Goodreads Choice Awards 2020 Semifinalists

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.

BEST FANTASY

  • Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle, #3) by Jay Kristoff
  • A Little Hatred by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Burning White by Brent Weeks
  • Age of Legend (The Legends of the First Empire, #4) by Michael J. Sullivan
  • Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor, #3) by Mark Lawrence

BEST SCIENCE FICTION

  • The Light Brigade by Kameron Hurley
  • Children of Ruin (Children of Time, #2) by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Wanderers by Chuck Wendig
  • Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  • Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3) by Timothy Zahn

BEST HORROR

  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling
  • Bunny by Mona Awad
  • The Need by Helen Phillips
  • Petra’s Ghost by C.S. O’Cinneide
  • The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht

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 & Children’s categories.

Note: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has been placed in the Fiction category.

[Thanks to JJ for the screencaps.]

2019 E! People’s Choice Award

The 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards were given at a televised ceremony in Santa Monica, CA on November 10.

The film and TV shows winning the most awards — three apiece — were genre productions, Avengers: Endgame and Stranger Things.

The genre winners appear in bold.

Film Categories

  • The Movie of 2019: Avengers: Endgame
  • The Comedy Movie of 2019: Murder Mystery
  • The Action Movie of 2019: Avengers: Endgame
  • The Drama Movie of 2019: After
  • The Family Movie of 2019: Aladdin
  • The Drama Movie Star of 2019: Cole Sprouse — Five Feet Apart
  • The Male Movie Star of 2019: Robert Downey Jr. — Avengers: Endgame
  • The Female Movie Star of 2019: Zendaya — Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • The Comedy Movie Star of 2019: Noah Centineo — The Perfect Date
  • The Action Movie Star of 2019: Tom Holland — Spider-Man: Far From Home
  • The Animated Movie Star of 2019: Beyoncé — The Lion King

TV Categories

  • The Show of 2019: Stranger Things
  • The Drama Show of 2019: Stranger Things
  • The Comedy Show of 2019: The Big Bang Theory
  • The Reality Show of 2019: Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • The Competition Show of 2019: America’s Got Talent
  • The Male TV Star of 2019: Cole Sprouse — Riverdale
  • The Female TV Star of 2019: Millie Bobby Brown — Stranger Things
  • The Drama TV Star of 2019: Zendaya — Euphoria
  • The Comedy TV Star of 2019: Kristen Bell — The Good Place
  • The Daytime Talk Show of 2019: The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • The Nighttime Talk Show of 2019: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • The Competition Contestant of 2019: Hannah Brown — The Bachelorette
  • The Reality TV Star of 2019: Khloé Kardashian — Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • The Bingeworthy Show of 2019: Outlander
  • The Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2019: Shadowhunters

Music Categories

  • The Male Artist of 2019: Shawn Mendes
  • The Female Artist of 2019: Billie Eilish
  • The Group of 2019: BLACKPINK
  • The Song of 2019: “Señorita” — Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
  • The Album of 2019: Lover — Taylor Swift
  • The Country Artist of 2019: Blake Shelton
  • The Latin Artist of 2019: Becky G
  • The Music Video of 2019: “Kill This Love” — BLACKPINK
  • The Concert Tour of 2019: BLACKPINK 2019 World — BLACKPINK

Pop Culture Categories

  • The Social Star of 2019: David Dobrik
  • The Beauty Influencer of 2019: Bretman Rock
  • The Social Celebrity of 2019: Ellen DeGeneres
  • The Animal Star of 2019: Doug the Pug
  • The Comedy Act of 2019: Kevin Hart: Irresponsible — Kevin Hart
  • The Style Star of 2019: Harry Styles
  • The Game Changer of 2019: Simone Biles historic and first female Triple Double & 6th all-around title
  • The Pop Podcast of 2019: Scrubbing In with Becca Tilley and Tanya Rad

Other Awards

  • People’s Icon of 2019: Jennifer Aniston
  • The Most Inspiring Asian Woman of 2019: CL
  • Fashion Icon of 2019: Gwen Stefani
  • People’s Champion of 2019: Pink

[Thanks to Mike Kennedy for the story.]

2019 Endeavour Award Winner

Blood Orbit, a 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.

The 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.

The other finalists were:

  • The Girl in the Green Silk Gown by Seanan McGuire, Daw Books;
  • Irontown Blues by John Varley, Ace Books;
  • Moonshine by Jasmine Gower, Angry Robot; and
  • Trial by Treason by Dave Duncan, Night Shade Books.

The 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.)

The deadline to enter books published during 2019 is January 31, 2020: THIS DEADLINE IS TWO WEEKS EARLIER THAN IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.

Full information on entering the Award is available on the Endeavour Web site: www.osfci.org/endeavour.

The Endeavour Award is sponsored by Oregon Science Fiction Conventions, Inc. (OSFCI), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.

[Thanks to Jim Fiscus for the story.]

2019 Toy Hall of Fame Inductees

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 storylines.

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.”

Symonds also reminisced about youthful experiences playing Magic for the Museum’s blog.

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.”

[Based on a press release.]

Copper Cylinder Award Will Take 2019 Off

There will be no Copper Cylinder Award in 2019 per this announcement on the official website:

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 secretary@sunburstaward.org 

Diane 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.

Copper Cylinder Award

Andrew Carnegie Medals 2020 Finalists

Six finalists, three fiction and three nonfiction, for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction were announced November 4.

The 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.

Fiction

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.

Valeria Luiselli
Lost Children Archive
Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House LLC

Nonfiction

Two of the three Nonfiction finalists address topics in the realm of science.

Maria Popova
Figuring
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
Midnight in Chernobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster
Simon & Schuster

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 third finalist is:

David Treuer
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present
Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC

Goodreads Choice Awards 2019 Opening Round Voting

Voting has begun in the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2019 and will continue through November 10.

There are 20 categories overall. Here is what Goodreads recommended in the primary categories of genre interest – Best Fantasy, Best Science Fiction, and Best Horror.

There also are some genre works in the Best Graphic Novels and Comics, Best Young Adult Fiction, Best Young Adult Fantasy, Best Middle Grade & Children’s categories.

In the opening round, write-ins are also allowed and the top five write-in votes in each of the categories become official nominees.

Note: Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments has been placed in the Fiction category.

Barry and Shamus Award Winners Named at Bouchercon

2019 BARRY AWARDS

The 2019 Barry Awards were presented October 31 at Bouchercon by Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine. 

Best Novel

  • November Road by Lou Berney (Morrow) 

Best First Novel

  • The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor (Crown)

Best Paperback Original 

  • The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan (Penguin)

Best Thriller

  • Safe Houses by Dan Fesperman (Knopf)

Dan Sandstrom Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mystery
Fandom

  • Jeff Popple

2019 SHAMUS AWARDS

The Private Eye Writers of America announced the 2019 Shamus Awards winners at Bouchercon in Dallas on November 1.

BEST PI HARDCOVER

  • What You Want to Seeby Kristen Lepionka (Minotaur Books)

BEST FIRST PI NOVEL

  • The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco (MCD Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

BEST PI PAPERBACK ORIGINAL

  • The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone (Redhook Books)

BEST PI SHORT STORY

  • “Chin Yong-Yun Helps a Fool” by S.J. Rozan (EQMM)

2019 World Fantasy Awards

The World Fantasy Awards 2019 were presented at World Fantasy Con 2019 in Los Angeles on November 3.

Novel

  • Witchmark by C. L. Polk (Tor.com)

Novella

  • “The Privilege of the Happy Ending” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld, Aug. 2018)

Short Fiction

(Tie)

  • “Ten Deals with the Indigo Snake” by Mel Kassel (Lightspeed, October 2018)
  • “Like a River Loves the Sky” by Emma Törzs (Uncanny Magazine, March-April 2018)

Anthology

  • Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction, edited by Irene Gallo (Tor.com)

Collection

  • The Tangled Lands, by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell (Saga Press/Head of Zeus UK)

Artist

  • Rovina Cai

Special Award – Professional

  • Huw Lewis-Jones for The Writer’s Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (University of Chicago Press)

Special Award – Non-Professional

  • Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies: Literary Adventure Fantasy

2019 Lifetime Achievement Awards

  • Hayao Miyazaki
  • Jack Zipes

  • Robert Silverberg
  • Margo Lanagan
  • Reiko Murakami
  • Sheree Renée Thomas
  • Beth Meacham
  • Tad Williams
  • Jack Zipes
  • Tobias Buckell

[Winners via Locus livetweet.]

2019 Anthony Awards

Bouchercon logo

Bouchercon presented the 2019 Anthony Awards on November 2 in Dallas, TX.

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.

BEST NOVEL

  • November Road by Lou Berney (William Morrow)

BEST FIRST NOVEL

  • My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite (Doubleday)

BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL NOVEL

  • Under a Dark Sky by Lori Rader-Day (William Morrow Paperbacks)

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 (HarperCollins)