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2015 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire Finalists

The nominees for the 2015 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire , honoring the best SF/F work published in France in 2014,  have been announced:

French Novel

  • Bastards, Ayerdhal (Au diable vauvert)
  • Les Résidents, Maurice G. Dantec (Inculte)
  • Drift, Thierry Di Rollo (Bélial’)
  • Trois oboles pour Charon, Franck Ferric (Denoël, Lunes d’encre)
  • Cosplay, Laurent Ladouari (Hervé Chopin)
  • Aucun homme n’est une île, Christophe Lambert (J’ai lu, Nouveaux millénaires)
  • Hysteresis, Loïc Le Borgne (Bélial’)
  • Dernières nouvelles d’Œsthrénie, Anne-Sylvie Salzman (Dystopia)

Foreign Novel

  • Anti-Glace [Anti-Ice], Stephen Baxter (Bélial’)
  • Le Cycle des Démons [The Demon Cycle, books 1-3], Peter V. Brett (Bragelonne)
  • L’océan au bout du chemin [The Ocean at the End of the Lane], Neil Gaiman (Au diable vauvert)
  • L’éducation de Stony Mayhall [Raising Stony Mayhall], Daryl Gregory (Bélial’)
  • La grande route du Nord [Great Road North], Peter F. Hamilton (Bragelonne)
  • Vlast [Wolfhound Century], Peter Higgins (Bragelonne)
  • Notre fin sera si douce [Soft Apocalypse], Will McIntosh (Fleuve)
  • Nexus, Ramez Naam (Presses de la Cité)t
  • Intrabasses [Needle in the Groove], Jeff Noon (La Volte)
  • L’Obsession [The Man from Primrose Lane], James Renner (Super 8)

French Short Fiction

  • “Le berceau des lucioles”, Jacques Barbéri (Faites demi-tour dès que possible)
  • “Noc-kerrigan”, Thomas Day (Bifrost #76)
  • L’été dans la vallée, Mélanie Fazi (Le Jardin des silences)
  • L’opéra de Shaya, Sylvie Lainé (ActuSF)
  • Finir en beauté, Christophe Langlois (L’Arbre vengeur)

Foreign Short Fiction

  • La fille-flûte et autres fragments de futurs brisés [The Fluted Girl], Paolo Bacigalupi (Au diable vauvert)
  • “Éparpillés le long des rivières du ciel” [“Scattered Along the River of Heaven”], Aliette de Bodard (Galaxies #28)
  • Les Furies de Borås [The Furies from Borås], Anders Fager (Mirobole)
  • “Dead Horse Point”, Daryl Gregory (Bifrost #74)
  • Chants du cauchemar et de la nuit [Selected stories from Nightmare Factory], Thomas Ligotti (Dystopia)
  • “The Algorithms for Love”, Ken Liu (Galaxies #28)
  • “Snodgrass”, Ian R. MacLeod (Alternative rock)
  • “Foyer Sainte-Lucie pour jeunes filles élevées par les loups” [“St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves”], Karen Russell (Terres d’Amérique)
  • Les Perséides [The Perseids], Robert Charles Wilson (Bélial’)

French YA Novel

  • Le Jour où…, Paul Beorn (Castelmore)
  • Fuir Malco, Charlotte Bousquet (Gulf Stream)
  • Le Livre de Perle, Timothée de Fombelle (Gallimard)
  • Virus 57, Christophe Lambert & Sam VanSteen (Syros)
  • La Seconde vie de d’Artagnan, Jean-Luc Marcastel (Matagot)
  • Bleu argent, Olivier Paquet (L’Atalante)
  • Grandclapier, Joann Sfar (Gallimard)
  • Les Outrepasseurs (Books 1 and 2), Cindy Van Wilder (Gulf Stream)

Foreign YA Novel

  • Zombie Ball [Zombie Baseball Beatdown], Paolo Bacigalupi (Au diable vauvert)
  • Barnabé ou la vie en l’air [The Terrible Thing That Happened to Barnaby Brocket], John Boyne (Gallimard)
  • L’Éveil des macchabs [Rise of the Corpses], Ty Drago (Bayard)
  • Humains [The Humans], Matt Haig (Hélium)
  • Miss Peregrine et les enfants particuliers [Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children], Ransom Riggs (Bayard)
  • La Malédiction Grimm [The Grimm Legacy], Polly Shulman (Bayard)

Jacques Chambon Translation Prize

  • Jean-Daniel Brèque for Nexus, Ramez Naam (Presses de la Cité)
  • Carine Bruy for Les Furies de Borås, Anders Fager (Mirobole)
  • Pierre-Paul Durastanti for Anti-Glace, Stephen Baxter (Bélial’)
  • Anne-Sylvie Homassel for Chants du cauchemar et de la nuit, Thomas Ligotti (Dystopia)
  • Patrick Marcel for L’océan au bout du chemin, Neil Gaiman (Au diable vauvert)
  • Michel Pagel for Notre fin sera si douce, Will McIntosh (Fleuve)
  • Laurent Philibert-Caillat for L’éducation de Stony Mayhall, Daryl Gregory (Bélial’) and Moxyland, Lauren Beukes (Presses de la Cité)
  • Marie Surgers for Intrabasses, Jeff Noon (La Volte)

Wojtek Siudmak Award for Art

  • Olivier Fontvieille for Hiroshima n’aura pas lieu [Shambling Towards Hiroshima], James Morrow (Au diable vauvert)
  • Nicolas Fructus for Aucun souvenir assez solide, Alain Damasio (Gallimard, Folio SF)
  • Victor Manuel Leza Moreno for Le Roi Squelette – L’intégrale, Serge Brussolo (Bragelonne)
  • Manchu for Les Perséides [The Perseids], Robert Charles Wilson (Denoël, Lunes d’Encre)
  • Aurélien Police for all its 2014 book covers
  • Diego Tripodi for Fées, weed et guillotines, Karim Berrouka (ActuSF, Les Trois Souhaits)
  • Johannes Wiebel for Il est de retour [Look Who’s Back], Timur Vermes (Belfond)

Non-Fiction

  • “Les Dieux cachés de la science-fiction française et francophone (1950-2010)” ["The Hidden Gods of the French and Francophone SF"] (Revue Eidôlon #111)
  • Philoséries: Buffy tueuse de vampires, Sylvie Allouche & Sandra Laugier eds. (Bragelonne)
  • Post humains [Post Humans] Élaine Després & Hélène Machinal, ed. (Presses Universitaires de Rennes)
  • La bible steampunk [The Steampunk Bible], S.J. Chambers & Jeff VanderMeer (Bragelonne)
  • Super-héros, une histoire française [Super Heroes: A French History], Xavier Fournier (Huginn & Muninn)
  • Des mines du roi Salomon à la quête du Graal. H.R. Haggard (1856-1925) [From King Solomon’s Mines to the Graal’s Quest by H.R.Haggard], Lauric Guillaud (ActuSF)
  • Utopie et raison dans le cycle de Fondation d’Isaac Asimov [Utopia and Reason in Asimov’s Foundation], Anthony Vallat (Michel Houdiard)

Prix Spécial

  • Forty Years of the Canadian SF Magazine Solaris
  • Richard Comballot for his work on documenting the genre, including his collection of interviews, Clameurs
  • L’intégrale Stark et les rois des étoiles [the complete Stark and the Star Kings], Leigh Brackett, Ray Bradbury, & Edmond Hamilton (Bélial’)
  • Le Cabinet du docteur Black, E.B. Hudspeth (Le Pré aux clercs)
  • Midi-Minuit Fantastique Volume 1, Michel Caen & Nicolas Stanzick, eds. (Rouge Profond)
  • Eerie et Creepy présentent Richard Corben (Volumes 1 and 2) (Delirium)

Winners will be awarded at the Étonnants Voyageurs festival in Saint-Malo, France, May 23-25, 2015. For more information, see the official website.

2014 Kitschies Shortlist

Finalists for the 2014 Kitschies, awarded to “the year’s most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” have been announced.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Race, Nina Allen (NewCon)
  • The Peripheral, William Gibson (Viking)
  • Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith (Egmont)
  • The Way Inn, Will Wiles (4th Estate)

 

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • The Girl in the Road, Monica Byrne (Blackfriars)
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, Becky Chambers (self-published)
  • Viper Wine, Hermione Eyre (Jonathan Cape)
  • Memory of Water, Emmi Itäranta (HarperCollins)
  • The People in the Trees, Hanya Yanagihara (Atlantic)

 

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

  • Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, Emily Carroll & Sonja Chaghatzbanian (Faber and Faber)
  • Valerie Martin’s The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder (Weidenfeld and Nicolson)
  • Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman, Glenn O’Neill (William Heinamann)
  • Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, Rafaela Romaya & Yehring Tong (Canongate)
  • Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming, Ben Summers (Hodder and Stoughton)

 

The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)

 

Winners will receive trophies and cash prizes. Finalists were chosen from 198 submissions, from over 40 publishers and imprints. Novel and debut winners will be selected by judges Kate Griffin, Adam Roberts, Frances Hardinge, Kim Curran, and Glen Mehn. Judges for art are Jim Kay, Siân Prime, Dapo Adeoloa, and Ed Warren.

Awards will be presented in a ceremony March 4, 2015. For more, see the Kitschies website.

2014 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2014 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Awards has been announced:

Best Novel

  • The Race, Nina Allan (Newcon)
  • Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan)
  • Europe in Autumn, Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Wolves, Simon Ings (Gollancz)
  • Ancillary Sword, Anne Leckie (Orbit)
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North (Orbit)
  • Lagoon, Nnedi Okorafor (Hodder)
  • The Moon King, Neil Williamson (Newcon)

Best Short Fiction

  • “The Honey Trap”, Ruth E J Booth (La Femme)
  • “The Mussel Eater”,  Octavia Cade (The Book Smugglers)
  • Scale Bright, Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Immersion)

Best Artwork

  • Cover for Kameron Hurley’s Mirror Empire, Richard Anderson (Angry Robot)
  • Cover for Adam Roberts’s Bête, Blacksheep (Gollancz)
  • “The Wasp Factory” (sculpture), Tessa Farmer (after Iain Banks)
  • Cover for Simon Ings’s Wolves, Jeffery Alan Love (Gollancz)
  • Cover for Sophia McDougall’s Mars Evacuees, Andy Potts (Egmont)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Greg Egan, Karen Burnham (University of Illinois Press)
  • “Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers in the Great War”, Edward James (fantastic-writers-and-the-great-war.com)
  • Call and Response, Paul Kincaid (Beccon Books)
  • “Deep Forests and Manicured Gardens: A Look at Two New Short Fiction Magazines”, Jonathan McCalmont (Ruthless Culture)
  • “The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium”, Niall Harrison, ed. (Strange Horizons)

 

The awards will be voted on by members of BSFA and the British Annual Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon). The winners will be announced at the 66th Eastercon, Dysprosium, April 3-6, 2015 at the Park Inn, Heathrow. For more information, see the BSFA website.

 

 

 

2015 Jim Baen Memorial Award Finalists

Baen Books has released the list of ten finalists for the 2015 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award:

  • Robert Dawson
  • John Eckelkamp
  • C. Stuart Hardwick
  • Jamie Lackey
  • Marina J. Lostetter
  • Stanley Love
  • Angus McIntyre
  • Karen Birkedahl Rylander
  • Shawn Scarber
  • Martin L. Shoemaker

The winning story will be featured on the Baen website. The author will be given an award, be paid “normal paying rates for professional story submittals,” receive free admission into the 2015 International Space Development Conference and a year’s membership in the National Space Society, as well as an assortment of Baen Books and National Space Society merchandise.

For more information, including the lists of past winners, see the official award webpage.

Forever Magazine

Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke has launched a new monthly SF reprint magazine, Forever, to feature a novella and two short stories in each issue. Unlike ClarkesworldForever will not be free online, but only available for purchase or subscription. Clarke has made the first issue available for free download, however, as an enticement to readers. For more information, see Clarke’s announcement.

Melanie Tem (1949-2015)

Author Melanie Tem, 65, died February 9, 2015 of cancer.

Tem’s debut novel Prodigal (1991) was the winner of a Bram Stoker Award, and in 1992 she won the Icarus award for most promising newcomer, presented by the British Fantasy Society. Novella “The Man on the Ceiling” (2000), co-written with her husband Steve Rasnic Tem, won a World Fantasy Award, a Bram Stoker Award, and an International Horror Guild Award. They expanded it into a novel in 2008, and in that form it was a finalist for the Shirley Jackson Award. They also collaborated on novel Daughters (2001), numerous works of short fiction, and multimedia collection Imagination Box (2001), a Bram Stoker Award winner and International Horror Guild Award finalist.

Tem’s novel Desmodus (1996) was longlisted for the James Tiptree, Jr. Memorial Award. She wrote over a dozen novels in all, including Blood Moon (1992), The Wilding (1992), Revenant (1994), Tides (1996), Black River (1997), Slain in the Spirit (2002), The Deceiver (2003), and The Yellow Wood (2015). With Nancy Holder she wrote Making Love (1995) and Witch-Light (1996). Some of her solo short work is collected in The Ice Downstream (2001), while her collaborations with her husband are gathered in  In Concert (2010). A new collection, Singularities, is forthcoming this year. Tem was also a published poet, a gifted oral storyteller, and a playwright.

Melanie Kubachko was born April 11, 1949 and grew up in Saegertown PA. She attended Allegheny College as an undergrad, and earned her master’s in social work at the University of Denver in Colorado. When she and Steve Rasnic married, they took the joint surname Tem.

She developed breast cancer in 1997; two years ago it recurred, and metastasized to her bones, bone marrow, and organs. She is survived by Steve, her husband of 35 years; four children; and six grandchildren.

See the March issue of Locus for a complete obituary.

Gaiman Wins 2015 BBC Audio Drama Award

Neil Gaiman received a 2015 BBC Audio Drama Award for Outstanding Contribution to Radio Drama.

Hood received the award for Best Online or Non-Broadcast Audio Drama.

The awards were announced Sunday, February 1, 2015. For more information, including the full list of awards winners, see the official website.

2015 Alex Awards Winners

There were three works of genre interest among the 2015 Alex Awards winners:

  • Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
  • Lock In, John Scalzi (Tor)
  • The Martian, Andy Weir (Crown)

The Alex Awards are presented by the Association for Library Service to Children (a division of the American Library Association), “given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.”

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

SFWA Allows Self-Published Authors

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have approved a change to its bylaws that will allow self-publishing and small-press credits to qualify writers for active and associate memberships. SFWA members voted on the issue, with a third of voting members taking part, and they favored loosening membership standards by more than six to one.

The membership requirements still have a benchmark based on income, but SFWA is “now allowing a combination of advances and income earned in a 12-month period to rise to the qualifying amounts.” The standards are “$3,000 for novel, or a total of 10,000 words of short fiction paid at 6 cents a word for Active membership. A single story of at least 1,000 words paid at 6 cents a word will be required for Associate membership. Affiliate, Estate, and Institutional membership requirements remain unchanged.”

SFWA president Steven Gould says, “Writers write. Professional writers get paid a decent amount for what they write. For the past five years it’s been apparent that there are ways to earn that decent amount that were not being covered by our previous qualification standards. Though these changes took a substantial amount of time, I’m grateful to everyone who worked toward this end.”

For more, see SFWA’s statement.

 

 

Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015)

SF writer and poet Suzette Haden Elgin, 78, died January 27, 2014.

She began publishing SF with “For the Sake of Grace” in F&SF (1969), part of her Coyote Jones series, which also includes novels The Communipaths (1970), Furthest (1971), At the Seventh Level (1972), Star-Anchored, Star-Angered (1979), and Yonder Comes the Other End of Time (1986). She also wrote the Planet Ozark series, including Twelve Fair Kingdoms (1981), The Grand Jubilee (1981), and And then There’ll be Fireworks (1981). She is best known for her Native Tongue SF trilogy: Native Tongue (1984), The Judas Rose (1987), and Earthsong (1994); the latter was longlisted for the Tiptree Award. She also wrote standalone Peacetalk 101 (2003).

Elgin founded the Science Fiction Poetry Association in 1978; the organization’s Elgin Award, for best poetry book and chapbook of the year, is named in her honor. She wrote the The Science Fiction Poetry Handbook (1986; expanded 2004).

Patricia Anne Wilkins was born November 18, 1936 in Missouri. She earned a PhD in linguistics from UC San Diego in 1973, and taught there from 1972-80, when she retired. She was married twice, to Peter Haden (married 1955; he predeceased her) and George Elgin (married 1964; he survives her).

Her interest in linguistics is apparent in her SF, particularly in the Native Tongue books and First Diction and Grammar of Láadan (1985), a work of non-fiction about the language she constructed for the Coyote Jones series. She was widely published as a linguist as well, notably with her Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense series, beginning with The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense (1980).

See the March issue of Locus for a complete obituary. See her entry in the Science Fiction Encyclopedia for more on her work.

 


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