2012 Shirley Jackson Award Winners Named

The winners of the 2012 Shirley Jackson Awards have been posted.

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The Association for the Recognition of Excellence in SF & F Translation ARESFFT) is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2013 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards (for works published in 2012). There are two categories: Long Form and Short Form.


Long Form:

Atlas: The Archaeology of an Imaginary City by Kai-cheung Dung, translated from the Chinese by Anders Hansson, Bonnie S. McDougall, and the author (Columbia University Press).

Belka, Why Don’t You Bark? by Hideo Furukawa, translated from the Japanese by Michael Emmerich (Haikasoru).

Kaytek the Wizard by Janusz Korczak, translated from the Polish by Antonia Lloyd-Jones (Penlight).

Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, translated from the Russian by Olena Bormashenko (Chicago Review Press).

Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdić, translated from the Bosnian by Coral Petkovich (Istro Books).

Three Science Fiction Novellas by J.-H. Rosny aîné, translated from the French by Danièle Chatelain & George Slusser (Wesleyan University Press).

The Whispering Muse by Sjón, translated from the Icelandic by Victoria Cribb (Telegram).

Note: The version of Roadside Picnic in question is a brand new translation of this well-loved work, and therefore eligible for the award despite the existence of a previous English language version.


Short Form:

“Augusta Prime” by Karin Tidbeck translated from the Swedish by the author (Jagannath: Stories, Cheeky Frawg).

“Autogenic Dreaming: Interview with the Columns of Cloud” by Tobi Hirokata, translated from the Japanese by Jim Hubbert (The Future Is Japanese, Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington, eds., Haikasoru).

“Every Time We Say Goodbye” by Zoran Vlahović, translated from the Croatian by Tatjana Jambrišak, Goran Konvićni, and the author (Kontakt: An Anthology of Croatian SF, Darko Macan and Tatjana Jambrišak, eds., SFera).

“The Flower of Shazui” by Chen Qiufan, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu (Interzone #243).

“A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight” by Xia Jia, translated from the Chinese by Ken Liu (Clarkesworld #65).

“A Single Year” by Csilla Kleinheincz, translated from the Hungarian by the author (The Apex Book of World SF #2, Lavie Tidhar, ed., Apex Book Company).


The nominees were announced at Finncon 2013 <http://2013.finncon.org/> in Helsinki, over the weekend of July 6-7 during a discussion about international science fiction. ARESFFT Board member Cheryl Morgan and jury member Stefan Ekman, who was a Guest of Honor at Finncon, were present, as was Short Form nominee Karin Tidbeck. Other countries represented at Finncon this year include Latvia, Estonia, Russia, China, France, Canada, the UK, and the USA.

The winning works will be announced in August. Each winning author and translator will receive a cash prize of US$350.

ARESFFT President Professor Gary K. Wolfe said: “The number of fine works that our jury has to consider is increasing each year. We are delighted to be able to bring such fine fiction from a wide range of different cultures to the attention of the English-speaking world.”

The money for the prize fund was obtained primarily through a generous donation by the Society for the Furtherance & Study of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SF3) <http://sf3.org/>. SF3 is the parent non-profit corporation of Wiscon <http://wiscon.info/>, the feminist science fiction convention.

The jury for the awards was James & Kathryn Morrow (Chairs); Felice Beneduce, Alexis Brooks de Vita, Stefan Ekman, Martha Hubbard, Ekaterina Sedia, Kari Sperring, and Aishwarya Subramanian.

ARESFFT is a California Non-Profit Corporation funded entirely by donations.

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Weird Tales: The Unique Magazine and the Evolution of American Fantasy and Horror

Call for Chapter Proposals


(Essay Collection – Abstracts due Aug. 31)

With its debut in 1923, Weird Tales became the first pulp magazine

with content composed entirely of supernatural and fantastic fiction.

Over its three-decade run, the magazine featured works by some of the

most important and influential writers of speculative fiction in the

first half of the twentieth century, including H.P. Lovecraft, Robert

E. Howard, Ray Bradbury, C.L. Moore, Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch,

August Derleth, Henry Kuttner, Edward Hamilton, Manly Wade Wellman,

Seabury Quinn, Frank Belknap Long, and many others. Within its pages

the modern genres of horror, fantasy, and science fiction began to

develop and take shape, evolving their own tropes and conventions and

creating the foundation upon which much of modern speculative fiction

rests. Gary Hoppenstand has recently suggested that “no other pulp

magazine was more important to the history of pulp fiction, or to the

temperament of contemporary science fiction and fantasy, than Weird



This volume will collect critical essays that seek to provide a

broader understanding of the magazine Weird Tales and its authors,

artists, readers, and editorial practices, as well as the larger

impact that the periodical had on popular culture and genre fiction.


Possible topics may include:


• Discussions of the major works of the primary WT authors.

• The origin of WT as a genre pulp and its competitors and


• The “Lovecraft Circle” and its influence

• The development of weird fiction fandom as expressed in letters

and fanzines

• Depictions of race and ethnicity in WT.

• Sexuality and gender as expressed in text and art

• The development of new genres like “cosmic horror” and


• The influence of WT and its authors on popular culture

• Philosophy and ideology in the works of WT writers

• Rhetorical approaches in WT


These are only suggestions and other related topics are welcome.

Please submit proposal abstracts of approximately 300 words along with

C.V. or brief bio to both co-editors:


Justin Everett

University of the Sciences

Email: j.everet AT usciences.edu


Jeffrey Shanks

Southeast Archeological Center

Email: jeffrey_shanks AT nps.gov


Chapter proposals due: August 31, 2013

Initial draft due: February 28, 2014

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2013 Locus Awards

The 2013 Locus Award winners have been announced.



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CFP: special issue of SF Studies on Italian SF

Science-Fiction Studies* is gathering scholarly essays for a special issue on Italian Science Fiction.  The projected publication date is 2015.  Articles on this topic that would be of interest include the following themes or approaches:

-       analysis and discussion of important works of Italian SF (novels, short stories, film, comics, magazines, t.v. series, on-line journals, in the academy, etc.)

-       profiles of important Italian SF writers

-       works of SF written by authors who are considered part of the literary mainstream (e.g. Buzzati, Landolfi, Levi, Morselli, etc.)

-       the critical debate around SF in Italian culture and the academy

-       the socio-cultural impact of science fiction’s visions in Italy

Articles should be written in English, should be between 8,000 and 13,000 words (including endnotes and bibliography), and include a comprehensive bibliography.  Authors should follow Science-Fiction Studies’s formatting guidelines (see below **).

Abstracts (max. 500 words) are due on or by September 30, 2013.  They should be sent via email as an MS Word attachment, or included within the body of the email to Arielle Saiber (asaiber AT bowdoin.edu) and Umberto Rossi (teacher AT fastwebnet.it).


If your proposal is accepted, you will receive a message no later than October 20.  We will then need the complete article by May 31, 2014.  All submitted articles will be sent for peer-review; final acceptance will be based on reviewer reports and those of the special issue’s editors.

* For information about Science Fiction Studies see http://www.jstor.org/page/journal/sciefictstud/about.html  and http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/


** Guidelines for formatting the article: http://www.depauw.edu/sfs/masthead.htm?47,34

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cfp: Jamie Bishop Award for an essay not in English

The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts Announces its 8th annual Jamie Bishop Memorial Award for a critical essay on the fantastic written in a language other than English. The IAFA defines the fantastic to include science fiction, folklore, and related genres in literature, drama, film, art and graphic design, and related disciplines. For more information on the award and on past winners, please see http://iafa.highpoint.edu/awards/jamie-bishop-memorial-award/ (please note the updated submission criteria, below).

Submission criteria:

·       Essays should be of high scholarly quality, as if for publication in an academic journal.

·       We consider essays from 3,000-10,000 words in length (including notes and bibliography).

·       Essays may be unpublished scholarship submitted by the author, or already published work nominated either by the author or another scholar (in which case the author’s permission should be obtained before submission).

·       Essays must have been written and (when applicable) published in the original language within the last three years prior to submission.

·       An abstract in English must accompany all submissions; an English translation of the title of the essay should also be included.

·       Only one essay per person may be submitted each year.

·       Submissions must be made electronically in Word format.

Deadline for submissions: September 1st

Prize: $250 U.S. and one year’s free membership in the IAFA to be awarded at the annual International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts held each March. Winning essays may be posted on the IAFA website in the original language and/or considered for publication in the Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts (http://www.fantastic-arts.org/jfa/) should they be translated into English.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to:

Rachel Haywood Ferreira

Department of World Languages and Cultures

3102 Pearson Hall

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011 USA

Email: <rachelhf AT iastate.edu>

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See you at the Pool!

Things are starting to wind down to the big banquet tonight! Are you out at the pool yet??

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Conference Update

The conference is already off to a GREAT start!! Here are some updates. In addition to Brie’s update, the super final conference schedule is posted on the site!


  • Thursday Lunch is Sold Out
  • Friday Lunch is Closed. If you did not request a ticket, but would like to attend, we will form a line near registration and accommodate anyone we can after all ticketed guests have been seated. There is no guarantee that we will be able to seat you.
  • Banquet- If you would still like to purchase a meal ticket for yourself or a guest to attend the Awards Banquet, please do so when you register today. Banquet tickets purchased onsite will be $60. Thank you for your cooperation.


Conference Registration (Main Floor) will now open at 2PM on Wednesday.

Book Exhibit and Sales

The book room and auction, including Charles Vess’ original art, will open for business on Wednesday afternoon.


Make sure to check the schedule when you register. When you show up for your shift, make sure to sign in, so that we can keep track of your hours. If you have not signed up, but are interested in volunteering, please ask about open shifts when you register.

Limited Edition Charles Vess Shirts & Canvas Totes – printed with Charles Vess’ Neil Gaiman inspired design.

A limited selection of standard and fitted t-shirts/totes is still available. All shirts/totes will be distributed/sold from Thursday forward–while supplies last. Both shirt styles and the book tote are priced at $20.


* Pre-Opening Refreshment – Wednesday 3-20 from 2:30-3:15pm- Ballrom Foyer

* Newcomer Meet-up – Wednesday 3-20 from 8-8:30 – Captiva A/B

* Opening Reception – Wednesday 3-20 from 8:30-11pm – Capri – open to all


This year’s Sunday excursion to Disney’s Hollywood Studios is SOLD OUT.

* This link provides local dining, shopping, and tourism discounts: http://www.orlandoconventionaid.com/directory_view.php?dir_id=2346

* An indoor/outdoor pool, fitness center, and jogging trail are also available to hotel guests.

If there is anything else that you need before you arrive, please respond to this message or e-mail me at <iafareg_at_gmail.com> and let me know how I can help. Messages come to my phone, which should afford a quick response. After the conference is in full swing, visit the Registration Desk (Main Floor) or the Information Desk (2nd floor) for answers.

Bridgid P. Shannon
International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts(IAFA)
Membership & Registration Coordinator

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Original Vess Art Added to Auction

Charles Vess has very generously donated the long version of the t-shirt/tote and program  art for ICFA 34: Fantastic Transformations, Adaptations, and Audiences to the silent auction. Funds generated by the auction support the scholar’s honorarium and the conference in general.

The original black and white art on heavy Strathmore Britsol Board, measuring 12.5” x 22”, will be available for bid in the auction room with a minimum of $800. A low resolution version of the image appears here.

Make sure to stop by the Bookroom and Auction in Augusta A/B for this and other amazing finds.

* Limited Edition T-Shirts and Book Totes with the same design are still available: http://iafa.highpoint.edu/2013onlinepmt/

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Final program updated

Final part 2! Updates have been completed and uploaded with and without abstracts.

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