A roundtable discussion on “The State of Short Fiction” will be held by the Baltimore Science Fiction Society at their clubhouse at 3310 East Baltimore Street on March 22 at 8:00. Moderated by Sarah Pinsker, the roundtable will consist of Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke, Beneath Ceaseless Skies editor Scott H. Andrews, Daily Science Fiction editor Jonathan Landen, Escape Pod editor Norm Sherman, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond editor Bill Campbell, and author Erica Satifka.
Ginjer Buchanan has announced that she will retire in March 2014. Buchanan was hired at Berkley Books in 1984 and helped build the Ace and Roc science fiction and fantasy lists. Buchanan was named editor-in-chief of the two lines in 2007. In 2013, she was honored by SFWA for her lengthy career at Ace/Roc, as well as her prior career working for Pocket and the Science Fiction Book Club.
The nominees for the 2014 Edgar Awards have been announced. The Edgar Awards are presented annually by the Mystery Writers of America. This year’s winners will be announced on May
1, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan.
- Sandrine’s Case, by Thomas H. Cook
- The Humans, by Matt Haig
- Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger
- How the Light Gets In, by Louise Penny
- Standing in Another Man’s Grave, by Ian Rankin
- Until She Comes Home, by Lori Roy
Best First Novel
- The Resurrectionist, by Matthew Guinn
- Ghostman, by Roger Hobbs
- Rage Against the Dying, by Becky Masterman
- Red Sparrow, by Jason Matthews
- Reconstructing Amelia, by Kimberly McCreight
Best Paperback Original
- The Guilty One, by Lisa Ballantyne
- Almost Criminal, by E. R. Brown
- Joe Victim, by Paul Cleave
- Joyland, by Stephen King
- The Wicked Girls, by Alex Marwood
- Brilliance, by Marcus Sakey
Best Fact Crime
- Duel with the Devil: The True Story of How Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr Teamed Up to Take on America’s First Sensational Murder Mystery, by Paul Collins
- Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and the Era of Catholic Scandal, by Michael D’Antonio
- The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness and Murder, by Charles Graeber
- The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and the Medics Behind Nazi Lines, by Cate Lineberry
- The Hour of Peril: The Secret Plot to Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War, by Daniel Stashower
- Maigret, Simenon and France: Social Dimensions of the Novels and Stories, by Bill Alder
- America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture, by Erik Dussere
- Pimping Fictions: African American Crime Literature and the Untold, Story of Black Pulp Publishing, by Justin Gifford
- Ian Fleming, by Andrew Lycett
- Middlebrow Feminism in Classic British Detective Fiction, by Melissa Schaub
Best Short Story
- “The Terminal,” by Kwik Krimesby Reed Farrel Coleman
- “So Long, Chief,” by Max Allan Collins & Mickey Spillane
- “The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository,” by John Connolly
- “There are Roads in the Water,” by Trina Corey
- “Where That Morning Sun Does Down,” by Tim L. Williams
- Strike Three, You’re Dead, by Josh Berk
- Moxie and the Art of Rule Breaking, by Erin Dionne
- P.K. Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, by Caroline Lawrence
- Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase, by Jonathan Stroud
- One Came Home, by Amy Timberlake
- All the Truth That’s In Me, by Julie Berry
- Far Far Away, by Tom McNeal
- Criminal, by Terra Elan McVoy
- How to Lead a Life of Crime, by Kirsten Miller
- Ketchup Clouds, by Annabel Pitcher
TV Episode Teleplay
- “Episode 3,” Luther, teleplay by Neil Cross
- “Episode 1,” The Fall, teleplay by Allan Cubitt
- “Legitimate Rape,” Law & Order: SVU, teleplay by Kevin Fox & Peter Blauner
- “Variations Under Domestication,” Orphan Black, teleplay by Will Pascoe
- “Pilot,” The Following Teleplay, by Kevin Williamson
Robert L. Fish Memorial
“The Wentworth Letter,” by Jeff Soloway
Mary Higgins Clark
- There Was an Old Woman, by Hallie Ephron
- Fear of Beauty, by Susan Froetschel
- The Money Kill, by Katia Lief
- Cover of Snow, by Jenny Milchman
- The Sixth Station, by Linda Stasi
Aunt Agatha’s Bookstore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Editor Anthony J. Bryant (b.1961) died on December 25. Bryant served as the fifth editor of Dragon Magazine from issue 222-229 in 1995 and 1996. Bryant also was a specialist on Japanese military history, publishing four volumes on the Samurai period.
John Klima has announced that he will cease publication of his magazine Electric Velocipede with the current issue, citing “outstanding money owed me that just isn’t coming.” Electric Velocipede won a Hugo Award for Best Fanzine in 2009 and received four World Fantasy Award nominations (along with one more for one of their stories).
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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After Eugie Foster’s announcement that she hadn’t received royalties for her book with Norilana in three years, Norilana publisher Vera Nazarian announced the reversion of all print rights to all of her authors, noting that if an author wanted to remain with Norilana, she would retain non-exclusive rights for those projects. Nazarian also stated that e-book rights remain with the individual authors and she reiterated her intention to eventually pay all of her authors their full royalties.
Film critic Stanley Kauffmann (b.1916) died on October 9. Kauffmann was best known for his work as a movie critic, however he also worked as an acquisitions editor for Ballantine Books. In 1953, he purchased the novel Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury. He went on to acquire the rights to Death of a Salesman and The Moviegoer before becoming a full time film critic. His love for films began during the silent era and continued throughout his life.
British publisher Nick Robinson (b.1955) died on August 30. Robinson was the chairman of Constable & Robinson. He got his start in the 70s as the assistant editor at arts magazine Apollo before moving on to book publishing. C&R published Gardner Dozois’s Best Science Fiction in the United Kingdom.
Mercury Retrograde Press has announced that they will cease operations on January 17, 2014, at which time all of their books will go out of print with rights reverting to their authors. Their final public appearance will be at the Memphis Comic and Fantasy Convention in November of 2013. Mercury retrograde has published Zachary Steele, Leona Wisoker, Edward Morris, and Larissa N. Niec, among others.