2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award Finalists

The nominees for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award have been announced.  The awards recognize excellence in science fiction, fantasy and horror by New Zealanders.

The winners will be decided by a vote of the members of SFFANZ, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand Inc., and of the national convention, Lexicon 2017.

Professional Award Nominees

Best Novel

  • Innocents by Sarah Fayermann (FeedARead.com Publishing)
  • Den of Wolves by Juliet Marillier (Pan MacMillan Australia)
  • Into the Mist by Lee Murray (Cohesion Press)
  • Daybreak Rising (Embers of Redemption, vol 1) by Kiran Oliver (CreateSpace Independent Publishing)
  • Night’s Fall by Richard Parry (Mondegreen)

Best Youth Novel

  • Stranded Starship (You Say Which Way) by Kevin Berry (Fairytale Factory)
  • The Ghosts of Moonlight Creek by Sue Copsey (CreateSpace Independent Publishing)
  • Battlesaurus: Clash of Empires by Brian Falkner (MacMillan)
  • Light in My Dark by Jean Gilbert and William Dresden (Rogue House Publishing)

Best Novella / Novelette

  • The Convergence of Fairy Tales by Octavia Cade (Book Smugglers)
  • Babylon’s Song by Woelf Dietrich, published in Interspecies (Kosa Press)
  • The Sleeper’s Dance – A Novella by Mouse Diver-Dudfield (Pouakai Books)
  • Spindle by Dan Rabarts, published in Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine issue 63
  • Tipuna Tapu by Dan Rabarts (Clan Destine Press)

Best Short Story

  • “Narco” by Michelle Child, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)
  • “Splintr” by A.J. Fitzwater, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)
  • “Wakers” by Sean Monaghan, published in Asimov’s Science Fiction, August 2016
  • “Call of the Sea” by Eileen Mueller, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)
  • “BlindSight” by A.J. Ponder, published in At the Edge (Paper Road Press)
  • “London’s Crawling” by Emma Pullar, published in Dark Minds Charity Collection (Bloodhound Books)

Best Collected Work

  • At the Edge, Edited by Dan Rabarts and Lee Murray (Paper Road Press)
  • Everything is Fine, Grant Stone (Racket House)

Best Professional Artwork

  • Cover artwork for Write Off Line 2016: Everyone’s a Winner by Kodi Murray (Rogue House Publishing)
  • Cover artwork for Beyond the Stars by Kodi Murray (Tauranga Writers Publishing)
  • Cover artwork for Chameleon Moon, by Laya Rose
  • Midnight Star, Laya Rose
  • Cover artwork for That Kind of Planet, Emma Weakley (Random Static)
  • Cover artwork for At the Edge, Emma Weakley (Paper Road Press)

Best Professional Production / Publication

  • That Kind of Planet, Emma Weakley (Random Static)

Best Dramatic Presentation

  • This Papier Mache Boulder is Actually Really Heavy, Andrew Beszant and Christian Nicholson (Little Hero Productions)
  • Chronesthesia, Directed by Hayden J. Weal, collaborator Simeon Duncombe
  • AFK: the webseries, episode 12, “ZERG”, Directed by Peter Haynes (Epically Casual Productions)

Fan Award Nominees

Best Fan Production/ Publication

  • Novazine, Edited by Jacqui Smith
  • Phoenixine, Edited by John and Lynelle Howell
  • Summer Star Trek: Mirror, Mirror, Enterprise Entertainment

Best Fan Writing

  • Alex Lindsay for SITREP, Published in Phoenxine
  • Jacqui Smith, For contributions to Novazine
  • Octavia Cade, For Food and Horror Column Series (Book Smugglers)

Best Fan Artist

  • Keith Smith, Contributions to Novazine

Special Award Nominees

Best New Talent

  • Eileen Mueller
  • Richard Parry
  • Laya Rose
  • Darian Smith

Services To Science Fiction, Fantasy And Horror

  • Lee Murray

Services To Fandom

  • Jan Butterworth
  • Lynelle Howell

The lengthy supporting statements for the Special Award nominees can be read at the SFFANZ  website.

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]


2017 Seiun Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2017 Seiun Award were announced April 11 by the 56th Japan Science Fiction Convention. The members of “Donburacon” will vote on the winners, which will be announced in July.

The award has nine categories. Here are the categories for translated works, and a few other categories of international interest.


  • United States of Japan, Peter Tieryas, translated by Naoya Nakahara
  • Jack Vance Treasury 1 (Magnus Ridolph), Jack Vance, translated by Hisashi Asakura and Akinobu Sakai
  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa
  • Roderick, John Sladek, translated by Kiichiro Yanashita
  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Claire North, translated by Hiromi Amagai
  • Imperial Radch trilogy, Anne Leckie, translated by Hideko Akao
  • Enchanted Night, Steven Millhauser, translated by Motoyuki Shibata


  • “Seventh Sight”, Greg Egan, translated by Makoto Yamagishi
  • “The Day the World Turned Upside Down”, Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Jun Suzuki
  • “Backward, Turn Backward”, James Tiptree, Jr., translated by Kazuko Onoda
  • “The Guiding Nose of Ulfant Banderoz”, Dan Simmons, translated by Akinobu Sakai
  • “The Deathbird”, Harlan Ellison, translated by Norio It?
  • “Simulacrum”, Ken Liu, translated by Yoshimichi Furusawa



  • Osamu Akimoto’s Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo (all 200 volumes)
  • Tsubana’s Dainana Jyoshikai Houkou (all 10 volumes)
  • Satoshi Mizukami’s Spirit Circle (all 6 volumes)
  • Yumiko Shirai’s Wombs (all 5 volumes)
  • Kei Sanbe’s Erased (all 9 volumes)
  • Izumi Takemoto’s Natsu ni Sekirannun Made


  • The movement launched by Zegapain ADP and tie-ins
  • The Pokémon Go craze
  • The official naming of the chemical element Nihonium
  • The world’s first detection of gravitational waves by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • The visual book Gear Another Day Go-iro no Rinbu
  • SF writer and musician Hiroyuki Nanba’s “Nanba Hiroyuki Kenban Seikatsu 40 Sh?nen Kinen Live ~Issh? Kenmei~” event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the musician’s activities.

Editor’s Note: I have followed the translations by Petréa Mitchell in the Foreign Novel and Foreign Short Story categories, and those of the Anime News Network in the other categories.

2016 BSFA Awards

The winners of the BSFA 2016 Awards were announced April 15 at Innominate, the 68th Eastercon, in Birmingham, UK.

Best Novel

  • Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)

Best Short Fiction

  • Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Best Non-Fiction

Best Artwork

The BSFA Awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon.

BSFA winning artwork by Sarah Anne Langton

2017 Philip K. Dick Award Winner

The 2017 Philip K. Dick Award winner is the Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper.

Also, a Special Citation was given to Unpronounceable by Susan diRende (Aqueduct Press).

The award is given for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form for the first time during 2016 in the United States.

The winner was announced April 14 at Norwescon 40 in SeaTac, WA.

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.

The 2016 judges were Michael Armstrong, Brenda Clough, Meg Elison, Lee Konstantinou, and Ben Winters.

This a beautiful sight. 2017 Philip K Dick Awards. #nwc40

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Writers React: Thumbs Up for New WFA Design, Thumbs Down for Lovecraft Nominee Pins

Everyone’s raving about Vincent Villafranca’s winning design for the World Fantasy Award. However, World Fantasy’s statement in the same press release that nominee pins will still feature the supposedly retired Lovecraft image is being widely criticized.

There was one dissent, from a Castalia House blogger —

Here is a sampling of the reaction to the news about the Lovecraft nominee pin:

[Thanks to JJ for the story.]

2016 Aurealis Award Winners

The winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards were announced at the Australian National Convention in Perth on April 14.


  • When the Lyrebird Calls, Kim Kane (Allen & Unwin)


  • Negative Space, Ryan K Lindsay (Dark Horse Comics)


  • “Pretty Jennie Greenteeth”, Leife Shallcross (Strange Little Girls, Belladonna Publishing)


  • “Flame Trees”, TR Napper (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2016)


  • “Burnt Sugar”, Kirstyn McDermott (Dreaming in the Dark, PS Australia)


  • “Where the Pelican Builds Her Nest”, Thoraiya Dyer (In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing)


  • “Forfeit”, Andrea K Höst (The Towers, the Moon, self-published)


  • “Of Sight, of Mind, of Heart”, Samantha Murray (Clarkesworld #122)


  • “Salto Mortal”, Nick T Chan (Lightspeed #73)


  • A Feast of Sorrows, Angela Slatter (Prime Books)


  • Year’s Best YA Speculative Fiction 2015, Julia Rios and Alisa Krasnostein (eds.) (Twelfth Planet Press)


  • Lady Helen and the Dark Days Pact, Alison Goodman (HarperCollins Publishers)


  • The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren (IFWG Publishing Australia)


  • Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)


  • Gemina: Illuminae Files 2, Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (Allen & Unwin)


  • The Rebirth of Rapunzel: A Mythic Biography of the Maiden in the Tower, Kate Forsyth (FableCroft Publishing)

A bulletin listing the all the judges, the award criteria, and selected award statistics can be downloaded here.

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]

Villafranca Comments on Winning WFA Design Competition

Vincent Villafranca reacted to the news that his World Fantasy Award design has won the competition and shared some insights about the imagery he used:

I am thrilled to have had my design selected to be the new World Fantasy Award. This design relies heavily upon the majesty surrounding trees. I have always viewed trees as being magical, mysterious and oftentimes macabre. They have spurred human imagination for millennia and continue to do so. I live in a rural area in north Texas and am surrounded by numerous ancient oaks. I have always felt that the trees are full of stories. Many of the older oaks have witnessed sweeping changes brought on by humans and extreme weather events brought on by nature.

It was my intention to leave the design open-ended so that it could be interpreted by the viewer. However, one personal view of the design that I would like to share is that the tree represents the story written on paper, and it is being depicted as grasping the mind of the reader, which is represented by the disc. The sculpture can be seen in many ways, but what remains constant is that trees are intrinsically powerful and magnificent.

The artist is already hard at work doing all the bronze-casting/welding involved in making the awards.

Villafranca’s Winning World Fantasy Award Design Revealed

Vincent Villafranca’s design for the new World Fantasy Award trophy has been chosen the winner by the World Fantasy Awards Administration and the Board of the World Fantasy Convention following a year-long public competition.

Villafranca, the Chesley Award-winning sculptor and designer of the 2013 Hugo base, was among several artists invited to participate:

Professional artists already proficient in 3-D arts working within the fantasy/horror community were invited to submit designs in the first instance, and those shortlisted were then asked to supply a model and specifications. A professional foundry provided a quote to produce the awards in the future, to ensure it would be within the budget of the seated World Fantasy Convention as well as future conventions.

Villafranca will be at the 2017 WFC in San Antonio, Texas, where the awards will be presented for the first time.

Last year’s WFA winners, given certificates at the 2016 award ceremony in Columbus, OH will get copies of the new statuette, too, once they have been cast.

The press release reiterated the Board’s reasons for asking artists to do the design work without payment, which had aroused intense discussion among professional artists:

There is no financial remuneration for the winner, as the Awards Administration and the Board of the World Fantasy Convention are not fund-holding entities; each convention is run by a discrete group of people and is self-funding, so this was not a commercial opportunity for the winning artist. However, Vincent Villafranca will receive two life memberships to the World Fantasy Convention as a small token of our thanks.

Semi-finalist Misty Hawkins will receive two memberships to the 2017 World Fantasy Convention.

The move to replace the WFA’s bust of Lovecraft, designed by Gahan Wilson, gained impetus in 2014 when Daniel Jose Older collected over 2,500 signatures on a petition calling for the replacement of “avowed racist and a terrible wordsmith” H.P. Lovecraft on the World Fantasy Award. Discussion snowballed in social media and many authors – including past WFA winner Nnedi Okorafor – urged award administrators to move on from the Lovecraft image. Within a few months The Guardian was reporting that the board of the World Fantasy awards “was ‘in discussion’ about its winners’ statuette”. When Sofia Samatar won in 2014, she made a statement about the controversy in her acceptance speech, saying “I just wanted them to know that here I was in a terribly awkward position, unable to be 100% thrilled, as I should be, by winning this award, and that many other people would feel the same, and so they were right to think about changing it.” However, the Board continued using the Lovecraft trophy through 2015.

Given the reason for changing the trophy, it will be interesting to see how authors receive the decision to perpetuate the Lovecraft image in the WFA nominee pins —

The Board of the World Fantasy Convention and the Awards Administration would like to thank world-famous artist Gahan Wilson, who sculpted the original WFA Statuette. The bust of HP Lovecraft, which was in use for more than four decades, was donated in perpetuity and will continue to live on in the shape of the nominee pins given out to all those shortlisted for a World Fantasy Award.

A thorough interpretation of the new design was also part of the press release:

The Awards Administration wanted something representational that would reflect the depth and breadth of the fantasy field, from horror to high fantasy and all stops in between. Trees—good trees, evil trees, prophetic trees, harboring trees, forests full of demons, forests of sanctuary—turn up throughout art and literature from the very beginning. They represent life, strength, nature, endurance, wisdom, rebirth, protection; they symbolize the link between heaven and earth. In Christian mythology, mankind starts with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. In Norse mythology, the entire structure of the universe is dependent on the giant ash Yggdrasill, the World Tree, which many Eastern European countries see as a home to the spirits of the dead. Indian mythology has the cosmic tree Asvattha, and there are plenty of fantastical trees in Greek and Roman mythology too, including dryads, the nymphs who inhabit trees, the Dodona grove of prophetic trees, and Argo, Jason’s ship, which maintained the magical properties of the tree which provided its wood.

The Green Man is a magical figure in many countries; druids are tied to the oak and the ash; some oak trees were thought to be oracular. Yews guard the entrance to the underworld, rowan keeps witches away. In Native American myth the hero Gluskap created humans by shooting an arrow into the heart of a birch. In Persia, the tree which grew from the decomposing corpse of the first human split into a man and woman, and the fruit became the other races of mankind. Buddha reached enlightenment under a Bodhi tree, which in turn inspired Robert Jordan’s Chora trees.

Trees bestride fantasy literature, from Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber to Robert Holdstock’s WFA-winning Mythago Wood cycle, C.S. Lewis’ Narnia chronicles to Michael Sullivan’s Age of Myth cycle, the godswoods of Westeros in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ents and Enid Blyton’s Magical Faraway Tree.

But not all trees are nurturing: it’s the treatment of a Chora sapling which begins a bloody war in Jordan’s books. Tolkien’s Mirkwood is as evil as its denizens and Weasels and Stoats rampage around Kenneth Grahame’s Wild Wood; J.K. Rowling’s Whomping Willow has terrified millions, while Patrick Rothfuss’ Cthaeh, lurk unseen in the branches of a giant tree in the fae realm. There’s the baobab tree in Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince, Ray Bradbury’s The October Tree, the apple tree in The Wizard of Oz, and many more.

Vincent Villafranca has encapsulated the worlds of fantasy in the branches of our new award, and we thank him.

The 2017 World Fantasy Convention takes place in San Antonio from November 2-5.

2017 Eugie Award Finalists

The shortlist for the 2017 Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction is online:

Eligible works are original speculative short fiction stories no longer than 20,000 words published for the first time in the English language in the previous year (2016).

This is a juried award, that begins with a long list of nominations coming from publishers and editors, supplemented by choices of select readers.

Credited with nominating works for 2017 are: John Joseph Adams, Mike Allen, Morris Allen, Scott H. Andrews, Neil Clarke, Ellen Datlow, Wendy S. Delmater, Charles Coleman Finlay, Niall Harrison, Emily Hockaday, Dominik Parisien, Trevor Quachri, Mike Resnick, Scott Roberts, Jason Sizemore, Lynne M Thomas, Sean Wallace, Navah Wolfe.

A selection committee of spec fiction fans picks the finalists. The winner is chosen by a panel of judges, and the award is presented at Dragon Con.

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]

2016-17 Canopus Award Finalists

100 Year Starship has named the finalists in the 2016-17 Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing. The Canopus Award is an annual writing prize that recognizes “the finest fiction and non-fiction works that engage broad audiences and enhance the understanding excitement, and knowledge of interstellar space exploration and travel.”

Winners will be announced at the 100YSS Nexus on August 12 in Los Angeles.

Previously Published Long-Form Fiction (40,000 words or more):

  • The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager)
  • Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Tor)
  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (HarperCollins)
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
  • Arkwright by Allen Steele (Tor)

Previously Published Short-Form Fiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words)

  • “Slow Bullets” by Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon Publications)
  • “The Long Vigil” by Rhett C. Bruno (Perihelion)
  • “The Citadel of Weeping Pearls” by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s Science Fiction)
  • “Wavefronts of History and Memory” by David D. Levine (Analog Science Fiction and Fact)
  • “The Four Thousand, The Eight Hundred” by Greg Egan (Subterranean Press)
  • “Whom He May Devour” by Alex Shvartsman (Nautilus)
  • “Love and Relativity” by Stewart C. Baker (Flash Fiction Online)

Previously Published Nonfiction (between 1,000 and 40,000 words):

  • “A Terrestrial Planet Candidate in a Temperate Orbit Around Proxima” by Guillem AngladaEscude, et al. (Nature)
  • “A Science Critique of Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson” by Stephen Baxter, James Benford, and Joseph Miller (Centauri Dreams)
  • Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet by Buzz Aldrin and Marianne Dyson (National Geographic)
  • “Let’s All Go to Mars” by John Lanchester (London Review of Books)
  • “Our Worldship Broke!” by Jim Beall (Baen Books)

Original Fiction (1,000-5,000 words):

  • “The Quest for New Cydonia” by Russell Hemmell
  • “Luminosity” by Adeene Denton
  • “Mission” by Yoshifumi Kakiuchi
  • “Envoy” by K. G. Jewell
  • “Sleeping Westward” by Lorraine Schein

Original Non-Fiction (1,000-5,000 words):

  • “Motivatingly Plausible Ways to Reach the Stars” by James Blodgett
  •  “Microbots—The Seeds of Interstellar Civilization” by Robert Buckalew
  • “An Anthropic Program for the Long-Term Survival of Humankind” by Roberto Paura
  • “Terraforming Planets, Geoengineering Earth” by James Fleming

Original College Writing (1,000-5,000 words):

  • “A Kingdom of Ends” by Ryan Burgess
  • “Ethics in Space” by Greg Becker