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The Spanish Association for Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror (Associación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror, AEFCFT) has announced the nominees for the 2014 Ignotus Awards, which are the national version of the Hugo Awards. The awards originated in 1991, and each year they honor the best works of Spanish speculative fiction and translations from other languages. The winners of the 2014 Ignotus Awards will be announced at Hispacon/MIRcon, Spain’s 2014 national science fiction and fantasy convention, which will take place from December 6 to 8 in Montcada i Reixac, a suburb of Barcelona.

After the first round of voting for the 2014 Ignotus Award, the candidates for each category are:

Translated Novel

2312, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Minotauro)

El vacío de la evolución [The Evolutionary Void], by Peter F. Hamilton (La Factoría de Ideas)

Embassytown, by China Miéville (Fantascy)

La casa de hojas [House of Leaves], by Mark Z. Danielewski (Alpha Decay)

El ladrón cuántico [The Quantum Thief], by Hannu Rajaniemi (Alamut)

Las luminosas [The Shining Girls], by Lauren Beukes (RBA)

Tierras rojas [Red Country], by Joe Abercrombie (Alianza)

Translated Short Story

“26 monos, además del abismo” [“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”], by Kij Johnson (Cuentos para Algernon Vol I)

“Araña, la artista” [“Spider, the Artist”], by Nnedi Okorafor (Terra Nova Vol 2. Fantascy)

“El hombre que puso fin a la Historia: documental” [“The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary”], by Ken Liu (Terra Nova Vol 2. Fantascy)

“Las manos de su marido” [“Her Husband’s Hands”], by Adam-Troy Castro (Terra Nova Vol 2. Fantascy)

“Separados por las aguas del Río Celeste” [“Scattered Along the River of Heaven”], by Aliette de Bodard (Terra Nova Vol 2. Fantascy)

“Sueños imposibles” [“Impossible Dreams”], by Tim Pratt (Hic sunt dracones. Fata Libelli)

Novel

Esta noche arderá el cielo [The Sky Will Burn Tonight], by Emilio Bueso (Salto de Página)

Gente muerta [Dead People], by J. G. Mesa (aContracorriente)

La canción secreta del mundo [The World’s Secret Song], by José Antonio Cotrina (Hidra)

Los nombres muertos [Dead Names], by Jesús Cañadas (Fantascy)

Memoria de tinieblas [Memory of Darkness], by Eduardo Vaquerizo (Sportula)

Novella

“En el filo” [“On the Edge”], by Ramón Muñoz (Terra Nova Vol. 2. Fantascy)

“La edad del vuelo” [“The Age of Flight”], by Alberto Moreno Pérez (Zaibatsu / La edad del vuelo. Juan José Aroz, Espiral)

“La montaña” [“The Mountain”], by Juan González Mesa (Bizarro)

“La penúltima danza del Griwll [“The Second-Last Dance of the Griwll”], by Ramón Merino Collado (De monstruos y Trincheras. Juan José Aroz, Espiral)

“Rafentshalf,” [“Rafentschalf”] by Jesús Fernández Lozano (Reyes de aire y agua. Cápside)

Short Story

“Dariya” [“Dariya”], by Nieves Delgado (Ellos son el futuro / Web Ficción Científica / Revista Terbi nº 7)

“El aeropuerto del fin del mundo” [“The Airport at the End of the World”], by Tamara Romero (Visiones 2012. AEFCFT)

“El enemigo en casa” [“The Enemy Within”], by Concepción Regueiro (Historias del Crazy Bar. Stonewall)

“La última huella” “The Last Footprint”], by Miguel Santander (La costilla de Dios. Libralia / Revista TerBi nº 6)

“Los orcos no comen golosinas” [“Orcs Don’t Eat Candy”], by Carlos López Hernando (Visiones 2012. AEFCFT)

“Wendy de los gatos” [“Cat Wendy”], by Jesús Fernández Lozano (Reyes de aire y agua. Cápside)

Anthology

Cuentos para Algernon Año I [Stories for Algeron, Year I], edited by Marcheto (Cuentos para Algernon)

Hic sunt dracones, Cuentos imposibles [Hic Sunt Dracones: Impossible Dreams], by Tim Pratt (Fata Libelli)

La bomba número seis [Pump Six and other stories], by Paolo Bacigalupi (Fantascy)

Reyes de aire y agua [Kings of the Air and Water], by Jesús Fernández Lozano (Cápside)

Terra Nova Vol. 2 [Terra Nova Vol. 2], edited by Mariano Villarreal and Luis Pestarini (Fantascy)

Non-Fiction

Cómo escribir ciencia-ficción y fantasía [How to Write Science Fiction & Fantasy], by Orson Scott Card (Alamut)

El poder de la sangre [The Power of Blood], by Pedro L. López (Dolmen)

Jack Kirby. El cuarto demiurgo [Jack Kurby: The Fourth Demiurge], by José Manuel Uría (Sportula)

Japón sobrenatural [Supernatural Japan], by Daniel Aguilar (Satori)

La biblia steampunk [The Steampunk Bible], by Jeff Vandermeer and S. J. Chambers (Edge Entertainment)

La 100cia ficción de Rescepto [Rescepto C_ience Fiction], by Sergio Mars (Cápside)

La literatura fantástica argentina en el siglo XIX [Fantastic Literature in Argentina in the 19th Century], by Carlos Abraham (La Biblioteca del Laberinto)

Silencios de pánico [Panicked Silences], by Diego López and David Pizarro (Tyrannosaurus Books)

Steampunk Cinema [Steampunk Cinema], by various authors, (Tyrannosaurus Books)

Article

“Howard Koch, el guionista tras la magia de La guerra de los mundos de Orson Welles” “Howard Koch, the Scriptwriter Behind the Magic of The War of the Worlds by Orson Wells”], by Luis Alfonso Gámez (Web Magonia)

“La ciencia ficción española”[“Spanish Science Fiction”], by Mariano Villarreal (Web El rincón de Koreander)

“Literatura Fantástica en cifras. Estadística de producción editorial de género fantástico en España durante el año 2013” [“Fantastic Literature in Numbers: Statistics on Genre Publishing in Spain in 2013"], by Mariano Villarreal (Web Literatura Fantástica)

“Sobre la fantasía feérica” [About Fairy Fantasy”], by Sergio Mars (Anthology Reyes de aire y agua)

“Ucronía” [“Alternate History”], by Asociación Cultural ALT+64 (Revista TerBi nº 7 / Web alt+64 Wiki)

Art

Cover art, De monstruos y trincheras, by Koldo Campo (Juan José Aroz, Espiral)

Cover art, El dirigible, by Carlos Argiles (Dlorean)

Cover art, El mejor de los mundos posibles, by Alejandro Colucci (RBA)

Cover art, Memoria de tinieblas, by Eduardo Vaquerizo (Sportula)

Cover art, Reyes de aire y agua, by Olga Esther (Cápside)

Cover art, Terra Nova Vol. 2, by Ángel Benito Gastañaga (Fantascy)

Cover art, Zaibatsu / La edad del vuelo, by Koldo Campo (Juan José Aroz, Espiral)

Audiovisual Production

El cosmonauta [The Cosmonaut], by Nicolás Alcalá (movie)

Fallo de Sistema [System Failure], by Santiago Bustamante (radio program)

Los últimos días [The Last Days], by Álex Pastor and David Pastor (movie)

Luces en el Horizonte [Lights on the Horizon], by Luis Martínez and Pablo Uría (podcast)

Los VerdHugos [The Hugo Hangmen], by Miquel Codony, Pedro Román, Elías F. Combarro and Joseph María Oriol (podcast)

Cartoon

Category cancelled this year due to a failure to reach the minimum number of candidates specified in Article 26 of the rules.

Obra poética

Category cancelled this year due to a failure to reach the minimum number of candidates specified in Article 26 of the rules.

Magazine

Alfa Eridiani (Asociación Cultural Alfa Eridiani)

Barsoom (La Hermandad del Enmascarado)

Delirio (La Biblioteca del Laberinto)

miNatura (Asociación Cultural miNatura Soterrània)

Planetas Prohibidos (Grupo Planetas Prohibidos)

Scifiworld (Inquidanzas Ediciones)

Website

Alt+64-Wiki, by Asociación cultural Alt+64 (http://alt64.org/wiki/index.php/Portada)

Cuentos para Algernon, by Marcheto (http://cuentosparaalgernon.wordpress.com)

La tercera fundación, by Asociación para la difusión de la literatura fantástica ‘Los Conseguidores’ (http://www.tercerafundacion.net)

Literatura Fantástica, by Mariano Villarreal (http://literfan.cyberdark.net)

Sense of Wonder, by Elías Combarro (http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot.com.es)

Congratulations to the nominees! It's an especially fine selection this year, and it will be hard to pick a winner.

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What is Spain’s science fiction like: its themes, its scope, its authors? That’s a big question, and for a fast answer, we can look at the novels that have won the Ignotus Award over the last decade.

The Ignotus Awards are presented by the Spanish Association of Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror at the annual national convention, Hispacon. In many ways, they resemble the Hugo Awards presented at Worldcon; the Ignotus recogizes works in many categories, including novels, short stories, magazines, poems, artwork, and websites.

Monolito-Ignotus

The Ignotus Award is a black marble monolith. It shares the Hugo’s strengths and weaknesses: relatively few people vote (starting this year, the voting base has been dramatically expanded), but those voters are intensely engaged, so while the choice of winners might generate controversy, no one can argue that they don’t rank among the year’s best.

2012: Fieramente humano [Fiercely Human] by Rodolfo Martínez. This complex urban fantasy returns to a city that has appeared in other novels, and it is a character in itself. An assassin arrives in the city to settle a thirty-year-old debt with Doctor Zanzaborna, a sorcerer, and police officer Gabriel Márquez learns that he was involved in supernatural events in his past without his knowledge.

2011: Crónicas del Multiverso [Chronicles of the Multiverse] by Victor Conde. Part of the Multiverse saga. The Variety is a small universe surrounded by a cosmic void and filled with a different life forms and civilizations. A space pirate steals an object from the Urtianos that is so valuable that they will go to war against all other intelligent species to recover it. The Urtianos also know that their universe is about to die.

2010: Última noche de Hipatia [The Last Night of Hypatia] by Eduardo Vaquerizo. A tragic love story framed by the city of Alexandria. A new disciple arrives from a far-off land, and Hypatia suspects he has a secret. In fact, he is from the future and knows that she will soon face a losing battle with fanaticism.

2009: Día de Perros [Dog Day] by David Jasso. Two teenagers spot a stray dog and decide to take it to its master and ask for a reward. In this novel about friendship and psychological suffering, their simple plan soon spirals down into suspense and horror.

2008: Alejandro Magno y las Águilas de Roma [Alexander the Great and the Eagles of Rome] by Javier Negrete. Alexander, the best military strategist in history, survives an attempted poisoning and decides to turn west and conquer Europe. To do that, he must defeat the incipient Roman Empire. Multiple points of view enrich this alternate history.

2007: Juglar [Jongleur] by Rafael Marín. In medieval Spain, the orphan Esteban survives in the rough world of the Spanish Reconquest by his wits, poetry, knavery, and magic. Torn between good and evil, he uses his skills to fill the post of troubadour for Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar, “El Cid.” When El Cid dies, Esteban’s black arts might help win a crucial battle.

2006: Danza de tinieblas [Dance in the Shadows] by Eduardo Vaquerizo. In this alternate history, the Spanish empire forged in the 16th and 17th centuries lasts until 1927, the year in which the book takes place. Schemers, dissolute nobles, and inquisitive monks populate Madrid, while a series of murders in Salamanca threaten to reveal a mystery that could bring down the empire. There is nothing Victorian about the novel’s steampunk setting.

2005: El sueño del rey rojo [The Red King’s Dream] by Rodolfo Martínez. Andrea finds a computer disk next to a dead man that contains the code to create an artificial intelligence. Alex recognizes the code as the one used to recreate his associate Lurquer as an artificial intelligence shortly before his suicide. Amid their personal rivalries, they discover that the dead man does not seem to have existed, but a worldwide conspiracy does.

2004: La espada de fuego [The Sword of Fire] by Javier Negrete. This epic fantasy, part of a trilogy, centers on Zemal, a legendary sword of fire and symbol of power that every warrior aspires to possess. Seven aspirants fight for it in a battle that eventually threatens to break the peace between gods and men. Warriors and sorcerers must unite to defeat chaos and destruction.

2003: Cinco días antes [Five Days Earlier] by Carlos F. Castrosín. In the near future, a police officer recovering from injuries in a bomb blast is assigned to investigate the murder of an alderman in Supra Beni, a megalopolis suffering from rampant corruption. Supra Beni is a single giant building that developed from today’s Benidorm, a tourist city filled with skyscrapers on the Mediterranean coast near Valencia.

— Sue Burke

Also posted at the AEFCFT website, http://www.aefcft.com/a-decade-of-ignotus-winning-novels/
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A story I translated into English for Terra Nova: An Anthology of Contemporary Spanish Science Fiction, has been nominated for an Ignotus Award in its original Spanish-language version. This is the equivalent of a Hugo in Spain.

The story is “La textura de las palabras” [“The Texture of Words”] by Felicidad Martínez. It tells of a woman’s fight for leadership on a planet where women are blind and dependent, and men fight constant wars.

Terra Nova: Antología de ciencia ficción contemporánea has also received seven other Ignotus nominations: best anthology, best novella, best short story (two nominations), best cover art, and best foreign short story (two nominations).

Winners will be announced at HispaCon, the Spanish national science fiction convention, in fall.

— Sue Burke

P.S. Buy your English-language copy now.

Smashwords, in a variety of electronic formats:
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/328358

Amazon, in Kindle format:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DJVMBHC

Amazon, in paperback:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/8494127489/

Sportula, the Spanish publisher:
http://www.sportularium.com/?p=2336

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