Nalo Hopkinson Named the 37th SFWA Damon Knight Grand Master

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA) is pleased to announce that Nalo Hopkinson has been named the 37th Damon Knight Grand Master for her contributions to the literature of science fiction and fantasy. The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” Hopkinson joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as C. J. Cherryh, Peter S. Beagle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, Ray Bradbury, and Joe Haldeman. The award will be presented at the 56th Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony, held online the weekend of June 4–6, 2021. Hopkinson’s first novel, Brown Girl in the Ring, was published as the winner of the Warner Aspect First Novel Contest in 1998 and won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and the Locus Award for Best First Novel. She has published five additional novels, including the Andre Norton Award–winning Sister Mine, and three collections of her short fiction. Hopkinson has also proven herself an adept editor, guest-editing an issue of Lightspeed Magazine and editing five anthologies, including Whispers from the Cotton Tree Root: Caribbean Fabulist Fiction and So Long Been Dreaming: Postcolonial Science Fiction & Fantasy. Hopkinson...
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Sci-Fi Short Film: "The Last" | DUST

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Top 10 Posts for November 2020

How writers don’t get paid were the stories of the month – Alan Dean Foster for vintage Star Wars tie-ins, and writers vending their audiobooks through Amazon’s company Audible. Suited to the way 2020 has gone the rest of the … Continue reading →
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STAR WARS Actor David Prowse Dead at 85

The original Dark Lord of the Sith has passed away at age 85.Original linkOriginal author: Jason P. Hunt
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Pixel Scroll 11/30/20 The Apotheosis Of Mayor Amalfi Considered As An Uphill Pixel Scroll

(1) THE SQUEEZE IS ON. NPR’s Morning Edition explores why “Critics Oppose Penguin Random House Acquiring Simon & Schuster”. LULU GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST: It is the blockbuster that has the literary world talking – the potential merger of the huge Simon … Continue reading →
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Ben Bova (1932-2020)

Author and Hugo-winning editor Ben Bova died November 29 at the age of 88. Family member Kathryn Brusco announced the cause of death was COVID-19 related pneumonia and a stroke. Tor.com’s Andrew Liptak also confirmed the death with a second … Continue reading →
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In Memoriam: Ben Bova

Former SFWA President Ben Bova (b.1932) died from COVID-19 related pneumonia and a stroke on November 29.  Bova served two consecutive terms as SFWA President from 1990-1992. Bova published his first novel, The Star Conquerors in 1959 and published several novels and short stories throughout the 1960s.  In 1972, he took over the reins of Analog following the death of John W. Campbell and edited the magazine until 1978, when he became the editorial director of Omni magazine through 1982. While serving as the editor of Analog, Bova was one of several editors that contributed to SFWA’s The Science Fiction Hall of Fame series. In the 1980s, Bova began writing the Voyagers and Orion series, the former about humanity’s first contact with aliens, the latter about an eternal hero who Bova placed in a variety of different historical (and mythical) contexts. His publication in 1992 of the novel Mars kicked off what would eventually become a twenty-two volume series known as “The Grand Tour” which applied hard science fictional techniques to most of the planets in our solar system, most recently Uranus, published earlier this year. Bova was the Author Guest of Honor at Chicon 2000, the 58th Worldcon. He was a lifetime achievement recipient from the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation,...
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Richard C. West (1944-2020)

Tolkien scholar Richard C West died of COVID-19 on November 29 in Madison, Wisconsin.  He was the editor of the book Tolkien Criticism: An Annotated Checklist (Kent State, 1970), co-winner of the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inkling Studies (1976). He contributed essays … Continue reading →
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No Period

A man sets out to tell a story of his ex, which in turns becomes a story of the world. If only he could change that story—find the moment where it all began and alter the past. But what if he can’t find the beginning—or even the end?     Buy it Now isn’t the way I meant to tell this story (and, as a matter of fact, I don’t think this is exactly the story I intended to tell), but there you are—life is like that sometimes, when something perfectly clear to everybody else is perfectly opaque to you, so for instance after a bad breakup you’re crazy for a couple of years and all your friends can see it plain as global warming but to you the world seems to grow a knife-edged, brutal clarity it never had before, which makes you go out and do stupid things you think are smart:  for instance when your new squeeze picks up a book you know you also want you go and buy your own copy and she thinks you don’t love her because aren’t the two of you a unit and don’t you have things together but in fact that’s...
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AudioFile’s Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks of 2020

This year File 770 is partnering with AudioFile to announce the winners of the 2020 Best Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Audiobooks. They are listed below with links to the AudioFile review. AudioFile will be featuring exclusive interviews with narrators from Best Audiobooks 2020 across all … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 11/29/20 Tonstant Pixel Scrolled Up

(1) FREE READ FROM FUTURE TENSE. “The Suicide of Our Troubles” by Karl Schroeder, is part of Future Tense Fiction, a monthly series of short stories from Future Tense and Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination about how technology and science … Continue reading →
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Doctor Who New Year’s Special Teaser Trailer

BBC has dropped the Doctor Who “Revolution of the Daleks” teaser trailer for the special airing New Year’s Day 2021. [Via Krypton Radio.]
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Brian White Takes Over As Interim Editor at Fireside

Brian J. White announced today that Pablo Defendini is resigning from all editorial functions at Fireside Fiction Company (Fireside Magazine and Fireside Books). White, Fireside Fiction’s founding editor and publisher from 2012-2017, is returning as interim editorial director. The change is … Continue reading →
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SMOFCon 37-1/4 Update

SMOFCon 37¼ reports they are approaching 200 members. Fans are welcome to join up for this one-day virtual event about conrunning, and also encouraged to ask questions of the participating future Worldcon and SMOFcon bids.  SMOFCon 37¼ will be on … Continue reading →
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Alan White Is 2020 Rotsler Award Winner

By John Hertz: The Rotsler Award for 2020 has been given to Alan White of Las Vegas. The annual Award, begun in 1998 after the death of Bill Rotsler and in his memory, is for long-time wonder-working with graphic art … Continue reading →
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Thanks for Ray Bradbury

A Bradbury roundup to wind up this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. (1) TEN CENTS A DANCE. Input expresses its gratitude: “We have dime-operated rental typewriters to thank for ‘Fahrenheit 451’”. …DRIVEN BY COST AND CHILDREN — Open Culture has seen fit to remind … Continue reading →
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Pixel Scroll 11/28/20 It’s Instant Scroll, Not Constantly Pixel

(1) GIBSON TOPS THIS LIST. The Times of London’s Simon Ings picked the five “Best sci-fi books of the year 2020” (behind a paywall). He rates William Gibson’s Agency the best of the year. The other four you’ll have to pay … Continue reading →
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2021 FAAn Awards Information Announcement

Fanzine Activity Achievement (FAAn) Awards Administrator Nic Farey has released the “2021 FAAn Awards Voting and Announcement Ceremony Schedule (Plague Version)” with next year’s plans for fanzine fandom’s own honors. Nic says: Typically the awards have been announced after the … Continue reading →
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2020 Petrona Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2020 Petrona Award for the Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year was announced November 24. The Courier by Kjell Ola Dahl, Translated by Don Bartlett (Orenda Books; Norway)  Inborn by Thomas Enger, Translated by Kari … Continue reading →
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Write STEM Stories, Make Money — A Contest

A new writing contest gives opportunity to authors who want to highlight STEM for younger readers.Original linkOriginal author: Jason P. Hunt
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