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Thomas Berger (1924-2014)

Writer Thomas Berger, 89, died July 13, 2014 at a hospital in Nyack NY.

Berger’s first work of genre interest is “Professor Hyde” (1961), and he is best known for his satirical comic novels, particularly Western Little Big Man (1964; adapted for film 1970) and sequel The Return of Little Big Man (1999). Many of his books play with the tropes of SF/F, including Vital Parts (1970), Regiment of Women (1973), Arthur Rex: A Legendary Novel (1978), Nowhere (1986), Being Invisible (1987), Changing the Past (1989), Robert Crews (1994), and Adventure of the Artificial Woman (2004).

Thomas Louis Berger was born July 20, 1924 in Cincinnati OH and lived in Rockland County NY. He is survived by wife Jeanne Redpath Berger.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. See the September issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 Seiun Award Winners

The recipients of the 2014 Seiun Awards (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards) for best translated works published last year in Japan are:

Best Translated Novel

  • Blindsight, Peter Watts, translated by Yoichi Shimada (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Incandescence, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa)
  • Serpent’s Egg, R.A. Lafferty, translated by Hiroshi Inoue (Seishinsha)
  • Embassytown, China Miéville, translated by Masayuki Uchida (Hayakawa)
  • Kraken, China Miéville, translated by Masamichi Higurashi (Hayakawa)
  • The Islanders, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa)
  • Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis, translated by Nozomi Ohmori (Hayakawa)

Best Translated Story

  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa 1/13)
  • “Final Exam”, Megan Akenberg, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 9/13)
  • “Vacuum Lad”, Stephen Baxter, translated by Satoru Yaguchi (Hayakawa SF 9/13)
  • “Christopher Raven”, Theodora Goss, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa SF 12/12)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson, translated by Kazuyo Misumi (Hayakawa SF 1/13)
  • “Palimpsest”, Charles Stross, translated by Hiroshi Kaneko (Hayakawa SF 9/13)

There are also winners in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Film, Comics, Art, and Non-Fiction categories. For the complete list of winners (in Japanese), see:

Winners were announced at Nutscon, the 53rd Japanese National SF convention, held July 19-20, 2014 in Tsukuba Japan.

Detcon1 Young Readers Awards Winners

Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), held July 17-20, 2014 in Detroit MI, has announced the winners for its Young Readers Awards in two categories, presented July 20, 2014:

Young Adult

  • The Dream Thieves, Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
  • Allegiant, Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen)
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly Black (Little, Brown)
  • The Summer Prince, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A. Levine)

Middle Grade

  • Handbook for Dragon Slayers, Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins)
  • House of Hades, Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Zombie Baseball Beatdown, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)

Winners were chosen by members of Detcon1.

Lafferty Wins Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the winner of the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors.

  • The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Heretic, Tony Daniel & David Drake (Baen)
  • Vaporware, Richard Dansky (JournalStone)
  • Monsters of the Earth, David Drake (Tor)
  • Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, A.J. Hartley (Razorbill)
  • Ice Forged, Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)

The winner was announced at ConGregate on July 12, 2014 in Winston-Salem NC.

Robson and Ryman to Host Hugo Ceremony

The Loncon 3 convention committee has announced that Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will co-host the 2014 Hugo awards ceremony. The event will be held at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

2014 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winners for the Prometheus Best Novel Award for pro-freedom works published in 2013 and the Hall of Fame Award for best classic fiction, as well as two Special Awards.

Best Novel Award: 

  • Tie: Homeland, Cory Doctorow (Tor) & Nexus, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  •  A Few Good Men, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
  • Crux, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Brilliance, Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

Hall of Fame Award:

  • Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (1953)
  • “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”, Harlan Ellison (1965)
  • Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (1912)

Author-filksinger Leslie Fish will receive a Special Prometheus Award in 2014 for the combination of her 2013 novella, “Tower of Horses” and her filk song, “The Horsetamer’s Daughter”.

In a separate awards ceremony, four-time-Prometheus-Award winning author Vernor Vinge will receive a Special Prometheus Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented during Conjecture/ConChord October 10-12, 2014 in San Diego, California.

The Prometheus Award will be presented in a ceremony during the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London England, August 14-18, 2014.

2013 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on July 13, 2014 at Readercon 25, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Readercon guests of honor Andrea Hairston and Kit Reed hosted the ceremony.


  • American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  • The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
  • The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper (Orion; Simon & Schuster)
  • The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo (William Morrow)
  • Night Film, Marisha Pessl (Random House)
  • Wild Fell, Michael Rowe (ChiZine Publications)


  • Burning Girls, Veronica Schanoes (
  • Children of No One, Nicole Cushing (DarkFuse)
  • Helen’s Story, Rosanne Rabinowitz (PS Publishing)
  • It Sustains, Mark Morris (Earthling Publications)
  • “The Gateway”, Nina Allan (Stardust)
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, Brian Hodge (DarkFuse)


  • Cry Murder! In a Small Voice, Greer Gilman (Small Beer Press)
  • “A Little of the Night”, Tanith Lee (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
  • “My Heart is Either Broken”, Megan Abbott (Dangerous Women)
  • “Phosphorus”, Veronica Schanoes (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy)
  • “Raptors”, Conrad Williams (Subterranean Winter 2013)


  • “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides”, Sam J. Miller (Nightmare December 2013)
  • “Furnace”, Livia Llewellyn (Grimscribe’s Puppets)
  • “The Memory Book”, Maureen McHugh (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy)
  • “The Statue in the Garden”, Paul Park (Exotic Gothic 5)
  • “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart”, Robert Shearman (Psycho-Mania!)
  • “The Traditional”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed May 2013)


  • Tie: Before and Afterlives, Christopher Barzak (Lethe Press) & North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer)
  • Everything You Need, Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling Publications)
  • In Search of and Others, Will Ludwigsen (Lethe Press)
  • The Story Until Now, Kit Reed (Wesleyan)


  • Grimscribe’s Puppets, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed. (Miskatonic River Press)
  • The Book of the Dead, Jared Shurin, ed. (Jurassic London)
  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver (Solaris)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
  • Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, Steve Berman, ed. (Lethe Press)
In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a board of advisors. The awards are given for the best works published in the preceding calendar year.

World Fantasy Awards Ballot

The World Fantasy Awards Ballot for works published in 2013 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, November 6-9, 2014 in Washington DC.  The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and were announced earlier this month.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:


  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes (Lethe)
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)
  • The Land Across, Gene Wolfe (Tor)


  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages ( 10/2/13)
  • Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • “The Sun and I”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Summer ’13)
  • “Burning Girls”, Veronica Schanoes ( 6/19/13)
  • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Short Fiction:

  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt ( 4/24/13)
  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Spring ’13)
  • “Effigy Nights”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 1/13)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)


  • xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Tor)
  • Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013, Stephen Jones, ed. (Smith & Jones/PS Publishing)
  • Dangerous Women, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor; Voyager)
  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)


  • North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer)
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, Laird Barron (Night Shade)
  • The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Flowers of the Sea, Reggie Oliver (Tartarus Press)
  • How the World Became Quiet, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean)


  • Galen Dara
  • Zelda Devon
  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional:

  • John Joseph Adams, for magazine and anthology editing
  • Ginjer Buchanan, for editing at Ace Books
  • Irene Gallo, for art direction of
  • William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss, for Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Image)
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional:

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
  • Mieneke van der Salm, for A Fantastical Librarian

World Fantasy Life Achievement Winners

The World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners for 2014 are Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field. Life Achievement winners are announced in advance; other winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 6-9, 2014 in Washington DC.


C.J. Henderson (1951-2014)

Author C.J. Henderson, 62, died July 4, 2014 after a struggle with cancer.

Henderson wrote fantasy and crime novels and comics, and was best known for his Teddy London supernatural crime series. He also wrote the Inspector Legrasse series, the Piers Knight series, standalone novels, several short fiction collections, media tie-ins, and non-fiction.

Christopher John Henderson was born December 26, 1951 and grew up in Western Bridgeville PA. Henderson lived in Brooklyn with his wife Grace Tin Lo and their daughter, who survive him.

See the August issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

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