The Locus Awards for the best in science fiction and fantasy were announced on June 27th during a strikingly warm Saturday in Seattle. By tradition, Hawaiian shirts are worn during the awards luncheon, and the shirts were especially appropriate this year.
The winners in the four main categories -- best sci-fi novel, best fantasy novel, best new novel, and best young adult novel -- were dominated by women. I hesitate to make sweeping generalizations about gender as related to writing books or writing specific genres -- or really, as related to just about anything, if I can help it -- so I'll just leave it there as an intriguing bit of statistics. Perhaps next year the headline will be something like "Especially old (or young) bring home the gold" or "Especially tall (or short) bring home the gold."
Congratulations to the winners and the nominees, and thanks to the authors in all categories for writing these intriguing works that transport us to new, exciting worlds.
Best Science Fiction Novel - Ancillary Sword, by Ann Leckie
Best Fantasy Novel - The Goblin Emperor, by Katherine Addison
Best First Novel - The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert
Best Young Adult Novel - Half a King, by Joe Ambercrombie
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