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2014 Kitschies Winners

Winners for the 2014 Kitschies have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith (Egmont)
  • The Race, Nina Allen (NewCon)
  • The Peripheral, William Gibson (Viking)
  • Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Way Inn, Will Wiles (4th Estate)


The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Viper Wine, Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape)
  • The Girl in the Road, Monica Byrne (Blackfriars)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (self-published)
  • Memory of Water, Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins)
  • The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara (Atlantic)


The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

  • Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman, Glenn O’Neill (William Heinamann)
  • Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, Emily Carroll & Sonja Chaghatzbanian (Faber and Faber)
  • Valerie Martin’s The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
  • Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, Rafaela Romaya & Yehring Tong (Canongate)
  • Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming, Ben Summers (Hodder and Stoughton)


The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)

  • 80 Days, Meg Jayanth (Inkle Studios)
  • echovirus12, Jeff Noon, Ed, James Knight, violet sprite, Richard Biddle, Mina Polen, Uel Aramchek, Graham Walsh, Vapour Vox
  • The Sailor’s Dream, Simogo


The Kitschies are awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic.” Winners receive trophies and cash prizes. Novel and debut winners were selected by judges Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts, Frances Hardinge, Kim Curran, and Glen Mehn. Judges for art were Jim Kay, Siân Prime, Dapo Adeoloa, and Ed Warren.

Awards were presented in a ceremony on March 4, 2015. For more, see the Kitschies website.

27th Annual Lambda Awards Finalists

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the shortlist for the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating excellence in LGBT literature in a wide variety of categories.


  • Bitter Waters, Chaz Brenchley (Lethe)
  • FutureDyke, Lea Daley (Bella)
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica (Tor)
  • Skin Deep Magic, Craig Laurance Gidney (Rebel Satori)
  • Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone (Tor)
  • Afterparty, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
  • Butcher’s Road, Lee Thomas (Lethe)

Titles of genre interest in other categories include She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya (Arsenal Pulp) in Bisexual Fiction; Incubus Tales by Huschicho (Circlet), Leather Spirit Stallion by Raven Kaldera (Circlet), and Bears of Winter by Jerry Wheeler (Bear Bones) in Gay Erotica; historical fiction titles Salvation: A Novel of the Civil War by Jeff Mann (Bear Bones) and The Passion of Sergius & Bacchus, A Novel of Truth by David Reddish (DoorQ) in Gay Romance; and Miracle Girls by MB Caschetta (Engine) and New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 by Shelly Oria (FSG Originals) in Lesbian General Fiction.

The awards will be presented at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2015, in New York City.

Spectrum 22 Awards Finalists

The 2015 Spectrum Award finalists have been announced.


  • “Murder on the Orient Express”, Johnny Dombrowski
  • “Vernacchio”, Edward Kinsella III
  • “The Cloisters”, Victo Ngai
  • “Tokyo Night Show”, Yuko Shimizu
  • “Barbarians: Faust”, Taylor Wessling


  • “Taking Flight”, Dan dos Santos
  • “Jack and the Sleeping Giant”, Scott Gustafson
  • “Radiant State”, Jeffrey Alan Love
  • “The Giants are Coming”, Petar Meseldzija
  • Cover for Dune (Frank Herbert), Sam Weber


  • Castle in the Stars, Alex Alice
  • Bernadette, page 1, Audrey Benjaminsen
  • “The Beast”, David Palumbo
  • Rebel Angels, James Turner
  • Rebels, Lisa Wood

Concept Art

  • “Fairy 3″, Audrey Benjaminsen
  • “The Parade”, Sung Choi
  • “Wonders: Gate of Luxor”, Te Hu
  • “Meeting”, Kellan Jett
  • “The Good Dog”, Allen Williams


  • “The Mudpuppy”, Dan Chudzinski
  • “Gallevarbe: Death’s Siren”, Mark Newman
  • “Venetian Harpy”, Forest Rogers
  • “Dragon vs. Raptors”, David Silva
  • “A Bird From His Brim Will Guide Your Last Breath”, Dug Stanat


  • “Critical Education”, Sam Bosma
  • “This Circle: Walking Into The Wind”, Jensine Eckwall
  • “Gland Monster”, Edward Kinsella III
  • “Cocoon”, Victo Ngai
  • “A Distressed Damsel”, Tran Nguyen


  • “Rikshaw Pass”, Ed Binkley
  • “Bad Seed”, Laurie Brom
  • “Fake It”, Rovina Cai
  • “Skyrim”, Jeffrey Alan Love
  • “The Child Sleeps”, Jessica Shirley


  • “Beowulf: Mother”, Paul Bonner
  • “Descent from Caradhras”, Donato Giancola
  • “Time and Chance”, Rebecca Leveille Guay
  • “A Night at the Races”, Omar Rayyan
  • “Momentum”, Cynthia Sheppard

Gold and silver medal winners in each category will be announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live 4, May 23 2015, Kansas City MO. For more information, including images of the nominated art, see the Flesk and Spectrum Fantastic blog.

Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

Actor, director, author, and photographer Leonard Nimoy, 83, died February 27, 2014 at home in Bel Air CA of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Nimoy is best known for playing the half-Vulcan science officer Spock in both the TV and film incarnations of Star Trek, beginning in 1966 and making a final appearance as the character in the 2013 film Star Trek Into Darkness. Nimoy wrote two autobiographies that centered on his identification with the character, I Am Not Spock (1977) and I Am Spock (1995). Nimoy appeared in many TV shows, films, and on stage, and directed films, including two installments in the Star Trek franchise. He was also a prolific poet and a noted photographer. From 1977-82 he hosted In Search Of…, a syndicated TV show about unexplained mysteries.

Leonard Simon Nimoy was born March 26, 1931 in Boston MA. He began acting at age eight, and moved to Hollywood in 1949, appearing in his first minor film roles in 1951. He spent two years in the Army, where he oversaw stage plays for the Special Services division, before begin discharged in 1955. Upon returning to Hollywood his career gained momentum, with appearances on many TV shows in the late ’50s and early ’60s. After establishing himself as an actor he returned to college, earning a Master’s in Spanish from Antioch University Austin in 1978; his alma mater later gave him an honorary doctorate.

Nimoy is survived by his second wife Susan Bay Nimoy, two children, a stepson, six grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

2014 Aurealis Awards Finalists

The 2014 Aurealis Awards finalists have been announced.


  • Fireborn, Keri Arthur (Hachette Australia)
  • This Shattered World, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Lascar’s Dagger, Glenda Larke (Hachette Australia)
  • Dreamer’s Pool, Juliet Marillier (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Australia)
  • Daughters of the Storm, Kim Wilkins (Harlequin Enterprises Australia)


  • “The Oud”, Thoraiya Dyer (Long Hidden)
  • “Teratogen”, Deborah Kalin (Cemetery Dance 5/14)
  • “The Ghost of Hephaestus”, Charlotte Nash (Phantazein)
  • “The Badger Bride”, Angela Slatter (Strange Tales IV)
  • “St Dymphna’s School for Poison Girls”, Angela Slatter (The Review of Australian Fiction Volume 9, Issue 3)


  • Aurora: Meridian, Amanda Bridgeman (Momentum)
  • The White List, Nina D’Aleo (Momentum)
  • Peacemaker, Marianne de Pierres (Angry Robot)
  • This Shattered World, Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Nil By Mouth, LynC (Satalyte)
  • Foresight, Graham Storrs (Momentum)


  • “The Executioner Goes Home”, Deborah Biancotti (Review of Australian Fiction Vol 11 Issue 6)
  • “Wine, Women and Stars”, Thoraiya Dyer (Analog 1-2/14)
  • “The Glorious Aerybeth”, Jason Fischer (On Spec 9/14)
  • “Dellinger”, Charlotte Nash (Use Only As Directed)
  • “Happy Go Lucky”, Garth Nix (Kaleidoscope)


  • Obsidian, Alan Baxter (HarperVoyager)
  • Book of the Dead, Greig Beck (Momentum)
  • Razorhurst, Justine Larbalestier (Allen & Unwin)


  • “The Executioner Goes Home”, Deborah Biancotti (Review of Australian Fiction Vol 11 Issue 6)
  • “Skinsuit”, James Bradley (Island Magazine #137)
  • “By the Moon’s Good Grace”, Kirstyn McDermott (Review of Australian Fiction Vol 12 Issue 3)
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted”, Garth Nix (Fearful Symmetries)
  • Home and Hearth, Angela Slatter (Spectral)


  • The Astrologer’s Daughter, Rebecca Lim (Text)
  • Afterworld, Lynnette Lounsbury (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Cracks in the Kingdom, Jaclyn Moriarty (Pan Macmillan Australia)
  • Clariel, Garth Nix (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Haunting of Lily Frost, Nova Weetman (UQP)
  • Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Australia)


  • In Hades, Goldie Alexander (Celapene)
  • “Falling Leaves”, Liz Argall (Apex 5/14)
  • “The Fuller and the Bogle”, David Cornish (Tales from the Half-Continent)
  • “Vanilla”, Dirk Flinthart (Kaleidoscope)
  • “Signature”, Faith Mudge (Kaleidoscope)


  • Slaves of Socorro, John Flanagan (Random House Australia)
  • Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy, Karen Foxlee (Hot Key)
  • The Last Viking Returns, Norman Jorgensen & James Foley (Fremantle)
  • Withering-by-Sea, Judith Rossell (ABC)
  • Sunker’s Deep, Lian Tanner (Allen & Unwin)
  • Shadow Sister, Carole Wilkinson (Black Dog)


  • The Female Factory, Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter (Twelfth Planet)
  • Secret Lives, Rosaleen Love (Twelfth Planet)
  • Angel Dust, Ian McHugh (Ticonderoga)
  • Difficult Second Album: more stories of Xenobiology, Space Elevators, and Bats Out Of Hell, Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright)
  • The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
  • Black-Winged Angels, Angela Slatter (Ticonderoga)


  • Kisses by Clockwork, Liz Grzyb, ed. (Ticonderoga)
  • Kaleidoscope, Alisa Krasnostein & Julia Rios, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Amok, Dominica Malcolm, ed. (Solarwyrm)
  • Reach for Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
  • Fearsome Magics, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)
  • Phantazein, Tehani Wessely, ed. (FableCroft)


  • Left Hand Path #1, Jason Franks & Paul Abstruse (Winter City)
  • Awkwood, Jase Harper (Milk Shadow)
  • “A Small Wild Magic”, Kathleen Jennings (Monstrous Affections)
  • Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye, Tim Molloy (Milk Shadow)
  • The Game, Shane W. Smith (Deeper Meanings)

Winners will be announced in an awards ceremony on April 11, 2015 at the University House in Canberra, Australia.  For more, see the official website.

Niven Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America have named Larry Niven the recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, citing his “invaluable contributions to the field of science fiction and fantasy. In addition to his contributions to the genre, Niven has influenced the fields of space exploration and technology.”

The award, given for “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy,” will be presented at the 50th Annual Nebula Awards weekend, June 4-7, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago IL.

Jeffry Dwight will receive the 2015 Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award at the same ceremony.

For more on the Nebula Awards and the awards weekend see the official SFWA website.

Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Titles

Tor Books will publish a series of trade paperback novels based on Paizo’s Pathfinder tabletop roleplaying games. The Pathfinder Tales series was previously published by Paizo, starting in 2010. The first title from Tor, Lord of Runes by Dave Gross, is scheduled for  June 16, 2015, with additional titles to come bi-monthly.

For details, see this post at

Borderlands Defies Closure

On Feb. 22, 2015 Borderlands Books announced that they reached their
goal of 300 sponsors, just two days after announcing a plan to offer
sponsorships to keep the store open, on Feb. 19, 2015. Borderlands
will remain open until at least March 31st, 2016.

The survivability of the sponsorship program depends upon continued
participation. More sponsorships will help stabilize the future of the
store. In order to stay open the following year they will need 300
sponsorships again in early 2016.

In a phone call with Locus, Beatts said “I think what a lot of people
don’t understand necessarily, is the magnitude of what they’ve done.
We’re going to be open because of these sponsors. These people have
directly changed the outcome for the bookstore, and that goes far
beyond the money and is about the support.”

2014 Bram Stoker Nominees

The 2014 Bram Stoker Awards nominees have been announced by the Horror Writers Association.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Suffer the Children, Craig DiLouie (Gallery)
  • Jade Sky, Patrick Freivald (JournalStone)
  • Beautiful You, Chuck Palahniuk (Jonathan Cape/Vintage)
  • The Vines, Christopher Rice (47North)
  • Blood Kin, Steve Rasnic Tem (Solaris)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Mr. Wicker, Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • Forsaken, J.D. Barker (Hampton Creek)
  • Consumed, David Cronenberg (Scribner)
  • Return of the Mothman, Michael Knost (Woodland)
  • Bird Box, Josh Malerman (HarperCollins)

Superior Achievement in a YA Novel

  • Intentional Haunting, Jake Bible (Permuted)
  • Phoenix Island, John Dixon (Gallery)
  • Unmarked, Kami Garcia (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • Passionaries, Tonya Hurley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • All Those Broken Angels, Peter Adam Salomon (Flux)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • The Infected, Taylor Grant (Cemetery Dance #71)
  • Dreams of a Little Suicide”, Eric J. Guignard (Hell Comes to Hollywood II)
  • Fishing for Dinosaurs“, Joe R. Lansdale (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Three Guys Walk Into a Bar“, Jonathan Maberry (Limbus, Inc., Book II)
  • Lost and Found“, Joe McKinney (Limbus, Inc., Book II)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • Hot Tub“, Hal Bodner (Hell Comes to Hollywood II)
  • Baby’s Breath“, Sydney Leigh (Bugs: Tales That Slither, Creep, and Crawl)
  • The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • Ruminations“, Rena Mason (Qualia Nous)
  • Splinterette, John Palisano (Widowmakers: A Benefit Anthology of Dark Fiction)
  • The Floating Girls: A Documentary, Damien Angelica Walters (Jamais Vu #3)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Qualia Nous, Michael Bailey, ed. (Written Backwards)
  • A Darke Phantastique, Jason V Brock, ed. (Cycatrix)
  • Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow, ed. (ChiZine)
  • Burnt Tongues, Chuck Palahniuk, Richard Thomas, & Dennis Widmyer, eds. (Medallion)
  • Limbus, Inc., Book II, Brett J. Talley, ed. (JournalStone)

Superior Achievement in a Collection

  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, Stephen Graham Jones (Dark House)
  • Little by Little, John R. Little (Bad Moon)
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • Soft Apocalypses, Lucy Snyder (Raw Dog Screaming)
  • The End in All Beginnings, John F.D. Taff (Grey Matter)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Disorders of Magnitude, Jason V Brock (Rowman & Littlefield)
  • Lovecraft and a World in Transition, S.T. Joshi (Hippocampus)
  • The New Annotated H.P. Lovecraft, Leslie S. Klinger (Liveright)
  • Horror 101: The Way Forward, Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley (Crystal Lake)
  • Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, Lucy Snyder (Post Mortem)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Fearworms: Selected Poems, Robert Payne Cabeen (Fanboy Comics)
  • Venus Intervention, Corrinne De Winter & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria)
  • Forgiving Judas, Tom Piccirilli (Crossroad)
  • Sweet Poison, Marge Simon & Mary Turzillo (Dark Renaissance)
  • Mourning Jewelry, Stephanie Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (McElderry)
  • Locke and Key: Vol. 6: Alpha and Omega, Joe Hill & Gabrielle Rodriguez (IDW)
  • I Tell You It’s Love, Joe R. Lansdale & Daniele Serra (Short, Scary Tales)
  • Bad Blood, Jonathan Maberry & Tyler Crook (Dark Horse)
  • The Witcher, Paul Tobin (Dark Horse)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • American Horror Story: Coven: “The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks”
  • The Babadook
  • Doctor Who: “Listen”
  • Penny Dreadful: “Séance”
  • The Walking Dead: “The Grove”

Horror Writers Association members will vote to determine winners. Presentation of the awards will occur during the 25th annual World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA on Saturday, May 9 2015.

2014 Nebula Awards Ballot Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the final ballot for the 2014 Nebula Awards.


  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
  • Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu (Tor)
  • Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
  • Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)


  • We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
  • Yesterday’s Kin, Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
  • ‘‘The Regular’’, Ken Liu (Upgraded)
  • ‘‘The Mothers of Voorhisville’’, Mary Rickert ( 4/30/14)
  • Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
  • ‘‘Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)


  • ‘‘Sleep Walking Now and Then’’, Richard Bowes ( 7/9/14)
  • ‘‘The Magician and Laplace’s Demon’’, Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
  • ‘‘A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i’’, Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
  • ‘‘The Husband Stitch’’, Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
  • ‘‘We Are the Cloud’’, Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
  • ‘‘The Devil in America’’, Kai Ashante Wilson ( 4/2/14)

Short Story

  • ‘‘The Breath of War’’, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless S6/14)
  • ‘‘When It Ends, He Catches Her’’, Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
  • ‘‘The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye’’, Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
  • ‘‘The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family’’, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • ‘‘A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide’’, Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
  • ‘‘Jackalope Wives’’, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
  • ‘‘The Fisher Queen’’, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)

Ray Bradbury Award

  • Birdman
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • The Lego Movie

Andre Norton Award

  • Unmade, Sarah Rees Brennan (Random House)
  • Salvage, Alexandra Duncan (Greenwillow)
  • Love Is the Drug, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Levine)
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, A.S. King (Little, Brown)
  • Dirty Wings, Sarah McCarry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Leslye Walton (Candlewick)


Final ballots are due March 30, 2015 (only active SFWA members are eligible to vote). Winners will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on June 6, 2015, during the Nebula Awards Weekend (June 4-7, 2015) in the Red Lacquer Room at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL. For more information, see the SFWA website.






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