SF in India: The 19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction Conference by Srinarahari Mysore

The 19th Annual/5th International Science Fiction Conference was organized by the Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies Bangalore (IASFS) in collaboration with Bangalore University and held online December 7-10, 2020. The theme was “All Roads Lead to Science Fiction”, and participants included members of 58 departments at the university, faculty from 700 affiliated colleges, scientists, authors, editors, journalists, and luminaries from all over the world.

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International Costumers Gallery Relaunches

The International Costumers’ Guild (ICG) has relaunched the Pat and Peggy Kennedy Memorial Archives, an online collection of “over 100,000 photos and hundreds of masquerade videos” preserving the history of science fiction fan costuming. The archive contains photos from “science fiction and fantasy conventions, masquerade competitions, fashion shows, historical dress competitions and events, and other costume events and displays.”

For more information, see the ICG online gallery.

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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 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards

Winners of the 2021 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Awards have been announced, including authors of genre interest.

Laura van den Berg won the $200,000 Mildred & Harold Strauss Livings Award, given “in recognition of literary excellence and to provide freedom to devote time exclusively to writing.”

Chang-rae Lee won the $25,000 Award of Merit for the Novel, given “to an outstanding writer representing excellence in the craft ...Read More

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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,

Jean-Claude Mourlevat is a brilliant renewer of fairy tale traditions, open to both hardship and beauty. ...Read More

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Wanda June Alexander (1951-2021)

Editor and fan Wanda June Alexander, 69, died February 14, 2021 in Santa Fe NM. She was an editor for Tor from 1984 until 2006, where she worked with authors including George R.R. Martin. She was active in fandom starting in the ’70s.

Alexander was born June 15, 1951 and grew up in Montrose NY. She worked for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus in the ’70s, then returned ...Read More

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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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News Corp to Acquire HMH

News Corp, parent company of HarperCollins Publishers, has announced that it will acquire Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s (HMH) publishing company, HMH Books & Media, for $349 million in cash.

HMH will become part of HarperCollins, the second-largest consumer book publisher in the world. The deal will add more than 7,000 titles to the HarperCollins backlist, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and other titles by J.R.R. Tolkien, 1984 and Animal ...Read More

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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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Martin Signs HBO Deal

George R.R. Martin has signed a five-year contract with HBO, reportedly worth “mid-eight figures.” The network is developing six Game of Thrones prequel projects based on Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series, including House of the Dragon, scheduled to air in 2022.

Martin will also executive produce an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s post-apocalyptic novel Who Fears Death, and an adaptation of Roger Zelazny’s fantasy novel Roadmarks ...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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BIPOC+ Speculative Writing Mentorship

Ancestral Futures and the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) have announced that applications are now open for their three-month mentorship in speculative fiction program. The program seeks to match writers who identify as Black, Indigenous, or a writer of color (BIPOC+), who have not published prose in professionally paying markets, with a professionally published author for “coaching and mentorship.”

Interested applicants must email info@ancestralfutures.org before March 31, 2021. There is no ...Read More

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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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Bay Area Black Speculative Writers Reading

Ancestral Futures and the Speculative Literature Foundation are sponsoring an online reading and anthology launch event, April 2, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Pacific time, “to support publication of a community-centered Black Speculative Literary Arts story collection from various members of The AfroSurreal Writers Workshop of Oakland, The Association of Black and Brown Writers, Voodoonauts Fellows, and VONA Alumni.”

The even will be hosted by LP Kindred and feature Trey Keeve ...Read More

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Campaign to Buy Tolkien’s House Fails

Project Northmoor, a fundraising campaign with the goal of buying J.R.R. Tolkien’s Oxford house and turning it into a literary center, failed to raise the £4.5 million needed to purchase and renovate the house. As of February 4, 2021, it had raised just 17% of its goal. However, the organizers announced that “we have been offered an alternative home for the first literary centre dedicated to Tolkien in a very ...Read More

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Beagle Regains IP

Peter S. Beagle and newly formed ownership group SHP, LLC have regained the rights to much of Beagle’s intellectual property in a sale recently approved by the US Bankruptcy Court.

Beagle filed a lawsuit against his former business manage, Connor Cochran, in 2015, winning a total of $332,500 in damages. Related lawsuits against the Avicenna De­velopment Corporation and Conlan Press, Inc., were stayed when Cochran filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy for ...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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Dean Morrissey (1951-2021)

Artist and author Dean Morrissey, 69, died March 4, 2021 in Marshfield MA. He was a prolific cover illustrator, and also wrote and illustrated his own acclaimed children’s books, including Ship of Dreams (1994); The Great Kettles (1997); The Christmas Ship (2000); The Moon Robbers (2001) and The Winter King (2002), both with Stephen Krensky; The Monster Trap (2004); The Crimson Comet (2006); and The Wizard Mouse (2011). His honors ...Read More

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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.


  • 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


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.


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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Vagina Dentata Award

Vagina Dentata, a Swedish network for horror creators identifying as women, has announced film director Frida Kempff as the winner of the Vagina Dentata Award, and author and editor Kelly Link as winner of the International Vagina Dentata Award. Other nominees were author and illustrator Jonna Björnstierna and author Camilla Sten.

Winners receive a “Golden Pussy” statue created by artist Titti Winbladh. For more information, see the Vagina Dentata Facebook ...Read More

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2021 Philip K. Dick Award Judges

The five judges for the Philip K. Dick Award for works of science fiction published as paperback originals in the US during the year 2021 have been announced:

  • John P. Murphy, 30 Peaslee Road, Merrimack NH 03054-4517
  • ebooks in .mobi format to john@johnpmurphy.net
  • Kelly Robson, 96 Saint Patrick Street, Suite 315, Toronto ON M5T 1V2, Canada
  • ebooks in .mobi format to kellyrobson@gmail.com
  • David M. Sandner, 1530 Ponderosa Avenue, Fullerton CA
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2020 Nebula Awards Ballot

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have released the final ballot for the 2020 Nebula Awards.


  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The City We Became, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US & UK)
  • Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey; Jo Fletcher)
  • The Midnight Bargain, C.L. Polk (Erewhon)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga; Solaris)
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells (Tordotcom)


  • “Tower
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2021 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has announced the ten finalists for the 2021 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Gustavo Bondoni
  • Deborah L. Davitt
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Scott Huggins
  • José Pablo Iriarte
  • William Paul Jones
  • Leigh Kimmel
  • Wendy Nikel
  • Kurt Pankau
  • Russell Pike

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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33rd Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced finalists for the 33rd Annual Lambda Literary Awards (the “Lammys”), celebrating “the best lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender books.” Nominees of genre interest follow.


  • The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water, Zen Cho (Tordotcom)
  • Everyone on the Moon is Essential Personnel, Julian K. Jarboe (Lethe)
  • Subcutanean, Aaron A. Reed (self-published)
  • Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
  • The
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