Friday, June 29, 2012

2012 Campbell Award Nominees

Location: Campbell Conference Awards Banquet at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Comments: In a field in which two books tied for first place, another was given the nod as the third place finisher, and a number were listed as finalists, I'm not entirely sure what designating Lavie Tidhar's novel Osama as an "honorable mention" was supposed to mean. Did the judges intend to recognize Osama as an implied fourth place finisher in the balloting? Did they mean to say that Osama isn't really a science fiction novel but they wanted to recognize Tidhar's accomplishment anyway? As with so many things about the Campbell Awards, the answer to these questions seems likely to remain a mystery.

Best Novel

(tie) The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski
(tie) The Islanders by Christopher Priest

Third Place:
Embassytown China Miéville

Dancing with Bears by Michael Swanwick
Home Fires by Gene Wolfe
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Seed by Rob Ziegler
Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
This Shared Dream by Kathleen Ann Goonan

Honorable Mention:
Osama by Lavie Tidhar

Go to previous year's nominees: 2011
Go to subsequent year's nominees: 2013

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