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NEWS: Hugo Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for Worldcon Members

This year’s Hugo Awards nomination period is now open. The 2016 Hugo Awards will be presented in Kansas City, MO during MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention (Aug. 17-21). Nominations close on March 31, 2016.

Anyone who was a voting member of the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Worldcons by January 31, 2016 is eligible to nominate. You may nominate only once, regardless of how many of those three Worldcons you are a member.

Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot, available here.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2015. I’ve included the Destroy special issues here, though on those I was only publisher (not editor).

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Selected stories from Fantasy’s Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue are available online.
  • Selected stories from The End Has Come are available online.
  • Selected stories from Press Start to Play are available online.
  • Selected stories from Operation Arcana are available online.

If you are planning and eligible to vote for the Hugos this year, if you email me proof of your Worldcon membership (i.e., your name is listed on the Worldcon website as an attending member, or the email confirmation or receipt you received when you purchased your membership, etc.) I would be happy to make some additional 2015 material I edited available to you in digital format.

After the jump, you’ll find all of the 2015 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with. Everything is sorted into their proper Hugo categories. In the interest of clarity (and to avoid the confusion that perhaps I’ve left something off the list by accident), I’ve listed some items that are ineligible and have them struckthrough to indicate their ineligibility.

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REVIEW: “This may well become your environmentalist friend’s favorite book.” —ANALOG

You’d think all the stories in this volume would be more or less the same; given the topic, you’re probably expecting dreary cautionary tales filled with angst and bitterness. And you’d be completely wrong. As with most theme anthologies, half the fun is seeing how each author went off in a totally different direction. […] This may well become your environmentalist friend’s favorite book.” —Analog Science Fiction & Fact [review]

NEWS: BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2015 is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (Jan. 7)

BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY 2015 is on sale for just $1.99 today on Kindle! [Amazon]

Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy 2015

REVIEW: “One of the rare collections that keeps the reader hungrier with every passing story.”

“These stories represent both the importance of games and the people that play and create them. They are all labyrinths, the stories and the games, and they act as mazes that we never intend to escape from. Collections are fickle beasts to tame, there is an overwhelming fear that one story will outweigh the rest and spoil the reader, and a greater fear of that one story that may leave a sour taste in your mouth. Press Play to Start is one of the rare collections that keeps the reader hungrier with every passing story. One might question why we even need a collection like this, or if Cline’s like revolution of videogame stories is simply a fad waiting to pass like the Dreamcast. And another would counter that, this collection should not and will not be sectioned off as a mere collection of nerdy stories; it is an utter and visceral look at our humanity, a reflection of us as both Bowser and Mario.” —Stymie [review]

REVIEW: “Deeply meaningful stories … you’ll find much enjoyment.” —ANALOG

“There’s plenty of variety in this volume, from outright comedy to deeply meaningful stories questioning the economics and ethics of games and the gaming industry. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer or an occasional dabbler, you’ll find much enjoyment and even some food for thought between these covers” —Analog Science Fiction & Fact [review]

NEWS: Nebula Awards Nomination Period Now Open + Free Stuff for SFWA Members

This year’s Nebula Awards nomination period is now open.

From November 15 to February 15, Active and Associate SFWA members may submit nominations for the Nebula Awards. Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot, available here. For more information, visit SFWA’s How to Vote page.

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2015.

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) compilation of all 2015’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2015 is available online (and also much of the 2015 original fiction is available as a podcast). If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) compilation of all 2015’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Selected stories from Fantasy’s Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the special issue. (Queers Destroy Science Fiction! and Queers Destroy Horror! are included in the aforementioned Lightspeed and Nightmare compilations, respectively.)
  • Selected stories from The End Has Come are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the anthology.
  • Selected stories from Press Start to Play are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download all of the original stories from the anthology in doc/rtf format.
  • Selected stories from Operation Arcana are available online. If you are a SFWA member, you can also download an ebook (epub/mobi/pdf) of the anthology.

After the jump, you’ll find lists of all of the 2015 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with. (more…)

REVIEW: “Whimsical and haunting […] a welcome addition to the Best American series.” —The Washington Post on BASFF 2015

“Whimsical and haunting […] a welcome addition to the Best American series.” —The Washington Post on BASFF 2015 [review]

REVIEW: “Stellar […] An illuminating anthology.” —Library Journal, on BASFF 2015 (Starred Review)

STARRED REVIEW: “Stellar […] An illuminating anthology for genre devotees and curious readers interested in exploring sf/fantasy.” —Library Journal, on BASFF 2015 [review]

NEWS: WASTELANDS 2 is a Kindle Daily Deal Today (on Sale for $1.99)!

WASTELANDS 2 is a Kindle Daily Deal today, which means you can grab the ebook for just $1.99.

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NEWS: Vox.com Presents the Top 5 SF/F Short Stories of All-Time, Selected by BASFF 2015 Editors

“For the first time ever, the renowned Best American series of anthologies has published a collection of the country’s best science fiction and fantasy stories. Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy is a terrific book, filled with 20 stories that filter very basic questions about humanity — how do men and women relate to each other? how are we being changed by our technology? what is the relationship between oppressor and oppressed? — through the filters of other genres and even other worlds.” —Vox.com, on BASFF 2015

Clickthrough to see the list of our top ten stories, including discussion about each selection. [article]