Locus Award Winners

The Locus Awards were presented in Seattle, Washington during the Locus Awards Weekend on June 27. The awards are voted on by the readers of Locus and its on-line component.

  • Science Fiction Novel: Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • Fantasy Novel: The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison

  • First Novel: The Memory Garden, by Mary Rickert
  • Young Adult Book: Half a King, by Joe Abercrombie
  • Novella: Yesterday’s Kin, by Nancy Kress
  • Novelette: “Tough Times All Over,” by Joe Abercrombie
  • Short Story: “The Truth About Owls,” by Amal El-Mohtar
  • Anthology: Rogues, edited by George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois
  • Collection: Last Plane to Heaven, by Jay Lake
  • Non-Fiction: What Makes This Book So Great, by Jo Walton
  • Art Book: Spectrum 21: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, edited by John Fleskes
  • Artist: John Picacio
  • Editor: Ellen Datlow
  • Magazine: Tor.com
  • Publisher: Tor

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Older Writers Grants

The Speculative Literature Foundation has announced that Deborah (DK) McCutchen and Michael Fontana are the winners of this year’s Older Writers Grant. McCutchen’s firsh novel, Jellyfish, has been excerpted in Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet. Fontana published his first novel shortly after turning 48. The $750 prize is given to help writers who are at least 50 years old and beginning to work at a professional level. The award has been given annually since 2004.

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Sunburst Award Nominations

The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is presented for the best in Canadian fantastic literature. The awards will be presented in the fall of 2015 and include a prize of Can$1,000 and a trophy. This year’s jurors include S.M. Beiko, Gerard Collins, Paula Johanson, Corey Redekop and Sherryl Vint.

Adult Category

  • The Troop, by Nick Cutter
  • The Back of the Turtle, by Thomas King
  • Station Eleven, by Emily St. John Mandel
  • My Real Children, by Jo Walton
  • Will Starling, by Ian Weir

Young Adult

  • The Night Gardener, by Jonathan Auxier
  • Tin Star, by Cecil Castellucci
  • A Breath of Frost, by Alyxandra Harvey
  • Sophie, In Shadow, by Eileen Kernaghan
  • The Door in the Mountain, by Caitlin Sweet

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Révélation Futuriales Prize

The Futuriales Awards were presented at the sixth Futuriales Festival in Aulnay-sous-Bois, France on June 13.

  • The Révélation Futuriales Prize: Le Bâtard de Kosigan (The Bastard of Kosigan), by Fabien Cerutti
  • Prix des Lycéens: “Autodafeurs,” by Marine Carteron

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Chesley Nominations

ASFA has announced the nominees for this year’s Chesley Awards, which will be presented at Sasquan, the 73rd Worldcon, in Spokane, WA the week of August 19-23.

Best Cover Illustration / Hardcover

  • Julie Dillon, Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology, edited by Brandon Sanderson
  • Jon Foster, Zombie Baseball Beatdown, by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Todd Lockwood, The Tropic of Serpents, by Marie Brennan
  • John Picacio, Endymion, by Dan Simmons
  • Michael Whelan, Words of Radiance, by Brandon Sanderson

Best Cover Illustration – Paperback

  • John Harris, Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
  • Jon Sullivan, The Return of the Discounted Man, by Mark Hodder
  • Raymond Swanland, The Lady, by K.V. Johansen
  • Danielle Tunstall, Unseaming, by Mike Allen
  • Raoul Vitale, Nebula Awards Showcase 2014, edited by Kij Johnson

Best Cover Illustration – Magazine

  • Julie Dillon Analog April 2014
  • Matt Dixon, Clarkesworld #90 March 2014
  • Wayne Haag, Interzone #253 July/August 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Analog March 2014
  • Jae Lee, Batman/Superman #14
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Lightspeed #48
  • Dan Dos Santos, Serenity: Leaves on the Wind #3

Best Interior Illustration

  • Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso, “Ekaterina and the Firebird,” by Abra Staffin-Wiebe
  • Galen Dara, “A City of Its Tentacles,” by Rose Lemberg; Lackinton’s #1 February 2014
  • Julie Dillon, Imagined Realms: Book 1 July/August
  • Scott Gustafson, Classic Bedtime Stories
  • Karla Ortiz, “The Walking Stick Forest” by Anna Tambour
  • John Picacio, Nuestra Senora de la Esperanza

Best Gaming Related Illustration

  • Noah Bradley, Drown in Sorrow Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC
  • Eric Deschamps, Ephara, God of Polis Magic card, Born of the Gods; WotC
  • Michael Komarck, D&D The Rise of Tiamat; WotC
  • Peter Mohrbacher, Pharika, God of Affliction Magic card, Journey into Nyx; WOTC
  • Karla Ortiz, Ghoulcaller Gisa Magic card, Commander 2014; WOTC
  • Chris Rahn, Ajani the Steadfast Magic card, 2015 Core Set; WOTC

Best Product Illustration

  • Frank Cho & Brandon Peterson, Fast Food New York ComicCon 2014 art print
  • Donato Giancola, George R.R. Martin Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Bantam, 2014
  • Patrick Jones, Conan The Conquered Illuxcon promotional art
  • John Picacio, La Calavera Loteria card Lone Boy
  • Raymond Swanland, One with the Light Limited Edition Giclee on canvas Acme Archives 2014

Best Color Work – Unpublished

  • Linda Adair, Dragonsbride oil
  • Michael C. Hayes, Alegretto oils
  • Reiko Murakami, Giving Name Photoshop
  • Mark Poole, Omens oils
  • Dorian Vallejo, Crossing oil on canvas
  • Annie Stegg Gerard, The Lady of Lorien oil on linen

Best Monochrome Work – Unpublished

  • Kristina Carroll, “Dragonslayer” charcoal
  • Sean Murray, “Gateway: The Storkfriars” graphite
  • John Picacio, El Venado, graphite
  • Olivier Villoingt, “The Soul of War” graphite & acrylic
  • Allen Williams, “Sphynx” graphite
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya, “Wisdom” ink & mixed media

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Dan Chudzinski, The Mudpuppy, resin & mixed media
  • David Meng, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
  • Michael Parkes, Meditation, bronze
  • Forest Rogers, A Fish from Versailles, Kato polyclay
  • Virginie Ropars, Morrigan, polymer clay & mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, Modernity’s Squeaky Child, bronze & steel

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders, Pyr
  • Shelly Bond, DC/Vertigo Comics
  • Irene Gallo, Tor & Tor.com
  • Jeremy Jarvis, Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto, Orbit Books

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Kinuko Craft
  • John Harris
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig

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Campbell & Sturgeon Awards

The winners of the Campbell and Sturgeon Awards were announced on June 13 ahead of this weekend’s Campbell Conference in Lawrence Kansas. Both are juried awards, with the Campbell being presented for the Best SF Novel and the Sturgeon for Best Short Story. The presentation will be held at Lawrence, Kansas.

  • John W. Campbell Award: The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North
  • Theodore Sturgeon Award: “The Man Who Sold the Moon,” by Cory Doctorow

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2015 Hall of Fame Class

This year’s inductees into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame have been announced. The Hall of Fame is now part of the Icons of Science Fiction exhibit at the Experience Music Project Museum. The induction ceremony will take place on June 27 in Seattle and the Locus Foundation is running a fundraiser to cover James Gunn’s costs to attend.

  • James E. Gunn
  • Georges Méliès
  • John Schoenherr
  • Kurt Vonnegut

In addition, Jack Gaughan has been named a Curator’s selection.
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AnLab and Asimov’s Awards

The annual AnLab and Asimov’s Awards, presented for works appearing in Analog and Asimov’s, were presented at a breakfast athe the Palmer House on June 6 in conjunction with the Nebula Award Weekend.

AnLab Awards

  • Best Novella: “Music to Me,” Richard A. Lovett
  • Best Novelette: “Life Flight,” Brad R. Torgersen
  • Best Short Story (tie): “Another Man’s Treasure,” Tom Greene; “Snapshots,” Kristine Kathryn Rusch
  • Best Fact: “Lockstep: A Possible Galactic Empire,” Karl Schroeder
  • Best Cover: January/February 2014, by David A. Hardy

Asimov’s Awards

  • Best Novella: “The Legion of Tomorrow,” by Allen M. Steele
  • Best Novelette: “The Common Good,”by Nancy Kress
  • Best Short Story: “The Plantimal,” by Mike Resnick & Ken Liu
  • Best Poem: “In the Quiet Hour,” by Bruce Boston
  • Best Cover Artist: June 2014, by Maurizio Manzieri

Manly Wade Wellman Nominations

The nominees for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award have been announced. The award is sponsored by the North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation and recognizes excellence in SFF written by North Carolina authors. Any member of illogiCon, ConCarolinas, ConTemporal, or ConGregate are eligible to vote.

  • The Sea Without a Shore, by David Drake
  • Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by A.J. Hartley and David Hewson
  • Ghost Train to New Orleans by Mur Lafferty
  • Reign of Ash by Gail Z. Martin
  • Bad Wizard by James Maxey

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Best Military SF Contest

Baen Books has announced a contest to determine the Best Military Science Fiction, although it appears they are asking readers to vote for the Best Military Science Fiction as published in the anthology Year’s Best Military Science Fiction and Space Opera Award, edited by David Afsharirad. Voting is open until August 31, 2015 with the winner being announced at DragonCon, held the weekend of September 4-7. The winner will receive a plaque and a $500 prize.
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