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Hachette Sues Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night (among other titles), is being sued by Hachette Book Group for breach of contract. The publisher is suing to recover the $500,000 (plus interest) they paid for a book they allege the author never delivered.

Hachette and Grahame-Smith made a $4 million deal for two new books following 2010’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with $1 million paid on signing: $500,000 for each book. They published Grahame-Smith’s The Last American Vampire in 2015, but despite offering extensions on the second book’s deadline, it never arrived. Three years after the original due date, Hachette terminated the contract, but offered Grahame-Smith an additional 60 days to hand in a manuscript. He did deliver a book, but Hachette said the manuscript was “in large part an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work” and on a subject that Hachette never approved.

Publishers Marketplace has posted Hachette’s legal complaint online.

Inaugural Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new professional organization for African science fiction and fantasy, will formally announce the creation of the Nommo Awards at the Aké Festival, to be held November 15-19, 2016 at the Arts and Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria. A prize of $3,000 will be shared among the winners of four categories: best novel ($1,000), best novella ($500), best short story ($500), and best graphic novel ($1,000). The award currently has four years’ worth of prize money, thanks to benefactor Tom Ilube.

The first prizes will be awarded at the Aké Festival in November 2017. The award is “open to authors and artists with African citizenship, or who grew up in Africa or who live abroad and have at least one African parent.” For more information, see the ASFS site.

Children of Time Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2015 has been announced:

This year’s judges were Ian Whates and David Gullen for the British Science Fiction Association, Andrew McKie and Liz Bourke for the Science Fiction Foundation, and Leila Abu El Hawa for SCI-FI- LONDON. Andrew M. Butler was chair of judges. Tom Hunter was awards director.

Tchaikovsky received a £2016 prize and a commemorative engraved bookend. The winning title was announced August 24, 2016, at an award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London.

2016 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners

Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman (The Permanent Press) is this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for the best science fiction novel published in 2015, and Kelly Link’s “The Game of Smash and Recovery” (Strange Horizons 10/17/15) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2015.

Going Dark by Linda Nagata (Mythic Island/Saga) and The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (Gollancz) tied as second place winners for the Campbell, and third place was The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Orbit; Knopf).

“The New Mother” by Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15) was the second place winner for the Sturgeon Award, and “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz (F&SF 11-12/15) took third place.

The awards were presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, held at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, on August 18, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO.

Other finalists were:

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead”, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 10/15)
  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine 1-2/15)
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones (Meeting Infinity)
  • “Damage”, David D. Levine (Tor.com 01/21/15)
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”, Ian McDonald (Old Venus)
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”, Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld 2/15)
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City” Jeff Somers (self-published 6/15)

Worldcon and NASFiC Site Selections

San Jose CA won the bid to host the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in 2018, beating a bid from New Orleans LA by a vote of 675 to 594. The convention will be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA on August 16-20, 2018. Guests of honor will include Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Spider Robinson. For more information, see the Worldcon 76 website.

San Juan Puerto Rico has won the bid to host the 12th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in 2017, beating a bid from Valley Forge PA by a vote of 233 to 182. NASFiC happens whenever a Worldcon occurs outside of North America (as in the case of Worldcon 72, which was held in London, England). The convention will be called NorthAmeriCon ’17, and will be held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan PR on July 6-9, 2017. Guests of honor will include Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Pérez, and Paula Smith. For more information, see the NorthAmeriCon ’17 website.

2015 Sidewise Awards Winners

The winners for the Sidewise Awards for best alternate history have been announced. The awards were presented August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, at the Kansas City convention center in Kansas City MO.

Short Form

  • “Red Legacy”, Eneasz Brodsky (Asimov’s 2/15)
  • “Elizabethtown”, Eric Cline (Galaxy’s Edge 11/15)
  • “Losing Amelia”, Rev Dicerto (Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age)
  • “The Last of Time”, Ken Poyner (Daily SF 11/05/15)
  • “The Hero of Deadwood”, James Reasoner (Tales from the Otherverse)

Long Form

The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s jury included Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

2016 Alfie Awards

The Alfie Awards were presented at midnight on August 20, 2016, during George R.R. Martin’s Hugo Losers Party, held at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City MO. The awards, named in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments, went to the top runner-up pushed off various categories of the Hugo Awards ballot by the Rabid Puppy slate, as well as several committee choices.

  • Best Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)
  • Best Related Work: Letters to Tiptree, Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Best Graphic Novel: Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma & Robert Wilson (Image)
  • Best Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Fanzine: Journey Planet
  • Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy, Emma & Peter Newman
  • Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Erin
  • Special Committee Award: Black Gate
  • Special Committee Award: Locus

2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced August 20, 2016 at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

Best Novel (3,695 nominating ballots)

 Best Novella (2,416)

  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)

Best Novelette (1,975)

  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny 1-2/15)

 Best Short Story (2451)

  • “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (2,904)

  • The Martian
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (2,219)

  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”
  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • Grimm: “Headache”
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map: Parts 1 and 2”
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

 Best Related Work (2,080)

  • NO AWARD

 Best Graphic Story (1,838)

  • Invisible Republic: Vol 1, Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman; art by Gabriel Hardman (Image)
  • Erin Dies Alone, Grey Carter; art by Cory Rydell (dyingalone.net)
  • The Divine, Boaz Lavie; art by Asaf Hanuka & Tomer Hanuka (First Second)
  • Full Frontal Nerdity, Aaron Williams (ffn.nodwick.com)

 Best Professional Editor Long Form (1,764)

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Vox Day
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Editor Short Form (1,891)

  • Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

 Best Professional Artist (1,481)

  • Abigail Larson
  • Lars Braad Andersen
  • Larry Elmore
  • Michal Karcz
  • Larry Rostant

Best Semiprozine (1,457)

  • Uncanny
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Sci Phi Journal
  • Strange Horizons

Best Fanzine (1,455)

  • File 770
  • Black Gate
  • Castalia House Blog
  • Lady Business**
  • Superversive SF
  • Tangent Online

Best Fancast (1,267)

  • No Award
  • 8‐4 Play
  • Cane and Rinse
  • HelloGreedo
  • The Rageaholic
  • Tales to Terrify

Best Fan Writer (1,568)

  • Mike Glyer
  • Douglas Ernst
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Shamus Young

Best Fan Artist (1,073)

  • Steve Stiles
  • Matthew Callahan
  • disse86
  • Kukuruyo
  • Christian Quinot

 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (1,922)

  • Andy Weir
  • *Pierce Brown
  • *Sebastien de Castell
  • Brian Niemeier
  • *Alyssa Wong

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

**Added to ballot May 6, 2016.

The original ballot was revised May 6, 2016 when nominees Thomas A. Mays (short story) and Black Gate (fanzine) withdrew themselves from consideration. They were replaced by “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15) and Lady Business, respectively.

There were 4,032 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75.

Several awards for services to SF fandom were also presented.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • Ben Bova
  • Joseph Wrzos

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Awards

  • Olon F. Wiggins
  • Lew Martin
  • Roy V. Hunt

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Stephen D. Korshak
  • Ned Brooks

Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award

  • Edie Stern
  • Joe Siclari

2016 Chesley Awards Winners

Winners for the 2016 Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), were announced August 18, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book

  • Todd Lockwood for Voyage of the Basilisk, Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • Richard Anderson for The Dinosaur Lords, Victor Milán (Tor)
  • Lius Lasahido for Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction, Hannu Rajaniemi (Tachyon)
  • Cynthia Sheppard for Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
  • Sam Webber for Dune, Frank Herbert (The Folio Society)

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book

  • Tyler Jacobson for Beyond the Pool of Stars, Howard Andrew Jones (Tor)
  • Julie Dillon for The Very Best of Kate Elliott, Kate Elliott (Tachyon)
  • Jeffrey Alan Love for Wolfhound Century, Peter Higgins (Gollancz)
  • David Palumbo for Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
  • John Picacio for Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Jack Finney (Simon & Schuster)

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Tran Nguyen for Uncanny #4 (5-6/15)
  • Maurizio Manzieri for Asimov’s (10-11/15)
  • Reiko Murakami for Lightspeed #63 (8/15)
  • Greg Ruth for Alabaster: The Good, the Bad, and the Bird #1 (Dark Horse Comics 12/15)
  • shichigoro-shingo for Clarkesworld #109 (10/15)

Best Interior Illustration

  • Peter Mohrbacher for Angelarium: Book of Emanations, Eli Minaya & Peter Mohrbacher (Magnetic)
  • Galen Dara for “Tuesdays with Molakesh the Destroyer”, Megan Grey (Fireside 1/15)
  • Marcel Mercado for Southlands Bestiary (Pathfinder RPG) (Kobold Press)
  • Tran Nguyen for “Transition Management Survey” (Chief Investment Officer 9/15)
  • Sam Weber for Dune, Frank Herbert (The Folio Society)

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Donato Giancola for “Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingal and Melian” (oil)
  • Joseph Bellofatto for “Star Ship” (oil)
  • Wayne Haag for “Desert Wreck” (oil)
  • Jessica TC Lee for “Enchanted” (digital)
  • Elizabeth Leggett for “After Hours” (digital)
  • Mark Poole for “Memories” (oil)
  • Eric Velhagen for “Felines” (oil)

Best Monchrome Work – Unpublished

  • Travis Lewis for “Symbiosis” (graphite)
  • Rovina Cai for “Cold Wind”
  • Jeremy Enecio for “Progeny” (graphite on moleskin)
  • Mark Molchan for “The Return” (graphite)
  • Ruth Sanderson for “Invoking the Dragon” (ink & scratchboard)
  • Chris Seaman for “Family Portraithausen” (acrylic)
  • Allen Williams for “Bound” (graphite & gold leaf accent)

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Forest Rogers for “The Morrigan” (mixed)
  • Devon Dorrity for “Flight of the Merrow” (clay & bronze)
  • Thomas Kuebler for “Adelpha and Her Sister” (mixed)
  • Stelios Mousarris for “Inception Coffee Table” (wood)
  • Virginie Ropars for “Okunoshima” (mixed)
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Dark Day for the Metal Heads” (bronze)

Best Product Illustration

  • John Picacio for “El Arbol” (Loteria card illustration, Lone Boy)
  • Linda Adair for “Adolescence” (IlluXcon 8 promo art)
  • Mitchell Bentley for Mitchell Davidson Bentley 2015 Calendar (Albon Lake & Atomic Fly Studios)
  • Rovina Cai for “Black Hole” (Cosmos Tarot & Oracle Deck illustration from The Light Grey Art Lab)
  • Jacob Murray for A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (2nd ed. box art, Fantasy Flight Games)
  • Magali Villeneuve for George R.R. Martin: Song of Ice and Fire 2016 Calendar (Bantam)

Best Gaming – Related Illustration

  • Ryan Yee for “Fruit of the First Tree” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Clint Cearley for “Mind Rot” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Vincent Proce for “Guardian Automaton” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Anna Steinbauer for “Blessed Spirits” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Min Yum for “Sandblast” (Wizards of the Coast)

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke for Clarkesworld
  • Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Jeremy Jarvis for Wizards of the Coast
  • Elizabeth Leggett for Lightspeed
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit & Muddy Colors contributor
  • Betsy Wollheim & Sheila Gilbert for DAW

Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • David A. Hardy
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Wendy Pini
  • Drew Struzan

For more, see the ASFA website.

1941 Retro Hugo Awards Winners

Winners of the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1940, were announced August 18, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

The Retro Hugos are awarded 50, 75, or 100 years after a Worldcon in which the Hugos were not previously awarded.

Best Novel (352 nominating ballots)

  • Slan, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 12/40)
  • Kallocain, Karin Boye (Bonnier)
  • Gray Lensman, E.E. ‘‘Doc’’ Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)
  • The IllMade Knight, T.H. White (Collins)
  • The Reign of Wizardry, Jack Williamson (Unknown 3/40)

Best Novella (318)

  • “If This Goes On…”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “The Mathematics of Magic”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 8/40)
  • “The Roaring Trumpet”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 5/40)
  • “Coventry”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 7/40)
  • “Magic, Inc.”, Robert A. Heinlein (Unknown 9/40)

 Best Novelette (310)

  • “The Roads Must Roll”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 6/40)
  • “Farewell to the Master”, Harry Bates (Astounding Science-Fiction 10/40)
  • “Blowups Happen”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 9/40)
  • “It!”, Theodore Sturgeon (Unknown 8/40)
  • “Vault of the Beast”, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 8/40)**
  • “Darker Than You Think”, Jack Williamson (Unknown 12/40)

 Best Short Story (324)

  • “Robbie”, Isaac Asimov (Super Science Stories 9/40 as “Strange Playfellow”)
  • “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”, Jorge Luis Borges (Sur 1940)
  • “Martian Quest”, Leigh Brackett (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “The Stellar Legion”, Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories Winter 1940)
  • “Requiem”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (123)

  • Pinocchio
  • The Adventures of Superman: “The Baby from Krypton”
  • The Invisible Man Returns
  • Looney Tunes: “You Ought to Be in Pictures”
  • Merrie Melodies: “A Wild Hare”

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (250)

  • Fantasia
  • Dr. Cyclops
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • One Million B.C.
  • The Thief of Bagdad

Best Graphic Story (92)

  • Batman #1 (Detective Comics, Spring 1940)
  • “The Origin of the Spirit”, Will Eisner (Register and Tribune Syndicate 6/40)
  • Captain Marvel: “Introducing Captain Marvel”, Bill Parker & C.C. Beck (Whiz Comics #2, 2/40)
  • Flash Gordon: “The Ice Kingdom of Mongo”, Alex Raymond & Don Moore (King Features Syndicate, 4/40)
  • The Spectre: “The Spectre”/”The Spectre Strikes!”, Jerry Siegel & Bernard Baily (More Fun Comics #52/53, 3/40, 4/40)

Best Professional Editor Short Form (183)

  • John W. Campbell
  • Dorothy McIlwraith
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Mort Weisinger

 Best Professional Artist (86)*

  • Virgil Finlay
  • Hannes Bok
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Edd Cartier
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Hubert Rogers

 Best Fanzine (63)

  • Futuria Fantasia
  • Le Zombie
  • Novacious
  • Spaceways
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation

Best Fan Writer (70)

  • Ray Bradbury
  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner

*The Best Professional Artist category has six finalists due to a tie for fifth place.

**Added to ballot June 19, 2016. MidAmericon II announced a correction to the 1941 Retro Hugo Award finalists on June 19, 2016.

There were 481 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmericonII, and Worldcon 75.


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