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February 1999

Awards: SFCD-Literaturpreis 1999

Nominations for this award for best German-language novel and short story have been announced and are available online at (in English:

(Monday 22 Feb 1999)

New Awards

Spectrum The Gaylactic Network, a science fiction fan group for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgendered people, has announced the creation of the Gaylactic Network Spectrum Awards to honor works in science fiction, fantasy and horror that deal positively with gay characters, themes and issues. The award will be presented annually in two categories, Best Novel and Best Other Work, with the latter category open to short stories, movies, TV, and games. A Hall of Fame award will also be presented this year for a work published before 1998. In addition, the single work from any category that receives the most nominations will receive a special People's Choice Award.

Nominations for the 1999 Spectrum Awards will be announced in May, with winners presented at the 1999 Gaylaxicon in Washington, DC, in October. Further information is available at the Spectrum Awards website. The German online newszine fantasticreaderNews has announced a new annual award for SF, fantasy and horror books, cinema, and television. Categories include best novel or short story by a German author, best international novel published in Germany, and best translation of an international novel into the German language. Winners will be announced in April.

European Awards

Kurd Lasswitz The fantasticreaderNews website has a lengthy list of nominations for this year's Kurd Lasswitz Awards. Named for the influential German SF writer who lived from 1848 to 1910, the awards have honored German-language SF since 1981.

Prix Ozone Readers of the French-language Science-Fiction Magazine (formerly Ozone) have voted the results of the Prix Ozone 1999:

  • Best movie: Gattaca, directed by Andrew Niccol
  • Best TV series: Buffy, Vampire Slayer (2nd season)
  • Best SF novel written in French: Aucune etoile aussi lointaine ("No Star So Far Away"), by Serge Lehman
  • Best Fantasy novel written in French: Arcadia, by Fabrice Colin
  • Best Horror novel written in French: Entre chien et louve ("Between Dog and She-Wolf"), by Anne Duguel
  • Best translated SF novel: The Rise of Endymion, by Dan Simmons
  • Best translated Fantasy novel: Reaper Man, by Terry Pratchett
  • Best translated Horror novel: Anno Dracula, by Kim Newman
  • Best short story written in French: "Naufrage, mode d'emploi" ("Shipwrecking, A User's Manual"), by Fabrice Colin (in Fantasy, edited by Henri Loevenbruck & Alain Nevant)
  • Best translated short story: "Seven views of Olduvai Gorge", by Mike Resnick (in Galaxies # 8)
  • Best untranslated novel: Bag of Bones, by Stephen King
  • Best children's novel: Le chat venu du futur ("The Cat from the Future"), by Dany & Michel Jeury
  • Best French illustrator: Caza
  • Best comic story written in French: La quete de l'oiseau du temps, tome 5 ("Timebird's Quest", vol. 5), by Loisel, Lidwine & Letendre
  • Readers' Special Award: Heart of Darkness video game

(Friday 19 Feb 1999)

1999 Philip K. Dick Award Judges

Award administrator Gordon Van Gelder has announced the five judges for the 1999 Philip K. Dick Award, given for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original format in the US:

Catherine Asaro
10420 Blue Arrow Court
Columbia, MD 21044-4125

Julie Czerneda
RR 2
Orillia, Ontario
Canada L3V 6H2

Paul Di Filippo
2 Poplar St.
Providence, RI 02906

Charles Oberndorf
3332 East Scarborough
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118-3411

David Porush
c/o adTV, Inc.
1971 Western Avenue, Suite 240
Albany, NY 12309
Publishers who issue eligible titles during the calendar year 1999 are encouraged to provide copies to each of the judges as the books are published during the year. (All works of science fiction published originally in the US as paperbacks during the year 1999 are eligible.) The nominees will be announced in January, 2000, with the Philip K. Dick Awards ceremony to be held in Seattle at Norwescon 23, in April, 2000.

This year's Philip K. Dick Award for work published in 1998 will be announced at Norwescon on April 2, 1999. Nominees were announced in January.

(Friday 19 Feb 1999)

Gary Jennings, 1928 - 1999

Author Gary Jennings, best known as a writer of historical novels including the best-selling Aztec, died Saturday, February 13th, in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, at the age of 70. Following the success of Aztec in 1980 Jennings published The Journeyer (1984), about Marco Polo; Spangle (1987), about 19th century circus life; Raptor (1992), set during the Roman Empire; and Aztec Autumn (1997), a sequel to Aztec.

Prior to his career as a novelist Jennings was active as a genre short story writer, with 22 stories published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from 1962 to 1983. Several of these were combined as the novel The Lively Lives of Crispin Mobey, published under the pseudonym Gabriel Quyth and released in the UK by Macmillan Atheneum in 1988.

(Friday 19 Feb 1999)

Raphael Carter Wins Tiptree Award

Raphael Carter has won the 1998 James Tiptree, Jr. Award for ''Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation'', a story published in the anthology Starlight 2 (Tor) edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden. The Tiptree award is ''an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands the roles of women and men for work by both women and men''. Judges this year were Ray Davis, Candas Jane Dorsey, Sylvia Kelso, Kate Schaefer (chair), and Lisa Tuttle.

The Tiptree Award website gives the list of previous winners, judges' comments about this year's winner, plus a short list and long list of runners-up and works considered for the award, with judges' comments.

(Tuesday 16 Feb 1999)

Clarke Shortlist

The shortlist has been announced for this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award for the best science fiction novel that received its first British publication in 1998:

  • The Cassini Division, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
  • Cavalcade, Alison Sinclair (Millennium)
  • Dreaming in Smoke, Tricia Sullivan (Orbit)
  • Earth Made of Glass, John Barnes (Orion)
  • The Extremes, Christopher Priest (Simon & Schuster)
  • Time On My Hands, Peter Delacorte (Gollancz)
  • (Friday 12 Feb 1999)

    SFWA to Honor Philip Klass

    The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Philip Klass, who writes under the pseudonym William Tenn, will be honored as SFWA's 1999 Author Emeritus. The Emeritus program recognizes senior writers in the SF and fantasy fields who are no longer active or whose work is not as widely known as it once was. (In contrast, the SFWA's Grand Master award goes to a writer whose body of work has had a profound impact on the field.)

    As William Tenn, Klass was an active short story writer from the late 1940s to the mid 1960s. His numerously-reprinted stories include ''Brooklyn Project'', ''Child's Play'', ''Eastward Ho!'', ''The Liberation of Earth'', ''Down Among the Dead Men'', ''Firewater'', and ''Bernie the Faust''. His one novel, Of Men and Monsters, was published by Ballantine in 1968.

    Previous Authors Emeriti include Emil Petaja (1995), Wilson 'Bob' Tucker (1996), Judith Merril (1997), and Nelson S. Bond (1998). Klass's honor will be bestowed at this year's Nebula Awards banquet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on May 1st, 1999.

    (Friday 12 Feb 1999)

    Lambda Literary Nominations

    Nominations in the Science Fiction and Fantasy category of the Lambda Literary Awards, honoring gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender literary excellence, have been announced:

  • Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction, Nicola Griffith & Stephen Pagel, eds. (Overlook)
  • Desmond: A Novel About Love and the Modern Vampire, Ulysses Dietz (Alyson)
  • Falling to Earth, Elizabeth Brownrigg (Firebrand)
  • Galilee, Clive Barker (HarperCollins)
  • Things Invisible to See: Gay and Lesbian Tales of Magic Realism, Lawrence Schimel, ed. (Circlet/Ultra Violet)
  • The complete list of nominations is here.

    (Friday 12 Feb 1999)

    Eaton Award

    This year's Eaton Award, presented at the 20th Annual J. Lloyd Easton Conference on Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature in Riverside, California, went to The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, edited by John Clute and John Grant. Clute has previously been honored, along with Science Fiction Encyclopedia co-editor Peter Nicholls, as a ''Grand Master'' by the conference in 1994. Among past recipients of the Eaton Award, given to outstanding critical studies of SF and fantasy, are Brian Aldiss and David Wingrove (for Trillion Year Spree), Brian Stableford (Scientific Romance in Britain: 1890-1950), and Locus's own Gary K. Wolfe (The Known and the Unknown: the Iconography of Science Fiction) and Charles N. Brown & William G. Contento (Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1988 -- since incorporated into the online Locus Index to Science Fiction).

    (Friday 12 Feb 1999)

    January News, 2nd page:

  • BSFA shortlist
  • Best of '98: SF Site, Authors' picks on Amazon
  • SFWA Meets with FTC
  • International Horror Guild Award Nominations

    January News, 1st page:

  • Brian Moore, Naomi Mitchison Die
  • Crank! Folds
  • SFWA Officers to Meet with FTC
  • Philip K. Dick Award Nominations
  • Nebula Preliminary Ballot
  • Jean-Claude Forest, 1930 - 1998
  • SFWA Announces Dramatic Nebula Rules

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