Xingyun Awards Winners

The ninth annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on November 3, 2018 in Chongqing, China. Gate of Memories by Jiang Bo won Best Novel, The Monster Reunion by Chen Qiufan won Best Novelette, and “Memories of Chengdu” by Baoshu won Best Short Story.

For more information, see the Xinhua website.

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Mysterious Galaxy for Sale

Terry Gilman and Maryelizabeth Yturralde are seeking new owners for Mysterious Galaxy, their San Diego CA bookshop:

When we opened Mysterious Galaxy in 1993, we did so with the belief that it was essential to create a sustainable environment for years to come. Mysterious Galaxy and its immensely qualified and experienced booksellers are well-positioned to ensure that books and author events will remain a vital part of our community. The ...Read More

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Dick Does Chicago

Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968) has been selected for the One Book, One Chicago program by the Chicago Public Library. Numerous events – including book discussion groups, panels, talks, and film screenings – will be held from October 2018 to April 2019. Notable events include N.K. Jemisin and Mikki Kendall discussing the importance of diverse voices in storytelling on November 14, 2018, and Alec Nevala-Lee ...Read More

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2018 World Fantasy Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2017 were announced November 4, 2018 during the 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC), held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Best Novel (tie)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor
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PEN Sues Trump

Writers’ organization PEN America is suing Donald Trump for violating first amendment rights by making “threats and retaliatory actions” against his opponents in the press, and for praising those who’ve committed acts of violence against journalists. PEN American president Jennifer Egan says, “It would be shocking at any time for the President of the United States to congratulate someone for an act of violence against a journalist, but right now, ...Read More

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ICon Report

One of the perils of themed conventions, as most conventions in Israel are, is that the program might be one-dimensional. For a convention like ICon, which is aimed at large and diverse audiences, it can be particularly problematic. Avoiding this requires choosing the right theme combined with hard work of the programing team, and the ICon team did a great job this year. The theme, “Love,” meant that the possibilities ...Read More

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Publishers Weekly Best Books 2018

Publishers Weekly has announced its list of the best books of 2018, including “100 best adult titles and 50 for children and teens.” The best books in the SF/Fantasy/Horror category are:

  • Temper, Nicky Drayden (Harper Voyager)
  • The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco)
  • The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror, Daniel Mallory Ortberg (Henry Holt)
  • Witchmark, C.L. Polk ( Publishing)
  • The Sisters of the
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2018 SFPA Grand Master Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has named Ann K. Schwader as their newest Grand Master.

The title is given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work reflects the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who has been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has ...Read More

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HWA Summer Scares Reading Program

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) is partnering with United for Libraries, Book Riot, and Library Journal/School Library Journal to launch the Summer Scares Reading Program, “an annual list of recommended horror titles for adult, young adult (teen), and middle grade readers.” Each year, a special guest author and a committee of four librarians will announce the selection of nine fiction titles on February 14. The guest author for 2019 is ...Read More

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Dave Duncan (1933-2018)

Author Dave Duncan, 85, died October 29, 2018 from a brain hemorrhage caused by a fall the previous week. Duncan was a founder and honorary lifetime member of SF Canada (Canada’s National Association for Speculative Fiction Professionals). He won the Aurora Award in 1990 for West of January and in 2007 for Children of Chaos. He was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame in 2015. ...Read More

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National Book 5 Under 35

Akwaeke Emezi, author of Freshwater (Grove; Faber and Faber), and Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah, author of Friday Black (Mariner), have been selected as “5 Under 35” honorees. Each year the National Book Awards selects five debut authors under age 35 whose works promise “to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Emezi, Adjei-Brenyah, and the other honorees will each receive $1,000 and will be celebrated at an invitation-only ceremony in ...Read More

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Patterson Donates to School Libraries

James Patterson has donated £50,000 to school libraries in the UK in cooperation with Scholastic Book Clubs. One hundred schools will receive £250 in both the autumn and spring terms to purchase books, with Scholastic offering an additional 25% off to stretch the buying power. Patterson says, “Libraries are at the heart of every school, and I’m thrilled to be partnering with Scholastic to continue to underscore both the need ...Read More

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2018 Nommo Awards Winners

The African Speculative Fiction Society (ASFS) has announced the winners 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
  • WINNER: Beasts Made of Night, Tochi Onyebuchi (Razorbill)
  • Our Memory Like Dust, Gavin Chait (TW Adult)
  • The Real, Masha du Toit (self-published)
  • Fever, Deon Meyer (Atlantic
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Andersons’s Ashes Scattered

On September 14, 2018, Astrid Anderson Bear and her children Erik and Alex scattered the ashes of Bear’s parents, SFWA Grandmaster Poul Anderson & Karen Kruse Anderson, from the three-masted ship Zodiac into the Salish Sea (part of Puget Sound). A small gathering of friends and family were present. Astrid read her father’s poem “Sea Burial” after the scattering, and all present toasted Poul and Karen.

–Tom Whitmore

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PEN/Faulkner Literary Horror Night

The PEN/Faulkner Foundation has announced the participants of its Literary Horror Night: Dan Chaon, Mark Z. Danielewski, and Brian Evenson, who will read from their work and participate in a panel discussion moderated by Elizabeth Hand. The event will be held on October 29, 2018 at Penn Social in Washington DC.

For more information, see the Eventbrite page.

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Great American Read Results

The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) announced the results of public voting for “America’s #1 best-loved novel” during the finale episode of The Great American Read series on October 23, 2018. The Outlander, Harry Potter, and Lord of the Rings series came in second, third, and fifth places, respectively. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was the fourth-place finalist, while To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee won first place.

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Yolen Wins Jeremiah Ludington Award

Jane Yolen has won the 2018 Jeremiah Ludington Memorial Award, presented annually by the Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational paperback business.” Yolen will receive a certificate at the EBMA annual meeting to be held January 7-10, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Austin in Austin TX. As part of the award, the EBMA will present a check for ...Read More

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2018 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced during Phantistika 2018 held October 20-21, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

Best Novel in German

  • Die Krone der Sterne, Kai Meyer (Fischer Tor)

Best Debut Novel in German

  • Izara – Das ewige Feuer, Julia Dippel (Planet!)

Best International Novel

  • Das Lied der Krähen [Six of Crows], Leigh Bardugo (Knaur Verlag)

Best German Short Story

  • “Der geheimnisvolle Gefangene”, Gerd Scherm (Reiten wir!)
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Mozley Wins Polari Prize

Elmet by Fiona Mozley (Algonquin/John Murray) won the 2018 Polari First Book Prize, announced October 20, 2018 at the London Literature Festival in London, England. The prize “is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction.” Judges for 2018 were Paul Burston (chair), Alexis Gregory, Rachel Holmes, V.G. Lee, and Karen McLeod.

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2018 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners for the 2018 British Fantasy Awards:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • WINNER: The Ninth Rain, Jen Williams (Headline)
  • Age of Assassins, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • Under the Pendulum Sun, Jeannette Ng (Angry Robot)
  • The Court of Broken Knives, Anna Smith Spark (HarperVoyager)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • WINNER: The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)
  • The Boy on the
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2018 Not The Booker Winner

Sweet Fruit, Sour Land (Sandstone) by Rebecca Ley is the winner of The Guardian’s 2018 Not The Booker prize. The “dark dystopian novel” was chosen by judge vote, overriding the reader vote in accordance with prize rules:

A judging meeting will be organised online on the morning of 15 October 2018. The winner of the public vote will be allotted two votes at this meeting. The reader judges will each ...Read More

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Waterstones Buys Foyles

UK bookstore chain Waterstones has acquired Foyles, a family-owned chain of seven bookshops first established 115 years ago. The acquisition is expected to be final by the end of 2018; terms were not disclosed. Waterstones’ head James Daunt said, “Together, we will be stronger and better positioned to protection and champion the pleasures of real bookshops in the face of Amazon’s siren call.” Christopher Foyle said, “My family and I ...Read More

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Gorinsky Launches New Publishing Company

Liz Gorinsky has started Erewhon Books,

a new independent speculative fiction publisher. We opened in June 2018 and are starting to build our list with the aim of debuting our first season of new titles in 2020. We will focus on novel-length works of speculative fiction including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and other subgenres, but are open to other works of interest to SF&F readers.

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2019 One Book, One Philadelphia Selection

The Free Library of Philadelphia has chosen Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward (Scribner) as the 2019 selection for its annual “One Book, One Philadelphia” citywide book club program. Ward will attend a kickoff event on January 16, 2019 at Parkway Central Library in Philadelphia PA to begin eight weeks of programs “based on the themes” from her novel, including “book discussions, panels, film screenings, collaging and mixed media workshops, ...Read More

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Odyssey Workshop Announces Online Instructors

The Odyssey Writing Workshop has announced the instructors for its online Winter 2019 classes: Barbara Ashford will teach “Getting the Big Picture: The Key to Revising Your Novel” from January 2 – February 13, 2019; Lucy A. Snyder will teach “Riveting Descriptions: Bringing Your Story to Life in the Reader’s Mind” from January 3-31, 2019; and Scott H. Andrews will teach “Emotional Truth: Making Character Emotions Real, Powerful, and Immediate ...Read More

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2019 Roswell Award and Tomorrow Prize Open for Submissions

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. Three 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, the Best Translated Science Fiction Story Award, and ...Read More

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Spectrum 26 Open for Submissions

Spectrum 26 is open for submissions until January 24, 2019. The annual art collection serves as a “regular showcase for the best fantasy, science fiction, horror, and otherwise uncategorizable artwork created each year” and “as an invaluable resource for art directors, art buyers, and artists from all walks and sensibilities.” Judges this year are Kei Acedera, Wesley Burt, Bobby Chiu, Edward Kinsella III, and Colin & Kristine Poole. Chosen entrants ...Read More

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2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards Shortlist

Shortlisted titles and publishers for the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards have been announced:

Best Traditionally Published Novel

  • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt)
  • The Girl In The Tower, Katherine Arden (Del Rey)
  • Iron Gold, Pierce Brown (Del Rey)
  • Bloody Rose, Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
  • A Time of Dread, John Gwynne (Pan)
  • Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • Master Assassins, Robert V.S. Redick (Talos)
  • Oathbringer, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Age
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Condé Wins The New Academy Prize

Maryse Condé was announced as the winner of The New Academy Prize in Literature at the Stockholm Public Library on October 12, 2018. The prize was founded by Swedish journalist Alexandra Pascalidou with the intent of providing an international literature award since the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature is not being awarded. The New Academy plans to dissolve in December 2018.

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2018 Sunburst Awards Winners

The winners for the 2018 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced.

Adult Fiction

  • The Bone Mother, David Demchuk (ChiZine)
  • American War, Omar El Akkad (Knopf)
  • Sputnik’s Children, Terri Favro (ECW)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Little, Brown)
  • Son of a Trickster, Eden Robinson (Knopf Canada)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline (Dancing Cat)
  • The Painting, Charis Cotter (Tundra)
  • Exo, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
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2018 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the seventh annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson (Penguin Random House Canada). The Young Adult Award is shared by two works, Scion of the Fox by S.M. Beiko (ECW Press), and Weave A Circle Round by Kari Maaren (Tor Books).

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