2019 Stoker Awards Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the preliminary ballot for the 2019 Bram Stoker Awards:

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Coyote Rage, Owl Goingback (Independent Legions)
  • Unamerica, Cody Goodfellow (King Shot)
  • Black Heart Boys’ Choir, Curtis M. Lawson (Wyrd Horror)
  • The Murder of Jesus Christ, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
  • Inspection, Josh Malerman (Del Rey)
  • The Worst is Yet to Come, S.P. Miskowski
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2020 Dublin Literary Award Longlist

The longlist for the €100,000 2020 International Dublin Literary award has been announced, and includes numerous titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Flames, Robbie Arnott (Text Publishing; Atlantic UK)
  • The Luminous Sea, Melissa Barbeau (Breakwater)
  • The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker (Doubleday)
  • The Woman in the Woods, John Connolly (Emily Bestler)
  • Vox, Christina Dalcher (Berkley)
  • The Saturday Night Ghost Club, Craig Davidson (Penguin)
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Lowrey Wins 2020 TAFF

Michael Lowrey won the Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF), defeating Ann Totusek, to travel from North America to Europe to attend Concentric: Eastercon 2020 from April 10-13, 2020 in Birmingham, UK. There were 103 votes counted. The fund is currently administered by Geri Sullivan in North America and Johan Anglemark in Europe. For more information, see the TAFF website.

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Philip K. Dick Award 2020 Nominees

The 2020 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

  • The Outside, Ada Hoffmann (Angry Robot)
  • Velocity Weapon, Megan E. O’Keefe (Orbit)
  • All Worlds Are Real, Susan Palwick (Fairwood)
  • Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea, Sarah Pinsker (Small Beer)
  • The Rosewater Redemption, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Little Animals, Sarah Tolmie (Aqueduct)

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Chabon Receives Writers for Writers Award

Michael Chabon will re­ceive the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award “for his service on the board of the MacDowell Colony, for donating the proceeds of several books to organizations that support writers, and for helping to raise funds to assist other authors,” to be presented at the Poets & Writers 50th Anniversary Gala in New York City on March 16, 2020.

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2020 WSFA Small Press Award Open

The Washington Science Fiction Association is now accepting nominations of “works published for the first time in the English language in 2019” for its Small Press Award, given annually to an outstanding story of “imaginative literature” (17,500 words or fewer) published in the small press. Authors and small-press publishers are among those eligible to nominate, and need not be members of WSFA. Finalists are selected “by a committee of five ...Read More

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AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards Open

Public voting is now open for the Analog Science Fiction and Fact Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) and Asimov’s Science Fiction Readers’ Awards, covering works published in their 2019 issues. Readers can select three favorite choices from each magazine in novella, novelette, short story, poem, and cover categories, as well as a “Best Science Fact” article from Analog. The deadline to vote is February 1, 2020.

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Vinge Wins 2020 Heinlein Award

Vernor Vinge is the winner of the 2020 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including nine novels, more than 24 short stories, and many non-fiction articles. The award is administered by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS).

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2020 RITA Awards Canceled Amid Controversy

The Romance Writers of America (RWA) announced that they will not hold the RITA Awards in 2020, after numerous judges and entrants withdrew their participation. The move occurs amid significant controversy within the organization and following the resignation of its president, directors, and many members. RWA plans to use “next year’s contest to celebrate 2019 and 2020 romances,” and any RWA members who have already entered the 2020 contest will ...Read More

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SF in Brazil, by Roberto Causo

These are dire times for Brazil’s book market and publishing industry, with the current political and economic crisis extended un­der the unsympathetic-toward-culture Bolsonaro administration. In 2018, important book chains Saraiva and Cultura filed for the local equivalent of US Chapter 11. Measures included closing up bookstores; firing staff, clerks and booksellers; and withholding payments for publishing houses and other suppliers. In 2019, Saraiva revised its reorganization plan before court.

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2020 Hugo Awards Nomination Period Open

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Hugo Awards, the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book. They will be presented at the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, CoNZealand, to be held July 29 – August 2, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Members with an attending or supporting membership of CoNZealand or Dublin 2019 are eligible to ...Read More

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2019 Cybils Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2019 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) have been announced. Books of genre interest include:

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Internment, Samira Ahmed (Little, Brown)
  • The Wicked King, Holly Black (Little, Brown)
  • Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Knopf)
  • Echo North, Joanna Ruth Meyer (Page Street Kids)
  • Fireborne, Rosaria Munda (Putnam)
  • War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • Sorcery of Thorns
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2019 Otherwise Fellowship Winners

Devonix and Martha Riva Palacio Obón are the 2019 recipients of the Otherwise Fellowship (formerly the Tiptree Fellowship). Each winner will receive a $500 grant, and work produced as a result of this support will be recognized and promoted by the Otherwise Award.

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2019 Ignotus Winners

Winners of the 2019 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, were announced at the 2019 Hispacon.

Novela extranjera (Foreign Novel)

  • WINNER: El largo viaje a un pequeño planeta iracundo [The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet], Becky Chambers (Insólita)
  • El portal de los obeliscos [The Obelisk Gate], N.K. Jemesin (Nova)
  • El visitante [The Outsider], Stephen King (Plaza
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2019 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2019” as chosen by users of the site, have been announced. There are several winners of genre interest:

Best Fiction

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese) 98,291 votes

Best Fantasy

  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron) 53,430 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Recursion, Blake Crouch (Crown) 41,261 votes

Best Horror

  • The Institute, Stephen King (Scribner)
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2020 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the 2020 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction.

  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (Astounding 8/53)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (London 3-4/1912)
  • “The Trees”, Rush (Hemispheres)
  • A Time of Changes, Robert Silverberg (Galaxy 3-6/71)
  • “Lipidleggin'”, F. Paul Wilson (Asimov’s 5-6/78)

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Bujold Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Lois McMaster Bujold the 36th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said Bujold “has had an undeniable influence on the field of science fiction and fantasy. From the the Vorkosigan Saga, to the Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series, she finds new ways to explore the genre, mixing and matching ...Read More

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Scott Wins 2019 Rotsler

Alison Scott is the winner of the 2019 Rotsler Award for “long-time wonder-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award was announced during Loscon 46, held November 29 – December 1, 2019 at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

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Dream Foundry Writing Contest Winners

Dream Foundry, a “non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts,” has announced the winners of its inaugural writing contest, “open to anyone with a completed short story who had not yet been professionally paid for their work”:

  • First place: Jamie Adams
  • Second place: Claire Whitmore
  • Third place: Rose Wachowski
  • Honorable mention: Samantha Lynne Sargent

The contest coordinator was William Ledbetter. Judges for 2019

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2019 Deutscher Phantastik Preis

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis were announced on November 23, 2019 during BuchBerlin in Berlin, Germany.

Best Novel in German

  • Vermächtnis der Grimms – Wer hat Angst vorm bösen Wolf?, Nicole Böhm (Drachenmond)

Best Debut Novel in German

  • Der fünfte Magier: Schneeweiß, Christine Weber (self-published)

Best YA Novel in German

  • Loa – Die weiße Mambo, Petra Reneé Meineke (Sad Wolf)

Best International Novel

  • Elfenkrone [The
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Golakai Wins 2019 Morland Writing Scholarship

Hawa Jande Golakai of Liberia is one of four Morland Writing Scholarship recipients, chosen for “Speculative fiction of soaring imagination featuring a tightly controlled underwater city of glass in a future mecca for black people in West Africa.” Each winner will receive ₤18,000, paid monthly over the course of twelve months, “to allow them to take a year off to write a book.”

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McEwan Wins Halldór Laxness Prize

Ian McEwan was awarded the inaugural €15,000 Halldór Laxness International Literary Prize, announced at the Reykjavík International Literary Festival in April 2019. McEwan was unable to attend the festival, but visited Iceland in September to accept the award. The biennial award, named for the Icelandic Nobel Laureate in Literature, is sponsored by the Ice­landic government in partnership with Laxness’s Icelandic publisher Gljúfrasteinn and Forlagið.

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Amazon’s Best Books of 2019

Amazon.com published its yearly array of lists to promote the best books of 2019, with editors’ selections in various cat­egories.

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese) was the Amazon editors’ “#1 pick for best book of 2019.” Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tor.com Publishing) was the editors’ pick for best science fiction and fantasy book of the year.

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Inaugural Barnes & Noble Book of the Year Finalists

Barnes & Noble announced the eight finalists for its inaugural Book of the Year award. Titles of genre interest include The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese) and Mythos by Stephen Fry (Chronicle). Finalists were selected by committee from a list of titles nominated by Barnes & Noble booksellers. B&N CEO James Daunt said:

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Martin Wins Sir Arthur Clarke Imagination Award

George R.R. Martin received the 2019 Sir Arthur Clarke Imagination Award “for creating engrossing worlds of science fiction and fantasy” at the Unleash Imagination 2019 awards ceremony and dinner, held October 17, 2019 at Harman Hall in Washington DC. Scott Shannon of Random House presented the award, which is sponsored by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation.

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2019 Endeavour Award Winner

Blood Orbit by K.R. Richardson (Pyr) has won the 2019 Endeavour Award, announced during Orycon 41 on November 8, 2019 at the Red Lion Hotel in Portland OR. Other finalists were:

  • Trial by Treason, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Moonshine, Jasmine Gower (Angry Robot)
  • The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • Irontown Blues, John Varley (Ace)

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2019 Prix Utopiales Winners

Winners of the 2019 Prix Utopiales Awards were announced at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival, held October 31 – November 4, 2019 at the Nantes Convention Center in Nantes, France.

Prix Utopiales

  • WINNER: Helstrid, Christian Léourier (Le Béllial)
  • BonheurTM, Jean Baret (Le Bélial)
  • Colonies, Laurent Genefort (Le Bélial)
  • Les derniers jours du Nouveau-Paris, China Miéville (Au diable vauvert)
  • Dans la toile du temps, Adrian
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2019 World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2018 have been announced. The awards were presented November 3, 2019 during World Fantasy 2019 (WFC) at the Marriott Los Angeles Airport Hotel in Los Angeles CA.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Hayao Miyazaki and Jack Zipes.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Witchmark
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Waterstones Book of the Year 2019 Shortlist

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (Vintage), The Binding by Bridget Collins (HarperCollins), and Lanny by Max Porter (Faber) are on the 11-title shortlist for the 2019 Waterstones Book of the Year award. Shortlisted titles are nominated by Waterstones booksellers. The 2019 winner will be chosen be a panel headed by James Daunt and announced on November 27, 2019. Previous winners include La Belle Sauvage: The Book of Dust Volume 1 ...Read More

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Atwood Honored by Queen

Margaret Atwood was named a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour, “a special award granted to those who have made a major contribution to the arts, science, medicine, or government lasting over a long period of time.” Non-British nationals, including Commonwealth citizens, can be honorary members. Queen Elizabeth presented the award at an investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle on October 25, 2019.

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