Critics Choice Award

The Critics’ Choice Award winners were announced on January 11 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. In addition to the categories listed below, Gal Gadot received a previously announced #SeeHer Award presented by the Association of National Advertisers. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below


  • Best Picture: The Shape of Water
  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Cinematrography: Roger Deakins for Blade Runner 2049
  • Best Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Shane Vieau, Jeff Melvin for The Shape of Water
  • Best Visual Effects: War for the Planet of the Apes
  • Best Animated Feature: Coco
  • Best Action Movie: Wonder Woman
  • Best Song: “Remember Me” from Coco
  • Best Score: Alexandre Desplat for The Shape of Water


  • Best Actor in a Comedy Series: Ted Danson in The Good Place
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory
  • Best Drama Series: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Actress in a Drama Series: Elisabeth Moss in The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: David Harbour in Stranger Things
  • Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Ann Dowd in The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Animated Series:Rick and Morty

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Philip K. Dick Award Nominees

The nominees for the Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for best paperback original book by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust, have been announced. The winner will be announced on Friday, March 30 at Norwescon 41 in Seatac, WA. The 2017 judges are Deborah J. Ross, Robert Onopa, James Stoddard, Amy Thomson, and Rick Wilber.

  • The Book of Etta, by Meg Elison
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
  • After the Flare, by Deji Bryce Olukotun
  • The Wrong Stars, by Tim Pratt
  • Revenger, by Alastair Reynolds
  • Bannerless,by Carrie Vaughan
  • All Systems Red,by Martha Wells

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Golden Globe Winners

The Golden Globe Awards were presented on January 7 by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. The Golden Globes honor both film and television. This year’s winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Best Director: Guillermo del Toro for The Shape of Water
  • Best Original Score in a Motion Picture: Alexander Desplat for The Shape of Water
  • Best Animated Film: Coco
  • Best TV Series – Drama: The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Best Performance by an Actress is a TV Series – Drama: Elisabeth Moss for June Osborne in The Handmaid’s Tale

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Salam Award Judges

Elizabeth Hand, Anil Menon, and E. Lily Yu have been named as the judges for the 2018 Salam Award. The Salam Award is presented annually to help promote science fiction and related genres in Pakistan. It is named for Dr. Abdus Salam.
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Cybil Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Cybil Literary Award for Elementary and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction have been announced. The awards recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. Speculative Fiction and Graphic Novel categories are listed below. The winners will be announced on February 14.

Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels

  • Pashmina, by Nidhi Chanani
  • Real Friends, by Shannon Hale, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • Suee and the Shadow, by Ginger Ly, illustrated by Molly Park
  • The Big Bad Fox, by Benjamin Renner
  • The Dam Keeper, by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi
  • Where’s Halmoni?, by Julie Kim

Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

  • A Face Like Glass, by Frances Hardinge
  • A Properly Unhaunted Place, by William Alexander
  • Last Day on Mars, by Kevin Emerson
  • Miss Ellicott’s School for the Magically Minded, by Sage Blackwood
  • Spirit Huners, by Ellen Oh
  • The Countdown Conspiracy, by Katie Slivensky
  • The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis

Young Adult Graphic Novels

  • Buddha: An Enlightened Life, by Kieron Moore, illustrated by Rajesh Nagulakonda
  • New Super-Man Vol. 1: Made in China, by Gene Luen Yang, illustrated by Viktor Bogdanovic
  • Soupy Leaves Home, by Cecil Castellucci, illustrated by Jose Pimienta
  • Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Spinning, by Tillie Walden
  • Tyson Hesse’s Diesel: Ignition, by Tyson Hesse

Young Adult Speculative Fiction

  • Scythe, by Neal Shusterman
  • Song of the Current, by Sarah Tolcser
  • The Hearts We Sold, by Emily Lloyd-Jones
  • The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths & Magic, by F.T. Lukens
  • They Both Die at the End, by Adam Silvera
  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer, by Leigh Bardugo

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Parsec Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Parsec Awards were announced on January 1, 2018.

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form): The Wicked Library: “Shadows,” by K. B. Goddard
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form): Six Stories, Told at Night, by KT Bryski
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form): The Raven and the Writing Desk: “Things Unseen,” by Chris Lester
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form): Return Home: “Genie,” by Maia Brown-Jackson
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): Campfire Radio Theater: “Woods Ferry,” by John Ballentine
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): Uncanny County, by Todd Faulkner, Alison Crane, & Nicole Greevy
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: The Uncle Interloper Show, by Grant Baciocco
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: The Theatre of Tomorrow, by Travis McMaster & Mark Whitten
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: MarsCorp, by Definitely Human
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific):Aggressive Negotiations: A Star Wars Podcast, by John Mills & Matt Rushing
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): The Faculty of Horror, by Andrea Subissati & Alexandra West
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation:Calliope Writing Coach Podcast, by Angie Fenimore & Michael Sheen
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: Talk Nerdy, by Cara Santa Maria
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: Star Wars Best in Galaxy Season 3, by Mark Restuccia & Patch Hyde

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Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award

E. Lily Yu has been announced as the winner of the 2017 Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award. The annual award recognizes outstanding work by an established or emerging author of fiction based in Washington State. The recipient receives a $10,000 grant to continue their work. Yu submitted her story “The View From the Top of the Stair” as a sample of her writing.
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Goodreads Awards

The 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards have been announced. Selected by the readers, the awards are presented in numerous categories with multiple rounds of voting. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Fantasy: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay, by J. K. Rowling
  • Science Fiction: Artemis, by Andy Weir
  • Horror: Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King
  • Science and Technology: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Graphic Novels and Comics: Big Mushy Happy Lump, by Sarah Andersen
  • Young Adult Fantasy: A Court of Wings and Ruin, by Sarah J. Maas
  • Middle Grade & Children’s: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, by Rick Riordan

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World Fantasy Judges Announced

The judges for the 2018 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2017, have been announced. Works should be sent to them prior to June 1, the earlier the better. The judges are David Anthony Durham, Christopher Golden, Juliet E. McKenna, Charles Vess, and Kaaron Warren. All the judges prefer hardcopy, although Durham will accept pdfs and Golden, McKenna, and Warren will accept .mobi formatted books. Copies should also be sent to Administrator Peter Dennis Pautz. The awards will be presented at this year’s World Fantasy Con in Baltimore, MD the weekend of November 1-4.

Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grant

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced the winner of the Diverse Writers Grant and Diverse Worlds Grant. Both grants of $500 were awarded to Erin Roberts. The Diverse Writers Grant offers support to new and emerging writers from underrepresented and underprivileged groups whose marginalized identities may present additional obstacles in the writing/publishing process. The Diverse Worlds Grant is presented for work that best presents a diverse world, regardless of the writer’s background.
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