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2015 John W. Campbell Memorial Award Finalists Announced Posted at 7:32 PM by Dave Post

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The Race A Darkling Sea The Peripheral Afterparty Europe in Autumn Wolves The Three-Body Problem Station Eleven Defenders The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August The Bees Bête Lock In The Martian Annihilation Echopraxia

The finalists for the 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 12, as part of the Campbell Conference held annually at the University of Kansas in Lawrence.

The finalists for the best SF novel of 2014 are:

Our congrats to all the finalists for being part of such an impressive list! How do you pick from so many great books? What do you think of this lineup?

2014 Bram Stoker Award Winners Posted at 12:23 AM by Dave Post

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Bram Stoker AwardBlood KinThe Horror Writers Association have announced the 2014 Bram Stoker Award winners.  The winner for Superior Achievement in a Novel is Blood Kin by Steve Rasnic Tem.

Our congrats to Mr. Tem and all the nominees.

The award presentation occurred during the World Horror Convention in Atlanta, Georgia on the evening of Saturday, May 9, 2015.

See the complete list of winners in all categories on the official press release.

What do you think of this result?

2014 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Posted at 5:44 PM by Dave Post

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Annihilation Bird Box Broken Monsters Confessions The Lesser Dead The Unquiet House

The nominees for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award have been announced. The noms in the novel category are:

Shirley Jackson AwardThe Shirley Jackson Awards are voted upon by a jury of professional writers, editors, critics, and academics, with input from a Board of Advisors. The awards are given for the best work published in the preceding calendar year in the following categories: Novel, Novella, Novelette, Short Story, Single-Author Collection, and Edited Anthology. You can see the complete list of noms in all categories in the official press release.

Our congrats to all the nominees! What do you like from this list? Any surprise inclusions?

2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner! Posted at 8:53 PM by Dave Post

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Station ElevenArthur C. Clarke AwardThe 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award has been announced.  The judging panel, nominated by the British Science Fiction Association, the Science Fiction Foundation and SCI-FI-LONDON, selected:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Alfred A. Knopf) as this year’s winner.

The winner received a check for £2015.00 and a commemorative engraved bookend trophy. Congratulations to Emily St. John Mandel for the win and to all the other nominees:

So what do you think of the result?


2015 Locus Award Finalists Posted at 8:40 AM by Dave Post

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The nominees for the 2015 Locus Awards have been announced. Here they are for the novel categories:

The Peripheral Ancillary Sword The Three-Body Problem Lock In Annihilation

Locus Science Fiction Novel:


The Goblin Emperor Steles of the Sky City of Stairs The Magician's Land The Mirror Empire

Locus Fantasy Novel:


Elysium A Darkling Sea The Clockwork Dagger The Memory Garden The Emperor's Blades

Locus First Novel:


Half a King The Doubt Factory Waistcoats & Weaponry Empress of the Sun Clariel

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 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony. Our congratulations to all the nominees!

What do you think of these lists? Any surprises?  Any favorites?

Prometheus Award on WWEnd! Posted at 10:17 AM by Dave Post

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Prometheus AwardLast week we added the Prometheus Award to Worlds Without End!  This marks the 24th award for WWEnd after the recent additions of the Aurealis Awards for SF, Fantasy, and Horror.

The Prometheus Award, sponsored by the Libertarian Futurist Society (LFS), was established in 1979, making it one of the most enduring awards after the Nebula and Hugo awards, and one of the oldest fan-based awards currently in SF. Presented annually since 1982 at the World Science Fiction Convention, the Prometheus Awards include a gold coin and plaque for the winners. For more than three decades, the Prometheus Awards have recognized outstanding works of science fiction and fantasy that stress the importance of liberty as the foundation for civilization, peace, prosperity, progress and justice.

WWEnders have been after us to get the Prometheus into the database for some time and thanks to the work of our Uber User volunteers we’ve finally gotten it done.  Our thanks to them for the excellent work and continued support with the awards and lists.  Stand by for a new list addition later this week too!

More from Oz: Aurealis SF/F/H Awards on WWEnd and a New Reading Challenge Posted at 8:00 AM by Dave Post

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RYO_SFDownUnderA few days ago we added the Aurealis Science Fiction Award to WWEnd and now we’ve followed up with the Aurealis Fantasy and Aurealis Horror. We’re now representin’ Down Under like never before and with all these new Australian authors in our database I thought it would be fun to start a new Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenge.

We’ve been getting a lot of comments from our members about just how few Aussie authors they’ve read and how those blanks in their awards stats are really bugging them.  Thus was born the Keep Calm and Read SF from Down Under Reading Challenge.

This challenge is simplicity itself.  All you have to do is read some books from the Aurealis Science Fiction, Fantasy or Horror Awards we’ve just added to the site or any Aussie author you like.  The SF in this case is “Speculative Fiction” rather than just “Sci-Fi”.  We have 4 reading levels, named after Australian candies, for this challenge so you can jump in at a level that’s right for you.  Sweet!

And this challenge plays nicely most of the other RYO challenges too so combining with the Women of Genre Fiction or Space Opera or pretty much any of the others is easily done.

Science Fiction from Down Under – Aurealis SF Award on WWEnd Posted at 1:44 PM by Dave Post

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Aurealis SF Award Ever wondered what kind of science fiction they write in Australia?  Well, wonder no more.  We’ve just added the Aurealis SF Award to WWEnd!  The best authors from the land down under are right here at your fingertips.

The Aurealis Awards were established in 1995 to recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers.  The SF award is in now and we’re working on getting the Fantasy and Horror awards added too so stay tuned for that announcement.  In the meantime, throw another shrimp on the barbie, grab a Foster’s and kick back with some awesome Australian sci-fi.

Thanks as always to our Uber Users for getting all the data together.

2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Posted at 1:51 PM by Dave Post

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The Girl With All The Gifts The Book of Strange New Things Europe in Autumn Memory of Water The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Station Eleven

The shortlist for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel for 2015 have been announced. They are:

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6th May at an exclusive award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London, and taking place as part of the activities leading up to the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival. The winner will be presented with a check for £2015.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend. See the official press release for more details.

So what do you think of this list? Any surprises for you? Which is your pick to win?

2014 BSFA Award Winner! Posted at 11:26 PM by Dave Post

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Ancillary Sword

BSFAThe 2014 BSFA Award winners were announced at the 66th Eastercon Dysprosium at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow on Sunday 5th April 2015.

In the Best Novel category the winner is Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword, the sequel to last year’s co-winner Ancillary Justice.  To see the full results in all categories check out the official announcement on the BSFA website.

Our congrats to Ms. Leckie for the win.

What do you think of this result?  Ancillary Sword is making a splash, though not yet as big as Justice.  It may be time for a new mantlepiece in the Leckie household to hold all these new awards.