Bob Self (1966-2022)

Publisher, entrepreneur, and showman Robert “Bob” Self, 55, died August 3, 2022, as the result of an accident at Mono Lake in California.

Born August 5, 1966, Bob had a background in the entertainment industry and worked behind-the-scenes with a number of magicians, comedians, and illusionists. In 2003 he and his wife Rani — a professional costume designer for various TV series including The Orville — formed Baby Tattoo, Inc., ...Read More

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Science Fiction Writers’ Week

Writing app ProWritingAid is running a free online event, Science Fiction Writers’ Week, August 29 – September 2, 2022. The event will include:

  • Over 30 free training workshops for writers
  • Interviews with best-selling authors like Andy Weir (The Martian)
  • Workshops to improve writing, editing and marketing
  • Software demos for popular writing programs
  • Networking events to share work and meet other authors

Speakers include authors Samit Basu, Emmi Itäranta, ...Read More

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2022 Munsey Award Winner

PulpFest has announced the winner for the 2022 Munsey Award, given “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.”

  • WINNER: Rick Lai
  • Airship 27 Productions
  • John Betancourt
  • Richard Bleiler
  • Gene Christie
  • Henry G. Franke III
  • Chris Kalb
  • William Patrick Maynard
  • Gary Phillips
  • Sheila Vanderbeek
  • Howard Wright
  • Dan Zimmer

Nominees were selected by the general pulp community, with the winner selected by a vote of past Lamont,

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Tom Doherty Associates Renamed

Tom Doherty Associates, a division of Macmillan, is rebranding as Tor Publishing Group, effective immediately.

President and publisher Devi Pillai said, “Although the Tor name has always been associated with science fiction and fantasy, our list has included titles beyond that genre since our inception. With this name change and continued growth, the Tor name will now stand for quality in various types of genre publishing, with each imprint representing ...Read More

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2022 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2022 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “Space Pirate Queen of the Ten Billion Utopias”, Elly Bangs (Lightspeed 11/21)
  • “Eight Mile and the City”, Steven Harper (When Worlds Collide)
  • “Standing Orders”, Sharon Lee & Steve Miller (Derelicts)
  • “The Birdsong Fossil”, DK Mok (Multispecies Cities: Solarpunk Urban Futures)
  • “Laughter Among the Trees”, Suzan Palumbo
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Inaugural Trigon Awards

The first Trigon Awards were announced by Spiral Tower Press, honoring “the past, present, and future of science fiction, fantasy, and horror” in three categories.

Literary Achievement: David C. Smith for sword-and-sorcery writing.

Scholarly Achievement: Bobby Derie for Lovecraft scholarship.

Special Achievement: The Cromcast, a podcast about Robert E. Howard.

The awards were presented July 30, 2022 at SpiralCon 1 in Newport News VA. Awardees were selected ...Read More

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2022 Locus Awards Online Report

The Locus Awards took place online on June 22-25, 2022, in its third year as a virtual-only event. Connie Willis emceed the awards ceremony, with editor-in-chief of Locus Liza Trombi co-hosting. There were over 150 registrations, and full members received a Locus Awards t-shirt or gift book, and the awards pro­gram. There was also a sliding scale, attendance-only membership rate.

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2022 PEN Translates Winners

The twenty-one winning titles for the PEN Translates awards have been announced, including the following titles and authors of genre interest:

  • The Clock and the Guest, Hassan Blasim, translated by Jonathan Wright(Comma)
  • The Heart Sutra, Yan Lianke, translated by Carlos Rojas (Chatto & Windus)
  • You, Bleeding Childhood, Michele Mari, translated by Brian Robert Moore (And Other Stories)
  • Egypt + 100: Stories from a Century After the Revolution
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DoJ vs PRH Trial Begins

The lawsuit filed by the US Department of Justice to stop the proposed merger of Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster has gone to trial this week.

Publishers Weekly has been covering the case: Monday featured opening arguments and testimony by Hachette CEO Michael Pietsch for the government, giving an overview of the book business and discussing how the merger would have a deleterious effect on competition.

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ICFA 44 Guests of Honor

Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki has been announced as guest of honor for the 44th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA), with Isiah Lavender III announced as guest scholar.

ICFA 44, hosted by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA), will take place March 15-18, 2023 at the Marriott Orlando Airport Lakeside in Orlando FL.

For more information, see the convention website.

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LOHF Writers Grant

Horror Spotlight, formerly known as The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF), is open to applications for their fourth annual LOHF Writers Grant. “This will be the last year the grant will be a ‘Ladies of Horror Fiction’ grant.” Fourteen awards of $100 each are available “to all women and non-binary femmes who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre.” Applications are open until 11:59 CST, August ...Read More

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StokerCon 2023 Announcements

StokerCon 2023 announced on their blog that Wrath James White will join Daniel Kraus and Cynthia Pelayo as Guest of Honor. The event will be held June 15-18, 2023 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square in Pittsburgh PA, and will will include the Bram Stoker Awards banquet. Early registration is $150 until October 1, 2022, when the rate raises to $200.

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2022 Diverse Book Awards Longlist

The 2022 longlist for the Diverse Book Awards has been announced. The awards were created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK & Ireland during 2021, both traditionally and self-published.” Titles and authors of interest follow.

Best Adult

  • Black Water Sister, Zen Cho (Pan Macmillan)
  • This One Sky Day, Leone Ross (Faber)

Best Young Adult

  • Skin of The Sea, Natasha Bowen (PRH
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2022 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2022 Mythopoeic Awards Winners during Mythcon 52, held July 29th through August 1st 2022, in Albuquerque, NM.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • WINNER: Or What You Will, Jo Walton (Tor) 
  • The Witness for the Dead, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • Light from Uncommon Stars, Ryka Aoki (Tor)
  • A Master of Djinn, P. Djèlí Clark (Tordotcom)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Terciel and
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2022 Glass Bell Award Shortlist

Sistersong by Lucy Holland (Macmillan; Redhook) and Ariadne by Jennifer Saint (Headline; Flatiron) are on the six-title shortlist for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award.

The award was established in 2017 by independent bookstore Goldsboro Books for novels with “with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised.” The winning title will be announced September 8, 2022 and the author will receive £2,000 as well ...Read More

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Nichelle Nichols (1932-2022)

Actor and author Nichelle Nichols, 89, died July 30, 2022 in Silver City NM of heart failure. Nichols was best known for her portrayal of communications officer Lieutenant Uhura in the original series of Star Trek (1966-69) and subsequent film projects. She was one of the first Black women to have a major role on a network television program, and had a profound influence on US culture. She was also ...Read More

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Amazon News

Amazon has stopped selling Kindle ebook readers in China, and will stop sell­ing ebooks there in June 2023. The Kindle app will be removed from Chinese app stores in 2024, and readers who previously purchased Kindle ebooks will no longer be able to access their libraries. Customers who bought a Kindle reader this year may receive refunds. Amazon is reportedly “ad­justing the strategic focus of its operations,” and will continue ...Read More

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New GoHs for WFC

Iris Compiet has been announced as the artist guest of honor for the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, with Brandon O’Brien joining as an author special guest, and Nisi Shawl as the featured guest. All three will join the previously announced guests Ginjer Buchanan, Andrei Codrescu, Caitlín R. Kiernan, Victor LaValle, Jo Walton, and Toastmaster Ursula Vernon.

The convention will be held November 3-6, 2022 in New Orleans LA at the ...Read More

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2022 Mike Resnick Memorial Award Finalists

Finalists for the second annual Mike Resnick Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “It Matches the Color of Your Eye”, Matt Broomfield
  • “Parallels”, Akshayarka Alammyan Deka
  • “What Would You Pay for a Second Chance?”, Chris Kulp
  • “Seedpod”, Ellen Parent
  • “On the Left”, Sandra Sigienski

The award — sponsored by Galaxy’s Edge, Arc Manor, and Dragon Con — is given to the best unpublished science fiction short story by ...Read More

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Le Guin Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The Ursula K. Le Guin Literary Trust has announced the shortlist for the Ursula K. Le Guin Prize for Fiction, an inaugural $25,000 cash prize given to “a single book-length work of imaginative fiction.”

The shortlist is as follows:

  • A Snake Falls to Earth, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)
  • The House of Rust, Khadija Abdalla Bajaber (Graywolf)
  • Appleseed, Matt Bell (Custom)
  • Summer in the City of Roses
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Clarion West 2023 Instructors

The Clarion West Summer Workshop has announced its 2023 instructors: Samit Basu, N.K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Mary Anne Mohanraj & Benjamin Rosenbaum, Cat Rambo, and Arley Sorg. The six-week summer workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2023 in Seattle WA, with applications opening in December 2022. For more information, see the Clarion West website.

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2022 Wellman Award Winner

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the winner for the 2022 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • WINNER: The Actual Star, Monica Byrne (Harper Voyager) 
  • A Song with Teeth, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • Sounding Dark, Jo Graham (Candlemark & Gleam)
  • Blind Tiger, Jordan L. Hawk (Widdershins)
  • Bacchanal, Veronica Henry
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2022 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse Finalists

Finalists for the 2022 Prix Utopiales Jeunesse for Best French SF for Young Adults have been announced.

Prix Utopiales Jeunesse

  • LX18, Kamel Benaouda (Gallimard Jeunesse)
  • Sable bleu, Yves Grevet (Syros)
  • Le jardin des chimères, Johan Heliot (ScriNéo)
  • Le troisième exode, Daniel Mat (ScriNéo)
  • L’île, Vincent Villeminot (PKJ)

The prize will be presented at Les Utopiales, Festival International De Science-Fiction hosted October 22 – November 1, 2022.

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2022 Tähtifantasia Award Winner

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke, translated by Helene Bützow (WSOY), won the 2022 Tähtifantasia Award, presented by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society for the best Finnish fantasy book published in the previous year. The 2022 jurors were Jukka Halme, Aleksi Kuutio, Osmo Määttä, and Niina Tolonen.

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2022 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Black Coast, Mike Brooks (Orbit)
  • The Unbroken, C.L. Clark (Orbit)
  • Sistersong, Lucy Holland (Tor)
  • She Who Became the Sun, Shelley Parker-Chan (Tor)
  • The Jasmine Throne, Tasha Suri (Orbit)
  • This is Our Undoing, Lorraine Wilson (Luna)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth

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2022 Eisner Awards

The 2022 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con@Home online on July 23, 2022. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Short Story

  • “Funeral in Foam,” Casey Gilly and Raina Telgemeier (You Died: An Anthology of the Afterlife)

Best Single Issue

  • Wonder Woman Historia: The Amazons, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Phil Jimenez (DC)

Best Continuing Series (TIE)

  • Something Is Killing the Children, James Tynion IV
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2022 Scribe Award Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners of the 2022 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners of genre interest follow.

Original Novel — Speculative

  • WINNER: Star Trek Picard: Rogue Elements, John Jackson Miller (Pocket/Star Trek)
  • Rebels of Vanaheim, Richard Lee Byers (Aconyte)
  • To Chart the Clouds, Evan Harker (Aconyte)
  • Witches Unleashed, Carrie Harris (Aconyte)
  • Oblivion’s Gate, David Mack
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2022 Booker Prize Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the 2022 Booker Prize has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Glory, NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking; Chatto & Windus)
  • The Trees, Percival Everett (Graywolf Press; Influx)
  • Booth, Karen Joy Fowler (Putnam; Serpent’s Tail)
  • Treacle Walker, Alan Garner (4th Estate)
  • The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida, Shehan Karunatilaka (Sort Of)

The £50,000 prize is “open to works by writers

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Publishing News

Disney Publishing World­wide is shifting its global sales and distribution services to Penguin Random House Publisher Ser­vices (PRHPS), effective April 1, 2023. Disney will also expand their subsidiary Marvel Publishing’s existing partnership with PRHPS. Disney is leaving their partnership with Hachette Book Group, which has distributed Disney books since 2013.

French media conglomerate Vivendi now owns just over 55% of Lagardere, parent company of Hachette Book Group, having purchased 11 ...Read More

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2022 Waterstones Fiction Prize Shortlist

Shortlisted titles for the 2022 Waterstones  Fiction Prize have been announced. Titles of genre interest include How High We Go in the Dark, Suquoia Nagamatsu (Bloomsbury; William Morrow) and Vagabonds!, Eloghosa Osunde (HarperCollins; Riverhead).

The winner of the debut prize receives £5,000. The award is “open to all debut fiction, including genre fiction such as crime, sci-fi and fantasy as well as fiction in translation.” The winner will ...Read More

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2022 World Fantasy Awards Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2021 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, scheduled for November 3-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in Louisiana.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Samuel R. Delany and Terri Windling. The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:

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Simon & Schuster’s Canedy Leaves

Publisher Dana Canedy is stepping down from Simon & Schuster’s adult imprint after two years to focus on writing her next memoir (out from S&S in 2024). She was the first Black woman to ever hold the position. CEO Jonathan Karp will take over her position “for the foreseeable future.”

Karp says Canedy “has improved and bolstered the Simon & Schuster imprint in innumerable ways: by attracting incredibly talented authors ...Read More

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