Nightmare Magazine Staff Changes

John Joseph Adams will step down as editor of Nightmare magazine after issue #100 in January 2021, with with author and editor Wendy N. Wagner taking over. Adams will remain editor of Lightspeed and publisher of both magazines.

Adams said:

If you’re a diligent Nightmare reader, you’re already familiar with her editorial contributions: She was the guest editor for our Queers Destroy Horror! special issue back in 2015. But in ...Read More

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Ye Yonglie (1940-2020)

Chinese SF writer Ye Yonglie, 79, died May 15, 2020 in Shanghai. He published over 50 books, including SF, children’s books, mysteries, and popular science. He was often called the “Chinese Isaac Asimov” for his prolific output of fiction and non-fiction.

Ye Yonglie was born August 30, 1940 in Wenzhou, China. He began writing from a young age, with his first poem published at age 11, and attended Beijing University, ...Read More

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2020 Odyssey Scholarship Recipients

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced recipients of several of its scholarships available for students attending in 2020.

Scott Gray won the Miskatonic Scholarship, funded by George R.R. Martin and covering full tuition and housing for a promising new writer of Lovecraftian cosmic horror.

Vikram Ramakrishnan won the Walter & Kattie Metcalf Singing Spider Scholarship, funded by Pam Metcalf Harrington, covering full tuition for “a fantasy writer whose novel excerpt ...Read More

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2020 Young Lions Fiction Award Finalists

The New York Public Library announced its five Young Lions Fiction Award finalists for 2020, which includes Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic). The winner will be announced June 11, 2020. The $10,000 prize is awarded “each spring to a writer age 35 or younger for a novel or a collection of short stories” by a panel of judges. 2019’s winner was Ling Ma’s Severance (Farrar, Straus, Giroux). For more information, including ...Read More

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Washington Wins 2020 Dylan Thomas Prize

Bryan Washington’s Lot (Atlantic) is the winner of the 2020 International Dylan Thomas Prize, announced May 14. Inland by Téa Obreht (Weidenfeld & Nicolson) had also made the shortlist.

The annual Dylan Thomas prize, in partnership with Swansea University, awards £30,000 “to the best published or produced literary work in the English language, written by an author aged 39 or under.” The judging panel was chaired by Professor Dai Smith

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2020 Premios Kelvin Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Premio Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring “the best science fiction, fantasy or horror novels published in 2019” for the first time in Spain have been announced.

Mejor Novela Original (Best Original Novel)

  • Sigilo, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Alianza)
  • Nuestra parte de la noche, Mariana Enríquez (Anagrama)
  • Mars Company, Francisco Miguel Espinosa (Aristas Martínez)
  • El arcano y el jilguero
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2020 Prix Imaginales Winners

Winners have been announced for the 2020 Prix Imaginales, for “the best fantasy novels, and everything particularly fantasy, published the previous calendar year” in France.

French Novel

  • Danse avec les lutins, Catherine Dufour (L’Atalante)

Foreign Novel

  • Vita Nostra, Marina & Sergey Dyachenko (L’Atalante)

YA Novel

  • L’Estrange Malaventure de Mirella, Flore Vesco (L’École des loisirs)

Illustration

  • François Baranger for illustrations in Les Montagnes hallucinées 1 by H.P. Lovecraft
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2019 BSFA Winners

The winners of the 2019 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Children of Ruin, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • The Green Man’s Foe, Juliet E. McKenna (Wizard’s Tower)
  • Atlas Alone, Emma Newman (Gollancz)
  • Fleet of Knives, Gareth L. Powell (Titan)
  • The Rosewater Insurrection, Tade Thompson (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • WINNER: This is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar
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LSC Bankruptcy

LSC Communications, the largest book printer in the US, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in April. The company plans to continue operations “in the ordinary course” and says it will “pay vendors in full under customary terms for all goods and services received on or after the filing date.” They are negotiating with lenders to restructure financially, but are required to “conduct a marketing process for the sale of ...Read More

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Publishing News

On April 1, 2020 Bertelsmann completed its $675 million purchase of the last 25% of Penguin Random House owned by Pearson. Ber­telsmann plans to simplify the board structure, and Pearson’s two seats on the board are expected to be replaced. PRH US CEO Madeline McIntosh wrote to staff with some rare good news: regular employees not otherwise eligible for bonuses will receive $856 following strong 2019 financial results.

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2019 This Is Horror Awards Nominees

Nominees for the This Is Horror Awards 2019 have been announced:

Novel of the Year

  • Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate)
  • The Dark Game, Jonathan Janz (Fiction Without Frontiers)
  • The Reddening, Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)
  • Wilder Girls, Rory Power (Delacorte)
  • The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)

Novella of the Year

  • Dear Laura, Gemma Amor (self-published)
  • The Half-Freaks, Nicole Cushing (Grimscribe)
  • The
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2020 Nommo Awards Shortlist

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Nommo Awards, for speculative fiction by Africans living anywhere.

Best Novel

  • Sing Down the Stars, Nerine Dorman (Tafelberg)
  • Triangulum, Masande Ntshanga (Penguin Random House South Africa/Two Dollar Radio)
  • David Mogo, Godhunter, Suyi Davies Okungbowa (Abaddon)
  • War Girls, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • The Old Drift, Namwali Serpell (Hogarth)
  • Rosewater Insurrection, Tade Thompson (Orbit)
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Apex Relaunch

Jason Sizemore has announced that Apex magazine will relaunch in January 2021, on “a new bi-monthly publication schedule with one issue every two months for a total of six issues a year. The amount of yearly fiction published will remain the same as before, but this will allow for a more manageable production schedule of the zine.” He plans to run a subscription drive and a Kickstarter in July 2020 ...Read More

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SFWA Opens to Comic and Graphic Novel Writers

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) voted to accept active membership applications from comic and graphic novel writers.

The decision was made by a membership-wide vote during the 2020 SFWA Officer Election. Specific dates and rules are yet to be announced. The voting results are available on the SFWA site.

SFWA also voted to change the membership class name from “active member” to “full member.”

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G.-J. Arnaud (1928-2020)

French SF writer G.-J. Arnaud, 91, died April 26, 2020 at home in the Var in France. George-Camille Arnaud, who wrote as G.-J. Arnaud and Georges-Jean Arnaud, was born July 3, 1928 in Saint-Gilles-du-Gard, Camargue, France. Arnaud began his career writing mystery and thriller novels, producing at least 200 under his own name and various pseudonyms before turning to science fiction. He began publishing SF with Les Croisés de Mara ...Read More

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Aguda Wins 2020 Rogers Award

The Suicide Mothers by ’Pemi Aguda won the 2020 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award. The award “gives £10,000 to an unpublished writer to enable them to complete a first book.” Aguda’s novel “begins with a real wow moment and sustains momentum as it draws us into a world that is utterly contemporary yet has room for the mythic and the supernatural.”

Judges for the 2020 award were Sarah Perry, Max ...Read More

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Carolyn Reidy (1949-2020)

Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy, 71, died May 12, 2020 of a heart attack. She began her career in publishing in 1974, working in the subsidiary rights department at Random House, and rose to became associate publisher of the Random House imprint. In her long career she also served as publisher of Vintage Books, and was president and publisher of Avon. She joined S&S in 1992 as president of ...Read More

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2020 Xingyun Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 11th annual Xingyun Awards for Chinese science fiction were announced by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association.

Best Novel

  • Memory Deviation, Wu Chu
  • The Cosmic Egg, Wang Jinkang
  • A Voyager in the Sea of Stars, A Que
  • The Stars, Qi Yue

Best Novella

  • “Astronomical Priests”, Baoshu
  • “Host”, Cheng Jingbo
  • “The Algorithms for Life”, Chen Qiufan
  • “Forget-Me-Not”, A Que

Best Short Story

  • “The Man
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2020 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa, translated by Stephen Snyder (Pantheon), and Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk, translated by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Riverhead), are among the finalists for the 2020 Best Translated Book Awards.

The award was founded by Three Percent at the University of Rochester and awards $10,000 to be split by the author and translator of the winning titles. The fiction jury ...Read More

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2020 Glass Bell Award Shortlist

The Lost Ones by Anita Frank (HQ) and The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (Harvill Secker) are on the six-title shortlist for the Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award.

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.” The winning title will be announced July 2, 2020 and the author ...Read More

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Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award Shortlist

Shortlisted titles for the Gollancz and Rivers of London BAME SFF Award have been announced:

  • “The Shape of the World”, Amy Borg
  • “The Scent of Cloves”, Dan Buchanan
  • “Kali’s Call”, Dolly Garland
  • “The Reeves’ Guild”, Kyla Jardine
  • “The Principles of Moments”, Esmie Jikiemi-Pearson
  • “Nowhere more Changeable than the Mortal Heart”, Ewen Ma
  • “Blood of the Wolf”, Jaya Martin
  • “Seeds of Heaven”, Victor Ogana

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Bookstore News

Bookstores are still in dire shape, with the pandemic causing store closures all over. WH Smith in the UK reports that sales were down 25% in March, and in the first week of April they were down 85% over the same period in 2019. They predict similar losses through the end of August, then hope for “gradual improvement in trading through to the end of Decem­ber.” About 60% of their ...Read More

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Pandemic Help

James Patterson extended his philan­thropy toward independent bookstores with a personal donation of half a million dollars to help stores impacted by coronavirus closures. The funds were administered by the Book Industry Charity Foundation, with money to be distributed by May 15, 2020. Patterson joined with the American Booksellers Association in the #SaveIndieBookstores fundraising campaign, which ran in April. The funds “will go toward helping hundreds of indie bookstores across ...Read More

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2020 Aurora Awards Ballot

The 2020 Aurora Awards ballot has been announced. The Aurora Awards are nominated by members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association. The top five nominated works were selected, with additional works included when there was a tie for fifth place.

Best Novel

  • Haunting the Haunted, E.C. Bell (Tyche)
  • The Gossamer Mage, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • A Brightness Long Ago, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
  • The
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2020 Seiun Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction Fan Groups’ Association of Nippon (SFFAN) has announced the finalists for the 2020 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan.

Best Translated Novel

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers, translated by Youko Hosomi (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Paradox Men, Charles L. Harness, translated by Tohru Nakamura (Takeshobo)
  • Jade
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SFWA Nebula Conference Online Registration

Registration is now open for the SFWA Nebula Conference Online, and the website for the event, “complete with an artistic redesign of SFWA’s logos and spaces,” is now live.

Taking place on May 29th – 31st, 2020, and focusing on content relevant to professionals in the genre, attendees will be able to choose from career management, professional development, and expert knowledge panels and workshops. The event will also include solo ...Read More

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Us in Flux

The Center for Science and the Imagi­nation at Arizona State University launched Us in Flux, “a series of stories and virtual events about community, collaboration, and collective imagination in times of transformative change.” They will publish an original flash fiction story each Thursday, and host a virtual event with the author in conversation with an expert in a related field on the following Monday at 4 p.m. Eastern. The first ...Read More

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Borderlands Press Writers Bootcamp

Applications are now being accepted for the Writers Bootcamp, organized by Borderlands Press, to be held January 29-31, 2021 in Baltimore MD. Robert McCammon is special guest instructor. Other instructors include Ginjer Buchanan, Thomas F. Monteleone, F. Paul Wilson, and Douglas E. Winter. The Tracie Orsi Memorial Scholarship grants free tuition to “the applicant who best exem­plifies Tracie’s talent and energy and determination to improve.” For more, or to apply: ...Read More

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2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ).

Best Novel

  • The Blacksmith, Barbara Howe (IFWG Australia)
  • The Prince of Secrets, A.J. Lancaster (Camberion)
  • Solar Federation, S.E. Mulholland (self-published)
  • Into the Ashes, Lee Murray (Severed)
  • The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Little Hook)

Best Youth Novel

  • Light in My Blood, Jean Gilbert &
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Internet Archive Controversy

The Internet Archive announced a controversial “National Emergency Library” initiative, making nearly 1.5 million ebooks available for unrestricted borrowing through at least June 30, 2020, “to make a real difference for the nation and the world” during the pandemic. The Internet Archive is a private non-profit and has no legal right to give away these ebooks, most of which remain under copyright.

Authors may email <info@archive.org> with “National Emergency Library ...Read More

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2020 Branford Boase Award Shortlist

A Pocketful of Stars by Aisha Bushby (Egmont) and Frostheart by Jamie Littler (Puffin) are among the seven titles shortlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award.

The award is “given annually to the author of an outstanding debut novel for children.” Winners will be announced July 1, 2020. Judges are Sue Bastone, Victoria Dilly, Julia Eccleshare (chair), Layla Hudson, and Muhammad Khan.

For more information, including the complete shortlist, see ...Read More

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2020 Edgar Awards Winners

Winners of the Mystery Writers of America (MWA) 2020 Edgar Awards were announced April 30, 2020 on Twitter, including several authors and titles of genre interest.

Best Short Story

  • “One of These Nights”, Livia Llewellyn (Cutting Edge)

Best Young Adult

  • Catfishing on CatNet, Naomi Kritzer (Tor Teen)

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Hitchcock and the Censors, John Billheimer (University Press of Kentucky)

The Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark

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