Tiptree Winner and Short List

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has announced the winners of the 2017 Tiptree Award. The Award is presented for works of speculative fiction that address gender issues. The winners will be honored at Wiscon 42 the weekend of May 25-38 and will receive $1,000, a piece of artwork, and chocolate.


  • Who Runs the World? (a.k.a. The XY), by Virginia Bergin

Honor List

  • Don’t Press Charges and I Won’t Sue, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • The Devourers, by Indra Das
  • Dreadnought, by April Daniels
  • Sovereign, by April Daniels
  • An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King
  • Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
  • An unkindness of Ghosts, by Rivers Salomon
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang
  • The Red Threads of Fortune, by JY Yang

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Philip K. Dick Award Judges Named

The judges for this year’s Philip K. Dick Award have been named. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and is presented by the Philip K. Dick Trust each year at Norwescon. The award is given to recognize distinguished science fiction originally published in paperback. This year’s judges include Madeline Ashby, Brian Attebery, Christopher Brown, Rosemary Edgill, and Jason Hough.
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Sparhawk Receives O’Donnell Award

SFWA has announced that Bud Sparhawk will receive this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award on March 19 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as a director, treasurer and CFO for the organization, he has also advised the Emergency Medical Fund and the Grants Committee and established SFWA’s Financial Advisory Committee.

SFRA Awards

The Science Fiction Research Association has announced their annual awards.

  • Thomas D. Clareson Award for distinguished service: Veronica Hollinger
  • Mary Kay Bray Award for best essay, interview, or extended review to appear in the SFRA Review: Hugh C. O’Connell for his review of Jack Fennell’s Irish Science Fiction
  • Pilgrim Award for lifetime contribution to SF and Fantasy scholarship: Carl Freedman
  • Pioneer Award for best critical essay-length work of the year: Thomas Strychacz for “The Political Economy of Potato Farming in Andy Weir’s The Martian” in Science Fiction Studies
  • Student Paper Award for outstanding scholarly essay read at the annual SFRA conference: Josh Pearson, for “New Weird Frankenworlds: Speaking and Laboring Worlds in Cisco’s Internet of Everything.”
  • Honorable mention for student paper goes to Kylie Kornsnack for “Towards a Time Travel Aesthetic: Writing-between-worlds in Okorafor, Butler, and Baledosingh.”

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Bram Stoker Awards

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the winners of the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards at Stokercon in Providence, RI on March 3.

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: Ararat, by Christopher Golden
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Cold Cuts, by Robert Payne Cabeen
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: The Last Harvest, by Kim Liggett
  • Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel: Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation, by Damian Duffey and Octavia E. Butler
  • Superior Achievement in Long Fiction: Mapping the Interior, Stephen Graham Jones
  • Superior Achievement in Short Fiction: “Apocalypse Then,” by Lisa Mannetti, Lisa
  • Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection: Strange Weather, by Joe Hill
  • Superior Achievement in a Screenplay: Get Out, by Jordan Peele
  • Superior Achievement in an Anthology: Behold!: Oddities, Curiosities & Undefinable Wonders, by Doug Murano
  • Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction: Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of ‘70s and ‘80s Horror Fiction, by Grady Hendrix
  • Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection: A Collection of Nightmares, by Christina Sng

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Razzie Awards

The 38th annual Razzie Award “winners” have been announced. The Razzies are given for the worst films to hit theatres in a given year. Below is a complete listing of winners.

  • Worst Picture: The Emoji Movie
  • Worst Actor: Tom Cruise in The Mummy
  • Worst Actress: Tyler Perry in Boo 2!: A Madea Halloween
  • Worst Supporting Actor: Mel Gibson in Daddy’s Home 2
  • Worst Supporting Actress: Kim Basinger in Fifty Shades Darker
  • Worst Screen Combo: Any Two Obnoxious Emojis in The Emoji Movie
  • Worst Director: Anthony (Tony) Leonidis for The Emoji Movie
  • Worst Screenplay: Tony Leonidis, Eric Siegel, and Mike White for The Emoji Movie
  • Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel: Fifty Shades Darker

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Oscar Winners

The winners of this year’s Academy Awards were announced on March 4. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below. Depending on the categorization of The Shape of Water, this may be the first time a science fiction film (as opposed to horror or fantasy) has won the Best Picture Oscar.

  • Best Picture: The Shape of Water
  • Animated Feature Film: Coco
  • Cinematography: Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
  • Directing: Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Music (Original Score): Alexandre Desplay, The Shape of Water
  • Music (Original Song): “Remember Me,” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Coco
  • Production Design: Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water
  • Animated Short: Dear Basketball
  • Visual Effects: John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049
  • Writing (Original Screenplay): Get Out, written by Jordan Peele

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Compton Crook Nominees

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society has announced the finalists for the 2018 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award. The award is presented for the best debut SF/Fantasy/Horror novel of the year and will be presented at Balticon 52 on the weekend of May 25-28, 2018. The winner is selected by a vote of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society membership.

  • The Prey of Gods, by Nicky Drayden
  • All Our Wrong Todays, by Elan Mastai
  • The Guns Above: A Signal Airship Novel, by Robyn Bennis
  • Amatka, by Karin Tidbeck
  • Gilded Cage, by Vic James
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • Lotus Blue, by Cat Sparks

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Rebel and Phoenix Awards

The Rebel Award, Phoenix Award, and the Rubble Award, all presented at Concave 39/DeepSouthCon 56 in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Rebel and Phoenix Awards are official awards, while the Rubble is an unofficial, but traditional award. The Rebel Award is presented for service to Southern fandom by a fan. the Phoenix is given for support by a pro of Southern fandom and/or professional work reflecting positively on the South, and the Rubble is given for the fan who’s done the most to Southern Fandom.

  • Rebel Award: Rick Norwood
  • Phoenix Award: Joseph L. Green
  • Rubble Award: The broken sidewalk that resulted in con chair Claude Mills’s broken leg

Nebula Nominees Announced

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center from May 17-20.


  • Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
  • Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  • Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz


  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
  • Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker
  • Barry’s Deal, by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang


  • “Dirty Old Town,” by Richard Bowes
  • “Weaponized Math,” by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “A Human Stain,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • “Utopia, LOL?,” by Jamie Wahls
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard),” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written by Michael Schur
  • Logan, screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green
  • The Shape of Water, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written by Rian Johnson
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Exo, by Fonda Lee
  • Weave a Circle Round, by Kari Maaren
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
  • Want, by Cindy Pon

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