The Locus Awards nominees are announced
It must be awards season.
Within a few minutes of when I finished writing about the final ballot for the Hugo Awards, I learned that the finalists have been announced for this years Locus Awards, a poll of the readers of Locus magazine. Despite being announced a couple of weeks after the finalists for the Hugos, the Locus Awards will be announced earlier, during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend, to be held at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington the weekend of 25-27 June.
While the categories of the Locus Awards are arranged differently than those for the Hugos, across the top three categories – Science Fiction Novel, Fantasy Novel and First Novel – every nominee for the Hugo for best novel, save one, can be found.
Two of the nominees for Science Fiction Novel category, Boneshaker (Tor), by Cherie Priest, and Robert Charles Wilson’s Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America (Tor), are Hugo finalists. They are joined in the Locus Awards by The Empress of Mars (Subterreanean; Tor), by Kage Baker; Steal Across the Sky (Tor), by Nancy Kress; and Galileo’s Dream (HarperVoyager; Ballantine Spectra), by Kim Stanley Robinson (who also happens to be one of the guests of honor at Worldcon, Aussiecon 4, where the Hugos will be awarded).
Another two Hugo nominees find themselves on the final ballot for the Locus Awards, this time as Fantasy Novel. They are The City & The City (Del Rey; Macmillan UK), by China Miéville, and Palimpsest (Bantam Spectra), by Catherynne M. Valente. Also nominated in the category for a Locus Award are Unseen Academicals (Harper; Doubleday UK); Drood (Little, Brown), by Dan Simmons and Finch (Underland), by Jeff VanderMeer.
Another finalist for the Hugo for Best Novel appears in the First Novel category for the Locus Awards. It is The Windup Girl (Night Shade), by Paolo Bacigalupi. The other finalists in the First Novel category are The Manual of Detection (Penguin), by Jedediah Berrry; Soulless (Orbit US), by Gail Carriger; Lamentation (Tor), by Ken Scholes and Norse Code (Ballantine Spectra), by Greg van Eekhout.
Besides these categories, there is also one for Young-Adult Novel as well as several for shorter fiction. There is a category for Non-Fiction/Art Book, Anthology, Collection, Magazine, Publisher, Editor and Artist.
Again, there is not enough room here to list all the nominees in all the categories.
It occurs to me that science fiction awards are like any other set of awards in that in any year there are some works and artists that get nods over and over again. I take that as a sign that these are works worth looking at, or in the case of books, reading. I know I’m going to be besieging my local bookstores and library in the next weeks and months, looking for these books.
And I’m going to quit my complaining that there just isn’t any good science fiction or fantasy out there to read. You know you do it; I do too. Now get thee to a bookstore or a library and start reading.
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