Tuesday, May 3, 2016

2016 Locus Awards finalists

Locus Magazine announced the 2016 finalists for the annual Locus Awards today. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016.

The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK)
Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Roc; Gollancz)
Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS; Open Road)
The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Harper Voyager UK)
Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
Harrison Squared, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)

Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK)
The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (Tor.com)

These are just the categories for novels. There are short fiction categories and many others, too. These are quality nominees throughout, which represents an antidote to the Puppy-pooped-upon Hugo nominations, where readers have to step cautiously through noxious material to find a few quality candidates.

I'm particularly pleased to find Aurora and A Borrowed Man in the sf novel shortlist. Other favorites of mine include: Signal to Noise and The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps in first novel, and The House of Shattered Wings and Wylding Hall in fantasy novel. Many of the others are on my to-be-read pile.

For the complete list of all the categories, follow here.

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