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Aliette de Bodard wins a Nebula

Congratulations to Aliette de Bodard for winning a Nebula Award for Best Short Story, for Immersion.

This is something of a historical win as, as far as we can ascertain, Aliette is the first ever European writer to win a Nebula in the entire history of the award. Congratulations to Aliette and here’s hoping for the continuation of greater diversity in the field’s awards.

“Immersion” is also a current Hugo Award nominee.

May 21, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

BSFA Award

I’m delighted to say we’ve been nominated for a BSFA Award in the non-fiction category!

And very happy to see two international writers, Aliette de Bodard (France) and Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Philippines) in the short fiction category.

Best Novel

Dark Eden by Chris Beckett (Corvus)

Empty Space: a Haunting by M. John Harrison (Gollancz)

Intrusion by Ken Macleod (Orbit)

Jack Glass by Adam Roberts (Gollancz)

2312 by Kim Stanley-Robinson (Orbit)

Best Short Story

Immersion” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld #69)

“The Flight of the Ravens” by Chris Butler (Immersion Press)

Song of the body Cartographer” by Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Phillipines Genre Stories)

“Limited Edition” by Tim Maughan (1.3, Arc Magazine)

Three Moments of an Explosion” by China Mieville (Rejectamentalist Manifesto)

Adrift on the Sea of Rains” by Ian Sales (Whippleshield Books)

Best Artwork

Ben Baldwin for the cover of Dark Currents (Newcon Press)

Blacksheep for the cover of Adam Roberts’s Jack Glass (Gollancz)

Dominic Harman for the cover of Eric Brown’s Helix Wars (Rebellion)

Joey Hifi for the cover of Simon Morden’s Thy Kingdom Come (Jurassic London)

Si Scott for the cover artwork for Chris Beckett’s Dark Eden (Corvus)

Best Non-Fiction

“The Complexity of the Humble Space Suit” by Karen Burnham (Rocket Science, Mutation Press)

The Widening Gyre” by Paul Kincaid (Los Angeles Review of Books)

The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn (Cambridge University Press)

The Shortlist Project by Maureen Kincaid Speller

The World SF Blog, Chief Editor Lavie Tidhar

January 18, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Comments Off on BSFA Award

2012 Utopiales Awards Announced

The Utopiales Awards were announced in Utopiales, Nantes, France.


Utopiales European Award: “Biting the Shield” (Mordre le bouclier) by Justine Niogret (France)

Utopiales European Youth Award: “Blood Red Road” (Saba ange de la mort ) by Moira Young (UK)


Feature Films

Grand Prix : “Eega” (Fly) by S. S. Rajamouli (India)

SyFy Public Award & Special Mention:  ”Iron Sky” by Timo Vuorensola (Finland)

Special Mention : “The Human Race” by Paul Hough (UK)

Short Films

Jury Award :  ”Apnoe” by Harald Hund, Paul Horn (Austria)

Audience Award :  ”The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb” (La Mysterieuse disparition de Robert Ebb) by Francois Xavier

Goby, Matthieu Landour and Clement Bolla (France, UK)

Special Mention : “Robots of Brixton” by Tavares Kibwe (UK)

Special Mention : “Error 0036″ by Raul Fernandez Rincón (Spain)

Special Mention :  ”Tvillingen” (The Twin) by Gustav Danielsson (Sweden)


Utopiales Comics Award: “Daytripper” by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba

Jury Special Award :  ”Big Crunch” by Remi Gourrierec

Video Games

Tie: “Thanks for Playing” and “2012 Game”

Role Play:

Best Screenplay : Victor Bret for “War Hero”

November 27, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | Comments Off on 2012 Utopiales Awards Announced

Lord, Okorafor win Carl Brandon Awards

Via Locus:

The Carl Brandon Society has announced that Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord and Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor are the 2010 Carl Brandon Awards winners. Redemption in Indigo won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award, given to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color, and Who Fears Death was awarded the Carl Brandon Kindred Award, given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity. Each award winner will receive a $1000 cash prize. The awards will be presented at Worldcon in Chicago, August 30 – September 3, 2012. Carl Brandon Awards nominations are openthrough September 5, 2012 for works written in 2011.

Congratulations to WSB contributor Karen Lord, and Apex Book of World SF 2 contributor Nnedi Okorafor!

August 10, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Comments Off on Lord, Okorafor win Carl Brandon Awards

Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2012

Locus have the winners of this year’s Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire:

French Novel

  • Rêves de Gloire, Rolanc C. Wagner (L’Atalante)
  • Avant le déluge, Raphaël Albert (Mnémos)
  • Léviathan : La Chute, Lionel Davoust (Don Quichotte)
  • Bankgreen, Thierry Di Rollo (Le Bélial’)
  • Narcogenèse, Anne Fakhouri (L’Atalante)
  • Loar, Loïc Henry (Griffe d’Encre)
  • D’Or et d’émeraude, Éric Holstein (Mnémos)
  • L’Ardoise magique, Anne Lanièce (Souffle du rêve)
  • La Vestale du calix, Anne Larue (L’Atalante)
  • Bloody Marie, Jacques Martel (Black Book)

French Short Fiction

  • Boire la tasse, Christophe Langlois (L’Arbre Vengeur)
  • Dans la forêt des astres, Timothée Rey (Les Moutons Électriques)
  • “Journal d’un poliorcète repenti”, Ugo Bellagamba (Galaxies #14)
  • “Le Paradoxe de Grinn”, Thierry Di Rollo (Bifrost #61)
  • “Faire des algues”, Jérôme Noirez (Bifrost #64)
  • “Les Hérauts d’Hier”, Michel Pagel (La Vie à ses rêves)

French Young Adult Novel

  • La Route des magiciens, Frédéric Petitjean (Don Quichotte)
  • Le Cas Rubis C., Gaël Bordet (Bayard)
  • Nuit tatouée, Charlotte Bousquet (L’Archipel)
  • Imago, Nathalie Le Gendre (Syros)
  • Les Hauts-conteurs (series), Patric McSpare et Olivier Peru (Scrinéo)
  • Le Dernier hiver, Jean-Luc Marcastel (Hachette jeunesse)
  • Terrienne, Jean-Claude Mourlevat (Gallimard jeunesse)
  • Afirik, Lorris Murail (Pocket jeunesse)
  • Le Tertre des âmes, Ludovic Rosmorduc (J’ai lu)
  • Passage en Outre-Monde, Muriel Zürcher (Éveil & Découvertes)

Full lists of winners and shortlisted titles can be found on the web site (in French).

May 31, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Comments Off on Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2012

Romanian Galileo Awards 2012 Announced

The winners of the Romanian Galileo Awards 2012 (Premiile Galileo), voted by the subscribers of Galileo Science Fiction and Fantasy Magazine, were announced on Sunday. Here’s the list of the winners:

  • Best F&SF Book Award (novel or short fiction collection published by a Romanian author in 2011): the novel DEMNET by DAN DOBOS, published by MediaTech in October 2011
  • Best F&SF Short Fiction Award (short fiction published by a Romanian author in 2011): novella “POVESTEA LUI CALISTRAT HADIMBU DIN VIZIRENI, UCIS MISELESTE DE NENICUL RAUL COLENTINA INTR-UN HAN DE LA MARGINEA BUCURESTILOR” by MICHAEL HAULICA, first published in the STEAMPUNK: A DOUA REVOLUTIE anthology, edited by Adrian Craciun, Millennium Books, March 2011 (approximate translation of the title: „The story of Calistrat Hadimbu from Vizireni, cowardly killed by master Raul Colentina in an inn on the outskirts of Bucharest”)
  • Best F&SF Anthology Award (an original anthology containing stories by Romanian authors, published in 2011): STEAMPUNK: A DOUA REVOLUTIE edited by ADRIAN CRACIUN, Millennium Books, March 2011 (translation of the title: STEAMPUNK: THE SECOND REVOLUTION)

In addition to the subscribers voted awards, the staff of Galileo Magazine and Millennium Books has also announced this year’s recipient of the Galileo Award for life-time achievement: Romanian writer LIVIU RADU, “for the extraordinary stories that he has given and that he keeps giving us”.

The Galileo Awards Ceremony will take place on March 18th, during the Final Frontier II Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Fair in Bucharest. Each of the winners will receive a cash prize of 500 lei and the Galileo trophy.

Here’s a link to the official announcement, on the Galileo Online page:

February 28, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Comments Off on Romanian Galileo Awards 2012 Announced

2012 Galileo Awards nominees

The Romanian 2012 Galileo Award nominees have been announced:

The Best Volume:
“The Seasons” (Anotimpurile) by Bogdan-Tudor Bucheru (Millennium Books)
“Ink and Blood” (Cerneală și singe) by Ștefana Cristina Czeller (Millennium Books)
“DemNet” (DemNet) by Dan Doboș (Media-Tech)
“Chronicles from the End of the World” (Cronici de la capătul pămîntului) by Costi Gurgu (Millennium Books)
“Alone on Ormuza” (Singur pe Ormuza) by Liviu Radu (Millennium Books)
The Best Short Prose:
“Prophecies about the Past” (Profeţii despre trecut) by Aron Biro (Steampunk: A second revolution edited by Adrian Crăciun, Millennium Books)
“The Last Hourglass” (Ultima clepsidră) by Oliviu Crâznic (Steampunk: A second revolution edited by Adrian Crăciun, Millennium Books)
“The Southern Swamps” (Mlaştinile din sud) by Costi Gurgu (Chronicles from the End of the World, Millennium Books)
“The Black Fortress” (Cetatea neagră) by Costi Gurgu (Steampunk: A second revolution edited by Adrian Crăciun, Millennium Books)
“A trouble in the Wonderful Inand” (O hucă în minunatul Inand) by Michael Haulică (Galileo Magazine, issue 3)
“The Story of Calistrat Hadîmbu from Vizireni, foully murdered by Raul Colentina in a Bucharest’s outskirts inn” (Povestea lui Calistrat Hadîmbu din Vizireni, ucis mişeleşte de nenicul Raul Colentina într-un han de la marginea Bucureştilor) by Michael Haulică (Steampunk: A second revolution edited by Adrian Crăciun, Millennium Books)
“From Gipsies” (De la ţigani) by George Lazăr (Steampunk: A second revolution edited by Adrian Crăciun, Millennium Books)
The Best Anthology:
“Steampunk: A Second Revolution” (Steampunk: A doua revoluție) edited by Adrian Crăciun (Millennium, 2011)
“Venus” (Venus) edited by Antuza Genescu (Eagle & SRSFF, 2011)
“The Dragon and the Ewe Lamb” (Balaurul și Miorița) edited by Mihail Grămescu (Eagle, 2011)
“Pangaea” (Pangaia) edited by SRSFF (Eagle & SRSFF, 2010)
“2011 Galileo Awards” (Premiile Galileo 2011) edited by Horia Nicola Ursu (Millennium, 2011)

February 9, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 2 Comments

Tidhar, Marques, Nussbaum nominated for BSFA Award

Lavie Tidhar‘s Osama has been nominated for the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. Portuguese artist Pedro Marques has been nominated for his cover artwork for the novel (see below!).  Israeli critic Abigail Nussbaum has also been nominated, for the second year running, in the non-fiction category for her review of M.J. Engh’s Arslan.

The full list of nominees at Locus Online.

January 25, 2012 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Tidhar, Marques, Nussbaum nominated for BSFA Award

Monday Original Content: An Interview with Jared Shurin and Anne Perry on the Kitschies

This week, the indefatigable Charles Tan interviews Jared Shurin and Anne Perry about their new literary award, The Kitschies (won last year by Lauren Beukes’s Zoo City). Anne and Jared also run the Pornokitsch blog of book reviews and have recently edited the anthology Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse.

An Interview with Jared Shurin and Anne Perry

By Charles Tan

Hi Jared! Hi Anne!

First off, how did you first get acquainted with science fiction and fantasy?

J: Linda, my mom’s hairdresser. While my mom got her hair done, I would sit quietly in the corner, studiously plowing through stacks of Roald Dahl, Lloyd Alexander, Joan Aiken – all the greats. Linda spotted my reading habits and suggested the Dragonlance series, as something her nerdy teenage nephew was into. And that’s it. All her fault.

A: Sci fi was pretty much a way of life in our household. My dad was a geek of the old school – he grew up reading Black Mask and Amazing Tales and followed all the authors he liked into pulps. So my house was bursting with crumbling paperbacks, all lurid covers and crazy titles, just ripe for the casual picking.

What made you decide to start Pornokitsch? For those unfamiliar with the site, could you tell us more about it?

A: We call ourselves a geek culture blog, though we’re primarily reviewers. We focus almost exclusively on genre-inflected books and movies, because that’s what we like best: not just sci fi and fantasy, mind you, but noir and westerns and romances and anything else with a sordid pulpy past. Our aim is to take seriously books and movies that people haven’t traditionally taken seriously, and to hold them to account just as we would any vaunted work of lit fic – and to make fun of them, just as we do those vaunted works of lit fic.

What’s it like collaborating together? What’s the process like?

J: Noisy. Also, tasty. Most of our major editorial decisions or crazy projects are schemed at the local tapas restaurant.

How about the Kitschies? What sets it apart from the other awards and what’s your goal towards the award?

A: Our line is that we’re trying to “elevate the tone of the conversation” about genre. When we conceived the idea for the award, we set a series of criteria (progressive, intelligent and entertaining). We’re not aiming to award the ‘best’ book, but the book that we can argue is the most progressive, intelligent and entertaining book of the year.  We pick a shortlist from the year’s publications that best meet our criteria, then we the judges discuss the books transparently (i.e., online), with an eye toward getting as many other people involved in the conversation as possible. Then we chose our winner and give the author a hand-made tentacle. Thanks to The Kraken Rum, this year we’re also able to give out cash prizes (and, better yet, rum).

What’s your criteria when judging for the Kitschies? How is this different – or the same – when it comes to your personal biases and reading preferences?

J: We take “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” very seriously. Even within our small panel, there’s plenty of discussion about what those terms mean and how they are best represented within genre literature. The intimacy of the panel allows us to check one another to make sure that we’re all keeping the criteria in mind throughout the process.

Not that we’re not all reading intelligent, progressive and entertaining stuff anyway (well, maybe just the latter…), but I find it amazing how the award opens up our own reading lists and introduces us all to new authors and titles. We hope it has the same effect for others as well.

Could you tell us more about yourselves? How did you end up in London? Did this affect the books you ended up reading? How different is the reading market and community in US vs UK?

J: I moved to London over ten years ago, Anne not that long after. We fly back and forth all the time for both work and play.

It is a guess, but it seems like the market – especially in fantasy – is cycling towards the very traditional. Economic factors, cross media success, even generational timing all adds up to a lot of big bricky epics and melodramatic comfort reads. However, on both sides of the ocean, I think some of the most interesting work is coming from authors that are reinterpreting the nostalgic standards. Lev Grossman, Sam Sykes, China Miéville, Maurice Broaddus, Sophia McDougall, Richard Morgan… lots of folks are using recognisable genre tropes and aesthetics, but are playing with them in brave and unusual ways. They’re stretching the reader’s expectations of what SF/F stories “have” to be. I don’t think this is the sort of mold-breaking New Wave all over again, it is a more careful sort of evolution, but one that’s taking place in the commercial spotlight, rather than the fringes.

With everything that’s happening in YA, SF, fantasy, paranormal romance and horror, that’s just one generalisation (and there are a thousand counter-arguments). But debating about the state of genre literature is one of the great joys of life.

In previous years, what is it about Zoo City and The City and The City that appealed to you to warrant it winning the Red Tentacle Award?

A: The easy answer, of course, is that they met our criteria best. But, without being glib, they’re both smart books and they’re both fun books. They do what we think genre does best: they say something meaningful about our world, and they say it in a really, really entertaining way. The City and The City is a wonderful mindbender, and Zoo City is a stonking noir. And both have quite a lot to say about politics, perception, and the politics of perception.

A consideration in judging is obtaining a diverse selection – whether it’s titles from female authors, writers outside of the US/UK, etc. What’s your stance when it comes to that and how do you address those concerns?

J: The books are submitted to us by the publishers. Perhaps it is the prominent use of  “progressive” in the criteria, but, on the whole, we get a very diverse list – both in terms of gender and geography. We’ve tried to prod as many publishers as possible to submit, and made an effort to seek out a wide variety of imprints. The books themselves are the thing, and “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction could come from anywhere.

One criteria in the awards is that the novel must first be published in the UK. What made you decide on this requirement? Are there any allowances for works not published in the UK? (A book published first in the Philippines or Australia for example.)

J: The requirement is that the book be first published in the UK during the calendar year. This isn’t meant to make the Kitschies an Anglocentric award, although that’s an unavoidable side effect. We had to draw a line in the sand somewhere, else we’d spend more time trying to puzzle out eligibility than actually reading the books. We try to be as accommodating as possible with books that have overseas publishers as the goal isn’t to discourage entries. We need some sort of method to our madness.

We also actively encourage publishers to submit books upon their translation into English. This year has brought with it some amazing titles from Haruki Murakami, Umberto Eco, Ryu Mitsuse, Pierre Pevel, José Saramago and many others. These are all familiar names to the Anglophone reader, and all have proven track records in the UK market (and rightfully so).

That said, we really want to encourage more translations of authors popular in their native countries but not known (or, at least, well known) outside of them. Every year at the London Book Fair we hear about the genre fiction that’s selling like wildfire in places like Poland, Russia, China or India, yet still isn’t available in the US and the UK. We want more of those books.

What are you reading now? What titles are grabbing you as of the moment?

J: Reading lots of 2011 titles, of course, but I’ve been mixing them up with a healthy dose of pulp. Blood and Hate (Ward Langley) is a 1950s Western written by an expat American (Langley served in Australia during WWII and never left). It has an interesting sort of naivete about it – there’s racial harmony, intelligent women, and lots of surreal conversations between gunfighters about the “rules”. It reads as a Western written about Westerns rather than about the West.

A: I’m not well versed in more modern genre fiction, particularly books from the ‘80s and ‘90s, so I’m scrambling to catch up on them. I just finished the Song of Ice and Fire series (…to date) and I’m going to read David Eddings’ Belgariad next.

What other projects are you currently working on?

J: We published our first book, Pandemonium: Stories of the Apocalypse, in November. It contains eighteen original stories by some of our favourite authors, including Lauren Beukes, Sam Wilson, Jon Courtenay Grimwood, S.L. Grey, Chrysanthy Balis and Charlie Human. The collection is themed around the end of the world and inspired by the art of John Martin. There’s a special exhibition of Martin’s artwork at Tate Britain right now, and they’ve been incredibly supportive of the whole project.

A: We have two or three more books planned for next year, as well. The first up is a second Pandemonium anthology, this one called Stories of the Smoke. Smoke will celebrate London, as inspired by Charles Dickens, from a global perspective.

Anything you’d like to mention?

J: I think we’re overjoyed with the response to this year’s award. We’ve had great backing from The Kraken Rum, our judges and partners like Blackwell’s and SFX. Also, the publishers – large and small – have been overwhelmingly helpful. Seeing the award mentioned places like Ansible, SFX and here means that we’re getting the all-important reader support as well. Thanks!

December 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on Monday Original Content: An Interview with Jared Shurin and Anne Perry on the Kitschies

The Dragon and the Stars Wins Aurora

The Dragon and the Stars, collecting original sf/f stories from across the Chinese diaspora, and edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi, has won the Canadian Prix Aurora, for best related English book. Charles Tan has a handy page with links to online stories, where available.

Accepting the prize (from L to R): Derwin Mak, author Tony Pi, Eric Choi.

November 24, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Dragon and the Stars Wins Aurora

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