Sofia Samatar’s novel A Stranger in Olondria has been announced as the winner of the William L. Crawford Award. 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 19-23 in Orlando, Florida.
The Libertarian Futurist Society has announced the short list for this year’s Hall of Fame nominees. Voting for both the Hall of Fame will take place in July. The award will be presented at Loncon 3.
- “As Easy as A.B.C.,” a short story by Rudyard Kipling (1912)
- “Sam Hall,” a short story by Ben Bova (1953)
- “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman,” a short story by Harlan Ellison (1965)
- Falling Free, a novel by Lois McMaster Bujold (1988)
- Courtship Rite, a novel by Donald M. Kingsbury (1982)
The Saudi Arabian government has reportedly banned the science fiction novel H W J N, by Ibraheem Abbas and Yasser Bahjatt on the grounds that it is blasphemous. The novel, published in both Arabic and English, tells the story of a romance between a human and a jinn. Bahjatt attended LoneStarCon 3, this year’s Worldcon, where he sat on panels and promoted the novel.
The winners of the Gemmell Awardswere presented at a ceremony held the Metropole Hotel in Brighton in conjunction with the World Fantasy Con on October 31.
2013 Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art: Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for the cover of Red Country, by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
2013 Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut: Malice, by John Gwynne
2013 Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel: The Blinding Knife, by Brent Weeks
The World Fantasy Awards were presented at a banquet at the World Fantasy Con in Brighton, UK on November 3. The winners are listed below.
- Novel: Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
- Novella: “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
- Short Story: “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
- Anthology: Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
- Collection: Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
- Artist: Vincent Chong
- Special Award—Professional: Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- Special Award—Non-professional: S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
- LIfetime Achievement: Susan Cooper & Tanith Lee
The Waukegan Public Library handed out free copies of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 prior to an event in which three authors read from banned books at Waukegan’s Genesee Theatre for this year’s Eighth Annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival. The first one hundred attendees received a copy of Bradbury’s novel which were recovered from Bradbury’s garage after the author’s death in 2012. The festival also sees the start of the 30th Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest.
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Simon and Schuster has announced the launch of a new science fiction line, as yet unnamed. Joe Monti, an agent at the Barry Goldblatt Literary Agency will serve as the line’s executive editor. The line will be overseen by the VP of S&S’s Young Adult line, but is envisioned as being for all audiences. The current plan is to launch in Spring 2015 with an hardcover published each month, although they may release a few books in late 2014.
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The 2013 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.
- Sunburst Award: Maleficium, by Martine Desjardins, translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel
- Sunburst Young Adult Award: Seraphina, by Rachel Hartman
Michael R. Jensen and David Powers King collaborated on the young adult fantasy novel Woven and managed to sell it to small press publisher Sweetwater Books, a division of Cedar Fort Publishing & Media. When the two men turned in their author biographies, the publisher cancelled the contract after seeing that Jensen referred to his “partner” and confirming that Jensen was gay.
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 Brighton, UK the weekend of October 31-November 3, 2013.
- The Killing Moon, by N.K. Jemisin
- Some Kind of Fairy Tale, by Graham Joyce
- The Drowning Girl, by Caitlín R. Kiernan
- Crandolin, by Anna Tambour
- Alif the Unseen, by G. Willow Wilson
- “Hand of Glory,” by Laird Barron
- “Let Maps to Others,” by K.J. Parker
- The Emperor’s Soul, by Brandon Sanderson
- “The Skull,” by Lucius Shepard
- “Sky,” by Kaaron Warren
- “The Telling,” by Gregory Norman Bossert
- “A Natural History of Autumn,” by Jeffrey Ford
- “The Castle That Jack Built,” by Emily Gilman
- “Breaking the Frame,” by Kat Howard
- “Swift, Brutal Retaliation,” by Meghan McCarron
- Epic: Legends of Fantasy, edited by John Joseph Adams
- Three Messages and a Warning: Contemporary Mexican Short Stories of the Fantastic, edited by Eduardo Jiménez Mayo & Chris N. Brown
- Magic: An Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, edited by Jonathan Oliver
- Postscripts #28/#29: Exotic Gothic 4, edited by Danel Olson
- Under My Hat: Tales from the Cauldron, edited by Jonathan Strahan
- At the Mouth of the River of Bees, by Kij Johnson
- Where Furnaces Burn, by Joel Lane
- The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth and Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands, by Ursula K. Le Guin
- Remember Why You Fear Me, by Robert Shearman
- Jagannath, by Karin Tidbeck
- Vincent Chong
- Didier Graffet & Dave Senior
- Kathleen Jennings
- J.K. Potter
- Chris Roberts
Special Award Professional:
- Peter Crowther & Nicky Crowther for PS Publishing
- Lucia Graves for the translation of The Prisoner of Heaven, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
- Adam Mills, Ann VanderMeer, & Jeff VanderMeer for Weird Fiction Review
- Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi for ChiZine Publications
- William K. Schafer for Subterranean Press
Special Award Non-Professional:
- Scott H. Andrews for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- L. Timmel Duchamp for Aqueduct Press
- S.T. Joshi for Unutterable Horror: A History of Supernatural Fiction, Volumes 1 & 2
- Charles A. Tan for Bibliophile Stalker blog
- Jerad Walters for Centipede Press
- Joseph Wrzos for Hannes Bok: A Life in Illustration
- Susan Cooper
- Tanith Lee