Baker Joins Guardians

SFWA Director of Operations and 2-time Hugo Winner Kate Baker has won the opportunity to spend a day on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2 and have lunch with star Chris Pratt. The contest was sponsored by Omaze and raised funds to build a center for the Boys and Girls Club of Lake Stevens, Wisconsin.

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Spectrum Winners

The gold and silver medal winners for this year’s Spectrum Awards were announced at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live, held in Kansas City, MO on May 7.

  • Gold Advertising: “The Blessing of Athena,” by Nico Delort
  • Silver Advertising: “24 Hour Movie Marathon,” by Joseph Qui
  • Gold Books: Tom, Thom, by Rovina Cai
  • Silver Book: Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Karla Ortiz
  • Gold Comics: Tribes of Kai, page 41, by Daren Bader
  • Silver Comics: Drifter, by Nic Klein
  • Gold Concept Art: “King Louie’s Court,” by Vance Kovacs
  • Silver Concept Art: “Journey to West,” by Te Hu
  • Gold Dimensional: “The Morrigan,” by Forest Rogers
  • Silver Dimensional: “Adelpha and Her Sister,” by Thomas Kuebler
  • Gold Editorial: “Traveling To a Distant Day,” by Tran Nguyen
  • Silver Editorial: “Family Portraithausen: A Tribute to Ray Harryhausen,” by Chris Seaman
  • Gold Institutional: “Exalted Angel,” by Tyler Jacobson
  • Silver Institutional: “Behind the Veil,” by Julie Bell
  • Gold Unpublished: “Bioluminescence,” by Rob Rey
  • Silver Unpublished: “Dust Devil,” by Wayne Haag
  • Rising Star Award: Victor Maury
  • Grand Master Award: Mike Mignola

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Hugo Replacements

MidAmeriCon II has announced that Thomas Mays and John O’Neill’s decisions to decline their Hugo nominations have been accepted. Mays story will be replaced by “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer and Black Gate will be replaced by , edited by Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan. The revised categories are:


  • “Asymmetrical Warfare,” by S. R. Algernon
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “If You Were an Award, My Love,” by Juan Tabo and S. Harris
  • “Seven Kill Tiger,” by Charles Shao
  • “Space Raptor Butt Invasion,” by Chuck Tingle

Best Fanzine

  • Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
  • File 770, edited by Mike Glyer
  • Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
  • Superversive SF, edited by Jason Rennie
  • Tangent Online, edited by Dave Truesdale

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Picnicon Moves

Picnicon, the annual relaxacon sponsored by ISFiC, will take place on June 12 at Woodland Park in Deerfield, IL. Since 2002, the convention has occurred at Deerfield’s Maplewood Park. This year the Park District requested the change in venue due to the Deerfield Youth Baseball Tournament. Woodland Park is located just off Wilmot Road.
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SF Signal Closing

John DeNardo and JP Frantz have announced that after 13 years, Hugo Award winning website SF Signal will cease publication. They explained that the website has begun to take up more and more of their time and they decided to step back to spend more time with their families and in other pursuits. THe current website will remain in place through the beginning of June, at which time they hope to move the archives to a different hosting service.
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Help an Author

Author Judith Tarr is having some financial troubles and is looking for some assistance so she can keep her farm and feed her horses. She is looking for people to sponsor her horses, support her fiction Patreon , and is also selling a fiction mentorship.

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Locus Shortlist

Locus has announced the shortlist for this year’s Locus Awards. The winners will be presented in Seattle, WA on the weekend of June 24-26. Connie Willis will serve as emcee.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
  • Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Seveneves, by Neal Stephenson
  • A Borrowed Man, by Gene Wolfe

Fantasy Novel

  • Karen Memory, by Elizabeth Bear
  • The House of Shattered Wings, by Aliette de Bodard
  • Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Young Adult Novel

  • Half a War, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Half the World, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Harrison Squared, by Daryl Gregory
  • Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
  • The Shepherd’s Crown, by Terry Pratchett

First Novel

  • Sorcerer to the Crown, by Zen Cho
  • The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
  • Signal to Noise, by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, by Natasha Pulley
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Kai Ashante Wilson


  • Penric’s Demon, by Lois McMaster Bujold
  • “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Slow Bullets, by Alastair Reynolds


  • “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Black Dog,” by Neil Gaiman
  • “Folding Beijing,” by Hao Jingfang
  • “Another Word for World,” by Ann Leckie

Short Story

  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “Madeleine,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “The Dowager of Bees,” by China Miéville
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong


  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan, edited by Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington
  • Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, edited by Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell
  • Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan


  • The Best of Gregory Benford, by Gregory Benford
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, by Neil Gaiman
  • The Best of Nancy Kress, by Nancy Kress
  • Dancing Through the Fire, by Tanith Lee
  • Three Moments of an Explosion, by China Miéville


  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • File 770


  • Baen
  • Gollancz
  • Orbit
  • Tor
  • Subterranean


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan


  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Michael Whelan


  • The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks, by Simone Caroti
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, by Edward James
  • Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce
  • Frederik Pohl, by Michael R. Page
  • Ray Bradbury, by David Seed

Art Book

  • Julie Dillon’s Imagined Realms, Book 2: Earth and Sky, by Julie Dillon
  • Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art, edited by Cathy Fenner
  • Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design, edited by Steven Heller
  • The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume One: Lands & Legend, by Malcolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer

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Shirley Jackson Award 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 10 at Readercon 27 in Quincy, Massachusetts.


  • Eileen, by Ottessa Moshfegh
  • Experimental Film, by Gemma Files
  • The Glittering World, by Robert Levy
  • Lord Byron’s Prophecy, by Sean Eads
  • When We Were Animals, by Joshua Gaylord


  • The Box Jumper, by Lisa Mannetti
  • In the Lovecraft Museum, by Steve Tem
  • Unusual Concentrations, by S.J. Spurrier
  • The Visible Filth, by Nathan Ballingrud
  • Wylding Hall, by Elizabeth Hand


  • “The Briskwater Mare,” by Deborah Kalin
  • “The Deepwater Bride,” by Tamsyn Muir
  • “Even Clean Hands Can Do Damage,” by Steve Duffy
  • “Fabulous Beasts,” by Priya Sharma
  • “The Thyme Fiend,” by Jeffrey Ford

Short Fiction

  • “A Beautiful Memory,” by Shannon Peavey
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Seven Minutes in Heaven,” by Nadia Bulkin
  • “The Dying Season,” by Lynda E. Rucker
  • “Wilderness,” by Letitia Trent

Single-Author Collection

  • The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, by Stephen King
  • The End of the End of Everything, by Dale Bailey
  • Get in Trouble, by Kelly Link
  • Gutshot, by Amelia Gray
  • The Nameless Dark – A Collection, by T.E. Grau
  • You Have Never Been Here, by Mary Rickert

Edited Anthology

  • Aickman’s Heirs, edited by Simon Strantzas
  • Black Wings IV, edited by S.T. Joshi
  • The Doll Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow
  • Exigencies, edited by Richard Thomas
  • Seize the Night, edited by Christopher Golden

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Black Gate Declines Hugo Nomination

John O’Neill has announced his decision to decline his Hugo nomination for the website Black Gate. O’Neill’s decision mirrors his decision last year after benefiting from appearing on a slate in the nominating phase. The Hugo administrators have not yet responded to his announcement.
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