Locus Awards 2013

Before I had a child I never felt overwhelmed by the number of books on my to read list. These days that list just keep getting longer and longer, while the number of books I read a week has sadly depleted. Yes, the trip to Australia helped. (I positively gorged!) But still. This was all brought to mind by the newest addition to my ever-growing list: the winner of 2013 Locus Awards have been announced.

Locus logoSomewhat ashamedly, I have to admit I rarely read the paper edition of Locus. Mostly I browse their website. And most gratefully, I use their Awards shortlist and their annual Recommended Reading List to select stuff for my reading. I am very happy to see some of my favourite authors among this year’s winners, Charlie Stross and Nancy Kress (whose stories I am absolutely in love with.) Jonathan Strahan is one of my favourite editors (and I squeed and squeed when I met him at Conflux.) and I love reading Aliette de Boddard and Pat Cadigan. I picked up Saladin’s book at Chicon and am soooo looking forward to my summer reading. (Just as soon as I finish all this work I have piled up)

“Redshirts ” by John Scalzi (Tor; Gollancz)
“The Hydrogen Sonata” by Iain M. Banks (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
“Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance” by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
“Caliban’s War” by James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
“2312” by Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

“The Apocalypse Codex” by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
“The Killing Moon” by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
“The Drowning Girl” by Caitlín R. Kiernan (Roc)
“Glamour in Glass” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
“Hide Me Among the Graves” by Tim Powers (Morrow; Corvus)

“Throne of the Crescent Moon” by Saladin Ahmed (DAW; Gollancz)
“vN” by Madeline Ashby (Angry Robot US; Angry Robot UK)
“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman (Random House; Doubleday UK)
“The Games” by Ted Kosmatka (Del Rey; Titan)
“Alif the Unseen” by G. Willow Wilson (Grove; Corvus)

“Railsea” by China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
“The Drowned Cities” by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown; Atom)
“Pirate Cinema” by Cory Doctorow (Tor Teen)
“Dodger” by Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
“The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There” by Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends; Much-in-Little)

“After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall” by Nancy Kress (Tachyon)“On a Red Station, Drifting” by Aliette de Bodard (Immersion)
“In the House of Aryaman, a Lonely Signal Burns” by Elizabeth Bear (Asimov’s 1/12)
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“The Stars Do Not Lie” by Jay Lake (Asimov’s 10-11/12)
“The Boolean Gate” by Walter Jon Williams (Subterranean)

“The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan (Edge of Infinity)
“Faster Gun” by Elizabeth Bear ( 8/12)
“Close Encounters” by Andy Duncan (The Pottawatomie Giant & Other Stories)
“Fake Plastic Trees” by Caitlín R. Kiernan (After)
“The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal (Rip-Off!)

“Immersion”, Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 6/12)
“The Deeps of the Sky” by Elizabeth Bear (Edge of Infinity)
“Mantis Wives” by Kij Johnson (Clarkesworld 8/12)
“Elementals” by Ursula K. Le Guin (Tin House Fall ’12)
“Mono No Aware” by Ken Liu (The Future Is Japanese)

“Edge of Infinity” by Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
“After” by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Hyperion)
“The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-ninth Annual Collection”, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin; Robinson as The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 25)
“The Future Is Japanese”, Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, eds. (Haikasoru)
“The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume Six”, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)

“Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear (Prime)
“The Best of Kage Baker” by Kage Baker (Subterranean)
“At the Mouth of the River of Bees” by Kij Johnson (Small Beer)
“The Unreal and the Real: Selected Stories Volume One: Where on Earth” and “Volume Two: Outer Space, Inner Lands” by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)
“The Dragon Griaule” by Lucius Shepard (Subterranean)

“Distrust That Particular Flavor” by William Gibson (Putnam)
“An Exile on Planet Earth” by Brian Aldiss (Bodleian Library)
“Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels 1985-2010”, Damien Broderick & Paul Di Filippo, eds. (NonStop)
“The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature”, Edward James & Farah Mendlesohn, eds. (Cambridge University Press)
“Some Remarks” by Neal Stephenson (Morrow)

Spectrum 19: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art” by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)
“Trolls” by Brian Froud & Wendy Froud (Abrams)
“Tarzan: The Centennial Celebration” by Scott Tracy Griffin (Titan)
“J.R.R. Tolkien: The Art of The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien, Wayne G. Hammond & Christina Scull, eds. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
“Steampunk: An Illustrated History” by Brian J. Robb (Aurum)

Michael Whelan
Donato Giancola
Stephan Martiniere
John Picacio
Shaun Tan

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


Angry Robot
Subterranean Press



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