Wednesday, December 31, 1997

1997 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, London, United Kingdom.

Comments: 1997 is a year that is interesting not because of who won, but rather because of who didn't win. Specifically, George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones lost in the Best Novel category to Rachel Pollack's Godmother Night. Given the popularity of Martin's series now, it seems almost inconceivable that it would not have won the Best Novel Award when it was published, but this reminds us that things that become heralded later are sometimes not regarded with quite as much adoration when they first hit the market. And the comparative current obscurity of Rachel Pollack's novel reminds us that sometimes things that are strong examples of a genre are not remembered as well as they should be.

On an entirely unrelated note, in 1997 the World Fantasy Awards dusted off the category of Special Convention Award and bestowed it upon Hugh. B. Cave. This award is in recognition of "peerless contributions to the fantasy genre", and had not been awarded since 1987, and has not been awarded since. Although Cave seems like a worthy recipient, it seems odd that the judges would pull this award out of mothballs to hand it to him rather than simply giving him a Lifetime Achievement Award, for which he also would have been well-qualified.

Best Novel

Godmother Night by Rachel Pollack

Other Nominees:
The 37th Mandala by Marc Laidlaw
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by William Kotzwinkle
Devil's Tower by Mark Sumner
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
The Golden Key by Melanie Rawn, Jennifer Roberson, and Kate Elliott
Shadow of Ashland by Terence M. Green

Best Novella

A City in Winter by Mark Helprin

Other Nominees:
Beauty and the Opéra or The Phantom Beast by Suzy McKee Charnas
Blood of the Dragon by George R.R. Martin
GI Jesus by Susan Palwick
Hell Hath Enlarged Herself by Michael Marshall Smith

Best Short Fiction

Thirteen Phantasms by James P. Blaylock

Other Nominees:
The Dead Cop by Dennis Etchison
Underbed by Graham Masterton

Best Anthology

Starlight 1 edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Other Nominees:
Dark Terrors 2 edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton
The Shimmering Door edited by Katharine Kerr and Martin H. Greenberg
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Ninth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Best Collection

The Wall of the Sky, the Wall of the Eye by Jonathan Lethem

Other Nominees:
Bad Intentions by Norman Partridge
Bible Stories for Adults by James Morrow
Conference with the Dead by Terry Lamsley
Midnight Promises by Richard T. Chizmar
The Nightmare Factory by Thomas Ligotti
The Pavilion of Frozen Women by S.P. Somtow

Lifetime Achievement

Madeleine L'Engle

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

Moebius (aka Jean Girard)

Other Nominees:
Thomas Canty
H.R. Giger
J.K. Potter

Special Award, Professional

Michael J. Weldon

Other Nominees:
Diana Wynne Jones
Stephen Jones
David Pringle
Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Special Award, Non-Professional

Barbara Roden and Christopher Roden

Other Nominees:
Fedogan & Bremer
Paula Guran

Special Convention Award

Hugh B. Cave

Other Nominees:

Go to previous year's nominees: 1996
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 1998

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