Pillai Promoted to President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

Devi Pillai has been appointed president and publisher of Tom Doherty Associates (TDA), effective immediately. She replaces Fritz Foy, who is retiring from the position after 24 years at Macmillan (TDA’s parent company), where he began in 1997 as chief technology officer.

Pillai said,

Tom Doherty Associates has seen year on year growth and we have a record breaking number of awards and nominations. I am excited for the chance ...Read More

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2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • Gad’s Army, Drew Bryenton (Sci Fi Cafe)
  • The Stone Wētā, Octavia Cade (Paper Road)
  • Transference, B.T. Keaton (Ingleside Avenue)
  • The Court of Mortals, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Blood of the Sun, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming)

Best Youth Novel

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2020 Ray Bradbury Prize Winner

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga) won the 2020 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes in a virtual ceremony on April 16, 2021. Other finalists were:

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Lakewood, Megan Giddings (Amistad)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Where the Wild Ladies Are, Aoko Matsuda, translated
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2021 Roswell Award Finalists and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Winner

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards has announced the finalists for its Roswell Award short story competition:

  • “The Rite to Vote”, Matthew Cushing
  • “Imagine Dandelions”, Andrea Goyan
  • “Autonomous”, Ben Hennesy
  • “Run”, Tenzin Phillips
  • “Biomimicry”, Ven Pillay
  • “Realtiger”, Susan Wachowski

Honorable mentions were given to the following stories:

  • “When the Books Were on Paper”, Evgeniy Bondarev
  • “Logistics”, Christian Darkin
  • “Buddy and I”, Bryan Leong Jing Ern
  • “Opt-In”, Susan Harper
  • “Way Out”, Larry Herbst
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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2021


JOHN VARLEY, 73, began having chest pains in late February 2021, and subsequently underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He re­turned home on February 28 and is recovering well. “I thank you for the good vibes and wishes and karma sent my way during my recent travails. Yes, and your prayers as well, though I’m an atheist and don’t know quite what to do with them. Is anyone really listening? ...Read More

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Royal Mail Classic Science Fiction Stamps

The Royal Mail has issued a series of stamps featuring art to commemorate classic science fiction stories by British authors including:

  • Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke, illustration by Matt Murphy
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, illustration by Thomas Danthony
  • Shikasta, Doris Lessing, illustration by Sarah Jones
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, illustration by Sabina Šinko
  • The Time Machine, H.G. Wells, illustration by Francisco Rodríguez
  • The Day of
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2021 Hugo, Astounding, and Lodestar Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book have been announced by DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention. There were 1,249 valid nominating ballots received (1,246 electronic and 3 paper).

Best Novel

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Relentless Moon,
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Arsenika to Close

Speculative poetry and flash fiction magazine Arsenika announced that it will permanently close following the release of its upcoming Spring 2021 issue. The magazine ran for five years, starting with Issue 0 in Winter 2017. Issue 8 will be the last, and will include a longer statement from editor S. Qiouyi Lu.


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Tolkien Society Awards 2021

Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards 2021 were announced on April 11, 2021. The awards “recognize excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlight­ing our long-standing charitable objective to ‘seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of'” J.R.R. Tolkien. The society’s trustees choose the shortlist, with winners chosen by the membership.

Best Artwork

  • WINNER: “He Beheld a Vision of Gondolin Amid
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2021 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy Episodes 1-3 [The Quad, The Tower, The Test], Todd Fahnestock (F4)
  • Once Again, Catherine Wallace Hope (Alcove)
  • White Trash Warlock, David R. Slayton (Blackstone)

Additionally, Molly Tanzer’s Creatures of Charm and Hunger (John Joseph Adams Books) is a finalist in ...Read More

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UKLA Shortlists 2021

Burn by Patrick Ness (Walker) and Bearmouth by Liz Hyder (Pushkin) are among the titles shortlisted for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) awards in the 11-14+ category.

The UKLA awards are “the only national book awards which are judged by teachers.” Winners will be announced during the virtual UKLA International Conference on July 2, 2021.

For more information, including the complete shortlists, see the UKLA website.

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L’Engle Library Auctioned for Charity

Madeleine L’Engle’s library is being auctioned by New England Book Auctions to benefit three charity organizations. A small portion of the collection was auctioned in December 2020, raising nearly $10,000 for PEN America’s Prison and Justice Writing Program, Smith College’s Madeleine L’Engle Travel Research Fellowships, and the L’Engle Initiative at Image Journal.

The rest of the books can be bid on through the New England Book Auctions website, with lots ...Read More

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Westercon in Seattle Disbands

Westercon 73, the West Coast Science Fantasy Conference scheduled for July 1-4, 2021 in Seattle WA, has announced that the convention will not be held. It is disbanding its committee due, in part, to the coronavirus pandemic.

They are working with LASFS, owner of the Westercon service mark, to implement Section 1.9 of the Westercon Bylaws regarding a Westercon committee failure. Loscon 47, scheduled for November 26-28, 2021 at the ...Read More

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John Pelan (1957-2021)

Author, editor, and publisher John C. Pelan, 63, died April 12, 2021 in Albuquerque NM of an apparent heart attack. He lived in Gallup NM. Pelan was a significant figure in the dark fantasy and horror field, best known for founding numerous small presses and editing anthologies.

Pelan was born July 19, 1957 in Seattle WA. In 1986 he founded Axolotl Press, publishing work by James P. Blaylock, Charles de ...Read More

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Path Grant for BIPOC Women Writers

Author David Bowles and Estudio Tlalli have announced The Path Grant, which will award annual $2,500 prizes “to new and emerging BIPOC women writers of speculative fiction.” To fund the grant, Bowles will donate royalties from The Path series of novels (The Blue-Spangled Blue, The Deepest Green, The Rising Red, and The Swirling Black) and is seeking additional funding “to provide support to the maximum ...Read More

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Stanisław Lem Centennial Debate

Polskie Towarzystwo Studiów and Przyszłością (PTSP), the Polish Society for Futures Studies, will host the Stanisław Lem Centennial Debate, free online on April 18, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The event, billed as “the expansion of future consciousness through the practice of science fiction and futures studies,” features Thomas Lombardo, Kacper Nosarzewski, and Karlheinz Steinmüller, and is supported in part by the World Futures Studies Federation, Association of Professional ...Read More

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2021 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2020.

  • Who Can Own the Stars?, Mackey Chandler (self-published)
  • Storm Between the Stars, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Barry B. Longyear (Enchanteds)
  • Braintrust: Requiem, Marc Stiegler (LMBPN)
  • Heaven’s River, Dennis E. Taylor (Ethan Ellenberg)

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Johnson Wins Compton Crook Award

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (Del Rey) is the winner of the 2021 Compton Crook Award. Other finalists were:

  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)
  • Nameless Queen, Rebecca McLaughlin (Crown)
  • Architects of Memory, Karen Osbourne (Tor)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart (Orbit)
  • Docile, K.M. Szpara (Tordotcom)

The award is given by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) to honor the best first ...Read More

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PEN America Literary Awards Winners

The winners for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, including Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD) in the $10,000 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel.

Other finalists of genre interest in the category were

  • These Ghosts are Family, Maisy Card (Simon and Schuster)
  • Temporary, Hilary Leichter (Coffee House)
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang (Riverhead)

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2021 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced its five Young Lions Fiction Award finalists for 2021, which includes Pew by Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House).

The winner will be announced June 17, 2021. The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges. 2019’s winner was ...Read More

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Amazing Stories on Hiatus

Experimenter Publishing Company has announced that, due to ongoing legal issues with a licensing agreement, it is placing Amazing Stories magazine on indefinite hiatus. Amazing Stories publisher Steve Davidson said,

Experimenter Publishing hopes to get our current issue, featuring Canadian Writers and Artists, published once we raise funds to cover expenses.

The Amazing Stories website will continue to publish on a daily basis and is not expected to be affected. ...Read More

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Worldcon Moves Dates and Venue

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, announced that it will be held as an in-person convention December 15-19, 2021, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The move comes “after nearly two-thirds of respondents to a public survey put out by DisCon III said they would prefer an in-person December convention over a virtual convention in August.” Virtual memberships to the December convention will still be available. ...Read More

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SFWA Statement and Plan of Support for Asian Diaspora Communities

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) board unanimously signed a statement about anti-Asian hate crimes and racism. The statement reads, in part,

Anti-Asian racism has long been a part of America’s fabric from the Page Act to the Chinese Exclusion Act and includes our own SF/F communities. We’ve seen it in the tropes and stereotypes that fetishize Asian women as dragon ladies and butterfly maidens, portray Asian ...Read More

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Stine Wins 2021 Philip K. Dick Award

Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine (Mira) won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, announced April 2, 2021 during the virtual Norwescon 43. A special citation was given to The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey (Orbit US). Other finalists were:

  • Failed State, Christopher Brown (Harper Voyager US)
  • Dance on Saturday, Elwin Cotman (Small Beer)
  • Bone Silence, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit US)
  • The Doors of Eden,
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2020 BSFA Winners

The winners for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • Light of Impossible Stars, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Club
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Changes at Quirk Books

There have been big changes at Quirk Books. Brett Cohen has resigned as president and publisher, end­ing a 20-year career there, with owner/founder David Borgenicht returning as president and Jhanteigh Ku­pihea promoted to publisher. Nicole De Jackmo rises to the new position of senior vice president of sales, marketing, and publicity. Megan Dipasquale was promoted to vice president of finance, Andie Reid to art director, Jane Morley to managing editor, ...Read More

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Black Creatives Fund

We Need Diverse Books has launched a new program, the Black Creatives Fund, starting in Spring 2021. The program, sponsored by Penguin Random House, is devoted to “supporting emerging and established Black writers and illustrators,” with plans including a workshop on revision, mentorships, and marketing education in association with The Brown Bookshelf, a group devoted to pro­moting children’s literature by Black creators. The revision workshop will include stipends for a ...Read More

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Serial Box Becomes Realm

Publisher Serial Box, known for serialized audio fiction by notable genre authors, has rebranded as Realm. They produce original fiction and media tie-ins by authors including Max Gladstone, Ellen Kushner, Yoon Ha Lee. Malka Older, Fran Wilde, and many more.

According to the official announcement, they are also introducing subscription plans and distributing some content via platforms such as Spotify and Apple, where audiences can listen for free.

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SF in India: The 19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction Conference by Srinarahari Mysore

The 19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction Conference was organized by the Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies Bangalore (IASFS) in collaboration with Bangalore University and held online December 7-10, 2020. The theme was “All Roads Lead to Science Fiction”, and participants included members of 58 departments at the university, faculty from 700 affiliated colleges, scientists, authors, editors, journalists, and luminaries from all over the world.

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International Costumers Gallery Relaunches

The International Costumers’ Guild (ICG) has relaunched the Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Archives, an online collection of “over 100,000 photos and hundreds of masquerade videos” preserving the history of science fiction fan costuming. The archive contains photos from “science fiction and fantasy conventions, masquerade competitions, fashion shows, historical dress competitions and events, and other costume events and displays.”

For more information, see the ICG online gallery.

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2020 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2020 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Ghost Species, James Bradley (Penguin Random House)
  • Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Fauna, Donna Mazza (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • The Mother Fault, Kate Mildenhall (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Repo Virtual, Corey J.
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2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards

Winners of the 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards have been announced, including authors of genre interest.

Laura van den Berg won the $200,000 Mildred & Harold Strauss Livings Award, given “in recognition of literary excellence and to provide freedom to devote time exclusively to writing.”

Chang-rae Lee won the $25,000 Award of Merit for the Novel, given “to an outstanding writer representing excellence in the craft ...Read More

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