Obituary: Mick O’Connor

Irish fan Mick O’Connor died on February 16. O’Connor became active in fandom in the 1990s when he began attending meetings of the Irish Science Fiction Association. O’Connor also ran a comic book shop in Dublin and was part of the current Dublin in 2019 Worldcon bid.

Borderlands Looks for New Lease on Life

After announcing at the beginning of February that Borderlands Books in San Francisco would be closing by the end of March due to a minimum wage increase, the bookstore has announced that they are hoping to stay open by selling sponsorships. If they can sell 300 annual sponsorships of $100 by March 31, they will remain open for another year, repeating the sponsorship sale each year. The sponsorships will help cover the wage increases as well as provide the store with case reserves.

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Paul Harland Prize Winners

The winners of the Paul Harland Prize, presented for the best Dutch short sf were announced during the Gala of the Fantastic Book in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands on February 7. Prizes carry awards of between € 150 and € 1000. Normally, the W.J. Maryson Talent Award is also awarded, but there was no winner this year.

  • 2014 Paul Harland Prize Winner: “Mevrouw Rosenbaum vecht tegen de duivel” (“Mrs. Rosenbaum Fights the Devil”), by Erik Heiser
  • Paul Harland Debut Award: “De sneeuw” (“The Snow”), by Jacqueline Weers
  • Nederlands Contact Centrum voor Science Fiction Award: “Overal schaduwen, overal sterren” (“Shadows Everywhere, Stars Everywhere”), by Marco Knauff
  • De Feniksprijs: “Woestijnzand” (“Desert sand”), by Nieske Lindelauf–den Heijer

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Nebula 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 Weekend Banquet in Chicago, IL on June 6. All SFWA Active members may vote for the Nebulas from March 1 through March 31. This year’s 50th Nebula Award will take place at Chicago’s Palmer House from June 4-7.

Novel

  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Trial by Fire, by Charles E. Gannon
  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
  • Coming Home, by Jack McDevitt
  • Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer

Novella

  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert
  • Calendrical Regression, by Lawrence Schoen
  • “Grand Jeté (The Great Leap),” by Rachel Swirsky

Novelette

  • “Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes
  • “The Magician and Laplace’s Demon,” by Tom Crosshill
  • “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • “The Husband Stitch,” by Carmen Maria Machado
  • “We Are the Cloud,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Story

  • “The Breath of War,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “When It Ends, He Catches Her,” by Eugie Foster
  • “The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye,” by Matthew Kressel
  • “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family,” by Usman T. Malik
  • “A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon
  • “The Fisher Queen,” by Alyssa Wong

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr., & Armando Bo
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
  • Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth
  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
  • The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Unmade, by Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Salvage, by Alexandra Duncan
  • Love Is the Drug, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future, by A.S. King
  • Dirty Wings, by Sarah McCarry
  • Greenglass House, by Kate Milford
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton

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To attend the Nebula Weekend

HWS Grand Master Named

The Horror Writers of America (HWA) have announced that William F. Nolan has been named a Grand Master. Nolan will be honored at the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, GA the weekend of May 7-10. Nolan has been widely published and has written film and television screenplays. He may be best known for the novel Logan’s Run and his short fiction has been collected in more than a dozen collections. Nolan has received Bram Stoker Awards and has been named an Author Emeritus by SFWA.

Kitschies Shortlist

London Fallen has announced the nominees for the 2014 Kitschies, presented for the most progressive, intelligent, and entertaining works of genre fiction. Winners will receive a cash prize and a trophy. The winners will be announced on March 4 at the Seven Dials Club in London.

The Red Tentacle (Novel)

  • The Race, by Nina Allen
  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith
  • The Way Inn, by Will Wiles

The Golden Tentacle (Debut)

  • The Girl in the Road, by Monica Byrne
  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet, by Becky Chambers
  • Viper Wine, by Hermione Eyre
  • Memory of Water, by Emmi Itäranta
  • The People in the Trees, by Hanya Yanagihara

The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art)

  • Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods, by Emily Carroll & Sonja Chaghatzbanian
  • Valerie Martin’s The Ghost of the Mary Celeste, design by Steve Marking, lettering by Kimberly Glyder
  • Nick Harkaway’s Tigerman, by Glenn O’Neill
  • Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Things, by Rafaela Romaya & Yehring Tong
  • Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming, by Ben Summers

The Invisible Tentacle (Natively Digital Fiction)

  • Kentucky Route Zero: Act III, by Cardboard Computer
  • 80 Days, by Meg Jayanth
  • echovirus12, by Jeff Noon, Ed, James Knight, violet sprite, Richard Biddle, Mina Polen, Uel Aramchek, Graham Walsh, and Vapour Vox
  • The Sailor’s Dream, by Simogo

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Obituary: Nick Winks

Ohio fan Nick Winks (b.1949) died on December 20. Winks was an active convention runner, running children’s programming for various Marcons, Windycons, and Chicon 2000 and also working on Context. Winks held the rank of Admiral in Barfleet. He leaves behind his wife, fan Linda Winks.

BSFA Award Nominations

The nominees for the BSFA Award have been announced. The winners will be announced in a ceremony at Dysprosium, this year’s Eastercon in London Sunday on April 6. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a BSFA trophy. The James White Award will also announce the winner at the ceremony.

Best Artwork

  • Richard Anderson for the cover of Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley
  • Blacksheep for the cover of Bête, by Adam Roberts
  • Tessa Farmer for her sculpture The Wasp Factory, after Iain Banks.
  • Jeffery Alan Love for the cover of Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • Andy Potts for the cover of Mars Evacuees, by Sophia McDougall

Best Non-Fiction

  • Call and Response, by Paul Kincaid
  • “Deep Forests and Manicured Gardens: A Look at Two New Short Fiction Magazines,” by Jonathan McCalmont
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War, by Edward James
  • “The State of British SF and Fantasy: A Symposium,” in Strange Horizons
  • Greg Egan, by Karen Burnham

Best Short Fiction:

  • “The Honey Trap,” by Ruth E J Booth
  • “The Mussel Eater,” by Octavia Cade
  • “Scale Bright,” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew

Best Novel

  • The Race, by Nina Allan
  • Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
  • Europe in Autumn, by Dave Hutchinson
  • Wolves, by Simon Ings
  • Ancilliary Sword, by Anne Leckie
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • Lagoon, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • The Moon King, by Neil Williamson

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NESFA Fellows Named

NESFA bestowed the title of Fellow of NESFA on two individuals at Boskone 52 on February 15. Jane Yolen and Bruce Coville were both recognized for their contributions to science fiction and fannish culture.

Skylark Award

At Boskone 52, the weekend of February 13-15, this year’s recipients of the Skylark award was announced. The Skylark Award is presented for significant contributions through work in the field of science fiction and by exemplifying the personal qualities which made the late “Doc” Smith well-loved by those who knew him. This year’s award was won by Moshe Feder.
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