Williamson SF Library Floods

Some holdings of the Jack Williamson SF Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales NM were damaged in a flood. Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy writes in with details:

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University nearly 40 years ago. A number of you have visited the library during its existence. Our area of the main building underwent a remodel ...Read More

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SF Crossing the Gulf – Season 2 Update!

Back in October of 2017 we announced that that SF Crossing the Gulf podcast, hosted by Karen Burnham and Karen Lord, had been made available via a dedicated archive page.

At that time, we shared that the archive page featured short descriptions of each episode (and links to the full details at SF Signal) for Season One, and that the rest of the episodes would be following soon. We’re pleased ...Read More

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Harper on Vinyl

HarperAudio, the audiobook division of HarperCollins, is launching a series of audiobooks on vinyl (alongside digital editions). The first title is Wild Horses Vinyl Edition by Joe Hill, narrated by Nate Corddry. Other vinyl releases planned include Lemony Snicket’s The Bad Beginning and Nikki Giovanni’s Love Poems. Titles will be distributed by indie record label Wax.


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Le Guin Wins PEN America Literary Award

PEN America announced the winners of its Literary Awards including the PEN/Diamonstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay, which went to Ursula K. Le Guin for No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and was accepted on her behalf by her son Theo Downes-Le Guin. The award includes a $10,000 prize.

Winners were honored at the 2018 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 20, ...Read More

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2017 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2017 Nebula Awards.


  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)
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2018 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

Nominees have been announced for the inaugural Splatterpunk Awards, honoring “superior achievement in the sub-genres of SplatterPunk / Extreme Horror fiction.”

Best Novel

  • Containment: The Death of Earth, Charlee Jacob (Necro)
  • Exorcist Falls, Jonathan Janz (Sinister Grin)
  • The Hematophages, Stephen Kozeniewski (Sinister Grin)
  • White Trash Gothic, Edward Lee (Deadite)
  • Spermjackers From Hell, Christine Morgan (Deadite)

Best Novella

  • The Lucky Ones Died First, Jack Bantry (Deadite)
  • Killer Chronicles, Somer Canon (Thunderstorm)
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2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and Conclave3, and honored at the convention, March 30 – April 2, 2018 at the Surrey Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand.

Best Novel

  • In the Earth’s Embrace, J.C. Hart (Etherhart)
  • Bastet’s Daughters, Lyn McConchie (Wildside)
  • Tyche’s Flight, Richard Parry (Mondegreen)
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2018 Skylark and Gaughan Awards

Daniel M. Kimmel is the recipient of the 2018 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (AKA the Skylark Award). The award was presented by the New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) at Boskone 55, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, February 16-18, 2018.

The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the ...Read More

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Arisia 2018

Arisia 2018 was held January 12-15 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston MA. The convention, held annually in the Boston area since 1990, welcomed over 4,500 registered attendees and featured author guest of honor V.E. Schwab, artist guest of honor Ashe Samuels, comics industry guest of honor Shannon Watters, and fan guest of honor Mikki Kendall. The convention held over 400 hours of programming on subjects including anime, comics, ...Read More

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Amazon Launches New Imprint

Amazon has launched an imprint of Amazon Publishing called Amazon Original Stories, publishing short fiction and non-fiction works meant to be read in a single sitting. They’ll be priced at $1.99 in the Kindle store, and free for Amazon Prime members. The first titles include The Sign of the Beast by Joyce Carol Oates (already available), and there are works scheduled by Dean Koontz and many others. The program seems ...Read More

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More HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced three more 2017 award recipients:

Angel Leigh McCoy is the winner of the 2017 Mentor of the Year Award. Introduced in 2015, the Award recognizes “a member who distinguishes herself in helping mentees, while serving in the HWA’s Mentor Program. The program seeks to help writers develop professional careers through the hands-on support of seasoned veteran writers.”

Kenneth W. Cain is the winner ...Read More

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2017 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel
  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan US; Titan UK)
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, Anne Charnock (47North)
  • Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead; Hamish Hamilton)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • The Enclave, Anne Charnock, (NewCon)
  • “These Constellations Will Be Yours”, Elaine Cuyegkeng (Strange Horizons 8/7/17)
  • ‘‘Uncanny Valley’’,
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2018 LITA SF Notable Lists

The Library Information Technology Association (LITA) announced the selections for its inaugural 2018 LITA Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable Lists during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting, held February 9-13, 2018 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Books List

  • The Innocence Treatment, Ari Goelman (Roaring Brook)
  • Defy the Stars, Claudia Gray (Little, Brown)
  • Dare Mighty Things, Heather Kaczynski (HarperTeen)
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2018 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot

The 2018 Ditmar Award preliminary ballot for Australian SF has been announced:

Best Novel

  • In the Dark Spaces, Cally Black (Hardie Grant Egmont)
  • Crossroads of Canopy, Thoraiya Dyer (Tor)
  • How to Bee, Bren McDibble (Allen & Unwin)
  • Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Hachette Australia)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Skyhorse)

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “My Sister’s Ghost”, Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins (The Silver Well)
  • “Island Green”, Shauna O’Meara (Ecopunk!)
  • Matters Arising from
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2018 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Longlists

The longlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • The Tale of Angelino Brown, David Almond (Walker)
  • The Hypnotist, Laurence Anholt (Penguin Random House)
  • Overheard in a Tower Block, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • Wed Wabbit, Lissa Evans (David Fickling)
  • The Song from Somewhere Else, A.F.
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2017 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.


  • Closing Down, Sally Abbott (Hachette Australia)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
  • Year of the Orphan, Daniel Findlay (Penguin Random House Australia)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • From the Wreck, Jane Rawson (Transit Lounge)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Skyhorse)


  • “This Silent Sea”, Stephanie Gunn (Review
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Tacoma Park Honors Herbert

A new 11-acre park in Tacoma WA has been named the “Dune Peninsula at Point Defiance Park” by the Metro Parks Tacoma board of commissioners in honor of Frank Herbert and his classic novel Dune. The park is being built on a former ASARCO Superfund slag heap. Metro Parks commissioner Erik Hanberg says:

Frank Herbert won the most prestigious awards in science fiction. Geographic features on Saturn’s moon Titan are ...Read More

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2017 Cybils Awards Winners

Winners for the 2017 Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest are listed below.

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • WINNER: Scythe, Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer, Leigh Bardugo (Random House)
  • The Hearts We Sold, Emily Lloyd-Jones (Little, Brown)
  • The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
  • They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera (HarperTeen)
  • Song
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Machado Wins Crawford Award

The winner of the 2018 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf).

The Crawford shortlist includes:

  • City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • Winter Tide, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Art of Starving, Sam J. Miller (HarperTeen)
  • The Tiger’s Daughter, K. Arsenault Rivera (Tor)
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Victor Milán (1954-2018)

Writer Victor Milán, 63, died February 13, 2018 in Albuquerque NM after years of declining health due to cancer.

His first SF story was “Soldatenmangel” (1981), and his first novels were in the War of Powers series in collaboration with Robert E. Vardeman. His solo debut, The Cybernetic Samurai (1985) won a Prometheus Award, and was followed by Prometheus Award-nominated sequel The Cybernetic Shogun (1990). He collaborated on historical fantasy ...Read More

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Dozois and Williams Receive Solstice Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams as recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award “to honor their editing careers in support of science fiction and fantasy.”

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 “a ...Read More

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2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Longlist

The longlist for the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award has been announced, including several writers of genre interest:

  • “Cluster”, Naomi Booth
  • “F.A.Q.s”, Allegra Goodman
  • “The Liberator”, Tania James
  • “The Metal Bowl”, Miranda July
  • “On The Street Where You Live”, Yiyun Li
  • “Do-Over”, Curtis Sittenfeld

Co-founded in 2010 by EFG International Private Banking and The Sunday Times, “the prize is an international award that aims to promote and celebrate ...Read More

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PerVisions Closes

PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:

The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read More

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2018 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO, February 9-13, 2018.

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly (Greenwillow) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.”

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown) was named a ...Read More

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2017 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)
  • I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)

Novella of the Year

  • Quiet Places, Jasper Bark (Crystal Lake)
  • In the River, Jeremy Robert Johnson (Lazy
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RUSA 2018 Selections

The selections for the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) 2018 Reading List, Listen List, and Notable Books List were announced on February 11, 2018 during the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver CO.

Reading List
The annual best-of reading list is selected by the Reading List Council. Shortlisted honor titles were also announced. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • Winner: The Collapsing
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Brin Launches TASAT

SF writer David Brin and the University of San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center of Human Imagination have launched a new website called TASAT – “There’s A Story About That”. Brin says,

After years speaking at “alphabet agen­cies” in DC about various threat scenarios, I kept wishing there were a way to cite SF stories at them, no matter what scenario they were worried about. Finally, some of us… built ...Read More

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Skyhorse Fails to Unionize

An attempt to unionize employees at Skyhorse Publish­ing failed, with 18 workers voting to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110, and 28 vot­ing against. Twenty-three more votes were submitted but deemed ineligible. The drive to unionize has been ongoing for months, with co­pyeditor Terry Buck leading the effort in hopes that joining the union would improve employee compensation and offer better job security. Sky­horse president Tony Lyons said, “Skyhorse ...Read More

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2018 Stella Prize Longlist

The Stella Prize announced their 2018 longlist of “powerful books by Australian women” at a gala event held February 8, 2018 at The Melba Spiegeltent in Melbourne. Several titles of genre interest are on the twelve-title list:

  • The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar (Wild Dingo)
  • Terra Nullius, Claire G. Coleman (Hachette Australia)
  • An Uncertain Grace, Krissy Kneen (Text)
  • The Fish Girl, Mirandi Riwoe (Seizure)

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Stephenson Wins 2018 Heinlein Award

Neal Stephenson is the winner of the 2018 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including 15 novels and many non-fiction articles.

The winner was chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, ...Read More

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2017 HWA Specialty Press Award

Eraserhead Press and Independent Legions Press are the dual winners of the Horror Writers Association (HWA) Specialty Press Award, recognizing “the accomplishments of a noteworthy small press or presses” and given to “an outstanding publisher of horror, dark fantasy, and weird fiction.”

The awards will be presented during StokerCon 2018, to be held March 1-4, 2018 at the Providence Biltmore in Providence RI. For more information, see the HWA website. ...Read More

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2018 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2018 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest include:


Original Work

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast (Audible)
  • Mother Go, James Patrick Kelly, read by January LaVoy (Audible)

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood & Valerie Martin, read
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