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Monday, August 31, 2009

Emperor Norton Award Winners

posted @ 8/31/2009 12:11:00 PM PT 

The 2009 Emperor Norton Award Winners are:
The award is given for “extraordinary invention and creativity unhindered by the constraints of paltry reason,” in memory of Joshua Norton I, Emperor of the United States of America and Protector of Mexico. Two awards are given, one to a single work of science fiction, fantasy, or horror, or to an author in these genres; the second to any creation, creator, or service relating to those genres. Norton judges are Richard Lupoff, Alan Beatts, and Jacob Weisman. Winners were presented with framed certificates at the Tachyon Publications 14th anniversary party, held Sunday August 30, 2009 at Borderlands Books in San Francisco.


Spectrum Exhibit in New York

posted @ 8/31/2009 11:35:00 AM PT 

The Spectrum exhibit, featuring a selection of over 120 works from top contemporary fantastic artists, will be on display from September 1 through October 17 2009 at the Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street, New York. Artists include Julie Bell, Kinuko Y. Craft, Eric Fortune, William Basso, Brom, James Gurney, Tony DiTerlizzi, Terese Nielsen, Yuko Shimizu, Michael Whelan, Donato Giancola, John Jude Palencar, Phil Hale, and many more.

The opening reception will be held Friday, September 11, 2009. Also in conjunction with the exhibit, James Gurney, Sam Weber, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, and Gregory Manchess will demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open forum at the Art Out Loud 6 event, to be held Saturday, September 12 from 1-5 p.m.

Hugo-nominated Spectrum, founded in 1993, publishes yearly compilations of contemporary fantastic art. A percentage of the proceeds from the exhibit will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Waldrop Wins Jack Trevor Story Memorial Cup

posted @ 8/27/2009 09:05:00 AM PT 

Howard Waldrop has been awarded the Jack Trevor Story Memorial Cup by judges Michael Moorcock, Jeff VanderMeer, Iain Sinclair, Lili Sztajn, Fabrice Colin, Lisa Tuttle, and Sebastian Doubinski. The prize, not given every year, is awarded for a work of fiction or body of work which best celebrates the spirit of author Jack Trevor Story, who died in 1992. Moorcock presented the cup to Waldrop during a special ceremony in Austin TX on August 14, 2009.

The award also includes a $1,000 prize, with the stipulation that the money must be spent within two weeks, with nothing to show for it at the end. This recalls Story's remark to a bankruptcy judge when asked what happened to a substantial sum of money paid to him for film rights: "You know how it is, judge. Two hundred or two thousand. It always lasts a week to a fortnight."


Tuesday, August 25, 2009

David Eddings $10m Bequest to Aid Asthma Research

posted @ 8/25/2009 11:51:00 AM PT 

Fantasy author David Eddings, who died June 2, 2009 at his home in Carson City, Nevada, bequeathed $10 million to National Jewish Health, considered one of the nation's top hospitals for respiratory disorders. The bequest is the largest in the history of the hospital. Eddings's wife and sometime co-author, Leigh, suffered from asthma most of her life. Accordingly, the Eddings bequest is hallmarked for research related to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood asthma. "We are extremely grateful for this generous bequest," said Michael Salem, MD, National Jewish Health President and CEO.


Monday, August 24, 2009

Mike Resnick Named as WotF Judge

posted @ 8/24/2009 05:07:00 PM PT 

Author Mike Resnick has been named as a judge for the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. He joins a list of other notable science fiction and fantasy authors who also serve as judges for the contest, including Kevin J. Anderson, Doug Beason, Gregory Benford, Algis Budrys, Orson Scott Card, Sean Williams, Brian Herbert, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Eric Kotani, Anne McCaffrey, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Robert Silverberg, and K.D. Wentworth. The contest, established in 1983, awards annual cash prizes for writers of never-before-published works of science fiction and fantasy, and publishes the year's winning stories in the anthology titled L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future.


Publisher Donald M. Grant Dies at age 82

posted @ 8/24/2009 04:57:00 PM PT 

Respected specialty publisher Donald Metcalf Grant died August 19, 2009 in North Port FL. He was the founder of the eponymous Donald M. Grant Publisher, Inc., a company known for producing lavish limited editions of fantasy and horror titles. Grant received three World Fantasy Awards in the special professional category (1976, 1980, and 1983), one special convention World Fantasy Award (1984), and a World Fantasy Life Achievement Award (2003). He is survived by wife Shirley, their two children, and a granddaughter.


Fred Pohl Earns High School Diploma

posted @ 8/24/2009 11:38:00 AM PT 

Fred Pohl, 89, was awarded an honorary high school degree on August 20, 2009, from Brooklyn Technical High School. Pohl dropped out of high school at the age of 15, during his junior year. "I largely stopped paying attention," Pohl admitted. His parents were divorcing, and, due to Depression-era financial troubles, he felt he was unlikely to go to college anyway. However, his almost-alma mater is now eager to claim the famous writer as a graduate. Pohl says, "I do sort of wish I'd stuck it out. I like having learned all the stuff I did learn there; I just didn't like the business of learning." Pohl speculates that perhaps, if he had finished high school, he might have gone on to spend the rest of his career at American Car and Foundry, instead of writing multiple science fiction classics.


Tuesday, August 18, 2009

World Fantasy Life Achievement Winners

posted @ 8/18/2009 09:22:00 AM PT 

The World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners for 2009 are Jane Yolen and Ellen Asher. The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field. Life Achievement winners are announced in advance; other winners will be announced at this year's World Fantasy Convention, to be held October 29 - November 1, 2009 in San José, California.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

posted @ 8/17/2009 04:42:00 PM PT 

The Washington Science Fiction Association announced the finalists for the 2009 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction. The award was created to showcase small-press publishers by recognizing the "best original short fiction" published by small presses in the previous year. The winner will be presented at Capclave, held October 16-18, 2009 in Rockville, Maryland.

Finalists are:

  • “The Absence of Stars: Part 1”, Greg Siewert (Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show Dec 08)
  • “Drinking Problem”, K.D. Wentworth (Seeds of Change)
  • “Hard Rain at the Fortean Café”, Lavie Tidhar (Aeon Speculative Fiction Magazine #14)
  • “His Last Arrow”, Christopher Sequeira (Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes)
  • “Silent as Dust", James Maxey (Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show Jan 08)
  • “Spider the Artist”, Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu (Seeds of Change)
  • “The Toy Car”, Luisa Maria Garcia Velasco (Aberrant Dreams Apr 08)

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists

posted @ 8/14/2009 03:20:00 PM PT 

Two genre books are finalists for the inaugural Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award: Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt), and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins). The award, established in 2008, was created to honor an author whose work shows “a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit” and is sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English. Honorees will receive a $5,000 check. The winning title will be announced at the 2009 ALAN Workshop in Philadelphia, PA.


Octavia E. Butler Scholar Honored

posted @ 8/14/2009 02:14:00 PM PT 

A handcast commemorative pendant in the shape of an owl was awarded to the 2009 Octavia E. Butler Scholar, Rochita Roenen-Luiz, at the conclusion of this year's Clarion West Writers Workshop. The Octavia E. Butler Memorial Scholarship Fund, created in 2006 and administered by the Carl Brandon Society, provides full scholarships to Clarion and Clarion West students of color, covering tuition, room, and partial board for up to two students annually. Roenen-Luiz, a writer of Filipino extraction living in the Netherlands, says, "Without dreams, you're nothing. I am so grateful to the Butler scholarship for giving my dreams wings." The pendant was cast from an exclusive design that SF author and MacArthur "Genius" Award-winner Octavia E. Butler commissioned from artist Laurie Edison. This is the fifth pendant Edison has donated.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2009 Sidewise Award Winners

posted @ 8/12/2009 04:48:00 PM PT 

The winners of the Sidewise Awards for alternate history published in 2008 were announced at Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon in Montréal.




2009 Chesley Awards Winners

posted @ 8/12/2009 04:43:00 PM PT 

The 24th annual Chesley Awards were announced at Anticipation, the 2009 Worldcon in Montréal, on August 7, 2009. The Chesley Awards were established in 1985 as ASFA's peer awards to recognize individual works and achievements during a given year.



  • John Picacio, for Fast Forward 2 (by Lou Anders, ed.; Pyr)
  • Dan Dos Santos, for Cry Wolf (by Patricia Briggs; Ace)
  • Michael Komarck, for Dragonforge (by James Maxey; Solaris)
  • Paul Youll, for Hell and Earth (by Elizabeth Bear; Roc)
  • Todd Lockwood, for The Stormcaller (by Tom Lloyd; Pyr)
  • J.P. Targete, for The Turtle Moves! Discworld's Story Unauthorized (by Lawrence Watt-Evans; Benbella)



  • Donato Giancola, for "The Wraith" (by J. Robert Lennon; Playboy Nov 2008)
  • John Picacio, for Elric: The Stealer of Souls (by Michael Moorcock; Del Rey)
  • Adam Rex, for Frankenstein Takes the Cake (Harcourt)
  • Shaun Tan, for Tales from Outer Suburbia (Allen & Unwin)
  • Alan Lee, for Tales from the Perilous Realm (by J. R. R. Tolkien; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)







  • "Stoic Angel", Volkan Baga (Magic Card: Shards of Alara, Wizards of the Coast)
  • "Angelic Benediction", Michael Komarck (Magic Card: Shards of Alara, Wizards of the Coast)
  • "Cancel", David Palumbo (Magic Card: Shards of Alara, Wizards of the Coast)
  • "Firestorm", Tom Fleming (VS System, Upper Deck)
  • "Invincible Hymn", Matt Stewart (Magic Card: Shards of Alara, Wizards of the Coast)

  • "Hellboy 2", Dan Dos Santos (promotional art for the film, Dark Horse & Universal Pictures)
  • "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian", Justin Sweet (concept art for the film, Walt Disney Studios)
  • "Cyber Angel", Patrick Jones (poster, IlluXCon)
  • "False Magic", James Christensen (LE Canvas Print, Greenwich Workshop)
  • "The Name of the Rose", Volkan Baga (box art & promotional art for the game, Ravensburger Spieleverlag)

    The full list of nominated artworks is available on the ASFA website.

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2009 Prix Aurora Winners

posted @ 8/12/2009 04:29:00 PM PT 

Winners of the Prix Aurora Awards, given by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, were announced at the 2009 Worldcon in Montréal.












Sunday, August 9, 2009

Hugo Awards Winners

posted @ 8/09/2009 07:27:00 PM PT 

The Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award winners were presented at the Hugo Award Ceremony, August 9, 2009 at the the 67th Worldcon, Anticipation at the Palais de Congrès in Montreal, Québec.








  • WALL-E (Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, directo; Pixar/Walt Disney)
  • The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan & David S. Goyer, story; Jonathan Nolan and and & Christopher Nolan, screenplay; based on characters created by Bob Kane; Christopher Nolan, director; Warner Brothers)
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Guillermo del Toro & Mike Mignola, story; Guillermo del Toro, screenplay; based on the comic by Mike Mignola; Guillermo del Toro, director; Dark Horse, Universal)
  • Iron Man (Mark Fergus & Hawk Ostby and Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, screenplay; based on characters created by Stan Lee & Don Heck & Larry Lieber & Jack Kirby; Jon Favreau, director; Paramount, Marvel Studios)
  • METAtropolis (edited by John Scalzi; Elizabeth Bear, Jay Lake, Tobias Buckell, John Scalzi, and Karl Schroeder, writers; Audible Inc.)


  • Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon, & Maurissa Tancharoen, writers; Joss Whedon, director; Mutant Enemy)
  • Battlestar Galactica: "Revelations" (Bradley Thompson & David Weddle, writers; Michael Rymer, director; NBC Universal)
  • Doctor Who: "Turn Left" (Russell T. Davies, writer; Graeme Harper, director; BBC Wales)
  • Doctor Who: "Silence in the Library"/"Forest of the Dead" (Steven Moffat, writer; Euros Lynn, director; BBC Wales)
  • Lost: "The Constant" (Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindelof, writers; Jack Bender, director; Bad Robot, ABC studios)








The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (Not a Hugo)
  • David Anthony Durham*
  • Aliette de Bodard*
  • Felix Gilman
  • Tony Pi*
  • Gord Sellar*

*(Second year of eligibility)

The 2009 Hugo Awards are for works first published in 2008 or works first published in 2008 in the US that were published in a previous year outside the US.

In addition to the awards listed above, the Big Heart Award was presented to Andrew Porter. The First Fandom Hall of Fame Award was given to James Gunn; Posthumous Hall of Fame went to Walter Daugherty.


Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Jim Baen's Universe To Close After April 2010

posted @ 8/05/2009 11:24:00 AM PT 

Jim Baen's Universe, the online magazine, will be closing after their fourth year of publication. Editor Eric Flint has this to say:

In a nutshell, we were simply never able to get and retain enough subscribers to put us on a sales plateau that would allow us to continue publishing. From the beginning, we were too dependent on the income from the Universe club. The Club's purpose was to provide the magazine with a much-needed initial surge of income--which it did indeed provide--and then, after the first year, to continue as an important but subsidiary source of income. Instead, the Club wound up being the source of about half of our annual income, from beginning to end.

The magazine intends to make sure that current subscribers get all the issues they paid for, and to honor all contracts with authors. For further information, visit their website.


2009 Eisner Awards Winners

posted @ 8/05/2009 11:07:00 AM PT 

The 2009 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at the San Diego Comic-Con. Awards of interest to science fiction and fantasy fans follow:

  • Best Limited Series: Hellboy: The Crooked Man by Mike Mignola and Richard Corben (Dark Horse)

  • Best Webcomic: Finder by Carla Speed McNeil (

  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Hellboy Library Edition, vols. 1 and 2, by Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)

  • Best Writer: Bill Willingham, for Fables and House of Mystery (Vertigo/DC)

  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Guy Davis for BPRD (Dark Horse)

  • Best Cover Artist: James Jean for Fables (Vertigo/DC) and The Umbrella Academy (Dark Horse)

  • Best Coloring: Dave Stewart for Abe Sapien: The Drowning, BPRD, The Goon, Hellboy, Solomon Kane, and The Umbrella Academy(Dark Horse), as well as Body Bags (Image) and Captain America: White (Marvel)

  • Best Publication Design: Hellboy Library Editions designed by Cary Grazzini and Mike Mignola (Dark Horse)

  • Hall of Fame inductees (chosen by this year's judges): Harold Gray, Graham Ingels

  • Hall of Fame inductees (chosen by the voters): Matt Baker, Reed Crandall, Russ Heath, Jerry Iger


Tuesday, August 4, 2009

World Fantasy Awards Nominations

posted @ 8/04/2009 09:32:00 AM PT 

Nominations for this year's World Fantasy Awards have been announced. Winners will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention to be held October 29 - November 1, 2009, in San José, California.
  • The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
  • The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
  • Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
  • Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)
  • "Uncle Chaim and Aunt Rifke and the Angel", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
  • "If Angels Fight", Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
  • "The Overseer", Albert Cowdrey (F&SF 3/08)
  • "Odd and the Frost Giants", Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury; HarperCollins)
  • "Good Boy", Nisi Shawl (Filter House)
  • "Caverns of Mystery", Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
  • "26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 7/08)
  • "Pride and Prometheus", John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
  • "Our Man in the Sudan", Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
  • "A Buyer's Guide to Maps of Antarctica", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)
  • The Living Dead, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Night Shade Books)
  • The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Del Rey)
  • The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror 2008:
    Twenty-First Annual Collection
    , Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (St. Martin's)
  • Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
  • Steampunk, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Tachyon Publications)
  • Strange Roads, Peter S. Beagle (DreamHaven Books)
  • The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
  • Pretty Monsters, Kelly Link (Viking)
  • Filter House, Nisi Shawl (Aqueduct Press)
  • Tales from Outer Suburbia, Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin; Scholastic '09)
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Janet Chui
  • Stephan Martinière
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
  • Farah Mendlesohn (for Rhetorics of Fantasy)
  • Stephen H. Segal & Ann VanderMeer (for Weird Tales)
  • Jerad Walters (for A Lovecraft Retrospective: Artists Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft)
  • Jacob Weisman (for Tachyon Publications)
  • Edith L. Crowe (for her work with The Mythopoeic Society)
  • John Klima (for Electric Velocipede)
  • Elise Matthesen (for setting out to inspire and for serving as inspiration for works of poetry, fantasy, and SF over the last decade through her jewelry-making and her "artist's challenges.")
  • Sean Wallace, Neil Clarke, & Nick Mamatas (for Clarksworld)
  • Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)

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