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Hanson Wins GUFF

Donna Maree Hanson (Australia) has won the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF). The 2017 fund will send Hanson to Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. Other candidates on the ballot were Sam Hawke, Belle McQuattie, and Alexandra Pierce.

GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science fiction fandom before the start of the previous year. Candidates for a northbound trip must be residents of Australia or New Zealand. Anyone active in fandom before the start of the previous year may nominate and vote for a candidate.

For the results of the vote, see the Australian Fan Funds website.

2017 Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The 2017 David Gemmell Awards shortlists have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

 

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

 

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Alessandro Baldaserroni for the cover of Black Rift by Josh Reynolds (Black Library)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Sam Green for the cover of The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Kerby Rosannes for the cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Wrath by John Gwynne (Tor)

Voting is open until midnight on June 2, 2017 (GMT). The winners will be honored at a ceremony July 15, 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK. For more, see the official Gemmell Awards website.

Ytterbium Wins Eastercon Bid

Ytterbium won their bid to host the 2019 British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon), in voting held at Eastercon 2017, Innominate. The convention will be held over Easter weekend, April 19-22, 2019 at the Park Inn in Heathrow, UK.

Guests of honor will include “DC”, Frances Hardinge, Sydney Padua, and John Scalzi.

Adult weekend membership rate is currently £55.

2017 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The shortlists for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) in fiction and poetry were announced April 18, 2017. The fiction category includes Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya, translated by Jessica Powell (Mandel Vilar).

Founded in 2008 by Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the BTBA offers a $5,000 cash prize to each winning author and translator. Winners will be announced May 4, 2017 at The Folly gastropub in New York NY.

For a full list of fiction finalists, see the University of Rochester website.

Anathema Launch

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, an online “tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC,” launched its first issue on April 4, 2017. Michael Matheson & Andrew Wilmot are co-editors-in-chief. Chinelo Onwualu is non-fiction editor.

The first issue features fiction by Stephanie Chan, Brent Lambert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ayodele Olofintuade, and Tony Pi, as well as non-fiction by Alexis Teyie. Anathema currently pays C$50 for fiction and non-fiction.

For more information, see their website.

Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017.

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to attend NatCon. NAFF covers the cost of airfare and accommodation, and NatCon donates a convention membership to the winner. Winners are expected to produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and help administer the NAFF race for the following two years. Voting is open to all Australian fans.

For more information, see the NAFF website.

2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and LexiCon 2017, and honored at the convention, June 2-4, 2017 at the Suncourt Hotel Taupō, New Zealand.

Best Novel

Best Youth Novel

Best Novella / Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Collected Work

Best Professional Artwork

Best Professional Production / Publication

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • AFK: The Webseries: “ZERG”
  • Chronesthesia, Hayden J. Weal & Simeon Duncombe
  • This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, Andrew Beszant & Christian Nicholson (Little Hero Productions)

Best Fan Production / Publication

  • Novazine
  • Phoenixine
  • Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Best Fan Writing

  • “Food and Horror” column, Octavia Cade (Book Smugglers)
  • “SITREP”, Alex Lindsay (Phoenxine)
  • Jacqui Smith, contributions to Novazine

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith, contributions to Novazine

Best New Talent

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Richard Parry
  • Laya Rose
  • Darian Smith

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

  • Lee Murray

Services to Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth
  • Lynelle Howell

Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes.

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 to facilitate science fiction fans traveling to conventions on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information, see taff.org.uk.

2017 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2017 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

Best Translated Story

  • “Seventh Sight”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa Shobo 4/16)
  • “The Deathbird”, Harlan Ellison, translated by Ito Norio (The Deathbird and Other Stories)
  • “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa Shobo 6/16)
  • “Simulacrum”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa Shobo 12/16)
  • “The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz”, Dan Simmons, translated by Sakai Akinobu (Hayakawa Shobo 8/16)
  • “Backward, Turn Backward”, James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda (Crown of Stars)

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

Winners will be announced at the end of July. The awards will be presented at Donburacon, the 56th Japan SF convention, on August 26, 2017 in Shizuoka City, Japan.

Casper Wins PKD Award

The 2017 Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced Friday, April 14, 2017 at Norwescon 40 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac WA:

Special citation was given to Unpronounceable by Susan diRende (Aqueduct). This year’s judges were Michael Armstrong, Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou, and Ben Winters.

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

For more, see www.philipkdickaward.org


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