Philip K. Dick Winner

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on March 30. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Deborah J. Ross, Robert Onopa, James Stoddard, Amy Thomson, and Rick Wilber.

  • Winner: Bannerless, by Carrie Vaughn
  • Special citation: After the Flare, by Deji Bryce Olukotun

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Tachyon Launches Particle Books

Tachyon Publicationshas announced the launch of Particle Books, an e-book imprint, on February 27. The imprint will publish YA and adult science fiction, fantasy, horror, and thrillers.
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IAFA Awards

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (IAFA) has announced the winners of three of the awards which will be presented during the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts in Orlando, FL during the weekend of March 14-18. A fourth award, the David G. Hartwell Emerging Scholar Award, will have the winner announced at the banquet.

  • William A. Crawford Fantasy Award: Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado
  • Jamie Bishop Memorial Award: Guangyi Li
  • Walter James Miller Memorial Award: Peter Adrian Behravesh

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Cybil Award Winners

The winnners 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. Categories with winners of genre interest are listed below.

  • Elementary/Middle Grade Graphic Novels: Where’s Halmoni?, by Julie Kim
  • Elementary/Middle Grade Speculative Fiction: The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart, by Stephanie Burgis
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels: Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction: Scythe, by Neal Shusterman

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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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Obituary: Fred Bass

Bookseller Fred Bass (b.1928) died on January 3. Bass’s father opened The Strand Bookstore in 1927 and bass began working there in 1941, taking over the store in 1956 after he returned from the Korean War. He moved the store from its original location on Fourth Avenue to its current location. The store is co-owned by Bass’s daughter, Nancy Bass Wyden.

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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Terran Republic Kickstarter

Charles E. Gannon is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of Lost Signals of the Terran Republic, a shared-world anthology set in his Caine Riordan universe. The campaign seeks to raise $7,500 before its December 13 deadline in order to publish a volume with stories by Lawrence M. Schoen, Tom Doyle, Walter H. Hunt, Jean Marie Ward, and other authors.
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World Fantasy Award Winners

The World Fantasy Awards were presented on November 5 at World Fantasy Con in San Antonio, Texas. This year’s winners are listed below.

  • Novel: The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
  • Long Fiction: The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • Short Fiction: “Das Steingeschöpf,” by G. V. Anderson
  • Anthology: Dreaming in the Dark, edited by Jack Dann
  • Collection: A Natural History of Hell, by Jeffrey Ford
  • Artist: Jeffrey Alan Love
  • Special Award, Professional: Michael Levy and Farah Mendelsohn for Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction
  • Special Award, non-Professional: Neile Graham, for fostering excellence in the genre through her role as Workshop Director, Clarion West.
  • Lifetime Achievement (previously announced): Terry Brooks and Marina Warner

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Hitchhikers Radio Series 6 Announced

BBC 4 has announced that next year they will broadcast an adaptation of Eoin Fowler’s sixth Hitchhikers novel, And Another Thing… using much of the radio series original cast. Simon Jones, Mark Wing-Davey, and Geoffrey McGivern will reprise their roles from the radio show with Jones, Wing-Davey, and Sandra Dickinson reprising their roles from the television series. The new series will be written and produced by Dirk Maggs, who produced the broadcasts of the third through fifth novels between 2003 and 2005. The announcement was made on the 38th anniversary of the publication of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
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