by Ian Whates
For the Awards season is upon us once more. Following
a period which has seen too many of the SF world’s most
respected and venerable authors pass away – Arthur C.
Clarke (March 19th), Algis Budrys (June 9th) and Thomas M.
Disch (July 4th) to name but three, it’s a relief to
report on some happier news.
The John W. Campbell Memorial Award, presented at a dinner
on July 11th, has been won by Kathleen Ann Goonan, for her
novel In War Times, whilst the Theodore Sturgeon
Award for best short fiction has produced a tie for the first
time in its history. David R. Moles and Elizabeth Bear share
the award for their stories “Finisterra” and “Tidelines”
These announcements come just two weeks after the Locus Award
winners were unveiled. Okay, I can’t rule out the possibility
of an element of bias here, but it seems to me that in recent
years Britain has been producing some of the very best speculative
fiction around, at the very least rivalling that from our
trans-Atlantic cousins, so I was delighted to see Neil Gaiman,
Terry Pratchett and China Miéville among the winners
(not to mention a recent immigrant to these shores, Cory Doctorow).
Full results can be viewed here: www.locusmag.com/2008/Locus_Awards_Winners.html
This year’s Nebulas, announced on April 26th, included
wins for Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s
Union (novel), Nancy Kress with “Fountains of Age”
(novella), Ted Chiang “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s
Gate” (novelette) and Karen Joy Fowler “Always”
(short story). Guillermo Del Toro’s Pan’s
Labyrinth picked up the award for best script. Also
honoured during the ceremony was Michael Moorcock, who received
the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.
Roll on August and this year’s Hugos!
|Back: Gordon Van Gelder, Nancy Kress, Karen Joy Fowler,
Connie Willis, Matthew Duarte
Front: A. C. Crispin, Ardath Mayhar, Michael Moorcock,
Keith W. Stokes