Into the Black Short Story Contest

The Economic Security Project has launched the Into the Black short story contest to explore the impact of basic income on future society. The grand prize winner will have their story published on io9 and will receive a $12,000 “basic income” for 2018. Additionally, short list winners will each receive $1,000 and have their story published on the Economic Security Project website or io9. Deadline for submissions is November 1, ...Read More

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Karin Tidbeck: Language Matters

Karin Margareta Tidbeck was born April 6, 1977, in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in the suburbs. She briefly attended university before dropping out. She worked at various jobs, including in a bookshop, and just before she turned 30, enrolled in a three-year arts program. She attended the Clarion Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers Workshop in 2010.

Her debut collection Vem är Arvid Pekon? (2010) appeared in Sweden. First English-language ...Read More

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Periodicals, early September 2017

Apex Magazine

• Quarterly magazine of SF and horror, since 2005; current editor Sigrid Ellis
• Format: Online; Ebook formats
• Frequency: Monthly

September 2017
Issue 100, cover art by Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor
• This 100th issue has fiction by Andrea Tang, Kameron Hurley, Carrie Laben, Kristi DeMeester, and Lucy A. Snyder.
• Nonfiction includes interviews with Kameron Hurley and artist Carolina Rodriguez Fuenmayor, an essay on ...Read More

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Jerry Pournelle (1933-2017)

SF writer Jerry Pournelle, 84, died September 8, 2017, at his home in Studio City CA after a sudden illness.

Jerry Eugene Pournelle was born August 7, 1933 in Shreveport LA. He served in the US Army from 1950-52, and attended the University of Iowa from 1953-54. He earned his bachelor’s at the University of Washington in Seattle in 1955, where he also took a master’s in statistics and systems ...Read More

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Paul Di Filippo reviews James Bradley

Clade, by James Bradley (Titan 978-1785654145, $14.95, 320pp, trade paperback September 2017; Penguin Australia, January 2015)

Clade is an irresistible title for a hardcore SF novel. I thought so in 2003 when a promising cyberpunk author named Mark Budz used it for his debut novel. (I ended up reviewing the subsequent well-done trilogy for Scott Edelman at SF Weekly. Alas, Budz has fallen silent since 2007.) I would ...Read More

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Blinks: Reviews by Everdeen Mason, N.K. Jemisin, Gary K. Wolfe; Le Guin blogs; Edelman and Kelly dine

» Washington Post: Everdeen Mason reviews Maggie Shen King, Ann Leckie, Marie Lu

» NY Times: N.K. Jemisin reviews Ann Leckie, Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda, J.Y. Yang, Jeffrey Ford

» Chicago Tribune: Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nnedi Okorafor, Annalee Newitz, James Bradley

» New Republic: What Happens When a Science Fiction Genius Starts Blogging?, about Ursula K. Le Guin’s new book No Time to Spare, due in ...Read More

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Liz Bourke reviews The Witch Who Came in from the Cold

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold, Lindsay Smith, Max Gladstone, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Ian Tregillis & Michael Swanwick (Saga 978-1-4814-8560-9, $21.99, 624pp, hc) June 2017.

The Witch Who Came in from the Cold is one of a number of serial narratives that originated with Serial Box in electronic format and are now be­ing published in paper by Saga Press. (The others include Bookburners, which ...Read More

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Women Injured At Dragon Con

Two convention attendees, Jamie Temple-Thompson Amador and Kelly McDaniel, were injured September 3 around 1:30 a.m. by chairs thrown from the 10th floor of the Marriott Marquis hotel into the atrium during Dragon Con, held in Atlanta GA. Both women were taken to hospitals and treated for their injuries.

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating the incident. Anyone with video or information should contact them. Tips can be anonymous and ...Read More

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SFWA Call For Grants

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) posted a call for grant proposals on September 1, 2017.

SFWA encourages programs supporting and promoting fantasy and science fiction writing and writers to apply for a 2017 grant. We look for non-profit, diverse projects that span a range of ages and publishing approaches and that reach a large group of individuals.

At this time we are asking all ...Read More

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New Books : 5 September 2017

(Note: Macmillan‘s site is down this morning, so several titles due today from Macmillan imprints, including Tor, will be posted later.)


* Asaro, Catherine : The Bronze Skies
(Baen 978-1-4814-8258-5, $16, 336pp, trade paperback, September 2017, cover art Alan Pollack)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 5 Sep 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-609-7
• Skolian Saga #16

SF novel, 16th (or 22nd, depending on ...Read More

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Jemisin Wins Eugie Award

The winner of the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction (the Eugie Award), which “honors stories that are irreplaceable, that inspire, enlighten, and entertain,” has been announced.

  • “The City Born Great”, N.K. Jemisin ( 9/16)
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron”, Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood)
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man”, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 7/16)
  • “The Limitless Perspective of Master Peek, or, the
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2017 Dragon Awards Winners

Winners of the second annual Dragon Awards were announced during Dragon Con, held Sept 1 – 4, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta GA.

Winners from the revised ballot is below. Voting was extended by two days, to midnight on September 1, 2017. For information on ballot revisions, see our prior post.

Best Science Fiction Novel

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Weekly Bestsellers, 4 September 2017

The trade paperback edition of Stephen King’s It (Scribner) has been ranking on lists for several weeks, in anticipation of the film version opening next week.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.27 PW
08.28 Amz
(09.04) UK:
Amz UK
(09.04) Canada:
(09.04) Items on list -x- number of lists surveyed   30×4 10×2 15×2 150 15×3 100 100 100 Hardcovers ...Read More Read more

New & Notable Books, September 2017

Michael Bishop, Other Arms Reach Out to Me: Georgia Stories
(Fairwood Press/Kudzu Planet Productions Jun 2017)

One of our most lyrical and literary authors has collected his stories set in Georgia, or about Georgians, with work reminiscent of Flannery O’Connor. This has an author’s note; an introduction by professor Hugh Ruppersburg, ‘‘Beyond Regionalism’’; and 15 stories, including Nebula Award finalist ‘‘Rattlesnakes and Men’’ and two originals.

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Cory Doctorow: Demon-Haunted World

From the September 2017 issue of Locus Magazine

Cheating is a given.

Inspectors certify that gas-station pumps are pumping unadulter­ated fuel and accurately reporting the count, and they put tamper-evident seals on the pumps that will alert them to attempts by station owners to fiddle the pumps in their favor. Same for voting machines, cash registers, and the scales at your grocery store.

The basic theory of cheating is to ...Read More

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Issue 680 Table of Contents, September 2017

The September issue features interviews with Matt Ruff and Karin Tidbeck, a column by Cory Doctorow, an obituary and appreciations of Brian Aldiss, lists of forthcoming books through June 2018, and reviews of short fiction and books by Annalee Newitz, Josh Malerman, Kat Howard, Linda Nagata, and many others.

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Russell Letson Reviews Linda Nagata

The Last Good Man, Linda Nagata (Mythic Island Press, 978-1-937197-23-0, $18.00, 464 pp, tp) June 2017. Cover by Philippe McNally.

Linda Nagata’s The Last Good Man runs a compelling set of variations on motifs and themes introduced in her Red trilogy (2013-15). Once again we have detailed accounts of technologically enhanced near-future warfare, but this time the emphasis is less on uncertain and shifting loyalties and more on the ...Read More

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Periodicals, late August 2017


• Webzine of SF and fantasy; nonpaying; since 2001
• Format: Online
• Frequency: Monthly

August 2017
Issue 220
• This issue has fiction by Rod Clark, Lou Antonelli, Ray Prew, Charlie Fish, Gregory Cioffi, and others.
• There’s also flash fiction, poetry, and an editorial, plus links to more of the best stories and poetry from the ‘zine’s first 20 years.

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Classics in Reprint: August 2017

* Bova, Ben : The Best of Bova, Volume III
(Baen 978-1-4814-8259-2, $16, 512pp, trade paperback, August 2017, cover art Adam Burn)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 1 Aug 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 978-1-62579-603-5

Collection of 32 stories, the third volume of three, from across Bova’s career.
• Baen’s site has this description with links to several chapters.

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Tiptree Fellowship Accepting Applications

The application deadline for the 2017 Tiptree Fellowships is September 15, 2017. Each year, the Tiptree Motherboard awards $500 each to two creators who “are doing work that is changing the way we think about gender through speculative narrative.”

The 2017 selection committee is Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Mia Sereno, Pat Schmatz, and Gretchen Treu (chair). For more information, or to apply, see the official website. ...Read More

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New Books : 29 August 2017

* Bennett, James : Raising Fire
(Orbit 978-0-316-39073-6, $15.99, 432pp, trade paperback, September 2017)
• Nominal Publication Date: Tue 29 Aug 2017
• Ebook ISBN [link to Amazon Kindle edition]: 9780316390729
• Audiobook ISBN [link to Amazon]: 9781478971498
• Ben Garston #2

Fantasy novel, second in a series following Chasing Embers (2016), about an ordinary man who is really a figure out of myth and legends.
• Hachette’s site has ...Read More

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Phetteplace Wins Jaffe Award

Dominica Phetteplace is one of six winners of the 2017 Rona Jaffe Award for “women writers of exceptional talent.” Recipients each receive $30,000 and a trip to New York. Phetteplace said, “The award is intended to support my novel-in-progress, Project Empathy, portions of which were published in Asimov’s last year.” Established in 1995 by Rona Jaffe, the award is “dedicated to supporting women writers exclusively” who are “in the early ...Read More

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Joan Aiken Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize for “a standout new voice in middle grade children’s fiction” has been announced:

  • Snow Foal, Susan Bailey-Sillick
  • The Awful Orphanage, Tim Ellis
  • The Thief of Serendib, Nizrana Farook
  • Hartboy, Sophie Kirtley
  • The Truth about Chickens, Caroline Murphy
  • Return to the Wild, Nicola Penfold

Entrants can be “contemporary or magical, it could have the makings of a series, or be one crystalline ...Read More

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Johnson Wins Edge Hill Short Story Prize

The 2017 Edge Hill Short Story Prize went to Fen (Cape) by Daisy Johnson, “whose stories are set in an uncanny and weirdly magical East Anglian landscape.” The £10,000 prize is awarded annually “for excellence in a published single author short story collection.” Works by authors born or residing in the British Isles are eligible for the award. This year’s judges were Cathy Galvin, Rodge Glass, and Thomas Morris.

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2017 Inky Awards Shortlist

The shortlisted novels for the 2017 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of potential genre interest:

Gold Inky (for Australian titles)

Silver Inky (for international titles)

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Weekly Bestsellers, 28 August 2017

N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky (Orbit), third in a trilogy following Hugo winners The Fifth Season and The Obelisk Gate, ranks prominently on two lists, #4 on the Washington Post paperback fiction list, #27 on the combined USA Today list.

Title Debut / #wks on any list NYT
08.20 PW
08.28 Amz
(08.28) UK:
Amz UK
(08.28) Canada:
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Series Author Spotlight On: Janny Wurts, Wars of Light and Shadow

Janny Wurts has authored 19 novels, a short fiction collection, and 33 contributions to anthologies. Titles include the War of Light and Shadow series; standalones To Ride Hell’s Chasm, Master of White Storm, and Sorcerer’s Legacy; the Cycle of Fire trilogy; and the collaborative Empire trilogy with Raymond E. Feist.

Her paintings have been featured in NASA’s 25th Anniversary exhibit, Delaware Art Museum, Canton Art Museum, and ...Read More

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Print Periodicals, August 2017

Analog Science Fiction and Fact

• Science fiction and nonfiction; published since 1930 (originally Astounding); edited, since April 2013, by Trevor Quachri
• Format: Print
• Frequency: Since 2017 Bi-monthly

September/October 2017
Vol. 137 No. 9&10, $7.99, 208pp, cover art by Eldar Zakirov
• This issue has a novella by Bud Sparhawk, novelettes by Edward M. Lerner, Tracy Canfield, Rich Larson, Craig DeLancey, and Norman Spinrad, and ...Read More

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Gary K. Wolfe reviews Nina Allan

The Rift, Nina Allan (Titan 9781785650376, $14.95, 423pp, tp) July 2017.

Writers get labeled subversive for all sorts of reasons. You can subvert a traditional tale by autopsying its in­nards, as Angela Carter and others did with fairy tales; you can subvert a traditionally masculinist form by leaving the men out entirely, as Kameron Hurley recently did in The Stars Are Legion with space opera; you can ...Read More

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