June 08, 2017

June News

*Overheard in the Store:
"Q: ‘Why are you laughing?'
A: 'I never thought I'd ever need to put 'grab squishy hippos' on my to-do list.'"

"Thanks [for the Mothers' Day wishes], but the cats are NOT my children. They're just utterly adorable parasites I let live with me."

* R.I.P. multi-genre author Marie Jakober, a former activist who won multiple awards for her novels. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/calgaryherald/obituary.aspx?pid=184775056

* Bustle provides us with 9 science fiction books about space travel so we can pretend we're no longer on earth! https://www.bustle.com/p/9-new-science-fiction-books-about-space-travel-that-are-out-of-this-world-59652

* This list of the 15 Best SF/F Noir Films has taught us two things: we have some films to watch, and SOMEONE needs to take up the mantle for Fantasy Noir, 'cause it definitely needs a champion: http://io9.gizmodo.com/the-15-best-science-fiction-and-fantasy-noir-films-1795109834

* Redfin mapped out the future of certain cities according to SF films, and it makes for a horrifyingly interesting next few centuries! https://www.themarysue.com/science-fiction-future-cities/

* The entire catalog of Omni magazine is available for purchase at $2.99 per issue! http://www.blastr.com/2017-6-2/blast-past-you-can-now-buy-classic-omni-magazine

* Netflix has related a new anime film, "Blame!", which was written by the same creator of their hit anime series "Knights of Sidonia". Although both are dystopian, Blame! is a much bleaker world: https://www.theverge.com/2017/5/19/15663380/blame-netflix-anime-tsutomu-nihei

* 5 Great SF movies to watch instead of Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2, via indiewire: http://www.indiewire.com/2017/05/guardians-of-the-galaxy-vol-2-great-science-fiction-movies-1201813010/

* "Nothing Marks The Distinction Between Science Fiction And Fantasy Like Midichlorians In Star Wars". . . How can you disagree? https://www.forbes.com/sites/quora/2017/05/04/nothing-marks-the-distinction-between-science-fiction-and-fantasy-like-midichlorians-in-star-wars/#bc80b1ebc80b

* In episode 257 of Geek's Guide to the Galaxy, the discussion is all about hostility on college campuses toward genre writers and fantasy writers specifically.  Three students discuss their experiences on different campuses and how they dealt with it. https://www.wired.com/2017/05/geeks-guide-college-fantasy-writers/

* A fantasy fan talks about how inspiring it was for her to attend a reading featuring women of color who write about characters who look like her.  https://www.indyweek.com/arts/archives/2017/05/31/for-a-woman-of-color-seeing-fantasy-authors-renee-ahdieh-roshani-chokshi-and-s-jae-jones-at-one-signing-was-extra-inspiring

* Acclaimed author Nalo Hopkinson was chosen to give the inaugural talk in a new speech series. http://www.dailyuw.com/news/article_9a89f6d8-44e3-11e7-b39c-27633cf2bd84.html

* 10 previously fictional technologies that are now realities.  Racist chat bots and sex bots and . . . humanity is doomed, isn't it? https://moviepilot.com/p/10-fictional-technologies-that-have-become-reality/4276297

* CBR.com interviews the editors of the popular Beyond comic anthology series as they prepare to release the second volume, which focuses on post-apocalypse and urban fantasy.  P.S. Na'amen owns the first anthology and highly recommends it! http://www.cbr.com/beyond-queer-comics-anthology-sfe-monster-taneka-stotts/

* An epic fantasy film sequel made in the southern Indian film-producing region known as Tollywood has become the highest grossing Indian movie of all time.  Here's hoping there's a subtitled version we can search out soon. http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-india-baahubali-film-2017-story.html

* Just the cover reveal was enough to make us interested, but once we read the summary too?  We were sold. https://www.themarysue.com/cover-reveal-reign-of-the-fallen/

* Important News! A wizarding pub inspired by J.K. Rowling, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis will be opening in London!  Who has plane ticket money? http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/calling-all-harry-potter-fans-wizarding-themed-pub-going-open-london-1624164

* The NESFA short story contest is now open for amateur and semi-professional writers.  For rules, restrictions and rewards go here: http://www.nesfa.org/awards/storycon.html

Award News

* NEW AWARD: The D Franklin Defying Doomsday Award will recognize work in disability advocacy in SFF literature.  More details here: http://defyingdoomsday.twelfthplanetpress.com/announcing-the-d-franklin-defying-doomsday-award/

* The British Book Awards have announced their winners for the year.  The categories include books, bookstores, editors, booksellers and more.  Check it out here: http://www.thebookseller.com/british-book-awards/winners/2017

* The Locus Awards have announced their 2017 finalists! http://www.tor.com/2017/05/12/announcing-the-2017-locus-award-finalists/

* There has been further revision on the Hugos Ballot, specifically to the Best Fan Artist category.  Locus has the updated list here: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/2017-hugo-and-campbell-awards-finalists-further-revised/

* Congratulations to Borderlands' sponsors & frequent guests Charlie Jane Anders and Seanan McGuire on their Nebula wins!  See the full list of winners here: http://nebulas.sfwa.org/award-year/2016/

* Finalists for the 2017 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award have been announced: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/news.htm

* The 2016 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice & Career Achievement Award Winners have been announced, with several titles of interest to speculative fiction fans -- particularly the Paranormal, Urban Fantasy & Science Fiction/Fantasy categories.  See the full list here: https://www.rtbookreviews.com/blog/135351/announcing-2016-rt-reviewers-choice-and-career-achievement-awards-winners

* The 2017 Sunburst Award For Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic have announced their longlist: http://www.sunburstaward.org/2017-longlist

* The 5th Annual Bisexual Book Awards have announced their finalists -- the nominees in their speculative fiction category might be of interest to our readers. http://www.biwriters.org/book-award-finalists-winners/

* The Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association has announced the finalists for the 2017 Aurora Awards, including a special Best of the Decade category!  Check them all out here: http://www.prixaurorawards.ca/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-Aurora-Awards-Ballot.pdf

* In 2018 The Nebulas will be adding a new category: Best Game Writing.  More details at Locus: http://www.locusmag.com/News/2017/05/game-writing-nebula-category/

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