Icons of Darkness Museum

Actor Rich Correll has opened Icons of Darkness, a new Hollywood museum filled with $15 million worth of props and costumes from beloved science fiction, fantasy, and horror franchises.

The collection, which represents “over 100 years of Hollywood film history curated and collected over the last 60 years,” includes props from Jurassic Park, a Darth Vader mask, and lots more costumes and memorabilia. The collection is currently on display ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2021

MILESTONES

N.K. JEMISIN was named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 by Time. See the full list on their website.

AWARDS

NANCY PEARL will receive the 2021 Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community, to be presented November 17, 2021 at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York. Pearl is the influential librarian who created the ‘‘One Book, One City’’ program.

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Encyclopedia of Science Fiction Fourth Edition

The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (SFE) has launched its Fourth Edition. The online edition of the essential reference work was sponsored by Orion/Gollancz from 2011-2021, but is now published by SFE Ltd and Ansible Editions.

Editors John Clute and David Langford say of the move:

With the release of the Fourth Edition of The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, we have a new publisher and a new web server; but ...Read More

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Breuer Exhibit

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles will host an exhibition to honor Czech-American writer Miles J. Breuer (1889-1945) on October 14, 2021. The event will commemorate the 76th anniversary of Breuer’s death.
Breuer is the author Paradise and Iron (1930) and co-author of The Birth of a New Republic (1931, with Jack Williamson), along with numerous stories, including “The Gostak and the Doshes” (1930) and “The
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2021 Nielsen Bestseller Awards

The Nielsen Bestseller Awards have been announced, and include several titles and authors of genre interest. George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake (Jonathan Cape) was a Platinum Bestseller; Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo (Hamish Hamilton) was a Gold Bestseller; and The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman (Penguin UK & David Fickling) was a Silver Bestseller. Several titles by Matt Haig ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2021

MILESTONES

DOMINICA PHETTEPLACE has been chosen for the Bookshop Santa Cruz Writing Residency. She will spend two weeks writ­ing at the Wellstone Center in the Redwoods, working on her novel Robot Country, “a dystopian sci­ence fiction novel which imagines robots as the agents of the next wave of American colonization and forced resettlement.” For details see the website.

Writers LAUREN DIXON & DALLAS TAYLOR were married July 31, 2021. ...Read More

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SF Opera Premieres

A new 20-minute opera, Stars Between, with a libretto by SF writer E. Lily Yu and music by Steven K. Tran, is now available on the Seattle Opera website. The opera tells the story of the Voyager space probes, following them “into the interstellar unknown, exploring death, beauty, wonder, space, and time.”

The opera was created as part of the inaugural year of the Jane Lang Davis Creation Lab: ...Read More

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Jemisin On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Time has named author N.K. Jemisin as one of the 100 most influential people of 2021 in the “Artists” category. Jemisin is the award-winning author of The City We Became, the Broken Earth trilogy, the Inheritance Trilogy, and more.

For the full list and more details, see the Time article.

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2021

MILESTONES

TA-NEHISI COATES is joining the faculty of Howard University, his alma mater.

NNEDI OKORAFOR accepted an appointment at Arizona State University as a Professor of practice as part of the Interplanetary Initia­tive and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

TADE THOMPSON has been voted vice president of the British Science Fiction Association.

RB KELLY is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

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Museums Honor Butler and Afrofuturism

The Smithsonian Institution plans to honor Octavia E. Butler as part of their upcoming Futures exhibit, scheduled to open November 2021 in the Arts and Industries building. An Olivetti typewriter originally donated to the museum by Butler “will represent Butler’s life,” and will be displayed alongside a portrait of Butler by Nettrice Gaskins, an artist who “uses algorithms meant to be employed in machine learning to produce artworks.” The exhibit ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2021

MILESTONES

KAT HOWARD is now represent­ed by Allie Levick of Writers House.

AWARDS

V.E. SCHWAB‘s The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue (Tor) won the Bisexual Book Award in the Specu­lative Fiction category, presented by the Bi Writers Association.

DAVID DIOP‘s At Night All Blood Is Black (Pushkin), translated by ANNA MOSCHOVAKIS, won the 2021 International Booker Prize. The £50,000 prize is divided equally among the author and ...Read More

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Rediscovery Award Judges Empaneled

The administrators of the Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award have announced a new panel of judges: Rich Horton, Steven H Silver, and Grant Thiessen. New judges were selected from a call for volunteers after last year’s judges, Robert J. Sawyer and Barry Malzberg, resigned from position.

Established in 2001 by the Cordwainer Smith foundation, the Rediscovery Award is intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. Award recipients include ...Read More

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President Obama’s 2021 Summer Reading List

President Barack Obama announced his 2021 Summer Reading List via Twitter, including a few works of genre interest:

  • Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam (Ecco)
  • Klara and the Sun, Kazuo Ishiguro (Knopf)
  • Project Hail Mary, Andy Weir (Ballantine)

For the complete list, see his post on Twitter.

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People & Publishing Roundup, June 2021

MILESTONES

TOBIAS S. BUCKELL has joined Bluffton University in Bluff­ton OH as a full-time member of the creative writing faculty. He will be teaching writing and American Literature classes, and directing literary magazines Shalith and The Bridge. “I’ve ordered a jacket with leather patches, and expect your mental image of me to be updated accordingly!”

DAVID CRAIG is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

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People & Publishing Roundup, May 2021

MILESTONES

ALICE BELL is now repre­sented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

JEAN-CLAUDE MOURLEVAT won the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Me­morial Award, honoring children’s and young adult literature, which includes a prize of five million krona ($572,000).

MICAIAH JOHNSON‘s The Space Between Worlds (Del Rey) won the 2021 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for the “best debut novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.” The $1,000 award will ...Read More

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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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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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People & Publishing Roundup, February 2021

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MONIQUE ROFFEY‘s The Mermaid of Black Conch (Peepal Tree) won the £5,000 Costa Novel award, given to one “of the most enjoyable books of the year, writ­ten by authors based in the UK and Ireland.” She’s in the running for the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.

BOOKS SOLD

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES sold My Heart Is a Chainsaw and a second book to Joe Monti at Saga ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, January 2021

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ALAN WHITE won the 2020 Rotsler Award for “long-time won­der-working with graphic art in amateur publications of the science fiction community.” The award is sponsored by the Southern Califor­nia Institute for Fan Interests, and includes a $300 honorarium.

Editor and author PATRICE CALDWELL and author and artist MOLLY KNOX OSTERTAG are on the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the Media category.

GILLIAN CHANDLER won the 2020 A. ...Read More

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Le Guin Stamp

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-2018) is the subject of the 33rd stamp in the Literary Arts series from the United States Postal Service.

The stamp features a portrait of Le Guin and a background scene from The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) with art by Donato Giancola, and will be available later this year. “The words ‘three ounce’ on this stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever stamp, this ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, December 2020

MILESTONES

SCOTT WESTERFELD con­tracted COVID-19 six months ago, and underwent surgery in October 2020 to recover damage the virus did to his heart. He is recovering well. “I feel like the people who think Covid is a hoax aren’t giving us hoaxers enough credit for our COMMITMENT.”

Locus Online Editor MARK R. KELLY had a heart attack on October 25, 2020. His partner drove him to the emergency room, and ...Read More

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Addison Named SFPA Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named Linda Addison as their newest Grand Master.

The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has been ...Read More

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Hopkinson Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Nalo Hopkinson the 37th recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA president Mary Robinette Kowal said,

I have loved Nalo Hopkinson’s work since 1999 when I discovered her through the short story “Precious” in a Datlow/Windling anthology Silver Birch, Blood Moon. Each new piece continues to delight me and stretch me as a reader and ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, November 2020

MILESTONES

PETER SWIRSKI is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

AWARDS

Author TOMI ADEYEMI was named one of the 100 most influen­tial people of 2020 by Time in the “Pioneers” category. For the full list: <time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2020/>.

CHARLOTTE HONIGMAN‘s “The Partisan and the Witch” (Skull and Pestle: New Tales of Baba Yaga) won the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, October 2020

MILESTONES

HOWARD V. HENDRIX‘s home near Shaver Lake CA was destroyed in the Creek Fire in September 2020, shortly after the area received an evacuation order. He and his wife are “displaced persons staying in a motel in Fresno.” He wrote about the experience for the San Francisco Chronicle: <www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/Disaster-hits-home-for-volunteer-firefighter-in-15567282.php>.

FRAN WILDE is the Fall 2020 Pearl S. Buck Writer in (remote) Residence at Randolph College, beginning in October. ...Read More

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Meacham to Retire

Tor/Tom Doherty Associates announced that executive editor Beth Meacham will be retiring at the end of 2020. Meacham joined Tor in 1984 as editor-in-chief. Tor president and publisher Fritz Foy said,

We’re delighted that Beth will continue to edit a small number of projects for us on a consulting basis. But most of her list will be moving to other editors as she prepares for her retirement.

 

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Jemisin Wins Genius Grant

N.K. Jemisin is one of 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellows selected for 2020. Each “genius grant” recipient receives a no-strings-attached “stipend of $625,000… paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Jemisin is broadening the spectrum of participants in speculative fiction’s creation and surrounding fandom through her published works as well as her world-building workshops, frequent interviews, and active presence on social media. While engaging readers with grippingly paced narratives, ...Read More

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Butler on Bestseller List

Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower (Grand Central), first published in 1993, appeared on the New York Times bestseller list at #14 on the paperback fiction list for the week ending August 29, 2020 (printed September 13, 2020). It was her first appearance on the list. Butler, who died in 2006, was a MacArthur Fel­low and winner of numerous literary and genre awards.

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Adeyemi On Time‘s 100 Most Influential List

Author of the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy, Tomi Adeyemi has been named one of the 100 most influential people of 2020 by Time Magazine. Categories include Artists, Leaders, and more; Adeyemi is listed among Pioneers.

For more information, including the full list, see the Time article.

 

 

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People & Publishing Roundup, September 2020

MILESTONES

EMILY INKPEN is now repre­sented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

MÁRIO SEABRA COELHO is now represented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

JOSHUA WINNING is now represented by Kristina Perez of Zeno Agency.

YUDHANJAYA WIJERATNE is now represented by Stevie Fin­egan of Zeno Agency.

ANGUS WATSON is now rep­resented by Stevie Finegan of Zeno Agency.

AWARDS

PETER S. BEAGLE won the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix du Goncourt, ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, August 2020

MILESTONES

ALAN DEAN FOSTER began composing classical music in April, and has completed several short pieces, a symphony, and a sym­phonic suite. His Nightwish suite is online at <www.facebook.com/alandeanfoster>.

AWARDS

COLSON WHITEHEAD won the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. At 50, he is the youngest author to receive that lifetime achievement award ever. Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys (Doubleday) won the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction, presented July ...Read More

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Gomez Farrell Named SFWA Communications Manager

Rebecca Gomez Farrell has been named the new communications manager for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The role is intended to produce content and engagement with current and potential SFWA members, “as well as expand the organization’s brand recognition.”

SFWA Executive Director Kate Baker said,

Because of the nebulous nature of the organization, and because our members are located around the world, having a steady and ...Read More

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