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2014 Geffen Awards Winners

The 2014 Geffen Awards winners have been announced. The awards are presented by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Best Translated Science Fiction Book

Best Translated Fantasy Book

  • Going Postal, Terry Pratchett, translated by Vered Tochterman (Opus)

Best Translated YA Book

Best Israeli Short Story

  • “Whisky in a Jar”, Rotem Baruchin (Once Upon a Future)

Best Israeli Novel

  • Every Story Is a Sudden Cat, Gabriella Avigur-Rotem (Kinnert Zmora Bitan)

Winners were announced at ICon in Tel Aviv, the annual Israeli SF convention, held October 12-14, 2014.

 

Ellison Recovering from Stroke

Harlan Ellison, 80, suffered a stroke on October 9, 2014, and is recovering in the hospital. His wife Susan Ellison posted October 12 at Ellison Webderland:

I will make this brief. A couple of days ago Harlan had a stroke. He’s in the hospital. His right side is paralyzed.

He’s comfortable–as possible. We will keep you up-to-date with his progress.
With all kindness –Susan

He is reportedly resting and recovering well.

 

Griffith Wins Washington State Book Award

Hild by Nicola Griffith (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) won the 2014 Washington State Book Award in the Fiction category, presented October 10, 2014 in a ceremony at the Seattle Public Library. Winners in various categories are selected by jury and receive a $500 honorarium. The award recognizes outstanding works by Washington authors published in the previous year. For more information, including other winners, see the Seattle Public Library website.

Amazon to Open Physical Store

Online retailer Amazon is reportedly opening a store in New York City, with plans to be up and running in time for the holidays.

According to the Wall Street Journal, “Amazon’s space at 7 West 34th St., across from the Empire State Building in Midtown, would function as a mini warehouse, with limited inventory for same-day delivery within New York, product returns and exchanges, and pickups of online orders.”

While Amazon has experimented with physical locations before, including temporary pop-up shops to sell Kindle devices, this would be its first dedicated brick-and-mortar location.

Locus Fundraising Auction This Weekend

REMINDER: Clars Auction Gallery in the SF Bay Area will be hosting two auctions of items from the collection of Charles N. Brown, to benefit Locus and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

The first will be held October 11, 2014, with Brown’s entire mystery book collection, as well as Native American art and artifacts, and other decorative objects.

The second will be held October 12, 2014, with a variety of prints and a small selection of unframed original SF and pulp illustrations by Ed Emshwiller, David Stone, Don Sibley, John Schoenherr, and Vincent Di Fate available for bidding, as well as a selection of antiquities, Mission furniture, decorative items, and smalls.

All items from the estate will be sold with provenance attached. To view items, visit www.liveauctioneers.com and search for Locus Collection. All items from the estate will be searchable under this term. For additional information, visit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation website.

2014 Aurora Awards Winners

Winners for the 2014 Prix Aurora Awards, celebrating the best Canadian SF/fantasy work, have been announced.

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS

Best Novel

  • A Turn of Light, Julie E. Czerneda (DAW)
  • Tombstone Blues, Chadwick Ginther (Ravenstone)
  • River of Stars, Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada)
  • The Tattooed Witch, Susan MacGregor (Five Rivers)
  • Red Planet Blues, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)

Best YA Novel

  • The Rising, Kelley Armstrong (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Lake and the Library, S.M. Beiko (ECW)
  • The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles: Demon Gate, Marty Chan (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
  • Resolve, Neil Godbout (Bundoran)
  • Out of Time, D.G. Ladroute (Five Rivers)
  • Ink, Amanda Sun (Harlequin Teen)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Ghost in the Machine”, Ryan McFadden (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Angela and Her Three Wishes”, Eileen Bell (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Living Bargains”, Suzanne Church (When the Hero Comes Home 2)
  • “The Gift”, Susan Forest (Urban Green Man)
  • “The Awakening of Master March”, Randy McCharles (The Puzzle Box)
  • “Green Man She Restless”, Billie Milholland (Urban Green Man)
  • “A Bunny Hug for Karl”, Mike Rimar (Masked Mosaic, Canadian Super Stories)

Best Poem/Song

  • “Night Journey: West Coast”, Eileen Kernaghan (Tesseracts Seventeen: Speculating Canada)
  • “A City of Buried Rivers”, David Clink (The Literary Review of Canada 11/13)
  • “The Collected Postcards of Billy the Kid”, Helen Marshall (Postscripts to Darkness 11/13)
  • “Lost”, Amal El-Mohtar (Strange Horizons 2/25/13)
  • “Turning the Leaves”, Amal El-Mohtar (Apex Magazine 12/13)
  • “Awake”, Peter Storey (Urban Green Man)

Best Graphic Novel

  • Rock, Paper, Cynic, Peter Chiykowski (webcomic)
  • Looking for Group, Lar DeSouza & Ryan Sohmer (webcomic)
  • Wild Game: Sweet Tooth Vol. 6, Jeff Lemire (Vertigo)
  • Weregeek, Alina Pete (webcomic)

Best Related Work 

  • On Spec (Copper Pig Writers’ Society)
  • The Puzzle Box, The Apocalyptic Four (EDGE)
  • Imaginarium 2013: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing, Samantha Beiko & Sandra Kasturi, eds. (ChiZine)
  • Urban Green Man, Janice Blaine & Adria Laycraft, eds. (EDGE)
  • Suzenyms, Susan MacGregor (suzenyms.blogspot.ca)

Best Artist

  • Erik Mohr
  • Melissa Mary Duncan
  • Tanya Montini
  • Dan O’Driscoll
  • Apis Teicher

Best Fan Music

  • Chris Hadfield for his performance of “Space Oddity”

Best Fan Organizational

  • Randy McCharles, Chair and Programming, When Words Collide, Calgary

Best Fan Related Work

  • Robert Runté, “Why I Read Canadian Speculative Fiction: The Social Dimension of Reading”, Scholar Keynote Address at ACCSFF ’13, Toronto

Frank Johnson received a  special recognition award for producing the Aurora awards for the past 23 years.

Winners were recognized on October 4, 2014, in Vancouver BC at Canvention 34, hosted by VCON 39.

For more information, see the Aurora Awards website.

Sunburst Awards Short Fiction Category

The Sunburst Awards has announced the addition of a new short fiction category, starting in 2015. The winner will receive C$500 and a medallion with the Sunburst logo. The award currently has two categories, for adult and YA novels.

The Sunburst Award Society will work with ChiZine Publications to create a database of stories written by Canadians for award consideration, as well as possible inclusion in ChiZine’s Imaginarium anthology gathering the best short Canadian SF.

Locus Fundraising Auctions

Clars Auction Gallery in the SF Bay Area will be hosting two auctions of items from the collection of Charles N. Brown, to benefit Locus and the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.

The first will be held October 11, 2014, with Brown’s entire mystery book collection, as well as Native American art and artifacts, and other decorative objects.

The second will be held October 12, 2014, with a variety of prints and a small selection of unframed original SF and pulp illustrations by Ed Emshwiller, David Stone, Don Sibley, John Schoenherr, and Vincent Di Fate available for bidding, as well as a selection of antiquities, Mission furniture, decorative items, and smalls. All items from the estate will be sold with provenance attached.

To view items, visit www.liveauctioneers.com and search for Locus Collection. All items from the estate will be searchable under this term. For additional information, visit the Locus Science Fiction Foundation website.

Egmont USA For Sale

The Denmark-based Egmont Publishing Group has decided to sell their Egmont USA division. Distributed by Penguin Random House and established in 2008, Egmont USA specializes in books for children and young adults.

Egmont Publishing International CEO Rob McMenemy says, “The simple reason for selling the business is it does not fit with the strategic position of Egmont Publishing only to invest in countries where we can have a market leading position. The company has a highly talented and experienced team, a readymade fiction list and a growing backlist.”

For more, see the Egmont website.

Baen Memorial Contest Opens

Baen Books has opened the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award contest. Co-sponsored by the National Space Society, the contest focuses on stories of near-future space exploration. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2015.

The grand prize includes publication on the Baen website at professional rates, an engraved award, an assortment of Baen books, free admission to the 2015 International Space Development Conference, a year’s membership in the National Space Society, and National Space Society merchandise. The winners will be honored at the 2015 International Space Development Conference in Toronto, Canada, May 20-24, 2015.

For more information, including eligibility requirements, see the Baen Books website.

 

 


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