Strange Chemistry Closes

Angry Robot has announced that they are ceasing publication of their Strange Chemistry Books young adult line effective immediately. The imprint includes authors Gwenda Bond, Martha Wells, Sean Cummings, Cassandra Rose Clarke, and Kim Curran, among others. Angry Robot is also closing their Exhibit A line of mystery/crime books. According to Angry Robot, the imprints are being closed because they haven’t been able to carve out their own niche in a saturated market.

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David Gemmell Award Winners

The winners of the Gemmell Awards were announced on June 13 at a ceremony at the Magic Circle in London.

2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Jason Chan for the cover of Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence
2014 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Promise of Blood, by Brian McLellan
2014 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: Emperor of Thorns, by Mark Lawrence

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Chronos Award Winners

The winners of the 2014 Chronos Awards for excellence in SF, fantasy, and horror published in the Australian state of Victoria, were announced at Continuum X in Melbourne.

  • Best Long Fiction: Gamers’ Rebellion, by George Ivanoff
  • Best Short Fiction: No Award
  • Best Artwork: Rules of Summer, by Shaun Tan
  • Best Fan Publication in any Medium: SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie
  • Best Achievement: Gamers’ Rebellion book trailer, by Henry Gibbens

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Campbell and Sturgeon Winners

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 12 ahead of this weekend’s Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.

  • John W. Campbell Award: Strange Bodies, by Marcel Theroux
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “In Joy, Knowing the Abyss,” by Sarah Pinsker

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Mysterious Galaxy Redondo Beach Closing

Mysterious Galaxy has announced that its Redondo Beach store will be closing its Artesia location on June 15, following a ten day sale. Although the store will no longer function, Mysterious Galaxy will continue to host events at the location, including “Ladies, Lunch, and Literacy,” “Literary Women of Long Beach,” “Mystery on the Menu at the Cerritos Library,” “Books Are Better Shared,” “Literary Orange,” and presumably the recently announced SFWA Reading Series. The San Diego Mysterious Galaxy will remain open.

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Lambda Awards

The annual Lambda Awards for LGBT literature were presented on June 2, in New York City at the 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards Ceremony. The only winner of genre interest was in the SF/Fantasy/Horror, where Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold’s novel Death by Silver won the award.

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IPAF Winner

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction was award on April 29 to Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi for his novel Frankenstein in Baghdad. The prize, now in its ninth year, carried an award equal to $50,000. The prize is also expected to spur sales of the novel.

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Clarke Award Winner

The winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award was announced during Sci-Fi-London 10: The Tenth Annual International Festival of Science Fiction and Fantastic Film. This year, the award included a prize of £2014. The winner is Ann Leckie for the novel Ancillary Justice.

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Lost Butler Stories to Be Published

Two early stories by Octavia Butler, “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder,” have been located and will be published as an e-book on June 24. Unexpected Stories will be published by Open Road Integrated Media with an introduction by Walter Mosley. The stories were discovered by Marilee Heifetz, Butler’s agent, while looking through Butler’s papers at the Huntington Library in San Marino, CA.

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Hodder Launched Childrens E-book SF Line

British publisher Hodder Children’s has announced the creation of Hodder Silver, a series of classic children’s science fiction which will be reissued as e-books. The series is scheduled to launch in May with five titles by Richard Carpenter, Jean Ure, Nicholas Fisk, Jan Mark, and Louise Lawrence with plans to release a total of 21 titles by September.

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