2018 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie Finalists

The shortlist for the 2018 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie has been released by ActuSF.

It is an award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories:

  • The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels.
  • The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives.
  • The Special Prize, rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.

Prix Littéraire

  • Espérer le soleil de Nelly Chadour, Les Moutons électriques 2017
  • Le Reich de la Lune de Johanna Sinisalo, traduit par Anne Colin du Terrail, Actes Sud, 2018
  • Rouille de Floriane Soulas, Scrineo, 2018
  • Sang maudit de Ange, Castelmore 2017

Prix Graphique

  • Archangel, de William Gibson (Scénario) et Butch Guice (Dessin), Glénat Comics, 2018
  • Le visiteur du Futur, La Brigade Temporelle série complète en 3 tomes, de Guillaume Lapeyre (Scénario), François Descraques (Dessin), Alexandre Desmassias (Dessin), Ankama, 2018
  • Les trois fantômes de Tesla, Tome 2 La Conjuration des humains véritables de Richard Marazano (Scénario) et Guilhem (Dessin), Le Lombard, 2018
  • Mickey et l’océan perdu, de Denis-Pierre Filippi (Scénario) et Silvio Camboni (Dessin), Glénat, 2018

Prix Special

  • Drop Frame, série complète en 4 tomes de Shinichirô Nariie, Doki Doki, 2018
  • Guerre et histoire, Hors-Série n°3 Et si ça s’était passé autrement ? 2017
  • History’s Creed, série de Benjamin Brillaud (alias Nota Bene) et Régis Brochier (réalisation), Arte.tv, 2018
  • Star Marx, Guide de l’aventurier des mondes imaginaires de Maximilien Et La Moitie, illustré par David Cochard, Léha, 2017

2018 Utopiales Awards

These literary awards were presented November 3 at Utopiales, the International Science Fiction Festival of Nantes.

Prix Utopiales 2018

  • L’âme des horloges [The Bone Clocks], David Mitchell (de l’Olivier)

The award recognizes a novel, or a collection, published in French during the eligibility period by a European author. The prize has a cash value of 3000 euros.

Prix Utopiales Jeunesse 2018 (Utopiales Youth Award)

  • Les Puissants, tome 1: Esclaves [Dark Gifts book 1: Gilded Cage], Vic James (Nathan)

Prix Extraordinaire

  • Elisabeth Vonarburg

Prix Utopiales BD 2018 (for Best Comic Book)

Prix Utopiales BD 2018 (for Best Comic Book) Special Mention

And this award was presented yesterday —

Prix Julia Verlanger

  • Patrick K. Dewdney for L’enfant de poussière

2018 Bulwer-Lytton Contest SF/F Winners

The 2018 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, where the challenge is to write the “worst” opening sentence to a novel, announced its winners in August, but it’s news to me!

Here are the categories of genre interest —

Science Fiction


The professor had constantly warned his protégé about the time travel related risks of meeting a past version of yourself or killing your grandfather, but unfortunately he’d never mentioned the worst time machine risk of all — sticking your head out of the window.

Phillip Davies, Cardiff, Wales

Dishonorable Mentions

Terellian Shapeshifters often blew their cover by taking subtly inappropriate forms — a squirrel that swims perhaps, or a chair with five legs — but Officer Max Throckmorton spotted this one immediately; every Human knows that bidets are NOT purple, and they usually aren’t installed next to a McDonald’s drink dispenser.

Mark Watson, Chapel Hill, NC

She stood out like a fifth appendage on the prehensile glandular dorsal fin of a love-sick marmoset from the twin-mooned planet of Hades VII in the Alpha-Centauri star system, but I thought she looked damned cute anyway because of the sailor cap she wore so jauntily.

Tim Petteys, Malden on Hudson, NY

Captain Calamari loosed a plasma bolt from his crossbow, but the charging cyborg knight hefted his magna-shield and deflected the sizzling violet flare into the dust, forcing the square-jawed hero to coolly reload his cumbersome, anachronistic weapon and wonder as he did why he couldn’t have a blaster pistol like Han Solo instead of being stuck in this weird hybrid cyber-medieval universe.

Steve Lauducci, Bethlehem, PA



His steel sang as Dothrak, mighty thews febrile with barely-checked power, drew Aelthmor (the blade forged in eldritch shadows by the Zdrahali adepts) and declared, “All who have sworn allegiance to the False Duke will feel my wrath!” yet he was summarily admonished to silence, for it is at the Reference Desk of the Skokie Public Library that our story takes place.

Greg Carlson, Minneapolis, MN 

Dishonorable Mentions

Talila Norpiros, heir to the elven throne and commander of her people’s armed forces, chose a slightly more risqué outfit that morning than she would normally wear to battle, theorizing that if she were presented as a sex symbol as well as a dynamic protagonist, the series might attract a few more male readers and finally make the New York Times bestseller list.

Bridget Parmenter, Katy, TX

Kravik the Helm-Cleaver gripped his Damarrian battle-axe and stepped into the inky blackness of the cave, wishing he had thought to bring a torch to illuminate the stalagmites or stalactites—whichever were the ones that hang down from cave-roofs to crack the cranium of a man who stands two meters tall—as he searched for Dwarf Kobolds, the vile creatures who, at less than half the barbarian’s stature, never had to worry about conking their scaly heads on stal–, stalac . . . pointy ceiling rocks.

Brad Taylor, Iowa City, IA 

Under a lurid dawn sun, the Usher Property was less baleful than it had been during the past evening’s abode-splitting weather event, and my practiced realtor’s eye – have I not mentioned my profession already? – recognized development potential once the tarn was drained and fissure remediated, perhaps to build an outlet of shopping at which consumers would dawdle, aghast at the scale of discount savings.

Brian Brus, Oklahoma City, OK

The wars between the Aarbollethi and the Deffalecci was now in its seventh haelon, and it is difficult to imagine they began when the Aarbollethian Ambassador to Deffalecci, when addressing the Deffaleccian Secretary of State, pronounced their nation’s common greeting, achdazar u zynthio as ashadar y thynzio, which, in the Deffaleccian tongue is an insulting reference to a hero from their classical mythology named Ashadarythyn, who was supposed to have murdered his Vareto and lain with his Amunna.

Ralph Cutting, Kingston Upon Thames, England

Although widely despised by his own kind, Kazimir Kilcescu was a hero to a few uninhibited vampires who adopted his “baby talk and Ugg boots” method of victim selection which, when applied correctly, largely eliminated the blood-curdling screams that otherwise left them the choice between letting their swooning prey go scot-free or choking down two liters of curdled O-pos.

Drew Herman, Port Angeles, WA 

The witches cackled in glee, an eye of newt emanating a very satisfying ‘pop’, the ear of a pixie providing a heady scent, and the chest hair from a burly princeling for some zing, as they tipped them into a dark cast iron cauldron, only for Millicent the youngest of witches to wonder whether they sold more contemporary cauldrons in Williams Sonoma and if they had a free delivery option.

Hwei Oh, North Balgowlah, Sydney, Australia

And if you’re curious, this is the 2018 Grand Prize Winner:

The winner of the XXXVth Lyttoniad is Tanya Menezes, who at seventeen years old is the youngest winner in contest history and the first from its hometown of San Jose.  Tanya describes herself as your average rowdy seventeen-year-old, but one who works at a local museum (where she occasionally has to remind guests that Mars is still a planet and that global warming exists even though it was cold when they visited Vermont).

[Thanks to Soon Lee for the story.]

Winners of 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards

The BookNest.eu blog announced the winners of the 2018 BookNest Fantasy Awards on November 1.

Best Traditionally Published Novel (Shortlist)

  • Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames

Best Self-Published Novel (Shortlist)

  • Paternus: Wrath Of The Gods by Dyrk Ashton

Best Debut Novel (Shortlist)

  • The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

Best Imprint (Longlist)

  • Harper Voyager (HarperCollins)

AWARDS PROCESS. The BookNest Fantasy Awards are selected by a hybrid process — part jury, part popular vote, with a final sanity check on the winners.

The longlist was created with the input of nine popular Fantasy Blogs (Bookworm Blues, Fantasy Book Critic, Fantasy Book Review, Fantasy-Faction, Grimdark Magazine, The Fantasy Hive, The Fantasy Inn, The Grim Tidings Podcast & The Weatherwax Report), three big Fantasy Imprints (Gollancz, Harper Voyager & Orbit), and two well-respected Agents (John Jarrold & Joshua Bilmes of JABberwocky Literary Agency). They nominated their favorite books in the first three categories (Best Traditionally Published Novel, Best Self-Published Novel, and Best Debut Novel), published between October 1st 2017 and September 30th 2018.

In the second stage and with the public’s help, the 10 books and five 5 imprints with the highest number of votes in each category made it to the shortlist. The winners were chosen by a public vote that ended yesterday.

Schwader Named SFPA Grand Master

Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA) members have honored Ann K. Schwader as their 2018 Grand Master.

Ann K. Schwader

Ann K. Schwader is a two-time Rhysling Award winner (short form 2010, long form 2016) and a two-time Bram Stoker Award Finalist for her weird/dark SF poetry collections Dark Energies (P’rea Press 2015) and Wild Hunt of the Stars (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2010.

Schwader is SFPA’s eighth Grand Master, joining David C. Kopaska Merkel (2017), Steve Sneyd and Marge Simon (2015), Jane Yolen (2010), Ray Bradbury (2008), Robert Frazier (2005) and Bruce Boston (1999).

She shared her early inspirations with the Innsmouth Free Press in a “poetic interview”:

IFP: A pondered start:
Noteworthy fears and verse?
Name key roads you sought.

AKS:The dark in science/science in the dark
Of minds too blind to see the beast inside
Each one of us. Was HPL dead right?

The straightest path is Avon’s bard, although
A “fatal interview “with E. St. V.
Millay marked out my first uncertain trail….

A lifelong resident of the Rocky Mountains, Schwader lives in Westminster, CO.

[Thanks to F.J. Bergmann for the story.]

2018 SFPA Speculative Poetry Contest Winners

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association announced the winners of its 2018 Speculative Poetry Contest on October 25.

This year’s contest offered prizes in three divisions:

  • Dwarf (poems 1-10 lines [prose poems 0-100 words])
  • Short (11-49 lines [prose poems 101-499 words])
  • Long (50 lines and more [prose poems 500+ words])

The winners were chosen by Judge Laurel Winter, past recipient of SFPA’s Rhysling Award, Asimov’s Reader’s Poll Awards, and a World Fantasy Award. Her Growing Wings was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award.

Speculative poets from around the world sent contest chair Holly Lyn Walrath 335 entries — 80 dwarf-length, 191 short, and 64 long poems.


  • Winner: “Walkers 1” by Jerri Hardesty
  • Second Place: “At Last” by Sandra J. Lindow
  • Third Place: “in-laws at the door” by Julie Bloss Kelsey


  • Winner: “tick more slowly” by Meg Freer
  • Second Place: “Tin-Head Soliloquy” by M. C. Childs
  • Third Place: “Seeking Exemption Status?” by Claire Bateman


  • Winner: “Magic Lessons” by Shannon Connor Winward
  • Second Place: “Om Economics by Sandra J. Lindow
  • Third Place: “Ars Timore (a Wreath of Sonnets)” by Frank Coffman

The 2018 winners are residents of North America.

  • Jerri Hardesty lives in the woods of Alabama with husband, Kirk, also a poet. They run the nonprofit poetry organization, New Dawn Unlimited, Inc. (NewDawnUnlimited.com) Jerri has had over 400 poems published and has won more than 1300 awards and titles in both written and spoken word poetry.
  • Meg Freer grew up in Montana and now lives in Kingston, Ontario. She has worked as an editor and teaches piano and music history. She enjoys being outdoors year-round, playing the piano and running. Her award-winning poems and photos have been published in various North American journals and anthologies.
  • Shannon Connor Winward is the author of the Elgin-award winning chapbook Undoing Winter and winner of a 2018 Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowship. She is also the founding editor of Riddled with Arrows. Her first full-length collection, The Year of the Witch, was released from Sycorax Press in September 2018.

The poets will receive $100, $50, and $25 cash prizes for first, second, and third place respectively.

All placing poems have been published on the SFPA website along with the judge’s comments.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2018 Opening Round Voting

Voting has begun in the first round of the Goodreads Choice Awards: The Best Books 2018 and will continue through November 4.

There are 21 categories overall. Here is what Goodreads recommended in the categories of genre interest. In the opening round, write-ins are also allowed.

2018 Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2018 Nommo Awards for African Speculative Fiction at the Ake Arts and Book Festival in Lagos, Nigeria on October 25.

The African Speculative Fiction Society, composed of professional and semiprofessional African writers, editors, publishers, graphic artists and film makers, was founded in 2016.

The Nommos were presented for the first time in 2017. The awards are named for twins from Dogon cosmology who take a variety of forms, including appearing on land as fish, walking on their tails.


  • Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi


  • The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson


  • “The Regression Test” by Wole Talabi


The award has been funded for four years, by Mr Tom Ilube. The prize for best novel is $1,000, best novella $500, best short story $500, and best graphic novel $1000 to be shared.

2018 British Fantasy Awards


The 2018 British Fantasy Award winners have been announced:

Best Anthology

  • New Fears, ed. Mark Morris (Titan Books)

Best Artist

  • Jeffrey Alan Love

Best Audio

  • Anansi Boys (by Neil Gaiman, adapted by Dirk Maggs for Radio 4)

Best Collection

  • Strange Weather, by Joe Hill (Gollancz)

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • Monstress, Vol. 2, by Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda (Image)

The Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel

  • The Ninth Rain, by Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Film / Television Production

  • Get Out, by Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures)

The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel

  • The Changeling, by Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)

Best Independent Press

  • Unsung Stories

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Shoreline of Infinity, ed. Noel Chidwick

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)

  • Jeanette Ng, for Under the Pendulum Sun (Angry Robot)

Best Non-Fiction

  • Gender Identity and Sexuality in Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. FT Barbini (Luna Press)

Best Novella

  • Passing Strange, by Ellen Klages (Tor.com)

Best Short Story

  • “Looking for Laika,” by Laura Mauro (in Interzone #273) (TTA Press)

The Karl Edward Wagner Award for special services to the Fantasy genre and/or the British Fantasy Society

  • N.K. Jemisin

Next year’s British Fantasy Awards ceremony will be at Fantasy Con: Cities of Steel in Glasgow on October 20, 2019.

2018 Pegasus Award Winners

The winners of the 2018 Pegasus Awards for excellence in filking were announced at the Ohio Valley Filk Fest on October 20.

Best Filk Song

  • Pageant Legend by Katy Dröge-Macdonald /Ju Honisch

Best Classic Filk Song

  • Creature of the Wood by Heather Alexander / Philip Obermarck

Best Performer


  • Random Fractions
  • Twotonic

Best Writer/Composer

  • Leslie Hudson

Best Roadtrip Song


  • Oregon Trail by Tim Griffin
  • Road to Santiago by Heather Dale

Best Song About Community

  • Many Hearts, One Voice by Steve Macdonald

There are six Pegasus award categories, two of them different each year (in 2018, the last two shown here).