BSFA Winners

The winners of the 2013 BSFA Awards were announced at Eastercon on March 31.

  • Novel: Jack Glass, by Adam Roberts
  • Short Fiction: “Adrift on the Sea of Rains,” by Ian Sales
  • Artwork: Cover of Adam Roberts’s Jack Glass, by Blacksheep
  • Non-Fiction: The World SF Blog, by Lavie Tidhar

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Hugo Nominations

This year’s Hugo nominees were announced by LoneStarCon 3 at four different conventions on March 30. All members of LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, are eligible to vote for this year’s winners, which will be announced at the Worldcon.

Best Novel

  • 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Blackout, by Mira Grant
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, by John Scalzi
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon, by Saladin Ahmed

Best Novella

  • After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress
  • The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
  • On a Red Station, Drifting, by Aliette de Bodard
  • San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats, by Mira Grant
  • “The Stars Do Not Lie,” by Jay Lake

Best Novelette

  • “The Boy Who Cast No Shadow,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
  • “Fade To White,” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” by Pat Cadigan
  • “In Sea-Salt Tears,” by Seanan McGuire
  • “Rat-Catcher,” by Seanan McGuire

Best Short Story
This category has 3 nominees due to a 5% requirement under Section 3.8.5 of the WSFS constitution.

  • “Immersion,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Mantis Wives,” by Kij Johnson
  • “Mono no Aware,” by Ken Liu

Best Related Work

  • The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn
  • Chicks Dig Comics: A Celebration of Comic Books by the Women Who Love Them, edited by Lynne M. Thomas and Sigrid Ellis
  • Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who, edited by Deborah Stanish and L.M. Myles
  • I Have an Idea for a Book… The Bibliography of Martin H. Greenberg, compiled by Martin H. Greenberg, edited by John Helfers
  • Writing Excuses Season Seven, by Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Mary Robinette Kowal, Howard Tayler, and Jordan Sanderson

Best Graphic Story

  • Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton, and Goran Sudžuka

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

  • The Avengers, screenplay and directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney,
  • The Cabin in the Woods, screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; directed by Drew Goddard
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson, and Guillermo del Toro, directed by Peter Jackson
  • The Hunger Games, screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, directed by Gary Ross
  • Looper, screenplay and directed by Rian Johnson

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)

  • Doctor Who: “The Angels Take Manhattan,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Nick Hurran
  • Doctor Who: “Asylum of the Daleks,” written by Steven Moffat; directed by Nick Hurran
  • Doctor Who: “The Snowmen,” written by Steven Moffat, directed by Saul Metzstein
  • Fringe: “Letters of Transit,” written by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Akiva Goldsman, J.H.Wyman, Jeff Pinkner. directed by Joe Chappelle
  • Game of Thrones: “Blackwater,” written by George R.R. Martin, directed by Neil Marshall. created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

Best Editor – Short Form

  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • Stanley Schmidt
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Sheila Williams

Best Editor – Long Form

  • Lou Anders
  • Sheila Gilbert
  • Liz Gorinsky
  • Patrick Nielsen Hayden
  • Toni Weisskopf

Best Professional Artist

  • Vincent Chong
  • Julie Dillon
  • Dan Dos Santos
  • Chris McGrath
  • John Picacio

Best Semiprozine

  • Apex Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas, Jason Sizemore, and Michael Damian Thomas
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies, edited by Scott H. Andrews
  • Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace, and Kate Baker
  • Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams and Stefan Rudnicki
  • Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Jed Hartman, Brit Mandelo, An Owomoyela, Julia Rios, Abigail Nussbaum, Sonya Taaffe, Dave Nagdeman, and Rebecca Cross

Best Fanzine

  • Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • The Drink Tank, edited by Chris Garcia and James Bacon
  • Elitist Book Reviews, edited by Steven Diamond
  • Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Emma J. King, Helen J. Montgomery, and Pete Young
  • SF Signal, edited by John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester

Best Fancast

  • The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
  • Galactic Suburbia Podcast, Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters), and Andrew Finch (Producer)
  • SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester, John DeNardo, and JP Frantz
  • SF Squeecast, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente (Presenters), and David McHone-Chase (Technical Producer)
  • StarShipSofa, Tony C. Smith

Best Fan Writer

  • James Bacon
  • Christopher J Garcia
  • Mark Oshiro
  • Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

  • Galen Dara
  • Brad W. Foster
  • Spring Schoenhuth
  • Maurine Starkey
  • Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer
Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2011 or 2012, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).

  • Zen Cho
  • Max Gladstone
  • Mur Lafferty
  • Stina Leicht
  • Chuck Wendig

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Philip K. Dick Award Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on March 29. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Bruce Bethke, Sydney Duncan, Daryl Gregory, Bridget McKenna, and Paul Witcover.

  • Winner: Lost Everything, by Brian Francis Slattery
  • Special Citation: Lovestar, by Andri Snær Magnason

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Obituary: Richard Griffiths

Actor Richard Griffiths (b.1947) died on March 28 following heart surgery. An acclaimed stage actor, Griffiths is best known to fannish audiences for his role as Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter films. He also appeared as Swelter in the BBC production of Gormenghast, King George in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and the voice of Jeltz in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Other genre films include Superman II, Hugo, and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. Griffiths received an OBE in 2008.

Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2013 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award i presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 47 on the weekend of May 24-27, 2013. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • Glitch, by Heather Anastasiu
  • Shadow Ops: Control Point, by Myke Cole
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Fair Coin, by E. C. Myers
  • Scourge of the Betrayer, by Jeff Salyards

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Aurealis Nominations

The 2012 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on May 18 in North Sydney, Australia.

Fantasy Novel

  • Bitter Greens, by Kate Forsyth
  • Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Flame of Sevenwaters, by Juliet Marillier
  • Winter Be My Shield, by Jo Spurrier

Fantasy Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “The Stone Witch,” by Isobelle Carmody
  • “First They Came,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “Bajazzle,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “The Isles of the Sun,” by Margo Lanagan

Science Fiction Novel

  • Suited, by Jo Anderton
  • The Last City, by Nina D’Aleo
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Confusion of Princes, by Garth Nix
  • The Rook, by Daniel O’Malley

Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Visitors,” by James Bradley
  • “Significant Dust,” by Margo Lanagan
  • “Beyond Winter’s Shadow,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Trouble with Memes,” by Greg Mellor
  • “The Lighthouse Keepers’ Club,” by Kaaron Warren

Horror Novel

  • Bloody Waters, by Jason Franks
  • Perfections, by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Blood and Dust, by Jason Nahrung
  • Salvage, by Jason Nahrung

Horror Short Story

  • “Sanaa’s Army,” by Joanne Anderton
  • “Elyora,” by Jodi Cleghorn
  • “To Wish Upon a Clockwork Heart,” by Felicity Dowker
  • “Escena de un Asesinato,” by Robert Hood
  • “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren

Young Adult Novel

  • Dead, Actually, by Kaz Delaney
  • And All The Stars, by Andrea K. Host
  • The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf, by Ambelin Kwaymullina
  • Sea Hearts, by Margo Lanagan
  • Into That Forest, by Louis Nowra

Young Adult Short Story

  • “Stilled Lifes x 11,” by Justin D’Ath
  • “The Wisdom of the Ants,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Rats,” by Jack Heath
  • “The Statues of Melbourne,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “The Worry Man,” by Adrienne Tam

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through words)

  • Brotherband: The Hunters, by John Flanagan
  • Princess Betony and the Unicorn, by Pamela Freeman
  • The Silver Door, by Emily Rodda
  • Irina the Wolf Queen, by Leah Swann

Children’s Fiction (told primarily through pictures)

  • Little Elephants, by Graeme Base (author and illustrator)
  • The Boy Who Grew Into a Tree, by Gary Crew (author) and Ross Watkins (illustrator)
  • In the Beech Forest, by Gary Crew (author) and Den Scheer (illustrator)
  • Inside the World of Tom Roberts, by Mark Wilson (author and illustrator)

Illustrated Book/Graphic Novel

  • Blue, by Pat Grant (author and illustrator)
  • It Shines and Shakes and Laughs, by Tim Molloy (author and illustrator)
  • Changing Ways #2, by Justin Randall (author and illustrator)


  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2011, edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene
  • Bloodstones, edited by Amanda Pillar
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume 6, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Under My Hat, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • Edge of Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • That Book Your Mad Ancestor Wrote, by K. J. Bishop
  • Metro Winds, by Isobelle Carmody
  • Midnight and Moonshine, by Lisa L. Hannett & Angela Slatter
  • Living with the Dead, by Martin Livings
  • Through Splintered Walls, by Kaaron Warren

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Other Change of Hobbit Moves

The Other Change of Hobbit bookstore has moved to El Cerrito, CA. Originally founded in Berkeley, California in 1977, the store relocated three years ago. Suffering from the economic downturn and city policies, the store didn’t flourish in the new location and it looked as if the store might have to close. Instead, it is now at 1600 Kearny St., near the Del Norte BART station. The store is currently open from 4-7 on weekdays and by appointment on weekends.

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Obituary: Paul S. Williams

Author and editor Paul S. Williams (b.1948) died on March 27. Williams founded the music magazine Crawdaddy in 1966 and continued to edit it through 1968. He also edited it from 1993-2003. He became friends with Philip K. Dick and served as Dick’s literary executor for the first decade after Dick’s death. From 1983 to 1992 Williams ran the Philip K. Dick Society with Keith Bowden. Williams also edited the massive republication of all Theodore Sturgeon’s short fiction by North Atlantic Press. Williams was injured in a 1995 bicycle accident and eventually began to suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Obituary: Jennifer Schwabach

Author Jennifer Schwabach died on March 26 after several years of ill health. Schwabach was the author of Dark Winter and Curse’s Captive. Her short ficiton appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Flytrap, and other places. She also wrote poetry, which was published in Aeon Six and Dreams and Nightmares.

Obituary: Don Payne

Screenwrither Don Payne (b.1964) died on March 26 after a battle with bone cancer. Payne wrote the screenplays for Thor, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, and My Super Ex-Girlfriend. Payne also spent several years writing for The Simpsons, and won four Emmy Awards for his work there. At the time of his death, he was working on the film Thor: The Dark World.