Archive for January, 2013

Ann VanderMeer: Awards Eligibility

Jeff VanderMeer • January 29th, 2013 • News

It’s that time of year where people make other people aware of what they’ve done so nothing slips through the cracks re voted-on awards. So…

Ann VanderMeer did much of the work of selecting fiction at Weirdfictionreview.com and also published her last issue of Weird Tales (full contents listed here–all material chosen by her), Ann edited Steampunk III: Steampunk Revolution in 2012. This makes her eligible to be nominated for the best editor, short form, category for the Hugo Award. Her work in general, the anthology and Weirdfictionreview.com are eligible for various other awards that have the requisite categories.

Here’s more information on Steampunk Revolution, which was released in December and got a little bit lost in the shuffle…

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What if Steampunk had a revolution? What if this genre that is so closely tied to the past burst forth into the future – breaking down definitional barriers and forging ahead? Steampunk Revolution features a renegade collective of writers —including steampunk legends as well as hot, new talents—who are rebooting the steam-driven past and powering it into the future with originality, wit, and adventure. Going far beyond corsets and goggles, Steampunk Revolution is not just a ride in your great-great granddad’s zeppelin—now it’s a much wilder ride.

The entire list of contributors: Christopher Barzak, Paolo Chikiamco, Amal El-Mohtar, Jeffrey Ford, Lev Grossman, Samantha Henderson, Leow Hui Min Annabeth, N.K. Jemison, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Malissa Kent, Andrew Knighton, Nick Mamatas, David Erik Nelson, Morgan Johnson, and Fritz Swanson, Garth Nix, Ben Peek, Cherie Priest, Margaret Ronald, Christopher Rowe, Vandana Singh, Bruce Sterling, Karin Tidbeck, Lavie Tidhar, Catherynne M. Valente, Genevieve Valentine, Jeff VanderMeer, Carrie Vaughn, J.Y. Yang, Jaymee Goh, Margaret Killjoy, Austin Sirkin and book design/art by John Coulthart.

Not including the original nonfiction, the original stories are as follows:

Malissa Kent – The Heart is the Matter
Caitlin Kiernan -Goggles (c. 1910)
Vandana Singh – A Handful of Rice (novella)

Note: If voting for Weirdfictionreview.com for anything, you should list “Ann & Jeff VanderMeer and Adam Mills”. Adam is our managing editor.

The Situation Web Comic by VanderMeer and Orchard–Hugo Award Eligible

Jeff VanderMeer • January 28th, 2013 • News

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I know it’s pretty much the norm now to let people know what your Hugo Award-eligible works were right around this time. It still feels a little weird to me to clog up my blog with this stuff, but on the other hand this time I’ve got something fairly unique.

The Situation is a webcomic based on a short story of mine. I wrote the comics script for it and Eric Orchard did the art. It’s up on Tor.com and it did in fact come out in 2012, so it is eligible for the Hugo Award–in the category of Best Graphic story. So you’d be voting for:

The Situation (Tor.com; Jeff VanderMeer and Eric Orchard)

So, go check it out and if you like it, consider voting for it. I’m really proud of it, and I think Orchard did a great job with the art.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac–Call for Submissions

Jeff VanderMeer • January 14th, 2013 • News

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Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, coeditors of the World Fantasy Award and British Fantasy Award winning anthology The Weird, are pleased to announce a call for submissions for a new mega-reprint anthology.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac will function as its own time machine: the ultimate treasury of time travel stories, presented in an imaginative way, with illustrations and some nonfiction in addition to the stories. The anthology will cover millions of years of Earth’s history—from the age of the dinosaurs to strange and fascinating futures, through to the end of Time itself. The Time Traveler’s Almanac will reacquaint readers with beloved classics and introduce them to thrilling contemporary examples of the time travel genre. The UK publisher is Head of Zeus and our editor Nic Cheetham, who also was our editor on the award-winning The Weird. The US publisher will be announced soon.

Although we already material in mind we also know that we can’t see everything so we are asking for submissions as well as suggestions. If in doubt, send it. We will read submissions between January 15, 2013 and February 28, 2013. Any English-language story (or translation into English) previously published on a website, non-self-published ebook anthology, or in a print publication is eligible for consideration. Looking for REPRINTS ONLY (standard reprint rates apply). No nonfiction. Prefer works under 10,000 words. Willing to look at all kinds of Time Travel fiction, but mainly interested in work that pushes the boundaries, that is truly unique to the genre. FANTASY AND HORROR incorporating time travel are just as welcome as pure science fiction. Surreal isn’t bad either.

Submissions up to 10,000 words should be sent in a Word or RTF document attachment to [email protected] Please cut-and-paste the first three paragraphs into the body of your email and include prior publication information, but no need to include any biographical information about yourself. If you prefer, use snail mail by sending your work to POB 38190, Tallahassee, FL 32315, USA. Snail mail submissions should be marked on the outside of the envelope as for The Time Traveler’s Almanac consideration. No SASE is required if you prefer email response. All submissions will be responded to no later than May 1, 2013; please do not query about a submission prior to that date. Those sending in their suggestions—thanks so much, and thanks for understanding that we will not have time to reply.

Please limit the number of unique submissions per writer to 3 stories. If you plan to send more than one, make sure we see the top, best 3 stories that fit this theme, thanks! And if you have already sent us stories due to solicitation, there is no need to re-send. We’ve got them and that will just confuse us.

The rather awesome Tessa Kum and Dominik Parisien will serve as assistant editors on this anthology and will be reading and responding to your stories.