Sparhawk Receives O’Donnell Award

SFWA has announced that Bud Sparhawk will receive this year’s Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award on March 19 at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh. In addition to serving as a director, treasurer and CFO for the organization, he has also advised the Emergency Medical Fund and the Grants Committee and established SFWA’s Financial Advisory Committee.

Nebula Nominees Announced

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 Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 19. This year’s SFWA Nebula Conference will take place at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center from May 17-20.

Novel

  • Amberlough, by Lara Elena Donnelly
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, by Theodora Goss
  • Spoonbenders, by Daryl Gregory
  • The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty
  • Jade City, by Fonda Lee
  • Autonomous, by Annalee Newitz

Novella

  • River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey
  • Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages
  • “And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker
  • Barry’s Deal, by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • All Systems Red, by Martha Wells
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang

Novelette

  • “Dirty Old Town,” by Richard Bowes
  • “Weaponized Math,” by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • “Wind Will Rove,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “A Series of Steaks,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “A Human Stain,” by Kelly Robson
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time,” by K.M. Szpara

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM,” by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • “Utopia, LOL?,” by Jamie Wahls
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard),” by Matthew Kressel
  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim

The Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele
  • The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit,” written by Michael Schur
  • Logan, screenplay by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green
  • The Shape of Water, screenplay by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written by Rian Johnson
  • Wonder Woman, screenplay by Allan Heinberg

The Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  • Exo, by Fonda Lee
  • Weave a Circle Round, by Kari Maaren
  • The Art of Starving, by Sam J. Miller
  • Want, by Cindy Pon

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Nebula Nominations Open

SFWA has announced that the Nebula Award nomination period is now open for all Active and Associate members of SFWA. The nomination for the 2017 Nebula Awards period runs from November 15-February 15. Nominations may be made for the Nebula Awards, the Bradbury Award, and the Norton Award. The Nebula Awards will be presented following a banquet at the SFWA Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh in May.

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Nebula Award 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 Banquet in Pittsburgh, PA on May 20. 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 Pittsburgh’s Marriott Marquis from May 18-21.

Novel

  • All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
  • Borderline, by Mishell Baker
  • The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
  • Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee
  • Everfair, by Nisi Shawl

Novella

  • Runtime, by S.B. Divya
  • The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson
  • The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle
  • Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
  • “The Liar,” by John P. Murphy
  • A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson

Novelette

  • “The Long Fall Up,” by William Ledbetter
  • “Sooner or Later Everything Falls Into the Sea,” by Sarah Pinsker
  • “Red in Tooth and Cog,” by Cat Rambo*
  • “Blood Grains Speak Through Memories,” by Jason Sanford
  • “The Orangery,” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam
  • The Jewel and Her Lapidary, by Fran Wilde
  • “You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay,” by Alyssa Wong

Short Story

  • “Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies,” by Brooke Bolander
  • “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “Sabbath Wine,” by Barbara Krasnoff
  • “Things With Beards,” by Sam J. Miller
  • “This Is Not a Wardrobe Door,” by A. Merc Rustad
  • “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers,” by Alyssa Wong
  • “Welcome to the Medical Clinic at the Interplanetary Relay Station│Hours Since the Last Patient Death: 0,” Caroline M. Yoachim

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • Arrival, Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Screenplay by Eric Heisserer
  • Doctor Strange, Directed by Scott Derrickson, Screenplay by Scott Derrickson & C. Robert Cargill
  • Kubo and the Two Strings, Directed by Travis Knight, Screenplay by Mark Haimes & Chris Butler
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Directed by Gareth Edwards, Written by Chris Weitz & Tony Gilroy
  • “The Bicameral Mind,” Westworld, Directed by Jonathan Nolan, Written by Lisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
  • Zootopia, Directed by Byron Howard, Rich Moore, & Jared Bush, Screenplay by Jared Bush & Phil Johnston

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon, by Kelly Barnhill
  • The Star-Touched Queen, by Roshani Chokshi
  • The lie Tree, by Frances Hardinge
  • Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
  • Rainhead, by Philip Reeve
  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies, by Lindsay Ribar
  • The Evil Wizard Smallbone, by Delia Sherman

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*After the original announcement, it was determined that Cat Rambo’s story had been edited to fall below the length for Novelette. Her story has been dropped from the ballot and replaced.

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.

Kowal’s Disappearing Candidacy

In December, Mary Robinette Kowal announced her candidacy for the Presidency of SFWA, noting that she has previously served as the organization’s Secretary and Vice-President. She has now announced that she will not be running for the position in 2017, explaining that when she made her announcement, she did not think current President Cat Rambo would be running for re-election.
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Game Writers Eligible for SFWA

SFWA has announced that game writers will be eligible for membership as of August 1, 2016. Games in any medium may be used for qualification so long as the game has a narrative element, is in English, and in the science fiction, fantasy, horror or related genres.
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SFWA Election Results

SFWA announced the results of their elections at their Business Meeting on May 14. Last year saw some officers elected for two year terms and others elected for one year terms. This year, elections were only held for positions which were elected for one year terms last year. Erin M. Hartshorn, Justina Ireland, and Lawrence M. Schoen ran for two open Director-at-Large positions.

  • Vice President: M.C.A. Hogarth, re-elected, unopposed
  • CFO: Bud Sparhawk, re-elected, unopposed
  • Director at Large: Justina Ireland
  • Director at Large: Lawrence M. Schoen

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SFWA Plans to Add Game Writers

At the SFWA Business Meeting on May 14, Fran Wilde announced that SFWA has elected to permit game writers to apply for membership once eligibility guidelines have been set.