Well, it’s fantasy awards season. The Hugo’s, the Campbell, the Ditmars, you name it, there have been 2010 winners and finalists galore announced over the past month, and they’re all excellent writers of speculative fiction. What makes it extra-wonderful-delicious for me is that I happen to personally know several of the finalists this year… and that just makes me geek out! 🙂
First of all, the wonderful Australian Ditmar winners, who took home their trophies this weekend at Swancon (which I missed seeing – alas!) Congratulations to you all! Tansy Rayner Roberts and Alisa Krasnostein scooped up awards across several categories, and the finalists were all the cream of the crop of Australian speculative fiction. Watch out for the Aurealis awards later this year and more good Australian sff.
After that, the Sir Julius Vogel award shortlists were announced for outstanding NZ speculative fiction. I feel very honoured to be there – I wrote a whole post about it, so I won’t repeat myself.
Following close on that lovely news, I found out that Saladin Ahmed had made the Campbell awards shortlist… again! Some of you may remember that I’m a big fan of Saladin’s short stories. He also wrote an entry for our very own Writing Strong Women series, on this blog. I’m rooting for Saladin in this year’s Campbells as I think he is a unique talent.
And just when I thought my cup was full to brimming, I received news that ‘Tymon’s Flight’ had made the Gemmell Morningstar shortlist for best fantasy debut! That took me completely by surprise, as the book is a NZ/Aus release with a necessarily smaller readership. I’m bowled over… thank you so much to all who loved the book and voted for it in the first round.
The books shortlisted for the Morningstar include some fabulous new voices in the genre. Most of you have probably heard of N.K. Jemisin’s juggernaut debut, ‘The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.’ I also happen to love Blake Charlton’s ‘Spellwright’, which has a very special place in my heart. I haven’t read the others in the list, but I will! Here they are:
Blake Charlton – Spellwright (Tor US)
Darius Hinks – Warrior Priest (The Black Library)
N.K. Jemisin – The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit UK/US)
Alexey Pehov – Shadow Prowler (Tor US)
and of course, a very happy yours truly. 🙂
MOMENT OF SHAMELESS NEPOTISM: I have to add that Frank Victoria is also on the final Gemmell Ravenheart list, for best artwork! So, so proud. Go the Victoria posse…