Newbery Winner

Kate DiCamillo’s Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures won the John Newbery Medal, presented by the Association for Library Service to Children. The award, given each year since 1922 is considered to be one of the most prestigious honors in children’s literature.

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Crawford Winner

Sofia Samatar’s novel A Stranger in Olondria has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.

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Kitschie Nominations

The Kraken Rum has announced the nominees for the 2013 Kitschies, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners will receive a cash prize, a trophy, and a bottle of Kraken Rum. The winners will be announced on February 12 at the Seven Dials Club in London.

Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • Red Doc, by Anne Carson
  • A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
  • Bleeding Edge, by Thomas Pynchon
  • More Than This, by Patrick Ness
  • The Machine, by James Smythe

Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • Stray, by Monica Hesse
  • A Calculated Life, by Anne Charnock
  • Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
  • Nexus, by Ramez Naam
  • Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

Inky Tentacle (Cover art)

  • Dreams and Shadows, by C. Robert Cargill; illustrated by Sinem Erkas
  • The Age Atomic, by Adam Christopher; illustrated by Will Staehle
  • Homeland and Pirate Cinema, by Cory Doctorow; illustration by Amazing15
  • Stray, by Monica Hesse; illustrated by Gianmarco Magnani
  • Apocalypse Now Now, by Charlie human; illustration by Joey Hi-Fi

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Genre Almost Shutout at SAGs

Despite nominations in nine categories, genre television and films fared poorly at the Screen Actors Guild Awards, netting only a single win for the stuntmen of Game of Thrones in the Outstanding Action Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series.

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Critics Choice Awards

The Critics Choice Awards were presented on January 16 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
  • Best Original Screenplay: Spike Jonze, Her
  • Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki, “Gravity
  • Best Editing: Alfonso Cuaron and Mark Sanger, Gravity
  • Best Visual Effects: Gravity
  • Best Animated Feature: Frozen
  • Best Actress in an Action Movie: Sandra Bullock, Gravity
  • Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie: Gravity
  • Best Song: “Let It Go,” by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Frozen
  • Best Score: Steven Price, Gravity

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Edgar Awards Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards have been announced. The Edgar Awards are presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America. This year’s winners will be announced on May
1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.

Best Novel

  • Sandrine’s Case, by Thomas H. Cook
  • The Humans, by Matt Haig
  • Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
  • How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
  • Standing in Another Man’s Grave, by Ian Rankin
  • Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy

Best First Novel

  • The Resurrectionist, by Matthew Guinn
  • Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs
  • Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman
  • Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
  • Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight

Best Paperback Original

  • The Guilty One, by Lisa Ballantyne
  • Almost Criminal, by E. R. Brown
  • Joe Victim, by Paul Cleave
  • Joyland, by Stephen King
  • The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood
  • Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey

Best Fact Crime

  • Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery, by Paul Collins
  • Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, by Michael D’Antonio
  • The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, by Charles Graeber
  • The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry
  • The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower

Best Critical/Biographical

  • Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories, by Bill Alder
  • America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, by Erik Dussere
  • Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold, Story of Black Pulp Publishing, by Justin Gifford
  • Ian Fleming, by Andrew Lycett
  • Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction, by Melissa Schaub

Best Short Story

  • “The Terminal,” by Kwik Krimesby Reed Farrel Coleman
  • “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane
  • “The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository,” by John Connolly
  • “There are Roads in the Water,” by Trina Corey
  • “Where That Morning Sun Does Down,” by Tim L. Williams

Best Juvenile

  • Strike Three, You’re Dead, by Josh Berk
  • Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, by Erin Dionne
  • P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, by Caroline Lawrence
  • Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud
  • One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake

Young Adult

  • All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry
  • Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
  • Criminal, by Terra Elan McVoy
  • How to Lead a Life of Crime, by Kirsten Miller
  • Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher

TV Episode Teleplay

  • “Episode 3,” Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross
  • “Episode 1,” The Fall, teleplay by Allan Cubitt
  • “Legitimate Rape,” Law & Order: SVU, teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner
  • “Variations Under Domestication,” Orphan Black, teleplay by Will Pascoe
  • “Pilot,” The Following Teleplay, by Kevin Williamson

Robert L. Fish Memorial

    “The Wentworth Letter,” by Jeff Soloway

Mary Higgins Clark

  • There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron
  • Fear of Beauty, by Susan Froetschel
  • The Money Kill, by Katia Lief
  • Cover of Snow, by Jenny Milchman
  • The Sixth Station, by Linda Stasi

Grand Master

    Robert Crais
    Carolyn Hart


    Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Academy Award Nominations

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on March 2. Genre film Gravity, along with American Hustle, led the nominees with 10 nominations. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • American Hustle
  • Captain Phillips
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Gravity
  • Her
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena
  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Amy Adams in American Hustle
  • Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine
  • Sandra Bullock in Gravity
  • Judi Dench in Philomena
  • Meryl Streep in August: Osage County

Animated Feature Film

  • The Croods
  • Despicable Me 2
  • Ernest & Celestine
  • Frozen
  • The Wind Rises


  • The Grandmaster, for Philippe Le Sourd
  • Gravity, for Emmanuel Lubezki
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Bruno Delbonnel
  • Nebraska, for Phedon Papamichael
  • Prisoners, for Roger A. Deakins


  • American Hustle, for David O. Russell
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón
  • Nebraska, for Alexander Payne
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Steve McQueen
  • The Wolf of Wall Street, for Martin Scorsese

Film Editing

  • American Hustle, for Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers and Alan Baumgarten
  • Captain Phillips, for Christopher Rouse
  • Dallas Buyers Club, for John Mac McMurphy and Martin Pensa
  • Gravity, for Alfonso Cuarón and Mark Sanger
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Joe Walker

Music—Original Score

  • The Book Thief, by John Williams
  • Gravity, by Steven Price
  • Her, by William Butler and Owen Pallett
  • Philomena, by Alexandre Desplat
  • Saving Mr. Banks, by Thomas Newman

Music—Original Song

  • “Alone Yet Not Alone,” from Alone Yet Not Alone, music by Bruce Broughton; lyric by Dennis Spiegel Nomination rescinded due to excessive campaigning
  • “Happy,” from Despicable Me 2, music and lyric by Pharrell Williams
  • “Let it Go,” from Frozen, music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
  • “The Moon Song,” from Her, music by Karen O; lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze
  • “Ordinary Love,” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; lyric by Paul Hewson

Production Design

  • American Hustle, for Judy Becker (Production Design); Heather Loeffler (Set Decoration)
  • Gravity, for Andy Nicholson (Production Design); Rosie Goodwin and Joanne Woollard (Set Decoration)
  • The Great Gatsby, for Catherine Martin (Production Design); Beverley Dunn (Set Decoration)
  • Her, for K.K. Barrett (Production Design); Gene Serdena (Set Decoration)
  • 12 Years a Slave, for Adam Stockhausen (Production Design); Alice Baker (Set Decoration)

Short Film—Animated

  • Feral
  • Get a Horse!
  • Mr. Hublot
  • Possessions
  • Room on the Broom

Sound Editing

  • All Is Lost, for Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns
  • Captain Phillips, for Oliver Tarney
  • Gravity, for Glenn Freemantle
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Brent Burge
  • Lone Survivor, for Wylie Stateman

Sound Mixing

  • Captain Phillips, for Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith and Chris Munro
  • Gravity, for Skip Lievsay, Niv Adiri, Christopher Benstead and Chris Munro
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Christopher Boyes, Michael Hedges, Michael Semanick and Tony Johnson
  • Inside Llewyn Davis, for Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff and Peter F. Kurland
  • Lone Survivor, for Andy Koyama, Beau Borders and David Brownlow

Visual Effects

  • Gravity, for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, Dave Shirk and Neil Corbould
  • The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, for Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and Eric Reynolds
  • Iron Man 3, for Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Erik Nash and Dan Sudick
  • The Lone Ranger, for Tim Alexander, Gary Brozenich, Edson Williams and John Frazier
  • Star Trek Into Darkness, for Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton

Writing—Original Screenplay

  • American Hustle, written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell
  • Blue Jasmine, written by Woody Allen
  • Dallas Buyers Club, written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack
  • Her, written by Spike Jonze
  • Nebraska, written by Bob Nelson

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Diehard GameFAN’s 2013 Tabletop Gaming Awards

The Diehard GameFan website has announced their awards for 2013 tabletop gaming.

  • Best Board/Card Game: Magic: The Gathering–Theros
  • Best Gaming Magazine: Gygax Magazine
  • Best Tabletop Based Fiction: Shadowrun Returns Anthology
  • Best Art: Shadows of Esteren: Book 2–Travels
  • Best Old School Renaissance Title: Codex Celtarum for Castles & Crusades
  • Best Re-Make/Re-Release: Werewolf: The Apocalypse: 20th Anniversary Edition
  • Best New Game: Numenera
  • Best Free Release: Better Than Any Man for Lamentations of the Flame Princess
  • Best Miniatures Line: Reaper Miniatures: Bones
  • Best Supplement: Christina Stiles Presents: Waysides: Didjer’s Crab House
  • Best Sourcebook: The God Machine Chronicle
  • Best Adventure (Solo): Castles & Crusades: To Kill a King
  • Best Adventure (Collection Or Campaign): The Island of Ignorance: The Third Call of Cthulhu Companion
  • Best Campaign Setting: Dungeons & Dragons: Murder in Baldur’s Gate
  • Best Core Rulebook: Mummy: The Curse
  • System Of The Year: The Storytelling System (New World of Darkness)

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Golden Raspberry Nominations

The 34th annual Razzie Award nominations have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. The nominations are announced the day before the Oscar nominations are announced and the awards are presented the night before the Oscars are presented. Below is a complete listing of nominees.

Worst Picture

  • After Earth
  • Grown-Ups 2
  • The Lone Ranger
  • A Madea Christmas
  • Movie 43

Worst Actress

  • Halle Berry in The Call and Movie 43
  • Selena Gomez in Getaway
  • Lindsay Lohan in The Canyons
  • Tyler Perry in A Madea Christmas
  • Naomi Watts in Diana and Movie 43

Worst Actor

  • Johnny Depp in The Lone Ranger
  • Ashton Kutcher in Jobs
  • Adam Sandler in Grown-Ups 2
  • Jaden Smith in After Earth
  • Sylvester Stallone in Bullet To The Head, Escape Plan, and Grudge Match

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Lady Gaga in Machette Kills
  • Salma Hayek in Grown-Ups 2
  • Katherine Heigl in The Big Wedding
  • Kim Kardashian in Tyler Perry’s Temptation
  • Lindsay Lohan in InAPPropriate Comedy and Scary Movie 5

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Chris Brown in Battle Of The Year
  • Larry The Cable Guy in A Madea Christmas
  • Taylor Lautner in Grown-Ups 2
  • Will Smith in After Earth
  • Nick Swardson in A Haunted House and Grown-Ups 2

Worst Screen Combo

  • The Entire Cast of Grown Ups 2
  • The Entire Cast of Movie 43
  • Lindsay Lohan & Charlie Sheen in Scary Movie 5
  • Tyler Perry & EITHER Larry the Cable Guy OR That Worn-Out Wig & Dress in A Madea Christmas
  • Jaden Smith & Will Smith on Planet Nepotism in After Earth

Worst Director

  • The 13 People Who Directed Movie 43
  • Dennis Dugan for Grown Ups 2
  • Tyler Perry for A Madea Christmas and Temptation
  • M. Night Shyamalan for After Earth
  • Gore Verbinski for The Lone Ranger

Worst Screenplay

  • After Earth, screenplay by Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan, story by Will Smith
  • Grown Ups 2, written by Fred Wolfe & Adam Sandler & Tim Herlihy
  • The Lone Ranger, screen story & screenplay by Ted Elliott, Justin Haythe & Terry Rosso
  • A Madea Christmas, written by Tyler Perry
  • Movie 43, written by 19 “Screenwriters”

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel

  • Grown Ups 2
  • Hangover III
  • The Lone Ranger
  • Scary Movie 5
  • Smurfs 2

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Landis Receives Heinlein

Scientist and science fiction author Geoffrey A. Landis will receive the 2014 Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award recognizes outstanding works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. In addition to publishing numerous short stories and novels, Landis works for NASA and has been involved with the Martian rover project. The award will be presented on May 23, 2014 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 48.

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