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Rocky Wood Scholarship

The Horror Writers Association has announced the formation of the Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship, in honor of their president, who died earlier this month. The scholarship was proposed by HWA treasurer Leslie Klinger and will focus on non-fiction writers. Klinger will oversee implementation of the prize.

The HWA also announced that vice president Lisa Morton will take over as president to finish out the rest of Wood’s term. Nancy Holder will step in as vice president.

For details, see the HWA’s press release. 

2014 Rhysling Awards Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry, short and long form. This year’s winners are:

SHORT POEM:

First Place
“Turning the Leaves” by Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine 12/13)

Second Place
“Rivers”, Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov’s 6/13)

Third Place
“Music of the Stars”, Bruce Boston (2013 Balticon Program Book)

LONG POEM:

First Place
“Interregenum”, Mary Soon Lee (Star*Line 36.4)

Second Place
“Hungry Constellations”, Mike Allen (Goblin Fruit Fall 2013)

Third Place
“I will show you a single treasure from the treasures of Shah Niyaz”, Rose Lemberg (Goblin Fruit Summer 2013)

Poems are chosen by the membership of the SFPA, who vote on a list of nominations made by individual members and published in the Rhysling Anthology. Winners are regularly reprinted in the annual Nebula Awards Anthology.

Donald Moffitt (1931-2014)

Author Donald Moffitt, 83, died December 10, 2014 in Monroe ME.

Moffitt was born July 20, 1931 in Boston. He began publishing SF with “The Devil’s Due” in Fantastic (1960). The Jupiter Theft (1977) was his first hard SF novel, and other SF works include the Genesis duology, with The Genesis Quest (1986) and Second Genesis (1986), and the Mechanical Sky series, with Crescent in the Sky (1989) and A Gathering of Stars (1990). His last book of SF interest was Jovian (2003). Under the pen name Paul Kenyon he wrote the Baroness series of spy thrillers, with eight volumes appearing from 1974-75, many with SF elements. 

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

Patterson Indie Bookstore Grants

Author James Patterson has given away the third and final round of grants in this year’s “Saving Bookstores, Saving Lives” campaign. In this round he donated $473,000 to 81 independent bookstores. He has given away a total of $1 million to indie stores this year, all funded by the author personally.

For more information, including the list of grant recipients, see Patterson’s website.

Duncan Named MWA Grand Master

Lois Duncan has been named a 2015 Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, along with James Ellroy. Hard Case Crime co-founder and editor Charles Ardai will receive the Ellery Queen Award. For more information, including other MWA award winners, see their official website.

 

 

Inaugural YA Book Prize Shortlist

The first YA Book Prize shortlist has several titles of genre interest. Open to UK and Irish authors and publishers, the honor comes with a £2,000 award. On the We Love This Book website, chair of judges Charlotte Eyre says, “Ultimately we chose 10 books that we loved and hopefully we have reflected the diversity there is in UK and Irish YA writing.”

YA Book Prize titles of genre interest:

  • A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Say Her Name, James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
  • Half Bad, Sally Green (Penguin)
  • Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
  • The Ghosts of Heaven, Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

For more information and the complete list of nominees, see The Bookseller’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014 Ignotus Awards Winners

The winners for the 2014 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced. The awards were chosen by members of the annual HispaCon and winners were announced at HispaCon, December 6-8, 2014 in Montcada i Reixac, outside Barcelona. The award is sponsored by the Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT).

Gabriel Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Antoni Garcés, artist

Spanish Novel

  • Memoria de tinieblas, Eduardo Vaquerizo (Sportula)
  • Esta noche arderá el cielo, Emilio Bueso (Salto de Página)
  • Los nombres muertos, Jesús Cañadas (Fantascy)
  • La canción secreta del mundo, José Antonio Cotrina (Hidra)
  • Gente muerta, J.G. Mesa (aContracorriente)

Foreign Novel

  • Embassytown, China Miéville (Fantascy)
  • Red Country, Joe Abercrombie (Alianza)
  • The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (RBA)
  • House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski (Alpha Decay)
  • Evolutionary Void, Peter F. Hamilton (La Factoría de Ideas)
  • The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi (Alamut)
  • 2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Minotauro)

Novella

  • Detective, Rodolfo Martínez (Sportula)
  • “La penúltima danza del Griwll”, Ramón Merino Collado (De monstruos y Trincheras)
  • “Rafentshalf”, Jesús Fernández Lozano (Reyes de aire y agua)
  • La montaña, Juan González Mesa (Bizarro)
  • “En el filo”, Ramón Muñoz (Terra Nova Vol. 2)

Spanish Short Story

  • ‘‘El aeropuerto del fin del mundo’’, Tamara Romero (Visiones 2012)
  • “Mecaderes de tiempo”, Victor Conde (Sportula)
  • ‘‘Dariya’’, Nieves Delgado (Ellos son el futuro/Web Ficción Científica)
  • ‘‘Los orcos no comen golosinas’’, Carlos López Hernando (Visiones 2012)
  • ‘‘Wendy de los gatos’’, Jesús Fernández Lozano (Reyes de aire y agua)
  • ‘‘El enemigo en casa’’, Concepción Regueiro (Historias del Crazy Bar)
  • ‘‘La última huella’’, Miguel Santander (La costilla de Dios)

Foreign Short Story

  • ‘‘The Man Who Ended History’’, Ken Liu (Terra Nova Vol. 2)
  • ‘‘Her Husband’s Hands’’, Adam-Troy Castro (Terra Nova Vol. 2)
  • ‘‘Scattered Along the Rivers of Heaven’’, Aliette de Bodard (Terra Nova Vol. 2)
  • ‘‘26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss’’, Kij Johnson (Cuentos para Algernon Vol I)
  • ‘‘Spider, the Artist’’, Nnedi Okorafor (Terra Nova Vol. 2)
  • ‘‘Impossible Dreams’’, Tim Pratt (Hic sunt dracones)

Anthology/Collection

  • Terra Nova Vol. 2, Mariano Villarreal & Luis Pestarini, ed. (Fantascy)
  • La bomba número seis, Paolo Bacigalupi (Fantascy)
  • Reyes de aire y agua, Jesús Fernández Lozano, ed. (Cápside)
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año I, Marcheto, ed. (Cuentos para Algernon)
  • Hic sunt dracones. Cuentos imposibles, Tim Pratt (Fata Libelli)

Non-Fiction Book

  • La 100cia ficción de Rescepto, Sergio Mars, ed. (Cápside)
  • La literatura fantástica argentina en el siglo XIX, Carlos Abraham, ed. (La Biblioteca del Laberinto)
  • Japón sobrenatural, Daniel Aguilar (Satori)
  • Cómo escribir ciencia-ficción y fantasía, Orson Scott Card (Alamut)
  • Silencios de pánico, Diego López & David Pizarro (Tyrannosaurus Books)
  • El poder de la sangre, Pedro L. López (Dolmen)
  • Jack Kirby. El cuarto demiurgo, José Manuel Uría (Sportula)
  • La biblia steampunk, Jeff Vandermeer & S.J. Chambers, eds. (Edge Entertainment)
  • Steampunk Cinema, Anonymous, ed. (Tyrannosaurus Books)

Article

  • ‘‘La ciencia ficción española’’, Mariano Villarreal (El rincón de Koreander)
  • ‘‘Ucronía’’, Asociación Cultural ALT+64 (TerBi #7)
  • ‘‘Howard Koch, el guionista tras la magia de La guerra de los mundos de Orson Welles’’, Luis Alfonso Gámez (Magonia)
  • ‘‘Sobre la fantasía feérica’’, Sergio Mars (Reyes de aire y agua)
  • ‘‘Literatura Fantástica en cifras. Estadística de producción editorial de género fantástico en España durante el año 2013’’, Mariano Villarreal (Literatura Fantástica).

Illustration

  • Eduardo Vaquerizo for the cover of Memoria de tinieblas (Sportula)
  • Carlos Argiles for the cover of El dirigible (Dlorean)
  • Koldo Campo for the cover of De monstruos y trincheras by Juan José Aroz (Espiral)
  • Koldo Campo for the cover of Zaibatsu/La edad del vuelo by Juan José Aroz (Espiral)
  • Alejandro Colucci for the cover of El mejor de los mundos posibles (RBA)
  • Olga Esther for the cover of Reyes de aire y agua (Cápside)
  • Ángel Benito Gastañaga for the cover of Terra Nova Vol. 2 (Fantascy)

A/V Production

  • Los VerdHugos, Miquel Codony, Pedro Román, Elías F. Combarro & Joseph María Oriol (podcast)
  • El cosmonauta, Nicolás Alcalá (feature film)
  • Fallo de Sistema, Santiago Bustamante (radio program)
  • Luces en el Horizonte, Luis Martínez & Pablo Uría (podcast)
  • Los últimos días, Álex Pastor & David Pastor (feature film)

Magazine

  • Scifiworld
  • Alfa Eridiani
  • Barsoom
  • Delirio
  • miNatura
  • Planetas Prohibidos

Website (tie)

For more, see the Ignotus Awards site.

 

 

Goodreads Choice Awards

The 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards, selected by members of the social reading and reviewing site, have been announced, with several winners of genre interest.

Fantasy

  • The Book of Life, Deborah Harkness (51,462 votes)

Science Fiction

  • The Martian, Andy Weir (30,561 votes)

Horror

  • Prince Lestat, Anne Rice (21,909 votes)

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction

  • City of Heavenly Fire, Cassandra Clare  (53,247 votes)

Mystery & Thriller

  • Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King (41,453 votes)

Graphic Novel/Comic

  • Serenity: Leaves on the Wind, Zack Whedon, Georges Jeanty, Fabio Moon (21,793 votes)

Debut Author

  • Red Rising, Pierce Brown (15,208 votes)

For more, including other categories and runners-up, see Goodreads.

Rocky Wood (1959-2014)

Horror Writers Association president and Stephen King scholar Rocky Wood, 55, died December 1, 2014 in Melbourne Australia of complications from ALS.

Rocky Wood was born October 19, 1959 in Wellington, New Zealand. He was one of the foremost experts on Stephen King, writing many articles and books on the author, including The Complete Guide to the Works of Stephen King (2003), Stephen King: Uncollected, Unpublished (2006), The Stephen King Collector’s Guide (2006), Stephen King: The Non-Fiction (2009), and Stoker Award winner Stephen King: A Literary Companion (2011). He assisted King with research on Doctor Sleep, sequel to The Shining, with King calling Wood “my go-to guy for all things Shining…. The Rock knows my work better than I do myself.”

Wood was a Trustee in the Horror Writers Association from 2008-10, and was elected as president for the 2010-12 term. He was re-elected for the 2012-14 term. He also wrote non-fiction graphic novels, including Stoker Award winner Witch Hunts: A Graphic History of the Burning Times (2011).

Wood was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in October 2010. He is survived by two daughters and a granddaughter.

See the January 2015 issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

P.D. James (1920-2014)

Author P.D. James, 94, died November 27, 2014 at home in Oxford England. James was best known as a celebrated mystery writer, but she wrote one book of SF interest: dystopian The Children of Men (1992), set in a near future where humans have lost the ability to reproduce. It was adapted as film Children of Men in 2006. Her first novel was Cover Her Face (1966), beginning the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, which ran for 14 novels, most recently The Private Patient (2008). She also wrote the Cordelia Gray mystery duology, a play, some standalone novels, and non-fiction.

Phyllis Dorothy James was born August 3, 1920.  During WWII she worked at the Ministry of Food and served as a Red Cross nurse. After the war she worked in the National Health Service and studied hospital administration while writing on the side, and some of her early novels are set in hospitals. She joined the civil service after her husband’s death, working for the Department of Home affairs as an administrator in divisions devoted to forensic science and criminal law, experiences which also helped her mystery writing. She retired from the government in 1979 and became a full-time writer. Novel Innocent Blood (1980) brought her to wide attention, transforming her into an international bestseller.

She was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1983. In 1991 she was granted a life peerage in recognition of her public service, and made Baroness James of Holland Park. She served in the House of Lords and as a local magistrate.

James is survived by her daughters, five grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

See the January 2015 issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


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