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REVIEW: “Anthologies of such high quality are rare gems.” —New York Journal of Books, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?

“The wide range of styles, genres, and themes in What the #@&% Is That? make it perfect for finding a new favorite author or discovering upcoming voices in fiction. The three stories mentioned [in our review] are from three newer writers, yet they are some of the strongest and most original in the collection. Anthologies of such high quality are rare gems.” —New York Journal of Books, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? [review]

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

This year’s Hugo Awards nomination period is now open. The 2017 Hugo Awards will be presented in Helsinki, Finland during Worldcon 75 (Aug. 9-13, 2017). Nominations close on March 17, 2017 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time.

Anyone who is a voting member of the 2016, 2017, or 2018 Worldcons by January 31, 2017 is eligible to nominate. You may nominate only once, regardless of how many of those three Worldcons you are a member. [Become a member of Worldcon 75.]

Nominations may be submitted through the online ballot. If you’re registered (or once you register) Worldcon 75 will send you a link via email that will allow you to vote. (There’s no PIN system this year.)

To assist you in finding material to nominate, I’ve assembled this post to list everything that I worked on in 2016. I’ve included the Destroy special issues here, though on those I was only publisher (not editor).

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2016 is available online (and also much of the 2016 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2016 is available online (and also much of the 2016 original fiction is available as a podcast).
  • Selected stories from Fantasy’s POC Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue are available online.
  • Selected stories from What the #@&% is That? are available online.
  • Selected stories from Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2016 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 2016 material I edited available to you in digital format.

After the jump, you’ll find all of the 2016 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: “An impressive and intriguing array of twenty authors [who] are some of the most talented, versatile and imaginative practitioners of sf/f/h today.” —Intergalactic Medicine Show, on BASFF 2016

“An impressive and intriguing array of twenty authors [who] are some of the most talented, versatile and imaginative practitioners of sf/f/h today.” —Intergalactic Medicine Show, on BASFF 2016 [review]

REVIEW: “Brings a unique, refreshing perspective to this curated collection of the year’s best sci-fi and fantasy short stories [that] offer[s] up some of modern genre’s best writing and most intriguing ideas.” —Barnes & Noble, on BASFF 2016; Editor’s Pick as one of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016

“Brings a unique, refreshing perspective to this curated collection of the year’s best sci-fi and fantasy short stories [that] offer[s] up some of modern genre’s best writing and most intriguing ideas.” —Barnes & Noble, Editor’s Pick as one of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016 [review]

REVIEW: “Old and new favorites trying to break new and bizarre ground here, making it an incredibly enjoyable read from the dedication page (“For Cthulhu…”) on.” —Barnes & Noble, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT; Editor’s Pick as one of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016

“Old and new favorites trying to break new and bizarre ground here, making it an incredibly enjoyable read from the dedication page (“For Cthulhu…”) on.” —Barnes & Noble, on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT; Editor’s Pick as one of The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Collections and Anthologies of 2016 [review]

REVIEW: “If you derive any sort of pleasure from the grotesque, the fanciful, the freakish and unnatural, buy this book.” —IGMS on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?

“If you derive any sort of pleasure from the grotesque, the fanciful, the freakish and unnatural, buy this book.” —IGMS on WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? [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 2016.

  • Most of Lightspeed‘s original fiction from 2016 is available online (and also much of the 2016 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 2016’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Most of Nightmare‘s original fiction from 2016 is available online (and also much of the 2016 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 2016’s original material from the SFWA forums.
  • Selected stories from Fantasy’s POC 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. (POC Destroy Science Fiction! and POC Destroy Horror! are included in the aforementioned Lightspeed and Nightmare compilations, respectively.)
  • Selected stories from What the #@&% is That? 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 2016 eligible stories/authors that either appeared in Lightspeed or Nightmare, or in projects I’m otherwise affiliated with. (more…)

REVIEW: “The authors … tackle the Weird West premise with impressive seriousness in a collection that echoes WESTWORLD’s chilly introspection.” —THE TELEGRAPH, on DEAD MAN’S HAND

THE TELEGRAPH reviews my anthology DEAD MAN’S HAND in the context of providing recommendations for folks who love the HBO show WESTWORLD: “The authors, many prominent within science fiction, tackle the Weird West premise with impressive seriousness in a collection that echoes Westworld’s chilly introspection.” [review]

 

NEWS: Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 is Available for Just $1.99 in Ebook Formats Today

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2015 is available for just $1.99 in ebook formats today:

Also, famous awesome person Wil Wheaton just said that BASFF 2015 is the best SF/F collection he’s ever read, so, you know, that’s pretty cool!

NEWS: WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT? Featured on Wired.com’s The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast

Me and my co-editor Douglas Cohen appeared in The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy to talk about our new anthology, WHAT THE #@&% IS THAT?, and to discuss other “nameless horrors.” [link]