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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Nebula, Stoker and Saturn Ballots/Awards

The writing awards season has begun with three prestigious ballots or awards:

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named their short list for the 2009 Nebula Awards. Their categories include short story, novel, novelette, novella, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. John Scalzi has two nominations, for the novella and young adult science fiction and fantasy categories.

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced their ballot for the 2009 Stoker Award nominees. They include categories for superior achievement in a novel, first novel, long fiction, short fiction, anthology, collection, nonfiction and poetry.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films (Academy) has announced their finalists for the 35th annual Saturn Awards. Here are the Saturn Award nominations and the Saturn Award winners (link will eventually change). The Dark Knight won five awards. Iron Man won the best science fiction film. This award has numerous categories, including films, directors, writers, actors, music and others.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Annie Animation Awards

ASIFA-Hollywood is the Los Angeles chapter of The International Animated Film Society, which is

dedicated to the advancement of the art of animation. We sponsor screenings and seminars; host the Annie Awards- animation's highest honor; preserve films in danger of being lost to time, support animation education and journalism; and maintain an archive, library and museum of animation in Burbank, CA.

The Annie Awards has announced their finalists in the 37th Annual Annie Awards. That link also includes the nominees for that award. Speculative fiction has done fairly well in the motion picture arts awards, such as the Oscars Awards, and now in animated features and other productions. Of course, there is some overlap in these awards. Here is a selection of the recipients:

  • Best animated feature: Up - Pixar Animation Studios
  • Best home entertainment production: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder — The Curiosity Company in association with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Best animated short subject: Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5 - ShadowMachine
  • Best animate television production: Prep and Landing - ABC Family/Walt Disney Animation Studios
  • Best animated television production for children: The Penguins of Madagascar - Nickelodeon and Dreamworks Animation
  • Writing in a Television Production: Daniel Chun - "The Simpsons: Treehous of Horro XX" - Gracie Films
  • Writing in a Feature Production: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach - "Fantiastic Mr. Fox" - 20th Century Fox

Go here for a complete list of the 37th annual Annie nominations and awards recipients.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Oscar Nominations--Speculative Fiction

Go to the Oscars site for the full list of Oscar nominations for 2010 (82nd Academy Awards). Perusing the list, you'll find these speculative fiction films (including mysteries) considered for an Academy Award (some categories omitted):

Animated feature film

  • “Coraline” Henry Selick
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Wes Anderson
  • “The Princess and the Frog” John Musker and Ron Clements
  • “The Secret of Kells” Tomm Moore
  • “Up” Pete Docter

Art direction

  • “Avatar” Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg; Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair
  • “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro; Set Decoration: Caroline Smith
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood; Set Decoration: Katie Spencer


  • “Avatar” Mauro Fiore
  • “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” Bruno Delbonnel


  • "Avatar" James Cameron

Film editing

  • “Avatar” Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron
  • “District 9” Julian Clarke

Music (Original Score)

  • “Avatar” James Horner
  • “Fantastic Mr. Fox” Alexandre Desplat
  • “Sherlock Holmes” Hans Zimmer
  • “Up” Michael Giacchino

Best Film

  • “Avatar” James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers
  • “District 9” Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers
  • “Up” Jonas Rivera, Producer

Writing (adapted screenplay)

  • “District 9” Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

Writing (original screenplay)

  • “Up” Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter, Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

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Sunday, January 31, 2010

British Science Fiction and Fantasy Awards Short List

The British Science Fiction and Fantasy Association has announced their short list for the BSFA Award.


  • China Mieville - The City and the City, Macmillan

  • Stephen Baxter - Ark, Gollancz
Adam Roberts - Yellow Blue Tibia, Gollancz

  • Ursula Le Guin - Lavinia, Gollancz

Short Fiction

  • Ian Watson & Roberto Quaglia - "The Beloved Time of Their Lives" - The Beloved of My Beloved, Newcon Press

  • Eugie Foster - "Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast" - Interzone
Ian Whates - "The Assistant" - The Solaris Book of Science Fiction Volume 3
  • Ian McDonald - "Vishnu at the Cat Circus"

  • Kim Lakin-Smith - "Johnnie and Emmie-Lou Get Married" - Interzone
  • Dave Hutchinson - "The Push," Newcon Press

Go to the BSFA Award site for more, including the art and non-fiction awards and links to the authors' sites.

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Publishing News and Speculative Knights

SFWA reports that the Internet Review of Science Fiction will cease publication. This was a very active source of speculative fiction reviews and will be missed. It was one source of industry news relied on for this blog.

The editor of another important speculative fiction news source, Ian Randal Strock of SFScope, will become a publishing editor for Fantastic Books. SFScope will continue operating as usual.

SFScope and others report upcoming honorary knighthoods for several actors and writers associated with speculative fiction works, including actor Patrick Steward (OBE, Knight Bachelor), actress Margaret Maud Tyzack (OBE), writer/translator Anthea Bell (OBE), and children's writer Ronald Gordon (Dick) King-Smith (OBE). In addition New Zealand filmmaker Peter Jackson will receive an honorary knighthood.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Joe Haldeman an SFWA Grandmaster.

No, no, not the Joe Haldeman/CBS producer associated with David Letterman's alleged blackmail incident. Venerable speculative fiction writer, Joe Haldeman, whose writing awards include five Hugos, five Nebulas, and one each Campbell, Tiptree and World Fantasy award, will receive SFWA's Grandmaster award next year, according to SF Scope.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Hugo Award Changes

The SFWA's article on the Hugo Award's new eligibility rules summarizes the changes for semiprozine and fanzine categories:

The answer to the general question about whether genre websites, including blogs, are eligible in principle is clearly yes, since the rules now explicitly permit works published in other media in several categories.

For more on what web sites and blogs may be eligible, SFWA defers to Vincent Docherty, Administrator for the Hugo Awards, via File 770's article on Hugo's Award's online publication eligibility. There, Mr. Docherty gives his approach to handling the knotty process of interpreting the new rules while giving due consideration to past rules and past administrators' practices. He says:

Under the revised rules, a web-only publication of an individual work, or series of issues of a work, would certainly be eligible as a Fanzine, Semiprozine or Related Work, depending on whether it satisfies the specific category rules. There are hard boundaries between Fanzine and Semiprozine: a work either meets two of the five tests, and is therefore a Semiprozine, or it doesn’t, and so is a Fanzine.

Go to the File 770 article for a glimpse of this rather interesting process.

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Friday, December 4, 2009

Hodgepodge Post: Meyer not a Crook & Awards

Here is a hodgepodge of news:

This is not a shocker. According to the NYT Arts Beat blog and many other sources, Stephanie Meyer is not a crook. A judge ruled that Stephanie Meyer did not plagiarize another novel in her "Twilight" series "Breaking Dawn" book. The judge admonished the plaintiff for “deceptive presentation of the alleged similarities.”

Award nominees and winners:

Locus Online: Harlan Ellison nominated for Grammy for the best spoken word album for children category for his recording of Through The Looking-Glass And What Alice Found There.

SF Awards Watch has several year-end awards and nominees for awards for speculative fiction

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Wheden Wins Vanguard Award

Science Fiction Awards Watch reports that Joss Whedon won the Producers Guild of America's 2010 Vanguard Award. According to PGA's article on the award, 'it which recognizes achievements in new media and technology.'

Whedon is a producer, writer, director, and creator for such hit television programs as “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” “Firefly,” and “Dollhouse.” He has written several feature film scripts including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Toy Story, Atlantis: The Lost Empire, Alien Resurrection and Titan A.E. and is author of the cultish Dark Horse comic book series “Fray.” Whedon also created and produced an Internet sensation with the musical superhero spoof “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog,” which stars Neil Patrick Harris.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hugo Awards SemiProzine Category Saved

Good news for small publishers: according to Internet Review of Science Fiction (IROSF), the SemiProzine category in the Hugo Awards has been saved from extinction. At issue was the odd situation in which Locus Magazine was the shoo-in winner for the award for so long that the award seemed pointless; attendees at the last WorldCon therefore suggested that the category be ended.

Various interested publishers formed SemiProzine.org and suggested reforms to better define and save the category and were successful in their bid for at least few years.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Jim Hines' SF/F Humor Roundup: 2009

SF/Fantasy/Humor author Jim Hines started a list of humorous SF/F fiction published in 2009, including short fiction and novels. How can I explain why he did this? Um, I don't need to; Jim explained just fine:

Humor tends not to be taken seriously, and rarely makes the award ballots. It’s a shame, because humor can be as powerful, popular, and flat-out good as any other story.

Jim Hines' humor list includes a story first published at Flash Fiction Online by Rod M. Santos, "I Foretold You So." You'll recognize many other names on the list, including Mike Resnick, Nancy Fulda, Cory Doctorow, Terry Pratchett, and Jim Hines.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Ig Nobel Prizes for 2009

The Ig Nobel Prize for 2009 winners have been announced. The Public Health Prize winner was the inventor of a brassier that can be converted--in an emergency more dangerous than not wearing a bra--into two gas masks.

But my favorite is the Physics Prize for determining why pregnant women don't tip over. A close second is the Literature Prize to the Irish police service, for issuing tickets to the greatest traffic offender in Ireland, Prawo Jazdy; the Irish police are a little red-faced because that means Driving License in Polish.

The Peace Prize was just stupid: research to determine if conking someone over the head with a filled bottle of beer was a more dangerous than an empty bottle. (I claim the Philosophy Prize for considering whether a half-empty or half-full bottle is more dangerous.)

See Ig Nobel Prizes for 2009 for more prizes, and the names and nationality of the winners.

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Robert A. Heinlein Award Winners

The Robert A. Heinlein Award winners have been announced. They are Joe Haldeman and John Varely, both Hugo and Nebula award winners. According to the Baltimore Science Fiction Society, which administers the award process for The Heinlein Society, this award is:

for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings to inspire the human exploration of space.

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

British Fantasy Awards Winners

The British Fantasy Society has announced the winners of the 2009 British Fantasy Awards, including:

  • Best Novel (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Memoirs of a Master Forger, by William Heaney, aka Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
  • Best Novella: The Reach of Children, by Tim Lebbon (Humdrumming)
  • Best Short Fiction: Do You See, by Sarah Pinborough, from Myth-Understandings, ed. by Ian Whates (Newcon Press)
  • The PS Publishing Best Small Press Award: Elastic Press, run by Andrew Hook
  • Best Magazine/Periodical: Postscripts, ed. Peter Crowther and Nick Gevers (PS Publishing)
  • Best Artist: Vincent Chong

See the article for the complete listing. Here is the earlier list of nominees.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Hugo Semiprozine Category Safe for Now

Internet Review of Science Fiction reports that the category of "Semiprozine" is now safe from extinction in the Hugo Awards, at least for a few years. This was an early August story that *someone* (moi) missed. The semiprozine category was under the axe for a while, partly because some considered its definition weak, and perhaps because Locus Magazine seemed to have patented the award.

Several magazines in that category began a save-the-semiprozine campaign. Here is the full but short article on the saving of the Hugo semiprozine category.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

The Age Book of the Year Award: Debut Novel

The Age, an 150-year-old Australian newspaper has awarded the 2009 The Age Book of the Year award to a debut novel by Steven Amsterdam for his post-apocalyptic Things We Did Not See Coming. He won the fiction award as well.

Guy Rundle won the non-fiction prize for his account of the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Down to the Crossroads.

Here is a nice bit for writers:

Amsterdam's novel evolved from a couple of short stories that Sleepers published in its annual Almanac. While the first one was rejected 17 times before it found a home in The Sleepers Almanac, he didn't have the same difficulty with the novel, which is a suite of linked stories narrated by the same character as he negotiates life in a dramatically altered but unidentified landscape and society.

Here is a full account of The Age Book awards.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Heinlein Short Story Contest Winners

By way of SF Scope: the winners of the Robert A. Heinlein Centennial Story Short Contest have been announced. The Heinlein Society promotes all things Heinlein, including this contest:

Three prizes will be given for the best original short stories
reflecting the spirit, ideas, and philosophies of Robert Anson

The winners include two Americans and a Brit who collectively have a JD, almost a PhD, a BSc in marine biology, and one is a software engineer (no degree mentioned but may well have one):

  • 1st Place, "Under the Shouting Sky," by Karl Bunker.
  • 2nd Place, "In the Shadows," by (Ms.) Charlie Allery
  • 3rd Place, "Salvage Sputnik," by Sam S. Kepfield

If you're considering entering this contest in the future, here is a hint from THS president David Silver:

"Bunker's story perfectly captures the quintessential Heinlein story of quiet heroism and duty fulfilled whatever the personal price."

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Monday, August 31, 2009

World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners

The World Fantasy Convention is in October 29-November 1, but the Lifetime Achievement Award winners have been announced. They are Jane Yolen and Ellen Asher.

Jane Hyatt Yolen:

From Wikipedia, mostly: Jane Hyatt Yolen (born February 11, 1939) is an American author and editor of almost 300 books. These include folklore, fantasy, science fiction, and children's books. She wrote the Nebula Award-winning "Sister Emily's Lightship" (short story) and Lost Girls (novelette), as well as Owl Moon and The Emperor and the Kite, Caldecott Medal winners, the Commander Toad series and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight.

From Jane Yolen's web site: She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Ellen Asher:

From Wikipedia: Ellen Asher is an American science fiction editor. She was the editor in chief of the Science Fiction Book Club for thirty-four years, from February 8, 1973 through June 1, 2007....Prior to joining the Science Fiction Book Club, Asher was the science fiction editor for NAL, when it was a subsidiary of Times Mirror.

From Readercon: Jane Asher was the editor of the Science Fiction Book Club for thirty-four years and three months, thereby fulfilling her life's ambition of beating John W. Campbell's record as the person with the longest tenure in the same science fiction job. Now that she has retired, she amuses herself by sleeping late, meeting friends for lunch, and reading only books she actually enjoys....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WSFA Small Press Award Finalists

SF Awards Watch, SF Site and others have announced the finalists for the WSFS Small Press Award. Here is the premise of this award, according to the WSFA (Washington Science Fiction Association) web site:

The award is open to works of imaginative literature (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) published in English for the first time in the previous calendar year. Furthermore, the Small Press Award is limited to works under 17,501 words in length that were published by a small press.

Here are the finalists:

  • “Drinking Problem,” by K.D. Wentworth, Seeds of Change
  • “Hard Rain at the Fortean Café,” by Lavie Tidhar, Aeon Speculative Fiction Magazine
  • “His Last Arrow,” by Christopher Sequeira, Gaslight Grimoire: Fantastic Tales of Sherlock Holmes
  • “Silent as Dust,” by James Maxey, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
  • “Spider the Artist,” by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu, Seeds of Change
  • “The Absence of Stars: Part 1,” by Greg Siewert, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
  • “The Toy Car,” by Luisa Maria Garcia Velasco, (translated from Spanish by Ian Watson) Aberrant Dreams

Small gripe: why is it that--across the board--the official awards sites are the last sites on the planet to post their own results (or are so efficient at hiding them that they might as well not post them)?

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

2009 Chesley Awards for SF/F Artists

The Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA) has named the winners of the 2009 Chesley Awards. Here are a selection of the winners:

  • Best Cover Illustration - Hardcover: Donato Giancola for A Book of Wizards edited by Marvin Kaye (SFBC, April 2008)
  • Best Cover Illustration - Paperback: John Picacio for Fast Forward 2 edited by Lou Anders (Pyr, October 2008)
  • Best Cover Illustration - Magazine: Matts Minhagen for Clarkesworld (April 2008)
  • Best Interior Illustration: Donato Giancola for The Wraith by J. Robert Lennon (Playboy, 11/2008)
  • Best 3-D: Vincent Villafranca for Otherworldly Procession (Bronze)

You can see the winners in the other categories and all the nominees here. Unrelated to the award, is an artist gallery that seems to be in its fledgling stage, but has quite a few samples.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

2009 Hugo Award Winners

The 2009 Hugo Awards winners are in. Here is the official, complete list of Hugo Award winners. Here is a selection of the winners:

  • Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Best Novella: “The Erdmann Nexus”, Nancy Kress (Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
  • Best Novelette: “Shoggoths in Bloom”, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s Mar 2008)
  • Best Short Story: “Exhalation”, Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • Best Graphic Story: Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones, Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form: WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney)
  • Best Professional Artist: Donato Giancola
  • Best Semiprozine: Weird Tales, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: David Anthony Durham

Here, you can see the details of the voting and nominations (PDFs).

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Sunday, August 9, 2009

2009 Sidewise and Prix Aurora Award Winners

SF Scope reports the 2009 winners for the Sidewise Awards for alternate history and the Prix Aurora Awards for Canadian science fiction and fantasy.

Here are the Sidewise nominees. The official site as not posted the winners, yet, but SF Scope has posted them here.

Similarly, SF Scope has posted the winners of the Prix Aurora Awards, here.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

2009 World Fantasy Awards Nominees

The World Fantasy Convention 2009 has announced the ballot for the 2009 World Fantasy Awards:

Best Novel

  • The House of the Stag, Kage Baker (Tor)
  • The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
  • The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury)
  • Pandemonium, Daryl Gregory (Del Rey)
  • Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)

Best Short Story

  • “Caverns of Mystery”, Kage Baker (Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy)
  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08)
  • “Pride and Prometheus”, John Kessel (F&SF 1/08)
  • “Our Man in the Sudan”, Sarah Pinborough (The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror Stories)
  • “A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 5/08)

Additional award categories include Best Novella, Best Anthology, Best Collection, Best Artist, Special Award--Professional, Special Award--Non-Professional.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Emmy Awards Genre Nominees

SF Scope has assembled a nice list of the Emmy Awards nominees that they consider genre productions. Kicking mainstream hindquarters is 24, with its 6 nominations this year and a total of 63 since 2002.

Here are the Emmy Awards genre nominees.

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Sunburst Award for Canadian Writers--Short List

By way of SFawardsWatch.com. The Sunburst Award is a juried Canadian award for Canadian authors of speculative fiction in two categories: adult and young adult. The authors may be living in Canada or abroad.

Here is the short list:

Adult list:

  • Night Child, by Jes Battis, Ace
  • The Gargoyle, by Andrew Davidson, Random House Canada
  • The Alchemist's Code, by Dave Duncan, Ace
  • Things Go Flying, by Shari Lapeña, Brindle & Glass
  • Half a Crown, by Jo Walton, Tor

Young adult list

  • The Summoning, by Kelley Armstrong, Doubleday Canada
  • Dingo, by Charles de Lint, Viking
  • Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, Tor
  • Wild Talent: A Novel of the Supernatural, by Eileen Kernaghan, Thistledown Press
  • Night Runner, by Max Turner, HarperTrophy

The jurors provided a suggested reading list, as well (honorable mentions). The right column of the award home page includes an announcement area with a log of international award winners by Canadian writers. From that you can see that Cory Doctorow and been on nearly every short list on the planet with Little Brother. He's in this list in the Young Adult Category and is a good bet.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Arthur C Clark Award--Chair of Judges' Speech

SF Crowsnest has the text of the speech given by the chair of the judges, Paul Billinger, at the award ceremonies prior to announcing the winner. We thought that FFO readers and contributors would find the judge's brief comments about the short list of contenders interesting. Flash Fiction Online announced the short list and winner, Ian R MacLeod, for Song of Time (PS Publishing), previously.

A bit of crowing for SF Crowsnest: one of the judges for the award was from their staff. Mr. Billinger is from the Serendip Foundation, the organization administering the award.

Since the speech is short, we'll give just one snippet, from Mr. Billinger's comments about the winner's novel:

Infused throughout is the love of music with some of the most evocative writing on the subject for many years. Coupled with rich, all too human characters, this subtle discourse on memory and identity is a novel to savour.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Vote for Your Favorite B-Movie

Are you tired of seeing the same old movie stars, like Will Smith, Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie?

Do you find expensive production values off-putting?

Do you chuckle inwardly when you see a string holding up a flying saucer, or an actor *way* over-extending himself, or a plot hole large enough to drive a truck through?

Is Ed Wood, Jr. a genius?

My friend, you may be a B-movie fan. Here's your chance to vote for your favorite B-movies via the 2009 Golden Cob Award. You're not too late. Voting has just begun.

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners 2009

According to the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science Fiction:

The John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science-fiction novel of the year is one of the three major annual awards for science fiction.

Although this award is announced officially at a banquet later in July at the university, the result is out, according to Locus magazine, a tie:

  • Cory Doctorow's Little Brother (Tor), and
  • Ian R. MacLeod's Song of Time (PS Publishing)

Here is the long list of finalists.

Also reported by Locus magazine is the winner of the the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, for the year's best short fiction, presented at the same banquet: "The Ray Gun: A Love Story" by James Alan Gardner (Asimov's 2/08)

Here is the long list of finalists for the Sturgeon Award.

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Locus Award Winners 2009

The literary award season is about over. Today, there are two results to report. Following this report of the Locus Awards will be the Cambell and Sturgeon winners.

The Locus Award is a readers' poll award conducted by Locus Magazine, with the original intent to inform Hugo award voters. The Locus Award honors the publishers of the works. This year's winners include:

  • Science Fiction Novel: Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)
  • Fantasy Novel: Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
  • First Novel: Singularity's Ring, Paul Melko (Tor)
  • Young-Adult Book: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins, Bloomsbury)
  • Novella: "Pretty Monsters", Kelly Link (Pretty Monsters)
  • Novelette: "Pump Six", Paolo Bacigalupi (Pump Six and Other Stories)
  • Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

The remaining categories are found here. Here is the 2009 Locus Award long list (finalists) .

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

David Gemmel Legend Award for Fantasy Winner

According to the David Gemmel Legend Award website: "the award will be given to a work written in the 'spirit' of the late, great David Gemmell, a true Master of Heroic Fantasy."

According to various sources, the award winner for the 2008 best fantasy novel is Andrzej Sapkowski for his Blood of Elves (in Polish, Krew elfów), although the award website does not yet reflect this, at the time of posting. This is the first award of this prize. Andrzej Sapkowski is a highly acclaimed Polish science fiction and fantasy writer. Blood of Elves is the first novel in the Witcher series. The English translation was published last year. Some of his novels have been translated into many languages, excepting English. Perhaps this will change, now.

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Monday, June 15, 2009

2009 Stoker Award Winners for Horror

The winners of the 2009 Stoker Awards for horror have been announced:

  • Novel: Duma Key, Stephen King
  • First Novel: The Gentling Box, Lisa Mannetti
  • Long Fiction: Miranda, John R. Little
  • Short Fiction: "The Lost," Sarah Langan
  • Fiction Collection: Just After Sunset, Stephen King
  • ANTHOLOGY: Unspeakable Horror, edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder
  • NONFICTON: A Hallowe'en Anthology, Lisa Morton
  • Poetry Collection: The Nightmare Collection, Bruce Boston

You can see bios and pictures of all these horror-able people and the nominees, at the 2009 Stoker Awards website.

Lifetime achievement award winners were announced:

  • F. Paul Wilson is best known for his Repairman Jack series of novels, and
  • Chelsea Quinn Yarbro rose to fame with her vampire hero, Count Saint-Germain. She is the first woman ever to receive the International Horror Guild's Living Legend award.
You can see more about the lifetime achievement award winners here.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

John W. Campbell Award Finalists

The finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel have been announced.

The Award was created to honor the late editor of Astounding Science Fiction magazine, now named Analog. Campbell, who edited the magazine from 1937 until his death in 1971, is called by many writers and scholars the father of modern science fiction. Writers and critics Harry Harrison and Brian W. Aldiss established the award in Campbell's name as a way of continuing his efforts to encourage writers to produce their best possible work.

The finalists are:

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

British Fantasy Award Nominees 2009

British Fantasy Awards

The British Fantasy Society Has announced the shortlist of the British Fantasy Awards. Naturally, the short fiction is the most important category. The rules only mention the upper length limit (10000 words) so presumably flash fiction is permitted. The short fiction nominees include:

  • All Mouth (Paul Meloy) Black Static 6, Ed. Andy Cox - TTA Press
  • Do You See (Sarah Pinborough) Myth-Understandings, Ed. Ian Whates – Newcon Press
  • N (Stephen King) Just After Sunset - Hodder & Stoughton
  • Pinholes in Black Muslin (Simon Strantzas) The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ed. Ian Alexander Martin - Humdrumming
  • The Caul Bearer (Allyson Bird) Bull Running For Girls – Screaming Dreams
  • The Tobacconist’s Concession (John Travis) The Second Humdrumming Book of Horror, Ed. Ian Alexander Martin - Humdrumming
  • The Vague (Paul Meloy) Islington Crocodiles, TTA Press
  • Winter Journey (Joel Lane) Black Static 5, Ed. Andy Cox - TTA Press

The nominees for the long-winded folks (novelists), include:

  • Memoirs of a Master Forger (William Heaney/Graham Joyce) Gollancz
  • Midnight Man (Simon Clark) Severn House
  • Rain Dogs (Gary McMahon) Humdrumming
  • The Graveyard Book (Neil Gaiman) Bloomsbury
  • The Victoria Vanishes (Christopher Fowler) Little Brown
  • Thieving Fear (Ramsey Campbell) PS Publishing

Other categories include Best Anthology, PS Publishing Small Press Award, Best Collection, Best Novella, Best Comic/Graphic Novel, Best Artist, Best Non-Fiction, Best Magazine, Best Television, and Best Film...all found here.

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Australian Ditmar Awards Winners for SF/F/H

The Ditmar Awards

The winners for the 2009 Ditmar Awards for Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror have been announced.

The Ditmar Awards have been awarded at the National Science Fiction conventions since 1969 in order to recognise achievements in Australian Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror.
The short story nominees and winners (tie) are:

  • “Pale Dark Soldier”, Deborah Biancotti (in Midnight Echo, #2)
  • This Is Not My Story”, Dirk Flinthart (in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, #37)
  • The Goosle”, Margo Lanagan (in The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy, Ellen Datlow (ed), Del Rey)
  • “Her Collection of Intimacy”, Paul Haines (in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, #2)
  • “Moments of Dying”, Rob Hood (in Black: Australian Dark Culture Magazine, #1)
  • “Sammarynda Deep”, Cat Sparks (in Paper Cities, Ekaterina Sedia (ed), Senses Five Press)
  • “Ass-Hat Magic Spider”, Scott Westerfeld (in The Starry Rift, Jonathan Strahan (ed), Viking Juvenile)

The best novel nominees and winner are:

  • Fivefold, Nathan Burrage (Random House)
  • Hal Spacejock: No Free Lunch, Simon Haynes (Fremantle Press)
  • Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin)
  • How to Ditch Your Fairy, Justine Larbaliester (Allen & Unwin)
  • The Daughters of Moab, Kim Westwood (HarperVoyager)
  • Earth Ascendant (Astropolis, book 2), Sean Wiliams (Orbit)

Other categories include: Best Novella, Best Collected Work, Best Artwork, Best Fan Writer, Best Fan Artist, Best Fan Publication, William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review, Best Achievement, and Best New Talent, all found here.

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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Audies Winners for 2009

The 2009 Audies Award for audiobooks have been announced which, according to TheAudies.com website, are:

Awards recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association (APA).

Unless you are an out-of-touch Martian, you'll have heard of some of the winners:

  • Audiobook of the year: THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, Neil Gaiman, Read by Neil Gaiman, Harper Audio/ Recorded Books
  • Fiction: Tie:
  1. DUMA KEY, Stephen King, Read by John Slattery, Simon & Schuster Audio/ Recorded Books
  2. THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows, Read by Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, John Lee, Juliet Mills, Random House Audio/ Books on Tape
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy: CALCULATING GOD, Robert J. Sawyer, Read by Jonathan Davis, Audible, Inc.
  • Short Stories/Collections: ARMAGEDDON IN RETROSPECT, Kurt Vonnegut, Read by Rip Torn, Mark Vonnegut, Penguin Audio/ Blackstone Audiobooks

Note that the award web site also lists the finalists and winners.

Other categories include: Distinguished Achievement in Production, Non-Fiction, Solo Narration - Female, Solo Narration - Male, Audio Drama, Audiobook Adapation, Biography/Memoir, Business/Educational, Children's for Ages 8-12, Children's for Ages Up to 8, Classic, History, Humor, Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction, Inspirational/Faith-Based Non-Fiction, Literary Fiction, Multi-Voiced Performance, Mystery, Narration by the Author or Authors, Original Work, Package Design, Personal Development, Politics - Judges Award, Romance, Spanish Language, Teens, Thriller/Suspense.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Ursa Major Awards for Anthropmorphic Fiction

By way of SFawardsWatch.com, the 2008 Ursa Major Award winners finalists have been announced. According to the award's web site:

The Ursa Major Awards are Anthropomorphic (a.k.a. Furry) Fandom's equivalents of s-f fandom's Hugo Awards, mystery fandom's Anthony Awards, horror fandom's Bram Stoker Awards, and so forth. The Ursa Majors are administered and presented by the Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA), an organization dedicated to promoting anthropomorphic literature and arts both within and outside of the fandom....

Among the winners are:

  • Best Anthropomorphic Motion Picture: Bolt/Walt Disney (other nominees: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Kung Fu Panda,Madagascar 2, Wall-E)
  • Best Anthropomorphic Novel: Waterways by Kyell Gold/Sofawolf Press, January (other nominees: Ratha's Courage by Claire Bell, Iron Kissed, by Patricia Briggs, Thousand Leaves by Kevin Frane, Stick and Bones, by Phil Geusz)
  • Best Anthropomorphic Short Fiction (mostly Adults only): "In Between" by Kyell Gold (other nominees: It's a Beautiful World, by Kyell Gold, Secrets, by Kyell Gold, Third Date, by Kyell Gold, Earth Rise by Ivor W. Hartmann, Candy and Music, by K. M. Hirosaki)

Other categories in the awards include: Best Anthropomorphic Dramatic Short Work or Series, Anthropomorphic Other Literary Work, Anthropomorphic Graphic Story, Anthropomorphic Comic Strip, Anthropomorphic Magazine, Anthropomorphic Published Illustration, and Anthropomorphic Game

Note that the web site has links to all nominated illustrations.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Top Ten Literature Blogs

Here is a list of the best literature weblogs of 2008, based on an Internet vote taken by weblogawards.org. Internet votes are always problematic since they can be manipulated. This is especially true when one of the blogs is written by a very popular writer these days, Neil Gaiman. Even so, this is a remarkable result for Gaiman's weblog:

To put it into perspective, Neil Gaimans's 33% represents 1980 votes...not huge by Internet standards, but still impressive by comparison.

Literature is only one of many voting categories covered by weblogawards.org. According to their website:

The Weblog Awards are the world's largest blog competition with over 545,000 votes cast in 2007 edition and nearly two million votes cast in all editions since 2003.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Million Writers Award Finalists

The Million Writers Award for online fiction, sponsored by storySouth magazine now has its ten finalists here where you may vote. FFO reported the long list of stories earlier, and the amusing side issue of some flash fiction sneaking into the contest. This contest is has both speculative and literary stories.

In the current issue of Flash Fiction Online is Descent, a story by Bryan S. Wang. Bryan has an honorable mention in the award this year (in the long list) with another of his stories, Flyaway Dreams.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Sidewise Award for Alternate History--Finalists

The Sidewise Award is for alternate history or allohistorical genre works of under 60000 words (short form) and greater than 60000 words (long form). Apparently, works of exactly 60000 words are not eligible. The award is sponsored by Uchronia, who has an online bibliography of alternate history works.

This year's finalists are:

Short form:

  • Tobias Buckell. "The People's Machine", Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology
  • Albert E. Cowdrey. "Poison Victory"
  • In The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, July 2008
  • Paul McAuley. "A Brief Guide to Other Histories", Postscripts #15, September 2008.
  • T. L. Morganfield. "Night Bird Soaring", Greatest Uncommon Denominator
  • Mary Rosenblum. "Sacrifice", Sideways in Crime, An Alternate Mystery Anthology
  • Kristine Kathryn Rusch. "G-Men", Sideways in Crime: An Alternate Mystery Anthology

Long form:

  • George Mann. The Affinity Bridge, Snowbooks 2008. Also Tor 2009
  • Terry Pratchett. Nation, Doubleday UK 2008 and HarperCollins 2008
  • Chris Roberson. The Dragon's Nine Sons, BL/Solaris 2008
  • Adam Roberts. Swiftly, Gollancz 2008 (hb & pp)
  • Jo Walton. Half a Crown, Tor 2008

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Monday, May 4, 2009

2009 Edgars Awards Winners

On Jan 19 of this year, Flash Fiction Online noted Edgar Allan Poe's bicentenial. This event was no less observed during the 2009 Edgars Awards banquet held by the Mystery Writers of America (MWA). Here are the nominees and the winners (red, asterisks) for best novel and best first novel by an American author. See here for the other categories.

Best novel:

  • Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
  • * Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur) *
  • Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster - Scribner)
  • The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
  • The Night Following by Morag Joss (Random House – Delacorte Press)
  • Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)

Best first novel by an American author:

  • The Kind One by Tom Epperson (Five Star, div of Cengage)
  • Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)
  • * The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador) *
  • Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster - Touchstone)
  • A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Random House - Doubleday)

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner

FFO reported the short list for the Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees. Science Fiction Awards Watch has made an unconfirmed report (received by Twitter) that the winner is Ian R MacLeod for Song of Time (PS Publishing). Here is the website for the award. At the time of this posting they had not posted the official result. By their reckoning they have "...the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain."

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Locus Awards Finalists

Here are novel and short story Locus Awards finalists. The rest may be found at the Locus S&F News site. The other categories include first novel, young adult novel, novela, novelette, magazine, publisher, anthology, collection, editor, artist, non-fiction/art book. The fantasy novelists seem wordier in their titles. I'm just sayin'....

Science Fiction Novel

  • Matter, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK)
  • City at the End of Time, Greg Bear (Gollancz, Del Rey)
  • Marsbound, Joe Haldeman (Ace)
  • Anathem, Neal Stephenson (Atlantic UK, Morrow)
  • Saturn's Children, Charles Stross (Orbit, Ace)

Fantasy Novel

  • The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
  • Lavinia, Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt)
  • The Bell at Sealey Head, Patricia A. McKillip (Ace)
  • The Dragons of Babel, Michael Swanwick (Tor)
  • An Evil Guest, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

Short Story

  • "King Pelles the Sure", Peter S. Beagle (Strange Roads)
  • "Boojum", Elizabeth Bear & Sarah Monette (Fast Ships, Black Sails)
  • "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • "The Kindness of Strangers", Nancy Kress (Fast Forward 2)
  • "After the Coup", John Scalzi (Tor.com 7/08)

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Million Writers Award (Flash Stories Sneaked In)

Here is an interesting and longish list of the best online short stories and magazines published in 2008. (Scroll down below what looks like the end of the article to see the nominees.)

This award is administered by storySouth, a respected literary magazine. The ten story finalists will be named in May.

The Status of Flash Fiction in the Award: The rules stated that the stories must be more than 1000 word long--which the editor knew would and had caused grumbling--so Flash Fiction Online had little chance of placing a story. However, a few flash stories from other publications sneaked in under the editor's nose, but he took the news philosophically:

...My first instinct was to kick out these stories. However, the simply [sic] truth is they are good stories, so what the hell, let's list them....

Here is his whole statement on this matter.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Fantasy Award: Gemmell Award Finalists

The full name of this new fantasy award is the David Gemmell Legend Award. The award is given through public voting:

...to a work written in the 'spirit' of the late, great David Gemmell, a true Master of Heroic Fantasy.

The award ceremony is on June 19 in London. The short list is:

  • ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Last Argument of Kings (Gollancz/Pyr)
  • MARILLIER, Juliet – Heir to Sevenwaters (Tor UK)
  • SANDERSON, Brandon - The Hero of Ages (Tor US)
  • SAPKOWSKI, Andrzej - Blood of Elves (Gollancz)
  • WEEKS, Brent - The Way of Shadows (Orbit)
Here is the list of nominees.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

British Science Fiction Association Awards

According to Locus, here are the British Science Fiction Association (BSFA.co.uk) awards for 2009:

  • Best Artwork: Cover of Subterfuge by Andy Bigwood
  • Best Non-Fiction: by Rhetorics of Fantasy by Farah Mendlesohn
  • Best Short Fiction: "Exhalation" by Ted Chiang
  • Best Novel: The Night Sessions by Ken MacLeod

Here are the nominees from which these winners were chosen. At the time of publication of this blog article Locus had beaten the BSFA to the punch with this news. The BSFA should make their statement here in due course.

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Jane Austin + Zombies

It is an unlikely mashup, but "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" is working for Quirk Books, which is more known for non-fiction titles. If having five daughters that need marrying off were not enough travail, the Bennet family must also fend off a zombie hoard. Not surprisingly, Quirk Books has had an influx of similar mashup proposals.

In this BBC online interview, author of the novel Seth Grahame-Smith told what reaction he received from the literary establishment:

I was expecting to be burned in effigy to be honest. So far the reaction has been mostly positive.

Most people have a great sense of humour about it, particularly the 'Jane-ites', who must prefer this to the 60th or 70th Mr Darcy's private thoughts collection that seems to come out every year.

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Design Contest for Hugo Award Logo

SF Scope has a fun post for illustrators. The World Science Fiction Society is holding a design contest for a logo specifically for the Hugo award. The details are here. The deadline for the entry is 31 May 2009. The winner will receive $500 and other goodies.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Pushing the Genre Boundary Through the Award Process

Here is a SF Crowsnest interview of the Arthur C. Clark Award administrator, Tom Hunter. This award is the UK's main literary science fiction award.

One interesting note about this award was its inclusion of literary writers and publishing its long list of considered literary works. Tom Hunter had this to say about this idea:

It's certainly been suggested in the past that perhaps the award would do well to set a sort of best practise definition of what constitutes a science fictional work in order to aid the judges in their decision-making and serve as a public statement of intent.

Hunter went on to describe the Internet's role (particularly Web 2.0) in achieving this goal.

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Limited-Time: Read Nebula-Nominated Short Fiction

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction has made available for a free reading the five stories it has published and are nominated for the Nebula Award. As soon as the finalists of the award are announced, F&SF will remove the links.

Here's a chance to see, easily and at no cost, what this magazine and the SF community in general value.

The stories include:

  • "Kaleidoscope" by K.D. Wentworth
  • "The Tomb Wife" by Gwyneth Jones
  • "Pride and Prometheus" by John Kessel
  • "Mars: A Traveler's Guide" by Ruth Nestvold
  • "If Angels Fight" by Richard Bowes
  • "The Political Prisoner" by Charles Coleman Finlay

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Top 5 "Malign-Posterior" Women in SF Movies

Here is a list of the top five malign-posterior (cough, bad-ass) females in SF movies, according to Jessica Martin at SF Crowsnest. The said women are the "five strongest, scariest, toughest women ever to fight their way across the screen." They include:

  • 5. Angelina Jolie in Wanted
  • 4. Michelle Pfeiffer in Batman Returns
  • 3. Linda Hamilton in Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • 2. Uma Thurman in Kill Bill
  • 1. Sigourney Weaver in Aliens

The article (with a much larger budget) includes a summary of the movies and females' (movie) parts therein.

Some of you probably are asking, what about Loretta King Hadler in Ed Wood Jr.'s Bride of the Monster? My answer is: I don't know. I'm just a bloggist.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

2009 Science Fiction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame has announced its inductees for 2009. Inductions will be held on June 27. The inductees are:

Connie Willis, who has won ten Hugos and six Nebulas. Willis most recently won a Hugo Award for All Seated on the Ground (August 2008). She most often explores the "soft" or social sciences, weaving technology into her stories only to prompt readers to question what impact it has on the world. She's also known for her comedy of manners style of writing.

Michael Whelan is a multiple-award-winning American artist of imaginative realism, specializing in science fiction and fantasy, before devoting all his work to his fine art career. His art has appeared on over 350 book and magazine covers, including many Stephen King novels, Del Rey editions of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series, and many others.

Viennese-born Frank Rudolph Paul (April 18, 1884 - June 29, 1963) was an illustrator of US pulp magazines in the science fiction field. Paul painted 38 covers for Amazing Stories from April 1926 to June 1929 and 7 for the Amazing Stories Annual and Quarterly, and accumulated many more credits.

Edward Ferman is an American science fiction and fantasy fiction editor and magazine publisher. He took over as editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from his father in 1964 until selling it to Gordon Van Gelder in 2000. Ferman received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor three years in a row, from 1981 through 1983.

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Save the Hugo Semiprozine Award?

Neil Clarke, publisher and editor of Clarkesworld Magazine has put up this interesting website/blog about the current rule change under consideration to eliminate the Semiprozine category from the Hugo Awards. Says Mr. Clarke:

This is a website born from an ongoing attempt to abolish the Best Semiprozine Hugo. In the course of trying to eliminate the category, some disparaging remarks have been made against semiprozines. By and large, I consider their statements about the worth and health of the semiprozine field uninformed. As such, I have invited (and continue to invite) the people involved with these publications to join me in providing content for this blog.

Our goal is to be both educational and informational. We’ll be featuring specific venues, providing current news, and offering some of our opinions on the state of the field as well as the Best Semiprozine Hugo.

At this link, the website lists some of the semiprozines (with links) that would be eliminated from consideration for Hugo awards. The web site will review the publications as a whole in time. Clearly, there are some fine publications in the list. I've reproduced the list below, minus the links. Mr. Clarke said that this list was compiled from 2007 and 2008 nominees for the Hugo.

  • Abyss & Apex
  • Ansible
  • Albedo One
  • Apex Magazine
  • Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine
  • Baen’s Universe
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Fantasy Magazine
  • Futurismic
  • Greatest Uncommon Denominator
  • HUB Magazine
  • Interzone
  • Internet Review of Science Fiction
  • Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet
  • Locus Magazine
  • Neo-Opsis
  • New York Review of Science Fiction
  • On Spec
  • Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show
  • Postscripts
  • Shimmer
  • Strange Horizons
  • Talebones
  • Tales of the Unanticipated
  • Weird Tales
From Science Fiction Awards Watch (where I learned of this issue) is this description of the rule change (and other changes to the rules):

Removal of Semiprozine Category

A proposal to remove the Semiprozine Hugo was passed and forwarded to Montreal for ratification. The old qualification criteria from semiprozine are now used to define what is not eligible to be a fanzine. (We’ll post the actual wording later when we get official electronic copy). The vote was 40-28, and the issue continues to be hotly debated.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

2008 Stoker Nominations for Horror

The Horror Writers Association has announced the (Bram) Stoker Award nominees for 2008. The nominees for superior achievement in a novel includes some new guy, Stephen King. He should've been in the First Novel category. They novelists include:

  • COFFIN COUNTY by Gary Braunbeck (Leisure Books)
  • THE REACH by Nate Kenyon (Leisure Books)
  • DUMA KEY by Stephen King (Scribner)
  • JOHNNY GRUESOME by Gregory Lamberson (Bad Moon Books/Medallion Press)

Skipping to short fiction (sorry):

  • "The Lost" by Sarah Langan (Cemetery Dance Publications)
  • "The Dude Who Collected Lovecraft" by Nick Mamatas and Tim Pratt (Chizine)
  • "Evidence of Love in a Case of Abandonment" by M. Rickert (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction)
  • "Turtle" by Lee Thomas (Doorways)

The other categories include superior achievement in a first novel, in long fiction, in an anthology, in a collection (that new guy, Stephen King, is in this category too; I predict a bright future for the young fellow), in nonfiction, and in poetry.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Flash Fiction Story Hugo-Nominated

Mary Robinette Kowal stopped by yesterday's post, reminding us that her Hugo-nominated story in the Best Short Story category is a flash fiction piece of 970 words. So I thought it worth repeating here. Good luck, Mary. (And you too, Mike.)

Um, this is difficult. Let me do some calculations...Mary's story is a flash fiction piece. Mike already has five Hugos and he published a story here at FFO, but Mary posted here and knows about this blog. Hmmm. Mention Mary first and Mike second, parenthetically. Whatever you do, don't forget to delete this calculation or Jake will be furious and get a real bloggist.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Hugo Award Nominees Finalized for 2009

The nominees for the 2009 Hugo Awards have been finalized. The nominees for the best novel are:

  • Anathem by Neal Stephenson (Morrow; Atlantic UK)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen; HarperVoyager UK)
  • Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Tor)
The best short story:

  • “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss” by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s Jul 2008)
  • “Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Baen’s Universe Oct 2008)
  • “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal (The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction, Volume Two)
  • “Exhalation” by Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)
  • “From Babel’s Fall’n Glory We Fled” by Michael Swanwick (Asimov’s Feb 2008)
The other categories: Best Novella; Best Novelette; Best Related Book; Best Graphic Story; Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form; Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form; Best Editor, long form; Best Editor, Short Form; Best Professional Artist; Best Semiprozine; Best Fanzine; Fan Writer; Best Fan Artist; and Best New Writer.


  • Mike Resnick is one of the nominees for Best Short Story. We re-published his "The Fallen Angel" here on Flash Fiction Online in January of this year.
  • Cory Doctorow is on a roll. We noted yesterday his nomination for the prestigious Man Booker International Prize.
  • "Evil Monkey Robots" by one of our friends at Liberty Hall, Mary Robinette Kowal, was nominated for a Best Short Story. She also just sold a book to Tor.
  • Where's the Flash Fiction category?

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Doctorow among Man Booker International Prize

Cory Doctorow is among the nominees for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Speculative fiction writers might take heart at this inclusion, regardless of the final outcome, which occurs around May. According to the prize's web site:

The Man Booker International Prize is significantly different from the annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction in that it highlights one writer's overall contribution to fiction on the world stage. In seeking out literary excellence the judges consider a writer's body of work rather than a single novel.

The selections for this prize are made by a small, international group of panelists. Publishers do not make recommendations. The nominees are:

The judges are quite interesting, too: Jane Smiley (chair), Amit Chaudhuri and Andrey Kurkov. Their bios are here.

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

2009 Rhysling SF Poetry Award Nominees

The Science Fiction Poetry Association (SFPA) has announced the award nominees for the 2009 Rhysling Award. Categories include short and long form poetry. The SFPA also publishes an anthology of speculative poetry (SF/F/H) through its Dwarf Stars award and an anthology associated with its annual poetry contest.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Saturn Awards Nominations: Best SF, Fantasy, Horror Films

Nominations for the 35th Annual Saturn Awards are in for the best science fiction, fantasy, horror and action/adventure/thriller films. They also honor the associated actors, writers, musicians, etc. (My apologies to the etc.) They also similarly honor television, television series and DVD editions.

Best SF

  • THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (20th Century Fox)
  • EAGLE EYE (Paramount / DreamWorks)
  • THE INCREDIBLE HULK (Universal / Marvel)
  • IRON MAN (Paramount / Marvel)
  • JUMPER (20th Century Fox)

Best Fantasy

  • HANCOCK (Sony)
  • TWILIGHT (Summit Entertainment)
  • WANTED (Universal)

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

Million Writers Award Nominations Open

Nominations for online stories published in 2008 are now open for the storySouth Million Writers Award. This award is determined by the votes of readers rather than a small panel. The award is fashioned to increase exposure to Internet-based publications.

Unfortunately, the only FlashFictionOnline.com and other flash stories qualified by the rules for this award are those whose length happens to be exactly 1000 words. That length is the minimum for the award and the maximum for an FFO story. If they want to make the award inclusive for flash fiction, perhaps they should lower the minimum to 800 words. That's not a huge change to the rules, yet opens up a fairly large body of flash fiction. I suspect that many 1100-1500 word stories that were crunched to fit the flash fiction market were improved.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

SFWA: Mea Culpa on Final Nebula Ballot

The SFWA posted a notice that the final Nebula ballot tally was a bit speculative and suffered a tally error. A novelette and short story were omitted:

  • the novelette "The Ray Gun: A Love Story" - James Alan Gardner(Asimov's, Feb08) and
  • the short story "Mars: A Traveler's Guide" - Ruth Nestvold (F&SF, Jan08)
I updated the earlier post to correct my own tally of which speculative fiction magazines rule the roost this year. F&SF still rules. Through extensive numerical analysis not even attempted by other blogs, my updated tally of ballot nominees is:

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction: 6
  • Asimov's: 4
  • Norilana: 2
  • Analog: 1

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spectrum Award for SF/F/H Art

Flash Fiction Online has always been proud of the original art work used to illustrate its first-publication stories. This art was created by FFO's artist-in-residence, Rich Ware. The speculative fiction industry recognized the value added to SF/Fantasy/Horror publications by graphic artists through the Spectrum 16 Award, established in 1993. The 16 refers to a gold and silver award for each of 8 categories: advertising, book, comics, conceptual art, dimensional, editorial, institutional and unpublished.

Here are the winners, including the images. (It was not clear to me whether they reckon this to be the 2008 or 2009 winners.)

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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nebula Awards® 2008 Final Ballot

The SFWA's final ballot for the 2008 Nebula Awards® is in. The nominees for best novel are:

Note: this post updated 4 Mar 09 to reflect the SFWA's balloting error.

  • Little Brother - Doctorow, Cory (Tor, Apr08)
  • Powers - Le Guin, Ursula K. (Harcourt, Sep07)
  • Cauldron - McDevitt, Jack (Ace, Nov07)
  • Brasyl - McDonald, Ian (Pyr, May07)
  • Making Money - Pratchett, Terry (Harper, Sep07)
  • Superpowers - Schwartz, David J. (Three Rivers Press, Jun08)
See the article for the nominees for the shorter works.

I was curious about what short fiction publications ruled. The combined totals for short stories, novellas and novelettes, the publishers having the most nominees are:

  • Fantasy & Science Fiction: 6
  • Asimov's: 4
  • Norilana: 2
  • Analog: 1

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Pen/Faulkner Award 2009

Joseph O'Neill has won the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction for his post 9/11 novel "Netherland," which has been compared (here and here for example) with "The Great Gatsby." Strangely, the Post, NYT (and this blog...cough) scooped the PEN/Faulkner Foundation on this story, which was still reporting 2008 news at the time of posting.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Diagram Prize for the Year's Oddest Book Title

Here are the contenders for the Diagram Prize for the year's oddest book title. My personal favorite is The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais. I don't think they've looked deeply enough. Some of the titles, like Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring, make perfect sense to me, and don't belong in this list, IMHO.

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Annual Asian American Literary Awards, 2008

The Annual Asian American Literary Awards were presented in December. These awards began in 1998. This year, the winners were:

  • Fiction Award: Mohsin Hamid for The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Harcourt)
  • Nonfiction Award: Vijay Prashad for The Darker Nations (New Press)
  • Poetry Award Sun Yung Shin for Skirt Full of Black (Coffee House Press)
They also presented a lifetime achievement award to Tony Award-winning playwright David Henry Hwang, especially noted for his play, M. Butterfly.

These awards are presented by The Asian American Writers' Workshop.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Flawed but Great Literature

A BBC Radio program, Today, asked AL Kennedy and William Boyd to nominate some great but flawed works of literature. What prompted this public discussion was the recent, left-hand awarding of the Costa Book of the Year for The Secret Scripture by Sebastian Barry, with the comment that it was flawed.

The article provides an audio link to the radio program and a printed summary of the works considered flawed, including: For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway--'Wholly misguided attempt to render Spanish into English. The dialogue is full of "thee" and "thou" and therefore unreadable and unbelievable, not to say laughable.' Other cited authors of works from the body of great literature include: Fitzgerald, Dickens, Joyce, Nobokov, Melville, Heller, Tolstoy and Høeg. See the article for the explanation of the selections. Radio callers made their own nominations as well.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nominees: British Science Fiction Association Awards

Nominees have been announced for this year's British Science Fiction Association Awards science fiction art and literature. See more here via Sci Fi Wire. Winners include Neal Stephenson, Stephen Baxter, Nick Harkaway and Ken Macleod (novels); Greg Egan, M. Rickert, Ted Chiang and Paul McAuley (short fiction); and Adam Roberts and Ian Whates (cover art).

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