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Reposted from the Center for the Study of Science Fiction

winners of this year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best science fiction novel and Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction have been revealed, Christopher McKitterick, Director of the University of Kansas Center for the Study of Science Fiction, announced today.

The Campbell Award is shared by Christopher Priest’s The Islanders (Gollancz) and Joan Slonczewski’s The Highest Frontier (Tor). Third place goes to China Miéville’s Embassytown (Ballantine/Del Rey), and Lavie Tidhar’s Osama (PS Publishing) takes Honorable Mention.

Paul McAuley’s “The Choice” (Asimov’s) won the Sturgeon Award. Second place goes to Charlie Jane Anders’ “Six Months Three Days” (, and third place goes to Ken Liu’s “The Paper Menagerie” (F&SF). Finalists for both awards were also announced on the Center’s website.

Winners are invited to accept their awards at the University of Kansas Awards Banquet on Friday, July 6, and will be featured at the Campbell Conference on Saturday and Sunday. Slonczewski will be present to accept her award, and Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams will accept for McAuley.

Using the theme “Communication and Information,” this year’s Campbell Conference explores how changing technologies and the ways we gather and share information is changing science fiction and how we buy, share, and tell the stories that define the genre. Saturday afternoon, Kij Johnson hosts a curated readings session, which includes several attending authors and scholars, and serves to launch the new James Gunn’s Ad Astra journal. Other authors and editors attending include Robin Wayne Bailey, M.C. Chambers, Tina Connolly, Andy Duncan, Sheila Finch, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, Vylar Kaftan, Larry Martin, McKitterick, and Eric T. Reynolds.

This is the fourth time in Campbell Award history that juror balloting has resulted in a tie: in 1974 between Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Robert Merle’s Malevil; in 2002 between Jack Williamson’s Terraforming Earth and Robert Charles Wilson’s The Chronoliths; and in 2009 between Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother and Ian MacLeod’s Song of Time.

Priest and McAuley are Britons. A full-time author, Priest won the BSFA award in 1974 for Inverted World, in 1998 for The Extremes, in 2002 for The Separation, and in 2011 for The Islanders. He also won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the World Fantasy Award for The Prestige (1995). McAuley is a biologist who has taught at universities around the world, and is now a full-time author. His first novel, Four Hundred Billion Stars, won the 1988 Philip K. Dick Award; Fairyland won the 1997 Campbell Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award; and has been nominated for many more. Slonczewski is a Professor of Biology at Kenyon College, a novelist, and a textbook author. She also won the 1997 Campbell Award for A Door into Ocean, the only author besides Frederik Pohl to have been so honored twice.

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Announces its 7th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English. The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines. Essays should be of high scholarly quality, as for publication in an academic journal. For more information on the award and on past winners, please see (please note the updated submission criteria, below).

Submission criteria:

  • We consider essays from 3,000-10,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography).
  • Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should be obtained before submission).
  • Essays must have been written and (when applicable) published in the original language within the last three years prior to submission.
  • An abstract in English must accompany all submissions; an English translation of the title of the essay should also be included.
  • Only one essay per person may be submitted each year.
  • Submissions must be made electronically in Word or RTF format.

Deadline for submissions: September 1st

Prize: $250 U.S. and one year’s free membership in the IAFA to be awarded at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held each March. Winning essays may be posted on the IAFA website in the original language and/or considered for publication in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts ( should they be translated into English.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to:
Rachel Haywood Ferreira
Department of World Languages and Cultures
3102 Pearson Hall
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011 USA

The winners of the 2012 Locus Awards have been announced:

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

First Novel

Young Adult Book


  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA; Clarkesworld)
  • The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
  • “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)


  • “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)
  • “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
  • “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
  • “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
  • “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)

Short Story

  • “The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
  • “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
  • “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
  • “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)




  • Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
  • In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
  • Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
  • Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
  • Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

  • Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)
  • Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
  • Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
  • Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
  • Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)


  • Shaun Tan
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Gordon Van Gelder


  • Asimov’s
  • Analog
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF


  • Tor
  • Baen
  • Night Shade
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean

Winners were announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012. Full coverage of the ceremony will run in the August 2012 issue of Locus.

The 2013 Joint Eaton/SFRA Conference
Science Fiction Media
April 10-14, 2013
Riverside Marriott Hotel
Riverside, California

This conference—cosponsored by the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy (UC Riverside) and the Science Fiction Research Association—will examine science fiction in multiple media. The past several decades have witnessed an explosion in SF texts across the media landscape, from film and TV to comics and digital games. We are interested in papers that explore SF as a multimedia phenomenon, whether focusing on popular mass media, such as Hollywood blockbusters, or on niche and subcultural forms of expression, such as MUDs and vidding. We invite paper and panel proposals that focus on all forms of SF, including prose fiction, and that address (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • Mainstream Hollywood vs. Global SF Cinema
  • SF Comics and Manga
  • SF Anime and Animation
  • SF on the Internet and the World Wide Web
  • Multimedia “dispersed” SF narratives
  • Fandom, Cosplay, Mashups, and Remixing
  • Broadcast and Cable SF Television
  • SF Videogames
  • World’s Fairs, Theme Parks, and other “Material” SF Media
  • Short-form SF film
  • Afrofuturism
  • SF and/in Music
  • SF Idiom and Imagery in Advertising
  • Webisodes and TV Games
  • SF Art and Illustration

The conference will also feature the fourth Science Fiction Studies Symposium on the topic of “SF Media(tions),” with speakers Mark Bould, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr., and Vivian Sobchack. Keynote speakers and special guests will be announced as they are confirmed; see the conference website at <> for periodic updates.

Conference sessions will be held at the newly remodeled and centrally located Riverside Marriott Hotel, with rooms at a reduced conference rate ($109). For more about the hotel, see their website at < hotel-information/travel/ralmc-riverside-marriott>. A block of rooms will also be available at a discount ($139) at the historic Mission Inn Hotel and Spa two blocks from the Marriott: <>. Rooms in both hotels are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Abstracts of 500 words (for papers of 20-minutes in length) should be submitted by September 14, 2012. We also welcome panel proposals gathering three papers on a cohesive topic. Send electronic submissions to conference co-chair Melissa Conway at <> with the subject heading: EATON/SFRA CONFERENCE PROPOSAL. Please include a brief bio with your abstract and indicate whether your presentation would require A/V. Participants will be informed by December 1 if their proposals have been accepted.

Gothic Technologies/Gothic Techniques

Biennial Conference of the International Gothic Association, 2013 August 5 – 8, 2013: University of Surrey, United Kingdom

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of London), Professor Fred Botting (Kingston University), other Keynotes TBA

Recent Gothic studies have foregrounded a plethora of technologies associated with Gothic literary and cultural production. Its presence is witnessed in how techno-science has contributed to the proliferation of the Gothic: the publishing and print culture disseminating Gothic texts, eighteenth-century architectural innovations, the on-line gaming and virtual Goth communities, the special effects of Gothic-horror cinema.

One question raised by these new developments concerns the extent to which they generate new Gothic techniques. How does technology generate a new Gothic aesthetic? We are particularly interested in addressing how Gothic technologies have, in a general sense, produced and perpetuated ideologies and influenced the politics of cultural practice. However, we also want to reconsider the whole idea of what we mean by a Gothic ‘technique’ which arguably underpins these new formations of the Gothic. To that end we invite papers that question not only what we might constitute a Gothic aesthetic from the eighteenth century to the present day, but how that is witnessed in various forms such as the Female Gothic, models of the sublime, sensation fiction, cyberpunk as well as the various non-text based media that the Gothic has infiltrated. We also invite proposals which address how various critical theories help us to evaluate either these new technological trends or critically transform our understanding of the intellectual space occupied by earlier Gothic forms. Papers which explore the place of science, writing, and the subject are thus very welcome.

We thus seek to explore how Gothic technologies/Gothic techniques textualize identities and construct communities within a complex network of power relations in local, national, transnational and global contexts.

Papers exploring any aspect of Gothic technologies/Gothic techniques in writing, film and other media are welcome. Topics could include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Gothic Architecture and Technology
  • Printing, Publishing and Gothic Disseminations
  • Terror, Terrorism, Technology
  • The techniques of philosophy – the sublime
  • Colonizing Technology and Postcolonial Gothics
  • Technology of Monsters
  • Gothic Art
  • Enlightenment Gothic and Science
  • War, Violence, Technology
  • (Neo)Victorian Gothic
  • Gothic poetry
  • Gothic Bodies: Modifications, Mutations, Transformations
  • Weird Science, Mad Scientists
  • Staging the Gothic
  • B-movies, Laughter and Comic Gothic
  • Demonic Technologies / Demonizing Technology
  • Theorising the Gothic
  • Gothic Geography – mapping the Gothic
  • Cloning, Duplicating, Doubling
  • Hybrids, Cyborgs and Transgression
  • Digital Gothics and Uncanny Media

Abstracts (350 words max.) for 20 minute papers may be submitted to<> . The submission deadline is February 1, 2013. We also welcome submissions for panels (consisting of three papers) that address specific topics.

Reposted from the Gemmell Award website:

This year’s David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy were presented on June 15, 2012 in a ceremony held at London’s Magic Circle headquarters.

The winners were:
Ravenheart Award (best cover art): Raymond Swanland – Blood of Aenarion
Morningstar Award (best debut): Helen Lowe – Heir of Night
Legend Award (best novel): Patrick Rothfuss – The Wiseman’s Fear

For further details, or to request photos of the ceremony, please reply to or

2013: The Gemmell Awards and World Fantasy Convention

We were also pleased to announce this evening that next year’s Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place as part of 2013’s World Fantasy Convention.

The convention takes place in Brighton, UK between 31st October and
3rd November.  The only other times that the World Fantasy Convention has moved outside North America was in 1988 and 1997, when it was staged in London, so we feel privileged to be a part of this prestigious international event.

Held at Brighton’s Metropole Hotel and the West Pier, WFC 2013 boasts an impressive line-up of honoured guests, including Richard Matheson, Richard Christian Matheson, Brian Aldiss, Alan Lee and Tessa Farmer.  The Master of Ceremonies is China Mieville; and a host of other authors, artists, publishers and industry insiders will also be attending.

For full details of the convention visit the official website at

We hope to see as many of our regular attendees and supporters as possible at WFC 2013.

As the Gemmell Awards will be presented in October/November next year, and not in mid-June as usual, we’ll be altering our voting cycle to accommodate the change of date.  To keep abreast of the changes check the awards website – – where you can sign-up for our free newsletter.  The change of venue and date is for one year only – 2014 will see the awards returning to the Magic Circle.

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The Maester’s Chain:  Essays on George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire

Edited by: Dr. Susan Johnston, Associate Professor of English, University of Regina

Dr. Jes Battis, Assistant Professor of English, University of Regina

“A master forges his chain with study, he told me.  The different metals are each a different kind of learning, gold for the study of money and accounts, silver for healing, iron for warcraft.  And he said there were other meanings as well.”

George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire (1991-), has produced a constellation of intertext:  fan fiction, merchandise, artwork, graphic novels, and an acclaimed HBO television program.  Many would argue that the series diverges from traditional epic fantasy, in its preoccupation with the grim realities of a medieval world.  Martin’s ambiguous treatment of the supernatural, and his interest in the radical failure of chivalry, has made A Song of Ice and Fire unique among fantasy texts.  The success of HBO’s Game of Thrones has created new fan communities, possibly reinvigorating the genre as a subject of critical inquiry, although there are significant differences between the source-text and its recent adaptation.  Game of Thrones has also received as much criticism as acclaim, largely due to its presentation of sexuality and violence.

We aim to collect a diversity of essays on the world of Westeros and its characters.  Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Adaptation
  • Animals (dire wolves, shape-shifting, animal consciousness)
  • Artwork
  • Childhood
  • Chivalry, monarchy, and other power structures
  • Disability and/or monstrosity
  • Fan communities and texts
  • Food and cultures of consumption
  • History and national myth-making
  • Knowledge networks (maesters, ravens, print culture)
  • Languages (Old Valyrian, Dothraki, Braavosi, and others)
  • Literary antecedents (fantasy traditions, classical and medieval influences)
  • Magic and the supernatural
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religions (monotheism, polytheism, other treatments of the sacred)
  • Sexualities (reproduction, queerness, eunuchism, prostitution, incest)
  • Songs and mummery

The submission deadline is December 15, 2012.  Abstracts (500 – 1000 words, in .doc or .docx format) should be emailed to:

Completed chapters (20-25 pages, double-spaced) are due April 15, 2013.

Call for Papers

For a special issue on “Science Fictions” Studies in the Novel seeks critical responses to the genres of SF.  Essays would consider debates within SF’s various communities of genre and affiliation, as well as across these communities, with an emphasis on the SF novel or writings of any kind by noted SF novelists. Submission deadline is September 1, 2014; all questions and submissions should be directed to

Guest Editor:  Farah Mendlesohn, Professor and Chair of English, Communication, Film and Media at Anglia Ruskin University, author of Rhetorics of Fantasy (Wesleyan 2008), and co-editor of The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction (2003).

Just a reminder since the deadline August 1st:

“Performing the Fantastic” — special issue of the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
Jen Gunnels, Drama Critic/ New York Review of Science Fiction Isabella van Elferen, Musicologist/ Utrecht University

The Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (JFA) is inviting contributions for a special issue on “Performing the Fantastic.” Performance in this context encompasses any of the performing arts, broadly defined, such as theatre, music, dance, magic, and/or ritual. Articles between 5,000–9,000 words might address, but are by no means limited to, the following:

  • Critical analyses of fantastic influenced production designs of traditional forms of performance (theatre, dance, opera)
  • Critical analyses of adaptations of fantastic narratives for the stage (from eighteenth-century Gothic melodrama to Wagnerian opera to musical fantasy)
  • Performance analyses of staged productions (theatre, music, dance) utilizing fantastic subjects or motifs
  • Fantastic use of performative conventions in non-staged (e.g., literary or interactive) narratives
  • Utilization of the fantastic in musical subcultures and their aesthetics (including Goth, metal, neofolk)
  • Fantastic influences on avant-garde and postmodern performance
  • Fantastic performance as social and/or cultural commentary
  • Evocations of the fantastic in magic, ritual, and liturgical performance

In accordance with the journal’s policy, all contributions will be peer-reviewed by JFA and subject to their acceptance. JFA uses MLA style as defined in the latest edition of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (New York: The Modern Language Association). For more details, please see the journal’s “Submission Guidelines” section online at, or e-mail to request a copy of JFA’s style sheet. Please e-mail your contributions and/or any queries to the guest editors Jen Gunnels ( and Isabella van Elferen ( by 1 August 2012.

Re-printed from a statement on his web site:

Ray Bradbury, recipient of the 2000 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, the 2004 National Medal of Arts, and the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Special Citation, died on June 5, 2012, at the age of 91 after a long illness. He lived in Los Angeles.

In a career spanning more than seventy years, Ray Bradbury has inspired generations of readers to dream, think, and create. A prolific author of hundreds of short stories and close to fifty books, as well as numerous poems, essays, operas, plays, teleplays, and screenplays, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated writers of our time. His groundbreaking works include Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man, Dandelion Wine, and Something Wicked This Way Comes. He wrote the screen play for John Huston’s classic film adaptation of Moby Dick, and was nominated for an Academy Award. He adapted sixty-five of his stories for television’s The Ray Bradbury Theater, and won an Emmy for his teleplay of The Halloween Tree. In 2005, Bradbury published a book of essays titled Bradbury Speaks, in which he wrote: In my later years I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I’ve worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.

He is survived by his four daughters, Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian, and Alexandra Bradbury, and eight grandchildren. His wife, Marguerite, predeceased him in 2003, after fifty-seven years of marriage.

Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.