Gemmell Nominees

The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced June 13, 2014 in a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Daylight War, by Peter V Brett
  • Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
  • The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
  • A Memory of Light, by Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan
  • War Master’s Gate, by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • The Garden of Stones, by Mark T Barnes
  • Headtaker, by David Guymer
  • Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
  • The Path of Anger, by Antoine Rouaud
  • The Grim Company, by Luke Scull

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Benjamin Carre for the cover of The Republic of Thieves, by Scott Lynch
  • Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
  • Cheol Joo Lee for the cover of Skarsnik, by Guy Haley
  • Gene Mollica & Michael Frost for the cover of Promise of Blood, by Brian McClellan
  • Rhett Podersoo for the cover of She Who Waits, by Daniel Polansky

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GUFF Ballot On-Line

As previously noted, “Alison Barton, Samara Morgan, Gillian Polack, and Shay Telfer are this year’s candidates for GUFF, the Get-Up-and-Over Fan Fund. The winner of the race will travel from Autralasia to Europe for Loncon 3, next year’s Worldcon in London. GUFF is not limited by geography, so anyone may vote.” The ballot is now on-line, with voting set to end on June 9.

The Ballot

BSFA Awards

The winners of the 2014 BSFA Awards were announced at Eastercon on April 20.

  • Novel: (tie) Ack Ack Macaque, by Gareth L. Powell; Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Short Fiction: Spin, by Nina Allan
  • Artwork: Cover of Tony Ballantyne’s Dream London, Joey Hi-Fi
  • Non-Fiction: Wonderbook, by Jeff Vandermeer

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Tolkien Society Awards

The first Tolkien Society Awards were presented following the Society’s annual dinner on April 11 at Hay-on-Wye, United Kingdom.

  • Best Article: “Tolkien and the Boy Who Didn’t Believe in Fairies,” by John Garth
  • Best Artwork: “Eärendil the Mariner,” by Jenny Dolfen
  • Best Book: Middle-Earth Envisioned, by Paul Simpson and Brian Robb
  • Best Novel: The Fall of Arthur, edited by J.R.R. Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
  • Best Website: LOTR Project, by Emil Johansson
  • Outstanding Contribution Award: Christopher Tolkien

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Obituary: John C. Houbolt

NASA engineer John C. Houbolt (b.1919) died on April 20. Houbolt proposed the idea of a lunar orbit rendezvous to NASA rather than having a single rocket make the trip from Earth to the Moon, land on the Moon, and return. When Houbolt’s ideas were dismissed by his supervisor, he sent a letter outlining them to an incoming administrator in 1961.

Hugo Nominations

This year’s Hugo nominees were announced by Loncon 3 at three different conventions on April 19. All members of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Neptune’s Broos, by Charles Stross
  • Parasite, by Mira Grant
  • Warbound, Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles, by Larry Correia
  • The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

Best Novella

  • The Butcher of Khardov, by Dan Wells
  • “The Chaplain’s Legacy,” by Brad Torgersen
  • “Equoid,” by Charles Stross
  • Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

Best Novelette

  • “The Exchange Officers,” by Brad Torgersen
  • “The Lady Astronaut of Mars,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Opera Vita Aeterna,” by Vox Day
  • “The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling,” by Ted Chiang
  • “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard

Best Short Story
This category has 4 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

  • “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
  • “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere,” by John Chu

Best Related Work

  • Queers Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the LGBTQ Fans Who Love It, edited by Sigrid Ellis and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Speculative Fiction 2012: The Best Online Reviews, Essays and Commentary, by Justin Landon and Jared Shurin
  • “We Have Always Fought: Challenging the Women, Cattle and Slaves Narrative,” by Kameron Hurley
  • Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer, with Jeremy Zerfoss
  • Writing Excuses Season Eight, by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story

  • Girl Genius: Volume 13: Agatha Heterodyne & the Sleeping City, written by Phil and Kaja Foglio; art by Phil Foglio; colors by Cheyenne Wright
  • “The Girl Who Loved Doctor Who,” written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Jimmy Broxton
  • The Meathouse Man, adapted from the story by George R. R. Martin and illustrated by Raya Golden
  • Saga, Volume Two, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples
  • “Time,” by Randall Munroe

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

  • Frozen, screenplay Jennifer Lee, directed by Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee
  • Gravity, screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón; directed by Alfonso Cuarón
  • The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, screenplay by Simon Beaufoy and Michael Arndt, directed by Francis Lawrence
  • Iron Man 3, screenplay by Drew Pearce and Shane Black, directed by Shane Black
  • Pacific Rim, screenplay by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro, directed by Guillermo del Toro

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • An Adventure in Space and Time, written by Mark Gatiss, directed by Terry McDonough
  • Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
  • Doctor Who: “The Name of the Doctor,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein
  • The Five)ish) Doctors Reboot, written and directed by Peter Davison
  • Game of Thrones: “The Rains of Castamere,” written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, directed by David Nutter
  • Orphan Black: “Variations under Domestication,” written by Will Pascoe, directed by John Fawcett

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

  • Ginjer Buchanan
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Lee Harris
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • John Harris
  • John Picacio
  • Fiona Staples

Best Semiprozine

  • Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Sonya Taaffe, Abigail Nussbaum, Rebecca Cross, Anaea Lay, and Shane Gavin

Best Fanzine

  • The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James
  • A Dribble of Ink, edited by Aidan Moher
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Lynda E. Rucker, Pete Young, Colin Harris, and Helen J. Montgomery
  • Pornokitsch, edited by Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters), and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester
  • The Skiffy and Fanty Show, Shaun Duke, Jen Zink, Julia Rios, Paul Weimer, David Annandale, Mike Underwood, and Stina Leicht
  • Tea and Jeopardy, Emma Newman
  • Verity!, Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, and Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • The Writer and the Critic, Kristyn McDermott and Ian Mond

Best Fan Writer

  • Liz Bourke
  • Kameron Hurley
  • Foz Meadows
  • Abigail Nussbaum
  • Mark Oshiro

Best Fan Artist

  • Brad W. Foster
  • Mandie Manzano
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Steve Stiles
  • Sarah Webb

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2012 or 2013, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Wesley Chu
  • Max Gladstone
  • Ramez Naam
  • Sofia Samatar
  • Banjanun Sriduangkaew

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Retro-Hugo Nominations

This year’s Retro-Hugo nominees were announced by Loncon 3 at three different conventions on April 19. All members of Loncon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon. Not all modern categories are represented due to lack of nominees.

Best Novel

  • Carson of Venus, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Galactic Patrol, by E. E. “Doc” Smith
  • The Legion of Time, by Jack Williamson
  • Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis
  • The Sword in the Stone, by T. H. White

Best Novella

  • Anthem, by Ayn Rand
  • “A Matter of Form,” by H. L. Gold
  • “Sleepers of Mars,” by John Beynon
  • “The Time Trap,” by Henry Kuttner
  • “Who Goes There?” by Don A. Stuart

Best Novelette

  • “Dead Knowledge,” by Don A. Stuart
  • “Hollywood on the Moon,” by Henry Kuttner
  • “Pigeons from Hell,” by Robert E. Howard
  • “Rule 18,” by Clifford D. Simak
  • “Werewoman,” by C. L. Moore

Best Short Story

  • “The Faithful,” by Lester del Rey
  • “Helen O’Loy,” by Lester del Rey
  • “Hollerbochen’s Dilemma,” by Ray Bradbury
  • “How We Went to Mars,” by Arthur C. Clarke
  • “Hyperpilosity,” by L. Sprague de Camp

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • Around the World in Eighty Days, by Jules Verne. Written and directed by Orson Welles
  • A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. Written and directed by Orson Welles
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker. Written by Orson Welles & John Housman, directed by Orson Welles
  • R.U.R., by Karel Capek. Produced by Jan Bussell
  • The War of the Worlds, by H. G. Wells. Written by Howard Koch & Anne Froelick, directed by Orson Welles

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John W. Campbell
  • Walter H. Gillings
  • Raymond A. Palmer
  • Mort Weisinger
  • Farnsworth Wright

Best Professional Artist

  • Margaret Brundage
  • Virgil Finlay
  • Frank R. Paul
  • Alex Schomburg
  • H. W. Wesso

Best Fanzine

  • Fantascience Digest, edited by Robert A. Madle
  • Fantasy News, edited by James V. Taurasi
  • Imagination!, edited by Forrest J Ackerman, Morojo, & T. Bruce Yerke
  • Novae Terrae, edited by Maurice K. Hanson
  • Tomorrow, edited by Douglas W. F. Mayer

Best Fan Writer

  • Forrest J Ackerman
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Arthur Wilson “Bob” Tucker
  • Harry Warner, Jr.
  • Donald A. Wollheim

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Philip K. Dick Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on April 18. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Elizabeth Bear, Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Tim Sullivan.

  • Winner: Countdown City, by Ben H. Winters
  • Special Citation: Self-Reference Engine, by Toh EnJoe, translated by Terry Gallagher

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Writers of the Future Winners

The winners of the grand prizes for the Writers/Illustrators of the Future Award were announced in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. The contests were founded by L. Ron Hubbard to promote science fiction

  • Writers of the Future: Randy Henderson for “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask”
  • Illustrators of the Future: Trevor Smith

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Hydra Winner

Christopher Kastensmidt’s The Elephant and Macaw Banner and Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show have announced the winner of the Hydra Competition to find the best sf short story published in Brazil during 2011 and 2012. Camila Fernandes’s story “The Other Bank of the River” was selected by Card and translated from Portuguese into English by Kastensmidt. It will appear in Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show.

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