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.]   

2016 Bisexual Book Awards

The fifth annual Bisexual Book Awards were presented June 10 in New York. The juried award is given by the Bi Writers Association.

There was one winners of genre interest —

Speculative Fiction [Sci-fi/Fantasy/Horror/Etc.]

  • The Painted Crown by Megan Derr, Less Than Three Press

2017 Ditmar Awards

The 2017 Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Awards for 2017 were presented June 11 at Continuum 13 in Melbourne.

Best Novel

  • The Grief Hole, Kaaron Warren, IFWG Publishing Australia.

Best Novella or Novelette

  • “Did We Break the End of the World?”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Defying Doomsday, Twelfth Planet Press.

Best Short Story

  • “No Fat Chicks”, Cat Sparks, in In Your Face, FableCroft Publishing.

Best Collected Work

(tie)

  • Defying Doomsday, Tsana Dolichva and Holly Kench, Twelfth Planet Press.
  • Dreaming in the Dark, Jack Dann, PS Publishing.

Best Artwork

  • illustration, Shauna O’Meara, for Lackington’s 12.

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium

  • 2016 Australian SF Snapshot, Greg Chapman, Tehani Croft, Tsana Dolichva, Marisol Dunham, Elizabeth Fitzgerald, Stephanie Gunn, Ju Landéesse, David McDonald, Belle McQuattie, Matthew Morrison, Alex Pierce, Rivqa Rafael, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs and Matthew Summers.

Best Fan Writer

  • Foz Meadows, for body of work.

Best Fan Artist

[No award in category — the only nominee, Kathleen Jennings, withdrew.]

Best New Talent

  • Marlee Jane Ward

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review

  • Kate Forsyth, for The Rebirth of Rapunzel: a mythic biography of the maiden in the tower, FableCroft Publishing.

Other Awards Presented

A. Bertram Chandler Award

  • Bill Wright, who has been in fandom for 59 years

Peter McNamara Achievement Award

  • Rose Mitchell

Fifth Anniversary Philip K. Dick SF Film Festival Winners

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the award winners for its fifth anniversary event held May 25-30 in New York. The festival included over 100 films, exclusive premieres, virtual reality demonstrations and celebratory gatherings.

“The awards were presented to features, shorts and documentaries based on originality, brevity, depth of research and attention to craft,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the festival.

BEST PHILIP K. DICK FEATURE

  • The Tomorrow Paradox (2016, USA) — NYC Premiere

Director: Bruce Wemple

Synopsis: A young insomniac’s black-market sleep aid sends his mind time traveling into the future where he is the suspect in the disappearance of a girl he hasn’t met yet.

BEST BIOPIC

  • A Life Gone Wild (2016, USA) — World Premiere

Director: Maryanne Bilham-Knight

Synopsis: A biopic of visionary artist and writer Ingo Swann, the “father of remote viewing,” the CIA’s paranormal spying program and longtime friend of Philip K. Dick. Swann’s life on the frontier of the paranormal included creating the Stargate Project, “psychic probes” of Jupiter, Mercury, the Moon and Mars which detailed many features that came to be verified years later by NASA. Drawing on archives and new interviews, the film is also an exploration of the nature of reality as perceived via the six senses of the world’s most-tested psychic.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

  • Gods Among Us: The Science of Contact (2016, USA) — USA Premiere

Director: Caroline Cory

Synopsis: Discover the jaw-dropping stories of individuals from around the world who share similar accounts of extraterrestrial and otherworldly encounters. Producer and host Caroline Cory takes the viewers on an extraordinary journey to uncover whether these seemingly independent yet parallel reports may actually be scientific evidence of a greater phenomenon at work. Through a series of groundbreaking on-camera experiments, irrefutable science, and interviews with leading scientists, viewers will find themselves pondering the nature of their own reality or yet the true origin of the human species and be shown that the traditionally unexplained is in fact far more attributable to science than fiction.

BEST HORROR FEATURE

  • Vilsen (2016, Sweden) — USA Premiere

Director: Rasmus Tirzitis

Synopsis: Several dead bodies have been found in Gothenburg, striking fear into the city’s population. Clues lead to suspicions of an occult group and a former reverend who has her own reasons for wanting to stop the killings, offers to help as the path is led down a world beyond understanding.

BEST DRAMATIC FEATURE

  • The End of the Lonely Island (2016, China) — East Coast Premiere

Director: Renchao Wang

Synopsis: A girl named comes to a lonely island to save the world in less than 24 hours as men in black are chasing her. What does she bring with her and how could she save mankind from the supernova explosion?

BEST AFRICAN AMERICAN, LATINO AND ANY PERSON OF COLOR SCIENCE FICTION FILM

  • Synchronous (2016, Colombia)

Director: Ricardo Fernández Jiménez

Synopsis: A man whose consciousness has the ability to live in two parallel worlds simultaneously must help a dangerous gangster to win a bet. But everything changes when he meets a woman.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

  • Waking Dreams (2014, USA)

Director: Brad Jones and Jacob Carah

Synopsis: A disabled young man overcomes his afflictions with the power of his imagination. The story drifts between fantasy and reality, combining elements of his real life with imaginative material inspired by the works of noted science fiction author Orson Scott Card (Ender’s Game).

BEST VIRTUAL REALITY

  • I, Philip (2016, France)

Director: Pierre Zandrowicz

Synopsis: In early 2005, David Hanson, an American robotics is developing its first android human. His name is Phil, a copy of the famous science fiction author Philip K. Dick. In a few weeks, Phil became famous on the internet and in the author’s fan circles and is presented in several conferences around the world. In late 2005, the head of the android disappeared during a flight on America West Airlines between Dallas and Las Vegas. Through the memories of the android and those of the author, the film offers an interpretation of Phil’s life.

BEST PHILIP K. DICK SHORT

  • Peter (2014, UK)

Director: Jane Topping

Synopsis: Seeking to reframe Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner, long considered a classic of dystopian cinema, with the intention of positioning the artist within the text and so implying that such radical gestures are not only warranted and necessary, but also implicit in the contemporary viewer’s experience of watching film.

BEST SCIENCE FICTION SHORT

  • Sociopaths (2016, Japan)

Director: A.T.

Synopsis: A girl encounters an android on the street. She finds something strange about the experience and decides to follow the android to give it a “message.”

BEST EXPERIMENTAL SCIENCE FICTION FILM

 

  • Adam (2016, Denmark/Bulgaria/Lithuania/Sweden/UK)

Director: Veselin Efremov

Synopsis: In a dystopian future, an organic body is a privilege easy to lose and a convict awakens to the grim reality of having been transferred into a mechanical shell.

BEST HORROR SHORT

  • The Plan (2016, France)

Director: Pierre Teuliéres

Synopsis: In an isolated mansion, a creature follows the orders of his master in order to accomplish a plan that will change the world. Meanwhile, a desperate father is looking for his missing daughter.

BEST SINGULARITY, ESCHATON AND BEYOND FILM

  • Oak (2016, UK)

Director: Yann Giroud

Synopsis: Two brothers encounter a chance of salvation for humanity. Could post-apocalyptic tourism destroy it?

BEST WEB SERIES

  • Mission Backup Earth (2016, Germany)

Director: Alexander Pfander

Synopsis: A ship is on a dangerous collision course with an unknown celestial body during an interstellar mission to colonize exoplanets and mission failure is not an option.

BEST TRAILER

  • The Plague Doctor (2014, USA/Italy)

Director: Emanuele Mengotti

Synopsis: Upon being called to care for an elderly man, a young doctor finds himself trapped in deranged visions mixing his reality with the obscure legend of an ancient Italian mask and the echoes of a timeless love.

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival launched in 2012 and honors the novelist’s enduring legacy. Since 2013, the festival has held international gatherings in France, Poland and Germany and many domestic screenings throughout the year.

2017 Baileys Prize Goes to SF Book

Naomi Alderman’s The Power is the first science fiction novel to win the Baileys Prize for Women’s Fiction reports The Guardian.

The thriller, set in a dystopian future where women and girls can kill men with a single touch, was the favourite on a shortlist that included former winner Linda Grant and Man Booker-shortlisted Madeleine Thien.

The chair of judges, film and TV producer Tessa Ross, said that the book was a clear winner of the £30,000 prize, despite at times passionate debate among the judges. “This prize celebrates great writing and great ideas and The Power had that, but it also had urgency and resonance,” she said. The judges, she added, had been impressed by Alderman’s handling of the big issues that affect all humanity, from greed to power, and predicted the novel would be “a classic of the future.”

The novel has been described as feminist science fiction, and asks the question what is power: who has it, how do you get it, and what does it do when you have it? And, when you have power, how long before power corrupts you? It follows four main characters: Roxy, the daughter of a London crime lord; Tunde, a journalism student in Lagos; Allie, from the southern states of the US and Margo, a low-level politician. They all feature in a combination of page-turning thriller and thought experiment that attacks some of the biggest issues of our times, including religion, gender politics and censorship.

 

Naomi Alderman in 2010.

This is Naomi Alderman’s second time winning the women’s prize for fiction, then called the Orange award when she won it in 2006 with her debut novel, Disobedience.

The inspiration for the Baileys Prize was the Booker Prize of 1991, when none of the six shortlisted books was by a woman, despite some 60% of novels published that year being by female authors.

The winner of the prize receives £30,000, along with a bronze sculpture called the Bessie created by artist Grizel Niven, the sister of actor and writer David Niven.

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh and Sean R. Kirk  for the story.]

2017 Mythopoeic Awards Finalists

The Mythopoeic Society has announced the finalists for the 2017 Mythopoeic Awards.

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature

  • Andrea Hairston, Will Do Magic For Small Change (Aqueduct Press, 2016)
  • Mary Robinette Kowal, Ghost Talkers (Tor, 2016)
  • Patricia A. McKillip, Kingfisher (Ace, 2016)
  • Maggie Stiefvater, The Raven Cycle: The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012); The Dream Thieves (Scholastic, 2013); Blue Lily, Lily Blue (Scholastic, 2014); and The Raven King (Scholastic, 2016)
  • Jo Walton, Thessaly Trilogy: The Just City (Tor, 2015); The Philosopher Kings (Tor, 2015); Necessity (Tor, 2016)

Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature

  • Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and their Holy Dog (Dutton, 2016)
  • S. E. Grove, The Mapmakers Trilogy: The Class Sentence (Viking 2014); The Golden Specific (Viking, 2015); The Crimson Skew (Viking, 2015)
  • Bridget Hodder, The Rat Prince (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 2016)
  • Grace Lin, When the Sea Turned to Silver (Little, Brown, 2016)
  • Delia Sherman, The Evil Wizard Smallbone (Candlewick, 2016)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

  • Lisa Coutras, Tolkien’s Theology of Beauty: Majesty, Splendor, and Transcendence in Middle Earth (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2016)
  • Sørina Higgins, ed. The Chapel of the Thorn by Charles Williams (Apocryphile Press, 2015)
  • Leslie Donovan, ed. Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works (Modern Language Association, 2015)
  • Christopher Tolkien, ed. Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, together with Sellic Spell by J.R.R. Tolkien (Houghton Mifflin, 2014)
  • Philip Zaleski and Carol Zaleski, The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield, Charles Williams (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015)

Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies

  • Aisling Byrne, Otherworlds: Fantasy and History in Medieval Literature (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • Richard Firth Green, Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
  • Michael Levy and Farah Mendlesohn, Children’s Fantasy Literature: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2016)
  • Gabrielle Lissauer, The Tropes of Fantasy Fiction (McFarland, 2015)
  • Jack Zipes, Grimm Legacies: The Magic Spell of the Grimms’ Folk and Fairy Tales (Princeton University Press, 2014)

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults that best exemplifies the spirit of the Inklings. Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility.

The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for beginning readers to age thirteen, in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult literature award.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners will be announced during Mythcon 48, to be held from July 28-31, 2017.

2017 Diana Jones Award Shortlist

Six nominees for the 2017 Diana Jones Award for Excellence in Gaming have been announced — two board games, a card game, a role-playing game, a LARP, and a convention.

The winner will be named August 16, the day before the start of Gen Con, in Indianapolis.

The 2017 nominees are:

The Beast A card game by Aleksandra Sontowska and Kamil W?grzynowicz , published by Naked Female Giant

The Beast is an unsettling, erotic journaling game for one player. Each day for twenty-one days you turn up a card with a prompt on it and write a response in your journal. The game takes you deep into imagining a disturbing, secret sexual relationship you have with a beast. If there’s one thing you don’t see much of in hobby games it’s meaningful interior narratives, but The Beast‘s weird, unique brew of dark transgressions, playing as a fictional version of yourself, and journaling the results somehow surfaces real untold truths in us about how the world works, and how relationships work, and what’s important in life. The Beast is memorable, transgressive, and procedurally and thematically unlike anything else you may have played.

End of the Line A LARP by Bjarke Pedersen, Juhana Pettersson and Martin Elricsson

End of the Line is the most interesting thing to happen in Vampire for a long while. It combines two decades long traditions of LARP, American Masquerade and Nordic style LARPing. This cross-pollination proved rejuvenating for the twenty-five-year-old system and mythos bringing it back to its roots of personal horror (everyone is prey in the World of Darkness) and simplifying and intensifying the interaction codes (new safety and calibration rules). Together these created visceral play experienced on both sides of the Atlantic, in Helsinki, New Orleans, and Berlin.

Gen Con A games convention

Gen Con is a fifty-year-old game convention originally organized in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, by Dungeons & Dragons co-creator Gary Gygax. Now accurately billed as ‘The Best Four Days in Gaming’, under the stewardship of Adrian Swartout Gen Con has become the key annual gathering for the entire worldwide tabletop gaming hobby. Not simply long-lived and highly regarded, Gen Con’s greatest impact lies in showcasing, year after year, the amazing diversity of gaming’s events, people, commerce, and camaraderie.

Gloomhaven A board game by Isaac Chidress, published by Cephalofair Games

In the dark world of Gloomhaven, players take on the roles of adventurers — each with their own unique skill set — to take on a sprawling adventure that sends you all over the expansive world. The game features a legacy-style, persistent adventure that spans nearly one hundred scenarios in which adventurers gain experience to unlock new abilities and eventually retire to be replaced by one of the game’s sixteen other characters. The fresh game mechanism of choosing two character powers per turn makes for tough choices when handling each challenge. Gloomhaven encompasses designer Isaac Childress’s lifelong dream of a ‘monster’ game in a huge box, with crowdfunding having made this game a reality and the success of the first printing drawing in tens of thousands of new supporters who also want to explore this unique and groundbreaking creation.

The Romance Trilogy Role-playing games by Emily Care Boss, published by Black & Green Games

Though a staple element of the stories we base our narratives on, romantic interaction was neglected in roleplaying practice–until Emily Care Boss trained her sights on this longstanding gap. Starting in 2005, her indie-format games Breaking the Ice, Shooting the Moon and Under the Skin earned acclaim, built a dedicated play community and blazed a trail for other designers. 2016’s publication of the gorgeous, much expanded valedictory collection, The Romance Trilogy, acts as both a mission statement and a platform to further explore the implications of the original three games. Its publication gives the committee the opportunity to recognize Emily’s enormous contribution to tabletop roleplaying.

Terraforming Mars A board game by Jacob Fryxelius, published by Fryxgames

In Terraforming Mars you play corporations hired by the government in the 25th century to prepare Mars for human habitation. The scope of the setting is mind-boggling, with each turn representing one generation of human life, and progress measured by oxygen content in the atmosphere, average surface temperature, and bodies of water. Every turn each player can acquire up to four new cards representing technologies, events, industrial complexes, and epic projects that facilitate a dramatic expanse of options, like building cities, introducing plant life, hurling asteroids at the surface, or mining the moons of Jupiter. A large stack of cards to draw from guarantees that no two games are the same, and the new draws each turn mean new options throughout the entire game. There are numerous fun little combos, enough that everyone will get a couple of them going, without any of them being game-breaking. And, unlike many development games, Terraforming Mars lasts enough turns that you’ll have time to actually use your combos–which makes the game incredibly fun even when you’re losing.

[Via SF Site News.]