Compton Crook Award goes to “The Windup Girl”
The 2010 Compton Crook/Stephen Tall Award was given to Paolo Bacigalupi for his novel The Windup Girl (Night Shade). The novel is already a Nebula Award winner and is nominated for a Hugo.
Other finalists for the award included Dying Bites, by D. D. Barant (St. Martin’s); Soulless, by Gail Carriger (Orbit), and Johannes Cabal, the Necromancer (Doubleday), by Jonathan L. Howard.
The award, given to the best first novel by a single author, is voted by the members of the Baltimore Science Fiction Society and will be presented to Bacigalupi at the opening ceremonies of Balticon 44, in Baltimore Maryland this weekend. The award includes a prize of $1,000 to the author.
First given in 1983 for a work published in 1982, the award is named for Compton Crook, a professor of natural science at Towson University, who wrote under the pseudonym Stephen Tall and who died in 1981.
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