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Archive for February, 2012

SFWA Removes Links to Amazon.com

The Science Fiction Writers of America plans to remove many of its links to Amazon.com, following Amazon’s decision to remove 4,000 books distributed by IPG in the aftermath of a pricing dispute between the two companies. When possible, SFWA volunteers will redirect links to indiebound.org, Powell’s, and Barnes and Noble. From the SFWA website: “While […]

British Fantasy Awards Judges Announced

The judges for the 2012 British Fantasy Awards have been empaneled. The judges are James Barclay, Hal Duncan, Maura McHugh, Esther Sherman, and Damien G. Walter. This year the awards will be decided by a jury of five volunteers, a first for the award. The jury will decide the winner from a list of four […]

Mark Bourne (1961-2012)

Author Mark Bourne, 50, died Saturday February 25, 2012 at home from what appears to have been a cardiac event. Born in July 10, 1961, Bourne published short fiction in Asimov’s Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Realms of Fantasy, and several anthologies. He worked with Ray Bradbury to create adaptations of […]

Lee and Miller Win Skylark

The New England Science Fiction Association announced writers Sharon Lee & Steve Miller are the joint recipients of the 2012 Edward E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction, also called the Skylark Award. The award was presented at Boskone, held at the Boston Westin Waterfront, February 17-19 2012. The Skylark is given to “some person, […]

2011 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2011 Nebula Awards (presented 2012), the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book. Novel God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade) The Kingdom of […]

Chicon Special Guest Sy Liebergot

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 – September 3, 2012 in Chicago IL, has announced former NASA Flight Controller Sy Liebergot as a Special Guest. Liebergot joins Astronaut Guest of Honor Story Musgrave as part of Chicon’s tribute to the achievements of manned spaceflight. Sy Liebergot was the lead EECOM flight […]

Jane Yolen and SCBWI Create Grant for Mid-List Writers

Author Jane Yolen, together with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, has created a grant meant to recognize mid-list authors who “struggle to remain true to their personal vision and craft.” Those who wish to be considered must be nominated, and the winners and honorees are chosen by Yolen. The first grant was […]

HarperCollins Canada to Distribute ChiZine Publications

ChiZine Publications has signed a sales and distribution deal with HarperCollins Canada, allowing the  publisher to sell and distribute ChiZine titles in Canada and to handle digital distribution for the global market. For more information, see the announcement on ChiZine’s website.  

Clive Barker Awakens from Coma

Clive Barker, 59, is recovering after several days spent unconscious in intensive care. He explained on his twitter feed that he suffered: “a nearly fatal case of Toxic Shock brought on by a visit to my dentist. Apparently this is not uncommon. In my case the dental work unloaded such a spillage of poisonous bacteria into my […]

2011 Kitschies Winners

Winners of the 2011 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre literature published in the U.K.” were  presented February 3, 2012 in a ceremony at the SFX Weekender 3 held at the Prestatyn Sands holiday camp in Wales. Red Tentacle (Novel) A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd […]


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