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Sat
May 10 2014 10:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award Winners

The winners for the 21st edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual were announced this evening at the grand Midway theatre in Kansas City, at Spectrum Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art.

The Spectrum awards are chosen from over five thousand entrees. This year’s jurors were Cory Godbey, Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams.

Congratultions to everyone, in particular Tran Nguyen for her gold medal on “Insects of Love,” a Tor.com short story coming later this month!

[The gold and silver medalists are...]

Fri
May 9 2014 2:15pm

2013 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The nominees 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. Tor.com is honored to announce that Veronica Schanoes’s Tor.com Original Burning Girls is nominated for the Novella category, and that the Tor Books anthology Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, is up for Edited Anthology. Congratulations to all the nominees.

This year’s Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 13 at Readercon 25. You can see the full list of nominees below the cut.

[The 2013 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees]

Wed
May 7 2014 8:07pm

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 27-29, 2014. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees! 

We are honored to see Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages’s “Wakulla Springs” and  Jeffrey Ford’s “A Terror” nominated in the short fiction categories, as well as our editors Ellen Datlow and Ann VanderMeer, and Tor.com nominated for Best Magazine! 

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Thu
May 1 2014 3:24pm

Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice Has Won the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice has won the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award! Leckie’s debut novel, Ancillary Justice is the first installment in the Imperial Radch trilogy, and will be followed by Ancillary Sword, forthcoming in October 2014, and Ancillary Mercy. Leckie has also published many short stories in Strange Horizons and Subterranean Magazine, among others.

The novel has already won the BSFA Award for Best Novel, and was nominated for the Hugo and Nebula Award as well. Check out our review here, in which Liz Bourke details how the book “derailed her afternoon with its brilliance,” and concludes by calling it “both an immensely fun novel, and a conceptually ambitious one.” Alex Dally MacFarlane considers Leckie’s normalization of non-gendered characters in a recent installment of the “Post-Binary Gender in SF” column, saying that it’s “a delightful book in many ways, including its acknowledgement that the future of gender is not necessarily binary-gendered and not uniform in its systems of gender.” Plus, we also have Ann Leckie’s Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe!

Congratulations to Ms. Leckie!

Wed
Apr 23 2014 7:30am

Awards Dominate Eastercon

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

From Friday through Monday, thousands came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, the better to celebrate speculative fiction in all its forms, but judging by the conversation that followed, Satellite 4 (aka Eastercon) was all about the awards. For that matter, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the con was all about one award, the shortlists for which have dominated the conversation in the days since their unveiling.

We will of course touch on the Hugo Awards shortlist shortly, by way of comments from a couple of the country’s most insightful interpreters, but in the interests of balance, not to mention our focus on British genre fiction, I want to talk about the other honours announced and awarded at this year’s Eastercon.

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Come As You Are

Nirvana Adam Johnson

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.

Which, as it happens, is exactly what The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is trying to do too: raise readers’ awareness of a form of fiction that’s obscenely easy to overlook. That said, this a prize with a particularly high profile. Each year, the winner of the world’s richest and most rewarding award for a single short story takes home £30,000—a princely pot that has given short fiction valuable visibility since the Sunday Times first presented the prize in 2010.

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 5: The Hugo Awards

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

Tune in for this Very Special Episode of Rocket Talk, in which Tor.com’s Associate Publisher Irene Gallo, Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and Hugo-nominated Tor.com columnist Liz Bourke talk with Justin Landon about this weekend’s announcement of the Hugo Awards finalists. Newsiness and reactions abound!

[Listen]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 1:30pm

2014 David Gemmell Award for Fantasy Shortlist Announced

David Gemmel Award

The Gemmell Fantasy Award shortlist was announced during EasterCon. The David Gemmell Legend Awards, established in memory of David Gemmell and first awarded in 2009, honors fantasy novels that adhere to the ‘heroic’ or ‘epic’ subgenre that Gemmell himself worked in. Awards are given for Best Novel, Best Debut Novel, and Best Cover Art. Past honorees include Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Helen Lowe.

[The 2014 Shortlist]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 12:00pm

Sleeps With Monsters: How About Those Hugos?

Hugo Awards Well. It’s an interesting year for the ballot, isn’t it? I confess I’m rather disappointed to see indications of organised bloc voting in the fiction categories: it strikes me as not entirely in keeping with the spirit of the matter. (It is entirely understandable, even at times inevitable, in anything awarded by popular vote, and yet it still disappoints the idealist in me.)

Yet set the fiction categories aside for the moment, and we see an awards shortlist reflecting a decidedly newer, and in many cases—like the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (which is not, as is constantly repeated, actually a Hugo, despite being voted on during the same process)—a more diverse vision of the SFF community than has often been the case.

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Sun
Apr 20 2014 2:00pm

Announcing the 2013 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award Winners

The British Science Fiction Association announced the winners for their annual BSFA Awards at Satellite EasterCon today in Glasgow, Scotland. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

[2013 BFSA Award Winners]

Sat
Apr 19 2014 3:30pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees

2014 Hugo Award nomineesThe nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced and we are feeling galaxies of pride at the Tor.com and Tor Books nominees on the list.

Congratulations to all the 2014 nominees! Check out the full list below, including the Retro 1939 Hugo Award nominees announced this evening.

[2014 Hugo nominees]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:05am

Tor Author Randy Henderson Wins the Writers of the Future Award!

Author Randy Henderson has won L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award for 2014! Henderson, who had previously amassed a series of honorable mentions, won with a story called “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask,” which will be published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30.

Henderson’s describes his debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, as “a one-two punch of Awesome by a robot gorilla wearing enchanted gloves of Happiness.” Look for it from Tor Books in February 2015! Find out more about the book below.

[Necromancy! Murder! Black Humor!]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 7:30am

Herbert for Horror

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

Today, we begin with news of a new annual award for horror novels in honour of the late, great James Herbert, who passed away last March.

This week also saw the announcement of a brand new book by Kazuo Ishiguro. The Buried Giant will be his first full-length fiction since Never Let Me Go almost a decade ago.

Also figuring into this edition: the ghost of Kurt Cobain, Christopher Priest’s plans, talk of Tigerman by Nick Harkaway, a couple of new covers and the launch of an eclectic assortment of novels based on a new game by David Braben.

There’s all that and much more to come, of course.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Sherman Alexie’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Welcome to the YA Roundup, giving you the inside scoop on bookish news, book deals, new releases and cover reveals for the YA genre!

This week covers the banning of The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, the upcoming film adaptation of Eleanor and Park, and the recipients of some literary prizes for children’s and YA fiction.

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Mon
Apr 7 2014 10:25am

Pan Macmillan Announces The James Herbert Award for Horror

For anyone who loves horror there are a couple of stalwarts of the genre that you won’t have missed reading—and James Herbert is one of them. With novels like The Rats, The Fog, and The Secret of Crickley Hall, he kept a whole generation and more enthralled with his supernatural stories of things that went ‘bump’ in the middle of the night. As a teenager he was one of my stable of horror authors along with Stephen King and I was so thrilled to have been able to meet him a few times after joining Pan Macmillan. We were all devastated by his loss last year.

Many of you will know that Pan Macmillan has a proud history of publishing horror from its Pan Book of Horror Stories through to August Derleth winner Adam Nevill. I personally, have a huge passion for horror so I can’t tell you how I excited I am to be involved with this particular project which we announced this morning!

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Sat
Apr 5 2014 8:40am

Announcing the 2013 Aurealis Award Winners

Winners  of  Australia’s  2013 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence were announced Saturday 5 April 2014 at  the Great Hall, University House, Australian National University, Canberra. Congratulations to all the nominess and winners!

 

Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence:
Winner: Jonathan Strahan

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Wed
Apr 2 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 2: SFF Awards

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon is joined by Anne Perry and Jared Shurin to talk about the science fiction and fantasy literary award scene. The discussion ranges from why awards exist in the first place, to how effective they are at driving readership, to how they impact the discussions that make up so much of what we call fandom.

[Listen]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 3:10pm

Tor.com Art Featured in Spectrum 21

I’m excited and honored that Tor.com has sixteen illustrations selected for the upcoming Spectrum 21 art annual, two of which are short-listed for medals. Thank you to all our artists. You guys bring a depth to Tor.com that we could not achieve without you.

For those outside of the science fiction and fantasy art world, think of Spectrum Fantastic Art as the Hugos, Nebulas, and “Best of” all rolled up into one. Each year a jury selects a few hundred art pieces from the thousands that enter. Gold and silver medals are also awarded in eight categories, the winners of which will be announced at Spectrum Art Live in May. All of these images will be collected into Spectrum 21, available this fall.

Below, take a look through a gallery of the Tor.com images that will appear in Spectrum 21!

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Wed
Mar 19 2014 7:30am

British Fiction Friction

Folio Prize

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

I was AFK last week, celebrating my thirtieth birthday, so there’s lots to talk about today, beginning with the question alluded to in the header: is British writing in decline? Say it ain’t so! Alas, a leading academic believes exactly that.

Later on, join me in riding the Red Eye by way of a new fiction list which promises to satisfy the same itch Point Horror did, then in Cover Art Corner, a look at Smiler’s Fair—the first secondary-world epic fantasy Hodder has ever published—and our first peek at Charlaine Harris’ new series.

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Tue
Mar 18 2014 5:30pm

The Arthur C. Clarke Awards 2014 Shortlist Has Been Announced!

This year’s Arthur C. Clarke Awards shortlist has been announced

The shortlist was selected from 121 submissions, and includes three debut novels: Ancillary Justice, Nexus, and God’s War. The Prize’s Director, Tom Hunter, praised “…an excitingly fresh list, which really reflects new writers as well as classics of the genre…[t]here’s a lot of energy in the genre at the moment.” The judging panel includes Ian Whates and Duncan Lawie from the British Science Fiction Association, Sarah Brown and Lesley Hall from the Science Fiction Foundation, and Georgie Knight from the Sci-Fi-London film festival. The winner will be announced on May 1st at the Royal Society and will receive a prize of £2,014 and a commemorative bookend.

Past winners of the Clarke Award include Neal Stephenson, China Mieville, Mary Doria Russell, and Margaret Atwood.

Congratulations to all the honorees!