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Black Panther Teaser Trailer Posted at 11:44 PM by Dave Post

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I like this a lot! Please be awesome. Please be awesome. Please be awesome…

2017 Mythopoeic Award Finalists Posted at 1:57 PM by Dave Post

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The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2017 Mythopoeic Award. For Adult Literature they are:

Our congrats to all the finalists. See the official press release for details on the other categories. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced during Mythcon 48, to be held July 28-31, 2017, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.

2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists Posted at 8:00 AM by Dave Post

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The finalists for the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science-fiction novel have been announced by the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction. The awards will be presented on Friday, June 16, as part of the Campbell Conference held annually at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

The finalists are:

Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer Posted at 7:20 PM by Dave Post

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Holy cow this looks epic!

Finalists for the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award Posted at 8:13 PM by Dave Post

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Finalists for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for best short science fiction have been selected. The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on Friday, June 16, as part of the annual Campbell Conference.

  • Nina Allan, “The Art of Space Travel,” Tor.com, 27 July 2016.
  • Amal El-Mohtar, “Seasons of Glass and Iron,” The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, eds. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, Saga Press, 2016.
  • Carolyn Ives Gilman, “Touring with the Alien,” Clarkesworld, April 2016.
  • Victor LaValle, The Ballad of Black Tom, Tor.com, February 2016.
  • Ian R. MacLeod, “The Visitor From Taured,” Asimov’s, September 2016.
  • Sam J. Miller, “Things with Beards,” Clarkesworld, June 2016.
  • Dominica Phetteplace, “Project Empathy,” Asimov’s, March 2016.
  • Catherynne M. Valente, “The Future is Blue,” Drowned Worlds, ed. Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books, 2016.
  • Kai Ashante Wilson, A Taste of Honey, Tor.com, 13 October 2016.

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year. It was established in 1987 by James Gunn, founder of the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.

The Campbell Conference has been held each year since 1978, usually in Lawrence, Kansas. It includes a Friday-evening banquet where the annual Theodore Sturgeon and John W. Campbell Memorial Award are presented; a round-table discussion with scholars, scientists, and writers of science fiction; and several other events.

This year’s Campbell Conference celebrates James Gunn and the mission of the Gunn Center – “Saving the world through science fiction.” The Conference takes place on June 16-18, where we return to the University of Kansas Student Union for most of our activities, including a mass signing by the attending authors and editors. We continue adding more special guests throughout May and early June.

2017 Andre Norton Award Winner! Posted at 8:10 AM by Dave Post

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Arabella of MarsThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced the winner of the 2017 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy:

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine (Tor)

The award was announced with the Nebula winners over the weekend.

Our congrats to David D. Levine and all the nominees:

What do you think of this result?

2016 Nebula Award Winner! Posted at 8:00 AM by Dave Post

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The 2016 Nebula Awards were presented at a ceremony held in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center in Pennsylvania on the evening of May 20, 2017. The best novel winner is:

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

Our congrats to Charlie Jane Anders and all the other nominees.

Locus has the full list of winners in all categories.

All the Birds in the Sky is up for the 2017 Hugo Award and the 2017 Locus Fantasy Award and, with this win, has made it onto our Award Winning Books by Women Authors list.

What do you think of this result?

Star Trek: Discovery – First Look Trailer Posted at 11:09 PM by Dave Post

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So we finally get to see what the new Trek is going to look like. Well, not too bad I’d say though the trailer is not quite as exciting as I would have liked. What do you think?

2017 Locus Award Finalists Posted at 2:33 PM by Dave Post

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The finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards have been announced. Here they are for the novel categories:

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Locus Science Fiction Novel:

 

All the Birds in the Sky Summerlong City of Blades The Obelisk Gate Children of Earth and Sky The Wall of Storms The Last Days of New Paris The Winged Histories The Nightmare Stacks Necessity

Locus Fantasy Novel:

 

The Reader Waypoint Kangaroo The Star-Touched Queen The Girl From Everywhere Roses and Rot Ninefox Gambit Arabella of Mars Infomocracy Everfair Vigil

Locus First Novel:

 

Crooked Kingdom The Girl Who Drank the Moon Double Down Truthwitch Poisoned Blade Burning Midnight Goldenhand Revenger This Savage Song The Evil Wizard Smallbone

Locus Young Adult Book:

 

For the complete list of noms in all categories check out the official press release from Locus. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 23-25, 2017; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.  Our congratulations to all the nominees!

What do you think of these lists? Any surprises? Any favorites?  How do you like the expanded 10 noms per category?

What’s Your Science Fiction Fantasy? Posted at 11:07 AM by James Wallace Harris

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Have you ever wanted to write a science fiction novel? Do you picture yourself as the hero? Be honest – do you have what it takes to be a great protagonist? And just what kind of adventure would you want to have?

Novels, unlike real life, and especially for science fiction, can be about anything. But let’s get really far out. Let’s imagine you have died, and you regain consciousness. You’re in an empty room with another being. Let’s not be so pedestrian as to call it God. Let’s just say it’s a very advanced being with great powers. The being tells you how reincarnation works. You can now be sent anywhere in the multiverse to live again. Just pick. The multiverse is so infinite anything you can imagine exists somewhere. Just think what you want. Or you can volunteer to be randomly placed.

Do you have a favorite book or movie you’d like to live? Have you been refining a personal fantasy for years you want to try out? Think hard and long, because like a Genie with three wishes, your decision can come back to bite you in the ass. Do you want to stay on Earth, or venture out into the solar system, or beyond? Do you want to be rich? Have lots of sex? Travel far and wide? Invent wonderful machines? Do great deeds? Be a great leader? Spend a lifetime being compassionate?

Think about your favorite novels. Good ones usually involve much adversity and danger. Have you ever read Replay by Ken Grimwood? Jeff Winston, the novel’s protagonist dies at 43 and wakes up back in 1963, in his 18-year-old body to live his life again. He remembers his first life, so he tries to make his second life better. It doesn’t work out like he plans. (Do plans ever work out like planned?) Jeff dies again and gets yet another chance. Thus the title. This 1986 novel came out well before Groundhog Day in 1993. This is one of my favorite fantasies.

When I was younger, I would have picked being a colonist on Mars. Either like Heinlein’s Red Planet or Robinson’s Red Mars. Or maybe a person using suspended animation to see the future like Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer. Of course, having a time machine like the traveler in H. G. Wells’ The Time Machine would be fantastic. I can’t think of anything more rewarding than going up and down the timeline of Earth to see what happens in both the past and the future.

However, I’d still pick the Ken Grimwood type of adventure. I’d like to reincarnate into my 12-year-old self and try this life again, starting in 1963. (Strange that Grimwood and I both picked 1963.) That was the year my family moved from Miami to South Carolina. I’ve always wondered if I could have convinced my folks to let me stay with my grandmother instead. She lived alone and managed an apartment building for old people. I even met a woman there who had been on the Titanic. My grandmother could have used the help, and I could have made a much better life knowing what I know now – if I had tried harder. It would be rewarding to live another life doing everything differently.

Hinduism invented the idea of reincarnation to improve the soul. It’s a rather elegant idea once you think about it. Especially, if you could reincarnate into your own life for a second try. It’s taken me almost seven decades to figure out how things work. Would knowing what I know now at puberty make much of a difference? It would be fascinating to find out.

Science fiction is really a literature of imagining alternate lives using all of time and space. Most of the time we explore wishes gone bad. I think that’s why I’ve always loved the twelve Heinlein juvenile novels the most of any science fiction stories. Those stories published from 1947-1958 had a lot of bad things happen to the characters, but the sense-of-wonder adventures made up for any of the sufferings.

If you have the time, leave a comment about the choice you’d make.