Saturday, July 3, 1999

1999 Locus Award Nominees

Location: Westercon in Spokane, Washington.

Comments: In 1999, after a one year hiatus, the Best Horror or Dark Fantasy category returned for one final hurrah before being discontinued permanently. This award, which was won in this year by Stephen King for only the second time overall, has always struck me as being somewhat confused and redundant. although I am only a casual horror fan, I can definitely see a need for a dedicated Best Horror Novel category as a large proportions of horror novels don't really fit under either the science fiction or fantasy designations. If Locus wants to recognize works from the horror genre, a dedicated category would seem like the best option.

On the other hand, the "dark fantasy" half of the category is, in my view, more problematic. Although the lines between genres are often blurred and indistinct, the distinction between "fantasy" and "dark fantasy" is not so much indistinct as nonexistent. The is simply so much overlap between these two that trying the to determine which category a particular book fits into is something of a fool's errand. This dichotomy between the two halves of the category means that although it was probably for the best that this is the last year it was awarded, its loss was also not an entirely happy event.

Best Science Fiction Novel
1.   To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

Other Nominees:
2.   Darwinia by Robert Charles Wilson
3.   The Alien Years by Robert Silverberg
4.   Distraction by Bruce Sterling
5.   The Golden Globe by John Varley
6.   Cosm by Gregory Benford
7.   Children of God by Mary Doria Russell
8.   Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
9.   Ports of Call by Jack Vance
10. Starfarers by Poul Anderson
11. (tie) Dinosaur Summer by Greg Bear
      (tie) Six Moon Dance by Sheri S. Tepper
13. Maximum Light by Nancy Kress
14. Moonseed by Stephen Baxter
15. Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold
16. Mission Child by Maureen F. McHugh
17. Vast by Linda Nagata
18. Child of the River by Paul J. McAuley
19. Deepdrive by Alexander Jablokov
20. Girl in Landscape by Jonathan Lethem
21. Otherland: River of Blue Fire by Tad Williams
22. Earth Made of Glass by John Barnes
23. The Children Star by Joan Slonczewski
24. Bloom by Wil McCarthy
25. Noir by K.W. Jeter
26. Moonfall by Jack McDevitt
27. Prisoner of Conscience by Susan R. Matthews
28. Kirinya by Ian McDonald
29. The Cassini Division by Ken MacLeod
30. The Shapes of Their Hearts by Melissa Scott

Best Fantasy Novel
1.   A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

Other Nominees:
2.   Stardust by Neil Gaiman
3.   Mockingbird by Sean Stewart
4.   Heartfire by Orson Scott Card
5.   Fortress of Eagles by C.J. Cherryh
6.   Newton's Cannon by J. Gregory Keyes
7.   Song for the Basilisk by Patricia A. McKillip
8.   (tie) Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
      (tie) Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint
10. Dragon's Winter by Elizabeth A. Lynn
11. Prince of Dogs by Kate Elliott
12. Dark Lord of Derkholm by Diana Wynne Jones
13. The One-Armed Queen by Jane Yolen
14. Changer by Jane Lindskold
15. Juniper, Gentian, and Rosemary by Pamela Dean
16. The Gilded Chain by Dave Duncan
17. The Innamorati by Midori Snyder
18. (tie) Bhagavati by Kara Dalkey
      (tie) The Book of Knights by Yves Meynard
20. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) by J.K. Rowling

Best Horror or Dark Fantasy Novel
1.   Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Other Nominees:
2.   Flanders by Patricia Anthony
3.   The Tooth Fairy by Graham Joyce
4.   Galilee by Clive Barker
5.   Darker Angels by S.P. Somtow
6.   Homebody by Orson Scott Card
7.   Irrational Fears by William Browning Spencer
8.   Faces Under Water by Tanith Lee
9.   Judgment of Tears: Anno Dracula 1959 by Kim Newman
10. Fog Heart by Thomas Tessier
11. Santa Steps Out by Robert Devereaux

Best First Novel
1.    Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

Other Nominees:
2.   Halfway Human by Carolyn Ives Gilman
3.   In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker
4.   Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (aka Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) by J.K. Rowling
5.   Green Rider by Kristen Britain
6.   Silk by CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan
7.   The Last Dragonlord by Joanne Bertin
8.   The Iron Bridge by David Morse
9.   Dawn Song by Michael Marano
10. The High House by James Stoddard
11. Nameless Magery by Delia Marshall Turner
12. A Scientific Romance by Ronald Wright
13. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop
14. Anvil by Nicholas van Pallandt
15. The Wild Hunt: Vengeance Moon by Jocelin Foxe
16. Dragonclaw: Book One of The Witches of Eileanan (aka The Witches of Eileanan) by Kate Forsyth

Best Novella
1.   Oceanic by Greg Egan

Other Nominees:
2.   Dragonfly by Ursula K. Le Guin
3.   The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
4.   The Boss in the Wall, A Treatise on the House Devil by Avram Davidson and Grania Davis
5.   The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod
6.   Aurora in Four Voices by Catherine Asaro
7.   Get Me to the Church on Time by Terry Bisson
8.   A Second Chance at Eden by Peter F. Hamilton
9.   A Princess of Helium by R. Garcia y Robertson
10. (tie) The Colonel in Autumn by Robert Silverberg
      (tie) Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang
12. Ancestral Voices by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick
13. Reading the Bones by Sheila Finch
14. Mother Death by Robert Reed
15. Sea Change, with Monsters by Paul J. McAuley
16. Jumping Off the Planet by David Gerrold
17. Coolhunting by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
18. The Days of Solomon Gursky by Ian McDonald
19. The Bradshaw by Judith Moffett
20. Grist by Tony Daniel
21. The Cuckoo's Boys by Robert Reed

Best Novelette
1.   (tie) The Planck Dive by Greg Egan
      (tie) Taklamakan by Bruce Sterling

Other Nominees:
3.   All the Birds of Hell by Tanith Lee
4.   Echea by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
5.   Lovestory by James Patrick Kelly
6.   Waiting for the End by Robert Silverberg
7.   Divided by Infinity by Robert Charles Wilson
8.   Steamship Soldier on the Information Front by Nancy Kress
9.   A Dance to Strange Musics by Gregory Benford
10. Starfall by R. Garcia y Robertson
11. Lost Girls by Jane Yolen
12. Approaching Perimelasma by Geoffrey A. Landis
13. Zwarte Piet's Tale by Allen M. Steele
14. The Barrier by Stephen Baxter
15. Rules of Engagement by Michael F. Flynn
16. Brown Dust by Esther M. Friesner
17. A Life on Mars by G. David Nordley
18. The Picture Business by Walter Jon Williams
19. The Flying Dutchman by John Varley
20. The Rainmaker by Mary Rosenblum
21. The Eye of God by Mary Rosenblum
22. The Allies by Mark S. Geston
23. The Gardens of Saturn by Paul J. McAuley
24. Down in the Dark by William Barton
25. Home Time by Ian R. MacLeod
26. Getting to Know You by David Marusek
27. The Mercy Gate by Mark J. McGarry
28. Transit by Stephen Dedman
29. (tie) The GUAC Bug by Charles L. Harness
      (tie) Time Gypsy by Ellen Klages

Best Short Story
1.   Maneki Neko by Bruce Sterling

Other Nominees:
2.   Radiant Doors by Michael Swanwick
3.   Mr. Goober's Show by Howard Waldrop
4.   Moon-Calf by Stephen Baxter
5.   Dante Dreams by Stephen Baxter
6.   Wild Minds by Michael Swanwick
7.   Every Angel Is Terrifying by John Kessel
8.   First Fire by Terry Bisson
9.   Whiptail by Robert Reed
10. 17 by Paul J. McAuley
11. The Very Pulse of the Machine by Michael Swanwick
12. The Year of the Mouse by Norman Spinrad
13. US by Howard Waldrop
14. Congenital Agenesis of Gender Ideation by K.N. Sirsi and Sandra Botkin by Raphael Carter
15. Microcosmic Dog by Michael Swanwick
16. Savior by Robert Reed
17. The Stubbornest Broad on Earth by Janet Kagan
18. The Wire Continuum by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
19. (tie) Out of Space, Out of Time by David Langford
      (tie) Radio Praha by Tony Daniel
21. Tiger, Tiger by Severna Park
22. (tie) Options by Hal Clement
      (tie) Wrapper by Gene Wolfe
24. While You Wait by Kathy Oltion

Best Collection
1.   The Avram Davidson Treasury by Avram Davidson, edited by Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis

Other Nominees:
2.   Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman
3.   Kirinyaga by Mike Resnick
4.   Luminous by Greg Egan
5.   Beaker's Dozen by Nancy Kress
6.   First Contacts: The Essential Murray Leinster by Murray Leinster
7.   Last Summer at Mars Hill by Elizabeth Hand
8.   The Perfect Host: Volume V: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon by Theodore Sturgeon, edited by Paul Williams
9.   An Ornament to His Profession by Charles L. Harness
10. Traces by Stephen Baxter
11. One Day Closer to Death by Bradley Denton
12. Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler
13. The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady
14. The Invisible Country by Paul J. McAuley
15. A Second Chance at Eden by Peter F. Hamilton
16. Collected Fictions by Jorge Luis Borges
17. The Moon Maid and Other Fantastic Adventures by R. Garcia y Robertson
18. Lost Pages by Paul Di Filippo
19. Are You Loathsome Tonight? by Poppy Z. Brite
20. Frankensteins and Foreign Devils by Walter Jon Williams
21. Extremities by Kathe Koja
22. Black Butterflies: A Flock on the Dark Side by John Shirley

Best Anthology
1.   Legends edited by Robert Silverberg

Other Nominees:
2.   The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifteenth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois
3.   Starlight 2 edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden
4.   Year's Best SF 3 edited by David G. Hartwell
5.   The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Eleventh Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
6.   The Good Old Stuff edited by Gardner Dozois
7.   Bending the Landscape: Science Fiction edited by Nicola Griffith and Stephen Pagel
8.   Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny edited by Martin H. Greenberg
9.   Nebula Awards 32 edited by Jack Dann
10. The Best of Crank! edited by Bryan Cholfin
11. The Fantasy Hall of Fame edited by Robert Silverberg
12. The Playboy Book of Science Fiction edited by Alice K. Turner
13. Nanotech edited by Jack Dann and Gardner Dozois
14. The Road to Science Fiction Volume 5: The British Way edited by James E. Gunn
15. Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
16. Dreaming Down-Under edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb
17. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: Volume Nine edited by Stephen Jones
18. Dark Terrors 4 edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton
19. The Road to Science Fiction Volume 6: Around the World edited by James E. Gunn
20. Tesseracts6 edited by Robert J. Sawyer and Carolyn Clink

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Book
1.   The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World by Thomas M. Disch

Other Nominees:
2.   Science-Fiction: The Gernsback Years by Everett F. Bleiler
3.   The Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Awards by Howard DeVore
4.   Lovecraft Remembered edited by Peter Cannon
5.   The Work of Jack Williamson: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by Richard A. Hauptmann
6.   The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Fantasy: The Definitive Illustrated Guide edited by David Pringle
7.   (tie) Northern Dreamers: Interviews with Famous Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Writers by Edo van Belkom
      (tie) St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost, and Gothic Writers edited by David Pringle
9.   Windows of the Imagination by Darrell Schweitzer
10. Alternative Alices edited by Carolyn Sigler

Best Art Book
1.   Spectrum 5: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner

Other Nominees:
2.   Icon: A Retrospective by the Grand Master of Fantastic Art, Frank Frazetta by Frank Frazetta
3.   Pulp Culture: The Art of Fiction Magazines by Frank M. Robinson and Lawrence Davidson
4.   Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
5.   Barlowe's Inferno by Wayne Douglas Barlowe
6.  Good Faeries/Bad Faeries by Brian Froud
7.   Dustcovers: The Collected Sandman Covers by Dave McKean
8.   To Every Thing There Is a Season by Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
9.   H.R. Giger's Retrospective 1964-1984 by H.R. Giger
10. Imagination Fully Dilated edited by Alan M. Clark and Elizabeth Engstrom

Best Editor
1.   Gardner Dozois

Other Nominees:
2.   David G. Hartwell
3.   Gordon van Gelder
4.   Ellen Datlow
5.   Stanley Schmidt
6.   Patrick Nielsen Hayden
7.   Robert Silverberg
8.   Scott Edelman
9.   David Pringle
10. Terri Windling
11. Martin H. Greenberg
12. Shawna McCarthy

Best Magazine
1.   Asimov's

Other Nominees:
2.   Fantasy & Science Fiction
3.   Analog
4.   Science Fiction Age
5.   Interzone
6.   Realms of Fantasy
7.   The New York Review of Science Fiction
8.   Science Fiction Chronicle

Best Publisher
1.   Tor

Other Nominees:
2.   Bantam Spectra
3.   Avon Eos
4.   DAW
5.   HarperPrism
6.   Del Rey
7.   Baen
8.   Ace
9.   St. Martin's
10. NESFA Press
11. Roc
12. Warner Aspect
13. White Wolf
14. Science Fiction Book Club

Best Artist
1.   Michael Whelan

Other Nominees:
2.   Bob Eggleton
3.   Wayne Douglas Barlowe
4.   Thomas Canty
5.   Jim Burns
6.   Dave McKean
7.   Don Maitz
8.   Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
9.   Alan M. Clark
10. Frank Frazetta
11. Charles Vess
12. David A. Cherry
13. Vincent Di Fate
14. Brian Froud

Go to previous year's nominees: 1998
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2000

Book Award Reviews     Home