Wednesday, August 22, 2012

World Fantasy Award Nominees

I am a bad SFnal blogger, since these nominees were announced a good two weeks ago. (Perhaps I delayed because I believe, based on my own WFA judge experience, that the winners in all categories have already been determined, and so most of the nominees are doomed to forlorn hopes.)

Anyway, congratulations to all of the nominees, and good luck to them. I leave the annual exercise of determining which two entries in each category were voted on by the convention membership and which were picked by the judges to fandom assembled.

  • Those Across the River, Christopher Buehlman (Ace)
  • 11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
  • A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Osama, Lavie Tidhar (PS Publishing)
  • Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

  • "Near Zennor", Elizabeth Hand (A Book of Horrors)
  • "A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong", K.J. Parker (Subterranean Winter 2011)
  • "Alice Through the Plastic Sheet", Robert Shearman (A Book of Horrors)
  • "Rose Street Attractors", Lucius Shepard (Ghosts by Gaslight)
  • Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA Press; Clarkesworld)

Short Fiction
  • "X for Demetrious", Steve Duffy (Blood and Other Cravings)
  • "Younger Women", Karen Joy Fowler (Subterranean Summer 2011)
  • "The Paper Menagerie", Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
  • "A Journey of Only Two Paces", Tim Powers (The Bible Repairman and Other Stories)
  • "The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees", E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)

  • Blood and Other Cravings, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Tor)
  • A Book of Horrors, Stephen Jones, ed. (Jo Fletcher Books)
  • The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Harper Voyager US)
  • The Weird, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Corvus; Tor, published May 2012)
  • Gutshot, Conrad Williams, ed. (PS Publishing)

  • Bluegrass Symphony, Lisa L. Hannett (Ticonderoga)
  • Two Worlds and In Between, CaitlĂ­n R. Kiernan (Subterranean Press)
  • After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)
  • Mrs Midnight and Other Stories, Reggie Oliver (Tartarus)
  • The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

  • John Coulthart
  • Julie Dillon
  • Jon Foster
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • John Picacio

Special Award Professional
  • John Joseph Adams, for editing - anthology and magazine
  • Jo Fletcher, for editing - Jo Fletcher Books
  • Eric Lane, for publishing in translation - Dedalus books
  • Brett Alexander Savory & Sandra Kasturi, for ChiZine Publications
  • Jeff VanderMeer & S.J. Chambers, for The Steampunk Bible

Special Award Non-Professional
  • Kate Baker, Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld
  • Cat Rambo, for Fantasy
  • Raymond Russell & Rosalie Parker, for Tartarus Press
  • Charles Tan, for Bibliophile Stalker blog
  • Mark Valentine, for Wormwood

2012 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards

The convention is pleased to announce that the 2012 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Alan Garner and George R.R. Martin.
I note, in closing, that each category has only five nominees, which means either that the judges didn't object too strenuously to the voters' choices, or that the administrators tamped down on any objections. (When you see more than five nominees, that means the judges really liked another work/person in that category, and wouldn't let that choice get overruled by the voters. It's good to be the king.)

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