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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.”Best Novel
- WINNER: Quantum Night, Robert J. Sawyer (Penguin Canada)
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.BEST CHAPBOOK
- First Place: Leviathan, Neil Aitken (Hyacinth Girl)
- Second Place: Radio Heart, or; How Robots Fall Out of Love, Margaret
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.Read more
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 MoreRead more
The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society (LASFS) has selected Greg Bear as this year’s recipient of the Forry Award for lifetime achievement in the SF field. The award, named for Forrest J Ackerman, has been presented annually since 1966. Past winners include Ray Bradbury, Andre Norton, Roger Zelazny, and Connie Willis. ...Read MoreRead more
The 6-title shortlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of genre interest:
- 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 New York Science Fiction Society (the Lunarians (2), Inc.) has decided not to hold Lunacon in 2018. Lunacon was previously canceled for 2015 but was held again in 2016 and 2017. In a press release, Lunarians (2) president Stuart C. Hellinger said:
Our organization has the future of Lunacon under complete review and evaluation. Once a decision has been finalized as to how and if to proceed, we will ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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 (Tor.com 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
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
- Babylon’s Ashes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit)
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.”Read more
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 MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.Read more
The shortlisted novels for the 2017 Inky Awards have been announced, including titles of potential genre interest:
Gold Inky (for Australian titles)
- Words in Deep Blue, Cath Crowley (Knopf)
- The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon (Disney-Hyperion)
- My Sister Rosa, Justine Larbalestier (Soho Teen)
- Frankie, Shivaun Plozza (Flatiron)
- One Would Think the Deep, Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)
Silver Inky (for international titles)...Read More Read more
Finalists for the 2017 Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA) Small Press Award for Short Fiction have been announced
- “A Salvaging of Ghosts”, Aliette de Bodard (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
- “The Mytilenian Delay”, Neil James Hudson (Hyperpowers)
- “Radio Silence”, Walter H. Hunt (Alien Artifacts)
- “Foxfire, Foxfire”, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 3/16)
- “Vengeance Sewn With Fey Cord”, Christine Lucas (The Future Fire 4/16)
- “The Witch’s Knives”, Margaret Ronald (Strange Horizons
The winners for the Sidewise Awards for best alternate history have been announced.
- Underground Airlines, Ben H. Winters (Mulholland)
- Acts of the Assassins, Richard Beard (Harvill Secker 2015; as The Apostle Killer, Melville House 2016)
- Azanian Bridges, Nick Wood (NewCon)
Short Form (tie)
- “Treasure Fleet”, Daniel M. Bensen (Tales from Alternate Earths)
- “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa”,
Winners for the fourth annual Baen Fantasy Adventure Award were announced:
- Grand prize: “The Blue Widow”, J.P. Sullivan
- First runner-up: “Dust of the Fallen”, Barbara Doran
- Second runner-up: “And Not Go Hungry”, Laurie Tom
- “Purity”, Jennifer R. Donohue
- “Thirteen”, Teresa Lynn Michals
- “Tracks of the Pi Nereske”, Wendy Nikel
- “The Gift of the Afyr”, Wendy A. Simpson
- “My Monster”, Camille Singer
- “Truth”, Jonathan Steinhauer
- “Calcaneus Bishop and the Seeds
SF Grand Master Brian Aldiss died August 19, 2017 at home in Oxford, England shortly after celebrating his 92nd birthday with friends and family. Aldiss was a towering figure in the genre. Critic John Clute called him “one of the SF field’s two or three most prolific authors of substance, and perhaps its most exploratory.” Aldiss’s influence as an editor was also profound, and his insights as a critic and ...Read MoreRead more
UC Riverside and the California Digital Library have digitized nearly 6,000 photographs from the Jay Kay Klein archive, part of the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. The archive includes photographs that Klein took while attending science fiction conventions between 1950 and 1994. The UCR library plans on making the digitized photos available to the public through Calisphere.Read more