Saturday, June 25, 2011

2011 Locus Award winners announced

The winners of the 2011 Locus Awards were announced today in Seattle:

Science Fiction Novel: Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willis (Spectra)
Fantasy Novel: Kraken by China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)
First Novel: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
YA Book: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
Novella: "The Lifecycle of Software Objects" by Ted Chiang (Subterranean)
Novelette: "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" by Neil Gaiman (Stories)
Short Story: "The Thing About Cassandra" by Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)
Magazine: Asimov’s
Publisher: Tor
Anthology: Warriors by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor)
Collection: Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber, edited by Jonathan Strahan and Charles N. Brown (Night Shade)
Editor: Ellen Datlow
Artist: Shaun Tan
Non-Fiction: Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve by William H. Patterson, Jr., (Tor)
Art Book: Spectrum 17, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)

This looks like a good result. I have significant problems with the choice for science fiction novel (see review), but was not surprised by the win. I haven't read Kraken, although I have read China Miéville's most recent novel, Embassytown, which is science fiction and I liked it quite a bit. Hopefully I will have a chance to post a review soon. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms was goodShip Breaker was exceptional, as was "The Lifecycle of Software Objects." I liked "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains" and haven't read "The Thing About Cassandra." Asimov's magazine is certainly having a good run. Most of the rest I can only claim a browsing familiarity. Still, it looks strong, and Datlow and Tan are deserving winners.

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