Last night (10.10.2017), during the closing ceremony of the 21st Icon Festival, the winners of the annual Geffen Award were declared. The Geffen Award, in memory of Amos Geffen, is given by the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy, for literary works in the science fiction and fantasy genres.
This year’s winners are:
Best Israeli Book in Hebrew: Yoav Blum, for his book “The Unswitchable”, published by Keter Publishing
Best Short Story in Hebrew: Rotem Baruchin, for her story “Lost and Found”, published in Once Upon a Future 2016
Best Translated Science Fiction Book: combined submission of Orson Scott Card books, Earth Afire and Earth Awakens, from “The First Formic War” saga, published by Opus Publishing.
Best Translated Fantasy Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling and Jack Thorn, published by Yediot Aharonot Publishing
Best Translated YA Book: The Hidden Oracle, by Rick Riordan, published by Kinneret Publishing
Among the presenters of the award were former member of the Israeli parliament and head of the ‘Hebrew Writers Association’ – Mr. Tzvika Nir, the first Israeli Hugo Award Winner – Ms. Abigail Nussbaum and the chairwoman of the Israeli Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy – Mrs. Liat Shahar Kashtan, Chairman of the Geffen Award Committee – Amir Hirshfeld and Veteran Translator and cofounder of the association – Dr. Emanuel Lotem.
The winners of the awards were chosen by the members of the Israeli Society and the visitors of Icon Festival.