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Monthly Archives: July 2013

(NB.  this takes place a couple of days after the UK Worldcon:

full name / name of organization: 

Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

contact email: 

una.mccormack AT

Keynote Speaker: Edward James

Potential contributors are invited to submit an abstract for a one-day conference to be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, on August 20th 2014. This inter-disciplinary conference will explore the works of Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Lois McMaster Bujold, encompassing both her science fiction and her fantasy novels. Papers and pre-formed panels are invited on issues related to (but not limited to) any of the following themes related to the works of Lois McMaster Bujold:

space opera
american fantasy
fantasy and environmentalism
feminist science fiction
science fiction and biotechnology
science fiction and gender
science fiction and sexuality
science fiction and race
utopias and dystopias

300 word abstracts should be submitted by 31st March 2014. Abstracts should be submitted to the conference organizer, Dr Una McCormack: una.mccormack AT Emails should be entitled Biology and Manners Conference: Abstract, and should contain the following information:

a) author(s) of paper/panel; b) affiliation; c) title of abstract; d) body of abstract

cfp categories: 







Call for Posters
Sponsored by Anglia Ruskin University.

Loncon 3, the World Science Fiction Convention, 2014, is calling for posters for its Science and Social Science Exhibits. We welcome posters which will present the cutting edge of research in our universities.

Poster Proposals to: Dr. Nicholas Jackson, Warwick University

Nicholas.Jackson AT
Deadline for Poster Proposals: 1st April 2014 (acceptances by 1st May).
Presenters of accepted poster will have free access to the Exhibits Hall that can be upgraded to a full membership for £50.


For full details, see link.

The winners of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards have been posted.

The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation ARESFFT) is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards (for works published in 2012). There are two categories: Long Form and Short Form.


Long Form:

Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author (Columbia University Press).

Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? by Hideo Furukawa, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich (Haikasoru).

Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Penlight).

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated from the Russian by Olena Bormashenko (Chicago Review Press).

Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdić, translated from the Bosnian by Coral Petkovich (Istro Books).

Three Science Fiction Novellas by J.-H. Rosny aîné, translated from the French by Danièle Chatelain & George Slusser (Wesleyan University Press).

The Whispering Muse by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb (Telegram).

Note: The version of Roadside Picnic in question is a brand new translation of this well-loved work, and therefore eligible for the award despite the existence of a previous English language version.


Short Form:

“Augusta Prime” by Karin Tidbeck translated from the Swedish by the author (Jagannath: Stories, Cheeky Frawg).

“Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Cloud” by Tobi Hirokata, translated from the Japanese by Jim Hubbert (The Future Is Japanese, Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, eds., Haikasoru).

“Every Time We Say Goodbye” by Zoran Vlahović, translated from the Croatian by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvićni, and the author (Kontakt: An Anthology of Croatian SF, Darko Macan and Tatjana Jambrišak, eds., SFera).

“The Flower of Shazui” by Chen Qiufan, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu (Interzone #243).

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld #65).

“A Single Year” by Csilla Kleinheincz, translated from the Hungarian by the author (The Apex Book of World SF #2, Lavie Tidhar, ed., Apex Book Company).


The nominees were announced at Finncon 2013 <> in Helsinki, over the weekend of July 6-7 during a discussion about international science fiction. ARESFFT Board member Cheryl Morgan and jury member Stefan Ekman, who was a Guest of Honor at Finncon, were present, as was Short Form nominee Karin Tidbeck. Other countries represented at Finncon this year include Latvia, Estonia, Russia, China, France, Canada, the UK, and the USA.

The winning works will be announced in August. Each winning author and translator will receive a cash prize of US$350.

ARESFFT President Professor Gary K. Wolfe said: “The number of fine works that our jury has to consider is increasing each year. We are delighted to be able to bring such fine fiction from a wide range of different cultures to the attention of the English-speaking world.”

The money for the prize fund was obtained primarily through a generous donation by the Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SF3) <>. SF3 is the parent non-profit corporation of Wiscon <>, the feminist science fiction convention.

The jury for the awards was James & Kathryn Morrow (Chairs); Felice Beneduce, Alexis Brooks de Vita, Stefan Ekman, Martha Hubbard, Ekaterina Sedia, Kari Sperring, and Aishwarya Subramanian.

ARESFFT is a California Non-Profit Corporation funded entirely by donations.

Call for Chapter Proposals


(Essay Collection – Abstracts due Aug. 31)

With its debut in 1923, Weird Tales became the first pulp magazine

with content composed entirely of supernatural and fantastic fiction.

Over its three-decade run, the magazine featured works by some of the

most important and influential writers of speculative fiction in the

first half of the twentieth century, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert

E. Howard, Ray Bradbury, C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch,

August Derleth, Henry Kuttner, Edward Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman,

Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long, and many others. Within its pages

the modern genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction began to

develop and take shape, evolving their own tropes and conventions and

creating the foundation upon which much of modern speculative fiction

rests. Gary Hoppenstand has recently suggested that “no other pulp

magazine was more important to the history of pulp fiction, or to the

temperament of contemporary science fiction and fantasy, than Weird



This volume will collect critical essays that seek to provide a

broader understanding of the magazine Weird Tales and its authors,

artists, readers, and editorial practices, as well as the larger

impact that the periodical had on popular culture and genre fiction.


Possible topics may include:


• Discussions of the major works of the primary WT authors.

• The origin of WT as a genre pulp and its competitors and


• The “Lovecraft Circle” and its influence

• The development of weird fiction fandom as expressed in letters

and fanzines

• Depictions of race and ethnicity in WT.

• Sexuality and gender as expressed in text and art

• The development of new genres like “cosmic horror” and


• The influence of WT and its authors on popular culture

• Philosophy and ideology in the works of WT writers

• Rhetorical approaches in WT


These are only suggestions and other related topics are welcome.

Please submit proposal abstracts of approximately 300 words along with

C.V. or brief bio to both co-editors:


Justin Everett

University of the Sciences

Email: j.everet AT


Jeffrey Shanks

Southeast Archeological Center

Email: jeffrey_shanks AT


Chapter proposals due: August 31, 2013

Initial draft due: February 28, 2014

The 2013 Locus Award winners have been announced.