SF Site News Hiatus

SF Site News will be on hiatus beginning June 23 and running through July 10. Posting will begin again on July 10, although news that occurs during the hiatus may, or may not, be posted at that time.

Auction for Grenfell Tower Victims

Several authors have joined forces to hold an auction with the proceeds to benefit the victims of the catastrophic Grenfell Tower fire in London. Some lots include an editorial critique from John Jerrold, a signed copy of the Fantasy Encyclopedia by Judy Allen, various tuckerizations, including one by Philip Pullman, signed books and a launch party invitation from Julie Mayhew, and more.

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Sidewise Nominations

The Sidewise Award nominees have been announced. Presented to recognize excellence in alternate history and named for Murray Leinster’s 1934 short story “Sidewise in Time,” the winners will be announced in August.

Short Form

    “The Danish Crutch,” by Anna Belfrage
    “Treasure Fleet,” by Daniel Benson
    “Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon,” by Brent A. Harris & Ricardo Victoria
    “The Battle of London Bridge,” by G. K. Holloway
    “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa,” by Adam Rovner
    Pirate Utopia,” by Bruce Sterling

Long Form

    Acts of the Assassins (a.k.a. The Apostle Killer, by Richard Beard
    Underground Airlines, by Ben Winters
    Azanian Bridges, by Nick Wood

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Uncanny Launched Kickstarter for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction

Uncanny magazine has announced a Kickstarter to fund a special double issue for Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction, a continuation of the “Destroy Science Fiction” series begun by Lightspeed magazine. The Kickstarter will run from July 24 and August 23. The issue will be edited by Dominik Parisien and Elsa Sjunneson-Henry with Parisien handling fiction and Sjunneson-Henry handling non-fiction.

James White Nominations

The nominees for this year’s James White Award have been announced.. This year’s panel of judges included Lorna Gibb, David Gullen, and Konrad Waleski. The James White Award is an annual short story competition open to non-professional authors.

  • “Don,” by Steve Dubois
  • “May the Pain Guide You Home,” by Daniel Roy
  • “The Morrigan,” by Stewart Horn
  • “Skin and Bone,” by Beth Plutchak
  • “The Cut,” by Elsie WK Donald
  • “The Dying Glass,” by Cameron Johnston

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Obituary: Rodney Leighton

Canadian fan Rodney Leighton (b.1948) died on June 18. Leighton published several different fanzines, including Life of Rodney, The Mail Carrier Brought It, Rodney’s Fanac, and more. Leighton was also a letterhack. Living in a small town in Nova Scotia, Leighton maintained his fanac and pubbing using copy machines and typewriters, without access to the internet. Chuck Conner eventually began scanning Leighton’s fanzines to OCR and resetting them for the internet in 2006.

Obituary: Bill Dana

Comedian Bill Dana (b.William Szathmary, 1924) died on June 15. Dana was known for his astronaut routine in the early 1960s in which he claimed to be an astronaut named José Jimenez who was ambivalent about the idea of going into space. The Jimenez character was also interviewed about his other careers, as a baseball player, a judo expert, a politician, an Olympic skier, and other jobs. Bill Dana appeared in the José Jimenez character as one of the actors who popped his head out the window watching Batman and Robin climb a building on Batman.

Amalgam Comics Gets Grant

Amalgam Comics and Coffeehouse in Philadelphia has received a $50,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to expand their location and service. Amalgam opened eighteen months ago and is run by Arielle Johnson, who plans on using the grants to help establish an “Amalgam University,” where hopeful writers and illustrators can take classes on drawing, writing, pitching, and publishing.
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Ignotus Ballot Announced

The ballot for this year’s Ignotus Awards has been announced. Founded in 1991, the Ignotus Awards are voted on by the members of the annual Hispacon, which will be held this year in Madrid from November 17-19.

Best Novel

  • El dios asesinado en el servicio de caballeros, by Sergio S. Morán
  • Fractura, by Dioni Arroyo Merino
  • Hijos del dios binario, by David B. Gil
  • La hora de los desterrados, by Pablo Bueno
  • La polilla en la casa del humo, by Guillem López
  • La última bruja, by Mayte Navales
  • Laberinto Tennen, by David Luna Lorenzo
  • Pétalos de acero, by José A. Bonilla
  • Róndola, by Sofía Rhei

Best Novella

  • El ojo de Dios, by David Luna
  • En tierra extraña, by Felicidad Martínez
  • Fuego cruzado, by Felicidad Martínez
  • La tienda del señor Li, by Abel Amutxategi
  • Travesía, by José Antonio García Santos

Best Short Story

  • La aventura de las gallinas de Sclater Street,” by Alberto López Aroca
  • La aventura del banco de niebla,” by John H. Watson
  • La segunda muerte del padre,” by Cristina Jurado
  • Pedro y la pulsera mágica,” by Juan Antonio Fernández Madrigal
  • Primera sangre,” by Israel Alonso
  • Un problema abominable,” by Vincent Stamford

Best Anthology

  • Archetypal Magazine, edited by Alberto López Aroca
  • Cuentos desde el otro lado, edited by Concha Perea
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año IV, edited by Cuentos para Algernon
  • La mirada extraña, edited by Felicidad Martínez
  • Sucesos extraños, edited by José Luis del Río

Best Related Book

  • El libro de Satán, by Carlos Aguilar and Frank Rubio
  • En regiones extrañas, by Lola Robles
  • H. P. Lovecraft, el caminante de Providence, by Roberto García Álvarez
  • Homo Tenuis, by Francisco Jota-Pérez
  • Richard Matheson: El maestro de la paranoia, edited by Sergi Grau

Best Related Work

  • Algunos monos que usted debería conocer,” by Jane Chase
  • All Your Short Are Belong to Us,” by Elías F. Combarro
  • Editoriales independientes en España: ¿el futuro del género?,” by Cristina Jurado
  • Escritoras españolas de ciencia ficción,” by Lola Robles
  • Jack el Destripador: Asesino pulp,” by Andrés Peláez Paz

Best Cover

  • Alucinadas II, by Ana Díaz Eiriz
  • Archetypal Magazine, by Sergio Bleda
  • Futuros perdidos, by Enrique Corominas
  • Jack el destripador de Curtis Garland, by Sergio Bleda
  • Juguetes rotos, by Cecilia G. F.
  • Travesía, by Pilar Leandro

Audiovisual Production

  • El ministerio del tiempo
  • Los verdHugos, by Miquel Codony, Elías F. Combarro, Leticia Lara, Josep María Oriol, and Armando Saldaña
  • Neo Nostromo, by Miquel Codony and Alexander Páez
  • EuroCon 2016 Broadcasting
  • The Spoiler Club, by Jesús Cañadas, Miquel Codony, and Alexander Páez


  • ¡Universo!, by Albert Monteys
  • Galaxia Bramford, by Fernando Cámara
  • Hoy me ha pasado algo muy bestia, by Julián López y El Torres
  • I.D., by Emma Ríos
  • Providence, by Jacen Burrows y Alan Moore


  • Barsoom
  • Catarsi
  • Delirio
  • SuperSonic
  • Tártarus

Foreign Novel

  • El problema de los tres cuerpos (Three Body Problem), by Liu Cixin
  • Futuros perdidos (Lost Futures), by Lisa Tuttle
  • La casa de arenas movedizas (Quicksand House), by Carlton Mellick III
  • La gracia de los reyes (The Grace of Kings), by Ken Liu
  • Relojes de hueso (The Bone Clocks), by David Mitchell

Foreign Story

  • Acerca de las costumbres de elaboración de libros en determinadas especies” (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”), by Ken Liu
  • El aria de la reina de la noche” (“The Queen of the Night’s Aria”), by Ian McDonald
  • Fotos de gatitos, por favor” (“Cat Pictures, Please”), by Naomi Kritzer
  • La reina pescadora” (“The Fisher Queen”), by Alyssa Wong
  • Siete maravillas de un mundo pasado y future” (“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World”), by Caroline M. Yoachim


  • Cuentos para Algernon, (https://cuentosparaalgernon.wordpress.com/)
  • Fantífica (http://www.fantifica.com)
  • La nave invisible (https://lanaveinvisible.wordpress.com/)
  • La tercera fundación (http://www.tercerafundacion.net/)
  • Sense of Wonder (http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot.com.es)

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Obituary: William F. Touponce

Academic William F. Touponce (b.1948) died on June 15. Touponce has taught English and American Studies at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) since 1985 and in 2007 co-founded the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at the university. He served as the center’s first director for four years and established The New Ray Bradbury Review, an annual scholarly journal.