Collins Receives Octavia E. Butler Fellowship

Alyssa Collins, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, has won the $50,000, year-long Octavia E. Butler Fellowship, given by the Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA. “Collins’ project is titled ‘Cellular Blackness: Octavia E. Butler’s Posthuman Ontologies.’ Her project treats Butler’s Xenogenesis trilogy of novels as a central touchstone and explores Butler’s interest in genetics, evolution, and cellularity.”

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2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • Gad’s Army, Drew Bryenton (Sci Fi Cafe)
  • The Stone Wētā, Octavia Cade (Paper Road)
  • Transference, B.T. Keaton (Ingleside Avenue)
  • The Court of Mortals, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Blood of the Sun, Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray (Raw Dog Screaming)

Best Youth Novel

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2020 Ray Bradbury Prize Winner

The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones (Saga) won the 2020 Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction, announced as part of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes in a virtual ceremony on April 16, 2021. Other finalists were:

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • Lakewood, Megan Giddings (Amistad)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Where the Wild Ladies Are, Aoko Matsuda, translated
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2021 Roswell Award Finalists and Women Hold Up Half the Sky Winner

The Omega Sci-Fi Awards has announced the finalists for its Roswell Award short story competition:

  • “The Rite to Vote”, Matthew Cushing
  • “Imagine Dandelions”, Andrea Goyan
  • “Autonomous”, Ben Hennesy
  • “Run”, Tenzin Phillips
  • “Biomimicry”, Ven Pillay
  • “Realtiger”, Susan Wachowski

Honorable mentions were given to the following stories:

  • “When the Books Were on Paper”, Evgeniy Bondarev
  • “Logistics”, Christian Darkin
  • “Buddy and I”, Bryan Leong Jing Ern
  • “Opt-In”, Susan Harper
  • “Way Out”, Larry Herbst
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People & Publishing Roundup, April 2021

MILESTONES

JOHN VARLEY, 73, began having chest pains in late February 2021, and subsequently underwent quadruple bypass surgery. He re­turned home on February 28 and is recovering well. “I thank you for the good vibes and wishes and karma sent my way during my recent travails. Yes, and your prayers as well, though I’m an atheist and don’t know quite what to do with them. Is anyone really listening? ...Read More

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2021 Hugo, Astounding, and Lodestar Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book have been announced by DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention. There were 1,249 valid nominating ballots received (1,246 electronic and 3 paper).

Best Novel

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Relentless Moon,
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Tolkien Society Awards 2021

Winners of the Tolkien Society Awards 2021 were announced on April 11, 2021. The awards “recognize excellence in the fields of Tolkien scholarship and fandom, highlight­ing our long-standing charitable objective to ‘seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of'” J.R.R. Tolkien. The society’s trustees choose the shortlist, with winners chosen by the membership.

Best Artwork

  • WINNER: “He Beheld a Vision of Gondolin Amid
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2021 Colorado Book Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2021 Colorado Book Awards have been announced, including titles of genre interest:

Science Fiction/Fantasy

  • Tower of the Four: The Champions Academy Episodes 1-3 [The Quad, The Tower, The Test], Todd Fahnestock (F4)
  • Once Again, Catherine Wallace Hope (Alcove)
  • White Trash Warlock, David R. Slayton (Blackstone)

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UKLA Shortlists 2021

Burn by Patrick Ness (Walker) and Bearmouth by Liz Hyder (Pushkin) are among the titles shortlisted for the UK Literacy Association (UKLA) awards in the 11-14+ category.

The UKLA awards are “the only national book awards which are judged by teachers.” Winners will be announced during the virtual UKLA International Conference on July 2, 2021.

For more information, including the complete shortlists, see the UKLA website.

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Path Grant for BIPOC Women Writers

Author David Bowles and Estudio Tlalli have announced The Path Grant, which will award annual $2,500 prizes “to new and emerging BIPOC women writers of speculative fiction.” To fund the grant, Bowles will donate royalties from The Path series of novels (The Blue-Spangled Blue, The Deepest Green, The Rising Red, and The Swirling Black) and is seeking additional funding “to provide support to the maximum ...Read More

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2021 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award in the Best Novel category, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2020.

  • Who Can Own the Stars?, Mackey Chandler (self-published)
  • Storm Between the Stars, Karl K. Gallagher (Kelt Haven)
  • The War Whisperer, Book 5: The Hook, Barry B. Longyear (Enchanteds)
  • Braintrust: Requiem, Marc Stiegler (LMBPN)
  • Heaven’s River, Dennis E. Taylor (Ethan Ellenberg)

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Johnson Wins Compton Crook Award

The Space Between Worlds by Micaiah Johnson (Del Rey) is the winner of the 2021 Compton Crook Award. Other finalists were:

  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis (St. Martin’s)
  • Nameless Queen, Rebecca McLaughlin (Crown)
  • Architects of Memory, Karen Osbourne (Tor)
  • The Bone Shard Daughter, Andrea Stewart (Orbit)
  • Docile, K.M. Szpara (Tordotcom)

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PEN America Literary Awards Winners

The winners for the 2021 PEN America Literary Awards have been announced, including Sharks in the Time of Saviors by Kawai Strong Washburn (MCD) in the $10,000 PEN/Hemingway Award for Debut Novel.

Other finalists of genre interest in the category were

  • These Ghosts are Family, Maisy Card (Simon and Schuster)
  • Temporary, Hilary Leichter (Coffee House)
  • How Much of These Hills Is Gold, C Pam Zhang (Riverhead)

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2021 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced its five Young Lions Fiction Award finalists for 2021, which includes Pew by Catherine Lacey (Farrar, Straus, Giroux) and Temporary by Hilary Leichter (Coffee House).

The winner will be announced June 17, 2021. The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges. 2019’s winner was ...Read More

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Stine Wins 2021 Philip K. Dick Award

Road Out of Winter by Alison Stine (Mira) won the 2021 Philip K. Dick Award, announced April 2, 2021 during the virtual Norwescon 43. A special citation was given to The Book of Koli by M.R. Carey (Orbit US). Other finalists were:

  • Failed State, Christopher Brown (Harper Voyager US)
  • Dance on Saturday, Elwin Cotman (Small Beer)
  • Bone Silence, Alastair Reynolds (Orbit US)
  • The Doors of Eden,
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2020 BSFA Awards Winners

The winners for the 2020 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
  • Threading the Labyrinth, Tiffani Angus (Unsung Stories)
  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury)
  • The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, M. John Harrison (Gollancz)
  • Light of Impossible Stars, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Ministry for the Future, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Club
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2020 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2020 Aurealis Awards shortlist, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, has been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Ghost Species, James Bradley (Penguin Random House)
  • Aurora Burning, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • Fauna, Donna Mazza (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Animals in That Country, Laura Jean McKay (Scribe)
  • The Mother Fault, Kate Mildenhall (Simon & Schuster Australia)
  • Repo Virtual, Corey J.
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2021 International Booker Prize Longlist

Several titles and authors of genre interest made the 13-title longlist for the 2021 International Booker Prize:

  • At Night All Blood Is Black, David Diop, translated by Anna Mocschovakis (Pushkin)
  • The Dangers of Smoking in Bed, Mariana Enríquez, translated by Megan McDowell (Granta)
  • When We Cease to Understand the World, Benjamín Labatut, translated by Adrian Nathan West (Pushkin)
  • The Employees: A workplace novel of the 22nd century
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Mourlevat Wins Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

French author Jean-Claude Mourlevat is the winner of the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honoring children’s and young-adult literature. The award, presented by the Swedish Arts Council, is accompanied by a cash prize of 5 million krona (approximately $572,000), and is the world’s largest financial award for children’s and young-adult works. The jury said,

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Inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards Shortlist

Finalists for the inaugural Barnes & Noble Children’s & YA Book Awards Shortlist have been announced. Authors and titles of genre interest include:

Young Adult

  • Felix Ever After, Kacen Callender (Balzer + Bray)
  • These Violent Delights, Chloe Gong (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Cemetery Boys, Aiden Thomas (Swoon)
  • Punching the Air, Ibi Zoboi & Yusef Salaam (Balzer + Bray)

Young Readers

  • Amari and the Night Brothers, B.B.
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Singh Wins A.C. Bose Grant

Sanjna N. Singh is the recipient of the 2021 A.C. Bose Grant for South Asian Speculative Literature, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) and DesiLit. The $1,000 grant is given annually to “a South Asian / South Asian diaspora writer developing speculative fiction.”

Singh has worked in New York City for over fifteen years, at HBO, and as a television producer for shows such as Mob Wives, Storm ...Read More

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2021 Dublin Literary Award Shortlist

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton), Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor and translated by Sophie Hughes (New Directions), and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) are on the six-title shortlist for the €100,000 2021 International Dublin Literary award.

A total of 49 titles were nominated by libraries from 30 countries. The winner will be announced May 20, 2021. The shortlist and winner are chosen by the judging

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2021 Jim Baen Memorial Award Winner

Baen Books has announced the results of the 2021 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Grand Prize: “Salvage Judgement”, G. Scott Huggins
  • First Runner-up: “Reaction Time”, C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “Samba do Espaço”,  Gustavo Bondoni
  • Second Runner-up (tie): “Love On The Ganymede Trail”, Kurt Pankau

The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given a trophy and paid professional rates.

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2021 International Dylan Thomas Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2021 International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest include The Death of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi (Faber) and Pew by Catherine Lacey (Granta).

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £20,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” This year’s judges are

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Machado Wins 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado (Serpent’s Tail) has won the 2021 Rathbones Folio Prize. Other finalist titles of genre interest included A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa (Tramp) and The Mermaid of Black Conch by Monique Roffey (Peepal Tree).

The £30,000 Rathbones Folio Prize is open to all works of literature written in English and published in the UK during the previous calendar year. ...Read More

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2021 Audie Awards Winners

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2021 Audie Awards winners, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Winners and finalists of genre interest include:

Science Fiction

  • WINNER: The Deep, Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes, read by Daveed Diggs (Simon & Schuster Audio)
  • Ruins of the Galaxy, J.N. Chaney & Christopher Hopper, read by R.C. Bray (Podium)
  • Axiom’s End, Lindsay Ellis, read
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2021 IAFA Awards Winners

Winners of several awards given by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) were announced during the 42nd International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts (ICFA 42), held online March 18-21, 2021.

Natalie Deam won the Walter James Miller Memorial Award, given to the “best ICFA student paper devoted to a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English.”

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2021 British Book Awards Shortlists

The Bookseller has announced the shortlists for the 2021 British Book Awards, including several titles of genre interest.

Pageturner

  • False Value, Ben Aaronovitch (Daw; Gollancz)
  • Darkdawn, Jay Kristoff (St. Martin’s; HarperVoyager UK)

Fiction Book of the Year

  • The Midnight Library, Matt Haig (Viking; Canongate)

Children’s Fiction

  • The Danger Gang, Tom Fletcher & Shane Devries (Puffin)
  • The Ickabog, J.K. Rowling (Scholastic; Little, Brown Books for Young
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2020 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards have been announced, with many finalists available to read online.

Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory Award Finalists

Best Novella

  • “Moral Biology“, Neal Asher (5-6/20)
  • “Draiken Dies“, Adam-Troy Castro (9-10/20)
  • “Flyboys“, Stanley Schmidt (7-8/20)

Best Novelette

  • “The Offending Eye“, Robert R. Chase (7-8/20)
  • “I, Bigfoot“, Sarina Dorie (9-10/20)
  • “Sticks and Stones“, Tom Jolly (7-8/20)
  • “The Quest for
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2021 Carnegie and Greenaway Medal Shortlists

The shortlists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book have been announced. Titles and authors of genre interest follow.

Carnegie Medal

  • The Girl Who Speaks Bear, Sophie Anderson (Usborne)
  • The Girl Who Became a Tree, Joseph Coelho (Otter-Barry)
  • On Midnight Beach, Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick (Faber)
  • Look Both Ways, Jason Reynolds (Knights Of)

Greenaway Medal

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People & Publishing Roundup, March 2021

MILESTONES

VAJRA CHANDRASEKERA is now represented by Michael Curry of the Donald Maass Liter­ary Agency.

J.A. BRADLEY is now repre­sented by Paul Stevens of the Don­ald Maass Literary Agency.

AWARDS

ANTHONY R. LEWIS won the Edward E. Smith “Skylark” Award for contributions to science fiction, and HILARY CLARCQ received the Gaughan Award, given annually to an emerging artist, both pre­sented by the New England Science Fiction Association at Boskone 58, ...Read More

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