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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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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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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SFWA Releases Accessibility Guidelines

In 2014, SFWA developed an accessibility checklist for its internal events, such as the Nebula Award Weekend or the New York Reception. SFWA has now elected to make the checklist public and available to other events which may desire to have some guidelines. The guidelines were developed by Matthew Johnson, Teresa Frohock, Peggy Rae Sapienza, Bill Thomasson, and Tanya Washburn, and have been used at multiple SFWA events.

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SFWA Issues Model Contracts

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have issued a new model magazine contract, based on existing magazine contracts as well as the needs of authors. The contracts team consisted primarily of Michael Capobianco, Jim Fiscus, and Ken Liu with feedback from John Joseph Adams, Michael Armstrong, Charles Coleman Finlay, Jeffrey Liss, and Jonathan Wall. They plan to release additional model contracts over the course of the next year.

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SFWA Charity Auction

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors of America (SFWA) will be holding a charity auction on Sunday, August 23 at Sasquan in the Spokane Convention Center Hall C – Guinan’s Place. Proceeds from the auction, which will include tuckerizations and critiques from Greg Bear, David Brin, Cory Doctorow, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Mike Resnick, and John Scalzi, as well as an outgoing voicemail recording by Mary Robinette Kowal and a personalized insult from Neil Gaiman, among other items, will be available. The proceeds will go the the SFWA Givers Fund, which funds the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund, Legal Fund, and other SFWA grants. Ellen Klages will serve as auctioneer.

SFWA Election Results

The results of this year’s SFWA elections, the first to be governed by the new constitution, have been announced. Although SFWA board members will now serve for two year terms, some of this year’s elected board will only serve a single year in order to stagger some of the elections. An asterisk denotes an incumbent who was re-elected. The new board members take office on July 1.

  • President: Cat Rambo
  • Vice-President: M.C.A. Hogarth (one year term)
  • Secretary: Susan Forest*
  • Chief Financial officer: Bud Sparhawk* (one year term)
  • Directors-at-large: Jennifer Brozek and Matthew Johnson*

Lee Martindale, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sarah Pinsker will continue in their multi-year terms as Directors-at-large.
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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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SFWA Announced Grand Master & Service Awards

SFWA has announced that Larry Niven will be named the Damon Knight Grand Master. Niven began publishing in 1964 with “The Coldest Place” and has won the Nebula Award, multiple Hugo Awards, the Ditmar, Seiun, and Prometheus Awards.

In addition, SFWA has announced that Jeffry Dwight will receive the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award. Through his hosting of SFWA’s web presence from the shutdown of GEnie in 1999 until the launch of SFWA’s new website a couple of year’s ago, Dwight helped keep SFWA’s internet presence going, providing connections for many members, and provided assistance for SFWA to modernize on the internet.

The award will be presented at the 50th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend, Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois, June 4 through 7, 2015.

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