Locus 2012 Award Winners

The winners of the 2012 Locus Awards have been announced (winners in red):

Science Fiction Novel

    Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
    Leviathan Wakes, James S. A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
    11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
    Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
    The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

    A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
    Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
    The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
    Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
    Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

First Novel

    The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)
    Ready Player One, Ernest Cline (Crown; Century)
    God’s War, Kameron Hurley (Night Shade)
    Soft Apocalypse, Will McIntosh (Night Shade)
    Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, Genevieve Valentine (Prime)

Young Adult Book

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)
    Planesrunner, Ian McDonald (Pyr)
    Akata Witch, Nnedi Okorafor (Viking)
    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs (Quirk)
    Goliath, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)


    “Silently and Very Fast”, Catherynne M. Valente (WSFA; Clarkesworld)
    “The Affair of the Chalk Cliffs”, James P. Blaylock (Subterranean)
    “The Man Who Bridged the Mist”, Kij Johnson (Asimov’s 10-11/11)
    “Kiss Me Twice”, Mary Robinette Kowal (Asimov’s 6/11)
    “The Ants of Flanders”, Robert Reed (F&SF 7-8/11)


    “White Lines on a Green Field”, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean Fall ’11)
    “Underbridge”, Peter S. Beagle (Naked City)
    “The Copenhagen Interpretation”, Paul Cornell (Asimov’s 7/11)
    “The Summer People”, Kelly Link (Tin House: The Ecstatic/Steampunk!)
    “What We Found”, Geoff Ryman (F&SF 9-10/11)

Short Story

    The Case of Death and Honey”, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)
    “The Way It Works Out and All”, Peter S. Beagle (F&SF 7-8/11)
    “The Paper Menagerie”, Ken Liu (F&SF 3-4/11)
    “The Bread We Eat in Dreams”, Catherynne M. Valente (Apex 11/11)
    “The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees”, E. Lily Yu (Clarkesworld 4/11)


    The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eighth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
    Welcome to Bordertown, Holly Black & Ellen Kushner, eds. (Random House)
    Steampunk!, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant, eds. (Candlewick; Walker UK)
    Eclipse Four, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Night Shade)
    Engineering Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris; Solaris UK)


    The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)
    Sleight of Hand, Peter S. Beagle (Tachyon)
    The Collected Stories of Carol Emshwiller, Volume 1,
    Carol Emshwiller (Nonstop)
    Two Worlds and In Between, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
    After the Apocalypse, Maureen F. McHugh (Small Beer)


    Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)
    In Other Worlds: SF and the Human Imagination, Margaret Atwood (Talese; Virago; Signal (Canada))
    Becoming Ray Bradbury, Jonathan R. Eller (University of Illinois)
    Musings and Meditations, Robert Silverberg (Nonstop)
    Sightings: Reviews 2002-2006, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Art Books

    Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood
    Out of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It, Mike Ashley, ed. (British Library)
    Cor Blok, A Tolkien Tapestry: Pictures to Accompany The Lord of the Rings (HarperCollins UK)
    Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art, Karen Haber, ed. (Rockport)
    Jeffrey Jones, Jeffrey Jones: A Life in Art (IDW)


    Shaun Tan
    Bob Eggleton
    John Picacio
    Charles Vess
    Michael Whelan


    Ellen Datlow
    Gardner Dozois
    Jonathan Strahan
    Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
    Gordon Van Gelder




    Night Shade
    Small Beer

Winners were announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 15-17, 2012. Full coverage of the ceremony will run in the August 2012 issue of Locus.

Congratulations to all the winners and commiserations to all other nominees.


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