1893. Colonel John Hardwick is an embittered veteran of the secret war against the Othersiders, and lives a life of reclusive solitude away from London. But when members of his old unit are killed at the hands of monstrous creatures, and whispers abound that the Artist, Tsun Pen, has returned from the grave, fears spread for Hardwick's life. John's former friend, Captain Jim Denny, and the American adventuress Marie Furnival, must persuade John to come out of self-imposed exile, and help them discover this imposter who carries the Artist's name. But defeating this new threat will lead them to discover dark secrets at the heart of the Order of Apollo secrets that could shake the fabric of the world just as surely as the Lazarus Gate.
Best Novel: (The August Derleth Fantasy Award): Ramsey Campbell for The Grin of The Dark (PS Publishing)
Best Short Fiction: Joel Lane for “My Stone Desire” (Black Static #1, TTA Press)
Best Novella: Conrad Williams for The Scalding Rooms (PS Publishing)
The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award: Scott Lynch
Warner Bros. suprisely announced that they have moved back the release date of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince from Nov. 11 to July 17, 2009.
Warner president Alan Horn said:
"Like every other studio, we are still feeling the repercussions of the writers strike, which impacted the readiness of scripts for other films — changing the competitive landscape for 2009 and offering new windows of opportunity that we wanted to take advantage of," he said. "We agreed the best strategy was to move 'Half-Blood Prince' to July, where it perfectly fills the gap for a major tent pole release for mid-summer."
The studio still has a plan to release the first part of final book, 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows', as planned on November 19, 2009.
Winners of this year's Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer were announced in Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention.
Best Novel: The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Michael Chabon
John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Mary Robinette Kowal
More winners can be found from Locus Online News.
Black Man by Richard Morgan is the winner of this year’s Arthur C. Clarke Award. The announcement was made at the award’s official ceremony held in London on the evening of Wednesday 30th April.
"Richard Morgan's Black Man (Gollancz) is a complex and passionate exploration of prejudice and identity, it is bold and risk-taking yet compelling and coherent and a proud addition to the winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Award" – Chair of the Judges Paul Billinger
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain. The winner receives a prize of £2008 and a commemorative engraved bookend.