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Andre Norton Award Nominees

Since 2005, the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy has been presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.  Named after famous author Andre Norton (1912-2005), it is presented at the yearly Nebula Awards. 

This year's nominees are:

Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker

Ice by Sarah Beth Durst

Ash by Malinda Lo

SF Sneak Peeks - Robin Hobb

Have you been waiting for some good reads out of SF?  Anticipating the winter season to end so the publishers start passing out those Spring titles?  Robin Hobb (Liveship Traders Trilogy) starts a new series Rain Wilds Chronicles with Dragon Keeper.  While waiting for your HCPL book to come in, which you can place a hold on now, you can read a sneak peak at HarperCollins website.

2009 HCPL Top Circulated SF Titles

The following titles were published late 2008 or 2009.  These were the top 10 circulated Science Fiction / Fantasy titles in the Harris County Public Library System.

World Hopping

Back from World Fantasy 2009 full of thoughts and interesting questions.  One of the panels I attended was about how laws and cultural ideologies would change when supernatural beings are accepted as fact and not fiction.  What legal ramifications would be involved in "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" if vampires and werewolves were our neighbors?  Could they run for office?  Talk about one long senatorial run if you had an immortal in the seat.

Ursula K. Le Guin's 80th Birthday!

Copyright © by Marian Wood KolischFor 45 years, Ursula K. Le Guin has been reaching audiences of all ages with her stories.  Several honors have come her way for the over twenty books, collections, children's stories, and more she has written.  To see a list of all her achievements, she has a wonderful website.  HCPL carries many of her stories for some great reads

Happy Birthday!

 

Photo courtesy of official website. Copyright © by Marian Wood Kolisch

 

World Fantasy Convention 2009: San Jose, CA

This year the World Fantasy Convention honors the 200th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Birth.  Don't know what World Fantasy Convention is?  As stated on their website:

The World Fantasy Convention is a professional networking event that regularly attracts several hundred of the top authors in the field every year. Editors, agents, critics and PR professionals make up the bulk of the rest of the attendees....  The convention is also home to the World Fantasy Awards, one of the world's top awards for speculative fiction. These are presented at a gala banquet on the Sunday afternoon.

Top SF Reads for September 2009

Around Harris County Public Library system, these were the top ten reads of Science Ficton / Fantasy.

There and Back Again

The Lord of the RingsSure, September 22 this year was the Autumnal Equinox, but it is also known as the birthdays for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, by Shire reckoning.  It is also this time of year that I inevitably pull down The Lord of the Rings from the shelf and start the adventure anew.  Now, yes, "There and Back Again" actually refers to

Judge the book by its cover?

Crown of ShadowsYou know what your reading mentors said, whether that was a teacher, parent, friend, or other - "Don't judge a book by its cover."  We do it though.  Hey, I'll admit I do it.  Give me a catchy cover, and I'm likely going to pick up the book if I've never heard of the author before.  Well, in the realm of SF, fancy covers and their creators have a life of their own.  Iconic images of Stephen King's Gunslinger or Michael Moorcock's Elric were crafted by artist Michael Whelan.  What about Bob Eggleton's dramatic draconic images for Harry Turtledove's alternate history World War II series?  Artists that resonate in the SF community, Todd Lockwood, Shaun Tan, Jody A.

Addicted to the BBC

From comedy to costumed dramas, the BBC has an exemplary catalog of fantastic film. BBC mysteries are some of my particular favorites (okay, after the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice) with such series as Inspector Lynley Mysteries and

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