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Wilson Wins Prometheus Lifetime Achievement Award

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced that F. Paul Wilson will receive a Special Prometheus Award for Lifetime Achievement, to be presented during Marcon, May 8-10, 2015 in Columbus OH.

This will be the third Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the LFS. Poul Anderson won in 2001, and Vernor Vinge, in 2014. For more, visit the LFS site.

World Fantasy Awards Art Submissions

Peter Dennis Pautz, president of the World Fantasy Awards Association, notes that the WF judges “are seeking materials to consider in the Artist category. As always, this seems to be the category with the fewest submissions from either publishers or artists.”

All forms of fantasy qualify;  this category like the others is for work published in 2014.

To be considered for awards, all materials must be received by all five judges and the convention by June 1, 2015:

Gemma Files
313 Richmond St. East #768
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 4S7

Nina K. Hoffman
PO Box 10858
Eugene, OR

Bénédicte Lombardo
50, rue du Clos
77670 Saint Mammes

Bruce McAllister
528 E. Palmyra Avenue
Orange, CA

Robert Shearman
65 Telford Avenue
Streatham Hill
London SW2 4XL
United Kingdom

A copy should also go to:

Peter Dennis Pautz, President
World Fantasy Awards Association
PO Box 43
Mukilteo WA

Packages should be labeled “Promotional materials — not for sale or resale — no commercial value — World Fantasy Awards materials.” Winners will be announced at the 2015 World Fantasy Awards Banquet and Ceremony during the 41st World Fantasy Convention, November 5-8, 2015, at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY. (Life Achievement nominees will not be released; the winner will be announced in advance of the banquet.)

Email electronic versions to <>.

See the World Fantasy 2015 page or the World Fantasy 2015 Facebook page for more.


British Columbia Book Prize Shortlist

There are two titles of genre interest on the 2015 British Columbia Book Prize shortlists.

Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page (Biblioasis) is a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize for adult books, and Sophie, in Shadow by Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown) is a finalist for the Sheila A. Egoff Children’s Literature Prize.

The BC Book Prizes, established in 1985, “celebrate the achievements of British Columbia writers and publishers.” The winners will be announced April 25, 2015. For more information, including the complete shortlists, see the official website.

Peggy Rae Sapienza (1944-2015)

Fan and convention organizer Peggy Rae Sapienza, 70, died March 22, 2015, of complications from recent heart surgery.

Sapienza was an important figure in convention fandom. She chaired Bucconeer, the 1998 Baltimore Worldcon, and was the North American Agent for Nippon, the Japanese Worldcon in 2007. She also chaired the Nebula Awards Weekends in 2011 and 2012 and co-chaired the 2014 World Fantasy Convention. She was a vital committee member at many other major cons, including ConStellation, the 1983 Worldcon in Baltimore MD; Noreascon III, the 1989 Worldcon in Boston MA (where she conceptualized and managed the ConCourse); and ConFrancisco, the 1993 Worldcon in San Francisco CA (where she was vice-chair). Sapienza received a Big Heart Award in 1983, shared with her first husband Bob Pavlat, and was fan guest of honor at Chicon 7, the 2012 Worldcon in Chicago IL.

Peggy Rae McKnight was born June 28, 1944 and grew up outside Philadelphia. In 1964 she married Bob Pavlat, and relocated to Maryland; they had two children. Pavlat predeceased her in 1983. In 1999 she married John T. Sapienza. She is survived by her husband, two children, and eight grandchildren.

See the May issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

Inaugural YA Book Prize Winner

The first YA Book Prize winner has been announced, presented by the Bookseller.

The winner, and nominees of genre interest, are:

  • Only Ever Yours, Louise O’Neill (Quercus)
  • A Song for Ella Grey, David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books)
  • Say Her Name, James Dawson (Hot Key Books)
  • Half Bad, Sally Green (Penguin)
  • The Ghosts of Heaven, Marcus Sedgwick (Orion)

Open to UK and Irish authors and publishers, the award includes a £2,000 prize. On the We Love This Book website, chair of judges Charlotte Eyre says, “Ultimately we chose 10 books that we loved and hopefully we have reflected the diversity there is in UK and Irish YA writing.” For more, including the complete list of nominees, see the Bookseller website.








HWA Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced several 2014 award recipients:

Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee will receive Lifetime Achievement awards. ChiZine Publications is the winner of the Specialty Press Award for “a publisher outside the mainstream New York City publishing community that specializes in dark-themed fiction.” Rena Mason will receive the Silver Hammer Award, presented for outstanding service to HWA. The 2014 Richard Laymon President’s Award for Service will go to the organization’s publicity team of Doug Murano, Tom Calen, and Brock Cooper.

The awards will be presented at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta GA on May 9, 2015. For more information, see the HWA website.

2015 Hemming Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2015 Norma K. Hemming Award has been announced.

  • The Female Factory, Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)
  • Nil By Mouth, LynC (Satalyte)
  • The Wonders, Paddy O’Reilly (Affirm)
  • North Star Guide Me Home, Jo Spurrier (HarperVoyager)

The Hemming Award is presented by the Australian Science Fiction Foundation (ASFF) to “mark excellence in the exploration of themes of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability in speculative fiction first published either in Australia or by an Australian citizen.”

The winner will be announced at Swancon 40 in Perth, Australia on Sunday April 5, 2015. For more information see the Hemming award website.

Carnegie & Greenaway Medal Finalists

Finalists for the Carnegie Medal for best children’s book, and the Kate Greenaway Medal for best illustrations in a children’s book, have been announced, including several titles of SF/F interest.

Carnegie Medal

  • Tinder, Sally Gardner (Orion Children’s)
  • Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s)
  • More than This, Patrick Ness (Walker)

Greenaway Medal

  • John Higgins & Marc Olivent for Dark Satanic Mills by Julian Sedgwick & Marcus Sedgwick (Walker)
  • Chris Riddell for Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse (Macmillan Children’s)
  • David Roberts for Tinder by Sally Gardner (Orion Children’s)
  • Shaun Tan for Rules of Summer (Hodder Children’s)

The awards are presented by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and winners will be announced at a ceremony June 22, 2015 in London. For full lists see the official Carnegie Greenaway website.


Baen Memorial Contest Winners

Baen Books has announced the winners of the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Grand Prize: “We Fly,” Karen Birkedahl Rylander
  • 2nd Place: “A Metal Box Floating Between the Stars,” Jamie Lackey
  • 3rd Place: “Boomerang Zone,” Robert Dawson

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given an award, be paid “normal paying rates for professional story submittals,” and will receive free admission into the 2015 International Space Development Conference and a year’s membership in the National Space Society, as well as an assortment of Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

For more information, including the lists of past winners, see the official award webpage.

2016 Philip K. Dick Award Judges

The five judges for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. Works of science fiction originally published as paperbacks in the US during the year 2015 are eligible for the award.

  • Eric James Fullilove, 420 S. San Pedro #613, Los Angeles CA 90013-1887
  • James C. Glass, (March 1 – May 15 and Oct. 31 – Dec. 31): 17640 Corkill Rd Spc 70, Desert Hot Springs CA 92241-9483 (May 15 – Oct. 30): 4423 S Hogan Street, Spokane WA99223-4320
  • David M. Higgins, 1921 Ford Pkwy #5, Saint Paul MN 55116-1952
  • Lisa Mason, 330 Park View Terr #110, Oakland, CA 94610-4670
  • Jack Skillingstead, 4429A 44th Ave SW, Seattle WA 98116-4114

Publishers are encouraged to mail copies of eligible books to all judges. Nominees will be announced January 2016. The 2014 awards will be announced at Norwescon 38 on April 3, 2015.








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