The winner of the 2013 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon. The award seeks to recognize and draw attention to lesser-known fantasy or science fiction authors. This year’s award went to Wyman Guin, a pseudonym for Norman Menasco. Guin (1915-1989) began publishing in 1950 and published eight short stories and a novel over the span of his career. He is, perhaps, best known for the novella “Beyond Bedlam” and the novelette “Volpla.”
The Shirley Jackson Award winners were announced at Readercon on July 14. The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic.
- Novel: Edge, by Koji Suzuki
- Novella: “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
- Novelette: “Reeling for the Empire,” by Karen Russell
- Short Fiction:”A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
- Single-Author Collection: Crackpot Palace, by Jeffrey Ford
- Edited Anthology: Exotic Gothic 4: Postscripts #28/29, edited by Danel Olson
In the wake of the Readercon Board of Directors’ decision to ban René Walling for two years due to harassment charges in contravention of Readercon policy, five members of the Readercon board have resigned and the con com has extended the ban as a lifetime ban. Readercon will elect a new board and develop a new policy for dealing with harassment based on widespread input. In addition, Readercon has announced a refund of memberships for Readercon 24 (2013) for those who feel the convention is not right for them based on recent actions.
Following complaints of harassment, the Readercon board has announced they are banning René Walling from attending for a period of two years. The board has deviated from its previously published policy of instituting a lifetime ban against harassers (established in 2008) due to their belief that Walling is regretful of the incident. Walling was the co-chair of Anticipation in 2009 and writes for Tor.com. Many fans and authors have proclaimed disappointment and anger over the board’s decision to deviate from their stated policy.
The winners of the 2011 Shirley Jackson Awards, given for outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic, were presented at Readercon on July 15.
- Novel: Witches on the Road Tonight, by Sheri Holman
- Novella: “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
- Novelette: “The Summer People,”by Kelly Link
- Short Fiction: “The Corpse Painter’s Masterpiece,” by M. Rickert
- Single-Author Collection: After the Apocalypse: Stories, by Maureen F. McHugh
- Edited Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
The winner of the 2012 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon. The award seeks to recognize and draw attention to lesser-known fantasy or science fiction authors. This year’s award went to Fredric Brown, perhaps best known for writing What Mad Universe and Martians Go Home. Brown was also well known for his short stories. Most of Brown’s science fiction novels and short fiction have been collected in books published by NESFA Press. He also had a large body of mystery work published.
Neil Clarke, editor of Clarkesworld has announced that he suffered an heart attack at Readercon and is currently in the hospital waiting to hear his prognosis.
The winners of the Rhysling Award, presented annually for best SF poetry by the Science Fiction Poetry Association, were announced at Readercon on July 16 following the seventh annual Rhysling
Award Poetry Slam. Shortly after the awards were announced, it was discovered that the winning poem in the short poem category was ineligible due to prior publication. The corrected winners are below.
- Long Poem: “The Sea King’s Second Bride,” by C. S. E. Cooney
- Short Poem: “Peach-Creamed Honey,” by Amal El-Mohtar
- Lifetime Achievement: Jane Yolen
The winner of the 2011 Cordwainer Smith Rediscovery Award was announced at Readercon. The award seeks to recognize and draw attention to lesser-known fantasy or science fiction authors. This year’s award went to Katherine MacLean, perhaps best known for writing the Nebula Award winning novella, “The Missing Man.” MacLean has written five novels, three in conjunction with Charles V. De Vet, and several short stories.