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Changes at Tor

Leading SF publisher Tor Books has announced significant changes to the publishing team. Longtime executive editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden has been named associate publisher, effective immediately. He will be joined by a new hire, associate publisher Devi Pillai, formerly editorial director at Orbit. Tor publisher Tom Doherty says, “I’ve watched Devi’s work with admiration for a long time now; her qualifications are outstanding, and she’ll be a great addition to our team. As we continue our 35-year commitment to adult SF and fantasy, Devi and Patrick will work alongside each other to oversee our numerous editors who work primarily in these twin genres.” There are plans to add to the ranks of that editorial staff as well.

Doherty has named Linda Quinton as publisher of Forge Books; she was previously associate publisher and vp of marketing for Tor/Forge. A new head of marketing and publicity will be named.

Kathleen Doherty will continue as publisher of Tor Teen and Starscape, and “the company intends to increase the marketing support” provided to her team.

Tom Doherty says, “At a time when so many of our competitors are cutting back, consolidating imprints, and reducing staff, it’s wonderful to know that [Tor parent company] Macmillan enthusiastically supports our plan for growth.”

For more, see the news post at

2016 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2016 Scribe Awards July 22, 2016 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Best Original Novel — Speculative

Adapted Novel — General and Speculative

Short Stories

  • “Fallout”, Mickey Spillane & Max Allan Collins (The Strand 11-12/14)


Powers Wins Munsey Award

Editor and publisher Laurie Powers is the winner of the 2016 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Powers received a fine art print as her award. The award was presented at PulpFest 2016, July 23, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Columbus OH.

2016 Rita and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in San Diego CA on July 16, 2016. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest include:

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

  • Don’t Call Me Cupcake, Tara Sheets

For more information, including the full list of category winners, see the Romance Writers of America website.

SFWA Opens to Game Writers

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will be open to active membership applications from game writers, beginning August 1, 2016.

The decision was made by a membership-wide vote. “Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.” Eligibility requirements use a benchmark based on income. Details are available at the SFWA site.

President Cat Rambo said, “I’m proud to be leading an organization acknowledging the wide range of forms genre writing can take. I’m also looking forward to the expertise and experience such writers can bring to the organization.”


Stephen King Honored by Library of Congress

The Library of Congress announced on July 12, 2016 that they will be honoring Stephen King for his lifetime of work promoting literacy. King will be opening the main stage of the 2016 Library of Congress National Book Festival, where he will give a free presentation and be recognized by the Library. The National Book Festival takes place on September 24, 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC. For a preliminary list of attending authors, see the Library of Congress website.

2016 Prometheus Award Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winner of the 2016 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2015 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel

They also announced the winner of the Hall of Fame Award, “given in recognition of a classic work of science fiction or fantasy with libertarian themes.”

Hall of Fame

  • Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury (Timescape, 1982)
  • Manna, Lee Correy (DAW, 1984)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • The Island Worlds, Eric Kotani & John Maddox Roberts (Baen, 1987)
  • A Mirror for Observers, Edgar Pangborn (Doubleday, 1954)

As previously announced, a Special Award will be given to Alex + Ada, by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn (Image Comics).

The awards will be presented in a ceremony during MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, to be held August 17-21, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO.

For more information, visit the Libertarian Futurist Society website.

2016 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2016 Sunburst Awards honoring “Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic” has been announced:


Young Adult:

Short Story:

  • “La Héron”, Charlotte Ashley (F&SF 3-4/15)
  • “The Glad Hosts”, Rebecca Campbell, (Lackington’s #7)
  • “Stuck in the Past”, Mike Donoghue (Abyss & Apex #54)
  • “Hide and Seek”, Catherine A. MacLeod (Playground of Lost Toys)
  • “Get the Message”, Peter Wendt (Second Contacts)

Winners will be announced on September 14, 2016 and will receive a cash prize of $1,000 for the Adult and Young Adult categories and $500 for the Short Story category, as well as hand-crafted sunburst medallions. The jurors for the 2016 award are Timothy Anderson, Sylvie Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin. For more information, see the Sunburst Award Society.

New InterGalactic Medicine Show Editor

Scott M. Roberts has taken over as editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show, starting with the new July/August 2016 issue, #51. Roberts has been assistant editor for the magazine for years, and guest edited issue #41. He replaces editor Edmund R. Schubert, who announced his departure in the April 2016 issue.

For more information, visit the Intergalactic Medicine Show website.

2016 Seiun Awards Winners

The 55th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2016 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

  • The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi, translated by Nakahara Naoya (Hayakawa)
  • Vulcan’s Hammer, Philip K. Dick, translated by Tatsuo Sato (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Zendegi, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa)
  • Ack-Ack Macaque, Gareth L. Powell, translated by Kazuyo Misumi (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Violent Century, Lavie Tidhar, translated by Ken Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha)

Best Translated Story

  • “Beautiful Boys”, Theodora Goss, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 12/15)
  • “The Road of Needles”, Caitlín R. Kiernan, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 8/15)
  • “White Sin, Now”, Tanith Lee, translated by Izumi Ichida (Hayakawa SF 10/15)
  • “Mask”, Stanislaw Lem, translated by Koichi Hisayama (Short Best 10: Stanislaw Lem Collection)
  • “Alfred’s Ark”, Jack Vance, translated by Toru Nakamura (18 Strange Stories of the Corner Bookstore)
  • “Relays and Roses”, Gene Wolfe, translated by Takao Miyawaki (Book of Days)

There are also winners in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Dramatic Presentation, Comics, Art, and Non-Fiction categories. A complete list of winners (in Japanese) is available at the Nihon SF Taikai website.

Winners were announced at IseshimaKon, the 55th Japan SF convention, on July 9, 2016 in Toba, Mie Prefecture, Japan.

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