After twenty years of editing Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual, Cathy and Arnie Fenner have announced their plans to turn the book over to John Fleskes, of Flesk Publications, with volume 21. Fleskes will handle the judging process and publication of the annual book.
The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during Sci-Fi-London 9: The Ninth Annual International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. This year, the award included a prize of £2013. The winner is Chris Beckett for the novel Dark Eden.
Ray Canterbury (R-Greenbriar) has introduced a bill to the West Virginia state house which would require teaching of science fiction novels in schools in an attempt to stimulate interest in the fields of math and science. The bill, HR 2983 would amend current West Virginia educational standards. Introduced on March 19, it has been referred to committee.
The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on March 29. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Bruce Bethke, Sydney Duncan, Daryl Gregory, Bridget McKenna, and Paul Witcover.
- Winner: Lost Everything, by Brian Francis Slattery
- Special Citation: Lovestar, by Andri Snær Magnason
The Other Change of Hobbit bookstore has moved to El Cerrito, CA. Originally founded in Berkeley, California in 1977, the store relocated three years ago. Suffering from the economic downturn and city policies, the store didn’t flourish in the new location and it looked as if the store might have to close. Instead, it is now at 1600 Kearny St., near the Del Norte BART station. The store is currently open from 4-7 on weekdays and by appointment on weekends.
The judges for the 2013 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2013 with the award presented at Norwescon in March of 2014. Paperback originals published in 2013 should be sent to all of the judges on the list. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.
- Elizabeth Bear
- Siobhan Carroll
- Michael Kandel
- Jamil Nasir
- Tim Sullivan
The Lambda Literary Foundation has announced the finalists for this year’s Lambda Awards, given out for writing which celebrates achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. The winners will be announced on June 3 in New York. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.
- Being Emily, by Rachel Gold
- The Collection: Short Fiction From The Transgender Vanguard, Edited by Tom Léger and Riley MacLeod
- Dialectic of the Flesh, by Roz Kaveney
- First Spring Grass Fire, by Rae Spoon
- Offspring, by Michael Quadland
LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror
- Beyond Binary: Genderqueer and Sexually Fluid Speculative Fiction, by Brit Mandelo
- Chocolatiers of the High Winds: A Gay Steampunk Romance, by H.B. Kurtzwilde
- Green Thumb, by Tom Cardamone
- Heiresses of Russ 2012: the Year’s Best Lesbian Speculative Fiction, by Connie Wilkins and Steve Berman
- In the Now, by Kelly Sinclair
- Night Shadows: Queer Horror, edited by Greg Herren and J.M. Redmann
- The Survivors, by Sean Eads
- For Colored Boys, by Keith Boykin
- Here Come the Brides!: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage, Edited by Audrey Bilger & Michele Kort
- No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Edited by Justin Hall
- Why Are Faggots So Afraid of Faggots? Flaming Challenges to Masculinity, Objectification, and the Desire to Conform, Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore
LGBT Children’s/Young Adult
- Adaptation, by Malinda Lo
- The Adventure of Tulip, Birthday Wish Fairy, by S. Bear Bergman and Suzy Malik
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz
- Ask the Passengers, by A.S. King
- Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
- Every Day, by David Levithan
- Kiss the Morning Star, by Elissa Janine Hoole
- The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by emily M. danforth
- Personal Effects, by E.M. Kokie
- Silhouette of a Sparrow, by Molly Beth Griffin
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Edward E. Marsh has donated of the collection of science fiction and fantasy to San Diego State University’s Love Library. The first portion of the collection is valued at more than $2.25 million and contains movie props, original book cover art, literary contracts, and autographs. Most of the books are signed first editions. A new room to house the collection will be built.
Karin Tidbeck’s collection Jagannath: Stories 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 21-25 in Orlando, Florida.
Thirty years after beginning his Riftwar Saga with the publication of Magician, Raymond E. Feist has announced that the saga will be coming to a close with its thirtieth volume, Magician’s End, scheduled for a March 2013 publication. According to Feist, he had only planned to write a trilogy, but the story kept growing. In addition to the various volumes, published in ten sub-series, including books co-written with Janny Wurts, Joel Rosenberg, William Forstchen, and S.M. Stirling, the series also spawned video games and comics.