Speculative Fiction News–22/05/11

Posted by samuel on May 23, 2011 in Speculative Fiction News |

It’s interesting: I haven’t been as busy the last couple weeks as in the recent past, yet i’m finding myself with less time. Strange.

Anyway, welcome to this week’s edition of Speculative Fiction News. After my waffle mid-week about perhaps removing the awards segment from the bulletin, here (with red face) is this week’s award segment. I guess it’s kinda hard not to announce the Nebula and Aurealis winners. However, i think i will scale it back in future.



The 2011 Nebula Award Winners.

The 2010 Aurealis Award winners.

The winners of the Golden Duck Awards 2010. These awards are based around science-fiction for children.

Seeing as award nominations are mostly done, as are awards ceremonies, you might be wondering who’s been nominated for multiple awards this season? Karen Burnham from Locus has done the calculations.

I also think i missed some awards from earlier in the week. Apologies to any that i’ve left out, and feel free to link to them in the comments if you so wish.

Interviews and Excerpts

An excerpt from China Mieville’s new novel, released this week, Embassytown.

Allegory is a science-fiction, fantasy and horror zine that pays $15 per story. Here’s an interview with the editor, Ty Drago, over at Write1Sub1.

Short fiction

New at Fantasy Mag: The Devil in Gaylord’s Creek, by Sarah Monette.

Realms of Fantasy TOC for the June 2011 issue, which is also their 100th issue.

New at Lightspeed: Eliot Wrote, by Nancy Kress.

At Strange Horizons this week: The Holder’s Black-Haired Daughter, by Kelly Jennings.

Remains, by Siobhan Carroll is AE, The Canadian Science Fiction Review’s new story this week.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, issue #69, is live.

New story up at brain harvest: Seven Deadly Robots by Rahul Kanakia.

The first Journal of Unlikely Entomology is live.

Market Stuff

Starting with their August 2011 issue, Linger Fiction is becoming an exclusively flash fiction venue. They’re still paying the same rates ($20 per story), so if you have flash, they’re the place to send it to. More details.

In the Snake is a new zine accepting fiction of all genres. They’re paying $50 for stories up to 10,000 words. Submission guidelines here. Their first issue launches October 1st.

Niteblade, a token paying fantasy and horror zine, has increased their pay rate from $5 to $10.

Strange Horizons is closed to subs until early June.

Digital Science Fiction (not to be confused with Daily Science Fiction) is temporarily closed to subs.


And finally, despite repeated trumpeting to the contrary by some, it appears print books aren’t dead yet. Last year, the USA had a 5% increase in sales. Find out more here.

Thanks all, for popping by. Happy writing. Don’t be a stranger, now!

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  • Debs says:

    I know two of the Nebula winners. (ie, I’ve exchanged comments via a forum with Eric J Stone and Rachel Swirlsky).

    I am batheing in reflected glory. Well done, guys. Well deserved.

  • Shelley says:

    Thanks for this weekly roundup. It’s really a huge time-saver (for everyone but you, I guess). I had no idea the awards had been given out until I read this today. *hangs head*

    I read “Eliot Wrote” by Nancy Kress at Lightspeed yesterday and really enjoyed it, by the way, haven’t read the rest yet. The science is pretty incidental, in my opinion, so much so I was surprised. It’s necessary for the story, but not the focus at all. Good stuff.

    • samuel says:

      Glad you’re finding the bulletin useful (i just had the strangest phonetic moment and tried to type yousful), Shelly :)

      I’ve yet to read any of the short stories posted, but they’re on my list–which just gets longer and longer.

      Thanks for stopping in :)

  • Simon Kewin says:

    Thanks! Invaluable round-up as ever …

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