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2017 Dragon Awards Shortlist

Dragon Con has announced the shortlist for the second Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.

The original ballot has been amended: Alison Littlewood withdrew novel The Hidden People from the Horror category, and N.K. Jemisin withdrew novel The Obelisk Gate from the Apocalyptic Novel category.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer Season Eleven
  • The Dresden Files: Dog Men
  • Monstress
  • Motor Girl
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Saga
  • Wynonna Earp Legends

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • Lucifer
  • Marvel’s Agents of Shield
  • Stan Lee’s Lucky Man
  • Stranger Things
  • Westworld
  • Wynonna Earp

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • Arrival
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • Logan
  • Passengers
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • Wonder Woman

Finalists in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

Stephensen-Payne Wins Munsey Award

Bibliographer and pulp researcher Philip Stephensen-Payne is the winner of the 2017 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Stephensen-Payne received a fine art print by Dan Zimmer as his award, which was accepted on his behalf by Walker Martin. The award was presented at PulpFest 2017, July 29, 2017 at the DoubleTree in Pittsburgh PA.

Macmillan to Leave Flatiron Building

Macmillan (including Tor, St. Martin’s Press, and other divisions) will move their offices out of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City, probably in early 2019. The company signed a 20-year lease for 261,000 square feet in a recently modernized building at 120 Broadway.

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 48, July 28-31, 2017 at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign IL.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

2017 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the winners for its 2017 REH Foundation Awards on June 10, 2017 during Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains TX.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, Patrick Burger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

  • “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows'”, Jeffrey Shanks (Skelos Summer 2016)
  • “The Wild Wild West of Robert E. Howard”, Morgan Holmes (Blood ‘n’ Thunder Summer 2016)
  • “The Outsider Scholar: Robert E. Howard, H. P. Lovecraft, and Scholarly Identity”, Karen Joan Kohoutek (The Dark Man 2/16)
  • “The Sinister Skelos: Robert E. Howard’s Demonic Wizard”, Rick Lai (Blood ‘n’ Thunder Fall 2016)

The Cimmerian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (online)

  • “‘The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’)”, Patrice Louinet (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 10/16)
  • “Robert E. Howard and the Amateur Press”, Bobby Derie (On an Underwood No. 5 4/16)
  • “Gumshoes, Gats and Gals: Robert E. Howard’s Detective and Crime Stories”, Dierk Guenther (REH: Two-Gun Raconteur 1/16)

The Venarium – Emerging Scholar

  • Todd Vick
  • Dierk Guenther
  • Daniel Look

The Stygian – Outstanding Achievement, Website

  • On an Underwood No. 5
  • Howard Works
  • REH: Two-Gun Raconteur

The Aquilonian – Outstanding Achievement, Periodical

  • REH Foundation Newsletter
  • The Dark Man

The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia

  • The Cromcast, Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd & Jon Larson
  • Howard Days panels, Ben Friberg
  • Chasing Conan, Randall Lobb, Mark Hussey & Isaac Elliot-Fisher

The Black River – Special Achievement

  • Patrice Louinet
  • Frank Coffman, Dierk Guenther, Daniel Look, Jonas Prida & Jeffrey Shanks
  • Dierk Guenther

The Rankin – Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work

  • Jim & Ruth Keegan for artwork for various titles of The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob series
  • Richard Bernal for the cover of The Adventures of Breckinridge Elkins, Volume 1, Robert E. Howard (REH Foundation)
  • Adrian Smith for artwork for the Conan board game (Monolith)

There were no eligible candidates for the Valusian award for outstanding achievement in an anthology or collection this year. None of the candidates for the Black Circle Lifetime Achievement Award achieved the minimum required votes to be awarded.

2017 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Orlando FL on July 27, 2017. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

  • Constant Craving, Kari W. Cole

For more information, including the full list of category winners, see the Romance Writers of America website.

Underground Railroad Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2016 has been announced:

This year’s judges were Una McCormack and Shana Worthen for the British Science Fiction Association, Paul March-Russell and Andrew McKie for the Science Fiction Foundation, and Charles Christian for SCI-FI- LONDON. Andrew M. Butler was chair of judges. Tom Hunter was awards director.

Whitehead receives a £2,017 prize and a commemorative engraved bookend. The winning title was announced July 27, 2017 at an awards ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop in London, UK.

2017 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2017 Scribe Awards July 21, 2017 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Speculative Original

Adapted Speculative


Short Fiction

2017 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. This year’s judges are Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, Colin Thubron, Lola Young (chair), and Lila Azam Zanganeh.

A six-title shortlist will be announced September 13, 2017, with the winner to be announced October 17, 2017.

For more, including the complete longlist, see the Man Booker Prize website.

2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2016 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards Finalists are:

Best Novel

Best Long Fiction

Best Short Fiction

  • “Das Steingeschöpf”, G.V. Anderson (Strange Horizons 12/12/16)
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, Brooke Bolander (Uncanny 11-12/16)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Little Widow”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Nightmare 9/16)
  • “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me”, Rachael K. Jones (Clockwork Phoenix 5)

Best Anthology

Best Collection

Best Artist

  • Greg Bridges
  • Julie Dillon
  • Paul Lewin
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

  • L. Timmel Duchamp, for Aqueduct Press
  • C.C. Finlay, for editing F&SF
  • Michael Levy & Farah Mendlesohn, for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press)
  • Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
  • Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Non-Professional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West
  • Malcolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer, for their publication The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods and Goddesses (Michael Publishing)
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Brian White, for Fireside Fiction Company

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