Best Series Hugo: Eligible Series from 2020
By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, listed below are the series believed to be eligible as of this writing for the 2021 Best Series Hugo next year *†. Each series name is followed by the main author name(s) and the

2020 Splatterpunk Awards
Best-selling authors and Splatterpunk Awards founders Wrath James White and Brian Keene announced the winners of the on August 8 during the virtual KillerCon. The awards honor superior achievement for works published in 2019 in the sub-genres of

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JURY SUMMONS. Two groups are recruiting jurors for their annual awards. The British Fantasy Society’s call is here. If you are interested in being a juror for this year’s awards, please register your interest here We are especially interested in hearing

Barkley — So Glad You (Didn’t) Ask: A Column of Unsolicited Opinions #52
A Few (Pointed) Observations of the 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony By Chris M. Barkley: I usually don’t offer any commentary after the Hugo Awards are given out because the will of the voters has been expressed and as the song

Titan Comics Covers for Doctor Who Time Lord Victorious #1
Titan Comics is releasing Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious #1 on September 2, written by Jody Houser, with art by Robert Ingranata. A thrilling new adventure for the Tenth Doctor (as played by fan-favorite David Tennant) that sees the shocking

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WISH YOU WERE HERE. NASA unveiled “8 Martian Postcards to Celebrate Curiosity’s Landing Anniversary”. NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has seen a lot since Aug. 5, 2012, when it first set its wheels inside the 96-mile-wide (154-kilometer-wide) basin of Gale

2020 WSFS Business Meeting Video Online
The Worldcon Events channel has dropped a video of the 2020 WSFS Business Meeting at CoNZealand, the 78th World Science Fiction Convention, held on August 1. A five-and-a-half minute Business Meeting! You haven’t seen anything move this fast since the

Ignyte Awards Will Be Presented at FIYAHCON
FIYAH Literary Magazine has announced the creation of the Ignyte Awards series. The Awards seek to celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and

Save Uncle Hugo’s: August Update
Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore owner Don Blyly sent an update to subscribers on August 6 sharing how complicated it is simply to get the wreckage of his two stores torn down. Uncle Hugo’s Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar’s Mystery

Cats Sleep on SFF: Hamilton: The Revolution
Chris Barkley’s cat must be the only creature who ever went to sleep in the middle of something by Lin-Manuel Miranda! I was working on the article in my office and when I turned around to take a break, our

2020 Dagger Awards Shortlists
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) of the United Kingdom announced the shortlist for the 2020 Dagger Awards on August 6. The winners of the 2020 Daggers will be named at an awards ceremony on October 22. GOLD DAGGER This award is for

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SHARKE SIGHTING. Nina Allan has been doing an interesting series of posts on both Hugo nominees and Clarke Award nominees; she wrote one on all of the Hugo-nominated novellas, for example. Her most recent is on Kameron Hurley’s The Light

Editors Lynne & Michael Thomas Kickstarting Year Seven of Their Uncanny Magazine
Uncanny Magazine’s Hugo-winning editors Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas today launched a Kickstarter for Year Seven of their – also multi-Hugo Award-winning — professional online sff magazine: Uncanny Magazine Year 7: Space Unicorns Shine On Together! Each issue

Ro Nagey (1953-2020)
Longtime fan Ro Nagey died July 27 announced a friend on Facebook. She had been struggling with her health since the end of 2019, and in and out of the hospital for most of this year. Ro’s cause of death

Masked Filers Read SFF: Love Bites
Masked Filer Kevin Hogan is reading Ry Herman’s Love Bites. Kevin’s original ambition was to get into the other series but it’s all good — I left this out when I wasn’t reading it, but not one of the cats

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KEEPING THE PLUS IN DISNEY+. Disney+ will premiere Mulan on its platform – at an extra charge to subscribers reports Variety. In another major blow to movie theaters, Disney announced Mulan will forgo its planned theatrical release. Instead, the

CoNZealand Exhibits Hall Is Still Open – Art! Dealers! And More!
CoNZealand wants to remind members that they can continue to access The Hall-O-Deck — The CoNZealand Exhibit Hall — through August 9. Our Exhibits Hall is open and full of awesomeness, please go and check it out –! (Remember,

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SHATNER’S NOT SHOCKED. Ross A. Lincoln, “In Case You Were Wondering, William Shatner Knows Exactly What ‘Star Trek’ Slash Fiction Is” in The Wrap, says that someone thought she was blocked from Shat’s Twitter feed for making “Spirk” (Spock/Kirk)

Huntington Library Creates Octavia E. Butler Fellowship
The Huntington Library has announced a new Octavia E. Butler Fellowship worth $50,000. Butler was the first science fiction writer to receive a prestigious MacArthur ‘genius’ award and the first African-American woman to win wide acclaim writing in that genre.

Cats Sleep on SFF: Utopia Avenue
Chris Edwards sends: Terra sleeping on Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell. Photos of your felines resting on genre works are welcome. Send to mikeglyer (at) cs (dot) com

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MAKE ROOM, MAKE ROOM! The 2020 Hugo voting report, which begins with a short list of works that got enough votes to be finalists but were disqualified or withdrawn by the author, showed that Ann Leckie declined her nomination

Correction: Huggins Wins 2020 Baen Fantasy Adventure Award
Baen Books publisher Toni Weisskopf revealed the winners of the Baen Fantasy Adventure Award at the start of the Baen Virtual Roadshow on August 2. Due to the cancellation of NASFIC and the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 virus,

Publisher Settles Concerns of Flashing Swords #6 Writers
Last week editor Robert Price set off a rebellion among the contributors to his revival of a classic fantasy anthology series, Lin Carter’s Flashing Swords #6, when they got a look at the political diatribe in his Introduction. Several writers pulled their

Ashley Wins 2020 Munsey Award
The winner of Pulpfest’s 2020 Munsey Award is Mike Ashley, author, bibliographer, critic, editor, and historian with a special expertise in the history of magazine science fiction, fantasy, and weird fiction. The award is named for Frank A. Munsey, publisher of the first

Sheree Renée Thomas and Malka Older to Host 2021 Hugo Awards at DisCon III
Authors Sheree Renée Thomas and Malka Older will host the 2021 Hugo Awards Ceremony the DisCon III committee announced today. “In June, we made a statement speaking to our commitment to increased inclusivity, listening to marginalized communities, and looking towards

Cats Sleep on SFF: An American Story
Christopher Priest sent a photo of that moment When The Djanga Wakes: At risk of seeming more interested in my books than in cats, here is our Maine Coon Djanga. She looks sleepy because I woke her by getting the …

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