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2017 Best Translated Book Awards Finalists

The shortlists for the 2017 Best Translated Book Awards (BTBA) in fiction and poetry were announced April 18, 2017. The fiction category includes Wicked Weeds by Pedro Cabiya, translated by Jessica Powell (Mandel Vilar).

Founded in 2008 by Three Percent at the University of Rochester, the BTBA offers a $5,000 cash prize to each winning author and translator. Winners will be announced May 4, 2017 at The Folly gastropub in New York NY.

For a full list of fiction finalists, see the University of Rochester website.

Anathema Launch

Anathema: Spec from the Margins, an online “tri-annual speculative fiction magazine of work by queer POC,” launched its first issue on April 4, 2017. Michael Matheson & Andrew Wilmot are co-editors-in-chief. Chinelo Onwualu is non-fiction editor.

The first issue features fiction by Stephanie Chan, Brent Lambert, S. Qiouyi Lu, Ayodele Olofintuade, and Tony Pi, as well as non-fiction by Alexis Teyie. Anathema currently pays C$50 for fiction and non-fiction.

For more information, see their website.

Waters Wins NAFF

Fe Waters is the winner of the 2017 National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) and will attend Continuum 13, the 56th Australian National Science Convention (NatCon), to be held at the Jasper Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, June 9-12, 2017.

The National Australian Fan Fund (NAFF) was created in 2001 to facilitate fans traveling across Australia to attend NatCon. NAFF covers the cost of airfare and accommodation, and NatCon donates a convention membership to the winner. Winners are expected to produce a report of their trip, engage in fundraising to support future NAFF races, and help administer the NAFF race for the following two years. Voting is open to all Australian fans.

For more information, see the NAFF website.

2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ). Winners will be selected by members of SFFANZ and LexiCon 2017, and honored at the convention, June 2-4, 2017 at the Suncourt Hotel Taupō, New Zealand.

Best Novel

Best Youth Novel

Best Novella / Novelette

Best Short Story

Best Collected Work

Best Professional Artwork

Best Professional Production / Publication

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • AFK: The Webseries: “ZERG”
  • Chronesthesia, Hayden J. Weal & Simeon Duncombe
  • This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, Andrew Beszant & Christian Nicholson (Little Hero Productions)

Best Fan Production / Publication

  • Novazine
  • Phoenixine
  • Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror

Best Fan Writing

  • “Food and Horror” column, Octavia Cade (Book Smugglers)
  • “SITREP”, Alex Lindsay (Phoenxine)
  • Jacqui Smith, contributions to Novazine

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith, contributions to Novazine

Best New Talent

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Richard Parry
  • Laya Rose
  • Darian Smith

Services to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror

  • Lee Murray

Services to Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth
  • Lynelle Howell

Purcell Wins TAFF

John Purcell is the winner of the 2017 Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) and will attend Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, in Helsinki Finland, August 9-13, 2017. In the second round, he received 68 votes out of a total of 135 votes.

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund (TAFF) was created in 1953 to facilitate science fiction fans traveling to conventions on both sides of the Atlantic.

For more information, see

2017 Seiun Awards Nominees

The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2017 Seiun Awards finalists (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The nominees for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

Best Translated Story

  • “Seventh Sight”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi (Hayakawa Shobo 4/16)
  • “The Deathbird”, Harlan Ellison, translated by Ito Norio (The Deathbird and Other Stories)
  • “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Jun Suzuki (Hayakawa Shobo 6/16)
  • “Simulacrum”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa (Hayakawa Shobo 12/16)
  • “The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz”, Dan Simmons, translated by Sakai Akinobu (Hayakawa Shobo 8/16)
  • “Backward, Turn Backward”, James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda (Crown of Stars)

There are also nominees in Japanese Novel, Japanese Story, Dramatic Presentation, Comics, Art, Non-Fiction, and “Free” categories. A complete list of nominees (in Japanese) is available at the Nihon SF Taikai website.

Winners will be announced at the end of July. The awards will be presented at Donburacon, the 56th Japan SF convention, on August 26, 2017 in Shizuoka City, Japan.

Casper Wins PKD Award

The 2017 Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced Friday, April 14, 2017 at Norwescon 40 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport, SeaTac WA:

Special citation was given to Unpronounceable by Susan diRende (Aqueduct). This year’s judges were Michael Armstrong, Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou, and Ben Winters.

The award is presented annually to a distinguished work of science fiction originally published in paperback form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philip K. Dick Trust and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

For more, see

2016 BSFA Winners

The winners for the 2016 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards were announced at the 68th Eastercon, Innominate, held April 14-17, 2017 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, UK.

Best Novel

Best Short Story

Best Artwork

Best Non-Fiction

The awards are voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). For more information, see the BSFA website.

2016 Aurealis Awards Winners

The 2016 Aurealis Awards winners, recognizing the best in Australian speculative fiction, were announced April 14, 2017.


  • Watershed, Jane Abbott (Penguin Random House)
  • Confluence, S.K. Dunstall (Ace)
  • Squid’s Grief, DK Mok (self-published)
  • Stiletto, Daniel O’Malley (HarperCollins)
  • Threader, Rebekah Turner (Harlequin Australia)


  • “Salto Mortal”, Nick T. Chan (Lightspeed 6/16)
  • Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “Going Viral”, Thoraiya Dyer (Dimension6 #8)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “All the Colours of the Tomato”, Simon Petrie (Dimension6 #9)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)


  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray (Clarkesworld 11/16)
  • “Trainspotting in Winesburg”, Jack Dann (Concentration)
  • “The Baby Eaters”, Ian McHugh (Asimov’s 1/16)
  • “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring”, Claire McKenna (In Your Face)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulu)
  • “The Least of Things”, Jen White (Aurealis #94)



  • “Raven’s First Flight”, Alan Baxter (SNAFU: Black Ops)
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman”, Jason Fischer (Review of Australian Fiction #118)
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, Rose Mulready (Seizure)
  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Finnegan’s Field”, Angela Slatter ( 1/13/16)


  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer (In Your Face)
  • “Watercress Soup”, Tamlyn Dreaver (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #65)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls ( 4/19/16)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat”, David Versace (Aurealis #89)
  • “The Cartographer’s Price”, Suzanne Willis (Mythic Delirium 7-9/16)



  • Box of Bones, Jeremy Bates (Ghillinnein)
  • “Served Cold”, Alan Baxter (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Waking in Winter”, Deborah Biancotti (PS)
  • “The Starlight Circus”, Tara Calaby (Red Sun Magazine 12/16)
  • “Pan”, Christopher Ruz (Andromeda Spaceways Magazine #62)


  • “Flame Trees”, T.R. Napper (Asimov’s 4-5/16)
  • “Non Zero Sum”, R.P.L. Johnson (SNAFU: Hunters)
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?”, Garth Nix (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The Red Forest”, Angela Slatter (Winter Children and Other Chilling Tales)
  • “68 Days”, Kaaron Warren (Tomorrow’s Cthulhu)
  • “Life, or Whatever Passes For It”, Durand Welsh (Peel Back the Skin)



  • “A Right Pretty Mate”, Lisa L. Hannett (Dreaming in the Dark)
  • “Dune Time”, Jack Nicholls ( 4/19/16)
  • “No One Here is Going to Save You”, Shauna O’Meara (In Your Face)
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Defying Doomsday)


  • When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)




  • Mechanica, Lance Balchin (Five Mile)
  • BROBOT, James Foley (Fremantle)
  • The Spider King, Josh Vann (self-published)



The Sara Douglass Book Series Award did not run.

Winners were honored in an awards ceremony during Swancon 42, April 13-17, 2017 in Perth, Australia. For more, see the official website.

2017 Eugie Award Finalists

Finalists for the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” have been announced:

  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin ( 9/16)
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 7/16)
  • “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the Luminescence of Debauchery”, Catherynne M. Valente (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/16)
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, Alyssa Wong (Uncanny 5/16)

The winner will receive a plaque and a $1,000 prize at Dragon Con, to be held September 1-4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA. The award celebrates “the best in innovative fiction” and honors writer and editor Eugie Foster, who died in 2014. Speculative short stories published in 2016 are eligible for the award, with nominations made by a panel of editors, reviewers, and select readers, and the winner chosen by a jury.

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