Sunday, June 17, 2012

2012 Locus Award Nominees

Location: Seattle, Washington.

Comments: In 2012, for reasons unknown, the Best Magazine and Best Book Publisher or Imprint categories dropped off of the roster of the Locus Awards. As with all of the previous times that categories have vanished without warning, I have no idea why this change was made, or what it signifies. Given that these two categories were reinstated in 2013, their disappearance is even more mysterious.

Best Science Fiction Novel
1.   Embassytown by China Miéville

Other Nominees:
2.   11/22/63 by Stephen King
3.   Rule 34 by Charles Stross
4.   The Children of the Sky by Vernor Vinge
5.   Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
6.   Dancing with Bears by Michael Swanwick
7.   Grail by Elizabeth Bear
8.   Deadline by Mira Grant
9.   Home Fires by Gene Wolfe
10. Vortex by Robert Charles Wilson
11. Earthbound by Joe Haldeman
12. Firebird by Jack McDevitt
13. The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan
14. The Islanders by Christopher Priest
15. Heart of Iron by Ekaterina Sedia
16. Daybreak Zero by John Barnes
17. This Shared Dream by Kathleen Ann Goonan
18. 7th Sigma by Steven Gould
19. All the Lives He Led by Frederik Pohl
20. Wake Up and Dream by Ian R. MacLeod
21. The Courier's New Bicycle by Kim Westwood
22. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Best Fantasy Novel
1.   A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin

Other Nominees:
2.   Among Others by Jo Walton
3.   Snuff by Terry Pratchett
4.   The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
5.   Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
6.   The Kingdom of Gods by N.K. Jemisin
7.   The Magician King by Lev Grossman
8.   The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie
9.   The Folded World by Catherynne M. Valente
10. The Cold Commands by Richard K. Morgan
11. Raising Stony Mayhall by Daryl Gregory
12. The Uncertain Places by Lisa Goldstein
13. Redwood and Wildfire by Andrea Hairston
14. Heartless by Gail Carriger
15. Professor Moriarty: The Hound of the D'Urbervilles by Kim Newman
16. The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham
17. The Alchemists of Kush by Minister Faust
18. Briarpatch by Tim Pratt
19. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi
20. The Fallen Blade by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
21. The Hammer by K.J. Parker
22. Mistification by Kaaron Warren

Best Young Adult Book
1.   The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente

Other Nominees:
2.   Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
3.   Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
4.   Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
5.   Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
6.   The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
7.   Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
8.   Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
9.   Across the Great Barrier by Patricia C. Wrede
10. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
11. Red Glove by Holly Black
12. Mastiff by Tamora Pierce
13. The Highest Frontier by Joan Slonczewski
14. Huntress by Malinda Lo
15. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
16. The Boy at the End of the World by Greg van Eekhout
17. Across the Universe by Beth Revis
18. Scrivener's Moon by Philip Reeve
19. Eona by Alison Goodman

Best First Novel
1.    The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Other Nominees:
2.   Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti by Genevieve Valentine
3.   Soft Apocalypse by Will McIntosh
4.   God's War by Kameron Hurley
5.   Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
6.   Of Blood and Honey by Stina Leicht
7.   The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht
8.   The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
9.   Seed by Rob Ziegler
10. The Desert of Souls by Howard Andrew Jones
11. Debris by Jo Anderton
12. Low Town by Daniel Polansky
13. Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Best Novella
1.   Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne M. Valente

Other Nominees:
2.   The Man Who Bridged the Mist by Kij Johnson
3.   Kiss Me Twice by Mary Robinette Kowal
4.   The Ants of Flanders by Robert Reed
5.   The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs by James P. Blaylock
6.   The Ballad of Ballard and Sandrine by Peter Straub
7.   The Man Who Ended History: A Documentary by Ken Liu
8.   The Ice Owl by Carolyn Ives Gilman
9.   Gravity Dreams by Stephen Baxter
10. The Men from Porlock by Laird Barron
11. Near Zennor by Elizabeth Hand (reviewed in Errantry: Strange Stories)
12. The Adakian Eagle by Bradley Denton
13. Rampion by Alexandra Duncan
14. Blue and Gold by K.J. Parker
15. A Brood of Foxes by Kristin Livdahl

Best Novelette
1.   White Lines on a Green Field by Catherynne M. Valente

Other Nominees:
2.   The Summer People by Kelly Link
3.   What We Found by Geoff Ryman
4.   Underbridge by Peter S. Beagle
5.   The Copenhagen Interpretation by Paul Cornell
6.   The Choice by Paul J. McAuley
7.   Fields of Gold by Rachel Swirsky
8.   The Dala Horse by Michael Swanwick
9.   The Book of Phoenix Excerpted from The Great Book by Nnedi Okorafor
10. The Maltese Unicorn by Caitlín R. Kiernan
11. A Long Walk Home by Jay Lake
12. Purple by Robert Reed
13. Clean by John Kessel
14. The Little Green God of Agony by Stephen King
15. Six Months, Three Days by Charlie Jane Anders
16. The Old Man and the Martian Sea by Alastair Reynolds
17. Late Bloomer by Suzy McKee Charnas
18. A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong by K.J. Parker
19. The Last Ride of the Glory Girls by Libba Bray
20. My Husband Steinn by Eleanor Arnason
21. Laika's Ghost by Karl Schroeder (reviewed in Clarkesworld: Issue 100 (January 2015))
22. Blackwood's Baby by Laird Barron
23. The Cold Step Beyond by Ian R. MacLeod
24. The Projected Girl by Lavie Tidhar
25. The Vicar of Mars by Gwyneth Jones
26. The Ki-Anna by Gwyneth Jones
27. Ghostweight by Yoon Ha Lee
28. Mysteries of the Old Quarter by Paul Park
29. Steam Girl by Dylan Horrocks

Best Short Story
1.   The Case of Death and Honey by Neil Gaiman

Other Nominees:
2.   The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu
3.   The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees by E. Lily Yu
4.   The Bread We Eat in Dreams by Catherynne M. Valente
5.   The Way It Works Out and All by Peter S. Beagle
6.   And Weep Like Alexander by Neil Gaiman
7.   Tidal Forces by Caitlín R. Kiernan
8.   The Brave Little Toaster by Cory Doctorow
9.   The Invasion of Venus by Stephen Baxter
10. Valley of the Girls by Kelly Link
11. After the Apocalypse by Maureen F. McHugh
13. Attlee and the Long Walk by Kage Baker
14. For I Have Lain Me Down on the Stone of Loneliness and I’ll Not Be Back Again by Michael Swanwick
15. Goodnight Moons by Ellen Klages
16. Pug by Theodora Goss
17. Ascension Day by Alastair Reynolds
18. Daddy Long Legs of the Evening by Jeffrey Ford
19. Younger Women by Karen Joy Fowler
20. Mulberry Boys by Margo Lanagan
21. Smoke City by Christopher Barzak
22. The Corpse Painter's Masterpiece by M. Rickert
23. The Server and the Dragon by Hannu Rajaniemi
24. Slow as a Bullet by Andy Duncan
25. The Sandal-Bride by Genevieve Valentine
26. Woman Leaves Room by Robert Reed
27. Movement by Nancy Fulda
28. The Patrician by Tansy Rayner Roberts
29. And Go Like This by John Crowley
30. Tying Knots by Ken Liu

Best Collection
1.   The Bible Repairman and Other Stories by Tim Powers

Other Nominees:
2.   After the Apocalypse: Stories by Maureen F. McHugh
3.   Sleight of Hand by Peter S. Beagle
4.   The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1 by Carol Emshwiller
5.   Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kiernan (Volume One) by Caitlín R. Kiernan
6.   Paradise Tales by Geoff Ryman
7.   The Collected Short Works of Poul Anderson, Volume 4: Admiralty by Poul Anderson
8.   Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963-1973 by Kurt Vonnegut
9.   Gothic High-Tech by Bruce Sterling
10. When the Great Days Come by Gardner Dozois
11. The Inheritance and Other Stories by Robin Hobb (aka Megan Lindholm)
12. Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
13. Unpossible and Other Stories by Daryl Gregory
14. Love and Romanpunk by Tansy Rayner Roberts
15. Somewhere Beneath Those Waves by Sarah Monette
16. The Monkey's Wedding and Other Stories by Joan Aiken
17. TVA Baby and Other Stories by Terry Bisson
18. The Universe of Things by Gwyneth Jones
19. Matilda Told Such Dreadful Lies: The Essential Lucy Sussex by Lucy Sussex

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

Other Nominees:
2.   Welcome to Bordertown edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner
3.   Engineering Infinity edited by Jonathan Strahan
4.   Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant
5.   Eclipse Four edited by Jonathan Strahan
6.   The Weird edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
7.   The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities edited by Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
8.   The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Volume Five edited by Jonathan Strahan
9.   Life on Mars: Tales of the New Frontier edited by Jonathan Strahan
10. Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow
11. Year's Best SF 16 edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer
12. Teeth: Vampire Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
13. The Book of Cthulhu edited by Ross E. Lockhart
14. Ghosts by Gaslight edited by Jack Dann and Nick Gevers
15. Subterranean: Tales of Dark Fantasy 2 edited by William Schafer
16. The Best Horror of the Year: Volume Three edited by Ellen Datlow
17. Blood and Other Cravings edited by Ellen Datlow
18. The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy: 2011 Edition edited by Rich Horton
19. Happily Ever After edited by John Klima
20. A Book of Horrors edited by Stephen Jones
21. The Mammoth Book of Best New Horror: 22 edited by Stephen Jones
22. The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2011 Edition edited by Paula Guran

Best Nonfiction, Related, or Reference Book
1.   Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature by Gary K. Wolfe

Other Nominees:
2.   Becoming Ray Bradbury by Jonathan R. Eller
3.   Musings and Meditations by Robert Silverberg
4.   In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination by Margaret Atwood
5.   Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006 by Gary K. Wolfe
6.   Pardon This Intrusion: Fantastika in the World Storm by John Clute
7.   Nested Scrolls: The Autobiography of Rudolf von Bitter Rucker by Rudy Rucker
8.   Denying Science by John Grant

Best Art Book
1.   Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art edited by Cathy Fenner and Arnie Fenner

Other Nominees:
2.   Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art edited by Karen Haber
3.   Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It edited by Mike Ashley
4.   A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings by Cor Blok
5.   Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art by Jeffrey Jones
6.   Hardware: The Definitive SF Works of Chris Foss by Chris Foss
7.   Fantasy+ 3: Best Hand-painted Illustrations edited by Vincent Zhao
8.   Exposé 9: Finest Digital Art in the Known Universe edited by Daniel Wade

Best Editor
1.   Ellen Datlow

Other Nominees:
2.   Jonathan Strahan
3.   Gardner Dozois
4.   Ann VanderMeer and Jeff VanderMeer
5.   Gordon van Gelder
6.   David G. Hartwell
7.   John Joseph Adams
8.   Sheila Williams
9.   Catherynne M. Valente
10. Terri Windling
11. Lou Anders
12. Stanley Schmidt
13. Liz Gorinsky
14. Gavin Grant and Kelly Link
15. Betsy Wollheim
16. William Schafer
17. Neil Clarke
18. Patrick Nielsen Hayden
19. Martin H. Greenberg
20. Shawna McCarthy
21. Ginjer Buchanan
22. Alisa Krasnostein
23. Jeremy Lassen
24. Sharyn November
25. Stephen Jones
26. Teresa Nielsen Hayden

Best Artist
1.   Shaun Tan

Other Nominees:
2.   Michael Whelan
3.   John Picacio
4.   Charles Vess
5.   Bob Eggleton
6.   Donato Giancola
7.   Stephan Martiniere
8.   Kinuko Y. Craft
9.   John Jude Palencar
10. Frank Frazetta
11. Thomas Canty
12. Vincent Di Fate
13. Jim Burns
14. Phil Foglio
15. Dave McKean
16. Leo Dillon and Diane Dillon
17. Daniel Dos Santos
18. Tom Kidd
19. Yoshitaka Amano
20. J.K. Potter
21. Vincent Chong
22. (tie) Boris Vallejo
      (tie) Brom
24. Julie Bell
25. Todd Lockwood

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

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