Very nice to see these winners for Locus Awards this year:
Winner: The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison
Steles of the Sky, Elizabeth Bear
City of Stairs, Robert Jackson Bennett
The Magician’s Land, Lev Grossman
The Mirror Empire, Kameron Hurley
Obviously I’m very pleased. Go, Katherine / Sarah!
In other categories:
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
Winner: Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie
The Peripheral, William Gibson
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
Lock In, John Scalzi
Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, Jeff VanderMeer
Which also makes me happy.
YOUNG ADULT BOOK
Winner: Half a King, Joe Abercrombie
The Doubt Factory, Paolo Bacigalupi
Waistcoats & Weaponry, Gail Carriger
Empress of the Sun, Ian McDonald
Clariel, Garth Nix (Harper; Hot Key; Allen & Unwin)
Winner: The Memory Garden, Mary Rickert
Elysium, Jennifer Marie Brissett
A Darkling Sea, James L. Cambias
The Clockwork Dagger, Beth Cato
The Emperor’s Blades, Brian Staveley
I did not know A Darkling Sea had been nominated. I’m particularly pleased by that. I think it really, really should have been nominated for the Hugo. I haven’t read any of the other works in this category, though, so I can’t say how it compares to any of the other nominees or to the winner.
If you’re interested, you can click through and check out the nominees and winners for the short fiction and other catagories. The authors of the short fiction categories are all familiar, but I haven’t read any of the shorter works listed. Relevant to the recent discussion about the proposed series award for the Hugo: notice that the short fiction authors are in fact all established authors. The only one I hadn’t heard of myself is Amal El-Mohtar, no doubt because she’s only written short works, but even she probably counts as established because she seems to have a fair number of stories out.
Anyway, congratulations to the winners and three cheers for The Goblin Emperor winning its category!