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Sapienza Receives Solstice Award

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that the late Peggy Ray Sapienza will receive the 2017 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 particularly intended for those who have consistently made a major, positive difference within the speculative fiction field.” Previous winners include Octavia E. Butler, Alice B. Sheldon (AKA James Tiptree, Jr.), Tom Doherty, Carl Sagan, Stanley Schmidt, Michael Whelan, Kate Wilhelm, Terri Windling, Donald A. Wollheim, John Clute, and most recently, Sir Terry Pratchett (in 2016).

Sapienza will be honored at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference and Awards, to be held May 18-21, 2017 at the Pittsburgh Marriott Civic Center in Pittsburgh PA.

For more, see the SFWA website.

2017 ALA Awards

The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, January 20-24, 2017.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton) was named a Newbery Honor Book.

Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster) was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for “excellence in literature written for young adults.”

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (Listening Library) was the Odyssey Award winner for best audiobook. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (HarperAudio) was one of the 2017 Oydssey Honor Audiobooks.

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) won the Stonewall Book Award for “books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.”

Several books of genre interest won Alex Awards, given to “the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences”:

For a full list of winners and honor books, see the ALA website.

2016 Stoker Preliminary Ballot

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on January 20, 2017.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Conjuring 2
  • Don’t Breathe
  • Midnight Special
  • Penny Dreadful: “A Blade of Grass”
  • Preacher: “Pilot”
  • Stranger Things: “The Upside Down”
  • Stranger Things: “The Vanishing of Will Byers”
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • The Walking Dead: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”
  • The Witch

Voting is open to active and lifetime HWA members until February 15, 2017.

Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2016 (the short list) will be announced on February 23, 2017. Winners will be honored April 29, 2017 at a gala held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA during StokerCon. For more information, see the HWA website.

Emma Tennant (1937-2017)

Writer Emma Tennant, 79, died January 21, 2017 in a London hospital following a long illness. Tennant was known for her feminist and postmodern fiction, and wrote many works of genre interest, including The Time of the Crack (1973; as The Crack, 1978), The Last of the Country House Murders (1974), Hotel de Dream (1976), The Bad Sister (1978), Wild Nights (1979), Alice Fell (1980), The Search for Treasure Island (1981),

Queen of Stones (1982), Woman Beware Woman (1983), The Ghost Child (1984), Two Women of London: The Strange Case of Ms Jekyll and Mrs Hyde (1989), The Magic Drum: An Excursion (1989),  Sisters and Strangers: A Moral Tale (1990), Faustine (1992), and Heathcliff’s Tale (2005). She edited Bananas from 1975-78, where she published work by J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, John T. Sladek, and other SF writers. She edited anthologies of work from the journal in Bananas (1977) and Saturday Night Reader (1979).

Emma Christina Tennant was born October 20, 1937 in London, the daughter of a Scottish Baron. She attended St. Paul’s Girls’ School, and spent WWII at the family estates in Peebleshire Scotland. She worked as a travel writer at Queen and an editor at Vogue. First novel The Colour of Rain (1964) was not SF and appeared under pseudonym Catherine Aydy. In addition to her numerous novels she wrote autobiographical works, including Girlitude (1999) and Burnt Diaries (1999). She was married four times and had three children. Her most recent marriage was in 2008 to Tim Owens, who had been her partner for decades.


Larry Smith (1946-2017)

Book dealer and conrunner Larry Smith, 70, died January 20, 2017. Laurence C. Smith was born in 1946 and lived in Columbus OH. He co-chaired the Columbus in 1976 Worldcon bid, chaired Marcon for ten years, served as vice-chair of Chicon IV in 1982, and co-chaired the 2010 World Fantasy Convention. He acquired Dick Spelman’s book business in the early ’90s and became a regular fixture in the convention bookselling scene; he often ran the dealer’s room at Worldcon and smaller conventions. He is survived by wife and business partner Sally Kobee.

2017 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The 2017 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

The winner and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 14, 2017 at Norwescon 40 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac WA.

For more, see

2017 Edgar Awards Nominations

Several authors and works of genre interest are on the 2017 Edgar Awards shortlist, including Peter Ackroyd, Ally Condie, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Joyce Carol Oates, and Bram Stoker, among others. Max Allan Collins has been named a Grand Master.

The Edgar Allan Poe Awards, “honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television,” will be presented April 27, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York NY.

For more information, including the full list of nominees, see the Mystery Writers of America website.

Fantastic Stories of the Imagination to Close

Publisher Warren Lapine announced on January 18, 2017 that Fantastic Stories of the Imagination will be closing after its January regular issue and its “People of Color Take Over” special issue. Lapine cited financial concerns and personal circumstances as contributing factors to his decision. He also said that remaining subscriptions will be fulfilled with electronic copies of F&SF and The Cascadia Subduction Zone.

For more information, see the FSI website.

Survey to Help Name the Worldcon YA Award

The World Science Fiction Society is asking fans to help name the new Worldcon YA Award “The <blank> Award for Best Young Adult Book,” from a shortlist of six potential names. The names were chosen from 460 different suggestions and 1,138 responses to their initial survey.

  • Anansi
  • Lodestar
  • Ouroboros
  • Spellcaster
  • Tesseract
  • Worldcon

The survey will be open until March 15, 2017, and can be filled out here. The final name will be selected by the award committee based on responses to the questionnaire, feedback from experts on cultural sensitivity and trademarks, and a panel of three young-adult authors. Shutting Down

Jeffry Dwight and Steve Ratzlaff have announced that they will be shutting down on March 31, 2017 due to costs issues. The site has been up since 1996 and provides server space, e-mail addresses, and author pages for many in the science fiction community. For more information about the transition, see

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