Open voting has started in the semifinal round of the Goodreads Choice
Awards 2019 and will continue until November 17. There
are 20 categories overall.
Five popular write-ins have been added to the 15 books listed in the opening round. Here are the titles readers lifted onto the ballot in the primary categories of genre interest – Best Fantasy, Best Science Fiction, and Best Horror.
Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay
A Little Hatred by Joe
The Burning White by Brent
Age of Legend (The Legends of the First
Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan
Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3) by Mark
BEST SCIENCE FICTION
The Light Brigade by Kameron
Children of Ruin (Children of Time, #2) by Adrian
Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
Here and Now and Then by Mike
Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3) by Timothy
The Luminous Dead by Caitlin
Bunny by Mona Awad
The Need by Helen Phillips
Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide
The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer
There also are some
genre works in the Best Graphic Novels and Comics, Best Young Adult Fiction,
Best Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction, Best Middle Grade &
Note: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has
been placed in the Fiction category.
novel by Kingston, WA, writer K.R. Richardson (Pyr Books) won the 2019
Endeavour Award on November 8 at Orycon in Portland, OR. The Award comes
with an honorarium of $1,000.00 and a glass plaque by artist Ashley Harper.
Endeavour Award honors a distinguished science fiction or fantasy book, either
a novel or a single-author collection, created by a writer living in the
Pacific Northwest. All entries are read and scored by seven readers
randomly selected from a panel of preliminary readers. The five highest
scoring books then go to three final judges, who are all professional writers
or editors from outside of the Pacific Northwest.
other finalists were:
Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire, Daw Books;
Blues by John Varley, Ace Books;
by Jasmine Gower, Angry Robot; and
by Treason by Dave Duncan, Night Shade Books.
judges for the 2019 Award were Kij Johnson, Linda Nagata, and Bud Sparhawk.
Award Eligibility for 2020: To be eligible for next year’s Endeavour Award the book — either a novel or a single-author collection of stories — must be either science fiction or fantasy. The majority of the book must have been written, and the book accepted for publication, while the author was living in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia, or the Yukon.)
deadline to enter books published during 2019 is January 31, 2020: THIS
DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.
The 2019 inductees to the National Toy Hall of Fame have been announced – Matchbox Cars, the collectible cardgame Magic: The Gathering, and the coloring book.
About Matchbox Cars: Lesney Products debuted Matchbox Cars in England in 1953, and
they sped past earlier competitor toy cars by combining high-quality with low
prices. The cars appeared in the United States in 1954 and, by 1960, Matchbox
sold more than 100 million units annually. They faced stiff competition from
Hot Wheels (brought to market by toymaker Mattel in 1968 and inducted into the
National Toy Hall of Fame in 2011), and launched their own “superfast” line of
cars in response. In 1997, Mattel purchased the Matchbox Cars line, uniting
them under the same banner as their longtime rival. Matchbox Cars remain a top
seller for Mattel.
Says Chief Curator Christopher Bensch, “Matchbox
Cars revolutionized the toy car industry after their introduction, and the name
‘Matchbox’ has become synonymous with miniature cars. It’s only fitting that
they join the Toy Hall of Fame to sit in
the winner’s circle alongside Hot Wheels, the other titan of the field.”
About Magic: The Gathering: Wizards of the Coast published Magic: The Gathering in
1993, and the uniquely collectible card game became so successful that the firm
could not meet demand at first. The game—which draws on popular fantasy
themes—requires both chance and skill to defeat opponents in one-on-one
battles, encouraging players to collect new cards and to refine their deck and
strategies. It continues to evolve and produce new sets of cards and
Says Curator Shannon Symonds, “Magic: The
Gathering changed the landscape of collectible card gaming with its
introduction more than 25 years ago, and it’s become a part of pop
culture—leading to book series, electronic games, and even a series on
Netflix. The fact that it continues to maintain popularity is a testament to
its revolutionary gameplay and constant evolution, making it engaging for
beginners and experts alike.”
I’d like to say that Magic is one of those games that’s easy to learn and difficult to master, but that would be a lie. It’s just difficult, period. Yes, you can learn the overarching rules quickly, but every card has its own properties and performs individual actions. If it’s not the most basic of basic lands, you’re going to need to read the instructions on every single card as you play it. Some cards can even overturn the game’s main rules.
In fact, Magic is so intricate that it was recently named the most complex game in history, and the first where determining the outcome of a match is non-computable even with our most sophisticated programs. There are simply too many possible outcomes to predict with any level of accuracy. This might actually be of little surprise, considering the game was created by mathematician and inventor Richard Garfield, who drew heavily from pen-and-paper role-playing games such as Dungeons & Dragons.
About Coloring Book: Coloring books appeared in America as an outgrowth of European
educational reforms, but McLoughlin Brothers, a New York printing company, is
credited as the coloring book’s inventor. Educators now use coloring books to
teach such essential and diverse subjects as history, geography, and even
geometry. Though often thought of as a children’s activity, more complex
coloring books aimed at adults became increasingly popular in the 2000s.
Curator Nic Ricketts says, “People have expressed
their creativity by adding color to shapes and images for much more than 100
years, and coloring books have provided educational and calming benefits to children
and adults for more than a century.”
Please note that, for the time being, the members of the Sunburst Award Society have suspended honouring distinguished works with the Copper Cylinder Award. Inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Walton, Chair of the Sunburst Award Committee, says, “We are taking a year off
to re-evaluate the award.”
The Copper Cylinder
is an annual members’ choice award for Canadian literature of the fantastic.
Its name is derived
from what is considered the first Canadian scientific romance, A
Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, by James De Mille
(1833-1880). All winners of the Copper Cylinder receive a unique, handcrafted
copper cylinder trophy.
Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced November 4.
two medal winners will be announced on January 26, 2020, at the Reference and
User Services Association’s Book and Media Awards event at the American Library
Association Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits in Philadelphia.
Carnegie Medal winners will each receive $5,000.
One of the finalists includes an element of the fantastic:
Ta-Nehisi Coates The Water Dancer
One World, an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin
Random House LLC
Hiram Walker is the son of an enslaved woman and her slave master, owner of a prominent Virginia estate. When Hiram is nearly killed in a drowning accident, he detects an amazing gift he cannot understand or harness. He travels between worlds, gone but not gone, and sees his mother, Rose, who was sold away when he was a child. Despite this astonishing vision, he cannot remember much about Rose. His power and his memory are major forces that propel Hiram into an adulthood filled with the hypocrisy of slavery, including the requisite playacting that flavors a stew of complex relationships….
The other two finalists are
Myla Goldberg Feast Your Eyes
Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Two of the three Nonfiction
finalists address topics in the realm of science.
Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC
Maria Popova brings her zest for facts and passion for biography to this exhilarating and omnivorous inquiry into the lives of geniuses who “bridged the scientific and poetic,” spinning a fine web connecting such barrier-breakers as Margaret Fuller, Ada Lovelace, Frederick Douglass, and Rachel Carson.
Adam Higginbotham has created a thoroughly researched, fast-paced, engrossing, and revelatory account of what led up to and what followed the explosion of Reactor Four at the Chernobyl nuclear-power plant on April 26, 1986, focusing on the people involved as they faced shocking circumstances that are having complex and significant global consequences.
The Anthony Award for crime fiction is named for the late Anthony Boucher, a well-known California writer and critic who wrote for the San Francisco Chronicle and the New York Times Book Review, and also helped found Mystery Writers of America. It was first presented in 1986.
The awards were voted on by attendees at this year’s Bouchercon.
November Road by Lou Berney (William Morrow)
BEST FIRST NOVEL
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL
Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day (William
BEST SHORT STORY
“The Grass Beneath My Feet” by
S.A. Cosby, in Tough (blogazine, August 20, 2018)
BEST CRITICAL OR NONFICTION WORK
I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One
Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara