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2016 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the inaugural Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” have been announced:

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld, 1/15)
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
  • “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld, 1 & 3/15)
  • “Pocosin”, Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, 1/15)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, 10/15)

The winner will be honored at Dragon Con, to be held September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta GA. The award celebrates “the best in innovative fiction” and honors writer and editor Eugie Foster, who died in 2014. Speculative short stories published in 2015 are eligible for the award, with nominations made by a panel of editors, reviewers, and select readers, and the winner chosen by a jury.

For more information, visit

2016 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:


First Place
“Time Travel Vocabulary Problems”, Ruth Berman (Dreams and Nightmares 100)

Second Place
“Tech Support for the Apocalypse”, F. J. Bergmann (Dreams and Nightmares 101)

Third Place
“An Introduction to Alternate Universes: Theory and Practice”, Sandra J. Lindow (Gyroscope Review 16:1)


First Place (tie)
“It Begins With A Haunting”, Krysada Panusith Phounsiri (Dance Among Elephants)

“Keziah”, Ann K. Schwader (Dark Energies)

Second Place
“Chronopatetic”, F. J. Bergmann (Dreams and Nightmares 100)

Third Place (tie)
from “Sunspots”, Simon Barraclough (Poetry 12/15)

“The White Planet”, Albert Goldbarth (Boulevard 31:1)

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 often reprinted in the annual Nebula Awards Anthology.

2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners were selected by members of SFFANZ and of the AuContraire 2016 convention.

Best Novel

  • Ardus, Jean Gilbert (Rogue House)

Best Youth Novel

Best Novella / Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Collected Work

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover for Shortcuts: Track 1, K.C. Bailey (Paper Road)
  • Cover for The Earth We Knew: A Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Kodi Murray (Rogue House)
  • Cover for Pisces of Fate, Henry Christian-Sloane (Paper Road)
  • Cover for Miss Lionheart and the Laboratory of Death, Imojen Faith Hancock (Phantom Feather)

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • White Cloud Worlds Anthology 3, Paul Tobin, ed. (Weta Workshop)
  • “Ahead of her time and lost in time: On Feminism, Gender, and Bisexuality:, A. J. Fitzwater (Letters to Tiptree)
  • The Face of Oblivion, Catherine Pegg

Best Fan Production / Publication

  • Phoenixine, John & Lynelle Howell

Best Fan Writing

  • John Toon (Phoenixine)
  • Terri Doyle (Novazine)
  • June Young (Phoenixine)

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith

Best New Talent

  • Jean Gilbert
  • Octavia Cade
  • Eileen Mueller
  • Y.K. Willemse

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

  • Marie Hodgkinson

Services to Fandom

  • Glenn Young

Change to 1941 Retro Hugo Award Ballot

MidAmericon II announced a correction to the 1941 Retro Hugo Award finalists on June 19, 2016. Administrator Dave McCarty explains:

The finalist “Darker Than You Think” by Jack Williamson was mistakenly categorized as a novelette.  The story is a novella, but did not receive enough nominations to be a finalist as a novella.  It has been marked as not eligible.  The novelette “Vault of the Beast” by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1940) should have been listed as the 5th finalist and has been added to the Retro ballot.

Anyone who has already registered votes for the Retro Hugo contest online is encouraged to update their ballot as they feel appropriate.  Members voting by mailed in paper ballot may write in “Vault of the Beast” and rank it, the administrators will count their ballot appropriately.

Winners of the 1941 Retro Hugo Award, honoring work from 1940, will be announced in a ceremony at the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

The revised list of finalists is  below.

Best Novel (352 nominating ballots)

  • Kallocain, Karin Boye (Bonnier)
  • Gray Lensman, E.E. ‘‘Doc’’ Smith (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)
  • Slan, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 12/40)
  • The IllMade Knight, T.H. White (Collins)
  • The Reign of Wizardry, Jack Williamson (Unknown 3/40)

Best Novella (318)

  • “The Mathematics of Magic”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 8/40)
  • “The Roaring Trumpet”, L. Sprague de Camp & Fletcher Pratt (Unknown 5/40)
  • “Coventry”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 7/40)
  • “If This Goes On…”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “Magic, Inc.”, Robert A. Heinlein (Unknown 9/40)

 Best Novelette (310)

  • “Farewell to the Master”, Harry Bates (Astounding Science-Fiction 10/40)
  • “Blowups Happen”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 9/40)
  • “The Roads Must Roll”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 6/40)
  • “It!”, Theodore Sturgeon (Unknown 8/40)
  • “Vault of the Beast”, A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction 8/40)**
  • “Darker Than You Think”, Jack Williamson (Unknown 12/40)

 Best Short Story (324)

  • “Robbie”, Isaac Asimov (Super Science Stories 9/40 as “Strange Playfellow”)
  • “Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius”, Jorge Luis Borges (Sur 1940)
  • “Martian Quest”, Leigh Brackett (Astounding Science-Fiction 2/40)
  • “The Stellar Legion”, Leigh Brackett (Planet Stories Winter 1940)
  • “Requiem”, Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction 1/40)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (123)

  • The Adventures of Superman: “The Baby from Krypton”
  • The Invisible Man Returns
  • Looney Tunes: “You Ought to Be in Pictures”
  • Merrie Melodies: “A Wild Hare”
  • Pinocchio

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (250)

  • Dr. Cyclops
  • Fantasia
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe
  • One Million B.C.
  • The Thief of Bagdad

Best Graphic Story (92)

  • Batman #1 (Detective Comics, Spring 1940)
  • “The Origin of the Spirit”, Will Eisner (Register and Tribune Syndicate 6/40)
  • Captain Marvel: “Introducing Captain Marvel”, Bill Parker & C.C. Beck (Whiz Comics #2, 2/40)
  • Flash Gordon: “The Ice Kingdom of Mongo”, Alex Raymond & Don Moore (King Features Syndicate, 4/40)
  • The Spectre: “The Spectre”/”The Spectre Strikes!”, Jerry Siegel & Bernard Baily (More Fun Comics #52/53, 3/40, 4/40)

Best Professional Editor Short Form (183)

  • John W. Campbell
  • Dorothy McIlwraith
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Frederik Pohl
  • Mort Weisinger

 Best Professional Artist (86)*

  • Hannes Bok
  • Margaret Brundage
  • Edd Cartier
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Hubert Rogers

 Best Fanzine (63)

  • Futuria Fantasia
  • Le Zombie
  • Novacious
  • Spaceways
  • Voice of the Imagi-Nation

Best Fan Writer (70)

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • H.P. Lovecraft
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner

*The Best Professional Artist category has six finalists due to a tie for fifth place.

**Added to ballot June 19, 2016.

There were 481 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmericonII, and Worldcon 75.

2016 Wellman Award Nominees

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

Final voting is open to members of four North Carolina science fiction and fantasy conventions. The winner will be announced at ConGregate, July 16, 2016 at the Radisson Hotel in High Point NC.

Riddell Wins Greenaway Medal

Artist Chris Riddell won the Kate Greenaway Medal for outstanding illustration for his work on The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman’s (Bloomsbury). The awards were announced in a ceremony June 20, 2016 at the British Library in London.

Riddell is the first reigning Children’s Laureate to win the Greenaway award, and the first ever to win the medal three times. Winners receive £500 worth of books to donate to their local library, as well as the £5,000 Colin Mears Award cash prize.

For more information, see the CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Children’s Book Awards website.

Atwood Wins PEN Pinter Prize

Margaret Atwood has won the 2016 PEN Pinter prize, as announced June 16, 2016 by English PEN.

The prize is awarded annually to a writer of outstanding literary merit who, in the words of Harold Pinter’s Nobel Prize in Literature speech, casts an ‘unflinching, unswerving’ gaze upon the world and shows a ‘fierce intellectual determination … to define the real truth of our lives and our societies’. This year, for the first time, the prize is open to writers from the Republic of Ireland and the Commonwealth, as well as from the UK.

Atwood will be honored October 13, 2016 at the British Library, where she will deliver an address and announce the co-winner she helped choose, “the 2016 International Writer of Courage, selected from a shortlist of international cases supported by English PEN. The recipient will be an international writer who is active in defence of freedom of expression, often at great risk to their own safety and liberty.”

A limited edition booklet of her address will be published by Faber & Faber and will be made available to the audience at the event.

The 2016 judges were: Vicky Featherstone, Antonia Fraser, Zia Haider Rahman, Peter Stothard, and President of English PEN and Chair of Judges, Maureen Freely.

For more information, see the English PEN website.


2016 Campbell Memorial Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2016 John W. Campbell Memorial Award:

The Campbell Memorial award honors the best science fiction novel of the prior year published in English. Current jurors are Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid, Christopher McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and Lisa Yaszek.

The award will be presented Thursday, August 18, 2016 at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

While the award is usually presented during the Campbell Conference at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, this year the conference serves as the academic track for MidAmericon II.

28th Annual Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced winners of the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating excellence in LGBT literature in a wide variety of categories, including SF:


Winners of genre interest in other categories include:

LGBT Anthology–Fiction

Transgender Fiction

The awards were presented June 6, 2016 at the 28th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony at the NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. For winners in all categories, see the Lambda Literary Awards site.

2016 Hugo Base Designers Announced

MidAmeriCon II has announced Sara Felix (president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists) as the designer of the 2016 Hugo Award base, and Brent Simmons as the 1941 Retro-Hugo Award base designer. Both bases will be revealed on August 17, 2016 at the opening ceremonies of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th WorldCon, at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO.

For more information, visit the MidAmeriCon II website and Sara Felix‘s website.

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