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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World Fantasy Award Ballot

The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Brighton, UK the weekend of October 31-November 3, 2013.


  • The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce
  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Crandolin, by Anna Tambour
  • Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson


  • “Hand of Glory,” by Laird Barron
  • “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
  • The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
  • “The Skull,” by Lucius Shepard
  • “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren

Short Story:

  • “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
  • “A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “The Castle That Jack Built,” by Emily Gilman
  • “Breaking the Frame,” by Kat Howard
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” by Meghan McCarron


  • Epic: Legends of Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris N. Brown
  • Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver
  • Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
  • Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • At the Mouth of the River of Bees, by Kij Johnson
  • Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
  • The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Remember Why You Fear Me, by Robert Shearman
  • Jagannath, by Karin Tidbeck


  • Vincent Chong
  • Didier Graffet & Dave Senior
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • J.K. Potter
  • Chris Roberts

Special Award Professional:

  • Peter Crowther & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
  • Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  • Adam Mills, Ann VanderMeer, & Jeff VanderMeer for Weird Fiction Review
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications
  • William K. Schafer for Subterranean Press

Special Award Non-Professional:

  • Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
  • S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Charles A. Tan for Bibliophile Stalker blog
  • Jerad Walters for Centipede Press
  • Joseph Wrzos for Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration

Life Achievement:

  • Susan Cooper
  • Tanith Lee

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Gemmell Nominations

The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • King of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
  • The Gathering of the Lost, by Helen Lowe
  • The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
  • The Red Knight, by Miles Cameron
  • Malice, by John Gwynne
  • Irenicon, by Aidan Harte
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Didier Graffet & Dave Senior for the cover of The Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Dominic Harman for the cover of Legion of Shadow, by Michael J. Ward
  • Clint Langley for the cover of Besieged, by Rowena Cory Daniells
  • Silas Manhood for the cover of The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
  • Colin Thomas for the cover of Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Stephen Youll for the cover of The Black Mausoleum, by Stephen Deas

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Scribe Winners

The Scribe Awards, presented for excellence in tie-in novels, were announced at Comic Con. The award is given by the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers. The Grandmaster Award winner was announced prior to Comic Con.

  • Grandmaster: A. C. Crispin
  • Speculative Fiction Best Original Novel: Tannhäuser Rising Sun, Falling Shadows, by Robert Jeschonek
  • Adapted Novel: Clockwork Angels, by Kevin Anderson
  • Best Audio: Dark Shadows: The Eternal Actress, by Nev Fountain

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Golden Duck Awards

The winners of the 2013 Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction were announced at DucKon in Wheeling, Illinois the weekend of June 28. Although the winners were announced at DucKon, the presentation of awards will take place in August at LoneStarCon 3.

  • Picture Book: Oh No! Not Again! (Or How I Built a Time Machine to Save History) (Or at Least My History Grade), by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Dan Santat
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grades: Alien on a Rampage, by Clete Smith
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adults: tie Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

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Campbell and Sturgeon Winners

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 14 at the Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.

  • John W. Campbell Award: Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Grinnell Method,” by Molly Gloss

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Lifeboat to the Stars Winner

The winner of the first Lifeboat to the Stars was announced on June 14 as part of the Campbell Conference in Lawrence, KS. Kevin J. Anderson and Steve Savile won the award, which is presented for the best work of science fiction of any length published in 2011 or 2012 contributing to an understanding of the benefits, means, and difficulties of interstellar travel, for their book Tau Ceti. The award was created by Robert J. Sawyer suggested by SFWA Grandmasters James Gunn and Frederik Pohl, and created by Eric Klien of the Lifeboat Foundation. Robert J. Sawyer served as coordinating judge.

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Edited: To correct the final statement per Rob Sawyer’s remarks in the comments.

Lambda Winners

The Lambda Award winners of LGBTQ fiction, were announced in New York on June 3. The following three categories had winners of genre interest.

  • LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: Green Thumb, by Tom Cardamone
  • LGBT Anthology: No Straight Lines: Four Decades of Queer Comics, Edited by Justin Hall
  • LGBT Children’s/Young Adult: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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Compton Crook Winner

Myke Cole won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for his book Shadow Ops: Control Point. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque will be presented to Cole at Balticon at 8:00pm on Friday, May 24, 2013.

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Changes at Spectrum

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.

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