2011 Nebula Awards, Arc Magazine and Locus (Print Edition) Online

The Nebula Awards logo (this is a registered trademark of SFWA)The Nebula Awards – the Nebbies? Probably not – are the ones written by science fiction writers by namely those in the club: the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA). Here’s the 2011 list of nominees by which came out earlier this week:


  • God’s War by Kameron Hurley (Night Shade)
  • The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Firebird by Jack McDevitt (Ace)
  • Embassytown by China Miéville (Del Rey)
  • Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine (Prime)
  • Among Others by Jo Walton (Tor)


  • With Unclean Hands by Adam-Troy Castro (Analog 11/11)
  • The Ice Owl by Carolyn Ives Gilman (F&SF 11-12/11)
  • The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
  • Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
  • The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu (Panverse Three)
  • Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA)


  • Six Months by Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor.com 6/8/11)
  • The Old Equations by Jake Kerr (Lightspeed 7/11)
  • What We Found by Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)
  • The Migratory Pattern of Dancers by Katherine Sparrow (GigaNotoSaurus 7/11)
  • Sauerkraut Station by Ferrett Steinmetz (GigaNotoSaurus 11/11)
  • Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky (Eclipse 4)
  • Ray of Light by Brad R. Torgersen (Analog 12/11)

Short Story

  • Her Husband’s Hands by Adam-Troy Castro (Lightspeed 10/11)
  • Mama by We Are Zhenya by Your Son by Tom Crosshill (Lightspeed 4/11)
  • Shipbirth by Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 2/11)
  • Movement by Nancy Fulda (Asimov’s 3/11)
  • The Axiom of Choice by David W. Goldman (New Haven Review Winter ’11)
  • The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy Book

  • Ultraviolet by R.J. Anderson (Orchard UK; Carolrhoda)
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial)
  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (Greenwillow; Gollancz as Fire and Thorns)
  • The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout (Bloomsbury USA)
  • Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (Little by Brown)
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
  • The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman (Big Mouth House)
  • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor (Little by Brown)

The winners will be announced at SFWA’s 47th Annual Nebula Awards Weekend May 17 – May 20 in Arlington, Virginia.

Via Locus.

Ye Olde New Scientist Magazine Launches New Science Fiction Magazine

What? Exactly. Fortunately it’s not called that, but rather Arc magazine. Apparently this came down a few months ago around the first of the year when I had other things on my mind, like a torn quadriceps tendon. Anyway, the fist issue is out: the dead-tree version is a whopping hardbound 152-pages and sells for $29.95; digital copies for iOs, Android, Kindle and regular ole’ Windows and Mac ‘puters sell for $6.99.

Seems stodgy ole’ New Scientist isn’t quite so stodgy; Arc doesn’t have a website per se that I could find, but rather an Arc tumblr blog. I guess I’m the stodgy one, eh? Per the inaugural post:

Arc will explore the future through cutting-edge science fiction and forward-looking essays by some of the world’s most celebrated authors – backed up with columns by thinkers and practitioners from the worlds of books, design, gaming, film and more.

This first issue includes:

  • Editorial: “Welcome to the future” by Simon Ings and Sumit Paul-Choudhury
  • Forward: “The object of posterity’s scorn” by Bruce Sterling
  • Short Story: “A Journey to Amasia” by Stephen Baxter
  • Unreliable Narrator: “Alien Evasion” by China Miéville
  • Short Story: “Bearlift” by Margaret Atwood
  • Present Tense: “Breaking the fall” by Paul Graham Raven
  • Short Story: “In Autotelia” by M. John Harrison
  • Unevenly Distributed: “Sir John Schorne’s Devil” by Simon Ings
  • Prior Art: “What hpapnes fi it atcully wroks” by Sumit Paul-Choudhury
  • Short Story: “Topsight” by Hannu Rajaniemi
  • The Tomorrow Project: “Making the Future” by Justin Mullins
  • Texts: “Three Surprising Theories About Science Fiction” by Adam Roberts
  • Games: “Three Ways to Play the Future” by Leigh Alexander
  • Spaces: “Three Stories on Dreamland” by Simon Pummell
  • Short Story: “The Water Thief” by Alastair Reynolds

Via SFscope.

Subscriptions, Back Issues of Locus Available Digitially, DRM-Free via Weightless Books

October 2009 edition of Locus Magazine featuring author Connie Willis on the cover.I’m playing catchup here, but it certainly bears repeating, if you haven’t already heard. Now don’t get too excited, the back issues only go back to January of last year. Still, it’s pretty sweet that you can now subscribe to this venerable science fiction trade publication or buy individual editions in pdf, epub, or mobi format without any annoying digital rights management dictating how you use the content that you paid for.

A year subscription to Locus’ digital edition of its print mag – that’d be 12 months – runs $48; six months’ is $27.00. Individual monthly editions go for $5.50. Hooray for Locus and Weightless Books.

The latter, by the way, is an independent ebook (e-book, (e)Book whatever) store that originally featured books and whatnot from Small Beer Press and Blind Eye Books; since then other publishers have been added. Best of all, everything they sell is DRM free – no worries about backing up to multiple devices and hard drives. Registered users of Weightless’ site also get a backup library of titles they purchase, kept on the site. Living in the future is cool, huh?

Originally via BoingBoing via SFscope.

2010 Nebula Award Winners

And Don’t Forget the Hugo Awards

Connie Willis' BlackoutI almost forgot, so busy posting other book news — in fact between this and my other sites I’ve barely found time to get any reading done today, and here it is almost dawn/bedtime. Anyway, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) announced this past weekend this year’s Nebula Awards …  er, rather, this year’s Nebula awards for books that came out last year … wait, what?

I think I need a time machine to sort that out. Speaking of which — see what I did here?Connie Willis won the novel category for her two-part time travel opus, Blackout/All Clear. I’ve not read her before, although I shall endeavor to soon; the Nebula Awards rarely let me down.

Unlike some professional organizations, you pretty much have to be a published author to be a full-fledged member of the  SFWA, so the Nebula awards are decided by writers’ peers. One would hope and assume that these people’s opinions should be reasonably well informed.  You can see the list of this year’s winners — last year’s I mean — just follow that link above.

Want to have a say but aren’t a published author? Then the Hugo Awards are for you; these are the fan-voted awards.

But  you have to get your butt to Renovation, the 69th World Science Fiction Convention — or at least sign up as a supporting member. This year Worldcon will be held in Reno, Nevada, Aug. 17 to Aug. 21. Worldcon members — specifically supporting, attending, and young adult members — get a say in the voting.

Not thrilled with Reno? Full attendees get to vote on where the next one is where it is held two years from now  (gimme a break, it’s been a while for me). Reno’s actually kind of cool though; it’s where Las Vegas service industry folk go when they want to do what the rest of us do in Vegas. Ergo, it’s more laid back than Vegas, and the tourists tend to be a bit more hip than the run-of-the-mill Vegas tourist. I thought about going this year, but unfortunately it’s not an option for me for both chronological and fiduciary reasons.

I hope to get out to Worldcon 2010 though, slated for Chicago, which is not quite in my back yard, but close enough. August in Chicago though — gonna be sticky.

By the way: Connie Willis has won both a Nebula and a Hugo previously, so bring the Blackout.