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2017 Book Awards Season: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Awards Round-up

Awards Season: that wonderful time of year when we get to find all the books that we missed reading from last year, which get added to this year’s to be read pile, which means some of this year’s reading will get pushed to next year, and the cycle repeats…

Anyway, here are some highlights from the awards season for Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror titles published in 2016!

The Hugo Awards:

In case I haven’t raved about it enough, Every Heart a Doorway is heart-breakingly fantastic, and it’s sequel that came out in 2017 – Down Among the Sticks and Bones – is just as good (do I sense next year’s winner?). The Obelisk Gate is book 2 in Jemisin’s The Broken Earth trilogy, and while it wasn’t my favourite in the series it is absolutely worth reading because the first book (The Fifth Seasonand the third book (The Stone Sky) are mind-blowingly good. I’ve only read the first in Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga but it didn’t quite grab me in the way I expected it to, as I absolutely adored her Paladin of Souls (which is the book that got me reading fantasy in the first place!) and The Curse of ChalionCan anyone recommend what book to start with, if not the first?

The Nebula Awards:

The Bram Stoker Awards:

  • Superior Achievement in a Novel: The Fisherman, by John Langan
  • Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Haven, by Tom Deady
  • Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: Snowed, by Maria Alexander

Other Single-Category Awards:

 

Two major awards have not yet been awarded this year, but here are some of the nominees!

worldfantasyawardThe World Fantasy Awards (which just got a shiny new trophy!)

Best Novel Nominees:
Borderline, by Mishell Baker
Roadsouls, by Betsy James
The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
The Sudden Appearance of Hope, by Claire North
Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

sunburstawardThe Sunburst Awards (Canada’s SF/FAN/Horror award)

Shortlist Nominees for Adult Fiction:
Spells of Blood and Kin, by Claire Humphrey
The Witches of New York, by Ami McKay
Sleeping Giants, by Sylvain Neuvel
Necessity, by Jo Walton
Last Year, by Robert Charles Wilson

 

Enjoy madly trying to prioritize your TBR list!  And the reading, of course.
Kat

Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Awards Roundup

The 2016 Hugo Award winners were announced on the weekend, and I was really happy to see that, despite the ongoing drama of the Sad / Rabid Puppies and their efforts to return science fiction to its “traditional” roots, the Hugos are continuing to reward innovative and diverse storytelling. I’m also stoked that my two favourite novels from 2015 have both picked up awards (and two of the most prestigious ones to boot!) – Naomi Novik’s Uprooted won the Nebula, and N.K. Jemisin’s The Fifth Season won the Hugo. I wouldn’t have been able to pick one over the other, so I’m glad they were both recognized.

For those unfamiliar with the major awards in this multi-faceted genre, here’s a roundup of some of the major ones, and the winners/nominees for 2016 so far!


The Hugo Awards 

hugoawardFirst awarded in 1953, the Hugos are given by the World Science Fiction Society. Anyone can actually nominate and vote on the Hugos by becoming a Worldcon member for the coming year. There are currently 14 categories, including best novel, best novella, best novelette, best short story, best graphic story, best dramatic presentation (long and short). See http://www.thehugoawards.org/ for the full list.

2016 Winners Include:

 

The Nebula Awards

nebulaEstablished in 1965, the Nebulas are presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and honour the best works of science fiction or fantasy published in the United States. There are 6 categories: best novel, best novella, best novelette, best short story, the Ray Bradbury award for outstanding dramatic presentation, and the Andre Norton award for young adult science fiction and fantasy. See http://www.sfwa.org/ for more.

2016 Winners Include:

  • Best Novel: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik
  • Best Novella: Binti, by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Andre Norton Award: Updraft, by Fran Wilde

 

The Bram Stoker Awards

stokerawardPresented by the Horror Writer’s Association, this has been awarded for “superior achievement” (rather than “best”) in horror and dark fantasy writing since 1987. There are currently 11 categories, including: novel, first novel, short fiction, long fiction, and young adult fiction. More information – and a better look at their amazing trophy – here: http://horror.org/awards/stokers.htm

2016 Winners Include:

 

The Philip K. Dick Award

philipkdickThis award is given to the single best original paperback of the year, published the US. It’s a joint effort, currently presented by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society, The Philip K. Dick Trust, and the Northwest Science Fiction Society, and was first presented in 1982. See http://www.philipkdickaward.org/ for more info.

2016 Winner: Apex, by Ramez Naam

And there are still a few of the major awards still to be distributed this year:

The World Fantasy Awards 

worldfantasyawardFirst presented in 1975, the World Fantasy Awards are given out for the best fantasy fiction by the World Fantasy Convention. Up until this year the trophy was a bust of a caricatured H.P. Lovecraft, but it has now been retired due to complaints that Lovecraft, while an important influence on the genre, cannot be representative of the entire genre due to his overt racism. No word on what the new trophy will be, although the World Fantasy Convention finished receiving submissions in April. The 2016 winners will announced in late October, and there are 10 categories. Read more at http://www.worldfantasy.org/

2016 Best Novel Nominees:

 

The Arthur C. Clarke Award

arthurcclarke
This is a British award, given to the best science fiction novel published in the UK (although there’s no restriction on the author’s nationality, as long as the book was published in the UK – Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was the first winner). It was established in 1987, and, like the Philip K. Dick, is a single-category award. Read more at https://www.clarkeaward.com/

2016 Nominees:

 

Sunburst Awards 

sunburstawardCanada’s own award for “excellence in Canadian Literature of the fantastic,”
this is a juried award for speculative fiction in 3 categories: adult, young adult, and short stories. It has been distributed since 2001. Find out more at http://www.sunburstaward.org/

2016 Shortlist Nominees for Adult Fiction:

 

I know this list of awards is woefully incomplete, so for a great run-down of more of the sf/fan/horror awards out there, check out http://www.locusmag.com/SFAwards/

Any ideas for 2017’s nominees yet?

– Kat