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Tiptree Award Winner announced

by Paul

The winner of this year’s James Tiptree Jr, Award has been announced. As the Tiptree Award website proclaims: “The Tiptree Award is intended to reward those writers and other creative artists who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.” This year’s winner is: When the Moon […]

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Shadow Clarke Award

by Paul

The idea of a Shadow Jury for literary awards is something that has become increasingly common in Britain over the last few years. There are shadow juries for the Booker Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and several others. They emerged out of two considerations: on the one hand the discussions and the decision processes of […]

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Nebula Awards Shortlist

by Paul

And the awards come so thick and fast it’s hard to keep up. Now the shortlists for the Nebula awards have been announced: Novel              All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan) Borderline, Mishell Baker (Saga) The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK) Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris […]

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Aurealis Awards shortlist

by Paul

Ah, we are well and truly into awards season. Now we have the shortlist for Australia’s Aurealis Awards. There are awards for Children’s fiction, Young Adult fiction, horror, fantasy and graphic novels, so you can find the full shortlist here. These are the science fiction shortlists: BEST SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL          Watershed, Jane Abbott (Penguin […]

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BSFA Award shortlists

by Paul

The shortlists for the BSFA Awards have been announced. Best Novel              Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Gollancz) Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton) Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris) Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz) Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press) Best Short Fiction              Malcolm […]

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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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