Deutscher Phantastik Preis Nominees

The nominees for the Deutscher Phantastik Preis have been announced. Voting will take place between June 20 and July 19 with the winners announced at BuchmesseCon in Dreieich bei Frankfurt on October 17.

Best German Novel

  • Phoenix – Erbe des Feuers, by Ann-Kathrin Karschnick
  • Herz aus Grün und Silber, by Stephanie Linnhe
  • Wächter der letzten Pforte, by Henning Mützlitz and Christian Kopp
  • Imperium der Drachen – Das Blut des Schwarzen Löwen, by Bernd Perplies
  • Totes Land 1 – Ausnahmezustand, by M. H. Steinmetz

Best German Debut Novel

  • Neues aus Neuschwabenland, by Alex Jahnke
  • Das Mondmalheur, by Anette Kannenberg
  • Burgfried, by Veronika Lackerbauer
  • Lux & Umbra 1 – Der Pfad der schwarzen Perle, by Silke M. Meyer
  • Die Prophezeiung der Volturne, by Susanne O’Connell

Best Translated Novel

  • Der böse Ort, by Ben Aaronovitch (Broken Homes)
  • Die Magie der Tausend Welten – Die Begabte, by Trudi Canavan (Thief’s Magic)
  • Der Ozean am Ende der Straße, by Neil Gaiman (The Ocean at the End of the Street)
  • Rabenschatten 1 – Das Lied des Blutes, by Anthony Ryan (Blood Song)
  • Die Sturmlicht-Chroniken 3 – Die Worte des Lichts, by Brandon Sanderson (Words of Radiance)
  • Der Marsianer, by Andy Weir (The Martian

Best German Short Story

  • Quentin & Co.,” by Stefanie Altmeyer
  • Sea,” by Philipp Bobrowski and Claudia Toman
  • Der letzte Gast,” by Vanessa Kaiser and Thomas Lohwasser
  • Der Schatten der Provence,” by Nikolaj Kohler
  • Next Level,” by Susanne O’Connell

Best Anthology/Collection

  • Krieger, edited by Ann-Kathrin Karschnick and Torsten Exter
  • Eis und Dampf, edited by Christian Vogt
  • Fremde Welt, edited by Jacqueline Montemurri
  • Die Schreiberlinge – Vampyrus, edited by Peter Hellinger
  • Steampunk 1851?

Best Series

  • DSA – Das Schwarze Auge
  • Etherna-Saga, by Jennifer Jager
  • Die Chroniken der Seelenwächter, by Nicole Böhm
  • Heliosphere 2265, by Andreas Suchanek
  • Perry Rhodan

    Best Artist

    • Barbara Brosowski Utzinger
    • Arndt Drechsler
    • Mark Freier
    • TimoKümmel
    • Mia Steingräber

    Best Work of Secondary Literature

    • Geek!
    • Hither Shore 10 – Tolkien-Adaptionen
    • Geek, Pray, Love: Ein praktischer Leitfaden für das Leben, das Fandom und den ganzen Rest, by Christian Humberg & Andrea Bottlinger
    • Nautilus – Abenteuer & Phantastik
    • phantastisch!

    Best Website


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  • Tempe for Westercon

    Tempe, Arizona is the only site that has submitted paperwork to run for the 70th Westercon in 2017. The bid is being headed by Gary Swatty with Kevin McAloran as Treasurer and will take place from July 1-4, 2017 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel. All members of Westercon 68 are eligible to vote.

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    Seiun Translated Work Winners

    The winners of the Japanese Seiun Awards for best translated works have been announced and will be presented at Sasquan, this year’s Worldcon. The remaining winners will be announced at Comecon in Yonago, Tottori Prefecture on August 29.

    • Translated Long Story: The Martian, by Andrew Weir, translated by Kazuko Onoda
    • Translated Short Story: “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi,” by Pat Cadigan, translated by Yooichi Shimada

    Locus Award Winners

    The Locus Awards were presented in Seattle, Washington during the Locus Awards Weekend on June 27. The awards are voted on by the readers of Locus and its on-line component.

    • Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
    • Fantasy Novel: The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

    • First Novel: The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert
    • Young Adult Book: Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
    • Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
    • Novelette: “Tough Times All Over,” by Joe Abercrombie
    • Short Story: “The Truth About Owls,” by Amal El-Mohtar
    • Anthology: Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
    • Collection: Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake
    • Non-Fiction: What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton
    • Art Book: Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
    • Artist: John Picacio
    • Editor: Ellen Datlow
    • Magazine:
    • Publisher: Tor

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    Obituary: Patrick Macnee

    Actor Patrick Macnee (b.1922) died on June 25. Macnee is best known for his portrayal of John Steed on The Avengers and The New Avengers. Macnee also appeared in episodes of Battelstar Galactica, Night Gallery, and The Twilight Zone.

    Older Writers Grants

    The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that Deborah (DK) McCutchen and Michael Fontana are the winners of this year’s Older Writers Grant. McCutchen’s firsh novel, Jellyfish, has been excerpted in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Fontana published his first novel shortly after turning 48. The $750 prize is given to help writers who are at least 50 years old and beginning to work at a professional level. The award has been given annually since 2004.

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    Obituary: Dick van Patten

    Actor Dick van Patten (b.1928) died on June 23. Perhaps best known as the patriarch on Eight is Enough, he also appeared in Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Spaceballs, When Things Were Rotten and the film Westworld.

    Obituary: James Horner

    Composer James Horner (b.1953) died in a small plane crash on June 22. Hornr composed and directed music for numerous science fiction and fantasy films, including The Rocketeer, Apollo 13, Blade Runner, Avatar, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and Captain EO. He received his first of seven Oscar nominations of Aliens and eventually won an Oscar for Titanic.

    Sunburst Award Nominations

    The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2015 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint.

    Adult Category

    • The Troop, by Nick Cutter
    • The Back of the Turtle, by Thomas King
    • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
    • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
    • Will Starling, by Ian Weir

    Young Adult

    • The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
    • Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
    • A Breath of Frost, by Alyxandra Harvey
    • Sophie, In Shadow, by Eileen Kernaghan
    • The Door in the Mountain, by Caitlin Sweet

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    Lewis Collection to Iowa

    Allen Lewis of Sioux Falls, Iowa, has announced that he his donated his collection of 17,500, worth an estimated $750,000 to the University of Iowa special collections. Although Lewis’s interest in science fiction began when he was twelve, he didn’t become an active collector until the 1990s. Iowa is also the home of the Rusty Hevelin collection.

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