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2012 Hugo Award Nominees!

Nominees cheerfully copied from John Scalzi's blog.

Best Novel (1,113 ballots)

  • 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
  • Blackout by Mira Grant (Orbit)
  • Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)
  • Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (DAW)

Best Novella (587 ballots)

The StoryBundle Indie Fantasy Bundle

Interested in some fantasy ebooks? Don't want to wrestle with DRM? Want to donate to charity?

Want to set your own price?

Check out The Story Bundle website for an offer to buy eight fantasy novels:

  • The Book of Deacon - Books 1 & 2 by Joseph Lallo
  • The Second Coming by David H. Burton
  • The Duchess of the Shallows by Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto
  • Sword and Chant by Blair MacGregor
  • The Tormay Trilogy - Books 1 & 2 by Christopher Bunn
  • Strange Places by Jefferson Smith

2012 Nebula Award Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announces the nominees for the 2012 Nebula Awards (presented 2013), nominees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.


Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz ’13)
Ironskin, Tina Connolly (Tor)
The Killing Moon, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Drowning Girl, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
Glamour in Glass, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

Discovered: Old interview with H.P. Lovecraft Conducted by Postcard

Gene Wolfe Chosen as SFWA Grand Master!

Gene Wolfe has been chosen as the next recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award this year, although a lot of better verbiage about it is seen on Scalzi's Blog:

"Only the worst Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Covers"

Here's a fun blog to read! Each entry is a bad book cover, some of them really bad, with a bit of commentary, sometimes from the author.

Such winners as:


Check it out!

Congratulations to Bonnie Doran!

Contratulations to our Bonnie Doran, who reports:

I just signed my first book contract! It's with Harbourlight, an imprint of Pelican Book Group, for my science thriller. Still in shock.

Here's hoping to many wonderful books to come!

Support Electric Velocipede for a Year: Kickstarter

Hey folks. The people who do Electric Velocipede are looking to get some money together to help keep the magazine going. They've published a bunch of good stories, and got a Hugo award in 2009, and they've launched a kickstarter for people to contribute to here. They only need $5,000, and they've already collected over a thousand.

Volunteers needed for the Denver County Fair / Geek Pavilion

The Denver County Fair (and the Geek Pavilion, which Rose is managing) is still signing up volunteers. A mere four hours gets you a free three-day pass. You also get free parking as a volunteer.

There's tons of fun stuff going on, so if you decide you'd like to check it out and lend a hand, visit