Allison Announced Retirement

Susan Allison, who has served as editorial director for Berkley Publishing Group, including Ace Books, has announced her retirement effective July 1. Allison has been with the company for 33 years. She was made editor-in-chief in 1982 and a vice president in 1985. In 1990, Allison was the guest of honor at World Fantasy Con.

Campbell and Sturgeon Finalists

The nominees for the John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award and the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced. The Campbell award is given for a novel, the Sturgeon for a short story. Both awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference, to be held June 11-14, 2015 in Lawrence KS.

John W. Campbell, Jr. Memorial Award Nominees

  • The Race, by Nina Allan
  • A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
  • Europe in Autumn, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • Defenders, by Wil McIntosh
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • The Bees, by Laline Paull
  • Bête, by Adam Roberts
  • Lock In, by John Scalzi
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • Area X (The Southern Reach Trilogy: Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Echopraxia, by Peter Watts

Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Nominees

  • “Lady with Fox,” by
  • “Childfinder,” by
  • “In Her Eyes,” by
  • “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by
  • “Herd Immunity,” by
  • “When It Ends, He Catches Her,” by
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “A Hotel in Antarctica,” by Geoffrey Landis
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Lightness of the Movement,” by Pat MacEwan
  • “We Are the Cloud,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “The Fifth Dragon,” by Ian McDonald
  • “Shatterdown,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The Cryptic Age,” by Robert Reed

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Obituary: Glen Orbik

Artist Glen Orbik (b.1963) died on May 11 following a battle with cancer. Orbik studied art at the California Art Institute and later with Fred Fixler. His artwork adorned video games, novels, and comics, including works by Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, Joe Lansdale, and Barbara Hambly.

Deutscher Preis

The winners of the 2015 Deutscher Science Fiction Preis have been announced. The juried award is sponsored by the SFCD, Germany´s largest science-fiction club, and is given for best novel and short fiction written in German. The award will be presented at WetzKon2 in Wetzlar, Germany on July 4 and carried a prize of €1000.

  • Best German-language Short Story: “Knox,” by Eva Strasser
  • Best German-language Novel: Alpha & Omega: Apokalypse für Anfänger, by Markus Orths

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Ignotus Nominees

The ballot for this year’s Ignotus Awards has been announced. Founded in 1991, the Ignotus Awards are voted on by the members of the annual Hispacon, which will be held this year in Granada.


  • A vuestras mentes dispersas, by Joan Antoni Fernández
  • El libro de Ivo, by Juan Cuadra Pérez
  • El mapa del caos, by Félix J. Palma
  • La inconquistable, by José Antonio Bonilla
  • La piedad del Primero, by Pablo Bueno
  • Las tierras en juego, by Arkaitz León Muela
  • Un minuto antes de la oscuridad, by Ismael Martínez Biurrun


  • Adepta, by Felicidad Martínez
  • El rey lansquenete, by Santiago García Albás
  • La epopeya de los amantes, by Miguel Santander
  • Los centinelas del tiempo, by Javier Negrete
  • Pasteles de barro, by Carlos Martí Mezquita


  • Antonio Benjumea,” by Cristina Jurado
  • Casas rojas,” by Nieves Delgado
  • El pastor de naves,” by Felicidad Martínez
  • Prolang,” by Ricardo Montesinos
  • WeKids,” by Laura Gallego


  • Alucinadas, by Various authors
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año II, by Various authors
  • El ciclo de Xuya, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Mañana todavía, by Various authors
  • Terra Nova 3, by Various authors

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.

  • 20 autores de relatos de ciencia ficción que deberías estar leyendo,” by Elías F. Combarro
  • El futuro bajo sospecha,” by Ismael Martínez Biurrun
  • Fachas del espacio,” by Félix García
  • Introducción,” by Fernando Ángel Moreno y Julián Díez
  • Premios Ignotus para Dummies,” by Juanma Santiago
  • Yo sobreviví a las guerras del fándom (incluso las provoqué),” by Juanma Santiago


  • Cover of A vuestras mentes dispersas, by Koldo Campo
  • Cover of Antes del primer día, by Koldo Campo
  • Cover of Crónicas de tinieblas, by Juan Miguel Aguilera
  • Cover of La inconquistable, by Román García Mora
  • Cover of La piedad del Primero, by Olga Esther
  • Cover of Las tierras en juego, by María Paz Muela
  • Cover of Retrofuturismos, by Alejandro Colucci

Audiovisual Production

  • Canal de YouTube de Sense of Wonder, by Elías F. Combarro
  • La cueva, by Alfredo Montero (director)
  • La órbita de Endor, by Various authors
  • Los Verdhugos, by Various authors
  • Luces en el horizonte, by Luis Martínez Vallés
  • The Spoiler Club, by Various authors

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.

Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations referred to in Article 26 of the Regulation.


  • Alfa Eridiani
  • Barsoom
  • Delirio
  • miNatura
  • Planetas Prohibidos
  • Presencia Humana
  • Scifiworld

Foreign Novel

  • Annihilation, by Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • The Rite, by Laird Barron
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things, by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Dodger, by Terry Pratchett

Foreign Story

  • “Who Will Care for the Gods?”, by Liu Cixin
  • “The Player”, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “In a Red Station, Drifting”, by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Legion,” by Brandon Sanderson
  • “Mono no aware,” by Ken Liu

Web Site

  • Cuentos para Algernon, by Marcheto
  • Donde acaba el infinito, by Alexander Páez
  • Fantífica, by Random House Mondadori
  • La tercera fundación, by La asociación Clitural Los Conseguidores
  • Literatura fantástica, by Mariano Villarreal
  • Sense of Wonder, by Elías F. Combarro

For more information… (Spanish)

Robinson Unable to Attend Westercon

Westercon 68 Guest of Honor Spider Robinson has announced that he will be unable to attend the convention due to health issues. Robinson explained that although he hasn’t discussed his health issues recently, he has been hospitalized several times over the last six months. Other Guests of Honor include William F. Nolan, John Picacio, and Seanan McGuire. Conjecture 13, held in conjunction with Westercon 68, has Steven Brust as its Guest of Honor.

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Bram Stoker Winners

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners of the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA on May 9, 2015.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: Blood Kin, by Steve Rasnic Tem
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Mr Wicker, by Maria Alexander
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Phoenix Island, by John Dixon
  • Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Bad Blood, by Jonathan Maberry
  • Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: “Fishing for Dinosaurs,” by Joe R. Lansdale
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction (tie): “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” by Usman T. Malik; “Ruminations,” by Rena Mason
  • Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: The Babadook, by Jennifer Kent
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: Soft Apocalypses, by Lucy Snyder
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Shooting Yourself in the Head For Fun and Profit: A Writer’s Survival Guide, by Lucy Snyder
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: Forgiving Judas, by Tom Piccirilli
  • Grandmaster: William F. Nolan
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Jack Ketchum
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Tanith Lee
  • Mentor of the Year: Kathy Ptacek
  • Silver Hammer Award: Rena Mason for volunteering for the organization
  • HWA 2014 Specialty Press Award: ChiZine Publications
  • Richard Laymon Award: Doug Murano, Tom Calen and Brock Cooper

For more information…

Jackson Nominees

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize outstanding achievement in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and the dark fantastic. The winners will be announced on July 12 at Readercon 26 in Burlington, Massachusetts.


  • Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Bird Box, by Josh Malerman
  • Broken Monsters, by Lauren Beukes
  • Confessions, by Kanae Minato
  • The Lesser Dead, by Christopher Buehlman
  • The Unquiet House, by Alison Littlewood


  • The Beauty, by Aliya Whiteley
  • Ceremony of Flies, by Kate Jonez
  • The Good Shabti, by Robert Sharp
  • The Mothers of Voorhisville, by Mary Rickert
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory


  • “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • “The End of the End of Everything,” by Dale Bailey
  • “The Husband Stitch,” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “Newspaper Heart,” by Stephen Volk
  • “Office at Night,” by Kate Bernheimer and Laird Hunt
  • “The Quiet Room,” by V H Leslie

Short Fiction

  • “Candy Girl,” by Chikodili Emelumadu
  • “The Dogs Home,” by Alison Littlewood
  • “The Fisher Queen,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Shay Corsham Worsted,” by Garth Nix
  • “Wendigo Nights,” by Siobhan Carroll

Single-Author Collection

  • After the People Lights Have Gone Off, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Burnt Black Suns: A Collection of Weird Tales, by Simon Strantzas
  • Gifts for the One who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • They Do The Same Things Different There, by Robert Shearman
  • Unseaming, by Mike Allen

Edited Anthology

  • Letters to Lovecraft, edited by Jesse Bullington
  • Fearful Symmetries, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • The Spectral Book of Horror Stories, edited by Mark Morris
  • Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, edited by Michael Kelly
  • The Children of Old Leech: A Tribute to the Carnivorous Cosmos of Laird Barron, edited by Ross E. Lockhart and Justin Steele

For more information…

Operation Baen Bulk

Operation Baen Bulk and Brain&Brain Press are leading Operation Baen Bulk to send Kindle electronic book readers to rehab and recovery centers for injured soldiers. The organization is hoping to raise enough money to donate Kindles preloaded with 500 titles to soldiers who are recuperating from injuries. In 2013, Operation Baen Bulk raised more than $5,000 and donated 80 Kindles.

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Widner Memorial

There will be a memorial service for science fiction fan Art Widner on June 22 at 1:00 in Gualala, California.