Sir Julius Vogel Nominees

The nominations for the 2018 Sir Julius Vogel Awards have been announced. The awards are given annually by The Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand (SFFANZ) for excellence in science fiction and fantasy by New Zealanders and New Zealand residents. This year’s awards will be presented at Conclave 3.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • In the Earth’s Embrace, by J.C. Hart
  • Bastet’s daughters, by Lyn McConchie
  • Tyche’s Flight, by Richard Parry
  • Hounds of the Underworld, by Dan Rabarts & Lee Murray
  • Starlight’s Children, by Darian Smith

Best Youth Novel

  • Earthcore: RotoVegas, by Grace Bridges
  • The Locksmith, by Barbara Howe
  • A Dash of Belladonna, by J. rackham
  • The Kahutahuta, by Douglas A. Van Belle
  • The Traitor and the Thief, by Gareth Ward

Best Novella / Novelette

  • “The Meiosis of Cells and Exile,” by Octavia Cade
  • Standard Hollywood Depravity, by Adam Christopher
  • Beautiful Abomination, by Frances Duncan
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, by Simon Petrie
  • Blood Money, by Chris Underwood

Best Short Story

  • “Earthcore: Initiation,” by Grace Bridges
  • “SyrenSong,” by A.C. Buchanan
  • “The Stone Weta,” by Octavia Cade
  • “From the Womb of the Land, Our Bones Entwined,” by A.J. Fitzwater
  • “Crimson Birds of Small Miracles,” by Sean Monaghan

Best Collected Work

  • Mariah’s Prologues, by Grace Bridges
  • Once Upon a Southern Star: A Collection of Retold Fairy Tales, edited by Shelley Chappell

Best Professional Artwork

  • Story posterfor Earthcore: Initiation, by Grace Bridges
  • Cover artwork for Teleport, by Kate Strawbridge
  • Cover artwork for Beneath Broken Waves, by Kate Strawbridge
  • Cover artwork for The Madman’s Bridge, Patrick McDonald
  • Cover artwork for In the Earth’s Embrace, by Kate Strawbridge

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • Mistlands, by Laya Rose
  • Breach

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • The Changeover, directed by Stuart McKenzie and Miranda Harcourt, produced by Emma Slade
  • The Cul de Sac, Season 2
  • One Thousand Ropes, directed by Tusi Tamasese

Best New Talent

  • Barbara Howe
  • Mark Johnson
  • J. Rackham
  • Gareth Ward

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Lexicon Convention Booklet, produced by Darusha Wehm
  • Phoenixine, edited by John and Lynelle Howell
  • Summer Star Trek: Journey to Babel

Best Fan Writing

  • Alex Lindsay for “SITREP,” Published in Phoenxine
  • Jo Toon, For “Pass the Rules,” Published in Phoenixzine

Best Fan Artwork

  • John Toon, Contributions to Phoenixzine and the 2017 Lexicon Convention Booklet

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Andi Buchanan
  • Darian Smith

Services To Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth

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Aurealis Nominees

The 2017 Aurealis Awards shortlist has been announced. The winners will be announced the weekend of March 29-April 2 in Perth, Australia at Swancon. The Aurealis Awards are given out annual for excellence in Australian speculative fiction.

Best Science Fiction Novel

  • Closing Down, by Sally Abbott
  • Terra Nullius, by Claire G. Coleman
  • Year of the Orphan, by Daniel Findlay
  • An Uncertain Grace, by Krissy Kneen
  • From the Wreck, by Jane Rawson
  • Lotus Blue, by Cat Sparks

Best Science Fiction Novella

  • “This Silent Sea,” by Stephanie Gunn
  • “I Can See the Ending,” by Will Kostakis
  • “The Wandering Library,” by D.K. Mok
  • “Island Green,” by Shauna O’Meara
  • Matters Arising from the Identification of the Body, by Simon Petrie
  • Girl Reporter, by Tansy Rayner Roberts

Best Science Fiction Short Story

  • “The Missing Years,” by Lyn Battersby
  • “A Little Faith,” by Aiki Flinthart
  • “Cards and Steel Hearts,” by Pamela Jeffs
  • “One Small Step,” by Amie Kaufman
  • “Conversations with an Armoury,” by Garth Nix
  • “Hurk + Dav,” by Alfie Simpson

Best Fantasy Novel

  • Crossroads of Canopy, by Thoraiya Dyer
  • Gwen, by Goldie Goldbloom
  • Cassandra, by Kathryn Gossow
  • Godsgrave, by Jay Kristoff
  • Gap Year In Ghost Town, by Michael Pryor
  • Wellside, by Robin Shortt

Best Fantasy Novella

  • The Book Club, by Alan Baxter
  • “Remnants,” by Nathan Barrage
  • “The Cunning Woman’s Daughter,” by Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins
  • In Shadows We Fall, by Devin Madson
  • “Braid,” by Kirstyn McDermott
  • Humanity for Beginners, by Faith Mudge

Best Fantasy Short Story

  • “Hamelin’s Graves,” by Freya Marske
  • “The Curse is Come Upon Me, Cried,” by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “The Little Mermaid, in Passing,” by Angela Slatter
  • “Duplicity,” by J. Ashley Smith
  • “The Rainmaker Goddess, Hallowed Shaz,” by Marlee Jane Ward
  • “Oona Underground,” by Lili Wilkinson

Best Horror Novel

  • Aletheia, by J.S. Breukelaar
  • Who’s Afraid Too?, by Maria Lewis
  • Soon, by Lois Murphy

Best Horror Novella

  • The Mailman, by Jeremy Bates
  • Hope and Walker, by Andrew Cull
  • “Grind”, Michael Grey
  • “The Stairwell,” by Chris Mason
  • “No Good Deed”, Angela Slatter
  • “Furtherest”, Kaaron Warren

Best Horror Short Story

  • “Reef,” by Kat Clay
  • “Outside, a Drifter,” by Lisa L. Hannett
  • “Angel Hair,” byDeborah Sheldon
  • “The Endless Below,” by Alfie Simpson
  • “Old Growth,” by J. Ashley Smith
  • “On the Line,” by J. Ashley Smith

Best Young Adult Novel

  • In The Dark Spaces, by Cally Black
  • Ida, by Alison Evans
  • Frogkisser!, by Garth Nix
  • This Mortal Coil, by Emily Suvada
  • Psynode, by Marlee Jane Ward
  • The Undercurrent, by Paula Weston

Best Young Adult Short Story

  • “One Small Step,” by Amie Kaufman
  • “I Can See the Ending,” by Will Kostakis
  • “Competition Entry #349,” by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • “First Casualty,” by Michael Pryor
  • Girl Reporter, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • “Oona Underground,” by Lili Wilkinson

Best Children’s Fiction

  • How to Bee, by Bren MacDibble
  • The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone, by Jaclyn Moriarty
  • The Shop at Hoopers Bend, by Emily Rodda
  • The Exile, by Jo Sandhu
  • Accidental Heroes, by Lian Tanner
  • Nevermoor, by Jessica Townsend

Best Collection

  • The Birdcage Heart & Other Strange Tales, by Peter M. Ball
  • The Silver Well, by Kate Forsyth & Kim Wilkins
  • Beneath the Floating City, by Donna Maree Hanson
  • Singing My Sister Down and Other Stories, by Margo Lanagan
  • Please Look After This Angel & Other Winged Stories, by Tansy Rayner Roberts
  • Perfect Little Stitches and Other Stories, by Deborah Sheldon

Best Anthology

  • Midnight Echo #12, edited Shane Jiraiya Cummings & Anthony Ferguson
  • The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2015, edited Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene
  • Dimension6: Annual Collection 2017, edited Keith Stevenson
  • Infinity Wars, edited Jonathan Strahan
  • The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 11, edited by Jonathan Strahan

Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work

  • Action Tank, by Mike Barry
  • Dungzilla, byJames Foley
  • Tintinnabula, by Margo Lanagan
  • Giants, Trolls, Witches, Beasts, by Craig Phillips
  • Changing Ways: Book 3, by Justin Randall
  • Home Time, by Campbell Whyte

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IAFA Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced the winners of three of the awards which will be presented during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL during the weekend of March 14-18. A fourth award, the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, will have the winner announced at the banquet.

  • William A. Crawford Fantasy Award: Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: Guangyi Li
  • Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Peter Adrian Behravesh

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BSFA Finalists

The British Science Fiction Association has announced the nominees for this year’s BSFA Awards, to be presented on the evening of Saturday, April 1, at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, during Follycon, the 69th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon).

Best Novel

  • The Rift, by Nina Allen
  • Dreams Before the Start of Time, by Anne Charnock
  • Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid
  • Provenance, by Ann Lecki

Best Shorter Fiction

  • “The Enclave,” by Anne Charnock
  • “These Constellations Will Be Yours,” by Elaine Cuyegkeng
  • “Uncanny Valley,” by Greg Egan
  • “Angular Size,” by Geoff Nelder
  • “The Murders of Molly Southbourne,” by Tade Thompson

Best Non-Fiction

  • Iain M. Banks, by Paul Kincaid
  • “The Myth of Meritocracy and the Reality of the Leaky Pipe and Other Obstacles in Science Fiction & Fantasy,” by Juliet E McKenna
  • Wells at the World’s End, by Adam Roberts
  • The 2017 Shadow Clarke Award blog, by Shadow Clarke Award jurors
  • The Unthinkability of Climate Change: Thoughts on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement, by Vandana Singh

Best Artwork

  • Sundown Towns, by Geneva Benton
  • Cover for The Ion Raider, by Jim Burns
  • Illustration for “These Constellations Will Be Yours,” by Galen Dara
  • Cover for The Memoirist, by Chris Moore
  • Illustration for “Waiting on a Bright Moon,” by Victo Ngai
  • Cover for 2084, by Marcin Wolski

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Cybil Award Winners

The winnners for the 2017 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.

  • Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Where’s Halmoni?, by Julie Kim
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels: Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Scythe, by Neal Shusterman

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Dozois, Williams Receive Solstice Award

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gardner Dozois and Sheila Williams will receive the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award to honor their editing careers in support of science fiction and fantasy. The award will be presented at the 53rd Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, May 17th-20th, 2018.
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DUFF Race Live

Paul Weimer and Clare McDonald-Sims, the DUFF administrators, have announced that this year’s Down Under Fan Fund (DUFF) race is now open for voting. The winner (may) travel to Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA from August 19-20. For the third year in a row, The race only has one nominee, however voting remains important as a means of raising the necessary funds to keep DUFF a continuing concern. Votes will be accepted until March 31, 2017.

The candidate is:

Prometheus Hall of Fame Nominees

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Hall of Fame Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced later in the year, along with the Prometheus Awards, at a major science fiction convention.

Hall of Fame

  • “As Easy as A.B.C.,” by Rudyard Kipling
  • “Conquest by Default,” by Vernor Vinge
  • The Island Worlds, by Eric Kotani and John Maddox Roberts
  • “Starfog,” by Poul Anderson
  • “With Folded Hands…,” by Jack Williamson

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Audie Nominees

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 May 31, 2018, at the New York Historical Society. Following is a list of those categories with nominees of genre interest:

Best Female Narrator

  • The Alice Network, by Kate Quinn, narrated by Saskia Maarleveld
  • Anne of Green Gables, by Lucy Maud Montgomery, narrated by Rachel McAdams
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, by Jennifer Lynch, narrated by Sheryl Lee
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles


  • Red Sister, by Mark Lawrence, narrated by Heather O’Neil
  • The Refrigerator Monologues, by Catherynne M. Valente, narrated by Karis A. Campbell
  • Skullsworn, by Brian Stavely, narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Snake Eyes, by John Conroe, narrated by James Patrick Cronin
  • Spellmonger, by Terry Mancour, narrated by John Lee
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss, narrated by Kate Reading

Literary Fiction and Classics

  • Beast, by Paul Kingsnorth, narrated by Simon Vance
  • Daisy Miller, by Henry James, narrated by Kitty Hendrix
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker, narrated by Nick Sandys
  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast
  • House of Names, by Colm Toibin, narrated by Juliet Stevenson
  • Phineas Finn, by Anthony Trollope, narrated by David Shaw-Parker

Multi-Voiced Performance

  • Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders, narrated by George Saunders, Nick Offerman, David Sedaris, and 163 others
  • Restart, by Gordon Korman, narrated by Jonathan Todd Ross, Laura Knight Keating, Ramon de Ocampo, Andy Paris, Suzy Jackson, Graham Halstead, and John Kroft
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins, narrated by Alma Cuervo, Robin Miles, and Julia Whelan
  • , by Lisa See, narrated by Ruthie Ann Miles, Kimiko Glenn, and others
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood

Narration by the Author or Authors

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, by Trevor Noah
  • Nikki Giovanni: Love Poems & a Good Cry, by Nikki Giovanni
  • Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
  • This Fight Is Our Fight, by Elizabeth Warren

Original Work

  • The Handmaid’s Tale: Special Edition, by Margaret Atwood and Valerie Martin, narrated by Claire Danes, Margaret Atwood, and a full cast
  • Mother Go, by James Patrick Kelly, narrated by January LaVoy
  • Nevertheless We Persisted, edited by Tanya Eby, narrated by Amy Landon, Amy McFadden, Bailey Carr, Cat Gould, Christa Lewis, Deepti Gupta, Emily Beresford, Emily Sutton-Smith, Erin Bennett, Erin Mallon, Gina Dawe Weaver, Gracie Greenbaum, Julie McKay, Lauren Ezzo, Lauri Jo Daniels, James Patrick Cronin, Janina Edwards, Karen White, Kate Rudd, Nancy Wagner, Nicol Zanzarella, Mark Kamish, Paul Heitsch, Sarah Mollo-Christensen, Sue Pitkin, and Tanya Eby
  • Rebuttal, by Jyotsna Hariharan, narrated by Phoebe Strole, Michael Crouch, Nina Mehta, Peter Ganim, and Dan Bittner
  • Romeo and Juliet: A Novel, by David hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage


  • Curse on the Land: Soulwood, Book 2, by Faith Hunter, narrated by Khristine Hvam
  • Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, by Darynda Jones, narrated by Lorelei King
  • Finding My Pack, by Lane Whitt, narrated by Cooper North and Aletha George
  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, edited by Jonathan Maberry and George A. Romero, narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Rex Linn, Gabrielle de Cuir, Adenrele Ojo, Richard Gilliland, Ray Porter, Kristoffer Tabori, and Kasey Lansdale
  • Silver Silence, by Nalini Singh, narrated by Angela Dawe

Science Fiction

  • Battlefront II: Inferno Squad, by Christie Golden, narrated by Janina Gavankar
  • New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson, narrated by Suzanne Toren, Robin Miles, Peter Ganim, Jay Snyder, Caitlin Kelly, Michael Crouch, Ryan Vincent Anderson, Christopher Ryan Grant, and Robert Blumenfeld
  • Provenance, by Ann Leckie, narrated by Adjoa Andoh
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin, narrated by Robin Miles
  • The X-Files: Cold Cases, by Joe Harris, Chris Carter, and Dirk Maggs, narrated by David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis, Tom Braidwood, Dean Haglund, and Bruce Harwood

Short Stories/Collections

  • Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, narrated by Robin Miles
  • Good Behavior, by Blake Crouch, narrated by Blake Crouch and Julia Whelan
  • The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic, by Leigh Bardugo, narrated by Lauren Fortgang
  • Tales of Ordinary Madness, by Charles Bukowski, edited by Gail Chiarrello, narrated by Will Patton
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, written and narrated by Sherman Alexie

Young Adult

  • Before the Devil Breaks You, by Libba Bray, narrated by January LaVoy
  • Disappeared, by Francisco X. Stork, narrated by Roxana Ortega and Christian Barillas
  • The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, narrated by Bahni Turpin
  • Solo, by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess, narrated by Kwame Alexander
  • You Bring the Distant Near, by Mitali Perkins, narrated by Sneha Mathan, Shivali Bhammer, Priya Ayyar, and others

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Stoker Award Nominations

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the nominees for the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards. The winners will be announced at Stokercon in Providence, RI on March 3, 2018.

Superior Achievement in a Novel

  • Ararat, by Christopher Golden
  • Sleeping Beauties, by Steven King and Owen King
  • Black Mad Wheel, by Josh Malerman
  • I Wish I Was Like You, by S.P. Miskowski
  • Ubo, by Steve Rasnic Tem

Superior Achievement in a First Novel

  • Cold Cuts, by Robert Payne Cabeen
  • In the Valley of the Sun, by Andy Davidson
  • What Do Monsters Fear?, by Matt Hayward, Matt
  • The Boulevard Monster, by Jeremy Hepler
  • Kill Creek, by Scott Thomas

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel

  • The Door to January, by Gillian French
  • Hellworld, by Tom Leveen
  • The Last Harvest, by Kim Liggett
  • The Ravenous, by Amy Lukavics
  • When I Cast Your Shadow, by Sarah Porter

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel

  • Darkness Visible, by Mike Carey and Ethan David Arvind
  • Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler
  • My Favorite Thing is Monsters, by Emil Ferris
  • The Black Monday Murders, by Jonathan Hickman
  • Monstress Volume 2: The Blood , by Marjorie Liu

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction

  • Faking it Until Forever Comes (Liars, Fakers, and the Dead Who Eat Them), by Scott Edelman
  • Mapping the Interior, by Stephen Graham Jones
  • Agents of Dreamland, by Caitlin R. Kiernan
  • Sweetlings, by Lucy Taylor
  • A Kiss of Thorns, by Tim Waggoner

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction

  • “I Will Be the Reflection Until the End,” by Michael Bailey
  • “A Song Left Behind in the Aztakea Hills,” by James Chambers
  • “Apocalypse Then,” by Lisa Mannetti
  • “So Sings the Siren,” by Annie Neugebauer
  • “Loving You Darkly”, by Mercedes M. Yardley

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection

  • Strange Weather, by Joe Hill
  • And Her Smile Will Untether the Universe, by Gwendolyn Kiste
  • Goblin, by Josh Malerman
  • The Carp-Faced Boy and Other Tales, by Thersa Matsuura
  • Writing Madness, by Patrick McGrath

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay

  • The Shape of Water, by Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor
  • Stranger Things: MadMax, Episode 02:01: Chapter One, by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer
  • Twin Peaks, Part 8, by Mark Frost and David Lynch
  • It , by Chase Palmer, Cary Fukunaga, and Gary Dauberman
  • Get Out, by Jordan Peele
  • Split, by M. Night Shyamalan

Superior Achievement in an Anthology

  • Sycorax’s Daughters, by Kinitra Brooks, Kinitra, PhD., Linda D. Addison, and Susana Morris, PhD.
  • Black Feathers: Dark Avian Tales: An Anthology, by Ellen Datlow
  • Nights of the Living Dead: An Anthology, by JOnathan Maberry and George A. Romero
  • The Beauty of Death Vol. 2: Death by Water, by Alessandro Manzetti and Jodi Renee Lester
  • Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders, by Doug Murano

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction

  • Horror in Space: Critical Essays on a Film Subgenre, by Michele Brittany
  • Searching for Sycorax: Black Women’s Hauntings of Contemporary Horror, by Kinitra D. Brooks
  • Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction, by Grady Hendrix
  • The Art of Horror Movies: An Illustrated History, by Stephen Jones
  • Where Nightmares Come From: The Art of Storytelling in the Horror Genre, by Joe Mynhardt and Eugene Johnson

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection

  • Visions of the Mutant Rain Forest, by Robert Frazier and Bruce Boston
  • No Mercy, by Alessandro Manzetti
  • Satan’s Sweethearts, by Marge Simon and Mary Turzillo
  • A Collection of Nightmares, by Christina Sng
  • Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare, by Stephanie M. Wytovich

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