Amazing News, Saturday, March 30, 2013

From the Should Posted This Before Department:  The New York Review of Science Fiction presents David Hartwell’s list of 200 SIGNIFICANT SCIENCE FICTION BOOKS BY WOMEN – 1984 – 2001.   Mr. Hartwell is an EXCELLENT editor who has brought you all innumerable EXCELLENT works over the years. I therefore highly recommend his list – even without having read everything contained in it. I also applaud the effort as yet another way of elevating works by women in a positive way. (Yes, we need the shouting and the complaints, but we also need positive exemplars.)

From SALON, and interesting take on LITERARY fiction – you know, the only literature that really counts so far as the Literati are concerned, the literature that points and smirks and snorts in derision when comparing itself to those posers from the other side of the tracks, the other end of town, the skulkers behind the shubbery: “Most contemporary literary fiction is terrible” by J. Robert Lennon.

Well gee, I think there’s any number of us poor, benighted, confused and puerile readers of genre that coulda told ya that!

Speaking of EXCELLENT editors – Gordan Van Gelder of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction informs us that the winner of this year’s Philip K. Dick Award has been chosen:

2013 Philip K. Dick Award Winner Announced

It was announced on Friday, March 29, at Norwescon 36, in SeaTac, Washington, that the winner for the distinguished original science fiction paperback published for the first time during 2012 in the U.S.A. is:

LOST EVERYTHING by Brian Francis Slattery (Tor Books)

Special citation was given to:

LOVESTAR by Andri Snær Magnason (Seven Stories Press)

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States. The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the NorthWest Science Fiction Society. The 2012 judges were Bruce Bethke, Sydney Duncan, Daryl Gregory, Bridget McKenna, and Paul Witcover (chair).

This year’s judges are Elizabeth Bear (chair), Siobhan Carroll, Michael Kandel, Jamil Nasir, and Tim Sullivan.

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