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Science Fiction Awards News

September 2017

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Award Writers of America Announce the 2017 Nebula, Norton and Bradbury Award Winners

The Nebula Award

Recognizes the best works of science fiction and fantasy published in the United States as selected by members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, membership in which is open to all professional science fiction and fantasy authors. The first Nebula Awards were presented in 1966.

The Nebula Award

  1. All the Birds in the Sky, Charlie Jane Anders (Tor; Titan)

The Norton Award

Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book

  1. Arabella of Mars, David D. Levine (Tor)

The Hugo Award

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them. 

Best Novel

  1. The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)

Best Related Work

  1. Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)

September 2017

Locus Awards

The Locus Awards are an annual set of literary awards by the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus, a monthly based in Oakland, California,  The award winners are selected by polling magazine readers.

The awards were inaugurated in 1971 for publication year 1970 and the original purpose was to influence the Hugo Awards.  They are presented at an annual banquet.

Best Science Fiction Novel

Death's End by Cixin Liu

Best Fantasy Novel

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Best First Novel

Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
  
 

Science Fiction Awards List

American Library Association RUSA Recommended Reading List: 

Established in 2007 this reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.  Twelve librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects one book from each of eight different categories.

The eight genres currently included in the council’s considerations are adrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction. However, the Council is constructed in such a way to be adaptable to new genres and changes in contemporary reading interest.

The Council announces the eight winning titles at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Reception at ALA Midwinter Meeting in January each year. A short list of honor titles (up to four per genre) is also announced. All selected titles are published on the RUSA Web site following the event.  http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards/readinglist

Arthur C. Clarke  Award: The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain.

The annual award is given for the best science fiction novel first published in the United Kingdom during the previous year. The award was established with a generous grant given by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and the first prize was awarded in 1987 to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Talehttps://www.clarkeaward.com/

Chesley Awards:  Established in 1985 by the  Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists to recognize individual artistic works and achievements during a given year.

Endeavor Awards: Given to a novel or single-author collection by a Pacific Northwest Writer

Hugo Awards:  The Hugo Awards are for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. They were first awarded in 1953, and have been awarded every year since 1955. The awards are run by and voted on by fans. http://www.thehugoawards.org

Locus Awards:  The Locus Awards are an annual event held and sponsored by Locus Magazine, one of the largest magazines that cover the field of sci-fi and fantasy. The winners of the Locus Awards are chosen by a poll of the magazine’s readers. Fans of science fiction and fantasy can be die-hard in their obsession with their favorite genre. Even though the editors of Locus Magazine select the final nominees for consideration, it is up to the fans to choose the years best.  http://www.sfadb.com/Locus_Awards_2015

Mythopoeic Awards: The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume novel, or single-author story collection for adults published during the previous year that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings” .The Mythopoeic Awards are chosen from books nominated by individual members of the Mythopoeic Society, and selected by a committee of Society members.  http://www.mythsoc.org/awards/

Nebula Awards: The Nebula Awards ® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.https://www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/

Seiun Awards: The Japanese equivalent of the Hugo Awards: www.sf-fan.gr.jp (in Japanese)

Sideways Awards: For best alternative history stories or books: www.uchronia.net

Sunburst Awards: For excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic: www.sunburstaward.org

Named after the first novel by Phyllis Gotlieb (1926–2009), one of the first celebrated writers of contemporary Canadian science fiction

Speculative Fiction Awards and Nominees

 American Library Association RUSA Recommended Reading List: 

Established in 2007 this reading List seeks to highlight outstanding genre fiction that merit special attention by general adult readers and the librarians who work with them.  Twelve librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects one book from each of eight different categories.

The eight genres currently included in the council’s considerations are adrenaline titles (suspense, thrillers, and action adventure), fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction. However, the Council is constructed in such a way to be adaptable to new genres and changes in contemporary reading interest.

The Council announces the eight winning titles at the RUSA Book and Media Awards Reception at ALA Midwinter Meeting in January each year. A short list of honor titles (up to four per genre) is also announced. All selected titles are published on the RUSA Web site following the event.  http://www.ala.org/rusa/awards/readinglist

Locus Awards:  The  Locus Awards are an annual event held and sponsored by Locus Magazine, one of the largest magazines that cover the field of sci-fi and fantasy.  The winners of the Locus Awards are chosen by a poll of the magazine's readers.  Fans of science fiction and fantasy can be die-hard in their obsession with their favorite genre.  Even though the editors of the Locus Magazine select the final nominees for consideration, it is up to the fans to choose the years best.

http://www.sfadb.com/Locus_Awards_2015

 

World Fantasy Awards:  World Fantasy — Annual, Nov.