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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LoneStarCon 3 Offers Military Discount

LoneStarCon 3, the 2013 Worldcon, has announced a discount membership rate for currently active military personnel or retired military with I.D. This rate is set at $110 and is not subject to future increases, either prior to the convention or at the door. LoneStarCon 3 will take place in San Antonio, TX from August 29 through September 2.

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DUFF Race Underway

John Hertz and David Cake, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Continuum in Melbourne, Australia from June 8-11. Due to the late announcement of the race, there is only a fifteen day voting window and many past DUFF administrators are advocating that people vote for Hold Over Funds, stating that a winner announced in early June would not have time to properly plan a trip or buy tickets at a reasonable rate. One of the candidates, Murray Moore, has stated his intention of not traveling to Australia if he wins.

The candidates are:

  • Juanita Coulson
  • Murray Moore

A DUFF ballot may be downloaded from TAFF. (pdf)

Obituary: Jay Kay Klein

Fan and photographer Jay Kay Klein (b.1931) died on May 13 from esophageal cancer. Klein joined fandom in Philadelphia in 1945. He published a series of Worldcon Memory Books filled with his photographs in the early 1960s and provided the photos for Analog‘s “Biolog” feature from 1977 through 2005. In 1974, Klein was the Fan Guest of Honor at Discon II, that year’s Worldcon.

Aurealis Awards

The winners of the Aurealis Award, presented North Sydney’s Independent Theatre were announced on Saturday, May 13.

  • Fantasy Novel: Ember and Ash, by Pamela Freeman
  • Fantasy Short Story: “Fruit of the Pipal Tree,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Science Fiction Novel: The Courier’s New Bicycle, by Kim Westwood
  • Science Fiction Short Story: “Rains of la Strange,” by Robert N Stephenson
  • Horror Novel: No award was presented in this category.
  • Horror Short Story (tie): “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt,” by Paul Haines and “The Short Go: a Future in Eight Seconds,” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • Young Adult Novel: Only Ever Always, by Penni Russon
  • Young Adult Short Story: “Nation of the Night,” by Sue Isle
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words): City of Lies, by Lian Tanner
  • Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures): Sounds Spooky, by Christopher Cheng (author) and Sarah Davis (illustrator)
  • Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel (tie): Hidden, by Mirranda Burton (author and illustrator) and The Deep: Here be Dragons, by Tom Taylor (author) and James Brouwer (illustrator)
  • Anthology: Ghosts by Gaslight, edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
  • Collection: Bluegrass Symphony, by Lisa Hannett
  • Peter NcNamara Convenors Award: Galactic Suburbia podcast – Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch (producer)
  • Kris Hembury Encouragement Award: Emily Craven of Adelaide

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Obituary: Tony DeZuniga

Artist Tony DeZuniga (b.1933) died on May 11 after suffering a stroke in mid-April. DeZuniga was a comic book artist born in the Philippines. He began working in the comics industry there in 1957, and eventually began working for DC in 1970. He introduced other Filipino artists to the US comics world as well as created the characters if Johan Hex and Black Orchid.

John W. Campbell Award Nominees

The nominees for the John W. Campbell Awards have been announced. The award will be presented at the Campbell Conference and Awards Ceremony in Lawrence, KS on the weekend of July 5-8. The award is selected by a jury consisting of Gregory Benford, Paul Di Filippo, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid, Christopher McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and T.A. Shippey.

  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  • This Shared Dream, by Kathleen Ann Goonan
  • Soft Apocalypse, by Will McIntosh
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • The Islanders, by Christopher Priest
  • The Highest Frontier, by Joan Slonczewski
  • Dancing with Bears, by Michael Swanwick
  • Osama, by Lavie Tidhar
  • Robopocalypse, by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Home Fires, by Gene Wolfe
  • Seed, by Rob Ziegler

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Obituary: Maurice Sendak

Artist and author Maurice Sendak (b.1928) died on May 8 from complications from a stroke. Sendak is best known for his children’s book Where the Wild Things Are. He also provided the illustrations for Isaac Bashevis Singer’s children’s book Zlateh the Goat. He was involved in the early development of Sesame Street. He received the first Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award and also received the Caldecott Medal, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, and the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

BFA Special Awards Nominations Announced

The British Fantasy Society has appointed three special juries to give out awards for artist, non-fiction, and the PS Publishing Independent Press Awards at FantasyCon in Brighton on 30 September 2012. Tee jurors and nominees are listed below.

The PS Publishing Independent Press Award:

Jurors: Sandy Auden, Peter Crowther, Nicholas Royle, Peter Tennant, Darren Turpin

  • Chomu Press, publisher Quentin S Crisp
  • Gray Friar Press, publisher Gary Fry
  • NewCon Press, publisher Ian Whates
  • Spectral Press, publisher Simon Marshall-Jones

The Artist Award:

Jurors: Guy Adams, Anne Sudworth, Christopher Teague

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vincent Chong
  • Les Edwards
  • Daniel Serra

The Non-Fiction Award

Jurors: Djibril al-Ayad, Roz Kaveney, Adam Roberts

  • Lest You Should Suffer Nightmares: A Biography of Herbert Van Thal, by Johnny Mains
  • Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero, by Grant Morrison
  • Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen since the 1960s, by Kim Newman
  • Studies in Terror: Landmarks of Horror Cinema, by Jonathan Rigby
  • Case Notes, by Peter Tennant

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British Fantasy Award Nominations

The nominations for the British Fantasy Awards have been announced. The nominations are based on 952 recommendations from BFS members and FantasyCon attendees. There will be two awards in the best Novel category: The August Derleth Award for best horror novel and The Robert Holdstock Award for best fantasy novel. The BFAward Judges this year include James Barclay, Hal Duncan, Maura McHugh, Esther Sherman, and Damien G. Walter. The winners will be announced at FantasyCon in Brighton on 30 September 2012.


  • The Heroes, by Joe Abercrombie
  • 11.22.63, by Stephen King
  • Cyber Circus, by Kim Lakin-Smith
  • A Dance with Dragons, by George R. R. Martin
  • The Ritual, by Adam Nevill
  • Among Others, by Jo Walton


  • Terra Damnata, by James Cooper
  • “Ghosts with Teeth,” by Peter Crowther
  • King Death, by Paul Finch
  • “Near Zennor,” by Elizabeth Hand
  • “The Music of Bengt Karlsson, Murderer,” by John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Gorel and the Pot Bellied God, by Lavie Tidhar

Short Fiction

  • “Dermot,” by Simon Bestwick
  • “Sad, Dark Thing,” by Michael Marshall Smith
  • “Florrie,” by Adam Nevill
  • “Alice Through the Plastic Sheet,” by Robert Shearman
  • “The Coffin-Maker’s Daughter,” by Angela Slatter


  • A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones
  • House of Fear, edited by Jonathan Oliver
  • The Weird, edited by Jeff and Ann Vandermeer
  • Gutshot, edited by Conrad Williams


  • Rumours of the Marvellous, by Peter Atkins
  • Mrs Midnight, by Reggie Oliver
  • Everyone’s Just So So Special, by Robert Shearman
  • A Glass of Shadow, by Liz Williams


  • Midnight in Paris, by Woody Allen
  • Attack the Block, by Joe Cornish
  • The Awakening, by Stephen Volk and Nick Murphy
  • Melancholia, by Lars Von Trier
  • Kill List, by Ben Wheatley and Amy Jump


  • Black Static, edited by Andy Cox
  • Interzone, edited by Andy Cox
  • SFX, edited by Dave Bradley
  • The Horror Zine, edited by Jeani Rector

Comic/Graphic Novel

  • Animal Man, by Jeff Lemire and Travel Foreman
  • Batwoman, by J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman
  • Locke and Key, by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez
  • The Unwritten, by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
  • The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard

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