Friday, February 6, 1970

Locus Award Winners for Best Art Book

The Locus Award for Best Art Book has been inconsistently awarded since 1979. It was handed out for two years, sat dormant for a decade and a half, was then awarded for fourteen years, retired for three years, and brought back again. Oddly, this pattern has allowed the Spectrum series edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner to dominate the award. Had the award been continued through the 1980s, there probably would have been more variety, as the Spectrum series was no started until 1994. As it stands now, the Spectrum series has won this award twelve of the nineteen times it has been handed out, which makes one question whether this award is a viable competition, or just a means of putting more trophies on the Fenners' shelf.

1979: Tomorrow and Beyond edited by Ian Summers
1994: The Art of Michael Whelan: Scenes/Visions by Michael Whelan
1995: Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
1996: Spectrum 2: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
1997: Spectrum 3: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner with Jim Loehr
1998: Infinite Worlds: The Fantastic Visions of Science Fiction Art by Vincent Di Fate
1999: Spectrum 5: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2000: Science Fiction of the 20th Century by Frank M. Robinson
2001: Spectrum 7: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2002: Spectrum 8: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2003: Spectrum 9: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2005: Spectrum 11: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2006: Spectrum 12: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2007: Spectrum 13: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2008: The Arrival by Shaun Tan
2011: Spectrum 17: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Burnett and Arnie Fenner
2012: Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner
2013: Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner
2014: Spectrum 20: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner
2015: Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by John Fleskes
2016: Julie Dillon’s Imagined Realms, Book 2: Earth and Sky by Julie Dillon
2017: Walking Through the Landscape of Faerie by Charles Vess

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