Asimov’s Accepts Electronics

Asimov’s has become the first of the “Big Three” fiction magazines to accept electronic submissions. Asimov’s has started using the system developed by Clarkesworld to allow author to send and track submissions and receive responses. They will not be accepting submissions via e-mail.

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Clarke Award Winner

China Miéville’s The City and the City was announced as the winner of the Clarke Award on April 28 at the opening of the Sci Fi London Film Festival. The award includes a prize of £2010 and a commemorative engraved bookend. The judging panel for this year’s award included Chris Hill and Jon Courtenay Grimwood for the British Science Fiction Association, Francis Spufford and Rhiannon Lassiter for the Science Fiction Foundation and Paul Skevington for Paul Billinger represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award as the Chair of Judges.

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Wolfe Recuperating

Author Gene Wolfe underwent open heart surgery on April 24 after suffering shortness of breath. An echocardiogram showed a leaking mitral valve and Wolfe had underwent double bypass and valve repair surgery. He is recovering well and his family hopes to move him to a rehab facility in the next couple of days.

Watts Sentencing

Canadian science fiction author Peter Watts, who was found guilty of refusing to comply with multiple orders during a random inspection at the Blue Water Bridge, was sentenced on April 26 to a 60 day suspended jail sentence and payment of $1,628 in court fees and fines. Watts’s sentence was much more lenient than the sentencing recommendations called for.

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Frazetta Feud Resolved

Frank Frazetta has agreed to drop trademark infringement charges against his son, Alfonso Frank Frazetta, Jr. The suit alleged that the younger Frazetta had appropriated the Frazetta trademark and artwork without older Frazetta’s permission. According to a statement made by the family, “all the litigation surrounding his family and his art has been resolved. All of Frank’s children will now be working together as a team to promote his remarkable collection of images that has inspired people for decades.”

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Locus Award Finalists

Finalists for this year’s Locus Awards have been announced. The prizes will be presented at the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 25-27, 2010.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Empress of Mars, by Kage Baker
  • Steal Across the Sky, by Nancy Kress
  • Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest
  • Galileo’s Dream, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America, by Robert Charles Wilson

Fantasy Novel

  • The City & The City, by China Miéville
  • Unseen Academicals, by Terry Pratchett
  • Drood, by Dan Simmons
  • Palimpsest, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Finch, by Jeff VanderMeer

First Novel

  • The Windup Girl, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The Manual of Detection, by Jedediah Berry
  • Soulless, by Gail Carriger
  • Lamentation, by Ken Scholes
  • Norse Code, by Greg van Eekhout

Young-Adult Novel

  • The Hotel Under the Sand, by Kage Baker
  • Going Bovine, by Libba Bray
  • Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
  • Liar, by Justine Larbalestier
  • Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld


  • The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, by Kage Baker
  • “Act One,” by Nancy Kress
  • “Vishnu at the Cat Circus,” by Ian McDonald
  • Shambling Towards Hiroshima, by James Morrow
  • “Palimpsest,” by Charles Stross


  • “By Moonlight,” by Peter S. Beagle
  • “It Takes Two,” by Nicola Griffith
  • “First Flight,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Eros, Philia, Agape,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Island,” by Peter Watts

Short Story

  • “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “An Invocation of Incuriosity,” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Spar,” by Kij Johnson
  • “Going Deep,” by James Patrick Kelly
  • “Useless Things,” by Maureen F. McHugh


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF


  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Pyr
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • The New Space Opera 2, edited by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Sixth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Songs of the Dying Earth: Stories in Honor of Jack Vance, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Eclipse Three, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • We Never Talk About My Brother, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Cyberabad Days, by Ian McDonald
  • Wireless, by Charles Stross
  • The Best of Gene Wolfe, by Gene Wolfe
  • The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volumes 1-6, by Roger Zelazny


  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Stephan Martinière
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan

Non-fiction/Art Book

  • Powers: Secret Histories, by John Berlyne
  • Spectrum 16: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by Cathy & Arnie Fenner
  • Cheek by Jowl, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • This is Me, Jack Vance! (Or, More Properly, This is “I”), by Jack Vance
  • Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, by Charles Vess

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Obituary: George H. Scithers

Editor, publisher, and fan George H. Scithers (b.1929) died on April 19, two days after suffering an heart attack. Scithers entered fandom in 1957 and began publishing the Hugo Award-winning fanzine Amra. He chaired the Discon, the Worldcon, in 1963. In 1969, he published his first short story in If. Scithers founded Owlswick Press in 1973, and four years later was named the first editor of Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, which he left in 1986. Two years later, along with John Betancourt, Scithers re-established Weird Tales. He was the fan guest of honor at Millennium Philcon, the Worldcon, in 2001. Scithers received a total of 4 Hugo Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Obituary: Carl Macek

Carl Macek (b.1950) died on April 17 after suffering an heart attack. Macek began his career doing grassroots promotional work for films such as Star Wars and Alien. In the early 1980s, he worked with Harmony Gold to create the Robotech series. Throughout his career, he helped support the dubbing and creation of anime, helping to bring it to a wider US audience.

Shirley Jackson Nominees

Nominees for the third annual Shirley Jackson Award, presented for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, have been announced. The winners will be announced at Readercon 21 in Burlington, MA, the weekend of July 8.


  • Big Machine, by Victor LaValle
  • Last Days, by Brian Evenson
  • The Little Stranger, by Sarah Waters
  • The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland
  • The Red Tree, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • White is for Witching, by Helen Oyeyemi


  • The Language of Dying, by Sarah Pinborough
  • Midnight Picnic, by Nick Antosca
  • “Sea-Hearts,” by Margo Lanagan
  • Shrike, by Quentin Crisp
  • Vardøger, by Stephen Volk
  • The Witnesses are Gone, by Joel Lane


  • “Catch Hell,” by Laird Barron
  • “Each Thing I Show You Is a Piece of My Death,” by Gemma Files and Stephen J. Barringer
  • “Lonegan’s Luck,” by Stephen Graham Jones
  • “Morality,” by Stephen King
  • The Night Cache, by Andy Duncan

Short Story

  • “The Crevasse,” by Dale Bailey and Nathan Ballingrud
  • “Faces,” by Aimee Bender
  • “The Jacaranda Smile,” by Gemma Files
  • “The Pelican Bar,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “Procedure in Plain Air,” by Jonathan Lethem
  • “Strappado,” by Laird Barron

Single-Author Collection

  • Everland and Other Stories, by Paul Witcover
  • Fugue State, by Brian Evenson
  • Love Songs for the Shy and Cynical, by Robert Shearman
  • There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales, by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya
  • Tunneling to the Center of the Earth, by Kevin Wilson
  • Zoo, by Otsuichi

Edited Anthology

  • Apparitions, edited by Michael Kelly
  • British Invasion, edited by Christopher Golden, Tim Lebbon, and James A. Moore
  • Exotic Gothic 3: Strange Visitations, edited by Danel Olson
  • Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow

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Obituary: John Andrews

Portland fan John Andrews (b.1951) died on April 9. Andrews helped create Portland fandom, financing the first OryCon. Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc (OSFCI) was founded in Andrews’s living room. For the last several years, Andrews had muscular dystrophy, which did not stop him from attending OryCons and Worldcons.