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Archive for September, 2013

Penguin E-books Return to Overdrive

Penguin titles are once again available on Overdrive, the e-book lending service. Nearly two years ago, Penguin pulled its titles from Overdrive, citing “security concerns” stemming from Overdrive’s exclusive deal to allow Kindle lending of e-books. With the resuming of the relationship with Overdrive, Penguin titles will be available for Kindle users through a “sideload” […]

Goodreads Review Deletion Policy Creates a Stir

Goodreads announced that it will remove book reviews (and shelves) that focus on author behavior rather than the books themselves. This is an effort to set “an appropriate tone for [the] community site,” but has been interpreted by many of the site’s users as censorship. As author Phi Tran suggests, “One thing that is worth […]

France Considers Bookstore Protections

During a discussion in the French National Assembly about prohibiting free shipping by Amazon in order to preserve the competitiveness of bookstores, a counter-proposal to grant a tax reduction to non-DRM or proprietary e-books was introduced. Isabelle Attard, the French deputy and member of the Europe Ecology Green Party who suggested the idea, made the […]

Library Dedicated to Bradbury

On September 23, 2013, the Palms-Rancho Park library was dedicated to the late Ray Bradbury by the City of Los Angeles.  That branch of the library was frequented by Bradbury and his four daughters, three of whom were in attendance for the dedication ceremony.  Other attendees included Harlan Ellison, George Clayton Johnson, Steven Paul Leiva, Michelle […]

Gary Brandner (1933-2013)

Author Gary Brandner, 80, died of cancer of the esophagus on September 23, 2013. Brandner was best known for his werewolf-themed novels in The Howling trilogy, which were adapted into a movie in 1981 and launched a film franchise. Brandner wrote the screenplay for the second film in the series. Gary Brandner was born May […]

Russell Wins Genius Grant

Author Karen Russell is one of 24 MacArthur Fellows selected for 2013.  Each winner of the famed “Genius Grants” will receive $125,000 per year for the next five years (up from the previous $100K per year), with no strings attached. The awards are presented to ‘‘individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative […]

Spider Robinson Survives Heart Attack

Spider Robinson announced on his blog that he suffered a heart attack on August 31, 2013, calling 911 just in time to save his life. He was released from the hospital on September 7, and is expected to make a full recovery. For more, see the story on his website.

Clarion and Clarion West 2014 Instructors Announced

Clarion announced the workshop instructors for 2014 in their recent bulletin. They are: Gregory Frost, Geoff Ryman, Catherynne M. Valente, N.K. Jemisin, and Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer. Clarion West has also announced workshop instructors for 2014. They are: Paul Park, Kij Johnson, Ian McDonald, Andrea Hairston, Charlie Jane Anders, and John Crowley (the 2014 Susan […]

Sawyer Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

The Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) will present a Lifetime Achievement Award, the first one given to an author in 30 years, to Robert J. Sawyer. The award will be presented  October 6, 2013, during the 2013 Canadian National SF Convention in Ottawa, as part of the Prix Aurora Awards breakfast banquet. Previous winners […]

National Book Award Longlist for Fiction

The longlist for the prestigious National Book Award for Fiction has been announced and includes one collection that contains some genre stories: Tenth of December by George Saunders (Random House). Nominees in other categories were announced earlier this week. Winners will be announced November 20, 2013. For more, see the National Book Award site.   […]


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