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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Locus Awards Finalists for 2010

The 2010 Locus Awards finalists have been named, not surprisingly, at Locus Magazine. Here are the finalists in a partial list of the categories:

Short Story

  • "The Pelican Bar", Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)
  • "An Invocation of Incuriosity", Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
  • "Spar", Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 10/09)
  • "Going Deep", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's 6/09)
  • "Useless Things", Maureen F. McHugh (Eclipse Three)

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Empress of Mars, Kage Baker (Subterranean; Tor)
  • Steal Across the Sky, Nancy Kress (Tor)
  • Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
  • Galileo's Dream, Kim Stanley Robinson (HarperVoyager; Ballantine Spectra)
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, Robert Charles Wilson (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

  • The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
  • Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
  • Drood, Dan Simmons (Little, Brown)
  • Palimpsest, Catherynne M. Valente (Bantam Spectra)
  • Finch, Jeff VanderMeer (Underland)

Other categories, including first novel, young-adult novel, novella, novelette, magazine, publisher, anthology, collection, editor, artist, non-fiction/art book, can be found here.

Neil Gaiman continues his string of awards, here with a short story. I've noticed that Nancy Kress is making many awards lists lately, too, here with a SF novel.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

British Science Fiction Association Awards 2009

Sidenote: the April 2010 edition of Flash Fiction Online is now online with an unusual collection of stories by Jonathan vos Post, Tom Crosshill and John Wiswell.

The British Science Fiction Association (BSWA) has announced winners of the BSWA Awards for 2009. The honorees include the following for the best:

  • Novel: The City and the City by China Miéville
  • Short Fiction: "The Beloved Time of Their Lives" by Ian Watson and Roberto Quaglia
  • Best Non-Fiction: Mutant Popcorn, by Nick Lowe
  • Best Artwork: cover of "Desolation Road" by Stephen Martiniere

Bonus: the venerable industry publication, Publishers Weekly, has been sold. Its former owner, Reed Business Info, has been shedding its publishing properties.

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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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Monday, January 25, 2010

Aurealis Awards and SAG Awards for 2009

SFWA reports the finalists of Australia's Aurealis Awards for 2009 for science fiction, fantasy and horror, including three SFWA members: Ian McHugh, best fantasy short story (tie), "Once a Month, On a Sunday," Andremeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine; Jonathan Strahan (editor), best anthology, Eclipse 3, Nightshade books; and Cat Sparks, best YA short story, "Seventeen," Masques.

Other winners include:

  • best science fiction novel, Andrew McGahan, Wonders of a Godless World
  • best fantasy novel, Trudi Canavan, Magician's Apprentice
  • best horror novel, Honey Brown, Red Queen
  • best science fiction short story, Peter M. Ball, "Clockwork, Patchwork and Ravens," Apex Magazine
  • best fantasy short story (tie), Christopher Green, "Father’s Kill," Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • best horror short story (tie) Paul Haines, "Wives," X6; and Paul Haines, "Slice of Life - A Spot of Liver," Slice of Life

For the complete list of the finalists, go to the SFWA article or to the Aurealis Awards site article.

The Screen Actors Guild announced their awards for 2009. As SF Scope noted, the only speculative fiction notables were for stunt ensembles, in motion picture Star Trek and television series 24. Here is the SAG article on the Screen Actors Guild Awards nominees and recipients.

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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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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Impac Dublin Literary Prize

By way of SF Awards Watch, this Guardian (UK) article on the Impac Dublin literary prize, which polls libraries to determine its long list of books for this prestigious and well-funded prize (€100,000, £90,000, $130,000 USD). The purpose of the prize is to make known to the Irish significant books they might otherwise overlook. The polling method results in an eclectic book list, which includes literary and speculative fiction authors. Many Flash Fiction Online readers will recognize Ursula K. LeGuin (Lavinia) and Neal Stephenson (Anathem), who are on the list, as well as Nobel laureates José Saramago and Toni Morrison.

According to the Guardian article author, Alison Flood, Aravind Adiga's Booker prize-winning novel The White Tiger is the early front runner. See the rest of the article for the Impac Dublin literary prize long list of the 150 nominated books and additional insight.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WSFA Small Press Award Winner

In August, we announced the finalists of the WSFA Small Press Award. The WSFA (Washington Science Fiction Association) award is open to works of short speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) published by a short press in English.

Science Fiction Awards Watch has announced the WSFA Small Press Award winner for 2009:"The Absence of Stars: Part 1," by Greg Siewert, published in Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show.

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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, 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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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Neil Gaiman & Cory Doctorow: Giving Away Stuff Works

At SF/F publisher Tor's blog, Mur Lafferty briefly describes Neil Gaiman's and Cory Doctorow's WorldCon appearance where they share their experiences with giving away digital copies of their works as both a Nice Thing and a strategy for increasing sales. Neil Gaiman was the guest of honor at WorldCon. As noted previously on this blog, Doctorow is on the leading edge of digital rights philosophy and is well-known for sharing his work and seeing increased sales. Gaiman is now experimenting as well, and seeing positive results. (Being a Hugo/Nebula award winner might help, too.)

Here is the blog article on Gaiman and Doctorow at WorldCon.

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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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Monday, July 27, 2009

Scribe Awards Winners--Media Tie-In

According to the International Association of Media Tie-Writers (IAMTW) web site, the Scribe Awards are for the 'overlooked' writers of media tie-in fiction. The writers write licensed works (i.e., not fan fic):

Our books are original tie-in novels, comic books and short stories based on existing characters from movie, TV series, books, games, and cartoons... or they are novelizations (books based on screenplays for movies and TV shows).

The IAMTW sponsors the Scribe Awards for media tie-in writiers. Their nominees for the Scribe Awards are on the IAMTW/Scribe web site. At the time of posting of this article, IAMTW had not posted the winners, but several other web sites gleaned the information from press releases. SF Awards Watch has posted all the winners. They report that the best speculative fiction original work is: Star Trek Terok Nor: Day of the Vipers by James Swallow.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2009 Thriller Awards Winners

Flash Fiction Online receives thrillers occasionally in its slush pile. The International Thriller Writers have announced the 2009 Thriller Awards winners. They include:

  • Best Thriller of the Year: THE BODIES LEFT BEHIND, Jeffery Deaver (Simon & Schuster)
  • Best First Novel: CHILD 44, Tom Rob Smith (Grand Central Publishing)
  • Best Short Story: THE EDGE OF SEVENTEEN, Alexandra Sokoloff (in Darker Mask)

You can see the short list of nominees and previous winners, here.

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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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Friday, July 3, 2009

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest 2009 Results

It was a dark and stormy night, and while the vampires where out, prowling, howling like werewolves on a hot tin roof, totally unaware of the shenanigans in Congress that would take away their retirement benefits like a thief in the night, the...um...if forgot where I was going with this...oh, yeah, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest results for 2009 are in like butter on bread.

The winner is David McKenzie from Federal Way, Washington. Here is the start to his entry:

"Folks say that if you listen real close at the height of the full moon, when the wind is blowin' off Nantucket Sound from the nor' east and the dogs are howlin' for no earthly reason, you can hear the awful screams of the crew of the "Ellie May,...."

To see the rest of this winning entry and the runner-up, go here. There are also many genre category winners and runners up ("dishonorable mentions"), including science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, romance and others. Here is the start of the fantasy winner:

"A quest is not to be undertaken lightly--or at all!--pondered Hlothgar, Thrag of the Western Boglands, son of Glothar, nephew of Garthol, known far and wide as Skull Dunker, as he wielded his chesty stallion Hralgoth through...."

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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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Monday, June 15, 2009

The Millions' The Prizewinners 2008/2009

The Millions website has finalized their prize winners for this year. This award is made by assigning a weight for winning or appearing as a finalist in various American, British and international English-language literary prizes since 1995 and determining therefrom the most celebrated books (as opposed to authors).

More details of the methodology and the list of the top 65 or so books are shown at the link above. The top five are:

  • The Known World by Edward P. Jones
  • The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  • Underworld by Don DeLillio
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • The March by E.L. Doctorow
  • Line of Beauty by Alan Hollinghurst

You're more likely to find Philip Roth than Stephen King on this list as all the qualifying prizes are literary prizes.

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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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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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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Short-Story Writer Alice Munro Wins 2009 Man Booker Prize

Alice Munro has won the 2009 Man Booker International Prize. She is a Canadian writer especially known for her short stories. Among the panelists were Jane Smiley and Amit Chaudhuri. According to the official web site of the prize:

The Man Booker International Prize, worth £60,000 to the winner, is awarded once every two years to a living author for a body of work that has contributed to an achievement in fiction on the world stage.

In March, we noted the finalists for this prize.

BONUS!: a web sited devoted to Indie publishing information.


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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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Hugo Ballot

We've already reported who is on the Hugo ballot, and made mention of some we're pulling for:

  • “Article of Faith” by Mike Resnick (Mike has published with Flash Fiction Online)
  • “Evil Robot Monkey” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Her story is a flash fiction piece)

We're hoping for a first-ever tie. If you're curious what the ballot looks like, you'll find it here. If you're handy with HTML, you could mock up a form and impress your friends (for a short while):

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    Tuesday, May 12, 2009

    Battle of the Kids' Book--School Library Journal

    Panels for the "School Library Journal" Battle of the Kids' Books selected sixteen books and narrowed the choices to two. Finally, Lois Lowry, an icon in children's publishing, selected the winner. The finalists were:

    • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II The Kingdom on the Waves, by M. T. Anderson (Candlewick): Gothic historical fiction set in U.S. revolutionary war period. Here, from the publisher's web site, is an excerpt from the first chapter.

    Lois Lowry's comments about her process of choosing the finalist were amusing, involving petulance, reverse nepotism, vengeance and payola.

    BONUS! Here are some astounding NASA/Hubble images (requires Adobe Flash).

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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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    Monday, March 16, 2009

    Science Fiction Research Awards

    Something new every day. I saw on the Locus magazine an award for science fiction research. The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) was founded in 1970 "...for the study of science fiction and fantasy literature and film."

    They bestow five awards for scholarship in science fiction: The Pilgrim Award for lifetime contributions to SF and fantasy scholarship; Pioneer Award for the best critical essay-length work; The Clareson Award for Distinguished Service to SF and fantasy scholarship; The Mary Kay Bray Award for the best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review in the past year; and The Graduate Student Paper Award for the best essay presented at the 2008 SFRA conference. Past awards are here.

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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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    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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    Friday, February 20, 2009

    Buffy the Bradbury Slayer

    Says the SFWA: "Joss Whedon, creator of such science fiction and fantasy-themes television series as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly and Dollhouse, has been named recipient of the Bradbury Award for excellence in screenwriting, as presented by Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America."

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    Saturday, February 14, 2009

    Changes in the Nebula Awards Mechanics

    In this interesting IROSF review of the Nebula Award process, the author summarizes the positive changes and improvements made to the process to counter the machinations and failings of the system. One recent failing was that no YA novel received the needed 10 votes, so there was no Norton Award this year.

    Some of the changes explained included: eligibility rules (changed), preliminary ballots (gone), preferential ballots (gone) and internal changes. The author also explained some of the common misperceptions of the processes.

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    Tuesday, February 10, 2009

    After One Year: Who's Linked to FFO Now?

    Flash Fiction Online has been around for a little more than a year. So...who's linked to it? Here is a partial list. My search certainly didn't find them all. Note that most of the mentioned sites have links to FlashFictionOnline.com, though some notable mentions (without link) are included:


    Media links

    Various links to FlashFictionOnline.com (including many blogs)

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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

    JK Rowling a French Knight

    JK Rowling has named a knight of the Legion of Honor. Her great grandfather was French. According to BBC News, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was the first book in English to top France's sales chart. (It was later translated into French.) Rowling felt compelled to apologize for giving an evil character a French name, Voldemort.

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    Friday, January 23, 2009

    Bad Writing

    To learn how not to write a novel, click here (Times Online) and here (Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest).

    Academic writing: the Philosophy and Literature Bad Writing Contest ran from 1995 to 1998. (Denis Dutton is a professor at the University of Canterbury, NZ.) For background on the contest, click here, which seems to be a reprinted Wall Street Journal article.

    Butt its not there fawlt, blame it on computers.

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    Saturday, January 17, 2009

    SFWA News

    Several SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America)News Items

    The Nebula Award rules have changed for 2009. There is a good summary of the changes here.

    The Nebula Award rule changes include rules for the new Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

    Victoria Strauss of SFWA's Writer Beware will be honored with the 2009 SFWA Service Award. More here. If you're not familiar with Writer Beware, check it out; it is an excellent resource for writers to find out about the scams and frauds perpetrated on (always) innocent writers.

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    Monday, December 1, 2008

    Flash Fiction Online story wins First Annual Micro Award!

    Congratulations to Bruce Holland Rogers for winning the First Annual Micro Award with his story, "Reconstruction Work"!

    We published this story in our very first issue, barely making the Micro Award deadline. It has also been noted on cnn.com -- which is, I think, only the second reference to Bruce on CNN (the other being a book review).

    Robert Laughlin is the brainpower and administrator behind the Micro Awards. George Keithley and Clark Brown were judges for the first award; the second award will be judged by Stefanie Freele, Benjamin J. Biesek, and Len Fulton. (Remember Stefanie? She wrote the (now Pushcart-nominated) "James Brown is Alive and Doing Laundry in South Lake Tahoe" in our January issue -- the month after Bruce published his award-winning story.)

    Congratulations to Bruce, and many thanks to Robert Laughlin and the rest of the Micro Award judges!

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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton Receive 2009 "Edgars"

    From the press release:
    Mystery Writers of America (MWA) has announced that the organization will name James Lee Burke and Sue Grafton its 2009 Grand Masters in honor of the Bicentennial of Edgar Allan Poe's birth next year. Not since 1978 has the organization presented dual Grand Masters.

    MWA's Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in the mystery genre and was established to acknowledge important contributions to the genre, as well as significant output of consistently high-quality material. The awards will be presented at the 63rd Annual Edgar(R) Awards banquet on Thursday April 30, 2009 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City.

    Congratulations, James and Sue!

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    Wednesday, June 25, 2008

    Historian Allan R. Millett to Receive 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement

    From the press release:
    CHICAGO, June 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Allan R. Millett has been selected to receive the 2008 Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing. The $100,000 honorarium, citation and medallion, sponsored by the Chicago-based Tawani Foundation, will be presented at the Library's annual Liberty Gala on October 4, 2008 at Chicago's Drake Hotel. The announcement was made today [I'm a few days late, this was June 23] via Internet webcast by the Library's President and Founder, COL (IL) James N. Pritzker IL ARNG (Ret.), at http://www.pritzkermilitarylibrary.org/.

    The Pritzker Military Library Literature Award recognizes a living author for a body of work that has profoundly enriched the public understanding of American military history. The recipient's contributions may be academic, non-fiction, fiction, or a combination of any of the three, and his or her work should embody the values of the Pritzker Military Library.

    The library also podcasts: go to the Pritzker Military Library Web site and find them on the home page, or search for "Pritzker" on the iTunes store.

    Congratulations to Dr. Millett, leatherneck and historian, for his award.

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