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Archive for September, 2017

2017 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin. BEST CHAPBOOK First Place: Leviathan, Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl) Second […]

Ellis Wins Joan Aiken Prize

Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken. Ellis’ […]

Machado and Egan Make NBA Fiction Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction has been announced, including Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner) The Young People’s longlist was revealed September 12. The National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced […]

Bear Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Greg Bear as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis.

2017 Man Booker Shortlist

The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest: 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber) Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton) Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury) The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language […]

2017 NBA Young People’s Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, including titles of genre interest: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers), Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond), and American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray). National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories […]

2017 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars Award winners. First Place: “aster than the speed of lightf”, LeRoy Gorman (Scifaikuest 11-16) Second Place: “Lover”, Holly Day (Homestead Review Spring 2016) Third Place: “Loss”, Sandi Leibowitz (Through the Gate 11-16) The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the […]

Lunacon 2018 Canceled

The New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians (2), Inc.) has decided not to hold Lunacon in 2018. Lunacon was previously canceled for 2015 but was held again in 2016 and 2017. In a press release, Lunarians (2) president Stuart C. Hellinger said: Our organization has the future of Lunacon under complete review and evaluation. […]

Into the Black Short Story Contest

The Economic Security Project has launched the Into the Black short story contest to explore the impact of basic income on future society. The grand prize winner will have their story published on io9 and will receive a $12,000 “basic income” for 2018. Additionally, short list winners will each receive $1,000 and have their story […]

Jerry Pournellle (1933-2017)

SF writer Jerry Pournelle, 84, died September 8, 2017, at his home in Studio City CA after a sudden illness. Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born August 7, 1933 in Shreveport LA. He served in the US Army from 1950-52, and attended the University of Iowa from 1953-54. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of […]


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