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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Libertarian Hall of Fame Nominees

The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees. Voting for both the Hall of Fame will take place in July. The award will be presented at Loncon 3.

  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
  • “Sam Hall,” a short story by Ben Bova (1953)
  • “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” a short story by Harlan Ellison (1965)
  • Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
  • Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)

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SF Novel Banned

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.

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Gemmell Awards

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

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World Fantasy Awards

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

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Free Bradbury in Waukegan

The Waukegan Public Library handed out free copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 prior to an event in which three authors read from banned books at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre for this year’s Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. The first one hundred attendees received a copy of Bradbury’s novel which were recovered from Bradbury’s garage after the author’s death in 2012. The festival also sees the start of the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
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Simon & Schuster Go Science Fiction

Simon and Schuster has announced the launch of a new science fiction line, as yet unnamed. Joe Monti, an agent at the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency will serve as the line’s executive editor. The line will be overseen by the VP of S&S’s Young Adult line, but is envisioned as being for all audiences. The current plan is to launch in Spring 2015 with an hardcover published each month, although they may release a few books in late 2014.
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Sunburst Winners

The 2013 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000.

  • Sunburst Award: Maleficium, by Martine Desjardins, translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman

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Fantasy Novel Cancelled Due to Author’s Sexual Orientation

Michael R. Jensen and David Powers King collaborated on the young adult fantasy novel Woven and managed to sell it to small press publisher Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. When the two men turned in their author biographies, the publisher cancelled the contract after seeing that Jensen referred to his “partner” and confirming that Jensen was gay.

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