P.M. Griffin (1947-2020)

Author P.M. Griffin, 73, died August 10, 2020 in Brooklyn NY after an illness.

Pauline Margaret Griffin was born July 5, 1947 in Brooklyn. She began publishing SF with Star Commandos in 1986; the 12th volume in the series, War Prince, appeared in 2004. She collaborated with Andre Norton on Redline the Stars (1993) and Firehand (1994), and her novels Seakeep (1991) and Falcon Hope (1992) were set in ...Read More

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ASFA Sponsors BIPOC Memberships

The Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA) is sponsoring memberships in its organization for Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) artists. As of August 12, 2020 they have 15 memberships available and are accepting donations to fund more.

For more information, including how to apply and donate, see the ASFA website.


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Ray Bradbury Scholarships

The Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy is offering $1,000 scholarships for up to six students in the US and Canada, enrolled in grades 7-12, “whose writing uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.“ The scholarship is sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation. Submissions open September 1, 2020. “Regional deadlines vary and can be as early as December 1, 2020.” ...Read More

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Delany to Give Windham-Campbell Lecture

Samuel R. Delany will deliver the 2020 Windham-Campbell lecture. The annual “Why I Write” lecture series is normally presented during the Windham-Campbell Prizes Festival, which is canceled this year, and will instead be available on their website, September 16, 2020 at 5 p.m. EDT.

The Donald Windham-Sandy M. Campbell Literature Prize was established “to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work ...Read More

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2020 WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2020 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “The Blighted Godling of Company Town H”, Beth Cato (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 1/3/19)
  • “The Weight of Mountains”, L. Deni Colter (DreamForge 6/19)
  • “The Sound of Distant Stars”, Judi Fleming (Footprints in the Stars)
  • “Give the Family My Love”, A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld 2/19)
  • “Fairest of All”, Ada Hoffmann (The Future Fire
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2020 Endeavour Award Finalists

Finalists for the Endeavour Award have been announced:

  • Merlin Redux, Dave Duncan (Night Shade)
  • Shadow Stitcher, Misha Handman (EDGE)
  • What the Wind Brings, Matthew Hughes (Pulp Literature)
  • Middlegame, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Witch’s Kind, Louisa Morgan (Redhook)

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Beagle Wins 2020 Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize

Peter S. Beagle has been awarded the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Prize/Prix du Goncourt by judges Jean-Luc Fromental, Rick Klaw, Guy Lawley, Michael Moorcock, Linda Steele, Lili Sztajn, and Brandy Whitten. The prize is “typically for excellence in humorous writing,” and named for author Jack Trevor Story, who died in 1992. Beagle will receive a memorial cup and a $500 prize, which

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2020 James White Award Canceled

The James White short story competition will not be held in 2020, due to “technical issues with the current website, and problems caused by a certain global crises.”

The competition, founded in 2000, is open to non-professional writers. Winners receive £200 and publication in Interzone. Award administrator Martin McGrath said,

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2020 Dragon Awards Ballot

Dragon Con has announced the ballot for the 2020 Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website; registration for voting is open until September 4, 2020. Winners will be announced at Dragon Con, to be held online September 3-7, 2020.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • The Testaments, Margaret Atwood (Nan A. Talese)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Redhook)
  • Gideon the
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Head of Zeus Launches New Imprint

Head of Zeus announced a new imprint, Ad Astra, which will publish “the best high-concept SFF our world can offer.” Cixin Liu will be Ad Astra’s “talisman.”

Ad Astra will launch six books on October 1, 2020: Attack Surface by Cory Doctorow; Unconquerable Sun by Kate Elliott; Hold Up the Sky by Cixin Liu; Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea by Sarah Pinsker; The Lost Colony by A.G. ...Read More

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Dream Foundry Contest Opens

The Dream Foundry short story contest “for beginning professionals” is open to submissions from August 10 – October 11, 2020. The contest is open to writers who have published, in total, fewer than 4,000 words, earned less than $320, and have never been nominated for a major award.

Contest coordinators will select ten finalists, and judges will select first, second, and third-place winners from those finalists. First prize is $1,000, ...Read More

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2020 Splatterpunk Awards Winners

Winners have been announced for the Splatterpunk Awards, “honoring superior achievement for works published in 2019 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.”

Best Novel

  • WINNER: Lakehouse Infernal, Christine Morgan (Deadite)
  • Carnivorous Lunar Activities, Max Booth III (Cinestate/Fangoria)
  • Killer Lake, W.D. Gagliani & David Benton (Deadite)
  • Reception, Kenzie Jennings (Death’s Head)
  • Merciless, Bryan Smith (Grindhouse)
  • Toxic Love, Kristopher Triana (Blood Bound)
  • They Kill
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Publishing News

In June, John Sargent, CEO of Macmillan, sent a memo to staff outlining plans to change their leadership structure. “It is clear that we have to change who occupies the seats at the table when the important decisions are being made.” They plan to create a new Trade Manage­ment committee with 13 members “who will meet regularly to decide on the key issues for Macmillan” and “focus on running the ...Read More

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FIYAHCON Creates Ignyte Awards

FIYAHCON has announced the creation of the Ignyte Awards “to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

Awards will be given in categories such as “Best Novel – Adult,” “Critics Award,” and “Best in Creative Nonfiction.” The awards also include “The Ember Award for Unsung Contributions ...Read More

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World Fantasy Convention Updates

The World Fantasy Convention 2020 committee is ”hard at work designing an online convention that includes many of the elements you’ve come to identify with World Fantasy Convention – and maybe a few new ones.” They ”hope that our virtual convention will be attended by a diverse membership, many of whom are using their craft to create literature and art that not only entertain but introduce fantasy enthusiasts to a ...Read More

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2020 Dagger Awards Shortlists

The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Dagger Awards, including several titles and authors of genre interest.

Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

  • The Whisper Man, Alex North (Michael Joseph)

Sapere Books Historical Dagger

  • Metropolis, Philip Kerr (Quercus)

Short Story Dagger

  • “The New Lad”, Paul Finch (Exit Wounds)
  • “The Washing”, Christopher Fowler (Invisible Blood)
  • “Easily Made”, Syd Moore (12 Strange
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Octavia E. Butler Fellowship Announced

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino CA has created a new Octavia E. Butler Fellowship.

The Huntington is the repository of the literary archive of Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), the first science fiction writer to receive a prestigious MacArthur “genius” award and the first African-American woman to win widespread recognition writing in that genre. Applicants may be working from a variety of disciplinary perspectives on ...Read More

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Polari Prize 2020 Shortlists

Things We Say in the Dark by Kirsty Logan (Harvill Secker) is on the shortlist for the 2020 Polari Prize, given to writers born or based in the UK and Ireland “for emerging and established LGBTQ+ literary talent.”

The shortlists were announced in an online ceremony July 31, 2020, with winners to be announced in October. The Polari Prize is sponsored by DHH Literary Agency, and the winner will receive ...Read More

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FIYAHCON Programming Pitch Deadline

FIYAHCON, an online convention for BIPOC+ in SF/F publishing, is accepting programming pitches until August 21, 2020. Programming ideas can be submitted directly through their website.

Over at FIYAH Literary Magazine, we’ve wanted to host a convention almost since our inception and now we’re in a place to pull it off. Our mission for the convention is to reach beyond the magazine’s origins centering Black voices, to celebrate the contributions ...Read More

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2020 Locus Awards Online

The Locus Awards took place online on June 24-27, 2020 in their first virtual-only iteration; Connie Willis and Daryl Gregory co-emceed the ceremony. There were over 150 registrations, and paid members received a Locus t-shirt and a print program book.

Despite struggling with whether to go forward with the Locus Awards events (usually held on the ground in Seattle), and ignoring their total lack of technical experience with webinar platforms, ...Read More

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2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award Winner

“Humanslayer” by Scott Huggins won the sixth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award, announced August 2, 2020 during the Baen Virtual Roadshow, broadcast live on Facebook. Second place went to “The Chilling Account of the Wolf-Bann of Krallenburg” by J.E. Tabor and third place went to “Seidh” by Morgan Welch.

Other nominees were:

  • “Hero”, L.R. Braden
  • “The Strength of Summer Storms”, Evey Brett
  • “A Hole in the Gut”, M.T. Kadisin
  • “From
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2020 Hemming Award Finalists

The shortlists for the 2020 Norma K. Hemming Award have been announced.

Short Fiction (stories up to 17,500 words)

  • “Like Ripples on a Blank Shore”, J.S. Breukelaar (Collision)
  • “The Mark”, Grace Chan (Verge 2019: Uncanny)
  • “‘Scapes Made Diamond”, Shauna O’Meara (Interzone 3-4/19)
  • “The Promise of Saints”, Angela Slatter (A Miscellany of Death & Folly)
  • Winter’s Tale, Nike Sulway & Shauna O’Meara (Twelfth Planet)
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Ashley Wins Munsey Award

Mike Ashley is the winner of the 2020 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to an individual or institution that has bettered the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners.

Ashley received a fine art print by David Saunders as his award. Since PulpFest 2020 has been canceled, the award was ...Read More

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Stewart’s Roundabout

SF, fantasy, and alter­nate reality game writer Sean Stewart has written an interactive online farce called Roundabout: “A love triangle gets even more complicated when three digital beings decide they want to go back into bodies – and the audience chooses who goes where.” You can watch (and participate!) at <twitch.tv/NIDA-Roundabout> on August 6, 7, and 8 at 6 p.m. PST. Stewart created the play in collaboration with the ...Read More

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Bookstore News

Barnes & Noble fired unspecified number of employees from its head­quarters in New York who’d been on furlough since March – including longtime SF/fantasy and graphic novel buyer James Killen and fiction buyer Sessalee Hensley. A spokesperson said, “It is with great regret that a number of employees in the corporate office have left our employment. As with so many companies, we evaluate our needs in circumstances much changed by ...Read More

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2020 Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the Lodestar for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer were announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon, on August 1, 2020 during an online ceremony.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: A Memory Called Empire, Arkady Martine (Tor; Tor UK)
  • The City in the Middle of the Night, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix
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2020 Diverse Book Awards Longlist

The inaugural longlist for the Diverse Book Awards, created “to highlight the best of the diverse voices published in the UK during 2019, both traditionally and self-published,” has been announced. Titles and authors of possible genre interest include:

Best Children’s

  • Tin Boy, Steve Cole, illustrated by Oriol Vidal (Barrington Stoke)
  • The Mysterious Melody, SP K-Mushambi, illustrated by Kudzai Gumbo (Naniso Create)

Best Young Adult

  • The Deathless Girls,
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Chicago Wins 2022 Worldcon

CoNZealand Site Selection announced that Chicago has won the site vote and will host the 80th Worldcon, Chicon 8, to be held September 1-5, 2022, winning 517 of the 587 ballots. The con will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Guests include author guest of honor Charles de Lint, artist guest of honor Floyd Norman, fan guests of honor Edie Stern and Joe Siclari, First Fandom guest of honor ...Read More

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2020 Sir Julius Vogel Awards Winners

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

Best Novel

  • WINNER: The Dawnhounds, Sascha Stronach (Little Hook)
  • 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)

Best Youth Novel

  • WINNER: The Clockhill and the Thief,
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1945 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners of the 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1944, have been announced by CoNZealand, the 78th Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • WINNER: “Shadow Over Mars”, Leigh Brackett (Startling Stories Fall ’44)
  • Land of Terror, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc.)
  • The Golden Fleece, Robert Graves (Cassell)
  • “The Winged Man”, E. Mayne Hull & A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction 5-6/44)
  • The Wind on the Moon, Eric
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Free Issue of Aurealis

A digital copy of Aurealis #132, the All-New Zealand issue, will be sent free to anyone who emails <editor@aurealis.com.au> with the subject line “Aurealis #132 All-New Zealand” during CoNZealand, July 29 – August 2, 2020.


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