The Nebula Awards Shortlist Is Full Of New Names

Proof that recognition in science fiction and fantasy is open to newcomers: the latest raft of Nebula nominees includes a ton of new names. And at least one of them, Alaya Dawn Johnson, is on the ballot in a couple of categories. » 2/20/15 11:03am 2/20/15 11:03am

Women Destroy the Hugo Awards! How much visibility have women authors received in recent years, versus the past? Livejournal user Kalimac did a statistical analysis of Hugo nominations by gender going back to 1959, and found two spikes — one in the mid-1990s, and one from 2010 onwards. » 2/02/15 4:00pm 2/02/15 4:00pm

Birdman Upsets Boyhood, Winning Top Honors At PGA Awards

Last night, Birdman won the Producers Guild of America's Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures, the biggest prize of the of the evening, scoring an upset over Boyhood, which had been favored to win. The last seven PGA winners have gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture. » 1/25/15 8:57am 1/25/15 8:57am

At Least the Critics' Choice Awards Got a Bunch of Things Right

There were a fair number of disappointments in this year's Oscar nominations, but they were followed by some pretty stellar wins at the Critics' Choice Awards. Use them to salve your wounds. » 1/16/15 3:00am 1/16/15 3:00am

The Best Science Fiction Books Published As Paperback Originals In 2014

Every year, the Philip K. Dick Award recognizes the science fiction books that come out straight to paperback, instead of getting a fancy hardcover release first. These are often under-appreciated gems that deserved more fanfare. And the six finalists for 2014 are definitely great picks. » 1/09/15 12:30pm 1/09/15 12:30pm

Hayao Miyazaki: "I'm Going To Continue Making Anime Until I Die"

Hayao Miyazaki, the co-founder of Studio Ghibli and writer/director of Spirited Away, said in a recent interview he plans to "to continue making anime until I die." So what is he working on? » 11/09/14 4:07pm 11/09/14 4:07pm

Marvel At The Winners Of The 2014 World Fantasy Awards!

Today's World Fantasy Awards ceremony was full of great surprises and well-deserved accolades. It was a really good day for Caitlín R. Kiernan, Subterranean Press, and dangerous women. And the best novel goes to Sofia Samatar for A Stranger in Olondria! We were there, and here's the skinny. » 11/09/14 2:15pm 11/09/14 2:15pm

This Time-Warping Novel Won China's Version Of The Nebula Award

In Ruins of Time by Bao Shu, a disastrous time experiment locks the entire world into a time loop that lasts just 20 hours. And this Groundhog Day scenario just won China's version of the Nebula Award, the Xingyun Award. » 11/03/14 12:59pm 11/03/14 12:59pm

The 2014 Nobel Prize In Physics Goes To The Inventors Of The Blue LED

Congratulations goes out to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura. Some 20 years ago, they invented the blue light-emitting diode, an energy-efficient and environmentally efficient light source with revolutionary implications. » 10/07/14 1:45pm 10/07/14 1:45pm

Nobel Prize In Medicine Awarded To Discoverers Of Brain's "Inner GPS"

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to U.S.-British scientist John O'Keefe and Norwegian couple May-Britt and Edvard Moser for discovering the brain's internal positioning system. » 10/06/14 7:20am 10/06/14 7:20am

Two speculative fiction books getting literary acclaim. The 10 books on the National Book Award longlist include the post-apocalyptic novel Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, and the gaming-oriented Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, which we reviewed here . » 9/24/14 1:38pm 9/24/14 1:38pm

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Every year, the art world chooses the best science fiction and fantasy illustrations — providing a visual feast for the rest of us. The Chesley Awards just chose its 2014 finalists, and there's an astonishing wealth of beautiful artworks to spend your afternoon admiring. See for yourself, below. » 7/04/14 1:20pm 7/04/14 1:20pm

The Isaac Asimov Blunder That Led To Three New Gene Wolfe Stories

Most people, having a great honor dangled in their faces and then snatched away, would harbor some unproductive thoughts. Gene Wolfe, apparently, is not most people. » 5/20/14 11:30am 5/20/14 11:30am

Congratulations To This Year's Nebula Award Winners!

Last night, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2013 Nebula Awards. Let's see who took home this year's trophies. » 5/18/14 10:30am 5/18/14 10:30am

Tough time for Orbit authors. First Orbit Books' parent company Hachette clashed with Amazon, causing the online retailer to delay sending books and raise prices. Then Orbit announced it won't send free copies of books to Hugo voters, putting authors at a distinct disadvantage. » 5/15/14 4:40pm 5/15/14 4:40pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced! This year's nominating ballot saw a record-shattering 1,923 valid nominations. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17, during the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Loncon 3. Hit the jump for the full list! » 4/19/14 3:09pm 4/19/14 3:09pm

2013 Nebula nominees show the new face of science fiction and fantasy

The most exciting new authors of science fiction and fantasy include Ann Leckie, Sofia Samatar and Helene Wecker, according to the 2013 Nebula nominations. They join veterans like Neil Gaiman, Nicola Griffith and Karen Joy Fowler. The overall nominee list is incredibly strong and reflects the range of voices in SF in… » 2/25/14 12:45pm 2/25/14 12:45pm

This Year's Most Mind-Expanding Book About Gender

The winner of the 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Award for science fiction and fantasy books that explore and expand notions of gender? It's Rupetta by N.A. Sulway, a novel about a 17th century cyborg. And the "honor list" for the award includes a must-read list of books that will challenge your gender preconceptions. » 2/17/14 8:12pm 2/17/14 8:12pm

A Trove of Great Science Fiction and Fantasy – Free for a Limited Time

The 2014 Campbellian Anthology – a DRM-free ebook featuring the work of over 100 authors eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in science fiction and fantasy – is currently available for download. 860,000 words of fiction. For free (for now). Go grab it. » 2/02/14 2:50pm 2/02/14 2:50pm