Tuesday, December 31, 1991

1991 Locus Award Nominees

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Comments: In 1991 the relatively new Best Horror Novel category was renamed the Best Horror or Dark Fantasy Novel. This renaming highlights what I think are the problematic aspects of the category, namely, what are the borders between "horror", "dark fantasy", and plain old "fantasy"? Genre fiction is replete with fuzzy borders - the demarcation between Science Fiction and Fantasy can be awfully blurred at times - but in the case of these three designations, they seem to overlap more than they describe three different genres.

Best Science Fiction Novel
1.   The Fall of Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Other Nominees:
2.   Earth by David Brin
3.   Queen of Angels by Greg Bear
4.   The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold
5.   Voyage to the Red Planet by Terry Bisson
6.   Stranger in a Strange Land [Expanded Edition] (original uncut edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
7.   The Quiet Pools by Michael P. Kube-McDowell
8.   The Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling
9.   Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
10. The Ring of Charon by Roger MacBride Allen
11. Pegasus in Flight by Anne McCaffrey
12. Raising the Stones by Sheri S. Tepper
13. Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
14. The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman
15. Redshift Rendezvous by John E. Stith
16. Summertide by Charles Sheffield
17. Polar City Blues by Katharine Kerr
18. The World at the End of Time by Frederik Pohl
19. Clarke County, Space by Allen M. Steele
20. The Hollow Earth by Rudy Rucker
21. The Rowan by Anne McCaffrey
22. In the Country of the Blind by Michael F. Flynn
23. The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke
24. The Divide by Robert Charles Wilson
25. Agviq by Michael A. Armstrong
26. Heathern by Jack Womack

Best Fantasy Novel
1.   Tehanu: The Last Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
2.   Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
3.   Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay
4.   Only Begotten Daughter by James Morrow
5.   Thomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner
6.   The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
7.   The Blood of Roses by Tanith Lee
8.   Servant of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts
9.   Drink Down the Moon by Charles de Lint
10. Rats and Gargoyles by Mary Gentle
11. Ghostwood by Charles de Lint
12. Moving Pictures by Terry Pratchett
13. Dealing with Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
14. Time and Chance by Alan Brennert
15. In Between Dragons by Michael Kandel
16. Gossamer Axe by Gaèl Baudino
17. Chase the Morning by Michael Scott Rohan
18. Castleview by Gene Wolfe

Best Horror or Dark Fantasy Novel
1.   The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

Other Nominees:
2.   The Stand: The Complete & Uncut Edition by Stephen King
3.   Moon Dance by S.P. Somtow
4.   Tempter by Nancy A. Collins
5.   The Werewolves of London by Brian Stableford
6.   Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
7.   Dark Matter by Garfield Reeves-Stevens
8.   Fire by Alan Rodgers
9.   The Bad Place by Dean R. Koontz
10. Gothic Romance by Emmanuel Carrère

Best First Novel
1.   In the Country of the Blind by Michael F. Flynn

Other Nominees:
2.   Winterlong by Elizabeth Hand
3.   Arachne by Lisa Mason
4.   Golden Fleece by Robert J. Sawyer
5.   An Abyss of Light by Kathleen M. O'Neal
6.   Black Snow Days by Claudia O'Keefe
7.   In the Net of Dreams by William Mark Simmons
8.   Nightlight by Michael Cadnum
9.   Cortez on Jupiter by Ernest Hogan
10. Keepers of the Peace by Keith Brooke
11. The Interior Life by Katherine Blake
12. The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

Best Novella
1.   A Short, Sharp Shock by Kim Stanley Robinson

Other Nominees:
2.   Heads by Greg Bear
3.   The Hemingway Hoax by Joe Haldeman
4.   Bones by Pat Murphy
5.   Lion Time in Timbuctoo by Robert Silverberg
6.   Fool to Believe by Pat Cadigan
7.   Kalimantan by Lucius Shepard
8.   Skull City by Lucius Shepard
9.   Elegy for Angels and Dogs by Walter Jon Williams
10. Mr. Boy by James Patrick Kelly
11. Bully! by Mike Resnick
12. Bwana by Mike Resnick
13. Naught for Hire by John E. Stith
14. Trembling Earth by Allen M. Steele
15. Mammy Morgan Played the Organ, Her Daddy Beat the Drum by Michael F. Flynn
16. Weatherman by Lois McMaster Bujold
17. The First Since Ancient Persia by John Brunner
18. The Cairene Purse by Michael Moorcock

Best Novelette
1.   Entropy's Bed at Midnight by Dan Simmons

Other Nominees:
2.   Dr. Pak's Preschool by David Brin
3.   The Shobies' Story by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.   Tower of Babylon by Ted Chiang
5.   And the Angels Sing by Kate Wilhelm
6.   A Braver Thing by Charles Sheffield
7.   Invaders by John Kessel
8.   Piecework by David Brin
9.   Inertia by Nancy Kress
10. The All-Consuming by Lucius Shepard and Robert Frazier
11. The Shores of Bohemia by Bruce Sterling
12. The Safe-Deposit Box by Greg Egan
13. Toward Kilimanjaro by Ian McDonald
14. The Coon Rolled Down and Ruptured His Larinks, a Squeezed Novel by Mr. Skunk by Dafydd ab Hugh
15. (tie) Mrs. Byres and the Dragon by Keith Roberts
      (tie) UFO by Michael Swanwick
17. Hot Sky by Robert Silverberg
18. Hyena Eyes by Ray Aldridge
19. The Caress by Greg Egan
20. Timekeeper by John Morressy
21. The Last Feast of Harlequin by Thomas Ligotti
22. Transit of Betelgeuse by Robert R. Chase
23. Chaff by Robert Reed
24. Limekiller at Large by Avram Davidson
25. The Death Artist by Alexander Jablokov
26. The Haunted Boardinghouse by Gene Wolfe
27. Simulation Six by Steven Gould
28. Stephen by Elizabeth Massie
29. The Spiral Dance by R. Garcia y Robertson

Best Short Story
1.   Bears Discover Fire by Terry Bisson

Other Nominees:
2.   Cibola by Connie Willis
3.   Godspeed by Charles Sheffield
4.   The First Time by K.W. Jeter
5.   Zürich by Kim Stanley Robinson
6.   Love and Sex Among the Invertebrates by Pat Murphy
7.   Husbands by Lisa Tuttle
8.   White City by Lewis Shiner
9.   We See Things Differently by Bruce Sterling
10. The Utility Man by Robert Reed
11. Axiomatic by Greg Egan
12. Missolonghi 1824 by John Crowley
13. Designated Hitter by Harry Turtledove
14. Lieserl by Karen Joy Fowler
15. True Colors by Kathe Koja
16. Shore Leave Blacks by Nancy Etchemendy
17. Learning to Be Me by Greg Egan
18. (tie) The Cold Cage by Ray Aldridge
      (tie) Midnight News by Lisa Goldstein
19. Après Moi by Gardner Dozois
20. The Sadness of Detail by Jonathan Carroll
21. VRM-547 by W.R. Thompson
22. Over Flat Mountain by Terry Bisson
23. Arousal by Richard Christian Matheson
24. Projects by Geoffrey A. Landis
25. Lizard Lust by Lisa Tuttle

Best Collection
1.   Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card by Orson Scott Card

Other Nominees:
2.   Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr.
3.   Prayers to Broken Stones by Dan Simmons
4.   N-Space by Larry Niven
5.   The Leiber Chronicles by Fritz Leiber
6.   (tie) The Ends of the Earth by Lucius Shepard
       (tie) Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
8.   The Gateway Trip by Frederik Pohl
9. Points of Departure by Pat Murphy
10. The Shield of Time by Poul Anderson
11. Facets by Walter Jon Williams
12. Slow Dancing Through Time by Gardner Dozois
13. Lunar Activity by Elizabeth Moon
14. The Atrocity Exhibition by J.G. Ballard
15. Houses Without Doors by Peter Straub
16. War Fever by J.G. Ballard
17. The Start of the End of It All and Other Stories by Carol Emshwiller

Best Anthology
1.   The Year's Best Science Fiction: Seventh Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois

Other Nominees:
2.   Alien Sex edited by Ellen Datlow
3.   The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Third Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
4.   Universe 1 edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
5.   The 1990 Annual World's Best SF edited by Donald A. Wollheim with Arthur W. Saha
6.   Borderlands edited by Thomas F. Monteleone
7.   Nebula Awards 24 edited by Michael Bishop
8.   Project Solar Sail edited by Arthur C. Clarke
9.   Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine: Issue Nine: Fall 1990 edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
10. Splatterpunks: Extreme Horror edited by Paul M. Sammon
11. Zenith 2 edited by David S. Garnett
12. Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories: 20 (1958) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
13. Skin of the Soul edited by Lisa Tuttle
14. Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories: 21 (1959) edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg
15. Pulphouse: The Hardback Magazine: Issue Seven: Spring 1990 edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
16. The Mammoth Book of Vintage Science Fiction: Short Novels of the 1950s edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh
17. The Year's Best Horror Stories: Series XVIII edited by Karl Edward Wagner
18. Women of Darkness II edited by Kathryn Ptacek
19. Best New Horror edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell
20. L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume VI edited by Algis Budrys

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Book
1.   Science Fiction Writers of America Handbook edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

Other Nominees:
2.   How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy by Orson Scott Card
3.   Science Fiction in the Real World by Norman Spinrad
4.   H.R. Giger's Biomechanics by H.R. Giger
5.   Hollywood Gothic by David J. Skal
6.   Bury My Heart at W.H. Smith's by Brian W. Aldiss
7.   Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1989 by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento
8.   The Weird Tale by S.T. Joshi
9.   Fantasy Literature: A Reader's Guide edited by Neil Barron
10. C.S. Lewis: A Biography by A.N. Wilson
11. Horror Literature: A Reader's Guide edited by Neil Barron
12. Don't Tell the Grown-Ups by Alison Lurie
13. Understanding American Science Fiction: The Formative Period, 1926-1970 by Thomas D. Clareson
14. Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror: 1984 by Charles N. Brown and William G. Contento

Best Editor
1.   Gardner Dozois

Other Nominees:
2.   Ellen Datlow
3.   Kristine Kathryn Rusch
4.   Edward L. Ferman
5.   Stanley Schmidt
6.   David Pringle
7.   David G. Hartwell
8.   Donald A. Wollheim
9.   Terri Windling
10. Charles C. Ryan
11. Martin H. Greenberg
12. Beth Meacham

Best Magazine
1.   Asimov's

Other Nominees:
2.   Fantasy & Science Fiction
3.   Analog
4.   Interzone
5.   Aboriginal SF
6.   Omni
7.   Weird Tales
8.   Amazing Stories
9.   Science Fiction Chronicle
10. Science Fiction Eye
11. Pulphouse
12. Quantum (formerly Thrust)
13. The New York Review of Science Fiction
14. Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine

Best Publisher
1.   Tor/St. Martin's

Other Nominees:
2.   Bantam/Doubleday/Dell
3.   Putnam/Berkley/Ace
4.   Ballantine/Del Rey/Fawcett
5.   Baen
6.   DAW
7.   Ziesing/Ursus
8.   Avon/Morrow
9.   Dark Harvest
10. Pulphouse/Axolotl
11. Warner/Popular Library/Questar
12. Arkham House
13. Penguin USA/Roc/Viking/Signet/NAL
14. Gollancz
15. Underwood-Miller

Best Artist
1.   Michael Whelan

Other Nominees:
2.   Don Maitz
3.   Tom Canty
4.   J.K. Potter
5.   Gary Ruddell
6.   Keith Parkinson
7.   David A. Cherry
8.   Bob Eggleton
9.   Frank Kelly Freas
10. Boris Vallejo
11. W.J. Hodgson
12. Jim Burns
13. Janet Aulisio
14. Ilene Meyer
15. Darrell K. Sweet
16. Barclay Shaw
17. Thomas Kidd
18. (tie) Ian Miller
      (tie) Vincent Di Fate

Go to previous year's nominees: 1990
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1992

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