Archive for November, 2014
Writer Madhvi Ramani won both the Diverse Writers Grant and the Diverse Worlds Grant, given by the Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF). Each “diversity-centered” grant is for $500; this is the first year they were offered. The application period for next year’s grants is May 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015. For more information, see the official Facebook announcement. […]
Critic and author John Clute has been named an Honorary Visiting Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, England. Professor Farah Mendlesohn, head of the Department of English and Media, said, “We very much look forward to John Clute taking part in the next Cambridge Festival of Ideas, as well as inviting him to speak […]
As previously announced, Ursula K. Le Guin received the medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters from the National Book Awards. She accepted the medal at a ceremony held November 19, 2014 in New York. Her acceptance speech was a rousing call to arms against the “profiteers” who threaten publishing, denouncing “corporate fatwas,” and stressing […]
Vice Media Group has announced the launch of Terraform, a new weekly online magazine devoted to original SF. Editors Brian Merchant and Claire L. Evans will run the site, which launched November 17, 2014 with “The Brain Dump” by Bruce Sterling; “Huxleyed Into the Full Orwell” by Cory Doctorow; and “The Overview Effect” by co-editor […]
“Under the Hill” by Siobhan Duffey won the ISFiC Writers Contest for previously unpublished authors of SF and fantasy. Duffey received membership to Windycon 41 (November 14-16, 2014 in Chicago) including a paid hotel room and a $300 prize. Her story was published both online and in the Windycon 41 program book. For more information, see […]
Hachette and Amazon have signed a new multi-year contract, ending the dispute that has been ongoing since the beginning of the year. Though neither side released details of the agreement, reportedly Hachette has the ability to set prices for their e-books. This comes less than a month after Amazon’s deal with Simon & Schuster, in […]
Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia is hosting a second Ray Bradbury estate auction. The online catalog offers unsold items, many reduced in price, from Bradbury’s personal collection. The collection includes original art, memorabilia, curios, and other collectibles. The auction ends November 20, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PDT.
Lunacon 2015 has been canceled, according to the Lunacon Facebook page. Lunacon, the official convention for the New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians, Inc.), is slated to return March 18-20, 2016. Those who bought memberships for 2015 will be contacted and offered a refund or membership in Lunacon 2016.
Author J.F. Gonzalez, 50, died November 10, 2014 of complications from cancer. Gonzalez wrote or co-wrote over 15 novels, most supernatural horror, beginning with Clickers (1999, with Mark Williams). He frequently collaborated with other horror authors, notably Brian Keene. He published nearly 100 short stories, gathered in several collections, published numerous chapbooks, and edited anthology Tooth and […]
Winners for the 16th Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, have been announced. This year the result was a tie: Nexus, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot) Requiem, Ken Scholes (Tor) Protector, C.J. Cherryh (DAW) King of Swords, Dave Duncan (47North) Meaning of Luff, Matthew Hughes (CreateSpace) The 2014 […]