Sunday, June 24, 2018

2018 Locus Awards Winners for Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature Announced


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation have announced the winners for the 2018 Locus Awards.

The Locus Awards are presented to winners of the Locus Magazine's annual readers' poll, first presented in 1971, to recognize excellence in science fiction and fantasy literature.

The winners were announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 22-24, 2018.

2018 Locus Awards Winners

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
  • The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor US; Tor UK)

FANTASY NOVEL
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

HORROR NOVEL
  • The Changeling, Victor LaValle (Spiegel & Grau)

YOUNG ADULT BOOK
  • Akata Warrior, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)

FIRST NOVEL
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)

NOVELLA
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells, (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTE
  • “The Hermit of Houston”, Samuel R. Delany (F&SF 9-10/17)

SHORT STORY
  • “The Martian Obelisk”, Linda Nagata (Tor.com 7/19/17)

ANTHOLOGY
  • The Book of Swords, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; HarperCollins UK)

COLLECTION
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: The Hainish Novels and Stories, Ursula K. Le Guin (Library of America)

MAGAZINE
  • Tor.com

PUBLISHER
  • Tor

EDITOR
  • Ellen Datlow

ARTIST
  • Julie Dillon

NON-FICTION
  • Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, Alexandra Pierce & Mimi Mondal, eds. (Twelfth Planet)

ART BOOK
  • The Art of the Pulps: An Illustrated History, Douglas Ellis, Ed Hulse & Robert Weinberg, eds. (IDW)

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . James E Bama

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of James E Bama.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Jumanji' by Kyle Lambert

'Jumanji' by Kyle Lambert


Saturday, June 23, 2018

Book Review: 'Provenance' by Ann Leckie

Set in the same universe as the Imperial Radch trilogy, 'Provenance' by Ann Leckie is a mixed bag of a book, blending in different story elements; prison break, political intrigue, sibling rivalry, and even murder mystery to name a few, and as a result, it keeps the story entertaining right until the end.

The book focuses on Ingray Aughskold, the adopted daughter of Netano Aughskold, a powerful high ranking political figure, and her attempt to break out a political prisoner and use them to gain favour within her foster family. But things immediately don't go the way she'd planned and she's soon drawn into a dispute between alien species, interplanetary politics and family drama.

I liked Ingray. She's smart, resourceful and could be determined at times. But as well as making some good decisions, she's also very prone to making some bad ones at times too, which in turn plays on her anxiety, which also sometimes has her on the brink of bursting into tears. She's a very likeable character, bringing her own complexities and imperfections, making her seem more grounded and realistic.

I also liked the world building, the twists and turns in the plot, as well as the cast of different characters we meet throughout. The gender fluidity of the Imperial Radch series is present and works very well with the small group of characters, adding another layer of depth to the already impressive world building.

I listened to the audiobook version, and really enjoyed the narration by Adjoa Andoh. She brought the characters to life, giving each their own distinctive voice and personality. And it's no wonder that her narration performance won the 2018 Audie Award for best Science Fiction audiobook.

'Provenance' is more of a romp than full on Space Opera, but it's a fun, engaging and entertaining read, a standalone set in another corner in Ann Leckie's Radch universe. Well worth picking up!

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . James E McConnell

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of James E McConnell.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Casablanca' by Rory Kurtz

'Casablanca' by Rory Kurtz


Thursday, June 21, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Scars' by Maria Abagnale

'Scars' by Maria Abagnale.

Available as a print on 310 gsm Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White – 100% cotton made acid free archival fine art paper with a smooth surface texture in a signed, numbered and dated limited edition of 30.

On sale for preorder now from Maria's Etsy store.

#CoolArt: 'Modern Witcher Noir' by Ástor Alexander

'Modern Witcher Noir' by Ástor Alexander

17.5" x 24.5" prints on 20" x 27" Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper in limited editions of 100 for $90 each or $220 for the set of three prints.

On sale now from Ástor's website.


#CoolArt: 'Persephone' by Billy Norrby

'Persephone' by Billy Norrby, for Every Day Original.

11" x 14" oil on canvas, original artwork for $420.

On sale Thursday June 21 at 12.30pm ET from the Every Day Original website.


#CoolArt: 'The Call of Cthulhu' by Florian Bertmer

'The Call of Cthulhu' by Florian Bertmer.

10" x 14" giclee print in a signed open edition for $35.

On sale now from Florian's website.


#CoolArt: 'Grateful Dead' by NC Winters

'Grateful Dead' by NC Winters, a new officially licensed print release through Bottleneck Gallery.

18" x 24" 12 colour screen print, in a TIMED edition on Legion Colorplan Stone stock paper for $60, and a Foil Variant edition of 150, on rainbow swirl foil paper, for $125.

On sale Thursday June 21 at 12pm ET until 11.59pm ET Sunday June 24 from the Bottleneck Gallery website.

Regular
Foil Variant

#CoolArt: 'The Death Of Stalin' by Leslie Herman

'The Death Of Stalin' by Leslie Herman, a new print release from Mondo.

18" x 24" screen print in a hand numbered limited edition of 150 for $45.

On sale Thursday June 21 at a random time from the Mondo website.

Follow on Twitter @mondonews for the on sale announcement.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan' by Bob Peak & Spiros Angelikas

Unused poster concept for 'Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan' by Bob Peak & Spiros Angelikas

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Flash Gordon' Prints by Phantom City Creative

'Flash Gordon' by Phantom City Creative.

24" x 36" screen prints in signed and numbered limited editions of 400 for $50 each or $125 for the set of four prints.

Each purchase includes a digital copy of the selected movie on Vudu and a physical poster of the same movie.

On sale now from the Fanflix website.


#CoolArt: 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' by Sara Deck

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' by Sara Deck

Exclusive mini print from Mondo available at 'Jurassic World' Double Feature screenings, at participating US cinemas June 21.


#CoolArt: 'Solaris' by Matthew Woodson

'Solaris' by Matthew Woodson, a new officially licensed joint print release from Black Dragon Press & Mondo.

24"x 36" screen print in a numbered Regular edition of 175 for $65 exclusively through Mondo, and a numbered Gold Variant edition of 75 for £65, and a numbered Gold Cyrillic Variant edition of 25 for £80 exclusively through Black Dragon Press.

On sale Thursday June 21 at 5pm UK from the Black Dragon Press website and at a random time from Mondo.

Regular
Gold Variant
Gold Cyrillic Variant

'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Vinyl Soundtrack from Mondo

Mondo, in partnership with Back Lot Records, is releasing the soundtrack to 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' on vinyl.

Composed by Michael Giacchino, featuring original artwork by JC Richard, and pressed on 2x 180 gram Indo-Raptor coloured Vinyl (also available on 180 gram black vinyl) for $35.

Available for pre-order Wednesday June 20 at 12pm CT (shipping July 2018) from the Mondo website.

Cover art by JC Richard

#CoolArt: 'Jurassic Park' by Claire Hummel

'Jurassic Park' by Claire Hummel, a new print release from Mondo.

18" x 24" screen print in a hand numbered limited edition of 300 for $45.

On sale Wednesday June 20 at 12pm CT from the Mondo website.


#CoolArt: 'The Iron Giant' by Matt Griffin

'The Iron Giant' by Matt Griffin

Used as poster art for the 'Brad Bird Weekend' in Dublin's Lighthouse Cinema and Galway's Palas Cinema, June 22-24 2018.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Fear Is The Mind Killer' by Dan Mumford

'Fear Is The Mind Killer' by Dan Mumford


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

#CoolArt: 'meet in secret . . . speak in code' by Daniel Danger

'meet in secret . . . speak in code' by Daniel Danger.

Diptych set of two 24" x 36" 7 colour screen prints in signed and numbered limited editions of 150 for $120 in each colour variant.

On sale Tuesday June 19 at 2pm ET from his website.

Blue Variant
Purple Variant

#CoolArt: 'Jurassic Park' by Luke Martin

'Jurassic Park' by Luke Martin.

18" x 24" 3 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 100 for $35.

On sale now from Luke's website.


#ArtOfTheDay: 'Swamp Thing' by Eric Powell

Cover art by Eric Powell for 'Swamp Thing' issue #22, published December 2005 by Vertigo Comics.

Monday, June 18, 2018

#CoolArt: 'Vertigo' by Matt Needle

'Vertigo' by Matt Needle, 60th Anniversary print that will be exhibited at the Electric Cinema, Birmingham in the summer of 2018.

A3 sized (297mm x 420mm) print on Gesso 280gsm paper, in a signed and numbered AP edition of 10 for £25.

On sale now from his website.


#CoolArt: 'God Of War' Video Game Art Prints From Cook & Becker

Cook & Becker, are releasing a collection of official giclée fine art prints featuring art from the video game 'God Of War', in collaboration with Santa Monica Studio.

Each print in the collection is of concept art of the locations and characters in the game and is hand-numbered and comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

On sale now from the Cook & Becker website.

'Kratos & Atreus'

#CoolArt: 'Fractal Fountain' by Tara McPherson

'Fractal Fountain' by Tara McPherson, is part of the 1xRUN Flint Water Crisis Print Suite, with a portion of the proceeds donated to supporting the Michigan ACLU, the Flint Child Health & Development Fund and the Flint Boys & Girls Club.

Archival pigment print on 290gsm Moab Fine Art Paper in a signed and numbered 10" x 18" TIMED edition for $75 and a signed and numbered 18" x 33" TIMED edition for $200.

On sale Tuesday June 19 at 12pm ET until 3pm ET on Tuesday July 3 from the 1xRun website.


#Book Review: 'We Have Always Lived On Mars' by Cecil Castellucci

'We Have Always Lived On Mars' by Cecil Castellucci, is a quick but enjoyable read about the inhabitants of a Martian colony that believes that its been abandoned, and with humanity on Earth possibly extinct, little hope for the future.

The story got my attention, as its reportedly to be adapted into a film by John Krasinski, star and director of the film 'A Quiet Place'. And although it's not entirely original, there are other stories and films that follow a similar path, it's still engaging enough. The brief story focuses on Nina, one of inhabitants of the colony, and I did like her character development, in spite of the time we're with her in the story.

Unfortunately, as the story is quite short, to say anymore about it would be giving up spoilers, and I don't do that. But I will say that it's a good read and leaves you wanting to know more about what happens afterwards at the end.

The story is a free read from the Tor Fiction website, so you can check it out for yourself.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Conan The Barbarian' by Martin Ansin

'Conan The Barbarian' by Martin Ansin

Sunday, June 17, 2018

#CoolArt: 'God Of War' by Doaly

'God Of War' by Doaly, a new officially licensed print release through the Poster Posse, in collaboration with Santa Monica Studio.

16" x 24" giclee prints on Matte, heavyweight, high-quality paper with textured finish in limited editions of 75 for $40 each.

On sale now from the Poster Posse website.

'Lake Of The Nine'

Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . James Bullough

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of James Bullough.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Michonne' by Arthur Adams

Variant cover art by Arthur Adams for 'The Walking Dead' issue #157, published August 2016 by Image Comics.

#CoolArt: 'Sukeban' by Jen Bartel

'Sukeban' by Jen Bartel.

16" x 20" print in a numbered limited edition of 50, available at the Spoke Art booth (#549) during Denver Comic Con, June 15-17 2018.


Saturday, June 16, 2018

#CoolArt: 'It Is Never Only A Dream' by Asunción Macián Ruiz (aka Medusa Dollmaker)

'It Is Never Only A Dream' by Asunción Macián Ruiz (aka Medusa Dollmaker), inspired by 'The Sandman.

Time limited edition T shirt currently available through Tee Villain.


#CoolArt: 'The Incredibles' by Chris B Murray

'The Incredibles' by Chris B Murray.

24" x 36" 6 colour screen print in a signed and numbered limited edition of 35 for $75.

On sale now from his website.


#CoolArt: 'Reach' by Donato Giancola

'Reach' by Donato Giancola, part of his 'Empathetic Robot' series.

18" x 24" oil on panel original artwork, in an online auction at Every Day Original until Friday June 22 at 5pm ET.

Go here to bid in the auction.


Artist Spotlight: The Art Of . . . James Avati

I've previously showcased a few of my favourite pop culture and vintage pulp artists, and each weekend I showcase art from more of my favourite artists.

The art of James Avati.

#ArtOfTheDay: 'Princess Mononoke' by Joshua Middleton

'Princess Mononoke' by Joshua Middleton