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Fri
Oct 17 2014 1:52pm

Congratulations to the storySouth Million Writers Award Nominees!

storySouth nominees

The 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award nominees have been announced, and we're pleased that the Tor.com stories “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey, “A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry, “Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes, “Jack of Coins” by Christopher Rowe, and “Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma have all been nominated!

storySouth, an online journal founded in 2001, publishes Southern fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Past winners of the Million Writers Award include Richard Bowes and Catherynne M. Valente, and in 2012, storySouth published an anthology of their SFF publications, Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy.

You can find links to all the nominated stories here. Happy reading, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Wed
Oct 15 2014 11:53am

Congratulations to the National Book Award Finalists!

National Book Award finalist 2014 Station Eleven Emily St. John MandelThe National Book Award finalists were announced this morning on NPR! Among the more genre-heavy books selected were Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic traveling Shakespeare troupe mystery Station Eleven, and John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, about a teenager who is resurrected from death when his head gets reattached to a new body.

Several Macmillan titles also made the list, including Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, and Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50. Congratulations to all the honorees!

[Click through for the full list of finalists]

Wed
Oct 15 2014 11:10am

The Man Booker and the Future

The Man Booker Prize

More than a year ago, at an impromptu press conference scheduled after the Sunday Times had gone and given the game away, the Man Booker Prize announced a novel new order. Going forward, the award would go—to paraphrase administrator Ion Trewin—to the best book to be released in the English-speaking world each year.

The eligibility of American texts in a field formerly exclusive to books from British or Commonwealth countries inevitably ruffled a few feathers. Just the other day, Peter Carey—one of only three writers to have won the prize twice—spoke to The Guardian about how the “particular cultural flavour” that set the Man Booker Prize apart would likely be lost in the process of this exercise in what he described as “global marketing.”

[Turns out... there was nothing to worry about!]

Mon
Sep 29 2014 11:45am

The YA Book Prize

YA Book prize

Late last week, following an article examining the array of awards on offer to Young Adult authors, The Bookseller—in association with Movellas, a “story-sharing start-up”—announced another: the YA Book Prize.

Its unique selling point? It’s only open to authors who have lived for six months or more in the UK or Ireland.

Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller Group, explained that the YA Book Prize came into being after close consultation with a number of publishers: “We have one simple desire that underpins everything we do: we want more readers reading more books. The YA Book Prize gives us a wonderful opportunity to put that desire into practice.”

[But as we all know by now, the devil’s in the details...]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 12:01pm

Announcing the 2014 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York. The nominees in each category were decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society, FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category.

[Read more]

Tue
Sep 2 2014 12:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Time Will Tell

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

The longlist of novels nominated for this year’s Man Booker Prize is notable for any number of reasons. The prevalence of American authors in a field formerly dominated by Brits and writers hailing from the countries of the Commonwealth can hardly come as a surprise, being a direct effect of the new rules, but the lack of big hitters—foremostly favourites like Martin Amis and Ian McEwan—indubitably does.

David Mitchell’s longlisting for his new book, The Bone Clocks, bucks both of the aforementioned trends. Aside a sojourn in Sicily and eight years of teaching in Hiroshima, he’s a University of Kent-educated Englishman who has been what you might describe as a Booker bridesmaid not once or twice but thrice: for number9dream, Cloud Atlas, and finally, four Prizes past, for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Could 2014 be his year? Having read ‘The Right Sort,’ an experimental short set in the same world as the author’s upcoming novel, I’d put to you that it’s a real possibility.

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Wed
Aug 20 2014 9:30am

Should the World Fantasy Award be Changed?

World Fantasy Award Howard HP Lovecraft

Daniel José Older, author and editor of Long Hidden, recently started a Change.org petition to redesign the World Fantasy Award. This has led to signatures and celebration, as well as some controversy. His petition’s immediate request is that the WFAC change the award to resemble Octavia Butler. The current WFA statuette (shown here) is a stylized bust of H.P. Lovecraft. Designed by the great Gahan Wilson, it is a striking piece of sculpture—but it is also a reminder of the community’s contentious past.

So there is also a larger question that needs to be heard: who is SFF’s audience? Who is this community for?

[Read more]

Sun
Aug 17 2014 3:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Winners

2014 Hugo Award nominees The winners of the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then, except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon, LonCon 3, was held in London, England.

Congratulations to all the 2014 winners and nominees!

[2014 Hugo nominees]

Fri
Aug 15 2014 2:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Chesley Award Winners

The winners for the 2014 Chesley Awards, celebrating science fiction and fantasy art, have been announced! The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year. This year’s ceremony took place on August 15th at the 72st World Science Fiction convention, LonCon.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

[Chesley Award 2014 winners]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 3:49pm

Announcing the Winners of the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then, except during World War II.

The Retro Hugo Awards celebrate the works that attendees would have known at the time of the very first Worldcon, held in New York in 1939. These prestigious awards recognise the best in science fiction, fantasy, and fandom from 1938.

This year, the Retro Hugo Awards were co-presented by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman at LonCon3 in London, England.

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Mon
Aug 11 2014 12:05pm

Donald Sutherland Accepted His Teen Choice Award as President Snow By Throwing Berries at the Audience

Donald Sutherland Teen Choice Award President Snow throwing berries video The Hunger Games Catching Fire

There was no question that Donald Sutherland would take home the Teen Choice Award surfboard for Choice Movie Villain. Despite Kate Winslet’s piercing glare in Divergent and Michael Fassbender’s full-body Magneto clench in X-Men: Days of Future Past, there was really no competition with Sutherland’s calm, chilling, malevolent President Snow from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

What did surprise us, however, was how adorably Sutherland accepted his award—by tossing berries at the teenaged audience.

[Watch the video]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:25pm

SymboGen Cares About Your Hugo Vote: Parasite by Mira Grant

Mira Grant—a penname for Seanan McGuire—can often be found on the Hugo ballot, and this year is no different. Admittedly, the central conceit of Parasite is a large pill to swallow, and takes a bit of handwaving to gloss over the details.

In Grant’s near future thriller, the majority of the world has willingly ingested an Intestinal Bodyguard, a designer parasite intended to aid our weakened immune systems. On top of that, all the parasites are all owned by a single company—SymboGen. But once you’re on board, Grant unfurls an interesting and briskly-paced narrative.

[SymboGen cares about your health…]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:30am

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novelette Finalists

Hugo award nominees 2014 novelette The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was exceptionally strong. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting.

This week I discuss the novelette category. While there are a number of very strong candidates on the novelette ballot, the inclusion of one story has made it controversial. I cannot claim that this will be a complete look at the category, as I have not and will not read one of the candidate stories.

[Read more]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 1:00pm

The Hugos and The Wheel of Time: A Satisfying End to the Series

The Hugo Awards! The Wheel of Time! I feel like I have talked about this before!

Because I have. I talked about it back when I was advocating for the series to get nominated in the first place, and then I put together a big giant refresher post on it to boot. So this is not virgin territory to me.

However, given that the deadline for this year’s Hugo voting is fast approaching, it is probably meet that I should speak of it again, and talk about why I think the Wheel of Time deserves to win for Best Novel.

Because I think it does. Click the link to see why!

[Warning: Here there be opinions dragons. A Series of them, even]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 2:30pm

Ken Liu has Won a Seiun Award!

Ken Liu has won a Seiun Award! His 2013 work, “The Paper Menagerie,” won in the “Best Translated Short Story” category.

The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the translated short story category include Thomas Disch, Roger Zelazny, and Greg Bear.

“The Paper Menagerie” has already been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and you can read it over at io9! You can also find original short fiction by Ken Liu here on Tor.com.

Fri
Jul 18 2014 9:00am

The Art of Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon. Twice nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Artist, she’s become synonymous with awards ballots. The Chesley Award, Spectrum, and the World Fantasy Award, among others, have all named her as one of the finest illustrators working in science fiction and fantasy art.

Oddly, she remains under used in the cover game, with only a handful to her credit among major publishing houses. And among cover artists, her name recognition in comparison to stalwarts like John Harris and Michael Whelan lags behind, which is a fact not long for this world. Because Julie Dillon has something few artists lay claim to, a distinctive point of view.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014 3:00pm

Banking on the Hugos: Neptune’s Brood by Charles Stross

Charles Stross is a mainstay on genre award ballots every year; 2014 marks his seventh appearance on the short list for the Hugo Award for Best Novel. There’s good reason for these accolades because when it comes to plausible and well-thought out future scenarios, few can invent better scenarios than Stross.

Neptune’s Brood, in this case, imagines a post-human, far future where we as humanity have become a thing of the past often referred to as Fragiles. The novel is many things, but a primary thrust revolves around economics in the future and a supposed defrauding scam as it features Krina Alizond-118 on her journeys through the galaxy.

[Pirates and banking?]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 2:00pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novella Finalists

Hugo Awards The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was equally deserving of attention. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting. You can find the short story discussion here.

This week I discuss the novella category. The five finalists display an impressive range of styles and genres, and since two of the entries were also nominated for both the Nebula and the World Fantasy Award, the competition is fierce.

[Read more]

Sun
Jul 13 2014 11:00am

2013 Shirley Jackson Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! Awarded every year in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson, the awards honor exceptional work in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy.

We are especially proud to report that Veronica Schanoes’ Tor.com story “Burning Girls” won for Best Novella.

This year’s Shirley Jackson Awards were presented at Readercon 25. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

[Check out the winners!]