Carnegie Hall Announces Afrofuturism Festival

Carnegie Hall is putting on a city-wide Afrofuturism festival, scheduled to begin February 2022 in New York City. The official announcement says,

Across New York City, leading cultural organizations present multidisciplinary programming that touches African and African diasporic philosophies, speculative fiction, mythology, comics, quantum physics, cosmology, technology, and more. A diverse range of online offerings also includes film screenings, exhibitions, and talks with some of the leading thinkers and creatives ...Read More

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Erdrich Wins Pulitzer Prize

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich (Harper) won the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category. The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

The judges called the winner a “majestic, polyphonic novel about a community’s efforts to halt the proposed displacement and elimination of several Native American tribes in ...Read More

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2021 LOHF Writers Grants

The Ladies of Horror Fiction (LOHF) writers’ organization is accepting applications for its annual grant program now through August 31, 2021. Nine grants of $100 each are available “to all women (cis and trans) and non-binary femmes who have reasonably demonstrated a commitment to writing in the horror genre.” Winners will be announced on September 15, 2021.

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Dellamonica, El-Mohtar & Robson Premiere at Ottawa Fringe Festival

A.M. Dellamonica, Amal El-Mohtar & Kelly Robson have co-written fantasy/horror play Dressed as People, a “Triptych of Uncanny Abduction,” directed by Mary Ellis, performed by Margo MacDonald, and featuring music by SIESKI. The play premieres during the Ottawa Fringe Festival, June 17-27, 2021.

For more information, and to buy tickets to view online, see the Ottawa Fringe Festival website.

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Federal Writers’ Project

Congressional Democrats Ted Lieu (California) and Teresa Leger Fernandez (New Mexico) have introduced a new bill, “The 21st Century Federal Writers’ Project”, which proposes $60 million in funding to non-profit organizations, libraries, news organizations, and writing-related unions to sup­port writers who lost income during the pandemic. The proposed legislation is inspired by the Federal Writers’ Project from 1935, which employed thou­sands of writers during the Great Depression. One goal of ...Read More

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Bloomsbury Acquires Head of Zeus

Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK has purchased independent publisher Head of Zeus (HoZ) for £8.5 million (just over $12 million), including payments of pre-existing loans. Head of Zeus publishes genre authors including P.C. Cast, Terry Goodkind, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu, Lavie Tidhar, and many others.

Bloomsbury’s official announcement said, “This acquisition will provide a strong addition to Bloomsbury’s thriving Consumer division and support our long term Consumer growth strategy, with ...Read More

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FIYAH Grants Series

FIYAH magazine has announced the establishment of four grants “intended to assist Black writers of speculative fiction in defraying costs associated with honing their craft.” Three $1,000 grants will be awarded as part of Juneteenth every year.

The Rest Grant will be given “for activists and organizers with a record of working on behalf of the SFF community, but who are in need of respite or time to recommit to ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021

MILESTONES

ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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Evans Selected for Gulf South Writer in the Woods

Desiree S. Evans has been awarded the position of Gulf South Writer in the Woods. The program is designed for writers of speculative fiction and “supports the creative work, scholarship and community engagement of writers examining the Gulf South region.” Evans will receive a stipend of $5,000 plus a 6-week residency at A Studio in the Woods, which includes access to Tulane University library.

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SFWA Launches #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has created the #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force to help identify authors who may be owed royalties from Disney and its subsidiaries. The task force includes Authors Guild, Horror Writers Association, National Writers Union, Novelists, Inc., Romance Writers of America, and Sisters in Crime, as well as authors Neil Gaiman, Tess Gerritsen, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Chuck Wendig.

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2021 SFWA Election Results

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of its election for open Board of Directors positions.

President

  • Jeffe Kennedy

Secretary

  • Adam Rakunas

Directors-at-Large (through 2023)

  • José Pablo Iriarte
  • Remy Nakamura
  • Christine Taylor-Butler

The election committee consisted of Kate Baker (advisor), Maurice Broaddus, Matthew Johnson (chair), and Peng Shepherd. For more information, see the SFWA site.

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2021 International Booker Prize Shortlist

Several titles and authors of genre interest made the 6-title shortlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize:

  • At Night All Blood Is Black, David Diop, translated by Anna Mocschovakis (Pushkin)
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (Granta)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin)
  • The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century
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Pulp Science Fiction Magazines Virtual Talk

Texas A&M University Libraries is hosting a virtual talk on April 22, 2021 at noon Central titled “The Future at 25 Cents A Copy: The Material Culture of Pulp Science Fiction Magazines”, discussing the legacy of pulp magazines from the 1920s to 1940s. The talk will feature librarians from Texas A&M University, the University of California, Riverside, and San Diego State University, which all house large pulp collections.

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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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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2021

MILESTONES

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Martin Signs HBO Deal

George R.R. Martin has signed a five-year contract with HBO, reportedly worth “mid-eight figures.” The network is developing six Game of Thrones prequel projects based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, including House of the Dragon, scheduled to air in 2022.

Martin will also executive produce an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic novel Who Fears Death, and an adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s fantasy novel Roadmarks ...Read More

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BIPOC+ Speculative Writing Mentorship

Ancestral Futures and the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) have announced that applications are now open for their three-month mentorship in speculative fiction program. The program seeks to match writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a writer of color (BIPOC+), who have not published prose in professionally paying markets, with a professionally published author for “coaching and mentorship.”

Interested applicants must email info@ancestralfutures.org before March 31, 2021. There is no ...Read More

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Bay Area Black Speculative Writers Reading

Ancestral Futures and the Speculative Literature Foundation are sponsoring an online reading and anthology launch event, April 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time, “to support publication of a community-centered Black Speculative Literary Arts story collection from various members of The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop of Oakland, The Association of Black and Brown Writers, Voodoonauts Fellows, and VONA Alumni.”

The even will be hosted by LP Kindred and feature Trey Keeve ...Read More

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Campaign to Buy Tolkien’s House Fails

Project Northmoor, a fundraising campaign with the goal of buying J.R.R. Tolkien’s Oxford house and turning it into a literary center, failed to raise the £4.5 million needed to purchase and renovate the house. As of February 4, 2021, it had raised just 17% of its goal. However, the organizers announced that “we have been offered an alternative home for the first literary centre dedicated to Tolkien in a very ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2021

MILESTONES

VAJRA CHANDRASEKERA is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Liter­ary Agency.

J.A. BRADLEY is now repre­sented by Paul Stevens of the Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

AWARDS

ANTHONY R. LEWIS won the Edward E. Smith “Skylark” Award for contributions to science fiction, and HILARY CLARCQ received the Gaughan Award, given annually to an emerging artist, both pre­sented by the New England Science Fiction Association at Boskone 58, ...Read More

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Nebula Finalists Livestream

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will livestream the announcement of the Nebula Awards finalists on March 15, 2021 at 5:30 p.m Pacific Time. The livestream will be available on SFWA’s Facebook and Youtube channels, and will include “readings by SAG-AFTRA narrators, trailers, and sizzle reels for the nominated works.”

Winners will be announced at the 56th Annual Nebula Banquet during the Nebula Awards Weekend, to be ...Read More

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Rover Landing Site Named for Butler

NASA has named the landing site of the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover after SF author Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). The rover was launched from Cape Canaveral FL on July 30, 2020 and landed in Jezero Crater, Mars on February 18, 2021. The mission will spend at least one Mars year (two Earth years) exploring the landing site region.

For more information, see NASA’s website.

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The Outskirts Poetry Podcast Launches

Outskirts Poetry has launched The Outskirts Poetry Podcast, a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Jake Tringali and produced by Tringali and Melanie Stormm, which “marries SF Poetry/Fiction and the counterculture… geared toward writers and readers of speculative genre poetry and fiction who enjoy art that thrives at the fringes of society.” Season one guests include D. Scot Miller, Locus‘s own Josh Pearce, and Catherynne M. Valente. For more: <www.outskirtspoetry.com>.

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