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,
...Read More Read more

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

Read more

Wolfe Leaves Saga

Navah Wolfe has left Saga Press, and her senior editor position has been eliminated. Wolfe co-founded Saga in 2013 with Joe Monti as an imprint of the Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division and was named senior editor in 2017. Before that she was a children’s book editor for seven years at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, focusing on SF and fantasy. In 2019, Saga became an imprint ...Read More

Read more

Patterson Grants

James Patterson continues his tradition of encouraging children to read, this time by giving grants to 4,500 teachers via his Patterson Partnership. Four thousand teachers will receive $250 to improve their classroom librar­ies (with a matching 250 “bonus points” from Scholastic Book Clubs), while 500 teachers with three years or less of experience will get $500 and 500 points. This is the fifth year the Patterson Partnership has given grants. ...Read More

Read more

Stephen King Museum and Writers’ Retreat

Stephen & Tabitha King have received city council approval to rezone their Bangor ME home as a non-profit, with plans to turn it into a museum. Stephen King’s personal archives, previously housed at the University of Maine, will be moved to the home and made available to scholars and other visitors by appointment. A house next door, also owned by the Kings, will accommodate up to five writers-in-residence at a ...Read More

Read more

Garris GoH at StokerCon 2020

The Horror Writers As­sociation (HWA) has announced Mick Garris as media guest of honor for StokerCon UK, to be held April 16-19, 2020 at the Royal and Grand Hotels in Scarborough, UK. He joins previously announced guests Kim Newman, Grady Hendrix, and Gillian Redfearn, with A.K. Benedict as mistress of cer­emonies and Robert Lloyd-Parry as special guest.

For more <>.


While you are here, please take a moment to ...Read More

Read more

Tiptree Award Renamed

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award has been renamed the Otherwise Award, announced by members of the Tiptree Motherboard on October 13, 2019. In a statement, they said:

The Tiptree Award was named as a joyful joke, 28 years ago.

James Tiptree, Jr/Alice Sheldon is a complicated figure who has grown more so as participants in the sff world have gained more diverse perspectives and more acute critical analyses. In ...Read More

Read more

New Editor at GigaNotoSaurus

LaShawn M. Wanak is the new editor of GigaNotoSaurus, taking over from Elora Gatts. As previously announced, Gatts had assumed the role in December of 2018.

Wanak is a book reviewer for Lightspeed and served as an associate editor at PodCastle from 2013 to 2015. She says,

I know it’s been a while since GigaNotoSaurus has published a new story. Therefore, I’ll be closing submissions this Friday, August 9, 2019, ...Read More

Read more

Tiptree Award to Be Renamed

The Tiptree Motherboard, the seven-member committee in charge of the James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for books “encouraging the exploration and expansion of gender,” has an­nounced plans to change the name of the award in the future. In a post titled “Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award” updated on Sep­tember 11, 2019, they wrote

We said we would be listening and we have. We’ve read your thoughtful ...Read More

Read more

Ward to Give Eudora Welty Lecture

Jesmyn Ward will give this year’s annual Eudora Welty Lecture, celebrating “creative origins in the spirit of Welty’s treasured One Writer’s Beginnings.” The event is sponsored by the Eudora Welty Foundation and will be held October 16, 2019 at the Folger Theatre in Washington DC.

For more information, see the Folger website.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. ...Read More

Read more

SFWA Rate Increase in Effect

In January 2019, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced that their mini­mum payment rate for professional short fiction markets (“the SFWA pro rate”) would increase to eight cents per word on September 1, 2019, and that rate has now gone into effect. Only stories sold at 8¢/word or above can qualify authors for membership in SFWA, though writers applying for membership qualify on the basis of the ...Read More

Read more

Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award

Gollancz and author Ben Aaronovitch, in partnership with NaNoWriMo and the Good Literary Agency, have announced a writing prize “to support Black, Asian & ethnic minority writers in the UK in the genres of scifi, fantasy & horror.”

Submissions for short story or novel beginnings from 5,000 to 10,000 words will open October 1, 2019 and close January 31, 2020. Prizes will include £4,000, a critique, and a year-long mentoring ...Read More

Read more

Link & Grant to Open Bookshop

Gavin Grant & Kelly Link of Small Beer Press are taking over White Square Books in Easthampton MA, and will reopen the shop as Book Moon in early October 2019. The store will carry new and used books, with a specialty in Small Beer Press titles. Grant says, “Small Beer Press will continue to publish books — we have titles planned for the next 2-3 years and don’t anticipate much ...Read More

Read more

UCSC Living Writers Series Lineup

UC Santa Cruz has announced the lineup for its Fall 2019 Living Writers Series, to be held October 3 – December 5, 2019 at the Humanities Lecture Hall in Santa Cruz CA. This year’s theme is “Autobiography, Fairy Tales, The Future.” The “After Ursula” reading on November 14 will feature Karen Joy Fowler, Molly Gloss, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Nisi Shawl in conversation about Ursula K. Le Guin. Other series ...Read More

Read more

Hockaday Promoted at Asimov’s and Analog

Emily Hockaday, formerly associate editor at Asimov’s and Analog, has been promoted to managing editor of both magazines. In addition to handling poetry selections and companion blogs for the science fiction magazines, she recently co-edited a horror anthology, Terror at the Crossroads (Penny), with Jackie Sherbow, managing editor of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Hockaday said, “I’m busy working toward Analog’s 90th Anniversary year, including the ...Read More

Read more

Audible’s Caption Controversy

Audible, Amazon’s audiobook publishing arm, announced plans for “Audible Captions,” a fea­ture that displays the text of a book along with the narration on listener devices. Audible said the feature would be “available on hundreds of thousands of audiobooks at launch” – a decla­ration that was met with surprise and alarm by publishers who haven’t licensed the rights to publish such text to Audible. Publishing the text without permission would ...Read More

Read more

Immigrant Authors Protest US Border Conditions

A number of immigrant and refu­gee authors published an open letter in The Na­tion calling on the US Congress to take “imme­diate steps to rectify the atrocious conditions for asylum seekers being detained” after attempting to enter the US. Isabel Allende, Lelsey Nneka Arimah, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, and Art Speigelman are among the 120+ signatories. The letter reads, in part:

Dear Members of the United States Con­gress: ...Read More

Read more

Campbell Conference Renamed

The Campbell Conference has been renamed the Gunn Center Conference. In a Facebook post on September 5 director Chris McKitterick said,

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction acknowledges and condemns the problematic words and actions of John W. Campbell. We had already been discussing changing the name of the Campbell Conference to the Gunn Center Conference, which is in any case more accurate, as we’ve added other ...Read More

Read more

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 <> by September 30, 2019. More details can be found at the SFF website. ...Read More

Read more

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

Read more

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,

Campbell’s provocative editorials and opinions on race, slavery, and other matters often reflected positions ...Read More

Read more

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.



While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We ...Read More

Read more

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 <stoker­>.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with a one-time or recurring donation. We rely on reader donations to keep the magazine ...Read More

Read more

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 <>.

While you are here, please take a moment to support Locus with ...Read More

Read more

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!”

Dublin 2019

...Read More Read more

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.

For more information, see the ...Read More

Read more

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.

In fact, Guteto, edited by Morojo (Myrtle R. Douglas) received enough votes to qualify for the final ...Read More

Read more

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:

I am delighted that the Granta archive has found a permanent ...Read More

Read more

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

...Read More Read more

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

Read more

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.

The Booker ...Read More

Read more

Gallo Promoted at

Irene Gallo has been promoted to Vice President, Publisher of, 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 website and involved in the creation and launch of the imprint.

Gallo says,

To all my art friends. For better or worse, you are not rid of me! I will ...Read More

Read more