Illustration of the Year Award

There are a few days left to enter artwork into Speculative Literature Foundation’s (SLF) Illustration of the Year Award event. “This is the SLF’s first open call for Illustration of the Year, and the sixth consecutive year that it has featured an illustration.” Michelle Feng was the 2022 winner. The artist with the winning piece will receive $750 and the work “will also be used as a visual element of ...Read More

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Henry Morrison (1936-2022)

Literary agent Henry Morrison, 86, died November 2, 2022. Morrison’s past clients included Samuel R. Delany, Dean Koontz, Robert Ludlum, Eric van Lustbader, David Morrell, and Roger Zelazny.

Morrison was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. He got his start at the Scott Meredith Literary Agency before leaving to launch his own agency in his late 20s. He was active in the business for more than ...Read More

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2023 Clarion West Workshop Going Virtual

Clarion West announced via email that the 2023 Summer Workshop will be held virtually. Per the announcement:

The workshop dates are June 25 – August 5, 2023. We accept 15 students in virtual classes to keep the workload and screen time manageable for all. Tuition is $3,200, and applicants can apply to scholarships through the workshop application. Applications are open January 4 – March 1.

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New York Library Top Borrows

The New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Queen’s Public Library have each released lists of their most-borrowed books of 2022.

The most borrowed book across the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island was Mat Haig’s fantasy The Midnight Library (Viking). Other titles of genre interest that ranked high in the lists include Anthony Doeer’s Cloud Cuckoo Land (Scribner), Jennifer Egan’s The Candy House (Scribner), and The ...Read More

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Petition for Chengdu to Drop Lukyanenko

A petition has been launched on site AVAAZ.org calling on “the Board of Worldcon 2023” to “rescind the status of guest of honour from Sergei Lukyanenko….” Lukyanenko was announced as one of three guests of honor for the 81st World Science Fiction Convention scheduled to be held August 16-20, 2023 in Chengdu, China. The petition objects to Lukyanenko’s support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. As of this writing, the ...Read More

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Morris Award Finalists

Hell Followed With Us by Andrew Joseph White (Peachtree) and Wake the Bones by Elizabeth Kilcoyne (Wednesday) are among the five finalists for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, given by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) to “a previously unpublished author, or authors, who have made a strong literary debut in writing for young adult readers.”

The winner will be announced at ALA’s Midwinter Youth Media Awards ...Read More

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Kindle Subscription Program Ending

Amazon has notified magazine publishers that they will be ending their Kindle Publishing for Periodicals Program in September 2023, which means subscribers will no longer be able to receive their print or digital magazines through the site.

Publishers Weekly reported that they “learned that [Amazon] is ending its print textbook rental program, which was established about a decade ago, and will phase out print and digital magazine and newspaper subscriptions ...Read More

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2022 Dream Foundry Contest Winners

Dream Foundry, a “non-profit dedicated to bolstering the careers of nascent professionals working with the speculative arts,” has announced winners for its 2022 contests.

Writing Contest

  • 1st Place: Audrey Obuobisa-Darko
  • 2nd Place: Takim Williams
  • 3rd Place: Davida Kilgore

Finalists

  • Angela Acosta
  • Sarah Ang
  • Laura Chilibeck
  • Nico Montoya
  • Georgie Morvis
  • Ry Rosenhirsch
  • Katlina Sommerberg

Art Contest

  • 1st Place: Eryk Souza
  • 2nd Place: Daniela Ivanova
  • 3rd Place: Elemei

Finalists

  • Albokhari Mohamed Tahir
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USA Today Bestseller List on Hiatus

The USA Today Bestseller List is currently on hiatus, with their last update to the list on December 1, 2022. The USA Today list began in 1993, and “is a ranking of the top-selling titles each week from a broad range of retail outlets including major chains, independent bookstores and online retailers. It reflects combined sales of titles in print and electronic format, if available.”

Longtime editor Mary Cadden has ...Read More

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2023 Aspen Words Longlist

The 14-title longlist for the 2023 Aspen Words Literary Prize has been announced, including titles and authors of genre interest:

  • Glory, NoViolet Bulawayo (Viking)
  • The Last White Man, Mohsin Hamid (Riverhead)
  • The Last Suspicious Holdout, Ladee Hubbard (Amistad)
  • What We Fed to the Manticore, Talia Lakshmi Kolluri (Tin House)
  • The Consequences, Manuel Muñoz (Graywolf)

Finalists will be announced March 6, 2023, and the winner will

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Huntington Library Acquires Pynchon Papers

The Huntington Library in San Marino CA announced that they have acquired the papers of Thomas Pynchon. The collection filled 48 boxes: “70 linear feet of materials created between the late 1950s and the 2020s — including typescripts and drafts of each of his novels, handwritten notes, correspondence, and research.” Pynchon’s papers were collected and represented by his son, Jackson Pynchon. The materials are being processed and will be available ...Read More

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2022 Canopus Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 100 Year Starship (100YSS) 2022 Canopus Awards for Excellence in Interstellar Writing have been announced. Canopus recognizes “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that expand our understanding of the challenges, opportunities, pitfalls, and rewards of interstellar space exploration.”

Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more)

  • Sweep of Stars, Maurice Broaddus (Tor)
  • Escaping Exodus, Nicky Drayden (HarperVoyager)
  • Light Chaser, Peter F. Hamilton and Garth L.
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People & Publishing Roundup, December 2022

MILESTONES

SF writers J. DIANNE DOT­SON & GARETH L. POWELL were married November 5, 2022 in a small ceremony held in Los Angeles CA. Dotson designed her wedding dress herself: “I chose red as it is my favorite color and it honors Gareth being half-Welsh, given the colors of the Welsh flag.”

ALICIA WANSTALL-BURKE is now represented by the John Jarrold Literary Agency.

 

AWARDS

STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES is the ...Read More

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Future SF Going On Hiatus

Future SF is going on hiatus following the publication of the December 2022 issue, #17.

Editor Alex Shvartsman says,

Running a magazine, even a quarterly one, is an extremely labor- and time-intensive enterprise. I’ve been really struggling to keep up with its demands for a while now and do not feel I can continue to do a good-enough job while also keeping up with my day job, family, and any ...Read More

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2022 Xingyun Awards Winners

The 13th annual Xingyun awards for Chinese science fiction were presented by the World Chinese Science Fiction Association on December 10, 2022 in Chengdu, China.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The New New Newspaper Press: Shadow of the Enchanted Metropolis, Liang Qingsan (New Star)
  • Reset, Qidaojun (Qingdao)
  • Travel with My Dear Android, A Que (Aviation Industry)
  • The Times of Great Antiquity,  Su Xuejun (China Broadcast, Film & Television Publishing
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2022 Premio Italia Winners

Winners for the 2022 Premio Italia Awards have been announced:

International SF Novel

  • Piranesi, Susanna Clarke (Fazi)

Science Fiction Novel

  • Avrai i miei occhi, Nicoletta Vallorani (Zona 42)

Fantasy Novel

  • L’aquila nera, Claudio Chillemi (Delos Digital)

Collection

  • Odissea Fantascienza (Delos Digital)

Anthology

  • Temponauti, Franco Forte (Mondadori)

Short Fiction — Professional

  • “Il giorno in cui vinsi la guerra del passato”, Davide Del Popolo Riolo  (Urania Millemondi)

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Magazine News

Black Cat Weekly is shut­ting down their website on January 2, 2023, and will now be hosted at <blackcatweekly.com>. Subscribers should be migrated automatically, but if they “receive a renewal notice from PayWhirl.com, please cancel through PayWhirl.com and renew through blackcatweekly.com instead – the new web site is faster, easier, and allows you to man­age your account directly. It’s just better!”

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Jill Pinkwater (1941-2022)

Writer and artist JILL PINKWATER, 81, died October 4, 2022 in Rhinebeck NY. She was best known for the illustrations she contributed to her husband Daniel Pinkwater’s books for children. Jill Miriam Schutz was born May 29, 1941 in the Bronx NY, and worked asan artist and teacher. She met Daniel Pinkwater in 1969, and they were married that same year; they subsequently collaborated on more than 50 books, including ...Read More

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PRH CEO Dohle Steps Down

Markus Dohle is stepping down from his position as CEO of Penguin Random House as well as resigning from PRH parent company Bertelsmann’s Executive Board. Dohle took over as CEO of Random House in 2008 and joined the Bertelsmann Executive Board. He was appointed PRH’s first CEO when the publishing group was founded on July 1, 2013. Dohle said,

Following the antitrust decision in the U.S. against the merger of ...Read More

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Kohl Wins Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices

Chana Khol is the winner of the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, for stories between 1,000-5,000 words by “any writer over 18 years of age who customarily identifies as Black, has not published nor is under contract for a book, and has three or less paid fiction publications.” Other finalists were Christopher McLucas, Tonya Moore, and Kingsley Okpii

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2022 Goodreads Choice Awards

Winners of the 2022 Goodreads Choice Awards for the “best books of 2022,” as chosen by users of the site, have been announced. There are several winners of genre interest.

Best Fiction

  • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, Gabrielle Zevin (Knopf) 90,971 votes

Best Science Fiction

  • Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf) 59,920 votes

Best Fantasy

  • House of Sky and Breath, Sarah J. Maas (Bloomsbury) 105,718
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Anne Harris (1964-2022)

Author Anne Harris, 58, who also wrote SF as Pearl North, died November 17, 2022 in Ferndale MI after suffering a stroke.

Born May 2, 1964 in Detroit MI, Harris graduated from Oakland University with a computer science degree. They published over a dozen novels and numerous stories, and taught at Seton Hill University.

They began publishing genre work with “Change Is A Dog” (1991). Their books include debut The ...Read More

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2023 TAFF Candidates

Sandra Bond and Mikolaj Kowalewski are the two candidates for the 2023 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) “for the 2023 TAFF trip from Europe to North America, with itineraries to be announced but presumed to include Pemmi-Con, the 2023 NASFIC in Winnipeg.”

TAFF “was created in 1953 for the purpose of providing funds to bring well-known and popular [science fiction] fans familiar to those on both sides of the ocean across ...Read More

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2022 #BlackSpecFic Report

FIYAH has posted their 2022 #BlackSpecFic Report, published as “an examination of the state of representation of Black authors within the speculative short fiction market published in 2021.”

The report looked at 63 markets examined in an earlier 2015 study, and found that only 26 were still fully active. The report continued with a list of 131 markets that met the requirements of being operational as of 2021, publishing in ...Read More

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The Guardian’s Best SF/F of 2022

The Guardian has listed the best SF and fantasy books of 2022, as selected by Adam Roberts. The five-title list has:

  • Deep Wheel Orcadia, Harry Josephine Giles (Picador)
  • Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution, R.F. Kuang (William Morrow)
  • Sea of Tranquility, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)
  • Beyond the Burn Line, Paul McAuley (Gollancz)
  • Goliath, Tochi Onyebuchi (Tordotcom)
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2023 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS) has named the finalists for the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award for Best Classic Fiction.

  • “Free Men”, Robert Heinlein (The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein)
  • “Primary Education of the Camiroi”, R.A. Lafferty (Galaxy 12/66)
  • That Hideous Strength, C.S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
  • Circus World, Barry B. Longyear (Nelson Doubleday)
  • The Truth, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday/Transworld)

Three other titles were also considered: ...Read More

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Macmillan Extends Remote Work

Macmillan has extended its “hybrid & remote-friendly” policy through the end of 2023, allowing employees who can do their jobs remotely to “have the flexibility to choose the number of days per week they work in the office, or choose to work fully remotely.”

Jon Yaged, CEO, says,

Two things are clear: people want flexibility and we continue to live in uncertain times. So, we’ll continue what has been working ...Read More

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AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2022

AudioFile has announced its list of the best audiobooks for 2022. Authors and titles of genre interest are included below.

Science Fiction & Fantasy

  • The Atlas Six, Olivie Blake (Macmillan Audio)
  • Moon Witch, Spider King, Marlon James (Penguin Audio)
  • Even Though I Knew The End, C.L. Polk (RecordedBooks)
  • Witches Abroad, Terry Pratchett (Penguin Audio)
  • A Court of Mist and Fury, Sarah J. Maas (Recorded Books)
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2023 Clarion Applications Open

Applications for Clarion’s six-week summer workshop are open now through March 1, 2023.

The workshop will be held June 25 – August 5, 2023 in San Diego CA, and the instructors are Andy Duncan, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Tochi Onyebuchi, Anjali Sachdeva, and Rae Carson & Charles Coleman Finlay. Jac Jemc is faculty director.

The application fee is $55 until February 15. From February 16 to March 1, the fee is ...Read More

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2022 World Fantasy Convention Report

The 48th World Fantasy Convention was held as a hybrid event November 3-6, 2022, with the Hyatt Regency hosting the in-person portion in New Orleans, that destination Louisiana city so renowned for its cuisine, music, and atmosphere. Guests of honor were Ginjer Buchanan, Victor LaValle, and Jo Walton, with Iris Compiet as artist guest of honor, Andrei Codrescu and Brandon O’Brien as special guests, Nisi Shawl as featured guest, plus ...Read More

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