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Jay Kay Klein Photographs Digitized

UC Riverside and the California Digital Library have digitized nearly 6,000 photographs from the Jay Kay Klein archive, part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The archive includes photographs that Klein took while attending science fiction conventions between 1950 and 1994. The UCR library plans on making the digitized photos available to the public through Calisphere.

For more information, see the UC Riverside website.

Worldcon News

Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:

  • “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
  • “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
  • “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
  • “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination to members of the current or immediately preceding Worldcons. (This amendment contains a grandfather clause which applies to members of the 2019 Worldcon.)
  • “Defining North America”: creates a definition of “North America” for WSFS purposes
  • “Retrospective Improvement”: replaces and adds text to the current “Retrospective Hugos” section of the WSFS constitution
  • “Universal Suffrage”: extends WSFS voting rights to further membership levels

For the full text of the ratified amendments, see the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting Agenda.

The site selection for the 2019 Worldcon was also announced: Dublin 2019 – An Irish Worldcon, the 77th World Science Fiction convention, will be held at the Convention Centre Dublin in Dublin, Ireland, August 15-19, 2019. James Bacon is the convention chair. Guests of honor include Ginjer Buchanan, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, Bill & Mary Burns, Diane Duane, Steve Jackson, and Ian McDonald. For more information, see the Dublin 2019 website.

2017 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and several others were announced August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.

Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)

WINNER: The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Best Novella (1,410) 

WINNER: Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette (1,097)

WINNER: “The Tomato Thief”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/5/16)

  • “The Art of Space Travel”, Nina Allan (Tor.com 7/27/16)
  • “Touring with the Alien”, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 4/16)
  • Alien Stripper Boned from Behind by the T-Rex, Stix Hiscock (self-published)
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, Fran Wilde (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 5-6/16)

Best Short Story (1,275)

WINNER: “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
  • “The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin (Tor.com 9/28/16)
  • “That Game We Played During the War, Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com 3/16/16)
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, Alyssa Wong (Tor.com 3/2/16)
  • “An Unimaginable Light”, John C. Wright (God, Robot)

Best Related Work (1,122)

WINNER: Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story (842)

WINNER: Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image)

Best Dramatic Presentation — Long (1,733)

WINNER: Arrival

  • Deadpool
  • Ghostbusters
  • Hidden Figures
  • Rogue One
  • Stranger Things, Season One

Best Dramatic Presentation — Short (1,159)

WINNER: The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”

  • Black Mirror: “San Junipero”
  • Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”
  • Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”
  • Game of Thrones: “The Door”
  • Splendor & Misery

Best Professional Editor Short Form (951)

WINNER: Ellen Datlow

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Sheila Williams

Best Professional Editor Long Form (752)

WINNER: Liz Gorinsky

  • Vox Day
  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Devi Pillai
  • Miriam Weinberg
  • Navah Wolfe

 Best Professional Artist (817)

WINNER: Julie Dillon

  • Galen Dara
  • Chris McGrath
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine (857)

WINNER: Uncanny Magazine

  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine
  • GigaNotoSaurus
  • Strange Horizons
  • The Book Smugglers

Best Fanzine (610)

WINNER: Lady Business

  • Castalia House Blog
  • Journey Planet
  • nerds of a feather, flock together
  • Rocket Stack Rank
  • SF Bluestocking

Best Fancast (690)

WINNER: Tea & Jeopardy

  • The Coode Street Podcast
  • Ditch Diggers
  • Fangirl Happy Hour
  • Galactic Suburbia
  • The Rageaholic

Best Fan Writer (802)

WINNER: Abigail Nussbaum

  • Mike Glyer
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Natalie Luhrs
  • Foz Meadows
  • Chuck Tingle 

Best Fan Artist (528)

WINNER: Elizabeth Leggett

  • Ninni Aalto
  • Vesa Lehtimäki
  • Likhain (M. Sereno)
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles

Best Series (1,393)

WINNER: The Vorkosigan Saga, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (933)

WINNER: Ada Palmer

  • Sarah Gailey
  • J. Mulrooney
  • *Malka Older
  • *Laurie Penny
  • *Kelly Robson

The Big Heart Award was presented to Carolina Gomez. The First Fandom Hall of Fame Awards went to Les and Es Cole. Jim Harmon inducted into the First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame. Also presented were the previously announced Seiun Awards and the Atorox Award, a Finnish award for notable short story, to “Itkevan taipan temmppeli” [Temple of Heavenly Tears] by Maiju Ihalainen.

* Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

 

More Dragon Awards News

As reported earlier this week, Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi requested their works be removed from the Dragon Award ballot, and the awards administrators declined to do so.

N.K. Jemisin then requested that her book The Obelisk Gate (Orbit) be removed from the Best Apocalyptic Novel category, citing concerns about the voting process, among other issues.

President Pat Henry reconsidered his decision to refuse the withdrawals, and chose to honor Littlewood’s request after all, as well as Jemisin’s.

Meanwhile, Scalzi reconsidered his decision after discussing his issues with the award administrators, and his book The Collapsing Empire will remain on the ballot.

Those who voted for Littlewood’s and Jemisin’s books will receive new ballots to fill out. No new works will be added to the ballot.

The revised ballot is below. Voting is being extended by two days, to midnight on September 1, 2017. For more, or to vote, visit the Dragon Award site.

 

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men
  • Monstress
  • Motor Girl
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Saga
  • Wynonna Earp Legends

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • Lucifer
  • Marvel’s Agents of Shield
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld
  • Wynonna Earp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Wonder Woman

Finalists in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

 

Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal

As reported yesterday, authors Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi attempted to withdraw their books from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood reports that Dragon Con president Pat Henry has refused her withdrawal. Henry told her,

While I appreciate your sense of fair play, I must decline your request to remove The Hidden People from the Dragon Award Nominations.

We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors  efforts to effect the voting and we go through a number of steps to avoid ballot stuffing or other vote rigging behaviors.  While we didn’t start the Dragon Awards to foil these two groups, we believe that as we add voters, they will become irrelevant in the our awards.

Littlewood concludes, “I tried. I have never heard of any awards keeping writers on the nominees list against their wishes, particularly when those wishes are surely the same as the organisers’ – to ensure that the process goes forward fairly and without interference. However, it seems in this case there is little more I can do.”

Both Scalzi’s and Littlewood’s books remain on the Dragon Awards ballot.

Littlewood and Scalzi Withdraw from Dragon Awards

Alison Littlewood announced that she has withdrawn her novel The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher) from consideration for the Dragon Awards in the Horror Novel category. John Scalzi has withdrawn novel The Collapsing Empire  (Tor) from consideration in the Science Fiction Novel category.

Littlewood says,

While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome. Essentially, the same group who set out to fix the Hugo Awards are now encouraging their supporters to follow their voting choices in the Dragon Awards…. I’m grateful to anyone who has voted for The Hidden People in good faith, but I am deeply concerned that the voting should be fair going forward and so I have today emailed the organisers and asked for The Hidden People to be withdrawn from consideration.

Scalzi explains,

The reason is simple: Some other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured “us vs. them” vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever. And I just… can’t. I don’t have the interest and I’m on a deadline, and this bullshit is even more stale and stupid now than it was the several other times it was attempted recently, with regard to genre awards…. To be clear, the problem is not with the Dragon Awards or their administrators, the latter of whom have been unfailingly gracious in my communications with them. I wish them all the best with their awards.

Both novels still appear on the ballot as published on the Dragon Awards site. Dragon Con president Pat Henry refused Littlewood’s withdrawal request, and both books remain on the ballot.

Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men
  • Monstress
  • Motor Girl
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Saga
  • Wynonna Earp Legends

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • Lucifer
  • Marvel’s Agents of Shield
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld
  • Wynonna Earp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Wonder Woman

Finalists in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

2017 Dragon Awards Shortlist

Dragon Con has announced the shortlist for the second Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.

The original ballot has been amended: Alison Littlewood withdrew novel The Hidden People from the Horror category, and N.K. Jemisin withdrew novel The Obelisk Gate from the Apocalyptic Novel category.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men
  • Monstress
  • Motor Girl
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Saga
  • Wynonna Earp Legends

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • Lucifer
  • Marvel’s Agents of Shield
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld
  • Wynonna Earp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Wonder Woman

Finalists in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

Stephensen-Payne Wins Munsey Award

Bibliographer and pulp researcher Philip Stephensen-Payne is the winner of the 2017 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Stephensen-Payne received a fine art print by Dan Zimmer as his award, which was accepted on his behalf by Walker Martin. The award was presented at PulpFest 2017, July 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree in Pittsburgh PA.

Macmillan to Leave Flatiron Building

Macmillan (including Tor, St. Martin’s Press, and other divisions) will move their offices out of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City, probably in early 2019. The company signed a 20-year lease for 261,000 square feet in a recently modernized building at 120 Broadway.

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 48, July 28-31, 2017 at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign IL.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies


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