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Monday, April 11, 2011

The Locus Awards (and challenge)

Voting is open for The Locus Awards. Visit the official site to participate in selecting the best works published in the Speculative Fiction field in 2010. As with The Gemmell Award there is no restriction on who gets to vote, though the votes of Locus subscribers (like myself) count for double. Locus also has a broader focus, covering (as the banner suggests) both Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Voting closes very soon (April 15), so get in there and get your favourites recognised!

The Ranting Dragon, the site that I have been reviewing for, has been running a challenge in order to help stimulate interest in the awards. If you want some tips on where and how to cast your votes, The Ranting Dragon has compiled a list of worthy candidates - and there is an additional competition with decent prizes for those who vote.

I have put my votes in. While there will be similarities to my Gemmell votes I tried to pick books that fit with the criteria of each award. I didn't vote in every category as there are some areas I feel  I chose the following (in order of preference, which does matter):

Best Sci Fi
Blackout/All Clear by Connie Willies
The Dervish House by Ian McDonald

Best Fantasy
The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett
Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (probably a more important book than Brett's, but not as enjoyable)
The Folding Knife by K. J. Parker

Best New Book
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N. K. Jemisin
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

Reviews for all of these works are on the way, either here or over at The Ranting Dragon.

Best Magazine or Fanzine
Fantasy Magazine
Aurealis (the favouritism kicks in here)

Best Book Publisher
Subterranean Press
Harper Voyager

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