Tuesday, December 31, 1974

1974 Locus Award Nominees

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Comments: Because the Locus Awards are determined by a poll of the readers of Locus magazine, they are, more than any other genre fiction award, a measure of the popularity of books and authors. The Hugo Awards, voted on by the attendees at the annual Worldcon, give a sense of what is most popular among the hard-core devoted fans. The Nebula Awards, voted on by judges selected from the ranks of the SFWA, give a sense of what is most highly regarded among professional genre fiction authors. But only the Locus Award, with its broad reach, gives a sense of what is most popular among science fiction and fantasy fandom in general. So if one wants to get a snapshot of the general state of science fiction and fantasy at a particular point in time, the best place to start is probably the Locus Award nominees.

Best Novel
1.   Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Other Nominees:
2.   Time Enough for Love by Robert A. Heinlein
3.   The People of the Wind by Poul Anderson
4.   Protector by Larry Niven
5.   The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold
6.   Trullion: Alastor 2262 by Jack Vance
7.   The Far Call by Gordon R. Dickson
8.   To Die In Italbar by Roger Zelazny
9.   Today We Choose Faces by Roger Zelazny
10. The Cloud Walker by Edmund Cooper
11. Relatives by George Alec Effinger
12. Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
13. Herovit's World by Barry N. Malzberg
14. Hiero's Journey by Sterling Lanier
15. The Doomsday Gene by John Boyd

Best Novella
1.   The Death of Doctor Island by Gene Wolfe

Other Nominees:
2.   The White Otters of Childhood by Michael Bishop
3.   The Feast of St. Dionysus by Robert Silverberg
4.   Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind by Philip José Farmer
5.   Chains of the Sea by Gardner Dozois
6.   The Defenseless Dead by Larry Niven
7.   Death and Designation Among the Asadi by Michael Bishop
8.   Rumfuddle by Jack Vance
9.   The Safety Engineer by S. Kye Boult
10. In the Problem Pit by Frederik Pohl
11. Junction by Jack Dann
12. My Brother Leopold by Edgar Pangborn
13. 'Kjwalll'kje'k'koothailll'kje'k by Roger Zelazny
14. Case and the Dreamer by Theodore Sturgeon

Best Short Story
1.   The Deathbird by Harlan Ellison (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
2.    Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand by Vonda N. McIntyre
3.   Love Is the Plan the Plan Is Death by James Tiptree, Jr.
4.   The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree, Jr. (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)
5.   Ms. Found in an Abandoned Time Machine by Robert Silverberg
6.   The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)
7.   Wings by Vonda N. McIntyre
8.   With Morning Comes Mistfall by George R.R. Martin
9.   Mud Violet by R.A. Lafferty
10. In the Group by Robert Silverberg
11. (tie) The Field of Vision by Ursula K. Le Guin
      (tie) Many Mansions by Robert Silverberg
13. (tie) The Answer by Terry Carr
      (tie) Barnaby's Clock by R.A. Lafferty
      (tie) Brothers by Gordon R. Dickson
16. The World Is a Sphere by Edgar Pangborn
17. Epilog by Clifford D. Simak
18. The Women Men Don't See by James Tiptree, Jr.

Best Original Anthology
1.   Astounding edited by Harry Harrison

Other Nominees:
2.   New Dimensions 3 edited by Robert Silverberg
3.   Universe 3 edited by Terry Carr
4.   An Exaltation of Stars edited by Terry Carr
5.   Orbit 12 edited by Damon Knight
6.   The Alien Condition edited by Stephen Goldin
7.   Chains of the Sea edited by Robert Silverberg
8.   Ten Tomorrows edited by Roger Elwood
9.   Nova 3 edited by Harry Harrison
10. Future City edited by Roger Elwood
11. Flashing Swords #1 edited by Lin Carter
12. Eros In Orbit edited by Joseph Elder
13. Showcase edited by Roger Elwood
14. Bad Moon Rising edited by Thomas M. Disch

Best Reprint Anthology or Collection
1.   The Best Science Fiction of the Year #2 edited by Terry Carr

Other Nominees:
2.   The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Vol. 2a & 2b edited by Ben Bova
3.   The 1973 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim with Arthur W. Saha
4.   Ten Thousand Light-Years from Home by James Tiptree, Jr.
5.   Jupiter edited by Carol Pohl and Frederik Pohl
6.   Those Who Can edited by Robin Scott Wilson
7.   The Astounding-Analog Reader, Volume Two edited by Harry Harrison and Brian Aldiss
8.   Alpha 4 edited by Robert Silverberg
9.   The Book of Philip José Farmer by Philip José Farmer
10. Nebula Award Stories 8 edited by Isaac Asimov
11. Nebula Award Stories Seven edited by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
12. Science Fiction: The Great Years edited by Carol Pohl and Frederik Pohl
13. The Book of Philip K. Dick by Philip K. Dick
14. (tie) The Flight of the Horse by Larry Niven
      (tie) The Star Road by Gordon R. Dickson

Best Magazine
1. Fantasy & Science Fiction edited by Edward L. Ferman

Other Nominees:
2. Analog edited by Ben Bova
3. Galaxy edited by Ejler Jakobsson
4. Amazing Stories edited by Ted White
5. Vertex edited by Don Pfeil
6. Fantastic edited by Ted White
7. If edited by Ejler Jakobsson

Best Fanzine
1.   Locus edited by Charlie Brown and Dena Brown

Other Nominees:
2.   The Alien Critic edited by Richard E. Geis
3.   Algol edited by Andy Porter
4.   Outworlds edited by the Bowers
5.   SF Commentary edited by Bruce Gillespie
6.   Prehensile edited by Mike Glyer
7.   Yandro edited by Robert Coulson and Juanita Coulson
8.   Starling edited by the Lutrells
9.   (tie) Energumen edited by Mike Glicksohn and Susan Glicksohn
      (tie) Moebius Trip edited by Ed Connor
      (tie) Riverside Quarterly edited by Sapirol
12. (tie) Granfalloon edited by the Bushyagers
      (tie) Title edited by Donn Brazier
14. Speculation edited by Pete Weston

Best Critic
1.   Richard E. Geis

Other Nominees:
2.   (tie) Joanna Russ
      (tie) P. Schuyler Miller
4.   Theodore Sturgeon
5.   Brian W. Aldiss
6.   Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin
7.   Lester del Rey
8.   Dick Lupoff
9.   Dave Hartwell
10. James Blish
11. Charlie Brown
12. Harlan Ellison
13. Richard Delap
14. Buck Coulson
15. (tie) Tony Lewis
      (tie) Cy Chauvin

Best Book Publisher
1.   Ballantine

Other Nominees:
2.   DAW
3.   Science Fiction Book Club
4.   Doubleday
5.   Ace
6.   Harper & Row
7.   Random House
8.   Signet (New American Library)
9.   Putnam
10. Bantam
11. Berkley
12. Avon
13. Donald M. Grant
14. Mirage Press
15. Dell
16. Sphere

Best Professional Artist
1.   Frank Kelly Freas

Other Nominees:
2.   Jack Gaughan
3.   Vincent Di Fate
4.   John Schoenherr
5.   Frank Frazetta
6.   Tim Kirk
7.   George Barr
8.   Mike Hinge
9.   (tie) Jeff Jones
      (tie) Gahan Wilson
11. Gene Szafran
12. Don Davis
13. Alicia Austin
14. Karel Thole
15. (tie) David Hardy
      (tie) Dean Ellis

Best Fan Artist
1.   Tim Kirk

Other Nominees:
2.    Bill Rotsler
3.   Grant Canfield
4.   ATom (aka Arthur Thomson)
5.   Alicia Austin
6.   George Barr
7.   James Shull
8.   Steve Fabian
9.   Steve Stiles
10. Jim McLeod
11. Helmut Pesch
12. Vincent Di Fate

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1974 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

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Comments: In 1974 Mary Stewart became the first two-time winner of the Mythopoeic Award, winning in the Best Adult Fantasy literature category with her book The Hollow Hills. When one considers the history of the Mythopoeic Awards through 1974, it isn't surprising that the first two-time winner of the award was a woman. On the other hand, when one considers the wider contemporaneous context of genre awards, it is somewhat astounding, but then again, by this point, I have come to expect nothing less from the Mythopoeic Awards.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

The Hollow Hills by Mary Stewart

Other Nominees:
The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper
Exaclibur by Sanders Anne Laubenthal
High Deryni by Katherine Kurtz
Hrolf Kraki's Saga by Poul Anderson

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christian by Kathryn A. Lindskoog

Other Nominees:

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