2019 Locus Awards Finalists


The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top ten finalists in each category of the 2019 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 28-30, 2019.

2019 Locus Awards Finalists


SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- Record of a Spaceborn Few, Becky Chambers (Harper Voyager US; Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Calculating Stars, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- If Tomorrow Comes, Nancy Kress (Tor)
- Revenant Gun, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
- Blackfish City, Sam J. Miller (Ecco; Orbit UK)
- Embers of War, Gareth L. Powell (Titan US; Titan UK)
- Elysium Fire, Alastair Reynolds (Gollancz; Orbit US)
- Red Moon, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Unholy Land, Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon)
- Space Opera, Catherynne M. Valente (Saga)

FANTASY NOVEL
- Lies Sleeping, Ben Aaronovitch (DAW; Gollancz)
- Foundryside, Robert Jackson Bennett (Crown; Jo Fletcher)
- The Monster Baru Cormorant, Seth Dickinson (Tor)
- Deep Roots, Ruthanna Emrys (Tor.com Publishing)
- Ahab’s Return, Jeffrey Ford (Morrow)
- European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman, Theodora Goss (Saga)
- The Mere Wife, Maria Dahvana Headley (MCD)
- The Wonder Engine, T. Kingfisher (Argyll Productions)
- Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik (Del Rey; Macmillan)
- Creatures of Want and Ruin, Molly Tanzer (John Joseph Adams)

HORROR NOVEL
- In the Night Wood, Dale Bailey (John Joseph Adams)
- Unlanguage, Michael Cisco (Eraserhead)
- We Sold Our Souls, Grady Hendrix (Quirk)
- Coyote Songs, Gabino Iglesias (Broken River)
- The Hunger, Alma Katsu (Putnam; Bantam Press UK)
- The Outsider, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton)
- The Listener, Robert McCammon (Cemetery Dance)
- Cross Her Heart, Sarah Pinborough (HarperCollins UK/Morrow)
- The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Morrow; Titan UK)
- Tide of Stone, Kaaron Warren (Omnium Gatherum)

YOUNG ADULT BOOK
- The Gone Away Place, Christopher Barzak (Knopf)
- The Cruel Prince, Holly Black (Little, Brown; Hot Key)
- The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton (Freeform; Gollancz)
- Tess of the Road, Rachel Hartman (Random House)
- Dread Nation, Justina Ireland (Balzer + Bray)
- Cross Fire, Fonda Lee (Scholastic)
- The Agony House, Cherie Priest & Tara O’Connor (Levine)
- Half-Witch, John Schoffstall (Big Mouth House)
- Impostors, Scott Westerfeld (Scholastic US; Scholastic UK)
- Mapping the Bones, Jane Yolen (Philomel)

FIRST NOVEL
- Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (Henry Holt; Macmillan)
- Semiosis, Sue Burke (Tor)
- Armed in Her Fashion, Kate Heartfield (ChiZine)
- The Poppy War, R.F. Kuang (Harper Voyager US; Harper Voyager UK)
- The Quantum Magician, Derek Künsken (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
- Annex, Rich Larson (Orbit US)
- Severance, Ling Ma (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)
- Witchmark, C.L. Polk (Tor.com Publishing)
- Trail of Lightning, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga)
- Empire of Sand, Tasha Suri (Orbit US; Orbit UK)

NOVELLA
- The Black God’s Drums, P. Djèlí Clark (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Tea Master and the Detective, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
- “Umbernight“, Carolyn Ives Gilman (Clarkesworld 2/18)
- Black Helicopters, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Tor.com Publishing)
- Time Was, Ian McDonald (Tor.com Publishing)
- Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, Kelly Robson (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Freeze-Frame Revolution, Peter Watts (Tachyon)
- Artificial Condition, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Descent of Monsters, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)

NOVELETTE
- “The Donner Party”, Dale Bailey (F&SF 1–2/18)
- “Okay, Glory”, Elizabeth Bear (Twelve Tomorrows)
- “No Flight Without the Shatter“, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com 8/15/18)
- The Only Harmless Great Thing, Brooke Bolander (Tor.com Publishing)
- “The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections“, Tina Connolly (Tor.com 7/11/18)
- “An Agent of Utopia”, Andy Duncan (An Agent of Utopia)
- “Queen Lily“, Theodora Goss (Lightspeed 11/18)
- “Nine Last Days on Planet Earth“, Daryl Gregory (Tor.com 9/19/18)
- “Quality Time”, Ken Liu (Robots vs Fairies)
- “How to Swallow the Moon“, Isabel Yap (Uncanny 11–12/18)

SHORT STORY
- “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington“, Phenderson Djèlí Clark (Fireside 2/18)
- “The Bookcase Expedition”, Jeffrey Ford (Robots vs Fairies)
- “STET“, Sarah Gailey (Fireside 10/18)
- “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies“, Alix E. Harrow (Apex 2/6/18)
- “Cuisine des Mémoires”, N.K. Jemisin (How Long ’til Black Future Month?)
- “The Storyteller’s Replacement”, N.K. Jemisin (How Long ’til Black Future Month?)
- “Firelight“, Ursula K. Le Guin (Paris Review Summer ’18; The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition)
- “The Starship and the Temple Cat“, Yoon Ha Lee (Beneath Ceaseless Skies 2/1/18)
- “Mother of Invention“, Nnedi Okorafor (Future Tense)
- “The Court Magician“, Sarah Pinsker (Lightspeed 1/18)

ANTHOLOGY
- The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten, Ellen Datlow, ed. (Night Shade)
- The Book of Magic, Gardner Dozois, ed. (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-fifth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
- Worlds Seen in Passing, Irene Gallo, ed. (Tor.com Publishing)
- The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018, N.K. Jemisin & John Joseph Adams, eds. (Mariner)
- Robots vs Fairies, Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe, eds. (Saga)
- The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy of the Year, Volume Twelve, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
- Infinity’s End, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
- The Underwater Ballroom Society, Tiffany Trent & Stephanie Burgis, eds. (Five Fathoms)
- The Future Is Female!, Lisa Yaszek, ed. (Library of America)

COLLECTION
- The Tangled Lands, Paolo Bacigalupi & Tobias S. Buckell (Saga)
- Brief Cases, Jim Butcher (Ace; Orbit UK)
- An Agent of Utopia, Andy Duncan (Small Beer)
- How Long ’til Black Future Month?, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- The Dinosaur Tourist, Caitlín R. Kiernan (Subterranean)
- Fire & Blood, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
- All the Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Undertow)
- The Future Is Blue, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean)
- Starlings, Jo Walton (Tachyon)
- How to Fracture a Fairy Tale, Jane Yolen (Tachyon)

MAGAZINE
Analog
Asimov’s
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Clarkesworld
F&SF
Fireside
Lightspeed
Strange Horizons
Tor.com
Uncanny

PUBLISHER
Angry Robot
Baen
DAW
Gollancz
Orbit
Saga
Small Beer
Subterranean
Tachyon
Tor

EDITOR
John Joseph Adams
Neil Clarke
Ellen Datlow
Gardner Dozois
C.C. Finlay
Jonathan Strahan
Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
Sheila Williams
Navah Wolfe

ARTIST
Kinuko Y. Craft
Galen Dara
Julie Dillon
Leo & Diane Dillon
Bob Eggleton
Victo Ngai
John Picacio
Shaun Tan
Charles Vess
Michael Whelan

NON-FICTION
- Space Odyssey: Stanley Kubrick, Arthur C. Clarke, and the Making of a Masterpiece, Michael Benson (Simon & Schuster)
- Sense of Wonder: Short Fiction Reviews (2009-2017), Gardner Dozois (ReAnimus)
- Strange Stars, Jason Heller (Melville House)
- Dreams Must Explain Themselves: The Selected Non-Fiction of Ursula K. Le Guin, Ursula K. Le Guin (Gollancz)
- Ursula K. Le Guin: Conversations on Writing, Ursula K. Le Guin & David Naimon (Tin House)
- Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility, Alexis Lothian (NYU Press)
- Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth, Catherine McIlwaine, ed. (Bodleian Library)
- Astounding: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, L. Ron Hubbard, and the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Alec Nevala-Lee (Dey Street)
- None of This Is Normal: The Fiction of Jeff VanderMeer, Benjamin J. Robertson (University of Minnesota Press)
- An Informal History of the Hugos: A Personal Look Back at the Hugo Awards, 1953-2000, Jo Walton (Tor)

ART BOOK
- Yoshitaka Amano, Yoshitaka Amano: The Illustrated Biography – Beyond the Fantasy, Florent Gorges (Les Éditions Pix’n Love 2015; Dark Horse)
- Spectrum 25: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)
- John Howe, A Middle-earth Traveler: Sketches from Bag End to Mordor (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; HarperCollins UK)
- Jeffrey Alan Love, The Thousand Demon Tree (Flesk)
- Simon Stålenhag, The Electric State (Fria Ligan ’17; Skybound)
- Shaun Tan, Cicada (Lothian; Levine ’19)
- Charles Vess, The Books of Earthsea: The Complete Illustrated Edition, Ursula K. Le Guin (Saga)
- Michael Whelan, Beyond Science Fiction: The Alternative Realism of Michael Whelan (Baby Tattoo)
- Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History, Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, & Sam Witwer (Ten Speed)
- Lisbeth Zwerger, The Tales of Beedle the Bard, J.K. Rowling (Levine)


ATTENTION PoC WHO MIGHT LIKE TO ATTEND LOCUS (ESPECIALLY ANY OF YOU IN THE SEATTLE AREA):

LOCUS and (possibly Con-or-Bust) are offering limited SPONSORED MEMBERSHIPS (i.e. does not include travel or lodging) for fans of color/non-white fans.  THE LOCUS DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 31ST! (Sorry for the last minute notice, but they apparently offer this every year, and I *think* it's always in Seattle, so something to keep in mind for 2020 and beyond. Also, it's apparently too late to get the convention pricing on the hotel this year, so sowwy once again.)

Sponsored Memberships:

Are you a PoC thinking about attending the Locus Awards weekend? [see the link to see the current guest list and other details] We encourage inclusivity!

Locus has several sponsored memberships for PoC who may not otherwise attend the Locus Awards. Memberships include admission to many weekend events: readings, a kickoff party, panels, an autograph session, the banquet, and the awards. Memberships do not include admission to the Writers Workshop (which is ticketed separately). Hotel and transport are not included. Nisi Shawl will select recipients.

Application for these sponsored memberships can be found here and will be accepted through May 31, 2019. Application is confidential: details of applications will remain exclusively with Locus and Nisi Shawl. Applications are open to anyone who is a person of color/non-white person. By applying, you agree that your application statements are accurate and that you are a person of color/non-white person.  [The LOCUS application is basically your email, name, and 200 words or less about you and your interest in genre.]

Con-or-Bust *MIGHT* still have one supporting membership left for fans of color/non-white fans (FIRST COME FIRST SERVE - Drop dead date is listed as June 18th 2019). The page was last updated March 31st, so the membership might be gone already, I dunno. See HERE. I think you apply HERE. [It's a VERY general application, so should be fairly quick to fill out.]

Also, as a general note, Con-or-Bust offers some general assistance for helping with things like plane tickets and maybe lodging for SFF cons (for fans of color/non-white fans only - they seem to prefer first time con-goers) but limit when you can apply. Next round is August 1-10th Eastern Time, so you could possibly apply for *very* last minute Hugo assistance for Dublin, later cons, etc. Read their REQUEST ASSISTANCE PAGE for the deets.  Also, as a note, they are going through some org changes, so I have no idea if they are doing general assistance for the remaining request periods in Aug and Nov. Your guess is as good as mine!

SOURCES: Award Finalists, Award Weekend Page, Nisi Shawl, Locus Sponsored Membership App for PoC, Con-or-Bust/Locus, Con-or-Bust Locus Membership App for PoC, Con-or-Bust Request Assistance Page

I may be in a coma when/if this post finally goes up, but if you need a walk-through of the Con-or-Bust page, I *think* I finally get their page now.  It can definitely be a bit confusing at first.  Also jealous of anyone that gets to go to Locus b/c I am a Connie Willis fangirl...ask her if she's working on any new projects!  But if Connie doesn't enthuse you, plenty of other authors will be attending Locus.  Willis and Amal El-Mohtar will be running the Writers' Workshop, but there will be panels/readings/etc. as well.

For the not necessarily book tags where people might be going WHY DID YOU TAG THIS?!:  LGBT - several LGBTQ authors/LGBT books nommed: Yoon Ha Lee? and Catherynne M. Valente (Sci-Fi Novel), Witchmark (First Novel), Caitlín R. Kiernan (Novella & Collection), Time Was (Novella), Sarah Pinsker (Short Story), Old Futures: Speculative Fiction and Queer Possibility (Non-fiction), there may be more, idk - feel free to point them out; LOTR - see Non-Fiction & Art book categories; Harry Potter - apparently there is another Beedle the Bard book...I thought the first one was illustrated, but what do I know - see Art Book category; GOT - GRRM has been nommed for Fire & Blood (Collection category), also Mr. ASOIAF Art John Picacio (Artists)