Nebula Nominations

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 50th annual Nebula Award Banquet in Chicago, IL on May 14, with Toast Master John Hodgman. 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 Chicago’s Palmer House from May 12-15.

Novel

  • Raising Caine, by Charles E. Gannon
  • The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ancillary Mercy, by Ann Leckie
  • The Grace of Kings, by Ken Liu
  • Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  • Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Updraft, by Fran Wilde

Novella

  • Wings of Sorrow and Bone, by Beth Cato
  • “The Bone Swans of Amandale,” by C.S.E. Cooney
  • “The New Mother,” by Eugene Fischer
  • “The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn,” by Usman T. Malik
  • Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • “Waters of Versailles,” by Kelly Robson

Novelette

  • “Rattlesnakes and Men,” by Michael Bishop
  • “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds,” by Rose Lemberg
  • “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society,” by Henry Lien
  • “The Deepwater Bride,” by Tamsyn Muir
  • “Our Lady of the Open Road,” by Sarah Pinsker

Short Story

  • “Madeleine,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Cat Pictures Please,” by Naomi Kritzer
  • “Damage,” by David D. Levine
  • “When Your Child Strays From God,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “Today I Am Paul,” by Martin L. Shoemaker
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” by Alyssa Wong

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
  • Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
  • Jessica Jones: AKA Smile, Teleplay by Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg; Story by Jamie King & Scott Reynolds
  • Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
  • The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Seriously Wicked, by Tina Connolly
  • Court of Fives, by Kate Elliott
  • Cuckoo Song, by Frances Hardinge
  • Archivist Wasp, by Nicole Kornher-Stace
  • Zeroboxer, by Fonda Lee
  • Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older
  • Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby
  • Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
  • Updraft, by Fran Wilde

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DucKon Remains on Hiatus

After cancelling the 2015 DucKon and establishing a transition team to take care of the convention’s debt and retool for future DucKons, the Duckon Transition Team has announced that they are not in a position to host a DucKon in 2016. The Chicago area convention held 23 events before they were forced to cancel the convention. At this time, their focus is on “clean[ing] the financial slate.” Once that is done, they will determine if it is feasible to host future conventions.

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Hodgman Toastmasters the Nebulas

John Hodgman, longtime Resident Expert on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the voice of the Father and the Other Father in the film Coraline, will serve as toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Awards banquet, held during the SFWA Nebula Conference on May 14 in Chicago, IL. The conference will run from May 12-15 at the Palmer House and features four days of seminars, workshops, and career building and network opportunities.
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SMOFCon 2016 in Chicago

Helen Montgomery will chair SMOFCon 2016 in Chicago on the weekend of December 2-4. A venue for the event has not yet been selected. This will be the 34th SMOFCon, a convention for conrunners, and the second time the event has been held in Chicago, the prior outing in 2003. In addition, bids have been announced for SMOFCons in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Chicago was unopposed for the 2016 bid.

Corflu Chiflu in Chicago

Nigel Rowe has announced that Corflu Chiflu, a convention for fanzine fans, will take place in Chicago from May 13-15 at the Club Quarters Hotel on Adams. Corflu Chiflu joins the Nebula Award Weekend taking place the same weekend two blocks away at the Palmer House, and Book Expo America/Bookcon taking place in Chicago at McCormick Place the same week. Corflu memberships are currently $75 and can be purchased using Paypal through the Corflu website.
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Variety Comics Closes

Variety Comics, the longest continuously operating comic store in Chicago, has announced that it will close on October 31 after 41 years in business. Everything in the store will be on sale during its last weeks.

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Nebula Awards

The Nebula Awards were presented on Saturday, June 6 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago during the Nebula Weekend celebrating the 50th anniversary of SFWA. The award ceremony was hosted by Nick Offerman. The Solstice, Grand Master, and Service Awards had all been previously announced. Reportage on this and other items has been delayed as the editor of SF Site News was chairing this year’s Nebula Weekend.

  • Novel: Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer
  • Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • Novelette: “A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i,” by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • Short Story: “Jackalope Wives,” by Ursula Vernon
  • Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation: Guardians of the Galaxy, written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
  • Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy: Love Is the Drug, by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  • 2015 Damon Knight Grand Master Award: Larry Niven
  • Solstice Award: Joanna Russ (posthumous), Stanley Schmidt
  • Kevin O’Donnell Jr. Service Award: Jeffry Dwight

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SFWA Announces Nebula Toastmaster

SFWA has announced that Nick Offerman, who portrayed Ron Swanson on Parks and Recreation will be the toastmaster at the 50th Nebula Award Ceremony, to be held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago on June 6. The Nebula Award weekend is open to anyone and will also feature a free mass autographing on Friday evening from 8:00-9:30.
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Solstice Winners

SFWA has announced that Joanna Russ and Stanley Schmidt will be this year’s recipients of the Solstice Awards at the 50th Nebula Award Weekend, to be held in Chicago from June 4-7. Russ is being honored as a fiction writer, mentor, teacher, editor, and critic. Schmidt is being recognized for his 34 years as editor of Analog.
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FAAN Award Winners

The winners of the FAAN Award, selected by members of Corflu, were announced today at Tynecon III: The Corflu in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2016, Corflu will take place in Chicago.

  • Best Genzine: Banana Wings, edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
  • Best Personal Fanzine: Vibrator, edited by Graham Charnock
  • Best Single Issue: Trap Door #31
  • Best Fan Writer: Mark Plummer
  • Best Fan Artist: Steve Stiles
  • Best Letterhack: Paul Skelton
  • Best Fanzine Cover: Banana Wings #56, by D West
  • Best Fan Website: eFanzines
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Weston
  • Graham Charnock elected as past President of Fanzine Writers of America.