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World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Winners

The World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards winners for 2015 are Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper. The awards are presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field.

The World Fantasy Awards winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 5-8, 2015, in Saratoga Springs NY. This year’s guests of honor are Steven Erikson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, with special guests Glen Cook, David Drake, Rick Lieder, and Kathe Koja.

2015 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
“Shutdown”, Marge Simon (Qualia Nous)

Second Place
“Science Fiction (with apologies to Marianne Moore’s “Poetry”)”, Ruth Berman (Dreams and Nightmares 98)

Third Place (Tie)
“I Imagine My Mother’s Death”, Bryan D. Dietrich (The Pedestal Magazine 74)
“The Peal Divers”, Francesca Forrest (Strange Horizons 3/17/14)
“Extinction”, Joshua Gage (Star*Line 37.3)
“After the Changeling Incantation”, John Philip Johnson (Strange Horizons 2/3/14)


First Place
“100 Reasons to Have Sex with an Alien”, F.J. Bergmann (2014 SFPA Poetry Contest)

Second Place
“Six Things the Owl Said”, Megan Arkenberg (Goblin Fruit, Spring)

Third Place
“The Perfect Library”, David Clink (If the World Were to Stop Spinning)

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.

2015 Seiun Awards Winners

Winners for translated works in the 2015 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards) have been announced.

Best Translated Novel

  • The Martian, Andy Weir, translated by Kazuko Onoda (Hayakawa)
  • Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa)
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, translated by Makiko Ikeda (SB Creative)
  • The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, translated by Masaya Shimokusu (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Redshirts, John Scalzi, translated by Masayuki Uchida (Hayakawa)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha)

Best Translated Story

  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan, translated by Yooichi Shimada (Hayakawa SF 1/14)
  • “War 3.01”, Keith Brooke, translated by Masato Naniwa (Hayakawa SF 9/14)
  • “Year of the Rat”, Stanley Chen (Chen Qiufan), translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa SF 3/14)
  • “For Want of a Nail”, Mary Robinette Kowal, translated by Fumiyo Harashima (Hayakawa SF 4/14)
  • “Hunter Come Home”, Richard McKenna, translated by Touru Nakamura (Tokyo Sogensha SF 11/14)
  • “Water”, Ramez Naam, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa SF 9/14)
  • “The Negation”, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa SF 2/14)

The Seiun Awards honor the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. There are categories for Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Film, Comics, Art, and Non-Fiction categories. For the complete list (in Japanese) see:

More winners will be announced at Comecon, the 54th Japanese National SF convention, held August 29-30, 2015 in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

2014 SLF Older Writers Grant Recipients

Michael Fontana and Deborah (D.K.) McKutchen have been awarded the Older Writers grant by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF).

The grant “is awarded annually to a writer who is fifty years of age or older at the time of grant application, and is intended to assist such writers who are just starting to work at a professional level.” Both authors will receive $500 “to be used as each writer determines will best assist his or her work.”

Applications for the SF Older Writers grant are considered from January 1-March 31 every year, and recipients are announced June 1.

For more information see the official SLF website.

2015 Locus Awards Winners

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Locus Awards on Saturday, June 27, 2015 during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA.







  • “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie (Rogues)
  • “The Hand Is Quicker”, Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Silverberg)
  • “Memorials”, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 1/14)
  • “The Jar of Water”, Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House #62)
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”, Scott Lynch (Rogues)



  • Rogues, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; Titan)





  • John Picacio
  • Jim Burns
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed


  • Tor
  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean

Connie Willis was MC for the awards ceremony. Weekend events included author readings with Willis and Daryl Gregory; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Andy Duncan, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session with books available for sale courtesy of University Book Store; and a lunch banquet with the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.

For more information please visit the 2015 Locus Awards Information Page.

Berkley and New American Library Combined

Penguin Publishing Group has combined Berkley and New American Library into a new division, called Berkley Publishing Group. Berkley head Leslie Gelbman is president of the new division, which she says will shift to “an amplified focus on major commercial hardcover and trade paperback originals.” Hardcover and trade paperback fiction will appear under the Berkley Books imprint, and hardcover and trade paperback non-fiction under the NAL banner. The various imprints that publish in mass-market paperback, including Ace, Roc, Jove, and Signet, “will continue to be an important part of the Berkley Publishing Group mix.” A number of positions will be eliminated due to the merger, but details have not been released.

NAL publisher Kara Walsh has been promoted to senior vice president and publisher of the new unit.  Claire Zion was made vice president and editor-in-chief of the group, running the combined editorial department and reporting to Walsh. Tom Colgan was promoted to vice president and editorial director, and will oversee the mystery and SF/F editors at Ace and Roc, while Cindy Hwang was promoted to vice president and editorial director, running the romance lines.

2015 Sunburst Awards Short List

The jury’s short list for the 2015 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have been announced:


Adult Honorable Mentions:

Young Adult:

YA Honorable Mentions:

Winners will be announced in the fall. Each winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000 and a hand-crafted sunburst medallion. The jurors for the 2015 award are S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint. For more information, see the Sunburst Award Society.

2015 Chesley Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2015 Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), were announced:

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book

  • Julie Dillon, for Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, Brandon Sanderson, ed. (Dragonsteel)
  • Jon Foster, for Zombie Baseball Beatdown, Paolo Bacigalupi (Subterranean)
  • Todd Lockwood, for The Tropic of Serpents, Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • John Picacio, for Endymion, Dan Simmons (Subterranean)
  • Michael Whelan, for Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book

  • John Harris, for Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
  • Jon Sullivan, for The Return of the Discounted Man, Mark Hodder (Pyr)
  • Raymond Swanland, for The Lady, K.V. Johansen (Pyr)
  • Danielle Tunstall, for Unseaming, Mike Allen (Antimatter)
  • Raoul Vitale, for Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, Kij Johnson, ed.  (Pyr)

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon, for Analog (4/14)
  • Matt Dixon, for Clarkesworld (3/14)
  • Wayne Haag, for Interzone (7-8/14)
  • Patrick Jones, for Analog (3/14)
  • Jae Lee, for Batman/Superman #14 (DC Comics 10/14)
  • Peter Mohrbacher, for Lightspeed (5/14)
  • Dan Dos Santos, for Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3 (Dark Horse 3/14)

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso & Elena Balbusso, for “Ekaterina and the Firebird”, Abra Staffin-Wiebe ( 1/14)
  • Galen Dara, for “A City of Its Tentacles”, Rose Lemberg (Lackinton’s 2/14)
  • Julie Dillon, for Imagined Realms: Book 1 (self-published)
  • Scott Gustafson, for Classic Bedtime Stories , Scott Gustafson (Artisan)
  • Karla Ortiz, for “The Walking Stick Forest”, Anna Tambour ( 5/14)
  • John Picacio, for “Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza”, Carrie Vaughn ( 10/14)

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, for “The Mudpuppy” (resin & mixed media)
  • David Meng, for “Sun WuKong, the Monkey King”
  • Michael Parkes, for “Meditation” (bronze)
  • Forest Rogers, for “A Fish from Versailles” (Kato polyclay)
  • Virginie Ropars, for “Morrigan” (polymer clay & mixed media)
  • Vincent Villafranca, for “Modernity’s Squeaky Child” (bronze & steel)

Best Color Work—Unpublished

  • Linda Adair, for “Dragonsbride” (oil)
  • Annie Stegg Gerard, for “The Lady of Lorien” (oil on linen)
  • Michael C. Hayes, for “Alegretto” (oils)
  • Reiko Murakami, for “Giving Name” (Photoshop)
  • Mark Poole, for “Omens” (oils)
  • Dorian Vallejo, for “Crossing” (oil on canvas)

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Kristina Carroll, for “Dragonslayer” (charcoal)
  • Sean Murray, for “Gateway: The Storkfriars” (graphite)
  • John Picacio, for “El Venado” (graphite)
  • Olivier Villoingt, for “The Soul of War” (graphite & acrylic)
  • Allen Williams, for “Sphynx” (graphite)
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya, for “Wisdom” (ink & mixed media)

Best Product Illustration

  • Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo, for “Jeannie’s Kitten” (IlluXCon 6 promo art)
  • Mitchell Bentley, for 2014 Space Art Calendar (Atomic Fly Studios and Alban Lake)
  • Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, for “Fast Food” (New York ComicCon 2014 promo art)
  • Julie Dillon, for 2014 Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar (Llewellyn)
  • Justin Gerard, for “Morzag! Lord of Destruction” poster
  • Donato Giancola, for George R.R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar (Bantam)
  • Patrick Jones, for “Conan The Conquered” (Illuxcon promo art)
  • Iain McCaig, for “Call of the Muse” (Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster)
  • John Picacio, for “El Arpa” (Loteria Card Illustration from Lone Boy)
  • John Picacio, for “La Calavera Loteria” card (
  • Raymond Swanland, for “One with the Light” Limited Edition Giclee on canvas (Acme Archives)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Noah Bradley, for “Drown in Sorrow” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Eric Deschamps, for “Ephara, God of Polis” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Michael Komarck, for “D&D The Rise of Tiamat” (Wizards of the Coast)
  • Peter Mohrbacher, for “Pharika, God of Affliction” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Karla Ortiz, for “Ghoulcaller Gisa” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Chris Rahn, for “Ajani the Steadfast” (Magic: The Gathering)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, for Pyr
  • Shelly Bond, for DC/Vertigo
  • Irene Gallo, for Tor &
  • Jeremy Jarvis, for Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto, for Orbit

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Kinuko Craft
  • John Harris
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig

The winners will be announced at the Chesley Awards ceremony during Sasquan, the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention, August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA. For more, see the ASFA website.

2015 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Redhook) won this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel published in 2014, and Cory Doctorow’s “The Man Who Sold the Moon” (Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2014.

The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, June 11-14, 2015 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS.

Other finalists were:

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award


2015 SF&F Hall of Fame Inductees & James Gunn Fundraiser

The 2015 inductees to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are James E. Gunn, Georges Méliès, John Schoenherr, and Kurt Vonnegut. This year’s Curator’s Selection is Jack Gaughan.

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation is running a “lightning-fast” fundraiser to cover James E. Gunn’s travel expenses so he can attend the June 27, 2015 induction ceremony in Seattle: if you can contribute, please make your tax-deductible donation to the James Gunn Hall of Fame Fund here.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996, and relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP Museum in 2004. Inductees for 2015 were chosen from a list of nominees provided by museum members and last year’s panel.

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