2017 David Gemmell Awards

The winners of the 2017 David Gemmell Awards were announced today at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK.

Legend Award – 2017

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

  • Warbeast by Gav Thorpe

Morningstar Award – 2017

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

  • Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe

Ravenheart Award — 2017

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

  • Alessandro Baldasseroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds

2017 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists

The finalists for the 2017 David Gemmell Awards have been announced. Open public voting on the shortlist continues until at midnight on June 2. The awards will be presented July 15 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK.

Legend Award – 2017

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

  • Wrath by John Gwynne
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • Warbeast by Gav Thorpe

Morningstar Award – 2017

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

  • Infernal by Mark De Jager
  • Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
  • Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • Snakewood by Adrian Selby
  • Hope and Red by Jon Skovron

Ravenheart Award — 2017

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

  • Alessandro Baldasseroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds
  • Jason Chan for The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  • Sam Green for The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • Kerby Rosanes for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Paul Young for Wrath by John Gwynne

Pixel Scroll 3/29/17 “Scrolls! They Were Inwented By A Little Old Lady From Pixelgrad!”

(1) GEMMELL LONGLIST VOTING DEADLINE. First round balloting on The Gemmell Awards longlist closes March 31. It is free and open to the public. Click here to cast your vote for the Ravenheart Award (best cover art), Morning Star Award (best debut novel) and the Legend Award (best fantasy novel). The shortlists for each award will be announced and voting opened on April 21.

Legend Award “Snaga”

(2) MAKING BOOK. The next Doctor Who will be….? Here’s where British gamblers are putting their money this week.

Today, DoctorWhoTV.co.uk has shared a story from Betway. This particular bookmakers reckons that Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge – who’s set to appear in the young Han Solo movie next year – is in with a shot.

“Phoebe Waller-Bridge is all the rage with the punters at the moment”, a spokesperson revealed. “Her odds of being the next Doctor Who have collapsed from 20/1 to 2/1 since Monday morning and we’re on red alert, keeping an eye out for any more telling bets.

“Kris Marshall remains solid at 2/1, but the sudden rush of support for Waller-Bridge suggests the race to become TV’s next Time Lord is swinging in her favour.”

(3) SUBTERRANEAN HOMESICK LYRICIST. He’s on the road again. (Wait, that isn’t his song!) Songwriter Bob Dylan is doing two concerts in Stockholm, so long as he’s in the neighborhood… “Bob Dylan finally agrees to accept Nobel Prize for Literature”.

Bob Dylan will finally accept his Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm this weekend, the academy has announced.

The American singer was awarded the prize in October but failed to travel to pick up the award, or deliver the lecture that is required to receive the 8m kroner ($900,000;£727,000) prize.

The academy said it would meet Dylan, 75, in private in the Swedish capital, where he is giving two concerts.

He will not lecture in person but is expected to send a taped version.

If he does not deliver a lecture by June, he will have to forfeit the prize money.

(4) CHANGELINGS. Debbie Urbanski pushes the envelope of literary discussion with her post “In Which I Make Up a Categorization Called ‘Slow-paced Genre Realism”.

I had a great time this past month savoring Version Control by Dexter Palmer. It clocks in at a little over 18 hours as an audio book, but once I settled into the story, I found the slow pacing to be really wonderful. I wonder if we can create a sub-genre in science fiction or fantasy of slow-paced genre novels (or slow-paced genre realism?). Think a little Alice Munro or Karl Ove Knausgard transported into a genre setting. Into such a categorization, I’d throw some of my favorite books: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber, as well as Molly Gloss’s Dazzle of the Day and Wild Life. Ah, and how about the beloved The Wall by Marlen Haushofer? My Real Children by Jo Walton? And then there is this one book I read 20 years ago, which I can not locate, no matter how many creative Google searches I do, about a regular California community and a regular woman, maybe a mother, who is just essentially living in an almost boring way–and then, in what’s maybe the last two chapters, there is a nuclear holocaust. But that is such a small part of the book, maybe even an afterthought…

I’ll stop my list now. But I do admire the authors who write this way. I think it takes some courage to straddle the line, not just in style but in plotting, between genre and realistic fiction as they do, as genre readers may find such fiction slow, and literary readers may wonder why there has to be aliens in the story….

Urbanski’s story with the intriguing title “On the Problem of Replacement Children: Prevention, Coping, and Other Practical Strategies” appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2017. Although you have to buy the issue to read it, the author interview about this story shows why that might be something you’d want to do —

Tell us a bit about “On the Problem of Replacement Children: Prevention, Coping, and Other Practical Strategies.”

I’ve been interested in the idea of speculative non-fiction these last few years: what if you took a certain emotional element of your life, put it in a speculative setting, and then wrote about it? So on the one hand, the emotions in this story capture my experience raising my son, who has autism, and my struggle to work through what I needed to work through, accept the child I actually have, and figure out how I can best be a parent to him. On the other hand, this is a fictional story about a world where children are snatched from under the lax eyes of their parents and replaced with a different child from another world….

(5) GHOST NOT INCLUDED. Who ya gonna call? The LA Times called the real estate agent — “Haunted Hollywood home of ‘Dracula’ legend Bela Lugosi for sale for $3 million”.

It’s been over 80 years since iconic cinema star Bela Lugosi slept in this stately Tudor in Beachwood Canyon, yet his reputation still haunts it. Whether it’s called Westshire Manor, Castle La Paloma, or simply the Bela Lugosi House, the remodeled mansion is now for sale for $3 million.

The hillside Los Angeles neighborhood where this mansion is perched is right under the world-famous “Hollywood” sign, and is in fact still known as “Hollywoodland,” which is what the sign said when it was first constructed.

Best known for playing Count Dracula, Lugosi moved around Los Angeles and was hard to pin down, but the best sources place him in this particular home between 1934 and 1937. Apparently he, his fourth wife, Lillian, and their large dogs, including Great Danes and a white German Shepherd, enjoyed hiking to what was the Hollywoodland sign at the time.

Lugosi wasn’t the only celebrity to inhabit the manor. Actress Kathy Bates lived there for several years. Considering her roles in “Misery” as well as “American Horror Story,” we thought Westshore Manor might have a scary actor vibe.

(6) WOTF LIVESTREAM. The Writers of the Future Awards ceremony will be livestreamed on Sunday, April 2 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (PDT).

Streaming will be live from writersofthefuture.com and Facebook.com/WritersandIllustratorsoftheFuture.

The event will open with a fire dance, featuring performers from EMCirque, a Hollywood and Las Vegas based Circus Entertainment Production Company. Concurrent with the dance, Rob Prior (creator of the poster art for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Larry Elmore will execute a live painting on stage.

Celebrity presenters will include Erika Christensen (co-star “The Case for Christ” releasing April 2017) and Marisol Nichols (Hermione Lodge in the CW’s “Riverdale”).

…As the top names in the science fiction and fantasy world, contest judges will be on hand to present the annual awards to this year’s writer and illustrator winners as well as the grand prize winner for each contest.

Writer judges who will be attending include: Kevin J. Anderson, Gregory Benford, Dave Farland, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Nancy Kress, Larry Niven, Jody Lynn, Nye, Nnedi Okorafor, Jerry Pournelle, Tim Powers, Mike Resnick and Robert J, Sawyer.

Illustrator judges will include: Ciruelo, Echo and Lazarus Chernik, Larry Elmore, Val Lakey Lindahn, Sergey Poyarkov and Rob Prior.

(7) TODAY’S BIRTHDAY WARRIOR

  • Born March 29, 1968 – Lucy Lawless

(8) CROWNED WITH LAURELS. Alison Bechdel will be the next Vermont Cartoonist Laureate. If that name sounds familiar, then you’ve doubtless heard of the Bechdel Test named for her. The test — whether a work of fiction features at least two women or girls who talk to each other about something other than a man or boy – first appeared in her comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For in 1985.

Next Thursday, April 6, Edward Koren will pass the torch — er, laurels — to his successor, Alison Bechdel, as Vermont Cartoonist Laureate. In a ceremony at the Statehouse, the longtime Bolton resident, creator of the strip “Dykes to Watch Out For,” and author of Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic will become the third cartoonist laureate in the only state to regularly appoint one. The initiative originated with the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, the professional school founded by James Sturm and Michelle Ollie 10 years ago. Bechdel succeeds New Yorker cartoonist and Brookfield resident Koren, who in turn succeeded Vermont’s very first cartoonist laureate, James Kochalka of Burlington.

“It seemed obvious she could have been the choice from the get-go — we’re lucky to have so many great cartoonists in the state,” says Sturm of selecting Bechdel. “Besides all her accolades and fame, she’s really a cartoonist’s cartoonist. Cartooning is just essential to who she is and how she makes sense of the world.”

(9) MORE SCALZI BOOK TOUR STALKERS. There is now a “Johan Kalsi” YouTube channel and a second stalker video for it to host.

Made out to “Ted” (Theodore Beale) a.k.a Vox Day, John Scalzi encounters another unidentified member of the Dread Ilk, this time in Dallas, TX

 

(10) CH-CHING! Meanwhile, Nick Mamatas has discovered Bookscan is part of the vast conspiracy, or is accurately reporting sales of The Collapsing Empire, (probably the latter.)

(11) PLUG-INS, Roll on cyberpunk: Elon Musk creates brain-electrode firm.

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has launched Neuralink, a start-up which aims to develop technology that connects our brains to computers.

A report from the Wall Street Journal, later confirmed in a tweet by Mr Musk, said the company was in its very early stages and registered as a “medical research” firm.

The company will develop so-called “neural lace” technology which would implant tiny electrodes into the brain.

The technique could be used to improve memory or give humans added artificial intelligence. …

Specialists in the field envision a time when humans may be able to upload and download thoughts.

(12) ON THE GRIPPING HAND. While Musk’s scientists are coming up with next-generation advances, here’s what’s available today – and it’s pretty amazing. “Paralyzed Man Uses Thoughts To Control His Own Arm and Hand”.

First, surgeons implanted two electrode arrays in Kochevar’s brain. The electrodes detect signals coming from areas of his brain that once controlled his right hand and arm.

“We have an algorithm that sort of transforms those neural signals into the movements he intended to make,” says Robert Kirsch, a professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western.

But movement requires muscles. So doctors also implanted electrodes in muscles that control his arm and hand movements.

The final result was a system that could determine which movements Kochevar wanted to perform, then electrically stimulate the appropriate muscles in his arm.

(13) LEARNING CURVE. As part of getting enough English speakers in time for the Tokyo Olympics, Japan assigns Fawlty Towers and Red Dwarf as homework. Because you never know when it’s going to be necessary to tell someone they can’t drive a nail with a hamster.

Japan is struggling to make sure it has enough proficient English speakers when it hosts the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

And the classic BBC comedy series Fawlty Towers is being deployed by some teachers in an attempt to give Japanese students an example of spoken English – rather than focusing on written language and grammar.

Japan’s government and businesses want to use the Olympics to boost tourism and global trade and to present a positive image of Japan to the world.

So the government needs to ensure a supply of English speakers to be Olympic volunteers and work in the accommodation, tourism, and retail industries.

There is also a demand for professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to speak to visitors or competitors in English.

(14) BLOODSHED AND APPLE PIE. Two inseperable American traditions — Adrian Garro at Cut4.com says “Baseball is coming…and so are ‘Game of Thrones’ theme nights at MLB ballparks”.

This summer, fans of both baseball and GoT will have plenty to be excited about … because special Game of Thrones® theme nights are coming to ballparks around MLB — featuring commemorative collectibles, ticket packages, giveaways, special co-branded merchandise, social media events and a lot more.

MLB has staged promotions like this before — like, say, the trailer for “The Force Awakens” as reimagined by the Twins — but this will be on a whole other level.

HBO has yet to announce when Season 7 will get underway, but we do know it will be some time this summer. Currently, at least 19 teams are scheduled to participate, including the D-backs, Red Sox, Reds, White Sox, Astros, Dodgers, Royals, Marlins, Brewers, Twins, Athletics, Phillies, Pirates, Mariners, Giants, Cardinals, Rangers, Rays and Nationals.

Hold the door for more information coming soon about this partnership, which has to be the biggest news since Jon Snow coming back from … well, you know.

(15) OTHER MLB PROMOTIONS. Martin Morse Wooster also sent the link to Michael Clair’s article about this summer’s best Major League Baseball promotions because the author says the Noah-Syndergaard-as-Thor bobblehead is ranked as the number 1 giveaway by anybody this year.

In the original Marvel Comics, Thor inhabited Dr. Donald Blake’s body while on Earth. But that’s just a fictional story. In our actual universe, Thor inhabits Noah Syndergaard every fifth day. Thanks to the Mets and Marvel Comics, you can walk away with the depiction of this stunning transformation.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Cat Eldridge, Chip Hitchcock, David K.M. Klaus, and Martin Morse Wooster for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Andrew.]

2017 David Gemmell Awards Longlists

Longlists for The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy — the Legend, Morningstar, and Ravenheart Awards — have been posted. The awards recognize the best in fantasy fiction and artwork. Open voting to determine the finalists has begun and will continue until midnight on March 31.

Next, voting on the shortlist will open midday on April 21 and close at midnight on June 2. The awards will be presented July 15 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK.

LEGEND AWARD (Longlist)

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

  • The Spider’s War by Daniel Abraham
  • The Pagan Night by Tim Akers
  • Blood Mage by Stephen Aryan
  • The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker
  • The Guns of Ivrea by Clifford Beal
  • City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Sorcerer’s Daughter: The Defenders of Shannara by Terry Brooks
  • A Plague of Swords by Miles Cameron
  • The Sky Slayer by Joel Cornah
  • The Watcher of Dead TIme by Edward Cox
  • Fireborn by David Dalglish
  • Saint’s Blood by Sebastien De Castell
  • The Path of the Hawk by Ian Graham
  • Wrath by John Gwynne
  • The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall
  • The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins
  • The Stealers’ War by Stephen Hunt
  • The Summon Stone by Ian Irvine
  • Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
  • Gods of Nabban by KV Johansen
  • Assassin Queen by Anna Kashina
  • The Fall of the Dagger by Glenda Larke
  • The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  • Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
  • The Seer by Sonia Orin Lyris
  • Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe
  • A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall
  • Shadow and Flame by Gail Z. Martin
  • An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows
  • The Silent Army by James A. Moore
  • Forgotten Hero by Brian G. Murray
  • The Malice by Peter Newman
  • Break the Chains by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • The Obsidian Throne by J. D. Oswald
  • The Girl on the Liar’s Throne by Den Patrick
  • Leviathan’s Blood by Ben Peek
  • Those Below by Daniel Polansky
  • The High King’s Vengeance by Steven Poore
  • Twilight of the Dragons by Andy Remic
  • The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
  • Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards
  • Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Tower of the Swallow by Andrezj Sapkowski
  • Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull
  • The World Raven by AJ Smith
  • Phoenix Ascendant by Ryk E. Spoor
  • The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley
  • Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Fair Rebel by Steph Swainston
  • The Mortal Tally by Sam Sykes
  • The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Warbeast by Gav Thorpe
  • Dragon Hunter by Marc Turner
  • Red Tide by Marc Turner
  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
  • The Silver Tide by Jen Williams

MORNINGSTAR AWARD (Longlist)

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

  • Infernal by Mark De Jager
  • Silent Hall by NS Dolkart
  • Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
  • Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • Snakewood by Adrian Selby
  • Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
  • The Cracked Amulet by RB Watkinson

RAVENHEART AWARD (Longlist)

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

  • KG Images and Joseph Martin for Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay
  • Arcangel, Margie Hurwich, and Mohammad Itani for The Last Mortal Bond by Brian Staveley
  • Arcangel and Lauren Panepinto for The Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
  • Tommy Arnold for Fireborn by David Dalglish
  • L. Bachman for Forgotten Hero by Brian G. Murray
  • Ihar Balakain and Dusan Kostic for Dragon Hunters by Marc Turner
  • Alessandro Baldasseroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds
  • Kirk Benshoff for The Spider’s War by Daniel Abraham
  • Kerem Beyit for A Plague of Swords by Miles Cameron
  • Black Sheep UK for The Stealer’s War by Stephen Hunt
  • Buerosued for Saint’s Blood by Sebastien De Castell
  • Jason Chan for The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence
  • CollaborationJS for Shadow and Flame by Gail Z. Martin
  • Alejandro Colucci for The Pagan Night by Tim Akers
  • Alejandro Colucci for The Tower of the Swallow by Andrezj Sapkowski
  • Alejandro Colucci for The Girl on the Liar’s Throne by Den Patrick
  • Alejandro Colucci for The Silent Army by James A. Moore
  • Jason Deem for The Summer Goddess by Joanne Hall
  • Bastion Lecouffe Deharme for Hope and Red by Jon Skovron
  • Bastion Lecouffe Deharme for The Sorcerer’s Daughter by Terry Brooks
  • Evelinn Enoksen for The Sky Slayer by Joel Cornah
  • Sam Green for Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  • Sam Green for The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
  • Head Design for Infernal by Mark De Jager
  • Jaime Jones for The Waking Fire by Anthony Ryan
  • Jaime Jones for The Malice by Peter Newman
  • Jet Design Ltd. for The Watcher of Dead Time by Edward Cox
  • Nik Keevil for The World Raven by AJ Smith
  • Sam Kennedy for The Seer by Sonia Orin Lyris
  • Patrick Knowles Design for The Mortal Tally by Sam Sykes
  • Michael Komarck for The Shadowed Path by Gail Z. Martin
  • Neil Lang and Shutterstock for The Tiger and the Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Julia Lloyd for Duskfall by Christopher Husberg
  • Todd Lockwood for Phoenix Ascendant by Ryk E. Spoor
  • Silas Manhood for Daughter of Blood by Helen Lowe
  • Silas Manhood for The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks
  • Jon McCoy for Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
  • Stephen Mulcahey, Neil Lang, and Shutterstock for Leviathan’s Blood by Ben Peek
  • KS Agency for City of Blades by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • David Palumbo for Snakewood by Adrian Selby
  • Ryan Pancoast for Chains of the Heretic by Jeff Salyards
  • Lauren Panepinto for A Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall
  • Rhett Podersoo for Those Below by Daniel Polansky
  • Andreas Rocha for Silent Hall by NS Dolkart
  • Kerby Rosanes for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
  • Larry Rostant for The Great Ordeal by R. Scott Bakker
  • Larry Rostant for Dead Man’s Steel by Luke Scull
  • Shutterstock for The Silver Tide by Jen Williams
  • Karl Simon for The Dragon Lords: Fool’s Gold by Jon Hollins
  • Marc Simonetti for Age of Myth by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Jake Smyth and Shutterstock for The Summon Stone by Ian Irvine
  • Steve Stone for The Fall of the Dagger by Glenda Larke
  • Steve Stone for Blood Mage by Stephen Aryan
  • Steve Stone for Chaos Mage by Stephen Aryan
  • Raymond Swanland for Gods of Nabban by KV Johansen
  • Jorge Luis Torres for The High King’s Vengeance by Steven Poore
  • Unknown for Fair Rebel by Steph Swainston
  • Paul Young for Wrath by John Gwynne

[Thanks to Mark-kitteh for the story.]

Edge-Lit 6 Will Host 2017 David Gemmell Awards

The 2017 David Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place as part of Edge-Lit 6 in Derby (UK) on July 15.

Edge-Lit 6 will be held at QUAD, Derby’s independent cinema and art space.

With a growing reputation for quality and an audience of 200+ each year, the event offers an array of panels, workshops and book launches as well as popular yearly features such as the live Edge-Lit raffle.

Alex Davis, Literature Officer for QUAD, said: ‘Over the last decade the Gemmell Awards have become a high point in the genre calendar, and have been presented at some of the biggest conventions and fantasy events in the UK. I’m delighted to be working with them to bring the ceremony to Edge-Lit, which makes the 2017 running even more exciting!’

Stan Nicholls, Chair of the David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy, said: ‘Edge-Lit has established itself as one of the highlight events of the genre year, and the Gemmell Awards are thrilled to be part of 2017’s line-up. Devoted as they both are to championing the best of speculative fiction, the Gemmells and Edge-Lit are a perfect match. Roll on next July!’

Tickets for Edge-Lit 6 on sale at http://www.derbyquad.co.uk/film/edge-lit-6.aspx and cost £30, including access to all sessions on the day and an event goodie bag.

2016 Gemmell Awards

The 2015 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy were presented at FantasyCon in Scarborough, UK on September 24.

RAVENHEART AWARD (Best cover art)

Ravenheart Award

Ravenheart Award

  • Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

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MORNINGSTAR AWARD (Best debut)

Morningstar Award

Morningstar Award

  • The Vagrant by Peter Newman

LEGEND AWARD (Best novel)

Legend Award "Snaga"

Legend Award “Snaga”

  • The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence

2016 David Gemmell Awards Shortlist

The finalists for the 2016 David Gemmell Awards have been announced. Open public voting will continue through August 19. The winners will be announced September 24 at Fantasycon in Scarborough (UK).

Legend Award – 2016

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote. 

Morningstar Award – 2016

The Morningstar Award honours the author judged, by open vote, to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

All of the works that made the longlist have been rolled over as finalists. The administrators explained:

We normally have five finalists in each category, except in the case of a draw, which has happened only once in the awards’ history.  However, as we had just six nominees for the Morningstar this year, and the number of votes separating fifth and sixth place weren’t that great, we thought it was fairest to let all six nominees go through to the final.

Ravenheart Award

The Ravenheart Award is given to the artist/s responsible for the year’s best fantasy book cover art, as chosen by open vote.

View the artwork from each of the nominees here.

2016 David Gemmell Awards Longlists

Longlists for The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy — the Legend, Morningstar, and Ravenheart Awards — have been posted. The awards recognize the best in fantasy fiction and artwork. Open voting to determine the finalists has begun and will continue until midnight on Friday June 24.

Next, voting on the shortlist will open midday on Friday July 8 and close at midnight on Friday August 19. The awards will be presented September 24 at Fantasycon in Scarborough, UK.

LEGEND AWARD

The Legend Award, is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

MORNINGSTAR AWARD

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

RAVENHEART AWARD

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

Pixel Scroll 5/12/16 The Pixels Scrolls Don’t See

(1) THE SICHUAN CHICKEN EMERGENCY. Last year’s Hugo-winning novelist has received a new honor — “Dinosaur relics named after science fiction writer Liu Cixin”.

A new kind of bird-footed dinosaur footprint was discovered in Gulin county, Southwest China’s Sichuan province and named for Chinese science-fiction writer Liu Cixin, to honor his contribution to raising public interest in science.

Liu, who was thrilled to hear the news, said that he has great interest in paleontology.

“It is like a science fiction we’re reading that the dinosaur in Gulin county was preserved so well for billions of years. It helps us travel back in time. I hope the relics could be studied and preserved well.”

(2) SUPERGIRL ADDS W, LEAVES BS BEHIND. Variety makes it official — “’Supergirl’ Lands at the CW for Season 2”.

After nearly two years of rumors, “Supergirl” is heading to the CW for its second season, Variety has learned….

At CBS, “Supergirl” averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 10.03 million viewers overall in Nielsen’s “live plus-7” estimates. It was CBS’ top-rated rookie drama this season in the demo, and was also its youngest-skewing drama with a median age of 55.6 — however, it was down from comedies in the Monday night timeslot last year.

The hotly anticipated crossover with “The Flash” on March 28 was a ratings hit for the CW, prompting the rumors to begin swirling once again that “Supergirl” would head over to the younger-skewing network, in order to nab a renewal. That episode, co-starring “Flash’s” Grant Gustin, averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and 9.6 million total viewers in L+7 — the show’s best numbers in the second half of its run.

(3) KRYPTON. Vulture says Supergirl’s home planet is also going to be on the tube: “Syfy Orders Pilot for Krypton, a Show About Superman’s Grandpa Who Lives on a Planet That Definitely Isn’t Going to Explode Any Time Soon”.

And you thought Batman was the only DC Comics superhero who would get a TV show about what everyone around him was doing before he became interesting: THR reports that SyFy has ordered a pilot for Krypton, a Superman prequel from David S. Goyer set on the eponymous doomed planet. The series will follow Superman’s grandpa as he “fights to redeem his family’s honor and save his beloved world from chaos,” which is one task at which he is guaranteed to fail (because the world will blow up) and another that is a bit of a moot point (because, again, the world will blow up).

(4) GEMMELL VOTING STARTS TOMORROW. Voting on the longlists for 2016’s David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy (the Legend, Morningstar, and Ravenheart Awards) opens midday on Friday, May 13 and closes at midnight on Friday June 24.

The award’s Facebook page revealed there will be 48 nominations for the Legend Award, 6 for the Morningstar and 39 for the Ravenheart.

Voting on the shortlist opens at midday on Friday July 8 and closes at midnight on Friday August 19.

The presentation takes place at 8pm on Saturday September 24 at Fantasycon in Scarborough.

(5) MIND MELD. SFFWorld threw a lifeline to Rob B, whose Mind Meld installment needed a home after SF Signal went offline. The participants are N. E. White, Jonah Sutton-Morse, Yanni Kuznia, and Summer Brooks.

“MIND MELD: Recent SF/F/H You’ve Read & Enjoyed About Which You Knew Little”

Q: What recent SF/F/H books have you read and enjoyed which you knew little to nothing about beforehand? (For example, you go into a bookstore and picked a book off the shelf based on title and/or cover alone.)

(6) NEW YORK NEW YORK NEW YORK. Pornokitsch compares and contrasts in “Will Eisner and Three Visions of New York”.

Both Eisner and Fantasia 2000 also recognise this aspect of the city: it can grind people down, even to the point of death. Using the darkness of the city in this way all three of these representations show the city itself to be an active force working on their various protagonists. Dark Dark Dark focus more on the elemental aspects of the city while Eisner examines the interaction of the people and their home, but both are aware of the inherent magic of the place. Dark Dark Dark present in their enigmatic lyrics and the swirling otherworldliness of their instrumentals what Eisner recognised in his introduction to ‘The Building’, there is something “unexplained and […] magical” about the city which can affect those that live in it.

(7) NEW DESTINATION. Variety’s article “Winchester Mystery House Movie Attracts Spierig Brothers” discusses the next project by the Spierig Brothers, Winchester, about the famous San Jose, CA haunted house.

Keith Kato writes, “Michael and Peter Spierig, the Spierig Brothers, are favorites of (and members of) The Heinlein Society for their most recent film, Predestination (2014 U.S. release), based on the Robert A. Heinlein short story ‘All You Zombies.’ We have been told by the Brothers that they will be out of the country from July-September, presumably for filming commitments for this project and they regret they will not be able to attend the Kansas City Worldcon.”

(8) FURNITURE. I don’t think we’ll be able to order a park bench from them, though it’s nice to know Sancal’s Futura collection is based on 1960s sci-fi space stations.

Dezeen promotion: Spanish brand Sancal has launched a “retro-futuristic” collection of furniture, featuring tables, chairs and ornaments that reference 1960s science fiction films (+ movie).

The Futura collection, which was exhibited by Sancal during this year’s Milan design week, is modelled on the set designs of movies such as the 1968 epic 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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(9) NEW AWARDS? Bleeding Cool passed on this rumor about the San Diego Comic-Con.

The word on the street is that we are about to get a brand-new, very well-funded awards show for San Diego Comic Con.

I understand that high level talks are taking place between Jennifer O’Connell, Executive VP of Alternative Programming, Seth Lederman, Executive VP General Manager of the new streaming channel Comic-Con HQ and David Glanzer, Chief Communications and Strategy Officer of Comic-Con International, the people behind San Diego Comic Con.

While the existing Eisner Awards cover the comic book industry, and have been the premier awards at San Diego for some time, this new award show is planned to cover comics, TV, film, games and all manner of fan and genre culture. So expect very big names on hand to host and present awards…..

Lionsgate is said to be interested in producing the show.

(10) YESTERDAY IN HISTORY. Can it be May 11th was National Twilight Zone Day….? And I missed it?

Well…! Then I guess that makes it appropriate to feature a “lost episode”…

(11) STARFLEET TRAINING. “’Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience’ is coming to the USS Intrepid this summer”. MeTV has the story.

The museum exhibit will allow fans to study Starfleet culture as part of “Starfleet Academy’s Career Day.”

Beginning July 9, those lucky enough to get to New York City can visit Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience. The museum exhibit is opening aboard the USS Intrepid, which sits on Pier 86 along the Hudson River on the west side of Manhattan. A naval museum might seem like a strange location for a Star Trek exhibit, but what is Star Trek if not a space navy? Besides, NASA’s Space Shuttle Enterprise is on display at the Intrepid Museum.

The Intrepid Museum will be the first venue in the United States to host this immersive “Trek Tech” experience, a sort of quick fantasy camp. The exhibit allows visitors to join Starfleet Academy’s Career Day, which includes orientation and nine zones of study in language, medicine, engineering, navigation, command and science. Tickets cost $18–$35. The exhibit runs through October 31, 2016. (That final day will be a cosplay dream.)

Visit the Intrepid website for more information.

(12) MEMORIES. Here’s a Lou Stathis artifact I never heard of before.

The cover image comes from here.

(14) TODAY’S BIRTHDAYS

  • Born May 12, 1937 — George Carlin (comedian; first to host Saturday Night Live)
  • Born May 12 – Heather Rose Jones
  • Born May 12 – David Doering

(15) WILL FANAC FOR CHARITY. Jim C. Hines is back with another example of “SF/F Being Awesome: Lar DeSouza and Sailor Bacon”.

If my math is right, Lar [DeSouza] and his fans have raised around $40,000 in total to fight MS.

There’s even a new Sailor Bacon plush, with a portion of the proceeds going to MS research.

Fighting MS by con light,
Winning breakfast by daylight,
Rainbow beard that is so bright!
It is the one named Sailor Bacon!

The MS Walk was May 1 this year, but it looks like you can still donate.

(16) END OF DISNEY DOLLARS. Paleofuture at Gizmodo mourns that gift cards have killed Disney Dollars.

When I was a kid I loved Disney Dollars. For those unfamiliar, they’re Disney’s paper notes that look like real money and feature cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse and Dumbo on the front. They’re only good at Disney Parks and stores, making them essentially like gift certificates. But Disney will stop printing Disney Dollars on May 14, 2016.

It’s truly the end of an era for Disney nerds. As reported by WDW News Today, the move is being blamed on the rise of gift cards and the general death of paper money. Disney staff were told just a couple of hours ago but the company has yet to make an official statement.

Disney Dollars will continue to be accepted at Disney locations, since they have no expiration date. But unless you have hundreds of notes to unload you should probably just hold on to them for a bit. The resale market for even once-common Disney products can be pretty lucrative after a few years.

John King Tarpinian recalls, “A long time ago when friends would have a kid or a grandkid I would buy one share of Disney stock. (Usually with a $25 premium over the stock price.) The certificates were beautifully framed, not to mention that with even one share it would get an invite to corporate events. Then Disney went electronic and that was gone. Now Disney Dollars. Gift cards are just not the same.”

(17) CAP’S PSA. Jim Burns says, “With all this Captain America chat (my all time favorite super hero, by the way!), a truly rare piece of film: a public service announcement, circa 1980 (or thereabouts)!”

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian, Keith Kato, Will R., Tom Galloway, Andrew Porter, and James H. Burns for some of these stories. Title credit goes to File 770 contributing editor of the day Doctor Science.]

2015 Gemmell Awards

The 2015 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy were presented at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in Heathrow, London on August 8.

Ravenheart Award by Lee Blair

Ravenheart Award by Lee Blair

RAVENHEART AWARD (Best cover art)

  • Sam Green for Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
Morningstar Award

Morningstar Award by Lee Blair

MORNINGSTAR AWARD (Best debut)

  • The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Stavely (Pan Macmillan/Tor UK)
Legend Award "Snaga"

Legend Award “Snaga” by Simon Fearnhamm

LEGEND AWARD (Best novel)

  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

This is Brandon Sanderson’s second Legend Award, he previously won in 2011 with The Way of Kings.

There were 17,059 votes cast in the first round (longlists) and 19,700 in the second (shortlists).