RIP Harlan Ellison 1934 – 2018

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Deadline is reporting that science fiction author Harlan Ellison has died at the age of 83. From a family friend, Christine Valada via twitter: Susan Ellison has asked me to announce the passing of writer Harlan Ellison, in his sleep, earlier today. ‘For a brief time I was here, and for a brief time, I matter.’ [….]

Persistence and the Writer’s Road: Lauren Alwan’s “An Amount of Discretion”

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When you are a creative type, staying in your own lane leads you places. For me, that meant moving in circles that opened paths to relationships with other writers. I’ve done writer’s workshops with New York Times bestsellers before and after they hit the “Big” list. I’ve helped friends edit and revamp stories and queries [….]

What We’re Listening To: Jay & Miles X-Plain The X-Men

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You know who the X-Men are. Maybe you’ve been into comic books for a long time or you’re a newcomer or you only know from the movie franchise starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McKellen. Regardless, you know who they are, and you may find yourself wanting to know more about them but don’t [….]

RIP: Sam Shepard, 1943 – 2017

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Broadway World reports that playwright and actor, Sam Shepard passed away on July 27 after a lengthy battle with ALS. Shepard wrote over forty-four plays and won a Pulitzer for Drama in 1979 for his play Buried Child. In 1983, Shepard was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance of Chuck Yeager in The [….]

2017 Locus Awards Finalists Announced

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On Friday, the Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards, which are driven by reader input. Winners will be announced on June 25, during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA. SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL Company Town by Madeline Ashby The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen [….]

2016 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees Announced

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If you are a reader of horror stories, or those that invoke psychological suspense, then you probably know the name Shirley Jackson. Ms. Jackson wrote such classic novels as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, as well as the well known short story, “The Lottery.” To honor the legacy of Shirley [….]

2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Announced

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  The Arthur C. Clarke Award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, an icon in British science fiction (Childhood’s End, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Rendezvous with Rama), and continues in [….]

2016 Bram Stoker Award Winners Announced

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Named after the author of the quintessential horror novel, Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards are overseen by the Horror Writers Association (HWA), a “nonprofit organization of writers and publishing professionals around the world, dedicated to promoting dark literature and the interests of those who write it.”  Founded in 1985, the foundation has been handing out [….]

2016 Aurealis Awards Announced

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The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation has announced the winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards. Aurealis is an Australian speculative fiction magazine which was launched in 1990 with the purpose of providing a market for Australian speculative fiction writers, as well as aiming to raise those authors’ public profiles; in 1995, they instituted the awards. [….]

2016 BSFA Award Winners Announced

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The results are in! On Saturday at the 68th Eastercon in Birmingham, West Midlands, England, the British Science Fiction Association revealed the winners of the 2016 BSFA Awards. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970, honoring works in the sci-fi genre. This year’s winners are: BEST NOVEL WINNER: Europe in Winter by Dave [….]