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- Author Event: Elizabeth Bonesteel and Caitlin Kittredge
- Award Season!
- Upcoming Local Events
- April New Releases


Author Event

Headshots of Charlie Stross, Max Gladstone, and Walter Jon Williams

Caitlin Kittredge and Elizabeth Bonesteel
Thursday, April 14
7:00 p.m.

Come see these fantastic authors discuss fantasic female characters in genre fiction!

Caitlin Kittredge has written fifteen novels for adults and teens, including the award-winning Iron Codex trilogy. She is releasing Grim Tidings, the follow-up to her urban fantasy novel Black Dog, on April 19.

Elizabeth Bonesteel began making up stories at the age of five, in an attempt to battle insomnia. Her debut novel, The Cold Between, went on sale March 8, and it’s really racking up amazing reviews.

The event is free, and food and drinks will be provided.

Thank you to the fabulous crowd that turned out to hear Ann Leckie last month. What a great conversation!


Award Season Begins

Having clicked submit on my Hugo nominations, I am distractedly looking at other awards and nominees while I await the Hugo finalists.

The British Science Fiction Awards

Annual award give out by the British Science Fiction Association

Winner, Best Novel: House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard

Prometheus Award Finalists

Libertarian Futurist Society's annual award for best libertarian novel

Golden Son, Pierce Brown
Apex, Ramez Naam
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
The Just City, Jo Walton
A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe

James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Winners

Annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender

“The New Mother”, Eugene Fischer (Asimov's, April/May 2015)
Lizard Radio, Pat Schmatz

Ditmar Awards

Recognizes achievement in Australian science fiction (including fantasy and horror) and science fiction fandom

Winner, Best Novel: Lament for the Afterlife, Lisa L. Hannett
Winner, Best Novella or Novelette: “Of Sorrow and Such”, Angela Slatter

Philip K. Dick Award

Award for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States

Apex, Ramez Naam

Bram Stoker Shortlist

Annual award given by the Horror Writers Association

The Scarlet Gospels, Clive Barker
The Deep, Michaelbrent Collings
The Cure, JG Faherty
Black Tide, Patrick Freivald
A Head Full of Ghosts, Paul Tremblay


Local Events

Muppet Madness
Friday, April 15, through Monday, April 18
Brattle Theatre

This year's event includes a double feature of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. And the irresistible Muppet Movie sing-along!

Cambridge Science Festival
Friday, April 15, through Sunday, April 24
Cambridge, Mass.

The Cambridge Science Festival is an annual 10-day celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math in Cambridge and New England.

Dimensions of Doctor Who
Saturday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
MIT Museum

What do you get when you combine the TARDIS, a sonic screwdriver, and local scientists? An evening dedicated to exploring the science of Doctor Who! Hear from researchers who will share how their work is bringing our world closer to that of the Doctor’s. Excellent for Whovians, science fiction fans, and science lovers alike.

Watch City Steampunk Festival
Saturday, May 7
Waltham, Mass.

The only outdoor Steampunk Festival in New England.

Readercon 27
Thursday, July 7, through  Sunday, July 10
Quincy, Mass.
GOH: Catherynne M. Valente and Tim Powers

Although Readercon is modeled on science fiction conventions, there is no art show, no costumes, no gaming, and almost no media. Instead, Readercon features a near-total focus on the written word.

The program consists of two tracks each of panel discussions, author readings, and solo talks or discussion groups, plus kaffeeklatsches (intimate gatherings with an author) and autograph signings.


April Releases

Covers of Sharp Ends, The Drafter, and Aurora
Sharp Ends Abercrombie, Joe $28.00 (hc)
Bloodmage Aryan, Stephen $16.99 (pb)
Undercity Asaro, Catherine $ 7.99 (pb)
Tales of the Time Scouts 2 Asprin, Robert $16.00 (pc)
Fellside Carey, M. R. $27.00 (hc)
1882: Custer in Chains Conroy, Robert $ 7.99 (pb)
Atlas of Lost Cities: A Travel Guide to Abandoned and Forsaken Destinations de Tocqueville, Aude $24.99 (hc)
Fall of Light (Kharkanas) Erikson, Steven $29.99 (hc)
The Mirrorworld Saga Funke, Cornelia $14.99 (pb)
The Emperor's Railroad Haley, Guy $12.99 (pb)
Nettle King Harbour, Katherine $12.99 (pb)
The Drafter Harrison, Kim $ 7.99 (pb)
Spira Mirabilis Harte, Aidan $26.99 (hc)
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon to Mars Holt, Nathalia $27.00 (hc)
Zombie Apocalypse Preparation: How to Survive in an Undead World and Have Fun Doing It! Houchins, David $15.00 (pb)
In Shining Armor James, Elliott $15.99 (pb)
The Everything Box: A Novel Kadrey, Richard $24.99 (hc)
Grim Tidings: Hellhound Chronicles Kittredge, Caitlin $14.99 (pb)
City of Shadows: King of the Grey, Frostwing, Dutchman Knaak, Richard A. $17.99 (pb)
alt.Sherlock Holmes: New Visions of the Great Detective Koch, Gini $ 9.99 (pb)
Silence Lackey, Mercedes $25.00 (hc)
The Fall of the Dagger Larke, Glenda $15.99 (pb)
Every Heart a Doorway McGuire, Seanan $17.99 (hc)
Hamilton: The Revolution Miranda, Lin-Manuel $40.00 (hc)
The War Against the A**holes Munson, Sam $15.99 (pb)
The City's Son (Skyscraper Throne) Pollock, Tom $12.99 (pb)
Wraith: A Novel Reeves-Stevens, Judith & Garfield $26.99 (hc)
Demigods & Magicians: Percy and Annabeth Meet the Kanes Riordan, Rick $14.99 (pb)
The Heroes of Olympus Riordan, Rick $ 9.99 (pb)
Aurora Robinson, Kim Stanley $ 9.99 (pb)
Shooting the Rift Stewart, Alex $16.00 (pb)
Persona Valentine, Genevieve $14.99 (pb)
Elusive Salvation Ward, Dayton $ 7.99 (pb)
Ecko Burning Ware, Danie $ 7.99 (pb)
Star Wars The Force Awakens: Tales From a Galaxy Far Far Away Wojtowicz, Jason P. $12.99 (pb)
Cobra Outlaw Zahn, Timothy $ 7.99 (pb)
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