The list of the 2011 Locus Award winners

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Yesterday Locus magazine announced the 2011 Locus Award Winners. Here's the full list, and congrats to all the winners and nominees.

Best Science Fiction Novel
- Blackout/All Clear, Connie Willis (Spectra)

- Surface Detail, Iain M. Banks (Orbit UK; Orbit US)
- Cryoburn, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
- Zero History, William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
- The Dervish House, Ian McDonald (Pyr; Gollancz)

Best Fantasy Novel
- Kraken, China Miéville (Macmillan UK; Del Rey)

- Under Heaven, Guy Gavriel Kay (Penguin Canada; Roc)
- Who Fears Death, Nnedi Okorafor (DAW)
- The Fuller Memorandum, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
- The Sorcerer's House, Gene Wolfe (Tor)

Best First Novel
- The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit UK; Orbit US)

- The Loving Dead, Amelia Beamer (Night Shade)
- Shades of Milk and Honey, Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor)
- The Quantum Thief, Hannu Rajaniemi (Gollancz; Tor)
- How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu (Pantheon)

Best Young Adult Book
- Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)

- Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
- Enchanted Glass, Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins UK; Greenwillow)
- I Shall Wear Midnight, Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; HarperCollins)
- Behemoth, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Best Novella
- The Lifecycle of Software Objects, Ted Chiang (Subterranean)

- Bone and Jewel Creatures, Elizabeth Bear (Subterranean)
- "The Mystery Knight"', George R.R. Martin (Warriors)
- "Troika", Alastair Reynolds (Godlike Machines)
- "The Lady Who Plucked Red Flowers beneath the Queen's Window'", Rachel Swirsky (Subterranean Summer '10)

Best Novelette
- "The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains", Neil Gaiman (Stories)

- "The Fool Jobs", Joe Abercrombie (Swords & Dark Magic)
- "The Mad Scientist's Daughter", Theodora Goss (Strange Horizons 1/18-1/25/10)
- "Plus or Minus", James Patrick Kelly (Asimov's 12/10)
- "Marya and the Pirate", Geoffrey A. Landis (Asimov's 1/10)

Best Short Story
- "The Thing About Cassandra", Neil Gaiman (Songs of Love and Death)

- "Booth's Ghost", Karen Joy Fowler (What I Didn't See and Other Stories)
- "Names for Water", Kij Johnson (Asimov's 10-11/10)
- "Thirteen Ways of Looking at Space/Time", Catherynne M. Valente (Clarkesworld 8/10)
- "The Things", Peter Watts (Clarkesworld 1/10)

Best Magazine
- Asimov's

- Analog
- F&SF
- Subterranean

Best Book Publisher
- Tor

- Baen
- Night Shade Books
- Orbit
- Subterranean Press

Best Anthology
- Warriors, George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds. (Tor)

- Zombies vs. Unicorns, Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier, eds. (McElderry)
- The Beastly Bride, Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling, eds. (Viking)
- The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Seventh Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin's)
- Swords & Dark Magic, Jonathan Strahan & Lou Anders, eds. (HarperCollins)

Best Collection
- Fritz Leiber: Selected Stories, Fritz Leiber (Night Shade)

- Mirror Kingdoms, Peter S. Beagle (Subterranean)
- What I Didn't See and Other Stories, Karen Joy Fowler (Small Beer)
- The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson, Kim Stanley Robinson (Night Shade)
- The Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny: Volume Five: Nine Black Doves, Roger Zelazny (NESFA)

Best Editor
- Ellen Datlow

- Gardner Dozois
- Gordon Van Gelder
- David G. Hartwell
- Jonathan Strahan

Best Artist
- Shaun Tan

- Bob Eggleton
- Donato Giancola
- John Picacio
- Michael Whelan

Best Non-Fiction Book
- Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve, William H. Patterson, Jr., (Tor)

- 80! Memories & Reflections on Ursula K. Le Guin, Karen Joy Fowler & Debbie Notkin, eds. (Aqueduct)
- Conversations with Octavia Butler, Conseula Francis (University Press of Mississippi)
- CM Kornbluth: The Life and Works of a Science Fiction Visionary, Mark Rich (McFarland)
- Bearings: Reviews 1997-2001, Gary K. Wolfe (Beccon)

Best Art Book
- Spectrum 17, Cathy & Arnie Fenner, eds. (Underwood)

- Bob Eggleton, Dragon's Domain (Impact)
- Donato Giancola, Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth (Underwood)
- Shaun Tan, The Bird King and Other Sketches (Windy Hollow)
- Charles Vess & Neil Gaiman, Instructions (Harper)


Top artwork from China Miéville's Kraken.



I just finished reading "Blackout" yesterday, and I am perplexed on how it won the award. I found it a very, very boring read, although it was obviously well researched and provided great details about life during the Blitz. However, 95% of the book was the historians bumbling around unable to get to their portals and bitching about where the rescue teams not arriving. We got it! They are stuck in time. That could have been the first third of the book, but it dragged on and on... and (well, you get the picture). To me, if you are going to write a book, even if it is the first part of a two part story, it should still have a story arc. Blackout didn't. The only minor resolution came at the very end when the Oxford colleagues finally (and somewhat via deus ex machina) met one another at the exact same time and the exact same place.

What I am saying is that I did not really like the book. But, I feel obligated to read All Clear.