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Guardian First Book Award Shortlist

The 2015 Guardian First Book award shortlist includes two works of genre interest: The Shore by Sara Taylor (Heinemann), and Man V. Nature by Diane Cook (Oneworld).

The First Book award, presented in association with Waterstones, includes a £10,000 prize. The winner will be honored in a ceremony on November 25, 2015 in London. For more information, including the full shortlist, see the official website.

2015 Ignotus Awards Winners

The winners for the 2015 Ignotus Awards (the Spanish equivalent of the Hugo Awards), honoring the best works published in Spain last year, have been announced. The awards were chosen by members of the annual HispaCon, and winners were announced at HispaCon, October 30 – November 2, 2015 in Granada, Spain. The award is sponsored by the Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT).

Spanish Novel

  • El mapa del caos, Félix J. Palma (Plaza & Janés)
  • Un minuto antes de la oscuridad, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (Fantascy)
  • La inconquistable, José Antonio Bonilla (Autores Premiados)
  • La piedad del Primero, Pablo Bueno (Sportula)
  • A vuestras mentes dispersas, Joan Antoni Fernández (Juan José Aroz)
  • Las tierras en juego, Arkaitz León Muela (Círculo Rojo)
  • El libro de Ivo, Juan Cuadra Pérez (Fantascy)

Foreign Novel

  • El marciano, Andy Weir (Ediciones B)
  • El rito, Laird Barron (Valdemar)
  • Perillán, Terry Pratchet (Fantascy)
  • La música del silencio, Patrick Rothfuss (Plaza & Janés)
  • Aniquilación, Jeff Vandermeer (Destino)

Spanish Novella

  • “Los centinelas del tiempo”, Javier Negrete (Mañana todavía)
  • El rey lansquenete, Santiago García Albás (Sportula)
  • Adepta, Felicidad Martínez (Sportula)
  • Pasteles de barro, Carlos Martí Mezquita (Autores Premiados)
  • “La epopeya de los amantes”, Miguel Santander (Terra Nova 3)

Spanish Short Story

  • “Casas rojas”, Nieves Delgado (Alucinadas)
  • “We Kids”, Laura Gallego (Mañana todavía)
  • “Antonio Benjumea”, Cristina Jurado (Crónicas de tinieblas)
  • “El pastor de naves”, Felicidad Martínez (Empaquetados)
  • “Prolang”, Ricardo Montesinos (Terra Nova 3)

Foreign Short Story

  • “El jugador”, Paolo Bacigalupi, (Terra Nova 3)
  • “¿Quién cuidará de los dioses?”, Cixin Liu (Terra Nova 3)
  • En una estación roja, a la deriva, Aliette de Bodard (Fata Libelli)
  • “Mono no aware”, Ken Liu (Terra Nova 3)
  • “Legión”, Brandon Sanderson (Legión y El alma del emperador)


  • Terra Nova 3, Mariano Villarreal, ed. (Fantascy)
  • El ciclo de Xuya, Aliette de Bodard (Ed. Fata Libelli)
  • Mañana todavía, Ricard Ruiz Garzón, ed. (Fantascy)
  • Alucinadas, Cristina Jurado & Leticia Lara, eds. (Palabaristas)
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año II, Marcheto (Cuentos para Algernon blog)


  • “20 autores de relatos de ciencia ficción que deberías estar leyendo”, Elías F. Combarro (Sense of Wonder 1/20/2014)
  • “El futuro bajo sospecha”, Ismael Martínez Biurrun (C)
  • “Fachas del espacio”, Félix García (El fantascopio)
  • “Introducción”, Fernando Ángel Moreno & Julián Díez, (Historia y antología de la ciencia ficción española)
  • “Premios Ignotus para Dummies”, Juanma Santiago, (Los premios Ignotus 1991-2000)
  • “Yo sobreviví a las guerras del fándom (incluso las provoqué)”, Juanma Santiago, Pornografía emocional blog)


  • Alejandro Colucci for the cover of Retrofuturismos (Nevsky)
  • Juan Miguel Aguilera for the cover of Crónicas de tinieblas (Sportula)
  • Koldo Campo for the cover of Antes del primer día (Juan José Aroz)
  • Koldo Campo for the cover of A vuestras mentes dispersas (Juan José Aroz)
  • Olga Esther for the cover of La piedad del Primero (Sportula)
  • Román García Mora for the cover of La inconquistable (Autores Premiados)
  • María Paz Muela for the cover of Las tierras en juego (Círculo Rojo)

A/V Production

  • Los Verdhugos, Miquel Codony, Elías Combarro, Leticia Lara, Josep María Oriol, and Pedro Román (podcast)
  • Canal de YouTube de Sense of Wonder, Elías F. Combarro. (video)
  • La cueva, Alfredo Montero, dir. (feature film)
  • La órbita de Endor, various authors (podcast)
  • Luces en el horizonte, Luis Martínez Vallés (radio and podcast)
  • The Spoiler Club, Various authors (video)


  • Scifiworld
  • Alfa Eridiani
  • Barsoom
  • Delirio
  • miNatura
  • Planetas Prohibidos
  • Presencia Humana


Due to insufficient nominations , there were no awards presented for Comics, Poetry, or Non-fiction.

For more information, see the AEFCFT site.

2015 Prix Utopiales Awards Winners

Winners of the Prix Utopiales were honored at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction in Nantes, France, held October 29 – November 2, 2015. The awards honor works produced by Europeans and published in French, and include a €3,000 prize.

Prix Julia Verlanger (Best SF/F Novel)

  • Lum’en, Laurent Genefort (Bélial)
  • Honorable mention: L’Adjacent, Christopher Priest; Jacques Collin, trans. (Denoël)

Prix Extraordinaire

  • Manchu

European Youth Prize (Best YA Novel)

  • Humains, Matt Haig; Valérie Le Plouhinec, trans. (Hélium)

Best SF Comic

  • Les Ogres-Dieux: Vol 1: Petit, Hubert & Bertrand Gatignol (Soleil)
  • Honorable mention: Kanopé, Louise Joor (Delcourt)

Audience Award – Best SF Comic

  • Soucoupes, Obion & Arnaud Le Gouëfflec (Glénat)

The Utopiales European Prize was presented to L’Autre Ville, Michal Ajvaz; Benoît Meunier, trans. (Mirobole). The prize is a juried award is given to a novel or collection published in French whose author is a citizen of a country belonging to the European Community, and includes a €2000 prize.

Awards were also presented in game and film categories.

For more, see the official Utopiales website.

World Fantasy Trophy Change

David G. Hartwell, co-chair of the World Fantasy Convention board, announced during the 2015 World Fantasy Awards that the current award trophy is being retired after this year.

The trophy, known informally as the “Howard,” is a bust of author H.P. Lovecraft designed by Gahan Wilson. In recent years, many writers, editors, and readers in the field (notably World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor and nominee Daniel José Older) have called for the trophy to be changed, considering Lovecraft an inappropriate choice for the award due to his racist views. A design for the new trophy has not yet been announced.

John Joseph Adams Books

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has announced the launch of a new SF/F book line to be edited by John Joseph Adams. The new list, called John Joseph Adams Books, will begin in February 2016 with print editions of three backlist Hugh Howey titles. Adams will serve as editor at large for the line. He began his association with HMH when he became series editor for the Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy series, launched this year.

Bruce Nichols, senior vice president and publisher at HMH, said, “Science fiction and fantasy have been among the most exciting and creative literary genres in recent years… [Adams] is the perfect person to help us curate a focused, high-quality fiction list.”

Adams, who publishes magazines Lightspeed and Nightmare in addition to editing many anthologies, said, “Science fiction and fantasy literature is experiencing a golden age; there’s more high-quality genre literature being written now than ever before. Thus far I’ve devoted my entire career to publishing genre short fiction, but I now look forward to applying that same level of curation to finding the best new novels and new authors.”

World Fantasy Awards Winners 2015

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2014 were announced at a ceremony held on November 8, 2015. The awards were presented in Saratoga Springs NY during the World Fantasy Convention, November 5-8, 2015.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, went to Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper, and were announced earlier this month.

The World Fantasy Awards winners are:

Novel: The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Random House; Sceptre)

  • The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
  • City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)
  • Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
  • My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair)

Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)

  • “Where the Trains Turn”, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen ( 11/19/14)
  • “Hollywood North”, Michael Libling  (F&SF 11-12/14)
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville”, Mary Rickert ( 4/30/14)
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)”, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
  • “The Devil in America”, Kai Ashante Wilson (, 4/2/14)

Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, Scott Nicolay (Fedogan & Bremer)

  • “I Can See Right Through You”, Kelly Link,  (McSweeney’s 48)
  • “Jackalope Wives”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/14)
  • “Death’s Door Café”, Kaaron Warren (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014)
  • “The Fisher Queen”, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5-6/14)

Anthology: Monstrous Affections, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, ed. (Candlewick)

  • Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow, ed. (ChiZine)
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, eds. (Crossed Genres)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, Michael Kelly, ed. (Undertow)
  • Rogues, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam; Titan)

Collection (TIE): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine) and The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)

  • Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
  • They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
  • Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)

Artist: Samuel Araya

  • Galen Dara
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Erik Mohr
  • John Picacio

Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications

  • John Joseph Adams, for editing anthologies and Nightmare and Lightspeed magazines
  • Jeanne Cavelos, for Odyssey writing workshops
  • Gordon Van Gelder, for F&SF
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Matt Cardin, for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (Subterranean)
  • Stefan Fergus, for Civilian Reader (
  • Patrick Swenson, for Fairwood Press

T.M. Wright (1947-2015)

Author T.M. Wright, 68, died October 31, 2015 in Corning NY.

Terrance Michael Wright was born September 9, 1947 in Syracuse NY. His first book was non-fiction, The Intelligent Man’s Guide to Flying Saucers (1968). Debut novel Strange Seed (1978) was followed by sequels Nursery Tale (1982), The Children of the Island (1983), The People of the Dark (1985), and Erthmun (1995; as Laughing Man, 2003). A Manhattan Ghost Story appeared in 1984, with sequels The Waiting Room (1986) and A Spider on My Tongue (2006) following. As F.W. Armstrong he wrote the first two Ryerson Biergarten books: The Changing (1985) and The Devouring (1987). Sequels under his own name are Goodlow’s Ghosts (1993) and The Ascending (1994), plus connected novel Sleepeasy (1993).

Standalone novels include The Woman Next Door (1981), The Playground (1982), Carlisle Street (1983), The Island (1988), The Place (1989), Boundaries (1990), The School (1990), The Last Vampire (1991), Little Boy Lost (1992), Cold House (2003), The House on Orchid Street (2003), and Blue Canoe: A Memoir of the Newly Non-Corporeal (2009). Notable short work includes novellas The Eyes of the Carp (2005) and I Am the Bird (2006), and some of his stories were collected in Bone Soup (2008). He was also an artist, and produced several book and magazine covers.

Wright spent his final years in a nursing home with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, Roxane A. White-Wright.

Amazon Opens Bookstore

Online retailer opened a brick-and-mortar bookshop, Amazon Books, on November 3, 2015 in Seattle’s University Village. Amazon’s corporate headquarters is located in the same city.

The store has 5,500 square feet of retail space and another 2,000 for storage, and stocks between 5,000 and 6,000 titles, mostly Amazon bestsellers and books rated highly by website customers, an approach Amazon Books vice president Jennifer Cast calls “Data with a heart… We’re taking the data we have and we’re creating physical places with it.” The relatively small inventory is partly because all books are shelved face-out. Cast said, “We realized that we felt sorry for the books that were spine out.” Retail prices for the books are identical to those offered on the website.

For more details, and photos of the store, see Amazon’s site.

Crossed Genres To Close

Crossed Genres Magazine will close after the December 2015 issue, according to an announcement from co-publishers Bart R. Leib and Kay T. Holt. They cite personal difficulties and a lack of funds necessary to continue. “We considered a lot of other options to try and keep CG Magazine open, but ultimately none of them were viable without further sacrificing our lives and well-being.”

The magazine, founded in 2008, was devoted to publishing diverse authors and content. Publisher Crossed Genre Publications will continue to produce books.

Canopus Award Winners

Winners of the inaugural 100 Year Starship (100YSS) Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing were announced October 30, 2015 at the 100 Year Starship Public Symposium at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara CA. Canopus Awards recognize works “with a primary component of interstellar exploration or travel,” and winners are selected by a panel of judges.

Previously Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more)

Previously Published Short-Form Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words)

  • “The Waves”, Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
  • “Twenty Lights to the Land of Snow”, Michael Bishop (Going Interstellar)
  • “Dreamboat”, Robin Wyatt Dunn (Perihelion 7/12/15)
  • “Stars that Make Dark Heaven Light”, Sharon Roest (L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 31)
  • “Race for Arcadia”, Alex Shvartsman (Mission: Tomorrow)
  • “Homesick”, Debbie Urbanski (Motherboard forthcoming 2015)
  • “Planet Lion”, Catherine M. Valente (Uncanny 5-6/15)

Original Fiction (1,000-5,000 words)

  • “Everett’s Awakening”, Yelcho
  • “His Holiness John XXIV about Father Angelo Baymasecchi’s Diary”, Óscar Garrido González
  • “Groundwork”, G. M. Nair
  • “The Disease of Time”, Joseph Schmidt
  • “Project Fermi”, Michael Turgeon
  • “Landfall”, Jon F. Ziegler

Original Non-Fiction (1,000-5,000 words)

  • “Finding Earth 2.0 from the Focus of the Solar Gravitational Lens”, Louis Friedman & Slava Turyshev
  • “Why Interstellar Travel?”, Jeffrey Nosanov

Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon) was originally a finalist in the Previously Published Long-Form Fiction category, but the author withdrew it because it is actually a novella, and too short for the category.

For more information about 100 Year Starship and the Canopus Awards, see their official website.



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