World Fantasy Award Finalists

The World Fantasy Awards ballot for works published in 2021 has been announced.
The awards will be presented during the 2022 World Fantasy Convention, scheduled for November 3-6, 2022 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, in Louisiana.

The Life Achievement Awards, presented annually to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to the fantasy field, will go to Samuel R. Delany and Terri Windling.

The World Fantasy Awards finalists for Novel/Novella

Best Novel

Best Novella

You can view the full list of finalists at Locus magazine

Iain McIntyre & Andrew Nette win Locus Award

Which means Nova Mob member Lucy Sussex is in a Locus-Award-winning non-fiction publication

Congratulations all! 

In April 2022 Iain McIntyre spoke to the Mob about his and Andrew Nette’s (eds) newly-published book Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985.(He also memorably described his growing up as a fan in Perth, W.A.)

In June 2022 the Locus Awards were announced, and as pithily reported in Ansible:

Locus Awards
SF NOVEL: A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine.
FANTASY NOVEL: Jade Legacy by Fonda Lee.
HORROR NOVEL: My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones.
YA NOVEL: Victories Greater Than Death by Charlie Jane Anders.
FIRST NOVEL: A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark.
NOVELLA: Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells.
NOVELETTE: ‘That Story Isn’t the Story’ by John Wiswell (Uncanny 11/21)
SHORT: ‘Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather’ by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny 3/21)
ANTHOLOGY: We’re Here: The Best Queer Speculative Fiction 2020 ed. C.L. Clark & Charles Payseur. COLLECTION: Even Greater Mistakes by Charlie Jane Anders.
EDITOR: Ellen Datlow.
ARTIST: Charles Vess. 
NONFICTION: Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950-1985 ed. Andrew Nette & Iain McIntyre. 
ART BOOK: The Art of Neil Gaiman & Charles VessStardust by Charles Vess.
SPECIAL: Codex Writers’ Group.

Pop Culture bundle

The Pop Culture Explosion Bundle – curated by Nick Mamatas is currently available from storybundle.

The bundle includes the Locus Award winner and Hugo Award nominee Dangerous Visions and New Worlds: Radical Science Fiction, 1950 to 1985, the seminal examination of British punk One-Chord Wonders, Michael Moorcock’s provocative essay collection London Peculiar, and much more. Many of these titles are available as ebooks for the first time, and exclusively for this bundle!

Note that the two predecessors to Dangerous Vision and New Worlds, Sticking it to the Man and Girl Gangs, Biker Boys and Real Cool Cats are part of the bundle.

The ebook bundle available until July 28th from Storybundle

You can read more about them here, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book!

Locus Awards online June 23-26th

The Locus Awards run on Zoom over four days, the first three of which have book readings from 8.30 to 11.30am Adelaide time*; the fourth day runs from 2:30am Sunday to the actual ceremony at 7:30am.
There’s a $15 membership for those who can’t afford the $45 full price. The reduced membership doesn’t include the t-shirt and programme, but does include access to all online events and a subscription to the digital magazine for 6 months.
More details:
List of finalists:

  • we are 16.5 hours ahead of them

Storybundle: Humourous Fantasy

Some reviews of the books in the bundle:
The Dragon Business by Kevin J. Anderson

“Love this story. Bulldozed through it the first time so taking it slowly second time around to appreciate it more.”– Persis Gretna

Mythology 101 by Jody Lynn Nye

“A great sense of humor.”– Piers Anthony

Mis Spelled by TH Leatherman

This was an extremely enjoyable book. The hero and the supporting cast were all likable, and I especially appreciated that the hero was able to succeed without violence most of the time. The humor and the world-building were both first rate, and the story ended in a satisfying manner while still leaving room for a sequel.”– Amazon Review

Kradak the Champion by Shawn Inmon

“Well, here I go again down one of Shawn Inmon’s rabbit holes. No one digs them better. Steve, Rista, and Grint are something else. This quest is just the right mix of adventure, drama, darkness, and humor.”– Michelle Gwynn, author

The Thing from HR by Roy M. Griffis

“I laughed far too much as this crossover of office politics and eldritch horrors.”– Reader review

The Night Sheriff by Phil Foglio

“The Night Sheriff is Phil’s first solo-authored prose work, and he brings every bit of genius to it that he normally devotes to the comic-book and graphic novel medium. Know that with The Night Sheriff you’re in for an adventure at the hands of a master storyteller.”– Marion G Harmon, Bestselling author of the Wear The Cape Series

Fools’ Day by Patrick Thomas

“Slick… Entertaining.”– Paul Di Filippo, Asimov’s

His Angelic Keeper by Melinda Kucsera

“…it didn’t take long for things to get interesting and exciting. This book leaves you with wanting to read more. I love these books, they have the fantasy, action, adventure and world building that I enjoy, but they also are “nice” in a way where they are[n’t] as dark or steamy as some books are. I do recommend these, they are a nice change.”– Roberta, Amazon

Magic and Misrule by KM Merritt

“The setting was just immersive enough to complement the fun and brisk plot such that I happily started and finished this story in one sitting! I genuinely laughed out loud multiple times. Lastly, I can’t stress enough how skillfully the author represented some very underrepresented people/characters while completely succeeding in making that representation a nonissue to the plot. I can’t wait to read the next installment of this saga!”– Goodreads Review

Og-Grim-Dog by Jamie Edmundson

“a marathon of craziness that will tickle your sense of humor. Loved all the gritty characters and enjoyed the fast-paced action plot.”– Reader review

Hatched – Dragon Farmer Book One by Caren Hahn

•”The writing is eloquent. The story feels new and different from others I’ve read. Dragon farmers! Genius!”– Reader review

The Simple Delivery by Andrew Claydon

The story has wit and style, is full of great characters, heroes and villians, conspiracies and alliances and a great ending. Loved it and look forward to more of these.– Amazon Review

Quest by A.J. Ponder

“The writing is magnificent. This book is made for reading aloud, it fair rollicks along, a huge vocabulary with marvellous character drawings, funny dialogue and conversations. The best parts though, to encourage fully engaged adult interaction with child, are the footnotes the author has made which are really for adult eyes only. Funny, wicked and sometimes a bit naughty. There is no happy living after in this story either! No handsome prince, no evil witch. So the traditional fairy tale is turned on its head, and I hope to see more of Syvalla’s adventures, because she is well set up to take on more baddies.”– Felicity Murray, The Read

More details:

Critical mass May 25th: Metropolis

This month, we’ve got a special screening of Fritz Lang’s 1927 masterpiece, Metropolis.

This is the newly restored edition, including the 25 minutes of “new” footage found in 2008 at the Buenos Ares’ Museo del Cine. If you haven’t seen this version, you’re in for a treat. The film runs for just under 150 mins, so this will be a longer than usual Crit Mass meeting. Feel free to bring a friend!

If you want to join us via zoom, it’ll have to be for the post-film discussion at 8:30 Adelaide time.
(We don’t have the rights to zoom the film, alas.)
We are starting half an hour early this month, at 6pm Adelaide time.

Critical Mass at Kappys, 5:45 for a 6:00pm start on Wednesday, May 25th.

May 25th, 2022 8:30pm Adelaide / 9pm Melbourne
Join Zoom Meeting post screening

Meeting ID: 892 7567 5259
Passcode: CritMass

The language of Chinese dreams is SF

On the restless night of June 3, 1989, a young engineer visiting Beijing for a trade conference had a nightmare. He dreamt of a battalion of children fighting in a whiteout blizzard under the penetrating light of a supernova—that is, the sun was about to go out. The next morning, tanks rolled into Tiananmen Square to clear the thousands of protesters who had occupied it for months demanding more openness and democracy in China. The nightmare in the dreams of June 3rd and the nightmare in the reality of June 4th inspired Liu Cixin to write his first novel, The Supernova Era, though it would not be published for more than 10 years. Liu Cixin is easily the most prominent science fiction author in China today, and his Three Body Problem trilogy made waves when its first volume won the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2015. But his writing career, and by association the flourishing of Chinese science fiction in the wake of Three Body’s success, began with a dream.

The Language of Chinese Dreams Is Science Fiction — And Sometimes They’re Nightmares,

A host of sci-fi short stories

The 200 Sci-Fi Worlds Bundle – Curated by J. Scott Coatsworth:

We’ve included fifteen sci-fi anthologies and collections showcasing 139 authors and more than 200 individual stories, but it’s available for a limited time only! This StoryBundle features a wide variety of themes – fighting climate change, exploring the far reaches of the galaxy, future crime, hopepunk, sci-fi zombies, space marines, exosapiens, LGBTQ+ heroes, and so much more. With 139 authors, chances are that you’ll find some new writers to love.

You can read more about them at Storybundle, and make sure to click on each cover for a synopsis, reviews and preview of each book! Offer available until 26th May.

Nova Mob, May 4th: Sir Gawain & the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is the Nova Mob’s topic this Wednesday
8.00pm Melbourne – 7:30 Adelaide time

Terry Frost will discuss the 2021 film The Green Knight

Lucy Sussex will discuss Sir Gawain and the Green Knight as part of the Matter of Britain. It’s a combined face to face and Zoom meeting, with the speakers both speaking from the round table at the Kensington Town Hall.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Nova Mob meeting 4 May 2022 

Terry Frost on The Green Knight (2021 film)

Lucy Sussex on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (Arthurian legend)

Combined Zoom and face-to-face meeting. 

Lucy and Terry will be speaking on location from the Kensington Town Hall.

Terry Frost won the 2021 William Atheling, Jr. Award for Criticism or Review, for his reviews in Terry Talks Movies.  His YouTube channel of film reviews has more than 1.2 million hits and has a patreon option.

Lucy Sussex is an Honorary Fellow at Federation and La Trobe Universities and has taught at Clarion West,  been shortlisted (as editor) for the World Fantasy Award, is currently on the Hugo ballot within the context of McIntyre & Nette’s Dangerous Visions… and has won various sf awards including the Ian Gunn Memorial Award for services to sf fandom.

Lucy and Terry are Nova Mob members.

Thanks to Lucy for organising this topic and speakers.

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire– This cerebral mix of conspiracy a-go-go and sci-fi (from 1961) was written and directed by Val Guest. Simultaneous nuclear testing by the U.S. and Soviets triggers an alarmingly rapid shift in the Earth’s climate. As London’s weather turns more tropical by the hour, a Daily Express reporter (Peter Stenning) begins to suspect that the British government is not being 100% forthcoming on the possible fate of the world. Along the way, Stenning has some steamy scenes with his love interest (sexy Janet Munro). The film is more noteworthy for its smart, snappy patter than its run-of-the-mill special effects, but delivers a compelling narrative. Co-starring veteran scene-stealer Leo McKern.

“Any world (that I’m welcome to): 10 Sci-fi favorites” by Dennis Hartley