Tin House Goes Digital Only

Tin House will discontinue its print magazine following the publication of its 20th anniversary issue in June 2019. Publisher and editor-in-chief Win McCormack cited financial costs as a reason for the decision, and has “decided to shift resources to Tin House’s other two divisions: Tin House Books and the Tin House Workshop.” Tin House will continue to publish original fiction, nonfiction, and poetry on its website.

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World Book Night 2019

Selections for World Book Night 2019 have been announced, including several titles of genre interest:

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood (Vintage)
  • Juliet, Naked, Nick Hornby (Penguin)
  • Himself, Jess Kidd (Canongate)
  • Artemis, Andy Weir (Crown)
  • The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells (Penguin)

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Apex Goes Digital Only

Apex is discontinuing the print version of its magazine, effective immediately. Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore explains the print edition “barely broke even after a year.” Current subscribers will be emailed with digital subscription options, and refunds will be made as needed.

For more, see the announcement on Apex‘s website.

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New Editor at GigaNotoSaurus

Elora Gatts is the new editor of GigaNotoSaurus, taking over from Rashida J. Smith. Gatts is also a copy editor at Strange Horizons and was previously associate editor at PodCastle.

Smith has edited GigaNotoSaurus for six years, following Ann Leckie’s term as editor.

For more information, see the official announcement.

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Davidson Letters Sought

Editor Henry Wes­sels invites “any persons holding correspondence from Avram Davidson to send legible photocopies or scans of interesting or notable letters” to his at­tention, for a volume of Davidson’s selected letters to be published next year by The Nutmeg Point District Mail for the Avram Davidson Society. Material may be sent to Henry Wessells, PO Box 43072, Upper Montclair NJ 07043; <wessells@aol.com>.

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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Award Announcements

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has announced a special category for Best Art Book to be included in the 2019 Hugo Awards and 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

An eligible work for this special Hugo award is any art book in the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and ...Read More

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New Amazon Branch Offices

Amazon has announced plans to open new branch offices for their head­quarters in Long Island City neighborhood in Queens NY and in the Crystal City neighbor­hood in Arlington VA. The New York office will occupy four million square feet initially, with an option to double in size, and will employ around 25,000 people with an average salary of $150,000 a year; the size and staffing for the Ar­lington location are ...Read More

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Bishop Inducted into Georgia Writers Hall of Fame

Michael Bishop was inducted into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame during a November 5, 2018 ceremony at the University of Georgia Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library in Athens GA. The Hall of Fame “was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural ...Read More

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Women’s Prize Announces Fee

The Women’s Prize for Fiction (until this year known as the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and from 1996-2012 called the Orange Prize for Fiction) has announced a new £1,000 fee for publishers whose works appear on the 16-title longlist, prompting outcry from smallpress publishers. Galley Beggar Press called the change “catastrophic to small publishers,” noting that though one of their authors won the prize years ago, “it would have ...Read More

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2019 TAFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2019 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) were announced November 23, 2018:

  • Teresa Cochran
  • Sarah Gulde
  • Mike Lowrey
  • Geri Sullivan

Voting opens December 1, 2018 and ends April 22, 2019. The 2019 fund is administered by Johan Anglemark and John Purcell and will send one fan from North America to Europe to attend the 77th Worldcon, held August 15-19, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

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Cymera Festival Announced

Cymera, “Scotland’s first Festival of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Writing,” will take place June 7-9, 2019 at The Pleasance in Edinburgh, Scotland. Weekend pass prices start at £65 and are available through the festival’s crowdfunding campaign, which runs until the end of January 2019. Tickets to individual events will be available March 1, 2019.

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Curtis Brown Agency News

Literary agency Curtis Brown (which will celebrate 120 years of operation in 2019) has announced plans to launch a new division devoted to managing literary estates: Curtis Brown Heritage. The division will be run by Norah Perkins (who has handled estates for the agency for four years) and associate agent Becky Brown. The agency currently represents over 150 literary estates, and Curtis Brown Heritage hopes to reach new audiences and ...Read More

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New York Public Library Best Books of 2018

The New York Public Library has announced its selections for the Best Books of 2018, featuring extensive titles in categories “Best Books for Kids” and “Best Books for Teens,” subcategories for “Best Books for Adults,” and top ten lists for each of the three main categories. Genre titles appear throughout the main categories, and the top tens include several titles and authors of genre interest.

Best Books for Teens: Top

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B&N Favorite SFF Books of 2018

Barnes & Noble has announced its 25 title list of Favorite Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of 2018, with an additional 12 “Alternate Universe” Picks of “books that could just have easily been included” in the list of 25, and their Year’s Best Collections & Anthologies list for the same genres:

Favorite SF&F:

  • Senlin Ascends, Josiah Bancroft (Orbit)
  • Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown)
  • The Only Harmless Great Thing,
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EU Ebook Tax Rates

The European Union has decided after years of debate that member states may lower the value-added-tax (VAT) rate on ebooks to the same rate they charge for printed books (which are tax free in some countries). The October 2, 2018 decision by the Economic and Financial Affairs Council is “the final step to ensure that the unequal treatment of the two products – paper versus digital – becomes a thing ...Read More

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Kirkus Best Fiction of 2018

Kirkus has announced its selections for Best Fiction of 2018, including titles and authors of genre interest in several categories:

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (Harper Voyager)
  • The Grey Bastards, Jonathan French (Crown)
  • Night Fall, Simon R. Green (Ace)
  • How Long ‘Til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • State Tectonics, Malka Older
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Nebula Awards Rule Changes

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced changes to the Nebula Awards rules, effective November 15, 2018: associate members of SFWA have been granted full voting privileges, where previously this was limited only to active members, and Game Writing has been added as a new Nebula Award category.

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Prometheus Sells Pyr Imprint

Prometheus Books has sold SF imprint Pyr and crime fiction imprint Seventh Street to Start Publishing. Prometheus was founded in 1969, exclusively publishing non-fiction, before launching Pyr in 2005 and Seventh Street in 2011. Publisher Jonathan Kurtz said the sale will allow Prometheus “to more fully engage with the diverse readers in our core categories and maximize the potential of our extensive back catalog.”

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Carnegie Diversity Initiative

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), which administers the prestigious Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Awards for the best British children’s books, has promised to take immediate action to improve the diversity of their selections. The award, launched in 1935, has never been won by a black, Asian, or minority ethnic (BAME) writer, and the 20 authors on the 2017 longlist were all white.

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BSFA Nominations and Eligibility Changes

Members of the British Science Fiction Association may nominate works for the 2018 BSFA Awards until December 31, 2018. Nominations may be made online here.

BSFA has changed the rules for the Best Novel category:

To bring it into line with all the other awards, we are dropping the publication location requirement for novels. Previously novels were only eligible if they were published for the first time in the UK ...Read More

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Gascoigne to Leave Angry Robot

Founder and publisher Marc Gascoigne has announced that he will be leaving Angry Robot Books at the end of 2018, saying, “After more than ten years building AR up into a popular, worldwide sci-fi imprint, it’s time for a new challenge. I’m looking forward to getting my teeth into a new project soon.”

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Dick Does Chicago

Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) has been selected for the One Book, One Chicago program by the Chicago Public Library. Numerous events – including book discussion groups, panels, talks, and film screenings – will be held from October 2018 to April 2019. Notable events include N.K. Jemisin and Mikki Kendall discussing the importance of diverse voices in storytelling on November 14, 2018, and Alec Nevala-Lee ...Read More

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HWA Summer Scares Reading Program

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal to launch the Summer Scares Reading Program, “an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers.” Each year, a special guest author and a committee of four librarians will announce the selection of nine fiction titles on February 14. The guest author for 2019 is ...Read More

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Patterson Donates to School Libraries

James Patterson has donated £50,000 to school libraries in the UK in cooperation with Scholastic Book Clubs. One hundred schools will receive £250 in both the autumn and spring terms to purchase books, with Scholastic offering an additional 25% off to stretch the buying power. Patterson says, “Libraries are at the heart of every school, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Scholastic to continue to underscore both the need ...Read More

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Andersons’s Ashes Scattered

On September 14, 2018, Astrid Anderson Bear and her children Erik and Alex scattered the ashes of Bear’s parents, SFWA Grandmaster Poul Anderson & Karen Kruse Anderson, from the three-masted ship Zodiac into the Salish Sea (part of Puget Sound). A small gathering of friends and family were present. Astrid read her father’s poem “Sea Burial” after the scattering, and all present toasted Poul and Karen.

–Tom Whitmore

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PEN/Faulkner Literary Horror Night

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the participants of its Literary Horror Night: Dan Chaon, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Brian Evenson, who will read from their work and participate in a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hand. The event will be held on October 29, 2018 at Penn Social in Washington DC.

For more information, see the Eventbrite page.

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Great American Read Results

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the results of public voting for “America’s #1 best-loved novel” during the finale episode of The Great American Read series on October 23, 2018. The Outlander, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings series came in second, third, and fifth places, respectively. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was the fourth-place finalist, while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee won first place.

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Gorinsky Launches New Publishing Company

Liz Gorinsky has started Erewhon Books,

a new independent speculative fiction publisher. We opened in June 2018 and are starting to build our list with the aim of debuting our first season of new titles in 2020. We will focus on novel-length works of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other subgenres, but are open to other works of interest to SF&F readers.

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2019 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has chosen Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) as the 2019 selection for its annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club program. Ward will attend a kickoff event on January 16, 2019 at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia PA to begin eight weeks of programs “based on the themes” from her novel, including “book discussions, panels, film screenings, collaging and mixed media workshops, ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Announces Online Instructors

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online Winter 2019 classes: Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 2 – February 13, 2019; Lucy A. Snyder will teach “Riveting Descriptions: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Mind” from January 3-31, 2019; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate ...Read More

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Spectrum 26 Open for Submissions

Spectrum 26 is open for submissions until January 24, 2019. The annual art collection serves as a “regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year” and “as an invaluable resource for art directors, art buyers, and artists from all walks and sensibilities.” Judges this year are Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin & Kristine Poole. Chosen entrants ...Read More

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2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Open

The 2019 Commonwealth Short Story Prize “for the best piece of unpublished short fiction (2,000–5,000 words)” by authors from Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, Canada and Europe, the Caribbean, and the Pacific is open to submissions until November 1, 2018. For rules, including a list of eligible countries, see the official website.

Regional winners are awarded £2,500 and the overall winner receives £5,000. English language entries are eligible, as are ...Read More

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