2022 D.I.C.E. Awards Finalists

The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced the nominees for its 25th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards on January 13. Finalists for the top honor, Game of the Year, are: Deathloop, Inscryption, It Takes Two, Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart, and Returnal

The peer-juried video game award winners will be revealed February 24 at a ceremony in Las Vegas. 

Fifty-nine games released in 2021 received nominations. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart leads the pack with nine nominations, followed by Deathloop with eight. Tying for six nominations each are Inscryption and It Takes Two, with Returnal earning five, and Kena: Bridge of Spirits and Resident Evil Village each taking four.

The complete list of finalists follows the jump.

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2022 Writers Guild Awards: Television Writing Nominations Announced

Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in television, new media, news, radio/audio, and promotional writing during 2021. Winners will be revealed on March 20.

Genre shows with two nominations include The Handmaid’s Tale (Drama Series, Episodic Drama), and Loki (Drama Series, New Series). Animated series Bob’s Burgers and The Simpsons also scored two.

Other genre shows up for the award are: What We Do in the Shadows (Comedy Series), American Horror Story: Double Feature (Original Long Form), The Underground Railroad and WandaVision (both Adapted Long Form), and The Expanse (Adapted Short Form New Media).

Also nominated in the News Script – Analysis, Feature, Or Commentary category is “Woman in Motion: Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols and The Transformation of NASA” from CBS Sunday Morning.

The full list of nominees follows the jump.

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2022 SAG Award Nominees

The nominees for the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards have been announced, and only a few genre productions made the ballot.

In the Ensemble Cast categories, the film Don’t Look Up and two television series, The Handmaid’s Tale and Squid Game,are nominated.

Two actors in Netflix’s popular Korean show Squid Game are also in, Lee Jung-jae for Nest Actor and Jung Ho-yeon for Best Actress.

The complete list of this year’s SAG Award nominees follows the jump.

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MWA’s 2022 Grand Master Is Laurie R. King

Mystery Writers of America (MWA) announced several special awards today. They have selected Laurie R. King as the 2022 Grand Master. The Raven Award recipient is book reviewer Lesa Holstine. And the Ellery Queen Award has been given to publisher Juliet Grames. All winners will accept their awards at the 76th Annual Edgar Awards Ceremony on April 28, 2022.

MWA’s Grand Master Award represents “the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing.” Laurie R. King’s 30 novels and other works include the Mary Russell-Sherlock Holmes stories, beginning with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice (named “One of the 20th Century’s Best Crime Novels” by the IMBA.) The series’ A Monstrous Regiment of Women won The Nero Wolfe award for best novel.

Using the pseudonym “Leigh Richards”, King also has published a science fiction novel, Califia’s Daughters (2004). 

The Raven Award, which “recognizes outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing,” goes to librarian, a blogger, and book reviewer Lesa Holstine. She is in the 18th  year of writing her award-winning blog, Lesa’s Book Critiques, has been the blogger for Poisoned Pen Bookstore for over four years, and reviews mysteries for Mystery Readers’ Journal and Library Journal, where she was named Reviewer of the Year in 2018.

Soho Press svp, associate publisher Juliet Grames was awarded the Ellery Queen Award, which is given to “outstanding writing teams and outstanding people in the mystery-publishing industry.”

2020 Dwayne McDuffie Award

They Called Us Enemy, George Takei’s graphic memoir about his internment as a child during World War II, is the winner of the 2020 Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. The book, written with Justin Eisinger and Steven Scott, and illustrated by Harmony Becker, was published by IDW and Top Shelf Productions in 2019.

The other finalists were:

The award celebrates diversity in comics and comic creative teams, and honors the memory of Dwayne McDuffie. McDuffie was a comics writer and co-creator of Milestone Media, which featured superheroes of varying genders, sexualities, race, and ethnicity. He died in 2011 at the age of 49. The award is given to comics that continue his legacy of featuring diversity as well as telling a compelling story.

The announcement was made in February 2021. The award ceremony was postponed because of the pandemic. Despite periodically checking the official website and the site of the ceremony host, Long Beach Comic Con, neither of which have been updated, I missed the event.

2022 NEA Creative Writing Fellowships

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced the 35 recipients of their 2022 Creative Writing Fellowships. Among them are several writers of genre interest:

Yohanca Delgado – She had two stories picked for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021, “The Rat” and “Our Language,” and also has written for Nightmare Magazine.

Rachel Heng – Her novel Suicide Club tells about a trader on the New York exchange—where instead of stocks, human organs are now bought and sold. With the right balance of HealthTech™, rigorous juicing, and low-impact exercise, she might never die. But Lea’s perfect life is turned upside down when she spots her estranged father on a crowded sidewalk. His return marks the beginning of her downfall as she is drawn into his mysterious world of the Suicide Club, a network of powerful individuals and rebels who reject society’s pursuit of immortality.

Nalo Hopkinson – In 2021 honored by the Science Fiction Writers of America with the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award, making her the first woman recipient of African descent. She is also a recipient of the John W. Campbell Award, the World Fantasy Award, and the Sunburst Award.

Morgan Talty — His forthcoming story collection Night of the Living Rez includes at least one story of genre interest, in which a boy unearths a jar that holds an old curse, which sets into motion his family’s unraveling.

Laura van den Berg – Her novel The Third Hotel involves the apparent return of the dead, blurring the distinction between reality and fantasy.

Yvonne Woon — The author of the Dead Beautiful paranormal mystery series.

Nalo Hopkinson’s comment on receiving the fellowship is:

As a genre, speculative fiction challenges the preconceptions we’ve internalized about what is known, what is possible, whose experiences are important. From the most frivolous story to the most rigorous, it does so by stepping outside the borders of reality to imagine alternate ways of being. As such, it can be an extremely important mode of fiction for audiences, authors, and communities that experience institutionalized oppression. It’s certainly been the genre that allowed me to find my voice, my courage as a queer, Black woman writer living with the legacy of colonization. It’s given me new paradigms in a world that sorely needs them, and the conceptual tools with which to consider them. Reading and writing in this mode has brought me so much joy, hope, wonder, intellectual engagement, and artistic delight. It is my privilege when I can bring readers any of those gifts. Yet for all its revolutionary potential, speculative fiction—science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.—are frequently misunderstood and held in contempt by the larger literary community. There are grants and publishing venues which explicitly exclude genre fiction at the outset, and creative writing departments which refuse to let their students write it. So receiving this recognition from the National Endowment for the Arts is for me a much appreciated acknowledgement that the value of my genre and my work can be perceived on a larger artistic stage. It’s something I’ve always believed, but this fellowship tells me that I may be contributing in a small way to making some room at the table. I’m eager to share the new work the fellowship will enable.

The fellowships are worth $25,000, and there were more than 2,000 applicants this year. The fellowships allow recipients to set aside time for writing, research, travel, and career development. The winners are selected through an anonymous process and are judged on the basis of artistic excellence of the work sample they provided.  

2022 Philip K. Dick Award Nominees Announced

The six works nominated for the 2022 Philip K. Dick Award were announced by the judges and the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust on January 11.

  • Defekt by Nino Cipri (Tordotcom Publishing)
  • Plague Birds by Jason Sanford (Apex Book Company)
  • Bug by Giacomo Sartori, translated by Frederika Randall (Restless Books)
  • Far From the Light of Heaven by Tade Thompson (Orbit)
  • The Escapement by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)
  • Dead Space by Kali Wallace (Berkley Books)

First prize and any special citations will be announced on Friday, April 15, 2022 at Norwescon 44. Plans for the ceremony will be posted here when they are available.

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year.

The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society.? ?

The judges are John P. Murphy, Kelly Robson, David Sandner, Allen Steele, and Molly Tanzer (Chair).

Last year’s winner was Road Out Of Winter by Alison Stine (Mira) with a special citation to The Book Of Koli by M. R. Carey (Orbit).

2022 Golden Globes Winners

The 2022 Golden Globes recipients were announced through social media tonight because the controversy-plagued awards event went untelevised this year. Last May, rights-holder NBC decided that it would not air the 2022 ceremony due to the diversity issues involving the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which gives the awards, has been embroiled in scandals since the 2021 show, around when it was revealed that the HFPA had no Black members and participated in questionable business practices. 

Winners of genre interest include:

Best Motion Picture, Animated: Encanto (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Best Original Score, Motion Picture: Dune (Warner Bros.) — Hans Zimmer

Best Limited Series, Anthology Series or a Motion Picture made for Television: The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video)

Best Supporting Actor, Television: Yeong-su (Squid Game)

Best Original Song, Motion Picture: “No Time to Die” from No Time to Die

The full list of winners follows the jump.

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Nerds of a Feather Recuses Itself from the 2022 Hugos

The editors of this year’s Best Fanzine Hugo winner Nerds of a Feather have opted to remove themselves from contention for the 2022 Hugos. But they will compete again in 2023.

They explained the decision in a post:  

In 2021, Nerds of a Feather. Flock Together won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine. It was our fifth nomination and first win in the category. However, we will not win our second this year – continuing an emergent tradition in this category started by our friends at Lady Business (and continued by 2020 winners The Book Smugglers), we are recusing ourselves from consideration for this year’s award.

Why, you ask? Well, it’s pretty simple: Fanzine is more than just an award category – it’s a community. Over the years we’ve gotten to know our competitors for the award as peers, colleagues and friends. Really, “competitor” is a wrong term, because we aren’t fighting over readers; rather, we all benefit from the community’s growth and the conversations that emerge from that growth. We hope that other fanzines will benefit from the publicity and excitement that comes with being on the ballot, and have their own shot at taking home the big rocket. And while there’s no guarantee we would win in 2022, we really just want to stand and cheer for our friends this year.

(We’ll compete again in 2023.)

Although several Hugo categories have perennial nominees, the Best Fanzine category is unusual for the number of times winning editors have taken themselves out of contention for the following year.  

Charlie Brown withdrew Locus for 1979 while making his speech accepting the 1978 Hugo. At that time fanzines from which the editors earned their living were still eligible in the category and when another such fanzine, Science Fiction Review, won in 1979 Charlie was left to wonder what had been the point. Locus went on to win the Fanzine Hugo for the next four years, and beginning in 1984 when the Semiprozine category was created, win that Hugo for another nine straight years.

Dividing the category in 1984 opened the way for File 770 to win twice, then I withdrew for 1986. And later I recused twice more, in 1996 and 2017.

Lady Business won the 2017 Best Fanzine Hugo, then they withdrew for 2018. After winning in 2018, File 770 permanently withdrew from eligibility. Lady Business returned to win the Hugo in 2019.

There have been similar examples in other fan Hugo categories. In the Best Fan Artists category, Frank Wu, after winning three out of the four previous Hugos, took himself out of contention for 2008. And although John Scalzi was not nominated in 2009 after winning in 2008, he had been prepared to decline if he made the ballot and has since encouraged voters to “pass up the chance” to nominate him. But the Best Fanzine category, where it has now happened at least seven times, supplies by far the most examples. (And who’s to say I’ve remembered all of them?)

27th Annual Critics Choice Awards Nominees

The Critics Choice Association (CCA) has announced the Television and Film nominees for the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards.

HBO’s Succession leads this year’s TV contenders with eight nominations. Belfast and West Side Story lead the film contenders with eleven nominations each. 

The works of genre interest that received the most nominations are:

Film

  • Dune – 10
  • Don’t Look Up – 6
  • Nightmare Alley – 8

Television

  • WandaVision (Disney+) – 4
  • The Underground Railroad (Amazon Prime Video) – 3
  • What We Do in the Shadows (FX) – 3

The Critics Choice Association is the largest critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing almost 500 media critics and entertainment journalists.

The full lists of nominees in both divisions follow the jump.

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