Saturday, January 3, 1970

1953 International Fantasy Award Nominees

The nominee field for the 1953 International Fantasy Award Best Fiction Book was pretty strong, but the winning nominee, Clifford D. Simak's City, was clearly the best of the bunch.

This is also the last year in which the award for Best Non-Fiction Book was awarded. Why the selection committee decided to discontinue giving the Non-Fiction Book Award is, like so many other things about the International Fantasy Award, a complete mystery. Given that the award seems to have sputtered to a slow death over the next couple years, perhaps the enthusiasm for this award in general was waning and the Non-Fiction Book category was just the canary that fell off its perch first. Looking back though the hazy mists of time, we simply have no way to know.

Best Fiction Book

City by Clifford D. Simak

Other Nominees:
Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
Takeoff by Cyril M. Kornbluth

Best Non-Fiction Book

Lands Beyond by Willy Ley and L. Sprague de Camp

Other Nominees:

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