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

Fantasy

  • 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

Paranormal

  • 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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Thomas Named to Endowed Professorship

Hugo Award winner Lynne M. Thomas will be named Juanita J. and Robert E. Simpson Rare Book & Manuscript Professor on April 6 at the University of Illinois. Thomas helped build up the science fiction collection at Northern Illinois University until 2017, when she took over as curator of University of Illinois. Thomas is also one of the co-editors and publishers of Uncanny.
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Tevis in KY Writers Hall of Fame

Walter Tevis, who wrote the SF novels The Man Who Fell to Earth, Mockingbird, and The Steps of the Sun as well as several short stories, was inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame on January 31. In addition to his SF, Tevis also wrote the novel The Hustler, which became the basis for the Paul Newman film of the same name.
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Sawyer Named to Order of Ontario

Canadian SF author Robert Sawyer will be one of 23 appointments into the Order of Ontario, the Canadian province’s highest honour. Sawyer, who is already a member of the Order of Canada, is the first person in the science fiction field to attain this honour. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond. Investiture will take place on February 27.
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SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Awards were presented on January 21. Although no genre works won in the film or television categories, they swept the Stunt categories.

  • Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series: Game of Thrones
  • Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture: Wonder Woman

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Peter S. Beagle Named SFWA Grand Master

SFWA has announced that Peter S. Beagle will be the 2018 Damon Knight Grand Master. Beagle may be best known for his novel The Last Unicorn, and has also explored our fascination with the mythical in The Innkeeper’s Song, A Fine and Private Place, and a wide variety of short fiction. Beagle won the Hugo and the Nebula Award for his 2005 novelette “Two Hearts.” He has won the Mythopoeic Award for his novels The Folk of the Air and Tamsin. He was nominated for a Hugo for his adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings for Ralph Bakshi’s animated version and wrote the screenplay for the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Sarek.” Beagle will receive his award at this year’s Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19.
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Oscar Nominations Announced

The nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced and winners will be presented on March 4. Nine films were nominated in the Best Picture category. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri

Actress in a Leading Role

  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Meryl Streep, The Post

Actor in a Supporting Role

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbings, Missouri

Actress in a Supporting Role

  • Mary J. Blige, Mudbound
  • Allison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
  • Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Filme

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Cinematography

  • Roger A. Deakins, Blade Funner 2019
  • Bruno Delbonnel, The Darkest Hour
  • Hoyte van Hoytema, Dunkirk
  • Rachel Morrison, Mudbound
  • Don Laustsen, The Shape of Water

Costume Design

  • Jacqueline Durran, Beauty and the Beast
  • Jacqueline Durran, The Darkest Hour
  • Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
  • Luis Sequeira, The Shape of Water
  • Consolata Boyle, Victoria & Abdul

Directing

  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Jordan Peele, Get Out
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Film Editing

  • Paul Machliss and Jonathan Amos, Baby Driver
  • Lee Smith, Dunkirk
  • Tatiana S. Riegel, I, Tonya
  • Sidney Wolinsky, The Shape of Water
  • Jon Gregory, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music (Original Score)

  • Hans Zimmer, Dunkirk
  • Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
  • Alexandre Desplay, The Shape of Water
  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Carter Burwell, Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri

Music (Original Song)

  • “Mighty River,” Music and Lyric by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq, and Taura Stinson, from Mudbound
  • “Mystery of Love,” Music and Lyric by Sufjan Stevens, from Call Me by Your Name
  • “Remember Me,” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Coco
  • “Stand Up for Something,” Music by Diane Warren, Lyric by Lonnie R. Lynn and Dianne Warren, from Marshall
  • “This Is Me,” Music and Lyric by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, from The Greatest Showman

Production Design

  • Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer, Beauty and the Beast
  • Production Design: Dennis Gassner, Set Decoration: Alessandra Querzola, Blade Runner 2049
  • Production Design: Sarah Greenwood, Set Decoration: Katie Spencer, Darkest Hour
  • Production Design: Nathan Crowley, Set Decoration: Gary Fettis Dunkirk
  • Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dear Basketball
  • Garden Party
  • Lou
  • Negative Space
  • Revolting Rhymes

Sound Editing

  • Julian Slater, Baby Driver
  • Mark Mangini and Theo Green, Blade Runner 2049
  • Richard King and Alex Gibson, Dunkirk
  • Nathan Robitaille and Nelson Ferreira, The Shape of Water
  • Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Sound Mixing

  • Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, and Mary H. Ellis, Baby Driver
  • Ron Bartlett, Doug Hemphill, and Mac Ruth, Blade Runner 2049
  • Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, and Gary A. Rizzo, Dunkirk
  • Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern, and Glen Gauthier, The Shape of Water
  • David Parker, Michael Semanick, Ren Klyce, and Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Visual Effects

  • John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049
  • Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Joanathan Fawkner, and Dan Sudick, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
  • Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, and Mike Meinardus, Kong: Skull Island
  • Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Neal Scanlan, and Chris Corbould, Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  • Joe Letteri, Daniel Barrett, Dan Lemmon, and Joel Whist, War for the Planet of the Apes

Writing (Adapted Screenplay)

  • Call My by Your Name, screenplay by James Ivory
  • The Disaster Artist, screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber
  • Logan, screenplay by Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green, story by James Mangold
  • Molly’s Game, written for the screen by Aaron Sorkin
  • Mudbound, screenplay by Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • The Big Sick, written by Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani
  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele
  • Lady Bird, written by Greta Gerwig
  • The Shape of Water, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor, story by Guillermo del Toro
  • Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri, written by Martin McDonagh

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Razzie Nominations Announced

The 38th annual Razzie Award nominations have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. The nominations are announced the day before the Oscar nominations are announced and the awards are presented the night before the Oscars are presented. Below is a complete listing of nominees.

Worst Picture

  • Baywatch
  • The Emoji Movie
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actor

  • Tom Cruise in The Mummy
  • Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Zac Efron in Baywatch
  • Mark Wahlberg in Daddy’s Home 2 and Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Actress

  • Katherine Heigl in Unforgettable
  • Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Jennifer Lawrence in mother!
  • Tyler Perry in Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
  • Emma Watson in The Circle

Worst Supporting Actor

  • Javier Bardem in mother! and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Russell Crowe in The Mummy
  • Josh Duhamel in Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Mel Gibson in Daddy’s Home 2
  • Anthony Hopkins in Collide and Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Supporting Actress

  • Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Sofia Boutella in The Mummy
  • Laura Haddock in Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Goldie Hawn in Snatched
  • Susan Sarandon in A Bad Moms Christmas

Worst Screen Combo

  • Any Combination of Two Characters, Two Sex Toys, or Two Sexual Positions in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Any Combination of Two Humans, Two Robots, or Two Explosionsin Transformers: The Last Knight
  • Any Two Obnoxious Emojis in The Emoji Movie
  • Johnny Depp and His Worn Out Drunk Routine in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Tyler Perry and Either the Ratty Old Dress or Worn Out Wig in Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween

Worst Director

  • Darren Aronofsky for mother!
  • Michael Bay for Transformers: The Last Knight
  • James Foley for Fifty Shades Darker
  • Alex Kurtzman for The Mummy
  • Anthony (Tony) Leonidis for The Emoji Movie

Worst Screenplay

  • Damian Shannon & Mark Swift for Baywatch
  • Tony Leonidis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White for The Emoji Movie
  • Niall Leonard for Fifty Shades Darker
  • David Koepp, Christopher McQuarrie, and Dylan Kussman for The Mummy
  • Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Ken Nolan for Transformers: The Last Knight

Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel

  • Baywatch
  • Boo2!: A Madea Halloween
  • Fifty Shades Darker
  • The Mummy
  • Transformers: The Last Knight

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Baen Fantasy Adventure Award

Baen Books, in conjunction with Gen Con, is running the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award. The award will be presented to an original work of epic fantasy, heroic fantasy, sword and sorcery, or contemporary fantasy no longer than 8,000 words. The submission period is January 22 through April 30, 2018. The contest will be judged by the Baen editors. The winner’s work will be published on the Baen website with the winner receiving professional pay and a selection of Baen Books.
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