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2019 Hugo Award Winners

The 2019 Hugo Awards were announced Sunday, August 18th, at the World Science Fiction Convention in Dublin, Ireland. And the winners are….

Best Novel

The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)

Best Novella

Artificial Condition, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Novelette

“If at First You Don’t Succeed, Try, Try Again,” by Zen Cho (B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, 29 November 2018)

Best Short Story

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies,” by Alix E. Harrow (Apex Magazine, February 2018)

Best Series

Wayfarers, by Becky Chambers (Hodder & Stoughton / Harper Voyager)

Best Related Work

Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works

Best Graphic Story

Monstress, Volume 3: Haven, written by Marjorie Liu, art by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, screenplay by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman (Sony)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

The Good Place: “Janet(s),” written by Josh Siegal & Dylan Morgan, directed by Morgan Sackett (NBC)

Best Professional Editor, Long Form

Navah Wolfe

Best Professional Editor, Short Form

Gardner Dozois

Best Professional Artist

Charles Vess

Best Art Book

The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, illustrated by Charles Vess, written by Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga Press /Gollancz)

Best Semiprozine

Uncanny Magazine, publishers/editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, managing editor Michi Trota, podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky, Disabled People Destroy Science Fiction Special Issue editors-in-chief Elsa Sjunneson-Henry and Dominik Parisien

Best Fanzine

Lady Business, editors Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay & Susan

Best Fancast

Our Opinions Are Correct, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders

Best Fan Writer

Foz Meadows

Best Fan Artist

Likhain (Mia Sereno)

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Jeannette Ng (2nd year of eligibility)

Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt / Macmillan Children’s Books)

Welcome to DreamHaven!

Welcome to DreamHaven Books and Comics!

It has come to my attention that a lot of folks are finding us online these days rather than walking in through the front door, so I thought I should tell you something about the store.

DreamHaven is a good old-fashioned bricks-and-mortar bookstore that opened its doors for the first time on April 1st, 1977. Since then it has been in several different locations in Minneapolis under a couple different names, but always under the same ownership. That’s 42 years! We’ve been in our current location at 2301 E. 38th Street for about 11 years.

The store stock has changed a bit over the years, but the core of it has always been science fiction, fantasy and horror; books and comics; new and used. We’re one of the oldest science fiction specialty shops in the country. That said, we also have a great art section, film books and posters, and vintage paperbacks.  Add to that all the odds and ends that have wound up in the store over the last 42 years and we have a very eclectic stock!

Sadly, only a very small percentage of it winds up on our website. We have a small staff, and the amount of time that would be required to get all of it on the website would probably require hiring six more people. Right now the items that get onto our website tend to be significant new titles or older items that get posted on a whim because I had some free time. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t order them online! If you have a wishlist, feel free to send it along to me at wendy@dreamhavenbooks.com. Depending on what you’re looking for it may take me a bit, but I’ll give a search through our stock and see if I can hook you up with what you want.

Some of the more collectible books we do get posted on abebooks.com, and we regularly have a selection of things on ebay.com – that’s good for all sorts of things. But our online stock is only the tip of the iceberg.

Bag Sale additional information

If you’ve missed the event we posted (full details through the link to the left), we are having another big, beautiful BAG SALE on June 8th. But we just got notified that a block or so of 38th between the store and Hiawatha will be closed that day. You shouldn’t have any trouble going around it, but we thought we should pass the word in advance, especially if you’re going to be joining us at Print Matters before the sale.

You can’t tell from the posts on here, but we’ve been busy

Maybe not as busy with the *sales* as we’d like — I’m guessing the snow is putting you off a bit. But we haven’t just been sitting around just waiting for you. Greg has picked up a couple of BIG collections over the last few months and we’ve been working our way through them so that we can get them out on sale. The first was primarily science fiction — hardcover, softcover, some CDs and DVDs, and a LOT of it is signed. We have signed books coming out of our ears. Some are just out on the floor, some have been going to ABE and e-Bay.

The second collection is all paperbacks. And not just science fiction, fantasy and horror, either. Everything. And I mean everything — the previous owner was a completist collector who wanted full runs from the publishers. This means we have home repair, puzzle and joke books, classic literature, smut, juvenile delinquency, TV novelizations, westerns, homicides…. And it’s not just Bantam, Pocket, Ballantine, Dell (oh, those Dell map-backs!) Ace and Fawcett, but other publishers like Bart House, Monarch, Beacon, Midwood, Handi-Books, Gold Star, Regency, Nightstand, Ember, Evening Reader, Sundown and so many more! And almost all of it from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Much of it is still in boxes, but Greg has gone through hundreds of books already.  Lots of Robert Silverberg, Lawrence Block and Donald Westlake (including the ones that don’t always show up in their bibliographies), and some really fine Jim Thompsons!

Now would be a great time to come shopping to fill in holes in your collection. And if you can’t easily get in, you can send me your want lists at wendy@dreamhavenbooks.com. I make no promises about speed — we’re still discovering things on a daily basis and it’s not all neatly organized yet. But let me know what you’re looking for, and if and when I locate it I’ll drop you a note. But if you can, come by and take a look. I’m hoping to get a display of some of the paperbacks up — so many incredible covers!

— Wendy

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Holiday Hours

Here’s the big news, straight from the turkey Greg:


No getting up at 4AM on Friday for us.  We’re open our regular hours on BLACK FRIDAY  (Noon until 6:30) but we will offer some SPECIAL SALES.

DreamHaven Black Friday Sales

  • All bagged and collectible paperbacks on sales floor 50% OFF *(no showcase or behind the counter books included).

We support SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY so most of our sales & specials will be available only on Saturday.

DreamHaven Small Business Saturday Sales

  • All back issue (bagged) comics on sales floor 50% OFF *(no showcase or behind-the-counter comics included).
  • We will continue the collectible paperback sale from Friday.
  • Return of the 10 CENT Comic Book!
    Not since the early 1960’s have comic book prices been this low.  All of our quarter bin comics
    will be only 10 CENTS all day Saturday.  We have dozens of boxes of previously unseen material
    that we’ll be putting out periodically as well.
  • We’re having special sales on GRAPHIC NOVELS and CHILDREN’S BOOKS, both great Christmas gifts.
  • We have thousands of SIGNED books at bargain prices.  SIGNED books make great gifts!
  •  We will be putting out more SALE and BARGAIN books and comics all day on Saturday.

 

And, starting Sunday, November 25, DreamHaven will be open on Sundays from Noon until 5PM through
Christmas.

Nnedi Okorafor speaking in Minneapolis

Nnedi Okorafor (author of the Binti books, Akata Witch and Akata Warrior, Who Fears Death and more) will be in town for Book Week at the University of Minnesota. On October 25th, they have a free event that is open to the public where she will be speaking on “Many Faces of Fiction”, with a discussion and Q&A afterwards.

Check out their website at cehd.umn.edu/events/bookweek/ for more information.

Big Sale! Bag Sale!

We have a lot of books in the store. We have a lot of books in the basement. We have a lot of books still coming in from the collection Greg purchased earlier this year.

Fact #1: We need to clear some space.

Did you know that we have a whole garage full of $1 paperbacks and hardcovers? When something is a little too beat up to sell for regular prices, or when we have too many of them, or when something comes in that doesn’t fall under our usual range of SF-Fantasy-Horror-etc., they often go out into the garage at $1. Yes, the garage isn’t the easiest place to shop, often being a little too cold in the winter and a little too hot in the summer, but right now it’s just perfect. SF/Fantasy/Westerns/Poetry/Home Maintenance/Classics/Popular Fiction…it’s out there.

Fact #2: We have a lot of good books, going cheap, that nobody looks at.

1 + 2 = Fact #3: DreamHaven is going to have a bag sale.

Saturday, September 8th, DreamHaven is going to give you a chance to pick up a lot of good reading for not a lot of cash.

Here’s the plan: $5 gets you a small bag (6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 13 1/2”) or $15 gets you a grocery bag. You take it into the garage, and fill it with all the hardcovers, paperbacks, 25-cent comics, or whatever else we manage to pack in there by Saturday. Fill it right up to the top, then take it away – not back into the store (we don’t want things to be confused – or to come back!). 

There are lots of goodies out there, and I expect that by the 8th we will have even more. And if the weather is nice, we could expand out onto the driveway and have room for even more things. Come on by, say hello, and help get us a little breathing space before we wedge even more wonders in!

Even more long-distance shopping available!

Hi there! I just added something to the site and I thought I’d point it out to you. You may have noticed that most of our stock that makes it onto this website consists of new books. Those are the quickest and easiest things to post on this website, and the easiest to maintain stock of as they are likely to remain in print for a while. But for those of you outside our local area, we’d like you to know that this isn’t all we carry, not by a long shot. In fact, it’s not all we carry online.

If you look at the upper left of the main page of our website, you’ll see a new section beneath our location and phone number. This has links to our sites on ABEbooks.com and eBay.com. ABEbooks has been a very useful website for us to sell older and more collectible books. Greg handles all the listings himself, as grading is very important. eBay.com is good for books, but even better for odd and interesting collectibles. Recently we acquired a collection of 8 mm films. There’s not much call for them here in the store, but eBay has been a good way for us to send them off to folks who will appreciate them.

I understand that some people don’t like to have financial dealings with just anyone on the internet, so I want you to know that any items you see us listing on either eBay or ABEbooks are available through the store as well. Drop us a note at dream@dreamhavenbooks.com and we will remove the item from the other website and process the sale ourselves. Also, we may be able to give you a slightly better deal on it as there will be no fees to pay to the other site.

Just in from Patrick Rothfuss!

I could try to drag this out, but I’m nice. It’s not what you’re hoping for. Alternatively, it might be exactly what you need, but had no idea about until this very moment. (I am dragging it out, aren’t I?) The latest from Patrick Rothfuss is…he’s writing a Rick & Morty comic.

“I love Rick and Morty™ with a powerful love, and I’ve played D&D since the 5th grade,” said Patrick Rothfuss. “So when they approached me about writing a story with both of them together? That’s some serious you-got-chocolate-in-my-peanut butter $#!& right there. I’m in. I’m all the way in. I’m gettin’ that chocolate all up in the peanut butter. Like, deep in. All the way in. It’s going to be sticky and delicious.” (From the IDW website.)

Someday he’ll get back to everyone’s favorite Kingkiller.

In town for CONvergence?

We’ve got a great deal for con-goers this week! Whether you’re just in town for the convention or come by and see us on a regular basis, stop by the store between now (July 5, day 1 of the convention) and July 7th with your con badge, and receive 15% off your purchase of books, comics, statues, posters, action figures, t-shirts, giant Halloween masks, Captain America shields…or whatever widgets and whatnots strike your fancy. Sorry, we aren’t open Sunday or Monday for post-con shopping.

Tartarus Press sale (5 titles)

Children of the Pool cover art

SALE!

As lovely as the Tartarus Press books are (Never seen them? They are beautiful!), sometimes you can have too much of a good thing. We have five titles that we have reduced prices on here on the website.  Two by Robert Aickman, The Attempted Rescue and The River Runs Uphill; Eric Stener Carlson’s Muladona; Arthur Machen’s The Children of the Pool and Other Stories; and Magda McQueen’s Mirror Dead. All prices have been reduced by 25% or more. Here’s your chance to get a great deal on some great books.

Independent Bookstore Day Coming, April 28th!

One of the best signs of Spring (it is Spring, honest) is Independent Bookstore Day! Go buy new books, support your local independent booksellers, and maybe win great prizes!  What could be better?

Just stop by a participating bookseller and pick up an IBD Passport. Then visit more bookstores. At each bookstore you visit, get the passport stamped (no purchase required). If you visit at least five bookstores, you can turn the passport in for a chance to win prizes.

Check out this website for full details and a list of the participating bookstores.

In addition, expect some free books and great deals available at our store just for this event!

Hugo Awards Finalists!

It’s that time again – they’ve announced the finalists for the Hugo Awards! You can find a full list here, but this is a list of the ones you are most likely find at DreamHaven. (You might find some of the others wandering through, but editors don’t appreciate being stacked on shelves.)

2018 Hugo Awards Finalists

Best Novel
The Collapsing Empire, by John Scalzi (Tor)
New York 2140, by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Provenance, by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Raven Stratagem, by Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris)
Six Wakes, by Mur Lafferty (Orbit)
The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best Novella
All Systems Red, by Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
“And Then There Were (N-One),” by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny, March/April 2017)
Binti: Home, by Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com Publishing)
The Black Tides of Heaven, by JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)
Down Among the Sticks and Bones, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com Publishing)
River of Teeth, by Sarah Gailey (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Related Work
Crash Override: How Gamergate (Nearly) Destroyed My Life, and How We Can Win the Fight Against Online Hate, by Zoe Quinn (PublicAffairs)
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction), by Paul Kincaid (University of Illinois Press)
A Lit Fuse: The Provocative Life of Harlan Ellison, by Nat Segaloff (NESFA Press)
Luminescent Threads: Connections to Octavia E. Butler, edited by Alexandra Pierce and Mimi Mondal (Twelfth Planet Press)
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, by Liz Bourke (Aqueduct Press)

Best Graphic Story
Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, written by Saladin Ahmed, illustrated by Christian Ward, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Marvel)
Bitch Planet, Volume 2: President Bitch, written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, illustrated by Valentine De Landro and Taki Soma, colored by Kelly Fitzpatrick, lettered by Clayton Cowles (Image Comics)
Monstress, Volume 2: The Blood, written by Marjorie M. Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
My Favorite Thing is Monsters, written and illustrated by Emil Ferris (Fantagraphics)
Paper Girls, Volume 3, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Cliff Chiang, colored by Matthew Wilson, lettered by Jared Fletcher (Image Comics)
Saga, Volume 7, written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Best Series
The Books of the Raksura, by Martha Wells (Night Shade)
The Divine Cities, by Robert Jackson Bennett (Broadway)
InCryptid, by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
The Memoirs of Lady Trent, by Marie Brennan (Tor US / Titan UK)
The Stormlight Archive, by Brandon Sanderson (Tor US / Gollancz UK)
World of the Five Gods, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Harper Voyager / Spectrum Literary Agency)