Comments from the 2017 Locus Poll and Survey

Here are comments, very lightly edited and presented anonymously, submitted by voters in this year’s Locus Poll and Survey. Results of the poll will be published in the magazine’s July issue; survey results will appear in August issue.

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A link to a sample of each entry would help, if it’s a book we haven’t tried yet. There are so many it’s bound to happen. Especially for artists.

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Gaiman to Read Cheesecake Factory Menu for Charity

As part of a fundraising campaign being organized by writer and comedian Sara Benincasa to benefit world refugees, bestselling author Neil Gaiman has agreed to do a live reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu if fans raise $500,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Benincasa hopes to reach the funding goal by World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017 and notes that

According to UNHCR, “An unprecedented 65.3 ...Read More

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Game Writing Nebula Category

Beginning with the 2018 Nebula Awards (for works published in 2017), there will be a new award category: Best Game Writing.

SFWA President Cat Rambo says “all forms of game writing will be eligible.” SFWA expects to have the game writing versions of their suggested reading list and new release newsletter available this week.

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Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2017 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Worldcon 75. “Messages have gone out to voters, including personalized links and information on how to access the packet. Anyone who has not received it should contact hugohelp@worldcon.fi.”

The packet does not contain all the nominated works in their entirety, but there is some free material in most categories. The voting packet will be available for download until ...Read More

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Yang Withdrawn from Hugos

Mansik Yang has been removed from the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards. His place will be taken by Elizabeth Leggett. Paper ballots will be reissued, and the online ballot will be amended.

In a statement released May 17, 2017, Worldcon 75 administrators said:

As the packet was being assembled, Mansik Yang, who had been previously announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category, informed ...Read More

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Tor Books to Launch New Imprint

Tor Books is launching a new serialized fiction podcast imprint, Tor Labs, which will focus on “experimental approaches to genre publishing, beginning with original dramatic podcasts.” Tor Labs will be helmed by senior editor Marco Palmieri and editor Jennifer Gunnels.

Tor Labs plans to debut on August 2, 2017, beginning with a weekly original science fiction audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced in partnership with Gideon Media. The ...Read More

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Call for Aurealis Judges

The Aurealis Awards announced they are seeking judges for the 2017 awards process in the following categories:

  • Science Fiction Novel
  • Science Fiction Short Story/Novella
  • Fantasy Novel
  • Fantasy Short Story/Novella
  • Horror Novel/Novella/Horror Short Story
  • Young Adult Novel/Young Adult Short Story
  • Children’s Fiction
  • Collection/Anthology
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

The only qualifications are that applicants must be residents of Australia and demonstrate “knowledge of and interest in their chosen category.” Deadline for applications is ...Read More

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Martin Funds Odyssey Horror Scholarship

George R.R. Martin announced on April 26, 2017 that he will fund a horror-writing scholarship for the Odyssey Writing Workshop, held every summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester NH. The “Miskatonic Scholarship” will be awarded once a year to a writer of Lovecraftian fiction and will cover tuition, fees, and lodging. Winners will be selected “solely on the basis of their story samples” by a panel of three judges. ...Read More

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2016 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on April 29, 2017 at a gala held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA during StokerCon 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
  • Hard Light, Elizabeth Hand (Minotaur)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)
  • Stranded, Bracken MacLeod (Tor)
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

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2017 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists, Revised

The Hugo Awards ballot entry for best fan artist was revised April 21, 2017 due to nominee Alex Garner being disqualified. He was replaced by Steve Stiles.

The revised Hugo Awards Ballot and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer are below, as announced by Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.

Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)

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Garner Withdrawn from Hugos

Alex Garner has been removed from the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards.

In a statement released April 21, 2017, Hugo Awards Administrator Nicholas Whyte said:

Alex Garner, who was announced as a finalist in the Best Fan Artist category for the 2017 Hugo Awards on 4 April, has notified the Hugo administrators that in fact the entirety of his published 2016 work was professional and not ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for next year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2017 are eligible for the award.

  • Robert Onopa, 1040 Manuawili Loop, Kailua HI 96734-4621
  • Deborah J. Ross, 14775 Virginia Avenue, Boulder Creek CA 95006-9314
  • James Stoddard, 67 S. Lakeshore Drive, Ransom Canyon TX 79366-2406
  • Amy Thomson, 1505 SW Alaska Street, Seattle WA 98106-1510
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Ytterbium Wins Eastercon Bid

Ytterbium won their bid to host the 2019 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in voting held at Eastercon 2017, Innominate. The convention will be held over Easter weekend, April 19-22, 2019 at the Park Inn in Heathrow, UK.

Guests of honor will include “DC”, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, and John Scalzi.

Adult weekend membership rate is currently £55. ...Read More

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2017 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The shortlists for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) in fiction and poetry were announced April 18, 2017. The fiction category includes Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya, translated by Jessica Powell (Mandel Vilar).

Founded in 2008 by Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the BTBA offers a $5,000 cash prize to each winning author and translator. Winners will be announced May 4, 2017 at The Folly gastropub in ...Read More

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Anathema Launch

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, an online “tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC,” launched its first issue on April 4, 2017. Michael Matheson & Andrew Wilmot are co-editors-in-chief. Chinelo Onwualu is non-fiction editor.

The first issue features fiction by Stephanie Chan, Brent Lambert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ayodele Olofintuade, and Tony Pi, as well as non-fiction by Alexis Teyie. Anathema currently pays C$50 for fiction and non-fiction.

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Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017.

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to attend NatCon. NAFF covers the cost of airfare and accommodation, and NatCon donates a convention ...Read More

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Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes.

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 to facilitate science fiction fans traveling to conventions on both sides of the Atlantic.

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New World Fantasy Awards Trophy

The World Fantasy Awards Administration and the Board of the World Fantasy Convention announced a new design for the World Fantasy Awards trophy after a year-long public competition. The winning design was created by artist Vincent Villafranca, and replaces the bust of Lovecraft trophy designed by Gahan Wilson.

In an announcement, the administrators said:

As the competition was still in progress during the WFC in Columbus, OH, the 2016 winners ...Read More

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Dr. Lindgren Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced that Dr. Kjell Lindgren, the astronaut who “flew to the International Space Station on Soyuz TMA-17M in 2015 to serve as part of ISS Expedition 44 and 45,” will be Toastmaster at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 18-21, 2017, at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

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SFPA Changes Name

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) announced on March 21, 2017 that they “will henceforth and forevermore (at least until the next member vote) be known as: The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.” The decision was made through a vote of 134 members of the organization, who also elected to retain the original SFPA acronym.

For more information, including a complete breakdown of the votes, see the SFPA’s official ...Read More

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Fiscus Wins SFWA Award

Jim Fiscus has been awarded the 2017 Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award for “his outstanding work on behalf of the organization.” Fiscus has been involved with the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America since he began volunteering in 1990.

The award will be presented during SFWA’s 51st Annual Nebula Conference, May 18-21, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA.

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SF Hall of Fame Nominations Open

The Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) has opened nominations for the 2017 Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame inductees. Anyone may nominate SF/F/H creators and creations through the MoPOP site. Nominations are open until April 16, 2017. Final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and then relocated from the Gunn ...Read More

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Brodber Wins Windham-Campbell Prize

Jamaican author Erna Brodber is one of eight winners of the fifth annual Windham-Campbell Prize. Each winner receives a no-strings-attached grant of $165,000.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.” The prize is administered by Yale University, with a new nominating committee every year, and a jury ...Read More

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Díaz and Le Guin Named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Junot Díaz and Ursula K. Le Guin are among 14 individuals newly named to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, one of the most prestigious honors in the arts. New members are elected only after the death of existing members, with total membership limited to 250 people. New members will be welcomed at an annual induction and award ceremony in mid-May, where academy member Joyce Carol Oates will deliver ...Read More

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2016 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the finalists for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on February 23, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Hard Light, Elizabeth Hand (Minotaur)
  • Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)
  • The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
  • Stranded, Bracken MacLeod (Tor)
  • Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • The Apothecary’s Curse, Barbara Barnett (Pyr)
  • Hollow House, Greg Chapman (Omnium Gatherum)
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Call For The Best Horror of The Year

Ellen Datlow has released a call for submissions for an upcoming volume of the Best Horror of the Year series, to include material published in 2017:

I am looking for stories and poetry from all branches of horror: from the traditional-supernatural to the borderline, including high-tech sf horror, supernatural stories, psychological horror, dark crime, or anything else that might qualify. If in doubt, send it. This is a reprint anthology ...Read More

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2016 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the Locus Annual Recommended Reading List!


The list is published in Locus Magazine’s February 2017 issue, and is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Gardner Dozois, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Faren Miller, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Rachel Swirsky, Tom Whitmore, ...Read More

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