original novels and anthologies, compilations, and more, penned by some of the biggest names in horror and dark fiction, while also introducing new voices,” with print, e-book, and audiobook editions planned. Blackstone will also distribute the digital and audio ...Read More

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Amazon Best Books of 2021

Amazon has published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2021, with editors’ selections in various categories. Titles and authors of genre interest follow, in ranked order.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)
  • A Court of Silver Flames, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury US)
  • The Crown of Gilded Bones, Jennifer L. Armentrout (Blue Box)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo
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McMahon GoH at StokerCon 2022

The Horror Writers As­sociation (HWA) has announced author Jennifer McMahon as StokerCon2022’s sixth guest of honor, joining previously announced guests Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C., Gemma Files, Brian Keene, John Edward Lawson, and Sheree Renée Thomas.

StokerCon2022 will be held May 12-15, 2022 in Denver CO

For more see their website.

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