World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement

An author and an editor have been named as recipients of the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. The Awards will be presented on November 9 in Washington, DC at the World Fantasy Con Banquet. The winners are Chelsea Quinn Yarbro and Ellen Datlow.

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Gulliver Grant Available

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announces the application period for our Gulliver Travel Research Grant is open until September 30. The winner for the grant is expected to be announced by November 15, 2014. The Travel Grant is an award of $800 to be used to cover airfare, lodging, and/or other travel expenses incurred during research for a work of fiction.

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Chesley Nominees

The nominees for the Chesley Awards, given out by ASFA for best speculative fiction art, have been announced. The awards will be presented at Loncon 3, the weekend of August 14-18 August 2014.

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Jason Chan for Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure, by Ari Marmell
  • Kekai Kotaki for Quintessence, by David Walton
  • Maurizio Manzieri for Book of Ironfor , by Elizabeth Bear;
  • Todd Lockwood for A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan
  • Michael Whelan for A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • Allen Williams for Light Reading, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Kerem Beyit for The Scroll of Years, by Chris Willrich
  • Jason Chan for Harbinger, by Phillippa Ballantine
  • Julie Dillon for Ancient Discovery
  • Justin Gerard for Power Under Pressure, by Andrew P. Mayer
  • Dehong He for Shield of Sea and Space, by Erin Hoffman

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Julie Dillon for “Elliptic,” Clarkesworld, December 2013
  • Dan Dos Santos for Fables #136
  • Maurizio Manzieri for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013
  • Cynthia Sheppard for Bull Spec, Spring 2013

Best Interior Illustration

  • Robert Hunt for “Fire Above, Fire Below,” by Garth Nix, Tor.com,
  • Brian Kesinger for “Walking Your Octopus,” July 2013
  • John Jude Palencar for “A Terror,” by Jeffrey Ford, Tor.com
  • John Picacio for “The Button Man and the Murder Tree,” by Cherie Priest, Tor.com
  • John Picacio For “The Good Life,” Popular Science Magazine, June 2013
  • Greg Ruth for “Dragonkin,” by Lavie Tidhar, Tor.com
  • Greg Ruth for “The Running of the Bulls,” by Harry Turtledove, Tor.com

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity for “Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean,” clay
  • Thomas Kuebler for “Krampus the Yule Lord,” mixed
  • David Meng for “Leatherback,” resin
  • Michael Parkes for “Goddess of the Hunt,” 1/2 life-size bronze
  • Forest Rogers for “Goblin Spider,” Kato polyclay
  • Vincent Villafranca for “Star Smith,” bronze

Best Unpublished: Color Work

  • Rhea Ewing for “Ancestor Series”
  • Donato Giancola for “Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin,” oil on linen
  • Stephanie Pui-Mun Law for “Ships Passing in the Night,” watercolor
  • Dave Leri for “Death Squealer,” oil on masonite
  • Annie Stegg for “Lilaia the Naiad,” oil on paper

Best Unpublished: Monochrome Work

  • Justin Gerard for “The Fox Princess,” pencil
  • Rebecca Guay for “Tender Morsels,” graphite
  • John Picacio for “La Luna”
  • Travis Lewis for “Bone Collector,” graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson for “The Descent of Persephone,” scratchboard

Best Product Illustration

  • Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo for “Jeannie’s Kitten,” IlluXCon 6 promotional art
  • Mitchell Bentley for 2014 Space Art Calendar
  • Julie Dillon for 2014 Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar
  • Justin Gerrard for “Morzag! Lord of Destruction” poster
  • Iain McCaig for “Call of the Muse,” Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster
  • John Picacio for “El Arpa” (Loteria Card Illustration)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano for “The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield” for The Battle of Five Armies Board Game
  • Tyler Jacobson for “Ruric: Thar the Unbowed” (2014 Core Set Magic card)
  • Todd Lockwood for “Observant Alseid” (“Theros” Magic card)
  • David Palumbo for “Serene Rememberance” (“Gatecrash” Magic card)
  • Steve Prescott for “Prognostic Sphinx” (“Theros” Magic card)
  • Chris Rahn for “Ashen Rider” (“Theros” Magic card)

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders at Pyr
  • Irene Gallo at Tor & Tor.com
  • Lauren Panepinto at Orbit Books
  • William Schafer at Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette at Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Jim Burns
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Diane Dillon
  • Drew Struzan

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Carl Sagan Medal

Fan and scientist Brother Guy Consolmagno has been award the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal. The Carl Sagan Medal is for presented for outstanding communication by an active planetary scientist to the general public. Consolmagno, who has been a long-time con attendee, works as an astronomer for the Vatican and has written Brother Astronomer and Turn Left at Orion. The Sagan Medal is presented by the AAS Division for Planetary Sciences.

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Order of Canada Honours

Author Guy Gavriel Kay and astronaut Chris Hadfield are among those listed as recipients of the Order of Canada Honour. Kay is being named a Member of the Order of Canada and Hadfield is being named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Director David Cronenberg, already a member, has been named a Companion to the Order of Canada. The Order of Canada was created in 1967 to celebrate the country’s 100th anniversary and is considered one of the country’s highest civilian honours.

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Locus Award Winners

The winners for this year Locus Poll were announced on June 28 (Tau Day) in Seattle, Washington.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Abaddon’s Gate, by James S.A. Corey
  • Fantasy Novel: The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
  • Young Adult Book: The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • First Novel: Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Novella: Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
  • Novelette: “The Sleeper and the Spindle,” by Neil Gaiman
  • Short Story: “The Road of Needles,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Old Mars, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Best of Connie Willis, by Connie Willis
  • Magazine: Asimov’s
  • Publisher: Tor
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Artist: Michael Whelan
  • Non-Fiction: Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Art Book: Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner

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Saturn Award Winners

The Saturn Awards for science fiction and film were presented on July 26 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films. The Academy was founded in 1972.

Film Awards

  • Best Comic-to-Film Motion Picture : Iron Man 3
  • Best Science Fiction Film: Gravity
  • Best Fantasy Film: Her
  • Best Horror/Thriller Film: The Conjuring
  • Best Action/Adventure Film: Fast and Furious 6
  • Best Actor: Robert Downey, Jr. for Iron Man 3
  • Best Actress: Sandra Bullock for Gravity
  • Best Supporting Actor: Ben Kingsley for Iron Man 3
  • Best Supporting Actress: Scarlett Johansson for Her
  • Best Performance by a Younger Actor: Chloe Grace Moretz for Carrie
  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuáron for Gravity
  • Best Writing: Spike Jonze for Her
  • Best Music: Frank Ilfman for Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuáron and Mark Sanger for Gravity
  • Best Production Design: Dan Hennah for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Best Costume: Trish Summerville for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
  • Best Make-Up: Donald Mowat for Prisoners
  • Best Special Effects: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, and Neil Corbould for Gravity
  • Best Independent Film: 12 Years a Slave
  • Best International Film: Big Bad Wolves
  • Best Animated Film: Frozen

Television Awards

  • Best Network Television Series: (tie) Hannibal and Revolution
  • Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series: The Walking Dead
  • Best Television Presentation of a Limited Series: Breaking Bad
  • Best Youth-Oriented Television Series: Teen Wolf
  • Best Actor on Television: Mads Mikkelsen for Hannibal
  • Best Actress on Television: Vera Farmiga for Bates Motel
  • Best Supporting Actor on Television: Aaron Paul for Breaking Bad
  • Best Supporting Actress on Television: Melissa McBride for The Walking Dead
  • Best Younger Actor on Television: Chandler Riggs for The Walking Dead
  • Best Guest Star on Television: Robert Forster for Breaking Bad

Home Entertainment Awards

  • Best DVD/BD Release: Big Ass Spider
  • Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release: Halloween: 35th Anniversary Edition
  • Best DVD/BD Collection Release: Chucky: The Complete Collection
  • Best DVD/BD Television Series Release: Star Trek: The Next Generation, Season 3,4,5

Special Achievement Awards from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films

  • The Life Career Award: Malcolm mcDowell
  • The Dan Curtis Legacy Award: Bryan Fuller
  • The George Pal Memorial Award: Greg Nicotero
  • The Special Achievement Award: Marc Cushman

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2014 Hall of Fame Class

This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame is now part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum.

  • Leigh Brackett
  • Frank Frazetta
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Olaf Stapledon

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Manly Wade Wellman Nominees

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the nominees for the 2014 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The award, which recognizes outstanding works of speculative fiction by North Carolina authors, is voted on by members of North Carolina SF cons. The winner will be announced at ConGregate on July 12, 2014 in Winston-Salem NC.

  • The Heretic, by Tony Daniel & David Drake
  • Vaporware, by Richard Dansky
  • Monsters of the Earth, by David Drake
  • Darwen Arkwright and the School of Shadows, by A.J. Hartley
  • The Shambling Guide to New York City, by Mur Lafferty
  • Ice Forged, by Gail Z. Martin

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Niels Klim Prize Winners

The winners of the Niels Klim Prize for Danish science fiction were announced on Sunday, June 15 at Fantasticon in Copenhagen.

  • Collection: År 9 efter Loopet, by Peter Adolphsen (Year 9 After the Loop)
  • Novella: “Farvel min astronaut,” by Jesper Goll (“Farewell, My Astronaut”)
  • Short Story: “Mørkets hastighed,” by Majbrit Høyrup (“Darkness’ Speed”)

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