San Jose Worldcon Bid

San Francisco Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (SFSFC) has announced a bid to host the 2018 Worldcon in San Jose, CA. SFCFC has previously hosted worldcons in San Francisco (1993) and San Jose (2002). Should they win, the convention will be held at the McEnery Convention Center from August 16-20, 2018. The bid is being chaired by Andrew Trembley.

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Klages Named Nebula Toastmaster

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.

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Nebula Award Nominees

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.

Best Novel

  • 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

Best Novella

  • “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

Best Novelette

  • “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

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Robinson Named Special Guest

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.

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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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ALAMO Offers Scholarships

ALAMO, the Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization, is offering a scholarship for $300 to help a Texas-based fan attend this year’s SMOFcon, to be held December 3-5, 2010 in San Jose, CA. The winner is expected to report to ALAMO following the con, letting them know what information they learned. Scholarship applications must be received by September 30.

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SFWA Annual Meeting

SFWA has announced that is will hold its annual business meeting on October 31 at 8:30 am at the Fairmont Hotel at 170 South Market Street in San Jose. The meeting will coincide with this year’s World Fantasy Con. Normally, SFWA holds this annual meeting in conjunction with Worldcon, but since SFWA’s current incorporation requires the business meeting to be held in the United States, World Fantasy Con was selected as an alternate venue.

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Westercon 64 in San José

San José has won the right to host Westercon 64 in 2011, receiving 79 of the 93 ballots cast in an uncontested election. The event will take place at the Fairmont Hotel from July 1-4, 2011. Announced guests of honor include Patricia A. McKillip, Phil & Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth.

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Westercon Ballot

The ballot for the 2011 Westercon has been released. Any members of Westercon 62 (2009) are eligible to vote, as long as they also pay the $25 voting fee. There is no e-voting and all ballots must be received by mail before June 20 or at the con by 7:30 pm on July 3. Ballots may be hand-delivered at the con by anyone the voter entrusts with their ballot. San Jose is running unopposed for Westercon 64.

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