Worldcon News

Several amendments to the World Science Fiction Society constitution were ratified during Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, Finland:

  • “Best Series”: makes the Best Series Hugo Award permanent
  • “Young Adult Award”: creates a new award category for Best Young Adult Book
  • “December Is Good Enough”: moves the deadline for Hugo nominations from January 31 of the current year to December 31 of the previous year
  • “Two Years Are Good Enough”: limits nomination
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2017 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners

Winners for the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and several others were announced August 11, 2017 at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Helsinki, Finland, August 9-13, 2017.

Best Novel (2,078 nominating ballots)

WINNER: The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

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More Dragon Awards News

As reported earlier this week, Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi requested their works be removed from the Dragon Awards ballot, and the awards administrators declined to do so.

N.K. Jemisin then requested that her book The Obelisk Gate (Orbit) be removed from the Best Apocalyptic Novel category, citing concerns about the voting process, among other issues.

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Dragon Awards Refuse Withdrawal

As reported yesterday, authors Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi attempted to withdraw their books from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood reports that Dragon Con president Pat Henry has refused her withdrawal. Henry told her,

While I appreciate your sense of fair play, I must decline your request to remove The Hidden People from the Dragon Award Nominations.

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Littlewood and Scalzi Withdraw from Dragon Awards

Alison Littlewood announced that she has withdrawn her novel The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher) from consideration for the Dragon Awards in the Horror Novel category. John Scalzi has withdrawn novel The Collapsing Empire  (Tor) from consideration in the Science Fiction Novel category.

Littlewood says,

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2017 Dragon Awards Shortlist

Dragon Con has announced the shortlist for the second Dragon Awards. Voting is open to the public at the Dragon Awards website, and winners will be announced at Dragon Con, September 3, 2017 in Atlanta GA.

The original ballot has been amended: Alison Littlewood withdrew novel The Hidden People from the Horror category, and N.K. Jemisin withdrew novel The Obelisk Gate from the Apocalyptic Novel category.

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Stephensen-Payne Wins Munsey Award

Bibliographer and pulp researcher Philip Stephensen-Payne is the winner of the 2017 Munsey Award, presented annually by PulpFest “to a person who has worked for the betterment of the pulp community.” Nominees are selected by the general pulp community, and the winner is selected by a vote of past Lamont, Munsey, and Rusty Awards winners. Stephensen-Payne received a fine art print by Dan Zimmer as his award, which ...Read More

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2017 Mythopoeic Awards Winners

The Mythopoeic Society announced the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards winners at Mythcon 48, July 28-31, 2017 at the St. John’s Catholic Newman Center at the University of Illinois in Champaign IL.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

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2017 REH Foundation Awards Winners

The Robert E. Howard Foundation announced the winners for its 2017 REH Foundation Awards on June 10, 2017 during Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains TX.

The Atlantean – Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection)

  • On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, Patrick Burger (Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood)

The Hyrkanian – Outstanding Achievement, Essay (print)

  • “Nameless Tribes and Races of
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2017 RITA and Golden Heart Awards Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Orlando FL on July 27, 2017. The RITA is presented for best novel, and the Golden Heart is a contest for the best novel by an unpublished novelist. Winners of genre interest follow.

RITA for Paranormal Romance:

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Underground Railroad Wins Clarke Award

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2016 has been announced:

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2017 Scribe Awards Winners

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers announced the winners of the 2017 Scribe Awards July 21, 2017 at Comic-Con International, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego CA. The Scribe Awards honor excellence in licensed tie-in writing. Recipients of genre interest follow.

Speculative Original

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2017 Man Booker Longlist

The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:

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2017 World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2016 has been announced. The awards will be presented during the World Fantasy Convention, held November 2-5, 2017 at the Wyndham Riverwalk in San Antonio TX.

The Lifetime Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Terry Brooks and Marina Warner.

The World Fantasy Awards Finalists are:

Best Novel

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2017 Endeavour Award Nominees

Finalists for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:

The 2017 judges are Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The ...Read More

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2017 Seiun Awards Winners

The 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention has announced the 2017 Seiun Awards winners (the Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Awards), honoring the best original and translated works published last year in Japan. The winners for translated works are:

Best Translated Novel

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2017 Eisner Awards

The 2017 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego on July 21, 2017. Winners of SF/F interest include:

Best Short Story

Best Single Issue/One-Shot

Best Continuing Series

  • Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
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Jeff Carlson (1969-2017)

Science fiction writer Jeff Carlson, 47, died July 17, 2017 of an agressive lung cancer in Walnut Creek CA. Carlson’s published books include Plague Year (2007), Philip K. Dick Award finalist Plague War (2008), and Plague Zone (2009), and the Frozen Sky series. He also published short stories in several publications including Asimov’s, Fantastic Stories of the Imagination, and Strange Horizons and was a Writers of the Future winner.

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Hartley Wins Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the winner of the 2017 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award recognizes “outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy novels written by North Carolina authors.”

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2017 Sunburst Awards Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has been announced:

Adult Fiction

Young Adult Fiction

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2017 Prometheus Award Winners

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the winner of the 2017 Prometheus Award for Best Novel, honoring works published in 2016 that “examine the meaning of freedom.”

Best Novel

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2017 Gemmell Awards Winners

The 2017 David Gemmell Awards winners have been announced:

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut

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2017 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award

Seabury Grandin Quinn (1889-1969) is the winner of the 2017 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award, intended to bring attention to lesser-known SF and fantasy authors. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Hand, Barry Malzberg, Mike Resnick, and Robert J. Sawyer. The award was announced July 14, 2017 during Readercon 28 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.

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Additional World Fantasy 2018 Guest of Honor

The 2018 World Fantasy Convention (WFC) has announced the addition of Guest of Honor Kaaron Warren, joining special guest Aliette de Bodard, Toastmaster Linda D. Addison, and fellow Guests of Honor Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh.

WFC 2018 will be held November 1-4, 2018 at the Baltimore Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in Baltimore MD. The theme is “Ports in a Storm.”

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George A. Romero (1940-2017)

Legendary filmmaker George A. Romero, 77, died July 16, 2017 of lung cancer in Toronto, Canada. Romero is best known for groundbreaking zombie movie Night of the Living Dead (1968) and sequels Dawn of the Dead (1978), Day of the Dead (1995), Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), and Survival of the Dead (2009). Romero’s vision of the living dead influenced generations of SF, fantasy, and ...Read More

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Shirley Jackson Awards Winners

The 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards winners for outstanding achievement in horror, psychological suspense, and dark fantasy fiction were announced at a ceremony, July 16, 2017 at Readercon 28 at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy MA.

NOVEL

WINNER: The Girls, Emma Cline (Random House)

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2017 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2017 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Summer Goddess, Joanne Hall (Kristell Ink)
  • The High King’s Vengeance, Steven Poore (Kristell Ink)
  • The Tiger and the Wolf, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pam Macmillan)
  • The Silver Tide, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Searching Dead, Ramsey Campbell (PS)
  • The Hidden
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First Novel Prize Long List

The Center for Fiction has released the long list for its 2017 First Novel Prize, “awarded to the best debut novel published between January 1 and December 31 of the award year.” Nominees of genre interest include:

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2017 Rhysling Award Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the winners of the annual Rhysling Awards for SF, fantasy, and horror poetry in short and long form categories. This year’s winners are:

SHORT POEM:

First Place
“George Tecumseh Sherman’s Ghosts”, Marge Simon (Silver Blade Fall 2016)

Second Place
“Build a Rocketship Contest: Alternative Class A Instructions and Suggestions”, Wendy Rathbone (Asimov’s 1/16)

Third Place (tie)
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OMNI Returns to Penthouse

SF and science magazine OMNI has been re-acquired by original publisher Penthouse Global Media, with plans to launch a print edition in October 2017.

CEO Kelly Holland say’s she’s proud that OMNI “is once again a part of the Penthouse family where it belongs. Thanks in large part to Pamela Weintraub, one of OMNI’s original editors, who had the foresight to bring the brand back to life by re-registering the ...Read More

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