If you’re a science fiction fan, you’ve probably heard of the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. If you’re not, here’s the cheat sheet straight from the Gunn Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas:

“The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short science fiction of the year was established in 1987 by James Gunn, Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at KU, and the heirs of Theodore Sturgeon, including his partner Jayne Engelhart Tannehill and Sturgeon’s children, as an appropriate memorial to one of the great short-story writers in a field distinguished by its short fiction.”

The Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award is a juried award as well, with this year’s jury including Elizabeth Bear, Andy Duncan, James Gunn, Kij Johnson, and Nöel Sturgeon (one of Sturgeon’s children and trustee of the Theodore Sturgeon Literary Estate).

It’s kind of a big deal for the science fiction field. And Cat Valente is it’s latest recipient.

That’s right: Cat’s short story “The Future is Blue,” published in Drowned Worlds (edited by Jonathan Strahan) took the prize! As you may have already seen on Twitter, Cat is incredibly excited, chuffed, and all-around honored to be awarded the Sturgeon Award.

Learn more about the award and past winners at the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award’s site.

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This weekend, Cat will be at the 2017 Campbell Conference and Awards in Lawrence, KS. We’ll post Cat’s schedule later this week, if possible, so check back here on Wednesday!

In the meantime, we’ve got another exclusive excerpt from The Refrigerator Monologues to share with you! We hope this embarrassment of riches will entice you to pick up a copy, if you haven’t already – and if you aren’t able to get a copy yet, may this keep your appetite whetted.

THE HELL HATH CLUB VS. THE MIGHT OF ATLANTIS

All eyes turn to the lady in green. She swirls a spoon around her coffee cup. It doesn’t make any noise. Thank the tiny baby Jesus, down here in Deadtown we are spared the constant tinkle of silverware against porcelain that plagues the restaurant industry. A long, long red curl slides out of the black pearl comb in her hair and lands on the table like a spurt of blood. It hurts to look at it. Like a camera flashing in your eyes. The sides of her head are shaved down to red fuzz, just the one long horsetail left, running up and over and down her spine like a special-edition collect-them-all punk-rock Barbie doll. . .

You can continue reading this excerpt at Paste. Enjoy!

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The Refrigerator Monologues has gone live, coming straight at you from the Hell Hath Club down in Deadtown! You should be able to find it wherever books are sold, or at least get your friendly neighborhood librarian (or bookseller) to order it for you. It’s also available in a variety of e-formats, since Deadtown is high tech and modernity-compliant (as is the wonderful Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster and our publisher today).

For your shopping convenience, we offer the links below:

IndieBound | Amazon | Powell’s | Barnes & Noble

Should you need more tempting, the early reviews of The Refrigerator Monologues are in and they are fantastic!

“Bestseller Valente’s dazzling new story cycle creates its own comic book universe, complete with the gorgeously wrought prose pyrotechnics that readers have come to expect from her. She’s well known for her skill at unpacking the hidden truths embedded in fairy tales and archetypes; here she turns that skill on the troubling treatment of women in comic books, a perfect fit between author and subject matter. This is Valente at her sharpest and most pointed, ably assisted by illustrations from comics artist Annie Wu (Black Canary).”

Gwenda Bond, Publishers Weekly

“Valente chooses to eschew the soothing route of ‘saving’ her heroines or even letting them save themselves. Instead, she gives them strong voices and allows them to rage, mourn, and regret. She gives them, and the reader, the chance to be furious at the common use of death and incapacitation of women as lazy plot points and reminds us that other stories are always possible.

A ruthless but absorbing and provocative reshaping of the idea that the girlfriend dies, again.”

Kirkus Reviews

 “While ‘The Refrigerator Monologues’ depends a great deal on an insider’s knowledge of comic book lore for maximum enjoyment, those readers adventurous enough to parachute into unfamiliar literary territory will be rewarded by Valente’s biting wit, outlandish world-building and well-focused sense of outrage.”

Portland Press Herald

Don’t forget, you can read Chapter 1 and a chunk of Chapter 2 at Tor.com and Entertainment Weekly respectively.

Share your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media streams using our official hashtag: #HellHathClub

Cat will be at Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA tonight to launch The Refrigerator Monologues and sign your books! If you’re within driving distance of Boston, come on down and say hello – she’ll be glad to see you.

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Where in the world is Catherynne M. Valente? We invite you to imagine that question sung to the tune of that Carmen Sandiego song; we certainly are. Cat has some serious travel lined up this summer, and may be coming to a city near you! Check out the following dates, which include conventions, conferences, and her book tour appearances for The Refrigerator Monologues.

May 31 – June 3
Book Expo America
New York City, NY

June 6
Pandemonium Books & Games
Cambridge, MA

June 16
Campbell Conference and Awards 2017
Lawrence, KS

June 20
Barnes & Noble – Tribeca
New York City, NY

June 21
KGB Bar
New York City, NY

June 23-25
ALA Annual Chicago
Chicago, IL

June 28
Phoenix Books
Burlington, VT

June 30 – July 2
Denver Comic Con
Denver, CO

July 11
Yankee Bookshop
Woodstock, VT

July 13-16
Readercon 28
Quincy, MA

August 4-6
Guest of Honor
MuseCon 7
Chicago, IL

You can also find these and any updated information on her Appearances page, and we’re always sure to feature her immediately upcoming 3 appearances in the sidebar.

Come on out and see Cat where you can – she’ll be delighted to meet you! You can start with her autograph session today at Table 4 at the Book Expo in New York City – Javits Center, 11:30 AM.

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ONE WEEK TO THE REFRIGERATOR MONOLOGUES! Can you tell we’re excited around here? Oh, the caps gave it away? Well, yes. The Refrigerator Monologues will be released on June 6th, and you’ll be able to find it at a bookstore near you – you can even meet Cat herself and get your book signed if you’re Boston-adjacent! Pandemonium Books & Games in Cambridge, MA, is having a launch party for The Refrigerator Monologues, and Cat will be there.

You probably knew all that already, so let’s get to the real reason for this post: instant gratification. You can start reading The Refrigerator Monologues right now, starting with the dedication (for Heath Miller and Gail Simone) and straight through Chapter 2.

Simply start at Tor.com with Chapter 1: “The Hell Hath Club.” “I’m dead. The deadest girl in Deadtown.”

Continue into Chapter 2: “Paige Embry is Dead” over at Entertainment Weekly: “Trouble is, my story is his story. The story of Kid Mercury crowds out everything else, like Christmas landing on the shops in August while Halloween tries to get a bat in edgewise. It’s not his fault. I’m not even mad.

You don’t get to read all of Chapter 2, but you do get a good chunk of it  – enough to whet your appetite for next Tuesday. Go, read, enjoy! And pick up your copy of The Refrigerator Monologues on June 6th.

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