Raphael Wins Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Rick Raphael (1919-1994) is the winner of the 2020 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. The jury particularly cites Raphael’s 1966 fixup novel Code Three (composed of three shorter works, including two Hugo Award finalists) and 1960 humor novella “Make Mine Homogenized”.

This year’s judges were Barry Malzberg and Robert J. Sawyer.

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2019 Aurealis Awards Winners

The 2019 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • WINNER: Aurora Rising, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Subjects, Sarah Hopkins (Text)
  • The Trespassers, Meg Mundell (University of Queensland Press)
  • The Year of the Fruit Cake, Gillian Polack (IFWG Australia)
  • The Glad Shout, Alice Robinson (Affirm)
  • Daughter of Bad Times, Rohan
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Agency News

Dawn Frederick, owner of St. Paul MN-based agency Red Sofa Literary, is at the center of an ongoing controversy. On May 28, 2020, during protests following the death of George Floyd in the Twin Cities, Frederick tweeted, “The gas station at the END OF MY BLOCK is officially getting looted. Calling the police right now to let them know as someone will need to board up this place.” (Her Twitter ...Read More

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DisCon Guests of Honor

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 25-29, 2021 in Washington DC, has announced John Harris as artist guest of honor, join­ing author guest of honor Nancy Kress, editor guest of honor Toni Weisskopf, fan guest of honor Ben Yalow, and special guests Malka Older and Sheree Renée Thomas. For more: <www.discon3.org>.

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CoNZealand Programme Released

The CoNZealand programme is now available to view. There are 772 events scheduled. The opening and closing ceremonies, Hugo Awards, and the Masquerade will run at 11:00 a.m. NZST.

At this time, login to the virtual con is unavailable.

Once the login is available, you will be able to sign-in to the CoNZealand Grenadine site and start tailoring your own CoNZealand experience. You’ll be able to sign up for programme ...Read More

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2020 First Novel Prize Long List

The Center for Fiction has released the long list for its 2020 First Novel Prize, “to honor the best debut fiction of the year.” Titles and authors of possible genre interest include:

  • Conjure Women, Afia Atakora (Random House)
  • The Illness Lesson, Clare Beams (Doubleday)
  • Bestiary, K-Ming Chang (One World)
  • Things You Would Know If You Grew Up Around Here, Nancy Wayson Dinan (Bloomsbury)
  • Temporary, Hilary
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Hugo Voting Glitch

CoNZealand has reported a bug in the Hugo Award-voting interface that may lead to some votes not being recorded:

This mostly seems to happen when using the Safari browser on a Mac, but we have a couple of reports from other browser/device combinations.

  • If you received an email confirmation after voting, your votes have been entered into the system and you should not be concerned.
  • If you did NOT receive
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2020 Neffy Awards Winners

The winners of the 2020 National Fantasy Fan Federation Speculative Fiction Awards (the Neffys) have been announced.

Best Novel (over 100,000 words)

  • WINNER: Endgames, L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor)
  • Monster Hunter Guardian, Larry Correia & Sarah A. Hoyt (Baen)
  • What the Wind Brings, Matthew Hughes (Pulp Literature)
  • The Family Pride, Chris Nuttall (self-published)

Best Shorter Work (under 100,000 words)

  • WINNER: “By the Warmth of Their Calculus”, Tobias
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2020 Goldie Awards Winners

The Golden Crown Literary Society (GCLS) has announced the winners of the 2020 GCLS Literary Awards or “Goldies” for “excellence in Lesbian-themed Literature,” including several categories and titles of genre interest.

Science Fiction/Fantasy (tie)

  • Thorn, Anna Burke (Bywater)
  • Miranda in Milan, Katharine Duckett (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Sisters of the Vast Black, Lina Rather (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Changing Course, Brey Willows (Bold Strokes)

Paranormal/Occult/Horror (tie)

  • Legacy, Charlotte Greene
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New SIGMA Members

Arlan Andrews, Sr., director and founder of science fiction think tank SIGMA, has announced the addition of six new members to their group: Kevin Ikenberry, Mike Massa, Theodore “T.C.” McCarthy, Marc Miller, Hans G. Schantz, and Martin L. Shoemaker. SIGMA, founded in 1992, is “an ad hoc organization of science fiction authors, game writers, and other creatives who offer futurism consulting services pro bono to the US Government and appropriate ...Read More

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Internet Archive Suspends Lending

The In­ternet Archive ended their “National Emergency Library” program on June 16, 2020, two weeks earlier than planned, following lawsuits by four publishers. The suit, filed in New York federal court, alleges “willful mass copyright infringe­ment” and argues that, “despite the Open Library moniker, IA’s actions grossly exceed legitimate li­brary services, do violence to the Copyright Act, and constitute willful digital piracy on an indus­trial scale.” The Association of American ...Read More

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2020 Tähtifantasia Award Winner

Pienen hauen pyydystys, Juhani Karila (Siltala) won the the 2020 Tähtifantasia Award, presented by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society for the best Finnish fantasy book published in the previous year. Other nominees were:

  • Ikuisesti, siskoni, Katri Alatalo (Gummerus)
  • Pohjoisen mytologia [Norse Mythology], Neil Gaiman, translated by Jouko Ruokosenmäki (Like)
  • Hitonhauta ja muita puolielävien kohtaloita, Karoliina Heinola (Aarni)
  • Magian syvempi sävy [A Darker Shade of Magic], V.E. Schwab,
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Photo Story: Fenners Take Over Spectrum

ARNIE FENNER retired as senior art director at An­drews McMeel on May 29, 2020. He & CATHY FENNER will take over as directors of the Spectrum Fantastic Art competi­tion and editors of the annual Spectrum art book, replacing JOHN FLESKES, beginning with the 28th competition this Fall. The Fenners founded the compe­tition in 1994 and ran it until Fleskes took over in 2013. Further announce­ments regarding the new advisory ...Read More

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People & Publishing Roundup, July 2020


GEORGE R.R. MARTIN (and two other investors) have purchased 18 miles of abandoned railway connecting the historic depot in Lamy NM with Santa Fe. Martin plans to restore the line as a tourist attraction and film shooting venue by 2022.

MEHDI BEL ABBES is now represented via the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

TOBI OGUNDIRAN is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.


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2020 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW) announced the winners for the 2020 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Winners of genre interest include:

Original Novel — Speculative (tie)

  • WINNER: Batman: The Court of Owls, Greg Cox (Titan)
  • WINNER: Star Trek: The Next Generation: Collateral Damage, David Mack (Pocket)
  • Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: Black Spire, Delilah S. Dawson (Century)
  • Firefly: The Magnificent Nine,
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2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards Nominees

Nominees for the 2019 Ladies of Horror Fiction Awards have been announced:

Best Collection

  • Collision, J.S. Breukelaar (Meerkat)
  • Out of Water, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • Little Paranoias, Sonora Taylor (self-published)
  • Ghosts of You, Cathy Ulrich (Okay Donkey)

Best Debut

  • Little Darlings, Melanie Golding (Crooked Lane)
  • The Bone Weaver’s Orchard, Sarah Read (Trepidatio)
  • The Luminous Dead, Caitlin Starling (Harper Voyager)
  • Theme Music, T. Marie
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2020 Imadjinn Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Imadjinn Awards have been announced, including several categories of genre interest.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Harvest Day, R. Kyle Hannah (Jumpmaster)
  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Things They Buried, Amanda K. King & Michael R. Swanson (Ismae)
  • The Amulet of Elements, Rose Marie Machario (Seventh Star)
  • To Kill a Fae, Jamie A.
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Bundoran Press Closes

Bundoran Press Publishing House has announced that it will cease operations by October 30, 2020. No new contracts will be signed, and all previously contracted books have been published. They will continue to sell books on their website and other platforms until that date. Authors and editors can request rights reversion at an earlier date; otherwise, all rights will revert at the end of October.

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Whitehead Wins Library of Congress Prize

Colson Whitehead has been awarded the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction, which honors “an American literary writer whose body of work is distinguished not only for its mastery of the art but also for its originality of thought and imagination.” Whitehead, 50, is the youngest recipient of this lifetime achievement award, and was selected “based on nominations from more than 60 distinguished literary figures, including former winners of ...Read More

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2019 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2019 Shirley Jackson Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction, and were premiered on Sunday, July 12, 2020, as a pre-recorded ceremony.


  • WINNER: The Book of X, Sarah Rose Etter (Two Dollar Radio)
  • Ninth House, Leigh Bardugo (Flatiron; Gollancz)
  • Goodnight Stranger, Miciah Bay Gault (Park Row)
  • Curious Toys, Elizabeth Hand (Mulholland)
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2020 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlists for the 2020 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:

Adult Fiction

  • Shout Kill Revel Repeat, Scott R. Jones (Trepidatio)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Random House Canada)
  • Crow Winter, Karen McBride (HarperAvenue)
  • Gods of Jade and Shadow, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • Moccasin Square Gardens, Richard Van Camp (Douglas & McIntyre)

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Candle and the
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Book News

Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games sequel The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes sold about 270,000 hardcovers in its first week following a May 19, 2020 release, according to NPD Bookscan. Publisher Scholastic says 500,000 copies sold in all formats. That accounts for a good chunk of the 13.22 million print books sold that week, up from 12.52 million the week before.

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DC Drops Diamond

Comics giant DC has end­ed its 25-year relationship with Diamond Comic Distributors, telling retail customers that future or­ders will be fulfilled by the newly created Lunar Distribution and UCS Comic Distributors (for peri­odicals), and Penguin Random House (for graphic novels and collections). DC says, “We recognize that, to many of you, this may seem like a momen­tous decision. However, we can assure you that this change in DC’s distribution plans ...Read More

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2020 Edge Hill Short Story Prize Longlist

The 12-title longlist for the 2020 Edge Hill Prize for Short Story has been announced, including the following titles and authors of genre interest.

  • Salt Slow, Julia Armfield (Picador)
  • Things We Say in the Dark, Kirsty Logan (Vintage)
  • Sudden Traveller, Sarah Hall (Faber)

The £10,000 prize is given to “a single-authored collection of short stories” by writers born or residing in the UK or Ireland. Judges for ...Read More

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2020 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has announced the winner of the 2020 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2019 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel Award

  • WINNER: Alliance Rising, C.J. Cherryh & Jane S. Fancher (DAW)
  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Random House; Nan A. Talese)
  • Ruin’s Wake, Patrick Edwards (Titan)
  • Luna: Moon Rising, Ian McDonald (TOR)
  • Ode to Defiance, Marc
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Whitehead Wins Orwell Prize for Political Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Orwell Prize for Political Fiction for his book The Nickel Boys (Doubleday). Given by The Orwell Foundation, the prize recognizes “outstanding novels and collections of short stories first published in the UK that illuminate major social and political themes, present or past, through the art of narrative.”

The judges for 2020 were Tom Gatti, Jude Kelly (chair), Sarah Shaffi, and Matthew Sperling. Winners receive ...Read More

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Online Hugo Voting Open

CoNZealand has announced that online voting for “the 2020 Hugo Awards, the 2020 Lodestar and Astounding Awards, and the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards” is now open.

Members can access their ballots logging in to https://members.conzealand.nz. For more information, including voting eligibility and a complete list of Hugo finalists, visit the CoNZealand website.

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2020 Wellman Award Shortlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • Where Oblivion Lives, T. Frohock (Harper Voyager)
  • The Women’s War, Jenna Glass (Del Rey)
  • The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher (Saga)
  • Breaking Gods, D.J. Molles (self-published)
  • To the Bones, Valerie Nieman (West Virginia
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2020 Heinlein Scholarship Recipients

Winners of the Heinlein Society’s annual undergraduate scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year were announced July 7, 2020. This year’s winners are Charles Hanson, Tulla Bee Picardi, and Samantha Townsend. The scholarship awards $2,500 to each recipient.

Townsend received the Virginia Heinlein Memorial Scholarship, which is dedicated to female candidates majoring in engineering, math, or science. Picardi received the Dr. Jerry Pournelle Memorial Scholarship, and Hanson received the Dr. Yoji ...Read More

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2021 ConFusion Registration Open

ConFusion EasterCon has launched a new website and is now open for 2021 registration, with an adult attending membership rate of £70.

The convention will be held April 2-5, 2021, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, Birmingham, UK. Guests of honor will be Dan Abnett, Dave Lally, and Nik Vincent. Planned events include workshops, an art show, book signings, and a teen lounge. ConFusion 2021 hopes to “make up for 2020 ...Read More

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Evans Wins CrimeFest Award

Kathryn Evans has won the 2020 CrimeFest Award for Best Crime Novel for Young Adults for her novel Beauty Sleep (Usborne). The award “is for the best crime novel for young adults (aged 12-16) first published in the United Kingdom in 2019.”

Winners receive a Bristol Blue Glass commemorative award and were announced July 7, 2020 on the CrimeFest website and social media pages. “Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, ...Read More

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New Copyright Registration Rules

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced that “the U.S. Copyright Office has issued a new copyright registration rule that will allow authors to register up to fifty short textual works published online for a single flat fee.”

SFWA worked with the National Writers Union, Horror Writers Association, and American Society of Journalists and Authors to request this change starting in January 2017. The new rule will ...Read More

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