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Hugo Awards 2018 winners

Tuesday, Aug 21, 2018 at 12:57pm

The winners of this year's Hugo Awards, which honour the best in science fiction and fantasy writing of the past year, were announced at Worldcon 76 in California this past weekend.

NK Jemisin has won Best Novel for the third time in three years, this time for her novel The Stone Sky — which means Jemisin has won a Hugo for each of the three books in her Broken Earth trilogy. Meanwhile, Martha Wells' All Systems Red, published by TOR, won Best Novella, and Monstress Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu and illustrated by Sana Takeda, won Best Graphic Story.

There are of course many other categories covered by the Hugo Awards, so for a complete list of the 2018 winners check out

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Naomi Alderman wins the 2017 Baileys Prize

Thursday, Jun 08, 2017 at 4:37pm

British author Naomi Alderman has won the 2017 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction for her novel, The Power.

The Power is described as dystopian and feminist science fiction. It is a speculative tale that begins in a world that is very much like our own... until a vital new force takes root. Teenage girls develop immense power: the ability to cause pain and even death with as little as a touch — which causes a dramatic reset of society. It is an ambitious and thrilling story, touching on many major concerns of our time: censorship, religion, and of course gender politics.

This is the first time the prize has been awarded for a science fiction title, and the second time Alderman has won the women's prize  the first instance was in 2006, when the award was known as the Orange Prize, for her debut novel, Disobedience.

Congratulations, Ms. Alderman! You can read more about her win and the prize on the Baileys Women's Prize website.

Please note: The Power is, unfortunately, currently only available in the UK. A North American edition is scheduled for a Fall 2017 release. Please contact your nearest McNally Robinson bookstore to arrange for a no-charge pre-order.

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Hugo Award 2017 shortlists

Wednesday, Apr 05, 2017 at 5:32pm

The 2017 shortlists for the Hugo Awards have been unveiled.

The awards honour the greatest science fiction writing of the past year, and winners are decided by popular vote. These winners will be announced on August 11th, 2017, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony in Helsinki.

The full collection of shortlists can be found on the Hugo Awards website, but look after the jump for a selection of finalists from some of the top categories.

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2016 Prix Aurora Awards Finalists

Friday, Apr 01, 2016 at 4:36pm

The nominees for the 2016 Prix Aurora Awards, presented by the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, were announced yesterday. The awards recognize the best works and activities of Canadians in the Sci-Fi and Fantasy genres.

Winnipeg's own Chadwick Ginther (Best English Novel), Sherry Peters (Best English YA Novel), and GMB Chomichuk (Best English Graphic Novel) were among those to receive nominations. Voting by CSFFA members begins June 15, and the winners will be announced in August.

See the full book lists after the break:

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March's Author of the Month: ROBERT J. SAWYER

Tuesday, Mar 01, 2016 at 10:59am

Robert J. Sawyer is one of Canada’s most successful science fiction writers. He is the only Canadian (and one of only 8 writers in the world) to have won all three of the top international awards for science fiction: the 1995 Nebula Award for The Terminal Experiment, the 2003 Hugo Award for Hominids, and the 2006 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Mindscan. A passionate advocate for science fiction, Sawyer teaches creative writing and appears frequently in the media to discuss his genre. He prefers the label “philosophical fiction,” and in no way sees himself as a predictor of the future. His mission statement for his writing is “To combine the intimately human with the grandly cosmic.”

In his new novel, Quantum Night, experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying psychopaths. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim discovers that he has lost the memories of a six month period of his life from twenty years previously, a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Spoiler alert: Part of the book is set in Saskatoon and Winnipeg, and even includes a scene at a McNally Robinson bookstore.

 E  Winnipeg Event Mar. 3 & Saskatoon Event Mar. 8 

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