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.
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
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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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
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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