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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Sun
Feb 1 2015 8:35am

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see fifteen Tor.com stories on the list this year!

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Thu
Jan 29 2015 6:30am

The Shortlist for the First Annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing

James Herbert Books

Pan Macmillan has just announced the shortlist for the first annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing! Celebrating work “from the darkly fantastical and post-apocalyptic to desolate rural mysteries, gut-wrenching body horrors and modern re-imaginings of classic horror tropes,” the shortlist represents a diverse array of writing from some of our favorite writers.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 4: Adam Roberts

Midnight in Karachi Adam Roberts

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week's guest is Adam Roberts—academic, critic and prolific writer with a number of pseudonyms and a couple of dozen novels. He’s been nominated for the Clarke Award three times and has won both the BSFA Award and the Campbell Memorial Award. Adam talks about writing in various forms, Tolkien, judging awards, and how all his books are secretly outsourced to someone else.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 10:30am

Tor.com’s Hugo and Nebula-Eligible Fiction from 2014

Tor.com original fiction 2014 Hugo Nebula eligibleAwards season is upon us, with nominations open for both the Hugos and Nebulas. With nomination deadlines coming up in February and March, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of Tor.com’s awards-eligible works from 2014.

We are tremendously proud of our authors, illustrators, and editors for creating such wonderful novellas, novelettes, short stories, graphic stories, and illustrations this year. We hope that you will nominate your favorite stories for the Hugos, Nebulas, and other upcoming awards which honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—but most of all, we hope that you have enjoyed reading these works as much as we have!

As a reminder, you can download our free anthology Some of the Best From Tor.com from your favorite ebook retailer.

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Fri
Jan 16 2015 3:55pm

The 2015 Hugo Award Nominations Are Now Open!

2015 Hugo Awards nominations openNominations are now open for the 2015 Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. All those who are or will be members of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons as of January 31 are eligible to nominate works published or appearing in the calendar year 2014. This includes both hard-copy and online publication as well as graphic works, films, televison shows, serialized works, and more.

You can set your nominations on the 2015 Worldcon (or Sasquan) website’s nominating ballot. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. PST on March 10.

Wed
Jan 14 2015 8:04pm

Jonathan Strahan Reveals the ToC of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9

Jonathan Strahan has released the table of contents for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9. Congratulations to all the authors selected! We are extremely proud to have three stories included—“The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, “The Insects of Love” by Genevieve Valentine, and “Cold Wind” by Nicola Griffith.

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Thu
Nov 20 2014 3:35pm

“A Giant of Literature”: Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman at the 2014 National Book Awards

Ursula K. Le Guin National Book Awards

Last night at the 2014 National Book Awards in New York City, Neil Gaiman presented science fiction and fantasy legend Ursula K. Le Guin with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an honor that has previously gone to such luminaries as Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison.

Gaiman spoke of the debt he owes Le Guin, who was a major influence on him as a young writer, while Le Guin’s acceptance speech highlighted the importance of the award as a recognition of the place of science fiction and fantasy in literature. She also called upon the next generation of writers to push for the liberation of their art from corporate demands and profiteering.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 3:30pm

“To Eternity” Wins the Society of Illustrators Medal

A mighty congratulations to Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter for winning a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators for their haunting Tor.com original comic, “To Eternity.”

The Society of Illustrators Annual Awards are one the premiere showcases for outstanding work created worldwide throughout the year. Thousands of entries are received and juried by a team of illustrators and art directors. It is truly an honor to be selected for the annual, and a great honor to be one of the few chosen for a medal. 

“To Eternity” will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in February 2014 and will be included in Society's annual, Illustrators, coming out in winter 2016. 

Sun
Nov 9 2014 3:45pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Winners!

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2014 World Fantasy Awards, held in Washington DC this year! This year’s judges were Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

Check out who was nominated and who was chosen as this year's winners.

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