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Fri
Jul 11 2014 9:30am

Why I’m Voting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Hugo nomineeWhen thinking about Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, the first thing that comes to my mind is gummy worms. Sour gummy worms, to be precise, are a very specific desire. When you want a sour gummy worm nothing else will do. Seriously, nothing else. The second thing that comes to mind are macaroons, those little delicious crispy baked goods that have replaced the cupcake as the pastry du jour.

Yes, Ancillary Justice is like gummy worms and macaroons, combined. Early buzz meant that readers were craving Ann Leckie’s debut novel, and finally getting to read it was both satisfying and sweet.

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Thu
Jul 10 2014 1:30pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Short Story 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 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 short story category. This is, in my opinion, the most competitive category on the ballot. These stories are strong, interesting, compelling, and well-worth your time. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 17: Hugo-Nominated Short Stories

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by bloggers Natalie Luhrs and Jenny Thurman to hash out the Hugo Award ballot for short stories. For reference purposes, those stories include:

The three argue over which story is best and then declare their winners at the end! Some jokes are made. Some serious stuff is discussed.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:47am

2014 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

world fantasy lifetime achievement award ellen datlow chelsea quinn yabro

From November 6th to the 9th in Washington, DC, the 2014 World Fantasy Convention will convene, where, among many events, it will honor this year’s lifetime achievement awards. Past winners have included Jane Yolen, Robert Bloch, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin and many, many others. This year, World Fantasy will be honoring Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 

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Sun
Jun 29 2014 9:22am

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Winners

Locus Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Locus Awards last night in Seattle, WA. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! 

We are especially honored that Tor Books won for Best Publisher and Ellen Datlow for Best Editor!

[All the winners and nominees below]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 9:45am

Jo Walton’s Among Others wins German science-fiction award

Jo Walton Among Others German translation Jo Walton’s Among Others has won the 2014 Kurd Lasswitz Award (in German, the Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis) in the category of best foreign novel translated into German. Named for Kurd Lasswitz (1848-1910), widely considered the father of German science fiction, the Kurd Lasswitz Award is the best-known science fiction award in Germany. Locus has a complete list of all this year’s Lasswitz winners.

Among Others was published in German in 2013 by Golkonda, under the title In einer anderen Welt (literally, “In a Different World”).

Congratulations to Jo and to her German publisher!

Fri
Jun 6 2014 2:50pm

Harry Turtledove’s Tor.com Original Among 2014 Sidewise Nominees

The 2014 nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced! Congratulations to Harry Turtledove for snagging a nomination for his Tor.com Original “Cayos in the Stream.”

The winners will be announced at Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon in London, England. The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction.

[See the list of nominees below!]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 8:30am

Let’s Talk about the Hugos!

Hugo Awards

A helpful commenter posted a great idea in the Wheel of Time: Hugo Refresher discussion thread: “Can we get a Hugo General discussion thread? I think some of us would really like a place to make comments, but keep putting them in any thread that touches on the Hugos. Yet we might be getting into spoiler area for those that haven’t gotten there yet.”

In the interest of encouraging people to vote in all the Hugo categories, we’re happy to provide an open discussion thread for awards below. Please note that spoilers are allowed here—read at your own risk! And this goes without saying, but we’re saying it anyway, in the words of Kurt Vonnegut Jr: “God damn it, babies, you’ve got to be kind.” Stay polite, stay respectful, stay on target, and we’ll be able to have a lively conversation about this year’s packet!

[And with that…start the conversation below!]

Fri
May 30 2014 10:00am

Get Tor.com’s Original Fiction Hugo Finalists for Free

Tordotcom Hugo nominees

As you may have heard, this year’s list of Hugo finalists contain five Tor.com Originals. Congratulations again to Charles Stross, Andy Duncan, Ellen Klages, Mary Robinette Kowal, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, and John Chu. We’ve managed to stop hopping with excitement for just long enough to make all five of these wonderful stories free to download from all major ebook retailers. Below the cut you’ll find links where you can get these stories for free.

[Get Hugo-Nominated Short Fiction for Free!]

Sat
May 17 2014 7:00pm

Congratulations to the 2013 Nebula Award Winners

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Tor.com was honored to be represented in the novella category by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages for ‘‘Wakulla Springs’’ (edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden), and by Veronica Schanoes for ‘‘Burning Girls” (edited by Ellen Datlow). Both novellas can be read for free in the above links.

Congratulations to the winners and all the honorees!

[The 2013 Nebula Award Winners]

Tue
May 13 2014 2:00pm

Look to the Future: Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, ed. Kij Johnson

The Nebula Awards Showcase series has been published on an annual basis since 1966, reprinting in each edition a selection of the previous year’s finest speculative fiction. It’s is a long legacy, then, which guest editor Kij Johnson—herself a recipient of the Best Novella Nebula for “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”—evidences a welcome awareness of.

In her introduction she discusses how things have changed in the nearly fifty years since the founding members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America rewarded its first round of genre authors—Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Brian Aldiss, and Harlan Ellison, which is to say an array of talent no award can match today—as well as touching on those things that have stayed the same.

In this fitting fashion the 2014 edition of the Nebula Awards Showcase series begins... with a look back at beginning. But as Johnson reminds us, this is a time to look to the future too.

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Sat
May 10 2014 10:22pm

Tran Nguyen Wins Spectrum Gold Medal for “The Insects of Love”

Tran Nguyen Spectrum Award The Insects of Love

We are extremely proud that Tran Nguyen’s illustration for Genevieve Valentine’s upcoming Tor.com short story, “Insects of Love,” has won the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art gold medal! (A full list of winners here.)

Tran did a spectacular job of encompassing a beautiful and complex story into a single image. The image is a success at every level—emotionally, technically, and conceptually. Author Genevieve Valentine had this to say of the artist’s work, “Tran's haunting art for ‘The Insects of Love’ is gorgeous; the heroine's piercing gaze, the use of texture and light, and the leached-out palette are a ghost story all its own. But of course I love seeing my story in the details: one sister seeming to eclipse the other, surrounded (crushed?) by the natural world, unable to quite tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Our greatest thanks and congratulations to Tran!

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!

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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]