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2016 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the inaugural Dragon Awards were announced at Dragon Con, held September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta GA.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Best Fantasy Novel

Best Young Adult / Middle Grade Novel

Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel

Best Alternate History Novel

Best Apocalyptic Novel

Best Horror Novel

Best Comic Book

  • Ms. Marvel
  • Astro City
  • Civil War II
  • Daredevil
  • DC Universe: Rebirth
  • Providence
  • Saga

Best Graphic Novel

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series

  • Game of Thrones
  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Who
  • The Expanse
  • The Flash
  • Jessica Jones
  • Outlander

Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie

  • The Martian
  • Ant-Man
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Crimson Peak
  • Deadpool
  • Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens

Voting was open to the public at the Dragon Awards website. Winners in various gaming-related categories were also announced. For more information, visit the Dragon Awards website.

Valente Wins Eugie Award

“The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild” by Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 1/15, 3/15) won the inaugural Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain.”

The announcement was made at Dragon Con, held September 2-5, 2016 in Atlanta GA. The award celebrates “the best in innovative fiction” and honors writer and editor Eugie Foster, who died in 2014.

Other finalists were:

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight”, Aliette De Bodard (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “The Deepwater Bride”, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
  • “Pocosin”, Ursula Vernon (Apex 1/15)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)

Speculative short stories published in 2015 were eligible for the award, with nominations made by a panel of editors, reviewers, and select readers, and the winner chosen by a jury. For more information, visit

Hachette Sues Seth Grahame-Smith

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Unholy Night (among other titles), is being sued by Hachette Book Group for breach of contract. The publisher is suing to recover the $500,000 (plus interest) they paid for a book they allege the author never delivered.

Hachette and Grahame-Smith made a $4 million deal for two new books following 2010’s Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, with $1 million paid on signing: $500,000 for each book. They published Grahame-Smith’s The Last American Vampire in 2015, but despite offering extensions on the second book’s deadline, it never arrived. Three years after the original due date, Hachette terminated the contract, but offered Grahame-Smith an additional 60 days to hand in a manuscript. He did deliver a book, but Hachette said the manuscript was “in large part an appropriation of a 120-year-old public-domain work” and on a subject that Hachette never approved.

Publishers Marketplace has posted Hachette’s legal complaint online.

Inaugural Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society, a new professional organization for African science fiction and fantasy, will formally announce the creation of the Nommo Awards at the Aké Festival, to be held November 15-19, 2016 at the Arts and Cultural Centre in Abeokuta, Nigeria. A prize of $3,000 will be shared among the winners of four categories: best novel ($1,000), best novella ($500), best short story ($500), and best graphic novel ($1,000). The award currently has four years’ worth of prize money, thanks to benefactor Tom Ilube.

The first prizes will be awarded at the Aké Festival in November 2017. The award is “open to authors and artists with African citizenship, or who grew up in Africa or who live abroad and have at least one African parent.” For more information, see the ASFS site.

Children of Time Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2015 has been announced:

This year’s judges were Ian Whates and David Gullen for the British Science Fiction Association, Andrew McKie and Liz Bourke for the Science Fiction Foundation, and Leila Abu El Hawa for SCI-FI- LONDON. Andrew M. Butler was chair of judges. Tom Hunter was awards director.

Tchaikovsky received a £2016 prize and a commemorative engraved bookend. The winning title was announced August 24, 2016, at an award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London.

2016 Campbell and Sturgeon Awards Winners

Radiomen by Eleanor Lerman (The Permanent Press) is this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award winner for the best science fiction novel published in 2015, and Kelly Link’s “The Game of Smash and Recovery” (Strange Horizons 10/17/15) is the winner of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short fiction of 2015.

Going Dark by Linda Nagata (Mythic Island/Saga) and The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts (Gollancz) tied as second place winners for the Campbell, and third place was The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Orbit; Knopf).

“The New Mother” by Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15) was the second place winner for the Sturgeon Award, and “Gypsy” by Carter Scholz (F&SF 11-12/15) took third place.

The awards were presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, held at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, on August 18, 2016 at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO.

Other finalists were:

John W. Campbell Memorial Award

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

  • “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)
  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny Magazine 1-2/15)
  • “Emergence”, Gwyneth Jones (Meeting Infinity)
  • “Damage”, David D. Levine ( 01/21/15)
  • “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)
  • “Avery Cates: The Walled City” Jeff Somers (self-published 6/15)

Worldcon and NASFiC Site Selections

San Jose CA won the bid to host the 76th World Science Fiction Convention in 2018, beating a bid from New Orleans LA by a vote of 675 to 594. The convention will be held in the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA on August 16-20, 2018. Guests of honor will include Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Spider Robinson. For more information, see the Worldcon 76 website.

San Juan Puerto Rico has won the bid to host the 12th North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC) in 2017, beating a bid from Valley Forge PA by a vote of 233 to 182. NASFiC happens whenever a Worldcon occurs outside of North America (as in the case of Worldcon 72, which was held in London, England). The convention will be called NorthAmeriCon ’17, and will be held at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel and Casino in San Juan PR on July 6-9, 2017. Guests of honor will include Daína Chaviano, Tobias S. Buckell, Brother Guy Consolmagno S.J., Javier Grillo-Marxuach, George Pérez, and Paula Smith. For more information, see the NorthAmeriCon ’17 website.

2015 Sidewise Awards Winners

The winners for the Sidewise Awards for best alternate history have been announced. The awards were presented August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th Worldcon, at the Kansas City convention center in Kansas City MO.

Short Form

  • “Red Legacy”, Eneasz Brodsky (Asimov’s 2/15)
  • “Elizabethtown”, Eric Cline (Galaxy’s Edge 11/15)
  • “Losing Amelia”, Rev Dicerto (Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age)
  • “The Last of Time”, Ken Poyner (Daily SF 11/05/15)
  • “The Hero of Deadwood”, James Reasoner (Tales from the Otherverse)

Long Form

The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. This year’s jury included Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

2016 Alfie Awards

The Alfie Awards were presented at midnight on August 20, 2016, during George R.R. Martin’s Hugo Losers Party, held at the Midland Theatre in Kansas City MO. The awards, named in honor of Alfred Bester (whose The Demolished Man was the first ever novel Hugo Award winner), with trophies created using ’50s hood ornaments, went to the top runner-up pushed off various categories of the Hugo Awards ballot by the Rabid Puppy slate, as well as several committee choices.

  • Best Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers”, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)
  • Best Related Work: Letters to Tiptree, Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Best Graphic Novel: Bitch Planet, Volume 1: Extraordinary Machine, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma & Robert Wilson (Image)
  • Best Artist: Julie Dillon
  • Best Fanzine: Journey Planet
  • Best Fancast: Tea and Jeopardy, Emma & Peter Newman
  • Best Fan Writer: Alexandra Erin
  • Special Committee Award: Black Gate
  • Special Committee Award: Locus

2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced August 20, 2016 at MidAmericon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, held at the Kansas City Convention Center in Kansas City MO, August 17-21, 2016.

Best Novel (3,695 nominating ballots)

 Best Novella (2,416)

  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (

Best Novelette (1,975)

  • “Folding Beijing”, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny 1-2/15)

 Best Short Story (2451)

  • “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15)

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Long (2,904)

  • The Martian
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

 Best Dramatic Presentation – Short (2,219)

  • Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile”
  • Doctor Who: “Heaven Sent”
  • Grimm: “Headache”
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: “The Cutie Map: Parts 1 and 2”
  • Supernatural: “Just My Imagination”

 Best Related Work (2,080)


 Best Graphic Story (1,838)

  • Invisible Republic: Vol 1, Corinna Bechko & Gabriel Hardman; art by Gabriel Hardman (Image)
  • Erin Dies Alone, Grey Carter; art by Cory Rydell (
  • The Divine, Boaz Lavie; art by Asaf Hanuka & Tomer Hanuka (First Second)
  • Full Frontal Nerdity, Aaron Williams (

 Best Professional Editor Long Form (1,764)

  • Sheila E. Gilbert
  • Vox Day
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Jim Minz
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Editor Short Form (1,891)

  • Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Jerry Pournelle
  • Sheila Williams

 Best Professional Artist (1,481)

  • Abigail Larson
  • Lars Braad Andersen
  • Larry Elmore
  • Michal Karcz
  • Larry Rostant

Best Semiprozine (1,457)

  • Uncanny
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Daily Science Fiction
  • Sci Phi Journal
  • Strange Horizons

Best Fanzine (1,455)

  • File 770
  • Black Gate
  • Castalia House Blog
  • Lady Business**
  • Superversive SF
  • Tangent Online

Best Fancast (1,267)

  • No Award
  • 8‐4 Play
  • Cane and Rinse
  • HelloGreedo
  • The Rageaholic
  • Tales to Terrify

Best Fan Writer (1,568)

  • Mike Glyer
  • Douglas Ernst
  • Morgan Holmes
  • Jeffro Johnson
  • Shamus Young

Best Fan Artist (1,073)

  • Steve Stiles
  • Matthew Callahan
  • disse86
  • Kukuruyo
  • Christian Quinot

 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award] (1,922)

  • Andy Weir
  • *Pierce Brown
  • *Sebastien de Castell
  • Brian Niemeier
  • *Alyssa Wong

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

**Added to ballot May 6, 2016.

The original ballot was revised May 6, 2016 when nominees Thomas A. Mays (short story) and Black Gate (fanzine) withdrew themselves from consideration. They were replaced by “Cat Pictures Please”, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, 1/15) and Lady Business, respectively.

There were 4,032 nominating ballots received from members of Sasquan, MidAmeriCon II, and Worldcon 75.

Several awards for services to SF fandom were also presented.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • Ben Bova
  • Joseph Wrzos

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Awards

  • Olon F. Wiggins
  • Lew Martin
  • Roy V. Hunt

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Stephen D. Korshak
  • Ned Brooks

Forrest J Ackerman Big Heart Award

  • Edie Stern
  • Joe Siclari

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