Clarke Award Winner

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during Sci-Fi-London. This year, the award included a prize of £2015. The winner is Emily St. John Mandel for the novel Station Eleven.

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Finlay Inducted Into Society of Illustrators

Virgil Finlay has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. Finlay was one of the per-eminent illustrators in the science fiction field, his work appearing in Weird Tales, Startling Stories, Thrilling Wonder, Captain Future, Strange Stories, and other magazines. In 1953, Finlay won the first Hugo Award for Interior Illustrator and he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2012. Last year, in honor of the centennial of his birth, The Collectors’ Book of Virgil Finlay was published by American Fantasy Press.

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Locus Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Locus Award, based on votes from Locus readers, have been announced. The winner will be announced in Seattle during the weekend of June 26-28, 2015.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • Lock In, by John Scalzi
  • Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer

Fantasy Novel

  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear
  • City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman
  • The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

Young Adult Book

  • Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry, by Gail Carriger
  • Empress of the Sun, by Ian McDonald
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix

First Novel

  • Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias
  • The Clockwork Dagger, by Beth Cato
  • The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert
  • The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley


  • “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Lightning Tree,” by Patrick Rothfuss


  • “Tough Times All Over,” by Joe Abercrombie
  • “The Hand Is Quicker,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Memorials,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Jar of Water,” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” by Scott Lynch

Short Story

  • “Covenant,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “The Dust Queen,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Truth About Owls,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “In Babelsberg,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Ogres of East Africa,” by Sofia Samatar


  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox & Daniel José Older
  • Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Questionable Practices, by Eileen Gunn
  • The Collected Short Fiction Volume One: The Man Who Made Models, by R.A. Lafferty
  • Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake
  • Academic Exercises, by K.J. Parker
  • The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine: The Millennium Express, by Robert Silverberg


  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed


  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Jim Burns
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Ray Bradbury Unbound, by Jonathan Eller
  • Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, by Harry Harrison
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948-1988, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton

Art Book

  • The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal, by Jim Burns
  • The Art of Neil Gaiman, by Hayley Campbell
  • Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales, by by Brian & Wendy Froud
  • The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, by Ron Miller

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Ursa Major Awards

The winners of the tenth annual Ursa Major Awards for the best in anthropomorphic/”funny animal” literature and art first published during 2014 were announced at Morphicon In Columbus, Ohio on Friday, May 1.

  • Best Motion Picture: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best Dramatic Series or Short Work: “Furry Force”
  • Best Novel: Off the Beaten Path, by Rukis
  • Best Short Fiction: “When a Cat Loves a Dog,” by Mary E. Lowd
  • Best Other Literary Work: Blacksad: Amarillo, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
  • Best Graphic Story: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
  • Best Comic Strip: Housepets!, by Rick Griffin
  • Best Magazine: In-Fur-Nation, edited by Rod O’Riley
  • Best Published Illustration: “SabretoothedErmine,” cover of Midwest FurFest 2014 convention book
  • Best Game: Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire
  • Best Website: FurAffinity

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Klages Retires from Tiptree Auctions

After 20 years of being the auctioneer for the James Tiptree, Jr. Awards fundraiser at Wiscon, Ellen Klages has announced her retirement. Klages explains that mundane aging, as well as a back injury, have convinced her it it time to turn the auctioneering over to someone else.

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Rondo Hatton Awards

The thirteenth annual Rondo Hatton Awards were announced by the Classic Horror Film Board. More than 3100 voters took part in on-line voting to select the winners. The Rondo Hatton Award is named for the actor who appeared in numerous horror films over the course of his career. The awards recognizethe best in classic horror research, creativity, and film preservation.

  • Best Film of 2014: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Best TV Presentation: The Walking Dead: ‘The Grove’
  • Best Classic DVD of 2014: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
  • Best Classic DVD/BLU-RAY Collection: Batman: The Complete Television Series
  • Best Restoration: Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
  • Best Commentary: Clive Barker and Mark Alan Miller for Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut
  • Best DVD Extra: Phantom of the Paradise: Paul Williams and Guillermo del Toro
  • Best Independent Film: What We Do in the Shadows, directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi
  • Best Short Film: The Mill at Calder’s End , directed by Kevin McTurk
  • Best Documentary Feature: Jodorowsky’s Dune, directed by Frank Pavich
  • Book(s) of the Year (tie): The Creature Chronicles , by Tom Weaver with David Schecter and Steve Kronenberg; The Outer Limits at 50, by David J. Schow with Ted C. Rypel
  • Best Magazine: Rue Morgue
  • Best Magazine (classic): Famous Monsters
  • Best Article: “The Complete Godzilla Chronology, 1954-2004,” by August Ragone, Famous Monsters #275
  • Best Interview (Award goes to interviewer): Chris Alexander interview with Werner Herzog, Fangoria #334
  • Best Overall Issue: Diaboloque #22 (Childbirth, family and horror)
  • Best Column: “Diary of the Deb,” by Debbie Rochon
  • Best Cover: Fangoria #330 by Nick Percival
  • Best Website: Joe Dante’s Trailers from Hell
  • Best Horror Blog: Dr. Gangrene’s Mad Blog
  • Best Convention of 2014: Monsterpalooza
  • Best Fan Event: Evil Dead Cast Reunioin at Horrorhound Weekend
  • Favorite Horror Host: Svengoolie
  • Best Horror Comic Book: The Walking Dead, by Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard
  • Best Horror Multi-Media or Podcast: Monster Kid Radio
  • Best CD: Original Godzilla Soundtrack
  • Best Toy, Model, or Collectible: Creature, Universal Monsters Select
  • Classic Most in Need of Release, Upgrade, or Restoration: I Was a Teenage Werewolf/Frankenstein (both films)
  • Writer of the Year: Max Weinstein (Diabolique editor)
  • Artist of the Year: Bob Eggleton
  • Linda Miller Award for Fan Artist of the Year: William C. Cope
  • Reviewer of the Year: Mark D. Clark (Monsters from the Vault)
  • Henry Alvarez Award for Creative Design: Sculptor Mike Hillhillwolf
  • International Fan of the Year: Nigel Honeybone (Australia)
  • Monster Kid of the Year: Frank J. Dello Stritto
  • The Monster Kid Hall of Fame: Michael Weldon, Jose Mojica Marins, Garry Don Rhodes, and Sara Karloff

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Schubert Withdraws from Hugo Ballot

Edmund R. Schubert, the editor of Intergalactic Medicine Show, has announced his decision to withdraw himself from the Best Editor – Short Form category on this year’s Hugo ballot. Schubert is now the fourth nominee to withdraw since the ballot went live.

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Prometheus Award Finalists

This year’s nominees for the Prometheus Award have been announced. The awards are presented by the Libertarian Futurist Society and winners will be announced in August at Sasquan, which will be held in Spokane. The Hall of Fame inductee and Lifetime Achievement inductee were previously announced and will be presented at Marcon 50.

Prometheus Awards

  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • Raising Steam, by Terry Pratchett
  • A Better World, by Marcus Sakey
  • Influx, by Daniel Suarez

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ESFS Awards

The winners of the 2015 European Science Fiction Society Awards were announced April 26 at the 37th Eurocon, in St. Petersburg. The Hall of Fame awards are awarded to people who have had an impact both inside and outside their native country. The Spirit of Dedication awards are presented for works and performances produced since the previous Eurocon.

European Grand Master: Eugene Lukin

Hall of Fame

  • Best Author: China Miéville – United Kingdom
  • Best Artist: Manchu – France
  • Best Publisher: Gollancz – United Kingdom
  • Best Magazine: Fantastica Almanac – Bulgaria
  • Best Translator: Ekaterina Dobrohotova-Majkova – Russia
  • Best Promoter of Science Fiction: Mihaela Marika Perkovic’ – Croatia

Spirit of Dedication:

  • Artist: Serhiy Krykun – Ukraine
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Song of the Sea – Ireland
  • Best SF Website: Europa SF – Romania
  • Best Fanzine: Pritiazhenie – Russia
  • Best Creator of Children’s Science Fiction or Fantasy Books: (tie) Ruth F. Long – Ireland; Anton Lomaev – Russia

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Call for Parsec Nominations

The Parsec Awards, given for excellence in science fiction podcasting, are open for nominations. The award was founded in 2005 and is presented annually at Dragon*Con. Nominations in 15 categories are open until May 31.

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