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2013 BSFA Award Winners Posted at 1:07 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Ancillary Justice Ack-Ack Macaque

The 2013 BSFA Award winners were announced at a ceremony last night at the 65th Eastercon at the Crowne Plaza, Glasgow.  In the Best Novel category we have a tie between Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice and Gareth L. Powell’s Ack_Ack Macaque.  Our congrats to both on the shared win.  To see the full results in all categories check out the official announcement on the BSFA website.

What do you think of this result?  Ancillary Justice seems like it’s no surprise but what about Ack-Ack?  The cover has always intrigued me – I mean, what’s not to love about a cigar-smoking, gun-toting chimpanzee airship pilot?

2014 Hugo Award Nominees Posted at 10:07 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

  Neptune's Brood Parasite Warbound The Wheel of Time

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees have been announced.  The noms in the Novel category are:

See the full list of noms in all categories on the official Hugo Award site.

So, it’s the entire Wheel of Time series that is up for the best novel.  The Hugo rules allow a series to be eligible after the final volume has been published and as long as none of the books in the series were nominated individually.  The argument is that it’s one long continuous story which is the same reasoning that lead to Blackout and All Clear being nominated as a single volume.  Interesting.  Will the legions of Jordan/Sanderson fans out there carry the award for them?

What do you think of this crop of nominees?  Anything strike your fancy?

2013 Philip K. Dick Award Winner! Posted at 6:02 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Countdown City Self-Reference Engine

The 2013 Philip K. Dick Award winner was announced Friday, April 18, at Norwescon 37, in SeaTac, Washington.  The winner is Countdown City by Ben H. Winters.  The Special Citation went to Self-Reference Engine by Toh EnJoe.  Our congrats to Ben and Toh and to all the nominees.

2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Posted at 10:15 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

God's War Ancillary Justice The Disestablishment of Paradise Nexus The Adjacent The Machine

The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel for 2014 were announced earlier this week.  They are:

The winner will be announced on Thursday May 1st at an exclusive award ceremony held at the Royal Society, London, and taking place as part of the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.  The winner will be presented with a check for £2014.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.  See the official press release for more details.

Ancillary Justice keeps rolling along, garnering a 4th award nom with God’s War just behind with 3 noms to it’s credit.  So what do you think of this list?  Any surprises for you?  Which is your pick to win?

2013 Nebula Award Nominees Announced Posted at 6:02 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves The Ocean at the End of the Lane Fire with Fire Hild Ancillary Justice The Red: First Light A Stranger in Olondria The Golem and the Jinni

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announces the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees! The noms in the Best Novel category are:

The winners will be announced during the 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend will be held May 15-18th, 2014, in San Jose at the San Jose Marriott. The Awards Ceremony will be hosted by Toastmaster Ellen Klages.  Check out the official press release for full details and the complete list of noms in all categories.

This ballot’s got a lot of variety and continues a recent trend in the Nebulas having a female majority of noms:  6 of 8 for 2013, 4 of 6 2012, 4 of 6 2011 and 5 of 6 for 2010.  Interesting.  Ancillary Justice has the most award nominations out of these book (3 so far) so I guess that makes it the front runner.  What are your predictions?  Do you have a favorite?

2013 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot Posted at 5:36 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

NOS4A2 Doctor Sleep Malediction A Necessary End The Heavens Rise

The Horror Writers Association (HWA) has announced the final ballot for the 2013 Bram Stoker Awards. The noms in the Superior Achievement in a Novel category are:

The Stoker Awards will be presented at the 27th annual Bram Stoker Awards Banquet held during the World Horror Convention 2014 in Portland, Oregon, on May 10th. See the official press release for the complete Stoker ballot and voting details.

This looks like an interesting crop of books and I like that we have a father and son going head to head for the award. I’m guessing that doesn’t happen very often for any award. Must make for some interesting conversation ’round the dinner table at the King house. What do you think of this lineup? Any predictions?

Works Eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: For Free! Posted at 8:02 AM by Allie McCarn


2014CampbellianAnthology_CoverIf you’re interested in nominating authors for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2014 Campbellian Anthology will be an excellent resource! Stupefying Stories has put together a free anthology that contains works by most of the authors eligible for this year’s prize.

The anthology contains works by 111 authors, for a total of more than 860,000 words of fiction. It appears that short fiction is contained in entirety, while excerpts are included of novels. The anthology is available for free until the end of April (or 30 days after the announcement of the Hugo/Campbell ballot), so it’s a good idea to get it as soon as possible!






2013 BSFA Shortlist Announced Posted at 9:00 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

God's War Ancillary Justice Evening's Empires Ack-Ack Macaque The Adjacent

The shortlist for the 2013 British Science Fiction Association Award has been announced. The nominees for Best Novel are:

The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a coveted BSFA trophy. Also in the ceremony will be the annual James White Award announcing its short story competition winner.

Congratulations to all the nominees.  What do you think of this list? Any favorites to win?  Ancillary Justice is making all kinds of waves but is it a favorite?

2013 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Posted at 6:23 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

A Calculated Life The Mad Scientist's Daughter Self-Reference ENGINE Ancillary Justice Life on the Preservation Solaris Rising 2: The New Solaris Book of Science Fiction Countdown City

The 2013 Philip K. Dick Award nominees have been announced:

2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award: Samuel R. Delany Posted at 9:55 AM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Samuel R. DelanyThe Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has named Samuel R. Delany, Jr. the 2013 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  The award will be presented at the 49th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend in San Jose, CA, May 16-18, 2014.

From the official press release:

“Samuel R. Delany is one of science fiction’s most influential authors, critics, and teachers and it is my great honor to announce his selection. When discussing him as this year’s choice with the board, past-presidents, and members, the most frequent response I received was, “He’s not already?”  Well he is now.” – SFWA President, Steven Gould

“This award astonishes me, humbles me, and I am honored by it. It recalls to me–with the awareness of mortality age ushers up–the extraordinary writers who did not live to receive it: Roger Zelazny, Joanna Russ, Thomas M. Disch, Octavia E. Butler–as well, from the generation before me, Katherine MacLean, very much alive. I accept the award for them, too: they are the stellar practitioners without whom my own work, dim enough, would have been still dimmer.” – Samuel R. Delany

Delany joins Gene Wolfe (2012), Connie Willis (2011) and a host of other greats who have received the award since Robert A. Heinlein won the inaugural award in 1975.  See the complete list on our Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award page.

Our congratulations to Mr. Delany on his award.  What do you think of this choice?  How many of the Grand Masters have you read?