Aurealis Nominees

The 2016 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced on April 14 in Perth, Australia at Swancon. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Children’s Fiction

  • Blueberry Pancakes Forever, by Angelica Banks
  • Magrit, by Lee Battersby
  • Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket, by Caleb Crisp
  • The Turners, by Mick Elliott
  • When the Lyrebird Calls, by Kim Kane
  • The Hungry Isle, by Emily Rodda

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Mechanica, by Lance Balchin
  • BROBOT, by James Foley
  • Negative Space, by Ryan K Lindsay
  • The Spider King, by Josh Vann

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “A Right Pretty Mate,” by Lisa L Hannett
  • “Dune Time,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “No One Here is Going to Save You,” by Shauna O’Meara
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth,” by Leife Shallcross

Best Horror Short Story

  • “Non Zero Sum,” by RPL Johnson
  • “Flame Trees,” by TR Napper
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?,” by Garth Nix
  • “The Red Forest,” by Angela Slatter
  • “68 Days,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Life, or Whatever Passes For It,” by Durand Welsh

Best Horror Novella

  • “Box of Bones,” by Jeremy Bates
  • “Served Cold,” by Alan Baxter
  • “Waking in Winter,” by Deborah Biancotti
  • “Burnt Sugar,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Pan,” by Christopher Ruz

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “Watercress Soup,” by Tamlyn Dreaver
  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • “Dune Time,” by Jack Nicholls
  • “Penny for a Match, Mister?,” by Garth Nix
  • “The Lighthouse at Cape Defeat,” by David Versace
  • “The Cartographer’s Price,” by Suzanne Willis

Best Fantasy Novella

  • “Raven’s First Flight,” by Alan Baxter
  • “By the Laws of Crab and Woman,” by Jason Fischer
  • “Forfeit,” by Andrea K. Höst
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, by Rose Mulready
  • “Burnt Sugar,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • “Finnegan’s Field,” by Angela Slatter

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “Trainspotting in Winesburg,” by Jack Dann
  • “The Baby Eaters,” by Ian McHugh
  • “The Autumn Dog Cannot Live to Spring,” by Claire McKenna
  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart,” by Samantha Murray
  • “68 Days,” by Kaaron Warren
  • “The Least of Things,” by Jen White

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • Waking in Winter, Deborah Biancotti
  • “Salto Mortal,” by Nick T Chan
  • “Going Viral,” by Thoraiya Dyer
  • The Bonobo’s Dream, by Rose Mulready
  • “All the Colours of the Tomato,” by Simon Petrie
  • “Did We Break the End of the World?,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Collection

  • Crow Shine, by Alan Baxter
  • Concentration, by Jack Dann
  • A Feast of Sorrows, by Angela Slatter
  • Winter Children, by Angela Slatter

Best Anthology

  • Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Defying Doomsday, edited by Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench
  • Year’s Best YA Speculative fiction 2015, edited by Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein
  • Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 10, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • In Your Face, edited by Tehani Wessely

Best Young Adult Novel

  • Elegy, by Jane Abbott
  • The Bone Queen, by Alison Croggon
  • The Other Side of Summer, by Emily Gale
  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, by Alison Goodman
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Goldenhand, by Garth Nix

Best Horror Novel

  • Fear is the Rider, by Kenneth Cook
  • My Sister Rosa, by Justine Larbalestier
  • The Grief Hole, by Kaaron Warren

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Nevernight, by Jay Kristoff
  • Fall of the Dagger, by Glenda Larke
  • Den of Wolves, by Juliet Marillier
  • Vigil, by Angela Slatter
  • Road to Winter, by Mark Smith
  • Sisters of the Fire, by Kim Wilkins

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Watershed, by Jane Abbott
  • Confluence, by SK Dunstall
  • Gemima: Illuminae Files 2, by Amy Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • Squid’s Grief, by DK Mok
  • Stiletto, by Daniel O’Malley
  • Threader, by Rebekah Turner

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WGA Award Winners

The Writers Guild of America has announced the winners of its annual Awards in New York and Los Angeles. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Adapted Screenplay: Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer; based on the story “Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang
  • Short Form new Media – Adapted: “Passage” Part 4 (Fear the Walking Dead), written by Lauren Signorino & Mike Zunic
  • Animation: “Fish Out of Water” (BoJack Horseman), written by Elijah Aron & Jordan Young
  • Children’s Script – Episodic and Specials: “Mel vs. The Night Mare of Normal Street” (<Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street), written by Laurie Parres

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SF Centre Opens in Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin has opened the Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy at its Cambridge Campus. The centre is being viewed as a dedicated science fiction research group and will host round tables, readings, and discussions. The centre will also publish Samovar, a quarterly magazine devoted to translated speculative fiction presented in both English and its original language.

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Obituary: Loren Wiseman

Game designer Loren Wiseman died on February 15. Wiseman helped co-found Game Designer’ Workshop in 1973 and published his first wargame, Eagles, the following year. He worked on the design of Traveller with Frank Chadwick, John Harshman, and Marc Miller and was the editor of the Journal of the Traveller’s Aid Society for 24 issues. Wiseman was the line editor for Twilight: 2000 and when GDW closed in 1995, he moved over to Steve Jackson Games, where he produced GURPS Traveller. Wiseman was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 2003.

Cybil Awards

The winnners for the 2016 Cybil Literary Award for Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction have been announced. The awards recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Audiobooks: The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, the Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Lowriders to the Center of the earth, by Cathy Camper and Raúl the Third
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: Shadow Magic, by Joshua Khan
  • Young Adult Graphic Novel: March: Book Three, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Robert J. Sawyer Wins Heinlein

Robert J. Sawyer has been announced as the recipient of 2017 Robert A Heinlein Award. The Heinlein Award is given to writers of science fiction and technical writers whose work inspires the exploration of space. The recipients are selected by a panel from the Heinlein Society and the award will be presented by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at Balticon 51 on May 27. The winner will receive a plaque, a sterling silver medallion engraved with Heinlein’s likeness, and two lapel pins.
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Audie Award Finalists

The Audio Publishers Association has announced the 2017 Audie Awards finalists, recognizing excellence in audiobooks. The winners will be announced at the Audies Gala, on June 1, 2017, at the French Institute Alliance Francaise. Following is a list of those categories with nominees of genre interest:

Original Work

  • The Adventures of Tom Stranger, Interdimensional Insurance Agent, by Larry Correia, read by Adam Baldwin
  • Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama, by Tim Lebbon & Dirk Maggs, read by a full cast
  • Car Talk Science: MIT Wants Its Diplomas Back, by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, read by Tom and Ray Magliozzi
  • The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi, read by Zachary Quinto
  • In the Embers, by Brian Prince & Jerry Stearns, read by Edwin Strout, Robin Miles, and a full cast
  • Pete Seeger: Storm King, Volume 2, by Pete Seeger, edited by Jeff Haynes, read by Pete Seeger


  • America’s First Daughter, by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie, read by Cassandra Campbell
  • Darktown, by Thomas Mullen, read by Andre Holland
  • End of Watch, by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
  • Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia, by Julian Fellowes, read by Juliet Stevenson
  • Sister of Mine, by Sabra Waldfogel, read by Bahni Turpin

Audio Drama

  • Alien: Out of the Shadows: An Audible Original Drama, by Tim Lebbon & Dirk Maggs, read by a full cast
  • Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures: Death and the Queen, by James Goss, read by a full cast
  • Doctor Who: The War Doctor: Only the Monstrous, by Nicholas Briggs, read by a full cast
  • In the Embers, by Brian Prince 7 Jerry Stearns, read by a full cast
  • The Mountaintop, by Katori Hall, read by Aja Naomi King and Larry Powell

Literary Fiction & Classics

  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, read by Scarlett Johansson
  • Another Brooklyn: A Novel, by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Robin Miles
  • David Copperfield, by Charles Dickens, read by Richard Armitage
  • Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi, read by Dominic Hoffman
  • Larose, by Louise Erdrich, read by Louise Erdrich
  • The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin

Female Narrator

  • Another Brooklyn: A Novel, by Jacqueline Woodson, read by Robin Miles
  • Be Frank with Me, by Julia Claiborne Johnson, read by Tavia Gilbert
  • The Little Red Chairs, by Edna O’Brien, read by Juliet Stevenson
  • The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, read by Emma Thompson
  • The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, read by Bahni Turpin

Male Narrator

  • Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, by Pappy Pariah, read by Sean Penn
  • End of Watch, by Stephen King, read by Will Patton
  • Jerusalem, by Alan Moore, read by Simon Vance
  • The Last Tribe, by Brad Manuel, read by Scott Brick
  • The Purloined Poodle, by Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels
  • Underground Airlines, by Ben H. Winters, read by William DeMeritt

Science Fiction

  • The Book of the Unnamed Wife, by Med Elison, read by Angela Dawe
  • Crosstalk, by Connie Willis, read by Mia Barron
  • The Dispatcher, by John Scalzi, read by Zachary Quinto
  • Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel, read by various
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Alan Dean Foster, read by Marc Thomson


  • The Bands of Mourning, by Brandon Sanderson, read by MIchael Kramer
  • The Black Prism, by Brent Weeks, read by Simon Vance
  • The Everything Box, by Richard Kadrey, read by Oliver Wyman
  • The Hike, by Drew Magary, read by Christopher Lane
  • The League of Dragons, by Naomi Novik, read by Simon Vance

Middle Grade

  • All Rise for the Honorable Perry T. Cook, by Leslie Connor, read by Michael Crouch and Kathleen McInerney
  • Demon Dentist, by David Walliams, red by David Walliams, Jocelyn Jee Esien, and Nitin Ganatra
  • The Enchanted Files: Hatched, by Bruce Coville, read by Matthew Frow, Jeremy Gumbs, and various
  • How to train Your Dragon: How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury, by Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant
  • The Inquisitor’s Tale: or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog, by Adam Gidwitz, read by Adam Gidwitz and various

Narration by Author

  • Dear Mr. You, by Mary-Louise Parker, read by Mary-Louise Parker
  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer, read by Amy Schumer
  • In Such Good COmpany: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox, by Carol Burnett, read by Carol Burnett
  • Larose, by Louis Erdrich, read by Louis Erdrich
  • A Lfie in Parts, by Bryan Cranston, read by Bryan Cranston
  • The View from the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman, read by Neil Gaiman


  • Blood of the Earth: Soulwood, Book 1, by Faith Hunter, read by Khristine Hvam
  • The Elementals, by Michael McDowell, read by R. C. Bray
  • Ghost Gifts, by Laura Spinella, read by Nicol Zanzarella
  • The Raven King, by Maggie Stiefvater, read by Will Patton
  • Staked, by Kevin Hearne, read by Luke Daniels

Short Story Collections

  • The Brink: Stories, by Austin Bunn, read by a full cast
  • Certain Dark Things, by M.J. Pack, read by Jacob York
  • Coffee at Luke’s, edited by Jennifer Crusie, read by Colby Elliott
  • The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke, by Arthur C. Clarke, read by Ray Porter and a full cast
  • East, West, by Salman Rushdie, read by Sunil Malhotra & Steven Crossley
  • Killer Women: Crime Club Anthology #1, by Louise Millar, Alex Marwood, Tammy Cohen, read by Clare Corbett, Adjoa Andoh, Rachel Atkins, and Carl Prekopp

Business/Personal Development

  • Capital Offenses: Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age, by Samuel W. Buell, read by L.J. Ganser
  • Humans Need Not Apply, by Jerry Kaplan, read by John Pruden
  • Shrill, by Lindy West, read by Lindy West
  • The Storyteller’s Secret, by Carmine Gallo, read by Carmine Gallo
  • Trekonomics: The Economics of Star Trek, by Manu Saadia, read by Oliver Wyman

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BAFTA Winners

The EE British Academy Film Awards 2017 Winners were announced on February 12 in London.

  • EE Bafter Rising Star: Tom Holland
  • Sound: Arrival
  • Production Design: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Animated Film: Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Special Visual Effects: The Jungle Book
  • BAFTA Fellowship: Mel Brooks

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Obituary: Robert A. Rosenberg

Fan Robert A. Rosenberg (b.1947) died on October 8, 2016. Rosenberg was active with the Lunarians, spending time as the official on-line liaison for Lunacon. A fan of anime, he worked for more than 40 years as a computer programmer. He frequently used the badgename HAL9000 at conventions.

Obituary: Edward Bryant

Author Edward Bryant (b.1945) died on February 10. Bryant broke into publishing with the short story “They Come Only in Dreams.” He was mostly known for his short fiction and won back to back Nebula Awards for “Stone” and “giAnts” in 1978 and 1979. He collaborated with Harlan Ellison on the novel Phoenix Without Ashes, based on Ellison’s script for the television show The Starlost. He served as Toastmaster for the 39th World Science Fiction convention, Denvention II, in 1981. Bryant has been in ill health for some time, although he did make a surprise appearance at the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City.