Friday, December 31, 1993

1993 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Bloomington, Minnesota.

Comments: In 1993, the World Fantasy Awards handed a Lifetime Achievement honor to Harlan Ellison. The only real question I have is what took them so long. Ellison's fantasy fiction is among the most imaginative and thought-provoking ever written, so the idea that it took the World Fantasy awards almost two decades to get around to honoring him is simply mystifying.

The rest of the 1993 World Fantasy Awards seem to have been fairly ordinary. James Gurney won one award and was nominated for another, Charles de Lint got three nominations, and Martin H. Greenberg got two, but neither of them won any awards, and no on else got more than one nomination. For the most part the World Fantasy Awards seem to be better at spreading the recognition around than either the Hugos or the Nebulas, where the same authors seem to get nominated time and again, and in some years the awards are dominated by a handful of names. I'm not sure why this is, but it might be that the fantasy genre has never been dominated by individual personalities the way science fiction was historically dominated by individuals like Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and John W. Campbell.

Best Novel

Last Call by Tim Powers

Other Nominees:
Anno Dracula by Kim Newman
Briar Rose by Jane Yolen
Photographing Fairies by Steve Szilagyi
Was by Geoff Ryman

Best Novella

The Ghost Village by Peter Straub

Other Nominees:
Paperjack by Charles de Lint
The Territory by Bradley Denton
Uh-Oh City by Jonathan Carroll
Unmasking by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Best Short Fiction

(tie) Graves by Joe Haldeman
(tie) This Year's Class Picture by Dan Simmons

Other Nominees:
Alfred by Lisa Goldstein
The Arbitrary Placement of Walls by Martha Soukup
Bridges by Charles de Lint
Calcutta, Lord of Nerves by Poppy Z. Brite
The Winterberry by Nicholas A. DiChario

Best Anthology

MetaHorror edited by Dennis Etchison

Other Nominees:
Freak Show edited by F. Paul Wilson
Grails: Quests, Visitations and Other Occurrences edited by Richard Gilliam, Martin H. Greenberg, and Edward E. Kramer
Narrow Houses edited by Peter Crowther
Northern Frights edited by Don Hutchison

Best Collection

The Sons of Noah and Other Stories by Jack Cady

Other Nominees:
Bear's Fantasies by Greg Bear
Lord Kelvin's Machine by James P. Blaylock
Meeting in Infinity by John Kessel
Mr. Fox and Other Feral Tales by Norman Partridge
Spiritwalk by Charles de Lint

Lifetime Achievement

Harlan Ellison

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

James Gurney

Other Nominees:
Jill Bauman
James Christensen
Alan M. Clark
Harry O. Morris

Special Award, Professional

Jeanne Cavelos

Other Nominees:
Martin H. Greenberg
James Gurney
Grant Morrison and Klaus Janson
Terri Windling

Special Award, Non-Professional

Doug Lewis and Tomi Lewis

Other Nominees:
John Betancourt and Kim Betancourt
Richard T. Chizmar
George Hatch
Joe Stefko and Tracy Cocoman
Stanislaus Tal

Go to previous year's nominees: 1992
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1994

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