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  1. 2017 Locus Recommended Reading List
  2. 2017 Nebula Awards Nominees
  3. Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online
  4. list of links to the eligible 2017 works published by short fiction venues.
  5. 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire First Round Nominations

1)  2017 Locus Recommended Reading List

This is a very long list, includes art books. BROWSE IT HERE

Published in Locus magazine’s February 2018 issue, the list is a consensus by Locus editors, reviewers, and other professionals — editor-in-chief Liza Groen Trombi; reviews editor Jonathan Strahan; reviewers Liz Bourke, Carolyn Cushman, Paul Di Filippo, Gardner Dozois, Stefan Dziemanowicz, Amy Goldschlager, Paula Guran, Rich Horton, John Langan, Russell Letson, Adrienne Martini, Colleen Mondor, Tim Pratt, Tom Whitmore, and Gary K. Wolfe; Bob Blough; online editor Mark R. Kelly; Ysabeau Wilce; critics Paul Kincaid, Cheryl Morgan, and Graham Sleight. The young-adult list group wrapped in Laurel Amberdine, Gwenda Bond, Barry Goldblatt, Justina Ireland, and Justine Larbalestier. Art books were compiled with help from Arnie Fenner, Karen Haber, and Locus design editor Francesca Myman. Short fiction recommendations included editors and reviewers John Joseph Adams, Ellen Datlow, Liz Grzyb, Faren Miller, Charles Payseur, Nisi Shawl, and A.C. Wise.

2)  2017 Nebula Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have announced the nominees for the 52nd Annual Nebula Awards, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. The awards will be presented in Pittsburgh, PA at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center during a ceremony on May 19, 2018.


  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK 2018)


  • River of Teeth, Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Passing Strange, Ellen Klages (Tor.com Publishing)
  • “And Then There Were (N-One)”, Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3-4/17)
  • Barry’s Deal, Lawrence M. Schoen (NobleFusion Press)
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Black Tides of Heaven, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)


  • “Dirty Old Town”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 5-6/17)
  • “Weaponized Math”, Jonathan P. Brazee (The Expanding Universe, Vol. 3)
  • “Wind Will Rove”, Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s 9-10/17)
  • “A Series of Steaks”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Clarkesworld 1/17)
  • “A Human Stain”, Kelly Robson (Tor.com 1/4/17)
  • “Small Changes Over Long Periods of Time”, K.M. Szpara (Uncanny 5-6/17)

Short Story

  • “Fandom for Robots”, Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian ExperienceTM”, Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex 8/17)
  • “Utopia, LOL?”, Jamie Wahls (Strange Horizons 6/5/17)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand”, Fran Wilde (Uncanny 9-10/17)
  • “The Last Novelist (or A Dead Lizard in the Yard)”, Matthew Kressel (Tor.com 3/15/17)
  • “Carnival Nine”, Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 5/11/17)


3)   Where To Find The 2017 Nebula Finalists For Free Online

By JJ: The Nebula Finalists have just been announced, and if you’d like to check them out to see whether you think they’d be good contenders for your Hugo ballot, you can use this handy guide to find material which is available for free online.

Where available in their entirety, works are linked (most of the Novelettes and Short Stories are free). If not available for free, an Amazon link is provided. If a free excerpt is available online, it has been linked.

Fair notice: All Amazon links are referrer URLs which benefit fan site Worlds Without End.

The links are here


4)   2017 SFF Short Fiction Venue Eligibility Posts

By JJ: In the run-up to the Hugo Nomination deadline on March 16, for handy reference, here is a list of links to the eligible 2017 works published by short fiction venues.

Online and Print Magazines

Original Anthologies

If you can point me to eligibility lists by any of the missing magazines, it would be appreciated.  Update 02/24/2018: Added info provided by commenters.

5)   2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire First Round Nominations

The nominations for the 2018 Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire have been announced. This is in effect a longlist, and in a few weeks the jurors will issue their shorter second round of nominees. The awards will be presented on May 20 at the Étonnants Voyageurs festival in Saint-Malo, France.

The jurors for the award are Joëlle Wintrebert (president), Jean-Luc Rivera (vice-president), Bruno Para (assistant secretary), Jean-Claude Dunyach (treasurer), Sylvie Allouche , François Angelier , Sandrine Brugot-Maillard , Olivier Legendre , Danielle Martinigol, Jean-Claude Vantroyen. The Secretary (not a member of the jury) is Pascal Patoz.

Roman francophone / Novel in French

  • La Désolation de Pierre Bordage (Bragelonne)
  • Toxoplasma de Calvo (La Volte)
  • Le Temps de Palanquine de Thierry Di Rollo (Le Bélial’)
  • Pornarina de Raphaël Eymery (Denoël, Lunes d’encre)
  • Les Seigneurs de Bohen d’Estelle Faye (Critic)
  • Spire, tomes 1 & 2 de Laurent Genefort (Critic)
  • La Société des faux visages de Xavier Mauméjean (Alma)
  • Paris-Capitale de Feldrik Rivat (L’Homme sans nom)
  • Moi, Peter Pan de Michael Roch (mü éditions)
  • Pierre-Fendre de Brice Tarvel (Les moutons électriques)

Roman étranger / Foreign Novel

  • La Bibliothèque de Mount Char de Scott Hawkins (Denoël, Lunes d’encre)
  • Bagdad, la grande évasion ! de Saad Z. Hossain (Agullo)
  • La Cinquième Saison de N.K. Jemisin (Nouveaux Millénaires)
  • Une histoire des abeilles de Maja Lunde (Presses de la Cité)
  • L’Arche de Darwin de James Morrow (Au diable vauvert)
  • Version officielle de James Renner (Super 8)
  • 2312 de Kim Stanley Robinson (Actes Sud, Exofictions)
  • L’Alchimie de la pierre d’Ekaterina Sedia (Le Bélial’)

Nouvelle francophone / Short Fiction in French

  • La Route des Orsadoles de Célia Chalfoun (in Galaxies n°45)
  • Célestopol d’Emmanuel Chastellière (Éditions de l’Instant)
  • Serf-Made-Man ? ou la créativité discutable de Nolan Peskine d’Alain Damasio (in Au bal des actifs, La Volte)
  • L’Empire électrique de Victor Fleury (Bragelonne)
  • Carnaval, l’Aire Tripartite de Laurent Genefort (in Bifrost n°86)
  • Point du jour de Léo Henry (Scylla)
  • Few of us de luvan (Dystopia)
  • In Google we trust de Jean-Marc Sire (in Galaxies n°49)
  • Terre de Brume de Cindy Van Wilder (in Galaxies n°47)


Will the Tesla roadster collide with Earth?

If you’re concerned about a cherry red fireball from the sky, don’t panic.

SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket carried Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster, manned by a mannequin in a spacesuit named Starman. SpaceX
On February 6, SpaceX wrote a new chapter in the ongoing book on commercial spaceflight with the successful launch of its Falcon Heavy rocket. Along for the ride was Musk’s red Tesla Roadster, which is now on an elliptical orbit around the Sun. But what about the risk to Earth? Could the car, which is estimated to last up to a few tens of millions of years, ever pose the threat of raining down from the sky as a fireball in the future?

The answer, as it turns out, is probably not. A paper posted on Cornell University Library’s arxiv.org preprint server February 13 (and to be submitted to the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society) with the jaunty title The random walk of cars and their collision probabilities with planets concludes that there is just a six percent chance that the Tesla will collide with Earth in the next one million years. The chance does rise to 11 percent in the next three million years; but even if you’re a pessimist, “it will either burn up or maybe one component will reach the surface,” said first author Hanno Rein in a press release. “There is no risk to health and safety whatsoever.”

The Roadster’s orbit takes it out just past Mars, then in toward Earth’s orbit. Over the next several million years, it will cross the orbits of Mars, Earth, and Venus several times. Generated on orbitsimulator.com

The authors calculated the probabilities by fast-forwarding the Tesla’s orbit — along with the orbits of the planets — over time and observing whether collisions occurred over the course of many simulations. In addition to the probability of colliding with Earth, they also found only a 2.5 percent chance the Tesla will collide with Venus in the next one million years. Though they predict several close calls with Mars, they don’t believe it is likely to collide with the Red Planet. After three million years, they only observed one collision with the Sun.

The Tesla, which is estimated to rotate about once every five minutes based on reflected light measured with the 4.1-meter SOAR telescope in Chile, is on an orbit that will cross the orbits of not only Earth, but also Venus and Mars, several times over the course of its dynamically stable lifetime. According to Rein, this orbit is not unlike that of many near-Earth Asteroids regularly observed. In fact, the Tesla has been officially labeled by NASA as a Near-Earth Object and listed in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Horizon’s database as object -143205 SpaceX Roadster (spacecraft) (Tesla). It is one of about 150 manmade objects in the database, which allows you to chart any object’s position on the sky. According to the database, the Tesla is currently following an orbit with a perihelion of 0.99 astronomical units (AU, where 1 AU is the Earth-Sun distance) and an aphelion of 1.67 AU (Mars’ average distance from the Sun is about 1.5 AU).

The Tesla’s first close pass of Earth will occur in 2091; after that, it has a 50 percent chance of continuing to orbit for a few tens of millions of years, before it either collides with a planet or falls into the Sun. For now,it’s on its way out past Mars, carrying an appropriate message: Don’t panic.

Fanzines to share!

Three more zines have come in! First up, the clubzine BCSFanzine 523 which is dated March 2017 because editor Felicity Walker is still trying to get caught up on all the deadlines she missed. It makes for an odd reading experience. For instance, in this issue, there are obituaries for authors and actors who passed away in 2018.

BCSFAzine 526 [300 DPI]

Georges Phillies has passed along Tightbeam.  Great cover! Lots of book reviews.

Behold! Tightbeam issue 284, the second issue of the month!  Show your appreciation for editor Bob Jennings! Send him a Letter of Comment!   Bob Jennings <fabficbks@aol.com>


From editor Joe Major, we have Alexiad 97 Lots of reviews and some odd bits like Monarchy news.


Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

Super- and Not-So-Superheroes: A Roundup

Scroll down to 10 Most Hated Retcon Changes In Marvel Comics–this is a topic which will be covered in a couple of MonSFFA discussion groups: the debate Marvel vs DC, and the presentation on retconning. Click the menu item for MonSFFA programming in the left hand margin.

Compiled by Carl Slaughter:


  • 10 Stupid Arguments About Superman That Don’t Make Sense


  • Antman Easter eggs


  • Infinity Stones

  • 10 Most Hated Retcon Changes In Marvel Comics


  • Was Terminator Genisys Really That Bad?

Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger are back in the franchise together for the first time since Terminator 2 in 1991.  The chronology will be a sequel to Terminator 2 and the movie will be the first in a new trilogy.  Filming begins in March 18.James Cameron is producing, Tim Miller is directing, No one else has been cast.  There’s no synopsis, trailer, or poster yet, David Goyer and Josh Friedman are among the writers.


Amazon decided to take on the quirky superhero spoof The Tick in 2016 despite the fact that the last live-action version of the comic was cancelled before it could complete a single season. But that risk seems to be paying off because Amazon has now greenlit a second season of the show even though the first season isn’t yet finished.


  • When Doctor Who Completely Jumped The Shark

So, is everyone dead then?

Steven Moffat is famous for not quite killing characters off. In River Song’s first story, for example, she dies in reality but has an afterlife when her conscience is downloaded into a library computer (which, based on my experience working in a library, would still be running on Windows XP). Amy and Rory were horribly killed by living a normal human lifespan. In the Capaldi era, Clara dies but is then brought back by the Doctor and given a theoretically infinite fanfic shipping situation. Bill Potts is turned into a Cyberman, but retains her personality and the Doctor believes she will not survive the events of The Doctor Falls. Nardole, too, is presumed to live life on the run but it’s hard to know if he can die (what with being decapitated in his first appearance).



The makers of Annihilation offer up a different feel for latest big-screen sci-fi adventure

PHOTOS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES Actress Natalie Portman’s character stares into a literal — and metaphorical — abyss in Alex Garland’s new movie Annihilation.

We have mapped the Earth’s surface, but the creatures that live on it continue to elude us. Every year brings news of thousands of newly discovered plant and animal species, some large (a new kind of orangutan was confirmed last year), some small (the dragon ant of Papua New Guinea) and many whimsical, like a spider that looks like a Harry Potter sorting hat, named Eriovixia gryffindori. The biosphere will always surprise.

So perhaps the root of the story that is Annihilation is not as farfetched as it might at first seem. The first third of the Southern Reach trilogy, written by Jeff VanderMeer and loosely adapted for the screen by director Alex Garland (Ex Machina), it imagines a corner of Florida where biology has run amok, creating monstrous creatures and playing havoc with radio waves and even the brainwaves of those brave or foolhardy enough to intrude.

The latest team to enter “the Shimmer,” as it’s become known, is led by psychologist Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and includes a paramedic (Gina Rodriguez), an anthropologist (Tuva Novotny) and a physicist (Tessa Thompson). As the team’s only Oscar-winner, Natalie Portman gets top billing on the poster. But her character also has an interesting background, being both a biologist and a soldier. And her husband (Oscar Isaac) was the only member of a previous team to return, although something about him is off-puttingly different.

The screenplay, a little out of chronological order as though refracted through a prism, throws this team and viewers alike into a confusing but captivating mystery. Three or maybe four days into their trek through the Shimmer, the women realize they’ve completely lost track of time. They come across a weirdly, wildly overgrown and hard-to-kill crocodile. Later they will be visited by a bearlike creature that is almost guaranteed to make a return appearance in your next nightmare.

Meanwhile, the film’s soundtrack teases us with familiarity, only to yank it away: acoustic guitars one moment, the next it sounds like a drunken church choir trying to sing during a thunderstorm. There’s even a love song, Helplessly Hoping, by Crosby, Stills & Nash.

The novel and the movie exist as separate and equally enjoyable entities. I scurried out to buy a copy of the book after watching the film, and found it refreshingly unique. Garland says he read the source material but once and then set it aside and basically filmed his memory of the experience of reading it.

The result is the feeling of entering a dream or a trance, but the enigma never feels capricious. There’s an underlying, fractured logic at work here. Note, for instance, the weird deer that Portman’s character sees moving in perfect unison, and keep an eye out for other duplications and replications. Annihilation is a film that doubles down on both its science and its terror.

The actors do a good job of inhabiting the twilight zone between professional curiosity and personal fear, each one clearly trying to make sense of the oddities that surrounds her, and suppressing the amygdala’s fight-or-flight messages with varying degrees of success. The all-female cast is lifted from the book (published in 2014) but feels oddly of-the-moment as Hollywood continues to grapple with #TimesUp issues. Refreshingly, little is said of the team’s same-sex makeup. What do they have in common? They’re all scientists.


Space Weather News for Feb. 20, 2018

THE ROADSTER AND THE STAR CLUSTER: How far away can you see a cherry red Tesla Roadster? Yesterday, a telescope in Chile spotted Elon Musk’s electric car 3.7 million kilometers from Earth as it was passing by star cluster NGC 5694. Using orbital elements published by NASA, amateur astronomers are setting new distance records almost every day as they track the Roadster en route to the orbit of Mars. Visit today’s edition of Spaceweather.com for updates and a movie of the Roadster and the star cluster.

Remember, SpaceWeather.com is on Facebook!

Above: Glowing feebly like a 20th magnitude star, Starman and the Tesla Roadster pass NGC 5694 on Feb. 19, 2018. More photos of the distant car may be found in Spaceweather.com’s SpaceX photo gallery.

Doctors use Thrones’ murder to explore treatments

DEADLY RESULTS: Doctors use Thrones’ murder to explore treatments

TORONTO Game of Thrones fans may have shed few tears over the poisoning death of King Joffrey I Baratheon, a nasty character if ever there were one. But could real-world medicine have saved the young monarch?

It was an intriguing question for Will Wu, a third-year medical student at the University of Toronto, who teamed up with two physicians at St. Michael’s Hospital to explore what steps could have been taken to try to resuscitate Joffrey, one of several characters to experience grisly deaths in of the wildly popular HBO series.

“These characters don’t get saved in the story, but there are ways to save them in real life,” said Wu of Ottawa, who describes himself as a “casual” aficionado of Game of Thrones.

Joffrey, the arrogant and cruel king who sat on the Iron Throne ruling the Seven Kingdoms, unwittingly drinks poisoned wine at his wedding feast in season 4. He chokes, collapses and dies as blood pours from his eyes and nose.

“We think the toxin caused him to go into a seizure and then into cardiac arrest, where the heart stops,” said Wu, whose “case report” on treating the character was co-written with emergency medicine specialists Dr. Emily Austin and Dr. Steve Lin, and published on the CanadiEM website.

The poison that felled Joffrey (portrayed by Jack Gleeson) was called “the strangler” and it created a range of symptoms that weren’t consistent with toxins familiar to modern-day doctors, said Austin, who has a specialty in pharmacology and toxicology.

“But in general, any type of cardiac arrest associated with a poison, you can apply certain treatments and really nothing was done for this poor guy, although he’s a horrible character,” she said. “Had something been done, he may have stood a chance to be resuscitated.”

Treatment would have involved a number of steps — checking the pulse, performing CPR and maintaining an airway.

A defibrillator to shock the heart back to life wouldn’t have gone amiss, either, Austin conceded.

“And then it moves on to the specific toxicology stuff where you start thinking, ‘Is there a specific antidote that I could give to this person, given the constellation of symptoms that they have?’ ”

In some cases of poisoning induced cardiac arrest, doctors have been successful in resuscitating a patient with an IV injection of a solution of lipids. One theory suggests that these fats absorb and compartmentalize certain toxins, keeping them out of tissues where they would have deadly effects.

The King Joffrey case report is the second based on a Game of Thrones character that was written by the team and published on CanadiEM, a website aimed at emergency medicine practitioners. The previous article discussed the role of hypothermia in the case of Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington), who was stabbed multiple times and left to bleed out in freezing temperatures.

Austin called the Joffrey article suggested by Wu “a great project for a medical student, because it allows you to do a bit more reading around toxin-induced cardiac arrest.”

“But taking a step back, I think one of the goals to the article is just to sort of highlight that toxin-induced cardiac arrest can be managed a little bit differently and … there are some special treatments,” compared with those used for cardiac arrests caused by other factors, she said.

“It’s just a good reminder of some of those differences and some of the options we have to treat these patients.”

Jabba the Hutt’s barge: A 4 ft recreation

For the fan who has everything…


Jabba the Hutt’s barge

Rob LeFebvre

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At this year’s Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro announced HasLab, a new program that aims to bring to life special creations like a massive, four-foot long recreation of Jabba the Hutt’s sail barge. The company is taking inspiration from platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, too: In order for the barge to become a real for-sale production item, Hasbro wants to gather 5,000 $499 pre-orders by midnight on April 3rd.

If the project reaches its funding goal, Jabba’s Sail Barge (or The Khetanna if you’re a Star Wars geek) will come with a 64-page booklet with behind-the-scenes details, set photos, interviews and blueprints of the actual set piece in the film as well as production information on the toy. The barge also comes with a 3.75-inch scale Jabba the Hutt and soft cloth sails for the top of the sand boat.

The barge itself is on display to media at the toy fair and looks even bigger than that GI Joe aircraft carrier that came out a while back. It’s incredibly detailed, too, with a tiny Ithorian (Hammerhead) skeleton in the jail. Hasbro has a few renderings you can check out to see all the little details. While the program is currently only for Star Wars-themed toys at this point, there are possible plans for other brands to make the cut, like My Little Pony or Transformers. LEGO Ideas does something similar, too, producing fan-led toys like a Minecraft set and Women of NASA. These aren’t funding campaigns, really; mostly, larger companies like LEGO and Hasbro use them as promotional platforms and as a way to gauge interest.

  • This article originally appeared on Engadget.