2017 Nebula, Ray Bradbury, and Andre Norton Awards announced for sci-fi and fantasy

The latest, greatest sci-fi and fantasy

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference was just recently held in Pittsburgh from May 17 – May 20. The highly esteemed Nebula Award was presented for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Novelette, and Best Short Story. As well, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation was presented along with the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. The winners were selected from a shortlist of top contenders.

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2017 Nebula Award
for Best Novel

Jemisin, N. K. Stone Sky
N. K. Jemisin
The Stone Sky
Orbit, 2017
Nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018

The shattering conclusion to the post-apocalyptic and highly acclaimed New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with The Fifth Season, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016, and The Obelisk Gate, winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2017.

The Moon will soon return. Whether this heralds the destruction of humankind or something worse will depend on two women.

Essun has inherited the power of Alabaster Tenring. With it, she hopes to find her daughter Nassun and forge a world in which every orogene child can grow up safe.

For Nassun, her mother’s mastery of the Obelisk Gate comes too late. She has seen the evil of the world, and accepted what her mother will not admit: that sometimes what is corrupt cannot be cleansed, only destroyed.


2017 Nebula Award
for Best Novella

Wells, Martha All Systems Red

Martha Wells
“All Systems Red”
Tor.com, 2017

Winner: 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Finalist: 2017 Hugo Award for Best Novella
One of the Verge’s Best Books of 2017
A New York Times Bestseller

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid ― a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

2017 Nebula Award
for Best Novelette

Robson, Kelly A Human Stain

Kelly Robson
“A Human Stain”
Tor.com, 2017

“A Human Stain” by Kelly Robson is a disturbing horror novelette about a British expatriate at loose ends who is hired by her friend to temporarily care for his young, orphaned nephew in a remote castle-like structure in Germany.

2017 Nebula Award
for Best Short Story

Roanhorse, Rebecca Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience Apex Magazine Issue 99

Rebecca Roanhorse
“Welcome to Your Authentic
Indian Experience”
Apex Magazine #99

Apex Magazine is a monthly science fiction, fantasy, and horror magazine featuring original, mind-bending short fiction from many of the top pros of the field. New issues are released on the first Tuesday of every month.

Words from the Guest Editor — Amy H. Sturgis

Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ — Rebecca Roanhorse
If a Bird Can Be a Ghost — Allison Mills
Skinny Charlie’s Orbiting Teepee — Pamela Rentz
The Trip — Mari Kurisato

Interview with Author Allison Mills — Andrea Johnson
Indigenous Wonderworks and the Settler-Colonial Imaginary — Daniel Heath Justice
Interview with Cover Artist Dana Tiger — Russell Dickerson

2017 Ray Bradbury Award
for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Get Out

Get Out
Written and directed by
Jordan Peele
Universal Pictures
Amazon Video

When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined. This speculative thriller from Blumhouse (producers of The Visit, Insidious series and The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele (Key & Peele) is equal parts gripping thriller and provocative commentary.

2017 Andre Norton Award
for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Miller, Sam J. The Art of Starving

Sam J. Miller
The Art of Starving
HarperCollins, 2017
Audio CD

“Funny, haunting, beautiful, relentless and powerful, The Art of Starving is a classic in the making.”—Book Riot

Matt hasn’t eaten in days. His stomach stabs and twists inside, pleading for a meal, but Matt won’t give in. The hunger clears his mind, keeps him sharp—and he needs to be as sharp as possible if he’s going to find out just how Tariq and his band of high school bullies drove his sister, Maya, away.

Matt’s hardworking mom keeps the kitchen crammed with food, but Matt can resist the siren call of casseroles and cookies because he has discovered something: the less he eats the more he seems to have . . . powers. The ability to see things he shouldn’t be able to see. The knack of tuning in to thoughts right out of people’s heads. Maybe even the authority to bend time and space.

So what is lunch, really, compared to the secrets of the universe?

Matt decides to infiltrate Tariq’s life, then use his powers to uncover what happened to Maya. All he needs to do is keep the hunger and longing at bay. No problem. But Matt doesn’t realize there are many kinds of hunger…and he isn’t in control of all of them.

A darkly funny, moving story of body image, addiction, friendship, and love, Sam J. Miller’s debut novel will resonate with any reader who’s ever craved the power that comes with self-acceptance.

2017 Nebula Award Finalists
Best Novel

Gregory, Daryl Spoonbenders

Daryl Gregory
Knopf, 2017
Audio CD


“Hilarious, heartfelt and brimming with humanity.” —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, author of The Nest

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie’s in serious debt to his dad’s old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there’s any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene’s son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn’t told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves—if it doesn’t tear them apart in the process.

Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

Donnelly, Lara Elena Amberlough

Lara Elena Donnelly
Tor, 2017

A double-agent sacrifices all his ideals in order to save his smuggler lover before a government coup takes over their decadent city in Lara Elena Donnelly’s glam spy thriller debut, now a Nebula finalist for Best Novel!

“Exploring the roots of hatred, nationalism, and fascism, while at the same time celebrating the diversity, love, romance, fashion, and joy the world is capable of producing.” —Bookriot


The Smuggler: By day, Aristide Makricosta is the emcee for Amberlough City’s top nightclub. By night, he moves drugs and refugees under the noses of crooked cops.

The Spy: Covert agent Cyril DePaul thinks he’s good at keeping secrets, but after a disastrous mission abroad, he makes a dangerous choice to protect himself…and hopefully Aristide too.

The Dancer: Streetwise Cordelia Lehane, burlesque performer at the Bumble Bee Cabaret and Aristide’s runner, could be the key to Cyril’s plans—if she can be trusted.

As the twinkling marquees lights yield to the rising flames of a fascist revolution, these three will struggle to survive using whatever means — and people — necessary. Including each other.

“James Bond by way of Oscar Wilde.”
—Holly Black

“Sparkling with slang, full of riotous characters, and dripping with intrigue, Amberlough is a dazzling romp through a tumultuous, ravishing world.” —Robert Jackson Bennett, winner of the Shirley Jackson Award and the Edgar Award

“Astonishing first novel!” —World Fantasy Award-winning author Ellen Kushner

Goss, Theodora Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

Theodora Goss
The Strange Case
of the Alchemist’s Daughter
Saga Press, 2017

Based on some of literature’s horror and science fiction classics, this “tour de force of reclaiming the narrative, executed with impressive wit and insight” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) debut is the story of a remarkable group of women who come together to solve the mystery of a series of gruesome murders—and the bigger mystery of their own origins.

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents’ death, is curious about the secrets of her father’s mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father’s former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture…a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes.

But her hunt leads her to Hyde’s daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns. With the assistance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, Mary continues her search for the elusive Hyde, and soon befriends more women, all of whom have been created through terrifying experimentation: Beatrice Rappaccini, Catherin Moreau, and Justine Frankenstein.

When their investigations lead them to the discovery of a secret society of immoral and power-crazed scientists, the horrors of their past return. Now it is up to the monsters to finally triumph over the monstrous.

Lafferty, Mur Six Wakes

Mur Lafferty
Six Wakes
Orbit, 2017

Nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel 2018

In this Hugo nominated science fiction thriller by Mur Lafferty, a crew of clones awakens aboard a space ship to find they’re being hunted-and any one of them could be the killer.

Maria Arena awakens in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood. She has no memory of how she died. This is new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died.

Maria’s vat is one of seven, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it can awaken. And Maria isn’t the only one to die recently…

Unlock the bold new science fiction thriller that Corey Doctorow calls Mur’s “breakout book”.

Lee, Fonda Jade City

Fonda Lee
Jade City
Orbit, 2017


An epic saga reminiscent of The Godfather with magic and kungfu, set in an Asia-inspired fantasy metropolis.


Jade is the lifeblood of the island of Kekon. It has been mined, traded, stolen, and killed for — and for centuries, honorable Green Bone warriors like the Kaul family have used it to enhance their magical abilities and defend the island from foreign invasion.

Now, the war is over and a new generation of Kauls vies for control of Kekon’s bustling capital city. They care about nothing but protecting their own, cornering the jade market, and defending the districts under their protection. Ancient tradition has little place in this rapidly changing nation.

When a powerful new drug emerges that lets anyone — even foreigners — wield jade, the simmering tension between the Kauls and the rival Ayt family erupts into open violence. The outcome of this clan war will determine the fate of all Green Bones — from their grandest patriarch to the lowliest motorcycle runner on the streets — and of Kekon itself.

Jade City begins an epic tale of family, honor, and those who live and die by the ancient laws of jade and blood.

Newitz, Annalee Autonomous

Annalee Newitz
Tor, 2017

“Autonomous is to biotech and AI what Neuromancer was to the Internet.”—Neal Stephenson

“Something genuinely and thrillingly new in the naturalistic, subjective, paradoxically humanistic but non-anthropomorphic depiction of bot-POV—and all in the service of vivid, solid storytelling.”—William Gibson

When anything can be owned, how can we be free

Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can’t otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.

Hot on her trail, an unlikely pair: Eliasz, a brooding military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin. As they race to stop information about the sinister origins of Jack’s drug from getting out, they begin to form an uncommonly close bond that neither of them fully understand.

And underlying it all is one fundamental question: Is freedom possible in a culture where everything, even people, can be owned?

2017 Nebula Award Finalists
Best Novella

Gailey, Sarah River of Teeth

Sarah Gailey
“River of Teeth”
Tor.com, 2017

Sarah Gailey’s wildfire debut River of Teeth is a rollicking alternate history adventure that Charlie Jane Anders calls “preposterously fun.”

In the early 20th Century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

Klages, Ellen Passing Strange

Ellen Klages
“Passing Strange”
Tor.com, 2017

Inspired by the pulps, film noir, and screwball comedy, Passing Strange is a story as unusual and complex as San Francisco itself from World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages, and a finalist for the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella

San Francisco in 1940 is a haven for the unconventional. Tourists flock to the cities within the city: the Magic City of the World’s Fair on an island created of artifice and illusion; the forbidden city of Chinatown, a separate, alien world of exotic food and nightclubs that offer “authentic” experiences, straight from the pages of the pulps; and the twilight world of forbidden love, where outcasts from conventional society can meet.

Six women find their lives as tangled with each other’s as they are with the city they call home. They discover love and danger on the borders where magic, science, and art intersect.

Pinsker, Sarah And Then There Were (N-One) Uncanny Magazine Issue 15 March April 2017

Sarah Pinsker
“And Then There Were (N-One)”
Uncanny Magazine #15

The March/April 2017 issue of Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Beth Cato, Stephen Graham Jones, JY Yang, Sarah Pinsker, and S. Qiouyi Lu, reprinted fiction by Kameron Hurley, essays by Sam J. Miller, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Shveta Thakrar, Dawn Xiana Moon, and Paul Booth, poetry by Cassandra Khaw, Brandon O’Brien, Bogi Takács, and Lisa M. Bradley, interviews with Stephen Graham Jones and Sarah Pinsker by Julia Rios, a cover by Julie Dillon, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

Uncanny Magazine is a bimonthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in November 2014. Edited by 2016 Hugo award winners for best semiprozine Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Julia Rios and Michi Trota, each issue includes new stories, poetry, articles, and interviews.

Schoen, Lawrence M. Barry's Deal

Lawrence M. Schoen
“Barry’s Deal”
Noble Fusion Press, 2017

“A science fiction caper in the tradition of Heinlein and Harrison that is both exciting and thoughtful.” — Kyell Gold, twelve-time winner of the Ursa Major award

“Schoen combines SF and humor with Cirque Du Soleil skill and elicits more than a few belly laughs.” — Jonathan Brazee, author of THE UNITED FEDERATION MARINE CORPS series

“If you only read 26,000 words this month, you should probably read more. Also, spend all those 26,000 words on ‘Barry’s Deal.” — Howard Tayler, Hugo winner and creator of SCHLOCK MERCENARY

Barry’s Deal is the fourth novella-length adventure from multiple Hugo and Nebula nominee Lawrence M. Schoen and the next installment in the ongoing tales of galaxy-travelling stage hypnotist, the Amazing Conroy, and Reggie, his alien companion animal, a “buffalo dog” who can eat anything and farts oxygen.

In this sequel to BARRY’S TALE (2014 Nebula nominee) Conroy and his buffalito, Reggie are travelling to Triton, to a casino hotel with old friend LeftJohn Mocker, a professional gambler with a double Coltrane rating. Why Triton? Well, there’s an illegal auction scheduled there where Conroy hopes to win a bottle of Stonefish liquer, and the Mocker was on his way there anyway at the request of the Probability Guild to investigate allegations of cheating. It looks like everyone will get what they want except… the cheater turns out to be none other than Angela Colson, an eleven-year old girl of incredible power. Conroy saved her life five years earlier with her plushie buffalito, Barry. Somehow she’s back, somehow appears to be in her late teens, and somehow has taken the casino for over ten million bucks!

Throw in an evil psychometrist portmaster with a grudge against LeftJohn Mocker, a stinky alien with a secret, and a terrorist with a suitcase-sized nuke, and the state is set for hypnotic hijinks and some fine dining as only The Amazing Conroy can command.

Yang, J. Y. Black Tides of Heaven

J. Y. Yang
“The Black Tides of Heaven”
Tor.com, 2017

“Joyously wild stuff. Highly recommended.” —The New York Times

A Finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Novella

The Black Tides of Heaven is one of a pair of unique, standalone introductions to JY Yang’s Tensorate Series, which Kate Elliott calls “effortlessly fascinating.” For more of the story you can read its twin novella The Red Threads of Fortune, available simultaneously.

Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of the Protector, were sold to the Grand Monastery as infants. While Mokoya developed her strange prophetic gift, Akeha was always the one who could see the strings that moved adults to action. While Mokoya received visions of what would be, Akeha realized what could be. What’s more, they saw the sickness at the heart of their mother’s Protectorate.

A rebellion is growing. The Machinists discover new levers to move the world every day, while the Tensors fight to put them down and preserve the power of the state. Unwilling to continue as a pawn in their mother’s twisted schemes, Akeha leaves the Tensorate behind and falls in with the rebels. But every step Akeha takes towards the Machinists is a step away from Mokoya. Can Akeha find peace without shattering the bond they share with their twin?

2017 Nebula Award Finalists
Best Novelette

Bowes, Richard Dirty Old Town Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction May June 2017

Richard Bowes
“Dirty Old Town”
Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction: May/June 2017

Witch’s Hour – Shannon Connor Winward
Dirty Old Town – Richard Bowes
The Prognosticant – Matthew Hughes
My English Name – R.S. BenedictSHORT STORIES
A Thousand Deaths Throught Flesh and Stone – Brian Trent
The History of the Invasion Told in Five Dogs – Kelly Jennings
What the Hands Know – Gregor Hartmann
The Woman with the Long Black Hair – Zach Shepard
The First Day of Someone Else’s Life – John Schoffstall
Neko Brushes – Leah Cypess
Rings – Nina Kiriki HoffmanPOEMS
The Path to Peace – Mary Soon LeeDEPARTMENTS
Books to Look For – Charles de Lint
Books – Elizabeth Hand
Plumage from Pegasus: Happiness Is a Worn Gunn – Paul Di Filippo
Science: Robots on the Road – Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty
Television: Western Histories – David J. Skal
Competition #93
Coming Attractions
Curiosities – Mark EspingCARTOONS
Bill Long, Arthur Masear, Nick Downes.COVER
Maurizio Manzieri for “The Prognosticant”
Brazee Weaponized Math

Jonathan P. Brazee
“Weaponized Math”
LMBPN Publishing, 2017

Staff Sergeant Gracie Medicine Crow, United Federations Marine Corps sniper, is pulled off of the front lines to provide security for a meeting between the Marine leadership and the local population. Along with her new spotter, Lance Corporal Christopher Irving, this should be a routine mission. “Should be” are the operative words. Modern warfare, however, rarely discerns between combat and supposedly secure areas. When insurgents attack to disrupt the meeting, it is up to Gracie and her spotter to somehow hold off the assault until reinforcements can arrive.
Pinsker, Sarah Wind Will Rove Asimov's Science Fiction, September-October 2017

Sarah Pinsker
“Wind Will Rove”
Asimov’s Science Fiction,
September-October 2017

September-October. Cover art by Cynthia Sheppard illustrating “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker. ALSO: stories by Kit Reed, R. Garcia y Robertson, Allen M. Steele, Michael Swanwick, Harry Turtledove and others. Editor: Sheila Williams.
Prasad, Vina Jie-Min A Series of Steaks Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 124

Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“A Series of Steaks”
Clarkesworld Magazine # 124

Clarkesworld is a Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning science fiction and fantasy magazine. Each month we bring you a mix of fiction (new and classic works), articles, interviews and art.
Our January 2017 issue (#124) contains:
* Original stories by Rich Larson (“The Ghost Ship Anastasia”), Vina Jie-Min Prasad (“A Series of Steaks”), Lettie Prell (“Justice Systems in Quantum Parallel Probabilities”), Gary Kloster (“Interchange”), and Lorenzo Crescentini and Emanuela Valentini (“Milla”).
* Reprints by John Kessel (“Events Preceding the Helvetican Renaissance”) and Aliette de Bodard (“The Shipmaker”).
* Non-fiction by Benjamin C. Kinney, an interview with James S.A. Corey, an Another Word column by Kelly Robson, and an editorial by Neil Clarke.
Szpara, K. M. Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time Uncanny Magazine Issue 16 May June 2017

K. M. Szpara
“Small Changes
Over Long Periods of Time”
Uncanny Magazine # 16

The May/June 2017 issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by Ursula Vernon, John Chu, Chinelo Onwualu, Naomi Kritzer, Hiromi Goto, and K.M. Szpara, reprinted fiction by Carlos Hernandez, essays by Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Sarah Gailey, Sam J. Miller, Sarah Pinsker, Mimi Mondal, David J. Schwartz, Kelly McCullough, LaShawn M. Wanak, Yamile Saied Méndez, and DongWon Song, poetry by Roshani Chokshi, Sonya Taaffe, Betsy Aoki, and Theodora Goss, interviews with John Chu and Hiromi Goto by Julia Rios, a cover by Galen Dara, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

2017 Nebula Award Finalists
Best Short Story

Kressel, Matthew The Last Novelist (or a Dead Lizard in the Yard)

Matthew Kressel
“The Last Novelist
(or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”

“The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)” by Matthew Kressel is a science fiction story about a dying writer who is trying to finish one final novel on the distant planet he settles on for his demise. His encounter with a young girl triggers a last burst of creativity.
Prasad, Vina Jie-Min Fandom for Robots Uncanny Magazine Issue 18 September October 2017

Vina Jie-Min Prasad
“Fandom for Robots”
Uncanny Magazine #18

The September/October 2017 issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by N.K. Jemisin, Fran Wilde, C. S. E. Cooney, Catherynne M. Valente, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Delia Sherman, reprinted fiction by Malinda Lo, essays by Sophie Aldred, Cecilia Tan, Sarah Kuhn, Sam J. Miller and Jean Rice, and Sabrina Vourvoulias, poetry by Jo Walton, Brandon O’Brien, Ali Trotta, and Gwynne Garfinkle, interviews with C. S. E. Cooney and Delia Sherman by Julia Rios, a cover by Ashley Mackenzie, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

Uncanny Magazine is a bimonthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in November 2014. Edited by 2016 & 2017 Hugo Award winners for best Semiprozine Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Julia Rios and Michi Trota, each issue includes new stories, poetry, articles, and interviews.

Wahls, Jamie Utopia, LOL

Jamie Wahls
“Utopia, LOL”
Read for Free @
Strange Horizons

He’s shivering as he emerges from the pod. No surprise, he was frozen for like a billion years.

I do all the stuff on the script, all the “Fear Not! You are a welcomed citizen of our Utopia!” stuff while I’m toweling him off. Apparently he’s about as good as I am with awkward silence ’cause it’s not three seconds before he starts making small talk.

“So, how’d you get to be a. . .” He waves his hand.

“A Tour Guide To The Future?!”

Wilde, Fran Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand Uncanny Magazine Issue 18 September October 2017

Fran Wilde
“Clearly Lettered
in a Mostly Steady Hand”
Uncanny Magazine #18

The September/October 2017 issue of Hugo Award-winning Uncanny Magazine.

Featuring new fiction by N.K. Jemisin, Fran Wilde, C. S. E. Cooney, Catherynne M. Valente, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, and Delia Sherman, reprinted fiction by Malinda Lo, essays by Sophie Aldred, Cecilia Tan, Sarah Kuhn, Sam J. Miller and Jean Rice, and Sabrina Vourvoulias, poetry by Jo Walton, Brandon O’Brien, Ali Trotta, and Gwynne Garfinkle, interviews with C. S. E. Cooney and Delia Sherman by Julia Rios, a cover by Ashley Mackenzie, and an editorial by Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas.

Uncanny Magazine is a bimonthly science fiction and fantasy magazine first published in November 2014. Edited by 2016 & 2017 Hugo Award winners for best Semiprozine Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Julia Rios and Michi Trota, each issue includes new stories, poetry, articles, and interviews.

Yoachim, Caroline M. Carnival Nine Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue 225

Caroline M. Yoachim
“Carnival Nine”
Beneath Ceaseless Skies #225

Issue #225 of Beneath Ceaseless Skies online magazine, featuring stories by Caroline M. Yoachim and A.T. Greenblatt.

2017 Ray Bradbury Award Finalists
Outstanding Dramatic Presentation


Written by Scott Frank, James Mangold, and Michael Green; Directed by James Mangold
Twentieth Century Fox
Film Corporation
Amazon Video

In the near future, Logan’s attempts to hide out on the Mexican border with an ailing Professor X are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman
Written by Allan Heinberg; Directed by Patty Jenkins
Warner Brothers
Amazon Video

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Lucy Davis

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Written by Rian Johnson; Directed by Rian Johnson
Amazon Video

The Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of THE FORCE AWAKENS join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks new mysteries of the Force.

It’s “everything you could want and more from a STAR WARS film” (Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press).

Starring: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega

Good Place Ep 13 Michael's Gambit

The Good Place: “Michael’s Gambit” (Season 1, Episode 13)
Written by Michael Schur, Directed by Michael Schur
Shout! Factory
Amazon Video

Welcome! Everything Is Fine.

What happens when we die? It’s a question everyone has asked, since the beginning of time. But when Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, Veronica Mars) dies tragically, she finds out that the afterlife is amazing; full of frozen yogurt, soulmates, and wonderful people who have done incredible things with their lives. It is absolutely perfect. The only problem is Eleanor isn’t supposed to be in The Good Place. In fact, her life decisions wouldn’t have even gotten her close. But due to a clerical error, she’s been given someone else’s reward and now has to struggle with being good in order to make sure her secret isn’t discovered.

From Michael Schur, executive producer of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Parks And Recreation, comes the hilarious first season of this original new comedy co-starring Ted Danson (Cheers).

Starring: Kristen Bell, Ted Danson, William Jackson Harper

Shape of Water

The Shape of Water
Written by Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor; Directed by Guillermo del Toro
Fox Searchlight
Amazon Video

Academy Award(r) Winner for Best Picture In a hidden, high-security government laboratory at the height of the Cold War, a mute, lonely cleaning woman (Sally Hawkins, in an Oscar(r)-nominated performance) discovers a classified experiment and falls in love. Acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro masterfully combines adventure, drama, romance, horror, and thrills in a film that “will haunt your dreams and break your heart” (Rolling Stone). Winner of 4 Oscars(r) including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Original Score.

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg

2017 Andre Norton Award Finalists
Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy

Lee, Fonda Exo

Fonda Lee
Scholastic Press, 2017

It’s been a century of peace since Earth became a colony of an alien race with far reaches into the galaxy. Some die-hard extremists still oppose alien rule on Earth, but Donovan Reyes isn’t one of them. His dad holds the prestigious position of Prime Liaison in the collaborationist government, and Donovan’s high social standing along with his exocel (a remarkable alien technology fused to his body) guarantee him a bright future in the security forces. That is, until a routine patrol goes awry and Donovan’s abducted by the human revolutionary group Sapience.

When Sapience realizes who Donovan’s father is, they think they’ve found the ultimate bargaining chip. But the Prime Liaison doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, not even for his own son. Left in the hands of terrorists who have more uses for him dead than alive, the fate of Earth rests on Donovan’s survival. Because if Sapience kills him, it could spark another intergalactic war. And Earth didn’t win the last one…

Maaren, Kari Weave a Circle Round

Kari Maaren
Weave a Circle Round
Tor, 2017

Discover your inner child once again in Weave a Circle Round, a debut fantasy adventure for fans of Madeleine L’Engle, Diana Wynne Jones, and E. L. Konigsburg.

When the unexpected moves in next door, anything can happen in Weave a Circle Round, Kari Maaren’s debut in this YA-friendly fantasy adventure.

Freddy doesn’t want people to think she’s weird. Her family makes that difficult, though: her deaf stepbrother Roland’s a major geek, and her genius little sister Mel’s training to be the next Sherlock Holmes. All Freddy wants is to survive high school.

Then two extremely odd neighbors move in next door.

Cuerva Lachance and Josiah definitely aren’t normal. Neither is their house, which defies the laws of physics. Neither is Freddy’s situation, when she suddenly finds herself stuck thousands of years in the past with her very, very weird neighbors. And that’s only the beginning.

“I adored this brilliant book from start to finish. It left me reeling with delight and I can’t wait for the rest of the world to get as lost in its pages as I was.” —Charles de Lint

“I’d have loved this book when I was twelve, and I love it now.” —Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy-Award winning author Jo Walton

Pon, Cindy Want

Cindy Pon
Simon Pulse, 2017

“Fresh, compelling—and timely.” —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series

“Vividly conjured…positively chilling.” —The New York Times

“Spectacular.” —Buzzfeed

Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, a group of teens risk everything to save their city in this thrilling novel from critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon.Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?


Author: Frank Balsinger

Lifelong student with interests a mile wide and an inch deep. Autodidact. Pedant, hopefully of the slightly more pleasant sort. Sharer of things learned along the way. Lately of a creative bent.

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