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So I have some awards to catch up on.

The Nebulas' nominations for last year were announced last week. As they are voted by professionals they are not subject to internet ballot stuffing as Hugos were and it shows. The only thing I miss is The Man in the High Castle for the Ray Bradbury Award but this was a good year for SF&F and that includes screen version and you cannot nominate everything. I'm happy for Nimona - a graphic novel - to be nominated for Andre Norton Award.

Raising Caine, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
Barsk: The Elephants’ Graveyard, Lawrence M. Schoen (Tor)
Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

Wings of Sorrow and Bone, Beth Cato (Harper Voyager Impulse)
The Bone Swans of Amandale, C.S.E. Cooney (Bone Swans)
The New Mother, Eugene Fischer (Asimov’s 4-5/15)
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com 4/22/15)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
Waters of Versailles, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 6/10/15)

Rattlesnakes and Men, Michael Bishop (Asimov’s 2/15)
And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
Grandmother-nai-Leylit’s Cloth of Winds, Rose Lemberg (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 6/11/15)
The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society, Henry Lien (Asimov’s 6/15)
The Deepwater Bride, Tamsyn Muir (F&SF 7-8/15)
Our Lady of the Open Road, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 6/15)

Short Story
Madeleine, Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed 6/15)
Cat Pictures Please, Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
Damage, David D. Levine (Tor.com 1/21/15)
When Your Child Strays From God, Sam J. Miller (Clarkesworld 7/15)
Today I Am Paul, Martin L. Shoemaker (Clarkesworld 8/15)
Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers, Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)


Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Ex Machina, Written by Alex Garland
Inside Out, Screenplay by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original Story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Jessica Jones: AKA Smile, Teleplay by Scott Reynolds & Melissa Rosenberg; Story by Jamie King & Scott Reynolds
Mad Max: Fury Road, Written by George Miller, Brendan McCarthy, Nick Lathouris
The Martian, Screenplay by Drew Goddard
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Written by Lawrence Kasdan & J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Seriously Wicked, Tina Connolly (Tor Teen)
Court of Fives, Kate Elliott (Little, Brown)
Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan UK 5/14; Amulet)
Archivist Wasp, Nicole Kornher-Stace (Big Mouth House)
Zeroboxer, Fonda Lee (Flux)
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
Bone Gap, Laura Ruby (Balzer + Bray)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
Updraft, Fran Wilde (Tor)

The other awards that just announced nominees are the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards. I never really got into horror so I can't really say anything about any of those but it's interesting to see self-published entries in both novel categories. It also looks like Alyssa Wong's Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers might be the it short story this year. And I like how the categories are all Superior Achievements.

Superior Achievement in a Novel
Clive Barker – The Scarlet Gospels (St. Martin’s Press)
Michaelbrent Collings – The Deep (self-published)
JG Faherty – The Cure (Samhain Publishing)
Patrick Freivald – Black Tide (JournalStone Publishing)
Paul Tremblay – A Head Full of Ghosts (William Morrow)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel
Courtney Alameda – Shutter (Feiwel & Friends)
Nicole Cushing – Mr. Suicide (Word Horde)
Brian Kirk – We Are Monsters (Samhain Publishing)
John McIlveen – Hannahwhere (Crossroad Press)
John Claude Smith – Riding the Centipede (Omnium Gatherum)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
Jennifer Brozek – Never Let Me Sleep (Permuted Press)
Michaelbrent Collings – The Ridealong (self-published)
John Dixon – Devil’s Pocket (Simon & Schuster)
Tonya Hurley – Hallowed (Simon & Schuster)
Maureen Johnson – The Shadow Cabinet (Penguin)
Ian Welke – End Times at Ridgemont High (Omnium Gatherum)

Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
Cullen Bunn – Harrow County, Vol. 1: Countless Haints (Dark Horse Comics)
Victor Gischler – Hellbound (Dark Horse Books)
Robert Kirkman – Outcast, Vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him (Image Comics)
Scott Snyder – Wytches, Vol. 1 (Image Comics)
Sam Weller, Mort Castle, Chris Ryall, & Carlos Guzman (editors) – Shadow Show: Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury (IDW Publishing)

Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
Gary A. Braunbeck – Paper Cuts (Seize the Night) (Gallery Books)
Lisa Mannetti – The Box Jumper (Smart Rhino Publications)
Norman Partridge – Special Collections (The Library of the Dead) (Written Backwards)
Mercedes M. Yardley – Little Dead Red (Grimm Mistresses) (Ragnarok Publications)
Scott Edelman – Becoming Invisible, Becoming Seen (Dark Discoveries #30)

Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
Kate Jonez – All the Day You’ll Have Good Luck (Black Static #47)
Gene O’Neill – The Algernon Effect (White Noise Press)
John Palisano – Happy Joe’s Rest Stop (18 Wheels of Horror) (Big Time Books)
Damien Angelica Walters – Sing Me Your Scars (Sing Me Your Scars) (Apex Publications)
Alyssa Wong – Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers (Nightmare Magazine #37)

Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
Guillermo del Toro & Matthew Robbins – Crimson Peak (Legendary Pictures)
John Logan – Penny Dreadful: And Hell Itself My Only Foe (Showtime)
John Logan – Penny Dreadful: Nightcomers (Showtime)
David Robert Mitchell – It Follows (Northern Lights Films)
Taika Waititi & Jemaine Clement – What We Do in the Shadows (Unison Films)

Superior Achievement in an Anthology
Michael Bailey – The Library of the Dead (Written Backwards)
Ellen Datlow – The Doll Collection: Seventeen Brand-New Tales of Dolls (Tor Books)
Christopher Golden – Seize the Night (Gallery Books)
Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles – nEvermore! (Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing)
Jonathan Maberry – The X-Files: Trust No One (IDW Publishing)
Joseph Nassise and Del Howison – Midian Unmade (Tor Books)

Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
Gary A. Braunbeck – Halfway Down the Stairs (JournalStone Publishing)
Nicole Cushing – The Mirrors (Cycatrix Press)
Taylor Grant – The Dark at the End of the Tunnel (Cemetery Dance Publications)
Gene O’Neill – The Hitchhiking Effect (Dark Renaissance Books)
Lucy A. Snyder – While the Black Stars Burn (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
Justin Everett and Jeffrey H. Shanks (ed.) – The Unique Legacy of Weird Tales: The Evolution of Modern Fantasy and Horror (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers)
Stephen Jones – The Art of Horror (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
Michael Knost – Author’s Guide to Marketing with Teeth (Seventh Star Press)
Joe Mynhardt & Emma Audsley (editors) – Horror 201: The Silver Scream (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Danel Olson – Studies in the Horror Film: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (Centipede Press)

Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
Bruce Boston – Resonance Dark and Light (Eldritch Press)
Alessandro Manzetti – Eden Underground (Crystal Lake Publishing)
Ann Schwader – Dark Energies (P’rea Press)
Marge Simon – Naughty Ladies (Eldritch Press)
Stephanie M. Wytovich – An Exorcism of Angels (Raw Dog Screaming Press)

Also announced - the nominations for Philip K. Dick Awards. Here's the shortlist:

Edge of Dark by Brenda Cooper (Pyr)
After the Saucers Landed by Douglas Lain (Night Shade Books)
(R)evolution by PJ Manney (47North)
Apex by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot Books)
Windswept by Adam Rakunas (Angry Robot Books)
Archangel by Marguerite Reed (Arche Press)

There seems to be a trend for one word titles.

And finally - today Oscar winners were announced. They look mostly very predictable - Mad Max: The Fury Road swept the more technical, behind the scenes categories (I was very happy for Ex Machina to get the visual effects) and most of the big ones went to the most likely choices. Except for the Best Picture. It felt nice to be surprised and for me anything was a better choice than The Revenant. But all the documents were great and I was so happy for Chileans.
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This is the New Year so let's look ahead at what is coming. All the things I'm most excited so far. It will change - some things will disappoint and others I don't know about yet. But this is what I'm waiting for:

Movies - Deadpool, Ghostbusters, Civil War and Story of Your Life (I’m big fan of Ted Chiang so I’m very excited about this).

TV - X-Files, obviously, and The Magicians (loved the first episode), Luke Cage, You, Me and the Apocalypse (I know it's already has been shown in UK but only Doctor Who crosses Atlantic fast - he can travel in Time and Space) and BrainDead - for new ones. I also, of course, eagerly await the return of Galavant (tomorrow!!!), Limitless (Tuesday!!!), Agent Carter, Agents of SHIELD, iZombie, Daredevil, Orphan Black, Sense8, Humans, Mr. Robot, The Man in the High Castle and, most of all, Person of Interest. Here's a list of what is coming and when in next few months so you can make your own schedule.

Books - Steven Erikson’s Fall of Light - the 2nd book in Kharkanas Trilogy and Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Dancer Lament because I’m a big Malazan fan.
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Happy New Year!

It's time to look back at the 2015. It wasn't the best of years - with terrorism rising and the weather going all wonky - but at least entertainment was good.

My top films of the year (it's SFF because that's what I see in cinemas - I usually prefer to see other films at home without people talking and looking at their phones and the smell of popcorn - but for genre I usually want the big screen experience):

The ones I was most entertained by - mostly in order: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Unlike almost everyone I had fun watching Jupiter Ascending (it was pretty and I liked Terry Gilliam parts more than the whole of Zero Theorem). I remember liking Age of Ultron but can't quite recall the plot - something, something, killer robots, something Vison, city falling from the sky, new Avengers - so in retrospect the story wasn't that interesting and I was distracted by how shiny it was. I was underwhelmed by all the YA adaptations.

The TV was pretty awesome. I need to cut back on stuff but I really, really like so much nowadays. There are all the awesome new shows. The year started with the joy that was Galavant which to surprise of everyone (and my great joy) is coming back on Sunday.The summer came with Humans and Mr. Robot. And Syfy brought some entertaining space shows - Dark Matter and Killjoys and the beautiful, high quality The Expanse series (already renewed). And Amazon has finally made SF worth watching with the wonderful The Man in the High Castle. It's certainly became my favourite show of theirs (it used to be Alpha House). I also loved Sense8 - from the get go and didn't find it hard to follow at all. I'm very excited to know they are all coming back this year. I never expected to like Limitless (I finally watched the film and it was OK but I'm glad I didn't see it in the cinema) but it turned out to be the most wonderful thing and I'm so happy it's back on Tuesday.

In another controversial view I admit that my favourite Marvel show is Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. It's probably because I generally prefer assemble shows but I also have most fun watching it. Then it's Agent Carter (incredibly awesome and coming back in few weeks) and then Netflix ones - Daredevil and Jessica Jones (I don't have preference here so they are in chronological order). I know it makes me an odd one and I will make it even worse by admitting I like all Marvel shows more than anything DC. And that my favourite CW comic book based show is iZombie. I like Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and and I liked Constantine but this is my order of preference.

I said good bye to Continuum, Defiance and Dominium. Haven ended too but Lost Girl still has episodes to burn in US. I gave up on Gotham and Sleepy Hollow and everyone gave up on Minority Report. There were things like Falling Skies and Hemlock's Grove where couldn't get through last season - just watched last episode (still painful). I just read spoilers for Game of Thrones and watched dragons parts. I liked the miniseries - both Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell and The Childhood's End. I also finally binged Black Mirror over the holidays and it is as awesome as everyone says it is. Luther would've been great too but I don't know if I can get over Alice.

There were all my old favourites. I watch The Librarians for pure fun and Doctor Who has improved this year. Person of Interest - still no one want to let us know when it'll come back but it might become a summer show (in place of the horrible Under the Dome and Extant that CBS finally cancelled) and get couple more seasons and I cant wait when our favourite psychopaths will be back. Orphan Black - Helena became true MVP this season and RIP monitors. Also have you seen the new trailers? Creepy.

My guilty pleasures included The Originals and Teen Wolf (so many pretty people in both). And I kept following my favourite dramas - The Good Wife, Major Crimes, Suits,Switched at Birth, The Fosters, The Americans, Halt and Catch Fire, The Blacklist, Elementary (Morland is a joy) and kind of keep track of Shondaland. I don't really watch sitcoms but I watched The Muppets and sometimes Blackish.

In books dragons stay my weak spot - I fell in love with Rachel Aaron's Heartstrikers books. There was more Laundry - from Mo's PoV and with superheroes. I read The Martian and The Magicians trilogy before seeing adaptations and loved both. I've read Raising Steam but I haven't touched The Shepard's Crown because if I don't then I still have one more book by Terry Pratchett to read.
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I was to write about the Expanse (and other new Syfy series) but I just read Rhianna Pratchett's obituary for her father and the screen is a little blurry. If you didn't read it go now. Space battles can wait till tomorrow.

And in the background +GNU Terry Pratchett keeps being sent.
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Sometime next year (probably end of Febuary in UK and end of May in US) a new Malazan book is coming out. Ian Cameron Esslemont's Dancer's Lament will take us back to the very beginnings of Malazan Empire - the meeting of Dancer and Kellanved.

It was once a land ravaged by war, minor city states, baronies and principates fight for supremacy, and then the rival cities of Tali and Quon formed an alliance and so Quon Tali came into being.

However that was generations ago, that dynasty has collapsed and the regional powers are now clawing at each others throats once more. But at the heart of Quon Tali lies the powerful city state of Li Heng which has for centuries enjoyed relative stability under the guidance of the powerful sorceress known as the “Protectress”. She is not someone likely to tolerate the arrival of two particular young men into her domain: one is determined to prove he is the most skilled assassin of his age; the other is his quarry - a Dal Hon mage who is proving annoyingly difficult to kill. The sorceress and her cabal of five mage servants were enough to repel the Quon Tali Iron Legions, so how could two such trouble-makers upset her iron-fisted rule?

And now, under a new and ambitious king, the forces of Itko Kan are marching on Li Heng from the south. His own assassins, the Nightblades, have been sent ahead into the city, and rumours abound that he has inhuman, nightmarish forces at his command. So as shadows and mistrust swirl and monstrous beasts that people say appear from nowhere, run rampage through Li Heng's streets, it seems chaos is come - but in chaos, as a certain young Dal Hon mage would say, there is opportunity . . .
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I haven't done one of these in a while and now I have 2 of them - the fantasy awards.

Couple of weeks ago the 2015 British Fantasy Awards winners were announced at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2015 in Nottingham:

Best anthology: Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue, ed. Christie Yant (Lightspeed Magazine)

Best artist: Karla Ortiz

Best collection: Nick Nightmare Investigates, Adrian Cole (The Alchemy Press and Airgedlámh Publications)

Best comic/graphic novel: Through the Woods, Emily Carroll (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Cuckoo Song, Frances Hardinge (Macmillan Children’s Books)

Best film/television episode: Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn and Nicole Perlman (Marvel Studios)

Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award): No One Gets Out Alive, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)

Best independent press: Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)

Best magazine/periodical: Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)

Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Sarah Lotz, for The Three (Hodder & Stoughton)

Best non-fiction: Letters to Arkham: The Letters of Ramsey Campbell and August Derleth, 1961–1971, ed. S.T. Joshi (PS Publishing)

Best novella: Newspaper Heart, Stephen Volk (The Spectral Book of Horror Stories)

Best short story: A Woman’s Place, Emma Newman (Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets)

The Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award): Juliet E. McKenna

I'm happy about Lightspeed: Women Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue winning as I was one of the people crowdsourcing it. I also find it amusing that Guardians of Galaxy got the fantasy award. It plays well into that space fantasy label people argue about with films like Star Wars.

And today the winners of World Fantasy Award were announced

Winner: The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell (Random House; Sceptre)
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway; Jo Fletcher)
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy, Jeff VanderMeer (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)
My Real Children, Jo Walton (Tor; Corsair)

Winner: We Are All Completely Fine, Daryl Gregory (Tachyon)
Where the Trains Turn, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Tor.com 11/19/14)
Hollywood North, Michael Libling (F&SF 11-12/14)
The Mothers of Voorhisville, Mary Rickert (Tor.com 4/30/14)
Grand Jeté (The Great Leap), Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer ’14)
The Devil in America, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com, 4/2/14)

Short Fiction
Winner: Do You Like to Look at Monsters?, Scott Nicolay (Fedogan & Bremer)
I Can See Right Through You, Kelly Link, (McSweeney’s 48)
Death’s Door Café, Kaaron Warren (Shadows & Tall Trees 2014)
The Fisher Queen, Alyssa Wong (F&SF 5-6/14)

Winner: Monstrous Affections, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, ed. (Candlewick)
Fearful Symmetries, Ellen Datlow, ed. (ChiZine)
Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, Rose Fox & Daniel José Older, eds. (Crossed Genres)
Shadows & Tall Trees 2014, Michael Kelly, ed. (Undertow)
Rogues, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam; Titan)

Winner: Gifts for the One Who Comes After, Helen Marshall (ChiZine)
Winner: The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings, Angela Slatter (Tartarus)
Mercy and Other Stories, Rebecca Lloyd (Tartarus)
They Do the Same Things Different There, Robert Shearman (ChiZine)
Death at the Blue Elephant, Janeen Webb (Ticonderoga)

Winner: Samuel Araya
Galen Dara
Jeffrey Alan Love
Erik Mohr
John Picacio

Special Award – Professional
Winner: Sandra Kasturi & Brett Alexander Savory, for ChiZine Publications
John Joseph Adams, for editing anthologies and Nightmare and Fantasy magazines
Jeanne Cavelos, for Odyssey writing workshops
Gordon Van Gelder, for F&SF
Jerad Walters, for Centipede Press

Special Award – Nonprofessional
Winner: Ray B. Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
Scott H. Andrews, for Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Matt Cardin, for Born to Fear: Interviews with Thomas Ligotti (Subterranean)
Stefan Fergus, for Civilian Reader (civilianreader.wordpress.com)
Patrick Swenson, for Fairwood Press
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The second book in Steven Erikson's Kharkanas trilogy - Fall of Light coming out in April. Here's the cover and the blurb:

It is a bitter winter and civil war is ravaging Kurald Galain. Urusander’s Legion prepares to march on the city of Kharkanas. The rebels’ only opposition lies scattered and weakened - bereft of a leader since Anomander’s departure in search of his estranged brother. The remaining brother, Silchas Ruin, rules in his stead. He seeks to gather the Houseblades of the Highborn families to him and resurrect the Hust Legion in the southlands, but he is fast running out of time.

The officers and leaders of Urusander’s Legion, led by the ruthless Hunn Raal, want the Consort, Draconus, cast aside and their commander to marry Mother Dark and take his place at the side of the Living Goddess. But this union will be far more than simply political. A sorcerous power has claimed those opposing Mother Dark: given form by the exiled High Priestess Syntara, the Cult of Light rises in answer to Mother Dark and her Children.

Far to the west, an unlikely army has gathered, seeking an enemy without form, in a place none can find, and commanded by a Jaghut driven mad with grief. It seems Hood’s call has been heard, and the long-abandoned city of Omtose Phellack is now home to a rabble of new arrivals: Dog-Runners from the south, and Jheck warriors. From the Western Sea strange ships have grounded upon the harsh shore bearing blue-skinned strangers to offer Hood their swords. And from mountain fastnesses and isolated valleys of the North, Toblakai arrive to pledge themselves to Hood’s seemingly impossible war. Soon, they will set forth – or not at all – under the banners of the living. Soon, weapons will be drawn, with Death itself the enemy.

Beneath the chaos of such events, and spanning the realm and those countless other realms hidden behind its veil, magic now bleeds into the world. Unconstrained, mysterious and savage, the power that is the lifeblood of the Azathanai, K’rul, runs loose and wild - and following its scent, seeking the places of wounding and hurt where the sorcery rushes forth, entities both new and ancient are gathering . . . and they are eager to feed. Understanding at last what his gift of blood has unleashed, a weakened K’rul sets out, in the company of a lone guardian, to bring order to this newborn sorcery and in the name of order seeks its greatest avowed enemy…
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So I break the catching up posts for something different.

John Scalzi reads a book about the truth about John Scalzi (for money). It uncovers the truth about SJW and the fact that John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular. If audio version isn't enough you can also get it in ebook (and read the amazon reviews helpfully pointing out that it isn't about the "award-winning" Florida meteorologist John Scalzi in case you didn't know) - also non-amazon version.

For those who don't know - this is a parody of the book from the guy who organised Rabid Puppies take over of Hugo nominations this year. It makes fun of his obsession with John Scalzi who he blames for being removed from SFWA (not true) and accuses of being SJW (true) and gamma male (Hulk?). This parody is superior to the original as it has even more chapter 5s (showing that Alexandra Erin or [livejournal.com profile] alexandraerin is also better editor than the Hugo nominated Vox Day and also live tweeted her read of the original so you don't have to). And the charity is worthy too.

Now all we need is the song.

And to complete the SJWness of this post here is Target Ad from their gender confusing gender neutral Star Wars line
ellestra: (tiger)
So the Hugo Awards happened yesterday (here is liveblog and hopefully they'll put the whole ceremony somewhere because it was hilarious). I watched the ceremony and Connie Willis and Dalek killed everyone and it was great despite all the No awards (it ended with the more No awards that were given out last evening than in all the years before combined). This is, of course, the result of the whole Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies gaming the nomination precess and the actual voters choosing No Awards in the categories completely taken over by the slate nominations (Hugo allows voter to say they didn't like any of the options given and that's what has happened here). Here are the results (full listing at the link):

The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu, Ken Liu translator (Tor Books)

No award

BEST NOVELETTE (1031 ballots)
The Day The World Turned Upside Down by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Pat Cadigan translator (Lightspeed Magazine, April 2014)

No award

No award

Ms. Marvel Vol 1: No Normal written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona and Jake Wyatt, (Marvel Comics)

Guardians of the Galaxy written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman, directed by James Gunn (Marvel Studios, Moving Picture Company)

Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)

No award

No award

Julie Dillon

Lightspeed Magazine, edited by John Joseph Adams, Stefan Rudnicki, Rich Horton, Wendy N. Wagner, and Christie Yant

BEST FANZINE (576 ballots)
Journey Planet edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Alissa McKersie, Colin Harris and Helen Montgomery

Galactic Suburbia Podcast Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts (Presenters) and Andrew Finch (Producer)

Laura J. Mixon

Elizabeth Leggett

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2013 or 2014, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award).
Wesley Chu

It ended up being pretty diverse (Ms. Marvel, Orphan Black, translations, Lightspeed Magazine) despite the slate and I really liked when the best novel award was announced from ISS (live from space) by an American astronaut born in China with Swedish name who also grew up in London and went to a Chinese writer for a book originally published in Chinese. It gave it an extra international feel on something called Worldcon.

And the really interesting part was that of the Hugos that were awarded a lot went to those who were initially out of nominations but got on the shortlist after the Sad Rabid Puppies nominees withdrawn their works or were found ineligible. This includes two translated works (first time in Hugo history so many of them got an award) and Orphan Black and best artist. That really shows that what the puppies were really trying to keep out of the awards was quality.

At the end George R. R. Martin organised the traditional Losers Party party where he gave away special trophies - Alphies - awards for those who were pushed away from Hugo nominee list by the slate voting and those who were on the slate but withdrawn. And this is what the nominee list would look like if the slate never happened.
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The winner of this year Clarke Award has been announced. The award goes to Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. Somewhere out there Puppies are very Sad now.

So Syfy is really getting into the whole science fiction thing. There are already many new series coming and a lot of them are adaptations of popular book series (serieses?) but the newest one is true classic. Along with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment they plan to adapt Aldous Huxley's Brave New World as a miniseries.

Large parts of Internets are hyperventilating because Martin Freeman has been cast in Captain America: The Civil War. No one knows who he will play but the most prevalent hypothesis (aside from Spiderman) is that he will be set up as a foe for Dr. Strange. Or people just want to see him share the screen with Cumberbatch again.

In more good news CBS as officially ordered Supergirl to series and iZombie got renewed for second season.

Here's the preview for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell and we finally know the release dates - on 17th of May in UK and on June 13 in US.
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USA Today has the Save Our Show Campaign with a poll on it's website and both Agent Carter and Person of Interest are on it. This panicked me a little as I wasn't aware ratings for PoI were that bad. I knew about Agent Carter which is sad enough because it was an awesome show but I'm not prepared to let of of PoI. It the most wonderful, complex story about current stuff (government surveillance) and future (AI?human relationships). I also voted to keep Galavant because it brought me much joy but I don't feel about it as strongly as about the other two.

It looks like Tron 3 is happening and both the director of Tron: Legacy Joseph Kosinski and the two main stars Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund are back. I hope Cillian Murphy is back too so they can build on that teased confrontation between the sons of Flynn and Dillinger.

And after what happened to Hugos here are some jury picked awards. The shortlist for Artur C. Clake Award have been announced:
The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Book Of Strange New Things by Michel Faber (Canongate)
Europe In Autumn by Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
Memory Of Water by Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager)
The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August by Claire North (Orbit)
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Picador)
I've only ready Europe in Autumn but these all look interesting.

So do the winners of BSFA Awards:
Best Novel
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie (Orbit)

Best Short Fiction
The Honey Trap by Ruth E. J. Booth, La Femme (Newcon Press)

Best Non-Fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers and the First World War by Edward James

Best Art
The Wasp Factory after Iain Banks by Tessa Farmer
ellestra: (cosima)
Here's a new interview with Steven Erikson in which he talks about why the "gimdark" and "grit" shouldn't be the point of fantasy and the books that influenced him in creation of Malazan Books. And about the deliberate choice to include the diversity of cultures, races and the magic system the removes gender-based hierarchies of power. He also talks about Wilful Child and gaming.

And one with Ursula K. Le Guin that talks about her views about PR publishing, awards and her bad experiences with adaptations of her work and many more things. It also reminded me she is 85 and I hope she'll be a centenarian.

And one with Tatiana Maslany. Remember Orphan Black is back in 10 days. You should be done with Daredevil by then anyway.
ellestra: (winged)
The Hugo nominees were announced and all hell broke loose. The categories have been taken over by a self-named Sad Puppies. It's a Gamergate affiliated group believing that SF&F fandom has been overtaken by progressive fans and authors who vote for women, POC and LGBT authors instead for what is really popular so they organised a concerted voting for the slate of authors they chose (you can read more about their demented ideology at the link I just can't even). Because nothing says most widely popular as hand-picked by couple of guys. They tried this last year with some success (but 2014 Hugos in general had one of most diverse slate of nominees) so this year they organised even more intense campaign and got their people in basically all categories. This is why the novella category is basically nothing but John C. Wright and a vile person as Vox Day (head of even more extreme Rabbid Puppies) is nominated twice. People advise those who can vote to pick No Award option (you can do that on Hugos and No Award can be given in any and all categories) but that's not a most appealing solution. It may lead to a change in voting system (but only after two years so at earliest in 2017) and rivalling voting blocks which would politicise the awards even more.

People have been complaining about award and nominees every year and I've always been dismissing it. Some of the complains were justified and others were just whining but tastes differ and what is mindblowingly awesome to one can be a horrible hack to another so no award can ever satisfy everyone. However, this is just an awful way to spite everyone else just because they don't like what you like and it is truly awful.

This time I'm only posting few main categories - you can see the rest in link above and here (also all of the Sad Rabid Puppies nominees or - alternatively - all the ones not voted in by them).

Best Novel
The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
Skin Game by Jim Butcher
Lines of Departure by Marko Kloos
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie

Best Dramatic Presentation – Long
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Edge of Tomorrow
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Lego Movie

Best Dramatic Presentation – Short
Doctor Who: Listen
The Flash: Pilot
Game of Thrones: The Mountain and the Viper
Grimm: Once We Were Gods
Orphan Black: By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried

Best Graphic Story
Sex Criminals, Volume 1: One Weird Trick by Matt Fraction; art by Chip Zdarsky
The Zombie Nation Book #2: Reduce Reuse Reanimate by Carter Reid
Saga, Volume 3 by Brian K. Vaughan; art by Fiona Staples
Rat Queens, Volume 1: Sass and Sorcery by Kurtis J. Weibe; art by Roc Upchurch
Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson; art by Adrian Alphona & Jake Wyatt

Best Professional Artist
Julie Dillon
Jon Eno
Nick Greenwood
Alan Pollack
Carter Reid

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer [Not a Hugo Award]
*Wesley Chu
Jason Cordova
*Kary English
Rolf Nelson
Eric. S. Raymond

*Finalists in their 2nd year of eligibility.

At least graphic story category is awesome and all the dramatic presentation ones look good (I'm hoping against all odds that Orphan Black would win even though I know GoT will).


Mar. 23rd, 2015 11:53 pm
ellestra: (cosima)
It looks like the final in 2015 Suvudu Cage Match will be between Death and Death's granddaughter. Susan vs. one of Endless. I'm sure she'll bring the poker. Semifinals are still on but unless large amount of late votes come in it seems to be the end result. I'm just happy Death is the right gender. Weird Germanics with their male personification of Death.

The io9's March Madness is already on the Sweet Sixteen stage and it looks like Firefly is loosing to Game of Thrones. Finally a show with bigger (or more obsessed fandom) than Firefly but I'm not sure it's really an improvement.

An sneak peak from episode 3x01 of Orphan Black with the Sarah - Rudy clone talk we've seen fragments of before. It looks like Delphine now knows all about project Castor.

Also Alison as Sarah always hilarious - can't wait:
ellestra: (cosima)
It's March - the month of Cage Matches. I was to write about them earlier but I had a lot of work and bad things kept happening so I'm left with just reporting the results for two of them.

[livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness had its final vote today and the winner of 2015 Fandom Steel Cage Match March Madness is once again new - brand fresh to TV at least - Agent Carter has only premiered this year and Peggy has already won (by over 2/3 of votes).

I'm super happy about this next winner. Not only she was woman and scientist but she was also Polish. In Ultimate Genius Showdown run by 92Y and MSNBC the ultimate champion is Marie Curie. Or as she is known in her home country Maria Skłodowska-Curie. I don't do patriotism very often but in this case I couldn't even pretend to be objective. Good that there is no doubt she deserves this.

This last one you can still vote in. Suvudu Cage Match theme this year is Women Warriors. The stage 2 has just closed but there is still plenty of voting left. I have to admit I don't know many of the contestants kicked out in Stage 1 but now decisions became much easier. Although I'm bummed there is no one form Malazan. Sorry would be great. Laseen could probably kill them all before they notice. And Lady Envy would just level the place. But as it is I really want Susan Sto Helit to win. Because she's awesome. But also because Pterry. Still right now I'm happy she's off to the next round and so is Sabriel.
ellestra: (tiger)

I'm still unable to express my feelings, although I'm sure there is a meaning of Arghh! that encapsulates them perfectly so here are other people's thoughts and tributes:

Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, Cory Doctorow on BoingBoing, Telegraph, io9, The Mary Sue, Wired, New Scientist, quotes from the books on Buzzfeed and tor.com - both the obituary and Jo Walton's reminiscence. All the guardian stuff including the main post, tributes, photos, obituary and Andrew Brown's reminiscence. Independent mentions his sword (that he made - from meteorite - after knighted because, obviously, knights should have swords).

Here is the link to the donation campaign in his name for The Research Institute for the Care of Older People.

Neil Gaiman talking about Terry Pratchett just a few days ago


Mar. 12th, 2015 12:22 pm
ellestra: (winged)

– Chy­ba smu­tek, pa­nie. A teraz...

I'm sorry about the quote being in Polish but it means more in Polish

More snow

Feb. 25th, 2015 11:20 pm
ellestra: (tiger)
Yesterday snow mostly melted by the afternoon but don't worry a brand, new snowstorm is here. The forecast varied between apocalyptic - 6 hours of freezing rain to just bad - heavy snow storm with 3-10 inch accumulation (that's 8 - 25 cm). Right now it's beautiful perfect winter wonderland. Someone even put their Christmas lights back on. I was out taking photos until snowploughs destroyed my perfect landscape.

In none weather related news. Orphan Black season 3 will premiere on all AMC Networks channels at the same time (remember they now co-own BBC America). I'm not suer if anything but AMC is really more exposure but it's nice to know they appreciate the show.

Nebula nominated stories you can read on tor.com.

The awesome Power Rangers fan film with Katee Sackoff and James Van Der Beek. It's better quality that the whole show. Watch it before the gets taken down.

And it's gone.
ellestra: (tiger)
The nominees for the 2014 Nebula Awards (presented 2015) have been announced on Friday along with the nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison
Trial by Fire by Charles E. Gannon
Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu
Coming Home by Jack McDevitt
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory
Yesterday’s Kin by Nancy Kress
The Regular by Ken Liu
The Mothers of Voorhisville by Mary Rickert
Calendrical Regression by Lawrence Schoen
Grand Jeté (The Great Leap) by Rachel Swirsky

Sleep Walking Now and Then by Richard Bowes
The Magician and Laplace’s Demon by Tom Crosshill
A Guide to the Fruits of Hawai’i by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Husband Stitch by Carmen Maria Machado
We Are the Cloud by Sam J. Miller
The Devil in America by Kai Ashante Wilson

Short Story
The Breath of War by Aliette de Bodard
When It Ends, He Catches Her by Eugie Foster
The Meeker and the All-Seeing Eye by Matthew Kressel
The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family by Usman T. Malik
A Stretch of Highway Two Lanes Wide by Sarah Pinsker
Jackalope Wives by Ursula Vernon
“The Fisher Queen,” Alyssa Wong

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Written by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. & Armando Bo
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Edge of Tomorrow, Screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth
Guardians of the Galaxy, Written by James Gunn and Nicole Perlman
Interstellar, Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
The Lego Movie, Screenplay by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller

Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy
Unmade by Sarah Rees Brennan
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Love Is the Drug by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry
Greenglass House by Kate Milford
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

I see Birdman has been nominated. I've seen arguments on the web with people fighting whether it is or isn't sf. I think it depends on whether you believe he flies on the end or not.
ellestra: (cosima)
The biggest story right now of course is Spiderman joining MCU. This makes everyone excited at the thought of having all Marvel properties back together but it's very unlikely for X-Men. X_men have bottomless supply of characters and are basically universe on their own. Spiderman despite being popular is just one character. All the plans to make him into a shared universe were always ridiculous. And universe is where it's at right now. The strength of MCU is that the movies create positive feedback for one another. Because even though each movie is separate it enhances the experience to see them all and getting all the story. Like Thor fed into Captain America:TFA and both of them set up Avengers and then avengers set up the Thor 2 and Cap 2. It's all connected and that enhances the experience. And now Spiderman gets to have some of that and Sony gets to cash in on it. But I wish they didn't just reboot Spiderman again. It's getting tiresome.

Ian Cameron Esslemont is going to write a trilogy about the rise of Malazan Empire. The first book is to be called Dancer's Lament and is to be set before Malazan Empire. So maybe this will be about how Dancer met Kellanved and about their time at that tavern on Malaz where it all started. And how the family was formed.

Here's a short clip from Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

And here's a new teaser for season 3 of Orphan Black

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