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Gaiman to Read Cheesecake Factory Menu for Charity

As part of a fundraising campaign being organized by writer and comedian Sara Benincasa to benefit world refugees, bestselling author Neil Gaiman has agreed to do a live reading of the entire Cheesecake Factory menu if fans raise $500,000 for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Benincasa hopes to reach the funding goal by World Refugee Day on June 20, 2017 and notes that

According to UNHCR, “An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 21.3 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18.” Refugees are often denied basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. Neil’s been active on behalf of world refugees for years.

For more information, see the campaign on CrowdRise.

Game Writing Nebula Category

Beginning with the 2018 Nebula Awards (for works published in 2017), there will be a new award category: Best Game Writing.

SFWA President Cat Rambo says “all forms of game writing will be eligible.” SFWA expects to have the game writing versions of their suggested reading list and new release newsletter available this week.

For more on the Nebula Awards, see their website.

Springer Wins Tomorrow Prize

Sci-Fest LA has announced the winners for its Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by LA county high school students. Finalists had their stories read by celebrity guests during LitFest Pasadena.

Winners

  • First Place: “The Most Satisfying Sound”, Joseph Springer
  • Second Place: “The Dead Light”, Leslie Le
  • Third Place: “Another Reality”, Samuel Fischbach

Finalists

  • “A Helping Hand”, Jonathan Herbst
  • “EARTH II”, Richard Magdaluyo
  • “The Multiverse Theory”, Ekaterina Zhosan

The first place winner receives a $250 cash prize, second place receives $150, and third place receives $100. All finalists and honorable mentions receive a certificate of recognition and additional prizes donated by sponsors. For more information about the award, see Sci-Fest LA’s website.

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Vaughn Wins 2017 Colorado Book Award

Author Carrie Vaughn won the Colorado Book Award in the Genre Fiction category for her collection Amaryllis and Other Stories (Fairwood). Winners of the 2017 Colorado Book Awards were announced May 21 at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events Center in Parker CO. Found: Short Stories by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, edited by Mario Acevedo (RMFW Press) won in the Anthology category and has some speculative content.

For more, see the official Colorado Book Award press release.

2017 Roswell Award Winner

“Fifteen Minutes Hate” by Richard Larson won the 2017 Roswell Award for Sci-Fest LA’s short story writing contest. Allison Scagliotti read the story aloud and Larson received a $500 cash prize during a ceremony on May 20, 2017 at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena CA.

For more information about the award, see Sci-Fest LA’s website.

2016 RT Awards Winners

Several titles and authors of genre interest were among the 2016 Romantic Times (RT) Reviewers’ Choice and Career Achievement Awards winners.

For Career Achievement, Sherrilyn Kenyon won in the Paranormal category, Ilona Andrews won for Urban Fantasy, and Guy Gavriel Kay won for SF/Fantasy.

The Paranormal winners were:

Paranormal Romance: The Beast, J.R. Ward (Berkley)

Paranormal Worldbuilding: The Undoing, Shelly Laurenston (Kensington)

Fantasy Romance: Eidolon, Grace Draven (Balestra)

Futuristic Romance: Born of Legend, Sherrilyn Kenyon (St. Martin’s)

The Urban Fantasy winners were:

Urban Fantasy Novel: Marked in Flesh, Anne Bishop (Roc)

Urban Fantasy Worldbuilding: The Dirt on Ninth Grave, Darynda Jones (St. Martin’s)

Digital or Self-Published Urban Fantasy: No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished, Rachel Aaron (self-published)

In the Romantic Suspense category, Rebecca Zanetti’s Deadly Silence (Forever) won for Paranormal Romantic Suspense.

In Young Adult/New Adult, Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige (Bloomsbury) won for Young Adult Paranormal/Fantasy.

Winners in Science Fiction/Fantasy were:

Science Fiction: Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)

Fantasy: A Gathering of Shadows, V.E. Schwab (Tor)

High Fantasy: The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

The awards ceremony took place at the RT Booklovers Convention at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA, May 2-7, 2017. For the complete list of nominees and winners, see the RT Book Reviews website.

2017 NESFA Short Story Contest

The New England Science Fiction Association (NESFA) SF/F short story contest is now open to entries from amateur and semi-professional writers. Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at Boskone 55, to be held at the Boston Waterfront Hotel in Boston MA, February 16-18, 2018. Prizes include certificates of achievement, books from NESFA Press, and free membership to future Boskone conventions.

Deadline for submissions is 11:59PM EDT on September 1, 2017. For more information, and complete rules, see the NESFA website.

2017 Sturgeon Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced:

  • “The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allen (Tor.com 7/16)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 4/16)
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “The Visitor From Taured”, Ian R. MacLeod (Asimov’s 9/16)
  • “Things with Beards”, Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 6/16)
  • “Project Empathy”, Dominica Phetteplace (Asimov’s 3/16)
  • “The Future is Blue”, Catherynne M. Valente (Drowned Worlds)
  • A Taste of Honey, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com Publishing)

The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, held June 16-18, 2017 at the University of Kansas Student Union in Lawrence KS.

2016 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winners of the 2016 Nebula Awards. The winners are…

Novel

Novella

Novelette

Short Story

Bradbury

  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’’
  • Zootopia

Norton

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award was given to two recipients: Toni Weisskopf and Peggy Rae Sapienza.

The Awards were presented at a ceremony held in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pennsylvania on the evening of May 20, 2017. For more information on the Nebula Awards and the Nebula Conference, see the SFWA website.

2016 Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The 2016 Analog AnLab Awards and the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards were presented at a breakfast celebration on May 20, 2017 during the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh PA.

The Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Analytical Laboratory winners are:

Best Novella

“The Coward’s Option”, Adam-Troy Castro (3/16)

Best Novelette

“Detroit Hammersmith: Zero-Gravity Toilet Repairman [Retired]”, Suzanne Palmer (9/16)

Best Short Story

“In the Absence of Instructions to the Contrary”, Frank Wu (11/16)

Best Fact Article

“Energy for the Future”, Richard A. Lovett (7-8/16)

Best Poem

“Somebody I Used to Love Asks Me Who Marie Curie Is”, Carly Rubin (3/16)

Best Cover

December 2016 by Vincent DiFate

 

The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners for 2016 are:

Best Novella

“Lazy Dog Out”, Suzanne Palmer (4-5/16)

Best Novelette

“I Married a Monster from Outer Space”, Dale Bailey (3/16)

Best Short Story: TIE

“The Mutants Men Don’t See”, James Alan Gardner (8/16)

“All That Robot . . .”, Rich Larson (9/16)

Best Poem

“After”, Herb Kauderer (10-11/16)

Best Cover Artist

Donato Giancola


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