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Still time to vote in the World Fantasy Awards Ballot
May 15, 2015 | 10:25 am

wfaward200Nominations for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards are approaching their close, as the end of the voting window draws near. As per the World Fantasy Convention 2015 website, "the World Fantasy Awards Ballot is being sent to all members of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Fantasy Conventions," with voting to close by May 31st. Ballot forms are also available for download on the website. "All registered members of the 41st World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs plus the members of the convention in Washington and in Brighton are eligible to vote before the deadline." Voters can nominate up to five...

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists announced
May 13, 2015 | 10:25 am

JohnWCampbell-WhoGoesThere-314x218In the flurry of science fiction, fantasy and horror awards due this time of year, after the announcement of the Bram Stoker Awards winners and the Shirley Jackson Awards finalists, now we have the John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists for 2015. And I should confirm that neither Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven) nor Will McIntosh (Defenders) are any relation. It's a pretty impressive slate, though, and includes Jeff VanderMeer's Area X  from his Southern Reach Trilogy, already recognized in the Shirley Jackson Awards, and Peter Watts's Echopraxia, which I rated my second most favorite book of 2014. As per...

Fantastic fun at the York Pubmeet
May 8, 2015 | 10:25 am

For anyone wanting to down a few jars or five to get over the shock of the UK General Election results, or the conviction that they're now living in fantasyland, the British Fantasy Society (BFS) and British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) have organized their third York Pubmeet, for fans and aficionados of fantasy and science fiction. This will take place on Saturday, May 9th, from 5pm onwards, at the Brigantes Bar & Brasserie at 114 Micklegate in York. According to the event details, "our guest authors for the evening, reading from their own work and fielding questions about their careers and...

Hugo Gernsback: The man who put the Hugo – and the bad karma – in the Hugos
April 21, 2015 | 4:25 pm

The sad Sad Puppies saga in the Hugo Awards casts an unflattering light - in fact, two lights - on the man whose name they bear: Hugo Gernsback, "who founded the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories and who is considered one of the "fathers" of the science fiction genre," as the Hugo Awards Wikipedia page says. In fact, in 1960 he received a special Hugo Award as "The Father of Magazine Science Fiction." And the two lights are: first, Gernsback's personal ethics when dealing with his stable of pioneering science fiction authors, which according to quite a few sources,...

Sad Puppies: The dog that just won’t lie down
April 8, 2015 | 12:25 pm

thestupiditburnsblackSad Puppies, and the whole Hugo Awards 2015 fiasco-in-the-making, appear to be generating more reader eyeballs than the hapless works themselves on this year's slate ever will. Mine included. And there are now any number of dogfights, cases of barking up the wrong tree or tail-chasing, or generally rabid behavior following the pack. One of the most hydrophobic examples comes from the esteemed Theodore Beale AKA Vox Day, a far-right writer not unknown for his previous sallies into genre culture wars via GamerGate and similar debacles. Charles Stross managed to unearth through some diligent sleuthing the following rant which - as...

The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards announced
April 6, 2015 | 10:25 am

hugo nominations 2014For those who having been following it, there's plenty of controversy around the 2015 Hugo Awards, but for those who just want the list... The finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards were announced on Saturday. More than 2,100 ballots were received (including three by paper), setting a record for participation. See the full list below. The winners will be announced on August 22, 2015 at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at 2015 Worldcon. Best Novel (1827 nominating ballots) Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US/Orbit UK) The Dark Between the Stars, Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books) The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books) Lines of Departure, Marko Kloos (47North) Skin...

Sad Puppies are sad gits?
April 3, 2015 | 11:28 am

Yes, people, it's that Hugos time again, when a once-great platform for the discovery and commemoration of great speculative writing reveals just how debased and degraded it has become. And provides a ringside seat for the sordid little version of what passes for the culture wars in the SF genre community. And parades for public viewing everything that is most infantile, backward, and repulsive about SF as a whole. Because it's certainly not always and everywhere that the bursting of the pimples on the backside of a great public entity are taken as its public voice, but that's the revolting...

Weirdbook Magazine relaunches
March 24, 2015 | 10:25 am

Weirdbook Magazine, one of the more celebrated and imaginative titles of the science fiction New Wave and modern-day resurrection of weird fiction, is now relaunching, with what claims to be Issue #31 - albeit after a very long hiatus. As explained in Michael Ashley's Gateways to Forever: The Story of the Science-fiction Magazines from 1970 to 1980, Weirdbook Magazine first appeared in 1968, and "as a rare market for new weird fiction, it attracted pieces from new writers." Co-founder W. Paul Ganley "sustained Weirdbook for a remarkable 30 years, winning two World Fantasy Awards for his efforts." Paul Ganley is still on...

Aurealis Awards shortlist shows dark, demented stirrings Down Under
March 1, 2015 | 2:25 pm

Australia: the venue for H.P. Lovecraft's incredible The Shadow Out of Time, for Picnic at Hanging Rock, for Mad Max, but still not always the first place that springs to mind in connection with the futuristic, the fantastic, and the frightful. But perhaps that does poor justice to the Aurealis Awards, established in 1995 "to recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers." The Awards recognize achievement in science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction, and "submissions within a category are reviewed by a panel of at least three judges, which selects each year’s finalists...

Bizarre gets kosher with Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens
February 24, 2015 | 10:25 am

The tradition that gave the world the dybbuk and the golem need yield to none when it comes  to the fantastic and the bizarre, but even so it's good to report two very unlikely, and superbly jacketed, anthologies forthcoming from Jurassic London: Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens. With a healthy dose of Jewish humor, these titles set out to chronicle the exploits of Judaism versus the undead - and the unearthly. "Jurassic London is proud to announce publication of a special pair of anthologies, edited by World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar and acclaimed editor and writer Rebecca Levene,"...

No need to be humble with Subterranean Press Book Bundle
February 20, 2015 | 10:25 am

The very wonderful science fiction, fantasy, and horror publisher Subterranean Press, publishers of K.J. Parker among many others, has just announced its own Humble Subterranean Press Book Bundle on the Humble Bundle site, offering an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of its classics, including such gems as The Top of the Volcano: The Award-Winning Stories of Harlan Ellison, The Ape's Wife and Other Stories by Caitlín R. Kiernan, Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons, and many many more. "Subterranean Press is celebrating two decades of excellence, and we're humbly inviting you to join the fun!" the introduction reads. The payment amount is up to...

Michael Moorcock to debut first novel in almost ten years – about Michael Moorcock
February 17, 2015 | 4:25 pm

Victor Gollancz, the renowned UK science fiction and general literature publishing imprint, has just announced the acquisition of the UK rights for The Whispering Swarm, the first novel from the pen of fantasy/weird-fiction legend Michael Moorcock in almost ten years. And its subject appears to be ... Michael Moorcock. In his first full novel in almost ten years, Michael Moorcock returns to the city of his childhood and one of his most successful recurring themes: London," states the Gollancz announcement . "The Whispering Swarm follows a young man called Michael Moorcock. Part-autobiography, part-story, in The Whispering Swarm, Moorcock mixes elements of...

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