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.
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
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.
The International Association of Media Tie-in Writers presented the winners of the 2014 Scribe Awards for the best in tie-in fiction from 2013. The winners were announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego.
- Novel Adapted: Pacific Rim, by Alex Irvine
- General Novel Original: (tie): Mr. Monk Helps Himself, by Hy Conrad; Leverage: The Bestseller Job, by Greg Cox
- Speculative Novel Original: Star Wars: Kenobi, by John Jackson Miller
- Short Stories: “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins and Mickey Spillane (Mike Hammer)
- Young Adult: Kevin, by Paul Kupperberg
- Audio: Blake’s 7: The Armageddon Storm, by Cavan Scott and Mark Wright
- Grandmaster: Diane Duane
Beth Gwinn is trying to raise funds to publish Dreamers of Wonder, a collection of science fiction author photos she has taken over the past thirty-four years. This book would be a follow-up to her 2000 book Dark Dreamers. Gwinn has created a Kickstarter to try to finance the project.
The ballot for this year’s World Fantasy Award has been announced. The winners will be announced at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con held in Arlington, VA the weekend of November 6-9, 2014. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.
- Dust Devil on a Quiet Street, by Richard Bowes
- A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir by Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan
- The Ocean at the End of the Lane, by Neil Gaiman
- A Stranger in Olondria, by Sofia Samatar
- The Golem and the Jinni, by Helene Wecker
- The Land Across, by Gene Wolfe
- “Wakulla Springs,” by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages
- Black Helicopters, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- “The Sun and I,” by KJ Parker
- “Burning Girls,” by Veronica Schanoes
- Six-Gun Snow White, by Catherynne M. Valente
- “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket,” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
- “The Prayer of Ninety Cats,” by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- “Effigy Nights,” by Yoon Ha Lee
- “Selkie Stories Are for Losers,” by Sofia Samatar
- “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love,” by Rachel Swirsky
- xo Orpheus: Fifty New Myths, edited by Kate Bernheimer
- Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Flotsam Fantastique: The Souvenir Book of World Fantasy Convention 2013, edited by Stephen Jones
- Dangerous Women, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
- End of the Road: An Anthology of Original Short Stories, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- Fearsome Journeys: The New Solaris Book of Fantasy, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- North American Lake Monsters: Stories, by Nathan Ballingrud
- The Beautiful Thing That Awaits Us All and Other Stories, by Laird Barron
- The Ape’s Wife and Other Stories, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Flowers of the Sea, by Reggie Oliver
- How the World Became Quiet: Myths of the Past, Present, and Future, by Rachel Swirsky
- Galen Dara
- Zelda Devon
- Julie Dillon
- John Picacio
- Charles Vess
- John Joseph Adams, for magazine and anthology editing
- Ginjer Buchanan, for editing at Ace Books
- Irene Gallo, for art direction of Tor.com
- William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press
- Jeff VanderMeer & Jeremy Zerfoss, for Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
- Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
- Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Marc Aplin, for Fantasy-Faction
- Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, and Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
- Leslie Howle, for Clarion West administration
Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press
- Mieneke van der Salm, for A Fantastical Librarian
Edited to add Mieneke van der Salm and to move Jerard Walters from Non-Professional to Professional category.
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.
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
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
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