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RPG - Fantasy Faction Style / RPG 2018 Chit Chat and Nonsense thread
« on: August 21, 2018, 06:26:18 AM »
Thread for all our extra comments, discussion or nonsense outside the main story.

First huge thanks to @Nighteyes for taking the plunge and starting up. We really do need some pure fun around and what better than getting lost in an RPG again. That was what it was always about. Reckon the Bartender needs to tell us his name, though?

Yaay to Scarlet the Wizard and Henry the Jack back again and welcome @Slaykomimi bringing to Maxim join in.  As mentioned for me RL is slightly complex, not the brood, thank heavens,just the palace moving, but will do my best. ;D

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This discussion begun on another thread. Acknowledgments to @JMack and @Peat. I thought about it more and there are several good reasons.

Perhaps for same reason fantasy needs taverns. Travellers, soldiers, sailors all need food, drink and comfort away from home, so normal services in any town.

That came across as obvious, sorry, I should have expanded. Fantasy so often features characters on the move for a thousand reasons, but many times needing some degree of concealment. A tavern is a place where strangers are always noticed, but a brothel would be a useful place to stay with nobody being too inquisitive.  Our heroes or villains also need boltholes and a place to stash belongings and a change of clothes, so a useful location. There is guaranteed to be a brothel wherever you end up, even a small town and plenty in a city.

The reputation of a brothel, and its place in the local community relies on discretion. Those in authority including watch and councillors  almost certainly visit, but are not going to set up inspections or enquiries for fear of their own discovery. Often a useful place to conduct undercover business with people you cannot be seen with in public. Doh, that was not an intentional pun.  ::) A madame has prime opportunity for blackmail, but they all know it would be ridiculous for her to blatantly practise it. Instead favours for favours and nobody interferes and place is kept private.

This also provides an arc for female characters of older times to become semi legitimate businesswomen and gain some degree of social status, while making a good living independent of a man other than bouncers. They don’t necessarily need hearts of gold either, JMack. ;) Probably that is a bit of a disadvantage.

Would be interested to hear suggestions of establishments that could usefully fulfil those traveller/ adventurer/ rogue needs as easily.

Authority may use the ‘ ladies of the sheets’ (perfect new name Cam  ;D) as spies for extracting information or passing it on.

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General Discussion / Forum Special Warriors
« on: May 16, 2018, 02:59:24 PM »
From time to time members of FF need a few extra Warriors by their sides. We know that in the past they have successfully battled here and now is the time to send for some to return and fight again.

To all those Warriors lazing around in their gardens, smoking pipe-weed in the rocking chairs, drinking with the locals in the tavern or wondering why they rescued a Princess when they wanted a simple life, JMack's Army sends out a Call to Arms.

Our highly esteemed and much loved High Priest of Atku aka @JMack needs allies by his side for a while, during the time he is stuck in hospital. The more the merrier and the more outrageous the better. Come on everyone, please send in your Heroes and Warriors, to join these starters. ;D

Atku's Dad -



An old friend always welcome -



And inevitably, at my personal request   -



Mate, you're not alone, good thoughts are zinging from all round the world. 8)

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Like the sound of this new series, where Myke Cole is taking the US Coast Guard Service to the Stars.

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About the first book, as yet untitled, in the SAR-1 series:

A lifelong Search-and-Rescuewoman, Coast Guard Captain Jane Oliver is ready for a peaceful retirement. But when tragedy strikes and Oliver loses her husband and her plans for the future, she finds herself thrust into a role she’s not prepared for. Suddenly at the helm of the Coast Guard’s elite SAR-1 lunar unit, Oliver is the only woman who can prevent the first lunar war in history, a conflict that will surely consume not only the Moon, but Earth as well.


I don't usually read Military SFF but he has served himself and this particular part in the article sounds encouraging:-

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In recruiting videos and press releases, the military often touts the full range of its more palatable activities – providing aid, peacekeeping, diplomacy. We see the Army Corps of Engineers, the Military Attaché Corps, Navy hospital ships at anchor off the coast of devastated countries in the developing world.

But those of us who have been in know better. We have all of us heard the harangues of drill instructors, company commanders and A-school chiefs, “Forget all that,” they say of these feel-good support functions, “the military exists to do just two things – kill people and destroy property.”

Sure, you can make the argument that those roles may wind up saving more lives than they take, but it’s always debatable. That bald truth is unimpeachable for all branches of the armed service.

Save one.

Just one military branch has a different job. Just one relegates the killing function, the destructive engine, to a subordinate role.

The United States Coast Guard.

The guard has six official missions, ranging from saving lives at sea to protecting living marine resources. They are absolutely a warfighting agency. They are equipped and trained to kill, and have fought in every American war. But for the guard, defense isn’t priority one. The guard alone has law enforcement authority over American citizens who aren’t in the military. The guard alone prioritizes environmental protection, icebreaking and marine science over raw firepower.

Where other branches are built to take lives, the guard alone was chartered to save them.

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That may very well be true.
But the question was about a futuristic powered armour. IMO, fluid operated pistons are lot less futuristic.


Unless it's basically a fairystory, or fantasy like Marvel you can't break the laws of physics. The future will not make electric motors replace hydraulic or gas powered actuators.

That post was accidental, but came about because I was concerned by Ray’s comment, so may as well pursue it.

I accept that SciFi should probably be aware of Laws of Physics, and certainly X-men would not work so brilliantly if they tried to observe them.

But seems to me fantasy by it’s very definition can break any physical rule and is not always required to explain in convincing detail how or why something is possible ( Why does this stupid keyboard write pissible all the time ::) ?)

In fact, I enjoy brief explanations of how an author perceives that his fantasy phenomenon comes about and will accept it in a good story, but not necessarily care about its veracity. And Brandon Sanderson has definitely not shown respect for the chemistry of metals.

I suspect  @Mark Lawrence ‘s Broken Empire and Red Queen’s War trilogies both play some strange games with laws of physics and they are enthralling fantasy.

Most of you may heartily disagree with my disregard of scientific rigour, and certainly Ray has different views, but  I would be interested to hear any comments. Am no scientist so please KIS for this Stupid.  ::)

Please could @Elfy or @xiagan or any kind mod around, move this post to start a new thread as below just cannot do it tidily without computer.

Should Fantasy adhere to the Laws of Science, Physics in particular?







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Just to alert anyone here who belongs to audible.com. @Jmack I know and maybe @tebakutis @Peat and @ultamentkiller.

There is a US $4.95 each book  sale on just now with many many books. So far I have only looked through the SFF section and there are many good bargains including the first of several series mentioned here.

For example  Locke and Key, Homeland (Drizzt), The Fifth Season, A Darker Shade of Magic*, Sheepfarmer's Daughter, The Warded Man, Ship of Magic, We Are Legion*, 2001 A Space Odyssey, A Closed and Common Orbit* and many more that may appeal.

The ones *starred I have already bought in the past and can recommend the narrator as being excellent. The stories are, of course, dependent on your taste.

Have been tempted to pick up some oldies myself Alas Babylon, Elantris and Nine Princes in Amber so any comments about my choices will be welcome. 
Haven't even dared to look at the other categories - yet.  ;) This sale usually only happens once or twice a year so is very tempting.

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter
« on: August 08, 2017, 01:59:41 AM »
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“an intoxicating tale of rebellion and star-crossed romance,” “a massive page-turner that leaves readers longing for more,” and “an uncompromising condemnation of prejudice and injustice.”

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“...is the most dangerous, offensive book I have ever read,” she wrote in a nearly 9,000-word review that blasted the novel as an end-to-end mess of unadulterated bigotry. “It was ultimately written for white people. It was written for the type of white person who considers themselves to be not-racist and thinks that they deserve recognition and praise for treating POC like they are actually human."

Yeah... nah. Same book

This article The Toxic Drama on YA Twitter is in some ways related to the thread on Talent @tebakutis began and which has kept me entertained for days. Go, you good guys, Nora, Lanko, Peat, Not Liu  and all who have written so well. That thread got rather complicated with off shoots and this is not directly relevant, so am bringing this to your attention separately. It is a recent example of much that was mentioned about Twilight and Shades.

I am a daily user of Twitter as it is my major source of international news, and comment on politics and social issues.  And a few SFF threads.  ;) I Block or Mute followers who are there for ads, social chitchat or trolling.  I do not want this to turn into a condemnation of Twitter itself as it is entirely up to each user how they use and control it. But this is easy for me as I am not interacting with the public directly in any way, unlike a writer.

When an author is deliberately and viciously attacked in this way by a rabid critic and a cruel campaign follows it is bringing home how easily legitimate things can go wrong. I am not surprised by this happening because there are opinion writers in the world who thrive on public hate. UK has a Katie Hopkins, AU has several vicious journos, and teenagers and YA are impressionable and easily drawn into a mob mind, but it doesn't stop with there. This is an example of social media at its worst. In this instance it seems to be a deliberate case of corrupting a genuine concern for diversity into a contrived 'virtue signalling' witch hunt by deliberately misreading a fantasy world. I have not read The Black Witch and cannot comment on it, again not the point of this post.

All SM can be insidious, manipulative and difficult to control. You cannot ignore it because it is not going away.  It is affecting the way many people think and act. It is exacerbated by the attitudes prevalent whereby free speech is allowed to make hate speech acceptable and everyone now has a platform to voice an opinion. Bad news for writers who are easy targets.


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Writers' Corner / Battle of the Bards Flash Fiction Winners
« on: August 02, 2017, 04:49:56 AM »
Battle of the Bards Flash Fiction Winners

Three excellent flash fiction stories here ;D ;D

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Self Publishing Discussion / Scammers break Kindle store
« on: July 16, 2017, 08:21:19 AM »
Read this today and think it's a lousy mean stupid scam and wanted to make sure all our writers knew about it. Seems Amazon doesn't care much.

https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2017/07/15/scammers-break-the-kindle-store/

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I have no knowledge of this publishing company, but it may be of interest to our writers. As far as I can remember we've never yet had Water as a Writing Club Theme. :)

http://www.rosariumpublishing.com/trouble-the-waters-submissions.html?platform=hootsuite

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She moves with deliberate grace.
 
Mami Wata, Momu Watu, La Sirene, Sedna, Coventina, Suijin, Mother of Waters

She is the water between us, the water within us, the water that slakes thirst, from which we were born. Water is the natural and the sacred, the functional and the necessary. All over the world, in cultures young and old, water is life and from this force, great adventures, quests, and legacies begin. And whether it is still, moves, rises, or falls, water fills us. Imagine what stories and strange tales can be told from the depths of its depths.
 
TROUBLE THE WATERS: Tales from the Deep Blue will be a new anthology of water-themed speculative short stories that explore all kinds of water lore and deities, ancient and new as well as unimagined tales. We want stories with memorable, engaging characters, great and small, epic tales and quieter stories of personal and communal growth. Science fiction, fantasy, horror, interstitial, and unclassifiable works are welcome. We are seeking original stories in English (2500 – 7000 words; pays 6 cents per word) from writers of all walks of life from this beautiful planet and will accept some select reprints (pays 2 cents per word). Deadline: November 1, 2017. Projected publication: November 2018, Rosarium Publishing, www.rosariumpublishing.com. Please send submissions as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file in standard mss formatting with your name, title, and word count to: TroubletheWaters2018@gmail.com
 
Please note that we are unable to accept simultaneous or multiple submissions.[/quot

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Putting this link up in the hopes someone from our Forum can enter and win, but please follow through all further info and Terms and Conditions links because it says published authors cannot apply.  I am not sure how our Writing Contest stands in these cases. Please can you advise @xiagan ?

Competition closes 23.59 on 30 June 2017

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/bath-spa-launches-25-word-novel-comp-be-read-jeremy-irons-560876

Sounds great fun maybe we could do our own 25 word novels anyway.  ;D

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Fantasy Book & Author Discussion / Hugo Awards 2017 Finalists
« on: April 05, 2017, 05:35:41 AM »
Some of these finalists I've seen mentioned on the forum here, but not as many as usual.  For me personally pleased to see A Closed and Common Orbit, Peter Nightingale Rivers of London series and Malka Older among them.  Here is the full list from the link.

Spoiler for Hiden:
2017 Hugo Awards
Presented at: Worldcon 75, Helsinki, Finland, August 11, 2017

The 2017 Hugo Awards will be presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at Worldcon 75, the 75th World Science Fiction Convention. Administration of the 2017 Hugo Awards is exclusively the responsibility of Worldcon 75. The Hugo Awards are not administered by the Hugo Awards Web Site.

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards were announced online on April 4th. The video of the announcement is available on YouTube.

2464 valid nominating ballots (2458 electronic and 6 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions. The final round of voting will open shortly and will close on 15 July 2017.

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards are:

Best Novel

2078 ballots cast for 652 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 156 to 480.

All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Books / Titan Books)
A Closed and Common Orbit, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager US)
Death’s End, by Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor Books / Head of Zeus)
Ninefox Gambit, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris Books)
The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer (Tor Books)

Best Novella

1410 ballots cast for 187 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 167 to 511.

The Ballad of Black Tom, by Victor LaValle (Tor.com publishing)
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, by Kij Johnson (Tor.com publishing)
Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)
Penric and the Shaman, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Spectrum Literary Agency)
A Taste of Honey, by Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com publishing)
This Census-Taker, by China Miéville (Del Rey / Picador)

Best Novelette

1097 ballots cast for 295 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 74 to 268.

Alien Stripper Boned From Behind By The T-Rex, by Stix Hiscock (self-published)
“The Art of Space Travel”, by Nina Allan (Tor.com , July 2016)
“The Jewel and Her Lapidary”, by Fran Wilde (Tor.com publishing, May 2016)
“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)
“Touring with the Alien”, by Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld Magazine, April 2016)
“You’ll Surely Drown Here If You Stay”, by Alyssa Wong (Uncanny Magazine, May 2016)

Best Short Story

1275 ballots cast for 830 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 87 to 182.

“The City Born Great”, by N. K. Jemisin (Tor.com, September 2016)
“A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers”, by Alyssa Wong (Tor.com, March 2016)
“Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies”, by Brooke Bolander (Uncanny Magazine, November 2016)
“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)
“That Game We Played During the War”, by Carrie Vaughn (Tor.com, March 2016)
“An Unimaginable Light”, by John C. Wright (God, Robot, Castalia House)

Best Related Work

1122 ballots cast for 344 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 424.

The Geek Feminist Revolution, by Kameron Hurley (Tor Books)
The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher (Blue Rider Press)
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Robert Silverberg and Alvaro Zinos-Amaro (Fairwood)
The View From the Cheap Seats, by Neil Gaiman (William Morrow / Harper Collins)
The Women of Harry Potter posts, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com)
Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

Best Graphic Story

842 ballots cast for 441 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 71 to 221.

Black Panther, Volume 1: A Nation Under Our Feet, written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze (Marvel)
Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)
Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous, written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa (Marvel)
Paper Girls, Volume 1, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image)
Saga, Volume 6, illustrated by Fiona Staples, written by Brian K. Vaughan, lettered by Fonografiks (Image)
The Vision, Volume 1: Little Worse Than A Man, written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta (Marvel)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

1733 ballots cast for 206 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 240 to 1030.

Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)
Deadpool, screenplay by Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick, directed by Tim Miller (Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation/Marvel Entertainment/Kinberg Genre/The Donners’ Company/TSG Entertainment)
Ghostbusters, screenplay by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, directed by Paul Feig (Columbia Pictures/LStar Capital/Village Roadshow Pictures/Pascal Pictures/Feigco Entertainment/Ghostcorps/The Montecito Picture Company)
Hidden Figures, screenplay by Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, directed by Theodore Melfi (Fox 2000 Pictures/Chernin Entertainment/Levantine Films/TSG Entertainment)
Rogue One, screenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy, directed by Gareth Edwards (Lucasfilm/Allison Shearmur Productions/Black Hangar Studios/Stereo D/Walt Disney Pictures)
Stranger Things, Season One, created by the Duffer Brothers (21 Laps Entertainment/Monkey Massacre)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

1159 ballots cast for 569 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 91 to 193.

Black Mirror: “San Junipero”, written by Charlie Brooker, directed by Owen Harris (House of Tomorrow)
Doctor Who: “The Return of Doctor Mysterio”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Ed Bazalgette (BBC Cymru Wales)
The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)
Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Miguel Sapochnik (HBO)
Game of Thrones: “The Door”, written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, directed by Jack Bender (HBO)
Splendor & Misery [album], by Clipping (Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes)

Best Editor, Short Form

951 ballots cast for 191 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 149 to 229.

John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Sheila Williams

Best Editor, Long Form

752 ballots cast for 148 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 83 to 201.

Vox Day
Sheila E. Gilbert
Liz Gorinsky
Devi Pillai
Miriam Weinberg
Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Artist

817 ballots cast for 387 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 143.

Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Chris McGrath
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Sana Takeda

Best Semiprozine

857 ballots cast for 103 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 434.

Beneath Ceaseless Skies, editor-in-chief and publisher Scott H. Andrews
Cirsova Heroic Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, edited by P. Alexander
GigaNotoSaurus, edited by Rashida J. Smith
Strange Horizons, edited by Niall Harrison, Catherine Krahe, Vajra Chandrasekera, Vanessa Rose Phin, Li Chua, Aishwarya Subramanian, Tim Moore, Anaea Lay, and the Strange Horizons staff
Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
The Book Smugglers, edited by Ana Grilo and Thea James

Best Fanzine

610 ballots cast for 152 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 53 to 159.

Castalia House Blog, edited by Jeffro Johnson
Journey Planet, edited by James Bacon, Chris Garcia, Esther MacCallum-Stewart, Helena Nash, Errick Nunnally, Pádraig Ó Méalóid, Chuck Serface, and Erin Underwood
Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan
nerds of a feather, flock together, edited by The G, Vance Kotrla, and Joe Sherry
Rocket Stack Rank, edited by Greg Hullender and Eric Wong
SF Bluestocking, edited by Bridget McKinney

Best Fancast

690 ballots cast for 253 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 76 to 109.

The Coode Street Podcast, presented by Gary K. Wolfe and Jonathan Strahan
Ditch Diggers, presented by Mur Lafferty and Matt Wallace
Fangirl Happy Hour, presented by Ana Grilo and Renay Williams
Galactic Suburbia, presented by Alisa Krasnostein, Alexandra Pierce and Tansy Rayner Roberts, produced by Andrew Finch
The Rageaholic, presented by RazörFist
Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

Best Fan Writer

802 ballots cast for 275 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 80 to 152.

Mike Glyer
Jeffro Johnson
Natalie Luhrs
Foz Meadows
Abigail Nussbaum
Chuck Tingle

Best Fan Artist

528 ballots cast for 242 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 39 to 121.

Ninni Aalto
Alex Garner
Vesa Lehtimäki
Likhain (M. Sereno)
Spring Schoenhuth
Mansik Yang
Worldcon 75 has elected to exercise its authority under the WSFS Constitution to add an additional category for 2017 only:

Best Series

A multi-volume science fiction or fantasy story, unified by elements such as plot, characters, setting, and presentation, appearing in at least three (3) volumes consisting in total of at least 240,000 words by the close of the previous calendar year, at least one volume of which was published in the previous calendar year. If any series and a subset series thereof both receive sufficient nominations to appear on the final ballot, only the version which received more nominations shall appear.

Note that there is a pending amendment to the WSFS Constitution that, if ratified by the 2017 WSFS Business Meeting, will add Best Series as a new permanent category. The definition above is based on the wording of the proposed new category.

1393 votes for 290 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 129 to 325.

The Craft Sequence, by Max Gladstone (Tor Books)
The Expanse, by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US / Orbit UK)
The October Daye Books, by Seanan McGuire (DAW / Corsair)
The Peter Grant / Rivers of London series, by Ben Aaronovitch (Gollancz / Del Rey / DAW / Subterranean)
The Temeraire series, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey / Harper Voyager UK)
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)


The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2014 or 2015, sponsored by Dell Magazines. (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards.)

933 votes for 260 nominees.
Votes for finalists ranged from 88 to 255.

Sarah Gailey (1st year of eligibility)
J. Mulrooney (1st year of eligibility)
Malka Older (2nd year of eligibility)
Ada Palmer (1st year of eligibility)
Laurie Penny (2nd year of eligibility)
Kelly Robson (2nd year of eligibility)
Declined/Ineligible

The following nominees received enough votes to qualify for the final ballot, but either declined nomination or were found to be ineligible.

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form): Game of Thrones: “The Winds of Winter” (No more than two episodes of any one show may be finalists in this category)
Best Professional Artist: Tomek Radziewicz (No qualifying publications in 2016)
Best Professional Artist: JiHun Lee (No qualifying publications in 2016)
Best Semiprozine: Lightspeed Magazine (Not eligible)
Best Fanzine: File 770 (Declined nomination)
See Hugo Award Categories for a more detailed discussion of the categories. The technical definitions of the categories are in the current version of the WSFS Constitution, and those technical definitions take priority in case of any ambiguity. Decisions regarding eligibility are made by the current year’s Hugo Administration Subcommittee, whose decisions are final in all cases.

2017 Hugo Award Finalist Announcement (YouTube)


http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2017-hugo-awards/

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Self Publishing Discussion / Amazon Keywords and Categories Explained
« on: February 23, 2017, 07:34:17 AM »
I think some questions have come up from time to time about Amazon categories and how you can influence with keywords. Hope this is helpful and interesting, even though the author wrote a sentence ending in  'of' and I cringed. ::)  I know, that was mean :P
Although  it is over a year old, I suppose it is still applicable.

http://selfpublishingroundtable.com/amazon-keywords-and-categories-explained/

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Links, Competitions and 'Stuff' / Terry Pratchett Exhibition Salisbury UK
« on: February 22, 2017, 06:58:29 AM »


The Salisbury Museum, The Estate of Terry Pratchett and Paul Kidby present ‘Terry Pratchett: HisWorld’, an exclusive major exhibition based on the extraordinary life of Sir Terry Pratchett, the creative genius behind the Discworld series. Follow his journey to becoming one of our best known and best loved writers. This unique exhibition will include artwork by the man himself and treasured items owned by Sir Terry which have never previously been on public display. Also featured will be over forty original illustrations by Paul Kidby, Sir Terry’s artist of choice.

16th September 2017 to 13th January 2018, at Salisbury Museum, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

 http://discworld.com/terry-pratchett-exhibition-announced-salisbury/

Early warning to all Discworld fans who may live near by or who may be in the area to check your diaries for later in the year. This exhibition will be open for a long time so someone here may be lucky enough to see it.

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Fantasy Movies, Comic Books & Video Games / CGI Actors
« on: January 20, 2017, 08:51:46 AM »
This turned up today and may be of interest.

CGI Actors


CGI actors were discussed in the Rogue One thread, but have kept it separate for further discussion. There are so many good possibilities for its use, but could also provoke controversy.
Any thoughts?

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