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2016 Geffen Awards Winners

The 2016 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

  • Redshirts, John Scalzi, translated by Zafrir Grossman (Opus)

Best Translated Fantasy Book

Best Translated YA Book

Best Original Hebrew Short Story

  • “Requiem to Matthew,” Aviel Tochterman

Best Original Hebrew Book

  • Lake of Shadows, Roni Gelbfish

Winners were announced October 20, 2016 at ICon in Tel Aviv, the annual Israeli SF convention. Charles Stross was guest of honor.

Ed Gorman (1941-2016)

Author and editor Ed Gorman, 74, died October 14, 2016. He was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2002. Gorman was best known as a crime and horror writer and anthologist, and also wrote SF.

He published dozens of books, beginning with novel Rough Cut (1984). Most of his works of genre interest were published pseudonymously. As Daniel Ransom he wrote many horror and SF titles, including Daddy’s Little Girl (1985), The Babysitter (1989), Nightmare Child (1990), The Fugitive Stars (1995), and Zone Soldiers (1996). Under the name Richard Driscoll he and Kevin D. Randle co-wrote the SF Star Precinct trilogy, beginning with Star Precinct (1992). The majority of books appearing under Gorman’s own byline were crime and mystery, notably the Robert Payne series, the Sam McCaine series, the Jack Dwyer series, and the Dev Conrad series. He also wrote Westerns.

Gorman wrote short fiction in various genres as well. Collection The Dark Fantastic (2002) was a Stoker Award finalist, and Cages (1995) was a Stoker finalist and won an International Horror Guild Award. He founded magazine Mystery Scene in 1985, and served as editor until 2002. Gorman was a prolific anthologist who edited many volumes of SF, horror, and crime, often in collaboration with Martin H. Greenberg and others.

Edward Joseph Gorman was born November 2, 1941 in Cedar Rapids IA. He attended Coe College in Iowa from 1962-65 and worked in advertising and public relations for over 20 years, becoming a full-time writer in 1989. He received a life achievement award from the Private Eye Writers of America in 2011.


2016 Imadjinn Award Winners

The winners of the inaugural Imadjinn Awards were announced at an awards banquet on October 8, 2016 during the Imaginarium Convention held October 7-9, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville KY. The award trophies are given to small press and independently published authors selected by jury. Winners of genre interest follow.

Best Anthology

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Horror Novel (Tie)

Best Non-Fiction Book

Best Paranormal Romance Novel

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Short Story

Best Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Pouraka, D.L. Gardner (self-published)

Best Screenplay Feature Length

  • Inhuman Resources, Hope Madden

Best Screenplay Short Length

  • Cemetery, Pamela Turner

Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlists

The Prime Minister and Arts Minister of Australia announced the shortlists for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards on October 17, 2016. The awards “celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.” Each award category is allocated a A$100,000 prize pool, with the winner receiving A$80,000 and each runner-up receiving A$5,000. Finalists of genre interest follow.


Young Adult Fiction

Awards are also given in poetry, non-fiction, Australian history, and children’s fiction categories. Finalists are selected by a panel of 12 judges, and the Prime Minister makes the final decision. This year’s judges are Louise Adler, Peter Coleman, Kate Colley, Des Cowley, Ross Fitzgerald, Jamie Grant, Robert Gray, Gerard Henderson, Ida Lichter, Mark MacLeod, Irini Savvides, and Mike Shuttleworth. Winners will be announced later this year.

2017 Baen Memorial Contest Opens

Baen Books has opened the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest. Co-sponsored by the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2017 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and National Space Society merchandise. The winners will be honored at the International Space Development Conference, to be held May 25-29, 2017 at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel in St. Louis MO.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Baen Books website.

Tremblay Wins Massachusetts Book Award

The Massachusetts Center for the Book announced the winners of its Massachusetts Book Awards on October 5, 2016. The awards “recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.” A Head Full of Ghosts, by Paul Tremblay won the Fiction Award, chosen by a panel of three judges: Diane Annunziato, Pete Coco, and Tegan Mannino.

McDonald Wins Gaylactic Spectrum

The winner for the 2016 Gaylactic Spectrum Award in the novel category was announced at Gaylaxicon 2016, held October 7-9, 2016 in Minneapolis MN, at the DoubleTree Hotel Minneapolis-Park Place:

The Gaylactic Spectrum Awards “honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy and horror which include significant positive explorations of gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered characters, themes, or issues.” For the 2016 Novel category, “Works must have been originally published in North America in 2015 to be eligible unless an exception is granted by the judging team.”

For more information, see the Gaylactic Spectrum site.

Shoemaker Wins WSFA Small Press Award

The winner of the 2016 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction was announced October 8, 2016.

  • “Today I Am Paul”, Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
  • “The Art of Deception”, Stephanie Burgis (Insert Title Here)
  • “Headspace”, Beth Cato (Cats in Space)
  • “Leashing the Muse”, Larry Hodges (Space and Time 5/15)
  • “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “Burn Her”, Tanith Lee (Dancing Through the Fire)
  • “The Haunting of Apollo A7LB”, Hannu Rajaniemi (Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction)
  • “The Empress in Her Glory”, Robert Reed (Clarkesworld 4/15)
  • “Leftovers”, Leona Wisoker (Cats in Space)

The award, recognizing the “best original short fiction” published by small presses in the previous year, was presented at Capclave in Gaithersburg MD at the Hilton Washington DC North/Gaithersburg, held October 7-9, 2016. The winner was chosen by members of WSFA. For more information, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.

Whitehead Shortlisted for NBA

Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad (Doubleday) is one of five finalists for the National Book Awards in the Fiction category. Winners will be announced November 16, 2016 at a ceremony in New York. For more, including complete lists of finalists, see the National Book Awards site. Opens to Novella Subs

Imprint has announced that from October 12, 2016 to January 12, 2017 they will accept unsolicited submissions of fantasy novellas, but only those set in “worlds that are not modeled on European cultures.” Editors Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will consider submissions between 20,000 and 40,000 words, and particularly seek submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. Complete guidelines are here.

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