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Ah, the Locus Awards!

Very nice to see these winners for Locus Awards this year:

FANTASY NOVEL

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)

FIRST NOVEL

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!

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2 Comments Ah, the Locus Awards!

  1. Maureen E

    I just read a few Amal El-Mohtar stories recently, including the one she won for, and really liked them! Imaginative situations, strong writing, and an interesting mixture of tension and hope.

  2. Rachel

    That does make them sound good. I saw some of her stories had live links in her bibliography — I should go look some up, starting the one that won the Locus award.

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