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2015 Parsec Awards Finalists

Finalists for the 2015 Parsec Awards, honoring excellence in speculative fiction podcasting, have been announced. Winners will be announced at Dragon*Con, September 4 –September 7, 2015, in Atlanta GA.

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Once and Future Nerd
  • Star Trek: Outpost
  • “Balancing Act”, Mike Murphy (Strange Stories)
  • “The Sinister Secret of StarNasty” or “A Mike in the Mechanics”, Michael McQuilkin & Richard Wentworth (Hadron Gospel Hour)
  • “Transference”, Sydney Leigh (The Wicked Library)

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • “The Philadelphia Xperiment”, John Ballentine, (Campfire Radio Theater)
  • “Ghosts of Flannan Lighthouse”, John Ballentine, (Campfire Radio Theater)
  • “A Prophets Guide”, Matthew J Boudreau
  • Space Casey Season 2 , Christiana Ellis
  • Aaron’s World, Mike Meraz (parent) and Aaron Meraz (child)
  • Alba Salix, Royal Physician, Eli McIlveen

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Literary Treks
  • Axanar: The Official Podcast
  • Continuing Mission
  • The Journeyman Writer
  • The Roundtable Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • [1] New Message
  • Blastropodcast
  • Comedy4cast
  • Rude Alchemy
  • I Remembered It…Better

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Blurry Photos
  • Faculty of Horror
  • Weird Things
  • Hubblecast
  • Universe Today’s Guide to Space

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • The Incomparable
  • Anomaly Podcast
  • The 602 Club
  • The Scifi Diner Podcast
  • Geek Radio Daily

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • The Ready Room
  • Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast
  • Arrow Squad
  • Dusted: A Buffy Podcast
  • Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men
  • The Scot and the Sassenach

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)

  • “Last Contact”, Rish Outfield & Bigg Anklevich (The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)
  • “Monster!”, V. C. Morrison (Seminar)
  • “Super-Baby-Moms Group Saves the Day”, Tina Connolly (Podcastle)
  • “The Screwfly Solution”, James Tiptree, Jr. (PseudoPod)
  • “Red Legacy”, Eneasz Brodski (Harry Potter and The Methods of Rationality)
  • “Say Uncle”, Rish Outfield (The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine)

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Cast of Wonders
  • PseudoPod
  • Seminar
  • The Uncanny Magazine Podcast
  • The NoSleep Podcast

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • PleasureTown
  • Audio Drama Production Podcast
  • Women at Warp – A Star Trek Podcast
  • Lost in Williamsburg
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella & Long Form) (Combined due to limited nominees)

  • The Black, Paul E. Cooley
  • The Ghost Train to New Orleans, Mur Lafferty
  • The Secret World Chronicles, Mercedes Lackey, Dennis Lee, Cody Martin, Larry Dixon, & Veronica Giguere
  • “Eater of Bone”, Robert Reed (Escape Pod)
  • Bear Spirit, D.C. Wood

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)

  • “The Greater Good”, Edwin Crowe (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “A Story to Scare My Son”, R.D. Ovenfriend (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “Madness Above the Clouds”, Michael Marks (The NoSleep Podcast)
  • “Shimmer”, Amanda Davis (Cast of Wonders)
  • “Singing with All my Skin and Bone”, Sunny Moraine (Nightmare)

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Mario Warfare
  • Princess Scientist’s Advent Calendar
  • The Ultimate Nerd-ament with Stanley & JAX
  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

2015 Gemmell Awards Winners

The 2015 David Gemmell Legend Awards winners have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Tor; Gollancz)
  • Half a King, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Voyager UK)
  • Valour, John Gwynne (Tor UK)
  • Prince of Fools, Mark Lawrence (Ace; Harper Voyager)
  • The Broken Eye, Brent Weeks (Orbit)

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley (Tor)
  • Traitor’s Blade, Sebastien De Cassel (Jo Fletcher; Quercus)
  • The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley (Angry Robot)
  • The Godless, Ben Peek (St. Martin’s; Tor UK)
  • Age of Iron, Angus Watson (Orbit)

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

  • Sam Green for the cover of Words of Radiance, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • Laura Brett for the cover of The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Gollancz)
  • Mike Bryan for the cover of Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (Harper Voyager)
  • Jason Chan for the cover of Prince of Fools, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
  • Jackie Morris for the cover of Fool’s Assassin, Robin Hobb (Harper Voyager)

The winners were announced in Heathrow on August 9, 2015 as part of the Nine Worlds Geekfest.

Robert Conquest (1917-2015)

Author Robert Conquest, 98, died August 3, 2015 in Stanford CA of pneumonia. Though best known as a historian and one of the foremost experts on Russia and the Soviet Union, he was also a dedicated SF fan, writer, editor, critic, and poet. From 1961-66 he edited five volumes of the Spectrum anthology series with Kingsley Amis. He wrote memorable verse, including this famous couplet:

“SF’s no good,” they bellow till we’re deaf.
“But this looks good.” — “Well then, it’s not SF.”

He also edited The Robert Sheckley Omnibus (1973). His essay collection The Abomination of Moab (1979) includes work of SF interest. He wrote one SF novel, A World of Difference: A Modern Novel of Science and Imagination (1955).

George Robert Acworth Conquest was born July 15, 1917 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. Conquest worked for the British diplomatic corps from 1946-56, and produced important works Power and Politics in the USSR (1960), The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purge of the Thirties (1969) and The Harvest of Sorrow: Soviet Collectivization and the Terror-Famine” (1986), among many other books on the country. Conquest was one of the Movement poets in the ’50s, along with Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis. In 1977 he became a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and eventually relocated full-time to live in Stanford CA.

He was married four times, and is survived by his wife Elizabeth (née Neece), plus two sons from his first marriage, a stepdaughter, and five grandchildren.

For more, see his entry in the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. See the September issue of Locus for a complete obituary.


2015 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2015 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 46 on August 2, 2015 in Colorado Springs CO.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Tales from Rugosa Coven, Sarah Avery (Dark Quest)
  • The Angel of Losses, Stephanie Feldman (Ecco)
  • Songs for Ophelia, Theodora Goss (Papaveria)
  • The Gospel of Loki, Joanne M. Harris (Gollancz)
  • Locke & Key series, Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • A Snicker of Magic, Natalie Lloyd (Scholastic)
  • The Night Gardener, Jonathan Auxier (Abrams)
  • The Castle Behind Thorns, Merrie Haskell (Katherine Tegen Books)
  • The Islands of Chaldea, Diana Wynne Jones & Ursula Jones (Greenwillow)
  • His Fair Assassin series, Robin LaFevers (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • C.S. Lewis and the Middle Ages, Robert Boenig (Kent State University Press)
  • Tolkien at Exeter College: How an Undergraduate Created Middle-earth, John Garth (Exeter College)
  • C. S. Lewis and Gender series: The Feminine Ethos in C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, The Gender Dance: Ironic Subversion in C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy, and Surprised by the Feminine: A Rereading of C.S. Lewis and Gender, Monika B. Hilder (Peter Lang)
  • Tolkien in the New Century: Essays in Honor of Tom Shippey, John Wm. Houghton, Janet Brennan Croft, Nancy Martsch, John D. Rateliff, & Robin Anne Reid, eds. (McFarland)
  • Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, Together with Sellic Spell, J. R. R. Tolkien; Christopher Tolkien, ed. (Houghton Mifflin)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Stories About Stories: Fantasy and the Remaking of Myth, Brian Attebery (Oxford University Press)
  • George MacDonald: Divine Carelessness and Fairytale Levity, Daniel Gabelman (Baylor University Press)
  • From the Forest: The Hidden Roots of our Fairy Tales, Sara Maitland (Counterpoint)
  • As If: Modern Enchantment and the Literary Prehistory of Virtual Reality, Michael Saler (Oxford University Press)
  • Peter Pan’s Shadows in the Literary Imagination, Kristen Stirling (Routledge)

2015 SFPA Grand Masters Announced

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has honored Marge Simon and Steve Sneyd as their newest Grand Masters.

The title can only be given “to an individual living at the time of selection whose body of work shall reflect the highest artistic goals of the SFPA, who shall have been actively publishing within the target genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy for a period of no fewer than 20 years, and whose poetry has been noted to be exceptional in merit, scope, vision and innovation.”

For more information, including the list of prior Grand Masters, see the SFPA website.

Adrienne Martine-Barnes (1942-2015)

Adrienne Martine-Barnes, 73, died July 20, 2015 in a Portland OR hospital.

Born January 19, 1942 in Los Angeles CA, Barnes began publishing with “Di Catenas” (1982) in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Darkover anthology Swords of Chaos. Her debut novel The Dragon Rises appeared in 1983, and her series Chronique D’Avebury includes The Fire Sword (1984), The Crystal Sword (1988), The Rainbow Sword (1988), and The Sea Sword (1989). She collaborated with Bradley on three Darkover novels: Exile’s Song (1996), The Shadow Matrix (1997), and Traitor’s Sun (1999). With Diana L. Paxson she wrote the Chronicles of Fionn mac Cumhal: Master of Earth and Water (1993), The Shield Between the Worlds (1994), and Sword of Fire and Shadow (1995).

Hieroglyph Wins MSFW Award

Hieroglyph, edited by Kathryn Cramer & Ed Finn(Morrow) is one of the winners of the 2015 Most Significant Future Works (MSFW) awards, in the category honoring works which “Illuminate the future through literary or artistic works.”

The MSFW Awards were founded by the Association of Professional Futurists “for the purpose of identifying and rewarding the work of professional futurists and others whose work illuminates aspects of the future.”

For the full list of winning projects, see the APF website.

2015 RITA and Golden Heart Awards

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in New York on July 25, 2015. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest include:

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

  • Evernight, Kristen Callihan (Grand Central)

RITA for Romantic Suspense:

Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance:

  • Demon’s Don’t, Jeanne Oates Estridge

For more information, including the full list of category winners, see the Romance Writers of America website.

2015 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes one title of SF/F interest:

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 second year it has been open to authors writing in English from any country.

A six-title shortlist will be announced September 15, 2015, with the winner to be announced October 13, 2015.

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

2015 British Fantasy Awards Nominees

The British Fantasy Society (BFS) has announced the finalists for the 2015 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Jo Fletcher)
  • The Relic Guild, Edward Cox (Gollancz)
  • Breed, K.T. Davies (Fox Spirit)
  • Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s)
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, Lavie Tidhar (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Moon King, Neil Williamson (NewCon)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Last Plague, Rich Hawkins (Crowded Quarantine)
  • The Unquiet House, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher)
  • Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel (Knopf)
  • The End, Gary McMahon (NewCon)
  • The Girl With All the Gifts, M.R. Carey (Orbit)
  • No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)

Best Novella

  • “Water For Drowning”, Ray Cluley (This Is Horror)
  • Cold Turkey, Carole Johnstone (TTA)
  • “Newspaper Heart”, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)
  • Drive, Mark West (Pendragon)

Best Short Story

  • “The Girl on the Suicide Bridge”, J.A. Mains (Beside the Seaside)
  • “Ptichka”, Laura Mauro (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
  • “A Woman’s Place”, Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)
  • “A Change of Heart”, Gaie Sebold (Wicked Women)

Best Collection

  • Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (Alchemy & Airgedlámh)
  • Scruffians! Stories of Better Sodomites, Hal Duncan (Lethe)
  • The Bright Day Is Done, Carole Johnstone (Gray Friar)
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
  • Black Gods Kiss, Lavie Tidhar (PS)

Best Anthology

  • The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2, Jan Edwards & Jenny Barber, eds. (Alchemy)
  • Terror Tales of Wales, Paul Finch, ed. (Gray Friar)
  • Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease, Joel Lane & Tom Johnstone, eds. (Gray Friar)
  • The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, Mark Morris, ed. (Spectral)
  • Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, Christie Yant, ed. (Lightspeed)

Best Independent Press

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

Best Non-Fiction

  • Rhapsody: Notes on Strange Fictions, Hal Duncan (Lethe)
  • You Are the Hero: A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, Jonathan Green (Snowbooks)
  • Touchstones: Essays on the Fantastic, John Howard (Alchemy)
  • Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961-1971, S.T. Joshi, ed. (PS)
  • D.F. Lewis Dreamcatcher Real-Time Reviews, D.F. Lewis (D.F. Lewis)
  • Ginger Nuts of Horror, Jim McLeod, ed. (Jim McLeod)
  • Sibilant Fricative: Essays & Reviews, Adam Roberts (Steel Quill)

Best Magazine/Periodical

  • Black Static, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA)
  • Holdfast Magazine, Laurel Sills & Lucy Smee, eds. (Laurel Sills & Lucy Smee)
  • Interzone, Andy Cox, ed. (TTA)
  • Lightspeed, John Joseph Adams, ed. (Lightspeed)
  • Sein und Werden, Rachel Kendall, ed. (ISMs)

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Les Edwards
  • Sarah Anne Langton
  • Karla Ortiz
  • Daniele Serra

Best Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry)
  • The Wicked + The Divine, Kieron Gillen & Jamie McKelvie (Image)
  • Cemetery Girl, Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden & Don Kramer (Jo Fletcher)
  • Seconds, Bryan Lee O’Malley (SelfMadeHero)
  • Grandville Noël, Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Image)

Best Film/Television Episode

  • Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
  • Black Mirror: “White Christmas”
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Interstellar
  • Under the Skin

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

  • Edward Cox, for The Relic Guild (Gollancz)
  • Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • Laura Mauro, for “Ptichka” (Horror Uncut: Tales of Social Insecurity and Economic Unease)
  • Den Patrick, for The Boy with the Porcelain Blade (Gollancz)
  • Jen Williams, for The Copper Promise (Headline)

Winners will be chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award) which is chosen by the BFS committee. Winners will be announced October 25, 2015 during an awards ceremony at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham England.

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