Foundation Call for New Editor

Paul March-Russell is stepping down as editor of Foundation, and the Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) is now accepting applications for a replacement.

Foundation is a peer-reviewed, critical science fiction magazine based in the UK. Applications “comprising a CV and letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and plans for the journal” should be sent to Graham Sleight <grahamsleight@gmail.com> by September 30, 2019. More details can be found at the SFF website. ...Read More

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Baen Books & RBmedia Audiobook Partnership

Baen Books announced on August 27, 2019 a partnership with RBmedia to publish more than 170 audiobooks over the next three years.

This agreement means publication of both frontlist titles—with a primary focus on alternate history and science fiction—as well as many titles from Baen’s extensive backlist, including classics from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Masters and long-time fan favorites that have not previously been released ...Read More

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Campbell Award Renamed

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer has been renamed The Astounding Award for Best New Writer. The award, which is sponsored by Dell Magazines and administered by the World Science Fiction Society, was named for the editor of Astounding Science Fiction (later Analog Science Fiction and Fact). Current Analog editor Trevor Quachri said,

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

Applications are open for the 2019 Tiptree Fellowships until October 31, 2019. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two emerging creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

For more information, or to apply, see the official website.

 

 

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Newman GoH at StokerCon 2020

Kim Newman will be Writer Guest of Honour at Stokercon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK, joining previously announced Editor Guest of Honour Gillian Redfearn and Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict.

For more <stoker­con-uk.com/guests.htm>.

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Interactive Tidhar

Author Lavie Tidhar and game designer Jake Olefsky have launched an in­teractive SF story, “Svalvard”. Olefsky explains: “Essentially, you read a chapter, then solve a puzzle to unlock the next chapter. There are 23 short chapters in this non-linear short story. Did I mention it has robots and sentient fungi?” To read – and play – visit <www.puzzletales.com>.

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Dublin 2019 Worldcon Announces Program Schedule

Dublin 2019, the 77th Worldcon, has released the daily schedule for its event programming, with over 700 events planned. The panels, presentations, and activities include:

  • “Special items featuring our Guests of Honour
  • Academic Track
  • Art Programme
  • Children’s and Young Adult Programme
  • Media Programme and Viewings
  • Gaming and Gaming Programme
  • Music, Costuming, and Artistic Programme and Performances
  • Writers Programming and Workshops
  • Fan Chats (Special Interest Group Meetups)
  • And more!”

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Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced that starting in 2020, the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award will be presented at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA).

The $1,000 award, now in its tenth year, “recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination.” Deadline for entry is November 1, 2019.

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Changes to Retro Hugo Ballot

The Hugo Award administrators have announced changes to the 1944 Retro Hugo ballot which affect the Best Fanzine category. Fantasy News has been removed, and Guteto has been added. The announcement says:

The Hugo Administrators have discovered an error in their tally of the nominations for the 1944 Retro Hugo for Best Fanzine.

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Granta Archives Go to British Library

The British Library has acquired the 300-box archive of Granta, covering 40 years since the relaunch of the magazine in 1979. The archive contains back issues as well as correspondence and manuscripts from authors including Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, Kazuo Ishiguro, Doris Lessing, and Susan Sontag.

Granta publisher and editor Sigrid Rausing said:

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Cowell Named Waterstones Children’s Laureate

Cressida Cowell has been named the 2019-2021 Waterstones Children’s Laureate. “Selected by a panel made up of librarians, critics, writers, literature development workers and booksellers, the role is awarded to an outstanding children’s author or illustrator with a passion for fostering a new generation of writers, artists and readers.”

Cowell said:

I’m honoured to be chosen to be the 11th Waterstones Children’s Laureate and I will try and justify your

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NASFiC 2020 Site Selection

Columbus 2020 NASFiC has won the bid to host the next North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), to be held August 20-23, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Columbus OH. There were no other registered candidates.

Confirmed guests of honor include author guests Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, artist guest Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, editor guest Christopher J. Garcia, science guest Marc Millis, fan guests Sue ...Read More

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Booker Prize News

The Booker Prize has a new sponsor: charitable foundation Crankstart, created by venture capitalist Sir Michael Mortitz and his wife Hariett Heyman. They have agreed to sponsor the prestigious awards for five years, beginning in 2020. Crankstart takes over from the former sponsor, hedge fund Man Group, which has contributed £25 million to the prize since its sponsorship began in 2002, including £1.6 million for the 2019 prize.

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Gallo Promoted at Tor.com

Irene Gallo has been promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com, effective immediately. Gallo joined Tor 26 years ago where she rose to become head of the art department. She was also one of the founders of the Tor.com website and involved in the creation and launch of the Tor.com imprint.

Gallo says,

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Burgess Manuscript Found

Burgess Foundation director Andrew Biswell discovered an unfinished manuscript by Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Condition, dating from 1972-73. The book is about Burgess’s experience writing his classic A Clockwork Orange (1963) and the reaction to Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film adaptation. Biswell was cataloging the author’s archive when he found the manuscript, which he says sheds “new light on Burgess, Kubrick and the controversy surrounding the notorious novel.” Kubrick mentioned ...Read More

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Martin Joins Meow Wolf

Meow Wolf, an arts and entertainment group based in Santa Fe NM, has named George R.R. Martin as their Chief World Builder. Formed in 2008 as an art collective, “Meow Wolf creates immersive and interactive experiences that transport audiences of all ages into fantastic realms of story and exploration. This includes art installations, video and music production, and extended reality content.” As Chief World Builder, Martin will advise on narratives ...Read More

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Patterson Gives

James Patterson is continuing the Patterson Partnership with Scholastic Book Clubs for a fifth year, this time pledging $1.25 million to libraries in classrooms. He will give 4,000 teachers grants of $250 each (with Scholastic Book Clubs offering matching funds in the form of bonus points) to buy books and other materials for the classroom. He is allocating a quarter of a million dollars for 500 new teachers (those with ...Read More

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European Copyright News

The European Parliament passed the Copyright in the Digital Single Market directive, a unified set of laws governing intellectual property rights in the European Union, by a vote of 348 to 274. The law will not go into effect unless the European Council passes it with a “formal endorsement,” via a simple majority. Once that happens, each country will have to implement the law by 2020. The version passed includes ...Read More

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Philip K. Dick Award 2019 Judges

The five judges for the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2019 are eligible for the award.

  • Thomas A. Easton, 84 Commonmwealth Ave, Dedham MA 02026-1425

  • Karen Heuler, 13 Antler Drive, Sandyston NJ 07826 (until October 31) / 80 Charles Street Apt. 3R, New York NY 10014-6110 (after October 31)

  • Mur Lafferty, 8311 Brier

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Camp Writerhaven Applications Open

Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) has announced a new retreat, Camp Writerhaven, for writers of all genres. Two sessions are offered from June 20-23 and July 14-20, 2019 to be held at the Rockvale Writers Colony in College Grove TN. Craft classes taught by award-winning writers are available during both sessions.

For more information, or to apply, see the MTSU website or contact mtsuwrite@mtsu.edu.

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Collected Cady Continues

Fairwood Press is taking over publication of the Jack Cady Col­lection, gathering the complete works of the late Jack Cady (1932-2004), a project begun in 2014 by Resurrection House and Underland Press. They produced seven titles in the series, which will be reissued by Fairwood with new ISBNs, and the remaining titles will appear in “the next few years.” The collected works will include all Cady’s novels, essays, and short ...Read More

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2019 SFWA Election Results

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of its election for open Board of Directors positions.

President

  • Mary Robinette Kowal

Secretary

  • Curtis Chen

Directors-at-Large

  • Andy Duncan
  • Jeffe Kennedy
  • Sarah Pinsker

Three positions for director-at-large were available. Additionally, Tobias Buckell will replace Lawrence Schoen, who earlier resigned. The election committee consisted of Kate Baker, Maurice Broaddus, Laura Anne Gilman, Cat Rambo, and Fran Wilde (chair). For ...Read More

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Chilean SF Society Founded

The Aso­ciación de Literatura de Ciencia Ficción y Fantástica – Chile (ALCiff), or Chilean Science Fiction Literary Society and Fantastica, has been founded by “a noisy bunch of Chilean fans,” and has about 40 members so far. They accept mem­bers from other countries. Their projects include a Spanish-spoken YouTube channel, “Los Hombres en el Castillo” [“The Men in the High Castle”], a Facebook fan page, and blog “El Continuo Cronn” ...Read More

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Bradbury Statue Dedication

A statue of Ray Bradbury will be erected in the author’s hometown of Waukegan IL, with the dedication planned for August 22, his birthday. The 12-foot-high statue, designed by Zachary Oxman, depicts Bradbury riding a clockwork rocketship and holding a book, and will be sited in front of the Waukegan Public Library. The Ray Bradbury Statue Committee is still raising funds for the sculpture, but have already begun production. For ...Read More

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Locus Archives Go to Duke University Special Collections

The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University now houses the Locus Science Fiction Foundation collection, including 16,000 volumes of SF/F, full runs of the pulp magazines and digests, and decades of correspondence with authors such as Isaac Asimov, Octavia E. Butler, Arthur C. Clarke, Harlan Ellison, Robert A. Heinlein, Dean Koontz, Ursula K. Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon), and more. The collection is ...Read More

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Nebula Awards Ballot Controversy

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America Board released a statement March 1, 2019 in response to allegations that a Facebook group devoted to self-publishing, “20Booksto50k,” may have promoted slate voting to influence this year’s ballot, a situation that drew sometimes heated responses from authors troubled by the issue. The statement reads, in part:

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Bobak Ferdowsi Named Nebula Awards Toastmaster

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Bobak Ferdowsi will be Toastmaster at the 2019 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference to be held May 16-19, 2019 at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills CA.

Ferdowsi has served as a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, working on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and the Cassini–Huygens mission to Saturn. Following the Curiosity landing, Ferdowsi achieved fame for the ...Read More

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James on Time 100 List

Marlon James is on Time magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in 2019 (the Time 100). He is recognized for his novels A Brief History of Seven Killings (Riverhead) and Black Leopard, Red Wolf (Riverhead), and profiled in the magazine by Salman Rushdie.

For the complete list of honorees, see the Time website.

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Tolkien Society Education Travel Bursary

The Tolkien Society has launched the Education Travel Bursary “to enable masters and doctoral students to attend Tolkien Society events and present their work and received feedback.” For details: <www.tolkiensociety.org/2019/02/tolkien-society-launches-new-bursary>.

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Apex Closes

Apex magazine will go on indefinite hiatus following its 120th issue, after ten years of publication. Its last issue will be the Afrofuturism issue guest edited by Maurice Broaddus.

Publisher and editor-in-chief Jason Sizemore said:

One thing that became obvious to me is that I was neglecting both myself and the book side of Apex. I need to take time to exercise, take some time for my health, do more ...Read More

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Gillian Redfearn GoH at StokerCon 2020

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced Gollancz deputy publisher Gillian Redfearn as Editor Guest of Honour, joining previously announced Mistress of Ceremonies AK Benedict, for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK.

For more information, see the StokerCon UK website.

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