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2015 Hugo Base Competition

Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA, opened the competition to design the base of the 2015 Hugo Award on December 18, 2014.

Designs should “have a theme that highlights either Spokane or the Northwest in general.” Proposals should be submitted to the Sasquan committee by February 1, 2015.

The winner will receive a full attending membership and will be invited to take part in the award’s unveiling. The winning base will be revealed at the opening ceremony of Sasquan.

For more information, see the official Sasquan website.


World Fantasy Judges Announced

The judges for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. All forms of fantasy qualify; only living authors and editors are eligible; all books must have a 2014 publication date and all magazines a 2014 cover date.

To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and the convention by June 1, 2015:

Gemma Files
313 Richmond St. East #768
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 4S7

Nina K. Hoffman
PO Box 10858
Eugene, OR

Bénédicte Lombardo
50, rue du Clos
77670 Saint Mammes

Bruce McAllister
528 E. Palmyra Avenue
Orange, CA

Robert Shearman
65 Telford Avenue
Streatham Hill
London SW2 4XL
United Kingdom

A copy should also go to:

Peter Dennis Pautz, President
World Fantasy Awards Association
PO Box 43
Mukilteo WA

Packages should be labeled “Promotional materials — not for sale or resale — no commercial value — World Fantasy Awards materials.” Winners will be announced at the 2015 World Fantasy Awards Banquet and Ceremony during the 41st World Fantasy Convention, November 5-8, 2015, at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Life Achievement nominees will not be released; the winner will be announced in advance of the banquet.)

All judges prefer hard copies but submissions may be emailed to Pautz for forwarding instead. Gemma Files & Bruce McAllister can accept PDFs, Nina K. Hoffman can accept Mobi, and Bénédicte Lombardo & Robert Shearman can accept both PDFs and .mobi.

Email electronic versions to

See the World Fantasy 2015 registration page or the World Fantasy 2015 Facebook page for more.

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:


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)


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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • ‘‘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).


  • 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)


  • 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.


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

Science Fiction

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


  • 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.

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