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Jan 29 2014 8:30am


Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

We begin this edition with Awards Watch—fast becoming a fixture of the Focus—in which we consider The Kitschies, particularly as regards the wide range of reactions to the mainstream novels nominated for the Red Tentacle.

Stay tuned for news, too, of new books by a whole host of genre fiction’s best and brightest, including the likes of James Smythe, Daniel Polansky, Ian Sales, Ben Aaronovitch. All that and much, much more in this week’s links.

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Jan 28 2014 4:05pm

Yesterday we reported on the ALA’s Newbery, Caldecott, and King Award ceremony. Today we are excited to highlight some fantasy works and authors who were honored with Printz, Schneider, and Alex Awards!

[Check out the honorees below!]

Jan 23 2014 7:00am

The Kitschies, the annual prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic” are proud to announce their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction of 2013.

This year’s shortlists are selected from a record 234 submissions, coming from over fifty different publishers and imprints. Kudos to Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry of Pornokitsch for organizing and overseeing another year’s worth of amazing authors, artists, and judges—we can’t wait to see who will take home a shiny new tentacle!

[Click through for a full list of the Shortlists!]

Jan 22 2014 8:30am

The Clarke Awards

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, we begin with Awards Watch, in which the Arthur C. Clarkes bite back after the embarrassment of last year’s all-male Best Novel shortlist. The problem is obviously a long way from solved, however every little helps...

Later on, news about what’s next for Shadows of the Apt’s Adrian Tchaikovsky—standalone science fiction, apparently—and a whole load of links in Odds and Sods, including the latest on Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, Richard Morgan and Sarah Lotz.

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Jan 18 2014 10:04pm

Jonathan Strahan just released the Table of Contents for his annual anthology, The Best Science Fiction and Fanatsy of the Year, Volume 8. is thrilled and honored to have three stories included! Congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Priya Shrama, Karin Tidbeck, and all the other writers included. 

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma
Sing” by Karin Tidbeck
And, by way of reprint, “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie, originally published in Dangerous Women.

You can see the full Table of Contents on Strahan’s website

Jan 8 2014 8:30am

Kate Atkinson Life After Life

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Well, 2014 is here, but you wouldn’t know it from the big news this week—it’s all been about 2013! The Guardian released a list of the year’s bestselling books, and the winners of two major awards have been announced since we last did this thing. Congrats are in order to Neil Gaiman and Kate Atkinson for making genre fiction appealing to the mainstream.

Last but not least in this slightly reconfigured edition of the British Genre Fiction Focus, we’ve had a whole year to find our feet, but it simply wouldn’t do to get too comfortable, so expect a few changes in the form of the Focus in the future. Which is to say links, largely.

[Loads of links. Look!]

Jan 7 2014 11:00am

Hail, people of! Leigh Butler here, of The Wheel of Time Reread. Today, in addition to a Reread, I bring you some interestingly weird news (at least I think so), and an even more interesting (I hope) request.

It will BLOW YOUR MIND, y’all. Or, well, it will at least severely ruffle your bangs. You will need a comb, I’m not kidding.

…And, yeah. Anyway, to find out what the heck I’m blathering about, click the jump!


Dec 18 2013 8:30am

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

“’Twas the week before Christmas, and in the genre fiction business, not a news story was broken, neither written nor spoken...”

Which is to say, it’s been quite a quiet week, at least in terms of stories to feature in the Focus. I do have a few newsie nuggets to share with you, sure, but I’ve had to stretch the definition of genre fiction a bit to make ‘em fit.

Not that that makes today’s two items any less momentous! First of all, a round of applause for the folks behind the Costa Book Awards, who have bucked a terrible trend and nominated an all-female shortlist for Best Novel. Very refreshing. Stay tuned, too, for news about Michel Faber’s long-awaited next novel, and some healthy speculation about its potentially sfnal nature.

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Dec 3 2013 11:15am

goodreads choice awards 2013 The winners of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards are in! Each year Goodreads hosts “the only major book awards decided by readers,” with books chosen from 20 categories including Paranormal Fantasy, Debut Goodreads Author, and Young Adult Fantasy. This year 1,953,770 votes were cast from Goodreads 20 million members. Neil Gaiman’s The Ocean at the End of the Lane won for Best Fantasy, Jim Butcher’s Cold Days was named Best Paranormal Fantasy, Margaret Atwood’s follow up to Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, Maddaddam, took Best Science Fiction, and J.R.R. Tolkien won for Best Poetry with the collection The Fall of Arthur. Click through to see the choices and get some great book recommendations.

Congratulations to all the winners!

[Goodreads Best Books of 2013]

Nov 21 2013 10:30am

2013 National Book Award winnersThe winners for this year’s National Book Award have just been announced. Congratulations to all the honorees!

First established in 1936, the National Book Awards began recognizing Children’s Literature in 1969, a category that was then transformed into an award for “Young People’s Literature” in 1996. The winners were announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony on November 20th.

[The 2013 National Book Award winners]

Nov 13 2013 12:45pm

RT Book Reviews

Founded in June, 1981 as a 24-page tabloid, Romance TimesRT Book Reviews Magazine has grown into a hub for romance novels, publishing a large glossy magazine, a comprehensive website, and hosting conventions, all in celebration of the romance genre.

This year they’ve honored many SFF, paranormal, and horror novels among their Best Books of the Year, including Tor Books’ Watcher of the Dark by Joseph Nassise; The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, edited by John Joseph Adams; The Human Division by John Sclazi; London Falling by Paul Cornell; and Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

[Click through for a complete list of SFF titles!]

Nov 13 2013 11:00am

Nicolas Delort A Rumor of Angels Dale Bailey

Congratulations to Nicolas Delort for winning a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators for his scratchboard image on the story, “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey.

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Nov 13 2013 8:30am

Women's Prize for Fiction 2014 panel

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular roundup of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Aside from the launch of a crazy number of covers, it’s been quite a quiet week in the business of genre fiction in Britain. We were, however, introduced to the panel who’ll be judging the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2014, and that got me thinking: given the recent debate about speculative fiction’s “invisible women,” why don’t we have something similar?

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, I’ve got the art for two exciting new novels, beginning with a look at Nnedi Okorafor’s next book, Lagoon, and continuing with The Way to Babylon.

Nov 6 2013 8:30am

British Fantasy Society

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

After four fun-filled days, World Fantasy Con came to a close for another year on Sunday evening—much to the misery of its many attendees, who I gather had a terrific time. But some good news came out of the conclusion of the con too, not least the announcement of the winners of several significant genre awards. So to begin with today, we’ll work our way through the many and various victors.

Later on, in Cover Art Corner, Hodder have launched the cover of Sarah Lotz’s first fully-fledged work of unassisted fiction, whilst Eric Brown revealed the artwork which will adorn his next new book, namely Jani and the Greater Game.

Last but not least, I’ve gathered together recent reports on a small army of acquisitions, beginning with news of a surprise prequel to Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom trilogy.

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Nov 3 2013 9:15am

The winners of the 2013 World Fantasy Awards have been announced! The winners were announced during the awards banquet at this year’s World Fantasy convention, held in Brighton, England. The judges for this year’s awards were Holly Black, Tom Clegg, Marc Laidlaw, Stephen Laws, and Stephanie Smith.

Congratulations to all of the winners and nominees!

[2013 World Fantasy Award winners and nominees]

Nov 1 2013 12:10pm

Tor Books on the Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2013 list

We are super excited to announce that V.E. Schwab’s supervillain redux Vicious and Twenty-First Century Science Fiction (edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden) have both been named as some of the Best Books of 2013 by Publishers Weekly!

These Tor Books titles are in excellent company alongside works by Yoon Ha Lee (whose short story “A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel” can be found right here on!), Karen Heuler, Peter F. Hamilton, and Robert Jackson Bennett.

Congratulations to all who made the list!

Oct 23 2013 7:30am

The Luminaries Eleanor Catton

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular roundup of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, we begin with a winner. After much discussion and endless speculation, the judges of the 2013 Man Booker Prize announced that the year’s best book written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland was—wait for it!—The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton. “From this rich field of literary wheat hers is the one head that remains standing, waving in the warm breeze of the judges’ favour. Life for Eleanor Catton will never be the same again.” But for better or for worse?

I’ve got news, too, about a bunch of new genre novels from Hodder, and in Cover Art Corner, a look at Rjurik Davidson’s debut, plus Nick Harkaway does the Doctor.

[Would you look at that! The British Genre Fiction Focus must be back...]

Oct 16 2013 9:40am

Gene Luen Yang announced as 2013 National Book Award finalistThe finalists for this year’s National Book Award have just been announced and Gene Luen Yang’s latest YA graphic novel, Boxers & Saints, has emerged as a contender in the “Young People’s Literature” category!

Yang’s previous book, American Born Chinese, was the first graphic novel to be a finalist for an NBA in that category. In his latest work, an innovative two-volume novel, Yang tackles thorny issues of Chinese history, vengeance, and faith through the interlocking stories of two young people, one an iealistic revolutionary and the other a devout Christian pacifist. You can read an excerpt of the book here.

[The 2013 National Book Award finalists]

Sep 25 2013 7:30am

The Man Booker Prize 2014

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular roundup of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Last time on the British Genre Fiction Focus, news about the Man Booker Prize ruled the roost. Of particular interest was the rumour that the vaunted award for British and Commonwealth authors would open its doors to novels of American origin going forward. Mere moments after the publication of the column, a press conference was held, from whence came confirmation of the aforementioned changes.

This week, two tribes go to war—albeit a war of words—over the new and arguably improved Booker rules. Was the committee’s decision a wrong-headed attempt to prevent irrelevance, or a right-thinking ruling to finally iron out what one of today’s commentators calls a “disabling anomaly” holding back the “most important literary award in the English-speaking world”?

And coming up in Cover Art Corner, a closer look at books by Lavie Tidhar and George R. R. Martin... sort of.

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Sep 18 2013 7:30am

The Man Booker Prize British Genre Fiction Focus Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s regular roundup of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

We begin this week with the reactions to the Man Booker Prize shortlist, announced mere moments after I posted the last edition of the Focus. It’s a distinctive shortlist of six that brought a tear to one book editor’s eye.

Others, however, got a touch hung up on its Unbritishness. Though the annual award does not purport to reward only British books, American novels have never before been in the committee’s remit, but in light of the latest shortlist, speculation is rife that that’s about to change.

Last but not least in this special, Man Booker-focussed Focus, Adam Robots—I mean Roberts—argues that the prestigious prize’s apparent disdain of YA makes it essentially irrelevant in the modern day.

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