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Mon
Apr 27 2015 3:00pm

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 231: James Bradley and Ian Mond

Coode Street Hugo Awards

Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

This week James Bradley and Ian Mond join Jonathan to discuss the five novels that have made the final Hugo Awards ballot. The shortlisted novels are:

  • Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson (Tor Books)
  • The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (Sarah Monette) (Tor Books)
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books)
  • Skin Game by Jim Butcher (Roc Books)

We almost completely avoid issues surrounding the ballot, and instead focus on discussing the novels and what might make them interesting to read.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Thu
Apr 23 2015 1:34pm

Nick Offerman to Host Most Rugged Nebula Awards Ceremony Ever

Nick Offerman Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America have announced that the Toastmaster for this year's Nebula Awards ceremony is none other than Nick Offerman, who is best known for appearing in the collective mind of humanity as the oaken pinnacle of manhood dubbed Ron F#$%ing Swanson.

Nick Offerman is an actor, woodworker and author, best known for his Walnut Blanket Chest (2003) and also the role of Ron Swanson on NBC’s Parks and Recreation. He has written an adequately humorous memoir entitled Paddle Your Own Canoe, as well as his new release, Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom With America’s Gutsiest Troublemakers. He’s hoping that subtitle will be nominated for its girth at next year’s Nebula Awards. A lifelong fan of the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres, Mr. Offerman is veritably bursting his buttons to be asked to participate in celebrating this year’s best talent.

This year's Nebula Awards Showcase takes place from June 4 to 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. Register to attend here and try not to cry during the ceremony. Crying is only acceptable during funerals and at the Grand Canyon.

Tue
Apr 14 2015 9:00am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 229: On Books, History, Awards and Such

Coode Street Jonathan Strahan Gary K. Wolfe

Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

This has been a busy year for the Coode Street Podcast, talking to interesting guests, covering a wide-range of issues, and being syndicated by our friends at Tor.com. For a bit of change, Gary and Jonathan decided to sit down together and record an old-fashioned Coode Street Podcast, just two guys rambling about science fiction. Topics included awards (of course), politics, the anniversary of SF classics, what makes a a work entertaining, and more.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Mon
Apr 13 2015 12:45pm

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Winners!

2014 Aurealis Awards winnersThe winners of Australia’s 2014 Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—were announced on April 11 at the University House, Canberra. Also announced was the 2014 recipient of The Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which recognizes a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas that is not otherwise eligible for an Aurealis Award.

The full list of winners is below. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

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Wed
Apr 8 2015 12:30pm

Announcing the 2014 BSFA Award Winners

Did someone say science fiction prize?

Someone did! But to be sure, it wouldn’t do, in the wake of this morning’s announcement of the shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award, to forget the British Science Fiction Association’s assortment of awards, the winners of which were unveiled at a ceremony held at Dysprosium, aka Eastercon, on Sunday.

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Wed
Apr 8 2015 7:15am

Announcing the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist

With award season upon us and already feasting like the beast it can be, it shouldn’t shock anyone that this morning saw the announcement of the six novels shortlisted for what has been described as the UK’s “most prestigious science fiction prize.”

“The Arthur C. Clarke Award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year.” The contenders this year include:

  • The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey (Orbit)
  • The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
  • Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
  • Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager)
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North (Orbit)
  • Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

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Tue
Apr 7 2015 10:45am

The Horror of the Herberts

Announced on this day a year ago “to celebrate the life and career of one of the world’s best and most loved horror writers,” the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing aims to bring deserved attention to the boldest books by a new generation of authors working in the same genre on which Herbert himself made such a lasting mark.

The winner of the inaugural award—open as it was “to horror novels written in English and published in the UK and Ireland between 1st January 2014 and 31st December 2014”—was revealed over Easter. As chair of judges Tom Hunter noted in The Guardian’s write-up, “the first winner of a new prize can set expectations for years to come.”

The victor was picked from a shortlist of six books, including M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All The Gifts, Frances Hardinge’s Cuckoo Song, Andrew Michael Hurley’s The Loney, Bird Box by Josh Malerman, and An English Ghost Story by Kim Newman. But there can be only one; and the one, ultimately, was Nick Cutter, whose pseudonymous debut The Troop I called “a twisted coming-of-age tale, more Koryta than King, which I quite liked despite its disappointing dependence on disgust.”

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Sat
Apr 4 2015 2:34pm

Announcing the 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has just announced the 2014 winners and honor list. The Tiptree Award “is presented annually to a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.”

The 2014 James Tiptree Award goes to My Real Children by Jo Walton and The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne. More on this year's winners, and the complete honor list, below the fold...

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Sat
Apr 4 2015 3:00pm

Announcing the 2015 Hugo Award Nominees

Hugo Awards

The nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards have been announced. Check out the full list below.

The nominees that follow were chosen by popular vote of members of Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon), Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) and MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 Worldcon).

A total of 2122 valid nomination forms were received (2119 online and 3 paper).

A list of the top 15 nominees in each category, along with the number of nominations received by each, will be released after the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at Sasquan in Spokane, Washington.

[The 2015 Hugo nominees]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 10:30am

And the Winner of the Inaugural YA Book Prize Is...

Only Ever Yours

The inaugural YA Book Prize was awarded to Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill: a “startling and refreshing” dystopian debut described as The Handmaid’s Tale meets Mean Girls.

The book had some stiff competition—from The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick, A Song for Ella Grey by David Almond and seven other shortlisted novels.

The award, which welcomed nominations of any and all YA titles written by authors living in either the UK or Ireland and was supported by World Book Day and The Reading Agency, “was launched by The Bookseller at its Children’s Conference in September 2014 after publishers and booksellers bemoaned the lack of recognition for YA in current book awards.” Ironically in light of its intent, the prize ultimately went to a previous award-winner, Louise O’Neill having been named Newcomer of the Year at the 2014 Irish Book Awards.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015 2:00pm

Rocket Talk, Episode 47: Renay Williams and “The G” Talk Hugo Predictions

Hugo Awards

This week’s show features Renay Williams, of Lady Business, and the G, of Nerds of a Feather. Justin asks them about their views on the Hugo Award generally, before the trio embarks on a game of predictions for various Hugo categories.

[Listen now!]

Mon
Mar 9 2015 4:00pm

Aurora Australis: February was the BEST Month

She Walks in Shadow crop

So much exciting stuff is happening! I always thought of February as the Tuesday of the year (you know it’s the worst day of the week), but turns out no! Not this year, not in Australia/NZ.

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Wed
Mar 4 2015 5:52pm

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Winners!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have announced the winners for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

The prizes were awarded by judges Adam Roberts and Frances Hardinge at a ceremony held at London’s Seven Dials Club. The winners included a truly mind-blowing young adult novel and an episodic point-and-click adventure game; The Kitschies also honored an illustrator urging for more diversity in her peers’ work.

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Wed
Mar 4 2015 11:43am

Announcing the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

27th annual Lambda Literary award nomineesThe 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists have been announced, marking a record year of submissions depicting the LGBTQ experience. The 818 submissions came from mainstream publishers, academic presses, and publishing-on-demand technologies; from LGBT publishers both established and emerging. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 1, 2015.

Three Tor Books authors were nominated in the category of LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: A.M. Dellamonica, Max Gladstone, and Daryl Gregory.

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Fri
Feb 27 2015 11:52am

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Shortlist!

2014 Aurealis Awards shortlistThe Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—have announced their 2014 shortlist! The finalists include Jonathan Strahan, Kathleen Jennings, Scott Westerfeld, Garth Nix, Deborah Biancotti, and more.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 5:35pm

The Horror Writers Association Has Announced the Ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards!

The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman.

The HWA also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to living individuals who have made a substantial and enduring contribution to the genre. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipients are Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee.

[Click through for the full ballot!]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 12:58pm

Announcing the 2014 Nebula Awards Nominees!

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2015), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

We are personally pleased to announce that one Tor.com novella and two Tor.com novelettes have been nominated: “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert and edited by Liz Gorinsky, “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson and edited by Ann VanderMeer, and “Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes and edited by Ellen Datlow.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

[Click through for the complete list of nominees]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 8:15am

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Shortlists!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have released their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

This year’s shortlists have been narrowed down from 198 submissions, coming from over 40 different publishers and imprints. This year also features the prize’s first self-published finalist.

Another change is new director Glen Mehn organizing and overseeing this year’s group of judges, authors, and artists. Congratulations to all of the finalists—we can’t wait to see who will take home the coveted squid statue!

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 12:36pm

Genre Fiction Honored by the Alex and Stonewall Book Awards and the RUSA Reading List

ALA Midwinter awards Lock In John Scalzi My Real Children Jo Walton

Last week was the ALA’s annual Midwinter Meeting, at which the American Library Association announced the winners and honorees for a number of prestigious awards. We are very excited to highlight the Macmillan books and authors to be honored this year by the Alex Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the RUSA Reading List!

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 4:50pm

This One Summer is the First Graphic Novel to Receive the Caldecott Honor

This One Summer Caldecott Honor first graphic novelAmong the 2015 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books announced this week is This One Summer, the coming-of-age graphic novel by cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, published by First Second Books. This One Summer is the first graphic novel to be awarded the Caldecott Honor, one of the most prestigious awards for children’s picture books. (While The Invention of Hugo Cabret won the Caldecott Medal in 2008, it was considered a “hybrid” word/picture book.)

This One Summer also received the Printz Honor, only the second graphic novel to do so after Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese.

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