Beale Expelled from SFWA

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.

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Valente Resignation

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.

Rabe Resigns

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.

Nebula Awards Presented

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

SFWA Elects New Board

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of their board election. The new board will be seated on July 1 and will serve a one year term. An * indicates that the person is an incumbent and was re-elected. A # indicates that a person was running unopposed.

  • President: Steven Gould
  • Vice President: Rachel Swirsky *#
  • Secretary: Susan Forest
  • Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk *#
  • South/Central Regional Director: Lee Martindale*
  • Overseas Regional Director: Tansy Rayner Roberts#

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Silverberg Named TM for Nebulas

Robert Silverberg has been named the Toastmaster for this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, scheduled to take place in San Jose, CA the weekend of May 17-19. Named an SFWA Grand Master in 2004, Silverberg is the author of Lord Valentine’s Castle, Dying Inside, and numerous other works of science fiction and fantasy.

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Changes at Night Shade

Publishers Weekly has announced that Night Shade Books is in sale negotiations with Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing to sell its assets, including titles under contract. The press has had financial difficulties for several years, and recently let editor Ross Lockhart go. Several of their authors have also left the company. At the same time, SFWA, which has been working with Night Shade Books for several years, including a probationary period, has announced the press will be delisted as a qualifying market.

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Nebula Nominees Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards, to be presented in San Jose, California during the 2013 Nebula Award Weekend on May 18. A tie for six place in the balloting resulted in seven nominees in the Novelette and Short Story categories. A four way tie for sixth place, plus the three additions by the jury for the Norton Award resulted in twelve nominees in that category.

Novel:

  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed
  • Ironskin, by Tina Connolly
  • The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Glamour in Glass, by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson

Novella:

  • On a Red Station, Drifting, by Aliette de Bodard
  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” by Jay Lake
  • “All the Flavors,” by Ken Liu
  • “Katabasis,” by Robert Reed
  • “Barry’s Tale,” by Lawrence M. Schoen

Novelette:

  • “The Pyre of New Day,” by Catherine Asaro
  • “Close Encounters,” by Andy Duncan
  • “The Waves,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Finite Canvas,” by Brit Mandelo
  • “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” by Meghan McCarron
  • “Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “Fade to White,” by Catherynne M. Valente

Short Story:

  • “Robot,” by Helena Bell
  • “Immersion,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes,” by Tom Crosshill
  • “Nanny’s Day,” by Leah Cypess
  • “Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream,” by Maria Dahvana Headley
  • “The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species,” by Ken Liu
  • “Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain,” by Cat Rambo

Bradbury:

  • The Avengers
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The Hunger Games
  • John Carter
  • Looper

Norton:

  • Iron Hearted Violet, by Kelly Barnhill
  • Black Heart, by Holly Black
  • Above, by Leah Bobet
  • The Diviners, by Libba Bray
  • Vessel, by Sarah Beth Durst
  • Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
  • Enchanted, by Alethea Kontis
  • Every Day, by David Levithan
  • Summer of the Mariposas, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall
  • Railsea, by China Miéville
  • Fair Coin, by E.C. Myers
  • Above World, by Jenn Reese

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Service to SFWA Award Renamed

SFWA has announced that it will rename the Service to SFWA Award presented during the Nebula Award Weekend in honor of Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award will be presented to members for their outstanding work on behalf of the organization. O’Donnell, who died on November 7, 2012, received the award in 2005.

Wolfe Named Grandmaster

SFWA has announced that Gene Wolfe will be named the Damon Knight Grandmaster, with his induction occurring at the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 16-19, 2013. Wolfe is the author of The Book of the New Sun, The Wizard Knight, and numerous other novels and short stories.

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