Robinson Named Special Guest

SFWA has announced that Frank Robinson will be a special guest at this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, to be held from May 16-18 in San Jose. Robinson is the author of the novels The Glass Inferno and The Dark Between the Stars as well as the Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction of the Twentieth Century: An Illustrated History.

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SFWA Call for Candidates

Lawrence Schoen, the chairman of SFWA’s Election Committee, has issued a call for candidates for the 2014-15 year. SFWA members running for office should submit a platform statement in the body of an e-mail to sfwa.election@gmail.com by Saturday, February 15th, 2014. All candidates’ statements will be posted to the SFWA website as they come in, and the full collection of platform statements will be sent out with the ballots. Positions up for election this year are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Eastern Regional Director

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Delany Named Grandmaster

SFWA has announced that Samuel R. Delany will be named the Damon Knight Grandmaster, with his induction occurring at the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, California the weekend of May 15-18, 2014. Delany is the author of Dhalgren, Babel-17, The Einstein Intersection, Nova, and numerous other novels and short stories.

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Beale Expelled from SFWA

SFWA has announced the expulsion of a member, who has identified himself as Theodore Beale (a.k.a. Vox Day). Beale, who has been a member of SFWA for more than a decade and sat on Nebula juries, ran for SFWA this past year, losing the election to Steven Gould, the organization’s current president. After Beale used a promotional blog maintained by SFWA to link to an attack on another SFWA member, Amal El-Mohtar called for his expulsion under section 10 of SFWA’s constitution. The SFWA announcement did not indicate Beale by name or refer to his offenses, but Beale announced his expulsion and included the SFWA Board report and his response on his website.

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Valente Resignation

Catherynne Valente announced her resignation as the SFWA Eastern Regional Director on July 5. Valente explained that “personal circumstances have brought [her] to the realization that [she] cannot serve out the remainder of [her] term effectively.” New President Steven Gould has appointed E.C. Myers to complete Valente’s term in office. Valente has stated that she intends to remain active in the organization.

Rabe Resigns

Jean Rabe has resigned as the editor of SFWA Bulletin. Rabe joined the Bulletin as its business manager during Russell Davis’s tenure and was promoted to editor after John Scalzi was elected president. Her resignation comes on the heels of a series of controversies concerning content of four consecutive issues. Even before Rabe resigned, Scalzi announced the formation of a task force to look at the Bulletin‘s content and purpose.

Nebula Awards Presented

SFWA presented the 48th annual Nebula Awards in San Jose, CA on May 18. In addition to the Nebula Awards, SFWA also presented the Solstice Awards, the Kevin O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award, the Damon Knight Grand Master Award, the Andre Norton Award, and the Ray Bradbury Award.

  • Best Novel: 2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Best Novella: After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall, by Nancy Kress
  • Best Novelette: “Close Encounters,” by Andy Duncan
  • Best Short Story: “Immersion,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Fair Coin, by E. C. Myers
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Beasts of the Southern Wild, written by Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin, directed by Benh Zeitlin
  • Solstice Award: Ginjer Buchanan and Carl Sagan
  • Kevin J. O’Donnell Service to SFWA Award: Michael H. Payne
  • Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Gene Wolfe

SFWA Elects New Board

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced the results of their board election. The new board will be seated on July 1 and will serve a one year term. An * indicates that the person is an incumbent and was re-elected. A # indicates that a person was running unopposed.

  • President: Steven Gould
  • Vice President: Rachel Swirsky *#
  • Secretary: Susan Forest
  • Treasurer: Bud Sparhawk *#
  • South/Central Regional Director: Lee Martindale*
  • Overseas Regional Director: Tansy Rayner Roberts#

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Silverberg Named TM for Nebulas

Robert Silverberg has been named the Toastmaster for this year’s Nebula Awards Weekend, scheduled to take place in San Jose, CA the weekend of May 17-19. Named an SFWA Grand Master in 2004, Silverberg is the author of Lord Valentine’s Castle, Dying Inside, and numerous other works of science fiction and fantasy.

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Changes at Night Shade

Publishers Weekly has announced that Night Shade Books is in sale negotiations with Skyhorse Publishing and Start Publishing to sell its assets, including titles under contract. The press has had financial difficulties for several years, and recently let editor Ross Lockhart go. Several of their authors have also left the company. At the same time, SFWA, which has been working with Night Shade Books for several years, including a probationary period, has announced the press will be delisted as a qualifying market.

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