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:
- Best Novel: The Obelisk Gate, by N.K. Jemisin
- Best Novella: Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
- Best Series: The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois Bujold McMaster
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 Season) and 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 Chalion. Can anyone recommend what book to start with, if not the first?
The Nebula Awards:
- Best Novel: All the Birds in the Sky, by Charlie Jane Anders
- Best Novella: a second win for Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire
- Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction & Fantasy: Arabella of Mars, by David D. Levine
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:
- The Philip K. Dick Award: The Mercy Journals, by Claudia Casper
- The Arthur C. Clarke Award: The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehea
- The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer: Ada Palmer, for Too Like the Lightning
Two major awards have not yet been awarded this year, but here are some of the nominees!
The World Fantasy Awards (which just got a shiny new trophy!)
The 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.