Joshi Returns Awards

In response to the announcement that the World Fantasy Award would be retiring the bust of H.P. Lovecraft that it has been using, scholar and World Fantasy Award winner S. T. Joshi has announced that he will be returning his two awards, declining any future nominations, and refusing to attend any future World Fantasy Conventions. Joshi won the World Fantasy Award in the Special-Professional category in 2005 for scholarship and the Special-Non-Professional category in 2013 for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2. He has been nominated three additional times.

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Martin Received Medill

George R. R. Martin was inducted into the Medill Hall of Achievement on November 4 at Northwestern University, his alma mater. He was also honored on November 7 at the Northwestern football game against Penn State. The Medill Hall of Achievement was established in 1997 to honor Medill alumni whose distinctive careers have had positive impacts on their fields.
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World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 8 at World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY. This year’s judges included Gemma Files, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman. At the ceremony, David Hartwell announced the decision to discontinue the Gahan Wilson designed bust of H. P. Lovecraft in future years.

  • Novel: The Bone Clocks, by David Mitchell
  • Novella: We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Short Fiction: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, by Scott Nicolay
  • Anthology: Monstrous Affections, edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant
  • Collection (tie): Gifts for the One Who Comes After, by Helen Marshall; The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, by Angela Slatter
  • Artist: Samuel Araya
  • Special Award – Professional: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
  • Special Award – Nonprofessional: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Life Achievement Winners: Ramsey Campbell, Sheri S. Tepper

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Ignotus Award Winners

The winners of this year’s Ignotus Awards were announced at Hispacon, held this year in Grenada. The Award presentation was the weekend of October 31.

  • Novel: El mapa del caos, by Félix J. Palma
  • Novelette: Los centinelas del tiempo, by Javier Negrete
  • Story: “Casas rojas,” by Nieves Delgado
  • Anthology: Terra Nova 3, by Various authors
  • Non-Fiction: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Article: “20 autores de relatos de ciencia ficción que deberías estar leyendo,” by Elías F. Combarro
  • Illustration: Retrofuturismos, by Alejandro Colucci
  • Audiovisual Production: Los Verdhugos, by Various authors
  • Comic: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Poetry: Category canceled this year to not meeting minimum of nominations.
  • Magazine: Scifiworld
  • Foreign Novel: The Martian, by Andy Weir
  • Foreign Story: “The Player”, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Web Site: La tercera fundación, by La asociación Clitural Los Conseguidores

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Prix Utopiales Awarded

The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility. The Julia Verlanger Prize is a literary award established in 1986 which honors science fiction and fantasy novels.

  • Prix Julia Verlanger: Lum’en, by Laurent Genefort
  • Prix Extraordinaire: Manchu
  • Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Un prophète, (for the game Cthulhu by Pierre Jean-Marc Choserot
  • Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Button Factory, by Samuel Bouchet, Pierre Chabiland, Rémi Gourrierec, and Louis Godart
  • Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Les Ogres-Dieux, edited by Hubert and Bertrand Gatignol
  • Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: World of Tomorrow, by Don Hertzfeldt
  • Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Juliet, by Marc-Henri Boulier
  • Prix Canal+ – compétition internationale de courts-métrages: Portal to Hell!!!, by Vivieno Caldinelli
  • Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Évolution, by Lucile Hadzihalilovic
  • Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Moonwalkers, by Antoine Bardou-Jacquet
  • Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Humains, by Matt Haig; translated by Valérie Le Plouhinec
  • Prix Utopiales Européen: L’Autre Ville, by Michal Ajvaz; translated by Benoît Meunier

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Canopus Awards

100 Year Starship announced the winners of the inaugural Canopus Award on October 30. The award recognizes works that contribute to the excitement, knowledge, and understanding of interstellar space exploration and travel.

  • Previously Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more): InterstellarNet: Enigma, by Edward M. Lerner
  • Previously Published Short-Form Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words): “The Waves,” by Ken Liu
  • Original Fiction (1,000-5,000 words): “Everett’s Awakening,” by Yelcho
  • Original Non-Fiction (1,000-5,000 words): “Finding Earth 2.0 from the Focus of the Solar Gravitational Lens,” by Louis Friedman and Slava Turyshev

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British Fantasy Award Winners

The British Fantasy Society announced the winners of the 2015 British Fantasy Awards at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham on October 25, 2015. The winners are:

  • Best Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
  • Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): No One Gets Out Alive, by Adam Nevill
  • Best Novella: Newspaper Heart, by Stephen Volk
  • Best Short Story: “A Woman’s Place,” by Emma Newman
  • Best Collection: Nick Nightmare Investigates, by Adrian Cole
  • Best Anthology: Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, edited by Christie Yant
  • Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award): Fox Spirit Books
  • Best Non-Fiction: Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, edited by S.T. Joshi
  • Best Magazine/Periodical: Holdfast Magazine, edited by Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee
  • Best Artist: Karla Ortiz
  • Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll
  • Best Film/Television episode: Guardians of the Galaxy, by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Sarah Lotz for The Three
  • The British Fantasy Society Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award): Juliet E. McKenna

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Pegasus Award Winners

The winners for the 2015 Pegasus Award were announced at Ohio Valley Filk Festival on October 24.

  • Best Filk Song: “My Story Is Not Done,” by Seanan McGuire
  • Best Classic Filk Song: “Captain Jack & the Mermaid,” by Meg Davis
  • Best Performer: Jeff and Maya Bohnhoff
  • Best Writer/Composer: Cat Faber
  • Best Adapted Song: “Grabthar’s Silver Hammer,” by Steve Macdonald
  • Best Time-Related Song: “Precious Moments,” by Phil Allcock

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Stern and Mouly Honored

Françoise Mouly and Alan Stern will be among those honored with the American Ingenuity Award by the Smithsonian on November 12. The American Ingenuity Awards are selected by a poll of Smithsonian directors to find innovators making a difference in their fields. Mouly is being honored for her work on comics such as Raw, while Stern is being recognized as the leader of the New Horizons mission to Pluto.
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Roswell Award Deadline

The Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival has announced the deadline for the 2016 Roswell Award, for original works of short science fiction no longer than 1500 words. Five finalists will have their works read aloud during the Festival and the winner will receive a cash prize of $1,000. The deadline for submissions is January 15th, 2016.

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