Ekpeki Denied US Entry

Nigerian author and editor Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki was reportedly denied entry to the US when attempting to attend the NAACP Image Awards ceremony as a nominee.

Ekpeki said on Twitter today,

I’m alive, though I won’t say well, yet. Currently in Nigeria. I was detained for 3 days, & missed the NAACP Image awards. Been seeing the speculations. I’ll just say it’s way worse than anyone is says or thinks. ...Read More

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Publishing News

Aconyte Books has a new sales and distribution partnership with Simon & Schuster Australia, covering trade sales in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, effective December 15, 2022. Aconyte Books is the book publish­ing imprint of games publisher and distributor Asmodee.

Macmillan’s “security incident” in June 2022 led to a data breach, as reported in a filing with the office of the Texas Attorney General. The in­cident “resulted in consumer names, addresses, ...Read More

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Manuscript Thief Pleads Guilty

Filippo Bernardini, the Italian junior rights manager at Simon & Schuster UK who was charged with wire fraud and “aggravated identity theft,” has pled guilty to “one count of wire fraud in connection with a multi-year scheme to impersonate individuals involved in the publishing industry in order to fraudulently obtain more than one thousand prepublication manuscripts of novels and other forthcoming books.”

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:

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Giger And Sorayama Exhibition

NANZUKA is working with COEXIST and UCCA Lab to host “H.R. Giger X Sorayama: Approaching” from December 25, 2022 – March 24, 2023. The exhibition features 45 works from H.R. Giger and Hajime Sorayama, and is divided into “Surrealistic Explorations, Fear, and Fantasy”, “The Eve of Tomorrow, Between the Biological and the Mechanical”, and “Seeds of Pop Culture.”

The exhibition will be on view at UCCA Lab in Beijing. For ...Read More

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Petition for Chengdu to Drop Lukyanenko

A petition has been launched on site AVAAZ.org calling on “the Board of Worldcon 2023” to “rescind the status of guest of honour from Sergei Lukyanenko….” Lukyanenko was announced as one of three guests of honor for the 81st World Science Fiction Convention scheduled to be held August 16-20, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The petition objects to Lukyanenko’s support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As of this writing, the ...Read More

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2022 Xingyun Awards Winners

The 13th annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on December 10, 2022 in Chengdu, China.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The New New Newspaper Press: Shadow of the Enchanted Metropolis, Liang Qingsan (New Star)
  • Reset, Qidaojun (Qingdao)
  • Travel with My Dear Android, A Que (Aviation Industry)
  • The Times of Great Antiquity,  Su Xuejun (China Broadcast, Film & Television Publishing
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2022 Premio Italia Winners

Winners for the 2022 Premio Italia Awards have been announced:

International SF Novel

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Fazi)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Avrai i miei occhi, Nicoletta Vallorani (Zona 42)

Fantasy Novel

  • L’aquila nera, Claudio Chillemi (Delos Digital)


  • Odissea Fantascienza (Delos Digital)


  • Temponauti, Franco Forte (Mondadori)

Short Fiction — Professional

  • “Il giorno in cui vinsi la guerra del passato”, Davide Del Popolo Riolo  (Urania Millemondi)


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ICon: Tel Aviv 2022

This year’s ICon was the first major convention held in Israel with no COVID restrictions in force since the pandemic began, so it’s not surprising that it was themed “Awakening” – and it did indeed feel like things are back to what they used to be.

Browsing the program on the ICon website was a familiar experience, meaning that you had to open the browser window across the whole monitor ...Read More

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Worldcon 2024 Site Selection: Glasgow

Glasgow 2024 won the bid to host the 2024 Worldcon. The 82 World Science Fiction Convention will be held August 8-12, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Guests of honor announced so far include Chris Baker, Claire Brialey & Mark Plummer, Ken MacLeod, Nnedi Okorafor, and Terri Windling.

For more, see the Glasgow 2024 website.

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