2018 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Locus Awards during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018:

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • WINNER: The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)
  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Provenance, Ann
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New Locus Awards Trophy

Locus will present winners of the annual Locus Awards with a new trophy, designed by Francesca Myman with art by Shaun Tan. The trophy will be awarded starting with the 2018 Locus Awards, and replaces the previous plaque design.

The 2018 Locus Awards will be held June 22-24, 2018 at the Best Western Executive Inn in Seattle WA. For more information, see the 2018 Locus Awards page.

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Cardinal and Hennig Win Older Writers Grants

Ann Dávila Cardinal and J Tullos Hennig are the winners of the 2018 Older Writers Grant, given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF).

The Speculative Literature Foundation’s $500 Older Writers Grant is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level. The SLF ...Read More

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Shimmer Closes

Shimmer magazine has announced that it will close with the November 2018 issue, after 13 years of publication. A final anthology will be released in late 2018. Publisher Beth Wodzinski says,

If you’re a reader — the site will stay up indefinitely, and we’ve got lots of great fiction for you to browse and buy.

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2018 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Shortlist

The five-title shortlist for the 2018 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including several titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Madame Zero, Sarah Hall (Faber & Faber)
  • All the Beloved Ghosts, Alison MacLeod (Bloomsbury)
  • Come Let Us Sing Anyway, Leone Ross (Peepal Tree)

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for ...Read More

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Publishing News

Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of operations with events throughout the year, with a “kickoff toast” event at Book Expo, May 30 – June 1, 2018 at the Javits Center in NY. They will publish a history of the company, The Macmillan Story, with distribution to their employees and authors. CEO John Sargent says, “We try to keep that family feel with Macmil­lan. We believe that staying true to our ...Read More

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SF Auctions

Half a dozen letters from J.R.R. Tolkien sold at auction in May 2018 for a total of $36,000, with individual letters selling from $2,700 to $13,000. Two of the letters were sent to artist Mary Fairburn in 1968, praising illustrations of The Lord of the Rings she’d sent him, and including a signed original sketch by Fairburn. The other letters were to Oscar Morland (a British ambassador), Baronne A. Baeyens, ...Read More

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Jemisin Wins 2018 BoBi

N.K. Jemisin will receive the annual Best of Brooklyn (BoBi) Award, and “is the first author of speculative fiction to win the BoBi.”

“The Brooklyn Book Festival (BKBF) is the largest free literary event in New York City, presenting an array of national and international literary stars and emerging authors.” The event will be held September 10-17, 2018 in New York with “more than 300 authors plus 250 booksellers filling ...Read More

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

Several individuals of genre interest are among the 1,057 people recognized by the Queen of England in her 2018 Birthday Honours list.

Writer Kazuo Ishiguro was knighted “for services to literature,” and bookstore founder Tim Waterstone received a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity.”

Authors Jeanette Winterson and Ken Follett received the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for “services to Literature” and “services to Literature ...Read More

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Le Guin Tribute Video

Literary Arts has posted the video of their tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event took place on June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland OR. For more information, and to view the video, see the Literary Arts tribute page.

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NPR Horror Poll Open

NPR‘s summer reader poll 2018 is open to nominations of horror novels, collections, series, and short stories. Readers can nominate up to five titles through an online form. A top 100 list will be curated by Tananrive Due, Ruthanna Emrys, Grady Hendrix, and Stephen Graham Jones and announced later in the year.

For more information, see the NPR website.

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2018 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • WINNER: Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay

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2017 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) announced the 2017 inductees to the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame: comic book writer and publisher Stan Lee, author J.K. Rowling, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series, and The Legend of Zelda video game series. The inductees will be included in the SF&F Hall of Fame display later this year.

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McCormack Wins Dublin Literary Award

Solar Bones by Mike McCormack (Tramp) has won the €100,000 2018 International Dublin Literary Award, announced by Mícheál Mac Donncha, Lord Mayor of Dublin, during a ceremony at the Mansion House in Dublin Ireland on June 13, 2018. The  award, “the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English,” receives nominations from public libraries around the world and selects the winner by jury. The 2018 judging panel consisted ...Read More

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New Non-Fiction Stoker Award Category

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the addition of a new Short Non-Fiction category to its Bram Stoker Awards. HWA president Lisa Morton said:

Works qualifying for the new award category include magazine articles, short essays, and academic papers, all of which must be at least 2,000 words but less than 40,000 words. The works must be published in a book (print or e-format), a magazine (print or online), ...Read More

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2018 Kurd Laßwitz Preis

Winners of the 2018 Kurd Laßwitz Preis for best German science fiction works and translations have been announced:

Best German SF Novel

  • WINNER: Der Kanon mechanischer Seelen, Michael Marrak (Amrûn)
  • Die Welten der Skiir, Dirk van den Boom (Cross Cult)
  • Das Erwachen, Andreas Brandhorst (Piper)
  • Versuchsreihe 13 – Die Epidemie, Uwe Hermann (Atlantis)
  • Divided States of America, Claudia Kern (Cross Cult)
  • QualityLand, Marc-Uwe Kling (Ullstein)
  • Neanderthal, Jens Lubbadeh (Heyne)
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Christopher Stasheff (1944-2018)

Writer Christopher Stasheff, 74, died June 10, 2018. Stasheff is best known for his long-running Warlock universe, blending SF and fantasy elements, launched with his debut The Warlock in Spite of Himself (1969) and continuing through several sub-series.

Christopher Boris Stasheff was born January 15, 1944 in Mount Vernon NY. He attended the University of Michigan, studying radio and television, and later worked as a production assistant and script supervisor. ...Read More

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2017 Australian Shadows Awards Winners

The winners for the 2017 Australian Shadows Awards were announced on June 9, 2018 during Continuum XIV in Melbourne Australia. The award is given by the Australian Horror Writers Association (AHWA) for “the finest in horror and dark fiction published by an Australasian within the calendar year.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Corpselight, Angela Slatter (Jo Fletcher)
  • Aletheia, J.S. Breukelaar (Crystal Lake)
  • Slithers, WW Mortensen (self-published)
  • Soon, Lois Murphy (Transit Lounge)
  • Providence
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2018 Sunburst Awards Longlist

The longlists for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic were announced June 11, 2018:

Adult Fiction

  • Dragon Springs Road, Janie Chang (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Malagash, Joey Comeau (ECW)
  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (Chizine)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Tarry This Night, Kristyn Dunnion (Arsenal Pulp)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Little Sister, Barbara Gowdy (HarperCollins Canada)
  • Jade City, Fonda
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No Nobel for Literature This Year

The Swedish Academy, the body that awards the No­bel Prize in Literature, has announced that there will be no winner announced in 2018, with two laureates to be selected in 2019 instead. The delay is due to “the currently diminished Academy and reduced public confidence in the Academy.” The prize committee has been rocked by a series of allegations in recent months, with eight members of the committee resigning, including ...Read More

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Díaz Harassment Accusations

Junot Díaz has “asked to relinquish” his position as chairman of the Pulitzer Prize board (though he remains a board member) after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and verbal abuse. The board is “conducting an independent review of allegations of misconduct.” The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Díaz teaches creative writing, is looking “into concerns shared on social media regarding Professor Díaz…. Both accusers and the accused have rights and ...Read More

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2018 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2018 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • The Rebel, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
  • To Guard Against the Dark, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • All Those Explosions Were Someone Else’s Fault, James Alan Gardner (Tor)
  • RecipeArium,
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2018 Hemming Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Awards were announced June 8, 2018 at Continuum 14, the Australian National SF Convention, in Melbourne Australia.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • WINNER: “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
  • “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
  • “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
  • “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell
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Worldcon and NASFiC Site Voting

Voting has opened for the 2020 Worldcon and 2019 NASFiC conventions. Ballots for both are available on the Worldcon 76 site. Voting is open until August 11, 2018 to members of Worldcon 76 who have paid the voting fees ($30 for NASFiC, $50 for Worldcon).

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Conventions Of New Zealand Incorporated (SFFCONZ, Inc.) non-profit society has filed a bid to host the 2020 Worldcon at the ...Read More

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2018 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 John W. Campbell Memorial Award have been announced:

  • The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Tropic of Kansas, Christopher Brown (HarperCollins)
  • Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (Harper)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga)
  • The Moon and the Other, John Kessel (Saga)
  • The Stargazer’s Embassy, Eleanor Lerman (Mayapple)
  • Austral, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • After the Flare, Deji Bryce Olukotun (Unnamed)
  • New
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2018 Wellman Award Nominees

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Frost & Filigree, Natania Barron (Falstaff)
  • Amazing Grace, John G. Hartness (Falstaff)
  • The Stravinsky Intrigue, Darin Kennedy (Curiosity Quills)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Scourge, Gail Z. Martin (Solaris)

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Royal Society of Literature Fellows

Several writers of genre interest were among the 31 new Fellows introduced into the Royal Society of Literature (RSL) in a ceremony held June 4, 2018 in London UK:

  • Naomi Alderman
  • Ken Follett
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Mohsin Hamid
  • Frances Hardinge
  • Anthony Horowitz
  • Philip Kerr
  • Adam Roberts
  • Bryan Talbot
  • Louise Welsh

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30th Annual Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the winners of the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “achievement in LGBTQ writing for books published in 2017.” Winners of genre interest follow.

LGBTQ SF/F/Horror

  • WINNER: Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor)
  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Lost Daughter Collective, Lindsey Drager (DZANC)
  • The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Night Visitors, Owen Keehnen (OutTales)
  • An Excess Male, Maggie Shen King
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2017 Bisexual Book Awards Winners

The Bi Writers Association (BWA) announced winners for the sixth annual Bisexual Book Awards on June 2, 2018 including titles of genre interest:

Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • WINNER: The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, F.T. Lukens (Duet)
  • Island of Exiles, Erica Cameron (Entangled Teen)
  • The Seafarer’s Kiss, Julia Ember (Duet)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor)
  • Rescues and the Rhyssa, TS Porter (Less Than Three)
  • Run in the Blood,
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Deep Dish Reading Series

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF), Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), and the Chicago Nerds Social Club (CNSC) have sponsored the Deep Dish science fiction reading series, held at Volumes Book Cafe in Chicago IL.

The inaugural event was held on October 7, 2017 and featured Chris Bauer, Richard Chwedyk, Meg Khoury, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Cath Schaff-Stump, and was hosted by Mary Anne Mohanraj.

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Romantic Times Closes

Founder Kathryn Falk and her husband and co-owner Kevin Rubin announced that romance publishing industry magazine RT Book Reviews is shutting down, effective immediately. The long-running RT Booklovers Convention is also ending, with the one held this May 15-20 in Reno NV being the last. This year’s RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards were the last that will be given. Falk wrote, “After 38 years, I am retiring and ending my participation ...Read More

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Gowar Nominated for Times Breakthrough Award

Imogen Hermes Gowar’s The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock (Harvill Secker) is one of ten nominees for the Times Breakthrough Award, a category of the South Bank Sky Arts Awards that recognizes outstanding new British artists. A “panel of Times judges” will determine the winner, who will receive a trophy at an awards ceremony broadcast on Sky Arts on July 1, 2018.

For more information, see the Bookseller website.

 

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