Niels Klim Award 2018

Winners of the eighth annual Niels Klim Award were announced September 22, 2019 during Fantasticon, the Danish fantastika convention.


  • “Børnehjemslederen” [Clockwork Fagin], Cory Doctorow (Damphammeren)


  • De ansatte [The Employees], Olga Ravn (Gyldenda)


  • “Krinoline og kedsomhed” [Crinoline and Boredom], Gudrun Østergaard (Science Fiction Cirklen)

Short Story (tie)

  • “Verdensherredømme” [World Domination], Jakob Drud (Lige under overfladen 13: De fremmede)
  • “Sortskørt” [Black Skirt], Kenneth Krabat (
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UCSC Living Writers Series Lineup

UC Santa Cruz has announced the lineup for its Fall 2019 Living Writers Series, to be held October 3 – December 5, 2019 at the Humanities Lecture Hall in Santa Cruz CA. This year’s theme is “Autobiography, Fairy Tales, The Future.” The “After Ursula” reading on November 14 will feature Karen Joy Fowler, Molly Gloss, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Nisi Shawl in conversation about Ursula K. Le Guin. Other series ...Read More

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Streeby Receives Le Guin Fellowship

Shelley Streeby (professor and faculty director of Clarion) has been chosen as the 2019 Le Guin Feminist Science Fiction Fellow. The $2,000 fellowship, sponsored by the University of Oregon Libraries Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), is awarded “to encourage research within collections in the area of feminist science fiction.” SCUA houses the papers of Suzette Haden Elgin, Kate Elliot, Sally Miller Gearhart, Molly Gloss, Damon Knight, Ursula K. Le ...Read More

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Clarke Award Science Fiction Competition for Young People

The Arthur C. Clarke Award and the Rumble Museum have announced a new short story competition, open to residents of the UK, age 15 or younger. Contestants must submit “a premise and opening lines for a science fiction short story” based on the theme “Future Season,” including “a description of the world or society your story is set in, an outline of the main characters and plot, and first 350 ...Read More

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Hunt Wins SFC Literary Prize

The Dark Dark by Samantha Hunt (FSG Originals) won the $50,000 St. Francis College Literary Prize, given to “mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.” The biennial prize was announced September 21, 2019 during the Brooklyn Book Festival annual gala at City Point in Brooklyn NY. Judges for 2019 were Chris Abani, Kate Christensen, and Ron Currie.

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Strange Horizons Raises Pay Rates

Strange Horizons has raised its pay rate for fiction to 10 cents per word, for original essays to $90, and for poetry to $50 a poem. The rates will take effect for works published in 2020. They will also collaborate with Be the Serpent for a joint podcast in 2020, and will publish special issues next year on Mexican SF/F and climate change.

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Kafka Archive Recovered

The national library of Israel has recovered a cache of Franz Kafka’s papers after more than ten years of legal disputes between Israel and Germany. Thousands of papers were allegedly stolen and sold to the German Lit­erary Archive in Marbach, Germany (as well as to private collectors). Israel’s national library began legal proceedings in March 2008 to recover the papers from Germany, and a German court agreed and handed over ...Read More

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2019 National Book Awards Longlists

Longlists for the National Book Awards (NBA) in the Fiction, Young People’s Literature, and Translated Literature categories have been announced, including titles of genre interest.

The Fiction category includes Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Riverhead), The Need by Helen Phillips (Simon & Schuster), and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday).

The Young People’s Literature category includes Pet by Akwaeke Emezi (Make Me A World) and Out of ...Read More

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Dalcher Wins Goldsboro Glass Bell Award

Vox by Christina Dalcher (HQ) has won the 2019 Goldsboro Glass Bell Award. Dalcher was honored at a ceremony held September 16, 2019 at Goldsboro Books in London, UK, where she received £2,000 and a handmade, engraved glass bell.

The award was established in 2017 by independent bookstore Goldsboro Books for novels with “compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised.”

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Katherine MacLean (1925-2019)

SF writer Katherine MacLean, 94, died September 1, 2019.

MacLean was best known for her short fiction, beginning with “Defense Mechanism” (1949), and published more than 40 stories, most in the ’50s, but continuing intermittently throughout her life. “Second Game” (1958, with Charles V. De Vet) was a Hugo Award finalist, while novella “The Missing Man” (1971) won a Nebula Award, and the novel expansion Missing Man (1975) was a ...Read More

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Hockaday Promoted at Asimov’s and Analog

Emily Hockaday, formerly associate editor at Asimov’s and Analog, has been promoted to managing editor of both magazines. In addition to handling poetry selections and companion blogs for the science fiction magazines, she recently co-edited a horror anthology, Terror at the Crossroads (Penny), with Jackie Sherbow, managing editor of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine and Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine. Hockaday said, “I’m busy working toward Analog’s 90th Anniversary year, including the ...Read More

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Audible’s Caption Controversy

Audible, Amazon’s audiobook publishing arm, announced plans for “Audible Captions,” a fea­ture that displays the text of a book along with the narration on listener devices. Audible said the feature would be “available on hundreds of thousands of audiobooks at launch” – a decla­ration that was met with surprise and alarm by publishers who haven’t licensed the rights to publish such text to Audible. Publishing the text without permission would ...Read More

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Immigrant Authors Protest US Border Conditions

A number of immigrant and refu­gee authors published an open letter in The Na­tion calling on the US Congress to take “imme­diate steps to rectify the atrocious conditions for asylum seekers being detained” after attempting to enter the US. Isabel Allende, Lelsey Nneka Arimah, Neil Gaiman, Salman Rushdie, Gary Shteyngart, and Art Speigelman are among the 120+ signatories. The letter reads, in part:

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Ndlovu Wins Barry Ronge Fiction Prize

The Theory of Flight by Siphiwe Gloria Ndlovu (Penguin) won the Barry Ronge Fiction Prize, part of the 2019 Sunday Times Literary Awards, which “are considered the most prestigious literary accolade in South Africa.” The R100,000 Barry Ronge prize, “now in its 19th year, honours the authors who enthral with their imagined worlds.” The award was judged by Ken Barris (chair), Wamuwi Mbao, and Nancy Richards. Winners were announced September ...Read More

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2019 HWA Scholarship Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the recipients of its 2019 scholarships.

The $2,500 Horror Writers Association Scholarship went to Sara Adams. First awarded in 2014 and open to all horror writers, the scholarship is “designed to assist in the professional development of horror writers.”

The $2,500 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Scholarship went to Theresa Derwin. Open to female horror writers and first awarded in 2014, it is given annually “to ...Read More

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Cos­mos Prize Opens

First Fandom Experience has announced the Cos­mos Prize, a contest inviting writers to create a new final chapter for the novel Cosmos, published seri­ally in Science Fiction Digest starting in June 1933. The novel was based on a plot by editor Raymond A. Palmer, who also coordinated the 16 writers who took part (including Edmond Hamilton, Otis Adel­bert Kline, and A. Merritt). The contest organizers think Cosmos “deserves a ...Read More

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Barnes & Noble Sale Complete

On August 7, 2019, Barnes & Noble announced the closing of their deal to be acquired by Elliott Advisors Limited, which also acquired UK book­selling chain Waterstones in 2018. Each chain will operate independently, though Waterstones head James Daunt will serve as CEO of both companies, and plans to relocate from London to New York. Daunt says,

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Campbell Conference Renamed

The Campbell Conference has been renamed the Gunn Center Conference. In a Facebook post on September 5 director Chris McKitterick said,

The Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction acknowledges and condemns the problematic words and actions of John W. Campbell. We had already been discussing changing the name of the Campbell Conference to the Gunn Center Conference, which is in any case more accurate, as we’ve added other ...Read More

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Photo Story: 2019 Alfie Awards

Editors Jane Johnson and Malcolm Edwards received Alfie Awards for their editing, presented by George R.R. Martin at the Hugo Losers Party, held August 18, 2019 in Dublin Ireland during Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon. Martin created the Alfie Awards in 2015 and named them in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments.

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Maskill Wins James White Award

The James White Award Short Story competition has announced this year’s winner:

  • WINNER: “Limitations”, David Maskill
  • “The Last Words of Harry Niffen”, Stephen Cashmore
  • “Digital Nomad”, Koji A. Dae
  • “Property Crime”, Michael Donoghue
  • “Better Lost Than Loved”, Bryn Fazakerley
  • “Bug on Bug”, Mica Scotti Kole

A special commendation was also given to Donoghue.

Maskill receives £200 and publication in Interzone. His story will also be translated into Italian and published ...Read More

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Concept Art Association Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

The Concept Art Association has announced five recipients of its inaugural lifetime achievement award: Ron Cobb, H.R. Giger, Jean “Moebius” Giraud, Ralph McQuarrie, and Syd Mead. The award, which includes a trophy created by Legacy Effects, will be presented at the first annual Concept Art Awards, to be held September 7, 2019 during LightBox Expo at the Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena CA.

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Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award

“Crash Site” by Brian Trent (F&SF 5-6/18) is the winner of Baen‘s fifth annual Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF Readers’ Choice Award, announced September 1, 2019 at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA. The prize includes $500 and an inscribed plaque.

The winner was selected by public vote from 12 finalist stories published in The Year’s Best Military and Adventure SF, Vol. 5, edited by David Afsharirad (Baen).

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Foundation Call for New Editor

Paul March-Russell is stepping down as editor of Foundation, and the Science Fiction Foundation (SFF) is now accepting applications for a replacement.

Foundation is a peer-reviewed, critical science fiction magazine based in the UK. Applications “comprising a CV and letter setting out the candidate’s qualifications and plans for the journal” should be sent to Graham Sleight <> by September 30, 2019. More details can be found at the SFF website. ...Read More

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2019 Inky Awards Winners

Whisper by Lynette Noni (Kids Can) won the Gold Inky Award (for Australian titles), and The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (Little, Brown) won the Silver Inky Award (for international titles).

The awards, given by State Library Victoria, are “Australia’s only YA awards decided entirely by teens.” Winners were announced during the Melbourne Writers Festival in Melbourne, Australia.

For more information, see the Inside a Dog website.

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2019 Booker Prize Shortlist

The 6-title shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced, including several of genre interest:

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Vintage, Chatto & Windus)
  • An Orchestra of Minorities, Chigozie Obioma (Little, Brown)
  • Quichotte, Salman Rushdie (Jonathan Cape)

The £50,000 prize is “open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK or Ireland.” This year’s judges are Liz Calder, Peter Florence (chair), Xiaolu

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Terrance Dicks (1935-2019)

SF writer Terrance Dicks, 84, died August 29, 2019.

Dicks was a prolific and celebrated writer for the British TV program Doctor Who, serving as script editor from 1968-74 and writing various episodes. He also produced more than 50 tie-in novels and non-fiction books about the series, beginning with Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion (1974) and ending with Revenge of the Judoon (2008). His final story, “Save Yourself”, ...Read More

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2019 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the 2019 Dragon Awards were announced at Dragon Con on September 1, 2019 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: A Star-Wheeled Sky, Brad R. Torgersen (Baen)
  • Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • Tiamat’s Wrath, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
  • Europe at Dawn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
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Heller Wins 2019 Eugie Award

“When We Were Starless” by Simone Heller (Clarkesworld 10/18) is the winner of the 2019 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), announced September 1, 2019 at Dragon Con, held in Atlanta GA. Other finalists were:

  • “The War of Light and Shadow, in Five Dishes“, Siobhan Carroll (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/18)
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium to Portal Fantasies“, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/18)
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Brad Linaweaver (1952-2019)

SF writer Brad Linaweaver, 66, died August 29, 2019 of cancer at home in Apopka FL.

Bradford Swain Linaweaver was born September 1, 1952 in Washington NC. He attended Florida State University, and got his MFA at Rollins College. He began publishing SF with “The Competitor” (1980), and alternate history novella “Moon of Ice” (1982) was a Nebula Awards finalist. In all he published more than 50 stories, some of ...Read More

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CMG Acquires Curtis Circulation Com­pany

Magazine distributor Comag Marketing Group (CMG) has acquired Curtis Circulation Com­pany, effective October 1, 2019. CMG will take up obligations and services for Curtis’s existing publisher agreements after that, and Curtis “will provide transition services to CMG to assure a seamless transition.”

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Baen Books & RBmedia Audiobook Partnership

Baen Books announced on August 27, 2019 a partnership with RBmedia to publish more than 170 audiobooks over the next three years.

This agreement means publication of both frontlist titles—with a primary focus on alternate history and science fiction—as well as many titles from Baen’s extensive backlist, including classics from Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) Grand Masters and long-time fan favorites that have not previously been released ...Read More

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2019 James White Award Shortlist

The James White Award Short Story competition has announced this year’s shortlist, drawn from 355 submissions:

  • “The Last Words of Harry Niffen”, Stephen Cashmore
  • “Digital Nomad”, Koji A. Dae
  • “Property Crime”, Michael Donoghue
  • “Better Lost Than Loved”, Bryn Fazakerley
  • “Bug on Bug”, Mica Scotti Kole
  • “Limitations”, David Maskill

The James White Award is open to previously unpublished stories between 1,000 and 6,000 words in length by non-professional authors. The winner ...Read More

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