Hugh Hefner (1926-2017)

Publisher Hugh Hefner, 91, died September 27, 2018 at home in the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Hefner created Playboy magazine in 1953, and spun it into the Playboy Enterprises empire including clubs, TV, and book and magazine publishing. A revolutionary men’s magazine for its time, Playboy from the start featured not only nude females, but also articles and stories by notable authors, among them some of the best in ...Read More

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New Books : 26 September 2017

+ Delaney, Joseph : The Dark Assassin
(HarperCollins/Greenwillow 978-0062334596, $17.99, 352pp, hardcover, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780062334619
• Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9780062688279
• Starblade Chronicles #3

Young adult fantasy novel, third in a trilogy following A New Darkness (2014) and The Dark Army (2016), about a 17-year-old spook and his female apprentice battling evil ...Read More

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Martin Receives PastWords Award

George R.R. Martin received one of five inaugural PastWords awards, presented by the Historical Writers of America to recognize “creators who have produced an outstanding body of work.” Recipients were honored at the organization’s annual conference, September 21-24, 2017 at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo NM. Executive Director Theresa Guzman Stokes said, “Martin creates a world rich and complex; good and bad are carefully drawn sides, until ...Read More

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National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35

The National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 Honorees list includes Lesley Nneka Arimah for What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories (Riverhead).

The honorees represent “a selection of debut fiction writers under the age of 35 whose work promises to leave a lasting impression on the literary landscape.” Each honoree will receive $1,000 at a ceremony on November 13, 2017. The selection committee for the 5 ...Read More

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Blinks: LA Times reviews; Nnedi Okorafor; Dune; John Scalzi; Annalee Newitz

» LA Times: Swapna Krishna reviews Holly Goddard Jones, Mur Lafferty, Josh Malerman, Felicia Yap

» Guardian: ‘So many different types of strange’: how Nnedi Okorafor is changing the face of sci-fi

» LA Review of Books: Will Collins on The Secret History of Dune; also, Gerry Canavan on No, Speed Limit: John Scalzi’s “The Collapsing Empire”

» Slate: Annalee Newitz explains How to Write a Novel Set More ...Read More

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Harvey Jacobs (1930-2017)

Writer Harvey Jacobs, 87, died September 23, 2017 of a sudden bacterial infection shortly after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Harvey Jay Jacobs was born January 7, 1930 in New York. He often wrote movingly of the Jewish experience, sometimes with a magical realist bent, and used SF elements for satirical purposes as well. His first work of genre interest was “A Wind Age” in Tomorrow (1951), and other notable ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe Reviews Deji Bryce Olukotun

After the Flare, by Deji Bryce Olukotun (Unnamed Press 978-1-9447-0018-8, $16.00, 264pp, tp September 2017)

Despite its provocative title, Deji Bryce Olukotun’s first novel Nigerians in Space escaped my attention in 2014, but as it turns out, the Nigerians don’t actually get into space in that novel, which is mostly an international thriller centered around an effort to bring expatriate Nigerian brain power back to the home country ...Read More

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2017 Aurora Awards Winners

The 2017 Aurora Awards winners have been announced “for Canadian literary and fan works that members of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association (CSFFA) feel are exceptional” including a special “Best of the Decade” category with works “first published between 2001 and the end of 2010 by Canadians.”

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2017 Copper Cylinder Awards

The Sunburst Award Society has announced the winners of the sixth annual Copper Cylinder Awards.

The Adult Award winner is Company Town by Madeleine Ashby (Tor). The Young Adult Award winner is The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling (ChiTeen).

The Copper Cylinder Awards celebrate “the best in Canadian fantastic literature published during the previous calendar year,” and are selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society. The award’s name ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 25 September 2017

Various editions of Stephen King’s It dominate lists this week; even the hardcover edition ranks, on the Publishers Weekly list.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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(09.25) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer 09.11.17 / ...Read More Read more

Kit Reed (1932-2017)

Author Kit Reed, 85, died September 24, 2017 several months after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was a prolific author with an astonishing range who published work consistently for almost 60 years, writing outstanding novels and stories in various genres for children, teens, and adults.

Her first SF story was “The Wait” (1958; AKA “To Be Taken in a Strange Country”) in F&SF. She published scores of stories ...Read More

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Arrested Developments: Homo aspergerus Revisited

by Gary Westfahl

Surely, the most unanticipated result of my 2006 article “Homo aspergerus: Evolution Stumbles Forward” (here) was commenters asserting that despite my claim, I didn’t really have Asperger’s Syndrome. I am sure those individuals meant well; on the face of it, it is daft and needlessly self-damaging to announce to the world that one suffers from a form of mental illness, so sympathetic observers ...Read More

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Classics in Reprint, September 2017

Hodgson, William Hope : The Boats of the “Glen Carrig” and Other Nautical Adventures
(Night Shade Books 978-1597809207, $17.99, 512pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017

(First edition: Night Shade Books, September 2003)

Omnibus of the 1907 title novel plus 23 other nautical stories, the first volume in Night Shade’s five-volume series of complete works by Hodgson, now appearing in paperback.
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2017 Elgin Awards Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Elgin Awards, presented for the best poetry chapbook and the best full-length poetry book in the speculative genre. The Elgin Awards are named after the founder of SFPA, Suzette Haden Elgin.

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New in Paperback: September 2017

Beaulieu, Bradley P. : Of Sand and Malice Made
(DAW 978-0756413323, $14, 240pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
• The Song of Shattered Sands #2

(First edition: DAW, September 2016)

Fantasy novel, second book in a series following Twelve Kings of Sharakhai (2015), set in a great desert city rules by twelve immortal kings.
• Penguin’s site has this description.

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New Books : 19 September 2017

* Canavan, Trudi : Successor’s Promise
(Orbit 978-0316209281, $27, 576pp, hardcover, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 19 Sep 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316324960
UK edition: 978-0356501161 (Thu 21 Sep 2017)
• Millennium’s Rule #3

Fantasy novel, third in a series following Thief’s Magic (2014) and Angel of Storms (2015), about a sentient book in a world where magic powers an industrial ...Read More

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Ellis Wins Joan Aiken Prize

Harklights by Tim Ellis is the winner of the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction.” The competition was judged by agent Julia Churchill and Lizza Aiken, curator of the Aiken estate. Ellis will receive £1,000 and a set of The Wolves Chronicles by Joan Aiken.

Ellis’ entry was originally listed in the contest shortlist under the title The Awful Orphanage. ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 18 September 2017

Sarah J. Maas’s Tower of Dawn (Bloomsbury) debuts impressively at #3 on the combined Publishers Weekly list, and #2 on the Publishers Weekly Frontlist Children’s list.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
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09.18 Amz
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Matt Ruff: Lovecraft Country

Matthew Theron Ruff was born September 8, 1965 in New York. He attended Cornell University, where he studied English. His senior thesis became first novel Fool on the Hill (1988), a fantasy set at the college, and a Mythopoeic and Crawford Award nominee. He has been a full-time writer ever since.

Second book Sewer, Gas & Electric: The Public Works Trilogy (1997) was a satirical SF novel, and established Ruff’s ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews Jeff Noon

A Man of Shadows, by Jeff Noon (Angry Robot 978-0-85766-670-3, $14.99, 352pp, trade paperback) August 2017

Even for a reader old enough to have lived through the year 1993 and its associated fantastika publications, that period now seems impossibly distant and alien, an era akin to the Enlightenment or the Renaissance–or maybe the Dark Ages, given one’s particular slant on the past. For younger readers, the events ...Read More

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Russell Letson reviews Charles Stross

The Delirium Brief, Charles Stross ( Publishing 978-0-7653-9466-8, $24.99, 381pp, hc) July 2017. Cover by Peter Lutjen

The harried operatives of the demon-wrangling covert service called the Laundry can’t catch a break in Charles Stross’s The Delirium Brief, which picks up in the aftermath of the disastrous cross-universe invasion of last year’s The Nightmare Stacks. The pitched battles with hordes of elven warriors riding unicorns ...Read More

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Machado and Egan Make NBA Fiction Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Fiction has been announced, including Her Body and Other Parties: Stories by Carmen Maria Machado (Graywolf) and Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan (Scribner)

The Young People’s longlist was revealed September 12. The National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will be announced at a ceremony and benefit ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews C. Robert Cargill

Sea of Rust, by C. Robert Cargill (Harper Voyager 978-0-06-240583-8, $27.99, 384pp, hardcover) September 2017

Robots are obviously an SF “power chord,” an essential, irreplaceable, infinitely mutable trope. And so long as there have been robots, there have been tales of robot rebellions or uprisings. Obviously, Karel Čapek’s R.U.R from 1920 is a primary starting point. But today we are concerned only with a subset of the ...Read More

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2017 Man Booker Shortlist

The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre 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. This year’s judges are Sarah Hall, Tom Phillips, ...Read More

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New Books : 12 September 2017

* Abraham, Brad : Magicians Impossible
(St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne 978-1-250-08352-4, $27.99, 400pp, hardcover, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 12 Sep 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9781250083531

Fantasy novel, the author’s first novel, about a man who discovers his late father was a secret agent in a society of magical spies.
• Macmillan’s site has this description with an excerpt.
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2017 NBA Young People’s Longlist

The longlist for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature has been announced, including titles of genre interest: All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry (Algonquin Young Readers), Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond), and American Street by Ibi Zoboi (Balzer + Bray).

National Book Awards (NBA) longlists for other categories will be announced throughout September, and finalists will be announced October 4, 2017. Winners will ...Read More

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Weekly Bestsellers, 11 September 2017

Two media tie-in novels debut this week: Leigh Bardugo’s Wonder Woman: Warbringer (Random House), on two children’s lists, ranking as high as #3; and Delilah S. Dawson’s Star Wars: Phasma (Del Rey), ranking #10 on two lists.


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2017 Dwarf Stars Winners

The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced the 2017 Dwarf Stars Award winners.

  • First Place: “aster than the speed of lightf”, LeRoy Gorman (Scifaikuest 11-16)
  • Second Place: “Lover”, Holly Day (Homestead Review Spring 2016)
  • Third Place: “Loss”, Sandi Leibowitz (Through the Gate 11-16)

The Dwarf Stars Award is given by the SFPA to recognize the best speculative poem of one to ten lines published in the previous year. Winners will ...Read More

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