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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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:
The Great American Read, a new eight-part television competition and nationwide campaign created in partnership with the production company Nutopia, explores the power of books ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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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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.
The Parasite Publications Character Awards, funded by Sara King, will provide three scholarships in the amounts of ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.
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 and site going, and would ...Read MoreRead more
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.”
The ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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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Navah Wolfe has been promoted to senior editor at Saga Press. She co-founded the Simon & Schuster imprint with Joe Monti in 2013, and before that she was a children’s book editor for seven years at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, focusing on SF and fantasy. ...Read MoreRead more
The Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) has announced changes to the Norma K. Hemming Award. The award, “designed to recognise excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class or disability in a published speculative fiction work,” has added new categories and moved to a two-year cycle. The new categories now include Short Fiction and Edited Anthologies.
With the move to a two-year cycle, separate prizes will now ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) posted a call for grant proposals on September 1, 2017.
SFWA encourages programs supporting and promoting fantasy and science fiction writing and writers to apply for a 2017 grant. We look for non-profit, diverse projects that span a range of ages and publishing approaches and that reach a large group of individuals.
At this time we are asking all those who ...Read MoreRead more
UC Riverside and the California Digital Library have digitized nearly 6,000 photographs from the Jay Kay Klein archive, part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The archive includes photographs that Klein took while attending science fiction conventions between 1950 and 1994. The UCR library plans on making the digitized photos available to the public through Calisphere.
For more information, see the UC Riverside website. ...Read MoreRead more
Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:
- “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
- “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
- “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
- “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination
Macmillan (including Tor, St. Martin’s Press, and other divisions) will move their offices out of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City, probably in early 2019. The company signed a 20-year lease for 261,000 square feet in a recently modernized building at 120 Broadway. ...Read MoreRead more
The Library of Congress named Tracy K. Smith as its 22nd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry on June 14, 2017. Smith’s collection Life on Mars (Graywolf) contains science fiction and speculative themes and won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry.
As part of their responsibilities, “the Laureate gives a reading to open the Library’s annual literary series and a lecture to conclude the series, the oldest in the Washington area ...Read MoreRead more
The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of special guest Aliette de Bodard, joining Guests of Honor Michael J. Walsh and Tom Kidd.
WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”
Attending memberships are currently $175. For more, see the World Fantasy Convention 2018 website. ...Read MoreRead more
Bookseller Gretchen Treu has joined the Tiptree Motherboard. She joins current Motherboard members Debbie Notkin, Jeanne Gomoll, Alexis Lothian, Jeffrey D. Smith, and founders Karen Joy Fowler and Pat Murphy.
The James Tiptree Literary Award Council, a nonprofit corporation, “was designed to be run by a ‘motherboard’ (we love the pun!) of five or more people who make financial, process, and other practical decisions for the award.”
For more information, ...Read MoreRead more
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.
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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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 MoreRead more
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.
For more on the Nebula Awards, see their website. ...Read MoreRead more
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 email@example.com.”
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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
- 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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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)
Superior Achievement in ...Read MoreRead more