Atwood Receives Hay Festival Medal

Margaret Atwood will receive a Hay Festival Medal for Prose for “a lifetime of ingenious and visionary fiction” during the Hay Festival event in Hay-on-Wye, Wales scheduled May 24 – June 3, 2018.

Awarded annually since Britain’s Olympic year (2012), and crafted locally by silversmith Christopher Hamilton, the Hay Festival Medals draw inspiration from the original Olympic medal given for poetry.

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Waterstones Sold

Alexander Mamut of Lynwood Investments has sold a majority stake of UK-based bookstore chain Waterstones to Elliot Advisors, the UK branch of Paul Singer’s Elliott Management hedge fund. James Daunt will remain as CEO, a post he’s held since 2011, and Lynwood Investments will retain a minority share. Waterstones has more than 280 bookshops in the UK and Europe. Daunt says they are in “expansion mode” and plan to open ...Read More

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Susan Ann Protter (1939-2018)

Literary agent Susan Ann Protter, 78, died April 26, 2018 after a serious illness. Protter was born October 16, 1939 in Manhattan, grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, and spent most of her years on the Upper West Side. She attended Syracuse University, where she earned a master’s degree in French, and traveled the world extensively. She taught French briefly, then began working for Harper & Row in the ...Read More

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Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award Finalists

Finalists for the Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award for short science fiction have been announced. The five finalists for each will have their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

The finalists for the Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students are:

  • “Relinquished Cities”, Sarah Krausz
  • “The Demiurge”, Bry LeBerthon
  • “Addiction”, Kalila Papanikolas
  • “Microcosm”, Chelsea See
  • “Midas”, Audrey Wang

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Hugo Awards Voting Open

Voting for the 2018 Hugo Awards and the 1943 Retro Hugo Awards is now open. Voting for both awards can be cast online at the Worldcon 76 site or by paper ballot.

The Hugo Voter Packet is scheduled for release during the week of May 7-11. Paper copies of the Hugo Award final ballot will be included in Worldcon 76 Progress Report 3, scheduled for publication in May 2018.

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2018 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Branford Boase Award has been announced and includes several titles of genre interest:

  • A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars, Yaba Badoe (Zephyr)
  • The Starman and Me, Sharon Cohen (Quercus)
  • Knighthood for Beginners, Elys Dolan (Oxford University Press)
  • The City of Secret Rivers, Jacob Sager Weinstein (Walker)

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2017 Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Winners

Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the winners for their 2017 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/fantasy/horror interest.

Sci-Fi Novel

  • WINNER: The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • Sea of Rust, C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager)
  • A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • Tomorrow’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • The Will to Battle, Ada Palmer (Tor)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells ( Publishing)
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2018 Clarke Award Shortlist

This year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist has been announced. It’s a heady combination of debuts and veterans and covers a surprising, and pleasingly, broad spectrum of SF.

Sea of Rust, C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz)

Brittle is a veteran of the war against humanity. Now, Brittle survives body to body, scavenging parts from dead robots and haunted by their role in the war. But Brittle’s day-by-day existence is about to

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Amazing Stories Returns to Print

Following a successful crowdfunding campaign, Amazing Stories is relaunching as a quarterly print fiction magazine, with the first issue scheduled to coincide with Worldcon 76 in San Jose this August. Steve Davidson is publisher, and Ira Nayman is managing editor. The magazine is open to fiction submissions (guidelines here). The first version of Amazing Stories launched in 1926 and was owned by various companies over the years; the last print ...Read More

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2018 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2018 Locus Awards. Tickets are available now.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 22-24, 2018; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Connie Willis and Carrie Vaughn; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Daniel Abraham, Clarion West ...Read More

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2018 Hemming Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Norma K. Hemming Award has been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • “Induction”, Thoraiya Dyer (Bridging Infinity)
  • “The Rock in the Water”, Thoraiya Dyer (Fantasy 12/16)
  • “Braid”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Volume 24, Issue 1)
  • “Coral Bones”, Foz Meadows (Monstrous Little Voices)
  • “Tea Party”, Lauren E Mitchell (Defying Doomsday)
  • “Memories of Fish”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 5/17)
  • “Two Somebodies Go Hunting”, Rivqa
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Lewis Awarded Working Class Writers Grant

L.D. Lewis is the recipient of the 2017 Working Class Writers Grant, presented by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). The $750 grant is given annually to assist working class, blue-collar, poor, and homeless writers who “have been historically underrepresented in speculative fiction, due to financial barriers which have made it much harder for them to have access to the writing world.”

Lewis volunteers as art director for Fiyah magazine. Honorable ...Read More

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2018 Edgar Awards Winners

The winners of the MWA (Mystery Writers of America) 2018 Edgar Awards have been announced, including the following titles of genre interest:

Best Short Story

  • “Spring Break”, John Crowley (New Haven Noir)

Best Juvenile

  • Vanished!, James Ponti (Aladdin)

Best Young Adult

  • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds (Atheneum)

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award

  • The Widow’s House, Carol Goodman (William Morrow)

As previously announced, Jane Langton and Peter Lovesey

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2018 Encore Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Encore Award, given by the Royal Society of Literature to the best second novel of the year, includes two titles of genre interest.

  • Devil’s Day, Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray)
  • The Bedlam Stacks, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury Circus)

The judges for 2018 are Alex Clark (chair), Julia Copus, and Ted Hodgkinson. The winner of the £10,000 award will be announced May 9, 2018.

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Nasrallah Wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction

The winner and finalists of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF), given to the best novel of the year written in Arabic, have been announced:

  • WINNER: The Second War of the Dog, Ibrahim Nasrallah (Arab Scientific Publishers)
  • The Baghdad Clock, Shahad Al Rawi (Dar al-Hikma, Oneworld)
  • Flowers in Flames, Amir Tag Elsir (Dar Al Saqi)
  • The Critical Case of “K”, Aziz Mohammed (Dar Tanweer)
  • Heir of the Tombstones, Walid
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2018 NESFA Short Story Contest

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 56, to be held at the Westin Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 16-18, 2019. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to future Boskone conventions.

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Lambda Literary Special Awards

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the recipients of its Trustee and Visionary awards.

Roxanne Gay received the Trustee award, given to “a distinguished individual who, through their literary work, has made a considerable contribution to a wider awareness and understanding of the lives of LGBT people.”

Edmund White received the Visionary award, given to “individuals who have broken new ground in the field of LGBT literature and publishing.”

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2018 Compton Crook Award Winner

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has announced the winner of the 2018 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • Winner: The Prey of Gods, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • The Guns Above, Robyn Bennis (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Gilded Cage, Vic James (Del Rey)
  • All Our Wrong Todays, Elan Mastai (Dutton)
  • Lotus Blue, Cat Sparks (Talos)
  • Amatka, Karin Tidbeck (Vintage)

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2018 Women’s Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction features two titles of genre interest:

  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock, Imogen Hermes Gowar (Harper)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward (Scribner)

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates “excellence, originality and accessibility in writing by women throughout the world.” The winner will be announced on June 6, 2018, and will receive £30,000 and a bronze “Bessie” trophy. The 2018 judges include Anita ...Read More

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FOGcon 2018 Report

The 2018 Friends of Genre convention (FOGcon 8) was held March 9-11 at the Walnut Creek Marriot in Walnut Creek CA. 190 memberships were sold, plus an additional 32 day passes. The theme was “Performance in SF&F”, with honored guests Andrea Hairston, Ada Palmer, and Thomas M. Disch (posthumously).

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Pullman Independent Bookstore Competitions

Author Philip Pullman and Penguin Books Limited are offering UK independent bookstores two contests. In one, three winning bookstores will be visited by Pullman and receive £300 to fund the author event. In the other, three hundred stores will receive a “Philip Pullman Collection” of seven titles: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass, La Belle Sauvage, Daemon Voices, Clockwork, and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter.

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Pratchett Exhibition Raises £20k

Per The Bookseller, honoring best selling fantasy author Terry Pratchett, the “Terry Pratchett: HisWorld” exhibition at Salisbury Museum and accompanying title Terry Pratchett: HisWorld – A Brief Guide to Discworld compiled by writer Stephen Briggs, with illustrations by Paul Kidby (Clays) raised £20,000 for the Research Institute for the Care of Older People (RICE). The exhibition had over 21,000 visitors.

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Pullman Judges China-themed Contest

The University of Liverpool announced the China Stories Writing Competition with Philip Pullman as the judge.

The University of Liverpool is an official partner of the China Dream season, which will see a host of events across the city, including the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors exhibition at the World Museum.

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Ursula K. Le Guin Tribute

Literary Arts has announced a tribute event for Ursula K. Le Guin featuring “Margaret Atwood (by video), Molly Gloss, Walidah Imarisha, Jonathan Lethem, Kelly Link, China Miéville, and Daniel José Older.” The event is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., June 13, 2018 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland, Oregon. For more information, see the official ticketing site.

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2018 Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The 2018 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • Fall of Dragons, Miles Cameron (Orbit)
  • Assassin’s Fate, Robin Hobb (Del Rey)
  • Red Sister, Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins)
  • Scorched Shadows, Steve McHugh (47North)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Tethered Mage, Melissa Caruso (Orbit)
  • Kings of the Wyld, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • Blackwing, Ed
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2018 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Nommo Awards. All titles “are speculative fiction, were published in calendar year 2017, and are thought to be by Africans as defined by the ASFS and Nommo Awards Guidelines.”

Best Novel
  • Our Memory Like Dust, Gavin Chait (TW Adult)
  • The Real, Masha du Toit (self-published)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer (Atlantic Monthly Press)
  • Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • After
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2017 This Is Horror Awards Winners

Winners for the This Is Horror Awards 2017 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • WINNER: I Wish I Was Like You, S.P. Miskowski (JournalStone)
  • Runner-up: In the Valley of the Sun, Andy Davidson (Skyhorse)
  • The Devil Crept In, Ania Ahlborn (Gallery)
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • Black Mad Wheel, Josh Malerman (Ecco)

Novella of the Year

  • WINNER: Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones ( Publishing)
  • Runner-up: Agents
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Mythic Delirium Closes

With the April 2018 issue, Mike Allen’s fiction and poetry magazine Mythic Delirium is closing after 20 years. In his editorial, Allen says,

I’m putting Mythic Delirium on what those of us in Smallpressville call ‘indefinite hiatus.’ Put more plainly, the zine is coming to an end—though I reserve the right to bring it back, should the course of my career deliver me to a point where (re)starting a magazine ...Read More

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2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2018 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year have been announced:

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue”, Charlie Jane Anders (Global Dystopias)
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance”, Tobias S. Buckell (Cosmic Powers)
  • “The Discrete Charm of the Turing Machine”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 11-12/17)
  • “Sidewalks”, Maureen McHugh (Omni 11/17)
  • “The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata ( 7/17)
  • “The Secret
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2018 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 57th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2018 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works follow.

Best Translated Novel

  • The History of Soviet Fantastika, Roman Arbitman translated by Hiroaki Umemura (Kyōwakoku)
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel, translated by Chiori Sada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Adjacent, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi
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Greer Wins Pulitzer

Andrew Sean Greer has won the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category for his novel Less (Lee Boudreaux/Little, Brown). The award, given for “distinguished fiction published in book form during the year by an American author, preferably dealing with American life,” comes with a prize of $15,000.

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2018 REH Foundation Awards Nominees

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the nominees for its 2018 REH Foundation Awards.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • AR-I-E’CH and the Spell of Cthulhu: An Informal Guide to R. E. Howard’s Lovecraftian Fiction, Fred Blosser (Black Stone)
  • Savage Scrolls: Scholarship from the Hyborian Age (Volume 1), Fred Blosser (Pulp Hero)
  • The Robert E. Howard Bar Guide, Bobby Derie (self-published)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

  • “Robert
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