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Monday, June 29, 2009

Campbell and Sturgeon Winners

posted @ 6/29/2009 09:40:00 AM PT 

Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor) and Ian R. MacLeod's Song of Time (PS Publishing) tied to win the 2008 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. This is only the third tie in the award's history.

"The Ray Gun: A Love Story" by James Alan Gardner (Asimov's 2/08) won the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.

The awards were announced early, but will be presented at a banquet July 10, 2009, held during the Campbell Conference in Lawrence KS, from July 9-12. For more information visit


Saturday, June 27, 2009

2009 Locus Award Winners

posted @ 6/27/2009 03:23:00 PM PT 

Winners of the 2009 Locus Awards were announced at a ceremony and banquet June 27, 2009 in Seattle WA during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend.

Science Fiction Novel: Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)

Fantasy Novel: Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)

First Novel: Singularity's Ring, Paul Melko (Tor)

Young-Adult Book: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Bloomsbury)

Novella: "Pretty Monsters", Kelly Link (Pretty Monsters)

Novelette: "Pump Six", Paolo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories)

Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Anthology: The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fifth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)

Collection: Pump Six and Other Stories, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade Books)

Non-Fiction/Art Book: P. Craig Russell, Coraline: The Graphic Novel, Neil Gaiman, adapted and illustrated by P. Craig Russell (HarperCollins)

Editor: Ellen Datlow

Artist: Michael Whelan

Magazine: F&SF

Publisher: Tor

Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who voted! Look for detailed analysis of the voting in the July issue.

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Monday, June 22, 2009

£1 Million Deal for Reynolds

posted @ 6/22/2009 03:47:00 PM PT 

Alastair Reynolds has signed a £1m deal to deliver ten books in ten years to editor Jo Fletcher at Gollancz. "It gives me a huge amount of security for the next ten years, and writers don't have a lot of security.... To have that in place is fantastic for me."

For more details, see this story in the Guardian.


Sapkowski Wins Legend Award

posted @ 6/22/2009 11:34:00 AM PT 

Andrzej Sapkowski's Blood of Elves (Gollancz) won the first David Gemmell Legend Award, presented June 19, 2009 in London. Sapkowski was unable to attend, and his editor Jo Fletcher accepted in his place.

The shortlisted nominees all received mini-replicas of Snaga, the axe featured in Gemmell's works; the winner received a larger version, approximately two feet in length. For more, visit


Monday, June 15, 2009

Stoker Winners

posted @ 6/15/2009 09:56:00 AM PT 

The winners of the 2008 Bram Stoker Awards were announced at a banquet June 13, 2009 during the Stoker Award Weekend at the Burbank Marriott Hotel, near Los Angeles.

Novel: Duma Key, Stephen King (Scribner)

First Novel: The Gentling Box, Lisa Mannetti (Dark Hart)

Long Fiction: Miranda, John R. Little (Bad Moon)

Short Fiction: The Lost, Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance)

Fiction Collection: Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Scribner)

Anthology: Unspeakable Horror, Vince A. Liaguno & Chad Helder, eds. (Dark Scribe)

Non-Fiction: A Hallowe’en Anthology, Lisa Morton, ed. (McFarland)

Poetry: The Nightmare Collection, Bruce Boston (Dark Regions)

Other awards presented at the ceremony include the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards for F. Paul Wilson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; The Specialty Press Award for Larry Roberts of Bloodletting Press; The Silver Hammer Award, for outstanding service to HWA, for Sephera Giron; and the President’s Richard Laymon Service Award for John R. Little.

For more: www.stokers2009.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

Paul O. Williams, 1935-2009

posted @ 6/13/2009 11:01:00 PM PT 

Paul O. Williams died June 2, 2009 from an aortic dissection. His most notable work was the Pelbar Cycle, a series of seven novels set in post-apocalyptic Illinois. He won the Campbell Award in 1983, and published two other science fiction novels outside of the Pelbar novels; the most recent was The Man from Far Cloud in 2004. He was also a poet, served as president of the Haiku Society of America, and was professor emeritus of English at Principia College in Elsah IL. He is survived by his wife, KerryLynn Blau Williams.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

2009 Campbell Award Finalists

posted @ 6/10/2009 03:29:00 AM PT 

The John W. Campbell Award is presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas, July 9 - 12, 2009, as the focal point of a weekend of discussions about the writing, illustration, publishing, teaching, and criticism of science fiction.

Finalists are:

  • City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Del Rey)
  • Valley of Day-Glo, Nick Di Chario (Robert J. Sawyer Books)
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Song of Time, Ian MacLeod, (PS Publishing)
  • The Philosopher's Apprentice, James Morrow (William Morrow)
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson (William Morrow)


Monday, June 8, 2009

British Fantasy Award Finalists

posted @ 6/08/2009 11:58:00 AM PT 

Finalists for the 2009 British Fantasy Awards have been announced.

Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award)
  • Memoirs of a Master Forger, William Heaney/Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
  • Midnight Man, Simon Clark (Severn House)
  • Rain Dogs, Gary McMahon (Humdrumming)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury)
  • The Victoria Vanishes, Christopher Fowler (Little, Brown)
  • Thieving Fear, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing).

Best Novella
  • Cold Stone Calling, Simon Clark (Tasmaniac Publications)
  • Gunpowder, Joe Hill (PS Publishing)
  • "Heads", Gary McMahon (We Fade To Grey)
  • "The Narrows", Simon Bestwick (We Fade To Grey)
  • The Reach of Children, Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)

Best Short Fiction
  • "All Mouth", Paul Meloy (Black Static 6)
  • "Do You See", Sarah Pinborough (Myth-Understandings)
  • "N", Stephen King (Just After Sunset)
  • "Pinholes in Black Muslin", Simon Strantzas (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror)
  • "The Caul Bearer", Allyson Bird (Bull Running For Girls)
  • "The Tobacconist’s Concession", John Travis (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror)
  • "The Vague", Paul Meloy (Islington Crocodiles)
  • "Winter Journey", Joel Lane (Black Static 5)

Best Collection
  • Bull Running for Girls, Allyson Bird (Screaming Dreams)
  • Glyphotech, Mark Samuels (PS Publishing)
  • How To Make Monsters, Gary McMahon (Morrigan Books)
  • Islington Crocodiles, Paul Meloy (TTA Press)
  • Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)

Best Anthology
  • Cone Zero, DF Lewis, ed. (Megazanthus Press)
  • Myth-Understandings, Ian Whates, ed. (Newcon Press)
  • Subtle Edens, Allen Ashley, ed. (Elastic Press)
  • The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror 19, Stephen Jones, ed. (Constable & Robinson)
  • The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ian Alexander Martin, ed. (Humdrumming)
  • We Fade To Grey, Gary McMahon (Pendragon Press)

Best Artist
  • Dave McKean for The Graveyard Book (Bloomsbury)
  • Edward Miller for Vault of Deeds (PS Publishing)
  • Lee Thompson for The Land at the End of the Working Day (Humdrumming)
  • Les Edwards for various
  • Vincent Chong for various

Best Small Press
  • Elastic Press (Andrew Hook)
  • Newcon Press (Ian Whates)
  • Pendragon Press (Chris Teague)
  • Screaming Dreams (Steve Upham)
  • TTA Press (Andy Cox)

Best Non-Fiction
  • Basil Copper: A Life in Books, Stephen Jones, ed. (PS Publishing)
  • Doctor Who: The Writer's Tale, Russell T. Davies & Benjamin Cook (BBC Books)
  •, Neil Gaiman
  • "Mutant Popcorn" column, Nick Lowe (Interzone)
  • What Is It We Do When We Read Science Fiction, Paul Kincaid (Beccon Publications)

Best Magazine
  • Black Static, Andy Cox, ed.
  • Interzone, Andy Cox, et. al., eds.
  • Midnight Street, Trevor Denyer, ed.
  • Postscripts, Peter Crowther & Nick Gevers, eds.
  • SFX, Dave Bradley, ed.

Best Comic/Graphic Novel
  • 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow, Steve Niles & Bill Sienkiewicz (IDW Publishing);
  • All-Star Superman, Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely (DC Comics);
  • Buffy, Season Eight, Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate, Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard and Georges Jeanty (Dark Horse Comics);
  • Comic Book Tattoo: Tales Inspired by Tori Amos, Rantz A. Hoseley & Tori Amos, eds. (Image Comics);
  • Hellblazer: Fear Machine, Jamie Delano (Vertigo);
  • Hellblazer: The Laughing Magician, Andy Diggle & Leonardo Manco and Daniel Zezelj(Vertigo);
  • Locke and Key, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW Publishing);
  • The Girly Comic Book 1, Selina Lock, ed. (Factor Fiction);
  • The New Avengers: Illuminati, Brian Bendis & Brian Reed and Jim Cheung (Marvel Comics).

There are also nominees in film and television categories. Winners will be chosen by members of the British Fantasy Society, and will be announced at FantasyCon, September 18-20, 2009 at the Brittania Hotel in Nottingham. For complete details:


Ditmar Award Winners

posted @ 6/08/2009 09:26:00 AM PT 

The 2009 Ditmar Awards, Australia's annual SF achievement awards for work produced in 2008, were presented at Conjecture, the 48th Australian national SF convention, June 5-8, 2009 in Adelaide. The winners are:

Novel: Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf).

Novella: "Painlessness", Kirstyn McDermott (Greatest Uncommon Denominator #2).

Short Story (tie): "The Goosle", Margo Lanagan (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction & Fantasy); "This Is Not My Story", Dirk Flinthart (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #37).

Collected Work: Dreaming Again, Jack Dann, ed. (Voyager Australia; Eos).

Best Professional Artwork: Shaun Tan for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09).

Best New Talent: Felicity Dowker.

William Atheling Jr. Award: Kim Wilkins for "Popular Genres and the Australian Literary Community: The Case of Fantasy Fiction (Journal of Australian Studies).

Peter McNamara Award: Sean Williams.

Best Professional Achievement: Angela Challis, for Black, the Australian Dark Culture Magazine.

Best Fan Publication: Asif! , Alisa Krasnostein & Gene Melzack, eds. (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Fan Artist: Cat Sparks for Scary Food Cookbook (Agog! Press).

Best Fan Writer: Rob Hood for Undead Backbrain (Twelfth Planet Press).

A. Bertram Chandler Award: Rosaleen Love.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

David Eddings, 1931-2009

posted @ 6/03/2009 09:53:00 AM PT 

Author David Eddings, 77, died June 2, 2009 at home in Carson City, Nevada. Eddings began publishing with High Hunt (1973), and is best known for his many epic fantasy series, including The Belgariad, The Mallorean, and the Dreamers. Eddings was predeceased by his wife and co-author Leigh Eddings (died 2007), who helped write all his books, and was credited as co-author on many from the mid-'90s on. See the July issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


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