SFWA has announced that John Klima, who has previously worked for Asimov’s, Analog, and Tor Books, has been named the new editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Klima has previously edited the Hugo Award winning fanzine Electric Velocipede, which ran from 2001 through 2013 and has also edited the anthologies Logorrhea: Good Words Make Good Stories, Happily Ever After, and Mayhem and Glitter.
Ellen Klages has been named Toastmaster for this year’s Nebula Awards. Klages, who previously won the Nebula in 2005 for her novelette “Basement Magic” has long demonstrated her ability to hold a room’s attention at Wiscon. This year’s Nebula Awards will take place in San Jose, CA on May 17.
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Weekend Banquet in San Jose, CA on May 17. In addition, as previously announced Samuel Delany will be presented as the Damon Knight Grand Master. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31.
- We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, by Karen Joy Fowler
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
- Fire with Fire, by Charles E. Gannon
- Hild, by Nicola Griffith
- Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie
- The Red: First Light, by Linda Nagata
- A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
- The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
- “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
- “The Weight of the Sunrise,” by Vylar Kaftan
- “Annabel Lee,” Nancy Kress
- “Burning Girls,” by Veronica Schanoes
- “Trial of the Century,” by Lawrence M. Schoen
- Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
- “Paranormal Romance,” by Christopher Barzak
- “The Waiting Stars,” by Aliette de Bodard
- “They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- “Pearl Rehabilitative Colony for Ungrateful Daughters,” by Henry Lien
- “The Litigation Master and the Monkey King,” by Ken Liu
- “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss Behind,” by Sarah Pinsker
Best Short Story
- “The Sounds of Old Earth,” by Matthew Kressel
- “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
- “Selected Program Notes from the Retrospective Exhibition of Theresa Rosenberg Latimer,” by Kenneth Schneyer
- “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
- “Alive, Alive Oh,” by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
- Doctor Who: “The Day of the Doctor,” directed by Nick Hurran, written by Steven Moffat
- Europa Report, directed by Sebastián Cordero, written by Philip Gelatt
- Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuarón, written by Alfonso Cuarón & Jonás Cuarón
- Her, directed and written by Spike Jonze
- The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence, written by Simon Beaufoy & Michael deBruyn
- Pacific Rim, directed by Guillermo del Toro, written by Travis Beacham & Guillermo del Toro
Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, by Holly Black
- When We Wake, by Karen Healey
- Sister Mine, by Nalo Hopkinson
- The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Hero, by Alethea Kontis
- September Girls, by Bennett Madison
- A Corner of White, by Jaclyn Moriarty
SFWA has announced that Frank Robinson will be a special guest at this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held from May 16-18 in San Jose. Robinson is the author of the novels The Glass Inferno and The Dark Between the Stars as well as the Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History.
Lawrence Schoen, the chairman of SFWA’s Election Committee, has issued a call for candidates for the 2014-15 year. SFWA members running for office should submit a platform statement in the body of an e-mail to email@example.com by Saturday, February 15th, 2014. All candidates’ statements will be posted to the SFWA website as they come in, and the full collection of platform statements will be sent out with the ballots. Positions up for election this year are:
- Vice President
- Eastern Regional Director
SFWA has announced that Samuel R. Delany will be named the Damon Knight Grandmaster, with his induction occurring at the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 15-18, 2014. Delany is the author of Dhalgren, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, and numerous other novels and short stories.
SFWA has announced the expulsion of a member, who has identified himself as Theodore Beale (a.k.a. Vox Day). Beale, who has been a member of SFWA for more than a decade and sat on Nebula juries, ran for SFWA this past year, losing the election to Steven Gould, the organization’s current president. After Beale used a promotional blog maintained by SFWA to link to an attack on another SFWA member, Amal El-Mohtar called for his expulsion under section 10 of SFWA’s constitution. The SFWA announcement did not indicate Beale by name or refer to his offenses, but Beale announced his expulsion and included the SFWA Board report and his response on his website.
Catherynne Valente announced her resignation as the SFWA Eastern Regional Director on July 5. Valente explained that “personal circumstances have brought [her] to the realization that [she] cannot serve out the remainder of [her] term effectively.” New President Steven Gould has appointed E.C. Myers to complete Valente’s term in office. Valente has stated that she intends to remain active in the organization.
Jean Rabe has resigned as the editor of SFWA Bulletin. Rabe joined the Bulletin as its business manager during Russell Davis’s tenure and was promoted to editor after John Scalzi was elected president. Her resignation comes on the heels of a series of controversies concerning content of four consecutive issues. Even before Rabe resigned, Scalzi announced the formation of a task force to look at the Bulletin‘s content and purpose.
SFWA presented the 48th annual Nebula Awards in San Jose, CA on May 18. In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA also presented the Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award, the Damon Knight Grand Master Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Ray Bradbury Award.
- Best Novel: 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Best Novella: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress
- Best Novelette: “Close Encounters,” by Andy Duncan
- Best Short Story: “Immersion,” by Aliette de Bodard
- Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fair Coin, by E. C. Myers
- Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Beasts of the Southern Wild, written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, directed by Benh Zeitlin
- Solstice Award: Ginjer Buchanan and Carl Sagan
- Kevin J. O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award: Michael H. Payne
- Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Gene Wolfe