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2014 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2014 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced at Dragon*Con, August 29 –September 1, 2014, in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “A Christmas Feast”, Michael Whitehouse (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “Growth Spurt”, Growth Spurt (Pseudopod)
  • “How the Moon Got Its Cousin”, Lee Hallison (Toasted Cake)
  • “Just Another Night”, Andrew MacDougall (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “Why the Sea is Boiling Hot”, Michael Spence (Tales from the Archives Vol. III)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)

  • Blood and Smoke, Mike Bennett (Underwood and Flinch)
  • The Merchant Adventurer, Patrick E. McLean
  • Paris Pas De Deux, Andrew Wheeler (Valentin and the Widow)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Dirty Hands”, Niall Kitson (Seminar: An Original Anthology Show)
  • “Fear of Thought”, Veronica Giguere (Outer Colonies)
  • “Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality”, Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • “Night Waking”, Benjamin Rosenbaum (Journey Into…)
  • “Under Oak Island”, K.T. Bryski (Tales from the Archives Vol. III)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Long Form

  • Broken, Cedric Johnson and Veronica Giguere
  • Cast of Wonders, Chris Lewis Carter (Cast of Wonders)
  • Fire on the Mound, William J. Meyer
  • The Guild of the Cowry Catchers, Book 5: Shores beyond the World, Abigail Hilton
  • Secret World Chronicle, Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, Larry Dixon, and Veronica Giguere
  • Tales of the Left Hand, Book 3, John Meagher

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “Dreaming of a Dead Christmas”, John Ballentine (Campfire Radio Theater)
  • “The Incomparable Radio Theater of the Air: Christmas Spectacular”, David J. Loehr
  • “The Pen is Mightier”, Mike Murphy (Misfits Audio)
  • “Tallington”, Jon Thrower (We Are Not Alone)
  • “The War of the Worlds”, H. G. Wells (Campfire Radio Theater)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Edict Zero – FIS (Season Three), Jack Kincaid
  • Our Fair City, Clayton Faits and produced by Jeffrey Gardner
  • Star Trek: Outpost, Daniel McIntosh and Tony Raymond
  • Tales of the Extraordinary, Michael T. Coleman
  • We’re Alive: A Story of Survival, Kc Wayland

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast, Grant Baciocco
  • Once Upon a Time in the 1970′s, Chris & Anne Lukeman
  • Pilgrim of the Sky Live, Natania Barron

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Cast of Wonders
  • The NoSleep Podcast
  • Pseudopod
  • Seminar: An Original Anthology Show
  • Toasted Cake

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Standard Orbit
  • MythWits
  • Catching Up
  • Hadron Gospel Hour
  • Society of Arozea

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
  • Greetings from Storybrooke: A Once Upon a Time Podcast
  • Mission Log: A Roddenberry Star Trek Podcast
  • PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
  • Presents: Beyond the Wall – A Game of Thrones Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • Geek Radio Daily
  • Generations Geek
  • PodCulture: Equal Opportunity Geekness
  • Presents: Consumption
  • Sword & Laser

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • The Baen Free Radio Hour
  • Commentary: Trek Stars
  • Get Published
  • The Shared Desk
  • StoryWonk Sunday

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Blurry Photos
  • Daily Tech News Show
  • Guide to Space
  • Skeptoid
  • The Titanium Physics Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4cast
  • DragonConTV
  • FSL Tonight
  • Society of Arozea


2014 Rita and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in San Antonio. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest include:

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

  • The Firebird, Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks Landmark)

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

  • Beyond the Fire, Marni Folsom

The 2014 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers announced the winners of the 8th Annual Scribe Awards, for the best in tie-in fiction of 2013, at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 24-27, 2014.

General Novel Original

  • Mr. Monk Helps Himself, Hy Conrad (Penguin)
  • The Executioner: Sleeping Dragons, Michael A. Black (Gold Eagle)
  • Murder She Wrote: Close-Up on Murder, Donald Bain (Penguin)
  • Leverage: The Bestseller Job, Greg Cox (Berkley)
  • Leverage: The Zoo Job, Keith R. A. DeCandido (Berkley)

Speculative Novel Original

  • Star Wars: Kenobi, John Jackson Miller (Del Rey)
  • Star Trek: From History’s Shadow, Dayton Ward (Pocket Books)
  • Supernatural: Fresh Meat, Alice Henderson (Titan)
  • Supernatural: The Roads Not Taken, Tim Waggoner (Insight Editions)
  • Fringe: The Zodiac Paradox, Christa Faust (Titan)

Novel Adapted

  • Pacific Rim, Alex Irvine (Titan)
  • Man of Steel, Greg Cox (Titan)
  • 47 Ronin, Joan D. Vinge (Tor)

Young Adult

  • Kevin, Paul Kupperberg (Grosset & Dunlap)
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2, Stacia Deutsch (Simon Spotlight)
  • The Croods, Tracey West (Simon Spotlight)

Short Stories

  • “So Long, Chief”, Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane (The Strand 2-5/13)
  • After Earth: Ghost Stories: Savior, Michael Jan Friedman (Del Rey)
  • After Earth: Ghost Stories: Redemption, Robert Greenberger (Del Rey)
  • “Locks and Keys”, Jennifer Brozek (Shadowrun Returns)
  • “Mirror Image”, Christine M. Thompson (Star Trek Magazine 3/13-5/13)
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Dark Hollows of Memory, David Annandale (Black Library)


  • Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm, Cavan Scott & Mark Wright (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Phantom Bride, Mark Thomas Passmore (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Flip Side, Cody Quijano-Schell (Big Finish)

2014 Eisner Award Winners

The 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 25, 2014. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Continuing Series:

  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image)

Best New Series:

  • Sex Criminals, Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky (Image)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17):

  • Battling Boy, Paul Pope (First Second)

Best Humor Publication:

  • Vader’s Little Princess, Jeffrey Brown (Chronicle)

Best Anthology:

  • Dark Horse Presents, edited by Mike Richardson (Dark Horse)

Best Graphic Album—Reprint:

  • RASL, Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)

Best Writer:

  • Brian K. Vaughan, Saga (Image)

Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team:

  • Sean Murphy, The Wake (Vertigo)

Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art):

  • Fiona Staples, Saga (Image)

Hall of Fame:

  • Orrin C. Evans, Irwin Hasen, Hayao Miyazaki, Sheldon Moldoff, Alan Moore, Bernie Wrightson

Bill Finger Award for Excellence in Comic Book Writing:

  • Robert Kanigher, Bill Mantlo, Jack Mendelsohn

For more information, and the complete list of winners, see SF Site.

Lawrence Santoro (1942-2014)

Writer Lawrence Santoro, 71, died July 25, 2014 of cancer.

Santoro’s story “God Screamed and Screamed, Then I Ate Him” (2000) was a Stoker Award nominee, as was his audio drama adaptation of Gene Wolfe’s “The Tree Is My Hat” (2002). Some of his short work is collected in Drink for the Thirst to Come (2011), and other books include novel Just North of Nowhere (2007) and short novel Lord Dickens’s Declaration (2009). Santoro also produced the Tales to Terrify horror podcast.

Santoro was born September 2, 1942 in Reading PA. He went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, and Villanova University, earning degrees in theater. He spent most of his life working in the theater, with forays into TV and film, spending time as a director, actor, and voiceover artist.

See the September issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes four titles of SF/F interest:

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
  • J, Howard Jacobson (Cape/ Hogarth)
  • The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Sceptre/ Random House)
  • Orfeo, Richard Powers (Atlantic/ Norton)

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. The award was previously only available to writers from Commonwealth nations, the Republic of Ireland, and Zimbabwe. This is the first year it has been open to authors writing in English from any country.

A six-title shortlist will be announced September 9, 2014, with the winner to be announced October 14, 2014.

For more, including the complete longlist, see the Man Booker Prize website.

2014 Endeavour Award Nominees

Finalists for the 16th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, have been announced.

  • Protector, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
  • King of Swords, Dave Duncan (47North)
  • Meaning of Luff, Matthew Hughes (CreateSpace)
  • Nexus, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Requiem, Ken Scholes (Tor)

The 2014 judges are Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson. The winner will be announced November 8, 2014 at Orycon36 in Portland OR.

Kitschies Judges and New Director

Kitschie Awards co-founder Jared Shurin has announced that he is stepping down as director of the award, with Glen Mehn taking over his duties.

Shurin and Anne C. Perry founded the award in 2009, though Perry stepped down from administration over two years ago after joining publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

Mehn will also be one of this year’s judges for the Red Tentacle (for best novel) and Golden Tentacle (for best debut novel) Awards, along with judges Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts,  Frances Hardinge, and Kim Curran.


Thomas Berger (1924-2014)

Writer Thomas Berger, 89, died July 13, 2014 at a hospital in Nyack NY.

Berger’s first work of genre interest is “Professor Hyde” (1961), and he is best known for his satirical comic novels, particularly Western Little Big Man (1964; adapted for film 1970) and sequel The Return of Little Big Man (1999). Many of his books play with the tropes of SF/F, including Vital Parts (1970), Regiment of Women (1973), Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel (1978), Nowhere (1986), Being Invisible (1987), Changing the Past (1989), Robert Crews (1994), and Adventure of the Artificial Woman (2004).

Thomas Louis Berger was born July 20, 1924 in Cincinnati OH and lived in Rockland County NY. He is survived by wife Jeanne Redpath Berger.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. See the September issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 Seiun Award Winners

The recipients of the 2014 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards) for best translated works published last year in Japan are:

Best Translated Novel

  • Blindsight, Peter Watts, translated by Yoichi Shimada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Incandescence, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa)
  • Serpent’s Egg, R.A. Lafferty, translated by Hiroshi Inoue (Seishinsha)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville, translated by Masayuki Uchida (Hayakawa)
  • Kraken, China Miéville, translated by Masamichi Higurashi (Hayakawa)
  • The Islanders, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa)
  • Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis, translated by Nozomi Ohmori (Hayakawa)

Best Translated Story

  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa 1/13)
  • “Final Exam”, Megan Akenberg, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 9/13)
  • “Vacuum Lad”, Stephen Baxter, translated by Satoru Yaguchi (Hayakawa SF 9/13)
  • “Christopher Raven”, Theodora Goss, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 12/12)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson, translated by Kazuyo Misumi (Hayakawa SF 1/13)
  • “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross, translated by Hiroshi Kaneko (Hayakawa SF 9/13)

There are also winners in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Film, Comics, Art, and Non-Fiction categories. For the complete list of winners (in Japanese), see:

Winners were announced at Nutscon, the 53rd Japanese National SF convention, held July 19-20, 2014 in Tsukuba Japan.

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