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Wolfgang Jeschke (1936-2015)

Editor and author Wolfgang Jeschke, 78, died June 10, 2015 in Munich, Germany. Jeschke was an award-winning editor of SF novels and anthologies, as well as an author. He is credited with leading German SF publisher Heyne Verlag to great success beginning in the late ’70s.

Jeschke was born November 19, 1936 in Tetschen, Czechoslovakia (now Děčín, Czech Republic) and grew up in Asperg near Ludwigsburg, West Germany. He studied at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and began working as an editor. In 1973 he joined Heyne Verlag, convincing them to change their policy of cutting longer novels to fit established limits on length and price. Under Jeshcke’s leadership, Heyne published more novels, brought important SF works into translation, and became the leading SF publisher in the country. He retired from Heyne in 2002. Jeschke edited over 100 anthologies, notably the Science Fiction Jahrbuch (Science Fiction Yearbook) series with Sascha Mamczak.

Jeschke published “Die Anderen” (“The Others”), his first SF piece, in 1959. First novel Der Letzte Tag der Schöpfung (1981) was translated as The Last Day of Creation (1982), and was followed by Midas oder die Auferstehung des Fleisches (1989; translated as Midas, 1990), Meamones Auge (1994), Das Cusanus-Spiel (2005, a finalist for the John. W. Campbell Memorial Award when translated as The Cusanus Game in 2013), and Dschiheads (2013). He also wrote short fiction, including “Land of Osiris” translated in Asimov’s (1985), and non-fiction pieces.

Jeschke received many German SF awards, was a Guest of Honor at ConFiction, the 1990 Worldcon in the Hague, and was inducted into the European Science Fiction Society’s Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

 

 

 

Norton and Nebula Awards Medallions

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have created official medallions that can be displayed on the covers of Norton and Nebula Award-winning publications. The design, revealed during the Nebula Awards banquet on June 6, 2015 and announced in an official release the following day, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the SFWA.

The medallions were created by the SFWA in partnership with editor Joe Monti and designer Michael McCartney. Monti explained, “One of the greatest book selling tools we have is award recognition. Or to put it another way: You put a shiny gold or silver medal on a book cover and it sells books!”

For more information, see SFWA’s anouncement.

2015 Wellman Award Finalists

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

  • The Sea Without a Shore, David Drake (Baen)
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, A.J. Hartley & David Hewson (Audible)
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • Reign of Ash, Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)
  • Bad Wizard, James Maxey (Antimatter Press)

Final voting is open to members of four North Carolina science fiction and fantasy conventions. The winner will be announced at ConGregate, July 10-12, 2015 in High Point NC.

Analog AnLab and Asimov’s Readers’ Awards

The 2014 Analog AnLab Awards and the Asimov’s Readers’ Awards were presented at a breakfast celebration at the Palmer House Hilton during the Nebula Awards Weekend on June 6, 2015  in Chicago IL.

The Analog Analytical Laboratory (AnLab) Awards winners are:
Best Novella
  • “Music to Me”, Richard A. Lovett (8/14)

Best Novelette

  • “Life Flight”, Brad R. Torgersen (8/14)

Best Short Story (tie)

  • “Another Man’s Treasure”, Tom Greene (5/14) & “Snapshots”, Kristine Kathryn Rusch (5/14)

Best Fact

  • “Lockstep: A Possible Galactic Empire”, Karl Schroeder (5/14)

Best Cover

  • January/February 2014, David A. Hardy
The Asimov’s Readers’ Awards winners are:

Best Novella

  • “The Legion of Tomorrow”, Allen M. Steele (7/14)

Best Novelette

  • “The Common Good”, Nancy Kress (1/14)

Best Short Story

  • “The Plantimal”, Mike Resnick & Ken Liu (3/14)

Best Poem

  • “In the Quiet Hour”, Bruce Boston (4-5/14)

Best Cover Artist:

  • June 2014, Maurizio Manzieri

Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, August 30 – September 3, 2012 in Chicago IL, created the Peggy Rae Sapienza Endowment to benefit the special collections library at Northern Illinois University. Chair Dave McCarty announced the initial endowment of $25,000 during the Nebula Awards Weekend reception on June 5, 2015 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago.

The endowment is the last of Chicon 7’s surplus funds, and is intended to advance the library’s efforts to collect materials related to SF, fantasy, and horror, and to make those materials available to the public. It is named in honor of convention organizer Peggy Rae Sapienza, who passed away in March.

2014 Nebula Awards Winners

The 2014 Nebula Awards were presented June 6, 2015 in a ceremony at  SFWA’s 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, held in Chicago, IL. Larry Niven was honored with the 2014 Damon Knight Grand Master Award for his lifetime contributions and achievements in the field.

Novel

  • Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)

Novella

  • We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
  • ‘‘The Regular’’, Ken Liu (Upgraded)
  • ‘‘The Mothers of Voorhisville’’, Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
  • Calendrical Regression, Lawrence Schoen (NobleFusion)
  • ‘‘Grand Jeté (The Great Leap)’’, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)

Novelette

  • ‘‘A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i’’, Alaya Dawn Johnson (F&SF 7-8/14)
  • ‘‘Sleep Walking Now and Then’’, Richard Bowes (Tor.com 7/9/14)
  • ‘‘The Magician and Laplace’s Demon’’, Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 12/14)
  • ‘‘The Husband Stitch’’, Carmen Maria Machado (Granta #129)
  • ‘‘We Are the Cloud’’, Sam J. Miller (Lightspeed 9/14)
  • ‘‘The Devil in America’’, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com 4/2/14)

Short Story

  • ‘‘Jackalope Wives’’, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/7/14)
  • ‘‘The Breath of War’’, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/6/14)
  • ‘‘When It Ends, He Catches Her’’, Eugie Foster (Daily Science Fiction 9/26/14)
  • ‘‘The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye’’, Matthew Kressel (Clarkesworld 5/14)
  • ‘‘The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family’’, Usman T. Malik (Qualia Nous)
  • ‘‘A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide’’, Sarah Pinsker (F&SF 3-4/14)
  • ‘‘The Fisher Queen’’, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5/14)

Ray Bradbury Award

  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Birdman
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Edge of Tomorrow
  • Interstellar
  • The Lego Movie

Andre Norton Award

The Solstice Award was given to Joanna Russ posthumously, and to Stanley Schmidt. Jeffry Dwight received the Kevin O’ Donnell Jr. Service to SFWA Award.

Winners were announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on June 6, 2015, during the Nebula Awards Weekend (June 4-7, 2015) in the Red Lacquer Room at the Palmer House Hilton, Chicago IL. For more information, see the SFWA website.

2016 World Fantasy Convention Announced

The 2016 World Fantasy Convention will be held October 27-30, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus in Columbus OH.

For more, see the World Fantasy Convention site.

2015 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the 2014 Mythopoeic Awards finalists. Winners will be announced at Mythcon 46, July 31-August 31, 2015, in Colorado Springs CO.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Tales from Rugosa Coven, Sarah Avery (Dark Quest)
  • The Angel of Losses, Stephanie Feldman (Ecco)
  • Songs for Ophelia, Theodora Goss  (Papaveria)
  • The Gospel of Loki, Joanne M. Harris (Gollancz)
  • Locke & Key series, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier  (Abrams)
  • The Castle Behind Thorns, Merrie Haskell (Katherine Tegen Books)
  • The Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones & Ursula Jones  (Greenwillow)
  • A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic)
  • His Fair Assassin series, Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  •  C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages, Robert Boenig  (Kent State University Press)
  • Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Undergraduate Created Middle-earth, John Garth (Exeter College)
  • C. S. Lewis and Gender series: The Feminine Ethos in C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of NarniaThe Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C. S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy, and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C. S. Lewis and Gender, Monika B. Hilder (Peter Lang)
  • Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey, John Wm. Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, & Robin Anne Reid, eds. (McFarland)
  • Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell, J. R. R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien, ed. (Houghton Mifflin)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, Brian Attebery (Oxford University Press)
  • George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity, Daniel Gabelman (Baylor University Press)
  • From the Forest: The Hidden Roots of our Fairy Tales, Sara Maitland (Counterpoint)
  • As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, Michael Saler (Oxford University Press)
  • Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Modern Literary Imagination, Kristen Stirling (Routledge)

Lambda Awards Winners

The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced winners of the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, celebrating excellence in LGBT literature in a wide variety of categories, including SF:

SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Bitter Waters, Chaz Brenchley (Lethe)
  • FutureDyke, Lea Daley (Bella)
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, A. M. Dellamonica (Tor)
  • Skin Deep Magic, Craig Laurance Gidney (Rebel Satori)
  • Full Fathom Five, Max Gladstone (Tor)
  • Afterparty, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
  • Butcher’s Road, Lee Thomas (Lethe)

The awards were presented  June 1, 2015 at the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony in the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York City. For winners and nominees in all categories, see the Lambda Literary Awards site.

Joël Champetier (1957-2015)

French-Canadian SF writer and editor Joël Champetier, 57, died May 30, 2015 after a long struggle with leukemia. Champetier was a renowned and award-winning SF author, and longtime editor of Solaris, one of the most prestigious French-language SF magazines in the world.

Champetier was born in 1957 in La Corne, Quebec. He worked in electrochemistry before becoming a full-time writer in 1981, and lived in Montréal, Ville-Marie, and Gallix before settling 20 years ago in the village of Saint-Séverin de Prouville. His first published story was “Le chemin des fleurs” in 1981, in Solaris, and his debut novel was YA La mer au fond du monde (1990). First adult novel, La Taupe et le Dragon (1991), was translated as The Dragon’s Eye and published by Tor in 1999.  He worked on the screenplay for La Peau blanche, based on his own work, which was released in 2004 (distributed in English as Cannibal and White Skin). He was also a respected literary critic, and was guest of honor at the 2007 World Fantasy Convention.

Champetier helped found the Boréal Congress, an annual SF conference in Quebec. He began working on Solaris in 1990 and took over as editor in 1999.


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