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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Scribe Awards Winners

posted @ 7/26/2009 08:40:00 PM PT 

The Scribe Awards, rewarding media tie-in fiction, were presented on Friday, July 24, 2009 during Comic-con in San Diego. The winners are:

Grand Master
  • Keith R.A. DeCandido
Best General Fiction Original
  • CSI: Headhunters, Greg Cox
Best General Fiction Adapted
  • Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, James Rollins
Best Speculative Fiction Original
  • Star Trek Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers, James Swallow
Best Speculative Fiction Adapted
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army, Robert Greenberger
Best Young Adult Original
  • Primeval: Shadow of the Jaguar, Steven Savile
Best Young Adult Adapted
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D, Tracey West


Monday, July 20, 2009

2009 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

posted @ 7/20/2009 12:50:00 PM PT 

Winners of the 2009 Mythopoeic Awards were announced at a banquet during Mythcon XL (July 17-20, 2009) in Los Angeles CA.

2009 Mythopoeic Awards winners:

  • Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, Carol Berg (Roc)
  • Graceling, Kristin Cashore (Harcourt Children's)
  • The History of the Hobbit, Part One: Mr. Baggins; Part Two: Return to Bag-end, John Rateliff (Houghton Mifflin, 2007)
  • Four British Fantasists: Place and Culture in the Children’s Fantasies of Penelope Lively, Alan Garner, Diana Wynne Jones, and Susan Cooper, Charles Butler (Children's Literature Association & Scarecrow Press, 2006).

For more:


Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phyllis Gotlieb, 1926-2009

posted @ 7/15/2009 09:59:00 AM PT 

SF writer Phyllis Gotlieb, 83, died July 14, 2009.

Born Phyllis Fay Bloom on May 25, 1926 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Gotlieb was sometimes called the founder of Canadian science fiction, and in the '60s and '70s she was the only prominent English-language Canadian SF writer. She was a founding member of SF Canada, and her many honors include an Aurora Award for lifetime achievement (1982).

Her first SF story was "A Grain of Manhood" in Fantastic in 1959, and she published short fiction widely into this century. Some of her stories are gathered in Son of the Morning and Other Stories (1983) and Blue Apes (1995). She edited Tesseracts2 (1987), an anthology of Canadian SF, with Douglas Barbour.

Gotlieb's first novel Sunburst appeared in 1964; one of Canada's most important SF prizes is called the Sunburst Award in her honor. Other works include her Sven Dhalgren books: O Master Caliban! (1976) and Heart of Red Iron (1989); her Starcats series: Nebula-nominated novella "Son of the Morning" (1972) and novels including Aurora Award winner A Judgment of Dragons (1980), Emperor, Swords, Pentacles (1982), and Tiptree and Aurora finalist The Kingdom of the Cats; the Flesh and Gold series: Flesh and Gold (1998), Violent Stars (1999); Mindworlds (2002); and standalone feminist fantasy Birthstones (2007).

A complete obituary will appear in the August issue.


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

posted @ 7/14/2009 11:11:00 PM PT 

The 2008 Shirley Jackson Awards winners were announced on Sunday, July 12, 2009, at Readercon 20, the Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Winners and finalist are:

The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (William Morrow)

Alive in Necropolis, Doug Dorst (Riverhead Hardcover)
The Man on the Ceiling, Steve Rasnic Tem & Melanie Tem (Wizards of the Coast Discoveries)
Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
The Resurrectionist, Jack O’Connell (Algonquin )
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)

Disquiet, Julia Leigh (Penguin/Hamish Hamilton)

"Dormitory," Yoko Ogawa (The Diving Pool, Picador)
Living With the Dead, Darrell Schweitzer (PS Publishing)
The Long Trial of Nolan Dugatti, Stephen Graham Jones (Chiasmus)
"N,", Stephen King (Just After Sunset, Scribner)

"Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF)

"Hunger Moon", Deborah Noyes (The Ghosts of Kerfol)
"The Lagerstatte", Laird Barron (The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy)
"Penguins of the Apocalypse", William Browning Spencer (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
The Situation, Jeff VanderMeer (PS Publishing)

"The Pile", Michael Bishop (Subterranean Online, Winter 2008)

"68° 07’ 15"N, 31° 36’ 44"W", Conrad Williams (Fast Ships, Black Sails)
"The Dinner Party", Joshua Ferris (The New Yorker, 08/11/08)
"Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment: One Daughter’s Personal Account", M. Rickert (F&SF, Oct/Nov 2008)
"The Inner City", Karen Heuler (Cemetery Dance #58, 2008)
"Intertropical Convergence Zone", Nadia Bulkin (ChiZine, Issue 37, 2008)

The Diving Pool, Yoko Ogawa (Picador)

A Better Angel, Chris Adrian (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Dangerous Laughter, Steven Millhauser (Knopf)
The Girl on the Fridge, Etgar Keret (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux)
Just After Sunset, Stephen King (Scribner)
Wild Nights!, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)

The New Uncanny, Sarah Eyre and Ra Page, eds. (Comma)

Bound for Evil, Tom English, ed. (Dead Letter)
Exotic Gothic 2: New Tales of Taboo, Danel Olson, ed. (Ash-Tree)
Fast Ships, Black Sails, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Night Shade)
Shades of Darkness, Barbara & Christopher Roden, eds. (Ash-Tree)


Monday, July 13, 2009

Charles N. Brown, 1937-2009

posted @ 7/13/2009 09:46:00 AM PT 

Locus publisher, editor, and co-founder Charles N. Brown, 72, died peacefully in his sleep July 12, 2009 on his way home from Readercon.

Charles Nikki Brown was born June 24, 1937 in Brooklyn NY, where he grew up. He attended the City College of New York, taking time off from 1956-59 to serve in the US Navy, and finished his degree (BS in physics and engineering) at night on the GI Bill while working as a junior engineer in the '60s. He married twice, to Marsha Elkin (1962-69), who helped him start Locus, and to Dena Benatan (1970-77), who co-edited Locus for many years while he worked full time. He moved to San Francisco in 1972, working as a nuclear engineer until becoming a full-time SF editor in 1975. The Locus offices have been in Brown's home in the Oakland hills since 1973.

Brown co-founded Locus with Ed Meskys and Dave Vanderwerf as a one-sheet news fanzine in 1968, originally created to help the Boston Science Fiction Group win its Worldcon bid. Brown enjoyed editing Locus so much that he continued the magazine far beyond its original planned one-year run. Locus was nominated for its first Hugo Award in 1970, and Brown was a best fan writer nominee the same year. Locus won the first of its 29 Hugos in 1971.

During Brown's long and illustrious career he was the first book reviewer for Asimov's; wrote the Best of the Year summary for Terry Carr's annual anthologies (1975-87); wrote numerous magazines and newspapers; edited several SF anthologies; appeared on countless convention panels; was a frequent Guest of Honor, speaker, and judge at writers' seminars; and has been a jury member for various major SF awards.

As per his wishes, Locus will continue to publish, with executive editor Liza Groen Trombi taking over as editor-in-chief with the August 2009 issue.

A complete obituary with tributes and a photo retrospective will appear in the August issue.


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sunburst Award Finalists

posted @ 7/09/2009 10:41:00 AM PT 

Finalists for the 2009 Sunburst Award, given to the best novel-length Canadian literature of the fantastic, have been announced.

Adult Novel:

  • Night Child, Jes Battis (Ace)
  • The Gargoyle, Andrew Davidson (Random House Canada)
  • The Alchemist's Code, Dave Duncan (Ace)
  • Things Go Flying, Shari Lapeña (Brindle & Glass)
  • Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)

Young-Adult Novel:

  • The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada)
  • Dingo, Charles de Lint (Viking)
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Wild Talent, Eileen Kernaghan (Thistledown Press)
  • Night Runner, Max Turner (HarperTrophy)

The winners will be announced in September 2009. Each will receive a cash prize of C$1000 and a hand-crafted "Sunburst" medallion.

The 2009 jurors are Barbara Berson, John Dupuis, Ed Greenwood, Sandra Kasturi, and Simon Rose. For more details, including lists of Honourable Mentions for both categories, see


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Endeavour Award Finalists Announced

posted @ 7/07/2009 11:51:00 AM PT 

Finalists for the 11th Endeavour Award, for novels or single-author collections written by Pacific Northwest writers, have been announced.

The winner will be announced November 27 at OryCon, Oregon's annual science fiction convention and will receive a $1,000.00 honorarium.

Judges for this year's award are Joe Haldeman, John Helfers, and Sarah Zettel.
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
  • Ill Met in the Arena, Dave Duncan (Tor)
  • Long Walks, Last Flights and Other Stories, Ken Scholes (Fairwood)
  • Space Magic, David Levine (Wheatland)
  • A World Too Near, Kay Kenyon (Pyr)
  • For more info on the Endeavour Awards, see:
    Locus Index to SF Awards
    Endeavour Awards
    Past winners by year
    Past finalists and winners


    Monday, July 6, 2009

    Prometheus Awards Announced

    posted @ 7/06/2009 11:07:00 AM PT 

    The Libertarian Futurist Society has released winners of this year's Prometheus Awards in advance of the planned awards ceremony at Anticipation, the 67th World Science Fiction Convention, August 6-10, 2009, in Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

    Winners and finalists are as follows:


  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • Matter, Iain Banks (Orbit)
  • The January Dancer, Michael Flynn (Tor)
  • Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Tor)
  • Opening Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Roc)
  • Half a Crown, Jo Walton (Tor)

    Twelve novels were nominated.


  • The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury
  • "As Easy as A.B.C.", Rudyard Kipling
  • The Once and Future King, T.H. White
  • The Golden Age, John C. Wright

  • The Hall of Fame category includes works sometimes nominated year after year until they win; The Lord of the Rings has been nominated several times in the past.

    The Prometheus Awards were established in 1979. Winners receive a plaque and a one-ounce gold coin.


    Sunday, July 5, 2009

    Edmond Hamilton Day

    posted @ 7/05/2009 07:47:00 PM PT 

    On July 18, 2009, Kinsman, Ohio will be celebrating Edmond Hamilton Day, honoring "The Dean of Science Fiction" and Kinsman resident. The event is sponsored by the Kinsman Historical Society, "preserving 200 years of Kinsman, OH area's heritage." As part of the day's activities, Haffner Press will be selling first-day-of-issue copies of Collected Edmond Hamilton Vols. One & Two and Collected Captain Future, Vol. One, on that day only.

    Edmond Hamilton Day Schedule:
    2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Market Square Book Den - Launch of Haffner Press' Collected Edmond Hamilton series. Display of rare Hamilton books and pulps.

    7:00 p.m.
    Kinsman Presbyterian Church - "Edmond Hamilton - A Portrayal" by Don Sutton: friend, fan, neighbor, and official biographer. Presentation by Stephen Haffner of Haffner Press. World premiere showing of slide collection of Ed and his wife, Leigh Brackett.

    Memorial toast at dusk at Hamilton gravesite.

    Contact info at
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