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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Asimov’s Reader Poll Finalists

Asimov’s has announced the finalists for their thirty-first annual reader’s poll and invites readers to read the stories. The winners will be announced the weekend of May 18-21 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. Editor Sheila Williams notes that they intend to make the finalists available on-line each year from now on.

Novellas

  • “Choose Poison, Choose Life,” by Michael Blumlein
  • “Where There Is Nothing, There Is God,” by David Erik Nelson
  • “What We Hold Onto,” by Jay O’Connell
  • “Lazy Dog Out,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Einstein’s Shadow,” by Allen M. Steele

Novelettes

  • “I Married a Monster from Outer Space,” by Dale Bailey
  • “They Have All One Breath,” by Karl Bunker
  • “President John F. Kennedy, Astronaut,” by Sandra McDonald
  • “Ten Poems for the Mossums, One for the Man,” by Suzanne Palmer
  • “Matilda,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Short Stories

  • “The Mutants Men Don’t See,” by James Alan Gardner
  • “White Dust,” by Nathan Hillstrom
  • “All That Robot…,” by Rich Larson
  • “Exceptional Forces,” by Sean McMullen
  • “Dome on the Prairie,” by Robert Reed

Poetry

  • “The Abassador’s Daughter,” by Megan Arkenberg
  • “Your Clone Excels at You,” by Robert Frazier
  • “After,” by Herb Kauderer
  • “Attack of the Fifty-Foot Woman,” by Ron Koertge
  • “The Robot Grows Old,” by Geoffrey A. Landis
  • “Long Argument, the Longest,” by Jane Yolen
  • “Nice Touch,” by Jane Yolen
  • “Old Women of the Wood,” by Jane Yolen

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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.

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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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

Pratchett Named Solstice Recipient

SFWA has announced that Sir Terry Pratchett will be the recipient of this year’s Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award. The award is presented for those who have had a significant impact on the science fiction or fantasy landscape. In addition to his novels and short stories, Pratchett was also active in Alzheimer’s research and animal conservation. The award, which has been re-named this year to honor Kate Wilhelm, will be presented on March 14 as part of the SFWA Nebula Conference at the Palmer House in Chicago.

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Cherryh Named Grand Master

SFWA has announced that C. J. Cherryh will be named the Damon Knight Grand Master at this year’s SFWA Nebula Conference in Chicago. Cherryh is the author fo Downbelow Station, Cyteen, The Faded Sun series, and the Chanur novels. Her works span the gamut from space opera to historical fantasy. SFWA President Cat Rambo said, ” [Cherryh] is a master of long-running series involving worlds and characters that the reader can visit and revisit with a true sense of wonder each and every time.” Cherryh has received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author, two Hugo Awards, and was the Guest of Honor at the 1998 Worldcon.

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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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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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