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SF & F Translation Awards Closing Down

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation has announced it is officially being dissolved, due to the time and effort required to keep the awards going on an amateur basis. “We still very much believe in the need to promote science fiction and fantasy in translation, and hope that in due course new people will come forward and a new award be created. The Directors will continue to do whatever they can as individuals to continue the work of the Association.”

For more details on the Awards and the winding up of the Association, see the SFFT Awards Site.

2014 Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse

The shortlist for the 2014 Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse has been announced.

  • Bazmaru et la fille du vent, Maëlle Fierpied (L’école des loisirs)
  • Les substituts, Johan Heliot (Seuil)
  • Dresseur de fantômes, Camille Brissot (L’Atalante)
  • La symphonie des abysses Livre 1, Carina Rozenfeld (Robert Laffont)
  • Pixel noir, Jeanne-A Debats (Syros)
  • Automne, Jan Henrik Nielsen, translated by Aude Pasquier (Albin Michel)

Finalists were selected by a three-person jury. The Utopiales “European Youth Prize” is awarded for “literature of the imagination” for novels or collections by European authors that are published in French in the prior year. The winner receives €2,000 and will be announced the weekend of October 29, 2014 at the Nantes International Science Fiction Festival.

For more information on other Utopiales finalists, see the prior Locus Magazine article, or visit the official Utopiales website.

Unpublished Asimov Essay

A previously unpublished essay by Isaac Asimov, originally written in 1959, has been posted on the MIT Technology Review website. Discussing creativity, the piece was Asimov’s “single formal input” for the Advanced Research Projects Agency. The article is accompanied by a note from Arthur Obermayer and published with the permission of Asimov Holdings. To read the essay visit the MIT Technology Review site.

Martin & Doherty Receive Harris Collection Literary Award

Author George R.R. Martin and Tor publisher Tom Doherty will receive the inaugural Harris Collection Literary Award. The event will be held at Brown University in Providence RI on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. The evening will include an awards ceremony, interviews, and a reception, and is open exclusively to Brown students. Named after Caleb Fiske Harris, Brown class of 1838, the award “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.” For more information, see the Brown University website.

Amazon and S&S Reach Agreement

Amazon and Simon & Schuster have resolved their negotiations and signed a new multi-year agreement. Though details have not been officially released, the deal will reportedly allow S&S to set retail prices for e-books, returning to “a version of agency pricing,” as S&S CEO Carolyn Reidy describes it, with some room allowed for Amazon to discount titles.

For more, see the story in Publishers Weekly.

Benefit For Locus with Garth Nix and Ysabeau Wilce

SF in SF will hold a special event with Garth Nix and Ysabeau Wilce Saturday, October 25, 2014. Garth Nix will read from his new book Clariel, and Ysabeau Wilce will read from her new collection Prophecies, Libels, and Dreams: Stories. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

The event will be held at The Women’s Building in the Audre Lourde Room, 2nd Floor, 3543 18th Street, one block up from Valencia in San Francisco. Proceeds will benefit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion and preservation of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Admission cost is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

The benefit is sponsored by Tachyon Publications. For more information, see the SF in SF website.

2014 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards

The winners of the Deutscher Phantastik Preis Awards were announced October 11, 2014 at Buchmess Convent in Dreieich near Frankfurt, Germany.

Best Novel in German

  • Phoenix – Tochter der Asche [Phoenix – Daughter of Ashes], Ann-Kathrin Karschnick (Papierverzierer)

Best Debut Novel in German

  • Eldorin – Das verborgene Land [Eldorin – The Hidden Land], Gaby Wohlrab (Vier Raben)

Best International Novel

  • Dunkle Halunken [Dodger], Terry Pratchett (ivi)

Best German Short Story

  • “Claire”, Miriam Schäfer (Weltentor 2013 Mystery)

Best Anthology/Collection

  • Eis und Dampf [Ice and Steam], Christian Vogt, ed. (Feder & Schwert)

Best Book Series

  • DSA – Das schwarze Auge [DSA – The Black Eye] (Ulisses Spiele)

Best Graphic Artist

  • Mia Steingräber

Best Work on Secondary Literature

  • Geek! magazine

Best Website

Niven Wins Impact of Imagination Award

Larry Niven will be honored with the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Impact of Imagination on Society. The ceremony will be held November 19, 2014 at the Artisphere in Arlington VA. The award was created in 2012 by the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation. Prior winners were Ursula K. Le Guin in 2013 and Sir Kenneth Robinson in 2012.

For more information, see the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation website.

Zilpha Keatley Snyder (1927-2014)

Children’s writer Zilpha Keatley Snyder, 87, died October 8, 2014 of complications from a stroke in San Francisco. Snyder wrote over 40 books, including many middle-grade novels with fantasy elements. She is best known for Newbery Honor book The Egypt Game (1967), and wrote two other Newbery Honor titles, The Headless Cupid (1971) and The Witches of Worm (1971).

Zilpha Keatley was born May 11, 1927 in Lemoore CA. She attended Whittier CA, graduating with a BA in 1948, and also attended the University of California at Berkeley during the summers from 1958-60. She married Larry Allan Snyder in 1950; they had two children, and later adopted a third. She was an elementary school teacher from 1948-62.

Snyder gave up teaching to focus on fiction, and began publishing with Season of Ponies in 1964. Her most recent book was William’s Midsummer Dreams (2011).

See the November issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 WSFA Small Press Award Winner

The winner of the 2014 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 11, 2014 at Capclave:

  • “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma”, Alex Shvartsman (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show 4/13)
  • “Trap-weed”, Gemma Files (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
  • “The Traditional”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 5/13)
  • “Bits”, Naomi Kritzer, (Clarkesworld 10/13)
  • “Set Your Face Towards the Darkness”, David McDonald (Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land)
  • “Acts of Chivalry”, Sean McMullen, (Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land)
  • “Morning Star”, DK Mok (One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries)
  • “Like a Bat Out of Hell”, Jonathan Shipley (After Death)

The award, recognizing the “best original short fiction” published by small presses in the previous year, was presented in Gaithersburg, MD. The winner was chosen by members of WSFA. For more information, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.

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