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Archive for November, 2016

Yolen Named SFWA Grand Master

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have named Jane Yolen the 33rd recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. SFWA president Cat Rambo said Yolen “epitomizes what a Grand Master should be. Her close to 300 hundred books, multiple awards, and overall high standard of prose and storytelling make her one […]

2016 Manchester Writing Competition Winners

Winners of the Manchester Writing Competition were announced November 25, 2016 at a ceremony in the medieval Baronial Hall at Chetham’s Library in Manchester. The competition is “designed to encourage new work and seek out the best creative writing from across the world.” The winning story was by D.W. Wilson, who received a £10,000 prize. Several stories […]

2017 GUFF Candidates

Candidates for the 2017 Get Up-and-over Fan Fund (GUFF) were announced November 21, 2016: Donna Maree Hanson Sam Hawke Belle McQuattie Alexandra Pierce & Alisa Krasnostein (shared) The 2017 fund will send fans from Australasia to Europe to attend Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland. GUFF is open to anyone who has been active in science […]

Costa Book Awards Shortlist

Two nominees in the 2016 Costa Book Awards shortlist in the Children’s Book category are of genre interest: The Monstrous Child by Frances Simon (Faber & Faber/Profile) and Time Traveling with a Hamster by Ross Welford (HarperCollins Children’s). The Costa Book Awards “recognises some of the most enjoyable books of the year, written by authors based in the […]

Cooper Wins 2016 Endeavour Award

Edge of Dark (Pyr) by Brenda Cooper won the 17th Endeavour Award. She was honored at Orycon 38 in Portland OR on November 19, 2016. Other finalists were: Tracker, C.J. Cherryh (Daw) Irona 700, Dave Duncan (Open Road) Silver on the Road, Laura Anne Gilman (Saga) The Price of Valor, Django Wexler (Roc) The Endeavour […]

Worldcon 75 Co-Chair Resigns

Crystal Huff, co-chair of the 75th Worldcon, resigned her position on November 19, 2016, citing career and family priorities. Huff worked for four years on the bid for Worldcon 75, which will be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. She will continue to work for the convention in a smaller role. Jukka Halme will […]

2016 Manchester Writing Competition Short List

Several stories of possible genre interest made the shortlist for the Manchester Writing Competition, announced November 14, 2016. Judge Nicholas Royle summarizes the stories: “The God Quetzalcoatl Has Retired and Now Runs a Pub in North Manchester”, Michael Conley: The Mesoamerican god of wind and learning wakes up on the pool table of the Three […]

Whitehead Wins NBA

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) won the National Book Award in the Fiction category, presented at a ceremony in New York on November 16, 2016. Sweet Lamb of Heaven by Lydia Millet (Norton) was longlisted in the Fiction category, and Thomas Pierce, author of Hall of Small Mammals (Riverhead), was a “5 Under […]

Analog and Asimov’s Go Bimonthly

SF magazines Analog and Asimov’s are switching to a bimonthly schedule beginning in January 2017. Both currently publish ten issues per year, with eight regular issues and two “double” issues. Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams explains in a forthcoming editorial that the magazines will now publish “six 208-page double issues” per year, a 16-page increase over current double issues. […]

EMP Museum Becomes MoPop

The EMP Museum in Seattle is changing its name to the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), officially launching on November 19, 2016 with a celebration open to the public. The new name “better reflects the museum’s vision for curating, exploring, and supporting creative works that shape and inspire our lives across many aspects of our culture.” […]

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