Here Are the Finalists For the Locus Awards

Image: Orbit Books
Image: Orbit Books

The Hugo Awards are once again embroiled in controversy, but another major genre award, The Locus Award, has just released their finalists for this year’s award, and it’s an amazing selection of fiction.

The Locus Award is handed out each year by Locus Magazine, a science fiction trade publication, and it solicits its readers and the general public for their own best picks in a range of categories.

Here’s the finalists:

Science Fiction Novel

  • The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK)
  • Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
  • A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

Fantasy Novel

  • Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear (Tor)
  • The House of Shattered Wings, Aliette de Bodard (Roc; Gollancz)
  • Wylding Hall, Elizabeth Hand (PS; Open Road)
  • The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Young Adult Book

  • Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey; Harper Voyager UK)
  • Half the World, Joe Abercrombie (Del Rey)
  • Harrison Squared, Daryl Gregory (Tor)
  • Shadowshaper, Daniel José Older (Levine)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)

First Book

  • Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Ace; Macmillan UK)
  • The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu (Saga)
  • Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, Natasha Pulley (Bloomsbury US; Bloomsbury UK)
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Kai Ashante Wilson (


  • Penric’s Demon, Lois McMaster Bujold (self-published)
  • ‘‘The Citadel of Weeping Pearls’’, Aliette de Bodard (Asimov’s 10-11/15)
  • ‘‘The Four Thousand, the Eight Hundred’’, Greg Egan (Asimov’s 12/15)
  • Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (
  • Slow Bullets, Alastair Reynolds (Tachyon)


  • ‘‘The Heart’s Filthy Lesson’’, Elizabeth Bear (Old Venus)
  • ‘‘And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead’’, Brooke Bolander (Lightspeed 2/15)
  • ‘‘Black Dog’’, Neil Gaiman (Trigger Warning)
  • ‘‘Folding Beijing’’, Hao Jingfang (Uncanny 1-2/15)
  • ‘‘Another Word for World’’, Ann Leckie (Future Visions)

Short Story


  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)
  • Old Venus, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Bantam)
  • Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan, Nick Mamatas & Masumi Washington, eds. (Haikasoru)
  • Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, Nisi Shawl & Bill Campbell, eds. (Rosarium)
  • Meeting Infinity, Jonathan Strahan, ed. (Solaris US; Solaris UK)


  • The Best of Gregory Benford, Gregory Benford (Subterranean)
  • Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, Neil Gaiman (Morrow)
  • The Best of Nancy Kress, Nancy Kress (Subterranean)
  • Dancing Through the Fire, Tanith Lee (Fantastic Books)
  • Three Moments of an Explosion, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey 2016)


  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • File 770


  • Baen
  • Gollancz
  • Orbit
  • Tor
  • Subterranean


  • John Joseph Adams
  • Ellen Datlow
  • Gardner Dozois
  • David G. Hartwell
  • Jonathan Strahan


  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • John Picacio
  • Michael Whelan


  • The Culture Series of Iain M. Banks, Simone Caroti (McFarland)
  • Lois McMaster Bujold, Edward James (University of Illinois Press)
  • Letters to Tiptree, Alisa Krasnostein & Alexandra Pierce, eds. (Twelfth Planet)
  • Frederik Pohl, Michael R. Page (University of Illinois Press)
  • Ray Bradbury, David Seed (University of Illinois Press)

Art Book

  • Julie Dillon, Julie Dillon’s Imagined Realms, Book 2: Earth and Sky (self-published)
  • Women of Wonder: Celebrating Women Creators of Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner, ed. (Underwood)
  • Spectrum 22: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, John Fleskes, ed. (Flesk)
  • Edward Gorey: His Book Cover Art & Design, Steven Heller, ed. (Pomegranate)
  • The Fantasy Illustration Library, Volume One: Lands & Legends, Malcolm R. Phifer & Michael C. Phifer (Michael Publishing)

The Locus Awards will be awarded during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016.


Andrew Liptak is the former Weekend editor of io9/Gizmodo. He is the co-editor of War Stories: New Military Science Fiction and hails from Vermont.

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

I’ve read all the SF novels. I don’t get a vote, but if I did it would probably be for The Water Knife. And I might just rank them in the order they are listed, although I might swap Seveneves and Aurora.