Friday, July 14, 1995

1995 Locus Award Nominees

Location: Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia.

Comments: In 1995, there were 147 works of fiction listed in the Locus Award poll. Of those 147 works of fiction, 55 of them, or just over thirty percent, were written by women. This figure is somewhat troubling. When one looks at the other published categories for Best Collection, Best Anthology, Best Nonfiction, Reference or Related Work, and Best Art Book, the numbers look even worse. Out of 56 publications nominated in those categories, only ten were written or edited by women, and another seven were cowritten or coedited by women. This means that while women were involved in about a third of these publications, only about a fifth were female only productions. The Nonfiction, Reference, and Related Works and Art Book categories were particularly embarrassing, where out of 21 nominated books, only a single one was coedited by a woman. That this kind of split persisted into the 1990s is, quite frankly, ridiculous.

And I don't even want to get started on how incredibly white the slate of nominees is, because I don't want to be depressed.

Best Science Fiction Novel
1.   Mirror Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold

Other Nominees:
2.   Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
3.   Foreigner by C.J. Cherryh
4.   Mother of Storms by John Barnes
5.   Beggars and Choosers by Nancy Kress
6.   Heavy Weather by Bruce Sterling
7.   Worldwar: In the Balance by Harry Turtledove
8.   Rama Revealed by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee
9.   CaldĂ© of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe
10. The Dolphins of Pern by Anne McCaffrey
11. The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt
12. Furious Gulf by Gregory Benford
13. The Stars Are Also Fire by Poul Anderson
14. Shadow's End by Sheri S. Tepper
15. Summer of Love by Lisa Mason
16. Necroville (aka Terminal Café) by Ian McDonald
17. Tripoint by C.J. Cherryh
18. The Voices of Heaven by Frederik Pohl
19. Feersum Endjinn by Iain M. Banks
20. Half the Day is Night by Maureen F. McHugh
21. Ring by Stephen Baxter
22. Permutation City by Greg Egan
23. Genetic Soldier by George Turner
24. Climbing Olympus by Kevin J. Anderson
25. Random Acts of Senseless Violence by Jack Womack
26. Wildlife by James Patrick Kelly
27. End of an Era by Robert J. Sawyer
28. Solis by A.A. Attanasio
29. Pasquale's Angel by Paul J. McAuley
30. Mysterium by Robert Charles Wilson
31. The Jericho Iteration by Allen M. Steele

Best Fantasy Novel
1.   Brittle Innings by Michael Bishop

Other Nominees:
2.   Towing Jehovah by James Morrow
3.   Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan
4.   Finder by Emma Bull
5.   Memory & Dream by Charles de Lint
6.   Love & Sleep by John Crowley
7.   Five Hundred Years After by Steven Brust
8.   Storm Warning by Mercedes Lackey
9.   Larque on the Wing by Nancy Springer
10. Summer King, Winter Fool by Lisa Goldstein
11. Merlin's Wood by Robert Holdstock
12. A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer
13. The Warrior's Tale by Allan Cole and Chris Bunch
14. The Forest House by Marion Zimmer Bradley
15. Slow Funeral by Rebecca Ore
16. Shadow of a Dark Queen by Raymond E. Feist
17. Temporary Agency by Rachel Pollack
18. Rhinegold by Stephan Grundy
19. The Dubious Hills by Pamela Dean
20. Exiles 1: The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn

Best Horror or Dark Fantasy Novel
1.   Fires of Eden by Dan Simmons

Other Nominees:
2.   Bride of the Rat God by Barbara Hambly
3.   Insomnia by Stephen King
4.   Everville by Clive Barker
5.   Taltos by Anne Rice
6.   Sacred Ground by Mercedes Lackey
7.   Wild Blood by Nancy A. Collins
8.   Night Relics by James P. Blaylock
9.   From the Teeth of Angels by Jonathan Carroll
10. The Quorum by Kim Newman
11. The Priest by Thomas M. Disch
12. Darkness, I by Tanith Lee
13. The Carnival of Destruction by Brian Stableford
14. Revenant by Melanie Tem
15. Dead in the Water by Nancy Holder

Best First Novel
1.   Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem

Other Nominees:
2.   Queen City Jazz by Kathleen Ann Goonan
3.   Rhinegold by Stephan Grundy
4.   Witch and Wombat by Carolyn Cushman
5.   Vurt by Jeff Noon
6.   Midshipman's Hope by David Feintuch
7.   Wizard's First Rule by Terry Goodkind
8.   Aurian by Maggie Furey
9.   Love Bite by Sherry Gottlieb
10. The Woman Between the Worlds by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre
11. Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls by Jane Lindskold
12. Becoming Human by Valerie J. Freireich
13. Mistwalker by Denise Lopes Heald
14. Aggressor Six by Wil McCarthy
15. This Side of Judgment by J.R. Dunn
16. The Imperium Game by K.D. Wentworth
17. Changing Fate by Elisabeth Waters

Best Novella
1.   Forgiveness Day by Ursula K. Le Guin

Other Nominees:
2.   Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge by Mike Resnick
3.   Via Roma by Robert Silverberg
4.   Cri de Coeur by Michael Bishop
5.   Soon Comes Night by Gregory Benford
6.   Les Fleurs du Mal by Brian Stableford
7.   Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone by Ian McDonald
8.   Haunted Humans by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
9.   Last Summer at Mars Hill by Elizabeth Hand
10. The Last Time by Lucius Shepard
11. Melodies of the Heart by Michael F. Flynn
12. A Fall of Angels, or On the Possibility of Life Under Extreme Conditions by Geoff Ryman
13. Remains of Adam by A.A. Attanasio
14. Fan by Geoff Ryman
15. The Last Plague by Gregory Bennett
16. The Madonna of Futurity by Brian W. Aldiss
17. Symphony for Skyfall by Rick Cook and Peter L. Manly

Best Novelette
1.   The Martian Child by David Gerrold

Other Nominees:
2.   Adaptation by Connie Willis
3.   Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin
4.   Cocoon by Greg Egan
5.   Nekropolis by Maureen F. McHugh
6.   A Little Knowledge by Mike Resnick
7.   The Hole in the Hole by Terry Bisson
8.   The Lovers by Eleanor Arnason
9.   Another Story or A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin
10. (tie) Paris in June by Pat Cadigan
      (tie) The Singular Habits of Wasps by Geoffrey A. Landis
12. The Matter of Seggri by Ursula K. Le Guin
13. Good with Rice by John Brunner
14. Our Lady of Chernobyl by Greg Egan
15. Rat by Mary Rosenblum
16. The God Who Slept with Women by Brian W. Aldiss
17. Summer and Ice by Alexander Jablokov
18. Tin Angel by G. David Nordley and H.G. Stratmann
19. Artistic License by Carrie Richerson
20. The Tree of Life by Brian Stableford
21. Stride by Robert Reed
22. The Joe Show by Terry Bisson

Best Short Story
1.   None So Blind by Joe Haldeman

Other Nominees:
2.   I Know What You're Thinking by Kate Wilhelm
3.   Dead Man's Curve by Terry Bisson
4.   The Changeling's Tale by Michael Swanwick
5.   Virtual Love by Maureen F. McHugh
6.   Bible Stories for Adults, No. 20: The Tower by James Morrow
7.   Mrs. Lincoln's China by M. Shayne Bell
8.   Unchosen Love by Ursula K. Le Guin
9.   Manhattan 99 by Neal Barrett, Jr.
10. Barnaby in Exile by Mike Resnick
11. Understanding Entropy by Barry N. Malzberg
12. The Narcissus Plague by Lisa Goldstein
13. The Sawing Boys by Howard Waldrop
14. Margin of Error by Nancy Kress
15. Bloodletting by Kate Wilhelm
16. Blinker by Jack McDevitt
17. Inspiration by Ben Bova
18. Hitler at Nuremburg by Barry N. Malzberg
19. Queen of Angels by Kathe Koja
20. Jukebox Gifts by Dean Wesley Smith
21. The Pandora Probe by Jerry Oltion
22. The Mask by Michael Swanwick
23. Big Guy by James Patrick Kelly
24. The Blood of Angels by Stephen Baxter
25. The Fire that Scours by Edward Bryant

Best Collection
1.   Otherness by David Brin

Other Nominees:
2.   A Fisherman of the Inland Sea by Ursula K. Le Guin
3.   Matter's End by Gregory Benford
4.   Crashlander by Larry Niven
5.   Unconquered Countries by Geoff Ryman
6.   Travellers in Magic by Lisa Goldstein
7.   The Girl Who Heard Dragons by Anne McCaffrey
8.   The Early Fears by Robert Bloch
9.   The Breath of Suspension by Alexander Jablokov
10. Noctuary by Thomas Ligotti
11. The Passage of the Light: The Recursive Science Fiction of Barry N. Malzberg by Barry N. Malzberg, edited by Mike Resnick and Anthony R. Lewis
12. (tie) Black Leather Required by David J. Schow
      (tie) Nameless Sins by Nancy A. Collins
14. A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories by Robin McKinley
15. Haunted: Tales of the Grotesque by Joyce Carol Oates
16. The Coming of Vertumnus and Other Stories by Ian Watson

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

Other Nominees:
2.   The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
3.   The Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
4.   Black Thorn, White Rose edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
5.   Love in Vein edited by Poppy Z. Brite and Martin H. Greenberg
6.   Little Deaths edited by Ellen Datlow
7.   Xanadu 2 edited by Jane Yolen
8.   Universe 3 edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber
9.   Northern Stars edited by David G. Hartwell and Glenn Grant
10. The Year's Best Horror Stories: XXII edited by Karl Edward Wagner
11. Nebula Awards 28 edited by James Morrow
12. The New Hugo Winners: Volume III edited by Connie Willis and Martin H. Greenberg
13. New Worlds 4 edited by David Garnett
14. The Oxford Book of Fantasy Stories edited by Tom Shippey
15. Modern Classic Short Novels of Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois
16. Best New Horror 5 edited by Stephen Jones and Ramsey Campbell
17. The Best from Fantasy & Science Fiction: A 45th Anniversary Anthology edited by Edward L. Ferman and Kristine Kathryn Rusch
18. Alien Shores edited by Peter McNamara and Margaret Winch
19. Nebula Award-Winning Novellas edited by Martin H. Greenberg

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Book
1.   I. Asimov: A Memoir by Isaac Asimov

Other Nominees:
2.   Silent Interviews: On Language, Race, Sex, Science Fiction, and Some Comics by Samuel R. Delany
3.   Lexicon Urthus: A Dictionary for the Urth Cycle by Michael Andre-Driussi
4.   Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century by Edward James
5.   Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale by Jack Zipes
6.   The Work of Jack Vance: An Annotated Bibliography and Guide by Jerry Hewett and Daryl F. Mallett
7.   Science Fiction Before 1900: Imagination Discovers Technology by Paul Alkon
8.   The Arabian Nights: A Companion by Robert Irwin
9.   Odd Genre: A Study in Imagination and Evolution by John J. Pierce
10. Olaf Stapledon: Speaking for the Future by Robert Crossley

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

Other Nominees:
2.   Mind Fields by Harlan Ellison; art by Jacek Yerka
3.   I, Robot: the Illustrated Screenplay by Harlan Ellison and Isaac Asimov; illustrated by Mark Zug
4.   Still Weird by Gahan Wilson
5.   Lady Cottington's Pressed Fairy Book by Terry Jones; illustrated by Brian Froud
6.   Virgil Finlay's Far Beyond by Virgil Finlay
7.   The Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka by Jacek Yerka
8.   Ship of Dreams by Dean Morrissey
9.   Horripilations: The Art of J.K. Potter by J.K. Potter
10. The Art of James Christensen: A Journey of the Imagination by James Christensen
11. The Three Golden Keys by Peter Sis

Best Editor
1.   Gardner Dozois

Other Nominees:
2.   Kristine Kathryn Rusch
3.   Ellen Datlow
4.   David G. Hartwell
5.   Stanley Schmidt
6.   Terri Windling
7.   Scott Edelman
8.   Shawna McCarthy
9.   Algis Budrys
10. Martin H. Greenberg
11. Mike Resnick

Best Magazine
1.   Asimov's

Other Nominees:
2.   Fantasy & Science Fiction
3.   Analog
4.   Science Fiction Age
5.   Interzone
6.   Realms of Fantasy
7.   Omni
8.   Crank!
9.   Tomorrow Speculative Fiction
10. Science Fiction Chronicle
11. The New York Review of Science Fiction
12. Amazing Stories

Best Publisher
1.   Tor/St. Martin's

Other Nominees:
2.   Bantam/Doubleday/Dell
3.   Ballantine/Del Rey/Random House
4.   Putnam/Berkley/Ace
5.   Baen
6.   DAW
7.   Mark V. Ziesing
8.   HarperCollins/HarperPrism
9.   Avon/Morrow
10. Penguin/Roc/Viking
11. Warner Aspect
12. Gollancz

Best Artist
1.   Michael Whelan

Other Nominees:
2.   Bob Eggleton
3.   Jacek Yerka
4.   Don Maitz
5.   Thomas Canty
6.   J.K. Potter
7.   Jim Burns
8.   David A. Cherry
9.   Brian Froud
10. W.J. Hodgson

Go to previous year's nominees: 1994
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1996

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