2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on September 14 and 15. The two-night ceremony preceded the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards which will be aired on September 22. Emmys were handed out in technical and acting categories.

HBO’s Game of Thrones picked up 10 Emmys.

NASA won two Emmy Awards for Interactive Mission Coverage.

A team from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center and SpaceX won in the category of Outstanding Interactive Program for multimedia coverage of Demonstration Mission 1, a test flight of the SpaceX Crew Dragon to the International Space Station – the first human-rated spacecraft to lift off from U.S. soil since the end of the Space Shuttle program in 2011.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, won Outstanding Original Interactive Program for the agency’s coverage – including news, web, education, television and social media efforts – of its InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission to Mars.

The winners of genre interest (plus NASA and Chernobyl, which interest a lot of Filers) follow the jump.

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2019 Deutscher Phantastik Preis Shortlist

The Deutscher Phantastik Preis 2019 shortlist was posted September 16. Voting is open through October 31 to determine the winners in each category.

The award honors speculative fiction published for the first time in German language during the previous year.

The winners of the DPP 2019 will be honored at BuchBerlin on November 23.

Deutscher Phantastik Preis Longlist

Bester deutscher Roman / Best German Novel

  • Die Chroniken von Azuhr: Die weiße Königin — Bernhard Hennen — Fischer Tor
  • Die Flammen von Enyador — Mira Valentin — BoD
  • Sturmtochter: Für immer verboten — Bianca Iosivoni — Ravensburger
  • Houston Hall: Schatten der Vergangenheit — Mary Cronos — Feelings  
  • Das Vermächtnis der Grimms – Wer hat Angst vorm bösen Wolf / Nicole Böhm / Drachenmond Verlag

Bestes deutschsprachiges Romandebüt / Best debut novel in German

  • Bloody Mary Me: Blut ist dicker als Whiskey — M. D. Hirt — Carlsen Dark Diamonds
  • Der Welten-Express — Anca Sturm — Carlsen Verlag
  • Ein Königreich aus Feuer und Eis — Leni Wembach — Carlsen Impress
  • Die Prinzessin der Elfen: Bedrohliche Liebe — Nicole Alfa — Carlsen Impress
  • Der fünfte Magier: Schneeweiß — Christine Weber — Selfpublishing  

Bestes deutschsprachiges Jugendbuch / Best German language youth book

  • Die Krone der Dunkelheit — Laura Kneidl — Piper
  • Loa – Die weiße Mambo — Petra Reneé Meineke — Sad Wolf Verlag
  • Thalamus — Ursula Poznanski — Loewe Verlag
  • Das Flüstern des Waldes — Mira Valentin und Kathrin Wandres — Carlsen Impress
  • Bestias: Die Bestien Chroniken 1 — Greg Walters — BoD

Bester internationaler Roman / Best international novel

  • Der Outsider — Stephen King — Heyne
  • Elfenkrone — Holly Black — cbj Verlag
  • Scythe: Der Zorn der Gerechten — Neal Shustermann — Sauerländer
  • Die Rabenringe – Odinskind — Siri Petterson — Arctis Verlag
  • Children of Blood and Bone: Goldener Zorn — Tomi Adeyemi — FJB  

Beste deutschsprachige Kurzgeschichte / Best German short story

  • Totenpfade — Jenny Wood — Art Skript Phantastik
  • Houston hat Probleme — Markus Heitkamp — Talawah Verlag
  • Schicht im Schacht — T. S. Orgel — Amrun Verlag
  • Unter der Erde — Janna Ruth — pako Verlag
  • Das letzte Erwachen — Swantje Oppermann — pako Verlag

Beste Deutsche Anthologie / Best German anthology

  • Noir Anthologie (1) — Mica Baram u. a. — Sadwolf Verlag
  • Magische Kurzgeschichten. Winter Romanze / Sandra Schwarzer / Schwarzer Drache Verlag
  • The P-Files — Hrsg: Sascha Eichelberg — Talawah Verlag
  • Schnittergarn: Die Anthologie des Todes — Marc Hamacher — Leseratten Verlag
  • Geschichten aus den Herbstlanden — Fabienne Siegmund u. a. — Verlag Torsten Low  

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

  • Bestias — Greg Walters — Marco Sven Reinbold — Ronin Hörverlag
  • Die Chroniken von Azuhr – Die Weiße Königin — Bernhard Hennen — Wolfgang Wagner — Argon Verlag
  • Spiegelsplitter — Ava Reed — Hanna Baus, Frank Stieren — Carlsen Audio
  • Die Legende von Enyador (Teil 1) — Mira Valentin — Robert Frank — Audible Studios
  • Aurafeuer – Das Erbe der Macht (1) — Andreas Suchanek — Clemens Benke — SAGA Egmond

Beste deutschsprachige Serie / Best German Language Series

  • Perry Rhodan — Chefredakteur Klaus N. Frick — Pabel Moewig
  • Die Phileasson-Saga — Bernhard Hennen & Robert Corvus — Heyne
  • Das Erbe der Macht — Andreas Suchanek — Greenlight Press
  • Die Chroniken von Chaos und Ordnung — J. H. Prassl — Acabus Verlag
  • Die Grimm-Chroniken — Maya Shepard — Sternensand Verlag

Bester deutschsprachiger Grafiker /Best German-speaking Graphic Artist

  • Die letzten Zeilen der Nacht — Alexander Kopainski — Drachenmond Verlag
  • Die Krone der Dunkelheit — Guter Punkt — Piper
  • Sturmtochter- Für immer verboten — Carolin Liepins — Ravensburger
  • Götterherz — Jaqueline Kropmanns — Sternensand Verlag
  • Timeless Uncertainty- Im Bann des Feindes — Tociljdesign by Michelle Tocilj — Sadwolf

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

  • Es lebe Star Trek – Ein Phänomen, zwei Leben — Björn Sülter — Verlag in Farbe und Bunt
  • Die Überschreitung der Gegenwart: Science Fiction als evolutionäre Spekulation — Wolfgang Neuhaus — Golkonda
  • Geek! Magazin — various — Panini
  • Das komplette Marvel-Universum: Der verrückte Reiseführer durch alle Welten, Dimensionen und Galaxien — various — Heel
  • Das Science-Fiction-Jahr 2018 — Herausgeber Michael Görden — Golkonda

Bester deutschsprachiger Comic / Manga / Best German Language Comic / Manga

  • Myre-Die Chroniken von Yria (Buch 2) — Text und Zeichnungen Claudya Schmidt — Splitter
  • Robotormärchen, Ein seltsamer Tag (1) — Text Olaf Brill, Zeichnung Michael Vogt — Atlantis
  • Captain Berlin — Text Jörg Buttgereit, Zeichnung Fufu Frauenwahl — Weissblech Comics
  • Sterne sehen — Asja Wiegand — Zwerchfell Verlag
  • Capacitas — Marika Herzog — Eigenproduktion  

Sonderpreis 2019: Beste Übersetzung / Special Award 2019: Best Translation

  • Das Gold der Krähen — Leigh Bardugo – tr. Michelle Gyo — Dromer Knaur
  • ta’puq mach – Der kleine Prinz auf Klingonisch & Deutsch — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – tr. Lieven L. Litaer — Der Verlag in Farbe und Bunt
  • Das Labyrinth von London — Benedict Jacka – tr. Michelle Gyo — Blanvalet
  • Scythe-Reihe — Neal Shusterman – tr. Pauline Kurbasik & Kristian Lutze — Sauerländer
  • Children of Blood and Bone-Reihe — Tomi Adeyemi – tr. Andreas Fischer — Fischer

2019 Saturn Awards

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films presented the 2019 Saturn Awards on September 13 at the historic Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California.

 “It’s Friday the 13th. it’s a full moon…and I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” said Jamie Lee Curtis of the Halloween film franchise, winner of the award for Best Film Actress.

The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films is a non-profit corporation founded in 1972 by Dr. Donald A. Reed.  The organization is dedicated to honoring film and television genre entertainment.

Best Comic-to-Motion-Picture Release 

  • Avengers: Endgame

Best Science Fiction Film Release

  • Ready Player One 

Best Fantasy Film Release 

  • Toy Story 4 

Best Horror Film Release 

  • A Quiet Place 

Best Action/Adventure Film Release 

  • Mission: Impossible – Fallout 

Best Thriller Film Release 

  • Bad Times at The El Royale 

Best Animated Film Release 

  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 

Best Independent Film Release 

  • Mandy 

Best International Film Release 

  • Burning 

Best Actor in a Film 

  • Robert Downey Jr., Avengers: Endgame

Best Actress in a Film 

  • Jamie Lee Curtis, Halloween

Best Supporting Actor in a Film 

  • Josh Brolin, Avengers: Infinity War 

Best Supporting Actress in a Film 

  • Zendaya, Spider-Man: Far From Home 

Best Performance by a Younger Actor

  • Tom Holland, Spider-Man: Far From Home 

Best Film Director

  • Jordan Peele — Us

Best Writing

  • A Quiet Place — Bryan Woods, Scott Beck and John Krasinski

Best Film Production Design 

  • Charles Wood — Avengers: Endgame  

Best Film Music

  • Marc Shaiman — Mary Poppins Returns

Best Editing

  • Jeffrey Ford and Matthew SchmidtAvengers: Endgame

Best Film Costume 

  • Michael Wilkinson — Aladdin

Best Makeup

  • John Blake and Brian SipeAvengers: Endgame

Best Film Special/Visual Effects 

  • Avengers: Endgame  

Best Superhero TV Series 

  • Supergirl

Best Science Fiction TV Series 

  • Westworld  (HBO)

Best Fantasy Television Series 

  • Game of Thrones  (HBO)

Best Horror Television Series 

  • The Walking Dead  {AMC)

Best Action/Thriller Television Series

  • Better Call Saul {AMC)

Best Animated Television Series 

  • Star Wars Resistance  (Disney Channel)

Best Actor on a Television Series 

  • Sam Heughan — Outlander (Starz)

Best Actress in a Television Series 

  • Emilia Clarke — Game of Thrones     (HBO)

Best Supporting Actor on a Television Series 

  • Peter Dinklage — Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Supporting Actress on a Television Series 

  • Danai Gurira — The Walking Dead {AMC)

Best Performance by a Younger Actor on a Television Series 

  • Maisie Williams — Game of Thrones (HBO)

Best Guest-Starring Performance on a Television Series 

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan — The Walking Dead  {AMC)

 Best Streaming Superhero Television Series 

  • Marvel’s Daredevil  (Netflix)

Best Streaming Fantasy, Sci-Fi, or Action/Thriller Television Series 

  • Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)

Best Streaming Horror and Thriller Series 

  • Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best Actor in Streaming Presentation 

  • Henry Thomas —  The Haunting of Hill House   (Netflix)

Best Actress in a Streaming Presentation 

  • Sonequa Martin-Green  — Star Trek: Discovery     (CBS All Access)

Best Supporting Actor in Streaming Presentation

  • Doug Jones — Star Trek: Discovery  (CBS All Access)

Best Supporting Actress in Streaming Series

  • Maya Hawke — Stranger Things (Netflix)

Best DVD or Blu-ray Special Edition Release

  • Waterworld

Stan Lee World Builder Award

  • Kevin Feige

Visionary Award

  • Jon Favreau

Dan Curtis Legacy Award

  • Jeph Loeb

Best Local Live State Performance

  • Puppet Up! Uncensored

2019 National Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

The twelve National Toy Hall of Fame 2019 finalists have been announced and they include 3 genre related toys:

  • Magic the Gathering
  • Masters of the Universe
  • My Little Pony

Three of the finalists selected as part of the “Player’s Choice” ballot at will be inducted alongside three selected by the members of the National Selection Advisory Committee.

Fans may cast one vote a day for their favorite finalists from September 11 to 18 as part of a “Player’s Choice” ballot at toyhalloffame.org. The three toys that receive the most public votes will be submitted and will join the other top-three submissions by members of the National Selection Advisory Committee. (The public will collectively act as one member of the 23-member committee.) The final 2019 toy inductees, chosen based on the ballots, will be announced at The Strong museum on Thursday, November 7.

The following 12 toys are finalists for induction into the National Toy Hall of Fame.

Care Bears

Created in the early 1980s for the American Greetings Corporation, the Care Bears began as a line of greeting cards but grew to include plastic mini-dolls and plush teddy bears. The cheerful characters—such as Funshine Bear and Tenderheart Bear—launched storybooks, television shows, movies, games, and home decorations. Their popularity endures and, in 2015, Netflix launched a new animated series featuring the playful band of bears.

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.

Fisher-Price Corn Popper

Fisher-Price introduced the Corn Popper in 1957, calling it an amusement device for young children. Parents quickly discovered that by pushing the device, children could strengthen gross motor skills. The bright, flying balls and popping sound helped to stimulate the senses, promoting curiosity and discovery.

Jenga

Englishwoman Leslie Scott created Jenga based on wooden blocks from her childhood in Africa. The word jenga is the imperative form of kujenga, the Swahili verb “to build.” With its catchy name and edge-of-your-seat gameplay, Jenga has inspired both young and old to enjoy the towering, toppling results.

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. The game continues to evolve and produce new sets of cards and rules.

Masters of the Universe

The Master of the Universe line of action figures, which includes the iconic He-Man and She-Ra, traces its popularity to maker Mattel’s use of comic books, television, and the big screen. The cartoon series He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, which ran from 1983 to 1985, created a cohesive, fantasy world that allowed Mattel to introduce new characters and new toys to the line. Over the years, Mattel has paired the brand with everything from toothbrushes to sleeping bags.

Matchbox Cars

Matchbox Cars debuted in 1952 and sped past competitor toy cars by combining high-quality with low prices. By 1960, Matchbox Cars annually sold more than 100 million units in America and the name “Matchbox” became synonymous with miniature cars. Despite stiff competition from Hot Wheels (brought to market in 1968 and inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2011), Matchbox Cars remain a top-seller for toymaker Mattel.

My Little Pony

Introduced in the 1980s and reintroduced in 2003, the My Little Pony line of mini-horses encourages children in traditional forms of doll play—fantasy, storytelling, hair grooming, and collecting. The small pastel ponies have come in more than 1,000 varieties, all with elongated tails and manes made to be brushed. The toys peaked in popularity between 1982 and 1993—even outselling Barbie for several years. 

Nerf Blaster

Based on the soft foam of Nerf balls from the 1960s, Nerf blasters have created excitement with darts, missiles, disks, and rounds for more than a quarter century. The blasters cultivate social engagement, promote outdoor play, and encourage kids and adults to imaginatively assume the role of some of their favorite pop culture characters while competing with their friends.

Risk

Based on the French game Le Conquete du Monde, Risk translates the hobby of wargaming with miniature figures into a mass-produced war and strategy board game. First published in the United States in 1959, Risk challenges players to control armies and conquer the world. The game’s innovative mechanics ignited renewed interest in strategy games in the 1970s and continues to influence the board game industry.

Smartphone

Since Steve Jobs and Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, the smartphone has become not only a platform for millions of mobile games but also a plaything that makes possible an endless variety of playful interactions, from sending emojis and GIFs to creating silly videos and altering snapshots. It has transcended its original intended use and revolutionized the way that people across the globe interact with the world and each other in playful ways.

Top

Since ancient times, the spinning top has been a childhood staple of cultures in Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Australia. Depictions of it show up in art and pottery across geographies and throughout human history. Children today still play with this classic toy, calculating the placement, centrifugal force, and velocity needed to execute the longest spin or to capture their competitors’ prized tops.

[Thanks to John King Tarpinian for the story.]

The 2019 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

The 2019 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded September 12 in a ceremony at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre. The ceremony was webcast.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, and then THINK. The prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual, honor the imaginative — and spur people’s interest in science, medicine, and technology.

MEDICINE PRIZE [ITALY, THE NETHERLANDS]
Silvano Gallus, for collecting evidence that pizza might protect against illness and death, if the pizza is made and eaten in Italy.

MEDICAL EDUCATION PRIZE [USA]
Karen Pryor and Theresa McKeon, for using a simple animal-training technique— called “clicker training” —to train surgeons to perform orthopedic surgery.

BIOLOGY PRIZE [SINGAPORE, CHINA, AUSTRALIA, POLAND, USA, BULGARIA]
Ling-Jun Kong, Herbert Crepaz, Agnieszka Górecka, Aleksandra Urbanek, Rainer Dumke, and Tomasz Paterek, for discovering that dead magnetized cockroaches behave differently than living magnetized cockroaches.

ANATOMY PRIZE [FRANCE]
Roger Mieusset and Bourras Bengoudifa, for measuring scrotal temperature asymmetry in naked and clothed postmen in France.

CHEMISTRY PRIZE [JAPAN]
Shigeru Watanabe, Mineko Ohnishi, Kaori Imai, Eiji Kawano, and Seiji Igarashi, for estimating the total saliva volume produced per day by a typical five-year-old child

ENGINEERING PRIZE [IRAN]
Iman Farahbakhsh, for inventing a diaper-changing machine for use on human infants.

ECONOMICS PRIZE [TURKEY, THE NETHERLANDS, GERMANY]
Habip Gedik, Timothy A. Voss, and Andreas Voss, for testing which country’s paper money is best at transmitting dangerous bacteria.

PEACE PRIZE [UK, SAUDI ARABIA, SINGAPORE, USA]
Ghada A. bin Saif, Alexandru Papoiu, Liliana Banari, Francis McGlone, Shawn G. Kwatra, Yiong-Huak Chan, and Gil Yosipovitch, for trying to measure the pleasurability of scratching an itch.

PSYCHOLOGY PRIZE [GERMANY]
Fritz Strack, for discovering that holding a pen in one’s mouth makes one smile, which makes one happier — and for then discovering that it does not.

PHYSICS PRIZE [USA, TAIWAN, AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND, SWEDEN, UK]
Patricia Yang, Alexander Lee, Miles Chan, Alynn Martin, Ashley Edwards, Scott Carver, and David Hu, for studying how, and why, wombats make cube-shaped poo.

NOTE: This the SECOND Ig Nobel Prize awarded to Patricia Yang and David Hu. They and two other colleagues shared the 2015 Ig Nobel Physics Prize, for testing the biological principle that nearly all mammals empty their bladders in about 21 seconds (plus or minus 13 seconds).

The Ig Nobel Prizes are organized by the magazine Annals of Improbable Research. The ceremony is co-sponsored by the Harvard-Radcliffe Society of Physics Students and the Harvard-Radcliffe Science Fiction Association.

Tiptree Name Will Be Removed from Award

The Tiptree Award Motherboard today tweeted its intention to change the name of the award:

This reverses the decision they announced at the start of the month and had explained in-depth in “Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award”.

The change comes in response to recent requests to drop the name because in her last acts the author shot her invalid husband before killing herself. The discussion included tweets by Carrie Cuinn (‘no one’s whole life excuses killing a disabled person in their care. It can’t, or what does that say about the value of my life, my son’s, any disabled person’s?”), Kelly Robson (“This [Twitter] is just not the place for a nuanced conversation. But Tiptree isn’t sacred to me. I’m tapping out. To be very clear: she was a murderer and murder is never excusable.”) and Natalie Luhrs (“She murdered her husband while he slept and then killed herself. And yet there’s a SFF award named after her. I am deeply conflicted about this.”)

Those involved in the conversation at File 770 have ranged from many fans with disabilities, to Tiptree’s literary executor Jeff Smith, who knew the author well.

Although there are fans who wanted to keep the Tiptree Award name, those who administer the award have always regarded their work as something of a movement, and they are showing that they plan to listen to people who have always been the source of their support.

[Thanks to Lenore Jean Jones and James Davis Nicoll for the story.]

Digital Book World 2019 Awards

The Digital Book World 2019 Award winners were named at a ceremony in Nashville, TN on September 10.

The 2019 finalists came out on August 27. In contrast to 2018, there was no separate category for science fiction this year. These two categories included finalists of genre interest. The winners are in boldface.

Best Book (Suspense/Horror)

  • Her One Mistake (Heidi Perks)
  • Xenon Phobia (Sterling Emmal)
  • Five Midnights (Ann Davila Cardinal)
  • Wanderer (Chuck Wendig)

Best Use of Emerging Technology

  • The Ghostkeeper’s Journal and Field Guide (Japhet Asher)
  • The Chef (James Patterson)
  • Space Race (Ben Hubbard)
  • Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (Netflix)
  • Disney Read-Along Books (Google / Disney)
  • Adventuron
  • Shift to All Digital-First Textbooks (Pearson)
  • Audible Customer Support Line Through Alexa (Amazon)

Best Series Hugo:
Eligible Series from 2019

SJW Credential Reading SFF Books (c) Can Stock Photo / Lazarenka

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the series believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2020 Best Series Hugo next year *†.

Each series name is followed by the main author name(s) and the 2019-published work(s).

Feel free to add missing series and the name of the 2019-eligible work in the comments, and I will get them included in the main post.

I just ask that suggesters (1) first do a Find on author surname on this page, to check whether the series is already on the list, and (2) then make an effort to verify that a series does indeed have 3 volumes, that it has a 2019-published work, and that it has likely met the 240,000 word threshold; in the past I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to verify suggested series, only to discover that they had fewer than 3 volumes, or nothing published in the current year, or weren’t anything close to 240,000 words (e.g., children’s books). Self-published works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

Note that the 2017 Hugo Administrator ruled that nominations for a series and one of its subseries will not be combined. Therefore, when nominating a subseries work, think carefully under which series name it should be nominated. If the subseries does not yet meet the 3-volume, 240,000 word count threshold, then the main series name should be nominated. If the subseries does meet that threshold, then the subseries name should probably be nominated. This will ensure that another subseries in the same universe, or the main series itself, would still be eligible next year if this subseries is a finalist this year.

The 2018 and 2019 Hugo Administrators ruled that the 2017 Best Series Finalists, although the result of a one-time category, were subject to the same re-qualification requirements as the 2018 Best Series Finalists, and it is likely this will be the rule going forward; bear that in mind when making your nominations.

* ineligible series are preceded by an asterisk

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2019 Horror Writers Association Scholarships

The Horror Writers Association has named its 2019 scholarship winners.

The scholarship, open to all horror writers (HWA membership is not required), is worth $2500, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

The 2019 winner is:

Sar Adams

Sara Adams was born and raised in Massachusetts and has been writing horror since the fourth grade, when she was given an assignment to finish a story about black cats and took it just a little too far. She grew up with a deep love of the genre, writing stories about everything from fluid minds to what lives in the shadows. Sara lives in Haverhill with her two roommates, crafting new nightmares every day. Her work has appeared in the anthology In Delirium Bloom.

This scholarship, worth $2,500, is open to female horror writers. It may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

The 2019 winner is:

Theresa Derwin

HWA member Theresa Derwin writes Dark Urban Fantasy & Horror and has over forty-five anthology acceptances, one of which is her story “Trapped” in Below the Stairs with Clive Barker. She’s had three collections published: Monsters Anonymous, Season’s Creepings and Wolf at The Door.  She has edited nine anthologies, including Dark Voices: a Women in Horror and Dark Fiction Book, with proceeds to Breast Cancer charities, published by Lycan Valley Publications. She is currently working on a novella, God’s Vengeance, from Crystal Lake Publishing, and her witchcraft and demonic horror Mercy, which she will complete as part of her MA Creative Writing at BCU this September, to be studied part time due to her disabilities. She blogs at www.theresaderwin.co.uk

Twitter @BarbarellaFem

The Dark Poetry Scholarship, first awarded in 2015, is designed to assist in the professional development of Horror and/or Dark Fantasy Poets. It is worth $1,250, which may be spent on approved writing education over the two years following the granting of the scholarship.

The 2019 winner is:

Alexander P. Garza

Alexander P. Garza is a writer, actor, and educator from Houston, TX. His work can be seen in Veil: Journal of Darker Musings, Thirteen Myna Birds, Black Poppy Review, Ekphrastic Review, and others. He has worked on and offstage at The Alley Theatre, Houston Grand Opera, Main Street Theater, and Mildred’s Umbrella Theatre Company. Visit him on Instagram/Twitter, @alexanderpgarza, and on his website http://www.alexanderpgarza.com.

The Rocky Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund for Non-fiction Writing provides grants for research and writing nonfiction relating to horror and dark fantasy literature. The amount is flexible. Membership in HWA is not a requirement.

The judges chose to not award the fund for 2019.

[Via Locus Online.]

2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize Shortlist

The 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize recognizes the best of science writing for a non-specialist audience. The shortlist was announced August 27.

The author of the winning book receives £25,000 and £2,500 is awarded to each of the five shortlisted books. The winner is announced at a special award ceremony in the autumn.   

Shortlist 2019

The title links lead to full articles about the finalists.

Chair of this year’s judging panel, Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt, principal and professorial research fellow in computer science at Jesus College, University of Oxford, said:

This year’s shortlist is a great collection of popular science writing. Each book on the list presents an area of science that is fascinating, enthralling and important: from the mysteries of the quantum universe to the air we breathe, from the way that data encodes bias to the skin that is our largest organ, from the infinite power of calculus to new kinds of matter, our shortlist will appeal to all.

Within these titles we encounter triumph and tragedy, hope and despair, enlightenment and enduring mysteries. The writers share great stories, rooted in outstanding research. They open up our understanding of the world in which we live and remind us of the important discoveries taking place around us every day.

The members of this year’s judging panel are:

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt FRS (Chair)

Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt is one of the UK’s foremost computer scientists.

Dr Shukry James Habib 

Dr Shukry James Habib is a Principal Investigator and a Sir Henry Dale Fellow at the Centre for Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine at King’s College London and a member of the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform.

Dorothy Koomson

Dorothy Koomson is an internationally bestselling author whose award-winning novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers The Friend, That Girl from Nowhere, The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before, The Chocolate Run and My Best Friend’s Girl.

Stephen McGann

Stephen McGann has worked extensively in British theatre and on screen. He is currently starring as Dr Turner in the BBC’s global hit Call the Midwife.

Gwyneth Williams

Gwyneth Williams is the Controller of BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra (2010 to present).