Bill Finger Award Recipients

Don McGregor and John Stanley will receive this year’s Bill Finger Award, presented at Comic Con International to recognize unsung writers in the comics field. Each year, the award is given to one living and one dead writer. Doyle began writing for Warren in 1971. At Marvel he wrote Black Panther and Killraven. Stanley began writing Little Lulu in the 1940s and created much f the comic’s support cast. Much of Stanley’s work was published anonymously and he left the field in the 1970s and died in 1993.

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Prix Imaginales Winners

The winners of the 2015 Prix Imaginales have been announced. The awards will be presented at Imaginales in Épinal, France on May 30. The Imaginales Awards recognizes the best works of fantasy of the year in six categories, with a prize of 1,000 euros for the first four categories and 500 euros for the last two. Winners were selected by a jury composed of Anne Besson, Jacques Grasser, Annaïg Houesnard, Jean-Claude Van Troyen, Jérôme Vincent, and Stéphane Wieser.

  • French Novel: Manesh, by Stefan Platteau,
  • Foreign Novel: Comme un conte, by Graham Joyce, translated by Louise Malagoli, (Some Kind of Fairy Tale)
  • Work for Youth: La Voie des oracles, by Estelle Faye
  • Illustration: Hélène Larbaigt for L’étrange cabaret des fées désenchantées
  • Short Story: Père-des-Pierres, by Orson Scott Card, translated by Jean-Daniel Brèque, (Stonefather)
  • Prix spécial du Jury: Vincent Ferré for the collection Lire J.R.R. Tolkien and overseeing the new translation of Seigneur des Anneaux by Daniel Lauzon.

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Duncan Wins Compton Crook

Alexandra Duncan won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for her book Salvage. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque wasbe presented to Duncan at Balticon.

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Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards were presented at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live event in Kansas City, MO on May 23. The winners are listed below.

  • Rising Star Award: Wylie Beckert
  • Grand Master Award: Scott Gustafson
  • Advertisting Gold Award: Taylor Wessling for “Barbarians: Faust”
  • Book Gold Award: Dan dos Santos for Taking Flight
  • Comics Gold Award: Audrey Benjaminsen for Bernadette, page 1
  • Concept Art Gold Award: Sung Choi for “The Parade”
  • Dimension Gold Award: Forest Rogers for “Venetian Harpy”
  • Editorial Gold Award: Tran Nguyen for “A Distressed Damsel”
  • Institutional Gold Award: Rovina Cai for “Fake It”
  • Unpublished Gold Award: Cynthia Sheppard for “Momentum”

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Aurora Award Nominations

The 2015 Aurora Award ballot for English language has been announced. Mmbers of the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association can vote between June 1 and midnight October 17. The awards will be presented at Canvention 35 in Toronto the weekend of November 20-22.

Best Novel – English

  • Echopraxia, by Peter Watts
  • The Future Falls, by Tanya Huff
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson,
  • A Play of Shadow, by Julie E. Czerneda

Best Young Adult Novel – English

  • Lockstep, by Karl Schroeder
  • Mabel the Lovelorn Dwarf, by Sherry Peters
  • Out of This World, by Charles de Lint
  • Rain, by Amanda Sun
  • Sea of Shadows, by Kelley Armstrong
  • Twist of the Blade, by Edward Willett
  • The Voices in Between, by Charlene Challenger

Best Short Fiction – English

  • “Crimson Sky,” by Eric Choi
  • “Jelly and the D-Machine,” by Suzanne Church
  • “Mecha-Jesus,” by Derwin Mak
  • “No Sweeter Art,” by Tony Pi
  • “Soul-Hungry,” by Suzanne Church

Best Poem/Song – English

  • “A Hex, With Bees,” by Tony Pi
  • “Aversions,” by Helen Marshall
  • “The Machine,” by David Clink
  • “The New Ways,” by Amal el-Mohtar
  • “The Perfect Library,” by David Clink

Best Graphic Novel – English

  • Cassie & Tonk, by Justin Currie and GMB Chomichuk
  • It Never Rains, by Kari Maaren
  • Raygun Gothic Vol. 2, by GMB Chomichuk
  • Treadwell, by Dominic Bercier
  • Trillium, by Jeff Lemire

Best Related Work – English

  • Elements: A Collection of Speculative Fiction, by Suzanne Church
  • Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall
  • Lackington’s Speculative Prose, edited by Ranylt Richildis
  • On Spec, published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society
  • Strange Bedfellows, edited by Hayden Trenholm, Bundoran Press

Best Artist

  • James Beveridge, cover for Tantamount and Out Dweller
  • Erik Mohr, cover for The Door in the Mountain and ChiZine Publications
  • Derek Newman-Stille, cover for Elephants and Omnibuses
  • Dan O’Driscoll, covers for Bundoran Press and On Spec
  • Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk & Steve Fahnestalk, “Walking on the Moon”, cover for On Spec, No. 95 (Vol. 25 No. 4),

Best Fan Publication

  • Broken Toys, edited by Taral Wayne
  • Ecdysis, edited by Jonathan Crowe
  • Pubnites & Other Events, edited by Yvonne Penney
  • Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron
  • Speculating Canada, edited by Derek Newman-Stille

Best Fan Music

  • Brooke Abbey, Weirdness from 2014
  • Copy Red Leader, Crossing the Streams CD
  • Debs & Errol (Deborah Linden and Errol Elumir), OVFF Concert
  • Kari Maaren, YouTube Channel
  • Stone Dragons, Dream of Flying CD

Best Fan Organizational

  • Sandra Kasturi, Chair, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Toronto
  • Derek Künsken, Farrell McGovern, Caycee Price and Elizabeth Buchan-Kimmerly, Executive, Can*Con 2014, Ottawa
  • Randy McCharles, Chair, When Words Collide, Calgary
  • Matt Moore, Marie Bilodeau and Nicole Lavigne, Co-chairs, Chiaroscuro Reading Series: Ottawa
  • Alana Otis-Wood and Paul Roberts, Co-chairs, Ad Astra Convention, Toronto

Best Fan Related Work

  • R. Graeme Cameron, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Steve Fahnestalk, weekly column in Amazing Stories Magazine
  • Kevin B. Madison, Thunder Road Trip
  • Derek Newman-Stille, Speculating, Canada on Trent Radio 92.7 FM
  • Lloyd Penney, fan writing for fanzines and e-zines

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Scribe Award Nominations

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2014. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – GENERAL

  • 24: Deadline, by James Swallow
  • Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood, by Don Bain
  • Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  • Homeland: Saul’s Game, by Andrew Kaplan
  • The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, by Karen Dionne

BEST ORIGINAL NOVEL – SPECULATIVE

  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, by Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • Grimm: Chopping Block, by John Passarella
  • Star Trek: Disavowed, by David Mack
  • Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise, by Greg Cox
  • Grimm: The Killing Time, by Tim Waggoner
  • Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, by James Sutter
  • Fringe: Sins of the Father, by Christa Faust

ADAPTED NOVEL – GENERAL AND SPECULATIVE

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Alex Irvine
  • Noah, by Mark Morris
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath, by Adam Whitlach

YOUNG ADULT – ALL GENRES, ORIGINAL AND ADAPTED

  • Spirit Animals: Blood Ties, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
  • Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident, by Jennifer Brozak
  • Penguins of Madagascar, by Tracey West

SHORT STORIES

  • Pathfinder: “Hunter’s Folly,” by Josh Vogt
  • Mike Hammer: “It’s in the Book,” by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
  • Stargate: “Perceptions,” by Diana Botsford
  • Pathfinder: “Queen Sacrifice,” by Steven Savile
  • Tales of Valdemar: “Written in the Wind,” by Jennifer Brozek

AUDIO

  • Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow, by Nev Fountain
  • Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat, by Mark Thomas Passmore
  • Blake’s 7: Fortuitis, by George Mann
  • Doctor Who: Iterations of I, by John Dorney
  • Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders, by Cavan Scott
  • International Association of Media Tie-In Writers 2015 Faust Award: Terrance Dicks

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SLF Working Class Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that Nino Cipri has been awarded the Working Class Grant. The $750 award supports any purpose that the writer wishes to benefit their work. Cipri currently works for bicycle sharing company Divvy in Chicago and has recently completed the Clarion Writers Workshop. Cipri’s writing has appeared or will appear in Tor.com, Fireside Fiction, Betwixt, Daily Science Fiction, The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, and The Eunoia Review.

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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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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.

Novel

  • 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

Novelette

  • 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

Story

  • 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

Anthology

  • 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

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

  • 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

Illustration

  • 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

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

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

Magazine

  • 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

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