2016 Sidewise Award Finalists

The nominees for the 2016 Sidewise Awards for Alternate History have been announced.

Short Form

  • Anna Belfrage, “The Danish Crutch,”  1066 Turned Upside Down, Amazon
  • Daniel Bensen, “Treasure Fleet,” Tales from Alternate Earths, Inkling Press
  • Brent A. Harris & Ricardo Victoria, “Twilight of the Mesozoic Moon,” Tales from Alternate Earths, Inkling Press
  • G. K. Holloway, “The Battle of London Bridge,” 1066 Turned Upside Down, Amazon
  • Adam Rovner, “What If the Jewish State Had Been Established in East Africa,” What Ifs of Jewish History
  • Bruce Sterling, Pirate Utopia, Tachyon Press

Long Form

  • Richard Beard, Acts of the Assassins, Harvill Secker (a.k.a. The Apostle Killer, Melville House)
  • Ben Winters, Underground Airlines, Mulholland
  • Nick Wood, Azanian Bridges, NewCon Press

This year’s award judges are Stephen Baxter, Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

The Sidewise Award winners will be announced on August 20.

Rowling Receives Queen’s Birthday Honours

J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling was named to the Order of the Companion of Honour when the Queen’s Birthday Honours lists were announced June 16.

The Scotsman has the story:

After being made an OBE in 2001, she is now becoming a member of the Order of the Companions of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy….

The most recent Sunday Times Rich List estimated her fortune at £650 million and placed her third on the Scotland Giving List for her philanthropic work.Volant, the charitable trust she set up, supports projects that alleviate social deprivation, particularly supporting women, children and young people at risk.She is president of Gingerbread, which provides advice to single parents. Rowling also founded Lumos, a charity working to transform the lives of institutionalised children and has raised many millions through the sale of her books for Comic Relief and other charities.

Another honoree with a Harry Potter connection is actress Julie Wallters (Mrs. Weasley), a two-time Oscar nominee, now made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

2017 James White Award Finalists

The judges’ shortlist for the 2017 James White Award was announced on June 18. The competition is open to original, unpublished short stories of not more than 6,000 words by non-professional writers. The award, established in 2000, offers non-professional writers the opportunity to have their work published in Interzone, the UK’s leading sf magazine.

The stories on this year’s shortlist are:

  • “Don” – Steve Dubois
  • “May the Pain Guide You Home” – Daniel Roy
  • “The Morrigan” – Stewart Horn
  • “Skin and Bone” – Beth Plutchak
  • “The Cut” – Elsie WK Donald
  • “The Dying Glass” – Cameron Johnston

The winner will be announced next week.

The judges are:

  • Lorna Gibb

Lorna is a novelist, short story and non fiction writer. She has published two biographies, Lady Hester (Faber 2005), the Sperber shortlisted West’s World (Pan Mac 2012) and the critically acclaimed novel A Ghost’s Story (Granta 2015), as well as short fiction for literary magazines and radio broadcast and the award winning memoir, ‘The Two Gardens’.

  • David Gullen

David is a white African writer whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. His work has won the British Fantasy Society short story competition and his collection, Open Waters, is published by Exaggerated Press. In 2016 he was also a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. His SF novel, Shopocalypse, is due to be re-issued by NewCon Press this summer.

  • Konrad Waleski

Editor, writer, anthologist, literary critic and translator, Konrad is a prominent figure in the Polish sff scene. He is co-founder of, and editor for, the Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy in Poland. He has translated works such as Synners by Pat Cadigan and Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link and his anthologies include three volumes of Kroki w nieznane (Steps into the Unknown) and Wielkie dzie?o czasu (Great Work of Time).

[Thanks to  Mark-kitteh for the story.]

Valente Wins 2017 Sturgeon Award

Catherynne M. Valente’s “The Future is Blue” has won the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Her story was published in Drowned Worlds, edited by Jonathan Strahan.

The Sturgeon Award recognizes the best science fiction short story of each year.

The winner was announced during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet on June 16.

The members of the award jury were Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Nöel Sturgeon, Trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate.

Tidhar Wins Campbell Award

Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station is the winner of the 2017 John W. Campbell Memorial Award. The selection was announced at the Campbell Conference on June 16.

The Campbell Memorial Award was created to honor the late editor of Analog (previously Astounding Science Fiction).

This year’s award jurors were Gregory Benford, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Elizabeth Anne Hull, Paul Kincaid, Christopher McKitterick, Pamela Sargent, and Lisa Yaszek.

2017 Premio Ignotus Nominees

The nominees for the Premio Ignotus 2017 (2017 Ignotus Awards) have been announced by Spain’s Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror.

The nominees include works translated into Spanish, by Liu Cixin, Lisa Tuttle, Ken Liu, David Mitchell, Ian McDonald, Naomi Kritzer, Alyssa Wong, and Caroline M. Yoachim.

The translation of category names and story titles comes from Ricardo Manzanaro’s article for Europa SF.

The winners will be announced at HispaCon (the Spanish National SF convention) to be held in Madrid from November 17-19.

2017 Nominees for the Premios Ignotus

Novela / Best Novel

  • El dios asesinado en el servicio de caballeros, Sergio S. Morán
  • Fractura, Dioni Arroyo Merino
  • Hijos del dios binario, David B. Gil
  • La hora de los desterrados, Pablo Bueno
  • La polilla en la casa del humo, Guillem López
  • La última bruja, Mayte Navales
  • Laberinto Tennen, David Luna Lorenzo
  • Pétalos de acero, José A. Bonilla
  • Róndola, Sofía Rhei

Novela Corta / Best Novella

  • El ojo de Dios, David Luna
  • En tierra extraña, Felicidad Martínez
  • Fuego cruzado, Felicidad Martínez
  • La tienda del señor Li, Abel Amutxategi
  • Travesía, José Antonio García Santos

Cuento / Best Short Story

  • La aventura de las gallinas de Sclater Street, Alberto López Aroca (Archetypal Magazine)
  • La aventura del banco de niebla, John H. Watson (Archetypal Magazine)
  • La segunda muerte del padre, Cristina Jurado (Cuentos desde el otro lado)
  • Pedro y la pulsera mágica, Juan Antonio Fernández Madrigal (El transbordador)
  • Primera sangre, Israel Alonso (SuperSonic 5)
  • Un problema abominable, Vincent Stamford (Archetypal Magazine)

Antologia / Best Anthology

  • Archetypal Magazine, ed. Alberto López Aroca
  • Cuentos desde el otro lado, ed Concha Perea
  • Cuentos para Algernon Año IV, ed. Cuentos para Algernon
  • La mirada extraña, de Felicidad Martínez, ed. Sportula
  • Sucesos extraños, ed José Luis del Río

Libro de ensayo / Best related Book

  • El libro de Satán, Carlos Aguilar y Frank Rubio
  • En regiones extrañas, Lola Robles
  • H. P. Lovecraft, el caminante de Providence, Roberto García Álvarez
  • Homo Tenuis, Francisco Jota-Pérez
  • Richard Matheson: El maestro de la paranoia, ed Sergi Grau

Articulo / Best related work

  • Algunos monos que usted debería conocer, Jane Chase (Archetypal Magazine)
  • All Your Short Are Belong to Us, Elías F. Combarro (SuperSonic 4)
  • Editoriales independientes en España: ¿el futuro del género?, Cristina Jurado (SuperSonic 4)
  • Escritoras españolas de ciencia ficción, Lola Robles (SuperSonic 4 y 5)
  • Jack el Destripador: Asesino pulp, Andrés Peláez Paz (en Jack el Destripador de Curtis Garland)

Ilustración / Best Cover

  • Alucinadas II, Ana Díaz Eiriz
  • Archetypal Magazine, Sergio Bleda
  • Futuros perdidos, Enrique Corominas
  • Jack el destripador de Curtis Garland, Sergio Bleda
  • Juguetes rotos, Cecilia G. F.
  • Travesía, Pilar Leandro

Producción audiovisual / Audiovisual production

Tebeo / Comics

  • ¡Universo!, Albert Monteys (ed. Panel Syndicate)
  • Galaxia Bramford, Fernando Cámara (https://ngc3660.com/galaxia-bramford/)
  • Hoy me ha pasado algo muy bestia, Julián López y El Torres (ed. Norma editorial)
  • I.D., Emma Ríos (ed. Astiberri)
  • Providence, Jacen Burrows y Alan Moore (ed. Panini)

Revista / Magazine

  • Barsoom
  • Catarsi
  • Delirio
  • SuperSonic
  • Tártarus

Novela extranjera / Foreign Novel

  • El problema de los tres cuerpos (Three Body Problem), Liu Cixin
  • Futuros perdidos (Lost Futures), Lisa Tuttle
  • La casa de arenas movedizas (Quicksand House), Carlton Mellick III
  • La gracia de los reyes (The Grace of Kings), Ken Liu (ed. Alianza)
  • Relojes de hueso (The Bone Clocks), David Mitchell

Cuento extranjera / Foreign story

  • Acerca de las costumbres de elaboración de libros en determinadas especies (“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”), Ken Liu
  • El aria de la reina de la noche (“The Queen of the Night’s Aria”), Ian McDonald
  • Fotos de gatitos, por favor (“Cat Pictures, Please”), de Naomi Kritzer
  • “La reina pescadora” (“The Fisher Queen”), de Alyssa Wong
  • “Siete maravillas de un mundo pasado y future” (“Seven Wonders of a Once and Future World”), Caroline M. Yoachim

Sitio web / Web

Splatterpunk Awards Created

World Horror Grandmaster Brian Keene and Wrath James White are starting the Splatterpunk Awards to honor superior achievement in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk/Extreme Horror fiction. The award will be given in the following categories:

  • BEST NOVEL (for works of more than 50,000 words)
  • BEST NOVELLA (for works from 15,000 to 50,000 words)
  • BEST SHORT STORY (for works from 500 to 14,000 words)
  • BEST COLLECTION (for single-author works over 50,000 words)
  • BEST ANTHOLOGY (for multiple-author collections over 50,000 words)

In addition, there will be an annual Lifetime Achievement Award (the J. F. Gonzalez Award), honoring an individual’s contributions to these sub-genres.

The first set of awards will be presented at KillerCon 2018 and members of the convention can recommend works for the awards. Recommendations will be taken from August 1 until January 31, 2018. Details on how to recommend works will be posted at the Killercon website in the coming weeks.

This will be a juried award. The three works that have the most reader recommendations in each category will proceed to the ballot. The 2018 Splatterpunk Awards jury will have the ability to add two additional works, that may have been overlooked by the general public, to each category. When this process is completed, the official nominees will be announced publicly. The jury will then vote on the winner in each category.

The inaugural jurors are David J. Schow, Gerard Houarner, Monica J. O’Rourke, Mike Lombardo, and Tod Clark.

The Founders of the Splatterpunk Awards, Wrath James White and Brian Keene, will select the J. F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award winner.

Keene spoke about the new award in a recent edition of his podcast.

[Thanks to Dann for the story.]

2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis Winners

The 2017 Kurd-Laßwitz-Preis winners were announced on March 31.

The award, named after early sf author Kurd Laßwitz (1848–1910), has been given since 1981 to exceptional German sf works and translations. For more information (in German) see the official site here.

The translations of the category titles and citations are via Nina Horvath at Europa SF.

Best German Science-Fiction Novel

(published for the first time in 2016):

  • Andreas Brandhorst – Omni (Piper)

Best German Short Prosa

  • Gabriele Behrend — Suicide Rooms (in: Exodus 35)

Best Foreign Science-Fiction Book (translated into German)

  • Cixin Liu — Die drei Sonnen (The Three-Body Problem), (Heyne)

Best Science-Fiction Translation

  • Martina Hasse (Cixin Liu: Die drei Sonnen, Heyne)

Best Cover Art or Illustration

  • Greg Ruth (Nnedi Okorafor: Lagune, Cross Cult)

Best German Audio Play

  • [No award given]

Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (One time)

[Translation to English via Europa SF]

  • Ralf Boldt, Sylvana Fryberg and the team of the MediKonOne for organizing the MediKonOne and the innovation of doing a crossover of medicine and science-fiction

Special Award for Extraordinary Achievements (Over years)

[Translation to English via Europa SF]

  • Herbert W. Franke for his lifetime achievement

[Via Europa SF. With KMA Locus Online.]