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2016 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the fifth annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris). The Young Adult Award winner is An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet (Scholastic Canada).

The Copper Cylinder Awards celebrate “the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year,” and are selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. The award’s name comes from the first Canadian scientific romance, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille. The winners receive a handcrafted copper cylinder trophy. For more, see the Copper Cylinder Awards website.

Benford Wins Forry Award

The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Gregory Benford as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Science Fiction. 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.

Hugo Awards Special Category: Best Series

Worldcon in Helsinki, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, will include a special trial Hugo Award category for Best Series:

Fans voted in August 2016 to trial a new Hugo award for “Best Series”, which could be added in 2018. Each Worldcon Committee has the authority to introduce a special category Hugo award, and Worldcon 75 has decided to test “Best Series” in 2017. This follows the precedent of the 2009 Worldcon, which trialled “Best Graphic Story” before it became a regular Hugo the following year. Fans at Worldcon 75 will be able to decide whether to ratify the “Best Series” for future years and suggest revisions to the award definition at the World Science Fiction Society Business Meeting held in Helsinki during the convention.

For eligibility, a series is defined as “a multi-volume science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, which has appeared in at least three volumes consisting of a total of at least 240,000 words by the close of the calendar year 2016, at least one volume of which was published in 2016.”

Worldcon 75 will be held August 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. Guests of Honor are John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams.

For more, see the official Worldcon 75 website.


Kurniawan Wins 2016 Emerging Voices Award

Winners of the second annual FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices award for best novel have been announced:

All three top entrants were of genre interest. Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan won in the fiction category for his second novel, Man Tiger, about a man who commits murder while possessed by the spirit of a tiger.

The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds present the award “to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.” Finalists were selected from 797 entries and the winners were announced at an awards ceremony held on September 26, 2016 at the New York Public Library in New York. This year, the judges included Iwona Blazick, Mira Nair, and Elif Shafak. Winners received $40,000 and the runners-up each received $5,000.


Robert E. Weinberg (1946-2016)

Author, editor, publisher, and fan Robert E. Weinberg, 70, died September 25, 2016 in Oak Forest IL. Weinberg was an expert on pulp magazines, and devoted much of his life to promoting and reprinting material from the pulps. He was also a prolific anthologist, editing or co-editing more than 100 volumes.

Robert Edward Weinberg was born August 29, 1946 in New Jersey. His first publications of genre interest were bibliographical indexes of SF magazines, and he compiled and published many books on the field and its authors during his career, most notably in Hugo Award finalist and World Fantasy Award winner A Biographical Dictionary of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (1988). He also produced fanzines, most notably Pulp (1970-81).

In 1976 he bought Weird Tales, and remained its owner while leasing out the title to various editors and publishers over the years. His Robert Weinberg Publications operated from 1974 to 1981, and was devoted to reprinting pulp SF and fantasy, including the Pulp Classics series, the Lost Fantasies series, and the Weird Menace Classics anthology series. In the ’80s he moved into bookselling via mail-order, and continued that until 1997.

Later in life he collaborated with Martin H. Greenberg on many anthologies, including Lovecraft’s Legacy (1990) and Love Kills (1997). He often collaborated on anthologies with Greenberg & Stefan R. Dziemianowicz, starting with Weird Tales: 32 Unearthed Terrors (1988). They did a dozen books in the 100 anthology series, beginning with 100 Ghastly Little Ghost Stories (1993) and ending with 100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999). Their anthology Horrors! 365 Scary Stories (1998) won a Stoker Award. On his own Weinberg edited The Eighth Green Man & Other Strange Folk (1989).

He began publishing fiction of genre interest with “Destroyer” in If (1969). Debut novel The Devil’s Auction (1988) began the Alex Warner series, which continued with The Armageddon Box (1991). He also wrote the Kaufman and Lane series, the Today’s Sorcery series, the Masquerade of the Red Death series, and the Horizon War series . The Termination Node (1999, with Lois H. Gresh) is a technothriller, and his last novel was The Web of Arachnos (2005). He wrote for comics as well, working with Marvel comics in the early 2000s. He won a Stoker Award for his comic Nightside (2003).

Weinberg won the Moskowitz Archive Award from the First Fandom Hall of Fame in 2001, and a Bram Stoker Award for life achievement in 2008. The 2012 Worldcon gave him a Special Committee Award for “his years of service and devotion given to advancing the field of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.”

2016 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2016 Dwarf Stars and Elgin Awards winners.

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines, published in the previous year. Winners will have their work reprinted in the 2016 Dwarf Stars Anthology.

  • First Place: “We Begin This Way”, Stacey Balkun (Gingerbread House 16)
  • Second Place (tie): “at the barre”, Julie Bloss Kelsey (Rattle 51)
  • Second Place(tie): “The Doorman”, F.J. Bergmann (Grievous Angel 5-15)
  • Second Place (tie): “Weathering”, Sandi Leibowitz (Silver Blade 25)
  • Third Place: “Alice was chasing white rabbits out of a black hole”, John C. Mannone (Abbreviate Journal 7/8-15)

The Elgin Award is 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.


  • First Place: Undoing Winter, Shannon Connor Winward (Finishing Line)
  • Second Place: Stairs Appear in a Hole Outside of Town, John Philip Johnson (Graphic Poetry)
  • Third Place: A Guide for the Practical Abductee, E. Kristin Anderson (Red Bird)


For more information, see the SFPA website.

2016 Gemmell Awards Winners

The 2016 David Gemmell Awards winners have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Jason Chan for the cover of The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Kerem Beyit for the cover of The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
  • Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for the cover of Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
  • Raymond Swanland for the cover of Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
  • Paul Young for the cover of Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

The winners were announced September 24, 2016 at Fantasycon, held at the Grand Hotel and the Royal in Scarborough UK. Winners received trophies based on David Gemmell’s novels and characters.

2016 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society announced the British Fantasy Awards Winners on September 25, 2016 during an awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2016 at the Grand and Royal Hotels in Scarborough, England. The winners are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)

Best Novella

Best Short Fiction

  • “Fabulous Beasts”, Priya Sharma ( 7/27/15 )
  • “When the Moon Man Knocks”, Cate Gardner (Black Static 10-11/15)
  • Strange Creation, Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
  • “The Blue Room”, V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
  • “Dirt Land”, Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static 11-12/15)
  • “Hippocampus”, Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)

Best Collection

Best Anthology

Best Independent Press

  • Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)
  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
  • Fox Spirit (Adele Wearing)
  • Newcon (Ian Whates)

Best Non-Fiction

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Beneath Ceasless Skies
  • Black Static
  • Holdfast Magazine
  • Interzone

Best Artist

  • Julie Dillon
  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Evelinn Enoksen
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • Bitch Planet (#2-5), Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV & Cris Peter (Image)
  • Red Sonja (#14-18), Gail Simone & Walter Geovani (Dynamite)
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
  • Saga (#25-32), Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt & Adrian Alphona (Marvel)

Best Film/Television Production

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge
  • Jessica Jones: “AKA WWJD?”
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Midwinter of the Spirit
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

Winners were chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award) which is chosen by the BFS committee.

Kensington Launches SF Imprint

Kensington is launching a new digital SF imprint, Rebel Base Books, in fall 2017, starting with Barb Hendee’s Through a Dark Glass. They will focus on space travel and traditional “soft” SF thrillers, alternate worlds and histories, and classic epic fantasy.

All Kensington’s editors will be acquiring for the new imprint, and they are actively seeking submissions. For more information, see their site.

W.P. Kinsella (1935-2016)

Author W.P. Kinsella, 81, died September 16, 2016 in Hope, British Columbia, Canada, reportedly of assisted suicide. Kinsella is best known for his debut novel, baseball fantasy Shoeless Joe (1982), adapted as film Field of Dreams (1989). Other works of genre interest include The Iowa Baseball Confederacy (1986), If Wishes Were Horses (1996), and Butterfly Winter (2011), and collections The Alligator Report (1985), Red Wolf, Red Wolf (1987), The Further Adventures of Slugger McBatt (1988), The Secret of the Northern Lights (1998), and The Essential W.P. Kinsella (2015). He edited anthology Baseball Fantastic (2015). In all he published nearly 30 books, including fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, often about baseball. He also frequently wrote about the indigenous peoples of Canada, notably in his first book, collection Dance Me Outside (1977).

William Patrick Kinsella was born May 25, 1935 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In 1970 he began attending the University of Victoria to study writing, graduating with a BA in creative writing in 1974; he got his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. His final fiction work, Russian Dolls, is forthcoming next year. Kinsella was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1993, and was named to the Order of British Columbia in 2005.

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