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Le Guin’s NBA Acceptance Speech

As previously announced, Ursula K. Le Guin received the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Awards. She accepted the medal at a ceremony held November 19, 2014 in New York. Her acceptance speech was a rousing call to arms against the “profiteers” who threaten publishing, denouncing “corporate fatwas,” and stressing the importance of art over “market commodity.” Video of her entire speech can be viewed here.

Terraform Launch

Vice Media Group has announced the launch of Terraform, a new weekly online magazine devoted to original SF. Editors Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans will run the site, which launched November 17, 2014 with “The Brain Dump” by Bruce Sterling; “Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell” by Cory Doctorow; and “The Overview Effect” by co-editor Evans.

They plan to publish a new piece each week, with “a blend of traditional and nontraditional future fiction.” Merchant says the site will showcase “short, topical pieces of speculative fiction” and “will create mainstream short-form internet fiction, with a little help from some of the best authors and artists in the game.” They will offer pay rates of 20 cents per word for fiction up to 2,000 words.

Terraform will run under the auspices of Vice’s larger science and technology site Motherboard. Evans explains, “Publishing science fiction is a logical next step for [Motherboard]. We’ve led the charge, investigating and reporting about technology — now we want to share stories about where all these technologies might lead. Think of it as future journalism. Tomorrow’s news today.”

For more see the Terraform website.

Duffey Wins ISFiC Contest

“Under the Hill” by Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writers Contest for previously unpublished authors of SF and fantasy. Duffey received membership to Windycon 41 (November 14-16, 2014 in Chicago) including a paid hotel room and a $300 prize. Her story was published both online and in the Windycon 41 program book.

For more information, see the ISFiC website.

Hachette and Amazon Back in Business

Hachette and Amazon have signed a new multi-year contract, ending the dispute that has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. Though neither side released details of the agreement, reportedly Hachette has the ability to set prices for their e-books. This comes less than a month after Amazon’s deal with Simon & Schuster, in which S&S also retained the right to set e-book prices. Further details haven’t been released, but both Hachette and Amazon have announced that they are happy with the contract. Michael Pietsch, Hachette’s chief executive said, “The new agreement will benefit Hachette authors for years to come. This is great news for writers.”

For more, see the story in the New York Times.

Ray Bradbury Auction Returns

Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia is hosting a second Ray Bradbury estate auction. The online catalog offers unsold items, many reduced in price, from Bradbury’s personal collection. The collection includes original art, memorabilia, curios, and other collectibles. The auction ends November 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.

Lunacon 2015 Canceled

Lunacon 2015 has been canceled, according to the Lunacon Facebook page. Lunacon, the official convention for the New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians, Inc.), is slated to return March 18-20, 2016. Those who bought memberships for 2015 will be contacted and offered a refund or membership in Lunacon 2016.

J.F. Gonzalez (1964-2014)

Author J.F. Gonzalez, 50, died November 10, 2014 of complications from cancer.

Gonzalez wrote or co-wrote over 15 novels, most supernatural horror, beginning with Clickers (1999, with Mark Williams). He frequently collaborated with other horror authors, notably Brian Keene. He published nearly 100 short stories, gathered in several collections, published numerous chapbooks, and edited anthology Tooth and Claw (2002). Gonzalez’s final project was novel Libra Nigrum Scientia Secreta (2014), written with Keene.

Jesus F. Gonzalez was born May 8, 1964 in Los Angeles. In the early ’90s he edited small-press horror magazine Iniquities for three issues with Buddy Martinez, and in 1994 the two edited Phantasm for four issues. In addition to writing and editing he worked as a file clerk, truck driver, copywriter, and in technical support, among other occupations. Gonzalez is survived by his wife and daughter.

For more, see Gonzalez’s website, and Brian Keene’s tribute.

See the December issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 Endeavour Award Winners

Winners for the 16th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, have been announced. This year the result was a tie:

  • Nexus, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Requiem, Ken Scholes (Tor) 
  • Protector, C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
  • King of Swords, Dave Duncan (47North)
  • Meaning of Luff, Matthew Hughes (CreateSpace)

The 2014 judges were Catherine Asaro, Scott Edelman, and Matthew Johnson. The awards were presented November 7, 2014 at Orycon36 in Portland OR.

World Fantasy Awards Winners 2014

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2013 were announced at a ceremony held on November 9, 2014. The awards were presented in Washington DC during the World Fantasy Convention, November 6-9, 2014.

The World Fantasy Award winners are:

Life Achievement:

  • Ellen Datlow
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro



  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages ( 10/2/13)
  • Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • “The Sun and I”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Summer ’13)
  • “Burning Girls”, Veronica Schanoes ( 6/19/13)
  • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Short Fiction:

  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Spring ’13)
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt ( 4/24/13)
  • “Effigy Nights”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 1/13)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)


  • Dangerous Women, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor; Voyager)


  • The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)


  • Charles Vess
  • Galen Dara
  • Zelda Devon
  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio

Special Award – Professional: (tie)

  • Irene Gallo, for art direction of
  • William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional:

  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
  • Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
  • Mieneke van der Salm, for A Fantastical Librarian


George Slusser (1939-2014)

Critic and scholar George Slusser, 75, died November 4, 2014. He was professor emeritus of comparative literature at the University of California, Riverside, and curator emeritus of the J. Lloyd Eaton Collection, as well as director of the Eaton Program for Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies.

George Edgar  Slusser was born July 14, 1939 in San Francisco CA. He earned his PhD in comparative literature at Harvard, and was co-founder and curator of the  Eaton Collection, one of the premier SF collections in the world. He organized the annual Eaton Conference for many years, and  worked actively with the Eaton collection and conference even after retirement.

Slusser wrote and edited numerous scholarly books on SF, including Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in His Own Land (1976), The Farthest Shores of Ursula K. Le Guin (1976), and Gregory Benford (2014), among others. He edited many anthologies of critical essays, including a series collecting papers delivered at the Eaton Conference, co-edited with other scholars. The Eaton Conference Papers series began with Bridges to Science Fiction (1980, with George Robert Guffey and Mark Rose) and continued for more than 20 volumes.  He also translated French genre-related works by Honoré de Balzac and J-H Rosny aîné.

Slusser received the Pilgrim Award for his contributions to SF criticism in 1986. He  is survived by his wife, Danièle Chatelain.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

See the December issue of Locus for a complete obituary.







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