HWA 2020 Summer Scares

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their second annual Summer Scares Reading list.


  • She Said Destroy, Nadia Bulkin (Word Horde)
  • In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)


  • Labyrinth Lost, Zoraida Córdova (Sourcebooks)
  • Daughters unto Devils, Amy Lukavics (HarlequinTeen)
  • The Agony House, Cherie Priest (Scholastic)


  • Spirit Hunters,
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British Book Awards 30 from 30 List

The Bookseller has announced 30 from 30, a “super list” of 30 books from the past 30 years of British Book Awards winners as finalists for a one-off award for the best book of the past three decades. Titles of genre interest include Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Myer (Little, Brown), Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury), Northern Lights by Philip Pullman (Scholastic), and The Lovely Bones ...Read More

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SF by the Bay Exhibit

The San Francisco Public Library presents “SF by the Bay,” an exhibit and series of events from February 1 – April 30, 2020, showcasing the library’s J. Francis McComas Fantasy and Science Fiction Collection and celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area’s contributions SF art, film, and literature. The exhibit is located on the 3rd floor of the Main Library in the General Collections and Humanities Center, with associated displays located ...Read More

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Hachette Acquires Disney Titles

Hachette Book Group (HBG) has acquired more than 1,000 Disney Book Group titles for the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers line, including numerous titles that have not yet been published, roughly doubling the imprint’s backlist. The deal encompasses YA and middle-grade titles, as well as board books, picture books, and graphic novels.

Disney will continue to publish works that can be developed “across multiple platforms and media,” and will ...Read More

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2019 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2020 issue, the list is a consensus by the Locus editors, columnists, outside reviewers, and other professionals and critics of genre fiction and non-fiction — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Katharine Coldiron, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Ian Mond,

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2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize Longlist

The longlist for the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles of genre interest include:

  • Inland, Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
  • Lot, Bryan Washington (Atlantic)

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” The judging panel is chaired by Professor Dai Smith

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Lezli Robyn Named Galaxy’s Edge Editor

Author and Arc Manor assistant publisher Lezli Robyn will take over as editor of Galaxy’s Edge magazine, per an announcement by Arc Manor publisher Shahid Mahmud via the Galaxy’s Edge Facebook.

As many of you know, Mike Resnick passed away recently. He pretty much single handedly created this magazine with the aim to give writers, particularly newer writers, a new venue for their stories. He was known in the industry ...Read More

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Chiang Named Notre Dame Artist-in-Residence

Ted Chiang will be artist in residence at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study for the 2020-21 academic year. He will take part in a two-day workshop, engage with Notre Dame faculty, and participate in weekly seminars. His Exhalation (Knopf) appears on the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2019 list.

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Chabon Receives Writers for Writers Award

Michael Chabon will re­ceive the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award “for his service on the board of the MacDowell Colony, for donating the proceeds of several books to organizations that support writers, and for helping to raise funds to assist other authors,” to be presented at the Poets & Writers 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City on March 16, 2020.

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Patterson Gives Bonuses

Author and philanthropist James Patterson is of­fering bonuses (a total of $200,000) to Barnes & Noble booksellers this year in the form of a contest: he will give $300 to the bookseller in each B&N branch who creates the best display, as judged by store managers. He says, “I’m excited about all the recent changes at Barnes & Noble and to see where they go next. But I’ve always been ...Read More

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Crossed Genres Publications Closing

Co-founders Kay Holt and Bart Leib announced that Crossed Genres Publications is “on indefinite hiatus, effective immediately, with the expectation of permanently closing once our current titles are all out of print.” They will not be producing any new titles, and have canceled their planned anthology, Recognize Fascism, co-edited with Crystal Huff. Holt and Leib said,

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Trota Named SFWA Editor-in-Chief

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced Michi Trota as their new editor-in-chief, taking over the role from Neil Clarke, who stepped down earlier this year. Trota will be in charge of the organization’s communications and publications, including the SFWA Bulletin. SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said,

After a candidate search, the board selected Michi Trota to head our publications. We were all impressed with her ...Read More

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Tokarczuk Opens Foundation

Recent Nobel Prize in Fiction Laureate Olga Tokarczuk has announced plans to create a new literary foundation based in Wroclaw, Poland, in a villa previously owned by poet Tymoteusz Karpowicz. The organization will offer scholarships to writers and programmers, as well as educational programs. She wants the foundation to foster international dialogue about the power of literature to impact the spiritual and the physical world, and to address social ills, ...Read More

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ephemera Reading Series

The inaugural event in the new ephemera reading series took place on November 6, 2019 at Glad Day Bookshop in Toronto, Canada, featuring Madeline Ashby, Rati Mehrotra, and Kelly Robson, as well as a drag performance by Titus Androgynous and Henrietta VIII. Readings will be held on the first Wednesday of each month and are hosted by PodCastle co-editor Jen R. Albert & fantasy author KT Bryski. Funding is provided ...Read More

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Mysterious Galaxy Saved!

San Diego bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, which was in danger of closing after 27 years of business, has found new owners and will remain open for the foreseeable future. Jenni Marchisotto & Matthew Berger purchased the bookstore and signed a five-year lease on a new location. They said,

We are so excited about our new roles as part of the Mysterious Galaxy family. When we attended the holiday party last Saturday ...Read More

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Martin Opens Bookshop

George R.R. Martin opened Beastly Books on November 30, 2019, located next to the Jean Cocteau Cinema in Santa Fe NM. Martin said,

We’ve been doing amazing author events at the Jean Cocteau Cinema ever since we reopened the theatre in August, 2013. Dozens of terrific, award-winning, bestselling writers have appeared at the JCC to speak, read, and sign their books… SF writers, mystery writers, historical novelists, romance writers, thriller ...Read More

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Europa SF Closing

Europa SF, the “Pan-European Speculative Fiction Portal,” announced that it will shut down effective December 20, 2019 after seven years of providing English-language news and information covering European fandom. In a Facebook announcement, they cited hosting costs and portal maintenance as the main reasons, and are asking for anyone interested in taking over the portal and domain name to contact them.

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Audible Best of 2019

Audible.com has announced their Best of 2019 lists, selected by their editorial team. Titles of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Simon & Schuster)
  • Andrea Vernon and the Superhero-Industrial Complex, Alexander C. Kane (Audible Originals)
  • The Future of Another Timeline, Annalee Newitz (Macmillan)
  • Forward: Stories of Tomorrow, Blake Crouch, ed. (Brilliance)
  • The Deep
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New Clarion West Scholarship for Native American Writers

Publishing firm Blue Corn Creations has gifted $1,000 to create a scholarship for writers of Native American descent who wish to attend the Clarion West Writers Workshop. Blue Corn Creations owner Rob Schmidt said,

We’re excited about developing the next generation of Native superhero, science fiction, and action/adventure stories. To do that, we also need to develop the next generation of Native writers. This scholarship will help accomplish that.

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Bujold Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Lois McMaster Bujold the 36th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said Bujold “has had an undeniable influence on the field of science fiction and fantasy. From the the Vorkosigan Saga, to the Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series, she finds new ways to explore the genre, mixing and matching ...Read More

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McIntyre Gives to Clarion West

Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019) has left her literary assets to Clarion West, expressing her wish that “the organization manage her liter­ary copyrights in perpetuity.” She also left a bequest of $387,129 to the program, the largest single financial gift in the organization’s history: “The bequest will bolster the Clarion West endowment, strengthening our mission and ensuring our financial stability for years. Vonda’s extraordinary generosity will allow Clarion West to continue ...Read More

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Writing the Other Scholarship Renamed

Administrators Nisi Shawl and K. Tempest Bradford announced that Writing the Other‘s financial aid program has been renamed the “Vonda N. McIntyre Sentient Squid Scholarship.” The scholarship began in 2016 when McIntyre donated anonymously to the Writing the Other online classes, and was originally named the Sentient Squid Scholarship in honor of a character from her Starfarer series of books.

“To date, the Sentient Squid Scholarship has provided over $15,000 ...Read More

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China Science Fiction Research Institute

The China Science Fiction Research Institute was jointly established by Sichuan University, the Sichuan Association for Science and Technology, and Science Fiction World magazine with “the aim of supporting the development of the sci-fi industry and related literary and artistic endeavours,” and was announced during the fifth China Science Fiction Conference in Chengdu, China. Chengdu is currently supporting a bid to host the 2023 Worldcon.

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Analog‘s 90th Anniversary

Analog magazine is celebrating its 90th anniversary with “An Astounding 90 Years of Analog Science Fiction and Fact: The Fourth Annual City Tech Science Fiction Symposium”, to be held in conjunction with City Tech College on December 12, 2019 in New York NY.

There will be an author reading and panel, an editorial panel including Trevor Quachri and Stanley Schmidt, a keynote speech from Michael F. Flynn, and various presentations ...Read More

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Financial Times Best Books of 2019: Science Fiction

The Financial Times has released its Books of the Year 2019 lists, selected by “FT commentators, critics and guests.” The Best Books of 2019: Science Fiction were chosen by James Lovegrove:

  • Exhalation, Ted Chiang (Picador)
  • The Warehouse, Rob Hart (Bantam)
  • Always North, Vicki Jarrett (Unsung Stories)
  • Cold Storage, David Koepp (HQ)
  • Emily Eternal, M.G. Wheaton (Hodder & Stoughton)

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Yahoo Groups Archives, Including Many SF/F Fanzines, To Be Deleted

Yahoo Groups, which provided mailing lists and online forums for a variety of subjects (including SF/F) announced plans to shut down a large number of their features including deleting archived messages and files, with all groups closing on October 21, 2019. All the archived data in those groups and lists will be deleted by December 14. Writer and historian Ada Palmer says, “This means we have only a few weeks ...Read More

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NYT Bestseller List Changes

The New York Times is changing up its bestseller lists again. They’re bringing back the mass-market paperback list (dropped in 2017) on a monthly basis, and run­ning a new monthly combined list for “graphic books” including fiction, non-fiction, and manga for children and adults. Middle-grade and young-adult paperback bestsellers will also be listed monthly, after being discontinued in 2017. The lists are coming back “due to continued reader interest and ...Read More

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SFWA Changes

Andy Duncan has stepped down as SFWA Member at Large because the position “deserves to be held by someone who can devote much more time and energy to the job than I can.” He will continue “serving the organization in other capacities” and remains “commit­ted to the mission of SFWA.” He is replaced by James Beamon, one of the runners-up in the elec­tion.

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Staff Changes at ChiZine

Following various allegations of late payments, non-payment, harassment of authors and staff, and other improprieties (as documented extensively at File 770), Sandra Kasturi & Brett Savory have stepped down from all publishing-related duties at ChiZine Publications, effective immediately. Christine Harkin is now interim publisher, and can be reached by email for author-related requests. Kasturi and Savory said:

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Kirkus Best Fiction of 2019

Kirkus has announced its selections for Best Fiction of 2019, including titles and authors of genre interest in several categories:

Best Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Kingdom of Copper, S.A. Chakraborty (Harper Voyager)
  • How Rory Thorne Destroyed the Multiverse, K. Eason (DAW)
  • Early Riser, Jasper Fforde (Viking)
  • A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World, C.A. Fletcher (Orbit)
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf,
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Hour of the Wolf Off the Air

Jim Freund’s venerable SF radio call-in show Hour of the Wolf has gone off the air after nearly 50 years. The show aired on WBAI 99.5 FM in New York, but on October 8, 2019, the station’s owner Pacifica Across America canceled all local programming and replaced it with shows from other stations due to “financial losses.” The closure came without warning, and station employees and volunteers vowed to take ...Read More

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