Prix Bob Morane 2024 Finalists

The 2024 Prix Bob Morane shortlist was announced on February 19.

The Prix Bob Morane is a French literary prize named for a fictional adventurer created by Belgian writer Henri Vernes in the 1950s. 

ROMANS FRANCOPHONES / FRENCH NOVELS

  • Olivier Bal : Roches de sang, XO Editions
  • Cyril Carrère : Avant de sombrer, Editions Denoël
  • Angelina Delcroix : Mémoires d’un expert psychiatre, Hugo Thriller
  • Damien Galland : Oxygène, Auto-Edition
  • Thomas Gunzig : Rocky, dernier rivage, Au Diable Vauvert
  • Jack Jakoli : La détresse des roses, Hugo Thriller
  • Tom Nessy : Brooklyn Underground, Auto-Edition

ROMANS TRADUITS / TRANSLATED NOVELS

  • Mathias Ernst : Dors et ne te réveille pas, DP Editions (Translated by David Gruner)
  • Dennis Lehane : Le silence, Gallmeister (Translated by François Happe)
  • Kim Stanley Robinson : Le ministère du futur, Bragelonne (Translated by Claude Marnier)
  • Erin Swan : Parcourir la terre disparue, Gallmeister (Translated by Juliane Nivelt)

NOUVELLES / SHORT STORIES

  • 13 auteurs : Déguster le noir, Editions Belfond
  • Gabriel C : Ames fragmentées, Auto-Edition
  • Le futur de la cité, anthologie Imaginales 2023, Au Diable Vauvert

44th Los Angeles Times Book Prize Finalists

The shortlists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes have been revealed. The Book Prizes recognize 66 works in 13 categories. The sff category finalists are:

Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction

  • Tananarive Due, The Reformatory: A Novel
  • Daniel Kraus, Whalefall
  • Victor LaValle, Lone Women: A Novel
  • V. E. Schwab, The Fragile Threads of Power
  • E. Lily Yu, Jewel Box: Stories

The category judges are Maurice Broaddus, Craig Laurance Gidney, and Lucy A. Snyder.

This category was previously named the Ray Bradbury Prize for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Speculative Fiction category, sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation. I asked judge Lucy A. Snyder if she knew the reason for the change and she explained: “My understanding is that the Bradbury estate recently changed ownership, and the new owners decided they didn’t want to sponsor the award any longer. (Sponsorship cost in the range of $22,000 a year to cover costs of the awards, flying the winners out, etc.)”

The complete list of finalists follows the jump.

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2024 Zsoldos Péter Award Finalists

The finalists for the Zsoldos Péter Award for 2024 were announced February 20.

The award was established in 1997 to preserve the memory of Zsoldos Péter, the most prominent Hungarian science fiction writer of the last century. It was reformed in 2020, and now it awards other speculative works also, not just science fiction. Also in 2020, a new category was introduced to acknowledge the work of translators.

 A professional jury will select the winners in each category. The award will be presented on April 20.

NOVELS

  • Kleinheincz Csilla: Alvilági szövedék (Tangled Underworld) (GABO Könyvkiadó)
  • Markovics Botond: Felfalt kozmosz (Devoured Cosmos) (Agave Könyvek)
  • Rusvai Mónika: Kígyók országa (Country of Snakes) (GABO Könyvkiadó)

SHORT STORIES

  • Fekete I. Alfonz: “Szétszálazottak” (The Unraveled Ones) (The Black Aether: Ébredés, Agave Könyvek)
  • Gaura Ágnes: “Az erdő szíve” (The Heart of the Forest) (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2023, GABO Könyvkiadó)
  • László Zoltán: “Önkéntelen alakfelismerés” (Involuntary Pattern Recognition) (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2023, GABO Könyvkiadó)
  • Markovics Botond: “Mi dolga maradt?” (What’s left to do?) (Hévíz Folyóirat 2023/2 A.I.)
  • Moskát Anita: “Innen már nem fordulhatsz vissza” (You Can’t Go Back From Here) (Kortárs Folyóirat)
  • Rusvai Mónika: “Csontról csontra” (Bone by Bone) (Az év magyar science fiction és fantasynovellái 2023, GABO Könyvkiadó)

BEST TRANSLATED NOVEL

  • R. F. Kuang: Bábel (Translated into Hungarian by Horváth Vivien) (Agave Könyvek)
  • Hiron Ennes: Pióca (Translated into Hungarian by Kleinheincz Csilla) (Agave Könyvek)
  • Robert Repino: Mort(e) (Translated into Hungarian by Zónai Melinda) (Multiverzum Kiadó)

[Thanks to Bence Pintér for the story and title translations.]

2024 Annie Awards

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse led the field winning Best Feature and six other categories when the 2024 Annie Awards were presented on February 17.

The Annie Awards™ honoring excellence in the field of animation were created in 1972 by voice actress June Foray.

BEST FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Sony Pictures Animation

BEST FEATURE-INDEPENDENT

  • Robot Dreams, Arcadia Motion Pictures

BEST SPECIAL PRODUCTION

  • Snoopy Presents: One-of-a-Kind Marcie, WildBrain Studios in association with Apple

BEST SHORT SUBJECT

  • WAR IS OVER! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko, ElectroLeague

BEST SPONSORED

  • Video Games by Tenacious D, Pinreel Inc.

BEST TV/MEDIA – PRESCHOOL

  • Ghee Happy, Episode: Navagraha, Ghee Happy Studio

BEST TV/MEDIA – CHILDREN

  • Hilda, Episode: Chapter 8: The Fairy Isle, Hilda Productions Limited, a Silvergate Media Company, Netflix Inc. and Mercury Filmworks

BEST TV/MEDIA – MATURE

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: Pilot: Hammerscale, A Netflix Series/3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions

BEST TV/MEDIA – LIMITED SERIES

  • Kizazi Moto: Generation Fire, Episode: Enkai, Triggerfish Animation Studio & Blinkink

BEST STUDENT FILM

  • The Little Poet; Student Director: Justine King, Student Producer: Justine King, School: California Institute of the Arts

BEST FX – TV/MEDIA

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: All Evil Dreams and Angry Words; Production Company: A Netflix Series / 3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions; FX Production Company: Blue Spirit; Thomas Decaens, Karl Burtin, Laurent Bretonniere

BEST FX – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Production Company: Sony Pictures Animation; FX Production Company: Sony Pictures Imageworks; Pav Grochola, Filippo Maccari, Naoki Kato, Nicola Finizio, Edmond Boulet-Gilly

BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION – TV/MEDIA

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: Episodes 101, 104 and 106; A Netflix Series/3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions; Alex Bard

BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION – FEATURE

  • The Boy and the Heron, Studio Ghibli/Distributed by GKIDS, Takeshi Honda

BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION – LIVE ACTION

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3; Production Company: Marvel Studios; FX Production Company: Framestore; Fernando Herrera, Chris Hurtt, Nathan McConnel, Daniel Cabral, Chris McGaw

BEST CHARACTER ANIMATION – VIDEO GAME

  • Marvel’s Spider-Man 2; Insomniac Games; Insomniac Games Animation Team

BEST CHARACTER DESIGN – TV/MEDIA

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Episode: 515M-106 (The Beyonder); Disney Television Animation/Cinema Gypsy Productions; Jose Lopez

BEST CHARACTER DESIGN – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Sony Pictures Animation; Jesús Alonso Iglesias

BEST DIRECTION – TV/MEDIA

  • Star Wars: Visions, Episode: Screecher’s Reach; Lucasfilm Ltd.; Paul Young

BEST DIRECTION – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Sony Pictures Animation; Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson

BEST MUSIC – TV/MEDIA

  • Star Wars: Visions, Episode: Aau’s Song; Lucasfilm Ltd.; Markus Wormstorm, Nadia Darries, Dineo du Toit

BEST MUSIC – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Sony Pictures Animation; Daniel Pemberton, Metro Boomin

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – TV/MEDIA

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: The Great Fire of 1657; A Netflix Series/3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions; Toby Wilson, James Wilson, Emil Mitev

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Sony Pictures Animation; Patrick O’Keefe, Dean Gordon

BEST STORYBOARDING – TV/MEDIA

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Episode: 515M-107 “Run the Rink”; Disney Television Animation/Cinema Gypsy Productions; Ben Juwono

BEST STORYBOARDING – FEATURE

  • The Boy and the Heron; Studio Ghibli/Distributed by GKIDS; Hayao Miyazaki

BEST VOICE ACTING – TV/MEDIA

  • Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Episode: Moon Girl Landing; Flying Bark Productions/Disney Television Animation; Diamond White (Character: Lunella Lafayette/Moon Girl)

BEST VOICE ACTING – FEATURE

  • Nimona; Annapurna Animation for Netflix; Chloë Grace Moretz (Character: Nimona)

BEST WRITING – TV/MEDIA

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: Episode 105: The Tale of the Ronin and the Bride; A Netflix Series/3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions; Amber Noizumi

BEST WRITING – FEATURE

  • Nimona; Annapurna Animation for Netflix; Robert L. Baird, Lloyd Taylor

BEST EDITORIAL – TV/MEDIA

  • Blue Eye Samurai, Episode: Episode 105: The Tale of the Ronin and the Bride; A Netflix Series/3 Arts Entertainment and Blue Spirit Productions; Yuka Shirasuna

BEST EDITORIAL – FEATURE

  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse; Sony Pictures Animation; Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Editorial Team

The winners of the following special awards were also been announced.

WINSOR MCCAY AWARDS for career contributions to animation

  • Animator and director Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger
  • Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi
  • National Film Board animator and producer Marcy Page

JUNE FORAY AWARD for charitable impact

  • The BRIC Foundation for its work to boost representation across the entertainment, gaming, media and tech industries

UB IWERKS AWARD for technical achievement

  • John Oxberry  

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD for unique and outstanding work

  • The artists of Walt Disney Animation

2024 BAFTA Awards

The winners of the 2024 EE BAFTA Film Awards were unveiled by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on February 18. Oppenheimer led the field winning seven awards. Poor Things won five.

Host David Tennant appeared in an opening sketch:

Afterwards he came onstage and quipped, “Tonight’s going to go smoother than Ken’s chest,” referencing the plastic doll in Barbie (which by the end of the evening had lost all four awards it was up for.)

Michael J. Fox “brought people to tears” in a surprise appearance to present the Best Film award.

Back To The Future star Michael J Fox, who is living with Parkinson’s disease, made a surprise appearance at the Baftas to present the best film award.

The 62-year-old actor came onstage in a wheelchair but insisted on standing up at the podium to hand out the prize to Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer.

Fox received a standing ovation, with many social media users posting that they were in tears seeing him on stage.

He was diagnosed in the 1990s and rarely makes public appearances.

BEST FILM

  • OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan, Charles Roven, Emma Thomas

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

  • THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Ewa Puszczyńska

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

  • EARTH MAMA Savanah Leaf (Writer, Director, Producer), Shirley O’Connor (Producer), Medb Riordan (Producer)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

  • THE ZONE OF INTEREST Jonathan Glazer

DOCUMENTARY

  • 20 DAYS IN MARIUPOL Mstyslav Chernov, Raney Aronson Rath

ANIMATED FILM

  • THE BOY AND THE HERON Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki

DIRECTOR                                                          

  • OPPENHEIMER Christopher Nolan

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • ANATOMY OF A FALL Justine Triet, Arthur Harari

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • AMERICAN FICTION Cord Jefferson

LEADING ACTRESS

  • EMMA STONE Poor Things

LEADING ACTOR

  • CILLIAN MURPHY Oppenheimer

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • DA’VINE JOY RANDOLPH The Holdovers

SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • ROBERT DOWNEY JR. Oppenheimer

CASTING

  • THE HOLDOVERS Susan Shopmaker

CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • OPPENHEIMER Hoyte van Hoytema

EDITING

  • OPPENHEIMER Jennifer Lame

COSTUME DESIGN

  • POOR THINGS Holly Waddington

MAKE UP & HAIR

  • POOR THINGS Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, Josh Weston

ORIGINAL SCORE

  • OPPENHEIMER Ludwig Göransson

PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • POOR THINGS Shona Heath, James Price, Zsuzsa Mihalek

SOUND

  • THE ZONE OF INTEREST Johnnie Burn, Tarn Willers

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

  • POOR THINGS Simon Hughes

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

  • CRAB DAY Ross Stringer, Bartosz Stanislawek, Aleksandra Sykulak

BRITISH SHORT FILM

  • JELLYFISH AND LOBSTER Yasmin Afifi, Elizabeth Rufai

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

  • MIA MCKENNA-BRUCE

2024 Splatterpunk Award Nominees

Splatterpunk Award founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene have announced the nominees for the 2024 Splatterpunk Awards, honoring superior achievement for works published in 2023 in the sub-genres of Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror.

The winners will be announced at KillerCon in Austin, TX to be held August 9-11.

They have also named the recipient of the sixth annual J. F. Gonzalez Lifetime Achievement Award (honoring individuals who, like Gonzalez, have made a significant impact on the Splatterpunk and Extreme Horror field).

The nominees are as follows:

BEST NOVEL

  • The Night Mother by John Everson (Dark Arts Books)  
  • Maeve Fly by C. J. Leede (Tor Nightfire)
  • Pedo Island Bloodbath by Duncan Ralston (Shadow Work Publishing)
  • Dead End House by Bryan Smith (Grindhouse Press)  
  • Along the River of Flesh by Kristopher Triana (Bad Dream Books)   

BEST NOVELLA 

  • The Bighead’s Junk by Edward Lee (Evil Cookie Publishing)   
  • Smokey Elvis and Danzick Battle Swamp Ass by Lance Loot (Independently Published)  
  • Snow Angels by Lucas Mangum (D&T Publishing) 
  • Sirens and Seaweed by Candace Nola (Uncomfortably Dark Horror)  
  • Bowery by Matthew Vaughn (Independently Published)  

BEST SHORT STORY

  • “My Octopus Master” by Stephen Kozeniewski (from Dead and Bloated, Evil Cookie Publishing) 
  • “Unfound Footage” by Patrick Lacey (from Splatterpunk’s Basement of Horror, Splatterpunk Zine)   
  • “Hide/Invert: A Saga In Ten Reels” by David J. Schow (from The Drive-In: Multiplex, Pandi Press)  
  • “The Night People” by Bryan Smith (from The Gauntlet, Grindhouse Press)  
  • “Blood Harmony” by Chet Williamson (from The Drive-In: Multiplex, Pandi Press)  

 BEST COLLECTION

  • Something Very Wrong, Jonathan Butcher (Independently Published)  
  • Transcendental Mutilation by Ryan Harding (Death’s Head Press)  
  • Woe To Those Who Dwell On Earth John Lynch (High Explosive Horror)  
  • Gush: Tales of Vaginal Horror by Gina Ranalli (Madness Heart Press)  
  • Beautiful Darkness by Jay Wilburn (Madness Heart Press)  

BEST ANTHOLOGY

  • Splatterpunk’s Basement of Horror edited by Jack Bantry (Splatterpunk Zine)  
  • Blood and Blasphemy edited by Gerri R. Gray (Hellbound Books)  
  • We’re Here: An Anthology of LGBTQ+ Horror edited by Angelique Jordonna and James G. Carlson (Gloom House Publishing)  
  • Dark Disasters edited by Candace Nola (Uncomfortably Dark)  
  • Dead and Bloated edited by K Trap Jones (Evil Cookie Publishing)  

J. F. GONZALEZ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

  • Ray Garton
  • Craig Spector

Previous recipients are David J. Schow, David G. Barnett, John Skipp, Clive Barker, Monica O’Rourke, and Edward Lee.

2023 Cybils Awards Winners

The 2023 Cybils Awards winners (Children’s and Young Adults Bloggers’ Literary Awards) were announced on February 14.

The Cybils Awards aims to recognize the children’s and young adult authors and illustrators whose books combine the highest literary merit and popular appeal. If some la-di-dah awards can be compared to brussels sprouts, and other, more populist ones to gummy bears, we’re thinking more like organic chicken nuggets. We’re yummy and nutritious.

Here are the results from the speculative fiction categories. The complete winners list is here.

ELEMENTARY/MIDDLE GRADE SPECULATIVE FICTION

  • The Grace of Wild Things by Heather Fawcett

Grace flees from her orphanage after several failed placements, determined to apprentice to a witch since she blames uncontrollable magic for these failures. With such a determined and imaginative protagonist it’s no wonder this book is spilling over with danger, friendship, quests, spells, and growth. Learning spells, confronting witches, and still managing all the pitfalls of friendships mean that Grace needs all her wits to handle challenges that the orphanage never prepared her for. If you’ve read Anne of Green Gables you have the extra pleasure of uncovering Easter eggs. And if you haven’t, you might have so much fun here that you will want to.

YOUNG ADULT SPECULATIVE FICTION

  • Threads That Bind by Kika Hatzopoulou

In the half-sunken city of Alane, gangs rule the streets and the descendants of the Greek gods are everywhere, wielding their inherited power. Io is the youngest of the Ora sisters, descended from the Fates, and she uses her magic to make a living as a private investigator. When she’s hired by the most powerful woman in town she soon finds herself investigating a series of impossible murders. Threads that Bind is a genre-bending novel: part urban fantasy, part detective fiction, part gang warfare. It’s full of rich and detailed world-building that keeps the reader engaged as they try to put together the pieces of the mystery in between non-stop action and suspense. The romance is also a nice thread that runs throughout. It’s a slow burn between Io and her “fated” soulmate, but it gives their characters some additional depth without overshadowing the murders at the center of the story. While there have been a lot of stories inspired by the Greek gods, Threads the Bind offers a truly unique and refreshing spin on the genre for readers to get wrapped up in.

[Based on a press release.]

2024 D.I.C.E. Awards

Baldur’s Gate 3 — Game of the Year

At last night’s Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) 27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony Spider-Man 2 won six awards while Baldur’s Gate 3 was acclaimed Game of the Year and won in four other categories.

Here is the complete list of winners.

GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ANIMATION

  • Spider-Man 2

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ART DIRECTION

  • Alan Wake 2

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN CHARACTER

  • Miles Morales (Spider-Man 2, Nadji Jeter)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN ORIGINAL MUSIC COMPOSITION

  • Spider-Man 2

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN AUDIO DESIGN

  • Spider-Man 2

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN STORY

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

OUTSTANDING TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • Spider-Man 2

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Spider-Man 2
Marvel’s Spider-Man 2

ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom

FAMILY GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Super Mario Bros. Wonder

FIGHTING GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Street Fighter 6

RACING GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Forza Motorsport

ROLE-PLAYING GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

SPORTS GAME OF THE YEAR

  • MLB The Show 23

STRATEGY/SIMULATION GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Dune: Spice Wars

IMMERSIVE REALITY TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • Horizon: Call of the Mountain

IMMERSIVE REALITY GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Asgard’s Wrath 2

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT FOR AN INDEPENDENT GAME

  • Cocoon

MOBILE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • What The Car?

ONLINE GAME OF THE YEAR

  • Diablo IV

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DESIGN

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT IN GAME DIRECTION

  • Baldur’s Gate 3

Emma Kerkman Wins 2024 Dell Magazines Award

The winner of the 2024 Dell Magazines Award For Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing was announced on February 15. The award goes to the best unpublished and unsold science fiction or fantasy short story submitted by a full-time undergraduate college student.

Winner: “Lolo’s Last Run” by Emma Kerkman from Hamilton College

First Runner-up: “The Waves of Light” by Liam Betts from Vanderbilt University

(Tie) Second Runner-up: “Red Roots” by Wren Chan from Oberlin College

(Tie) Second Runner-up: “My Mother’s Daughter” by Rona Wang from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Honorable Mention: “Kodak Gold” by Emma Kerkman from Hamilton College

Honorable Mention: “Armageddon.txt” by Dylan Halsted from Goucher College

The winner receives a $500 award and will be invited to the IAFA annual International Conference on the Fantastic in mid-March in Orlando, FL. The winning story will be published in print or online by Asimov’s Science Fiction. (The Dell Award was formerly known as the Isaac Asimov Award.)

The award was started in 1992 by Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams and science fiction writer and journalism professor Rick Wilber who are the co-judges. It is co-sponsored by Dell Magazines and the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts and supported by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing: Low-Residency MA/MFA in Genre Fiction at Western Colorado University.

Baltimore Science Fiction Society Announces 2024 Compton Crook Award Finalists

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) today named the finalists for the 2024 Compton Crook Award for best first novel in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres. One of these five authors will win $1,000 for Best First Novel:

  • Deathwind: War of the Harbingers Book 1 by Brad Pawlowski (Sunquake Books)
  • How to Be Remembered by Michael Thompson (Sourcebooks Landmark)
  • Splinter in the Sky by Kemi Ashing-Giwa (S&S/Saga Press)
  • To Shape a Dragon’s Breath by Moniquill Blackgoose (Del Rey)
  • These Burning Stars by Bethany Jacobs (Orbit)

The award includes a framed award document and, for the novel’s author, a check for $1,000 and an invitation to be the Compton Crook Guest of Honor at Balticon (the BSFS annual convention) for two years. Balticon will be held in Baltimore over Memorial Day Weekend, May 24-27th. 

Members of BSFS selected the finalists by reading and rating debut novels published between Nov 1, 2022 and October 31, 2023. The last round of reading and rating will close April 8th and the winner will be notified on Sunday, April 10th and announced to the public on Monday, April 11th.

Recognizing the importance of new writers, the Baltimore Science Fiction Society (BSFS) has been giving out the Compton Crook Award for best first novel since 1983. Past winners have included Donald Kingsbury, Elizabeth Moon, Michael Flynn, Wen Spencer, Maria Snyder, Naomi Novik, Paolo  Bacigalupi, Myke Cole, Charles Gannon, Fran Wilde, Ada Palmer, R.F. Kuang, Arkady Martine, Micaiah Johnson, and P. Djèlí Clark . Last year’s winner was Alex Jennings for The Ballad of Perilous Graves

The award was named in memory of Towson State College Professor of Natural Sciences Compton Crook, who wrote under the name Stephen Tall, and who died in 1981. Professor Crook was active for many years in the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and was a staunch champion of new works in the fields eligible for the award. For more details visit the award web page.

BSFS will begin reading and rating books for the 2025 award this summer. For more information contact [email protected].

The Baltimore Science Fiction Society was launched on January 5, 1963 and has been holding Balticon since 1967. BSFS is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, charitable, literary and educational organization, dedicated to the  promotion of, and an appreciation for, science fiction in all of its many forms.

[Based on a press release.]