New Amazon Imprint

Amazon has announced a new imprint, Topple Books, to “spotlight the voices of women of color, gender non-conforming, lesbian, bisexual, and queer writers.” Jill Soloway will serve as editor-at-large, with Carmen Johnson helping to oversee the line. Soloway says, “We live in a com­plicated, messy world where every day we have to proactively re-center our own experiences by chal­lenging privilege. With Topple Books, we’re looking for those undeniably compelling essential ...Read More

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Rebellion SFF Commissioning Team

Rebellion Publishing announced the posting of David Moore and Michael Rowley as their “new commissioning team” for SFF imprints Solaris and Abaddon. According to the announcement, “The two will share commissioning and editing duties across both best-selling lists.” Moore joined Rebellion in 2009 and Rowley is new to the company, coming from Waterstones and Penguin Random House UK imprint Ebury.

For more information, see the official announcement.


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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five judges for the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2018 are eligible for the award.

  • Madeline Ashby, PO Box 72047, Coxwell/Danforth PO, Toronto ON M4C 0A1, Canada
  • Brian Attebery, 551 S 6th Ave, Pocatello ID 83201-5849
  • Christopher Brown, PO Box 6159, Austin TX 78762-6159
  • Rosemary Edghill, 1517 Hess Creek Court, Newberg OR
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Science Fiction Exhibit at Pasadena Museum of History

Dreaming the Universe: The Intersection of Science, Fiction, & Southern California, a new science fiction exhibit, opened March 3, 2018 at the Pasadena Museum of History in Pasadena CA. The exhibit focuses on the history of Southern Californian science fiction from the 1930s to the 1980s. It is curated by Nick Smith, a former president of the Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) and “brings together an unusual range of ...Read More

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Literary Maps Exhibit at Harvard

Houghton Library at Harvard University is displaying the “Landmarks: Maps as Literary Illustration” exhibition of more than 60 literary maps including those based on works from Richard Adams, Frank Herbert, N.K. Jemisin, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and more. The exhibit runs through April 14, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

For more information, see the Harvard website.

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The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund

Storycom is funding The Shimmer Program’s Two-way Exchange Fund, intended “to encourage cultural exchange between Chinese science fiction fans and science fiction fans all over the world.” Similar to their ongoing Program for Chinese fans, the Two-way Exchange Fund

will provide 15,000 RMB per person (this will approximately cover economic class plane tickets and hotels; the fund recipient will be responsible for all costs exceeding this budget). For the first ...Read More

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Egan Named PEN America President

PEN America announced Jennifer Egan as their new president March 1, 2018. Egan takes over the role from Andrew Solomon and will work in partnership with Suzanne Nossel, who was named chief executive officer after serving as PEN America’s executive director since 2013. Nossel says:

A writer both renowned and beloved, Jennifer Egan ’s consummate skill, insight and humanity make her a perfect leader for PEN America at a time ...Read More

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Misbound Analog and Asimov’s

Dell Magazines reported that some copies of the March-April issue of Analog and Asimov’s magazines were bound with an incorrect signature due to an error at the printer. According to editor Sheila Williams, subscribers’ issues have already been replaced but any customers or retailers who have a misbound copy can contact customer service at 800-220-7443 for a replacement issue.

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Williamson SF Library Floods

Some holdings of the Jack Williamson SF Library at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales NM were damaged in a flood. Special Collections Librarian Gene Bundy writes in with details:

The Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library was established on the campus of Eastern New Mexico University nearly 40 years ago. A number of you have visited the library during its existence. Our area of the main building underwent a remodel ...Read More

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PerVisions Closes

PerVisions, formerly Persistent Visions, is suspending operations as an active publication as of February 11, 2018. Publisher Christophe Pettus says:

The core reason for us having to stop accepting work is that our budget for acquisitions was largely consumed by a long and unpleasant dispute over the name of the publication. Although the other party was not in the publishing industry and we had no intention of causing any confusion ...Read More

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Brin Launches TASAT

SF writer David Brin and the University of San Diego’s Arthur C. Clarke Center of Human Imagination have launched a new website called TASAT – “There’s A Story About That”. Brin says,

After years speaking at “alphabet agen­cies” in DC about various threat scenarios, I kept wishing there were a way to cite SF stories at them, no matter what scenario they were worried about. Finally, some of us… built ...Read More

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Skyhorse Fails to Unionize

An attempt to unionize employees at Skyhorse Publish­ing failed, with 18 workers voting to join the United Auto Workers Local 2110, and 28 vot­ing against. Twenty-three more votes were submitted but deemed ineligible. The drive to unionize has been ongoing for months, with co­pyeditor Terry Buck leading the effort in hopes that joining the union would improve employee compensation and offer better job security. Sky­horse president Tony Lyons said, “Skyhorse ...Read More

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2018 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, to be presented at Worldcon 76, August 16-20, 2018 in San Jose CA. Members with an attending or supporting membership for Worldcon 75 in Helsinki (the 2017 Worldcon), Worldcon 76, or Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon (Worldcon 77) are eligible to nominate. The nomination period closes March 16, 2018 at at 11:59 ...Read More

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2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

Welcome to the annual Locus Recommended Reading List!

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2018 issue, the list 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, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, and Gary K. Wolfe;

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Patterson Funds Holiday Bonuses

James Patter­son gave away $350,000 to more than 300 inde­pendent bookstore employees as holiday bonus­es in December 2017, in amounts ranging from $750 to $1,250. While he takes nominations and otherwise runs the program with the assistance of the American Booksellers Association, Pat­terson funds the bonuses personally.

For the list of recipients, see the American Booksellers Association site.


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Sawyer Appointed to Order of Ontario

Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, that province’s highest honor, which “recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.” Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, called Sawyer “a champion of the Canadian fiction industry.” He will be invested as a Member of the Order during a ...Read More

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El-Mohtar Joins New York Times Book Review

Amal El-Mohtar has replaced N.K. Jemisin as the Otherworldly science fiction and fantasy columnist for the New York Times Book Review. Jemisin started Otherworldly in January 2016, and is leaving “to devote more time to her numerous outside projects, including her own books and a guest editorship for the Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy series.” El-Mohtar’s first column will appear in late February 2018.

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Mexicanx Initiative

Worldcon Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio has started the Mexicanx Initiative to sponsor attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. As previously reported, Picacio and John Scalzi announced that they would each sponsor two attending memberships. Other sponsors (including Christopher Brown, Ctein, Ty Franck, Mary Robinette Kowal, John & Christine O’Halloran, Chris Rose, and ...Read More

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Martin Funds Clarion West Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Clarion West writing workshop in Seattle WA. The “Worldbuilder Scholarship” will be given “to an applicant who demonstrates both financial need and a talent for worldbuilding and the creation of secondary universes” and will cover all tuition, fees, and lodging for one student per year. The scholarship will be decided via blind judging.

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Picacio and Scalzi Sponsor Worldcon Memberships

John Scalzi and Artist Guest of Honor John Picacio are sponsoring four attending memberships to Worldcon 76 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA, to be held August 16-20, 2018. Two memberships are available to “Mexicanx professional sf/f artists or writers” and two to “Mexicanx sf/f fans,” all four to be chosen by Picacio. Interested applicants can leave a reply on Picacio’s Twitter or Facebook, or ...Read More

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Galactic Philadelphia Reading Series

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has sponsored a new author reading series, Galactic Philadelphia, held every other month at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia PA. The inaugural event in October 2017 featured Lara Elena Donnelly and Gardner Dozois. The reading held December 2017 featured Tom Doyle and Fran Wilde.

Upcoming authors include Malka Older and David Walton on February 13, 2018 and Samuel R. Delany with ...Read More

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Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have named Peter S. Beagle the 34th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA president Cat Rambo said, “Beagle’s work has been the gateway for multitudes of fantasy readers, but also writers as well, including myself. His work shines a light on the human heart and its beauties even when that heart is flawed and wanting, showing how ...Read More

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Atwood, Díaz, and Martin Featured on PBS

Margaret Atwood, Junot Díaz, and George R.R. Martin are among a list of notables who will “lend their voices and passion” and “share their personal stories and connections to their favorite titles” as featured authors on PBS’s The Great American Read.  The official announcement says:

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Martin Funds Taos Toolbox Scholarship

George R.R. Martin has announced that he will fund a new scholarship for the Taos Toolbox writing workshop, held every summer in Angel Fire NM. The “Terran Award” is intended “to bring an aspiring SF writer from a non-English-speaking country” to the workshop and will cover all tuition and fees (travel and meals not included). “Applicants will need to speak and write in English, but must be from from a ...Read More

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Lovecraft Research Fellowship

The John Hay Library at Brown University has announced the annual S.T. Joshi Endowed Research Fellowship “for research relating to H.P. Lovecraft, his associates, and literary heirs.” The fellowship, established by the Aeroflex Foundation and Hippocampus Press, provides a $1,500 monthly stipend for up to two months of research at the John Hay Library.

For more information, see the Brown University Library website.



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Odyssey Workshop Scholarships

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced several scholarships available for students attending in 2018.

The Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin, covers full tuition, textbook, and housing costs. It will be awarded to a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror. The winner will be selected by a panel of three judges.

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World Book Day YA Selections

World Book Day has announced its YA selections for 2018. Titles of genre interest include Fly by Night (Macmillan) by Frances Hardinge and Summoner: The Novice (Square Fish) by Taran Matharu.

The World Book Day organization sends £1 book tokens to schools and libraries in the UK and Ireland, which can be exchanged for free or discounted books from February 26 – March 25, 2018. The 21st annual World Book ...Read More

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New SFPA Officers

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) announced that F.J. Bergmann has been elected Vice-President and Renee Ya has been elected Secretary following a vote by members of the organization. For more information, see the official SFPA blog.

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García Márquez Archive Online

The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin has made available a portion of its Gabriel García Márquez collection in a free, online archive. The archive contains approximately 27,500 items including “manuscript drafts of published and unpublished works, research material, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, clippings, notebooks, screenplays, printed material, ephemera, and an audio recording of García Márquez’s acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982.”

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Inaugural Neukom Speculative Fiction Awards

The Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth College is accepting submissions for its newly established literary awards. The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Speculative Fiction and the Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award for Debut Speculative Fiction are open to works published after June 1, 2015. The deadline for entry is December 31, 2017. Each award comes with a $5,000 cash prize to be given at an event at ...Read More

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Retro Hugo Awards News

In a joint statement during SMOFCon 35, both Worldcon 76 in San Jose and Dublin 2019 (Worldcon 77) announced that they will present Retrospective Hugo Awards for 1943 and 1944 respectively. The 1943 Retro Hugos for works first published in 1942 will be awarded in a ceremony to be held on August 16, 2018 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. The 1944 Retro Hugos for ...Read More

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Staff Changes at BFS Horizons

BFS Horizons, the fiction and poetry publication of the British Fantasy Society, has announced two new editors starting with issue #7. Tim Major and Shona Kinsella will serve as co-editors. Ian Hunter will continue in his role as poetry editor.

For more information, see the BFS website.

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