2017 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

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The Hugo Award is one of the major awards for sci-fi and speculative fiction novels, shorter stories, magazines, editors, dramatic presentations (movies and TV shows) and other works; having “Hugo Award Winner” splashed across the top of a book or on an author’s bio is a really helpful thing when it comes to attracting the [….]

2016 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

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Americans have the Nebula Awards.  The Brits have the BSFA Awards. And the Australians have the 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, and in 1995 [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – From Point A to Point B

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I’ve never been good at drawing connections between things. I’m perfectly fine with Point A and Point B being distinct and separate dots on a grid, but I pretty much have to be prompted to plot between them, and often along the way I get derailed. So what I’m going to write about today most [….]

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards

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The winners of the 2015 Aurealis Awards – Australia’s speculative fiction awards, named after the esteemed literary magazine – were announced this weekend at CONTACT2016, the 55th annual Australian National Science Fiction Convention, held in Brisbane, Queensland.  Also announced was the recipient of The Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which recognizes a particular achievement in speculative [….]

2015 Kitschie Award Winners Announced

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The winners of the 2015 Kitschie Awards – the most tentacular of all literary prizes (!) – which rewards the year’s “most progressive, intelligent and entertaining works that contain elements of the speculative or fantastic,” were announced last night in a ceremony in London, England.  (The awards are sponsored by Fallen London, the award-winning browser [….]

2015 Aurealis Awards Finalists Announced

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Americans have the Nebula Awards.  The Brits have the BSFA Awards.  And the Australians have the Aurealis Awards. Aurealis is an Australian speculative fiction magazine, launched in 1990 to provide a market for Australian speculative fiction writers, and with a further aim to raise authors’ public profiles; they instituted the Aurealis Awards in 1995.  New [….]

The Rise in Women Authors in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Genre?

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Recently, the Boston based magazine The Atlantic ran an interesting article entitled Women Rise in Sci Fi (Again) with the tag line, “This year’s major science-fiction awards had strong female representation, but don’t call it a feminist victory for the genre just yet.”  In it, they interviewed writers Ann Leckie (author of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, [….]

Speculative Fiction Sucker Punches, Part 1 – The Right Hook: Convenient Magic

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I’ve read quite a bit of fantasy fiction, from JRR Tolkien to China Miéville and a lot in between.  I’ve read highbrow stuff and flocked to the more popular titles; sometimes I’ve enjoyed the “trash” more than I have the decorated works.  I’ve also been very pleasantly surprised to find that some authors who are [….]

‘Near + Far’ by Cat Rambo

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Near + Far Cat Rambo Hydra House ISBN-10: 0984830146 Whether set in terrestrial oceans or on far-off space stations, Cat Rambo’s masterfully told stories explore themes of gender, despair, tragedy, and the triumph of both human and non-human alike. Cats talk, fur wraps itself around you, aliens overstay their welcome, and superheroes deal with everyday [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Speculative Fiction

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NASA’s successful Curiosity rover landing got us thinking about great SciFi or “speculative” fiction. These are the stories so convincing in their descriptive worlds that sometimes we forget they are set on other planets or in a time separate from our own. Of course, not all speculative fiction concerns outer space and realms of varying [….]