Archive for Awards
Last night (well, last night in the UK – yesterday afternoon in the US) this year’s Locus Award finalists were announced, and we’re delighted to announce that Madeline Ashby’s vN has been shortlisted in the Best First Novel category, and Angry Robot author Aliette de Bodard has been shortlisted in both Best Novella and Best Short Story categories!
Not only that, but Angry Robot has been shortlisted for Best Publisher.
The competition in all of the categories is fierce, and the entire awards list highlights some of the amazing work being done in the SF & F genres today, and our congratulations go to Madeline and all of the other finalists. Except perhaps for those in the Best Publisher category – our cybernetic army lies in wait. Just sayin’…
This time the shortlistee is Mr Lee Battersby, whose debut novel The Corpse-Rat King is one of three books shortlisted for the 2012 Australian Shadows Award – awarded to “the stories and collections that best typify the horror genre, delivering a sense of ‘creeping dread’, leaving the reader with chills and a reluctance to turn out the light” – in the Best Novel category.
Congratulations, too, to Kaaron Warren who has been shortlisted in three categories: Best Short Fiction (three times!), Best Long Fiction and Best Collection.
We’re not entirely sure when the winners will be announced (the Australian Horror Writers Association website may shed some light on the details in due course) but once again we’ve got all our mechadigits very firmly crossed, for however long they need to be.
SpecFaction NSW, the organising body for the Aurealis Awards – recognising the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers – have announced the 2012 shortlisted finalists and we’re delighted to report that Jo Anderton has been nominated in the Best Science Fiction Novel Category for Suited.
Jo has also been shortlisted in both the Best Fantasy Short Story and Best Horror Short Story categories for ‘Sanaa’s Army’, which was published in Bloodstones, a dark fantasy anthology from Ticonderoga Publications.
The winners of the 2012 Aurealis Awards will be revealed at a gala ceremony on the evening of Saturday 18th May 2013 at The Independent Theatre in North Sydney. See the Aurealis Awards website for a full list of the shortlisted nominees.
All mechanical digits very firmly crossed!
So far this year our covers have won two publicly-voted cover competitions in the “Best of 2012″ category.
First up, over at Ranting Dragon, there was one enormous competition, which started with 64 of last year’s best titles pitted against each other – the winner of each round went through to the next stage in the competition, and voting began anew.
The overall winner was Joey HiFi‘s brilliant cover to Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.
More recently, The Qwillery took their favourite 12 covers of 2012 and asked their readers to vote on which was the best.
Angry Robot had 3 horses in the race – Chris McGrath‘s atmospheric cover to the Lee Collins debut, The Dead of Winter, Amazing15‘s brilliantly retro Dead Harvest (by Chris F Holm) and Joey HiFi’s now award-winning cover to Blackbirds.
1,189 votes were cast. Blackbirds received 492 votes, and Dead Harvest also received 492 – a dead heat! So, these 2 covers received 984 out of the 1,189 votes cast, with the other 205 votes split among the other 10 titles.
Congratulations to Joey HiFi and to Amazing15 for their superb work. Kudos also, to our very own Marc Gascoigne, who Art Directed both of these winning covers.
To celebrate Adam’s win we’re offering the ePub version* of Empire State at 25% off its normal price – until Sunday, only. And, ok – you’ve twisted our metallic limbs – you can have his standalone superhero novel - Seven Wonders – for 25% off, too, if you like.
That’s just £4.12 for the Best Book of 2012! (Or approximately US$5.50, depending on currency conversion rates at the time of purchase).
To get your discount, simply add Adam’s book/s to your shopping basket at RobotTradingCompany.com and enter the code: sfnow2012 at the checkout.
You can pick up a copy of SciFi Now at all good newsagents, or direct from their website (physical or digital editions available).
And why did Empire State win? Well, read what these folk had to say about it, earlier this year:
“Empire State is highly recommended to those who like their sci-fi dark, pacey and woven tight by multiple threads of intrigue.”
“As captivating as a kaleidoscope… just feel it in all its weird glory.”
- Cory Doctorow, author of Makers and Little Brother
“Empire State is an excellent, involving read, and it fully deserves to be the start of a new universe.”
Paul Cornell, Doctor Who scriptwriter, and author of London Falling, Wolverine and Demon Knights
“A daring, dreamlike, almost hallucinatory thriller, one that plays with the conventions of pulp fiction and superheroes like a cat with a ball of yarn.”
- Kurt Busiek, Eisner Award-winning writer of Astro City and Marvels
*Kindle users can easily convert the ePub using the free eBook tool, Calibre.
The 2012 World Fantasy Awards were announced over the weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto and as a result the Angry Robot crew will be raising a toast today to not one, but two winners whose work will be very well known to Angry Robot aficionados the world over.
Firstly, the winner of the Best Novel award, Lavie Tidhar, for Osama, originally published by PS Publishing in signed hardcover, hardcover and ebook editions, with a paperback from Solaris in October of this year.
Secondly, the winner of the Best Artist award, John Coulthart, whose gorgeously intricate designs have graced not only the Courts of the Feyre series by Mike Shevdon but also – this commission showing just how powerfully prescient our prediction circuits can be when we turn them up to eleven – the forthcoming three-in-one omnibus edition of The Bookman Histories by our very own Lavie Tidhar.
Quite lovely, is it not? Pre-order today from your favourite bricks & mortar or online retailer, for delivery in early January (UK/EU) or mid-December (US/CAN).
2012 World Fantasy Award Winners
Novel – Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
Novella – A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong, KJ Parker (Subterranean Winter 2011)
Short Story – The Paper Menagerie, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
Anthology – The Weird, edited by Ann & Jeff VanderMeer (Corvus; Tor)
Collection – The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon and Subterranean Press)
Artist – John Coulthart
Special Award, Professional – Eric Lane, for publishing in translation – Dedalus Books
Special Award, Non-Professional – Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
Lifetime Achievement – Alan Garner and George R R Martin