Sunday, June 27, 2010

Locus Award Winners for 2010

Locus magazine has announced the winners of their annual reader poll for the best SFF of the year, in the usual large array of categories. I don't agree with all of their voters' choices -- in several cases, a better-known thing has come out ahead of something that is clearly (in my mind) stronger -- but that's how polls work. In any case, it's a fine list of good stuff from the genre last year, and an interesting reading list:

Best SF Novel: Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)

Best Fantasy Novel: The City & The City, China MiƩville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)

Best First Novel: The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)

Best Young Adult Book: Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Best Novella: The Women of Nell Gwynne's, Kage Baker (Subterranean)

Best Novelette: ‘‘By Moonlight’’, Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)

Best Short Story: ‘‘An Invocation of Incuriosity’’, Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)

Best Anthology: The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)

Best Collection: The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)

Best Non-Fiction Book/Art Book: Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)

Best Artist: Michael Whelan

Best Editor: Ellen Datlow

Best Magazine: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction

Best Book Publisher: Tor

(I've reviewed both The City & The City and Leviathan, but I was more impressed with one than the other. I still haven't gathered up the intestinal fortitude to read The Windup Girl, though I see Baciagalupi has at least one other dreary near-future novel out as well. And I hope I'll be able to read The Women of Nell Gwynne's without shelling out for a pricey limited hardcover.)

[via Locus, of course]


Anonymous said...

Ship Breaker isn't a bit dreary. Start there if you're having qualms. The world is pretty dark, but it's an adventure story that reminds me strongly of the better aspects of Robert Louis Stevenson. And, man, the tall ships are TALL! (I'm a fan of The Windup Girl, but it is indeed a grim world.) Susan Loyal

Anonymous said...

Subterranean Press is releasing "The Women of Nell Gwynn's" as a tpb with a related novelette, "The Bohemian Astrobleme," in October for $14.95.


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