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Friday, January 29, 2010

Nebula Awards Weekend, May 13-16, 2010

posted @ 1/29/2010 03:48:00 PM PT 

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America will hold the Nebula Awards Weekend May 13-16, 2010, in Coco Beach FL, on Cape Canaveral.

The 2009 Nebula Awards will be presented that weekend, along with other SFWA awards, including the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master award for Joe Haldeman. The dates were chosen to coincide with the scheduled launching of the shuttle Atlantis on May 14, 2010. The launch will be visible from the beach outside the hotel, and special tours of the Kennedy Space Center will be available. For more information, visit the Nebula Awards website and the SFWA website.

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Kage Baker Update

posted @ 1/29/2010 09:42:00 AM PT 

According to Kage Baker's sister Kathleen Bartholomew, Baker's cancer has spread, and she has "reached the end of useful treatment." They are preparing for end-of-life care. See Green Man Review for the full statement.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2009 BSFA Award Finalists

posted @ 1/27/2010 09:49:00 AM PT 

The British Science Fiction Association announced the finalists for the 2009 awards.
Best Novel
  • Ark, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)

Best Short Fiction
  • "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast", Eugie Foster (Interzone #220)
  • The Push, Dave Hutchinson (Newcon Press)
  • "Johnnie and Emmie-Lou Get Married", Kim Lakin-Smith (Interzone #222)

Best Non-Fiction
  • "Mutant Popcorn" film column, Nick Lowe (Interzone)

Best Artwork
  • Cover of Desolation Road, by Stephan Martinière

There are only four nominees in the Best Novel category, and six nominees in the Short Fiction and Best Artwork categories, due to multiple ties. The awards are voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). Winners will be announced during Odyssey (Eastercon 2010), to be held April 2-5, 2010 in Heathrow, London.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jedediah Berry Wins Crawford Award

posted @ 1/26/2010 09:35:00 AM PT 




Jedediah Berry has been named the winner of the 2010 William L. Crawford Award for first novel The Manual of Detection. The Award, presented annually at The International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, is for a new fantasy writer whose first book appeared the previous year. This year's conference will be March 17-21, 2010 in Orlando FL.

The award committee shortlisted Deborah Biancotti's collection A Book of Endings, Kari Sperring's novel Living with Ghosts, and Ali Shaw's novel The Girl With Glass Feet, and wanted to commend two other authors whose works were ineligible this year but were highly regarded: Robert V.S. Redick, whose The Red Wolf Conspiracy appeared in 2008 and whose The Ruling Sea appears in 2010, and Michal Ajvaz, whose The Other City originally appeared in Czech in 1993 but was first translated into English by Gerald Turner in 2009.

The Award is administered by Gary K. Wolfe with assistance from Kelly Link, Niall Harrison, Cheryl Morgan, Graham Sleight, Paul Witcover, John Clute, Jonathan Strahan, Liza Groen Trombi, Farah Mendlesohn, and Amelia Beamer.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Aurealis Awards 2009 Finalists and Winners

posted @ 1/25/2010 02:02:00 PM PT 

Winners of the 2009 Aurealis Awards (Australia's juried awards) have been announced:

Peter McNamara Convenors' Award
  • Justin Ackroyd, Proprietor, Slow Glass Books

Best Science Fiction Novel
  • Wonders of a Godless World, Andrew McGahan (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Grand Conjunction: Astropolis Book Three, Sean Williams (Orbit)

Best Science Fiction Short Story
  • "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens", Peter M. Ball (Apex May 2009)
  • "To Dream of Stars: An Astronomer's Lament", Peter M. Ball (Apex Oct 2009)
  • "A Hundredth Name", Christopher Green (Abyss & Apex #31)
  • "Defence of the Realm", Greg Mellor (Cosmos #25)
  • "Soulmates", Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn (Asimov's Sep 2009)

Best Fantasy Novel
  • Magician's Apprentice, Trudi Canavan (Orbit)
  • Horn, Peter Ball (Twelfth Planet)
  • The Last Stormlord, Glenda Larke (HarperVoyager)
  • Witches Incorporated, K.E. Mills (HarperVoyager)
  • The Dark Griffin, K.J. Taylor (HarperVoyager)

Best Fantasy Short Story
  • "Father's Kill", Christopher Green (Beneath Ceaseless Skies
    #24)
  • "Once a Month, On a Sunday", Ian McHugh (Andromeda
    Spaceways Inflight Magazine
    #40)
  • "Siren Beat", Tansy Rayner Roberts (Roadkill/Siren Beat)
  • "Words", Angela Slatter (The Lifted Brow #5)
  • "Something Better than Death", Lucy Sussex (Aurealis #42)

Best Horror Novel
  • Red Queen, Honey Brown (Penguin Australia)
  • Horn, Peter Ball (Twelfth Planet)
  • The Dead Path, Stephen M. Irwin (Hachette Australia)
  • Night's Cold Kiss, Tracey O'Hara (HarperCollins Australia)
  • Slights, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot Books)

Best Horror Short Story
  • "Wives", Paul Haines (X6)
  • "Slice of Life — A Spot of Liver", Paul Haines (Slice of Life)
  • "Jesse's Gift", Felicity Dowker (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40)
  • "Having Faith", Christopher Green (Nossa Morte
    Feb 2009)
  • "The Message", Andrew J. McKiernan (Midnight Echo #2)

Best Anthology
  • Eclipse Three, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
  • The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Harper Eos)
  • New Ceres Nights, Alisa Krasnostein & Tehani Wessely, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • X6, Keith Stevenson, ed. (Coeur de Lion)
  • Eclipse 2, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)

Best Collection
  • Oceanic, Greg Egan (Gollancz)
  • A Book of Endings, Deborah Biancotti (Twelfth Planet)
  • Slice of Life, Paul Haines (The Mayne Press)
  • Johnny Phillips, Werewolf Detective, Robbie Matthews (Australian Speculative Fiction)

Best Young Adult Novel
  • Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Penguin)
  • The Puzzle Ring, Kate Forsyth (Pan Macmillan)
  • The Museum of Mary Child, Cassandra Golds (Puffin)
  • A Small Free Kiss in the Dark, Glenda Millard (Allen & Unwin)
  • Scarecrow, Sean Williams (HarperCollins Australia)

Best Young Adult Short Story
  • "Seventeen", Cat Sparks (Masques)
  • "Dragon Bones", Joanne Anderton (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #39)
  • "Paper Dragons", Sue Isle (Shiny #5)
  • "Once a Month, on a Sunday", Ian McHugh (Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine #40 Sep 2009)
  • "Like Us", Tansy Rayner Roberts (Shiny #5)


The winners were announced at a ceremony in Brisbane on January 23, 2010. Full list of winners available at the Aurealis Awards website.

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Weird Tales Changes: Ann VanderMeer Promoted, Kowal & Guran Join

posted @ 1/25/2010 12:00:00 PM PT 

Fiction editor Ann VanderMeer has been promoted to the position of editor in chief at Weird Tales, while author Mary Robinette Kowal will serve as the magazine’s new art director and editor Paula Guran will serve as the new non-fiction editor. Editorial and creative director Stephen H. Segal is stepping away from the magazine’s day-to-day operations to accept a new full-time position as acquisitions editor for Quirk Books.

Segal will remain the magazine’s senior contributing editor. "It makes me very happy that three of the most creative, insightful and hard-working people I know in the fantasy world will be shepherding Weird Tales into the future," says Segal.

"Stephen’s been a trusted and brilliant co-conspirator on Weird Tales," says VanderMeer, "and I'm happy that he has such a great opportunity ahead of him. Meanwhile, I’m very excited about the addition of Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal to the magazine team. Thanks to our subscribers for their support; thanks to everyone who submits their writing and art to Weird Tales; and thanks to John Betancourt for his belief in the magazine and in me personally."

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

2010 RUSA Reading List Award Winners

posted @ 1/19/2010 03:41:00 PM PT 

The Reference and User Services Association announced the winners of its annual Reading List awards in eight categories, including fantasy, horror, and science fiction.

Fantasy
  • Lamentation, Ken Scholes (Tor)
  • The Warded Man, Peter V. Brett (Del Rey)
  • Turn Coat, Jim Butcher (Tor)
  • The Red Wolf Conspiracy, Robert V.S. Redick (Del Rey)
  • Warbreaker, Brandon Sanderson (Tor)

Science Fiction
  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Tor)
  • Flood, Stephen Baxter (Penguin)
  • Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • The Quiet War, Paul J. McAuley (Pyr)

Horror
  • Last Days, Brian Evenson (Underland)
  • The House of Lost Souls, F.G. Cottam (St. Martin’s)
  • The Séance, John Harwood (Harcourt)
  • The Unseen, Alexandra Sokoloff (St. Martin’s)
  • The Little Stranger, Sara Waters (Riverhead)


The winning titles were selected by a council of librarians. This year's awards were announced at the American Library Association's midwinter conference, held in Boston, January 15-19, 2010.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Carriger, Currie, Grossman Win 2010 Alex Awards

posted @ 1/18/2010 12:57:00 PM PT 

The Alex Awards, given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, have been announced. Three genre titles made this year's list:
  • Everything Matters!, Ron Currie, Jr. (Viking Penguin)
  • The Magicians, Lev Grossman (Viking Penguin)
  • Soulless, Gail Carriger (Orbit)

This year's awards were announced at the 2010 Youth Media Awards at the American Library Association's midwinter conference, held in Boston, January 18, 2010.

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Stead Wins Newbery Medal, Bray Wins Printz Award

posted @ 1/18/2010 12:24:00 PM PT 

Many awards were announced at the American Library Association's midwinter conference, held in Boston, January 18, 2010.

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead (Random/Wendy Lamb) won the Newbery Medal, and Going Bovine by Libba Bray (Delacorte) won the Michael L. Printz Award.

The Monstrumologist by Rich Yancey (Simon & Schuster) and Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes (Viking) were among four Prinz Honor books. Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness by Nahoko Uehashi, with illustrations by Yuko Shimizu, translated by Cathy Hirano (Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine) was a Mildred L. Batchelder Honor book for best translation. Walter Dean Myers is the winner of the first-ever Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. Lois Lowry has been chosen to deliver the 2011 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture.

Full write-up at Publisher's Weekly.

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2009 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

posted @ 1/18/2010 09:36:00 AM PT 

The 2009 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:
  • Bitter Angels, C.L. Anderson (Ballantine Spectra)
  • The Prisoner, Carlos J. Cortes (Ballantine Spectra)
  • The Repossession Mambo, Eric Garcia (Harper)
  • The Devil’s Alphabet, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
  • Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
  • Centuries Ago and Very Fast, Rebecca Ore (Aqueduct Press)
  • Prophets, S. Andrew Swann (DAW)

The Awards are presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States.

The winner and any special citations will be announced April 2, 2010 at Norwescon 33 in SeaTac WA.

For more, see http://www.philipkdickaward.org/

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Takumi Shibano, 1926-2010

posted @ 1/18/2010 09:12:00 AM PT 

Japanese author, translator, and fan Takumi Shibano, 83, died January 16, 2010 of pneumonia. The "father of Japanese science fiction" founded influential Japanese fanzine Uchujin in 1957, with the most recent issue, #202, appearing in 2009.

Beginning in the '70s he translated around 60 books by authors including Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Larry Niven into Japanese, and was a major figure in Japanese fandom, chairing the first Japanese National SF Convention in 1962. He came to the US for the 1968 Worldcon, and was a frequent Worldcon attendee from the '70s onward, appearing as Fan Guest of Honor at at both L.A.con III (1996) and Nippon, the 2007 Worldcon in Japan.

He wrote three YA science fiction novels: Superhuman "Plus X" (1969), Operation Moonjet (1969), and Revolt in North Pole City (1977).

His many honors include a Big Heart Award (1987) and a Worldcon Special Committee Award (1993). The Takumi Shibano Award was founded in 1982 to honor those who perform great work for Japanese Fandom.

See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

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Friday, January 15, 2010

Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer to Marry

posted @ 1/15/2010 02:54:00 PM PT 

Author Neil Gaiman has announced his engagement to singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.

Official announcement at Neil's blog.

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Kage Baker Health Update

posted @ 1/15/2010 11:12:00 AM PT 

Author Kage Baker, 57, has been battling cancer for some time, and is now in the hospital following surgery to remove a brain tumor on December 26, 2009. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment, but her condition remains very serious. For more details, see this letter from her caregiver.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Knox Burger 1922-2010

posted @ 1/14/2010 11:24:00 AM PT 

Editor and agent Knox Burger, 87, died January 4, 2010 in Manhattan. Burger was fiction editor for Collier's from 1948 to 1951, where he published Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.'s first short story. Vonnegut dedicated 1968 collection Welcome to the Monkey House to him: "To Knox Burger. Ten days older than I am. He has been a very good father to me." Burger also published Jack Finney's early time travel stories, work by Ray Bradbury (including "A Sound of Thunder" and "There Will Come Soft Rains"), and a serialization of John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids.

After Burger left Collier's, he edited books, mostly mystery and suspense novels, but also SF, for Dell and Fawcett, before founding his literary agency Knox Burger & Associates in 1970.

See the February issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Cherie Priest's Boneshaker Wins PNBA Award

posted @ 1/12/2010 02:37:00 PM PT 

Cherie Priest's steampunk novel Boneshaker (Tor), has been selected for a 2010 Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award. Priest's book was one of five winners selected from over 200 entries. The awards are voted on by a committee of nine booksellers from throughout the region.

Via SF Awards Watch.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

Carl Brandon Award Winners

posted @ 1/08/2010 01:57:00 PM PT 

Winners of the 2006 and 2007 Carl Brandon Society Awards have been announced.

2006 Carl Brandon Parallax Award
  • Mindscape, Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct)
2007 Carl Brandon Parallax Award
  • The Shadow Speaker, Nnedi Okorafor (Hyperion)
2007 Carl Brandon Kindred Award
  • From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain, Minister Faust (Del Rey)

No work will receive the 2006 Carl Brandon Kindred Award.

The Carl Brandon Parallax Award is given to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color, and includes a $1000 cash prize. The Carl Brandon Kindred Award is given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity, and includes a $1000 cash prize; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group.

According to Candra Gill, member of the Carl Brandon Society Steering Committee, the 2006 award was delayed for administrative reasons. The Society plans to present the 2008 and 2009 awards in the coming year, and nominations for the 2009 Carl Brandon Society Awards are now open to the public.

The awards will be presented at a ceremony at Arisia, to be held January 15-18, 2010 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Family of Philip K. Dick Takes on Google

posted @ 1/07/2010 09:28:00 AM PT 

The estate of Philip K. Dick sent a cease-and-desist letter to Google on January 6, 2010, a day after Google launched its new Android OS-based phone, the "Nexus One". The family claims that the name Nexus One is a "clear infringement of our intellectual property rights," referencing the Nexus 6 replicants in Bladerunner, the movie based on PKD's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The letter, a possible presage to a lawsuit, demands that Google cease using the name and requests that the company turn over relevant documents within ten days.

Isa Dick Hackett, daughter of PKD and president of Electric Shepherd Productions (the company the estate set up to manage PKD's film rights), says “Google takes first and then deals with the fallout later. In my mind, there is a very obvious connection to my father’s novel. People don’t get it. It’s the principle of it.... It would be nice to have a dialogue. We are open to it. That’s a way to start.”
Google claims the name has nothing to do with Dick’s work, and that it was simply using the word in its original sense – as a place where things converge. In 2009, Verizon Wireless licensed the Droid name from “Star Wars” creator George Lucas for use with the Motorola phone. However, unlike George Lucas and the Droid trademark, Dick's estate does not have a trademark on the Nexus name.

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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Kirkus Resurrected

posted @ 1/05/2010 11:05:00 AM PT 

According to memos by managing editor Eric Liebetrau, Kirkus Reviews is restarting publication, with "a buyer in the works" and the sale to be completed in the next two to three weeks. Nielsen Business Media announced late last year its plan to shut down both trade magazines Kirkus Reviews and Editor & Publisher, however the prognosis for the publications is much improved as of early 2010. Kirkus will publish a second issue in January, and staffers of Editor & Publisher have launched an exile blog while awaiting the possible sale.

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Monday, January 4, 2010

Hugo Nominations Open

posted @ 1/04/2010 12:15:00 PM PT 

The nominating period for the Hugo Awards opened today.

Nominations for works published or otherwise released in 2009, and for individual achievement awards, are open to current members of the World Science Fiction Society, which includes supporting or attending members of the 2009 Worldcon (Anticipation) or the upcoming 2010 Worldcon (Aussiecon 4).

Nominations must be received by March 13, 2010. In order to participate, you must have purchased an Aussiecon 4 membership by January 31, 2010, or have been a member of the 2009 Worldcon.

A shortlist of the five most popular works or achievements in each award category will be published in early April 2010, with the voting process open to Aussiecon 4 members until July 31, 2010.

Winners will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony, September 5, 2010. Aussiecon 4 will be held at the new Melbourne and Convention and Exhibition Centre, September 2-6, 2010.

For more information, or to nominate, see the Aussiecon 4 site.

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