2018 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2018 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Scales of Empire, Kylie Chan (HarperCollins)
  • Obsidio, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Lifel1k3, Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • A Superior Spectre, Angela Meyer (Ventura)
  • Dyschronia, Jennifer Mills (Picador)
  • The Second Cure, Margaret Morgan (Penguin Random House)

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • “I Almost
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2018 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2018 Nebula Awards.

Novel

  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)

Novella

  • Fire Ant, Jonathan P. Brazee
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SFWA Candidates

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the candidates for open Board of Directors positions:

Candidate for President

  • Mary Robinette Kowal

Candidate for Secretary

  • Curtis Chen

Candidates for Director-at-Large

  • James Beamon
  • Tobias Buckell
  • John Chu
  • Andy Duncan
  • Walter L. Fisher
  • Jeffe Kennedy
  • Kevin McLaughlin
  • Sarah Pinsker
  • Eric James Stone
  • Peng Shepherd
  • William Alan Webb

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2019 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 Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Electric Monkey)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan Children’s)
  • The Colour of the Sun, David Almond (Hodder Children’s)
  • The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • Endling: The Last, Katherine Applegate
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2019 Skylark and Gaughan Awards

Melinda Snodgrass is the recipient of the 2019 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 56, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, February 15-17, 2019.

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 field and by exemplifying ...Read More

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Spectrum 26 Awards Finalists

The 2019 Spectrum Awards finalists have been announced.

Advertising

  • “Lair of the Firebreather”, Justin Gerard
  • “Reach”, Donato Giancola
  • “After the Flood”, Valentin Kopetzki
  • “Earth Species Project”, Victo Ngai
  • “Annihilation variant”, Greg Ruth

Book

  • “Winter Road”, Jaime Jones
  • “I Am the Light”, Vanessa Lemen
  • “Japanese Tales 1: The Invisible Man”, Yuko Shimizu
  • “Dragon Lords: Bad Faith”, Chase Stone
  • “Charlie Florida”, Francis Vallejo

Comic

  • Castle in the Stars: Book 4, page 1,
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2018 Tiptree Fellowship Winners

Vida Cruz and Ana Hurtado are the 2018 recipients of the Tiptree Fellowship. Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Tiptree Award.

The fellowship program “will complement the on-going work of the Award — that is, the celebration of speculative fiction that expands and explores gender roles in thought-provoking, imaginative, and occasionally infuriating ways.” ...Read More

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2018 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced.

Best Novel

  • Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
  • Before Mars, Emma Newman (Ace)
  • Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell, (Titan)
  • Rosewater, Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • “The Gift of Angels: an introduction”, Nina Allan (Clarkesworld 11/18)
  • “The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct”, Malcolm Devlin (Interzone 5-6/18)
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Curiosity Quills News

Eugene Teplitsky, co-owner of Curiosity Quills Press, says the company has fallen behind on paying royalties, and will temporarily cease print publishing, except for middle-grade novels. He blames “month after month” of dwindling sales, and is offering “no strings attached” termination of contracts for any of their authors who want to leave the company: authors should “simply email <editor@curiosityquills.com> and we will revert rights to all who ask for it, ...Read More

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Di Fate in Hall of Fame

Artist Vincent Di Fate, 73, has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame, and will be honored at the induction ceremony to be held June 14, 2019 in New York.

Inductees are honored “for their distinguished achievement in the art of illustration. Artists are elected by former presidents of the Society and are chosen based on their body of work and the impact it has made on ...Read More

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HWA 2019 Summer Scares

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their first annual Summer Scares Reading list.

ADULT

  • My Soul to Keep, Tananarive Due (Harper Voyager)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (Morrow)
  • Earthworm Gods, Brian Keene (Deadite)

YOUNG ADULT

  • Rotters, Daniel Kraus (Delacorte)
  • The Devil and Winnie Flynn, Micol Ostow & David Ostow (Soho)
  • Slasher Girls and Monster Boys, April Genevieve Tucholke, ed. (Dial)

MIDDLE GRADE

  • Doll Bones, Holly Black (Doubleday)
  • The Jumbies, Tracey
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2019 Darrell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Darrell Awards have been announced:

Best Midsouth Novel

  • In the Service of Luna, John E. Siers (Stonewall)
  • Every Wind of Change, Frank Tuttle (self-published)

Best Midsouth Novella

  • “Find the Lady”, Kevin Andrew Murphy (Mississippi Roll)
  • The Hairy Man, William Alan Webb (Dingbat)

Best Midsouth Short Story 

  • “Family Circle”, Lee Ann Story (End of the World Potluck)
  • “Teddy Bump”, Sheree Renée Thomas (Fiyah Summer ’18)
  • Knob Hill
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2018 Cybils Awards Winners

Winners for the 2018 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Titles of genre interest are listed below:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • WINNER: Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
  • Pitch Dark, Courtney Alameda (Feiwel & Friends)
  • Mirage, Somaiya Daud (Flatiron)
  • Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
  • Summer of Salt, Katrina Leno (HarperTeen)
  • Not Even Bones, Rebecca Schaeffer (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • This Mortal Coil,
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SoA Translation Prizes

The Society of Authors announced the winners of its translation prizes on February 13, 2019 in a ceremony at the British Library in London, UK.

TA First Translation Prize

  • The Impossible Fairytale, Han Yujoo, translated by Janet Hong (Tilted Axis)

The £2,000 TA First Translation Prize is sponsored by Daniel Hahn and the British Council, and given “for a debut literary translation into English published in the UK.” Hong shares

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2019 NEA Fellowships Announced

Several authors of genre interest are recipients of 2019 Literature Fellowships awarded by The National Endowment for the Arts.

Ama Codjoe, Ilya Kaminsky, Kiki Petrosino, and Keith S. Wilson are among the writers who received grants of $25,000 each. The grants are meant to give “writers the time and space to create, revise, conduct research, and connect with readers.” A total of 35 creative writing grants were given, for a ...Read More

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Betty Ballantine (1919-2019)

 Legendary editor and publisher Betty Ballantine, 99, died February 12, 2019 at home in Bearsville NY. Her career in publishing began in the 1930s, and she was instrumental in the rise of mass-market paperbacks and helped found both Bantam Books and Ballantine Books.

Elizabeth Norah Jones was born September 25, 1919 in India to a colonial family. At 12 she moved with her family to Jersey in the Channel Islands, ...Read More

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Fagan Awarded Gavin Wallace Fellowship

Author Jenni Fagan has been named the 2019 Dr Gavin Wallace Fellow, winning a one-year residency at the Summerhall arts venue in Edinburgh, Scotland. The fellowship, supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland, “provides a mid-career or established writer with time and support to develop new work… on the theme of change, sustainability and how the past informs the present.”

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Clarkesworld Translation Projects

Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke has started Clarkesworld Books, a new imprint of Wyrm Publishing dedicated to publishing translated fiction. The imprint plans to launch with A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction by Xia Jia.

Clarke also announced that Clarkesworld has received a grant from the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) to translate and publish Korean science fiction stories, the first of ...Read More

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2018 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2018 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced. Most are available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Award Finalists

Best Novella

  • “Blurred Lives“, Adam-Troy Castro (1-2/18)
  • “A Stab of the Knife“, Adam-Troy Castro (7-8/18)
  • “Harry and the Lewises”, Edward M. Lerner (9-10/18)
  • “The Last Biker Gang“, Wil McCarthy (5-6/18)

Best Novelette

  • “Endless City“, David Gerrold (1-2/18)
  • “Left to Take
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2019 Romantic Novel Awards

The Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) has announced the shortlists for the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards, including titles of genre interest.

The Fantasy Romantic Novel Award

  • Eve of Man, Giovanna & Tom Fletcher (Michael Joseph)
  • Living in the Past, Jane Lovering (Choc Lit)
  • Daughter of Light and Shadows, Anna McKerrow (Bookouture)

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2019 Compton Crook Award Finalists

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

  • The City of Brass, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (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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2018 Book Sales

NPD Bookscan released their final statistics for 2018, counting 696 million print books sold in the US, up 1.3% over last year’s 687 million – the smallest gain seen over the past five years of steady print growth. Adult hardcover sales went up 1.3%, while YA and juvenile sales rose by fractions of a percent. Trade paperbacks declined slightly, and mass-market paperbacks continued to shrink, down to 52 million copies ...Read More

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2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize Shortlists

Shortlisted titles for the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize have been announced in the Illustrated Books, Younger Fiction, and Older Fiction categories, including several of genre interest:

Older Fiction

  • The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo (Egmont)
  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Macmillan Children’s)
  • A Winter’s Promise, Christelle Dabos (Europa Editions)

Younger Fiction

  • The House with Chicken Legs, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Train to Impossible Places, P.G. Bell (Usborne)
  • Brightstorm,
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2019 Dell Award Winner

“Military Sunset” by Ana Maria Curtis is the winner of the 2019 Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. The award is “given annually to the best short-story written in the science fiction or fantasy genres by a full-time undergraduate college student,” and is accompanied by a $500 cash prize, publication in Asimov’s, and an invitation to ICFA (International Conference on the Fantastic in the ...Read More

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Carrie Richerson (1952-2019)

Writer Carrie Richerson, 66, died February 2, 2019 in an Austin TX rehabilitation center following years of poor health. Richerson began publishing short fiction in the early ’90s, with work appearing in Amazing Stories, Asimov’s, F&SF, Pulphouse, Realms of Fantasy, and other magazines and anthologies. Some of her work was collected in Something Rich and Strange (2001). She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New ...Read More

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Wellcome Prize Longlist

The 12-title longlist for the 2019 Wellcome Book Prize has been announced, and includes the following titles of genre interest:

  • Murmur, Will Eaves (Bellevue)
  • Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi (Grove)
  • My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Ottessa Moshfegh (Penguin)

The £30,000 prize “rewards exceptional works of literature that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives.” Judges for 2019 are Jon Day, Rick Edwards, Kevin Fong, Viv Groskop, ...Read More

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2019 Splatterpunk Awards Nominees

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

Best Novel

  • Ring of Fire, David Agranoff (Deadite)
  • Camp Slasher, Dan Padavona (self-published)
  • Last Day, Bryan Smith (self-published)
  • Full Brutal, Kristopher Triana (Grindhouse)
  • A Gathering of Evil, Gil Valle (Comet)
  • Rabid Heart, Jeremy Wagner (Riverdale Avenue)

Best Novella

  • 1000 Severed Dicks, Ryan Harding
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Cisneros Wins PEN/Nabokov

Sandra Cisneros has been awarded the PEN/Nabokov Award for Achievement in International Literature, “conferred annually to a living author whose body of work, either written in or translated into English, represents the highest level of achievement in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and/or drama, and is of enduring originality and consummate craftsmanship.” The judges for 2019 were Alexander Chee, Edwidge Danticat, and Valeria Luiselli.

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Carol Emshwiller (1921-2019)

Author Carol Emshwiller, 97, died February 2, 2019 in Durham NC, where she was living with her daughter.

She began her long career with “This Thing Called Love” in Future (1955), and was known for her experimental and feminist fiction. Many early stories appeared in F&SF and the Orbit anthologies, and some of her most striking early work is collected in Joy in Our Cause (1974). Other collections include Verging ...Read More

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2019 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2019 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: Hexagonal Phase, Eoin Colfer & Douglas Adams, read by John Lloyd, Simon Jones, Geoff McGivern, and a full cast (Penguin Random House UK Audio)
  • Planetside, Michael Mammay, read by R.C. Bray (HarperAudio)
  • Black Star Renegades, Michael Moreci,
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Author Income Survey

The Authors Guild has released their 2018 Author Income Survey. 5,067 authors participated, and the Guild says the results point to a “crisis of epic proportions for American authors, particularly literary writers.” The median income from writing was $6,080, a decline of 3% from their 2013 survey, and 42% from 2009, a drop the Guild ascribes to declining royalties, “blockbuster mentality” at publishing companies, and the sales practices of Amazon.com. ...Read More

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Masterton Wins HWA Lifetime Achievement Award

Graham Masterton will be awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Horror Writers Association (HWA).

The Lifetime Achievement Award is given annually to “individuals whose work has substantially influenced the horror and dark fantasy genres.” Masterton “is highly recognized for his horror novels, but he has also been a prolific writer of thrillers, disaster novels, and historical epics, as well as one of the world’s most influential series of sex ...Read More

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