Tuesday, November 10, 2009

World Fantasy Awards -- Only a Week Late!

I was deep in the wilds of Disney when this was announced, and I'm still thousands of posts behind (in two separate feed readers, no less), but I did catch up far enough to see the winners of the 2009 World Fantasy Awards were...
  • Lifetime Achievement: Ellen Asher & Jane Yolen
  • Best Novel (tie): The Shadow Year, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow) & Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan (Allen & Unwin; Knopf)
  • Best Novella: “If Angels Fight”, Richard Bowes (F&SF 2/08)
  • Best Short Story: “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 7/08)
  • Best Anthology: Paper Cities: An Anthology of Urban Fantasy, Ekaterina Sedia, ed. (Senses Five Press)
  • Best Collection: The Drowned Life, Jeffrey Ford (HarperPerennial)
  • Best Artist: Shaun Tan
  • Special Award – Professional: Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (for Small Beer Press and Big Mouth House)
  • Special Award – Non-Professional: Michael Walsh (for Howard Waldrop collections from Old Earth Books)
(via Science Fiction Awards Watch)

Congratulations to all of the winners, but particularly to Jeff Ford (two awards for books in one year!) and to the incredibly deserving, for ages now, Ellen Asher and Michael Walsh.

This year's judges were Jenny Blackford, Peter Heck, Ellen Klages, Chris Roberson & Delia Sherman, and I wish them all a pleasant time getting back to reading what they want to read.

Next in the barrel, for the 2010 awards, are new judges Greg Ketter, Kelly Link, Jim Minz, Jurgen Snoeren and Gary K. Wolfe. This is pretty early for the whole judging panel to be announced (I think), which I hope means they'll have more time to read all of the worthwhile stuff and not have a mad rush at the end. (However, that hope runs entirely counter to my personal experience as a WFC judge a few years back; the flood of stuff that looks at least half-decent is so large, and so relentless, that it takes all five judges just to winnow it down to a reasonable list of works that they all then need to read.) Anyway, best wishes to them as they embark on this reading adventure, and my hopes that none of them turn out to be the Crazy One.

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