Philip K. Dick Award Judges Announced

The five Philip K. Dick Award judges for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original format in the United States in the 2018 award year are:

  • Madeline Ashby
  • Brian Attebery
  • Christopher Brown
  • Rosemary Edghill
  • Jason Hough

They will consider issue eligible titles — all works of science fiction published originally in the United States as paperbacks during the year 2018. The nominees will be announced in January 2019.

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 and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.

The 2017 award for work published in 2016 was given to The Mercy Journals by Claudia Casper (Arsenal Pulp Press) with a special citation to Unpronounceable by Susan diRende (Aqueduct Press). The 2018 awards for work published in 2017 will be announced on March 30, 2018 at Norwescon 41.

Tremendous Pushback Against Barkley YA Award Name Proposal

Since Chris Barkley released his “Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award” yesterday it has been heavily criticized, and five of the nine signers have removed their names —  Juliette Wade, Melinda Snodgrass, Pablo Miguel Alberto Vasquez, and Shawna McCarthy, and Vincent Docherty, who says his name never should have been included to begin with.

Last year, the Worldcon 75 business meeting finalized creation of a new YA Award for the World Science Fiction Convention, ratifying it by a vote of 65-27, and a motion naming it the Lodestar award received first passage. (For a complete explanation of how the committee chose that name, read the YA Award Full Report.)

Barkley’s proposal urges the award be given a different name — though just what name he planned to keep embargoed until the start of this year’s business meeting. (“There is very good reason why the name will not be revealed at this time and that explanation will also be given at that time.”)

However, when Melinda Snodgrass told Facebook readers why she was no longer a signer, she also revealed the proposed name.

So I have apparently inadvertently stepped into the middle of a science fiction fandom/Hugo/Worldcon hornet’s nest. So do pass on to anyone who might care that this was done innocently and was me attempting to not seem to be slighting Ursula K. Le Guin who was one of our greatest writers.

How this all happened — I had the vague memory that we now have a YA award of some kind and when I got a request to put my name on a petition to have it named for Le Guin it seemed churlish to refuse. I thought it was another make nice sort of honorary thing so I said sure even though it didn’t matter to me one whit.

But apparently this process has consumed fandom and worldcon like a wildfire for the past several years, and I have apparently been pulled into this fight when I didn’t even know there was a fight.

So consider this me stating that I don’t have a dog in this fight. I’m not taking a side because I didn’t know there were sides to be taken, I’ve requested my name be removed and I’m backing slowly away from the whole thing so I can get back to writing and working to get Wild Cards on the air.

Once this whole thing gets settled I will be happy to vote for a YA novel because I really enjoy YA novels. And I don’t care what they call the award.

Chris Barkley sent File 770 this comment “on the record”: “I do not have any comment at this time. If anyone wants to know what name will be officially revealed, they are welcome to attend the Preliminary Business Meeting at Worldcon 76.”

Also, Ellen Datlow, although not listed in Barkley’s post on File 770, announced on Facebook that she has removed her name from the petition.

Renay of Lady Business has made the most thorough critical response to the motion. Jump on the thread here:

At another point she underscores how the proposal disrespects the process used to create the award —

She is not the only one to see the proposal as demeaning people’s work on the award:

While the name was still unknown, Brian White voiced his deepest fear….

However, it needs to be made clear that the Worldcon was not the author of this idea —

Stacy Whitman satirized the proposal in a thread —

And a writer who knows something about the years of debate behind the award wryly suggested another new name:

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth, JJ, and Chris Barkley for the story.]

2018 Lambda Literary Award Nominees

The 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists (“Lammys”) have been announced. The awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 4.

The categories with nominees of genre interest are reported below. The full list of 23 categories is here.

Lesbian Fiction

Transgender Fiction

LGBTQ Anthology

LGBTQ Graphic Novels


LGBTQ Studies

2018 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Longlist

The Deutscher Phantastik Preis 2018 longlist has been posted. Voting is open through April 15 to determine the five finalists in each category.

The award honors speculative fiction published for the first time in German language during the previous year. The longlist is created by an independent jury. In the first round write-in votes are also allowed.

Once the shortlist is determined, winners will be picked by a public vote. Voting on the shortlist begins May 1.

The winners of the DPP 2018 will be honored on the Phantastika, the festival of fantasy, on September 1 in Oberhausen, Germany.

Deutscher Phantastik Preis Longlist

Bester deutscher Roman / Best German Novel

  • Animant Crumbs Staubchronik — Lin Rina — Drachenmond Verlag
  • Armageddon — Wolfgang Hohlbein — Piper Verlag
  • Coldworth City — Mona Kasten — Knaur
  • Das Blut der Könige – Die Lytar-Chronik 3 — Richard Schwartz — Piper Verlag
  • Das Geheimnis der Sternentränen — Anke Höhl-Kayser — Bookspot Verlag
  • Das Herz der Quelle – Sternensturm — Alana Falk — Arena Verlag
  • Das Koboltikum — Christian von Aster — Edition Roter Drache
  • Der Axolotlkönig — Sylvia Rieß — Selfpublisher
  • Der Drachenjäger – Die erste Reise ins Wolkenmeer — Bernd Perplies — FISCHER Tor
  • Der Fluchsammler — Ann-Kathrin Karschnick — Papierverzierer Verlag
  • Der Kanon mechanischer Seelen — Michael Marrak — Amrûn Verlag
  • Der verwunschene Gott — Laura Labas — Drachenmond Verlag
  • Des Teufels Gebetbuch — Markus Heitz — Knaur
  • Die Bibliothek der flüsternden Schatten – Bücherstadt — Akram El-Bahay — Bastei Lübbe
  • Die Chroniken von Azuhr – Der Verfluchte — Bernhard Hennen — FISCHER Tor
  • Die Dunkelmagierin — Arthur Philipp — Blanvalet Verlag
  • Die Krone der Sterne — Kai Meyer — FISCHER Tor
  • Die Legende von Enyador — Mira Valentin — Selfpublisher
  • Die Welten der Skiir 3 – Patronat — Dirk van den Boom — Cross Cult
  • FAYRA – Das Herz der Phönixtochter — Nina Blazon — cbj Verlag
  • Glühender Zorn – Krieg der Drachen 1 — F. I. Thomas — Piper
  • Hollerbrunn — Tina Skupin — Selfpublisher
  • Im Bann der zertanzten Schuhe — Janna Ruth — Selfpublisher
  • Nyx — Dirk van Versendaal — Rowohlt Verlag
  • QualityLand — Marc-Uwe Kling — Ullstein
  • Seelenspalter — Ju Honisch — Knaur
  • Shadow Love — Kaylie Morgan — Papierverzierer Verlag
  • Sieben Heere – Revolution — Tobias O. Meißner — Piper
  • Talvars Schuld — Valerie Colberg — Knaur
  • Tochter des dunklen Waldes — Katharina Seck — Bastei Lübbe
  • Tote Götter — Faye Hell — Amrûn Verlag
  • Tränen der Göttin – Erwacht — Bettina Auer — Zeilengold Verlag
  • Trywwidt – Falsche Freunde — Klara Bellis — Selfpublisher
  • Water & Air — Laura Kneidl — CARLSEN Verlag

Bestes deutschsprachiges Romandebüt / Best debut novel in German

  • A Fairy Tale – Die Suche nach dem blauen Herz — Anja Stephan — Selfpublisher
  • Archibald Leach und die Monstrositäten des Marquis de Mortemarte — Markus Cremer — Art Skript Phantastik Verlag
  • Das Raunen der Flammen — Helena Gäßler — Drachenmond Verlag
  • Das verlorene Königreich — Valeria Bell — Impress
  • Der siebte Sohn — Julia Maar — Selfpublisher
  • Die Jäger der Götter — Jenna Liermann — Dark Diamonds
  • Eonvár – Zwischen den Welten — Kat Rupin — Zeilengold Verlag
  • In Between – Das Geheimnis der Königreiche — Kathrin Wandres — Impress
  • Izara – Das ewige Feuer — Julia Dippel — Planet!
  • Opfermond — Elea Brandt — Mantikore Verlag
  • Tanz der Feuerblüten — Janna Ruth — Ueberreuter Verlag
  • Thalél Malis – Das Flüstern der Flammen — Nancy Pfeil — Tagträumer Verlag

Bester internationaler Roman / Best international novel

  • Alle Vögel unter dem Himmel — Charlie Jane Anders — FISCHER Tor
  • Das Erbe der Seher – Die Licanius-Saga 1 — James Islington — Knaur
  • Das Erwachen des Feuers — Anthony Ryan — Klett-Cotta
  • Das Herz der verlorenen Dinge — Tad Williams — Klett-Cotta
  • Das Lied der Krähen — Leigh Bardugo — Knaur
  • Das Wunderreich von Nirgendwo — Ross MacKenzie — Verlag Freies Geistesleben und Urachhaus
  • Die Stadt der tausend Treppen — Robert Jackson Bennett — Bastei Lübbe
  • Empire of Storms – Pakt der Diebe — Jon Skovron — Heyne
  • Nemesis – Geliebter Feind — Anna Banks — cbt
  • Nevernight – Die Prüfung — Jay Kristoff — FISCHER Tor
  • Schatten über Elantel: Ein Nebelgeborenen-Roman — Brandon Sanderson — Piper
  • Schwerelos — Katie Khan — Heyne
  • Scythe – Die Hüter des Todes — Neal Shusterman — FISCHER Sauerländer
  • Vier Farben der Magie — V. E. Schwab — FISCHER Tor
  • Wer fürchtet den Tod — Nnedi Okorafor — Cross Cult

Beste deutschsprachige Kurzgeschichte / Best German short story

  • Alissa im Drunterland — Fabienne Siegmund — Papierverzierer Verlag
  • Böse Träume — Peer Bieber — Menschmaschinen – Eine Steamcyberpunk Anthologie — Amrûn Verlag
  • Der geheimnisvolle Gefangene — Gerd Scherm — Reiten wir! – Phantastikautoren für Karl May — Edition Roter Drache
  • Die Absolute Wahrheit über Werwölfe — Sarah O. Talent — Werwolf – Fantasy aus dem Sperling-Verlag — Sperling-Verlag
  • Die Privatvorführung — Kaya T. Nova — Steam Master – Die Anthologie — Lysandra Books Verlag
  • Die Ruinen im Wald — Sarah Drews — Wald – Anthologie — Mondschein-Corona-Verlag
  • Happy Halloween — Sarah Drews — Halloween – Jetzt schlägt’s 13 — Kelebek Verlag
  • PET — Melanie Vogltanz — Das Dimensionstor – Ein Portal in andere fantastische Welten und Zeiten — Amrûn Verlag
  • Schattenruf – Erzählung — Klara Bellis — Selfpublisher
  • Traum und Wahrheit — Jacqueline Mayerhofer — Absinth – Geschichten im Rausch der Grünen Fee — Art Skript Phantastik Verlag

Beste Original-Anthologie/Kurzgeschichten-Sammlung / Best anthology/story collection

  • 12 Monate Angst — Vanessa Kaiser & Thomas Lohwasser — Verlag Torsten Low
  • Absinth – Geschichten im Rausch der Grünen Fee — Grit Richter — Art Skript Phantastik Verlag
  • Das Dimensionstor – Ein Portal in andere fantastische Welten und Zeiten — Nadine Muriel & Stefan Cernohuby — Amrûn Verlag
  • Der Zauber des Winters — Nadine Skonetzki — Zeilengold Verlag
  • Die Helden-WG – 3 Zimmer, Küche, Axt — Ingrid Pointecker — Verlag ohneohren
  • Es war einmal … … ganz anders — Sylvia Rieß & Janna Ruth — Machandel Verlag
  • FaRK Trek – Episode 1 – Das Erwachen der Legenden — Sandra Baumgärtner — Papierverzierer Verlag
  • Halloween – Jetzt schlägt’s 13 — Kelebek Verlag — Kelebek Verlag
  • Halloweenküsse – Liebe oder saures? — Jenny Wood — Amrûn Verlag
  • Menschmaschinen – Eine Steamcyberpunk Anthologie — André Skora — Amrûn Verlag
  • Nacht aus Schatten und Saphiren – Einhorn-Geschichten — Kerstin Arbogast — Selfpublisher
  • Nordlicht, Elch und Tannengrün – Die schönsten Weihnachtsgeschichten aus Skandinavien — Gabriele Haefs, & Andreas Brunstermann — Knaur
  • Reiten wir! – Phantastikautoren für Karl May — Alex Jahnke — Edition Roter Drache
  • Saint Falls: Märchen aus der Welt des Verbrechens — David Michel Rohlmann & Maria Engels — Selfpublisher
  • Steam Master – Die Anthologie — Anne Amalia Herbst — Lysandra Books Verlag
  • Teegestöber – eine Tee-Anthologie — Julia Schwaminger — Chaospony Verlag
  • The U-Files – Die Einhorn Akten — Sandra Florean — Talawah Verlag
  • Wald – Anthologie — Mondschein-Corona-Verlag

Bestes deutschsprachiges Hörspiel/Hörbuch / Best German Language Radio Play / Audiobook

  • Das Siegel der Finsternis – Finsternis Saga 1 — Marcus Reichard — Bernd Hölscher — LifeTime Film & Audio
  • Der Drachenjäger – Die erste Reise ins Wolkenmeer — Bernd Perplies — Oliver Siebeck — Audible Studios
  • Der Mitreiser und die Überfliegerin — Mira Valentin — Julian Horeyseck — Audible Studios
  • Der Totengräbersohn 1 — Sam Feuerbach — Robert Frank — Audible Studios
  • Die Geheimnisse der Alaburg — Greg Walters — Marco Sven Reinbold — Hörbuchmanufaktur Berlin
  • Die Krone der Sterne — Kai Meyer — Philipp Schepmann — Argon Verlag
  • Drachenreiter – Die Vulkan-Mission — Cornelia Funke — David Fowler — Atmende Bücher
  • Fuchsrot – Academy of Shapeshifters 1 — Amber Auburn — Marlene Rauch — Rosenrot Verlag
  • GötterFunke – Liebe mich nicht — Marah Woolf — Jodie Ahlborn, & Patrick Bach — Oetinger Media
  • Schatten über Ulldart – Ulldart: Die Dunkle Zeit 1 — Markus Heitz — Johannes Steck — Hörbuch Hamburg HHV
  • Träume aus Feuer — Maja Winter — Robert Frank — Audible Studios

Beste deutschsprachige Serie / Best German Language Series

  • Die Phileasson-Saga — Bernhard Hennen & Robert Corvus — Heyne Verlag
  • Spiegelmagie — Chris Svartbeck — Selfpublisher
  • Frost & Payne-Reihe — Luzia Pfyl — Greenlight Press
  • Nebular — Thomas Rabenstein — SciFi-World Medien Verlag
  • PERRY RHODAN — Pabel-Moewig Verlag

Bester deutschsprachiger Grafiker /Best German-speaking Graphic Artist

  • Der Klang der Magie – Edingaard Band 2 — Viktoria Petkau / Gedankengrün — Selfpublisher
  • Die Bibliothekare – Die maskierte Stadt — Guter Punkt — Bastei Lübbe
  • Die Braut des blauen Raben — Coverandbooks / Rica Aitzetmueller — Zeilengold Verlag
  • Drachenkralle 1 – Die Klaue des Morero — Clara Vath / Varth Art — Amrûn Verlag
  • FAAR – Das versinkende Königreich – Herr der Wälder — Atelier Tag 1 — Amrûn Verlag
  • Keine Helden – Piraten des Mahlstroms — Christian Günther — Amrûn Verlag
  • Opferreigen — Ingrid Pointecker — Verlag ohneohren
  • Prinzessin Insomnia & der alptraumfarbene Nachtmahr — Walter Moers, Oliver Schmitt & Lydia Rode — Albrecht Knaus Verlag
  • Tante Hetty – Ingwer und Intrige — Ingrid Pointecker — Verlag ohneohren
  • The U-Files – Die Einhorn Akten — Marie Graßhoff — Talawah Verlag

Bestes deutschsprachiges Sekundärwerk / Best German Language Secondary Work (i.e., Related Work)

  • Corona Magazine — in Farbe und Bunt
  • Das Science Fiction Jahr 2017 — Michael Görden — Golkonda Verlag
  • Geek!-Magazin — Panini Verlags GmbH
  • Handbücher des Drachen: Rollenspiel-Essays — Markus Plötz — Ulisses Medien und Spiel Distribution GmbH
  • Nachdenken über ‘Game of Thrones’: George R.R. Martins ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ — Jan Söffner — Verlag Wilhelm Fink
  • Nautilus – Abenteuer & Phantastik — Abenteuer Medien
  • phantastisch! neues aus anderen welten — Atlantis Verlag

Bester deutschsprachiger Comic / Best German Language Comic

  • Annas Paradies Bd. 3: Hexenjagd — Daniel Schreiber — Splitter
  • Demon Mind Game — David Fuleki — Tokyopop
  • Der Andergaster (Das Schwarze Auge) — Reinhard Kotz — Ulisses Medien und Spiel Distribution GmbH
  • Die Abenteuer von Autistic Hero-Girl — Daniela Schreiter — Panini Books
  • Die Pfeffer-Chroniken — Rebekie Bennington & Anna-Maria Jung,? Daniel Scribner — Zwerchfell
  • Die Stadt der Träumenden Bücher – Buchhaim — Florian Biege — Aalbrecht Knaus Verlag
  • Echo des Wahnsinns: Geschichten aus dem H.P. Lovecraft Universum — Sphinx Spieleverlag
  • Gaia — Powree & Oliver Knörzer — Webcomic
  • Goldfisch 02 — Nana Yaa — Tokyopop
  • Gung Ho 3: Sexy Beast — Thomas von Kummant, Benjamin von Eckartsberg — Cross Cult
  • Macha – Geschichten von der Insel Errance — Grimaldi & Maike Plenzke
  • Mark Brandis – Weltraumpartisanen: Bd. 2: Verrat auf der Venus — Michael Vogt & Nikolai von Michalewsky — Panini
  • Undead Messiah 01 — Gin Zarbo — Tokyopop

A Proposal to Re-Name the Young Adult Book Award at Worldcon 76

By Chris M. Barkley

“When the mind is free, magic happens.”
— Young Adult author C.G. Rousing

“Harry Potter” blew the roof off of children’s literature. But that doesn’t mean the work is done — for YA authors, it just means more scope for the imagination.”
Huffington Post reporter Claire Fallon, June 2017

Reading is one of the great pleasures in life. For a time in our modern age, it is seems as though young grade and high school kids had abandoned reading books.

Then, in 1997, along came J.K. Rowling and her creation, the world of Harry Potter. And now, after twenty-one years, it’s hard to imagine what might have happened to entire generation of young readers if Bloomsbury and Scholastic Books hadn’t taken a chance on the saga of a young wizard and his friends and deadly enemies.

The Harry Potter novels, which continue to sell, provided a mighty tide that raised the fortunes of a great many writers; new authors such as Suzanne Collins, Garth Nix, Veronica Roth, Rick Riordan and Tamora Pierce, led story hungry children to the older works of seasoned professionals like Octavia Butler, Isaac Asimov, Anne McCaffrey, Madeline L’Engle, Ursula K. Le Guin and Robert A. Heinlein.

In 2006, The Science Fiction and Fantasy writers of America created the Andre Norton Award, which is given to the author of the best young adult or middle grade science fiction or fantasy work published in the United States in the preceding year.

Five years later, a serious effort was started to establish a Hugo Award for young adult books. The World Science Fiction Convention Business Meeting, which governs the WSFS Constitution that administers the Hugo Awards, several committees over several years, determined that the proposed award would better be served as a separate category, to be on par with the other non-Hugo category, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

The amendment to add the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book to the WSFS Constitution was first ratified last summer at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland by the members of the Business Meeting and must be ratified a second time at this year’s Worldcon in San Jose, California to begin it’s official trial run as a category.

This year’s Worldcon Convention Committee (headed by Kevin Roche) has graciously accepted to administer the Young Adult Book award in addition to the new Best Series and Campbell Awards.

The nomination period for the Hugos, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer opened February 5.

We, the undersigned, wish to congratulate the various YA Committee for reaching a consensus with their diligent work in crafting the parameters of the YA Award for the World Science Fiction Convention. However, we also think that the name of this new award should have a name which not only should be universally recognizable, but have an equivalent weight to the name of John W. Campbell, Jr.

We, the undersigned, will respectfully submit a new name for the Young Adult Book Award at the Preliminary Session of the Worldcon 76 Business Meeting on August 17, 2018 as a strike though substitution for the name ‘Lodestar’, under the rules governing the WSFS Business Meeting.

We will also embargo the name until the start of the Preliminary Session.

There is very good reason why the name will not be revealed at this time and that explanation will also be given at that time.

While we also understand that while this motion may cause a great deal of consternation, we also feel that this would be an excellent opportunity to generate a great deal of interest about the Worldcon and bring MORE attention to this new award to potential nominators, readers of all ages, booksellers and the public at large.

The proposed name will forever be known and honored in perpetuity with the Hugo Awards, the John W. Campbell Award, and the World Science Fiction Convention.

Proposed by Worldcon 76 Attending Members:
Juli Marr
Robert J. Sawyer
Steven H. Silver
Chris M. Barkley

Update 03/07/2018: Removed Melinda Snodgrass and Juliette Wade as signers. Also removed Vincent Docherty, who said in a comment his name was included in error, he never was a signer. // Subsequently, Shawna McCarthy and Pablo Vasquez have asked to have their names removed.

Bud Sparhawk Wins Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

Bud Sparhawk

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) will present the Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award to John C. “Bud” Sparhawk during the annual Nebula Conference, to be held May 17-20 in Pittsburgh.

Bud Sparhawk served as the Eastern Regional Director from 2007 until 2011, when he was elected SFWA Treasurer.

When SFWA reincorporated in 2013, he became SFWA’s first Chief Financial Officer and helped see the organization through a time of transition. In his role as CFO, Sparhawk has formalized many aspects of SFWA’s financial landscape, including hiring a bookkeeper and comptroller, and consolidating a once fragmented system into an organized and tidy infrastructure. In addition to his duties as an officer of the organization, he has advised the Emergency Medical Fund and the Grants Committee and established SFWA’s Financial Advisory Committee.

SFWA President Cat Rambo, reflecting on her time working with Sparhawk, said:

It’s been a privilege to work with Bud throughout my time on the SFWA board. He has been instrumental in leading the organization into new financial stability and transparency as well as implementing the new Givers Fund Grant program.

A prolific writer, Sparhawk has been a three-time Nebula Award finalist, published two novels, and has sold over a hundred shorter works to magazines such as Jim Baen’s Universe, Abyss & Apex, Daily Science Fiction, Asimov’s and Analog. He is also a member of SIGMA, which is a group comprised of SF writers who offer futurism consulting to the government and other NGOs. A U.S. Air Force Veteran, Sparhawk has established a long record of exemplary service both within the SFF community and beyond.

The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award recognizes a member of SFWA who best exemplifies the ideal of service to his or her fellow members. O’Donnell won the Service Award in 2005.

Spectrum 25 Award Nominations

The jury for Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art has nominated the top five artworks in eight categories for consideration for either a silver and gold award.

Judges Terry Dodson, Tyler Jacobson, Tran Nguyen, Karla Ortiz and Chuck Pyle debated the merits of hundreds of pieces of art before finalizing this list on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Flesk Publications offices in Santa Cruz, California.

Established in 1993 by Cathy and Arnie Fenner, the first Spectrum annual appeared in 1994 from Underwood Books; for a quarter of a century it has attracted participants from around the world and has set the standards for excellence in fantasy and science fiction art. John Fleskes became the Director and Publisher of Spectrum in 2014 with volume 21.

The recipients will be announced at the Spectrum 25 Awards Ceremony that will be held at the historic Brookledge Theater in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, May 5, 2018. The 2018 Spectrum Grand Master Award honoree will also be announced during the ceremony.

The nominated works, along with the complete selections of the jury, will be featured in Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art published by Flesk Publications and distributed to the trade internationally by Publishers Group West.

All of the award finalists can be viewed via this link.


Laurel Blechman
ComicBase 2018

The Night Mare

Victo Ngai
Mixc World Launch

Greg Ruth

Yuko Shimizu
SK2 cosmetics packaging and POP project


Tommy Arnold
Red Rising

Victo Ngai
Serving Fish

Wesley Burt
A Girl & Her Friends

Gregory Manchess
Above the Timberline, page 118–Heading Home

Petar Meseldzija
The Old Man and the Forest


Alex Alice
Castle in the Stars, Book 2, pages 60-61

Xaviere Daumarie
Ugly Cinderwench and the Very Angry Ghost, page 3

Gary Gianni
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea, page 11

Erik Gist

Paolo Rivera
Shirtless Bear Fighter #4, variant cover


Wesley Burt
Transformers 5 Canopy

Anthony Francisco
Okoye and Nakia the Dora Milaje

Te Hu
Ganesh Gangis

Nick Keller
Geisha Interior (Ghost in the Shell)

Wangjie Li
Moment of Life


Statue of Peace

Jessica Dalva
I’ll Need Entire Cities to Replace You

Patrick Masson
Life and Death


Forest Rogers
Octopoid Descending


Edward Kinsella
My Whereabouts

Yoann Lossel
The Rise

Victo Ngai

Tim O’brien
Nothing to See Here

Yuko Shimizu
Unconventional Way


Piotr Jab?o?ski
Moaning Wall

Seb McKinnon

Victo Ngai
Three Color Trilogy: Blue

Chris Rahn
Vraska, Relic Seeker

Tianhua X
Dinosaur Hunter


Scott Bakal
Dim Stars: Firing Back

Andrew Hem

Howard Lyon
Ella Standing Between the Earth and Sky

Michael MacRae
Tip of the Spear

Iain McCaig
Star Wars Triptych

[Thanks to Arnold Fenner for the story.]

2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award Finalists

Baen Books has announced the top ten finalists for the 2018 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Award. The Grand Prize will be presented at the 2018 International Space Development Conference in Los Angeles, CA the weekend of May 24-27.

“The goal of this contest is to encourage writers to create exciting and positive stories about humankind’s near future in space,” said William Ledbetter, contest administrator. “The stories all take place within the next fifty or sixty years and show the challenges and wonders that await us as we explore and colonize the solar system. Our winners can be novices or professionals; we just care about a well told story.”

This year’s top ten Jim Baen Memorial Award finalists (in alphabetical order) are:

Stewart C Baker
Gustavo Bondoni
Jonathan Edelstein
C Stuart Hardwick
Stephen Lawson
Angus McIntyre
Wendy Nikel
Julie N. Novakova
Patrice Sarath
Martin L. Shoemaker

The contest is judged by top Baen editors and best-selling author David Drake, who read the entries “blind” with no author information included, so the winners are picked solely by merit of the stories. Over the years, the contest has developed an international character. In addition to the United States, entrants have hailed from Argentina, the Czech Republic, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Algeria, Switzerland, New Zealand, Spain, and Morocco.

A collection of sixteen of the best stories from the first ten years of this contest, The Jim Baen Memorial Award: The First Decade, came out last November.

2018 Academy Award Winners

The 2018 Oscar winners were announced March 4. Click the link for the complete list. Winners of genre interest are listed below.

Best Picture

  • The Shape of Water

Animated Feature Film

  • Coco


  • Roger A. Deakins, Blade Runner 2049


  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Music (Original Score)

  • Alexandre Desplay, The Shape of Water

Music (Original Song)

  • “Remember Me,” Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, from Coco

Production Design

  • Production Design: Paul Denham Austerberry, Set Decoration: Shane Vieau and Jeff Melvin, The Shape of Water

Short Film (Animated)

  • Dear Basketball

Visual Effects

  • John Nelson, Gerd Nefzer, Paul Lambert, and Richard R. Hoover, Blade Runner 2049

Writing (Original Screenplay)

  • Get Out, written by Jordan Peele

Razzie Awards for Worst Films of 2017

The 38th Razzie Awards were presented on March 3. The straight poop is — The Emoji Movie wound up at the bottom of the pile. As Snopes sums up:

Maybe it was destiny for a movie with a pile of poop as a central character.

“The Emoji Movie” has received Hollywood’s most famous frown, the Razzie Award, for worst picture of 2017, making it the first animated feature in 38 years to earn the top dishonor.

“Leading this year’s list of movie-misfires is the emoticon-based, talking poop opus,” the Razzies said in a statement announcing the recipients, saying the film came in a year when “Hollywood’s recycled trash heap attained an all-time high” and saw a “toxic-level lack of originality.”

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Tyler Perry / BOO! 2: A Medea Halloween

Tom Cruise / The Mummy

Mel Gibson / Daddy’s Home 2

Kim Basinger / Fifty Shades Darker

Any Two Obnoxious Emojis / The Emoji Movie

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Anthony (Tony) Leonidis / The Emoji Movie

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[Thanks to Cat Eldridge for the story.]