May 01, 2011

May News Roundup

* Because we were updating computers in January, we must now present a belated congratulations to Borderlands employee and Nightshade Books co-mastermind Jeremy Lassen and his wife, Liza Erpelo.  Jeremy and Liza celebrated the birth of their daughter, Aubrey Malaya Erpelo Lassen, on January 14th, 2011.   Aubrey is the first "Borderlands baby," and we say "Welcome to Earth, kiddo!".

* The nominees for this year's Hugo Awards have been announced.  Congratulations to all of those nominated!  You can find the whole list here: <>.

* Congratulations to Lauren Beukes, whose novel ZOO CITY has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award.  I adored this novel, which somehow successfully combines cyberpunk-noir, myth, and fantasy in a fascinating new way.

* Cat Valente, who will be here Saturday, May 14th, has written a special series of shorts for the libraries and stores she is visiting!  You can start reading here by downloading the pdf of the first part of "Nine Lessons From a Wyverery Governouresse": <> and follow the links from store to store to finish the pieces.  You can also jump directly to Part 6, which Borderlands has posted here: <>.

* "Rosebud Magazine" is running its biennial Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award competition.  This is a contest for original works of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, or horror, 4000 words or less.  The deadline for entries is September 1st, 2011, and the entry fee is $10/story.  The grand prize is $1,000 and 4 runners-up receive $100 each. All winners will be published in "Rosebud". More details here: <>

* The Bay Area Maker Faire is taking place May 21st and 22nd at the San Mateo County Event Center.  Like the coolest science fair ever, The Maker Faire is full of the best and most creative do-it-yourself tech around.  Discounted early-bird tickets are available until May 11th.  More details here: <>.

* We regret to report the death of author, editor, feminist, and science fiction critic Joanna Russ at the age of 74.  Ms. Russ died peacefully in hospice care.

* Correction: Apologies to Gail Carriger and Seanan McGuire for my typo in our list of Best-Selling Titles last newsletter.  This intrepid editor was cutting-and-pasting too fast, and inadvertently credited Gail Carriger's novel CHANGELESS to Seanan.  Sorry, folks.

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