2016 Locus Award Nominees Announced

Quickly becoming one of the premier science fiction/fantasy literary awards out there, the Locus Awards are determined by polling the readers of Locus magazine (subtitled The Magazine of The Science Fiction & Fantasy Field), both in print and online.  Locus was founded in 1968 and the awards themselves were first handed out in 1971.


This week, the finalists for the 2016 Awards were announced by the Locus Science Fiction Foundation.  The nominees include:


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  • Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
  • The House of Shattered Wings by Aliette de Bodard
  • Wylding Hall by Elizabeth Hand
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik



  • Half a War by Joe Abercrombie
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  • Harrison Squared by Daryl Gregory
  • Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
  • The Shepherd’s Crown by Terry Pratchett



  • Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
  • The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson



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



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



  • “Three Cups of Grief, by Starlight” by Aliette de Bodard (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “Madeleine” by Amal El-Mohtar (Lightspeed 6/15)
  • “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld 1/15)
  • “The Dowager of Bees” by China Miéville (Three Moments of an Explosion)
  • “Hungry Daughters of Starving Mothers” by Alyssa Wong (Nightmare 10/15)



  • The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Thirty-second Annual Collection, edited by Gardner Dozois
  • Old Venus, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
  • Hanzai Japan: Fantastical, Futuristic Stories of Crime From and About Japan, edited by Nick Mamatas and Masumi Washington
  • Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany, edited by Nisi Shawl and Bill Campbell
  • Meeting Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan





  • Asimov’s
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • File 770
  • Tor.com



  • 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 by Simone Caroti
  • Lois McMaster Bujold by Edward James
  • Letters to Tiptree, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and Alexandra Pierce
  • Frederik Pohl by Michael R. Page
  • Ray Bradbury by David Seed



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


Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle Washington, which will take place on June 24-26, 2016, with sci fi icon Connie Willis as Master of Ceremonies.

Good luck to all the nominees, and congratulations!