Robert J. Sawyer has been appointed to the Order of Ontario, that province’s highest honor, which “recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.” Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and Chancellor of the Order of Ontario, called Sawyer “a champion of the Canadian fiction industry.” He will be invested as a Member of the Order during a ...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
Author Sarah A. Hoyt, 54, was taken to the hospital on December 2, 2016 and kept for overnight observation after collapsing in her home. She reported on her blog, “While I did have some sort of a heart event, with continuing irregularities after, it is not in any way a ‘conventional heart attack.'”
Hoyt returned home on Saturday, December 3, and posted, “I’m okay for now.” ...Read MoreRead more
We received more appreciations for the late David Hartwell than we had room to run in our March issue, but would still like to share them with our readers. The following memorials from his friends, admirers, and colleagues are just a small part of the outpouring of appreciations for his life. Further appreciations are welcome in the comments.–Locus
I generally do not write memoriams. My first and ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have named C.J. Cherryh the 32nd recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA president Cat Rambo said Cherryh “is a master of long-running series involving worlds and characters that the reader can visit and revisit with a true sense of wonder each and every time.”
The award, given for “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy,” will be ...Read MoreRead more
The results of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America officers’ election were announced. Current president Steven Gould and director-at-large Jim Fiscus are stepping down on June 30, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, the new board will be: president: Cat Rambo; vice-president: M.C.A. Hogarth; secretary: Susan Forest; chief financial officer: Bud Sparhawk; directors-at-large: Jennifer Brozek, Matthew Johnson, Lee Martindale, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sarah Pinsker.
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The pseudonymous World Fantasy Award-winning author K.J. Parker revealed his true identity, humorous fantasy writer Tom Holt, in a conversation with Locus‘s own Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, on their Coode Street Podcast. You can listen to the interview here.
Holt, 53, began publishing as K.J. Parker in 1998 with Colours in the Steel and has produced over a dozen novels under that name, along with acclaimed short fiction ...Read MoreRead more
The Horror Writers Association has announced the formation of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship, in honor of their president, who died earlier this month. The scholarship was proposed by HWA treasurer Leslie Klinger and will focus on non-fiction writers. Klinger will oversee implementation of the prize.
The HWA also announced that vice president Lisa Morton will take over as president to finish out the rest of Wood’s term. Nancy Holder ...Read MoreRead more
Harlan Ellison, 80, suffered a stroke on October 9, 2014, and is recovering in the hospital. His wife Susan Ellison posted October 12 at Ellison Webderland:
I will make this brief. A couple of days ago Harlan had a stroke. He’s in the hospital. His right side is paralyzed.
He’s comfortable–as possible. We will keep you up-to-date with his progress.
With all kindness –Susan
He is reportedly resting and recovering ...Read MoreRead more
SFWA has announced that Ellen Klages will be Toastmaster at the 49th Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held May 15-18, 2014, at the Marriott in San Jose CA. She will be attending the event alongside Damon Knight Grand Master Samuel R. Delany, special guest Frank M. Robinson, and the Nebula Award nominees.
More information on the 2014 Nebula Awards Weekend can be found on the SFWA website. ...Read MoreRead more
Gillian Redfearn has been promoted to publishing director of Gollancz. Redfearn, who was previously deputy publishing director, will continue to report to Jon Wood. Wood is now the managing director of Gollancz, adding these duties to his continued roles as deputy group publisher and editor for the UK publisher.
See the Gollancz press release here. ...Read MoreRead more
Author Jay Lake announced that he has made his entire genetic sequence open source through the Personal Genome Project. The sequencing was originally paid for by a fundraiser last January, Sequence a Science Fiction Writer, done as an attempt to find a new treatment path for Lake’s colon cancer. This may be the first time that an entire human whole genome sequencing set has been released open source. Lake’s cancer ...Read MoreRead more
Robert Silverberg, 78, suffered a heart attack on October 29, 2013 while visiting the UK. He was hospitalized, had a stent implanted, and was discharged on October 30. Silverberg is in the UK for the World Fantasy Convention — which he was unable to attend — and is due to return home to California on November 4th. ...Read MoreRead more
Neil Gaiman is joining the Bard College faculty as a Professor in the Arts for the Spring 2014 semester. His first course will be a writing workshop exploring “the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today.”
Details Gaiman’s appointment can be found here. ...Read MoreRead more
On September 23, 2013, the Palms-Rancho Park library was dedicated to the late Ray Bradbury by the City of Los Angeles. That branch of the library was frequented by Bradbury and his four daughters, three of whom were in attendance for the dedication ceremony. Other attendees included Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Johnson, Steven Paul Leiva, Michelle Pincus, Mark Scott Zicree, members of the Los Angeles City Council, and other community ...Read MoreRead more
Author Karen Russell is one of 24 MacArthur Fellows selected for 2013. Each winner of the famed “Genius Grants” will receive $125,000 per year for the next five years (up from the previous $100K per year), with no strings attached.
The awards are presented to ‘‘individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits’’ in any field. Fellows are chosen through a system of anonymous nominators and ...Read MoreRead more
Ellen Datlow reported on Facebook that author Lucius Shepard, 66, suffered a stroke a week after being admitted to the hospital for various health problems on August 5, 2013. He is now recovering in rehab. Datlow wrote, “He wants everyone to know that he’s okay, that he’s working on it, and that he cannot speak well, can’t write at all, and he can just barely read.” ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Theodore Beale, who blogs as Vox Day, announced that the SFWA Board has voted to expel him from the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. He posted a letter from SFWA President Steven Gould that reads, in part:
After careful consideration of the evidence gathered by the Board-appointed investigator and your response, and in compliance with the existing Massachusetts By-Laws, the approved operations and procedures, and legal ...Read MoreRead more
The estate of Texas literary agent Glenn Lord donated a large collection of materials related to Robert E. Howard to the Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at the University of Texas. The collection contains over 15,000 pages of manuscripts, sketches, and ephemera, including correspondences between Howard and H.P. Lovecraft. Howard, best known for creating the character of Conan the Barbarian, wrote more than 100 stories for ...Read MoreRead more
Forbes released its list of top-earning authors for the past 12 months, and SF/F authors dominate the list, taking nine of the 16 slots. Authors of genre interest are:
1. E.L. James: $95 million
2. James Patterson: $91 million
3. Suzanne Collins: $55 million
8. Nora Roberts: $23 million
9. Dan Brown: $22 million
10. Stephen King: $39 million
11. Dean Koontz: $20 million
14. Rick Riordan: $14 million
15. ...Read More
The world premiere of Lakeside, a documentary about author Jay Lake’s battle with cancer, will be a feature at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction convention, August 29 – September 2, 2013 in San Antonio TX. Lake and the director of the film, Donnie Reynolds, will introduce the film on Friday, August 30, at 9:00 a.m.
LoneStarCon 3 will also have a special exhibit on Jay Lake’s genome, which ...Read MoreRead more
The Center for the Study of Women in Society is celebrating its 40th Anniversary by creating the Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellowship.
The Fellowship will be realized through a collaboration between the University of Oregon Knight Library, the Robert D. Clark Honors College (CHC), and the Center for the Study of Women in Society. The purpose of the Fellowship is to encourage continued research in the area of feminist ...Read MoreRead more
Science fiction writers Michael Swanwick, Gardner Dozois, Tom Purdom, and Ben Bova were among 50 people honored in a display at the Philadelphia International Airport titled “Philadelphia’s Literary Legacy: Selected Authors, Playwrights, and Poets – from Writers of the Declaration of Independence to Present Day”. The airport partnered with the Free Library of Philadelphia to select a wide range of authors including Benjamin Franklin, Louisa May Alcott, and Pearl S. ...Read MoreRead more
The International Astronomical Union approved astronomer José Luis Galache’s request to name an asteroid after author Iain M. Banks, on June 23, 2013. Asteroid Iainbanks is 3.8 miles across, and is in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol system. It takes 3.94 years to complete a revolution around the Sun. Read more about the asteroid on the MPC blog, and view an interactive sketch of its orbit.
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