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Link a Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Kelly Link’s collection Get in Trouble (Random House) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in the Fiction category, announced April 18, 2016. The prize went to The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press).

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

Elliott Awarded Shared Worlds Residency

Writer Julia Elliott has been named the Shared Worlds 2016 Amazon Writer-in-Residence. Elliott will teach at the Shared Worlds Writers Workshop, a SF and fantasy writing camp for teens to be held July 17-30, 2016 at Wofford College in Spartanburg SC.

This is the ninth year of Shared Worlds. Sixty teenagers are chosen each year to participate and receive mentoring from established SF/F writers. Amazon Grant funds awarded Shared Worlds $18,000 for writer-in-residence and student scholarships this year. For more information, visit the Shared Worlds website.

Pournelle Wins NSS Heinlein Award

Jerry Pournelle won the National Space Society’s (NSS) Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award recognizes Pournelle’s “many years of support for space science, exploration, development and settlement and his close association with Robert Heinlein.”

The NSS Heinlein Award is a lifetime achievement award, presented once every two years and voted on by the NSS membership.

Pournelle will be honored at a ceremony during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC), held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan Puerto Rico, May 18-22, 2016.

For more information, see the official announcement.

2016 Writers/Illustrators of the Future Awards Winners

The 2016 Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award and Illustrators of the Future Golden Brush Award went to Matt Dovey and Adrian Massaro respectively for the text and artwork of Dovey’s story, “Squalor and Sympathy”. This is the first time in the awards’ history that a writer and artist have won for working on the same story.

Both were honored, along with the rest of the 12 writer and illustrator winners (with a 13th writer finalist) from each of the quarterly 2015 contests, at a ceremony held April 10, 2016 in Los Angeles CA at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, where all of the winners received their trophies. Golden Awards winners were presented checks for $5,000. All of the winning stories and artwork are published in Writers of the Future Volume 32.

For more information, see the Writers of the Future website.

2016 Sturgeon Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2016 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced:

  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead”, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred”, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 10/15)
  • “The New Mother”, Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine 1-2/15)
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones (Meeting Infinity)
  • “Damage”, David D. Levine (Tor.com 01/21/15)
  • “The Game of Smash and Recovery”, Kelly Link (Strange Horizons 10/17/15)
  • “Botanica Veneris: Thirteen Papercuts by Ida Countess Rathangan”, Ian McDonald (Old Venus)
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)
  • “The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill”, Kelly Robson (Clarkesworld 2/15)
  • “Gypsy”, Carter Scholz (F&SF 11-12/15)
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City” Jeff Somers (self-published 6/15)

The award will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet as part of MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO.

SF Hall of Fame Nominations Open to Public

Nominations are now open to the public for the 2016 Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductees. In the past, only EMP members could submit nominations, but this year the process has been made public to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the SF Hall of Fame. The deadline to submit names is April 10, 2016. Final inductees are chosen by a panel of award-winning authors, artists, editors, publishers, and film professionals.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was founded in 1996 and then relocated from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy at the University of Kansas to its permanent home at EMP Museum in 2004.

Dragon Con Announces the Dragon Awards

Dragon Con, the “largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction & fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film” has announced the creation of the Dragon Awards.

Described as a “fans-focused” process, voting is open to “all of the fans of all forms of science fiction.”

Nominations will be accepted from “early April until July 25,” with a final ballot to be announced August 2, 2016. For eligibility, “the book, comic, game, movie, or, at least, one episode of any series has to have been released Between April 1, 2015, and the close of nominations, July 25, 2016.”

The Dragon Awards categories for 2016 are:

  • Best SF novel
  • Best fantasy novel (including paranormal)
  • Best YA/middle grade novel
  • Best military science fiction or fantasy novel
  • Best alternate history novel
  • Best apocalyptic novel
  • Best horror novel
  • Best comic book
  • Best graphic novel
  • Best episode in a continuing science fiction or fantasy series, TV or internet
  • Best science fiction or fantasy movie
  • Best science fiction or fantasy PC/console game
  • Best science fiction or fantasy mobile game
  • Best science fiction or fantasy board game
  • Best science fiction or fantasy miniatures/collectable card/role-playing game

For more information see the official press release or the Dragon Con site.

Justin Leiber (1938-2016)

SF writer and philosopher Justin Leiber, 77, died March 22, 2016 in Tallahassee FL. He had prostate cancer. The son of writer Fritz Leiber, Justin Leiber’s debut SF novel was Beyond Rejection (1980), beginning the Beyond sequence, which continued with Beyond Humanity (1987) and Beyond Gravity (1988). He also wrote fantasy novels The Sword and the Eye (1985) and The Sword and the Tower (1986).

Justin Fritz Leiber was born July 8, 1938 in Chicago IL. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Oxford and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Chicago. He taught at various universities in New York and Texas beginning in the early ’60s, eventually becoming a professor of philosophy at Florida State University. He was also a visiting fellow at Oxford. Leiber’s academic interests included philosophy, linguistics, and cognitive science, and he often explored his ideas through a SFnal lens. Can Animals and Machines Be Persons? (1985) examines notions of personhood in a SF scenario. He published many works of non-fiction, including many papers on Alan Turing and the Turing Test. He is survived by wife Barbara R. Foorman, two children, and three grandchildren.

2016 Prometheus Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society has released the finalists for the Prometheus Award, honoring pro-freedom works published in 2015.

Best Novel Award

All members of the Libertarian Futurist Society are eligible to vote. The award will be presented in a ceremony during MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, to be held August 17-21, 2016 in Kansas City MO.

Fischer and Schmatz Win Tiptree

Eugene Fischer’s novella “The New Mother” (Asimov’s 4-5/15) and Pat Schmatz’s novel Lizard Radio (Candlewick) are the two winners of the 2015 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Each author will receive $1,000 in prize money, original artwork created to honor the winning works, and chocolate. Fischer will be honored at a ceremony during WisCon, May 27-30, 2016 in Madison WI. Schmatz cannot attend, “but will be feted at an alternate celebration.”

The Tiptree jury released an “honor list” recognizing other noteworthy works:

  • “Sarah’s Child”, Susan Jane Bigelow (Strange Horizons 5/19/14)
  • “The Shape of My Name”, Nino Cipri (Tor.com 3/4/15)
  • The Only Ones, Carola Dibbell (Two Dollar Radio)
  • ODY-C: Volume 1: Off to Far Ithicaa, Matt Fraction & Christian Ward (Image)
  • A Crown for Cold Silver, Alex Marshall (Orbit)
  • “Each to Each”, Seanan McGuire (Lightspeed 6/14)
  • “How to Become a Robot in 12 Easy Steps”, A Merc Rustad (Scigentasy 3/14)
  • All That Outer Space Allows, Ian Sales (Whippleshield)
  • Beyond: The Queer Sci-Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology, Taneka Stotts and Sfé Monster, eds. (Beyond)
  • Steven Universe, created and executive produced by Rebecca Sugar (Cartoon Network 2013-15)
  • Radiance, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)

Jurors were Heather Whipple (chair), Jacqueline Gross, Alessa Hinlo, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, and N.A. Sulway.

The 2016 jurors will be Jeanne Gomoll (chair), Aimee Bahng, James Fox, Roxane Samer, and Deb Taber.

For more information, see the Tiptree website.


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