Amazing News, Thursday, February 21, 2013

The annual Nebula Award Nominees have been announced by SFWA:

Novel
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (OrbitUS; OrbitUK)

Novella
“On a Red Station, Drifting,” Aliette de Bodard (Immersion Press)
“After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall,” Nancy Kress (Tachyon)
“The Stars Do Not Lie”, Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“All the Flavors”, Ken Liu (GigaNotoSaurus 2/1/12)
“Katabasis”, Robert Reed (F&SF 11-12/12)
“Barry’s Tale”, Lawrence M. Schoen (Buffalito Buffet)

Novelette
“The Pyre of New Day”, Catherine Asaro (The Mammoth Books of SF Wars)
“Close Encounters”, Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
“The Waves”, Ken Liu (Asimov’s 12/12)
“The Finite Canvas”, Brit Mandelo (Tor.com 12/5/12)
“Swift, Brutal Retaliation”, Meghan McCarron (Tor.com 1/4/12)
“Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia”, Rachel Swirsky (Tor.com 8/22/12)
“Fade to White”, Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/12)

Short Story
“Robot”, Helena Bell (Clarkesworld 9/12)
“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
“Fragmentation, or Ten Thousand Goodbyes”, Tom Crosshill (Clarkesworld 4/12)
“Nanny’s Day”, Leah Cypess (Asimov’s 3/12)
“Give Her Honey When You Hear Her Scream”, Maria Dahvana Headley (Lightspeed 7/12)
“The Bookmaking Habits of Select Species”, Ken Liu (Lightspeed 8/12)
“Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain”, Cat Rambo (Near + Far)

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
The Avengers, Joss Whedon (director) and Joss Whedon and Zak Penn (writers), (Marvel/Disney)
Beasts of the Southern Wild, Benh Zeitlin (director), Benh Zeitlin and Lucy Abilar (writers), (Journeyman/Cinereach/Court 13/Fox Searchlight )
The Cabin in the Woods, Drew Goddard (director), Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard (writers) (Mutant Enemy/Lionsgate)
The Hunger Games, Gary Ross (director), Gary Ross, Suzanne Collins, and Billy Ray writers), (Lionsgate)
John Carter, Andrew Stanton (director), Michael Chabon, Mark Andrews, and Andrew Stanton (writers), (Disney)
Looper, Rian Johnson (director), Rian Johnson (writer), (FilmDistrict/TriStar)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)
Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)
The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
Every Day, David Levithan (Alice A. Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)

(Ed Note:  Go Clarkesworld!)

From File770 we learn that Vulcan is in the lead for the naming of one of Pluto’s newly identified moons.

Someone posted the following video to Facebook:  my notes on who are apparently lost, but if the person who did want’s credit, get in touch.

I think a lot of us could substitute ‘writing’ for ‘reading’ and it would be just as appropriate.

Our own Duane Spurlock’s illustrations are featured in a new Indiegogo crowd-funding project for a graphic story anthology.

(Don’t interrupt him, he’s illustrating a book….)

Jeff and Ann Vandermeer’s Time Traveler’s Almanac anthology is now open to submission (previously published works only).

Karen Romanko is calling for more “Likes” for the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s official Facebook page:
We are at 388 “likes” on SFPA’s official Facebook page, so it’s time once again for me to try to drum up some business. 🙂 Let’s hit 400! Please share! https://www.facebook.com/sfpoetry

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“>Founded in 1978, SFPA brings together poets & readers interested in sf, fantasy & horror poetry. SFPA presents the Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards each year.

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SF Signal reports on a lawsuit covered in Publisher’s Weekly;  several indie bookstores are now suing Amazon and the Big 6 Publishers over DRM in e-books.  Seems that the government’s settlement with the publishers may have inadvertently created an unfair practices situation for independent book sellers.  (Ed. Note:  ALL of these issues would go away if the Fed was willing to recognize that Amazon has been and continues to engage in monopolistic practices, even if the company doesn’t meet the on-books definition of a monopoly.)

Saturn Award Nominees Announced:

The Hobbit, Life of Pi and Skyfall lead the cinematic pack.

The Boycott Dragoncon effort seems to be gaining a serious amount of traction with presenters these days according to an article on Deadline

And, in an unrelated boycott effort, Hollywood types are now discussing just exactly how they’re going to promote the up-coming Ender’s Game movie – with or without OSC in attendance.  On the one hand, presenting OSC may open the film up to a lot of attention of the unwanted kind; on the other hand, NOT presenting OSC may make potential ticket-buyers think twice about shelling out for a film that’s not (evidently) supported by its creator….(Didn’t we link to this yesterday?  Oh well…)

From David Brin – a very cool look at the closest 10,000 stars in our Galaxy

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