Writer ElizaBeth Gilligan, 55, died October 9, 2017 of cancer. Gilligan’s first story was “Evolution” (1990), and she published several stories in anthologies and magazines. She was best known for the Silken Magic trilogy: Magic’s Silken Snare (2003), The Silken Shroud (2004), and Sovereign Silk (2017). She edited anthology Alterna-Teas (2016), wrote a column for Midnight Zoo in the 1990s, and served as secretary of SFWA from 2002 to 2003. ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 7, 2017: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/16).
Finalists included “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers); “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts); “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16); “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine ...Read MoreRead more
Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. have opened submissions for the Roswell Award for short SF by adults living anywhere, and for the Tomorrow Prize for short SF by Los Angeles County high school students. Two special awards are included: the Women Hold Up Half the Sky award presented by Artemis Journal and the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and the Green Feather Award presented by Los ...Read MoreRead more
British author Kazuo Ishiguro has won the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature. In a press release on October 5, 2017, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy Sara Danius announced the selection of Ishiguro “who, in novels of great emotional force, has uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.” His genre novels include The Unconsoled (Knopf/Faber & Faber 1995), Never Let Me Go (Knopf/Faber & Faber ...Read MoreRead more
Carmen Maria Machado won the 2018 Bard Fiction Prize for Her Body and Other Parties (Graywolf). The prize “is awarded to a promising emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application” and includes a $30,000 cash prize. Machado also receives an appointment as a writer-in-residence at Bard College for the Fall 2018 semester.
For more information, see the Bard College website. ...Read MoreRead more
The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (CSFFA) announced three inductees to the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame for 2017: Charles de Lint, Lorna Toolis, and Elisabeth Vonarburg. The induction took place on September 23, 2017 during Hal-Con, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia.
For more information, see the CSFFA website. ...Read MoreRead more
Finalists for the National Book Awards (NBA) have been announced. The shortlist for the Fiction category includes Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf), and the shortlist for the Young People’s Literature category includes American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).
Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners will receive $10,000 and a ...Read MoreRead more
N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season (Orbit) has won the 2015/2016 Sputnik Award.
The Sputniks were formed in May 2016 by Jo Lindsay Walton as a response to nomination problems within the Hugo Awards. Nominations for the Sputnik Awards were open to everyone, with finalists selected via a tournament process called the Dungeons of Democracy. Jemisin wins a one-year subscription to Interzone.
For a full list of nominees, selection rules, and ...Read MoreRead more
KulturForum Europa (KFE) has awarded composer, conductor, and science fiction writer Somtow Sucharitkul its 2017 European Award for Cultural Achievement. Somtow will receive the award “for his services (and also in the spirit of international diversity) — as cultural ambassador between East and West, overcoming national borders and cultural-historical barriers from and to Europe, and establishing meaningful collaborative connections in Thailand and Europe.” The award will be given at a ...Read MoreRead more
The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2017 British Fantasy Awards on October 1, 2017 during an awards ceremony held at Fantasycon 2017 at the Bull Hotel in Peterborough UK. The winners are:
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
- The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pam Macmillan)
- The Summer Goddess, Joanne Hall (Kristell Ink)
- The High King’s Vengeance, Steven Poore (Kristell Ink)
- The Silver Tide, Jen
The winner, finalists, and honorable mentions for the inaugural Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction have been announced:
- “The Universe is a Conscientious Gardener”, Firuza Pastakia
- “The Last Interview of Lara Khalid”, Saniya Kamal
- “Against the Dust”, Nur Ibrahim
- “Noor”, Taimoor Ahmad
- “Rootless”, Maira Asaad
- “Balochi Bots – The Adventures of Omar Jamshed”, Laila Kasuri
- “The Short Life of Ali Lakri”, Zain Rashid Mian
- “Sunless”, Saadia Pathan
The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the longlist for the 2018 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence for “the best fiction and nonfiction books for adult readers published in the U.S. in the previous year.” Several titles of genre interest appear on the list:
- American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
- Future Home of the Living God, Louise Erdrich (HarperCollins)
- White Tears, Hari Kunzru (Knopf)
- The Night Ocean, Paul La
Publisher Hugh Hefner, 91, died September 27, 2018 at home in the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Hefner created Playboy magazine in 1953, and spun it into the Playboy Enterprises empire including clubs, TV, and book and magazine publishing. A revolutionary men’s magazine for its time, Playboy from the start featured not only nude females, but also articles and stories by notable authors, among them some of the best in ...Read MoreRead more
George R.R. Martin received one of five inaugural PastWords awards, presented by the Historical Writers of America to recognize “creators who have produced an outstanding body of work.” Recipients were honored at the organization’s annual conference, September 21-24, 2017 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo NM. Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes said, “Martin creates a world rich and complex; good and bad are carefully drawn sides, until ...Read MoreRead more
The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees list includes Lesley Nneka Arimah for What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead).
The honorees represent “a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each honoree will receive $1,000 at a ceremony on November 13, 2017. The selection committee for the 5 ...Read MoreRead more
Writer Harvey Jacobs, 87, died September 23, 2017 of a sudden bacterial infection shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Harvey Jay Jacobs was born January 7, 1930 in New York. He often wrote movingly of the Jewish experience, sometimes with a magical realist bent, and used SF elements for satirical purposes as well. His first work of genre interest was “A Wind Age” in Tomorrow (1951), and other notable ...Read MoreRead more
The 2017 Aurora Awards winners have been announced “for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional” including a special “Best of the Decade” category with works “first published between 2001 and the end of 2010 by Canadians.”Best Novel
- WINNER: Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
- Company Town, Madeline Ashby (Tor)
- The Courier, Gerald Brandt (DAW)
The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the sixth annual Copper Cylinder Awards.
The Adult Award winner is Company Town by Madeleine Ashby (Tor). The Young Adult Award winner is The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling (ChiTeen).
The Copper Cylinder Awards celebrate “the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year,” and are selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. The award’s name comes ...Read MoreRead more
Author Kit Reed, 85, died September 24, 2017 several months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was a prolific author with an astonishing range who published work consistently for almost 60 years, writing outstanding novels and stories in various genres for children, teens, and adults.
Her first SF story was “The Wait” (1958; AKA “To Be Taken in a Strange Country”) in F&SF. She published scores of stories ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.BEST CHAPBOOK
- First Place: Leviathan, Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl)
- Second Place: Radio Heart, or; How Robots Fall Out of Love, Margaret Rhee (Finishing Line)
Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken.
Ellis’ entry was originally listed in the contest shortlist under the title The Awful Orphanage. ...Read MoreRead more
The longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction has been announced, including Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)
The Young People’s longlist was revealed September 12. The National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit ...Read MoreRead more
The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Greg Bear as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis. ...Read MoreRead more
The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest:
- 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin Thubron, Lola ...Read MoreRead more
The longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, including titles of genre interest: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers), Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond), and American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).
National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars Award winners.
- First Place: “aster than the speed of lightf”, LeRoy Gorman (Scifaikuest 11-16)
- Second Place: “Lover”, Holly Day (Homestead Review Spring 2016)
- Third Place: “Loss”, Sandi Leibowitz (Through the Gate 11-16)
The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines published in the previous year. Winners will ...Read MoreRead more
The New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians (2), Inc.) has decided not to hold Lunacon in 2018. Lunacon was previously canceled for 2015 but was held again in 2016 and 2017. In a press release, Lunarians (2) president Stuart C. Hellinger said:
Our organization has the future of Lunacon under complete review and evaluation. Once a decision has been finalized as to how and if to proceed, we will ...Read MoreRead more
The Economic Security Project has launched the Into the Black short story contest to explore the impact of basic income on future society. The grand prize winner will have their story published on io9 and will receive a $12,000 “basic income” for 2018. Additionally, short list winners will each receive $1,000 and have their story published on the Economic Security Project website or io9. Deadline for submissions is November 1, ...Read MoreRead more
SF writer Jerry Pournelle, 84, died September 8, 2017, at his home in Studio City CA after a sudden illness.
Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born August 7, 1933 in Shreveport LA. He served in the US Army from 1950-52, and attended the University of Iowa from 1953-54. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1955, where he also took a master’s in statistics and systems ...Read MoreRead more
Two convention attendees, Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel, were injured September 3 around 1:30 a.m. by chairs thrown from the 10th floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel into the atrium during Dragon Con, held in Atlanta GA. Both women were taken to hospitals and treated for their injuries.
The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with video or information should contact them. Tips can be anonymous and ...Read MoreRead more
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) posted a call for grant proposals on September 1, 2017.
SFWA encourages programs supporting and promoting fantasy and science fiction writing and writers to apply for a 2017 grant. We look for non-profit, diverse projects that span a range of ages and publishing approaches and that reach a large group of individuals.
At this time we are asking all those who ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” has been announced.
- “The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com 9/16)
- “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
- “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 7/16)
- “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of