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The 2016 Locus Award Finalists

Saturday, May 7th, 2016 | Posted by John ONeill

Karen Memory-smallerWith all the hubbub surrounding the Hugo Awards this week, I almost overlooked the 2016 Locus Award Finalists, announced on Tuesday. There’s plenty of terrific reading on this list, and the nomination process is done with an open online poll.

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation sponsors the awards, and the winners are selected by the readers of Locus magazine. The awards began in 1971, originally as a way to highlight quality work in advance of the Hugo Awards. The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016. In addition to creators, the Locus Foundation also honors winning publishers with certificates, which I think is kind of neat.

The finalists are:

FANTASY NOVEL

Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Roc)
Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (Open Road)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

The House-of-Shattered-Wings-smallYOUNG ADULT BOOK

Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
Harrison Squared, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper)

FIRST NOVEL

Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace)
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury)
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com)

NOVELLA

Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (self-published)
“The Citadel of Weeping Pearls,” Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s October/November 2015)
“The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred,” Greg Egan (Asimov’s December 2015)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)

Asimov's Science Fiction October November 2015-smallNOVELETTE

“The Heart’s Filthy Lesson,” Elizabeth Bear (Old Venus)
“And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed, February 2015)
“Black Dog,” Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning)
“Folding Beijing’,” Hao Jingfang (Uncanny, January/February 2015)
“Another Word for World,” Ann Leckie (Future Visions)

SHORT STORY

“Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight,” Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
“Madeleine,” Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed, June 2015)
“Cat Pictures Please,” Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)
“The Dowager of Bees,” China Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion)
“Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers,” Alyssa Wong (Nightmare, October 2015)

ANTHOLOGY

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)
Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan, Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, eds. (Haikasoru)
Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell, eds. (Rosarium)
Meeting Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris)

Meeting Infinity-smallCOLLECTION

The Best of Gregory Benford, Gregory Benford (Subterranean)
Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
The Best of Nancy Kress, Nancy Kress (Subterranean)
Dancing Through the Fire, Tanith Lee (Fantastic Books)
Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville (Del Rey)

MAGAZINE

Asimov’s
Clarkesworld
F&SF
File 770
Tor.com

PUBLISHER

Baen
Gollancz
Orbit
Tor
Subterranean

EDITOR

John Joseph Adams
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
David G. Hartwell
Jonathan Strahan

Spectrum 22-smallARTIST

Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Bob Eggleton
John Picacio
Michael Whelan

NON-FICTION

The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks, Simone Caroti (McFarland)
Lois McMaster Bujold, Edward James (University of Illinois Press)
Letters to Tiptree, Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
Frederik Pohl, Michael R. Page (University of Illinois Press)
Ray Bradbury, David Seed (University of Illinois Press)

ART BOOK

Julie Dillon, Julie Dillon’s Imagined Realms, Book 2: Earth and Sky (self-published)
Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner, ed. (Underwood)
Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)
Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design, Steven Heller, ed. (Pomegranate)
The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume One: Lands & Legends, Malcolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer (Michael Publishing)

Congratulations to all the nominees!

See last year’s winners here, and the complete list of nominees for the 2015 Locus Awards here.

There’s a handy list of all the previous winners of the Locus Award at the Science Fiction Awards Database.

For more information about the Awards, visit the 2016 Locus Awards Information Page.

3 Comments »

  1. I would have commented but I’m in awe of the excellence presented. Congrats to all.

    Comment by Wild Ape - May 7, 2016 9:47 pm

  2. I realize you don’t feel the hugo awards are relevant anymore but what about being nominated here? This is one of the best scifi/fantasy blogs around, I read you more than Locus, so for you not to be nominated is a travesty in my opinion.

    Comment by harlan - May 7, 2016 11:59 pm

  3. Harlan,

    First off, I absolutely believe the Hugo Awards are relevant. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t have taken Black Gate out of the running to make way for another candidate. The Hugo Awards are the highest honor our field has to offer, regardless of the recent attempts to vandalize them.

    As for the Locus awards… I appreciate the kind words. I’d love to have one, but they don’t have a category where we really fit. We were nominated for a Best Fanzine Hugo, but there’s no such category for Locus.

    The closest fit would be Magazine… and while I’m very proud of Black Gate, we’re a non-paying, amateur market, and I don’t really see us displacing professional publications like Asimov’s and Clarkesworld on that list, do you?

    Comment by John ONeill - May 8, 2016 11:26 am


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