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Philip K. Dick Award Shortlist

by Paul

It barely seems like yesterday that we were announcing the last sf awards of 2016, and now here we are with the first sf awards of 2017. The Philip K. Dick Award is for a “distinguished original science fiction paperback” first published in 2016, and the shortlist is:        Consider by Kristy Acevedo […]

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Jane Yolen, Grand Master

by Paul

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced that the next Damon Knight Grand Master will be Jane Yolen. The Award will be presented at the annual Nebula Awards Ceremony in May 2017. Jane Yolen is primarily known as a fantasy writer, particularly Young Adult fantasy in which field she has won many […]

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Copper Cylinder Award

by Paul

The award season never ends, does it? Here’s another one, the Copper Cylinder Award from the Sunburst Award Society, which recognises Canadian literature of the fantastic. The award, incidentally, is named after A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille which was published in 1888 and is reckoned to be the first Canadian […]

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10 Best SF Novels of 2015

by Paul

After discussing what the sf awards say were the best novels of 2015, this is our take. 1: The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts I wrote about this here, so it probably comes as no surprise that I rate this the best book of the year. The big surprise for me is that nobody else […]

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Best SF Novels of 2015, part 1

by Paul

Part 1: What the Awards tell us Okay, awards season is finally coming towards its belated end. With the Hugos and Clarke Award in the last week or so, we’ve at least had all the major international prizes. So what do the awards tell us about the best science fiction of 2015? Surprisingly little, in […]

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Dragon Award Winners announced

by Paul

Good grief, they’ve only just announced their first set of winners and already Dragoncon’s awards have been christened the Vox Day awards. This is what the Hugos would look like if the Puppies had their say. For the record, these are the main sf awards: Best Novel: Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm, John […]

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Sidewise Award Winners announced

by Paul

I nearly missed this, but it seems that the winners of the Sidewise Awards for alternate history were among the plethora of awards announced at the recent Worldcon. The winners are: Long Form The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew         Short Form “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” by Bill Crider (Tales from the Otherverse) […]

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Great News for African SF

by Paul

The African Speculative Fiction Society is a brand new body that has been set up to unite writers, editors, publishers, graphic artists and film makers of Speculative Fiction throughout Africa. In the words of Sofia Samatar, it will “create a space for African speculative fiction writers to network, organize, learn from each other, and debate. It […]

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Tchaikovsky wins Clarke Award

by Paul

The 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award has been won by Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky. Tchaikovsky is best known for his Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, and this is his first science fiction novel. It concerns an attempt to uplift the monkeys on an alien planet that goes wrong, and results in a species […]

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1941 Retro-Hugo Award Winners

by Paul

Also at MidAmericon, the Retro-Hugos for 1941 were presented. the winners were: BEST NOVEL Slan by A.E. Van Vogt (Astounding Science-Fiction, Dec 1940) BEST NOVELLA “If This Goes On…” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, Feb 1940) BEST NOVELETTE “The Roads Must Roll” by Robert A. Heinlein (Astounding Science-Fiction, June 1940) BEST SHORT STORY “Strange […]

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