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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Genius Loci Kickstarter

Jaym Gates has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the anthology Genius Loci, and anthology which Gates describes as “tales of guardian spirits and divine powers.” The Kickstarter runs through April 2 and seeks to raise $14,500. The anthology will include stories by Seanan McGuire, Ken Liu, Alethea Kontis, Laura Anne Gilman, Scott Edelman, Andy Duncan, and Steven H Silver, among many others.

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Crawford Winners

Zen Cho’s novel Spirits Abroad and Stephanie Feldman’s novel The Angel of Losses have been announced as the winners of the William L. Crawford Award, marking the first tie in the award’s history. The Crawford Award is presented annually for a new fantasy author whose first book appeared during the previous year. It is presented at the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts, which will be held this year from March 20-22 in Orlando, Florida.

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Baen Offers Joe Buckley Charity E-Book

Baen Books has announced that in honor of Veteran’s Day, they are releasing an e-book entitled The Many Deaths of Joe Buckley. Half of the proceeds from the volume will go to Operation Baen Bulk, which provides reading material for US troops. The other half of the proceeds will go to ReadAssist, which provides access to books for disabled readers. Joe Buckley is a character who has appeared in numerous books published by Baen and almost always is either killed or comes close to death. He has appeared in works by David Weber, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Sarah Hoyt, Travis Taylor, and others. This charity volume collects a variety of Joe Buckley death scenes.

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World Fantasy Awards

Two World Fantasy Awards were presented at the annual banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA on November 9. In introducing the awards, Gordon van Gelder addressed the controversy regarding the award’s physical appearance and noted that the administrators are listening to arguments from all sides and held a poll at the event, but have not yet made any decisions about the trophy. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

  • Novel: A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
  • Novella: “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
  • Short Story: “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Anthology: Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
  • Artist: Charles Vess
  • Special Award—Professional: (tie) Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com; William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
  • Special Award—Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Lifetime Achievement Awards: Ellen Datlow; Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

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Sunburst Winners

The 2014 Sunburst Award winners have been announced. The Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award given to a Canadian writer for a book length work of SF. The prize comes with a hand-crafted medallion and Can$1,000. The jurors for the 2014 award are Camille Alexa, Paul Glennon, Bob Knowlton, Nicole Luiken, and Derek Newman-Stille.

  • Sunburst Award: A Tale for the Time Being, by Ruth Ozeki
  • Sunburst Young Adult Award: The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, by Charles de Lint

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Filk History Crowdsourced

Gary McGath has announced that he is crowdsourcing the book Tomorrow’s Songs Today: The History of Filk Music. When the work is complete it will be published as an e-book tracing the history of filk from early conventions to the present day. McGath expects the book will be published by the end of this year, but is looking for financial assistance to make it happen.

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Golden Duck Winners

The winners of the 2014 Golden Duck Awards for Excellence in Children’s Science Fiction were announced at LonCon 3 in London, on August 16.

  • Picture Book: Vader’s Little Princess, by Jeffrey Brown
  • Eleanor Cameron Award for Middle Grade: Hello Nebulon and Journey to Juno, by Ray O’Ryan
  • Hal Clement Award for Young Adult: The Planet Thieves, by Dan Krokos

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World Fantasy Nomination Declined

Amanda Foubister, Stephen Jones, and Michael Marshal Smith have announced the withdrawal of Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013 as a nominee in the Best anthology category for the World Fantasy Awards. The editors informed the World Fantasy Awards Board that the publication was not an anthology and requested that it be considered and placed in the Special Award—Non-professional category, but their request was not followed. The board similarly did not honor their request to have all three editors (and the convention) credited.

For an updated nominee list