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Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

By Tanya Tynjala

Organized by  “Cultura Hache” (Web page (http://www.culturahache.com/), this new award was created to encourage and to promote the fantastic genre (fantasy, horror, sci-fi) . The award is only open to professionally published books in the Spanish language (not self published ones), for works that were published between January 1st and December 31 of the previous year.

TThe award is presented in two categories: books of short stories (collections) and short novels (25.000 to 40.000 words)

For the 2011 Award the finalists are:

Short stories (collections):

El monstruo en mí (The monster inside me), Ignacio Becerril Polo (Publisher: Saco de Huesos)

Abismos (Abyss), de David Jasso (Publisher: Grupo Ajec)

Largas noches de lluvia (Long raining nights), Marc R. Soto (Publisher: Viaje a Bizancio):

And for short novel:

Hamelín, Ángel Luis Sucasas (Publisher: 23 Escalones)

Cazador de striges (Striges’ hunters) , Soizik Stiwell -pseudonym- (Publisher: 23 Escalones)

La textura de tu piel (The texture of your skin), David Jasso (Included in the book: Abismos, Publisher: Grupo Ajec)

The winners will be announced soon

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

Science Fiction editor and author Stanley Schmidt is the 2012 winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award. The award is bestowed for outstanding published works in science fiction and technical writings that inspire the human exploration of space. The physical form of the Robert A. Heinlein Award consists of a 3.5 avoirdupois ounce sterling silver medallion bearing the image of Robert A. Heinlein as depicted by artist Arlin Robbins. The medallion is matched with a red-white-blue lanyard. In addition, the winner receives two lapel pins for use when a large medallion is impractical, and a certificate plaque designating the award suitable for home or office wall display.

This year for the first time the award will be presented on Friday, May 25, 2012 at opening ceremonies during Balticon 46, the Maryland Regional Science Fiction Convention. The award will be presented by Heinlein Committee Chair Dr. Yoji Kondo to Ian Randal Strock, editor and publisher of SFScope, accepting for Stanley Schmidt.

Stanley Schmidt is the long time editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact Magazine, author of “The Coming Convergence: Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future” and editor of many science fiction and science fact anthologies.

The Robert A. Heinlein Award committee consists of science fiction writers and is chaired by Dr. Yoji Kondo, a long time friend of Robert and Virginia Heinlein. Members of the committee were originally approved by Virginia Heinlein. The Baltimore Science Fiction Society provides logistical support for the award including manufacture of award materials and processing of donations.

This award is supported by independent donations from the interested public. Virginia Heinlein authorized multiple awards in memory of her husband. The other awards that honor the memory of Heinlein include the one fully funded by Virginia Heinlein’s estate and another for volunteer projects given by the National Space Society.

More information on the Robert A. Heinlein Award, including past winners, can be found at http://www.bsfs.org/bsfsheinlein.htm

More information on Stanley Schmidt can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/members/stanleyschmidt/index.html

More information on the Balticon can be found at www.balticon.org

 To contact the Heinlein Award liaison at BSFS email dale@bsfs.org

2012 Seiun nominees announced

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 19:53

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

Here are the nominees for the Seiun Award, voted by members of Japan’s national sf convention, transliterated and translated where possible. The winners will be announced at Varicon 2012, July 7-8.

Japanese Novel

  • Tengoku to Chikoku
  • Yakusoku no Hakobune (Ark of Promises)
  • Kanzennaru Binagaryuu no Hi
  • Hikari o Wasureta Sei de (Star of Forgotten Light)
  • Kitsune no Tsuki (Fox Moon)
  • Genocide

Japanese Short Story

  • “Space Kinyuudou”
  • “Ushinawareta Wakusei no Isan” (“Legacy of the Lost Planet”)
  • “Utau Sensuikan to Piapia Douga”
  • “Zero Nendai no Rinkaiten” (“The Critical Point of Era Zero”)
  • “Kore wa Pen Desu” (“This is a Pen”)
  • “Saikou no Sofu” (“The Ultimate Empress’s Grandfather”)

Foreign Novel

  • The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • The City and the City, China Miéville
  • The Chronoliths, Robert Charles Wilson
  • Dhalgren, Samuel Delaney
  • Little Brother, Cory Doctorow
  • Millennium People, James Ballard

Foreign Short Story

  • “The Pelican Bar”, Karen Joy Fowler
  • “The Lifecycle of Software Objects”, Ted Chiang
  • “The Gambler”, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “The People of Sand and Slag”, Paolo Bacigalupi
  • “Troika”, Alastair Reynolds
  • “The Little Goddess”, Ian McDonald


  • Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica (Puella Magi Madoka Magica)
  • Paul
  • Mawaru Penguin Drum (The Turning Penguin Drum)
  • Steins;Gate
  • Tiger & Bunny
  • Real Steel


  • Bokura no Yoake (Our Daybreak) volume 2
  • Kidou Senshi GUNDAM: THE ORIGIN (Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin)
  • Igyuutachi ni Yoru to Sekai wa…
  • Mirai Nikki (Future Diary) volume 12
  • Halcyon Ranch volume 2
  • Gaidenrou
  • Excel Saga volume 27


  • Katsuyuki Hoshino
  • Katsuya Terada
  • Koushi Suzuki
  • Mikio Masuda
  • Kairi Yura
  • Kenichiro Tomiyasu
  • Pablo Uchida
  • Daisuke Nishijima
  • Naoyuki Katou
  • Naohiro Washio


  • Kindai Nihon Kisoushousetsushi: Meiji Hen
  • Bradbury Nendaiki (The Bradbury Chronicles)
  • 3.11 no Mirai Nihon – SF – Souzouryoku (Future Japans of 3/11 – SF – Creativity) ["3/11" is shorthand for last year's earthquake and tsunami]
  • Ranshi Dokusha no SF Kougi (The Astigmatic Reader’s SF Lectures)
  • Azuma Hideo < Soutokushuu > — Bishoujo – SF – Fujouri Gyaku, Soshite Shissou (The Hideo Azuma Omnibus – Beautiful Girls – SF – Reversing Absurdity, Then Vanishing)

Open Category

No nominations, though there is a write-in option (as there is for all categories).

Norma K Hemming Award Nominations

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 07:23

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

Rules & such can be found HERE – as well as previous year winners and background on Ms. Hemming

SFRA 2012 Pilgrim & Pioneer Awards

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 07:19

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The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) commends the winners of the 2012 SFRA Awards! These awards recognize members of the SF community who exhibit outstanding scholarship, pioneering viewpoints in SF discourse, and lifetime contributions to SF research. Ritch Calvin, SFRA president, said of this year’s awardees, “We have a very fine slate of recipients this year; each one deserving of the recognition.”

The 2012 SFRA award recipients are:

*Pilgrim Award (for life time contributions to SF/F studies) – Pamela Sargent

*Pioneer Award (for outstanding essay-length work of the year) – David M.
Higgins: “Toward a Cosmopolitan Science Fiction” American Literature 83.2 (June 2011)

~Honorable Mention: Everett Hamner – “The Predisposed Agency of Genomic Fiction” American Literature 83.2 (June 2011)

~Honorable Mention: Heather Latimer – “Reproductive Technologies, Fetal
Icons, and Genetic Freaks: Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl and the Limits of Possibilities of Donna Haraway’s Cyborg.” Modern Fiction Studies 57.2 (Summer 2011)

*Thomas D. Clareson Award for Distinguished Service – Art Evans

*Mary Kay Bray Award (for the best essay, interview, or extended review in the past year’s SFRA Review) – T. S. Miller: “Review of Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

~Honorable Mention: Lars Schmeink – “Video Games Studies 101″

*Student Essay Award (for best student paper presented at the previous year’s SFRA conference) – Florian Bast: “Fantastic Voices: Octavia Butler’s First-Person Narrators and ‘The Evening and the Morning and the Night’”

The awards will be given to the recipients at the SFRA’s annual conference in Detroit, MI. (http://sfradetroit2012.com)

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

via SFSite:

Members of First Fandom have until June 1 to vote on the inductees into the Hall of Fame. First Fandom was founded in 1959 to connect those who had been in fandom prior to 1938. Its membership has since expanded with various classes of member. The Sam Moskowitz Award is presented for excellence in science fiction collecting. The winners will be announced at Chicon 7.

First Fandom Hall of Fame Award

  • Ray Bradbury
  • Larry Farsace
  • Claude Held
  • Jack Robins

First Fandom Posthumous Hall of Fame Award

  • Rusty Hevelin

Sam Moskowitz Archive Award

  • Donn Albright

2012 Ditmar Award Nominees Announced

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 07:15

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Via Continuum

The Ditmar subcommittee are pleased to announce the ballot for the Australian SF (“Ditmar”) Award for 2012. Voting is now open, and will remain open for at least 30 days.

The 2012 ballot is as follows:

Best Novel
* The Shattered City (Creature Court 2), Tansy Rayner Roberts (HarperCollins)
* Burn Bright, Marianne de Pierres (Random House Australia)
* Mistification, Kaaron Warren (Angry Robot Books)
* The Courier’s New Bicycle, Kim Westwood (HarperCollins)
* Debris (The Veiled Worlds 1), Jo Anderton (Angry Robot Books)

Best Novella or Novelette
* “The Sleeping and the Dead”, Cat Sparks, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
* “Above”, Stephanie Campisi, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Past is a Bridge Best Left Burnt”, Paul Haines, in The Last Days of Kali Yuga (Brimstone Press)
* “And the Dead Shall Outnumber the Living”, Deborah Biancotti, in Ishtar (Gilgamesh Press)
* “Julia Agrippina’s Secret Family Bestiary”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “Below”, Ben Peek, in Above/Below (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Short Story
* “Breaking the Ice”, Thoraiya Dyer, in Cosmos 37
* “Alchemy”, Lucy Sussex, in Thief of Lives (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Last Gig of Jimmy Rucker”, Martin Livings and Talie Helene, in More Scary Kisses (Ticonderoga Publications)
* “All You Can Do Is Breathe”, Kaaron Warren, in Blood and Other Cravings (Tor)
* “Bad Power”, Deborah Biancotti, in Bad Power (Twelfth Planet Press)
* “The Patrician”, Tansy Rayner Roberts, in Love and Romanpunk (Twelfth Planet Press)

Best Collected Work
* The Last Days of Kali Yuga by Paul Haines, edited by Angela Challis (Brimstone Press)
* Nightsiders by Sue Isle, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Bad Power by Deborah Biancotti, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts, edited by Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
* Ishtar, edited by Amanda Pillar and K. V. Taylor (Gilgamesh Press)

Best Artwork
* “Finishing School”, Kathleen Jennings, in Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories (Candlewick Press)
* Cover art, Kathleen Jennings, for The Freedom Maze (Small Beer Press)

Best Fan Writer
* Tansy Rayner Roberts, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus! and Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth
* Alexandra Pierce, for body of work including reviews in Australian Speculative Fiction in Focus!, Not If You Were The Last Short Story On Earth, and Randomly Yours, Alex
* Robin Pen, for “The Ballad of the Unrequited Ditmar”
* Sean Wright, for body of work including “Authors and Social Media” series in Adventures of a Bookonaut
* Bruce Gillespie, for body of work including “The Golden Age of Fanzines is Now”, and SF Commentary 81 & 82

Best Fan Artist
* Rebecca Ing, for work in Scape
* Lisa Rye, for “Steampunk Portal” series
* Dick Jenssen, for body of work including work in IRS, Steam Engine Time, SF Commentary and Scratchpad
* Kathleen Jennings, for work in Errantry (tanaudel.wordpress.com) including “The Dalek Game”
* Rhianna Williams, for work in Nullas Anxietas Convention Programme Book

Best Fan Publication in Any Medium
* SF Commentary, edited by Bruce Gillespie
* The Writer and the Critic, Kirstyn McDermott and Ian Mond
* The Coode Street Podcast, Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe
* Galactic Chat, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Sean Wright
* Galactic Suburbia, Alisa Krasnostein, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Alex Pierce

Best New Talent
* Steve Cameron
* Alan Baxter
* Joanne Anderton

William Atheling Jr Award for Criticism or Review
* Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene, for “2010: The Year in Review”, in The Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror 2010 (Ticonderoga Publications)
* Damien Broderick and Van Ikin, for editing Warriors of the Tao: The Best of Science Fiction: A Review of Speculative Literature (Borgo Press)
* David McDonald, Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Wessely for “Reviewing New Who” series, in A Conversational Life
* Alexandra Pierce and Tehani Wessely, for reviews of Vorkosigan Saga, in Randomly Yours, Alex
* Russell Blackford, for “Currently reading: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke”, in Metamagician and the Hellfire Club


The official ballot paper, including postal address information, may be downloaded as a PDF format file from: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2012/2012_Ditmar_ballot.pdf

Votes will be accepted via email to: ditmars@sf.org.au

However, if possible, please vote online at: http://ditmars.sf.org.au/2012

Postal ballots will be distributed in the near future.

Voting for the Ditmar Award is conducted in accordance with the rules specified at http://wiki.sf.org.au/Ditmar_rules, and is open to members of Continuum 8 (including supporting members) and to members of Swancon 36 who were eligible to vote in the 2011 Award. Voting in all award categories is by the optional preferential system, and each eligible individual may vote only once. All ballots (including emailed ballots) should include the name and address of the voter. If you have questions regarding the ballot or voting procedure, please email ditmars@sf.org.au.

2012 Locus Award Finalists Announced

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 07:10

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2012 Locus Awards.

Winners will be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012. Connie Willis will MC the ceremony and judge the annual Hawai’ian shirt contest on Saturday, June 16. Additional weekend events include author readings,  a kickoff meet-and-greet, panels with leading authors, an autograph session with books available for sale thanks to University Book Store, and a lunch banquet, all followed by the Clarion West Party on Saturday night honoring Clarion West supporters, awards weekend ticket holders, and special guests. NW Media Arts is running a writing workshop with Connie Willis and James Patrick Kelly bookending the weekend. Tickets are still available here.

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

First Novel

Young Adult Book


  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)


  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)

Short Story

  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)


  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Tor.com


  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor




  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


Art Books

A VERY excited Cat Valente was heard emoting on Facebook, noting that she’d been nominated in FOUR separate categories.  She certainly has been very visible this year and, while I don’t ever want to be seen as trying to influence fannish votes, I will suggest that it would be pretty cool to watch whatever meltdown might occur should she actually win in ALL four categories.

Eschewing my previously stated neutral position, I will bother to point out that one of this year’s non-fiction nominees is a book that purports to explain what science fiction is, authored by a person who claims she DOESN’T write science fiction…. if you vote for this nominee, don’t bother voting in any of the other categories, cause none of them are eligible….  Instead, why not visit THIS fine website….

Originally published at Science Fiction Awards Watch. Please leave any comments there.

Via the SF Site:

This year’s Inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame are

  • Joe Haldeman
  • James Tiptree, Jr.
  • James Cameron
  • Virgil Finlay

The hall of fame & ‘music experience’ will open on June 9th of this year.

I have to say that I absolutely approve of the inclusion of three of these nominees, and might approve of the fourth, depending on how his the plaque is worded.  Those who know yours truly ought to figure this one out pretty easily. Those not so familiar with your editor OR the genre will be even more confused by the statement that one of the four HEs listed above is not a HE, nor is SHE the object of my special attention….

Congrats to you all.

ESFS Awards 2012/Eurocon

Posted on 2012.05.02 at 06:50

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I. Hall of Fame:
  • Best Author: Ian McDonald (UK)
  • Best Publisher: Ailleurs et Demain (France)
  • Best Artist: Nela Dunato (Croatia)
  • Best Promoter of Science Fiction: the SF Encyclopedia Online team (UK)
  • Best Magazine: Galaxies (France)
  • Best Translator: Pavel Weigel (Czech Republic)
  • Best Website: Concatenation (UK)
  • Grand Master: Brian Aldiss (UK)
  • Honorary Award: Jean Giraud / Moebius (France)
II. Spirit of Dedication
  • Best Artist: Zdenko Basic (Croatia)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation: Divadelni spolek Kaspar (Czech Republic) for its adaptation of Daniel Keyes’ novella „Floers for Algernon”
  • Best fanzine: Eridan (Croatia)

III. Encouragement Awards:

  • Oliviu Crâznic (Romania)
  • Alexander Ruda (Ukraine)
  • Marki Istvan (Hungary)
  • Ilya Tyo (Russia)
  • Katarina Brbora (Croatia)
  • Rod Rees (UK)
  • Lucia Droppova (Slovakia)
  • January „Johnak” Kotouc (Czech Republic)

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