2009 BSFA Award Winners

Winners of the 2009 British Science Fiction Association Awards have been announced:

Best Novel

  • Ark, Stephen Baxter (Gollancz)
  • Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Gollancz)

Best Short Fiction

  • “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask,
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Philip K. Dick Award Winner Announced

The 2010 Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced on Friday, April 2, 2010 at Norwescon 33, in SeaTac WA. The winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2009 in the US is:

Bitter Angels, C.L. Anderson (Ballantine Spectra)

Special citation was given to:

Cyberabad Days, Ian McDonald (Pyr)

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2010 Hugo and Campbell Awards Nominees

Nominees for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer have been announced by Aussiecon 4, the 68th World Science Fiction Convention, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, September 2-6, 2010. The Hugo Awards ceremony will take place September 5, 2010. The listing here is alphabetical by title within a category, then nominee.

Best Novel

  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • The City & The
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William Mayne (1928-2010)

Children’s author William Mayne, 82, died March 23, 2010 in Thornton Rust, North Yorkshire.

Born March 16, 1928 in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he wrote over a hundred books, some of which included SF and fantasy elements, notably the Earthfasts sequence – Earthfasts (1966), Cradlefasts (1999), and Candlefasts (2002) – and A Game of the Dark (1971), The Jersey Shore (1971), The Member for the Marsh (1956), and for younger ...Read More

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Neal Barrett, Jr., 2010 SFWA Author Emeritus

Neal Barrett, Jr. has been named the 2010 SFWA Author Emeritus. Barrett, known for works like Through Darkest America (1987), Dawn’s Uncertain Light (1989), and Prince of Christler-Coke (2004), has published over 50 novels and more than 70 short works since 1959, many of them SF or fantasy. The award will be presented at the Nebula Awards Weekend, May 13-16, 2010 in Coco Beach, FL. ...Read More

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2009 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

The 2009 Stoker Awards winners have been announced.

Superior Achievement in a Novel:

  • Audrey’s Door, Sarah Langan (Harper)
  • Patient Zero, Jonathan Maberry (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Quarantined, Joe McKinney (Lachesis)
  • Cursed, Jeremy Shipp (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Damnable, Hank Schwaeble (Jove)
  • Breathers, S. G. Browne (Broadway Books)
  • Solomon’s Grave, Daniel G. Keohane (Dragon Moon Press)
  • The Little Sleep, Paul Tremblay (Henry Holt)

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Clarke Award shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Arthur C Clarke Award, for the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2009, has been announced:

Spirit, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
The City and The City, China Mieville (Macmillan)
Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager)
Far North, Marcel Theroux (Faber)
Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

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2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist

The six titles on the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Award shortlist have been announced:

  • Spirit, Gwyneth Jones (Gollancz)
  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Macmillan)
  • Yellow Blue Tibia, Adam Roberts (Gollancz)
  • Galileo’s Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperCollins)
  • Far North, Marcel Theroux (Faber & Faber)
  • Retribution Falls, Chris Wooding (Gollancz)

The winner will receive a £2010 prize and a commemorative engraved bookend. The winning title will be announced at the ...Read More

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Patricia Wrightson, 1921-2010

Author Patricia Wrightson, 88, died March 15, 2010, in a hospital in New South Wales, Australia.

Born June 21, 1921 in Lismore, New South Wales, Wrightson wrote 27 children’s and YA books, many with fantasy elements, including The Nargun and the Stars (1973), The Ice Is Coming (1977), The Dark Bright Water (1978), Journey Beyond the Wind (1981), A Little Fear (1983), Moon-dark (1987), and Balyet (1989). Many of her ...Read More

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Locus Wants Interns!

Hey, it’s worth mentioning again.

We’re a fun group of people to work with, and this type of work looks great on a resume. In this economic climate, many people are out of a job. . . now’s the time to bulk up your resume with an internship at Locus, the leading monthly trade journal covering science fiction, fantasy, and horror. We offer part-time unpaid internships to enthusiastic science fiction ...Read More Read more

2010 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2010 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award:

  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
  • Dying Bites, D.D. Barant (St. Martin’s)
  • Soulless, Gail Carriger (Orbit)
  • Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer, Jonathan L. Howard (Doubleday)

The Compton Crook Award is presented for the best SF/fantasy/horror first novel published each year. The winning author will receive $1,000, a plaque, and an invitation to attend ...Read More

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Dell Award 2010 Winner & Runners-up

Rick Wilber (administrator), Rachel Halpern, Rachel Sobel, Rebecca McNulty, Anthony Powers, Lara Donnelly, Miah Saunders, Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams.

The winner and runners-up of the 2010 Dell Awards for undergraduate excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing have been announced:

“The Dead Star, the Satirist, and the Soldier”, Rachel Sobel, University of Washington (Seattle)

First Runner-up
“Lilith”, Miah S. Saunders, High Point University

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2010 Prometheus Best Novel Award Finalists

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced finalists for the 2010 Prometheus Best Novel Award:

  • Hidden Empire, Orson Scott Card (Tor)
  • Makers, Cory Doctorow (Tor)
  • The Unincorporated Man, Dani & Eytan Kollin (Tor)
  • Liberating Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Roc)
  • The United States of Atlantis, Harry Turtledove (Roc)

Prometheus Hall of Fame Finalists were previously announced.

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Peter Watts Found Guilty

SF writer Peter Watts was found guilty of resisting a US Customs and Border Protection officer today. He will be sentenced on April 26, 2010, and could face up to two years in prison for the felony conviction.

Watts, a Canadian citizen, was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan in December 2009 for a search of his rental car. Border officials claim he resisted and physically ...Read More Read more

Scribe Award Nominees

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) has announced nominees for the fourth annual Scribe Awards, honoring excellence in licensed tie-in writing for books published in 2009.

Best Novel (Speculative Fiction)

  • Enemies & Allies, Kevin J. Anderson (Morrow)
  • Terminator Salvation: Cold War, Greg Cox (Titan)
  • Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, Keith R.A. DeCandido (Pocket)
  • Warhammer: Shamanslayer: A Gotrek and Felix Novel, Nathan Long (Black Library)
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Gilman and Yoshinaga Win Tiptree

Greer Gilman’s Cloud & Ashes: Three Winter’s Tales (Small Beer) and Fumi Yoshinaga’s Ooku: The Inner Chambers, Volumes 1 & 2 (VIZ Media) are co-winners of the 2009 James Tiptree, Jr. Award, given annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand gender roles. Ooku is the first manga to be chosen as a Tiptree winner. The awards ceremony will be held at WisCon 34 in ...Read More

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McIntyre, Stokes Win 2010 SFWA Service Awards

Vonda McIntyre and Keith Stokes will receive 2010 SFWA Service Awards, to be presented during the Nebula Awards Weekend, May 13-16, 2010 in Coco Beach, FL.

The award will honor McIntyre for her volunteer work on SFWA member websites and other sections of the original SFWA website, and for her numerous other volunteer activities. Stokes will be honored for his service on SFWA committees and management of SFWA news ...Read More Read more

Eric S. Rabkin Wins 2009 SFRA Pilgrim Award

Eric S. Rabkin is the winner of the 2009 Science Fiction Research Association Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship. Eric S. Rabkin, the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, has published over 30 books, including Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology and Fantastic Worlds: Myths, Tales, and Stories. 2009 Pilgrim Award judges were Elizabeth Hull, ...Read More

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2010 SF Hall of Fame Inductees

The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame has announced the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees: Octavia E. Butler, Roger Zelazny, Douglas Trumbull, and Richard Matheson.

The induction ceremony will be held June 26, 2010 at the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum in Seattle, Washington as part of the Science Fiction Awards Weekend, June 25-27, 2010, in conjunction with the Locus Awards and NW Media Arts writing workshops with Connie ...Read More Read more

Spectrum 17 Awards

The 2010 Spectrum 17 Award winners were announced in Kansas City MO, February 26, 2010.


  • Gold: “Absinthe Drinker”, Sam Webber (Dellas Graphics)
  • Silver: “Never the Twain”, Craig Elliot (C.E. Gallery)


  • Gold: “Mistmantle: The Rage Tide”, Omar Rayyan (Hyperion)
  • Silver: “A Confabulation of Dragons”, Scott Gustafson (The Greenwich Workshop)


  • Gold: “The Incident”, Steven Tabbutt (Rabid Rabbit)
  • Silver: “Cloud Cave 3”, Eric Orchard (Top Shelf Productions)

Concept Art

  • Gold:
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Shaun Tan Wins Adelaide Festival Awards

Tales From Outer Suburbia by Shaun Tan (Allen & Unwin) is the winner of both the Adelaide Festival Award for Children’s Literature, which includes a A$15,000 prize, and the Adelaide Festival Premier’s Award, which comes with an additional A$10,000. This is the first time the winner of the Children’s Literature category is also the winner of the prestigious Premier’s award.
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Robert McCall, 1919-2010

Artist Robert McCall, 90, died February 26, 2010. McCall’s keen interest in science and technology led to a career painting images of space and space travel. He painted for Life Magazine in the 1960s; he created murals for the National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC and NASA’s Johnson Space Center and paintings for Disney’s Epcot Center, as well as iconic postage stamps. His paintings were famously featured ...Read More

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David Severn, 1918-2010

David Storr Unwin, 91, who wrote children’s novels as David Severn, died February 11, 2010 in London. Unwin, the son of publisher Sir Stanley Unwin, was born in London on March 12, 1918. He published over 30 children’s books in the UK, some with SF and fantasy elements, including Dream Gold (1949), Drumbeats! (1953), and The Future Took Us (1957). His final children’s book, The Wishing Bone, appeared in ...Read More

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Mervyn Jones, 1922-2010

Mervyn Jones, 87, died February 23, 2010 in Brighton, Sussex. Jones wrote 29 novels, only one of which was SF: On the Last Day (1958), about the Russian/Chinese invasion of Britain during WWIII.

Born in London on February 27, 1922, Jones turned down a spot at Oxford to go to New York University. He returned home to serve in WWII, serving in the 59th Anti-Tank Regiment and briefly becoming a ...Read More Read more

Aeon Award 2009 Winners

Ian Watson has announced the winners of the 2009 International Aeon Award contest for unpublished short speculative fiction. First place winner is “Frogs on My Doorstep” by Annette Reader, with a cash prize of €1000. Second place, with a prize of €200, goes to “Bridges” by Nick Wood, and third place, with a prize of €100, goes to “Canis Lupus, Rosa Canina” by Judith Brown. The three winning titles will ...Read More

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Jim Harmon, 1933-2010

Jim Harmon, 76, died February 16, 2010 in Los Angeles of a heart attack. Harmon began publishing professional SF stories with “The Smuggler” in Spaceway (1954), and went on to produce at least 40 stories in the 1950s and ’60s, mostly for Galaxy and If; some of those stories were later collected in Harmon’s Galaxy (2004). He wrote one novel, The Contested Earth, in 1959, but it only saw publication ...Read More

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