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Canadian SF & F Hall of Fame

The new Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame has been announced, and the first honorees will be inducted during the Aurora Awards Ceremony at VCON in Vancouver, BC on October 4th, 2014.

All prior Aurora Award lifetime achievement winners are being inducted: Phyllis Gotlieb, Judith Merril, Dennis Mullin, Robert J. Sawyer, A.E. van Vogt, and Susan Wood. In addition, William Gibson, Jeanne Robinson, and Spider Robinson were selected for induction by a jury.

The 2014 jurors are Clint Budd (chair), Steve Fahnestalk, Robert J. Sawyer, Lorna Toolis, and Diana Walton.

For more, see the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association website.

2014 Man Booker Shortlist

The six-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize was announced September 9, 2014, and includes two titles of SF/F interest:

  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail)
  • J, Howard Jacobson (Cape/ Hogarth)

The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. The award was previously only available to writers from Commonwealth nations, the Republic of Ireland, and Zimbabwe. This is the first year it has been open to authors writing in English from any country.

The winner will be announced October 14, 2014.

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

Erdrich Wins PEN Award

Louise Erdrich, 60, is the 2014 recipient of the PEN/ Saul Bellow Prize for Achievement in American Fiction. The lifetime achievement award includes a $25,000 prize.

For more, see the PEN website.

Le Guin Wins NBF Medal

Ursula K. Le Guin, 84, will receive the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. The medal is presented annually to “a person who has enriched our literary heritage over a life of service, or a corpus of work,” and includes a $10,000 cash prize. The medal will be presented  November 19, 2014 by Neil Gaiman at the National Book Awards ceremony in New York.

For more, see the National Book Foundation’s website.

Graham Joyce (1954-2014)

Author Graham Joyce, 59, died September 9, 2014. He was diagnosed with aggressive lymphoma in 2013 and had been undergoing treatment. Joyce is best known for his acclaimed award-winning novels, which cross the borderlines of fantasy, horror, dark fantasy, and the paranormal.

Graham William Joyce was born October 22, 1954 in Keresley, England, a mining village near Coventry, and grew up there. He received a BEd from Bishop Lonsdale College in 1977, an MA in Modern English and American Literature from Leicester University in 1980, and a PhD from Nottingham University. (He wrote his Masters dissertation on Thomas Pynchon.)  He married Suzanne Johnsen in 1988 and left England to spend a year on the Greek isle of Lesbos while writing first novel Dreamside.

Dreamside appeared in 1991, followed by British Fantasy Award winner Dark Sister (1992); House of Lost Dreams (1993), set in Greece; British Fantasy Award winner Requiem (1995), set in Jerusalem; British Fantasy Award winner The Tooth Fairy (1996); British Fantasy Award winner The Stormwatcher (1998); Indigo (1999); Smoking Poppy (2001); World Fantasy Award winner The Facts of Life (2002); The Limits of Enchantment (2005); British Fantasy Award winner Memoirs of a Master Forger (2008), published in the UK under the pseudonym William Heaney (the book’s narrator), and under his own name in the US as How To Make Friends With Demons (2009); The Silent Land (2011); British Fantasy Award winner Some Kind of Fairy Tale (2012); and The Year of the Ladybird (2013; in the US as The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, 2014).

About ten years ago he began writing books for teens, including TWOC (2005 winner of the Angus Award), Do the Creepy Thing (2006; in the US as The Exchange, 2008), Three Ways to Snog an Alien (2008), and The Devil’s Ladder (2009).

Joyce wrote several notable short stories, including British fantasy finalist “Black Dust” (2001); Tiptree Award finalists “Eat Reecebread” (1994, with Peter F. Hamilton) and “Pinkland” (1998); British Fantasy and International Horror Guild Award finalist “Leningrad Nights” (1999); International Horror Guild Award nominee “Candia” (2000); and O. Henry prize winner “An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen” (2008). Some of his short fiction was collected in Partial Eclipse and Other Stories (2003).

Joyce taught creative writing to graduate students at Nottingham Trent University. He lived in Leicester with his wife Suzanne Johnsen and their two children, who survive him.

See the October issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

2014 WSFA Award Finalists

The finalists for the 2014 Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced:

  • “Trap-weed”, Gemma Files (Clockwork Phoenix 4)
  • “The Traditional”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 5/13)
  • “Bits”, Naomi Kritzer, (Clarkesworld 10/13)
  • “Set Your Face Towards the Darkness”, David McDonald (Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land)
  • “Acts of Chivalry”, Sean McMullen, (Tales of Australia: Great Southern Land)
  • “Morning Star”, DK Mok (One Small Step, an anthology of discoveries)
  • “Like a Bat Out of Hell”, Jonathan Shipley (After Death)
  • “Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma”, Alex Shvartsman (Orson Scott Card’s InterGalactic Medicine Show 4/13)

The award, recognizing the “best original short fiction” published by small presses in the previous year, will be presented at Capclave 2014, October 10-12, 2014, in Gaithersburg MD. The winner will be chosen by members of WSFA. For more information, see the WSFA Small Press Award site.

Bradbury Estate Auction Ends September 25, 2014

Nate D. Sanders Fine Autographs & Memorabilia is hosting the Ray Bradbury estate auction. The online catalog offers hundreds of items from Bradbury’s personal collection, ranging in price from $250 to over $30,000. The collection includes original art, memorabilia, curios, and other collectibles including the Retro Hugo Award for Fahrenheit 451 and Bradbury’s Hollywood Walk of Fame plaque.

The auction ends September 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. For more information see the Nate. D. Sanders website.

2014 British Fantasy Awards Winners

On September 7, 2014 at FantasyCon in York the British Fantasy Society announced winners for the 2014 British Fantasy Awards.

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • A Stranger in Olondria, Sofia Samatar (Small Beer)
  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (Headline)
  • Blood and Feathers: Rebellion, Lou Morgan (Solaris)
  • Between Two Thorns, Emma Newman (Angry Robot)
  • The Glass Republic, Tom Pollock (Jo Fletcher)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Shining Girls, Lauren Beukes (HarperCollins)
  • NOS4R2, Joe Hill (Gollancz)
  • The Year of the Ladybird, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
  • Path of Needles, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher)
  • House of Small Shadows, Adam Nevill (Pan)
  • Mayhem, Sarah Pinborough (Jo Fletcher)

Best Novella

  • Beauty, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
  • Spin, Nina Allan (TTA Press)
  • “Vivian Guppy and the Brighton Belle”, Nina Allan (Rustblind and Silverbright)
  • Dogs With Their Eyes Shut, Paul Meloy (PS Publishing)
  • Whitstable, Stephen Volk (Spectral)

Best Short Story

  • “Signs of the Times”, Carole Johnstone (Black Static #33)
  • “Chalk”, Pat Cadigan (This Is Horror)
  • “Golden Apple”, Sophia McDougall (The Lowest Heaven)
  • “Death Walks En Pointe”, Thana Niveau (The Burning Circus)
  • “Family Business”, Adrian Tchaikovsky (The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic)
  • “Moonstruck”, Karin Tidbeck (Shadows & Tall Trees #5)
  • “The Fox”, Conrad Williams (This Is Horror)

Best Collection

  • Monsters in the Heart, Stephen Volk (Gray Friar)
  • North American Lake Monsters, Nathan Ballingrud (Small Beer)
  • Holes for Faces, Ramsey Campbell (Dark Regions)
  • For Those Who Dream Monsters, Anna Taborska (Mortbury)

Best Anthology

  • End of the Road, Jonathan Oliver, ed. (Solaris)
  • The Tenth Black Book of Horror, Charles Black, ed. (Mortbury)
  • Fearie Tales, Stephen Jones, ed. (Jo Fletcher)
  • Rustblind and Silverbright, David Rix, ed. (Eibonvale)
  • Tales of Eve, Mhairi Simpson, ed. (Fox Spirit)

Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award)

  • The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn)
  • Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
  • NewCon Press (Ian Whates)
  • Spectral Press (Simon Marshall-Jones)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Speculative Fiction 2012, Justin Landon & Jared Shurin, eds. (Jurassic London)
  • Fantasy Faction, Marc Aplin, ed.
  • Doors to Elsewhere, Mike Barrett (The Alchemy Press)
  • ‘‘We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative’’, Kameron Hurley (A Dribble of Ink 5/20/13)
  • Gestalt Real-Time Reviews, D.F. Lewis

Best Magazine/Periodical

  • Clarkesworld, Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & and Kate Baker, eds. (Wyrm)
  • Black Static, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA Press)
  • Interzone, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA Press)
  • Shadows & Tall Trees, Michael Kelly, ed. (Undertow)

Best Artist

  • Joey Hi-Fi
  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Tula Lotay
  • Adam Oehlers
  • Daniele Serra

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Demeter, Becky Cloonan (Becky Cloonan)
  • The Unwritten, Mike Carey & Peter Gross (Vertigo)
  • Rachel Rising, Terry Moore (Abstract Studio)
  • Porcelain, Benjamin Read & Chris Wildgoose (Improper Books)
  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Jennifer Wilde, Maura McHugh, Karen Mahoney & Stephen Downey (Atomic Diner Comics)

Best Film/Television Episode

  • Game of Thrones: ‘‘The Rains of Castamere’’
  • Gravity
  • Doctor Who: ‘‘The Day of the Doctor’’
  • Iron Man 3
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

  • Ann Leckie, for Ancillary Justice (Orbit)
  • Francis Knight, for Fade to Black (Orbit)
  • Laura Lam, for Pantomime (Strange Chemistry)
  • Libby McGugan, for The Eidolon (Solaris)
  • Emma Newman, for Between Two Thorns (Angry Robot)
  • Samantha Shannon, for The Bone Season (Bloomsbury)

The British Fantasy Society Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award)

  • Farah Mendlesohn

Winners were chosen by juries, and announced during the awards ceremony.

Kirby McCauley (1941-2014)

Agent and editor Kirby McCauley, 72, died August 30, 2014 of renal failure.

McAuley was September 11, 1941 in Minnesota, and attended the University of Minnesota. He became a literary agent in the 1970s, and soon built one of the most successful agencies in the business, representing authors including Stephen King, George R.R. Martin, and Roger Zelazny. His sister Kay McCauley later joined his Pimlico Agency, which still represents many authors and estates.

McCauley helped found the World Fantasy Convention in 1975, chairing the first convention in Providence RI, serving on the board for several years, and helping to create the World Fantasy Awards. He was also a respected anthology editor, creating reprint anthology Night Chills (1975) and World Fantasy Award-winning original anthologies Frights (1976) and Dark Forces (1980), the latter still considered a landmark work. He received a special convention award from the World Fantasy Convention in 1979.

For more, see George R.R. Martin’s moving tribute. See the October issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

Eaton Receives $3.5 Million Gift

UC Riverside officials announced August 28, 2014 that $3.5 million was gifted to the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The gift comes from the estate of Jay Kay Klein and is the largest gift ever bestowed upon the UCR library. Mr. Klein had previously donated his photo collection of science fiction writers and fans, valued at $1.4 million. The Eaton Collection is the largest repository of science fiction and fantasy literature that is open to the public.

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