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Tomorrow Prize Winner

“Freedom” by Ashley Anderson from Port of Los Angeles High School won the inaugural Tomorrow Prize for Short Fiction. Anna Maria Horsford read the story aloud and Anderson will receive a prize of $250. The ceremony was held May 25, 2015 at Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.

For more: www.sci-fest.com

Roswell Award Winner

“Grandma’s Sex Robot” by William Hawkins won the inaugural Roswell Award short story writing contest. Gates McFadden read the story aloud and Hawkins will receive a prize of $1,000. The ceremony was held May 25, 2015 at Sci-Fest LA, the Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival.

For more: www.sci-fest.com

Duncan Wins 2015 Compton Crook Award

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced that Amanda Duncan’s Salvage (Greenwillow) is the winner of the 2015 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award for “the best first novel in the genre published in the previous year by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society.”

The award was presented May 22, 2015 at Balticon 49, where Duncan received 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.

2015 Aurora Awards Nominees

The 2015 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced, celebrating the “best works and activities done by Canadians in 2014.”

Best Novel

Best YA Novel

Best Short Fiction

Best Poem/Song

Best Graphic Novel

  • Treadwell, Dominic Bercier (Mirror)
  • Raygun Gothic Vol. 2, GMB Chomichuk (Alchemical)
  • Cassie & Tonk, Justin Currie & GMB Chomichuk (Chasing Artwork)
  • Trillium, Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)
  • It Never Rains, Kari Maaren (itneverrainscomic.com)

Best Related Work

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk
  • Erik Mohr
  • Derek Newman-Stille
  • Dan O’Driscoll

There were also nominees in fan categories. Winners will be honored at Canvention 35, hosted by SFContario 6 in Toronto, Ontario, November 20–22, 2015. Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) members have from June 1, 2015 until midnight EDT on October 17, 2015 to cast ballots. For more information, and complete nominees: www.prixaurorawards.ca.

Spectrum 22 Awards Winners

The 2015 Spectrum Awards Winners were announced May 23, 2015 at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4 at the Folly Theater in Kansas City MO.

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Comics

Concept Art

Dimensional

Editorial

  • Gold Award: “A Distressed Damsel”, Tran Nguyen
  • Silver Award: “Critical Education”, Sam Bosma

Institutional

Unpublished

Grand Master Award

Rising Star Award

  • Wylie Beckert

Winning artwork will be included in Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art (Flesk Publications), edited by John Fleskes. Jurors were Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard, and Dice Tsutsumi. For more information, including images of the winning art, see the Flesk and Spectrum Fantastic blog.

Tanith Lee (1947-2015)

Author Tanith Lee, 67, died peacefully in her sleep May 24, 2015 after a long illness.

Lee was born September 19, 1947 in London and studied at Prendergast Grammar School, Catford, London, and at an art college in the city. After working for a while as a library assistant in London, she became a freelance writer in 1975. Her first published books were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard (1971) and Animal Castle (1972). Her first adult fantasy, The Birthgrave (1975), launched a prolific career in adult fantasy, SF, and horror encompassing numerous series, among them Birthgrave, Blood Opera, Tales from the Flat Earth, Secret Books of Paradys, Unicorn, War of Vis, Claidi Journals, Lionwolf, and children’s series Piratica.

She received the British Fantasy Society’s August Derleth Award in 1980 for Death’s Master (1979). Notable standalone works include YA fantasy Gold Unicorn (1994), SF novel Eva Fairdeath (1994), horror novel Vivia (1995), alternate history Victorian fantasy Reigning Cats and Dogs (1995), contemporary fantasy When the Lights Go Out (1996), historical novel The Gods Are Thirsty (1996), fairytale novel White as Snow (2000), epic fantasy Mortal Suns (2004), and YA Indigara; Or, Jet and Otis Conquer the World (2007). In all, she produced more than 90 books.

Lee was also an adept short fiction writer, who won World Fantasy Awards for stories “The Gorgon” (1982) and “Elle es Trois (La Mort)” (1983). Some of her short work has been collected in Red as Blood (1983), Dreams of Dark and Light (1986), Night’s Sorceries (1988), The Book of the Damned (1989), Nightshades (1993), Tempting the Gods (2009) Animate Objects (2013), and Space Is Just a Starry Night (2014), among others.

Lee was named a World Horror Grandmaster in 2009, was presented with the World Fantasy Award for life achievement in 2013, and won the Bram Stoker Award for life achievement in 2015.

She is survived by her husband, the writer and artist John Kaiine, married 1992.

Australian Awards News

Judges for the 2015 Aurealis Awards, honoring excellence in Australian SF, fantasy, and horror work, have been empaneled.

Winners of the 2014 Australian Shadows Awards, presented by the Australian Horror Writers Association and honoring work by Australians and New Zealanders, have been announced.

Novel

Wolf Creek: Origin, Aaron Sterns & Greg McLean (Penguin Australia)

Short Fiction

‘‘Shadows of the Lonely Dead’’, Alan Baxter (Suspended in Dusk)

Edited Work

SQ Issue 14, Sophie Yorkston, ed.

Collected Work

Last Year When We Were Young, Andrew McKiernan (Satalyte Pty)

Paul Haines Award for Long Fiction

Dreams of Destruction, Shane Jiraiya Cummings (self-published).

Judges were Jay Caselberg, Bianca de Loryn, Christine Ferdinands, Lee Pletzers, Natalie Satakovski, and Kathy Williams-DeVries. For more: www.australianhorror.com.

SFWA Election Results

The results of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America officers’ election were announced. Current president Steven Gould and director-at-large Jim Fiscus are stepping down on June 30, 2015. As of July 1, 2015, the new board will be: president: Cat Rambo; vice-president: M.C.A. Hogarth; secretary: Susan Forest; chief financial officer: Bud Sparhawk; directors-at-large: Jennifer Brozek, Matthew Johnson, Lee Martindale, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sarah Pinsker.

All elections are for two-year terms, except vice president and CFO, which are one-year terms. Starting next year, elections will alternate, with vice president and CFO elections held on even years (along with a subset of directors-at-large), and elections for other positions held in odd years, with all terms lasting for two years.

 

2015 Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Nominees of genre interest follow.

Speculative Novel Original

  • Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise, Greg Cox (Pocket/ Star Trek)
  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, Keith R. A. DeCandido (Broadway)
  • Fringe: Sins of the Father, Christa Faust (Titan)
  • Star Trek: Disavowed, David Mack (Pocket/ Star Trek)
  • Grimm: Chopping Block, John Passarella (Titan)
  • Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, James Sutter (Paizo)
  • Grimm: The Killing Time, Tim Waggoner (Titan)

Novel Adapted

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Alex Irvine (Titan)
  • Noah, Mark Morris (Titan)
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath, Adam Whitlach (Retro Rocket)

Audio

  • Doctor Who: Iterations of I, John Dorney (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow, Nev Fountain (Big Finish)
  • Blake’s 7: Fortuitas, George Mann (Big Finish)
  • Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat, Mark Thomas Passmore (Big Finish)
  • Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders, Cavan Scott (Big Finish)

Short Stories

  • “Written in the Wind”, Jennifer Brozek (No True Way: All New Tales of Valdemar)
  • “Stargate: Perceptions”, Diana Dru Botsford (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis: Far Horizons)
  • It’s in the Book, Max Collins & Mickey Spillane (Open Road)
  • “Queen Sacrifice”, Steven Savile (Paizo.com)
  • “Hunter’s Folly”, Josh Vogt  (Paizo.com)

Young Adult

  • Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident, Jennifer Brozak (Catalyst Game Labs)
  • Spirit Animals: Book 3: Blood Ties, Garth Nix & Sean Williams (Scholastic)

Winners will be announced at Comic-Con International, held July 9-12, 2015 in San Diego CA.

Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2015 Hugo Voter Packet is available for download by members of Sasquan. The packet “is free to all current Supporting, Attending and Young Adult members of Sasquan, and those who become members before 31 July 2015. Its purpose is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.”

The packet does not contain all the nominated works in their entirety, but there is some free material in every category except Best Dramatic Presentation.

For more information, see the Sasquan website.

 


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