Scottish fan Jim Barker has been named the winner of the 2014 Rotsler Award for best fan artist. Barker has previously been nominated for the Hugo Award and won the Checkpoint newszine poll for Best Fanartist. The Rotsler Award is sponsored by the Southern California Institute for Fan Interests. Established in 1998, the award carries an honorarium of US$300.
SFWA has announced that Samuel R. Delany will be named the Damon Knight Grandmaster, with his induction occurring at the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 15-18, 2014. Delany is the author of Dhalgren, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, and numerous other novels and short stories.
The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly banned the science fiction novel H W J N, by Ibraheem Abbas and Yasser Bahjatt on the grounds that it is blasphemous. The novel, published in both Arabic and English, tells the story of a romance between a human and a jinn. Bahjatt attended LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, where he sat on panels and promoted the novel.
L. Frank Baum will be inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame on December 7, at Roosevelt University. Baum is part of the fourth induction class for the Hall of Fame, along with Leon Forrest, Edna Ferber, Ben Hecht, John H. Johnson, and Thornton Wilder. Baum will be represented by his great-grandson, Bob Baum. Wilder, whose The Skin of Their Teeth has some fantastic elements, will be represented by his nephew, Tappan Wilder.
Laurie Frankel won this year’s Endeavour Award for her novel Goodbye For Now. The winner was announced at Orycon and the award comes with a $1,000 prize and an engraved glass plaque. The Endeavour Award was established to recognize works of SF by authors working and living in the Pacific Northwest. The judges for the 2013 Award were Noreen Doyle, Susan Forest and John Scalzi.
The Nova Award winners were announced the weekend of November 10 at Novacon. The Nova Awards are presented to recognize excellence in British fanzine publishing and writing.
- Fanzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
- Fanwriter: Mike Meara
- Fanartist: D West
Liz A. Vogel won the ISFiC Writer’s Contest with her story “Windy van Hooten’s Was Never Like This.” The contest is sponsored by ISFiC in conjunction with Windycon. Vogel won a membership at Windycon, room night, and $300. Her story was published in the con program book. This year’s contest was judged by Bill Fawcett, Roland Green, and Richard Chwedyk.
The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held the Metropole Hotel in Brighton in conjunction with the World Fantasy Con on October 31.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for the cover of Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
2013 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Malice, by John Gwynne
2013 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
The World Fantasy Awards were presented at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con in Brighton, UK on November 3. The winners are listed below.
- Novel: Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
- Novella: “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
- Short Story: “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
- Anthology: Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
- Collection: Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
- Artist: Vincent Chong
- Special Award—Professional: Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- Special Award—Non-professional: S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
- LIfetime Achievement: Susan Cooper & Tanith Lee