2016 British Fantasy Award Nominees

The British Fantasy Society website has announced the shortlist for the 2016 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Harper Voyager)
  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Macmillan)
  • Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Macmillan)
  • Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
  • The Iron Ghost, Jen Williams (Headline)

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2016 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2016 Locus Awards.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Paul Park, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with ...Read More

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Fischer and Schmatz Win Tiptree

Eugene Fischer’s novella “The New Mother” (Asimov’s 4-5/15) and Pat Schmatz’s novel Lizard Radio (Candlewick) are the two winners of the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Each author will receive $1,000 in prize money, original artwork created to honor the winning works, and chocolate. Fischer will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon, May 27-30, ...Read More

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2016 Ditmar and Other Australian Awards (Corrected)

The winners of the 2016 Ditmar Awards for excellence in Australian SF have been announced, along with some other Australian awards.

Best Novel
  • Lament for the Afterlife, Lisa L. Hannett (ChiZine)
  • Day Boy, Trent Jamieson (Text)
  • The Dagger’s Path, Glenda Larke (Orbit)
  • Graced, Amanda Pillar (Momentum)
  • Zeroes, Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti (Simon & Schuster)
Best Novella or Novelette
  • Of Sorrow and Such
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2015 BSFA Awards Winners

The winners for the 2015 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards have been announced:

Best Novel

  • The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz)
  • Mother of Eden, Chris Beckett (Corvus)
  • Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
  • Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Gollancz)

Best Short Story

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • Witches of Lychford
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2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and of the AuContraire 2016 convention.

Best Novel

  • Mariah’s Dream, Grace Bridges (Splashdown)
  • Ardus, Jean Gilbert (Rogue House)
  • Sun Touched, J.C. Hart (Etherhart)
  • Vestiges of Flames, Lyn McConchie (Lethe)
  • Shards of Ice, Catherine Mede (Flying Kiwi)
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Pratchett Receives Solstice Award

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that the late Sir Terry Pratchett will receive the 2016 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award.

The Solstice award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape, and is

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2015 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2015 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel

  • Mother of Eden, Chris Beckett (Corvus)
  • The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Gollancz)
  • Europe at Midnight, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Luna: New Moon, Ian McDonald (Gollancz)
  • Glorious Angels, Justina Robson (Gollancz)

Best Short Story

  • Witches of Lychford, Paul Cornell (Tor.com)
  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Aliette 
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2015 Parsec Awards Winners

Winners for the 2015 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, were announced September 9, 2015 at Dragon Con  in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • “The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” or “A Mike in the Mechanics”, Michael McQuilkin & Richard Wentworth (Hadron Gospel Hour)
  • Edict Zero – FIS, Season 3
  • “Balancing Act”, Mike Murphy (Strange Stories)
  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • Wolf
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Blinks: James Tiptree Jr.; Hugo Results summaries; Reviews

» August 24th was James Tiptree, Jr.’s 100th anniversary: Conceptual Fiction; Letters to Tiptree by Brit Mandelo at Tor.com; Tachyon Publications

» Summaries of Hugo Awards results and attendant issues at Wired, Boing Boing, Wall Street Journal, and Slate.

» Reactions to the first Hugo Award to a Chinese writer: NYT: Science-Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Chinese Writer for First Time; WSJ: Cixin Liu Becomes First Asian to Win Hugo ...Read More

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Updated 2015 Parsec Awards Nominees

The Parse Awards Steering Committee has adjusted the list of finalists for the 2015 Parsec Awards, which honor excellence in speculative fiction podcasting.

The following nominees were eligible, but should not have been listed as finalists. The committee notes “these works are well worth your time to listen, and we hope you will go and enjoy them.”

  • “Shimmer”, Amanda Davis (Cast of Wonders)
  • “Singing with All my Skin and Bone”,
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2015 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2015 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced at Dragon*Con, September 4 –September 7, 2015, in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • “Balancing Act”, Mike Murphy (Strange Stories)
  • “The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” or “A Mike in the Mechanics”, Michael McQuilkin & Richard Wentworth (Hadron Gospel Hour)
  • “Transference”,
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Kurd Laßwitz Award Winners

The 2014 Kurd Lasswitz Award winners have been announced, recognizing exceptional German science fiction works and translations from 2013.

Best German SF Novel

  • Dschiheads, Wolfgang Jeschke (Heyne)

Best German SF Short Story

  • “Coen Sloterdykes Diametral Levitierendes Chronoversum”, Michael Marrak (Nova 05/13)

Best Foreign SF Work Published in German

  • In Einer Anderen Welt [Among Others], Jo Walton (Golkonda)

Best SF Translation Into German

  • James Tiptree Jr. – Das
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Sulway Wins Tiptree

N.A. Sulway’s novel Rupetta (Tartarus) is the winner of the 2013 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Sulway will receive $1,000 in prize money, original artwork created to honor the winning works, and chocolate. She will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon 38, May 23-26, 2014 in Madison WI.

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Buchanan and Sagan Win Solstice Awards

SFWA has announced that Carl Sagan and Ginjer Buchanan are the recipients of the 2013 Solstice Awards. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose CA, May 16-19, 2013.

The award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact on

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Solstice Awards Winners 2012

SFWA has announced the recipients of the 2012 Solstice Awards: Octavia Butler and John Clute. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Awards Weekend in Arlington VA, May 17-20, 2012.

The award, created in 2008 and given at the discretion of the SFWA president with the majority approval of the Board of Directors, is for individuals, living or dead, who have had “a significant impact on the science fiction ...Read More

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Hairston Wins Tiptree

Andrea Hairston’s Redwood and Wildfire (Aqueduct) is the winner of the 2011 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Hairston will receive $1,000 in prize money, original artwork created to honor the winning work, and chocolate.

The Tiptree jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:

  • Beauty Queens, Libba Bray (Scholastic)
  • “The Nones of Quintilus”, L.
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Science Fiction Research Association 2011 Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association has announced the 2011 winners of its annual research awards:

Pilgrim Award: Donna Haraway

Pioneer Award: John Rieder, “On Defining SF, or Not: Genre Theory, SF, and History”, Science Fiction Studies 37.2 (July 2010)

Clareson Award: The Tiptree Motherboard (Karen Joy Fowler, Debbie Notkin, Ellen Klages, Jeanne Gomoll, Jeff Smith, Pat Murphy)

Mary Kay Bray: Alfredo Suppia, “Southern Portable Panic: Federico Álvarez’s Ataque de Pánico!”, ...Read More

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2010 Nebula Awards Winners

The 2010 Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in a ceremony at the Nebula Awards Weekend, held in Washington DC. Michael Swanwick was Toastmaster, and Michael Dirda gave the keynote address.

Novel

  • Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)
  • The Native Star, M.K. Hobson (Spectra)
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
  • Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
  • Echo
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Multiple Award Nominees for 2010

People both online and offline have written in to let me know about a whole bunch of award short lists that I missed in this post (although to be fair, some of those nominations were announced this week, a few days after the original Consensus post went up). Since there’s so much interest, I’ve gone through and done a more systematic round-up of the awards. I’ve also got a spreadsheet ...Read More

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Roundtable: All the Awards (Part 1 of 3)

Karen Burnham

This weekend, awards season really geared up. The BSFA and Ditmar awards were announced, and the Hugo award nominations were revealed. Congratulations, by the way, to all the winners and nominees reading this!

So what do awards do for us as a community? Do they help shape the dialog, or are they just something to argue over? Along the way, do you have any gripes, praise, or handicapping ...Read More

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Gilman and Yoshinaga Win Tiptree

Greer Gilman’s Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Small Beer) and Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Volumes 1 & 2 (VIZ Media) are co-winners of the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Ooku is the first manga to be chosen as a Tiptree winner. The awards ceremony will be held at WisCon 34 in Madison ...Read More

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New & Notable Books, July 2020

Neal Asher, The Human (Night Shade 5/20; Mac­millan UK 4/20) The master of weird SF returns to the Polity universe in this concluding volume of his Rise of the Jain trilogy, “full of outsize heroes and monsters, gigantic spacecraft, godlike artificial intelligences, and horrific large-scale and close-up combat sequences…. I declare myself satisfied and entertained and impressed.” [Russell Letson]

 

Algis Budrys, Beyond the Outposts: Essays on SF and Fantasy ...Read More

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Alasdair Gray (1934-2019)

Scottish author Alasdair Gray, 85, died December 29, 2019 at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow. Gray was famed as a playwright, poet, and novelist, and his literary fiction often included elements of the fantastic. His first work of SF interest was “The Star” (1951), an homage to H.G. Wells, and was collected with other speculative work in Unlikely Stories (1983). His most famous book is debut novel Lanark: A ...Read More

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Issue 706 Table of Contents, November 2019

The November 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Robert McCammon and L.X. Beckett. Main stories include the renaming of the Tiptree Award, Nobel wins for Tokarczuk and Handke, British Fantasy, Aurora, Booker Prize, Sunburst, and Sidewise winners, Link & Grant‘s new bookstore, King‘s house as a museum, the cancellation of Hour of the Wolf after almost 50 years on the ...Read More

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Michael Blumlein (1948-2019)

SF writer and doctor Michael Blumlein, 71, died October 24, 2019 of lung cancer.

His debut novel The Movement of Mountains appeared in 1987, and was followed by X,Y (1993; adapted as a feature film in 2004), and The Healer (2005). His first SF story, “Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report” (1984) appeared in Interzone. Other notable stories include World Fantasy Award finalist “The Brains of Rats”(1986), Stoker ...Read More

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Issue 705 Table of Contents, October 2019

The October 2019 issue of Locus magazine has interviews with Sarah Pinsker and Phenderson Djèlí Clark. Worldcon 77 in Dublin is covered with an extensive report and photos, the complete Hugo and Retro-Hugo voting breakdowns, and a WSFS business meeting report. Stories include the renaming of the Campbell Conference and the Tiptree Award, the Dragon Awards and James White Award winners, Haikasoru on hiatus, and more. Kameron ...Read More

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WisCon 43 Report

WisCon 43 was held May 24-27, 2019 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Charlie Jane Anders and G. Willow Wilson as guests of honor. There were 940 full memberships sold, plus 51 teen/youth/child memberships (including many donated and assisted memberships). Programming offered 109 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. There were 14 group readings plus GoH readings for ...Read More

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Michael Blumlein: Love & Space

Michael John Blumlein was born June 28, 1948 in San Francisco CA. He attended medical school at the University of California, San Francisco and has worked as a practicing MD and member of the faculty at UCSF for decades.

His first SF story, “Tissue Ablation and Variant Regeneration: A Case Report”(1984) appeared in Interzone. Other notable stories include World Fantasy Award finalist “The Brains of Rats”(1986), Stoker Award finalist “Bestseller”(1990), ...Read More

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Issue 700 Table of Contents, May 2019

The May 2019 issue of Locus has interviews with G. Willow Wilson and Ilana C. Myer. Grand Master Gene Wolfe (1931-2019) and Vonda N. McIntyre (1948-2019) are remembered with obituaries and appreciations. News includes the 2019 Hugo Awards ballot, 1944 Retro Hugos ballot, Audrey Shulman’s Philip K. Dick Award win, the new Tor horror imprint, Gabriela Damián Miravete’s Tiptree win, the closure of the Gemmell ...Read More

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WisCon 42 Report

WisCon 42 was held May 25-28, 2018 at the Concourse Hotel in balmy Madison WI, with Saladin Ahmed and Tananarive Due as guests of honor. 924 full memberships were sold, plus 71 single day memberships. Programming offered 140 panels, solo presentations, and roundtables, focused on SF/F literature, diversity, feminism, disability, criticism, and more. Other options included 19 reading slots with 68 authors, 23 writing workshops, 12 kids’ items, 10 gaming ...Read More

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Issue 687 Table of Contents, April 2018

The April issue features interviews with Jeff VanderMeer and Tananarive Due; appreciations for Kate Wilhelm; obituaries for Karen AndersonPeter NichollsMary RosenblumStephen Hawking, and Bill Crider; a column by Kameron Hurley; spotlights on Michelle Sagara and Sarah Pinsker; the Tiptree, Stoker, and Dell awards winners; and reviews of short fiction and books by Sam J. Miller, ...Read More

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