British Fantasy Awards 2017 Winners Announced

The British Fantasy Society has had its annual convention, and that means that the winners of the British Fantasy Awards have been announced.  The ceremony was held at The Bull Hotel in Peterborough on the first of October.  Next year’s Fantasycon will be at The Chester Queen in Chester, October 19-21. The winners of the 2017 awards are presented below.

Best Fantasy Novel is The Tiger and The Wolf by Adrian Tchaikovsky from Pan MacMillan
Best Magazine/periodical went to tor.com
Best Nonfiction goes to The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley
Best anthology is People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction, a Lightspeed publication edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Kristine Ong Muslim
The award for Best Indie Press was presented to Grimbold Press
Best Collection goes to Some Will Not Sleep by Adam Nevill published by Ritual Limited
Best Novella was given to The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle from StMartin’s Press
Best Short Fiction is White Rabbit by Georgina Bruce from Black Static 50
The August Derleth Award for Best Horror novel went to Disappearance At Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay from Titan Books

Daniele Serra was Best Artist

Best comic/graphic novel went to Monstress Volume 1. Published by Image Comics,  written by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
The Sydney J. Bounds for Best Newcomer went to Erica L Satifka
Best film/TV is Arrival, directed by Denis Villeneuve and distributed by Paramount.
The Karl Edward Wagner Award, presented for service to British fandom goes to Jan Edwards.

In addition, a Fantasycon specific award, The Legend of Fantasycon Award, was presented to David and Sandra Sutton for their work in organising past Fantasycons. It is not part of the BFAs and was presented just before the main ceremony. Next year’s BFAs will also feature an audio award.

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FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTERS Hits US Stores in October

Following the hugely successful FrightFest Guide to Exploitation Movies, Fab Press and the team behind the UK’s premiere horror film festival are set to release the Guide to Monster Movies in the US.

Written by Michael Gingold, the latest addition to The Dark Heart of Cinema series will hit US stores on October 18th, with an official book launch taking place on that day at Forbidden Planet in New York. The book is already available in the UK following its launch at this year’s Horror Channel FrightFest event. It can be purchased exclusively from Fab Press.

From the official press release:

In the book, celebrated writer, editor and critic Michael Gingold traces the history of the genre from the silent movies all the way through to the present day. From Universal Studios legends such as Frankenstein’s Monster and the Wolf Man, to the big bugs, atomic mutants and space invaders that terrorized the ’50s, to the kaiju of Japan and the ecological nightmares of the ’70s and ’80s, to the CG creatures and updated favourites of recent years — they’re all here.

Two hundred of the greatest creature features from across the globe are reviewed, with fascinating facts and critical analysis, all illustrated with a ghoulish gallery of remarkable monstrous imagery. Cult-favourite filmmaker Frank Henenlotter, the creator of some of the screen’s most idiosyncratic and bizarre beings, contributes a foreword.

A whole world and grisly galaxy of creatures;- great and small, spawned from space, the supernatural and strange science, the beginning of time, beneath the sea and beyond imagination, await in this book. Dare you confront the beasts within?

 

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Brian Aldiss 1925 – 2017

Grand Master of Science Fiction Brian Aldiss passed away Saturday, August 19th. He had just turned 92 the previous day.

Aldiss wrote over 100 books and more than 300 short stories during his long and distinguished career. His awards included one John W. Campbell Memorial Award, two Hugo Awards and a Nebula. Aldiss was also awarded the OBE for services to literature in 2005.

Known for works such as Non-stop, Hothouse and The Helliconia Trilogy, he is perhaps best known for his Super Toys short stories which were adapted into the Kubrick/Spielberg movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence. His book Greybeard has been cited as one of the greatest science fiction works to deal with the subject of depression, and his razor-sharp intelligence and witty writing is seen as one the critical bridging points between mainstream fiction and genre.

In an interview with STARBURST Magazine two years ago, his advice to young authors was “Try not to age. Get laid as often as possible.” He will be greatly missed.

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The Arthur C. Clarke Award Goes to THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Pulitzer Prize winning book The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead has won the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. The much-lauded book follows the fate of Cora, a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. Cora’s journey takes her across history and reality, and the book is more a meditation on history and humanity than anything else.

The winner received a prize of £2017 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend.

Andrew M Butler, Chair of Judges, said, “I’m delighted the judges chose Colson Whitehead’s intensely moving The Underground Railroad. It’s a gripping account both of humanity’s inhumanity and the potential for resistance, underpinned by science fiction’s ability to make metaphor literal.”

The complete shortlist was:

A Closed and Common Orbit, Becky Chambers

Ninefox Gambit, Yoon Ha Lee

After Atlas, Emma Newman

Occupy Me, Tricia Sullivan

Central Station, Lavie Tidhar

The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead 

Award Director Tom Hunter added, “2017 marks Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s centenary year, and The Underground Railroad is a much-deserved winner, a tribute to Sir Arthur’s original intent that the award be as inclusive as possible in defining its genre, and a book that demonstrates science fiction’s uncanny ability to be both of the moment and an enduringly powerful message for futures to come.”

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Fulci Book Re-issue Smashes Funding Target in Hours

One of the most revered and collectable non-fiction books from recent times is Stephen Thrower’s Beyond Terror. A look at the work of Italian goremeister Lucio Fulci, it sold out of its first print many years ago and copies sell for ridiculous amounts (when you can find them). Now fans can pre-order a new luxurious imprint through an Indiegogo campaign run by publishers Fab Press and the initial response has been amazing.

Not only is the book revamped, it’s been totally revised and expanded and – exclusive to the crowdfunded release – a new chapter featuring an interview with the director from 1994. As well as new images and writing (and we’re not talking a little – there are 128 extra pages, 80,000 more words, and 350 more images), the book will be encased in a fabulous ‘Book of Eibon’ (fans will understand) and come with a DVD of Fulci trailers, collected for the first time. Other perks offered include a fabulous T-shirt, as well as signed posters and even a bonus copy of Thrower’s other Fab Press hit Nightmare USA. This edition of Beyond Terror will not be reprinted in this format, and any subsequent traditionally-released editions will be missing the extra interview chapter and the DVD and Eibon case.

The Indiegogo campaign was launched on May 24th just after midday, and by 5 pm had raised over 250% of its target, which shows not only the passion Fulci fans still have for his work but how much people want this luscious-looking book!

The campaign lasts for 35 days, finishing on June 28th so there is still time to secure your copy.

Exclusive to the Beyond Terror Special Edition

• Exclusive Feature 1)  — LUCIO FULCI TRAILER SHOW — a full-length DVD featuring a re-mastered collection of every known Lucio Fulci movie trailer, produced exclusively for FAB Press by Nucleus Films’ Marc Morris. All trailers are in English except where foreign language was the only option, and for all of those, we have produced brand new specially commissioned English subtitles! This DVD is NTSC format, no region coding, so it can be played wherever you are in the world.

• Exclusive Feature 2)  — EIBON COLLECTOR’S BOX PACKAGING — the book and DVD will be housed together in a custom-designed heavy-duty presentation box reminiscent of the Book of Eibon from The Beyond, complete with silk pull-ribbon to lift the book from the box, textured cover and magnetic closure flap.

• Exclusive Feature 3)  — BONUS CHAPTER — an extensive interview with Lucio Fulci… This new pressing of Beyond Terror will include a final chapter that will only ever be included in the Special Edition — it will NOT be in any future high street or trade edition, neither will it be in any edition offered for sale online anywhere else except direct from the FAB Press Indiegogo page… When Lucio Fulci visited the UK in 1994 as a film festival special guest, he was interviewed by renowned horror journalist John Martin. For the first time ever John has allowed that entire conversation to be published completely uncut, accompanied by rare behind the scenes and personal photographs of Fulci at work and at leisure.

• Exclusive Feature 4)  — THE BEYOND WRAPAROUND BOOK JACKET — Special Edition books will be complete with the trade edition Zombie Flesh Eaters cover design, but they will ALSO include the original cover design from the 1999 hardback and 2003 paperback editions included as an additional bonus dust jacket…

Don’t miss out on this fantastic book – pre-order yours at Indiegogo.

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The Folio Society Releases CTHULHU

Those fine creators of books that look incredible on the shelf, The Folio Society, has produced a special edition of H. P. Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu and Other Weird Stories, and have added Alan Moore to the mix for good measure.

The world famous omnibus is considered the definitive collection of Lovecraft’s work and has been around for decades. This new edition comes in two forms: an extremely limited simulated leather bound tome and a slightly more common (but equally exquisite) cloth-blocked-binding edition. Both look like they could give the Necronomicon a run for its money.

H. P. Lovecraft has not only influenced modern day authors but has also influenced the gaming industry. Many RPG video games have taken influence including Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth, The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimDragonborn, Shadowman, Dead Space, Fallout and the release later this year of Call of Cthulhu: The Official Video Game.

The collection includes Introduction/Preface by Moore and Illustrations by Dan Hillier – watch the special clip below for more information.

The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft The Folio Society edition 2017

Illustration by Dan Hillier from The Folio Society edition of The Call of Cthulhu & Other Weird Stories by H.P. Lovecraft © Dan Hillier 2017

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Clarke Award 2017 Shortlist Announced

2017 marks the 100th Anniversary of Arthur C Clarke (he was born in December 1917), and his incredible legacy continues to be celebrated in many ways, including the Arthur C Clarke Award. The prize is for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The winner receives a prize consisting of a number of pounds sterling equal to the current year.

The shortlist includes some of STARBURST’s favourites and is very strong, interesting and engaging list, and can be found below.
After Atlas by Emma Newman

A Closed and Common Orbit byBecky Chambers

Ninefox Gambit byYoon Ha Lee

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Central Station by Lavie Tidhar

Occupy Me by Tricia Sullivan

The winner will be announced on Thursday 27th July at an award ceremony held in partnership with the Foyles Flagship Bookshop, Charing Cross Road, London. Tickets will be available shortly. Those interested in following the award can sign-up to their newsletter here.
We asked Tom Hunter, the current Director the Arthur C. Clarke Award, to explain the award in more detail, he told us:
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is a juried prize, with each jury member being nominated by one of our supporting organisations; the Science Fiction Foundation, the British Science Fiction Association and the SCI-FI-LONDON film festival. Judges serve a maximum of two years, which aren’t always consecutive, and the result is a different panel coming fresh to the award every year.

The truth though is that running the Clarke Award is more like strapping in for a deep space mission with HAL 9000 as your co-pilot. You trust you’re working with the best there is, but the outcomes can often end up light years from the original mission parameters.

Where we’ve end up this year is ultimately for the fans to decide, but speaking as a fan myself I can’t help but think this is one of our all-time best shortlists. It’s hugely diverse, deeply imaginative and a great tribute to the memory of Sir Arthur himself as we celebrate the centenary year of his birth in 2017.

Chair of the Judges, Andrew M. Butler added:

Every year our industrious judges sift through scores of novels to pick six to represent the state of the sf field. They’ve chosen a first timer and a previous winner, as well as writers in the process of building great reputations. Any of these could win — at this point I cannot begin to guess.

STARBURST wishes all the nominees the best of luck.

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2017 Gemmell Award Shortlist Opens

Online voting for the 2017 Gemmell Awards has opened. The fantasy novel awards are voted for by the general public and are named after the fantasy author David Gemmell, who died in 2006. The online voting form can be found here. Voting closes at midnight on Friday, June 2nd.

The awards are split into three categories: The David Gemmell Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel, the Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer, and the Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art. The awards are well known for the unusual shape of the prizes; The Legend Award is an actual axe, which is a scale model of Snaga, the axe wielded by Gemmell’s iconic hero Druss. The other two awards are statues inspired by Gemmell’s works.

The presentation takes place on the evening of Saturday, July 15th at Edge-Lit 6, Derby, UK. 

The finalists are listed below. STARBURST would like to wish the best of luck to all of those nominated.

The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel

Wrath, John Gwynne (Tor)

Nevernight, Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)

The Wheel of Osheim, Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)

The Bands of Mourning, Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

Warbeast, Gav Thorpe (Black Library)

 

The Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Newcomer

Infernal, Mark de Jager (Del Rey UK)

Duskfall, Christopher Husberg (Titan)

Steal the Sky, Megan E. O’Keefe (Angry Robot)

Snakewood, Adrian Selby (Orbit)

Hope and Red, Jon Skovron (Orbit)

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

Alessandro Baldaserroni for the cover of Black Rift by Josh Reynolds (Black Library)

Jason Chan for the cover of The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Harper Voyager)

Sam Green for the cover of The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)

Kerby Rosannes for the cover of Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager)

Paul Young for the cover of Wrath by John Gwynne (Tor)

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Dave Hutchinson Wins BSFA Award

Dave Hutchinson, author of the critically acclaimed Fractured Europe Sequence, has won a British Science Fiction Award for his novel, Europe in Winter. (Published by Rebellion Publishing imprint, Solaris).

The dystopian sci-fi espionage thrillers have been regular nominees in various sci-fi awards, and this prize is a long time coming and well deserved.

The prize for Best Shorter Fiction went to Jaine Fenn for Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press). Geoff Ryman won the Best Non-Fiction prize with 100 African Writers of SFF (Tor.com) and Sarah Anne Langton won the award for Best Artwork thanks to her cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications).

The BSFA Awards are presented annually at British sci-fi event Eastercon. They are voted for by BSFA members and those attending the British literary science fiction event, Eastercon. This year’s awards were announced at Eastercon 2017, aka Innominate, which was held in Birmingham.

Tickets for next year’s Eastercon, called Follycon, can be obtained from here.

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Obverse Announce New Cult TV Book Imprint

In news that will delight aficionados of cult, genre and vintage TV everywhere, Obverse Books have announced that they’re set to extend their current range of Doctor Who titles, the Black Archive series of “critical monographs”, to include other television programmes as well. The new imprint will be known as the Silver Archive, and the first titles are due in less than twelve months’ time.

For those who are unaware, the Black Archive volumes are essentially the Doctor Who equivalent of the BFI Film Classics range of books, with each title looking at a particular Doctor Who story in the kind of depth that might ordinarily be reserved for the likes of David Lean and Stanley Kubrick. Doctor Who, of course, is the kind of television series that encourages such depth of analysis – and it isn’t the only one. Hence the expansion of the range to include the likes of The Prisoner and Children of the Stones.

The Silver Archive kicks off in March net year, with three volumes being published simultaneously, each covering two series of the haunting late 1970s/early 1980s ITV classic Sapphire and Steel. Later in 2018 a further three titles will look at Stranger Things, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, Anthony Newley’s surreal comedy from 1960, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (not the entire series, natch!), before the series goes on to include books about Quatermass and the Pit, The Stone Tape and A for Andromeda among many others. Authors will include David McIntee, Robert Smith, Paul Magrs and Michael Seely.

Obverse head honcho Stuart Douglas explains, “There’s such a rich history of genre television, and yet discussion of individual series still tend to concentrate on a few big names while the rest are effectively ignored, usually on the basis that there simply isn’t a large enough fanbase to justify a full length analysis.

The Silver Archive, by allowing writers to narrow their focus to one season or serial, or even a single episode, transcends that problem, and lets us open windows on a wide range of shows, some fondly remembered, some almost forgotten and in need of rehabilitation.

“The Black Archive demonstrated that there is a readership out there eager for our type of detailed story analysis – the Silver Archive will build on that and will, I hope, be equally well received.”

Further details will be available in due course from obversebooks.co.uk, where in the meantime the first eleven volumes of the Doctor Who Black Archive series are currently available.

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