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Awards Calendar

2014 finalists (winners tba date)

(10 May)
  • Aurealis (5 Apr)
  • Tiptree winner
  • Kitschies winners
  • British SF Awards (20 Apr)
  • Crawford winner
  • Heinlein winner
  • Philip K. Dick (18 Apr)
  • Prometheus Hall of Fame
  • 2013 Winners


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    Gannon wins Compton Crook Award

    The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced that Charles Gannon’s Fire With Fire (Baen) is the winner of the 2014 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award.

    The award, which honors the best first SF/fantasy/horror novel of the year, will be presented at Balticon 48, May 23-26, 2014, where Gannon will receive an award plaque and check for $1,000, during the convention’s opening ceremonies. Selection is by vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

    The 2014 David Gemmell Awards Shortlist

    The 2014 David Gemmell Legend Awards finalists have been announced:

    The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

    • The Daylight War, Peter V Brett (Harper Collins UK)
    • Emperor of Thorns, Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
    • The Republic of Thieves, Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
    • A Memory of Light, Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan (Tor/Forge)
    • War Master’s Gate, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)

    The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

    • The Garden of Stones, Mark T Barnes (47 North)
    • Headtaker, David Guymer (Black Library)
    • Promise of Blood, Brian McLellan (Orbit)
    • The Path of Anger, Antoine Rouaud (Gollancz)
    • The Grim Company, Luke Scull (Head of Zeus)

    The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

    •  Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
    • Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
    • Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik by Guy Haley (Black Library)
    • Gene Mollica & Michael Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Orbit)
    • Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky (Hodder)

    The winners will be announced June 13, 2014 in a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.

    Winters Wins Dick Award

    Countdown City by Ben Winters (Quirk) is the winner of the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award, announced on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Norwescon 37 in SeaTac WA.

    Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe, translated by Terry Gallagher (Haikasoru) received a special citation.

    The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. The 2013 judges included Elizabeth Bear (chair), Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Tim Sullivan. Jon Armstrong, Ritch Calvin, Ellen Klages, Laura J. Mixon, and Michaela Roessner.

    For more, see www.philipkdickaward.org

    2013 BSFA Awards Winners

    The BSFA Awards winners were announced during Eastercon 65 in Glasgow, held from April 18-21, 2014.

    Best Novel (tie)

    Best Short Fiction

    • Spin, Nina Allan (TTA Press)
    • “Selkie Stories are for Losers,” Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons)
    • “Saga’s Children,” E. J. Swift (The Lowest Heaven, Pandemonium)
    • “Boat in the Shadows Crossing,” Tori Truslow (Beneath Ceaseless Skies)

    Best Artwork

    • Cover for Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London, Joey Hi-fi (Solaris)
    • Poster for Metropolis, Kevin Tong (tragicsunshine.com)
    • “The Angel at the Heart of the Rain,” Richard Wagner (Interzone #246)

    Best Non-Fiction

    • “Going Forth by Night,” John J. Johnston (Unearthed, Jurassic)
    • “Sleeps with Monsters,” Liz Bourke (Tor.com)

    More details may be found at the BSFA website.

    Andy Robertson (1955-2014)

    British editor and author Andy Robertson, 58, died April 17, 2014, after suffering a heart attack and a stroke in the hospital.

    Andy W. Robertson was born November 30, 1955. He was involved with the development of Interzone early on, serving as assistant editor and contributing numerous reviews and interviews. He was one of the leading experts on the works of William Hope Hodgson, and edited British Fantasy Award winner William Hope Hodgson’s Night Lands, Volume 1: Eternal Love (2003), featuring new stories set in Hodgson’s world, and follow-up volume William Hope Hodgson’s Night Lands Volume 2: Nightmares of the Fall (2007); he contributed stories to the volumes as well. In recent years he struggled with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by two daughters from his first marriage, and a son from his second.

    2014 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

    Nominees for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London, England, August 14- 18, 2014.

    Best Novel (1,595 nominating ballots)

    • Warbound, Larry Correia (Baen)
    • Parasite, Mira Grant (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    • The Wheel of Time (complete series), Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
    • Ancillary Justice, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    • Neptune’s Brood, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)

     Best Novella (847)

    • ‘‘Wakulla Springs’’, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages (Tor.com 10/2/13)
    • ‘‘Equoid’’, Charles Stross (Tor.com 9/24/13)
    • ‘‘The Chaplain’s Legacy’’, Brad Torgersen (Analog 7-8/13)
    • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)
    • The Butcher of Khardov, Dan Wells (Privateer Press)

    Best Novelette (728)

    • ‘‘The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling’’, Ted Chiang (Subterranean Fall ‘13)
    • ‘‘Opera Vita Aeterna’’, Vox Day (The Last Witchking)
    • ‘‘The Waiting Stars’’, Aliette de Bodard (The Other Half of the Sky)
    • ‘‘The Lady Astronaut of Mars’’, Mary Robinette Kowal (Rip-Off! 2012; maryrobinettekowal.com 2/13)
    • ‘‘The Exchange Officers’’, Brad Torgersen (Analog 1-2/13)

     Best Short Story (865)

    • ‘‘The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere’’, John Chu (Tor.com 2/20/13)
    • ‘‘The Ink Readers of Doi Saket’’, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor.com 4/24/13)
    • ‘‘Selkie Stories Are for Losers’’, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
    • ‘‘If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love’’, Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine 3/13)

     Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (995)

    • Frozen
    • Gravity
    • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
    • Iron Man 3
    • Pacific Rim

     Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (760)

    • An Adventure in Space and Time
    • Doctor Who: ‘‘The Day of the Doctor’’
    • Doctor Who: ‘‘The Name of the Doctor’’
    • The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot
    • Game of Thrones: ‘‘The Rains of Castamere’’
    • Orphan Black: ‘‘Variations under Domestication’’

     Best Related Work (752)

    • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It, Sigrid Ellis & Michael Damian Thomas, eds. (Mad Norwegian Press)
    • ‘‘We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative’’, Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink 5/20/13)
    • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, Justin Landon & Jared Shurin, eds. (Jurassic London)
    • Writing Excuses, Season 8, Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler & Jordan Sanderson
    • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, Jeff VanderMeer with Jeremy Zerfoss (Abrams Image)

     Best Graphic Story (552)

    • ‘‘The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who’’, Paul Cornell; art by Jimmy Broxton (Doctor Who Special 2013)
    • Girl Genius, Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & The Sleeping City, Phil & Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
    • The Meathouse Man, adapted and illustrated by Raya Golden from the story by George R.R. Martin (Jet City Comics)
    • ‘‘Time’’, Randall Munroe (XKCD)
    • Saga, Volume 2, Brian K. Vaughn; art by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

     Best Professional Editor Long Form (632)

    • Ginjer Buchanan
    • Sheila Gilbert
    • Liz Gorinsky
    • Lee Harris
    • Toni Weisskopf

    Best Professional Editor Short Form (656)

    • John Joseph Adams
    • Neil Clarke
    • Ellen Datlow
    • Jonathan Strahan
    • Sheila Williams

     Best Professional Artist (624)

    • Galen Dara
    • Julie Dillon
    • Daniel Dos Santos
    • John Harris
    • John Picacio
    • Fiona Staples

    Best Semiprozine (411)

    • Apex Magazine
    • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    • Interzone
    • Lightspeed
    • Strange Horizons

    Best Fanzine (478)

    • The Book Smugglers
    • A Dribble of Ink
    • Elitist Book Reviews
    • Journey Planet
    • Pornokitsch

    Best Fancast (396)

    • The Coode Street Podcast
    • Doctor Who: Verity!
    • Galactic Suburbia Podcast
    • SF Signal Podcast
    • The Skiffy and Fanty Show
    • Tea and Jeopardy
    • The Writer and the Critic

     Best Fan Writer (521)

    • Liz Bourke
    • Kameron Hurley
    • Foz Meadows
    • Abigail Nussbaum
    • Mark Oshiro

     Best Fan Artist (316)

    • Brad W. Foster
    • Mandie Manzano
    • Spring Schoenhuth
    • Steve Stiles
    • Sarah Webb

     John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (767)

    • Wesley Chu
    • *Max Gladstone
    • *Ramez Naam
    • *Sofia Samatar
    • Benjanun Sriduangkaew

    *Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

    There were 1,923 nominating ballots received from members of LoneStarCon 3, LonCon 3, and Sasquan.

    1939 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

    Nominees for the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards  have been announced by LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London, England, August 14- 18, 2014.

    Best Novel (208 nominating ballots)

    • Carson of Venus, Edgar Rice Burroughs (Argosy 1/8/38 – 2/12/38)
    • Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis (The Bodley Head)
    • Galactic Patrol, E.E. Smith, Ph.D. (Astounding Stories 9/37 – 2/38)
    • The Sword in the Stone, T.H. White (Collins)
    • The Legion of Time, Jack Williamson (Astounding Science-Fiction 5-7/38)

    Best Novella (125)

    • ‘‘Who Goes There?’’, John W. Campbell writing as Don A. Stuart (Astounding Science-Fiction 8/38)
    • ‘‘A Matter of Form’’, H.L. Gold (Astounding Science-Fiction 12/38)
    • ‘‘The Time Trap’’, Henry Kuttner (Marvel Science Stories 11/38)
    • Anthem, Ayn Rand (Cassell)
    • ‘‘Sleepers of Mars’’, John Wyndham writing as John Beynon (Tales of Wonder 3/38)

     Best Novelette (80)

    • ‘‘Dead Knowledge’’, John W. Campbell writing as Don A. Stuart (Astounding Stories 1/38)
    • ‘‘Pigeons From Hell’’, Robert E. Howard (Weird Tales 5/38)
    • ‘‘Hollywood on the Moon’’, Henry Kuttner (Thrilling Wonder Stories 4/38)
    • ‘‘Werewoman’’, C.L. Moore (Leaves #2 Winter ’38)
    • ‘‘Rule 18’’, Clifford D. Simak (Astounding Science-Fiction 7/38)

     Best Short Story (865)

    • ‘‘Hollerbochen’s Dilemma’’, Ray Bradbury (Imagination! 1/38)
    • ‘‘How We Went to Mars’’, Arthur C. Clarke (Amateur Science Stories 3/38)
    • ‘‘Hyperpilosity’’, L. Sprague de Camp (Astounding Science-Fiction 4/38)
    • ‘‘The Faithful’’, Lester del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction 4/38)
    • ‘‘Helen O’Loy’’, Lester del Rey (Astounding Science-Fiction 12/38)

     Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (137)

    • Around the World in Eighty Days
    • A Christmas Carol
    • Dracula
    • R.U.R.
    • The War of the Worlds

    Best Professional Editor Short Form (99)

    • John W. Campbell
    • Walter H. Gillings
    • Raymond A. Palmer
    • Mort Weisinger
    • Farnsworth Wright

     Best Professional Artist (86)

    • Margaret Brundage
    • Virgil Finlay
    • Frank R. Paul
    • Alex Schomburg
    • H.W. Wesso

     Best Fanzine (42)

    • Fantascience Digest
    • Fantasy News
    • Imagination!
    • Novae Terrae
    • Tomorrow

    Best Fan Writer (50)

    • Forrest J Ackerman
    • Ray Bradbury
    • Arthur Wilson ‘‘Bob’’ Tucker
    • Harry Warner, Jr.
    • Donald A. Wollheim

    There were 233 nominating ballots received from members of LoneStarCon 3, LonCon 3, and Sasquan.

    Fernandes Wins Hydra Award

    “The Other Bank of the River” by Camila Fernandes has won the Hydra Award for best SF  story published in Brazil during 2011/2012 . The winner was chosen by Orson Scott Card. Christopher Kastensmidt will translate it from the Portuguese for publication in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.

    Gabriel García Márquez (1927-2014)

    Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez, 87, died April 17, 2014 in Mexico City. He was hospitalized in early April for an infection and dehydration.

    García Márquez was one of the best-known writers in the world and a leading figure in the field of magical realism. Works of particular genre interest include collections A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings (1955), No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories (1968), Leaf Storm and Other Stories (1972), and Innocent Erendira and Other Stories (1978). Many of his stories were set in the imaginary village of Macondo, and numerous works had fantasy elements, including novels One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) and The Autumn of the Patriarch (1967). García Márquez was awarded a Nobel Prize in literature in 1982 “for his novels and short stories, in which the fantastic and realistic are combined in a richly composed world of imagination, reflecting a continent’s life and conflicts.”

    Gabriel José de la Concordia García Márquez was born March 6, 1927 in Aracataca Colombia. He attended the University of Cartagena, where he studied law, and began his writing career as a journalist for El Universal in 1948. He was a columnist and film critic, active in the thriving Colombian writing community at the time. He married Mercedes Barcha in 1958, and they traveled in the ’60s and ’70s after his writing gained success, living in Barcelona and Mexico City.

    He is survived by his wife and their two sons.

    See the May issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

    2014 Writers/Illustrators of the Future Awards Winners

    The winner of the 2014 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award was Randy Henderson for his story “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask”. The winner of the Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award was Trevor Smith.

    Both were honored, along with the 12 writer and illustrator winners from each of the quarterly 2013 contests, at a ceremony held April 13, 2014 in Los Angeles CA at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where all of the winners received their trophies, and the Golden Awards winners were presented checks for $5,000. All of the winning stories and artwork are published in Writers of the Future Volume 30.

    For more information, see the Writers of the Future website.


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