Robert E. Howard Awards

The Robert E. Howard Foundation has announced the winners of the REH Foundation Awards. These awards recognize Howard scholarship and the promotion of Howard’s life and works. Members of the REH Foundation are entitled to vote on the nominees. The winners were announced at a special ceremony at Robert E. Howard Days in Cross Plains on June 9.

  • The Atlantean — Outstanding Achievement, Book (non-anthology/collection): On the Precipice of Fascism: The Mythic and the Political in the Works of Robert E. Howard and Ernst Junger, by Patrick Burger
  • The Hyrkanian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Print): “Nameless Tribes and Races of Men: Anthropological World-Building in ‘Men of the Shadows’,” by Jeffrey Shanks
  • The Cimmerian—Outstanding Achievement, Essay (Online): “’The Wright Hook’ (or, the origin of ‘Spear and Fang’),” by Patrice Louinet
  • The Venarium — Emerging Scholar: Todd Vick: Contributed essays to On an Underwood No. 5; Editor of On an Underwood No. 5 blog; presented paper at PCA and Glenn Lord Symposium
  • The Stygian—Outstanding Achievement, Website: On an Underwood No. 5, edited by Todd Vick
  • The Aquilonian — Outstanding Achievement, Periodical: REH Foundation Newsletter, edited by Damon Sasser
  • The Black Lotus – Outstanding Achievement, Multimedia: The Cromcast, Josh Adkins, Luke Dodd, and Jon Larson
  • The Black River—Special Achievement: Patrice Louinet: For serving as adviser on the Conan board game from Monolith.
  • The Rankin — Artistic achievement in the depiction of REH’s life and/or work: Jim and Ruth Keegan for artwork for “The Adventures of Two-Gun Bob”
  • Black Circle Award – Lifetime Achievement: Not awarded

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RITA Award Winners

The RITA and Golden Heart Awards were presented by the Romance Writers of America at their annual convention in Orlando. The RITA is presented for novel and the Golden Heart is presented for short fiction. Winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • RITA for Paranormal Romance: The Pages of the Mind, by Jeffe Kennedy
  • Golden Heart for Paranormal Romance: “Constant Craving,” by Kari W. Cole

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Clarke Award Winner

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced on July 27. This year, the award included a prize of £2017. The winner is Colson Whitehead for the novel Underground Railroad.
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Obituary: June Foray

Actress June Foray (b.1917) died on July 26, less than two months before her 100th birthday. Foray appeared in very few films, but she provided voicework for hundreds of projects. Some of her most famous work includes the voices of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, Witch Hazel, Nell Fenwick, Granny, Cindy Lou Who, and Chatty Cathy. In addition to her animation work, Foray’s voices could also be heard on numerous radio shows. Chuck Jones once stated, “June Foray is not the female Mel Blanc. Mel Blanc is the male June Foray.”

World Fantasy Nominations

The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in San Antonio, TX the weekend of November 2-5, 2017.


  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • Roadsouls, by Betsy James
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
  • Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

Long Fiction

  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • “Every Heart a Doorway,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Bloodybones,” by Paul F. Olson
  • “A Taste of Honey,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Fiction

  • “Das Steingeschöpf,” by G. V. Anderson
  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Broke Bolander
  • “Season of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Little Widow,” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “The Fall Shall Further the Flight in Me,” by Rachael K. Jones


  • Clockwork Phoenix 5,, edited by Mike Allen
  • Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Children of Lovecraft, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy, edited by Karen Joy Fowler and John Joseph Adams
  • The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe


  • Sharp Ends, by Joe Abercrombie
  • On the Eyeball Floor and Other Stories, by Tina Connolly
  • A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Vaculi Magia, by L. S. Johnson
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu


  • Greg Bridges
  • Julie Dillon
  • Paul Lewin
  • Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Victo Ngai

Special Award, Professional

  • L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
  • C. C. Finlay for editing F&SF
  • Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction
  • Kelly Link, for contributions to the genre
  • Joe Monti, for contributions to the genre

Special Award, Nonprofessional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Neile Graham, for her work as Workshop Director of Clarion West
  • John O’Neill, for Black Gate
  • Malcoln R. Phifer and Michael C. Phifer, for The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume Two: Gods & Goddesses
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, for Uncanny
  • Brian White for Fireside Fiction Company

Lifetime Achievement

  • Terry Brooks
  • Marina Warner

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Scribe Awards

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers presented the the 2016 Scribe Awards, given for the best in tie-in fiction from 2016, on July 21.

  • Best Original Novel – General: Robert B. Parker’s Slow Burn, by Ace Atkins
  • Best Original Novel – Speculative: Assassin’s Creed Heresy, by Christie Golden
  • Best Adapted Novel – General and Speculative: Assassin’s Creed, by Christie Golden
  • Best Short Story: X-Files: “Love Lost,” by Yvonne Navarro
  • Best Audio: Dark Shadows: Blood & Fire, by Roy Gill

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Thomas Moves from NIU to UofI

Lynne M. Thomas has announced that she will be moving from Northern Illinois University to the University of Illinois, where she will head their Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Thomas has built up a sizable science fiction collection at NIU, which includes the personal and professional papers of more than 75 SF authors, including Mary Robinette Kowal, Jack McDevitt, Eric Flint, and Lois McMaster Bujold. Thomas is a four-time Hugo winner and one of the editors of Uncanny. She will begin her new position on September 1.
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Ebert Inducted Into HOF

Roger Ebert, who is best known as a film critic, will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on August 19. There ceremony will happen at the American Writers Museum at 180 N. Michigan Avenue in Chicago. Prior to becoming a professional film critic, Ebert was active in science fiction fandom, writing articles for various fanzines. His most recent fannish credit was the introduction to a hardcover collection of articles from the fanzine Xero.
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Obituary: Alan Dorey

British fan Alan Dorey (b.1958) died on July 24. Dorey was active in British fandom from the 1970s-80s. He co-edited several issues of Vector and was one of the eight founding editors of Interzone. He published a few stories in the fanzine Gross Encounters in 2012 under the names “Hank Frampson,” “G.K. Ballard,” and “Hyacinth Beckett.”

Eisner Awards

The winners of the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced at Comic Con International on July 21.

  • Best Short Story: “Good Boy,” by Tom King and David Finch, in Batman Annual #1
  • Best Single Issue/One-Shot: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In, by Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer, and Jill Thompson
  • Best Continuing Series: Saga, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Best Limited Series: The Vision, by Tom King and Gabriel Walta
  • Best New Series: Black Hammer, by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston
  • Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8): Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea, by Ben Clanton
  • Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12): Ghosts, by Raina Telgemeier
  • Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17): The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
  • Best Humor Publication: Jughead, by Chip Zdarsky, Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Derek Charm
  • Best Anthology: Love is Love, edited by Marc Andreyko
  • Best Reality-Based Work: March (Book Three), by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Best Graphic Album—New: Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, by Jill Thompson
  • Best Graphic Album—Reprint: Demon, by Jason Shiga
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material: Moebius Library: The World of Edena, by Jean “Moebius” Giraud, et al.
  • Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, by Sonny Liew
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Strips (at Least 20 Years Old): Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy, Colorful Cases of the 1930s, edited by Peter Maresca
  • Best Archival Collection/Project—Comic Books (at Least 20 Years Old): The Complete Wimmen’s Comix, edited by Trina Robbins
  • Best Writer: Brian K. Vaughan, Paper Girls, Saga, We Stand On Guard
  • Best Writer/Artist: Sonny Liew, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art): Jill Thompson, Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In
  • Best Cover Artist (for multiple covers): Fiona Staples, Saga
  • Best Coloring: Matt Wilson, Cry Havoc, Paper Girls, The Wicked + The Divine, Black Widow, The Mighty Thor, Star-Lord
  • Best Lettering: Todd Klein, Clean Room, Dark Night, Lucifer, Black Hammer
  • Best Comics-Related Periodical/Journalism: The A.V. Club comics coverage, including Comics Panel, Back Issues, and Big Issues, by Oliver Sava et al.,
  • Best Comics-Related Book: Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White, by Michael Tisserand
  • Best Academic/Scholarly Work: Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation, by Carolyn Cocca
  • Best Publication Design: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, designed by Sonny Liew
  • Best Webcomic: Bird Boy, by Anne Szabla
  • Best Digital Comic: Bandette, by Paul Tobin and Colleen Coover
  • Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award: Comicazi, Robert Howard, David Lockwood, and Michael Burke in Somerville, MA
  • Bill Finger Winners: Jack Kirby and Bill Messner-Loebs
  • Russ Manning Award: Anne Szabla, writer-artist of Bird Boy
  • Bob Clampett Humanitarian Award: Joe Ferrara and Marc Andreyko
  • Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame:
      Judges Choices (automatically inducted)

    • Milt Gross (1895–1953)
    • H. G. Peter (1880–1958)
    • Antonio Prohías (1921–1998)
    • Dori Seda (1950–1988)
      Voters Choices

    • Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez
    • George Perez
    • Walt Simonson
    • Jim Starlin

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