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Lafferty Wins Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the winner of the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors.

  • The Shambling Guide to New York City, Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
  • The Heretic, Tony Daniel & David Drake (Baen)
  • Vaporware, Richard Dansky (JournalStone)
  • Monsters of the Earth, David Drake (Tor)
  • Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, A.J. Hartley (Razorbill)
  • Ice Forged, Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)

The winner was announced at ConGregate on July 12, 2014 in Winston-Salem NC.

Robson and Ryman to Host Hugo Ceremony

The Loncon 3 convention committee has announced that Justina Robson and Geoff Ryman will co-host the 2014 Hugo awards ceremony. The event will be held at the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention in London on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

2014 Prometheus Awards Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winners for the Prometheus Best Novel Award for pro-freedom works published in 2013 and the Hall of Fame Award for best classic fiction, as well as two Special Awards.

Best Novel Award: 

  • Tie: Homeland, Cory Doctorow (Tor) & Nexus, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  •  A Few Good Men, Sarah Hoyt (Baen)
  • Crux, Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
  • Brilliance, Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)

Hall of Fame Award:

  • Falling Free, Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
  • “Sam Hall”, Poul Anderson (1953)
  • “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman”, Harlan Ellison (1965)
  • Courtship Rite, Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
  • “As Easy as A.B.C.”, Rudyard Kipling (1912)

Author-filksinger Leslie Fish will receive a Special Prometheus Award in 2014 for the combination of her 2013 novella, “Tower of Horses” and her filk song, “The Horsetamer’s Daughter”.

In a separate awards ceremony, four-time-Prometheus-Award winning author Vernor Vinge will receive a Special Prometheus Lifetime Achievement Award to be presented during Conjecture/ConChord October 10-12, 2014 in San Diego, California.

The Prometheus Award will be presented in a ceremony during the 2014 World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in London England, August 14-18, 2014.

2013 Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards were presented on July 13, 2014 at Readercon 25, Conference on Imaginative Literature, in Burlington, Massachusetts. Readercon guests of honor Andrea Hairston and Kit Reed hosted the ceremony.


  • American Elsewhere, Robert Jackson Bennett (Orbit)
  • The Accursed, Joyce Carol Oates (Ecco)
  • The Demonologist, Andrew Pyper (Orion; Simon & Schuster)
  • The Ghost Bride, Yangsze Choo (William Morrow)
  • Night Film, Marisha Pessl (Random House)
  • Wild Fell, Michael Rowe (ChiZine Publications)


  • Burning Girls, Veronica Schanoes (
  • Children of No One, Nicole Cushing (DarkFuse)
  • Helen’s Story, Rosanne Rabinowitz (PS Publishing)
  • It Sustains, Mark Morris (Earthling Publications)
  • “The Gateway”, Nina Allan (Stardust)
  • The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, Ramsey Campbell (PS Publishing)
  • Whom the Gods Would Destroy, Brian Hodge (DarkFuse)


  • Cry Murder! In a Small Voice, Greer Gilman (Small Beer Press)
  • “A Little of the Night”, Tanith Lee (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
  • “My Heart is Either Broken”, Megan Abbott (Dangerous Women)
  • “Phosphorus”, Veronica Schanoes (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy)
  • “Raptors”, Conrad Williams (Subterranean Winter 2013)


  • “57 Reasons for the Slate Quarry Suicides”, Sam J. Miller (Nightmare December 2013)
  • “Furnace”, Livia Llewellyn (Grimscribe’s Puppets)
  • “The Memory Book”, Maureen McHugh (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy)
  • “The Statue in the Garden”, Paul Park (Exotic Gothic 5)
  • “That Tiny Flutter of the Heart”, Robert Shearman (Psycho-Mania!)
  • “The Traditional”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed May 2013)


  • Tie: Before and Afterlives, Christopher Barzak (Lethe Press) & North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer)
  • Everything You Need, Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling Publications)
  • In Search of and Others, Will Ludwigsen (Lethe Press)
  • The Story Until Now, Kit Reed (Wesleyan)


  • Grimscribe’s Puppets, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., ed. (Miskatonic River Press)
  • The Book of the Dead, Jared Shurin, ed. (Jurassic London)
  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver (Solaris)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
  • Where thy Dark Eye Glances: Queering Edgar Allan Poe, Steve Berman, ed. (Lethe Press)
In recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson’s writing, and with permission of the author’s estate, The Shirley Jackson Awards, Inc. has been established for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a board of advisors. The awards are given for the best works published in the preceding calendar year.

World Fantasy Awards Ballot

The World Fantasy Awards Ballot for works published in 2013 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, November 6-9, 2014 in Washington DC.  The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and were announced earlier this month.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists are:


  • Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, Richard Bowes (Lethe)
  • A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Morrow; Headline Review)
  • A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Golem and the Jinni, Helene Wecker (Harper)
  • The Land Across, Gene Wolfe (Tor)


  • “Wakulla Springs”, Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages ( 10/2/13)
  • Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • “The Sun and I”, K.J. Parker (Subterranean Summer ’13)
  • “Burning Girls”, Veronica Schanoes ( 6/19/13)
  • Six-Gun Snow White, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)

Short Fiction:

  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt ( 4/24/13)
  • “The Prayer of Ninety Cats”, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean Spring ’13)
  • “Effigy Nights”, Yoon Ha Lee (Clarkesworld 1/13)
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers”, Sofia Samatar (Strange Horizons 1/7/13)
  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love”, Rachel Swirsky (Apex 3/13)


  • xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, Kate Bernheimer, ed. (Penguin)
  • Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Tor)
  • Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013, Stephen Jones, ed. (Smith & Jones/PS Publishing)
  • Dangerous Women, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor; Voyager)
  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)


  • North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer)
  • The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, Laird Barron (Night Shade)
  • The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
  • Flowers of the Sea, Reggie Oliver (Tartarus Press)
  • How the World Became Quiet, Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean)


  • Galen Dara
  • Zelda Devon
  • Julie Dillon
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional:

  • John Joseph Adams, for magazine and anthology editing
  • Ginjer Buchanan, for editing at Ace Books
  • Irene Gallo, for art direction of
  • William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss, for Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction (Abrams Image)
  • Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional:

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
  • Mieneke van der Salm, for A Fantastical Librarian

World Fantasy Life Achievement Winners

The World Fantasy Life Achievement Award winners for 2014 are Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field. Life Achievement winners are announced in advance; other winners will be announced at this year’s World Fantasy Convention, to be held November 6-9, 2014 in Washington DC.


C.J. Henderson (1951-2014)

Author C.J. Henderson, 62, died July 4, 2014 after a struggle with cancer.

Henderson wrote fantasy and crime novels and comics, and was best known for his Teddy London supernatural crime series. He also wrote the Inspector Legrasse series, the Piers Knight series, standalone novels, several short fiction collections, media tie-ins, and non-fiction.

Christopher John Henderson was born December 26, 1951 and grew up in Western Bridgeville PA. Henderson lived in Brooklyn with his wife Grace Tin Lo and their daughter, who survive him.

See the August issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 Chesley Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2014 Chesley Awards, given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA), were announced:

Best Cover Illustration – Hardback Book

  • Jason Chan, for Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell (Pyr)
  • Kekai Kotaki, for  Quintessence by David Walton (Tor)
  • Maurizio Manzieri, for Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
  • Todd Lockwood, for A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (Tor)
  • Michael Whelan, for A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson (Tor)
  • Allen Williams, for “Light Reading”, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Tor)

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback Book

  • Kerem Beyit, for The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich (Pyr)
  • Jason Chan, for Harbinger by Phillippa Ballantine (Ace)
  • Julie Dillon, for Ancient Discovery: Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book One (Crossed Genres)
  • Justin Gerard, for Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer (Pyr)
  • Dehong He, for Shield of Sea and Space by Erin Hoffman (Pyr)

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon, for Clarkesworld #87 (12/13)
  • Dan Dos Santos, for Fables #136 (12/13)
  • Maurizio Manzieri, for F&SF (3-4/13)
  • Cynthia Sheppard, for Bull Spec #8 & 9 (Spring 2013)

Best Interior Illustration

  • Robert Hunt, for “Fire Above, Fire Below” by Garth Nix ( 5/13)
  • Brian Kesinger, for Walking Your Octopus (Baby Tattoo)
  • John Jude Palencar, for “A Terror” by Jeffrey Ford ( 7/13)
  • John Picacio, for “The Button Man and the Murder Tree” by Cherie Priest ( 5/13)
  • John Picacio, for “The Good Life” (Popular Science 6/13)
  • Greg Ruth, for “Dragonkin” by Lavie Tidhar ( 7/13)
  • Greg Ruth, for “The Running of the Bulls” by Harry Turtledove ( 3/13)

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity, for “Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean” (clay)
  • Thomas Kuebler, for “Krampus the Yule Lord” (mixed)
  • David Meng, for “Leatherback” (resin)
  • Michael Parkes, for “Goddess of the Hunt” (bronze)
  • Forest Rogers, for “Goblin Spider” (Kato polyclay)
  • Vincent Villafranca, for “Star Smith” (bronze)

Best Color Work—Unpublished

  • Rhea Ewing, for “Ancestor Series – Neanderthal”
  • Donato Giancola, for “Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin” (oil on linen)
  • Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, for “Ships Passing in the Night” (watercolor)
  • Dave Leri, for “Death Squealer” (oil on masonite)
  • Annie Stegg, for “Lilaia the Naiad” (oil on paper)

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Justin Gerard, for “The Fox Princess” (pencil)
  • Rebecca Guay, for “Tender Morsels” (graphite)
  • Travis Lewis, for “Bone Collector” (graphite)
  • John Picacio, for “La Luna”
  • Ruth Sanderson, for “The Descent of Persephone” (scratchboard)

Best Product Illustration

  • Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo, for “Jeannie’s Kitten” (IlluXCon 6 promo art)
  • Mitchell Bentley, for 2014 Space Art Calendar (Atomic Fly Studios and Alban Lake)
  • Julie Dillon, for 2014 Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar (Llewellyn)
  • Justin Gerard, for “Morzag! Lord of Destruction” poster
  • Iain McCaig, for “Call of the Muse” (Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster)
  • John Picacio, for “El Arpa” (Loteria Card Illustration from Lone Boy)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano, for “The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield” (The Battle of Five Armies Board Game)
  • Tyler Jacobson, for “Ruric: Thar the Unbowed” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Todd Lockwood, for “Observant Alseid” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • David Palumbo, for “Serene Remembrance” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Steve Prescott, for “Prognostic Sphinx” (Magic: The Gathering)
  • Chris Rahn, for “Ashen Rider” (Magic: The Gathering)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, for Pyr
  • Irene Gallo, for Tor and
  • Lauren Panepinto, for Orbit
  • William Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette, for Wizards of the Coast

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Jim Burns
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Diane Dillon
  • Drew Struzan

The winners will be announced at the Chesley Awards ceremony, to be held at Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, August 14-18, 2014. For more, see the ASFA website.

Walter Dean Myers (1937-2014)

YA and children’s author Walter Dean Myers, 76, died July 1, 2014. Myers wrote mostly mainstream YA, but he wrote some work of genre interest, including ghost story “Things That Go Gleep in the Night” (1993) and YA fantasies Shadow of the Red Moon (1995, illustrated by his son Christopher Meyers) and Dope Sick (2009).

Myers is perhaps best known for Fallen Angels (1988), a YA controversial for its depiction of the Vietnam War and its adult language, and for Monster (1999), which won the first ever Michael L. Printz Award for the best book of the year for teens. He published more than 100 titles, including YA novels, picture books, and non-fiction. In 1994 he won the Margaret Edwards Award for his teen writing, and in January 2012 he was named the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress.

Walter Milton Myers was born August 12, 1937 in Martinsburg WV. His mother died in 1940, and he moved with the Dean family to New York, later taking their surname as his middle name in recognition of their care for him. He served in the US Army from 1955-58, and worked various jobs, including editorial positions, before becoming a full-time writer in 1977.



Matthew Richell (1973-2014)

Hachette Australia CEO and Hachette New Zealand chairman Matthew Richell, 41, died July 2, 2014 in a surfing accident off the coast of Tamarama in New South Wales, Australia. He was swept onto rocks, received a head injury, and could not be revived.

Richell began his publishing career as the marketing manager for Bloomsbury UK from 1996-2001, and worked at Pan Macmillan UK and Hachette UK imprint John Murray before taking over as marketing director of the Headline and Hodder divisions of Hachette Australia in 2006. He was promoted to CEO in February 2013.

Richell lived in Sydney, and is survived by his wife and two children.

More information can be found at The Bookseller.

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