David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy to Take Place at World Fantasycon, Brighton

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This year sees the fifth ever David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, and appropriately the winner will be announced  on Thursday 31st October at World Fantasycon at the Brighton Metropole hotel.

The David Gemmell Awards honour the life of one of fantasy fiction’s most acclaimed authors and seek to recognize the very best of modern literature in the field.

Three awards will be presented during the ceremony: the Legend Award for best novel, the Morningstar Award for best debut and the Ravenheart Award for best cover art. As well as these presentations, the ceremony features the Gemmell Awards auction, with some incredible lots to be bid for, including a full year’s worth of Tor UK books, a manuscript assessment from renowned editor Jo Fletcher, and art prints from leading artists Anne Sudworth and Dominic Harman.

The ceremony will also include the official launch of  ‘Legends’, a collection of new short stories written in honour of David Gemmell. Published by NewCon Press, the anthology features a fantastic line-up of contributors including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Stan Nicholls, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian Whates and many others.


Proceedings begins at 8pm, and close around 9:30pm. Entry to the event is free, and no ticket is required – anyone interested in attending can simply turn up on the night itself. Please note that while the event is affiliated with the World Fantasy Convention, also running at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, attending the ceremony does not also allow entry to the convention.

Shortlist for the Legend Awards:

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Red Country – Gollancz

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

LAWRENCE, Mark – King of Thorns – Harper Collins UK

LOWE, Helen – The Gathering of the Lost – Orbit

WEEKS, Brent – The Blinding Knife – Orbit

Shortlist for Morningstar Award:

AHMED, Saladin – Throne of the Crescent Moon – Gollancz & DAW

CAMERON, Miles – The Red Knight – Gollancz

GWYNNE, John – Malice – Pan Macmillan UK

HARTE, Aidan – Irenicon – Jo Fletcher Books

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

Shortlist for Ravenheart Award:

GRAFFET, Didier & SENIOR, David – Red Country – Joe Abercrombie – Gollancz

HARMAN, Dominic – The Legion of Shadow – Michael J. Ward – Gollancz

LANG, Neil – Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff – Pan Macmillan UK

LANGLEY, Clint – Besieged – Rowena Cory Daniells – Solaris

MANHOOD, Silas – The Blinding Knife – Brent Weeks – Orbit

YOULL, Stephen – The Black Mausoleum – Stephen Deas – Gollancz

For more information, contact dgla@live.co.uk

Award Nominations are Open… Yay! Just one teensy thing

It’s that time of year again, where quite a lot of the year has gone and there’s still a bit of the year to go. And this is the time of year we like to talk about awards.

Of course, nominations for the British Science fiction Association Awards can come in at any point in the year. But we like talking about them now, and hopefully our members start thinking about the books, stories, reviews, articles, artwork, audiobooks, podcasts etc that they’ve had exposed to their eyes ears appropriate senses ( probably not taste, but if you do ingest your science fiction this way, please don’t do it with anything I’ve lent you) and then they send them to us by form/email/e-form/carrier pigeon, and we start compiling the lists of things that have been nominated.

*We must now bring your attention to a rather embarrassing problem with the postal form*

Ahem… the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that the postal form that arrived with the latest copies of Focus and Vector is missing the small but vital bottom boxes where members would ordinarily have put their name and membership number. Sadly, no one from our membership seems to have spotted this omission and warned us about it/laughed in our faces. From which I conclude you may not have noticed, you’re all rather lovely, and none of you possess optical organs genetically comparable with those of an eagle.

By all means, still use the paper form if you would like to, but please scribble your name and either membership number if you know it, or postcode if you don’t. That way we can make sure you are not an anonymous person voting for their own work, or trying to sneak in a double nomination for that thing you love so much.

You can use this form to send us your nominations – it will only let you send 3 at a time, but of course you can send in loads more than that if you like. And you can also email awards@bsfa.co.uk . All the how-to details and eligibility information is here so do check this page first.

Weird Things Happening in London


On Thursday 7th November, the University of London, Institute of English Studies is hosting a one day research conference in association with the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, exploring the “weird literary tradition and the many facets of weird writing”.

They write: “Until recently weird fiction, if acknowledged at all, was usually considered to be a marginal mode in the already lowly Gothic tradition – less a genre than a particular affect. In the last ten years, however, it has come to be regarded as a separate and distinct form with an increasingly important role to play in the theory of popular genre. The debate has broadened its scope to perceive and explore connections with discourses, literary traditions and cultures not previously associated with the Weird.”

The Weird conference, 7/8 November, features both an evening of ‘weird readings’, including M. John Harrison reading a new short story, and an academic symposium on weird fiction, including contributions from S.T. Joshi, Roger Luckhurst ,K.J. Bishop, Hal Duncan, Helen Marshall, Lisa L. Hannett, and John Clute. In addition Robert Kingham will be giving a talk on Bloomsbury’s strange past and present, and there will be weird sonics from The Asterism. Full programme and registration details are available here:



Dalek Taking Over Your Lounge? Try Channel 4’s Four Rooms!

The makers of Channel 4’s Four Rooms have got in touch with us for help in finding people who want to sell their ‘show stopping’ items to go on the next series of Four Rooms. They are particularly keen to find remarkable and fascinating items of science fiction memorabilia.

If you don’t know the premise of the show, each week people who have something to sell have a chance to pitch the object they want to sell once to each of the four resident buyers, whose specialisms range from antiques and memorabilia, to collectible art, to pawn-broking. The buyers make an offer, but if the sellers turn it down, there’s no going back…

If you have an interesting object with a proven story that you would be willing to potentially sell on the show, please call 01494 733 575 or email fourrooms@boundlessproductions.tv


SF and Fantasy at the Durham Book Festival

Tammy Moore of New Writing North, which runs the Durham Book Festival, writes:

We are delighted to be bringing an exciting mix of SF and Fantasy authors to the 2013 Durham Book Festival.

For the young at heart, why not start with fantasy fun with Curtis Jobling on Saturday 19 October. The author and illustrator of numerous children’s books – and the creator of kid’s favourites like Bob the Builder and Frankenstein’s Cat ­– Jobling will be at Durham Town Hall on Saturday 19 October to talk about his fantasy series, Wereworld. Jobling will also delight fans with a fun, interactive talk featuring live animation.

And for those fans who like their fantastical fiction with a bit more science, Stephen Baxter, one of the UK’s most prolific and imaginative writers, will be at the festival on Saturday 12 October. Baxter will be talking to Professor Simon James about his prolific writing career – which includes the classic Xeelee sequence and The Time Ships – and The Long War, the latest instalment in the series he is co-writing with SF and fantasy legend Terry Pratchett.

Finally there is Matt Haig’s The Humans, in which a celebrated Cambridge professor makes one discovery too far and ends up the skin-suit of a befuddled alien with a mission to accomplish. Haig will be at the Festival on Sunday 13 October for a Q&A session with debut author Lottie Moggach, writer of the unusual mystery Kiss Me First. Read the books and come along with your questions; or listen to the questions first and then see what you think of the book.

Sci-Fi meets Lucha Libra!

On September 16, 2013, Producer/Director C.M. Landrus turned to Lucha Libre and
sci‐fi fans for an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for a new sci‐fi, Lucha Libre film,
Mission, starring the legendary luchador, Mil Mascaras and featuring “American
Horror Story: Asylum” cult sensation, Naomi Grossman, best known for her
portrayal of the AHS fan favorite, Pepper.

Trekking through the jungle in search of a meteorite, Mil Mascaras and the Professor
come across a village ravaged by gruesome attacks. The remaining village
missionaries lead them to what turns out to be an alien spaceship landing site. As
the attacks persist, only Mil Mascaras and uncover the dark truth behind the alien
visit and with the help of his friends, save the human race.

For more information on the project check out: