Wednesday, December 31, 1975

1975 Locus Award Nominees

Location: Unknown.

Comments: 1975 was a good year for Ursula K. Le Guin, as she earned two Locus Award wins and two further nominations. It was also the year that the Locus Awards shook up their categories a bit, adding the Best Novelette category, and splitting the single author collections off on its own, to create three "collections of short fiction" categories: Best Single Author Collection, Best Original Anthology, and Best Reprint Anthology. And keeping with this theme, three of the series that gained nominations in the Original Anthology category - Orbit, New Dimensions, and Universe - also scored nominations in the Best Magazine category.

Best Novel
1.   The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
2.   The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
3.   Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick
4.   The Godwhale by T.J. Bass
5.   The Unsleeping Eye by D.G. Compton
6.   The Inverted World by Christopher Priest
7.   Fire Time by Poul Anderson
8.   The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
9.   The Dream Millennium by James White
10. The Twilight of Briareus by Richard Cowper
11. The Company of Glory by Edgar Pangborn
12. The Domains of Koryphon by Jack Vance
13. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
14. How Are the Mighty Fallen by Thomas Burnett Swann
15. Total Eclipse by John Brunner
16. The Destruction of the Temple by Barry N. Malzberg
17. Star Gate by Tak Hallus
18. Star Rider by Doris Piserchia
19. A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson
20. Prince of Annwn by Evangeline Walton
21. Walk to the End of the World by Suzy McKee Charnas
22. Icerigger by Alan Dean Foster
23. A Knight of Ghosts and Shadows by Poul Anderson

Best Novella
1.   Born with the Dead by Robert Silverberg

Other Nominees:
2.   A Song for Lya by George R.R. Martin (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)
3.   Riding the Torch by Norman Spinrad
4.   Assault on a City by Jack Vance
5.   Strangers by Gardner Dozois
6.   The Marathon Photograph by Clifford D. Simak
7.   The Araqnid Window by Charles L. Harness
8.   On the Street of the Serpents by Michael Bishop
9.   Father by Pamela Sargent
10. Tin Soldier by Joan D. Vinge
11. Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
12. Threads of Time by Gregory Benford
13. The East Coast Confinement by Arsen Darnay
14. The Kozmic Kid by Richard Snead

Best Novelette
1.   Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Latitude 38° 54' N, Longitude 77° 00' 13" W by Harlan Ellison (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)

Other Nominees:
2.   The Pre-Persons by Philip K. Dick
3.   -That Thou Art Mindful of Him! by Isaac Asimov
4.   I'm Looking for Kadak by Harlan Ellison
5.   On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi by William Tenn
6.   Twig by Gordon R. Dickson
7.   Nix Olympica by William Walling
8.   If the Stars Are Gods by Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford
9.   After the Dreamtime by Richard Lupoff
10. The Seventeen Virgins by Jack Vance
11. The Raven and the Hawk by William Rotsler
12. Getting Home by F.M. Busby
13. Whale Song by Terry Melen
14. Catman by Harlan Ellison
15. The Gift of Garigolli by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth
16. Whatever Happened to Nick Neptune? by Richard Lupoff
17. A Brother to Dragons, a Companion of Owls by Kate Wilhelm
18. A Little Something for Us Tempunauts by Philip K. Dick
19. Gate-o by Don Picard
20. A Matter of Gravity by Randall Garrett
21. And Keep Us from Our Castles by Cynthia Bunn
22. Forlesen by Gene Wolfe
23. Under Siege by Robert Thurston

Best Short Story
1.   The Day Before the Revolution by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
2.   The Hole Man by Larry Niven (reviewed in The Hugo Winners, Volume 3, Book 2)
3.   Schwartz Between the Galaxies by Robert Silverberg
4.   'The Author of the Acacia Seeds' and Other Extracts from the Journal of the Association of Therolinguistics by Ursula K. Le Guin
5.   The Engine at Heartspring's Center by Roger Zelazny
6.   The Four-Hour Fugue by Alfred Bester
7.   Cathadonian Odyssey by Michael Bishop
8.   Enter a Pilgrim by Gordon R. Dickson
9.   Midnight by the Morphy Watch by Fritz Leiber
10. Royal Licorice by R.A. Lafferty
11. We Purchased People by Frederik Pohl
12. The Stars Below by Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Do You Know Dave Wenzel? by Fritz Leiber
14. Mysterious Doings at the Metropolitan Museum by Fritz Leiber
15. In the House of Double Minds by Robert Silverberg
16. The Mountains of Sunset, the Mountains of Dawn by Vonda N. McIntyre
17. Willowisp by Joe Pumilia
18. Enjoy, Enjoy by Frederik Pohl
19. Mute Inglorious Tam by Frederik Pohl and Cyril M. Kornbluth

Best Single Author Collection
1. The Best of Fritz Leiber by Fritz Leiber

Other Nominees:
2. A Hole in Space by Larry Niven
3. The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum by Stanley G. Weinbaum
4. Approaching Oblivion by Harlan Ellison
5. The Book of Fritz Leiber by Fritz Leiber
6. The Many Worlds of Poul Anderson by Poul Anderson
7. Case and the Dreamer by Theodore Sturgeon
8. Born with the Dead by Robert Silverberg

Best Original Anthology
1.   Universe 4 edited by Terry Carr

Other Nominees:
2.   New Dimensions IV edited by Robert Silverberg
3.   Threads of Time edited by Robert Silverberg
4.   Orbit 14 edited by Damon Knight
5.   Stellar #1 edited by Judy-Lynn del Rey
6.   Wandering Stars edited by Jack Dann
7.   Universe 5 edited by Terry Carr
8.   Final Stage edited by Edward L. Ferman and Barry N. Malzberg
9.   2020 Vision edited by Jerry Pournelle
10. Continuum 1 edited by Roger Elwood
11. Fellowship of the Stars edited by Terry Carr
12. Continuum 2 edited by Roger Elwood
13. Science Fiction Emphasis I edited by David Gerrold
14. Orbit 13 edited by Damon Knight
15. Orbit 15 edited by Damon Knight

Best Reprint Anthology
1.   Before the Golden Age edited by Isaac Asimov

Other Nominees:
2.   The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3 edited by Terry Carr
3.   The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: A Special 25th Anniversary Anthology edited by Edward L. Ferman
4.   The 1974 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim with Arthur W. Saha
5.   Nebula Award Stories Nine edited by Kate Wilhelm
6.   Alpha 5 edited by Robert Silverberg
7.   Modern Science Fiction edited by Norman Spinrad
8.   SF: Authors' Choice 4 edited by Harry Harrison
9.   Cosmic Laughter edited by Joe Haldeman
10. Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: Third Annual Collection edited by Lester del Rey

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

Other Nominees:
2.   Analog edited by Ben Bova
3.   Galaxy edited by Jim Baen
4.   Amazing Stories edited by Ted White
5.   If edited by Jim Baen
6.   Vertex edited by Don Pfeil
7.   Fantastic edited by Ted White
8.   The Alien Critic edited by Dick Geis
9.   Algol edited by Andy Porter
10. Universe edited by Terry Carr
11. Orbit edited by Damon Knight
12. New Dimensions edited by Robert Silverberg

Best Fanzine
1.   Outworlds

Other Nominees:
2.   Yandro
3.   Karass
4.   (tie) Moebius Trip/SF Echo
      (tie) SF Commentary
6.   (tie) Prehensile
      (tie) Whispers
8.   Don-O-Saur
9.   Luna
10. Riverside Quarterly
11. Ash-Wing
12. Amra
13. Notes from the Chemistry Dept.
14. Starling
15. Fantasiae
16. Title
17. Amor de Cosmos

Best Critic
1.   P. Schuyler Miller

Other Nominees:
2.   Dick Geis
3.   Theodore Sturgeon
4.   Dick Lupoff
5.   Lester del Rey
6.   Joanna Russ
7.   Harlan Ellison
8.   Dave Hartwell
9.   Baird Searles
10. Fritz Leiber
11. Buck Coulson
12. Brian W. Aldiss
13. Charlie Brown
14. Alexei Panshin and Cory Panshin
15. Paul Walker
16. Sidney Coleman
17. Ted White
18. Cy Chauvin
19. Don D'Ammassa

Best Hardback Publisher
1. Science Fiction Book Club

Other Nominees:
2. Doubleday
3. Harper & Row
4. Putnam
5. Random House
6. Hyperion Press
7. Advent
8. Simon & Schuster
9. Donald M. Grant

Best Paperback Publisher
1. Ballantine

Other Nominees:
2. DAW
3. Ace
4. Bantam
5. Berkley
6. Avon
7. Signet

Best Professional Artist
1.   Frank Kelly Freas

Other Nominees:
2.   Tim Kirk
3.   John Schoenherr
4.   Frank Frazetta
5.   Rick Sternbach
6.   Jack Gaughan
7.   Steve Fabian
8.   George Barr
9.   Jeff Jones
10. Vincent Di Fate
11. Wendy Pini
12. Dean Ellis
13. Mike Hinge
14. Alicia Austin
15. Karel Thole
16. Paul Lehr
17. Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
18. Gahan Wilson
19. Ron Walotsky

Best Fan Artist
1.   Tim Kirk

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

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1975 Campbell Award Nominees

Location: Campbell Conference Awards Banquet in Lawrence, Kansas.

Comments: 1975 was the first year that the Campbell Awards didn't have an "odd" category, which was kind of an unusual development at this point in it's history. But other than noting the absence of a single-shot category, there's not much to say about it.

The results of the vote for Best Novel, on the other hand, leave me with something of a conundrum. While I'm a fan of Philip K. Dick, and I am always happy to see him having gotten the recognition that he clearly deserved despite commercial success always eluding him, I am somewhat disappointed that Ursula K. Le Guin didn't win. I like Philip K. Dick, and his work is always interesting, but I harbor a deep and abiding love for Le Guin's fiction, and The Dispossessed is one of her best.

Best Novel

Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said by Philip K. Dick

Second Place:
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

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1975 Mythopoeic Award Nominees

Location: Unknown

Comments: Five years after they first appeared, the Mythopoeic Awards got around to giving their Best Adult Fantasy Award to a man, honoring Poul Anderson for his novel A Midsummer Tempest. One might be inclined to shout "misandry", but then again, all of the other genre awards being handed out in the mid-1970s were all heavily biased in favor of male authors, so the counterweight of the Mythopoeic Awards was sorely needed.

On another note, this was the last year that the Best Adult Fantasy Literature Award was handed out until 1981. The Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies was handed out in 1976, but the Fantasy Award was not. Between 1976 and 1981, no Mythopoeic Awards were bestowed. It is unclear as to why this interruption took place, the only thing I know is that it did.

Best Adult Fantasy Literature

A Midsummer Tempest by Poul Anderson

Other Nominees:
The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip
How Are the Mighty Fallen by Thomas Burnett Swann
Merlin's Ring by H. Warner Munn
Prince of Annwn by Evangeline Walton
Watership Down by Richard Adams

Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies

C.S. Lewis: A Biography by Roger Lancelyn Green and Walter Hooper

Other Nominees:

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