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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Norton Jury Announced

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the members of the members of the 2012 Andre Norton Award Jury. The jury is tasked with adding books to the Andre Norton Award ballot. This year’s judges are listed below.

  • Victoria McManus (chair)
  • Christopher Barzak
  • Merrie Haskell
  • Eugene Myers
  • Carrie Vaughn

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SFWA Board Elected

The results of the SFWA Election of board members were announced at the Nebula Award Weekend. The winners will serve a one year term.

  • President: John Scalzi
  • Vice President: Rachel Swirsky
  • Secretary: Ann Leckie
  • Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk
  • West Coast Representative: Jim Fiscus
  • Canadian Representative: Matthew Johnson

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Nebula Awards

The 2011 Nebula Awards were presented at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City on May 19 by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Walter Jon Williams served as the evening’s toastmaster and astronaut Mike Fincke presented the keynote address.

  • Novel: Among Others, by Jo Walton
  • Novella: “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
  • Novelette: “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman
  • Short Story: “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book: The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” written by Neil Gaiman, directed by Richard Clarke
  • 2012 Grandmaster: Connie Willis
  • Solstice Awards: Octavia E. Butler, John Clute
  • Service to SFWA Award: Bud Webster

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Solstice Award Recipients

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the recipients of this year’s Solstice Award, presented for significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. The awards will be presented during the Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia on May 19. This year’s recipients include Octavia Butler and John Clute. Butler’s fiction delved into sociological, political and religious issues, explored gender, sexuality and cultural identity. She looked for the problems in the world, and tried to find answers and solutions. Clute is the author of several collections of criticism and critical essays on the genre, as well as the 2001 space opera, Appleseed, whose most notable work is a trio of reference works: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy, and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Science Fiction.

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Nebula Nominations

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced this year’s nominees for the Nebula, Bradbury, and Norton Awards. The awards, selected by a vote of the members, will be announced at the Nebula Award banquet in Arlington, Virginia on May 19.

Novel:

  • Among Others, by Jo Walton
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Firebird, by Jack McDevitt
  • God’s War, by Kameron Hurley
  • The Kingdom of Gods, by N. K. Jemisin
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, by Genevieve Valentine

Novella:

  • “The Ice Owl,” by Carolyn Ives Gilman
  • “Kiss Me Twice,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist,” by Kij Johnson
  • “The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary,” by Ken Liu
  • “Silently and Very Fast,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “With Unclean Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro

Novelette:

  • “Fields of Gold,” by Rachel Swirsky
  • “The Migratory Pattern of Dancers,” by Katherine Sparrow
  • “The Old Equations,” by Jake Kerr
  • “Ray of Light,” by Brad R. Torgersen
  • “Sauerkraut Station,” by Ferrett Steinmetz
  • “Six Months, Three Days,” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “What We Found,” by Geoff Ryman

Short Story

  • “The Axiom of Choice,” by David W. Goldman
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees,” by E. Lily Yu
  • “Her Husband’s Hands,” by Adam-Troy Castro
  • “Mama, We Are Zhenya, Your Son,” by Tom Crosshill
  • “Movement,” by Nancy Fulda
  • “The Paper Menagerie,” by Ken Liu
  • “Shipbirth,” by Aliette de Bodard

Bradbury Award

  • The Adjustment Bureau, by George Nolfi, directed George Nolfi
  • Attack the Block, by Joe Cornish, directed by Joe Cornish
  • Captain America: The First Avenger, by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, directed by Joe Johnston
  • Doctor Who: “The Doctor’s Wife,” by Neil Gaiman, directed by Richard Clark
  • Hugo, by John Logan, directed by Martin Scorsese
  • Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen, directed by Woody Allen
  • Source Code, by Ben Ripley, directed Duncan Jones

Andre Norton Award

  • Akata Witch, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Boy at the End of the World, by Greg van Eekhout
  • Chime, by Franny Billingsley
  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Taylor
  • Everybody Sees the Ants, by A. S. King
  • The Freedom Maze, by Delia Sherman
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson
  • Ultraviolet, by R. J. Anderson

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Damon Knight Grandmaster Recipient Announced

SFWA has announced that the recipient of the Damon Knight Grandmaster Award will be Connie Willis. Willis will be honored during the 2012 Nebula Award Weekend in Arlington, Virginia the weekend of May 17-20, 2012. Willis is the author of Remake, Bellwether, Passage, and other novels and short stories. She has won 11 Hugos and 7 Nebulas, including both awards for her novels Doomsday Book, All Clear, Blackout, and the short story “Even the Queen.”

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Dorchester Probation Extended

The SFWA Board has voted to extend the probationary period for Dorchester Books until January 31 with a vote of 6-0 with two abstentions. The board determined that with the probationary period coming to an end with the close of 2011, holiday, family, and other end-of-year obligations kept them from reviewing the situation in a complete manner and voted to extend the period. Dorchester was placed on probation in December, 2010.