Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize

The University of California-Riverside has announced the winner of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Book Prize for 2015. The award honors an outstanding scholarly monograph that explores the intersections between popular culture, particularly science fiction, and the discourses and cultures of technoscience. This year’s winner is Mondo Nano: Fun and Games in the World of Digital Matter, by Colin Milburn.
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SFRA Winners

The winners of the SFRA Awards, presented annually by the Science Fiction Research Association, were announced at this year’s SFRA conference, June 27-30, in Liverpool, UK.

  • Pilgrim Award (for life time contributions to SF/F studies): Mark Bould
  • Pioneer Award (for outstanding essay-length work of the year): “‘Shutter-Stop Flash-Bulb Strange’: GMOs and the Aesthetics of Scale in Paolo Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl,” by Scott Selisker
  • Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service: Farah Mendlesohn
  • Mary Kay Bray Award (for the best essay, interview, or extended review in the past year’s SFRA Review): Amy Ransom
  • Student Essay Award (for best student paper presented at the previous year’s SFRA conference): Dagmar Van Engen

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Call For Papers: Spanish SF

Science Fiction Studies has issued a call for papers for a monographic issue on Spanish SF, edited by guest editors Sara Martín and Fernando Ángel Moreno. While all topics on Spanish SF will be considered, the editors are particularly interested in articles dealing with writers Gabriel Bermúdez Castillo, Rafael Marín, Rodolfo Martínez, or Javier Negrete and with SF women writers (excluding Elia Barceló). All submission should be in English, with abstracts due by March 30 and complete papers by 1 September.
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Two “New” Tolkien Poems Found

Two previously unknown poems by J. R. R. Tolkien have been found in an issue of the Abingdon Chronicle, published by Our Lady’s School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1936. References to the poems was found by Tolkien scholar Wayne Hammond, who contacted the school where a copy of the magazine was eventually discovered. One of the poems is a Christmas poem, the other was reworked into a poem appearing in The Adventures of Tom Bombadil.

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VanderMeer to be Author-in-Residence

Science fiction author Jeff VanderMeer will serve as author-in-residence at the Hobart and Williams Smith Colleges for the 2016-7 academic year. In his role there, VanderMeer will teach a Fall semester class and work with selected students during the Spring smemester. In addition, VanderMeer will reading and lecture, participate in a service event for the greater Geneva community and curate a reading series featuring Dexter Palmer, Ottessa Moshfegh and a third writer to-be-announced. The Residency is supported by The Peter Trias Endowed Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing.
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Journal of Science Fiction Debuts

The Museum of Science Fiction has debuted the first issue of its scholarly journal, Journal of Science Fiction. The first issue includes articles about Dune, Indian science fiction, science fiction by women, and Paolo Bacigalupi’s fiction.

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IAFA Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts has announced the winners of its 2016 awards and has also announced that the Graduate Student Award will be re-named the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, after the late David G. Hartwell. The winner of the Hartwell Award will be announced later.

  • Crawford Award: The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, by Kai Ashante Wilson
  • IAFA Distinguished Scholarship Award: Cristina Bacchilega
  • Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: Natacha Vas-Deyres and Patrick Bergeron
  • Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Kristy Eager

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MidAmeriCon II Call for Papers

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon in Kansas City, has issued a call for Academic Papers. This year’s Campbell Conference, normally held in Lawrence, Kansas, will take place as part of MidAmeriCon II’s progrmaming. The CFP is looking for papers on the theme “Tomorrow Is Now,” about MidAmeriCon II’s Guests of Honor, as well as other topics. Submissions are due by January 14, 2016. In addition, the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards will be presented at MidAmeriCon II.

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Obituary: Florin Manolescu

Romanian author Florin Manolescu (b.1943) died on December 13. Manolescu’s doctoral thesis, published as Literatura S.F., was the first dissertation on science fiction in Romania. From 1968-92, he taught at the University of Bucharest and then moved to Ruhr University until 2010, when he returned to Bucharest as a visiting professor. In addition to his scholarly works, Manolescu wrote numerous short stories which were collected in Misterul camerei închise, Mentaliștii, and Il Gatto e l’astronomo.

Obituary: Bruce Edwards

Bruce Edwards (b.1952) died on October 28. Edwards was a scholar of the works of C. S. Lewis and was the general editor of the multi-volume C. S. Lewis: Life, Works, and Legacy. He was nominated for a Mythopoeic Award for his study The Taste of the Pineapple: Essays on C. S. Lewis as Reader, Critic, and Imaginative Writer and wrote other books on Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia. Edwards taught for more than 30 years at Bowling Green State University.