Campbell & Sturgeon Awards

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 13 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: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow

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Gemmell Ballots Available

The nominees for the Gemmell Awards for fantasy have been announced. The Gemmell Awards are popularly voted awards. Anyone can vote by visiting the Gemmell Award website. The winners will be announced August 8, 2015 in a ceremony at Nine Worlds Geekfest.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel:

  • Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Valour, by John Gwynne
  • Prince of Fools, by Mark Lawrence
  • Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Broken Eye, by Brent Weeks

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer:

  • Traitor’s Blade, by Sebastien de Castell
  • The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
  • The Godless, by Ben Peek
  • The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley
  • Age of Iron, by Angus Watson

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art:

  • Laura Brett for The Slow Regard of Silent Things
  • Mike Bryan for Half a King
  • Jason Chan for Prince of Fools
  • Sam Green for Words of Radiance
  • Jackie Morris for The Fool’s Assassin

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Duncan Wins Compton Crook

Alexandra Duncan won this year’s Compton Crook Award for best first novel for her book Salvage. The award comes with a prize of $1,000 and the winner will be treated as a guest of honor for two consecutive Balticons. A plaque wasbe presented to Duncan at Balticon.

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Scribe Award Nominations

The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers has announced the nominees for the 2015 Scribe Awards, presented for the best in tie-in fiction from 2014. The winners will be announced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.


  • 24: Deadline, by James Swallow
  • Murder She Wrote: Death of a Blue Blood, by Don Bain
  • Mike Hammer: King of the Weeds, by Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins
  • Homeland: Saul’s Game, by Andrew Kaplan
  • The Killing: Uncommon Denominator, by Karen Dionne


  • Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, by Keith R. A. DeCandido
  • Grimm: Chopping Block, by John Passarella
  • Star Trek: Disavowed, by David Mack
  • Star Trek: Foul Deeds Will Rise, by Greg Cox
  • Grimm: The Killing Time, by Tim Waggoner
  • Pathfinder: The Redemption Engine, by James Sutter
  • Fringe: Sins of the Father, by Christa Faust


  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, by Alex Irvine
  • Noah, by Mark Morris
  • War of the Worlds: Goliath, by Adam Whitlach


  • Spirit Animals: Blood Ties, by Garth Nix and Sean Williams
  • Battletech: The Nellus Academy Incident, by Jennifer Brozak
  • Penguins of Madagascar, by Tracey West


  • Pathfinder: “Hunter’s Folly,” by Josh Vogt
  • Mike Hammer: “It’s in the Book,” by Max Collins and Mickey Spillane
  • Stargate: “Perceptions,” by Diana Botsford
  • Pathfinder: “Queen Sacrifice,” by Steven Savile
  • Tales of Valdemar: “Written in the Wind,” by Jennifer Brozek


  • Dark Shadows: The Darkest Shadow, by Nev Fountain
  • Dark Shadows: The Devil Cat, by Mark Thomas Passmore
  • Blake’s 7: Fortuitis, by George Mann
  • Doctor Who: Iterations of I, by John Dorney
  • Pathfinder Legends: The Skinsaw Murders, by Cavan Scott
  • International Association of Media Tie-In Writers 2015 Faust Award: Terrance Dicks

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Operation Baen Bulk

Operation Baen Bulk and Brain&Brain Press are leading Operation Baen Bulk to send Kindle electronic book readers to rehab and recovery centers for injured soldiers. The organization is hoping to raise enough money to donate Kindles preloaded with 500 titles to soldiers who are recuperating from injuries. In 2013, Operation Baen Bulk raised more than $5,000 and donated 80 Kindles.

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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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Philip K. Dick Award Winners

The winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award for Best original paperback publication was announced at Norwescon on April 3. The Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust. This year’s judges were Eric James Fullilove, James C. Glass, David M. Higgins, Lisa Mason, and Jack Skillingstead.

  • Winner: The Book of the Unnamed Midwife, by Meg Elison
  • Special Citation: Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett

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Herbert Award Winner

The winner of the first James Herbert Award was announced on April 1. The award, administered by Pan McMillan in partnership with the Serendip Foundation and the estate of James Herbert, is presented for excellence in horror fiction. The prize includes a statuette and £2,000. The first winner is Craig Davidson for his novel The Troop, published under the pseudonym “Nick Cutter.”
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Philip K. Dick Judges

The judges for the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The judges will select from books published in 2015 with the award presented at Norwescon in 2016. Paperback originals published in 2015 should be sent to all of the judges on the list. The Philip K. Dick Award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

  • Eric James Fullilove
  • James C. Glass
  • David M. Higgins
  • Lisa Mason
  • Jack Skillingstead

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Lambda Award Nominees

The Lambda Award nominations, given for GLBT works, have been announced. Categories with nominees of genre interest are listed here. The winners will be announced on June 1 in New York.

GLBT SF/Fantasy/Horror

  • Afterparty, by Daryl Gregory
  • Bitter Waters, by Chaz Brenchley
  • Butcher’s Road, by Lee Thomas
  • Child of a Hidden Sea, by A. M. Dellamonica
  • Full Fathom Five, by Max Gladstone
  • FutureDyke, by Lea Daley
  • Skin Deep Magic, by Craig Laurance Gidney

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