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The Science Fiction Poetry Association recently announced the 2013 Rhysling Award Winners: Short Poem Category: First Place: “The Cat Star” by Terry A. Garey Second Place: “Futurity’s Shoelaces” by Marge Simon Third Place: “Sister Philomela Heard the Voices of Angels” by Megan Arkenberg Long Poem Category: First Place: “Into Flight” by Andrew Robert Sutton Second […]
The Sunburst Award Committee is pleased to announce that the winner of its 2013 adult award is Maleficium by Martine Desjardins; translated by Fred A. Reed and David Homel (Talonbooks) and the winner of its 2013 young adult award is Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Doubleday Canada).
The Sunburst Award Society is pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Copper Cylinder Awards, an annual member’s choice award selected by members of the Sunburst Award Society for books published during the previous year.
There will be a SFWA Regional Meeting held during Archon 37 in Collinsville, IL. Time: 12:20pm Date: Sunday, October 6, 2013 Location: Room Illini A Collinsville Gateway Center All SFWA members are welcome.
SFWA’s special interest email group focused on professional middle grade and young adult publishing is now open to all SFWA members. Requirements are an up-to-date membership in SFWA at any level and an interest in the MG and YA fields.
Author A. C. Crispin (b.1950) died on September 6 after a year-long battle with cancer. Crispin began publishing in 1983 with the Star Trek novel Yesterday’s Son. She continued writing media tie-in novels, including for the television show V and the films Star Wars, Alien, and The Pirates of the Caribbean. In 1989, she published her first original novel, Starbridge, and co-wrote six sequels to it. In 2005, […]
Polymath and former SFWA President Frederik Pohl (b.1919) died on September 2 after entering the hospital in repiratory distress earlier in the day. Pohl joined science fiction fandom in the 1930s and quickly became an integral part of the New York science fiction scene. He was denied entry to the first Worldcon in 1939 as part of the “Exclusion Act.” By that time, he had begun to publish, with his poem “Elegy to a Dead Planet: Luna,” appearing in 1937 and his first story, the collaboration with C.M. Kornbluth “Before the Universe” in 1940 (as S.D. Gottesman, one of several pseudonyms Pohl used, either singularly or in collaboration).
While many SFWA members are at WorldCon in San Antonio this weekend, some of us are bucking the trend and going to Dragon*Con.
Starting last February, I began hearing from Iconic authors reporting a variety of similar problems, including production delays, poor copy editing (books were printed full of errors), poor communication, and broken marketing promises. I’ve also seen several Iconic contracts, and they’re pretty bad, with a sweeping claim on subsidiary rights (even though there’s no evidence Iconic is capable of exploiting them), unacceptably vague reversion language, royalties paid on net profit, and a Right of First refusal clause that could be interpreted to require the authors to submit to the publisher any subsequent book they ever produced.