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

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

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

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

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

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

Stephen Fabian
John Crowley

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

James Jean

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

Special Award, Professional

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

David Howe and Stephen Walker

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

Go to previous year's nominees: 2005
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2007

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