Friday, December 31, 1999

1999 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Providence, Rhode Island.

Comments: In 1999 the World Fantasy awards handed a Lifetime Achievement Award to Hugh B. Cave. This award was well-deserved, as Cave had a long and distinguished career writing fantasy fiction, but giving this award now make the decision to give Cave a Special Convention Award in 1996 all the more perplexing. Why did the judges dust off an award that hadn't been awarded in over a decade to honor Cave in 1996 if his accomplishments warranted a Lifetime Achievement Award? With about 98% of his career behind him by 1996, shouldn't Cave have qualified for a Lifetime Achievement award then? Was there some tipping point that required them to wait until 1999 when 99% of Cave's career was behind him before he was a worthy recipient?

Best Novel

The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

Other Nominees:
The Martyring by Thomas Sullivan
Mockingbird by Sean Stewart
Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay
Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint

Best Novella

The Summer Isles by Ian R. MacLeod

Other Nominees:
Cold by A.S. Byatt
Dragonfly by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin
Mr. Clubb and Mr. Cuff by Peter Straub

Best Short Fiction

The Specialist's Hat by Kelly Link

Other Nominees:
The Death of the Duke by Ellen Kushner
Every Angel Is Terrifying by John Kessel
Shoggoth's Old Peculiar by Neil Gaiman
Travels with the Snow Queen by Kelly Link

Best Anthology

Dreaming Down-Under edited by Jack Dann and Janeen Webb

Other Nominees:
The Best of Crank! edited by Bryan Cholfin
Dark Terrors 4 edited by Stephen Jones and David Sutton
Legends edited by Robert Silverberg
Starlight 2 edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

Best Collection

Black Glass by Karen Joy Fowler

Other Nominees:
The Cleft and Other Odd Tales by Gahan Wilson
Last Summer at Mars Hill by Elizabeth Hand
Manitou Man: The Worlds of Graham Masterton by Graham Masterton, with Ray Clark and Matt Williams
The Night We Buried Road Dog by Jack Cady

Lifetime Achievement

Hugh B. Cave

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

Charles Vess

Other Nominees:
Jim Burns
Tom Canty
Alan M. Clark
Bob Eggleton

Special Award, Professional

Jim Turner

Other Nominees:
Les Daniels
Jo Fletcher
David Pringle
Robert Silverberg and Grania Davis

Special Award, Non-Professional

Richard T. Chizmar

Other Nominees:
David Marshall
Steve Pasechnick
Jacob Weisman

Go to previous year's nominees: 1998
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2000

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