Locus Award Finalists

The finalists for this year’s Locus Award, based on votes from Locus readers, have been announced. The winner will be announced in Seattle during the weekend of June 26-28, 2015.

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Peripheral, by William Gibson
  • Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • The Three-Body Problem, by Cixin Liu
  • Lock In, by John Scalzi
  • Annihilation/Authority/Acceptance, by Jeff VanderMeer

Fantasy Novel

  • The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
  • Steles of the Sky, by Elizabeth Bear
  • City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman
  • The Mirror Empire, by Kameron Hurley

Young Adult Book

  • Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • The Doubt Factory, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Waistcoats & Weaponry, by Gail Carriger
  • Empress of the Sun, by Ian McDonald
  • Clariel, by Garth Nix

First Novel

  • Elysium, by Jennifer Marie Brissett
  • A Darkling Sea, by James L. Cambias
  • The Clockwork Dagger, by Beth Cato
  • The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert
  • The Emperor’s Blades, by Brian Staveley


  • “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow
  • We Are All Completely Fine, by Daryl Gregory
  • Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • “The Regular,” by Ken Liu
  • “The Lightning Tree,” by Patrick Rothfuss


  • “Tough Times All Over,” by Joe Abercrombie
  • “The Hand Is Quicker,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Memorials,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Jar of Water,” by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane,” by Scott Lynch

Short Story

  • “Covenant,” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “The Dust Queen,” by Aliette de Bodard
  • “The Truth About Owls,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • “In Babelsberg,” by Alastair Reynolds
  • “Ogres of East Africa,” by Sofia Samatar


  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-first Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox & Daniel José Older
  • Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Reach for Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan
  • The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann VanderMeer & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Questionable Practices, by Eileen Gunn
  • The Collected Short Fiction Volume One: The Man Who Made Models, by R.A. Lafferty
  • Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake
  • Academic Exercises, by K.J. Parker
  • The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Nine: The Millennium Express, by Robert Silverberg


  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed


  • Angry Robot
  • Orbit
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tor


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer


  • Jim Burns
  • John Picacio
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


  • Ray Bradbury Unbound, by Jonathan Eller
  • Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison!, by Harry Harrison
  • The Secret History of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore
  • Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century, Volume 2: The Man Who Learned Better: 1948-1988, by William H. Patterson, Jr.
  • What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton

Art Book

  • The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal, by Jim Burns
  • The Art of Neil Gaiman, by Hayley Campbell
  • Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Brian Froud’s Faeries’ Tales, by by Brian & Wendy Froud
  • The Art of Space: The History of Space Art, from the Earliest Visions to the Graphics of the Modern Era, by Ron Miller

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