Changes at Strange Horizons

Following the announcement in December that Karen Meisner was leaving the fiction department at Strange Horizons, fiction editor Susan Marie Groppi, who has held that post for more than a decade, has announced that she will be stepping down, although retaining an advisory role. The magazine is currently looking for a new fiction editor, and will be temporarily closed to submissions.

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Zahir Closing

Editor Sheryl Tempchin says that Zahir, a quarterly magazine of speculative fiction founded in 2003, has ceased publication. Between 2003 and 2009, Zahir published twenty issues, with another eight issues published on-line after print production ceased. The magazines archives will stay available on-line despite the closure.

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James Gunn’s Ad Astra Launch

The Center for the Study of Science Fiction (CSSF), in association with the University of Kansas, will launch James Gunn’s Ad Astra, an online resource for authors, scholars and all those who are interested in speculative fiction in the summer of 2012. The magazine will feature short fiction, poetry, reviews, and scholarly articles.

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Odyssey On-Line

The Odyssey Writers Workshop has announced three new on-line writing classes. Admission to the courses is limited and applications are due for each course at various times in December. Founded seventeen years ago, Odyssey added an on-line component, which has proved popular, two years ago.

  • Showing versus Telling in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Jeanne Cavelos (1/4/12-2/1/12)
  • Secrets of Literary Agents, taught by Lindsay Ribar (1/9/12-1/23/12)
  • Narrative Structures in Fantastic Fiction, taught by Bruce Holland Rogers (1/25/12-2/22/12)

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Science Fiction Encyclopedia 3 Goes Live

The beta text of the third edition of the Science Fiction Encyclopedia, edited by John Clute and David Langford has gone live. The editors note that additional entries will continue to be added and the current version is not final. The on-line version is sponsored by Gollancz.

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Science Fiction Awards Watch Seeks New Ownership

Cheryl Morgan and Kevin Standlee have announced that they are looking for someone to take over Science Fiction Award Watch, which they founded in an attempt to maintain as complete as possible a listing of science fiction and fantasy award nominees and winners. They currently plan to keep the site up through the end of October and then take it down if new ownership hasn’t been found.

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Obituary: Michael S. Hart

Michael S. Hart (b.1947) died on September 6. Hart founded Project Gutenberg in 1971 and is credited with being the inventor of the electronic book.

Parsec Winners

The winners of this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, were announced at Dragon*Con on September 4 in Atlanta.

  • Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form): “Saying the Names,” by Maggie Clark
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form): Kissyman & the Gentleman, by Scott Sigler
  • Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form): “Owner’s Share,” by Nathan Lowell
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, by Grant Baciocco and Doug Price
  • Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): HG World, by Jay Smith
  • Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast
  • Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: Drabblecast
  • Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: Cobalt City Adventures Unlimited
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific): PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
  • Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): WhatTheCast
  • Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation: Fullcast Podcast
  • Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: Planetary Radio
  • Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: Technorama
  • Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast: Renaissance Festival Podcast
  • Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast (Trial Category for 2011): Aaron’s World

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Lynne Thomas Named Editor at Apex

Apex Magazine has announced that Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections at Northern Illinois University, will take over as editor of the magazine from Catherynne Valente.The first issue to feature Thomas’s editorial hand will be the November 2011 issue.

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Parsec Nominations

The nominations for this year’s Parsec Awards, presented for excellence in science fiction podcasting, have been released. The winners will be announced at Dragon*Con on September 4 in Atlanta.

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form)

  • “The Astonishing Amulet of Amenartas,” by Nathan Lowell
  • “Loyalty,” written by Renee Jordan; edited and performed by Arioch Morningstar
  • “Neighbors,” by Eddy Jones, read by Arioch Morningstar
  • “Saying the Names,” by Maggie Clark
  • “The Taste of Starlight,” by John R. Fultz

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form)

  • Act of Will, by M. Darusha Wehm
  • FRANK – Vol.01: Boiling Point, by Neil Colquhoun
  • The Hidden Institute, by Brand Gamblin
  • Kissyman & the Gentleman, by Scott Sigler
  • Marco and the Red Granny, by Mur Lafferty

Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form)

  • Ancestor, by Scott Sigler
  • Owner’s Share, by Nathan Lowell
  • The Prince of Hazel and Oak, by John Lenahan
  • Secret World Chronicle, by Veronica Giguere
  • Valhai, by Gillian Andrews

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)

  • BrokenSea Doctor Who, by Paul Mannering, Mark Kalita, and Stevie K. Farnaby
  • The Dixie Stenberg and Brassy Battalion Adventure Theater, by Pendant Productions
  • “A Place So Foreign,” by Cory Doctorow
  • The Radio Adventures of Dr. Floyd, by Grant Baciocco and Doug Price
  • “This Must Be The Place,” by Elliot Bangs

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)

  • The Account, by Cayenne Chris Conroy
  • Decoder Ring Theatre, by Gregg Taylor
  • The GearHeart, by Alex White
  • HG World, by Jay Smith
  • We’re Alive, by KC Wayland & Shane Salk

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story

  • Grant’s Advent Calendar Video Podcast

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast

  • Dark Fiction Magazine
  • Drabblecast
  • The Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine
  • Escape Pod
  • Flash Pulp

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team

  • The Ballad of Iron Percy
  • Cobalt City Adventures Unlimited
  • The Doctor Who Podcast
  • Redline Theatre
  • Tuesday Terror

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)

  • The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast
  • Pendant Backstage
  • PodCulture: TARDIS Interruptus
  • This Week in Pendant
  • Tuning in to SciFi TV

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)

  • Geek Out With Mainframe
  • PodCulture
  • Scifi Diner
  • StarShipSofa
  • WhatTheCast

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation

  • Adventures in Scifi Publishing
  • Fullcast Podcast
  • Get Published
  • I Should Be Writing
  • Podcast Teardown

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast

  • Astronomy Cast
  • Planetary Radio
  • Skepticality
  • The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe
  • Skeptoid

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast

  • comedy4cast
  • Dragon*ConTV
  • Geologic Podcast
  • Requiem of the Outcast
  • Technorama

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast

  • The Funny Music Podcast
  • The GeekSpin
  • Radio Free Hipster
  • Renaissance Festival Podcast

Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast (Trial Category for 2011)

  • Aaron’s World
  • Princess Scientist’s Book Club

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