Archive for November, 2013
Author and editor Joel Lane, 50, died suddenly November 25, 2013, reportedly in his sleep. Born 1963 in Exeter, United Kingdom, Lane was best known for his dark short fiction, including “My Stone Desire” (2007), winner of a British Fantasy Award. His collections were highly regarded: The Earth Wire & Other Stories (1994) won a British Fantasy […]
Author, editor, and publisher Michael Roy Burgess, AKA Robert Reginald, 65, died November 20, 2013 of heart failure. Reginald is best known for his critical essays and bibliographical work in the science fiction field, but he was also the author of many novels and short stories, including his Phantom Detective, Nova Europa, and War of […]
The Google Book lawsuit has been settled in the search engine’s favor. On November 14, 2013 Judge Denny Chin dismissed the Author’s Guild lawsuit, which claimed that Google’s program of scanning and indexing books, and posting portions of those books online, violated copyright. Chin ruled that the scanning program is fair use, but went even […]
The nominations for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist have been announced, and include several works of genre interest: The Chemistry of Tears, Peter Carey (Knopf); Telegraph Avenue, Michael Chabon; The Round House, Louise Erdrich (Harper); The Dog Stars, Peter Heller (Vintage); The Snow Child, Eowyn Ivey (Back Bay); The Vanishers, Heidi Julavits (Doubleday); Sea Hearts, Margo Lanagan (Allen & […]
Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing, 94, died November 17, 2013 in London. Lessing is best known for her mainstream fiction, but she wrote many books of SF, most notably the Canopus in Argos: Archives sequence: Re: Colonised Planet 5, Shikasta (1979), The Marriages Between Zones Three, Four, and Five (1980), The Sirian Experiments (1981), The Making of the Representative for Planet 8 (1982), and Documents Relating […]
Romantic Times Book Reviews has announced the nominees for their 2013 Reviewers’ Choice Awards. There are over a dozen categories of SF/Fantasy/Horror interest. The Book of the Year category includes the following works of genre interest: Omens, Kelley Armstrong (Dutton); The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (Mullholland); Written in Red, Anne Bishop (Roc); Wicked as She […]
David Almond won the Elanor Farjeon Award for “outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books,” given by the Children’s Book Circle. Almond is the author of many children’s novels, including his Carnegie Medal-winning debut Skellig (1998) and was called “an exceptionally worthy winner” of the Farjeon award by CBC co-chair Rachel Kellahar.
The winner of the 15th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection written by a Pacific Northwest writer, has been announced. Goodbye For Now, Laurie Frankel (Doubleday) Costume Not Included, Matthew Hughes (Angry Robot) After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, Nancy Kress (Tachyon) The Blinding Knife, Brent Weeks (Orbit US) […]
Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Impact of Imagination on Society, presented by Clarion Writers’ Workshop director Shelley Streeby, on October 22, 2013 in Washington, DC. Full details of the award can be seen here.
A group of science fiction fans have launched a Indiegogo fundraiser to create a “preview room” for a new museum of science fiction planned in Washington DC. The space will include an exhibit of 20 paintings from the Howard and Jane Frank art collection, as well as props from popular SF TV and movies, such as […]