Asimov’s Reader Poll Finalists

Asimov’s has announced the finalists for their thirtieth annual reader’s poll and invites readers to read the stories. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 12-15 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago. Editor Sheila Williams notes that they intend to make the finalists available on-line each year from now on.

Novelettes

  • “Lock Up Your Chickens and Daughters -H’ard and Andy Are Come to Town!,” by Michael Swanwick & Gregory Frost
  • “The Great Pan American Airship Mystery, Or, Why I Murdered Robert Benchley,” by David Gerrold
  • “The Molenstraat Music Festival,” by Sean Monaghan
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “The End of War,” by Django Wexler

Novellas

  • “The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred,” by Greg Egan
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “A Thousand Nights Till Morning,” by Will McIntosh
  • “Inhuman Garbage,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “The Long Wait,” by Allen M Steele
  • “On the Night of the Robo-Bulls and Zombie Dancers,” by Nick Wolven

Short Stories

  • “My Time on Earth,” by Ian Creasey
  • “Calved,” by Sam J Miller
  • “Tuesdays,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The First Step,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • “Ninety-five Percent Save,” by Caroline M Yoachim
  • “What I Intend,” by Robert Reed

Poetry

  • “1,230 Grams of Einstein,” by Robert Frazier
  • “Basement Refrigerator—after Thomas Lux,” by Joshua Gage
  • “Love and the Moon,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “October Leaves,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “The Circulatory Man,” by James Valvis

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Journal of Science Fiction Debuts

The Museum of Science Fiction has debuted the first issue of its scholarly journal, Journal of Science Fiction. The first issue includes articles about Dune, Indian science fiction, science fiction by women, and Paolo Bacigalupi’s fiction.

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Clarke Named Bulletin Editor

Cat Rambo has announced that Neil Clarke has been named editor of the SFWA Bulletin. Clarke is the Hugo and World Fantasy Award winning editor of Clarkesworld. Clarke has also been working as interim editor of the SFWA Bulletin since the departure of previous editor John Klima.

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Obituary: Kathleen A. Bellamy

Kathleen A. Bellamy (b.1957) died on December 19. Bellamy served as the Managing Editor for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. Bellamy was also involved in the magazine’s slush reading process.

SFWA Looking for Bulletin Editor

SFWA has posted a job opening for an editor for the SFWA Bulletin, currently being edited by interim editor Neil Clarke. SFWA is looking for someone with at least 5 years’ experience editing a nonfiction magazine or equivalent experience. Interested applicants should send their resume and a 100 word statement of what you see as the Bulletin’s mission to office@sfwa.org with the subject line: Bulletin Editor. Resumes will be accepted until December 31, 2015.

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Crossed Genres Closing

The publishers of Crossed Genres have announced that the magazine will cease publication following its December issue. Publisher Bart Leib provided two reasons for closing the magazine. The publishers no longer have the time to produce it to their level of standards and they have also reached a point where they lack funding to continue.
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Georgian SF Club Creates Magazine

A relatively new science fiction club in Tbilisi, Georgia has published the first issue of his club magazine, Fantasti, with a focus on Ray Bradbury. The issue includes 8 stories, including 6 which are published in Georgian for the first time. The club has about 500 members and its second issue will focus on H.P. Lovecraft.
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Strange Horizons Fund Drive

On-line zine Strange Horizons has announced its 2015 Fund Drive. They hope to raise $18,000 to help pay for the costs of running the magazine. Everyone who donates will be entered into a raffle to receive on of several prizes. Strange Horizons is a 501(c)3 organization, which means that donations are tax-deductable. This year, Strange Horizons has also set up a Patreon page.
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On Spec Suspends Print Magazine

The Canadian science fiction magazine On Spec has announced that they will be suspending their print magazine, beginning with the delayed Spring 2015 issue. The magazine will still be available in a digital format, and they hope to relaunch the print magazine when funding allows. The decision was made in the aftermath of a second year in which On Spac did not receive funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.
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Uncanny Kickstarter, Year 2

Lynne Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas have announced a Kickstarter to provide funding for the second year of their on-line magazine, Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Uncanny publishes as an eBook on a bimonthly schedule. Each issue contains at least 4-6 new short stories, 2 reprinted stories, 2 poems, 2 nonfiction essays, and 2 interviews. The Kickstarter starts on August 11 and will run through September 10.

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