Time Magazine’s 100 Must-Read Books of 2020

Time magazine has released a list of 100 Must-Read Books of 2020, including many of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • Followers, Megan Angelo (Graydon House)
  • We Ride Upon Sticks, Quan Barry (Pantheon)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Agency, William Gibson (Berkley)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • The Only Good Indians, Stephen Graham Jones (Saga)
  • The Glass Hotel,
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Working Class Writers Grant Opens

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) is accepting applications for its $1,000 Working Class Writers Grant, “awarded annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers.” Applications are open until December 31, 2020. The winner will be announced February 15, 2021.

For more information, see the SLF website.

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StokerCon 2021 Guests of Honor

Maurice Broaddus, Joe R. Lansdale, Seanan McGuire, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Lisa Morton, and Steve Rasnic Tem have been announced as the StokerCon 2021 Guests of Honor. The event is scheduled May 20-23, 2021 at the Curtis Hotel in Denver CO, and will include the Bram Stoker Awards banquet.

For more information, see the official website.

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Reynolds to Host National Book Awards

Jason Reynolds, National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature and author of Long Way Down (Atheneum), will host the 71st National Book Awards virtual ceremony on November 18, 2020. Winners will be announced in fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translated literature, and young people’s literature categories. Each category winner will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. This year’s award ceremony is open to the public. For more information, and to RSVP for the ...Read More

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Sheree Renée Thomas Named New F&SF Editor

Sheree Renée Thomas will be the new editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction starting with the March/April 2021 issue, replacing current editor C.C. Finlay, who is stepping down to devote more time to his writing. Gordon Van Gelder remains as publisher. Thomas will be the tenth editor in F&SF‘s history, which is currently in its 71st year of publication.

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Staff Changes at Augur

Canadian speculative fiction magazine Augur has announced changes to its editorial staff, via Twitter. Editor-in-chief Alex De Pompa will be leaving after 2020. He will be replaced by current poetry editor Terese Mason Pierre and managing editor Lawrence Stewen as co-editors-in-chief. Victoria Liao will become managing editor, and Kerrie Seljak-Byrne will remain as publisher.

Other changes include graphic fiction editor Amy Wang promoted to senior editor, comics and illustration; assistant ...Read More

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Utopiales Canceled

The French science fiction festival Nantes Utopiales has announced that it is canceling this year’s events, which were scheduled for October 29 – November 2, 2020 at the Nantes Convention Center in Nantes, France. The decision comes after French President Emmanuel Macron’s announcement of a nationwide coronavirus lockdown, in effect from October 30 until at least December 1, 2020.

For more information, see the Utopiales website.

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2020 SFPA Grand Master Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) announced (via Twitter) their four nominees for the Grand Master award: Linda Addison, F.G. Bergmann, John Grey, and Geoffrey A. Landis.

The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a ...Read More

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Harlan and Susan Ellison Trust

J. Michael Straczynski announced that he was appointed executor of the Harlan and Susan Ellison Trust. He says,

Looking after all this, and seeing to Harlan and Susan’s wishes, is something I will likely be doing for the rest of my life.

Everything that Harlan ever owned, did or wrote will be fiercely protected. Steps are being taken to certify Ellison Wonderland as a cultural landmark, ensuring that it will ...Read More

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Spectrum 28 Submissions Delayed

Submissions for Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art #28 have been delayed until 2021, due in part to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cathy & Arnie Fenner, who recently replaced John Fleskes as directors of the Spectrum Fantastic Art competi­tion and editors of the annual art book, said,

We believe the responsible thing for us to do is to delay opening Spectrum 28 for submissions until after the first of the ...Read More

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Barnes & Noble Cyberattack

Barnes & Noble warned customers via email to be “on high alert” following an October 10 data breach.

While we do not know if any personal information was exposed as a result of the attack, we do retain in the impacted systems your billing and shipping addresses, your email address and your telephone number if you have supplied these… It is possible that your email address was exposed and, as ...Read More

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Time‘s 100 Best Fantasy Books

Time magazine has released a list of the “100 Best Fantasy Books of All Time“, curated by Time editors and a panel of authors consisting of Tomi Adeyemi, Cassandra Clare, Diana Gabaldon, Neil Gaiman, N.K. Jemisin, Marlon James, George R.R. Martin, and Sabaa Tahir.

The list is presented in chronological order, starting with 9th-century The Arabian Nights and ending with Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez (Page Street), released January ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2020


HOWARD V. HENDRIX‘s home near Shaver Lake CA was destroyed in the Creek Fire in September 2020, shortly after the area received an evacuation order. He and his wife are “displaced persons staying in a motel in Fresno.” He wrote about the experience for the San Francisco Chronicle: <www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Disaster-hits-home-for-volunteer-firefighter-in-15567282.php>.

FRAN WILDE is the Fall 2020 Pearl S. Buck Writer in (remote) Residence at Randolph College, beginning in October. ...Read More

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2021 TAFF Race Postponed

The administrators of the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) have decided that “it’s not feasible or sensible to run a 2021 race” due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The general expectation of expert epidemiologists is that the pandemic will continue to rage well into 2021. For example, the British government has announced that they expect severe restrictions, including the bans on public events, to be in place for another half year. We ...Read More

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HMH to Discontinue JJA Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) will discontinue science fiction and fantasy imprint John Joseph Adams Books, launched in February 2016. Editor John Joseph Adams says,

We’ve still got several books forthcoming, and those will still be published, but nothing new beyond those, alas. Cheers to all of the authors who went on this ride with me, and to all who bought & read.

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Meacham to Retire

Tor/Tom Doherty Associates announced that executive editor Beth Meacham will be retiring at the end of 2020. Meacham joined Tor in 1984 as editor-in-chief. Tor president and publisher Fritz Foy said,

We’re delighted that Beth will continue to edit a small number of projects for us on a consulting basis. But most of her list will be moving to other editors as she prepares for her retirement.


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Jemisin Wins Genius Grant

N.K. Jemisin is one of 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2020. Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Jemisin is broadening the spectrum of participants in speculative fiction’s creation and surrounding fandom through her published works as well as her world-building workshops, frequent interviews, and active presence on social media. While engaging readers with grippingly paced narratives, ...Read More

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Patterson Donates $2.5 Million to Teachers

James Patterson is continuing the Patterson Partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs for a sixth year, this time pledging $2.5 million to libraries in classrooms. He will give 5,000 teachers grants of $500 each (with Scholastic Book Clubs offering matching funds in the form of bonus points) to buy books for the classroom. The 5,000 winners were chosen from over 100,000 entries.

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Clark Named SFWA Blog Editor

C.L. Clark has been named the new blog editor for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), taking over from Todd Vandermark. The role “is responsible for soliciting and publishing online content to support SFWA’s goals of informing, supporting, promoting, defending, and advocating for writers of SF/F.” Clark is currently a co-editor of PodCastle.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said,

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Sunburst Awards on Hiatus

The Sunburst Award Society has announced that the Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic will be on hiatus in 2021, as a consequence of the COVID-19 shutdown:

The Sunburst Awards Society members plan to use this time to re-imagine the most effective means available to them for continuing to highlight the stellar work done by Canadians in the field of speculative literature.

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Adeyemi On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Author of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Tomi Adeyemi has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Categories include Artists, Leaders, and more; Adeyemi is listed among Pioneers.

For more information, including the full list, see the Time article.



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Artist Relief Grants

The Artist Relief initiative, created in April 2020 to support artists “facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19,” has announced that it will extend its grant distribution through December 2020. The initiative distributes unrestricted $5,000 grants and has so far given over $13.5 million to more than 2,700 individual artists. It has raised nearly $20 million since its inception, including $1 million from individual donations. Grants are distributed each Friday, ...Read More

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2021 ICFA Going Virtual

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) announced that ICFA 42, scheduled for March 17-20, 2021, will be held as an online-only event, instead of in person. This is the first 2021 virtual-only announcement we’ve seen for the con circuit.

Dale Knickerbocker, president of the IAFA, said,

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Constelación Magazine Launches

Co-editors Coral Alejandra Moore and Eliana González Ugarte announced the creation of Constelación Magazine, “a bilingual magazine of speculative fiction.”

Publishing quarterly, each themed issue will feature original artwork. Stories can be submitted in either English or Spanish; selections will be translated and published in both. Submissions for the first issue open in October, concurrent with the launch Kickstarter.

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Changes at Macmillan

John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan Publishers, will be leaving the company and its parent, Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, on January 1, 2021 due to “disagreements regarding the direction of Macmillan.” Sargent has held the position since 2012, after originally joining Holtzbrinck in 1996 as CEO of St. Martin’s Press. Don Weisberg, president of Macmillan US Trade, will take Sargent’s place as CEO. Susan Winslow will move from general manager to president ...Read More

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Rocket Stack Rank Reviews on Hiatus

Greg Hullender of Rocket Stack Rank announced that he will be taking an indefinite break from reviewing short stories.

This month marks five years since we started the site, and so it seemed like a good time to pause. Eric will continue to operate the site, producing monthly lists of stories for 11 magazines (with blurbs from the publisher or a few sentences from the story) and aggregating recommendations from ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2020


EMILY INKPEN is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

MÁRIO SEABRA COELHO is now represented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

JOSHUA WINNING is now represented by Kristina Perez of Zeno Agency.

YUDHANJAYA WIJERATNE is now represented by Stevie Fin­egan of Zeno Agency.

ANGUS WATSON is now rep­resented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.


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BAME Fiction Development Program

Hachette UK has established a free fiction development program for “new, unagented and unpublished [writers] from a B.A.M.E (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic) background with a novel that you hope to submit within 3-6 months of completing the workshops.” Authors in the UK and Ireland are eligible to apply. The program includes mentoring packages and online workshops with established editors, authors, and agents.

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Otherwise Fellowship Applications Open

The Otherwise Award (formerly the Tiptree Award) is currently accepting applications for Otherwise Fellowships, providing $500 grants “for emerging creators who are changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative…. Otherwise Fellows can be writers, artists, scholars, media makers, remix artists, performers, musicians, or something else entirely.”

The Fellowships are “designed to provide support and recognition for the new voices who are making visible the forces that are ...Read More

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Le Guin Home for Sale

The childhood home of author Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018), located in Berkeley CA, has gone on the market, listed for $4.1 million. The house was designed by architect Bernard Maybeck and built in 1907. Le Guin wrote about growing up in the house in her essay “Living in a Work of Art.”

For more information, and pictures of the home, see The Sacramento Bee.

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University of Glasgow Launches Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic

The University of Glasgow is launching its Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic (CFF) with an online lecture by Ellen Kushner and a panel featuring Brian Attebery, Robert Maslen, and Terri Windling. The event will be held as a Zoom webinar on September 16, 2020 and is free and open to the public.

For more information, and to book tickets, see the CFF website.

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HWA and Harlequin Diversity Scholarships

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced new diversity grants, “open to underrepresented, diverse people who have an interest in the horror writing genre, including, but not limited to writers, editors, reviewers, and library workers.” Through funding from NoveList, LibraryReads, ARRT, and RA for All, four grants of $500 each will be offered in 2020. “The number of grants awarded in the future is subject to the amount of funds ...Read More

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