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2015 Locus Awards Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2015 Locus Awards.

Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events include author readings with Willis and Daryl Gregory; a kickoff Clarion West party honoring first week instructor Andy Duncan, Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests; panels with leading authors; an autograph session with books available for sale thanks to University Book Store; and a lunch banquet with the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest, all followed by a Locus party on Saturday night.







  • “Tough Times All Over”, Joe Abercrombie (Rogues)
  • “The Hand Is Quicker”, Elizabeth Bear (The Book of Silverberg)
  • “Memorials”, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 1/14)
  • “The Jar of Water”, Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House #62)
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane”, Scott Lynch (Rogues)





  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed


  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Jim Burns
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan



For more information about the Seattle event and for Locus Awards and Locus Workshop ticketing, please visit the 2015 Locus Awards Information Page.

Malcolm Edwards Changes Role

Malcolm Edwards will step down from his position as deputy CEO and publisher of Orion at the end of 2015. He will become chairman of the Gollancz SF/fantasy line (an imprint of Orion), and will serve as consulting publisher at Orion. The changes will allow him to have a more flexible schedule and focus on projects that particularly interest him.

Hugo Awards Voting Open

The Hugo Awards voting is now open. Votes can be cast online at or by paper ballot. The Hugo administrators “hope to have the Hugo Packet ready by late May.” Voting will close on July 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM PDT.


Klages Hangs Up Gavel

Ellen Klages announced on April 30, 2015 that “After twenty years of having the honor and pleasure of being the emcee for the Tiptree Auction at Wiscon, I am retiring.” In her post on the WisCon 39 official website, she reveals her health and age to be the cause: “I am no longer a spry young thing. Young at heart, always, but the body is different now, and less able to caper and cavort for hours at a time. Plus, I injured my back in 2014….”

She states that fundraising for the Tiptree will continue to happen in the form of auctions as well as other events and opportunities. WisCon 39, the “Worlds Leading Feminist Science Fiction Convention” will be held May 22-25, 2015 at the Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club in Madison, WI. To read her post, see the official WisCon 39 website.

2015 Edgar Awards Winners

The 2015 Edgar Awards were presented by the Mystery Writers of America in a ceremony held April 29, 2015 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York. There were several works of genre interest among the winners:

Best Novel

Mr. Mercedes, Stephen King (Scribner)

Best Critical/ Biographical

Poe-Land: The Hallowed Haunts of Edgar Allen Poe, J.W. Ocker (Countryman)

Best Short Story

“What Do You Do”, Gillian Flynn, Rogues (Del Rey)

Best Juvenile

Greenglass House, Kate Milford (Clarion)

As previously announced, Lois Duncan was named 2015 Grand Master, along with James Ellroy. Hard Case Crime co-founder and editor Charles Ardai received the Ellery Queen Award.

For more information, including the full list of nominees and winners, see their official website.

Schubert Declines Hugo Nomination

Edmund R. Schubert, editor of Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show and nominee for a 2015 Hugo Award in the Best Professional Editor Short Form category, has declined his nomination.

In his announcement, Schubert explained, “I can’t in good conscience complain about the deck being stacked against me, and then feel good about being nominated for an award when the deck gets stacked in my favor. That would make me a hypocrite. I can’t be part of that and still maintain my integrity.”

Sasquan previously announced that “the ballot is now going to the printer and there will be no further revisions.” There is, however, a note on the electronic ballot informing voters that both Schubert and Black Gate (which withdrew from consideration for Best Fanzine after the ballot was “frozen”) do not wish to be considered nominees.

Schubert is offering a “digital sampler” of works from IGMS, not just to Hugo Award voters, but to readers everywhere, available via the magazine’s website.

2015 ESFS Awards Winners

The European Science Fiction Society (ESFS) Hall of Fame Awards and Spirit of Dedication Awards winners were announced at the 37th Eurocon, April 26, 2015 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Eugene Lukin was named European Grandmaster. Other winners and nominees are below.


Awarded to people who have an impact beyond their own country.

Best Author:

  • China Miéville (United Kingdom)
  • John Connolly (Ireland)
  • Philippe Curval (France)
  • Andreas Eschbach, (Germany)
  • Vilma Kadlečková (Czech Republic)
  • Lights amidst Shadows (Bulgaria)
  • Sviatoslav Loginov (Russia)
  • Michael Marcus Thurner (Austria)
  • Dario Tonani (Italy)
  • Danut Ungureanu (Romania)
  • Aleksandar Žiljak (Croatia)

Best Translator:

  • Ekaterina Dobrohotova-Majkova (Russia)
  • Patrick Couton (France)
  • Silviu Genescu (Romania)
  • Jan Kanturek (Czech Republic)
  • Kalin M. Nenov (Bulgaria)
  • Gabriel Rosenstock (Ireland)

Best Promoter:

  • Mihaela Marika Perkovic (Croatia)
  • The Human Library team (Bulgaria)
  • Toni Jerrman (Finland)
  • Jean-Luc Rivera (France)
  • Franz Rottensteiner (Austria)
  • Marian Truta (Romania)
  • Worldcon Exhibits Team (United Kingdom)
  • Dmitrij Zlotnitsky (Russia)

Best Magazine:

  • Fantastica Almanac (Bulgaria)
  • Exodus (Germany)
  • Fantastica (Romania)
  • Fiction (France)
  • Mlechnyj Put’ (Milky way) (Russia/Israel: Russian-language magazine published in Israel)
  • Sirius B (Croatia)
  • Visionarium (Austria)

Best Publisher:

  •  Gollancz (United Kingdom)
  • Argo (Czech Republic)
  • Delos Digital (Italy)
  • Fantastika Book Club (Russia)
  • Finfar (Finland)
  • Hangar 7 (Croatia)
  • The Human Library (Bulgaria)
  • L’Atalante (France)
  • Paladin (Romania)
  • Septime (Austria)
  • Swan River Press (Ireland)

Best Artist:

  •  Manchu (France)
  • Lothar Bauer (Germany)
  • Pavel Cech (Czech Republic)
  • Katerina Danailova (Bulgaria)
  • Ivana Guljaševic (Croatia)
  • Johann Peterka (Austria)
  • Declan Shalvey (Ireland)
  • Sergey Shikin (Russia)

Spirit of Dedication Award:

These awards are given for works and performances produced since the prior Eurocon.


  • Serhiy Krykun (Ukraine)
  • Didier Cottier (France)
  • Igor Savin (Russia)

Best Fanzine:

  • Pritiazhenie (Russia)
  • Gazeta SF (Romania)
  • Journey Planet (Ireland)
  • Présences d’esprits (France)
  • ShadowDance (Bulgaria)
  • Usva (Finland)

Best Website:

Best Performance:

  • Song of the Sea (Ireland)
  • Astra LARP (Croatia)
  • Aurelion: Eternal Balance, episode 2 (Bulgaria)
  • Fantastica (Romania)
  • Geek Picnic (Russia)

Best Creator of Children’s SF or Fantasy Books (tie):

  • Anton Lomaev (Russia)
  • Ruth F. Long (Ireland)
  • Vesela Flamburari (Bulgaria)
  • Joëlle Wintrebert (France)

Encouragement Awards:

These awards are granted to a young writer or artist from each European country, according to suggestions from National Delegates.

  • Martin D. Antonin (Czech Republic)
  • Liz Bourke (Ireland)
  • Luis Corredoura (Portugal)
  • David Kelecic (Croatia)
  • Victor Kolyuzhniak (Russia)
  • Jana Paluchová (Slovakia)
  • Georgiana Vladulescu (Romania)
  • Micheal Wozoning (Austria)
  • Kaloyan Zahariev (Bulgaria)

For more, see the ESFS website.

2015 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2014.

Best Novel Award

  • The Three-Body Problem, Liu Cixin (Tor)
  • Raising Steam, Terry Pratchett (Doubleday)
  • A Better World, Marcus Sakey (Thomas & Mercer)
  • Influx, Daniel Suarez (Dutton)

All members of the Libertarian Futurist Society are eligible to vote. The award will be presented in a ceremony during the Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, to be held August 19-23, 2015 in Spokane WA.

2015 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 2015 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan, have been announced. The nominees for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

  • Pathfinder, Orson Scott Card, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa)
  • Ready Player One, Ernest Cline, translated by Makiko Ikeda (SB Creative)
  • The Dervish House, Ian McDonald, translated by Masaya Shimokusu (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • Redshirts, John Scalzi, translated by Masayuki Uchida (Hayakawa)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton, translated by Takeshi Mogi (Tokyo Sogensha)
  • The Martian, Andy Weir, translated by Kazuko Onoda (Hayakawa)

Best Translated Story

  • “War 3.01”, Keith Brooke, translated by Masato Naniwa (Hayakawa SF 9/14)
  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi”, Pat Cadigan, translated by Youichi Shimada (Hayakawa SF 1/14)
  • “Year of the Rat”, Stanley Chen (Chen Qiufan), translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa SF 3/14)
  • “For Want of a Nail”, Mary Robinette Kowal, translated by Fumiyo Harashima (Hayakawa SF 4/14)
  • “Hunter Come Home”, Richard McKenna, translated by Touru Nakamura (Tokyo Sogensha SF 11/14)
  • “Water”, Ramez Naam, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa SF 9/14)
  • “The Negation”, Christopher Priest, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa SF 2/14)

There are also nominees in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Film, Comics, Art, and Non-Fiction categories. For the complete list of nominees (in Japanese), see:

Winners will be announced at Comecon, the 54th Japanese National SF convention, held August 29-30, 2015 in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

Offerman Named Nebula Toastmaster

SFWA has announced that Nick Offerman, the actor who played Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation, will be Toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held June 4-7, 2015, at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago IL. According to the SFWA website, Offerman is “A lifelong fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres.”

More information on the 2015 Nebula Awards Weekend can be found on the SFWA website.

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