Saturday, November 4, 2006

2006 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Austin, Texas.

Comments: Looking at the 2006 World Fantasy Award nominees, I am struck by the fact that there have been so few works of young adult fantasy nominated for this award. For example, despite their immense popularity, none of the Harry Potter or Percy Jackson novels were even nominated for a World Fantasy Award. One thing that jumps out is that unlike the Nebula Awards, which have the Andre Norton Award attached to them, and the Locus Awards, the World Fantasy awards have no category for honoring young adult fiction. Given the large volume of young adult fantasy fiction that is published every year, this seems to me to be something of a missed opportunity for the World Fantasy Awards.

Best Novel

Winner:
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Other Nominees:
The Limits of Enchantment by Graham Joyce
Lunar Park by Bret Easton Ellis
Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
Vellum by Hal Duncan

Best Novella

Winner:
Voluntary Committal by Joe Hill

Other Nominees:
Another War by Simon Morden
The Imago Sequence by Laird Barron
In the Machine by Michael Cunningham
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
UOUS by Tanith Lee

Best Short Fiction

Winner:
CommComm by George Saunders

Other Nominees:
Best New Horror by Joe Hill
The Other Grace by Holly Phillips
La Peau Verte by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle

Best Anthology

Winner:
The Fair Folk edited by Marvin Kaye

Other Nominees:
Adventure, Vol. 1 edited by Chris Roberson
Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson
Polyphony, Volume 5 edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake
Weird Shadows Over Innsmouth edited by Stephen Jones

Best Collection

Winner:
The Keyhole Opera by Bruce Holland Rogers

Other Nominees:
20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
In the Palace of Repose by Holly Phillips
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link
To Charles Fort, with Love by Caitlín R. Kiernan

Lifetime Achievement

Winner:
Stephen Fabian
John Crowley

Other Nominees:
None

Best Artist

Winner:
James Jean

Other Nominees:
Kinuko Y. Craft
Dave McKean
Edward Miller (aka Les Edwards)
John Jude Palencar

Special Award, Professional

Winner:
Sean Wallace

Other Nominees:
Susan Allison and Ginjer Buchanan
Lou Anders
S.T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz
Peter Lavery
Chris Roberson and Allison Baker

Special Award, Non-Professional

Winner:
David Howe and Stephen Walker

Other Nominees:
The Friends of Arthur Machen
Leo Grin
Jess Nevins
Rodger Turner, Neil Walsh, and Wayne MacLaurin

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Sunday, August 27, 2006

2006 Prometheus Award Nominees

Location: LAcon IV in Anaheim, California.

Comments: Yet again, when confronted with a situation indicating that their award structure was inadequate to the task of honoring the full range of libertarian works that their members thought worthy, the Libertarian Futurist Society resorted to the ad hoc means of handing out a special award rather than actually trying to fix the categories of the Prometheus Awards to keep them current with the realities of modern media. I suppose that this isn't unexpected for the reactionary organization that the Libertarian Futurist Society seems to have become, and handing out ad hoc awards reflect the chaotic nature of the libertarian ideology to a certain extent. This does, however, expose the Prometheus Awards as being something of a disorganized mess.

Best Novel

Winner:
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod

Other Nominees:
47 by Walter Mosley
The Black Arrow by Vin Suprynowicz
Chainfire by Terry Goodkind
The Hidden Family by Charles Stross
RebelFire: Out of the Gray Zone by Claire Wolfe and Aaron Zelman

Hall of Fame

Winner:
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd

Other Nominees:
As Easy as A.B.C. by Rudyard Kipling
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King) by J.R.R. Tolkien

Special Award

Winner:
Serenity by Joss Whedon

Other Nominees:
None

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Saturday, August 26, 2006

2006 Hugo Award Finalists

Location: L.A. Con IV in Anaheim, California.

Comments: Partially making up for its woefully short run on network television, and its snubbing in previous Hugo ceremonies, the Firefly universe got a nod in 2006 when the movie Serenity won the Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form. While I am sure that most Browncoats would have preferred a long run as a broadcast program, the nod from the Hugo voters was nice.

Meanwhile, over in the Short Form category, the revamped Doctor Who show began its run of dominating the award with a win for the two part story The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances. Over the next six years, Doctor Who would go on to win five of the Short Form Hugo Awards, a run interrupted only by Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog. Granted, Doctor Who is a very good show, but it seems to me to be quite unhealthy for the Hugo Awards, and for science fiction as a televised genre, to have a single program dominating an award category like this.

Best Novel

Winner:
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Other Finalists:
Accelerando by Charles Stross
A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Best Novella

Winner:
Inside Job by Connie Willis

Other Finalists:
Burn by James Patrick Kelly
Identity Theft by Robert J. Sawyer
The Little Goddess by Ian McDonald
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Best Novelette

Winner:
Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle

Other Finalists:
The Calorie Man by Paolo Bacigalupi
I, Robot by Cory Doctorow
The King of Where-I-Go by Howard Waldrop
TelePresence by Michael A. Burstein

Best Short Story

Winner:
Tk'tk'tk by David D. Levine

Other Finalists:
The Clockwork Atom Bomb by Dominic Green
Down Memory Lane by Mike Resnick
Seventy-Five Years by Michael A. Burstein
Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Work

Winner:
Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop by Kate Wilhelm

Other Finalists:
Science Fiction Quotations by Gary Westfahl
The SEX Column and Other Misprints by David Langford
Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 by Mike Ashley

Best Dramatic Presentation: Long Form

Winner:
Serenity

Other Finalists:
Batman Begins
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Wallace & Gromit in the Curse of the Were-Rabbit

Best Dramatic Presentation: Short Form

Winner:
Doctor Who: The Empty Child and The Doctor Dances

Other Finalists:
Battlestar Galactica: Pegasus
Doctor Who: Dalek
Doctor Who: Father's Day
Jack-Jack Attack
Lucas Back in Anger
Prix Victor Hugo Awards Ceremony: Opening Speech and Framing Device

Best Professional Editor

Winner:
David G. Hartwell

Other Finalists:
Ellen Datlow
Stanley Schmidt
Gordon van Gelder
Sheila Williams

Best Professional Artist

Winner:
Donato Giancola

Other Finalists:
Jim Burns
Bob Eggleton
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Michael Whelan

Best Semi-Prozine

Winner:
Locus edited by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong, and Liza Groen Trombi

Other Finalists:
Ansible edited by David Langford
Emerald City edited by Cheryl Morgan
Interzone edited by Andy Cox
The New York Review of Science Fiction edited by Kathryn Cramer, Kevin Maroney, and David G. Hartwell

Best Fanzine

Winner:
Plokta edited by Steve Davies, Alison Scott, and Mike Scott

Other Finalists:
Banana Wings edited by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer
Challenger edited by Guy H. Lillian, III
Chunga edited by Randy Byers, Andy Hooper, and Carl Juarez
File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best Fan Writer

Winner:
Dave Langford

Other Finalists:
Claire Brialey
John Hertz
Cheryl Morgan
Steven H Silver

Best Fan Artist

Winner:

Other Finalists:
Brad Foster
Teddy Harvia
Sue Mason
Steve Stiles

John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

Winner:
John Scalzi

Other Finalists:
K.J. Bishop
Sarah Monette
Chris Roberson
Brandon Sanderson
Steph Swainston

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Monday, August 7, 2006

2006 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

Location: Mythcon XXXVII in Norman, Oklahoma.

Comments: In 2006 the date and location of the Mythopoeic Awards finally became permanently publicly available. As I have noted before, I suspect that  the Mythopoeic Awards were handed out at the annual Mythcon run by the Mythopoeic Society in previous years, but as I cannot find any confirmation of this, I am hesitant to list the annual ballot of nominees with this information. However, in 2006 and later years, this fact has been made explicit, and as a result, I can include the data.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

Winner:
Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Other Nominees:
The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
Metallic Love by Tanith Lee
The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt

Best Children's Fantasy Literature

Winner:
The Bartimaeus Trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate) by Jonathan Stroud

Other Nominees:
By These Ten Bones by Clare B. Dunkle
Valiant by Holly Black
Wizards at War by Diane Duane

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

Winner:
The Lord of the Rings: A Reader's Companion by Wayne G. Hammond and Christina Scull

Other Nominees:
Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien's Mythology by Verlyn Flieger
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs
Perilous Realms: Celtic and Norse in Tolkien's Middle-Earth by Marjorie Burns
Smith of Wootton Major: Expanded Edition edited by Verlyn Flieger

Myth and Fantasy Studies

Winner:
National Dreams: The Remaking of Fairy Tales in Nineteenth-Century England by Jennifer Schacker

Other Nominees:
The Dharma of Dragons and Daemons: Buddhist Themes in Modern Fantasy by David R. Loy and Linda Goodhew
The Meanings of "Beauty and the Beast": A Handbook by Jerry Griswold
Readers in Wonderland: The Liberating Worlds of Fantasy Fiction from Dorothy to Harry Potter by Deborah O'Keefe

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Friday, July 7, 2006

2006 Campbell Award Nominees

Location: Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Comments: Sometimes modern science fiction fans forget just what an abundance of riches they have access to. Some people hearken back to older years when a dedicated science fiction fan could basically read everything noteworthy that was published every year, and as a result, fandom had a single common language that bound them tightly together. These people mourn the fact that the genre has expanded and splintered to such an extent that this simply isn't possible now. But what such people forget is that having such a focused genre comes at the price of having a substantially constricted range of voices available to be read. What the list of nominees for the 2006 Campbell Award demonstrates is that science fiction readers now have an overflowing cup of good fiction to enjoy, and that this cup is very slowly (very, very slowly)  being expanded by including more viewpoints into its mixture.

Best Novel

Winner:
Mindscan by Robert J. Sawyer

Second Place:
Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

Third Place:
The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod

Finalists:
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Child of Earth by David Gerrold
Counting Heads by David Marusek
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
The Meq by Steve Cash
Mind's Eye by Paul J. McAuley
Seeker by Jack McDevitt
Transcendent by Stephen Baxter
The World Before by Karen Traviss

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Saturday, June 17, 2006

2006 Locus Award Nominees

Location: Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, Washington.

Comments: As he won two Locus Awards in 2006, this seems like a good time to talk about the apparently unstoppable writing force that is Neil Gaiman. As noted, he won the awards for both Best Fantasy Novel and Best Short Story, but that only covers the honors Gaiman earned in this particular year. In the 2000s, very few years have gone by without a win of some sort for Neil Gaiman at the Locus Awards, and none seem to have taken place without Gaiman appearing on the short list of nominees. If there is a single writer who could be said to represent popular genre fiction since the turn of the century, it would have to be Gaiman.

Best Science Fiction Novel
Winner:
1.   Accelerando by Charles Stross

Other Nominees:
2.   Olympos by Dan Simmons
3.   Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
4.   Fifty Degrees Below by Kim Stanley Robinson
5.   Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
6.   Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
7.   Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman
8.   Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
9.   Seeker by Jack McDevitt
10. Mammoth by John Varley
11. Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
12. Transcendent by Stephen Baxter
13. The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach
14. The World Before by Karen Traviss
15. Lady of Mazes by Karl Schroeder
16. 9 Tail Fox by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
17. The Well of Stars by Robert Reed
18. Living Next Door to the God of Love by Justina Robson
19. The Rosetta Codex by Richard Paul Russo
20. To Crush the Moon by Wil McCarthy
21. Godplayers by Damien Broderick
22. Mind's Eye by Paul J. McAuley
23. Tumbling After by Paul Witcover
24. Old Man's War by John Scalzi

Best Fantasy Novel
Winner:
1.   Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Other Nominees:
2.   A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
3.   Thud! by Terry Pratchett
4.   The Hallowed Hunt by Lois McMaster Bujold
5.   Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town by Cory Doctorow
6.   The Hidden Family by Charles Stross
7.   A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
8.   Lord Byron's Novel: The Evening Land by John Crowley
9.   Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
10. Shaman's Crossing by Robin Hobb
11. Od Magic by Patricia A. McKillip
12. Glass Soup by Jonathan Carroll
13. The House of Storms by Ian R. MacLeod
14. The Limits of Enchantment by Graham Joyce
15. Snake Agent by Liz Williams
16. The Narrows by Alexander C. Irvine
17. Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan
18. Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright

Best Young Adult Book
Winner:
1.   Pay the Piper by Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

Other Nominees:
2.   Mister Boots by Carol Emshwiller
3.   Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
4.   Valiant by Holly Black
5.   Peeps by Scott Westerfeld
6.   Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud
7.   Conrad's Fate by Diana Wynne Jones
8.   TWOC by Graham Joyce
9.   Midnighters, Book Two: Touching Darkness by Scott Westerfeld
10. Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel
11. Stravaganza: City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman
12. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
13. The Flowering Queen (aka The Water Mirror) by Kai Meyer
14. The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher

Best First Novel
Winner:
1.    Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired by Elizabeth Bear

Other Nominees:
2.   Old Man's War by John Scalzi
3.   Counting Heads by David Marusek
4.   The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl by Tim Pratt
5.   Vellum by Hal Duncan
6.   Rocket Science by Jay Lake
7.   Melusine by Sarah Monette
8.   The Prodigal Troll by Charles Coleman Finlay
9.   Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier
10. Bear Daughter by Judith Berman
11. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
12. Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu
13. Singer of Souls by Adam Stemple
14. Spotted Lily by Anna Tambour
15. Fly by Night by Frances Hardinge

Best Novella
Winner:
1.   Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Other Nominees:
2.   Inside Job by Connie Willis
3.   Human Readable by Cory Doctorow
4.   The Cosmology of the Wider World by Jeffrey Ford
5.   Burn by James Patrick Kelly
6.   The Little Goddess by Ian McDonald
7.   Audubon in Atlantis by Harry Turtledove
8.   Diving Into the Wreck by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
9.   The Emperor by Lucius Shepard
10. The Diversification of its Fancy by John Barnes
11. The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass by Vera Nazarian
12. The Life of Riley by Alexander C. Irvine
13. The Imago Sequence by Laird Barron
14. The Nursemaid's Suitor by Charles Coleman Finlay
15. Winning Mars by Jason Stoddard
16. (tie) Bank Run by Tom Purdom
      (tie) Fishin' with Grandma Matchie by Steven Erikson
18. The Gypsies in the Wood by Kim Newman
19. Voluntary Committal by Joe Hill
20. The Road to Recovery by Gregory Frost
21. In the Machine by Michael Cunningham

Best Novelette
Winner:
1.   I, Robot by Cory Doctorow

Other Nominees:
2.   Two Hearts by Peter S. Beagle
3.   The Emperor of Gondwanaland by Paul Di Filippo
4.   The King of Where-I-Go by Howard Waldrop
5.   A Knot of Toads by Jane Yolen
6.   A Man of Light by Jeffrey Ford
7.   Wax by Elizabeth Bear
8.   The Last Ten Years in the Life of Hero Kai by Geoff Ryman
9.   Girls and Boys, Comes Out to Play by Michael Swanwick
10. The Calorie Man by Paolo Bacigalupi
11. The Gist Hunter by Matthew Hughes
12. The Scribble Mind by Jeffrey Ford
13. Softly Spoke the Gabbleduck by Neal Asher
14. Bad Machine by Kage Baker
15. The Blemmye's Stratagem by Bruce Sterling
16. Beyond the Aquila Rift by Alastair Reynolds
17. Last Man Standing by Esther M. Friesner
18. The Canadian Who Came Almost All the Way Home From the Stars by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
19. The Language of Moths by Christopher Barzak
20. (tie) The Edge of Nowhere by James Patrick Kelly
      (tie) Oxygen Rising by R. Garcia y Robertson
22. Zima Blue by Alastair Reynolds
23. Second Person, Present Tense by Daryl Gregory
24. The Fraud by Esther M. Friesner
25. The Unfortunate Gytt by Kage Baker
26. The 120 Hours of Sodom by Jim Grimsley
27. Rats of the System by Paul J. McAuley
28. Gold Mountain by Chris Roberson
29. Dallas: An Essay by Robert Reed

Best Short Story
Winner:
1.   Sunbird by Neil Gaiman

Other Nominees:
2.   Some Zombie Contingency Plans by Kelly Link
3.   I Live With You by Carol Emshwiller
4.   Boatman's Holiday by Jeffrey Ford
5.   Triceratops Summer by Michael Swanwick
6.   The Children of Time by Stephen Baxter
7.   Snowball's Chance by Charles Stross
8.   Monster by Kelly Link
9.   Comber by Gene Wolfe
10. Angel of Light by Joe Haldeman
11. The Great Divorce by Kelly Link
12. (tie) The Farmer's Cat by Jeff VanderMeer
      (tie) A Signal from Earth by Stephen Baxter
14. Mason's Rats by Neal Asher
15. Helen Remembers the Stork Club by Esther M. Friesner
16. The Denial by Bruce Sterling
17. Pip and the Fairies by Theodora Goss
18. Tk'tk'tk by David D. Levine
19. The Two Old Women by Kage Baker
20. Giant Land by Jeffrey Ford
21. The Second Coming of Charles Darwin by James Morrow
22. Best New Horror by Joe Hill
23. The Ice-Cream Man by James Van Pelt
24. Is There Life After Rehab? by Pat Cadigan
25. Twilight States by Albert E. Cowdrey
26. Calypso in Berlin by Elizabeth Hand
27. A Case of Consilience by Ken MacLeod
28. The Fate of Mice by Susan Palwick

Best Collection
Winner:
1.   Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Other Nominees:
2.   Looking for Jake and Other Stories by China Miéville
3.   Harrowing the Dragon by Patricia A. McKillip
4.   Platinum Pohl by Frederik Pohl
5.   Tales by H.P. Lovecraft
6.   The Children of the Company by Kage Baker
7.   Starwater Strains by Gene Wolfe
8.   Heart of Whitenesse by Howard Waldrop
9.   The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories by Paul Di Filippo
10. Years in the Making: The Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp by L. Sprague de Camp
11. I Live With You by Carol Emshwiller
12. Strange Itineraries by Tim Powers
13. The Man Who Lost the Sea: Volume X: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon by Theodore Sturgeon
14. The Masque of Mañana by Robert Sheckley
15. Mothers and Other Monsters by Maureen F. McHugh
16. Sea Kings of Mars and Otherworldly Stories by Leigh Brackett
17. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill
18. Across the Wall by Garth Nix
19. Two-handed Engine: The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore
20. George Alec Effinger Live! From Planet Earth by George Alec Effinger
21. Cultural Breaks by Brian W. Aldiss
22. To Charles Fort, with Love by Caitlín R. Kiernan
23. Greetings and Other Stories by Terry Bisson
24. Wild Things by Charles Coleman Finlay
25. The Cuckoo's Boys by Robert Reed
26. The Gist Hunter and Other Stories by Matthew Hughes
27. The Shadow at the Bottom of the World by Thomas Ligotti
28. Little Machines by Paul J. McAuley
29. Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Stories by Gregory Frost

Best Anthology
Winner:
1.   The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eighteenth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link, and Gavin J. Grant

Other Nominees:
2.   The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-second Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
3.   The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year's Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
4.   Year's Best SF 10 edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
5.   The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century edited by Harry Turtledove and Martin H. Greenberg
6.   Polyphony, Volume 5 edited by Deborah Layne and Jay Lake
7.   Constellations edited by Peter Crowther
8.   Best Short Novels: 2005 edited by Jonathan Strahan
9.   Nebula Awards Showcase 2005 edited by Jack Dann
10. Year's Best Fantasy 5 edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
11. Nova Scotia: New Scottish Speculative Fiction edited by Neil Williamson and Andrew J. Wilson
12. Tesseracts Nine edited by Nalo Hopkinson and Geoff Ryman
13. Galileo's Children: Tales of Science vs. Superstition edited by Gardner Dozois
14. The Fair Folk edited by Marvin Kaye
15. Science Fiction: The Best of 2004 edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan
16. Fantasy: The Best of 2004 edited by Karen Haber and Jonathan Strahan
17. Future Washington edited by Ernest Lilley

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Book
Winner:
1.   Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 Years of the Clarion Writers' Workshop by Kate Wilhelm

Other Nominees:
2.   Anatomy of Wonder: A Critical Guide to Science Fiction, 5th Edition by Neil Barron
3.   Soundings: Reviews 1992-1996 by Gary K. Wolfe
4.   Transformations: The Story of the Science-Fiction Magazines from 1950 to 1970 by Mike Ashley
5.   Ursula K. Le Guin: Beyond Genre by Mike Cadden
6.   Hanging Out with the Dream King: Conversations with Neil Gaiman and His Collaborators by Joseph McCabe
7.   Science Fiction Quotations by Gary Westfahl
8.   The SEX Column and Other Misprints by David Langford
9.   The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy: Themes, Works, and Wonders by Gary Westfahl
10. Horror: Another 100 Best Books by Stephen Jones and Kim Newman
11. Diana Wynne Jones: Children's Literature and the Fantastic Tradition by Farah Mendlesohn
12. Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction by James E. Gunn and Matthew Candelaria
13. A Reverie for Mister Ray by Michael Bishop
14. Historical Dictionary of Fantasy Literature by Brian Stableford
15. Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia by S.T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz
16. Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions by Fredric Jameson
17. Fantasy Literature for Children and Young Adults: Fifth Edition by Ruth Nadelman Lynn
18. Science Fiction by Roger Luckhurst

Best Art Book
Winner:
1.   Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner

Other Nominees:
2.   Visions of Heaven and Hell by Clive Barker
3.   The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger
4.   Imago by Jim Burns
5.   The Plucker by Brom
6.   Welcome to My Worlds: The Art of Rob Alexander by Rob Alexander
7.   Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life by Paul Gravett
8.   Through Prehensile Eyes: Seeing the Art of Robert Williams by Robert Williams
9.   Daydreaming: The Art of Slawak Wojtowicz by Slawek Wojtowicz
10. (tie) Arts Unknown: The Life & Art of Lee Brown Coye by Luis Ortiz
      (tie) Revelations: The Art of Max Bertolini by Max Bertolini
12. Worlds: A Mission of Discovery by Alec Gillis
13. The King of the Golden River by John Ruskin, illustrated by Iassen Ghiuselev
14. Jonathan Swift's Gulliver by Martin Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Riddell

Best Editor
Winner:
1.   Ellen Datlow

Other Nominees:
2.   Gardner Dozois
3.   David G. Hartwell
4.   Gordon van Gelder
5.   Patrick Nielsen Hayden
6.   Gavin Grant and Kelly Link
7.   Peter Crowther
8.   Sheila Williams
9.   Jim Baen
10. Terri Windling
11. Martin H. Greenberg
12. Lou Anders
13. Stanley Schmidt
14. Jonathan Strahan
15. (tie) Deborah Layne and Jay Lake
      (tie) Shawna McCarthy
17. Robert Silverberg
18. Andy Cox
19. Betsy Wollheim
20. Jeff VanderMeer
21. Sharyn November
22. Ginjer Buchanan
23. Susan Marie Groppi
24. Stephen Jones
25. Juliet Ulman
26. Betsy Mitchell
27. Beth Meacham

Best Magazine
Winner:
1.   Fantasy & Science Fiction

Other Nominees:
2.   Asimov's
3.   Analog
4.   Sci Fiction
5.   Interzone
6.   Realms of Fantasy
7.   Emerald City
8.   Strange Horizons
9.   Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
10. The New York Review of Science Fiction
11. Ansible
12. SF Site
13. Black Gate
14. Postscripts
15. Subterranean
16. SF Weekly
17. Cemetery Dance
18. The Infinite Matrix
19. Weird Tales
20. The Third Alternative
21. Infinity Plus
22. Amazing Stories

Best Book Publisher or Imprint
Winner:
1.   Tor

Other Nominees:
2.   Baen
3.   Del Rey
4.   Bantam Spectra
5.   Ace
6.   DAW
7.   Night Shade Books
8.   Golden Gryphon
9.   Subterranean Press
10. PS Publishing
11. Small Beer Press
12. HarperCollins/Eos
13. Gollancz
14. NESFA Press
15. Meisha Merlin
16. SFBC
17. Pyr
18. Tachyon
19. Roc
20. Firebird
21. Orbit
22. Voyager
23. St. Martin's
24. Arkham House
25. (tie) Prime
      (tie) Wheatland
27. Luna
28. Warner Aspect

Best Artist
Winner:
1.   Michael Whelan

Other Nominees:
2.   Bob Eggleton
3.   John Picacio
4.   Dave McKean
5.   Charles Vess
6.   Kinuko Y. Craft
7.   (tie) Jim Burns
      (tie) Clive Barker
9.   Frank Frazetta
10. Thomas Canty
11. Donato Giancola
12. Frank Wu
13. Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
14. John Jude Palencar
15. Brom
16. Boris Vallejo
17. Vincent Di Fate
18. Stephan Martiniere
19. J.K. Potter
20. Luis Royo
21. (tie) Caniglia
      (tie) Stephen Youll
23. Don Maitz
24. Paul Kidby
25. David Cherry
26. Julie Bell
27. Shaun Tan

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Saturday, May 6, 2006

2006 Nebula Award Nominees

Location: Tempe, Arizona

Comments: 2006 was the first year in which the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy was bestowed, going to Holly Black for her novel Valiant. The SFWA steadfastly maintains that the Andre Norton Award is not a Nebula Award despite having an identical nominating and selection process that involves essentially the same people serving as judges. But I am just as obstinate as the SFWA, and as the old saying goes "If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck" then it must be a Nebula Award, so I am listing the Andre Norton Award here with the Nebula Awards.

One thing that seems puzzling is the SFWA's insistence that the Andre Norton Award (and the Ray Bradbury Award) is not a Nebula Award. Given that the awards are functionally identical, why the differentiation? Is it so that writers of adult fiction can pretend to honor authors who write young adult works and still look down their noses at them? Or so that book writers can pooh-pooh those who write for filmed media? These distinctions drawn by the SFWA simply don't make sense except as a way to exclude certain authors from being able to assert that they have won a Nebula.

Best Novel

Winner:
Camouflage by Joe Haldeman

Other Nominees:
Air by Geoff Ryman
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright
Polaris by Jack McDevitt

Best Novella

Winner:
Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

Other Nominees:
Clay's Pride by Bud Sparhawk
Identity Theft by Robert J. Sawyer
Left of the Dial by Paul Witcover
The Tribes of Bela by Albert E. Cowdrey

Best Novelette

Winner:
The Faery Handbag by Kelly Link

Other Nominees:
Flat Diane by Daniel Abraham
Men Are Trouble by James Patrick Kelly
Nirvana High by Eileen Gunn and Leslie What
The People of Sand and Slag by Paolo Bacigalupi

Best Short Story

Winner:
I Live With You by Carol Emshwiller

Other Nominees:
Born-Again by K.D. Wentworth
The End of the World As We Know It by Dale Bailey
My Mother, Dancing by Nancy Kress
Singing My Sister Down by Margo Lanagan
Still Life With Boobs by Anne Harris
There's a Hole in the City by Richard Bowes

Best Script

Winner:
Serenity by Joss Whedon

Other Nominees:
Battlestar Galactica: Act of Contrition/You Can't Go Home Again by Carla Robinson, Bradley Thompson, and David Weddle

Andre Norton Award

Winner:
Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faery by Holly Black

Other Nominees:
The Amethyst Road by Louise Spiegler
Siberia by Ann Halam
Stormwitch by Susan Vaught

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

2006 Clarke Award Nominees

Location: Sci-Fi London at the Apollo West End Cinema in London, United Kingdom.

Comments: In 2006 Paul Kincaid made plans to step down as the administrator of the Clarke Awards, and was rewarded with an honorary award for his twenty years of dedicated service. Kincaid was, and is, an example of the people who work in the background of the science fiction and fantasy world to make the community what it is. Most people have never heard of him, or the myriad of other people who make the various awards, conventions, and other events function. They are rarely center stage, but rather put the authors, editors, and artists of the genre world in the spotlight. Kincaid, and the people who fill similar roles all across the science fiction world are what make the community more than merely a market where authors sell to consumers, but more of a collaborative feedback loop.

Winner
Air by Geoff Ryman

Shortlist
Accelerando by Charles Stross
Banner of Souls by Liz Williams
Learning the World by Ken MacLeod
Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

Honorary Award
Paul Kincaid

What Are the Arthur C. Clarke Awards?

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