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Walton Wins Skylark

Jo Walton is the recipient of the 2017 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (AKA the Skylark Award), presented by the New England Science Fiction Association announced at Boskone 54, held at the Westin Boston Waterfront, February 17-19, 2017.

The Skylark is given to “some person, who, in the opinion of the membership, has contributed significantly to science fiction, both through work in the field and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late ‘Doc’ Smith well-loved by those who knew him.”

For more information and a list of past recipients, see the NESFA website.

2016 BSFA Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2016 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel

Best Short Story

Best Artwork

Best Non-Fiction

The awards will be voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). The winners will be announced at the 68th Eastercon, Innominate, to be held April 14-17, 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, UK. For more information, see the BSFA website.





2016 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2016 Aurealis Awards finalists, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, have been announced.



  • Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “Salto Mortal”, Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed 6/16)
  • “Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer (Dimension6 #8)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie (Dimension6 #9)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)


  • “Trainspotting in Winesburg”, Jack Dann (Concentration)
  • “The Baby Eaters”, Ian McHugh (Asimov’s 1/16)
  • “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring”, Claire McKenna (In Your Face)
  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray (Clarkesworld 11/16)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulu)
  • “The Least of Things”, Jen White (Aurealis #94)



  • “Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter (SNAFU: Black Ops)
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer (Review of Australian Fiction #118)
  • “Forfeit”, Andrea K. Höst (The Towers, the Moon)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter ( 1/13/16)


  • “Watercress Soup”, Tamlyn Dreaver (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #65)
  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer (Insert Title Here)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls ( 4/19/16)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat”, David Versace (Aurealis #89)
  • “The Cartographer’s Price”, Suzanne Willis (Mythic Delirium 7-9/16)



  • Box of Bones, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein)
  • “Served Cold”, Alan Baxter (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Waking in Winter”, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “The Starlight Circus”, Tara Calaby (Red Sun Magazine 12/16)
  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Pan”, Christopher Ruz (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62)


  • “Non Zero Sum”, R.P.L. Johnson (SNAFU: Hunters)
  • “Flame Trees”, T.P. Napper (Asimov’s 4-5/16)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Red Forest”, Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulhu)
  • “Life, or Whatever Passes For It”, Durand Welsh (Peel Back the Skin)



  • “A Right Pretty Mate”, Lisa L. Hannett (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls ( 4/19/16)
  • “No One Here is Going to Save You”, Shauna O’Meara (In Your Face)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)
  • “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross (Strange Little Girls)


  • Blueberry Pancakes Forever, Angelica Banks (Allen & Unwin)
  • Magrit, Lee Battersby (Walker Books Australia)
  • Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, Caleb Crisp (Bloomsbury)
  • The Turners, Mick Elliott (Hachette Australia)
  • When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Hungry Isle, Emily Rodda (Omnibus Books)




  • Mechanica, Lance Balchin (Five Mile)
  • BROBOT, James Foley (Fremantle)
  • Negative Space, Ryan K. Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)
  • The Spider King, Josh Vann (self-published)

The Sara Douglass Book Series Award is not running this year.

Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony during Swancon 42, April 13-17, 2017 in Perth, Australia  For more, see the official website.

2016 Nebula Awards Ballot Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the final ballot for the 2016 Nebula Awards.




Short Story


  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Westworld: ‘‘The Bicameral Mind’’
  • Zootopia


SFWA Lifetime Active and Active members are eligible to vote from March 1 to March 30, 11:59 p.m. PDT.  The final ballot will be available at, and paper ballots may be requested before March 15, 2017, by contacting Active and Lifetime Active members will receive an e-mail containing instructions on accessing the ballot.

Registration for the 2017 SFWA Nebula Awards Conference is now open. The event will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pittsburgh PA, May 18-21, 2017. The banquet and award ceremony are scheduled for the evening of Saturday May 20, 2017. For registration, see the Eventbrite website.

For more information on the Nebula Awards and the Nebula Conference, see the SFWA website.


*This post was updated 2/20/17 per a late press release from the SFWA announcing that Cat Rambo’s ‘‘Red in Tooth and Cog’’ (F&SF 3-4/16) was 7,050 words, too short for the Novelette category, requiring 7,500 words. Rambo declined to be included in the the Short Story category saying, “The Nebula Awards are about celebrating amazing works by talented writers in our genre. I choose to see the silver lining in that we elevate another writer to the stage, and keep the ballot otherwise intact.”



Salam Award Announced

The inaugural Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction will be given this year to “promote science fiction and related genres of writing in Pakistan.” The award is named after the Pakistani scientist, Dr. Abdus Salam. Entrants must be residents of Pakistan or of Pakistani descent, and entries must be submitted in English. The winning story will receive a prize of 50,000 rupees (~$745), and will be critiqued by a literary agent and professional editor. Submissions are due July 31, 2017.

The award advisors are Dr. Pervez Hoodbhoy and Salman Hameed. The judges are Jeff VanderMeer, Usman Malik, and Mahvesh Murad. The 2017 editor reviewer is Ann VanderMeer, and the agent reviewer is Seth Fishman.

For complete submission guidelines, visit the Salam Award website.

2016 Cybils Awards Winners

Winners for the 2016 Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards (Cybils) were announced on February 14, 2017. Books of genre interest are listed below:


Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Illuminae, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Knopf)

The Cybils Awards “aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal.”

For a complete list of winners, see the Cybils official site.

Sawyer Wins 2017 Heinlein Award

Robert J. Sawyer is the winner of the 2017 Robert A. Heinlein Award, given for “outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space,” recognizing his body of work, including 23 novels.

The winner was chosen by a committee of SF authors chaired by Michael F. Flynn, and will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion, and two lapel pins, all featuring the likeness of Robert A. Heinlein. The award will be presented May 26, 2017 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD during the opening ceremonies of Balticon 51.

2017 Audie Awards Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2017 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Audie finalists of genre interest include:

Audio Drama

Best Female Narrator

Best Male Narrator

Business/Personal Development



  • End of Watch, Stephen King, read by Will Patton (Simon & Schuster)

Literary Fiction & Classics

Middle Grade

Multi-Voiced Performance

  • The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, Mitch Albom, read by Mitch Albom, Roger McGuinn, Ingrid Michaelson, John Pizzarelli, Paul Stanley, George Guidall, and more (HarperAudio)
  • A Wild Swan, Michael Cunningham, read by Lili Taylor & Billy Hough (Macmillan)

Narration by the Author or Authors

Original Work


  • Staked, Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels (Penguin Random House)
  • Blood of the Earth, Faith Hunter, read by Khristine Hvam (Audible)
  • The Elementals, Michael McDowell, read by R. C. Bray (Valancourt)
  • Ghost Gifts, Laura Spinella, read by Nicol Zanzarella (Brilliance)
  • The Raven King, Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton (Scholastic)

Science Fiction

Short Stories/Collections

  • The Brink, Austin Bunn, read by Austin Bunn, Luke Daniels, Tanya Eby, Ralph Lister, Amy McFadden, Mikael Naramore, & Nick Podehl (Blunder Woman)
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, Arthur C. Clarke, read by Ray Porter, Jonathan Davis & Ralph Lister (Audible)
  • Certain Dark Things, M.J. Pack, read by Jacob York (Audible)
  • East, West, Salman Rushdie, read by Sunil Malhotra & Steven Crossley (Recorded Books)

Young Adult

  • The Game of Love and Death, Martha Brockenbrough, read by Susan Hanfield (Scholastic)
  • Gemina, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff, read by Carla Corvo, Steve West, and various (Listening Library)
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper, Kerri Maniscalco & James Patterson, read by Nicola Barber (Hachette)
  • Winter, Marissa Meyer, read by Rebecca Soler (Macmillan)

The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala on June 1, 2017, at the French Institute Alliance Francaise in New York.

Edward Bryant (1945-2017)

Writer Edward Bryant, 71, died in his sleep after a long illness. He was found February 10, 2017 at home in Colorado.

Bryant was an accomplished SF writer, mostly of short stories. He began publishing SF work with “They Come Only in Dreams” and “Sending the Very Best”, both in January 1970. For the next two decades he was a frequent contributor to magazines and anthologies, and though his fictional output slowed in the ’90s, he was still active as a critic. He was a familiar figure at conventions, especially in Colorado fandom. He was a frequent guest at the World Horror Convention, and chaired the 2000 convention in Denver.

Bryant won Nebula Awards for “Stone” (1978) and “giANTS” (1979), and both were also Hugo Award finalists. Other stories include Hugo and Nebula Award finalist “The Thermals of August” (1981), Nebula Award nominees “Shark” (1973), “The Hibakusha Gallery” (1977), “Particle Theory” (1977), and “Strata” (1980), World Fantasy and Stoker Award finalist “A Sad Last Love at the Diner of the Damned” (1989), Stoker nominee “The Loneliest Number” (1990), and Sturgeon Memorial Award nominee “The Fire that Scours” (1994).

His debut collection Among the Dead and Other Events Leading up to the Apocalypse appeared in 1973, followed by Cinnabar (1976), a collection of linked far-future stories. Other collections include Wyoming Sun (1980), Particle Theory (1981), Neon Twilight (1990), Darker Passions (1991), The Baku: Tales of the Nuclear Age (2001), Trilobyte (2014), and Predators and Other Stories (2014). With Harlan Ellison he wrote Phoenix without Ashes (1978), and solo short novel Fetish appeared in 1991. He also edited 2076: The American Tricentennial (1977), and was an editor for Wormhole Books. He wrote screenplays and occasionally appeared in films.

Edward Winslow Bryant, Jr. was born August 27, 1945 in White Plains NY and was raised on a cattle ranch in Wyoming. He attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Master’s in English in 1968 and ’69. He went to the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in 1968. In 1972 he moved to Denver CO, where he founded the Northern Colorado Writers Workshop, which over the years included Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem, Wil McCarthy, Bruce Holland Rogers, Dan Simmons, Connie Willis, and other writers. He helped found and run many other workshops and classes as well, including the Colorado Springs Writers Workshop.

For many years Bryant wrote reviews and convention reports for Locus, and he will be greatly missed.



2017 Crawford Award

The winner of the 2017 Crawford Award, presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) for a first book of fantasy fiction, is All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor). One judge cited the novel’s “humor, the light touch, the swiftness with which the narrative unspools.”

The Crawford shortlist includes:

Marginalia to Stone Bird, Rose Lemberg (Aqueduct); Maresi, Maria Turtschaninoff (Pushkin/Abrams); and Greener Pastures, Michael Wehunt (Shock Totem).

Participating at various stages of this year’s nomination and selection process were previous Crawford winners Jedediah Berry, Candas Jane Dorsey, and Daryl Gregory, as well as Karen Burnham, Niall Harrison, Ellen Klages, Farah Mendlesohn, Cheryl Morgan, Graham Sleight, and Liza Groen Trombi. The award will be presented on March 25, 2017 during the 38th International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando FL.

Also at the conference, the IAFA’s Distinguished Scholarship Award will be presented to Edward James, and the Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a work of scholarship written in a language other than English will go to David Dalton. The Walter James Miller Memorial Award, for a student paper on a work or works of the fantastic originally created in a language other than English, will be presented to Ida Yoshinaga. The winner of IAFA’s award for an outstanding student paper, formerly called the Graduate Student Award but rechristened last year as the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, is Grant Dempsey.

For more information, see the IAFA website.

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