The winners for this year’s Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award (honoring the best short science fiction story published in 2011) and John W. Campbell Memorial Award (honoring the best science fiction novel of 2011) have just been announced. The awards will be presented during the Campbell Conference Awards Banquet, to be held July 5-8, 2012 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.
JOHN W. CAMPBELL MEMORIAL AWARD WINNERS (Tie):
The Islanders by Christopher Priest (Gollancz)
The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski (Tor)
THEODORE STURGEON MEMORIAL AWARD WINNER:
Paul McAuley’s “The Choice” (Asimov’s 2/11)
As per Locus:
Embassytown by China Miéville (Del Rey) came in third for the Campbell
Osama by Lavie Tidhar (PS) received an honorable mention
”Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com 6/8/11) was runner-up for the Sturgeon
”The Paper Menagerie” by Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11) came in third
The Bronze Age: Cultural Innuendo, Relevance, and More
By Gina Misiroglu, author of The Superhero Book: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes (Visible Ink Press / $24.95).
During the 1960s, Marvel Comics snuck up on DC Comics and usurped the industry’s number-one spot. DC’s editorial director, Carmine Infantino, started the 1970s with both guns blazing, vowing to regain DC’s market share. The biggest bullet in Infantino’s holster was the illustrious Jack Kirby, the veteran artist who co-created most of Marvel’s major superheroes, including Captain America, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and the X-Men.
Chizine has posted the table of contents for the upcoming (July 17th) anthology Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing edited by Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas.
Here’s the book description:
Edited by Sandra Kasturi and Halli Villegas, Tightrope Books and ChiZine Publications have united in a joint venture to produce a yearly anthology of speculative short fiction and poetry (science fiction, fantasy, horror, and magic realism).
Canadian speculative fiction has been increasingly recognized internationally for the calibre of its authors and their insight into the nature of social and religious identities, the implications of new technologies, and the relationship between humankind and its environments.
At their best, these stories disrupt habits, overcome barriers of cultural perception to make the familiar strange through the use of speculative elements such as magic and technology. They provide glimpses of alternate realities and possible futures and pasts that provoke an ethical, social, political, environmental and biological inquiry into what it means to be human.
I have a new post up over on the Kirkus Review site looking at Stephen King’s The Dark Tower-The Gunslinger: The Journey Begins, Graphic Novel from Marvel Comics. The script is by Peter David, a name comic book readers are well accustomed to seeing (The Incredible Hulk, Young Justice). He also wrote one of my favorite Star Trek: The Next Generation novels: Imzadi. The series is illustrated by Sean Phillips (WildC.A.T.S.) and Richard Isanove (Wolverine: Origin), and plotted by Robin Furth (Stephen King’s personal research assistant for The Dark Tower: A Complete Concordance).
Here’s an excerpt:
The story opens with Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger, tracking the man in black across a desert wasteland. He comes across a man who offers news of the man in black along with food, water and shelter for the night. All he asks in return is for The Gunslinger to tell him a tale. Through flashbacks, we see the day Roland’s ka-tet were slaughtered by the Good Man, John Farson. As Farson’s followers are stacking up the dead for a pyre, Roland escapes along with another Gunslinger, Aileen. She is mortally wounded and asks that he bury her in her family crypt back home – in Gilead.
“For the future to be interesting your desires, or your fears, must have a home there.” – Tom Disch, from On Wings of Song
On the SF Signal Podcast this week Scott Cupp, Jules Sherred, Patrick Hester and I talked about books that changed our lives. While that sounds rather dramatic, it took me no time to realize what book I wanted to discuss. My choice was Thomas M. Disch’s On Wings of Song, his 1979 novel of life in the American near-future. I talked briefly about what the book did for me, why I felt it was life changing, but after listening to the podcast I realized that I have much more to say about it. While other books have had a profound effect on me, On Wings of Song provoked me to examine my desires, and my fears, for my future.
I read the book in the fall of 1982 as a junior in high school. As I noted on the podcast, it was the first serious SF novel I had ever read. Before I was given it I had read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter books, a few Heinlein juveniles, most of the Doc Savage novels and a fair amount of sword-and-sorcery, and had just for the first time finished reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. My American History teacher, Mr. Cahoon, had seen me carrying a copy of Heinlein’s Space Cadet (which, when seen by other students, immediately became my new nickname, which I appreciated more than “Professor Whale”) and offered to give me more reading material since he was well aware of the poverty of fantastic literature in our small school library. Continue reading →
I have been planning this series with John DeNardo for some time—taking the opportunity to boost the signal for friends and fellow SFF authors from Australia and New Zealand, with a short interview format focusing on “who they are” and “what they do” in writing terms. Some of my guests will be names that are known to SF Signal readers already; others though, I hope may be new. I will be doing one interview a month, so the format may evolve over time, but initially I’ll be asking each author five questions, which I hope will give you a little of the Antipodean flavour. I am calling the series “Fun with Friends” because that will be the initial focus, although I hope and intend to spread the net wider as the series progresses.
Since I am a New Zealand author, I felt my first guest should be an Australian. Given SF Signal is a US-based blog, I also thought: who better than an Australian author that originally hailed from the United States—which led me straight to Kim Falconer. I hope you enjoy this brief insight into her writing life.
Allow me to introduce Kim Falconer:
Kim Falconer writes speculative fiction novels set in the worlds of Earth and Gaela. Her latest release is Journey by Night, the third book in the Quantum Encryption series. The second-in-series, Road to the Soul, was recently shortlisted for the Norma K Hemming award for excellence in the exploration of issues of race, gender, sexuality, class and disability.
Currently, Kim is working on a novella coming out in 2012 and a whole new series set in a very different world. In addition to this interview, you may find out more at kimfalconer.com or her blog The 11th House.
An Interview With Kim Falconer
Helen: Kim, You’re known as an Australian author, but I understand were originally a Californian. Are there overlaps between your writing and geographic journeys?
Apex has sent along the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Book of Apex: Volume 3 edited by by Catherynne M. Valente.
Here’s the book description:
You’ll encounter strange, compelling magics interwoven within a haunted book made of vegetation, cities that come to life and go to war, and surreal suburban nightmares played out through the eyes of children. The Book of Apex: Volume 3 contains work by Seanan McGuire, Saladin Ahmed, Theodora Goss, Forrest Aguirre, Cat Rambo, Ian Tregillis, Annalee Newitz, Peter M. Ball, and many other masters of the short form.
The only thing I don’t like about this parody of Gotye’s song “Somebody That I Used to Know” used as a vehicle for mocking Star Wars and George Lucas…is the suggestion of a naked George Lucas. That’ll take some time to get over. Other than that, though…pure awesomeness.
Widdershins next adventure has the rags to riches to rags thief face off against a strange supernatural foe that threatens an already stressed and threatened city of Davillon
MY RATING: MY REVIEW PROS: Widdershins remains an interesting and engaging heroine. Good use of consequences of first novel in developing events in this one. CONS: The writing isn’t quite as crisp and bright as the first novel. VERDICT: A solid followup to Thief’s Covenant and second YA novel from Marmell.
In Thief’s Covenant (My SF Signal Review here) we were introduced to Adrienne Satti, aka Widdershins. Thief. Last worshiper of the small God Olgun. Rags to Riches to Rags story. The first novel was very much an origin story, as the jumping timelines gave us a sense of who she was, and how she obtained her unusual background and abilities.
Now, in False Covenant, Ari Marmell moves forward with Widdershins. Six months have passed since the events of the first novel. Davillon has not been doing well, and neither has our heroine. In a case of kick-them-when-they’re-down, a new threat looms over Davillon, and given her abilities and connection to Olgun, Widdershins may be the only person able to combat it. But even as this occurs, Widdershins has her own personal struggles to deal with as well. Widdershins is finding out that growing up is NOT easy.