The short list for the 2017 British Fantasy Society Awards has been released and we are pleased to note the following nominees: The Alchemy Press (Independent Press category); Something Remains, edited by Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate (Anthology); “Charmed Life” by Simon Avery from Something Remains (Short Story). The results will be announced at FantasyCon this September.
I’ve posted some words on and a few photos of the recent Alchemy Press book launch held during the 2016 British Fantasy Convention in Scarborough:
It can’t be difficult, surely, to organise a book launch (as part of the recent FantasyCon weekend). After all, I have organised and co-organised the British Fantasy Convention itself – several times – plus many one-off events. Ah, as with all best-laid plans, it didn’t quite go according to – well – plan.
The 30th Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction literature was awarded to Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky (published by Tor), recently announced. The Clarke Award is considered to be the UK’s top prize for science fiction. Many congratulations go to Adrian.
And if you didn’t know, or you’ve forgotten, Adrian’s co-written anthology (with Adam Gauntlett and Keris McDonald), The Private Life of Elder Things is now available from The Alchemy Press.
It was an enormous honor to work on this and also an extremely moving experience. I had selected the fragment that spoke to me the most personally, and worked hard to get into a mindset that would produce a story that was truly a collaboration between Joel and me. As someone who had only a passing acquaintance with Joel personally (but who has loved his work since the 1990s), it was surprising how close I felt to him over the course of writing the story.
Two contributors to Something Remains — John Grant and Rosanne Rabinowitz — have posted blogs about their involvement in the project. John says:
The hugely talented writer Joel Lane, best known for his dark fantasy, died far too young in 2013. He left behind him scattered notes for a myriad of stories that he’d never gotten around to writing, and it occurred to Pauline Dungate that a suitable memorial to him might be a charity anthology in which other writers used Joel’s notes as the basis for new, preferably Joel-esque stories. I was highly honored when The Alchemy Press’s Peter Coleborn asked me to be a contributor to the anthology, and even more so when my story was accepted.
And Rosanne comments:
This unique and moving collaboration differs from any book I’ve contributed to in the past. When Joel Lane died in 2013 he left many handwritten fragments of writing behind. Some were sketches, others closer to complete stories. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate teamed up to edit an anthology based on these fragments. Various friends and associates of Joel’s selected pieces that sparked their imaginations. Out of this emerged a collection of stories, poems and reflections on Joel’s poetry and critical work.
Jessica Amanda Salmonson — whose The Complete Weird Epistles of Penelope Pettiweather, Ghost Hunter — is Guest of Honour at Diversicon 24, which takes place on 29-31 July at the Best Western Hotel, St Paul, Minnesota — in other words, very soon!