Category Archives: Awards

Hugo Finalists Announced Tonight

This year’s Worldcon, MidAmericon II, will be announcing the finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards today. The announcements will be made through their social media channels (Twitter, Facebook), and doubtless echoed by all and sundry. This will be, err, interesting…

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Some Awards Thoughts

First up, today is the final day of voting for the Locus Awards. It is free to vote, you don’t have to be a subscriber, and you don’t have to choose only from the pre-filled choices. Vote here. Also this … Continue reading

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Tiptree Winners

The winners of this year’s James Tiptree, Jr. Award (“An award encouraging the exploration & expansion of gender”) have been announced. They are as follows: Eugene Fischer, “The New Mother” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, April/May 2015) Pat Schmatz, Lizard Radio (Candlewick, … Continue reading

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Kevin and the Hugos

Yesterday in my post on the Hugos Jim Hines asked whether it wasn’t the case that Kevin has said he would decline being a finalist if he were voted in the top five. He and I have been talking about … Continue reading

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Last Minute Hugo Recommendations

In filling in my Hugo ballot last night I was reminded of a few things that may be of interest to those of you looking for good work to fill out some of the categories. Most people will, I suspect, … Continue reading

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Update on Maresi

Today I have an exciting lesson for you on Hugo eligibility rules. It is going to sound complicated, but hopefully it also shows why the Hugos sometimes do weird things. All of this started with people pointing out to me … Continue reading

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Here We Go Again (Hugos)

Yeah, it is that time of year again. And with the nominations deadline only a few days away all of the perennial issues are raising their heads. I understand that I have once again been left off the Sad Puppies … Continue reading

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Thank You, Lambda Literary

When I reported on the short lists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards I noted that the Lammys still had a way to go in dealing with inter-community strife. The reason for that is that the LGBT Non-Fiction category included … Continue reading

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Aurealis Awards

It being Easter weekend, conventions are going on all around the world. The Australians, as is their wont, are getting in first. At Swancon this year’s Aurealis Awards have been announced. I mention this because I am absolutely delighted to … Continue reading

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Lammy Finalists – Congratulations Roz!

The finalists for this year’s Lambda Literary Awards have been announced, and I am delighted to see Roz Kaveney’s Tiny Pieces of Skull listed in the Transgender Fiction category. There are only three finalists listed, which is a bit worrying, … Continue reading

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Crawford Award Results

I’m a bit late with this — sorry Gary — but the results of this year’s Crawford Award (for a debut fantasy book) have been announced. The winner was The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson which is … Continue reading

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That Time of Year

Somehow that seems like an appropriate image this year. If nothing else I guess it will allow certain people to claim that they are being horribly persecuted, which will make them happy. I’m all for spreading happiness. So yes, the … Continue reading

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Best of British?

Normally I don’t pay much attention to mainstream “Best Of” book lists. We all know the drill, right? Men, men, men, men, men, men, men, men, men. Oh, and any SF&F books included are excused as being not really SF&F … Continue reading

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In Which Stupid Cheryl Is Stupid

So, I may have been a little distracted this year as far as SFnal stuff goes. I really didn’t pay a lot of attention to the World Fantasy Awards, except when a bunch of cry-babies threw a tantrum about the … Continue reading

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TAFF News

The Trans Atlantic Fan Fund has published its latest newsletter. It includes a brief report on Nina Horvath’s adventures in the USA. It also has the announcement of the 2016 race. Unusually the administrators have taken the decision to hold … Continue reading

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A Man of His Time

Much of the discussion I am seeing around the dropping of HP Lovecraft as the face of the World Fantasy Awards has centered on him being “a man of his time”, and therefore inevitably racist. The generally unspoken assumption is … Continue reading

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Howard Gets Retired

I’ve been away in Wales for a couple of days (of which more tomorrow). While I was away, the World Fantasy Awards were announced. You can find the list of winners at Locus. The biggest announcement of the weekend, however, … Continue reading

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Goodreads Choice Awards

The first round of voting for this year’s Goodreads Choice Awards has opened. Although they claim to be voting on the best books of 2015, the eligibility window is actually from mid-November 2014 to mid-November 2015, which is rather silly. … Continue reading

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Award News from China

China’s premier science fiction awards, the Xingyuns, have been announced at a ceremony in Chengdu. They have an interesting set of award categories, including “Best Achievement”. This was won, unsurprisingly, by Liu Cixin for becoming the first Chinese writer to … Continue reading

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Data, Lovely Data

Many of you will remember Nicola Griffith’s investigations into who gets to win literary awards, and who they have to write about to get one. The most interesting thing to come out of Nicola’s work is that not only are … Continue reading

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