- “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
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)...Read More Read more
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.
President Pat Henry reconsidered his decision to refuse the withdrawals, and ...Read MoreRead more
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.
We are aware of the rabid puppies and justice warriors efforts ...Read MoreRead more
Alison Littlewood announced that she has withdrawn her novel The Hidden People (Jo Fletcher) from consideration for the Dragon Awards in the Horror Novel category. John Scalzi has withdrawn novel The Collapsing Empire (Tor) from consideration in the Science Fiction Novel category.
While this would normally be a great pleasure, it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc ...Read MoreRead more
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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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 MoreRead more
Macmillan (including Tor, St. Martin’s Press, and other divisions) will move their offices out of the iconic Flatiron Building in New York City, probably in early 2019. The company signed a 20-year lease for 261,000 square feet in a recently modernized building at 120 Broadway. ...Read MoreRead more
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
- Kingfisher, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
- Will Do Magic For Small Change, Andrea Hairston (Aqueduct)
- Ghost Talkers, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- The Raven Cycle, Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
- Thessaly Trilogy,
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
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:
- The Pages of the Mind, Jeffe Kennedy (Kensington)
Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance: ...Read MoreRead more
The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel published in 2016 has been announced:
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
- A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton)
- Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
- After Atlas, Emma Newman (Roc)
- Occupy Me, Tricia Sullivan (Gollancz)
- Central Station, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
This year’s judges were Una McCormack and ...Read MoreRead more
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.
- Assassin’s Creed: Heresy, Christie Golden (Ubisoft)
- Warhammer 40,000: Warden of the Blade, David Annandale (Castellan Crowe)
- Supernatural: Mythmaker, Tim
The 13-title longlist for the Man Booker Prize includes several titles of possible genre interest:
- 4 3 2 1, Paul Auster (Faber & Faber)
- Exit West, Mohsin Hamid (Hamish Hamilton)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Bloomsbury)
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (Fleet)
The award, which includes a £50,000 prize, is presented annually to the best original novel in the English language by a living author. ...Read MoreRead more
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...Read More Read more
Finalists for the 2017 Endeavour Award, given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest writer, were announced:
- Waypoint Kangaroo, Curtis Chen (Thomas Dunne)
- Eocene Station, Dave Duncan (Five Rivers)
- Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)
- Dreams of Distant Shores, Patricia McKillip (Tachyon)
- Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff (Harper)
The 2017 judges are Ginjer Buchanan, John R. Douglas, and Andy Duncan. The ...Read MoreRead more
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
- United States of Japan, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara (Hayakawa)
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
- “Good Boy”, Tom King & David Finch (Batman Annual #1)
Best Single Issue/One-Shot
- Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer & Jill Thompson (Dark Horse)
Best Continuing Series
- Saga, Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
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.
Jeffrey ...Read MoreRead more
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.”
- Steeplejack, A.J. Hartley (Tor)
- Death’s Bright Day, David Drake (Baen)
- Pawn’s Gambit, Darin Kennedy (Falstaff)
- Shadow and Flame, Gail Z. Martin (Orbit)
- War Pigs, Jay Requard (Falstaff)
The winner was honored ...Read MoreRead more
The shortlist for the 2017 Sunburst Awards for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic has been announced:
- Spells of Blood and Kin, Claire Humphrey (Thomas Dunne)
- The Witches of New York, Ami McKay (Knopf Canada)
- Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuvel (Del Rey)
- Necessity, Jo Walton (Tor)
- Last Year, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)
Young Adult Fiction
- Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard, Jonathan
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.”
- The Core of the Sun, Johanna Sinisalo (Grove Press/Black Cat)
- The Corporation Wars: Dissidence, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
- The Corporation Wars: Insurgence, Ken MacLeod (Orbit)
- The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047, Lionel Shriver (HarperCollins)
- Blade of p’Na, L.
The 2017 David Gemmell Awards winners have been announced:
The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel
- Warbeast, Gav Thorpe (Black Library)
- Wrath, John Gwynne (Tor)
- Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)
- The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)
- The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut
- Steal the Sky, Megan E. O’Keefe (Angry Robot)
- Infernal, Mark de
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.
Quinn was best known for his prolific contributions to the magazine Weird Tales. ...Read MoreRead more
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.”
Attending memberships are currently $175. ...Read MoreRead more
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 MoreRead more
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.
WINNER: The Girls, Emma Cline (Random House)
- The Wonder, Emma Donoghue (Little, Brown)
- Lily, Michael Thomas Ford (Lethe)
- Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (Morrow)
- I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Iain
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
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:
- Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfar (Little, Brown)
- The Lucky Ones, Julianne Pachico (Spiegel & Grau)
- Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders (Random House)
- Empire of Glass, Kaitlin Solimine
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:
“George Tecumseh Sherman’s Ghosts”, Marge Simon (Silver Blade Fall 2016)
“Build a Rocketship Contest: Alternative Class A Instructions and Suggestions”, Wendy Rathbone (Asimov’s 1/16)
Third Place (tie)
“The Box ...Read More
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 MoreRead more