Obituary: Steve Ditko

Artist Steve Ditko (b.1927) died on June 27. Ditko created the look for Spider-Man and many of his classic victims and also created Doctor Strange. After leaving Marvel, Ditko created The Question, Hawk and Dove, and the Creeper. When he returned to Marvel, Ditko created Squirrel Girl in 1992.

Obituary: Harlan Ellison

Author Harlan Ellison (b.1934) died on June 28. Ellison began his professional career in 1956 with the publication of the short story “Glowworm” in Infinity Science Fiction. Mostly known for his short stories like are “’Repent, Harlequin,!’ Said the Ticktockman,” “Jeffty is Five,” “A Boy and His Dog,” and” “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” Ellison also wrote for television and film, writing the Star Trek episode “The City on the Edge of Forever,” among other works. He is noted for editing the anthologies Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions. Ellison contracted stories for a third volume, The Last Dangerous Visions, which has failed to appear to date, although some of the stories have been printed elsewhere. Ellison has won four Nebula Awards and was named a SFWA Grand Master in 2005. He has also won seven Hugo Awards, five Bram Stoker Awards, and a World Fantasy Award among others. He has received a Special Award from the World Science Fiction Society (Worldcon) on three separate occasions and was the Guest of Honor at Iguanacon, the 36th Worldcon, held in 1978 in Phoenix, AZ. He was named a Grandmaster by World Horror Con and received Life Achievement Awards from the International Horror Guild, the Eaton Award, Bram Stoker Award, the Forry Award, and the World Fantasy Awards. In 2011, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.


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FAAN Awards

The FAAN Achievement Awards were presented at Corflu 35, held from May 4-6 in Toronto, Canada.

  • Best Fanzine: Beam, edited by Nic Farey & Ulrika O’Brien
  • Best Perzine: Vibrator, by Graham Charnock
  • Best Special Publication: Same Planet, Different World: Jacq Monahan’s TAFF Report, by Jacq Monahan
  • Best Fan Writer: Randy Byers
  • Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
  • Best Fanzine Cover: Rubber Crab #8, cover by Graham West
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  • #1 Fan Face: Jacq Monahan
  • Harry Warner Jr Letterhack: Tie: Robert Lichtman & Milt Stevens
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Bruce Gillespie

Obituary: Harry Robinson

Actor Harry Robinson (b.1930) died on April 30. Robinson worked as a stand-in and double for Richard Harris and Michael Gambon in the Harry Potter films, beginning with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He also appeared in episodes of Inspector Morse and Inspector Lewis. Prior to becoming an actor, Robinson flew with the RAF in the Berlin Airlift and worked as a paramedic, being one of the first on the scene for the Great Train Robbery.

Obituary: Susan Ann Protter

Agent Susan Ann Protter (b.1939) died on April 26. Protter began working for Harper before striking out as an independent literary agent. She has represented Rudy Rucker, Kathryn Cramer, Glenn Grant, and others.

Barjavel and Planète SF Prix Awarded

The Barjavel Prix and Planète SF Prix were presented at the 2018 Intergalactiques Festival of Lyon. The Barjavel Prix is for a previously unpublished short story and the Planète SF Prix is given for a work in translation. The winner of the Barjavel Prix will be published in electronic format by Actusf.

  • “La Coupole,” by Céline Maltère
  • Planète SF Prix: Nos vrais enfants (My Real Children), by Jo Walton, translated by Florence Dolishi

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Clarke Award Nominees

The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award has been released. The judges this year include Dave Hutchinson, Gaie Sebold, Paul March-Russell, Kari Maund, and Charles Christian. The winner, who will receive £2018 and the award, will be announced on July 18.

  • Sea of Rust, by C. Robert Cargill
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, by Anne Charnock
  • American War, by Omar el Akkad
  • Spaceman of Bohemia, by Jaroslav Kalfan
  • Gather the Daughters, by Jennie Melamed
  • Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer

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Locus Awards Short List

Locus has announced the shortlist for this year’s Locus Awards. The winners will be presented in Seattle, WA on the weekend of June 22-24. Connie Willis will serve as emcee.

Science Fiction Novel

  • Persepolis Rising, by James S.A. Corey
  • Walkaway, by Cory Doctorow
  • The Stars Are Legion, by Kameron Hurley
  • Provenance, by Anne Leckie
  • Raven Strategem, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Luna: Wolf Moon, by Ian McDonald
  • Seven Surrenders, by Ada Palmer
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi
  • Borne, by Jeff VanderMeer

Fantasy Novel

  • The Stone in the Skull, by Elizabeth Bear
  • City of Miracles, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • Ka: Dar Oakley n the Ruin of Ymr, by John Crowley
  • The House of Binding Thorns, by Aliette de Bodard
  • The Ruin of Angels, by Max Gladstone
  • Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  • The Delirium Brief, by Charles Stross
  • Horizon, by Fran Wilde

Horror Novel

  • Ill Will, by Dan Chaon
  • Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle
  • After the End of the World, by Jonathan L. Howard
  • Food of the Gods, by Cassandra Khaw
  • The Night Ocean, by Paul La Farge
  • The Changeling, by Victor LaValle
  • Red Snow, by Ian R. MacLeod
  • Behind Her Eyes, by Sarah Pinborough
  • Mormama, by Kit Reed
  • Ubo, by Steve Rasnic Tem

Young Adult Book

  • Tool of War, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • In Other Lands, by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis
  • Chalk, by Paul Cornell
  • Buried Heart, by Kate Elliott
  • A Skinful of Shadows, by Frances Hardinge
  • Frogkisser!, by Garth Nix
  • Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Shadowhouse Fall, by Danel José Older
  • The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage, by Philip Pullman

First Novel

  • The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden
  • The City of Brass, by S.A. Chakraborty
  • Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
  • Winter Tide, by Ruthanna Emrys
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
  • Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz
  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders
  • An Unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Solomon
  • Amatka, by Karin Tidbeck


  • In Calabria, by Peter S. Beagle
  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
  • Agents of Dreamland, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire
  • Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells,
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
  • The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang


  • “Children of Thorns, Children of Water,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Hermit of Houston,” by Samuel R. Delany
  • “Come See the Living Dryad,” by Theodora Goss
  • “The Worshipful Society of Glovers,” by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • “Extracurricular Activities,” by Yoon Ha Lee
  • “The Hidden Girl,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Mathematical Inevitability of Corvids,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The Lamentation of Their Women,” by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “Waiting on a Bright Moon,” by JY Yang

Short Story

  • “Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue,” by Charlie Jane Anders
  • “Zen and the Art of Starship Maintenance,” by Tobias S. Buckell
  • “Persephone of the Crows,” by Karen Joy Fowler
  • “Fire.,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “Dear Sarah,” by Nancy Kress
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • “Starlight Express,” by Michael Swanwick
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim


  • Cosmic Powers, edited by John Joseph Adams
  • Black Feathers, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-Fourth Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Bookburners, edited by Max Gladstone
  • The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories, edited by Mahvesh Murad & Jared Shurin
  • The Best of Subterranean, edited by William Schafer
  • The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Eleven, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Infinity Wars, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács


  • Six Months, by Three Days, Five Others, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Overneath, by Peter S. Beagle
  • Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
  • Strange Weather, by Joe Hill
  • Wicked Wonders, by Ellen Klages
  • Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories, by Naomi Kritzer
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Tender, by Sofia Samatar
  • The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • File 770
  • Lightspeed
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny


  • Angry Robot
  • Baen
  • DAW
  • Gollancz
  • Orbit
  • Saga
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tachyon
  • Tor


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • C.C. Finlay
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Sheila Williams
  • Navah Wolfe


  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Victo Ngai
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke
  • In Search of Silence: The Journals of Samuel R. Delany, Volume 1, 1957-1969, by Samuel R. Delany
  • The Invention of Angela Carter, by Edmund Gordon
  • Star-Begotten: A Life Lived in Science Fiction, by James Gunn
  • Iain M. Banks, by Paul Kincaid
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal
  • Not So Good a Gay Man, by Frank M. Robinson
  • Don’t Live for Your Obituary, by John Scalzi
  • A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff
  • J.G. Ballard, by D. Harlan Wilson

Art Book

  • The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History, edited by Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse & Robert Weinberg
  • Spectrum 24: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Imaginarium, by Paul Kidby
  • Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor, and Loki, by Jeffrey Alan Love and Kevin Crossley-Holland
  • Above the Timberline, by Gregory Manchess
  • The Movie Art of Syd Mead: Visual Futurist, by Syd Mead and Craig Hodgetts
  • Celtic Faeries: The Secret Kingdom, by Jean-Baptiste Monge
  • Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini, by Wendy Pini and Richard Pini
  • Goblin Market, by by Omar Rayyan and Christina Rossetti
  • The Art of Magic: The Gathering: Kaladesh, by James Wyatt

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Obituary: Michael Anderson

Director Michael Anderson (b.1920) died on April 25. Anderson directed the 1956 film Around the World in 80 Days, which earned him an Academy Award nomination. In the 1970s, Anderson directed Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze and Logan’s Run. He directed a television version of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in 1997.