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Harvey Jacobs (1930-2017)

Writer Harvey Jacobs, 87, died September 23, 2017 of a sudden bacterial infection shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Harvey Jay Jacobs was born January 7, 1930 in New York. He often wrote movingly of the Jewish experience, sometimes with a magical realist bent, and used SF elements for satirical purposes as well. His first work of genre interest was “A Wind Age” in Tomorrow (1951), and other notable stories appear in collections The Egg of the Glak and Other Stories (1969) and My Rose & My Glove: Stories (Real and Surreal) (2005). Novels of interest include Beautiful Soup: A Novel for the 21st Century (1993), World Fantasy Award finalist American Goliath: Inspired by the True, Incredible Events Surrounding the Mysterious Marvel Known to an Astonished World as the Cardiff Giant (1977), and Side Effects (2009).

2017 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2017 Aurora Awards winners have been announced “for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional” including a special “Best of the Decade” category with works “first published between 2001 and the end of 2010 by Canadians.”

Best Novel

Best YA Novel

Best Short Fiction

Best Graphic Novel

Best Related Work

Best Artist

  • Samantha M. Beiko
  • James Beveridge
  • Melissa Mary Duncan
  • Erik Mohr
  • Dan O’Driscoll

Best Visual Presentation

  • Arrival
  • Dark Matter, Season 2
  • Killjoys, Season 2
  • Murdoch Mysteries, Season 9
  • Orphan Black, Season 4

Best of the Decade

No award in the Best Poem/Song category was given this year due to insufficient eligible nominees.

There were also winners in fan categories. Winners were honored at an award ceremony on September 22, 2017 during Hal-Con, held at the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia.

For more information, and complete winners, see the Aurora Awards website.

2017 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the sixth annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Company Town by Madeleine Ashby (Tor). The Young Adult Award winner is The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling (ChiTeen).

The Copper Cylinder Awards celebrate “the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year,” and are selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. The award’s name comes from the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille. The winners receive a handcrafted copper cylinder trophy. For more, see the Copper Cylinder Awards website.

Kit Reed (1932-2017)

Author Kit Reed, 85, died September 24, 2017 several months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was a prolific author with an astonishing range who published work consistently for almost 60 years, writing outstanding novels and stories in various genres for children, teens, and adults.

Her first SF story was “The Wait” (1958; AKA “To Be Taken in a Strange Country”) in F&SF. She published scores of stories in genre, literary, and mainstream magazines, as well as anthologies. Notable short works include “Winter” (1969), later included in the Norton Anthology of Contemporary Fiction (1987); World Fantasy Award finalist “The Singing Marine” (1995); “The Bride of Bigfoot” (1998), shortlisted for a Tiptree Award; and International Horror Guild Award finalist “Family Bed” (2004). Her short work was collected in Mister Da V. and Other Stories (1967), The Killer Mice (1976), Other Stories and… The Attack of the Giant Baby (1981), The Revenge of the Senior Citizens, **Plus (1986), Thief of Lives (1992), Tiptree-shortlisted Weird Women, Wired Women (1998), Seven for the Apocalypse (1999), Dogs of Truth (2005), and Shirley Jackson Awards finalists What Wolves Know (2011) and The Story Until Now (2013).

Reed’s first book was comic novel Mother Isn’t Dead, She’s Only Sleeping (1961), followed by At War as Children (1964) and The Better Part (1967). Her first SF novel was Armed Camps (1969), and other SF works include Magic Time (1980), Fort Privilege (1985), Tiptree Award-shortlisted Little Sisters of the Apocalypse (1994), @expectations (2000), Alex Award winner Thinner than Thou (2004), Bronze (2005), The Baby Merchant (2006), The Night Children (2008), Enclave (2009), Son of Destruction (2012), Where (2015), and Mormama (2017). She has also written numerous mainstream novels and psychological thrillers as Kit Craig, and a horror novel, Blood Fever (1986), under the name Shelley Hyde. She edited Fat (1974), an anthology featuring stories and essays (genre and mainstream) about food and compulsive eating.

Reed was born June 7, 1932 in San Diego as Lillian Craig, though she later legally changed her name to Kit. She earned a BA from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1954. Reed worked as a reporter in the ’50s for the St. Petersburg Times (in Florida) and for the New Haven Register (in Connecticut), where she was twice named New England Newspaperwoman of the Year in 1958 and ’59. In 1974 she became an adjunct at Wesleyan University, where she ran fiction workshops, and later became Resident Writer. Reed served on the board of the National Book Critics Circle from 1991-95. She received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1964, was the first American recipient of an international literary grant from the Abraham Woursell Foundation (1965), and has received numerous other awards and grants. In 1959 she was a Hugo Award finalist for Best New Author of 1958.

She is survived by Joseph Reed (married 1955) and their two sons and daughter.

2017 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.




The Dwarf Stars Award for the best speculative poem of one to ten lines and the Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories were previously announced.

For more information, see the SFPA website.

Ellis Wins Joan Aiken Prize

Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken.

Ellis’ entry was originally listed in the contest shortlist under the title The Awful Orphanage.

Machado and Egan Make NBA Fiction Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction has been announced, including Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)

The Young People’s longlist was revealed September 12. The National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. For more information, including announcement dates and the complete Fiction longlist, see the National Book Foundation site.

Bear Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Greg Bear as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis.

2017 Man Booker Shortlist

The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest:

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin Thubron, Lola Young (chair), and Lila Azam Zanganeh.

The winner will be announced October 17, 2017.

For more, including the complete shortlist, see the Man Booker Prize website.

2017 NBA Young People’s Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, including titles of genre interest: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers), Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond), and American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).

National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit dinner in New York on November 15, 2017. Each finalist will receive a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation; each of the four category winners will receive $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. For more information, including announcement dates and the complete Young People’s longlist, see the National Book Foundation site.

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