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The Final Lessons From This Year's Hugo Awards Clusterfrak

The Hugo Awards are over, and the result was a dramatic rejection of the two “Puppies” campaigns to pack the ballot with a narrow selection of authors. But what does it all mean, and what happens now? Some of science fiction and fantasy’s leading lights have been offering their opinions. » 9/01/15 11:02am Yesterday 11:02am

The Ignatz Award Nominations Are a Big Win for Women Cartoonists

The Ignatz Awards, the top award for indie and small-press comics, just announced its 2015 nominees. More than half the nominees are women, an increasingly common phenomena in comics awards. Female creators dominated in the Minicomic, Online Comic, and Promising New Talent categories, which favor up-and-coming new… » 8/18/15 12:20pm 8/18/15 12:20pm

The Victorian Hugos: 1894 Brings The First Great Female Mad Scientist In Literature

We’re now into the mid-1890s, and readers of science fiction at this time will be forgiven for thinking that they’re being rewarded for years of patience. The Age of the Storyteller, as Roger Lancelyn Green put it, has not yet reached science fiction—H.G. Wells is so far only publishing short stories—but the number of… » 8/13/15 10:40am 8/13/15 10:40am

The Victorian Hugos: 1893 Was to Books What 1977 Was to Movies

Science fiction books in 1893 are where science fiction film was in 1977. In both cases, the genre was... perhaps “in the doldrums” is too harsh a judgment. Certainly, enough significant work had appeared before 1893 and 1977 that one could, in those years, speak of the science fiction genre, in both media, as a… » 8/04/15 10:45am 8/04/15 10:45am

The Hugo Awards Were Always Political. But Now They're Only Political.

Last August, the Hugo Awards for science fiction and fantasy were swept by a younger group of women and people of color. At the time, we said "This was really a year that underscored that a younger generation of diverse writers are becoming central to the genre." So maybe it's not surprising that there was an… » 4/04/15 1:35pm 4/04/15 1:35pm

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

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