sf-Lit Award 2021 Longlist

sf-Lit.de has announced the 2021 sf-Lit Award 2021 longlist winners. The longlist consists of 13 candidates and is open to any books that have been published in German in 2020, regardless of the author’s country of origin or the language of the first publication.

sf.Lit Award Longlist

  • Gabriele Behrend, Salzgras & Lavendel (p.machinery)
  • Laurent Binet, Eroberung (Rowohlt)
  • Blake Crouch, Gestohlene Erinnerung (Goldmann)
  • Christoph Dittert, Fallender Stern (Piper)
  • Ralph C. Doege,
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2021 Ditmar Preliminary Ballot

The preliminary ballot for the 2021 Ditmar Awards for Australian SF has been announced.

Best Novel

  • 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)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • Poison & Light, Gillian Polack (Shooting Star)
  • Repo Virtual, Corey J.
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2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals Longlist

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2022 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year” with 23 fiction titles and 22 non-fiction. The fiction longlist includes the following titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
  • The Sentence by Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Book of
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Icons of Darkness Museum

Actor Rich Correll has opened Icons of Darkness, a new Hollywood museum filled with $15 million worth of props and costumes from beloved science fiction, fantasy, and horror franchises.

The collection, which represents “over 100 years of Hollywood film history curated and collected over the last 60 years,” includes props from Jurassic Park, a Darth Vader mask, and lots more costumes and memorabilia. The collection is currently on display ...Read More

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2021 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2021 Mythopoeic Awards winners in an online ceremony.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • WINNER: The House in the Cerulean Sea, TJ Klune (Tor)
  • Magic Lessons, Alice Hoffman (Simon & Schuster)
  • Raybearer, Jordan Ifueko (Amulet)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Left-Handed Booksellers of London, Garth Nix (Katherine Tegen)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • WINNER: A Wizard’s
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New Le Guin Prize for Fiction

The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust has announced the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, a new award to launch in 2022. The annual $25,000 cash prize will be given to “a single book-length work of imaginative fiction.”

This award is intended to recognize those writers Ursula spoke of in her 2014 National Book Awards speech—realists of a larger reality, who can imagine real grounds for hope and ...Read More

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2021 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2021 Aurora Awards winners were announced October 16, 2021 during a livestreamed ceremony organized by Ottawa’s Can*Con convention.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • A Stitch in Time, Kelley Armstrong (KLA Fricke)
  • A Connecticut Gumshoe in King Arthur’s Court, Randy McCharles (Tyche)
  • Beneath the Rising, Premee Mohamed (Solaris)
  • The Oppenheimer Alternative, Robert J. Sawyer (Red Deer)

Best YA Novel

  • WINNER: Flights
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Campbell Wins Sturgeon

Results for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of 2020 have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The award is traditionally presented during the annual Campbell Conference Awards, but was instead announced online.

  • WINNER: “An Important Failure”, Rebecca Campbell (Clarkesworld 8/20)
  • Second place: “The Pill”, Meg Elison (Big Girl)
  • Third place: “Yellow and the Perception of Reality”,
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Estcon 2021 Report

THIS ESTONIAN SUMMER would have been right at home at the Locus office in California: Sunny days under brilliant blue skies with just a slight breeze to keep the heat from becom­ing stifling. Perfect for the annual outdoor science fiction convention held at Udu Farm in central Estonia. The event wasn’t confirmed until just a few weeks before, but the vaccination program had reached full throttle and infection rates remained ...Read More

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Gary Paulsen (1939-2021)

Gary Paulsen, 82, died October 13, 2021 at home in Tularosa NM of cardiac arrest. Paulsen was best known for his YA novels about wilderness survival, notably Hatchet (1986).

In all, he wrote more than 200 titles, with numerous SF works (adult and YA) among them, beginning with The Implosion Effect (1976) and including The Green Recruit (1978), The Night the White Deer Died (1978), Meteorite Track 291 (1979), Compkill ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2021


N.K. JEMISIN was named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time. See the full list on their website.


NANCY PEARL will receive the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, to be presented November 17, 2021 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Pearl is the influential librarian who created the ‘‘One Book, One City’’ program.

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Pantheon Books Status Change

Penguin Random House imprints Pantheon and Schocken Books will no longer be divisions of Alfred A. Knopf, but will instead operate as an imprint alongside Vintage/Anchor, Doubleday, and Knopf, as equal parts of the Knopf Doubleday publishing group. In the announcement, group president and publisher Maya Mavjee noted that the imprints will be hiring for several new editorial positions. Recent hires include executive editor Naomi Gibbs, editorial director Denise Oswald, ...Read More

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2021 Otherwise Fellowship Applications Open

The Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award) is currently accepting applications for the Otherwise Fellowships, providing $500 grants for “writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely. If you are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative – maybe in a form we would recognize as the science fiction or fantasy genre, maybe in some other way – ...Read More

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Heinlein Journal Wins Design Award

The Heinlein Journal was chosen as one of six winners for the Editorial category in Communication Arts’ 62nd annual design competition. This win comes after the Heinlein Journal‘s recent redesign.

Managing Editor and Designer Mark Bult says

This redesign matches the quality of the publication with the stature of its authors and their scholarship…. We’ve enlivened the publication with a new masthead and typography, plus more photos and new, custom ...Read More

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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Fourth Edition

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) has launched its Fourth Edition. The online edition of the essential reference work was sponsored by Orion/Gollancz from 2011-2021, but is now published by SFE Ltd and Ansible Editions.

Editors John Clute and David Langford say of the move:

With the release of the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, we have a new publisher and a new web server; but ...Read More

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Douglas Barbour (1940-2021)

Canadian author, editor, and scholar Douglas Barbour, 81, died September 25, 2021 of lung cancer.

Douglas Fleming Barbour was born March 21, 1940 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He co-edited Tesseracts 2 (1987) with Phyllis Gottlieb, and wrote many essays, reviews, and letters for fanzines and SF journals. Barbour’s dissertation was Patterns of Meaning in the SF Novels of Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ and Samuel R. Delany, 1962-1972″, ...Read More

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Williams Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected composer John Williams as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. Williams created the scores for SF and fantasy films including the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Superman, and installments of the Jurassic Park and Harry Potter film series.

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King News

Stephen King joined forces with Humble Bundle to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union, offering a digital download of new King story ‘‘Red Screen’’ on a pay-what-you-want basis (with a $5 minimum) from September 10-16, 2021. One hundred percent of the proceeds went to the ACLU. The book was downloaded by 18,236 readers, and raised a total of $142,457.85. This is the first ‘‘Humble Exclusive,’’ a new program ...Read More

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Breuer Exhibit

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles will host an exhibition to honor Czech-American writer Miles J. Breuer (1889-1945) on October 14, 2021. The event will commemorate the 76th anniversary of Breuer’s death.
Breuer is the author Paradise and Iron (1930) and co-author of The Birth of a New Republic (1931, with Jack Williamson), along with numerous stories, including “The Gostak and the Doshes” (1930) and “The
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Lou Antonelli (1957-2021)

SF writer Lou Antonelli, 64, died October 6, 2021 at home in Clarksville TX.

Antonelli began publishing short fiction in the early 2000s. Notable short works include Asimov’s Reader’s Award finalist “A Rocket for the Republic” (2005), Sidewise Award nominee “Great White Ship”, and Hugo Award finalist “On a Spiritual Plane” (2014). In all he published over 100 stories, some collected in Fantastic Texas (2009), Texas & Other Planets (2010), ...Read More

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2022 Baen Memorial Contest Open

The 2022 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest is open until February 1, 2022. Co-sponsored by Baen Books and the National Space Society, the contest is for stories of near-future space exploration. This year, the focus is on “Moon bases, Mars colonies, orbital habitats, space elevators, asteroid mining, artificial intelligence, nano-technology, realistic spacecraft, heroics, sacrifice, adventure.”

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at “normal paying rates ...Read More

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Mary Kay Kare (1952-2021)

Fan and convention organizer Mary Kay Kare, 69, died in early October 2021 of a blood infection.

Mary Kay Jackson was born July 1, 1952, and grew up in Oklahoma, where her interest in fandom began. In the late 1970s, she was a member of the Norman Oklahoma SF Society, and edited their fanzine, Red Dust. She later lived in Ohio, Seattle, and San Jose. Kare was a conrunner, co-chair ...Read More

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100 Novels That Shaped Our New World

Libraries Connected announced “The 100 Novels that Shaped our New World”, a reading list chosen by over 400 library staff members and users. The list “follows the BBC Novels that Shaped our World library campaign” and features many titles of genre interest, including Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam (Bloomsbury), The Long Way To A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton), Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine ...Read More

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Goldsmiths Prize 2021 Shortlist

This One Sky Day by Leone Ross (Faber & Faber) is included in the six-title shortlist for the 2021 Goldsmiths Prize.

The £10,000 is given for a book by a British or Irish author that “breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.” This year’s judges are Fred D’aguiar, Kamila Shamsie, Nell Stevens (chair), and Johanna Thomas-Corr. The winner will be announced November 10, 2021.

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2021 National Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature categories have been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr (Scribner), Matrix by Lauren Groff (Riverhead), Zorrie by Laird Hunt (Bloomsbury), and Hell of a Book by Jason Mott (Dutton).

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World Fantasy Convention Updates

The upcoming World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 4-7, 2021 at the Hôtel Bonaventure Montréal in Québec, Canada, has announced several changes.

Guest of Honor Nisi Shawl will not be attending in person, but will take part virtually.

Julie Czerneda has joined as a Special Guest.

The convention will have a significant online component:

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SKRIVA Short Story Competition Winners

Results of the 2021 Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a Swedish “Fantastic Short Story Competiton” organized by writers’ email list SKRIVA, have been announced.

First Place

  • “Gro” [“Grow” or “Germinate”], Terese Säljö

Second Place

  • “Mannen på åtta trappor” [“The Man on Eighth Stairs”], Carl-Magnus Åsard

Third Place

  • “Gratis flytthjälp” [“Free Moving House Help”], Linnea Ronnholm

Honorable Mentions were awarded to Elin Frykholm, Björn Lestell, Katarina Nyman, Ambra Bolin Rojek, Louise Sahlberg, John Wide, and

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Kingfisher Wins 2021 WSFA Small Press Award

“Metal Like Blood in the Dark” by T. Kingfisher (Uncanny 9-10/20) is the winner of the 2021 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction. Kingfisher is a pen name for Ursula Vernon. Other finalists were:

  • “Heritage Hill”, Matthew R. Davis (Outback Horrors Down Under)
  • “Myself”, Rebecca Enzor (DreamForge 12/20)
  • “Memories Taste Best When Marinated With Sadness”, Feng Gooi (Hexagon Fall ’20)
  • “Foster-Child of Silence
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SMOFcon 39 Scholarship Winners

Dublin 2019 has announced there are 18 recipients of scholarships to attend SMOFcon 39, to be held December 3-5, 2021 at the VIP Executive Art’s Hotel in Lisboa, Portugal.

CanSMOF has also announced Joro Penchev of Sofia, Bulgaria, as the winner of its SMOFcon scholarship, open to “anyone involved in running conventions, regardless of their place of residence or citizenship”.

For more information, see the SMOFcon website.

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2021 Salam Award

The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the 2021 Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:


  • “You Get What is Yours“, Dur e Aziz Amna


  • “Ignition” by Khizer Abbas
  • “The Calls” by Zunaira Nadeem

Honorable Mentions

  • “Nameless” by Mehr-un-Nisa Waheed
  • “Custody” by Mujtaba Ayub
  • “We All Return to the Sea” by Mashal Faraz Shamsi

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2021 Nielsen Bestseller Awards

The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have been announced, and include several titles and authors of genre interest. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape) was a Platinum Bestseller; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) was a Gold Bestseller; and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin UK & David Fickling) was a Silver Bestseller. Several titles by Matt Haig ...Read More

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Prior Takes Pan Macmillan CEO Role

Joanna Prior has been named the new CEO of Pan Macmillan. Current CEO Anthony Forbes Watson will step down in early 2022, but will continue to advise Stefan von Holtzbrinck and the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Prior has worked as managing director of Penguin General Books in the UK for 12 years, and has been with Penguin for 23 years, rising in the ranks from publicity and marketing. “The decision to ...Read More

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