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Friday, January 30, 2009

Gaylactic Spectrum Award Winners

posted @ 1/30/2009 03:44:00 PM PT 

Winners of the 2008 Gaylactic Spectrum Awards -- honoring works of SF/F/H that deal positively with gay characters, themes, and issues -- have been announced.

Best Novel: Wicked Gentlemen, Ginn Hale (Blind Eye Books).

Best Short Fiction: "Ever So Much More Than Twenty", Joshua Lewis (So Fey).

For a complete list of shortlisted and recommended works, see spectrumawards.org/2008.htm.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wheatland Press on Hiatus

posted @ 1/29/2009 07:36:00 PM PT 

Deborah Layne has announced that Wheatland Press will be on hiatus for 2009. No new books will be published, including Polyphony 7. The decision was made for financial reasons, Layne said, and during the hiatus she "will explore ways to put Wheatland Press on a firmer financial footing.... I hope the break will allow me to return to a regular publishing schedule in 2010." Layne plans to continue to fill orders on existing titles and titles will still be available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.com. Authors and others affected have already been informed of the decision.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

John Updike, 1932-2009

posted @ 1/27/2009 01:53:00 PM PT 

Author John Updike, 76, died today, January 27, 2009, of lung cancer. A major American novelist, poet, and critic, Updike wrote over 30 novels and collections in a career starting in the 1950s, winning virtually every literary prize, including two Pulitzers and two National Book Awards. His work spanned genres, and included The Witches of Eastwick (1984), literary post-holocaust novel Toward the End of Time (1997), and the internationally acclaimed series started with Rabbit, Run (1960).

A full obituary will appear in the next print issue of Locus.

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Realms of Fantasy Closing

posted @ 1/27/2009 01:07:00 PM PT 

Realms of Fantasy will be shutting down operations after publication of the April 2009 issue, which is already at the printer. Managing editor Laura Cleveland told Locus she found out last night, saying, "I'm really upset by the whole thing." She had hoped to get in touch with editor Shawna McCarthy, on vacation in Italy, and the writers and artists before the announcement was made public, but the news broke today on the blogosphere. "I told one writer, and next thing you know... Now I really understand how the Internet works."

The closure is primarily due to plummeting newsstand sales, the problem currently faced by all of the fiction magazines. "We're shelved in the back of the bookstores. Nobody can even find us."

Realms of Fantasy started in 1994, and had been looking forward to publishing its 100th issue this year.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Gaiman Wins Newbery

posted @ 1/26/2009 09:32:00 AM PT 


Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (HarperCollins) won the 2009 Newbery Medal, given by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association) for last year's outstanding American children's book. The award was announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Denver CO.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Aurealis Awards Winners

posted @ 1/25/2009 06:57:00 PM PT 

Winners of this year's Aurealis Awards, for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror, include K.A. Bedford's novel Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, Jonathan Strahan's anthology The Starry Rift, Shaun Tan's illustrated book Tales from Outer Suburbia, and the Peter McNamara Convenors' Award for Excellence to Jack Dann.

Lee Battersby has posted the full list of winners.

The Aurealis Awards website also has the list of winners, with links to judges' reports evaluating the nominees in each category.

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Lapine Announces Return to Genre Publishing

posted @ 1/22/2009 05:47:00 PM PT 

Warren Lapine announced his plan to return to SF publishing after a two-year hiatus, with a new publishing company called Tir Na Nog Press and the revival of quarterly magazine Fantastic Stories, according to SF Scope.

Lapine was the publisher of the DNA Publications, which, on an irregular basis, published multiple genre magazines including Absolute Magnitude, Dreams of Decadence, Fantastic Stories, Mythic Delirium, Weird Tales, and SF Chronicle before shutting down. Lapine asks that people who are due money from DNA Publications write to him at warrenlapine at yahoo dot com, as he plans on covering all debts personally. All unfulfilled DNA subscriptions will be filled by Fantastic Stories.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

British Science Fiction Awards Nominations

posted @ 1/21/2009 07:50:00 PM PT 

Nominees for this year's BSFA Awards, presented by the British Science Fiction Association, have been announced. The awards will be presented in April at Eastercon LX.


Best Novel

Flood by Stephen Baxter
The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway
The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod
Anathem by Neal Stephenson

Best Short Fiction

"Exhalation" by Ted Chiang (Eclipse 2)
"Crystal Nights" by Greg Egan (Interzone 215)
"Little Lost Robot" by Paul McAuley (Interzone 217)
"Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment" by M. Rickert (F&SF, Oct/Nov 2008)

Best Non-Fiction

"Physics for Amnesia" by John Clute (talk given at the Gresham College Symposium "Science Fiction as a Literary Genre")
Superheroes!: Capes and Crusaders in Comics and Films by Roz Kaveney (I.B. Tauris)
What It Is We Do When We Read Science Fiction by Paul Kincaid (Beccon)
Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn (Wesleyan)

Best Artwork

Cover of Subterfuge, ed. Ian Whates, by Andy Bigwood
Cover of Flood by Stephen Baxter, by Blacksheep
Cover of Swiftly by Adam Roberts, by Blacksheep
Cover of Murky Depths 4, by Vincent Chong
Cover of Interzone 218, by Warwick Fraser Coombe


The list is posted by Niall Harrison on the Torque Control blog, with additional links, and comments from readers.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Juno becomes imprint of Pocket

posted @ 1/20/2009 08:51:00 PM PT 

Wildside Press fantasy imprint, Juno Books, is to become an imprint of Simon & Schuster/Pocket in a new co-publishing deal.

Juno Books editor Paula Guran said: "I'm tremendously excited about the opportunity to help take Juno to the next level through our association with Pocket Books. Both Juno and fantasy readers in general will gain immensely by sales and marketing reach of Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, while still getting the best of our editorial sensibility."

Pocket Books senior editor Jennifer Heddle will work in concert with Juno Books editor Paula Guran.

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Monday, January 19, 2009

Gaiman and Jones Talk Coraline

posted @ 1/19/2009 02:52:00 PM PT 

Neil Gaiman and Stephen Jones had a conversation January 15 on internet radio show The Beyond about upcoming film Coraline (based on Gaiman's novel) and Coraline: A Visual Companion (written by Jones). Listen online at blogtalkradio.com.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Columbia Pictures Wins Foundation

posted @ 1/17/2009 05:03:00 PM PT 

Columbia Pictures won screen rights to Isaac Asimov's Foundation in auction Thursday night, with Roland Emmerich attached as director, and he and Michael Wimer to produce. The Columbia win was a surprise, as Warner Bros. and Fox Studios had been been the original contenders for the film. CAA and Trident Media brokered the deal on behalf of the Asimov estate.

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Watchmen Settlement

posted @ 1/17/2009 04:38:00 PM PT 

Warner Bros. and Twentieth Century Fox have finally resolved their dispute regarding the rights to the upcoming Watchmen movie, based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore, in a confidential settlement. The movie can now move forward, with Fox no longer in any kind of distribution role, but receiving a cash payment upfront rumored to be between $5 million and $10 million, 8.5% of the box office, and a portion of future sequels or spinoffs. In a very warm and fuzzy press release, both companies acknowledged that the other "acted in good faith" in the dispute over the film. The film's release is scheduled for March 6.

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Liz Scheier Laid Off

posted @ 1/17/2009 04:37:00 PM PT 

Del Rey editor Liz Scheier was laid off yesterday and will be joining the growing ranks of newly unemployed editors -- her position at the company officially ends January 23, 2009.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ray Bradbury Award

posted @ 1/15/2009 11:03:00 AM PT 

SFWA has announced the formation of The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation for works including motion pictures, television, Internet, radio, audio, and stage productions. The award will first be presented in 2010 (for works released in 2009). Though not a Nebula, the award will be presented at the Nebula Awards Ceremony and will follow Nebula rules and procedures; the Script category of the Nebulas has been eliminated. For more:
www.sfwa.org/awards/rules2009.htm
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Nebula Rules Change

posted @ 1/15/2009 10:35:00 AM PT 

SFWA has announced significant rules changes for the Nebula Awards process, eliminating rolling eligibility and limiting nominations to work published during a given calendar year (i.e., only works published in 2009 will be eligible for the 2010 awards), as well as eliminating jury additions. The changes are effective as of January 2009 and "except as explicitly stated, will have no impact on works published in 2008 or the Nebula Awards process currently underway." The complete new rules are available here.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Nation On Stage

posted @ 1/14/2009 05:04:00 PM PT 

Terry Pratchett's YA novel Nation will be adapted for the stage by the National Theatre in London. The play will be written by Mark Ravenhill and directed by Melly Still, and is scheduled to open in November 2009 at the Olivier Theatre.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Philip K. Dick Award Nominees List Revised

posted @ 1/13/2009 01:15:00 PM PT 

Award administrator Gordon Van Gelder announced a revised nominee list for the Philip K. Dick Award, noting the Kristine Smith title Endgame had a 2007 copyright date; Plague War by Jeff Carlson (Ace Books) will replace the ineligible title. Revised nominee list.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Year's Best Horror

posted @ 1/12/2009 05:24:00 PM PT 

Ellen Datlow, editor of the horror half of The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror since the series began, has announced a deal with Night Shade Books to edit at least two Year's Best Horror anthologies, starting this year.

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Gregory Wins Crawford

posted @ 1/12/2009 03:46:00 PM PT 

Daryl Gregory's Pandemonium (Del Rey) is the winner of the 2009 Crawford Award for best first fantasy. Other titles on this year's shortlist are Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead); Superpowers, David Schwartz (Three Rivers); Thunderer, Felix Gilman (Bantam Spectra); and Last Dragon, J.M. McDermott (Wizards of the Coast). The award will be presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, March 18-22, in Orlando, Florida. Details of the conference are at http://www.iafa.org/.

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No More Year's Best Fantasy and Horror

posted @ 1/12/2009 02:46:00 PM PT 

Long-running anthology series The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror (St. Martin's Press), edited by Ellen Datlow and Gavin Grant & Kelly Link, is coming to an end after 21 years of continuous publication. There will be no 2009 edition collecting work from 2008, though "new incarnations of the book may appear." Read the announcement from Grant & Link.

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Dick Award Finalists

posted @ 1/12/2009 10:55:00 AM PT 

Finalists for the 2008 Philip K. Dick Awards have been announced:

Emissaries from the Dead, Adam-Troy Castro (Eos)

Endgame, Kristine Smith (Eos)

Fast Forward 2, Lou Anders, ed. (Pyr)

Judge, Karen Traviss (Eos)

Plague War, Jeff Carlson (Ace)*

Terminal Mind, David Walton (Meadowhawk Press)

Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait, K.A. Bedford (EDGE)

The winner and any special citations will be announced April 10, 2009 at Norwescon 32 in Seattle. For more: http://www.philipkdickaward.org/. *Title replacing Endgame (which was deemed ineligible for its 2007 copyright).

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Dwarf Stars Award Winner

posted @ 1/09/2009 07:47:00 PM PT 

The winner of the 2008 Dwarf Stars Award, presented by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for the best short speculative poem of 10 lines or less, has gone to Greg Beatty for "Place Mat by Moebius", published in Asimov's SF, January 2007.

Second and third place went to Sonya Taaffe and Ann K. Schwader. Details are listed on the SFPA website.

The Bellingham [Washington] Herald included this announcement of Beatty's award.

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New Tolkien Book

posted @ 1/09/2009 09:31:00 AM PT 

HarperCollins will publish the previously unseen The Legend of Sigurd and GudrĂșn, J.R.R. Tolkien's narrative-verse retelling of the Norse legend of Sigurd the Völsung. Tolkien wrote the poem during the '20s and '30s while teaching at Oxford, before he wrote The Lord of the Rings. The book, edited and with an introduction by the author's son Christopher Tolkien, is scheduled for a May 2009 hardcover release.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

SFWA Releases Preliminary Nebula Ballot

posted @ 1/08/2009 08:43:00 PM PT 

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have released the preliminary ballot for this year's Nebula Awards, from which members may nominate up to five items per category, with the results forming a final ballot. Results of voting on the final ballot will be announced at a banquet during Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held April 24-26, 2009, at the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.

» SFWA: preliminary Nebula Awards ballot

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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

$1 E-books from Orbit

posted @ 1/07/2009 01:36:00 PM PT 

Orbit is offering a different e-book each month for just $1, starting with The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks. The special promotion is only available for readers in the US. Future offerings will include titles by Iain M. Banks, Karen Miller, and Brian Ruckley. Learn more at onedollarorbit.com.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Hugo Nominations Open

posted @ 1/06/2009 03:33:00 PM PT 

Nominations for the Hugo Awards, honoring the best work published in 2008, are now being accepted. Nominating ballots must be postmarked by February 28, 2009. To participate, you must have purchased an Anticipation membership by January 31st, 2009, or have been a member of Denvention 3. Details are available here: www.anticipationsf.ca/English/Hugos.

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Monday, January 5, 2009

F&SF Goes Bimonthly

posted @ 1/05/2009 12:13:00 PM PT 

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is switching from a monthly to a bimonthly publishing schedule beginning with the April/May 2009 issue. Each installment will be 256 pages (16 pages more than current double-issues, nearly 100 pages more than current standard issues), except for a "jumbo" anniversary issue. Publisher and editor Gordon Van Gelder explains, "We've made the change because rising costs — especially postal costs — and the current economy put us in a position where we either had to raise our rates severely or cut back somewhere.... We'll lose a little more than 10% of our content this year, but we should be in a great position for the coming years."

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