Category Archives: Awards

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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National Diversity Awards

So I’ve been up late and pacing around nervously. No, it was nothing to do with England’s last second try in the rugby. I have been watching the results come in for the National Diversity Awards. Commiserations to my pal … Continue reading

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Webs of Mistrust

Most of you by now will have heard that a group of Really Real Fans have decided to set up some Really Real Awards that will be voted on by Really Real Fans. And the way that we’ll know if … Continue reading

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Translation Conference, Day 2

I was up stupidly early on Thursday so that I could get to Bristol for a 9:00am start. The first set of panels was on the subject of self-translation. The presenters had very different approaches to this. First up was … Continue reading

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Hugos and Business Meeting Update

I have been having a very interesting email discussion with my friend Neil Clarke about my post from yesterday on the issues for debate at this year’s WSFS Business Meeting. Neil has made a very clever point that I am … Continue reading

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Fixing the Hugos

As I can’t travel to the USA I won’t be able to attend this year’s WSFS Business Meeting. That means I don’t get to have a direct say in what gets done about Puppygate. So I am going to write … Continue reading

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Women and Hugos Update

I got a comment from Nicola Griffith on yesterday’s post, and I want to make sure that you all see it as it is very interesting. This is the meat what she said: Catastrophic drop-offs happened in lots of genres, … Continue reading

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Women and Hugos – Mea Culpa

Nicola Griffith is continuing to mine data about women and literary awards, now with the help of a bunch of eager volunteers. She has a new post up on Charlie Stross’s blog, and it includes the following fascinating chart made … Continue reading

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Silly Season Approaches

Worldcon is now less than two weeks away, so all of fandom is busy limbering up ready to take to the Internet and explain how everything about the convention, and the Hugos, is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!! As regular readers will … Continue reading

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Hugos – Don’t Give Up

I cast my Hugo ballot today. I figured I should get in before the last minute rush, because it is always a strain on the host Worldcon’s servers and this year is going to be much worse. I suggest that … Continue reading

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National Diversity Awards Shortlists

The shortlists for the UK’s 2015 National Diversity Awards have been announced, and I’m delighted to note that I know a few of the finalists. In the Positive Role Models for LGBT category I spotted Kathy Caton who hosts the … Continue reading

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