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2016 SF Hall of Fame Nominees

The Experience Music Project Museum (EMP) has announced the 2016 Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame nomineesin “Creator” and “Creation” categories. Voting is open to the public from Wednesday April 27 to May 11, 2016. Votes can be cast at the EMP website.

The nominees for both categories are:


  • Douglas Adams
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Stephen King
  • Stan Lee
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Nichelle Nichols
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Lana & Lilly Wachowski


  • 1984, George Orwell
  • Blade Runner, directed by Ridley Scott
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  • Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
  • the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling
  • the Star Wars media franchise created by George Lucas
  • the Star Trek media franchise created by Gene Roddenberry
  • “Space Oddity”, David Bowie
  • The Twilight Zone TV series created by Rod Serling
  • A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle

According to the official press release:

In anticipation of the Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary, EMP is expanding the exhibit to include two categories: Creators and Creations. After inviting the public to submit their nominations, a committee of science fiction and fantasy experts from across the media landscape narrowed down this list from nearly 2,000 submissions to the final twenty nominees.

In the past, only EMP members could submit nominations, but this year the process was made public to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the SF Hall of Fame. Winners will be announced fall 2016 during EMP’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame celebration.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and then relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP Museum in 2004. For more information see the EMP website.

2016 Clarke Award Shortlist

The six titles on the Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist for best science fiction novel published in 2015 have been announced:

This year’s judges are Liz Bourke, Leila Abu El Hawa, David Gullen, Andrew McKie, and Ian Whates. Andrew M. Butler is chair of judges. Tom Hunter is awards director.

The winner will receive a £2016 prize and a commemorative engraved bookend. The winning title will be announced in August 2016.

Mays Declines Hugo Nomination

Thomas A. Mays has declined the Hugo Award nomination for his short story The Commuter (Stealth).

The announcement was made at The Improbable Author, where Mays explained that he “accepted the nomination in the forlorn hope I would find my story among a mixed and diverse selection of other stories, stories which came out of fandom as a whole,” but that “as the list is straight slate in the short story category, I cannot take advantage of a flaw in the current nomination process. This is not a repudiation of anyone’s politics, nor is it an endorsement of anyone else’s ideology. This is not a statement on the quality of the nominated works that either appear or don’t appear on anyone’s slate.  This is a rejection of a gamed system, as well as a stand for returning the Hugos to what they’re supposed to be rather than what some have tried to make them.”

We have reached out to the Hugo Awards administrators to find out how they’ll handle the withdrawal, and will update this post with more information as it becomes available.

1941 Retro Hugo Awards Ballot

Finalists for the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards, honoring work from 1940, have been announced by MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

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)
  • ‘‘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

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

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

2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Finalists

Finalists for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

Best Novel (3,695 nominating ballots)

 Best Novella (2,416)

Best Novelette (1,975)

 Best Short Story (2,451)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (2,904)

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (2,219)

  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • Grimm: “Headache”
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map: Parts 1 and 2”
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

 Best Related Work (2,080)

 Best Graphic Story (1,838)

  • Invisible Republic: Vol 1, Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman; art by Gabriel Hardman (Image)
  • Erin Dies Alone, Grey Carter; art by Cory Rydell (
  • The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman; art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)
  • The Divine, Boaz Lavie; art by Asaf Hanuka & Tomer Hanuka (First Second)
  • Full Frontal Nerdity, Aaron Williams (

 Best Professional Editor Long Form (1,764)

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Editor Short Form (1,891)

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

 Best Professional Artist (1,481)

  • Lars Braad Andersen
  • Larry Elmore
  • Michal Karcz
  • Abigail Larson
  • Larry Rostant

Best Semiprozine (1,457)

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Sci Phi Journal
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny

Best Fanzine (1,455)

  • Black Gate
  • Castalia House Blog
  • File 770
  • Superversive SF
  • Tangent Online

Best Fancast (1,267)

  • 8‐4 Play
  • Cane and Rinse
  • HelloGreedo
  • The Rageaholic
  • Tales to Terrify

Best Fan Writer (1,568)

  • Douglas Ernst
  • Mike Glyer
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Shamus Young

Best Fan Artist (1,073)

  • Matthew Callahan
  • disse86
  • Kukuruyo
  • Christian Quinot
  • Steve Stiles

 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (1,922)

  • *Pierce Brown
  • *Sebastien de Castell
  • Brian Niemeier
  • *Andy Weir
  • *Alyssa Wong

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

There were 4,032 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75.

Link a Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Kelly Link’s collection Get in Trouble (Random House) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, announced April 18, 2016. The prize went to The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press).

For more information, including the full list of nominees and winners, see the Pulitzer website.

Elliott Awarded Shared Worlds Residency

Writer Julia Elliott has been named the Shared Worlds 2016 Amazon Writer-in-Residence. Elliott will teach at the Shared Worlds Writers Workshop, a SF and fantasy writing camp for teens to be held July 17-30, 2016 at Wofford College in Spartanburg SC.

This is the ninth year of Shared Worlds. Sixty teenagers are chosen each year to participate and receive mentoring from established SF/F writers. Amazon Grant funds awarded Shared Worlds $18,000 for writer-in-residence and student scholarships this year. For more information, visit the Shared Worlds website.

Pournelle Wins NSS Heinlein Award

Jerry Pournelle won the National Space Society’s (NSS) Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award recognizes Pournelle’s “many years of support for space science, exploration, development and settlement and his close association with Robert Heinlein.”

The NSS Heinlein Award is a lifetime achievement award, presented once every two years and voted on by the NSS membership.

Pournelle will be honored at a ceremony during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC), held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan Puerto Rico, May 18-22, 2016.

For more information, see the official announcement.

2016 Writers/Illustrators of the Future Awards Winners

The 2016 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award and Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Matt Dovey and Adrian Massaro respectively for the text and artwork of Dovey’s story, “Squalor and Sympathy”. This is the first time in the awards’ history that a writer and artist have won for working on the same story.

Both were honored, along with the rest of the 12 writer and illustrator winners (with a 13th writer finalist) from each of the quarterly 2015 contests, at a ceremony held April 10, 2016 in Los Angeles CA at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where all of the winners received their trophies. Golden Awards winners were presented checks for $5,000. All of the winning stories and artwork are published in Writers of the Future Volume 32.

For more information, see the Writers of the Future website.

2016 Sturgeon Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced:

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead”, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 10/15)
  • “The New Mother”, Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine 1-2/15)
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones (Meeting Infinity)
  • “Damage”, David D. Levine ( 01/21/15)
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery”, Kelly Link (Strange Horizons 10/17/15)
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”, Ian McDonald (Old Venus)
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”, Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld 2/15)
  • “Gypsy”, Carter Scholz (F&SF 11-12/15)
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City” Jeff Somers (self-published 6/15)

The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet as part of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO.

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