Sunday, December 31, 2000

2000 World Fantasy Award Nominees

Location: World Fantasy Convention, Corpus Christi, Texas.

Comments: Gender equity is a slippery thing. An array of nominees can look, at first glance, to be somewhat equitable, but as we've been conditioned to see actual equality as domination by women, appearances can be deceiving. The 2000 World Fantasy Award ballot is a case in point. Twenty-nine different people were nominated for fiction awards in this year, but only eight of those people were women. Granted, Terry Windling and Ellen Datlow were nominated twice, so one might argue that the proper ratio of women nominees to total nominees is actually ten and thirty-one. Either way, this ratio should have embarrassed the World Fantasy Awards. There had certainly been improvement from the dark days of the 1970s when the entire female sex would often be represented by a single nomination, but when women only make up one-quarter to one-third of your nominees in the year 2000, you still have a way to go.

Best Novel

Thraxas by Martin Scott

Other Nominees:
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
The Rainy Season by James P. Blaylock
A Red Heart of Memories by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tamsin by Peter S. Beagle
A Witness to Life by Terence M. Green

Best Novella

(tie) Sky Eyes by Laurel Winter
(tie) The Transformation of Martin Lake by Jeff VanderMeer

Other Nominees:
Crocodile Rock by Lucius Shepard
Scarlet and Gold by Tanith Lee
The Winds of Marble Arch by Connie Willis
The Wizard Retires by Michael Meddor

Best Short Fiction

The Chop Girl by Ian R. MacLeod

Other Nominees:
Amerikanski Dead at the Moscow Morgue by Kim Newman
The Dynasters Vol. 1: On the Downs by Howard Waldrop
The Grammarian's Five Daughters by Eleanor Arnason
Human Bay by Robert Reed
Naming the Dead by Paul J. McAuley
The Parwat Ruby by Delia Sherman

Best Anthology

Silver Birch, Blood Moon edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Other Nominees:
999: New Stories of Horror and Suspense edited by Al Sarrantonio
Dark Detectives: Adventures of the Supernatural Sleuths edited by Stephen Jones
Northern Frights 5 edited by Don Hutchison
The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror: Twelfth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

Best Collection

(tie) Moonlight and Vines by Charles de Lint
(tie) Reave the Just and Other Tales by Stephen R. Donaldson

Other Nominees:
Deep Into That Darkness Peering by Tom Piccirilli
Hearts in Atlantis by Stephen King
Necromancies and Netherworlds: Uncanny Stories by Darrell Schweitzer and Jason van Hollander

Lifetime Achievement

Marion Zimmer Bradley
Michael Moorcock

Other Nominees:

Best Artist

Jason van Hollander

Other Nominees:
Les Edwards
Bob Eggleton
Stephen E. Fabian

Special Award, Professional

Gordon van Gelder

Other Nominees:
John Betancourt
Seamus Heaney
Stephen Jones
Warren Lapine
Kim Newman

Special Award, Non-Professional

The British Fantasy Society

Other Nominees:
Ken Abner
Rosemary Pardoe
Philip J. Rahman and Dennis E. Weiler
R.B. Russell
William K. Schafer

Go to previous year's nominees: 1999
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2001

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