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Kensington Launches SF Imprint

Kensington is launching a new digital SF imprint, Rebel Base Books, in fall 2017, starting with Barb Hendee’s Through a Dark Glass. They will focus on space travel and traditional “soft” SF thrillers, alternate worlds and histories, and classic epic fantasy.

All Kensington’s editors will be acquiring for the new imprint, and they are actively seeking submissions. For more information, see their site.

W.P. Kinsella (1935-2016)

Author W.P. Kinsella, 81, died September 16, 2016 in Hope, British Columbia, Canada, reportedly of assisted suicide. Kinsella is best known for his debut novel, baseball fantasy Shoeless Joe (1982), adapted as film Field of Dreams (1989). Other works of genre interest include The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), If Wishes Were Horses (1996), and Butterfly Winter (2011), and collections The Alligator Report (1985), Red Wolf, Red Wolf (1987), The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt (1988), The Secret of the Northern Lights (1998), and The Essential W.P. Kinsella (2015). He edited anthology Baseball Fantastic (2015). In all he published nearly 30 books, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, often about baseball. He also frequently wrote about the indigenous peoples of Canada, notably in his first book, collection Dance Me Outside (1977).

William Patrick Kinsella was born May 25, 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 1970 he began attending the University of Victoria to study writing, graduating with a BA in creative writing in 1974; he got his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. His final fiction work, Russian Dolls, is forthcoming next year. Kinsella was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2005.

David A. Kyle (1919-2016)

Author, illustrator, and fan David A. Kyle, 97, died September 18, 2016 of complications from an endoscopy. Kyle was a member of First Fandom, active in SF since 1933, and a founding member of the Futurians. He chaired NYCon II, the 14th Worldcon in 1956, and was fan guest of honor ConStellation, the 41st Worldcon, in 1983. Kyle published countless essays and letters in fanzines, and illustrated covers and interiors for many books. He received the Big Heart Award in 1973, and was inducted into the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 1988.

Kyle co-founded Gnome Press with Martin Greenberg in 1948, one of the premier small presses of the era, and designed many of the dustjackets for their publications. The press closed in 1962. He wrote the text for two extensively illustrated books on SF: BSFA Award winner A Pictorial History of Science Fiction (1976) and The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas and Dreams (1977). He was an occasional fiction writer, with first story “Golden Nemesis” appearing in Stirring Science Stories (1941); he also illustrated the piece. He wrote three books set in his friend E.E. “Doc” Smith’s Lensman series: The Dragon Lensman (1980), Lensman from Rigel (1982), and Z-Lensman (1983).

David Ackerman Kyle was born February 14, 1919 in Monticello NY. He married fellow fan Ruth Evelyn Landis in 1957 (they met at a convention), and they went to the Worldcon in England for their honeymoon on a specially chartered flight with friends and family. She predeceased him in 2011. Kyle is survived by a son, a daughter, and grandchildren.


New Imprint: Rick Riordan Presents

Disney-Hyperion has announced the launch of a new imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, devoted to “mythology-based books for middle grade readers.” The imprint’s mission is to “find, nurture, and promote the best storytellers for middle grade readers,” with a focus on new and under-represented authors. Stephanie Owens Lurie, Riordan’s editor, will be the imprint’s editorial director, with a planned launch in July 2018. Riordan will have input on editorial selections and will provide notes and endorsements for acquired manuscripts.

2016 National Book Award Finalists

The longlists for the National Book Awards have been announced, with two titles of genre interest in the Fiction category:

Winners will be announced November 16, 2016 at a ceremony in New York. For more, including complete lists of finalists, see the National Book Award site.

Changes at Bloomsbury USA

Cindy Loh has been promoted to the newly created role of vice-president and director of consumer publishing at Bloomsbury USA following the company’s decision to divide its worldwide business into consumer and non-consumer divisions. She has been the director of children’s publishing at Bloomsbury since 2012, following two years at Sterling and senior editorial experience at Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins. Loh will now oversee adult and children’s publishing in the US.

Current adult publishing director George Gibson will leave Bloomsbury after Thanksgiving. He has been with the company for 23 years. The company will add a new editorial director for fiction, and executive director Richard Charkin will act as president of Bloomsbury USA during these transitions.

2016 Sunburst Awards Winners

Winners for the 2016 Sunburst Awards honoring “Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic” have been announced:


Young Adult:

  • Sight Unseen, David Carroll (Scholastic Canada)
  • The Unquiet, Mikaela Everett (HarperCollins)
  • The Nest, Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
  • Boo, Neil Smith (Knopf)

Short Story:

  • “La Héron”, Charlotte Ashley (F&SF 3-4/15)
  • “The Glad Hosts”, Rebecca Campbell, (Lackington’s #7)
  • “Stuck in the Past”, Mike Donoghue (Abyss & Apex #54)
  • Two-Year Man”, Kelly Robson [Asimov’s, August 2015]
  • “Get the Message”, Peter Wendt (Second Contacts)

Winners receive a cash prize of $1,000 for the Adult and Young Adult categories and $500 for the Short Story category, as well as hand-crafted sunburst medallions. The jurors for the 2016 award were Timothy Anderson, Sylvie Bérard, Virginia O’Dine, Dale Sproule, and Myna Wallin. For more information, see the Sunburst Award Society.

2017 Nebula Awards Venue Announced

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, see the SFWA website.

2016 Parsec Awards Winners

Winners for the 2016 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, were announced September 4, 2016 at Dragon Con in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “Balance of Darkness”, David A. Mackenzie (The Galaxy Quest Restoration Project)

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • The Journeyman Writer

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • “The Voyages of the USS Sisyphus”, USS Sisphus cast & crew (improvised) (Improvised Star Trek)

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomparable

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • Verity Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)

  • “Property Damage Claim #1-140398”, Ryan P. Duke (Reading Out Loud)

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Oddfellows Local”, Jared Axelrod (The Voice of Free Planet X)

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • The Uncanny Magazine Podcast

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • Uncanny County, Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form) 

  • After the Plague, Mike Bennett

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “Graves”, Justin Cawthorne (Tales to Terrify)

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • The Ultimate Nerdament, Grant Baciocco & Russ Walko

2016 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Dragon Awards were announced at Dragon Con, held September 2-5, 2016 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

  • Ms. Marvel
  • Astro City
  • Civil War II
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Providence
  • Saga

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Game of Thrones
  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Flash
  • Jessica Jones
  • Outlander

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • The Martian
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Crimson Peak
  • Deadpool
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Voting was open to the public at the Dragon Awards website. Winners in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

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