Fiscus to Receive Service to SFWA Award

SFWA has announced that Jim Fiscus will receive this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, held the weekend of May 18-21. Fiscus served as the SFWA Liaison to Westercon in 1990, hosting an Oregon White tasting. In the mid-90s, he began writing a column on the business and legal aspects of the publishing industry for the SFWA Bulletin. He oversaw of a review of the SFWA handbook in 2002 and served as Western Regional Director from 2008 until 2015 when the position was abolished. He is currently the chair of the contracts committee. Fiscus will be recognized at the Nebula Award Ceremony on May 20.
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Nebula Award Nominees

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards, Norton Award, and Bradbury Award. All of the awards will be presented at the annual Nebula Award Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 20. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at Pittsburgh’s Marriott Marquis from May 18-21.


  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Everfair, by Nisi Shawl


  • Runtime, by S.B. Divya
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Liar,” by John P. Murphy
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson


  • “The Long Fall Up,” by William Ledbetter
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Red in Tooth and Cog,” by Cat Rambo*
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” by Jason Sanford
  • “The Orangery,” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong

Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Sabbath Wine,” by Barbara Krasnoff
  • “Things With Beards,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy
  • “The Bicameral Mind,” Westworld, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Star-Touched Queen, by Roshani Chokshi
  • The lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Rainhead, by Philip Reeve
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

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*After the original announcement, it was determined that Cat Rambo’s story had been edited to fall below the length for Novelette. Her story has been dropped from the ballot and replaced.

Weisskopf Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Toni Weisskopf will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Weisskopf has served as the editor and publisher of Baen Books, creating the company’s innovative e-publishing program. She has founded awards for science fiction, fantasy, and military science fiction. Outside her professional service to the field, Weisskopf has run conventions and published fanzines. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

Sapienza Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Peggy Rae Sapienza will be one of the recipients of the Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Sapienza has a long history of supporting science fiction, having chaired a Worldcon, co-chaired a World Fantasy Con, and chaired three Nebula Weekends. She was a strong supporter of the Nippon 2007 Worldcon. In addition, Sapienza helped create the modern Worldcon concourse and was active in fanzine fandom. She helped run SFWA events, such as the New York Reception and also copy-edited the SFWA Bulletin. In 2012, she was a Guest of Honor at Chicon 7, the Worldcon. The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is presented to someone who has made a sizeable and positive difference in the science fiction community.

Kowal’s Disappearing Candidacy

In December, Mary Robinette Kowal announced her candidacy for the Presidency of SFWA, noting that she has previously served as the organization’s Secretary and Vice-President. She has now announced that she will not be running for the position in 2017, explaining that when she made her announcement, she did not think current President Cat Rambo would be running for re-election.
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SFWA Named Jane Yolen Grand Master

SFWA has announced the Jane Yolen has been named the next Damon Knight Grand Master, to be inducted at the 2017 SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh the weekend of May 18-21. Yolen has published novels for juvenile, young adult and adult readers, as well as short fiction, picture books, and poetry as well as edited several anthologies. In 1986, her short story “Sister Emily’s Lightship” received a Nebula Award, as did her novelette “Lost Girls” in 1997.
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SFWA Grants Available

Non-profit organizations that support SFF authors can apply for a grant from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). The application for grants are due by October 1, with decisions made in November. This is the second year of the SFWA Grant program. In its first year, grants were provided to LaunchPad astronomy program, the Alpha Workshop for Young Writers, the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and the SFWA Star Project.

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Game Writers Eligible for SFWA

SFWA has announced that game writers will be eligible for membership as of August 1, 2016. Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.
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SFWA Election Results

SFWA announced the results of their elections at their Business Meeting on May 14. Last year saw some officers elected for two year terms and others elected for one year terms. This year, elections were only held for positions which were elected for one year terms last year. Erin M. Hartshorn, Justina Ireland, and Lawrence M. Schoen ran for two open Director-at-Large positions.

  • Vice President: M.C.A. Hogarth, re-elected, unopposed
  • CFO: Bud Sparhawk, re-elected, unopposed
  • Director at Large: Justina Ireland
  • Director at Large: Lawrence M. Schoen

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Nebula Winners

The Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday, May 14 during the SFWA Nebula Conference (chaired by Steven H Silver, which explains the delayed news postings on this site). The ceremony began with a performance of “Radio SFWA,” followed by a speech by toastmaster John Hodgman. The evening ended with nominees who didn’t win presenting the traditional “Alternate Universe Speeches.” The winners are listed below.

  • Best Novel: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  • Best Novella: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Best Novelette: “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • Best Short Story: “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: C. J. Cherryh
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Updraft, by Fran Wilde
  • Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award: Sir Terry Pratchett
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Mad Max: Fury Road, by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, and Nick Lathouris
  • Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Award for Service to SFWA: Dr. Lawrence M. Schoen